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Press Releases / 2003 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 23, 2003

FIREFIGHTERS AND MARINES TO CONDUCT
JOINT BIO-CHEM TRAINING EXERCISE

More than 200 New York City Firefighters and US Marines tomorrow will take part in a training scenario which simulates the release of a Bio-Chem agent. The drill, dubbed “Operation Safe Rock II”, will be held at the FDNY Fire Academy, located on Randall’s Island. The exercise comes after a week-long training session in which members of FDNY trained 120 C-BIRF (Chemical Biological Incident Response Force) Marines in search, rescue, high angle ropes, and mask operations, and the Marines, in turn, shared their expertise on weapons of mass destruction with FDNY. Each specific topic covered during the week will play a significant role in the exercise.

WHO:

200 NYC Firefighters and US Marines

WHAT:

FDNY and US Marine Corps joint training exercise “Operation Safe Rock II”

WHERE:

FDNY Fire Academy, Randall’s Island – Press should report to Building 2 upon arrival

WHEN:

Friday October 24, 2003 – Camera crews and stills should arrive NO LATER than 10:30

**Commissioner Scoppetta will hold a press briefing at 12:00 PM

GOOD B-roll Opportunity / Photo-op

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

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