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Press Releases / 2004 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 5, 2004

MEDIA ADVISORY:

NIOSH Awards $81 Million Grant to FDNY and
Others to Continue WTC Medical Monitoring

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta tomorrow will be joined by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and Dr. Stephen Levin from the Mount Sinai Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine to announce the award of $81 million in grants from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Dr. Michael Galvin, Director of NIOSH Extramural Programs will be on hand to make the presentation. The eight grants will fund a five-year health-screening program of rescue workers involved in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center. Of the total grant amount, the Fire Department will receive $25 million to monitor fire and EMS personnel.

The grant recipients include the Long Island Occupational and Environmental Health Center, the Mount Sinai Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, the NYU School of Medicine, the City University of New York's Queens College and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

WHO:

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta; U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY); Dr. Michael Galvin, Director of Extramural Programs for NIOSH; Dr. Stephen Levin, Mount Sinai Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine; FDNY Chief of Department Frank Cruthers; FDNY Chief of Operations Salvatore Cassano; FDNY EMS Chief Walter Kowalczyk; FDNY Dr. David Prezant; Stephen Cassidy, Uniformed Firefighters Association President; Peter Gorman, Uniformed Fire Officers Association President; Representatives from EMS Locals 3621 and 2507; and Janella Hinds, Policy Director for the New York State AFL-CIO

WHAT:

Announcement of $81 million in grant funding from Department of Health and Human Services National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to continue long-term health monitoring of individuals involved in the rescue and recovery effort at the World Trade Center after September 11, 2001.

WHERE:

Fire Department Headquarters, 9 Metrotech Center, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn

WHEN:

Tuesday, April 6, 2004 at 10:00 AM

**Photo-Op**
***Media please arrive 20-30 minutes early to allow time for parking and security processing.***

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

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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