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Press Releases / 2004 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2004

MEDIA ADVISORY:

FIRE COMMISSIONER NICHOLAS SCOPPETTA
TO PRESIDE AT DEDICATION CEREMONY
FOR NEW FDNY TRENCH COLLAPSE SIMULATOR

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta tomorrow will preside over a dedication ceremony for a new advanced trench rescue and confined space simulator. The simulator was constructed in memory of Capt. Michael Esposito of Squad Company 1 who was killed on 9-11. It was donated by a number of different construction and engineering companies after Captain Esposito’s brother Joseph, a firefighter in Rescue Company 5, wanted to preserve his brother’s memory by helping to train firefighters in one of the most dangerous situations they may encounter. The trench simulator works to safely train firefighters in rescue techniques for confined space and complex rescue and shoring operations - a scenario in which 60% of the victims are rescuers. Fire Commissioner Scoppetta will be joined by Chief of Department Peter Hayden, members of the Esposito Family, and firefighters and instructors assigned to FDNY Special Operations Command at the event.

The FDNY is the only city agency to employ such a training apparatus and has trained 100 members on the simulator to date. The Department plans to have trained more than 400 members on the simulator by the end of the year.

*** A demonstration of the simulator will take place after the dedication and plaque unveiling.

WHO:

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, FDNY Chief of Department Peter Hayden, Members of the Esposito Family, members of FDNY Special Operations Command

WHAT:

Ceremony to dedicate a new FDNY Trench Collapse Simulator / Demonstration of Simulator

WHERE:

FDNY Fire Academy, Randall’s Island, NY - Outside Building 12

WHEN:

Monday September 20, 2004 - 11 AM

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

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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