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FDNY deputy chief inspector dies from COVID-19

FDNY Deputy Chief Inspector Syed Rahman, 59, was working to assist the city’s Bureau of Fire Prevention with COVID-19 capacity enforcement


By Laura French

NEW YORK — An FDNY fire inspector has died from COVID-19, the department announced Friday.

Deputy Chief Inspector Syed Rahman, 59, had served with the FDNY for 22 years and was working on an assignment with the Bureau of Fire Prevention related to COVID-19 capacity enforcement at the time of his death, the department said in a Facebook post.

Rahman managed a team of fire protection inspectors assigned to the FDNY’s Bureau of Management Analysis and Planning, Office of Internal Audit and Control, which conducts audits of initial inspections of high-risk construction, demolition and asbestos abatement sites in the city.

He assisted in the development of the unit’s audit quality assurance criteria, consulted on violation orders to ensure compliance with building codes and monitored quality assurance efforts by bureau personnel, among other responsibilities.

“Deputy Chief Inspector Rahman dedicated his life to helping others through his service to the Department, and New Yorkers were safer because of his outstanding work,” said Commissioner Daniel Nigro. “Every day, he helped accomplish FDNY’s lifesaving mission and ensured construction, demolition and abatement took place safely in our city. Our entire Department mourns his loss.”

Rahman is survived by his wife Sadia and their four sons.

Support for FDNY members affected by COVID-19 can be contributed to the FDNY Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund.