FDNY TAKES PART IN MUTUAL AID DRILLS WITH FIREFIGHTERS FROM NASSAU AND WESTCHESTER COUNTIES
The New York City Fire Department will be taking part in two large-scale mutual aid drills with neighboring counties on Sunday October 16 and Tuesday October 18.
On Sunday, October 16, FDNY Firefighters will take part in a mutual aid drill with Firefighters from Nassau County. Twenty Nassau County units will be at ten FDNY locations in Queens to discuss firehouse and equipment familiarization, as well as interoperability.
On Tuesday October 18, FDNY Firefighters will take part in a drill with Firefighters from Westchester County. Twelve units from Westchester will be at the FDNY Fire Academy on Randalls Island to take part in drills involving fire operations, including standpipe and tower ladder operations, as well as a drill involving decontamination procedures.
At both mutual aid drills, a strong emphasis will be placed on the importance of communication between field units.
"Large scale drills of this type with our neighboring counties were born directly from lessons learned on September 11th, 2001," Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano said. "That day, the FDNY badly needed mutual aid, and firefighters from across our area responded. The purpose of these mutual aid drills is to gain greater familiarization and to insure that during major emergencies, our members can work efficiently with Firefighters from the surrounding area"
Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Frank Dwyer, (FDNY)