FDNY designs, utilizes nation's first high rise fire simulator

By Kevin L. Jones
FireRescue1 Product Editor

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The FDNY now owns something that would make any big city fire chief drool: a state-of-the-art high-rise fire simulator.

Installed inside an old four-story building at the New York Fire Academy, the simulator features the most up-to-date firefighting training technology available, including a roll-over fire simulator, mock shaft ways and video hookups on each floor, which allow instructors to review training exercises in real-time.

"In a city that houses thousands of high-rise buildings, this simulator is going to become a critical toll in the training of our firefighters," said NY Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta at the simulator's dedication ceremony.

Designed specifically by FDNY firefighters, the new simulator on Randalls Island cost $4.2 million, raised mainly by the Leary Firefighters Foundation, founded by actor Denis Leary, and the FDNY Foundation. Its construction took a little more than a year, but the academy began utilizing the facility even before its dedication ceremony last month.

"Once you give a firefighter a piece of equipment, it goes to work right away," said Leary at the dedication ceremony. “It’s never a question of whether or not they’re going to use it — it's when they'll wear it out from using it too much.”

All FDNY engine and ladder companies will train at the facility over the next several months.

Since 2004, the FDNY Fire Academy has received more than $60 million for improvements in its training facilities and programs.

"This is one of the last pieces of the puzzle that makes this the greatest fire training academy in the world," said Fire Chief Salvatore Cassano.

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