It is a heartbreaking day in New York City.
Despite heroic efforts from members of the FDNY, 12 New Yorkers were killed in a fire in the Bronx last night and four more people were left fighting for their lives. Today, we keep their families and loved ones in our thoughts.
We know that the number of fire deaths rise during the Winter months. In the past few weeks, 22 New Yorkers have lost their lives to fire. This is the deadliest month in ten years.
We know that most fire deaths are preventable. The FDNY and the FDNY Foundation share a mission to bring fire and life safety education to every New Yorker and to eliminate fire deaths completely.
Your support of the FDNY Foundation helps us to ensure that the FDNY can reach every neighborhood with this education and that our Department remains prepared for emergencies.
There is much at stake. Our current environment – in which terrorism is a real and every day threat – requires extraordinary levels of preparedness achieved with a Department-wide commitment to ongoing and rigorous training.
Your donation helps us fund critical FDNY resources: training simulators to help members hone their skills; scholarships for hard-working Firefighters and EMTs to pursue higher education; free CPR training for the public; state-of-the-art response apparatus and critical fire safety education programs.
Thank you for your support of New York’s Bravest, who last night – and every day and every night – respond with utmost bravery and without any thought of their own sacrifice.
We wish you a happy, healthy and safe New Year.
"In a Department that’s certainly no stranger to tragedy, we’re shocked at this loss. The fire started on the first floor and quickly spread upstairs. People died on various floors, they range in ages from one to over fifty. This tragedy is, without question, historic in its magnitude. Our hearts go out to every family who lost a loved one here and everyone fighting for their lives."