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Press Releases / 2007 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 4, 2007



“Everyone Goes Home”

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) launched a Nationwide “Whistle-Stop Tour” in the beginning of April to promote firefighter safety issues, with a key message of “Everyone Goes Home,” a program designed to educate firefighters about fire safety through their comprehensive 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives. Every year more than a hundred firefighters, both career and volunteer are killed in the line-of-duty. In an effort to help reduce the growing number of fire related fatalities, the FDNY has teamed-up with the NFFF to help support the “Whistle-Stop Tour.”

The tour, made possible through a grant from The Dunkin’Brands Community Foundation will make in total 20 stops across the Nation to promote firefighter safety and public fire safety with a goal of reducing the number of firefighter line-of-duty deaths by 25% within 5 years. A motor coach bus, which started the tour in San Francisco, is wrapped with the message “Everyone Goes Home.”

The building blocks of the “Everyone Goes Home” program are the 16 Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives. The 16 Initiatives summarize real-world solutions to fire service problems regarding preventable line-of-duty deaths, including management restructure, training improvements, and specific suggestions dealing with the two leading causes of line-of-duty deaths - lack of firefighter fitness and vehicle accidents.

The event will kick-off with a precession of emergency vehicles from the Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island into the FDNY Training Academy. In addition to the public event, firefighters from all over New York are encouraged to enroll in a four hour “Courage to be Safe” NY State Certified class that will be offered Sunday, May 6th in the morning at the FDNY Training Academy on Randall’s Island.

The highlights of the event are the untold stories of the survivors, those left behind by a fallen firefighter. Al and Maureen Santora will be speaking about the loss of their son, Christopher Santora, a Probationary Firefighter who was killed in the line-of-duty on September 11, 2001.


Chief of Department Salvatore J. Cassano and other FDNY members and their families


Whistle-Stop Tour to Promote Fire Safety Initiatives


FDNY Training Academy on Randall’s Island


Sunday, May 6, 2007 at 12:00 p.m.




Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Seth E. Andrews, (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

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