FNDY kicks off Fire Prevention Week

October 6, 2008 4:13:28 PM PDT
FDNY Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta and Chief Salvatore Cassano kicked off Fire Prevention week with a fire prevention expo at Rockefeller Center Monday. During the annual event, designed to educate New Yorkers on the importance of fire safety, FDNY's Hazardous Materials team donned their gear and responded to a mock incident simulating a chemical spill.

One of the department's elite Rescue Companies demonstrated a rope slide down the side of a building and showed how they use the jaws of life to rescue someone trapped inside a vehicle.

"Hot Dog the Fire Safety Dog" was also on hand to help reinforce fire safety to children.

Throughout the week, members of the Fire Safety Education Unit, along with the Bureau of Operations and the non-profit FDNY Safety Foundation, will host fire safety education expos in every borough.

National Fire Prevention Week was established more than 80 years ago to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire that killed more than 250 people in 1871. Fire departments nationwide use this week to inform their communities about the importance of fire safety.

Local demonstrations include:

  • Thursday, October 9: MetroTech Commons Fire Safety Day in Brooklyn, Noon - 2 p.m.
  • Friday, October 10: Fordham Plaza, 430 East Fordham Road in the Bronx, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Friday, October 10: Met Building, 200 Park Avenue in Manhattan, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 11: Community Fall Festival at College of Staten Island, the City University of New York, 2800 Victory Boulevard in Staten Island from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Fire safety tips are available at NYC.gov/FDNY and FDNYFireZone.org.

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