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Bronx, NY – On Saturday, January 27th, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the NYC Fire Department, hosted a free Fire Safety Training Workshop at the Bronx Zoo located at 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York 10457. The event is part of a series of workshops announced by the Borough President at the start of this year to educate the public on fire safety, targeting seniors, public housing residents, and other at-risk populations.

“We are grateful to the FDNY and our community partners for joining us this winter here at the Bronx Zoo for the relaunch of our Fire Safety Education Workshop series,” said Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson. “In the Bronx, we have seen more than our fair share of fires that have led to families being displaced and communities forever changed. We are working strategically to get this potentially life-saving information out to those who need it the most and equip our residents with the tools to keep themselves and their families safe.”

“We were honored at the Bronx Zoo to serve as a gathering place for Bronx families by hosting a fire safety event with Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson and the FDNY,” said John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs. “Fires have a long history of devastation in the Bronx and it is more important than ever that residents are informed with the knowledge and resources to protect themselves, their families and their homes.”

Close to 50 participants, including children, were gathered inside the Schiff Family Great Hall for the workshop that addressed how to escape house fires, the importance of using a strip cord, how to receive free fire and carbon monoxide alarms installed by the American Red Cross, and other fire preventive information.