The FDNY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose vital message is to bring fire safety and prevention to all New Yorkers and support the critical work of the New York City Fire Department. The Foundation directly sponsors an array of educational and public awareness programs designed to reduce fires and fire fatalities for both the public and for New York City firefighters.
The Foundation has undertaken numerous educational projects in the last six years, including the opening of the FDNY Fire Zone. The Fire Zone is an interactive state-of-the-art Fire Safety Education experience at Rockefeller Center where children and adults learn about fire prevention and safety. Opened in October 2000, the Fire Zone has taught more than 240,000 people critical life-saving techniques.
The Foundation and the FDNY regularly collaborate to protect the people and property of New York City. For example, when candle-related fires tripled in 2000, the Foundation and the Department, with support from the private sector, launched a multi-faceted campaign that helped decrease candle-related fires by 50% in one year. The Foundation and the FDNY also jointly conduct several outreach projects for the general public, including bi-annual “Change Your Clock/Change Your Battery” campaigns, which distribute thousands of free smoke detectors and batteries in the Spring and Fall.