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Press Releases / 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOVEMBER 4, 2009



The FDNY will hold the seventh annual BIOPOD exercise tomorrow, during which all first responders will be offered the H1N1 influenza vaccine. The drill is part of the Department’s ongoing initiative to plan for its response to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive incidents.

To reach all the FDNY’s first responders, there will be 10 fixed points of distribution (PODs) and three mobile PODs located throughout the five boroughs, which will provide vaccinations for four days. This year, the Department also deployed its Incident Management Team to coordinate this exercise.

The drill is conducted by the FDNY Bureau of Health Services in conjunction with the FDNY Bureau of Operations and is part of the City’s overall emergency response plan that combines the efforts of the Fire Department with other city agencies, including the Police Department, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Office of Emergency Management.


Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kerry Kelly and other FDNY members


Seventh annual BIOPOD exercise


FDNY Headquarters, 9 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, NY


Thurs., Nov. 5, 2009
1:00 p.m. – B-roll of FDNY members receiving vaccinations and the dispatch center
1:30 p.m. – Press conference to explain the scenario and answer questions


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


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