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Press Releases / 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 8, 2012



The New York City Fire Department and Tishman Speyer will celebrate Fire Prevention Week 2012 with the swearing in of more than 300 junior firefighters at Rockefeller Center on Tuesday October 9, 2012 at 11 a.m. In addition, at the ceremony, Fireman's Funds Insurance and Vanderbilt Properties will award a $25,000 grant to the FDNY Foundation to support the Department's Fire Safety Education initiatives.

Children from schools in all five boroughs will be on the Plaza at Rockefeller Center wearing red fire helmets and learning valuable lessons in fire safety from members of the FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit. All children will have the opportunity to interact with firefighters and fire apparatus, as well as the chance to view demonstrations by FDNY members. Every child will take the Junior Firefighter's Pledge, an oath designed to remind children to practice fire safety and share it with their family and friends. The oath will be administered by Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano.

"Instilling the importance of fire safety education in the communities we serve, especially to young children, is one of the most important duties of the Fire Department," said Commissioner Cassano. "Each year, through the great work of our Firefighters and the FDNY Foundation - and thanks to support from loyal partners like Tishman Speyer, Fireman's Fund Insurance and Vanderbilt Properties - we bring the vital message of fire safety directly to hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers."


Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano; Chief of Department Edward S. Kilduff; Members of the FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit; Representatives from the FDNY Foundation; Tishman Speyer representative, Sandy Sansevero; Fireman's Fund Senior Director of Commercial Insurance, Yulanda Scott; Co-Chairman and Owner of Terra Holdings, the parent company of Vanderbilt Properties, Kent Swig; Target East Coast Assets Protection Director, Joe Collins


Rockefeller Center - 50th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, at the Plaza


Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 11 a.m.

***Photo Op***

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


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