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Press Releases / 2004 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEBRUARY 19, 2004

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta
Presides at Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New
EMS Station in Rossville, Staten Island

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta presided today at a ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opening the newly constructed station for EMS Battalion 23 in the Rossville community of Staten Island. The state-of-the-art 14,227 square foot station is located at 1100 Rossville Avenue in one of the fastest growing communities in New York State. The City's Department of Design and Construction (DDC) created the master design plans and oversaw construction at the EMS Station. The initial design work began in October 2000 and construction was completed in August 2003 at a cost of $10.7 million. The new EMS station will serve the South Shore communities of Staten Island.

"The addition of EMS Battalion 23 will ensure that the Fire Department continues to provide Staten Island with the best pre-hospital emergency medical services possible," said Commissioner Scoppetta. "By deploying units from this location we are able to provide improved ambulance coverage in Rossville and other South Shore Communities.

"This was a special project for the Department of Design and Construction because the work of the professionals who will use it has such a direct benefit to the community," said DDC Commissioner David Burney, AIA. "We are proud of our role in building a facility that will serve the people of Staten Island for years to come."

The EMS Station can accommodate up to 6 ambulances as well as decontamination areas for vehicles, equipment and personnel; storage areas for tools; a kitchen and pantry; a training and conference room; a fueling station; office space; locker and shower facilities; and bunk spaces.

There are 27 EMS stations and three outposts located throughout the five boroughs. Since the 1996 merger of the Fire Department and EMS, 14 EMS stations have been opened. Prior to the opening of the Rossville station, the South Shore area of Staten Island was serviced by units stationed at Seaview Hospital.

Contact: Francis X. Gribbon / Virginia Lam / David Billig (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

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