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

Command Center’s first assignment will be
the Republican National Convention

New York City Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta today accepted donation of a state-of-the-art Mobile Command Center (MCC) from Denis Leary, founder of the Leary Firefighters Foundation. The high-tech $565,000 vehicle was unveiled today at a ceremony held in Rockefeller Plaza.

The Mobile Command Center will function as the Fire Department’s central command post at large-scale incidents, disasters and high-profile events. The MCC will serve as a visible point of contact for Fire and other Agency and City officials. It will be deployed for the first time at the Republican National Convention next month.

“The Fire Department places a high priority on upgrading our technology and equipment. Providing our members with the most advanced resources will help ensure the safety of our members as well as the public,” said Commissioner Scoppetta. “Through the generosity of the Leary Firefighters Foundation, we are fortunate to add a state-of-the-art Mobile Command Center to our fleet. This command vehicle will play a central role in coordinating our operations and managing our resources at any large-scale emergency that occurs in the City. This would not have been possible without the support of Denis Leary, the Leary Firefighters Foundation and the support of the FDNY Fire Safety Education Fund.”

"We thank the Fire Department for their tireless efforts in protecting the people of the city of New York,” said Denis Leary. “We are honored to have contributed this vehicle to help enable them to meet the challenges they face everyday."

Following recommendations from the McKinsey Study (which provided a comprehensive review of Fire Department operations post-9/11), the MCC is equipped with the latest communications technology available including the JPS ACU-1000 radio system – which allows for interoperability between the Fire Department and the Police Department as well as other various agencies. Communications enhancements also include the ability to access a video link to NYPD helicopters. In addition, the MCC is able to transmit a live video and data feed to the Fire Department Operations Center (FDOC) located at FDNY Headquarters in Downtown Brooklyn.

The vehicle, which measures 37 ½ feet in length and 8 feet in width, has approximately 300 square feet of space, including workstations for communications personnel and tactical officers. It is equipped with four external surveillance cameras and a 42-foot pneumatic mast with camera. The MCC is powered by two 12,000-watt generators and includes a 6,000-watt pneumatic light tower.

About the Leary Firefighters Foundation
The Mission of the Leary Firefighters Foundation is to provide funding and resources for fire departments to obtain the highest level of equipment, technology, and training as well as to provide resources to the families of firefighters who have perished or been injured in the line of duty. The Leary Firefighters Foundation is dedicated to filling the gaps between the limits of government funding and the needs of fire departments to acquire the tools necessary to maintain the highest level of public safety.

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

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