On Tuesday, October 5th, students from PS 164 in Brooklyn joined the FDNY and the FDNY Foundation to help kickoff National Fire Prevention Week at the Plaza at Rockefeller Center.
This special event, hosted by Tishman Speyer, brought children together with the New York City Fire Department to learn about the importance of fire safety education. The children were sworn in as honorary Junior Firefighters and EMTs by FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro.
“Our message is clear – be FDNY Smart. These are simple tips that can save lives, and every time we can reach a child with our fire safety message – we know we are making a tremendous difference in their lives. Fire safety is important at any age, but especially for children. Naturally curious, kids are vulnerable to fire. So, it’s up to all of us to do everything in our power to keep them safe by teaching them the dangers fire presents,” said Commissioner Nigro.
Commissioner Nigro added, “Today’s most important lesson is to make sure your family has a working smoke alarm. Tell them the Fire Commissioner said to do it!”
Fire Prevention Month is a national event, sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) since 1922. This year’s theme is: “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!”
The students had the opportunity to visit our FDNY FireZone and watch demonstrations presented by FDNY firefighters and EMTs. They saw Rescue 1 perform a rope slide demonstration as well as Ladder 115 perform a bucket ladder rescue of FDNY mascot, “Hot Dog.” The FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit provided students with life-saving fire safety tips to share with their families.
Tishman Speyer, working together with the FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit distributed fire safety materials to visitors and employees in Rockefeller Plaza throughout the day.
To learn fire safety tips, please visit: https://www.fdnysmart.org
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