On Tuesday, October 8, hundreds of New York City school children from each of the five boroughs joined the FDNY and the FDNY Foundation to kickoff National Fire Prevention Week at the Plaza at Rockefeller Center.
The special event brings children together with the New York City Fire Department to learn about fire safety and the importance of being prepared in case of an emergency. The children were sworn in as honorary Junior Firefighters and EMTs by FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro.
“Teaching children about fire and how they can be vigilant about fire safety will both empower them and help save lives,” said Commissioner Nigro. “Events like these are a great example of the ways in which our free fire safety education programs have the power to reach the populations most vulnerable to fire and help reduce fire deaths. A special thank you to Tishman Speyer for hosting this annual life-saving event. Thank you to the FDNY Foundation for funding this critical program.” Commissioner Nigro urged the students to speak with their families about the importance of working smoke alarms, and having an escape plan in case of an emergency.
Fire Prevention Month is a national event, sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) since 1922. This year’s theme is: “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and Practice your Escape.”
The students and teachers had the opportunity to watch demonstrations presented by the FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit, including a hands-on look at how cooking fires can start and the importance of having a working smoke alarm in the house.
Tishman Speyer, working together with the FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit distributed fire safety materials to visitors and employees in the Plaza.
For more information about the FDNY Foundation’s public outreach programs, including the Fire Safety Education Unit, click here.