2010-07-16 / Community

Ulrich Tours FDNY Training Center on Randall’s Island

Council Member Eric A. Ulrich recently toured the New York City Fire Academy at Randall’s Island to get a firsthand look at the training exercises that prepare firefighters for a wide range of emergencies across the five boroughs.

The academy is situated on 27 acres on Randall’s Island near the RFK Bridge.

Informally known as “The Rock,” the site includes training space for simulations of incidents such as high-rise, house and storefront fires, subway accidents, automobile wrecks and fires, construction accidents and confinedspace rescues.

In addition, the training facility features classrooms, physical fitness facilities and a heavy-duty storm draining system to accommodate water runoff from fire simulations.

During the tour, Ulrich also took time to pay tribute to the 343 fallen 9/11 heroes at the memorial dedicated to FDNY members who died as a result of the terrorist attacks.

The tour was arranged by Rockaway resident and FDNY Battalion Chief William Mundy.

Ulrich said, “This was truly an eyeopening experience that confirms what I’ve always believed - that a well trained and well funded fire department is crucial to the safety of all New Yorkers.

I applaud the Bureau of Training and the three FDNY units which operate at the academy for their exemplary work in training the many men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our great city.”

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