** New York EMS chief suspended following drunk driving arrest
UNITED STATES NEWS
** A Fire Department of New York (FDNY) EMS Communications Chief has been suspended after police arrested him this past weekend for drunk driving. That is the word from The New York Daily News (Thomas Tracy/July 12) which said Deputy Chief Ian Swords, 40, was taken into custody while driving in New Jersey. According to the newspaper, Swords is the former head of the EMS Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness. Swords, a resident of New Jersey, is the second FDNY member to get into trouble with the law in the last few weeks. Probationary firefighter Joseph Cassano, 28, was also placed on suspension last month after drunkenly defecating in a stranger’s backyard. Cassano is the son of former FDNY Commissioner Salvatore Cassano. He is facing criminal mischief and criminal trespass tags from the incident.