FDNY Gets Ship Firefighting Simulator

NEW YORK (AP) -
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro speaks Tuesday at the dedication ceremony of the ship firefighting simulator (R), followed by a demonstration of a simulated engine room fire. (FDNY)
Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro speaks Tuesday at the dedication ceremony of the ship firefighting simulator (R), followed by a demonstration of a simulated engine room fire. (FDNY)

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 on Tuesday presided over a dedication ceremony at the department’s training academy on Randall’s Island. He said there is a “real and present” possibility of shipboard fires in a city with “highly active” shipping and tourism industries.

The challenges include the unique layouts and close quarters on ships. Firefighters also could face water supply woes and hazmat (hazardous materials) situations aboard vessels.

The simulator will allow practice for engine room fires, “galley” or kitchen fires and oil tanker emergencies, among other things.