New York will be safer thanks to a $5,685 grant to the New York Fire Department (FDNY) Ladder Company 3 located on east 13th St. between Third and Fourth avenues. Awarded by Integro Insurance Brokers and Fireman's Fund Insurance Company working with The Gramercy Park Block Association, the grant funds rescue simulation training equipment and fitness equipment to help ensure firefighters are prepared for the challenges they face when responding to emergencies.
Some of the funds were used to build a wooden rescue simulation structure on the rooftop of the firehouse, where during training exercises, firefighters practice performing rescues by climbing safety ropes up a 12-foot wall.
"We are very thankful for the support from Integro Insurance Brokers, Fireman's Fund, and The Gramercy Park Association," said Ladder 3 Lieutenant Kevin Molloy. "By remaining healthy and safe, firefighters can better protect the community. A firefighter's job is very strenuous and we're committed to helping them maintain healthy lives and staying physically fit."
Integro was informed about Ladder 3's need by Arlene Harrison, President of The Gramercy Park Block Association, also known as the "Mayor of Gramercy Park". Harrison works closely with local fire and police departments to help ensure neighborhood safety.
FDNY officials, firefighters, executives from Integro Insurance Brokers, the Fireman's Fund and The Gramercy Park Block Association recently came together for a special public event where the grant was presented.
"We are extremely grateful to our good friend and Gramercy Park neighbor Carmel Fauci, managing principal at Integro," Harrison told the crowd. "Carmel approached us about which local fire company to award this grant to, and we immediately thought of Ladder Company 3. Of all the companies that serve our area, they lost the most men (12) on 9/11 at the World Trade Center. We promised their families that we would never forget them. It wasn't just about the equipment - it is a way to pay tribute and have a moment of silence to remember these 12 men."