FDNY Open House

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FDNY Holds Open House To Teach Public About Fire Safety

June 16, 2018 - 4:19 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- New York City Fire Department brass says there is still work to be done in education and outreach, as evidenced by some troubling statistics.

Fifty people have died in fires already this year.

"We're in the end of June, nearing the end of June, we've had more deaths than we had in 2016," Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.

He said outreach is critical -- this weekend that means open houses.

"Four years now we've been having open houses. Open all of our fire houses and EMS stations to the public to show them what we're all about and to teach them more about fire safety education," he said.

They're also giving away thousands of smoke alarms.

Kids seemed more interested in the big red fire trucks.

"They got to get inside the fire engines, slide down the pole," one father said.

He said it's nice to be able to thank those who serve the community.

"We marked it on our calendar, and we do this every year," he said.