On Tuesday, October 11th, students from across the City joined the FDNY and the FDNY Foundation to kickoff National Fire Prevention Week at the Plaza at Rockefeller Center.
This event, hosted by Tishman Speyer, brought children together with the New York City Fire Department to learn about fire safety and get sworn in as honorary Junior Firefighters and EMT’s.
“The first and most important lesson is to always have a working smoke alarm. We remind the public constantly to change the batteries in their alarms, and to test them monthly to make sure they’re functioning,” said Acting Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh.
Fire Prevention Week is a national event, sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) since 1922. This year’s theme is: “Fire Won’t Wait. Plan Your Escape.”
The students visited our FDNY FireZone and saw a simulated fire scenario and learned what to do in an emergency. The students also observed demonstrations presented by FDNY members. They saw the FDNY Robotics Unit and the drones they use, as well as demonstrations from the FDNY K-9 Unit. The students also experienced Ladder 35 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 and friends.
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
To view more photos from the event, visit: https://www.instagram.com/p/CjlkgpYuGEF/