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Press Releases / 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 13, 2008



The New York City Fire Department will host the 7th Annual Blessing of the FDNY Marine Fleet tomorrow at Pier 17 of the South Street Seaport. 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, 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 FDNY Fire Zone will be selling clothing to raise money for the FDNY Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports FDNY initiatives including training, education and equipment.


FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Ronald Spadafora, FDNY Chaplain Msgr. John Delendick and firefighters from the FDNY Marine Division and Fire Safety Education Unit


7th Annual Blessing of the FDNY Marine Fleet


South Street Seaport, Pier 17


Saturday, June 14, 2008 at 11 a.m.



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

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

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