Children Cherish FDNY Open House Day

Children Cherish FDNY Open House Day

Photos Courtesy of FDNY 

By Michael V. Cusenza

Children of all ages, from wide-eyed tykes to kids at heart fulfilling that lifelong dream of sitting on a fire truck, visited firehouses across the five boroughs on Saturday as the city Fire Department celebrated its second annual Open House event.

More than 200 firehouses and EMS stations opened their doors to the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Throughout the day, FDNY firefighters, paramedics and EMTs educated the public about fire and life safety – conducting demonstrations, discussing careers within the department, and offering tours of engines, ladder trucks and ambulances.

FDNY Open House 2016

FDNY Open House 2016

Additionally, residents had the opportunity to schedule a free smoke/carbon monoxide alarm installation through #GetAlarmedNYC.  FDNY members also be gave away more than 30,000 items, including fire safety coloring books and tiny fire helmets for future firefighters.

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said topping last year’s turnout would not be an easy feat.

“In 2015, FDNY members celebrated our 150th Anniversary with the people they bravely serve, welcoming more than 27,000 New Yorkers into the department’s firehouses and EMS stations for the first time ever,” he noted.


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