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Press Releases / 2007 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 28, 2007

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

FIRE COMMISSIONER SCOPPETTA AND NEW YORK BOARD OF RABBIS DISCUSS FIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR PASSOVER HOLIDAY

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta and Chief of Department Salvatore J. Cassano will be joined by FDNY Chaplain Rabbi Joseph Potasnik and associates of the New York Board of Rabbis in discussing holiday fire safety guidelines for Passover. The event will include a demonstration of the Passover ritual of burning leavened bread and other products, while adhering to proper fire safety rules.

Tomorrow’s event is intended to educate Passover observers so that they do not create hazardous conditions while following the religious obligations of the holiday. In 2004, five people were seriously burned when a man poured paint thinner on a ceremonial fire in Borough Park , Brooklyn and in 2005, three children from Williamsburg , Brooklyn died in a fire caused by stovetop burners left on during the holiday.

WHO:

Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Chief of Department Salvatore J. Cassano, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik and associates from the New York Board of Rabbis

WHAT:

Passover bread-burning demonstration and presentation of holiday safety tips

WHERE:

Quarters of Engine Company 34 & Ladder Company 21
440 West 38 th Street
Manhattan

WHEN:

March 29, 2007 at 11:00 a.m.

 

 

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Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Eileen Ramos, (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

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