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Press Releases / 2005 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 19, 2005

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

FIRE COMMISSIONER SCOPPETTA TO ACCEPT
NEW FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION VAN FROM
QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT HELEN MARSHALL

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta tomorrow will accept the keys to a brand new $36,000 Freight Liner Sprinter Fire Safety Education Van from Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, who raised the funds to purchase the new van. It will be stocked with important fire safety and prevention supplies, including multi-lingual educational pamphlets, coloring books and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Members of the Fire Department’s Fire Safety Education Unit will staff the new van bringing it to schools, community events, street fairs and other public events to help educate New Yorkers about the importance of fire safety. Fire safety education is an essential part of preventing fires and saving lives. Last year civilian fire fatalities were at an 86-year low with 82-civilian fire fatalities.

The FDNY Fire Safety Education Fund is a not-for-profit organization that supports the New York City Fire Department in its fundraising efforts.

WHO:

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta and other FDNY officials.

WHAT:

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall to present new Fire Safety Education van to Fire Commissioner Scoppetta and the FDNY.

WHERE:

Outside Queens Borough Hall 120-55 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens, NY

WHEN:

Tuesday, September 20, 2005 at 9:30AM

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

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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