The FDNY Foundation joined the FDNY and WABC-7 in Manhattan on Wed., Jan. 20 to celebrate the 18th annual “Operation 7: Save a Life” fire safety television program produced by WABC.
The annual special is devoted to increasing public awareness about fire safety, as well as home hazards and the importance of planning for emergencies.
“This past June, we saw our first ever month with zero fire fatalities. That month, in a city of more than 8 million people, and with millions more coming to the five boroughs every day for work and to visit, not one person lost their life to fire,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro at the event. “This monumental achievement is not only because of work done in May, or even April and March; it’s because of the work by many of the parties in this room – year after year – to push the importance of having an escape plan, practicing fire safety at home and most of all, the critical message of having a working smoke alarm.”
“Any time we can increase the reach of these critical fire safety education lessons, we are thrilled,” said Lieutenant Anthony Mancuso, Director of Fire Safety Education. “The Foundation-funded FDNY Fire Safety Education team works every single day to make New Yorkers safer by educating them on the ways they can protect themselves from fire. We are so grateful to WABC for helping us to spread awareness.”
“This program has saved lives, there’s no question,” said Eyewitness News anchor Bill Ritter who has hosted the campaign since its inception at WABC in 1999. “The key is to pass out tens of thousands of free carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to people who otherwise couldn’t afford them. That is saving lives.”
That will be made possible thanks to a new program aimed at putting 100,000 smoke and carbon monoxide detectors directly into the homes of New Yorkers over the next two years. #GetAlarmedNYC is the largest smoke alarm giveaway and installation program in the country and will target communities that are the greatest risk of fire according to statistics and analysis done by the FDNY.
This year, the special features the new FDNY Chaplain, Reverend Ann Kansfield, who was also named the New York Times New Yorker of the Year.
You can tune into the “Operation 7: Save a Life” fire safety special on Sat., Jan 23 at 7 P.M. For more information from WABC, please click here.
"This program has saved lives, there’s no question. The key is to pass out tens of thousands of free carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to people who otherwise couldn’t afford them. That is saving lives."