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Press Releases / 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 9, 2012

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

FIRE COMMISSIONER CASSANO OPENS NEW QUARTERS FOR MARINE COMPANY 9 ON STATEN ISLAND

Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano will cut the ribbon on a new state-of-the-art FDNY firehouse for Marine Company 9, located at the Staten Island Homeport, 392 Front Street, on May 10, at 11 a.m. Marine Company 9 is the only waterfront firehouse on Staten Island.

"This new firehouse is the latest development in what has been a monumental modernization of FDNY Marine Operations," said Commissioner Cassano. "With our new fleet of fireboats, waterfront firehouses - and a newly developed tiered response that utilizes all of our tools, training and preparation - the Department stands ready to provide unique lifesaving capabilities for all incidents on or near the water in New York City."

"We are pleased to have partnered with the FDNY on the construction of this new environmentally-friendly, state-of-the-art firehouse," said New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky. "Investing in essential City services and improving the quality of life for all New Yorkers will help ensure that our City remains a top location in which to live and do business."

FDNY worked closely with the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the State Department of Environmental Conservation to secure land to construct the new $24 million, two-story, 10,500 square foot facility to house the state-of-the-art fireboat, Fire Fighter II. This new firehouse has several green initiatives, making it one of the most energy efficient buildings in the Department’s history. Sustainable elements include a planted green roof which provides for storm water retention and filtering, as well providing additional insulation; solar thermal collectors used to heat water in the firehouse and provide supplemental heat for the building; and automatic lighting controls used to minimize energy consumption.

Fire Fighter II was commissioned and assigned to Marine Company 9 on December 7, 2010 and replaced the former 72-year-old ship, the Fire Fighter. One of the two most advanced fireboats in the world - the other being Three Forty Three assigned to FDNY Marine Company 1 in Manhattan - Fire Fighter II has the capability of pumping 50,000 gallons of water per minute and the ability to detect and protect firefighters from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents.

Who:

Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano; Chief of Department Edward S. Kilduff; Chief of Special Operations Command William Seelig; Chief of Marine Operations James Dalton; many FDNY members and their families

Where:

Quarters of Marine 9 - Staten Island Homeport, 392 Front Street

When:

Thursday, May 10 - 11 a.m.

***Photo Op***

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

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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