FDNY TO CONDUCT OPERATION
TOMORROW IN STATEN ISLAND
The New York City Fire Department tomorrow will be conducting
an exercise specifically designed to evaluate the Department’s
ability to administer vaccinations on a citywide level to
all its members in the case of a biological or chemical attack.
The daylong field exercise will be conducted live throughout
the borough of Staten Island, where an estimated 700-800
on-duty members will be rotated through the Staten Island
Command / EMS Battalion 22 at Seaview Hospital, and offered
the recommended, but non-mandatory, influenza (flu) vaccine.
Fire and EMS units will be directed to the point of distribution
(POD) throughout the course of the day in order to ensure
that fire suppression, emergency medical care and emergency
response are maintained. The exercise is part of the FDNY’s
continuing initiative in planning its response to CBRNE (Chemical,
Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive) incidents.
One of the FDNY’s newly trained Incident Management
Teams (IMT) will be activated to manage the exercise.
Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta will be holding a press
briefing during the exercise.
EMS Staten Island Borough Command / Battalion 22 – 460
Brielle Avenue, Seaview Hospital
Wednesday October 15, 2003 11:30AM – Press
Contact: Francis X. Gribbon / Mike Loughran
(FDNY) (718) 999-2056