NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City now has a simulator that reproduces the unique conditions that can arise while fighting fires aboard ships.
Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro presided over a christening ceremony Tuesday at the department’s training academy on Randall’s Island.
“In a city with 520 miles of coastline, and highly active shipping and tourism industries, the possibility of shipboard fires is real and present – making this simulator an incredibly important training tool for our members and the entire region,” said Nigro.
The four-story, 132 foot-long ship reproduces the challenges firefighters could face, including water supply woes and hazmat situations. Other challenges include the unique layouts and close quarters on ships.
The simulator will allow practice for engine room fires, “galley” or kitchen fires and oil tanker emergencies, among other things.
The $3.3 million simulator was funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Port Security Grant Program.
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