Fort Totten Army Base Helps With NYFD Training
The New York City Fire Department uses facilities at the Fort Totten Army Reserve base to practice firefighting skills. Chief Paul Mannix of Battalion 53 while supervising the firefighter practice drills at Fort Totten, said. “There are a series of buildings that are going to be demolished soon so they offered the area to the NYFD as a realistic drill opportunity. It’s good! The guys can walk around, learn about building construction. The Battalion Chief and officers of each company in Queens lead the instruction of the young firefighters. We have three companies here and the officers of each company are drilling them. The senior guys are drilling the younger guys and I’m also drilling.
“With regard to preparation of firefighters to do their jobs well, we do have fire control drills at the Fire Academy. Units are taken out of service and sent down there periodically and we will go through drills like that.”