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Press Releases / 2007 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 13, 2007



Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta will join FDNY officials and clergy tomorrow at Pier 17 of the South Street Seaport for the 6 th Annual Blessing of the Fire Department’s Marine Fleet. For more than 130 years, the FDNY’s Marine Division, the largest unit of its kind in the world, has played a critical role in emergencies throughout the history of New York City . The Marine Division is comprised of eight ships that assist in fire suppression and conduct water emergency missions along the City’s 560 miles of waterfront.

In honor of Flag Day, eight FDNY fireboats will be giving a red, white and blue water salute to the American flag as they pass the pier. The Fire Safety Education Unit will be conducting fire safety demonstrations and distributing educational literature, coloring books and red helmets. The Fire Zone will be selling FDNY clothing to raise money for the FDNY Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports Fire Department initiatives including training, education and equipment.


Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Chief of Department Salvatore J. Cassano, Deputy Assistant Chief William Siegel of the Special Operations Command, FDNY Chaplain M sgr. John Delendick and members of the FDNY Marine Division


6 th Annual Blessing of the FDNY Marine Fleet


South Street Seaport, Pier 17


Thursday, June 14, 2007 at 12:30 PM



*** Photo Op Note: Procession of the ships will start at the Brooklyn Bridge and pass alongside Pier 17 at the South Street Seapor


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

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