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Press Releases / 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 3, 2008



FDNY’s annual Fire Prevention Expo will once again be held at Rockefeller Center from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 6 as part of Fire Prevention Week, an annual event designed to educate New Yorkers on the importance of fire safety. Events throughout the week will include various exhibits and educational activities for people of all ages.

At Monday’s event, the FDNY’s Hazardous Materials team will don their gear and respond to a mock incident simulating a chemical spill. One of the department’s elite Rescue Companies will demonstrate a rope slide down the side of a building and show how they use the “jaws of life” to rescue someone trapped inside of a vehicle. “Hot Dog the Fire Safety Dog,” the department’s mascot who helps reinforce fire safety to children, will also be on hand. Commissioner Scoppetta will speak at 1 p.m.

Throughout the week, members of the Fire Safety Education Unit, along with the Bureau of Operations and the non-profit FDNY Safety Foundation, will host fire safety education expos in every borough. National Fire Prevention Week was established more than 80 years ago to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire that killed over 250 people in 1871. Fire departments nationwide use this week to inform their communities about the importance of fire safety.

Other fire safety demonstrations this week are as follows:

  • Sunday, Oct. 5 – Queens Center Mall, 90-15 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, noon - 4 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 6 – Bronx County Court House, 851 Grand Concourse, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 9 – MetroTech Commons Fire Safety Day, Brooklyn, noon - 2 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 10 – Fordham Plaza, 430 East Fordham Rd., Bronx, 11 a.m. - 3p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 10 – Met Building, 200 Park Ave., Manhattan, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 11 – Community Fall Festival at College of Staten Island, the City University of New York, 2800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (outdoor event on the Great Lawn)

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

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