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:
AIRBUS PRESENTS FDNY-RESCUE 1 WITH A NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART TRUCK AT SPECIAL FIREHOUSE CEREMONY IN NEW YORK
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.