The New York City Fire Department christened its newest, state-of-the-art, custom-built simulator at its training academy on Randall's Island on Tuesday.
Designed to replicate fires aboard seafaring vessels, the four-story, 132-foot-long ship solidly placed on dry land recreates electrical and kitchen fires at sea.
"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," Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said in a statement.
The $3.3 million recreation, named "Port Security" was paid for by a grant program funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It will be not only accessible to Fire Department trainees but also state and federal agencies as well as other firefighting agencies in New York and in New Jersey.
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