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Airbus Donates Fire Truck To Fdny

Sat Apr 20, 2002 3:57 am

Airbus has donated the money to replace the truck lost on 9/11 for Rescue 1, the premire rescue unit of the FDNY.

On a personal note, I lived in the building right next to Rescue 1 (which you can see in the picture on the FDNY press release). Everyday I saw the Rescue 1 guys and their specialized truck and was proud to have been able to say good morning or good evening to them. Most of the company was lost on 9/11.

I'm very glad that Airbus donated 2 million dollars for such an important item.

also from airbus:
11 April 2002

Airbus today helped one of New York City’s hardest-hit fire companies in the September 11 World Trade Center attack return to full capability, with the donation of a new state-of-the-art fire and rescue truck.

America’s first rescue unit, Rescue One, located on West 43rd Street in Manhattan, was presented the custom-built vehicle by Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer Noël Forgeard, at a firehouse ceremony with former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director Joe M. Allbaugh.

Mr. Forgeard said Toulouse, France-based Airbus “is privileged to fund this truck, as well as a major piece of equipment for the police department to be delivered later this spring. This is one of those times when a company can step up and do something simply because it is the right thing to do.”

He added, “Airbus first committed to the donations last October, and in so doing, heeded (current New York City) Mayor Bloomberg’s campaign call to the private sector to reach out and assist in the expensive and painstaking recovery effort.” Mr. Forgeard noted the city’s legendary European heritage, and said, “New York has been the springboard to success for so many people.” It is in that spirit “as a global company with a truly diversified family of 45,000 employees,” Airbus decided to “make this contribution to New York’s continuing recovery.”

Airbus first contacted fire truck manufacturers in late September as it explored options on making a contribution to New York and the fire department.

Mr. Forgeard told the men of Rescue One, “We salute you and remind you that every time this truck rolls, a lot of Airbus people you will never meet will be riding with you.”
The $750,000 Rescue One apparatus and the $450,000 police department lighting truck, now under construction, are part of a $2 million donation Airbus is making to New York City and the family funds established by American Airlines and United Airlines in the names of crew members lost last September.

Before the attacks on New York City, the firefighters of Rescue One and Captain Terry Hatton had been developing a design for a new truck to replace the 17-year-old unit then in service. Last October, Airbus teamed with Saulsbury Fire Rescue, the Preble, NY-based company contracted to build the unit for Rescue One.

Mr. Forgeard said that while Airbus is ‘the best at designing large airplanes, we cannot take a bit of credit in designing this apparatus.” Those honors belong to the men of rescue One and Captain Terry Hatton and the 10 good men who died with him on September 11.”

A plaque with the names of those lost is mounted in the truck.

A leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive product line on the market, Airbus is a global company with design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain as well as subsidiaries in the U.S., China and Japan. Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus is an EADS joint Company with BAE SYSTEMS.

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RE: Airbus Donates Fire Truck To Fdny

Sat Apr 20, 2002 4:41 am

High class.

Very heartening to see that the healthy competition between two rivals a nation apart doesn't get in the way of the human spirit.

I'm a Boeing fan myself, but no doubt this is a class act on the part of Airbus Industries. Good work over there  Smile

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RE: Airbus Donates Fire Truck To Fdny

Sat Apr 20, 2002 5:01 am

That's the spirit Airbus!

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RE: Airbus Donates Fire Truck To Fdny

Sat Apr 20, 2002 5:37 am

This is a fantastic move by airbus, all credit to them. NYC needs all the help it needs to get back to normal. This is a step forward in the right direction.

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RE: Airbus Donates Fire Truck To Fdny

Sat Apr 20, 2002 8:05 am

Great move by Airbus. I am very impressed by the kind of class that they showed by giving the FDNY a badly needed truck. It is surprising in one way, but Airbus does have a great customer in the NYC area (JetBlue Airways) and JetBlue is lucky it can depend on a great corporation like Airbus Industre.

I too, am a Boeing fan but with two great companies competing with each other, who knows what newer and better airplanes can be developed.


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RE: Airbus Donates Fire Truck To Fdny

Sat Apr 20, 2002 8:20 am

Very classy move....

After all, we're all human, and our industry is united by one thing we all share, the love of flight, and the desire to get our industry back on its feet again after the 9/11 attacks.

This is a great move by Airbus, both in terms of the PR they're getting from it, and most importantly the fact that it was a genuinely nice gesture on their part.
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RE: Airbus Donates Fire Truck To Fdny

Sat Apr 20, 2002 9:44 am

Very nice, I'm just reading that book about the fireman that was in the building when it came down and got out !!. Very good read.
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RE: Airbus Donates Fire Truck To Fdny

Sat Apr 20, 2002 11:56 am

Even I have to admit that was nice move, and I do not like Airbus in the least! Maybe they aren't as bad as I thought.

Mmmm forbidden donut.