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Press Releases / 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 4, 2011

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

FDNY UNVEILS NEW FIRE SAFETY COMIC BOOK FEATURING MARVEL'S CAPTAIN AMERICA AND SPIDER-MAN

Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano will unveil a new fire safety comic book from the creative team at Marvel Comics featuring two of Marvel's top characters and several of the FDNY's top fire safety tips on Tuesday, April 5 at Midtown Comics, 200 West 40th Street at 10 a.m. Joining Commissioner Cassano will be Captain America and Spider-Man.

front covers of the FDNY/Marvel comic book unveiled Back covers of the FDNY/Marvel comic book unveiled

"Comics and Marvel super-heroes are increasingly popular with both children and adults. Making the fire safety message entertaining is a great way to bring it to an even larger audience," said Commissioner Cassano. "We know that the work done by this Department and the FDNY Foundation to teach people of all ages how to make themselves and their homes fire safe has had a direct relation to the decrease of fire deaths in New York City."

The FDNY Foundation, the non-profit arm of the FDNY, and Marvel Comics collaborated to produce a comic book for Marvel fans, both young and old. The comic book features FDNY firefighters and Marvel super-heroes as together they battle both fire and super-villains. Along the way, Marvel super-heroes teach valuable fire safety knowledge learned from the FDNY. The ten page comic features a cliffhanger ending, which sends the reader to the FDNY Foundation website, www.fdnyfoundation.org, to see the story's resolution.

These limited edition comic books will be distributed free at FDNY Fire Safety Education events, and at the FDNY Fire Zone in Rockefeller Center (www.fdnyfirezone.org), while supplies last.

WHO:

Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, Chief of Department Edward S. Kilduff, members of the FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit, representatives from the FDNY Foundation, Bill Rosemann and John Denning from Marvel Comics, “Captain America” and “Spider-Man,” students and teachers from PS 51 Elias Howe, “Hot Dog” the FDNY Fire Safety Mascot

WHERE:

Midtown Comics - 200 West 40 Street, corner of 7th Avenue

WHEN:

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 10:00 a.m.

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

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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