I believe what you want to use is called a "here document" redirection.
From the bash manpage:
This type of redirection instructs the shell to read input from the
current source until a line containing only delimiter (with no trailing
blanks) is seen. All of the lines read up to that point are then used
as the standard input for a command.
The format of here-documents is:
No parameter expansion, command substitution, arithmetic expansion, or
pathname expansion is performed on word. If any characters in word are
quoted, the delimiter is the result of quote removal on word, and the
lines in the here-document are not expanded. If word is unquoted, all
lines of the here-document are subjected to parameter expansion, com‐
mand substitution, and arithmetic expansion. In the latter case, the
character sequence \<newline> is ignored, and \ must be used to quote
the characters \, $, and `.
If the redirection operator is <<-, then all leading tab characters are
stripped from input lines and the line containing delimiter. This
allows here-documents within shell scripts to be indented in a natural
The likely problem you are having is quoting...
Try replacing the command with:
usr/bin/ssh -qn firstname.lastname@example.org <<ENDOFCOMMANDS
And put your script where the "..." is.
Also - remember that things like ` will be interpreted on the local system and not on the remote. As are all substitutions of environment variables, so they will have to be escaped to prevent them from being interpreted on the wrong system.