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Press Releases / 2005 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 13, 2005

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

STATEMENT FROM FDNY ON TOMORROW’S RELEASE OF REPORTS FROM JANUARY 23, 2005 BRONX AND BROOKLYN FATAL FIRES

The New York City Fire Department tomorrow will release two reports pertaining to the fatal fires that occurred on January 23, 2005 in the Bronx and Brooklyn. Immediately after these tragic deaths, Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta initiated a complete and comprehensive investigation of the events and precipitating factors that contributed to the deaths of Lieutenants Curtis Meyran and John Bellew in the Bronx and Firefighter Richard Sclafani in Brooklyn. A team of five experienced chief officers was appointed to investigate each incident, report their findings and issue recommendations. The reports being released tomorrow are a comprehensive analysis of the events that took place, including a timeline and narrative of each incident. In addition to the written reports, the audio recordings containing the handie-talkie transmissions between firefighters and fire officers at the Bronx fire will also be released. [These audio recordings, part of a Department pilot program, were made through a device installed on a battalion vehicle. There are no such recordings for the fatal fire in Brooklyn.]

Background:
On January 23, 2005, Fire Lieutenant Curtis W. Meyran of Battalion 26 and Firefighter John G. Bellew of Ladder Company 27 in the Bronx were killed after responding to a third-alarm fire at 236 East 178th Street in the Bronx. Lieutenant Meyran, age 46, was a 15-year veteran of FDNY. Firefighter Bellew, age 37 was a 10-year veteran of the Department (Bellew was posthumously promoted to Lieutenant in April 2005). Both Lieutenant Meyran and Firefighter Bellew were treated at the scene and transported to St. Barnabas Hospital where they succumbed to their injuries.

Later in the day, Firefighter Richard T. Sclafani of Ladder Company 103, age 37 and a 10-year veteran of the FDNY, was fatally injured battling a second-alarm fire in at 577 Jerome Street in East New York, Brooklyn. Firefighter Sclafani was transported to Brookdale Hospital where he also succumbed to his injuries.

WHO:

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Chief of Department Peter Hayden, Chief of Operations Salvatore Cassano, Chief of Safety Allen Hay

WHAT:

Release of Fatal Fire Reports from January 23, 2005

WHERE:

FDNY Headquarters, 9 Metrotech Center, Downtown Brooklyn
First Floor Auditorium

WHEN:

Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at 3:00 PM

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

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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