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Press Releases / 2003 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 4, 2003

MEDIA ADVISORY

NEW YORK CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT AND NEW YORK SPORTS CLUBS ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

New York Sports Clubs to donate over $4 million in services for FDNY recruitment initiative

Tomorrow, Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta will join with New York Sports Clubs (NYSC) CEO Bob Giardina to announce a partnership that will allow prospective firefighters access to NYSC facilities free of charge to train for the upcoming FDNY physical exam. The partnership was developed with the assistance of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund.

The initiative offers prospective firefighter candidates a free 6-month membership and training specifically geared toward the grueling FDNY physical exam. In addition the NYSC has also developed an exclusive eight-week physical training program for women who have passed the written exam. This program is designed to help train women for the exam by building both upper and lower body strength and endurance.

WHO:

FDNY Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, New York Sports Clubs CEO Bob Giardina, FDNY Chief Of Department Frank Cruthers, Members of the FDNY Fitness Unit, FDNY Recruitment Team, United Women Firefighters Mentors, NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, and Prospective Firefighter Candidates.

WHAT:

Donation of free six-month membership to NYSC facilities and development of exclusive physical training program for female candidates.

WHERE:

NYSC 30 Wall Street New York, NY (mezzanine level)

WHEN:

Wednesday, February 5, 2003 10:00am

PHOTO-OP


Contact: Francis X. Gribbon/Amanda Schmidt (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

No. 06-03

www.nyc.gov/fdny

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