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Press Releases / 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2009



Critical training tool keeps FDNY on the cutting edge of firefighter training; media tours available

Commissioner Scoppetta, Leary Firefighters Foundation President Denis Leary, Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano and members of the FDNY Foundation will dedicate the nation’s first high-rise simulator on Thursday, March 19 at 1 p.m. at the FDNY Fire Academy on Randall’s Island.  The $4.2 million, state-of-the-art simulator is designed to reproduce the unique conditions firefighters routinely face in high-rise buildings, which retain heat and gases that can quickly spread and create hazardous conditions.  Dedication of the simulator coincides with the FDNY’s High-Rise Symposium, which is being attended by more than 350 fire officials from across the nation and the world, including representatives from England, the Netherlands and Hong Kong.

Members of the media will have an opportunity to tour the simulator. Rare footage of firefighters participating in a drill inside the simulator will also be made available.  The 4,000-square-foot space includes a fire and flashover simulator, a central smoke system, a dry standpipe system, mock elevators and stairways, a simulated fire command station and video hookups on each floor for real-time review and instruction. Any building over 75 feet is considered a high-rise.

“In a city with thousands of high-rise buildings, this is an incredibly important training tool for our members,” Commissioner Scoppetta said.  “FDNY has long been at the cutting edge of firefighter training and technology.  This simulator is proof of our commitment to offering New York City the very best in fire protection. We couldn’t have done it, of course, without the very generous support of The Leary Firefighter Foundation as well as the FDNY Foundation. Denis is a great friend of FDNY we’re honored to be with him and all the others who made this a reality today.”

“We are so proud to open the new high-rise simulator and to be a part of the FDNY’s goal to have the best training for fire departments across the country,” said Denis Leary, President of The Leary Firefighters Foundation. “This facility could not have been possible without the generous support of the FDNY Foundation, Newmark Knight Frank Chairman Jeffrey Gural, The William E. Weiss Foundation, The Real Estate Board of New York and the hard work and creative vision of the recently departed Lys Hopper.”

“The FDNY Foundation is very excited to be a part of this great project,” said FDNY Foundation Chairman Stephen Ruzow. “This demonstrates all of our commitment to finding new ways to keep the people of New York safe. We’re very pleased to be on the great team that turned this dream into reality.”

Work on the simulator began in November 2007, with a four-story addition constructed on an existing building at the Fire Academy.  The simulator was designed by FDNY members and is the first of its kind in the nation. Since 2004, more than $60 million has been dedicated to enhancing training facilities and programs at the FDNY Fire Academy.


Commissioner Scoppetta, Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano, Leary Firefighters Foundation President Denis Leary, FDNY Foundation Chairman Stephen Ruzow


Dedication of FDNY’s new high-rise simulator


FDNY Fire Academy, Randallís Island


Thursday, March 19 at 1 p.m.




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

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