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Press Releases / 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DECEMBER 30, 2009



Outgoing Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta will spend part of his last day in office with the department’s incoming commissioner, Chief of Department Salvatore J. Cassano, and members of Rescue 3 to dedicate their new quarters at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 31 at 1655 Washington Avenue (between 172nd and 173rd streets) in the Bronx.  The new $20.3 million building, which is adjacent to an existing EMS station, provides a state-of-the-art base for one of FDNY’s five rescue companies – specially-trained units that respond to a variety of unique emergencies, including hazardous materials incidents and water rescues.  Rescue 3 members have specific training with building collapses and assisting victims trapped under debris.

Construction of the 21,479-square foot facility began in September 2007 and was managed by the city’s Department of Design and Construction.  The main floor includes areas for scuba gear, hazardous materials suits and equipment, climbing gear and a shop area, where specialized tools and other materials can be fabricated and welded.  It also includes a training area, where members will be able to drill for various incidents, including high-angle and confined space rescues, as well as living quarters on the second floor and off-street parking for firefighters, so they do not compete with local residents and businesses for street parking.

Since 1992, Rescue 3 has been housed in a 12-980-square foot building at 453 East 176th Street in the Bronx, which previously served as quarters of Engine 46 and Ladder 27.  Since 9/11, FDNY’s Rescue companies have taken on additional roles and responsibilities.

“Our rescue companies have a very unique and important role within the Fire Department and the city,” Commissioner Scoppetta said. “The additional space and resources offered here will be put to very good use.”

“This fantastic new building will allow the highly-skilled members of Rescue Company 3 to only enhance the incredible, life-saving work they do each day,” Chief Cassano said. “We’re proud to join them to dedicate their new home.”

The building, recognized with a design award from the city in 2007, was featured in the Nov. 1 issue of New York magazine and praised as “a showpiece of logistical economy.”


Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano and Chief of Operations Robert Sweeney


New quarters of Rescue 3, 1655 Washington Ave. (between 172nd and 173rd streets), Bronx


Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 11 a.m.


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


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