Best of the Bronx: FDNY chief donates gear to South American firefighters

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A Bronx battalion chief has dedicated his career to helping other firefighters become better at their job. 

Battalion Chief Danny Sheridan of the 3rd battalion out of Hunts Point has been with the FDNY for 32 years. 

He says after Sept. 11 he provided supplies and equipment to firefighters in less developed countries in South America as a way to give back.

His efforts also led him to Ecuador where he educated firefighters about FDNY best practices.

“They (other firefighters abroad) were literally running around in shorts and flip-flops with bandanas around their faces. They were just shooting water everywhere, there were hoses everywhere. So I thought to myself, there has got to be a better way," Sheridan says.

He says he has sent used equipment to South American countries for the last 17 years and now most of the fire departments who received the gear are self-sufficient and buying their own equipment.

Sheridan now works out of the Seneca Avenue firehouse and says his willingness to educate others on how to be a great firefighter is what drives him.

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