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Press Releases / 2003 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 14, 2003

MEDIA ADVISORY

NEW YORK CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT AND UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOREST SERVICE TO SIGN AGREEMENT FOR INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TRAINING IN SUPPORT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

NEW YORK CITY, Jan. 14, 2003—New York City Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta and USDA Secretary Ann M. Veneman will sign a first-of-its-kind agreement for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service to provide additional resources for homeland security within New York City by developing Incident Management Team (IMT) capabilities within FDNY. FDNY Officers will be trained to respond to all large-scale incidents in which IMT’s are required within the City of New York as well as incidents outside the city at the discretion of FDNY. Through this agreement the FDNY will become the first municipal fire department east of the Mississippi River to receive training in development of IMT capabilities.

WHO:

Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman, FDNY Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, USDA Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth, FDNY Chief of Department Frank Cruthers, Top Federal and FDNY Fire Officials

WHAT:

A signing ceremony for a memorandum of understanding between FDNY and U.S. Forest Service, which will allow for the immediate training of more than 60 FDNY Officers to create a command structure for any large scale emergency.

WHERE:

FDNY Headquarters 1st Floor, 9 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, NY

WHEN:

Wed., Jan. 15, 2003, 1:30 pm EST

Contact: Francis X. Gribbon/Mike Loughran (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

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