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FDNY Christens Shipboard Simulator at Fire Academy

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Published on Aug 26, 2014

The FDNY christened a new Shipboard Simulator named “Port Security” at the Fire Academy on Aug. 26, which mimics the conditions firefighters face while fighting fires aboard a boat or ship.

The four-story, 132 foot-long ship simulator, includes multiple training locations which recreate conditions firefighters would encounter aboard a vessel, including engine room fires, galley (kitchen) fires, oil tanker emergencies and fires on the ship’s deck.

It will be used by FDNY members whose response area includes the coastline, as well as other agencies throughout the area.

Shipboard fires pose unique challenges to firefighters because of the layout, restricted maneuverability of the closed quarters, ships’ crew responsibilities and water supply challenges, as well as potential hazmat situations – all factors for which firefighters must be prepared in advance.

The $3.3 million training simulator was funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Port Security Grant Program for regional training of City, State and Federal agencies in New York and New Jersey.

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