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FDNY UNITS / Fire Academy / Bureau of Training

 

 

Fire AcademyThe Bureau of Training and three other FDNY units operate at the New York City Fire Academy. The Academy is situated on 27 acres of land on Randall's Island near the hub or the Triboro Bridge connecting the three boroughs of Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. This training center is adjacent to 68 acres of parkland, an outdoor recreation area consisting of tennis courts; baseball, softball and soccer fields; and walking, jogging and cycling paths.

These facilities are also utilized by the Academy and its personnel, the location affording members of the Department the Opportunity to engage in their physical fitness programs. It also provides a playing site for the various teams and leagues that are associated with "The Bravest."

The 22,000-seat Downing Stadium on Randall's Island is just 350 feet west of the site and is utilized by the Academy for special presentations, gatherings of fire-service personnel, public relations programs and athletic events.

There are eleven buildings on the site, known informally as "The Rock." There is also
a 200,000 gallon water supply tank, a suction pit for drafting tests, and a heavy-duty storm draining system to accommodate water runoff from fire simulations. There are also gasoline and diesel fuel pumps and a 300-car parking lot .

The New York Transit Authority has installed tracks and two subway cars-one old style and one new-in order to provide a suitable facility for the development of techniques for dealing with subway fires and other emergencies. This adds that degree of reality which seems to prevail throughout the entire complex.

A Picnic-lunch area allows staff, students, schoolchildren and other visitors a place to enjoy a sunny day during the midday break. A specially designed chauffeur training course features a hill, controllable traffic lights, intersections and movable electric "pop-ups" which present the chauffeur-in-training with every type emergency situation. It is illuminated with street lights for 24-hour-a-day operations.

There is also a helicopter landing site on the grounds.

 

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