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Press Releases / 2005 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: march 3, 2005

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

FDNY FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION FUND PROMOTES FIRE SAFETY AT SENIOR CENTER IN ELMHURST, QUEENS

Federal grant allows for greater focus in areas with large numbers of recent immigrants,
increased incidents of fire and high fire fatality rates

The Elmhurst-Jackson Heights Senior Center will play host to the New York City Fire Department’s Fire Safety Education Fund (FSEF) on Friday, March 4th for a fire safety exhibition for the communities of Elmhurst and Jackson Heights.

The event, part of a week-long fire safety education campaign in Queens, is funded by a grant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is one of 19 such events taking place in Queens Community Boards 3 and 4 this week. Communities targeted by the campaign have been identified as having an increased number of new immigrants as well as large numbers of fires and fire related injuries or fatalities. FDNY and FSEF personnel will be providing hands-on fire safety instruction and will distribute fire safety information in five different languages as well as a limited amount of smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, oven mitts (burn prevention) and flashlights.

The program is directed at school children and senior citizens and promotes fire safety education, stressing use and maintenance of smoke detectors, CO detectors, home fire escape plans, and fire and burn prevention in an effort to reduce the amount of serious fire injuries and fatalities citywide.

The Fire Safety Education Fund supports the mission of the Fire Department through a variety of programs including The FDNY Fire Zone™, the Department’s hands-on, interactive multimedia fire safety learning center that teaches people how to be safe from fire at home and at school, mobile fire safety houses, Hot Dog –the fire safety dog—as well as many other programs that encourage fire safety among children and adults.

WHO:

Members of the New York City Fire Department, the Fire Safety Education Fund, local officials and members of the Elmhurst/Jackson Heights community in Queens

WHAT:

Community Fire Safety Seminar

WHERE:

Place: Elmhurst Jackson Heights Senior Center,
75-01 Broadway (3rd floor), Queens

WHEN:

Friday, March 4, 2005, 1100AM-2:00PM

PHOTO OP

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

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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