HOW IT STARTED
In July of 2011, a group of firefighters purchased former Rescue 3 from the City of New York, when it was going to be scrapped, for the purpose of creating the REMEMBRANCE RESCUE PROJECT. Unfortunately, Rescue 3 had an immediate catastrophic engine failure. The Project contacted the scrap yard where Rescue 4 had been sent and was able to swap rigs prior to its destruction. However, Rescue 4 had no cab doors, so the available parts were taken off Rescue 3 before its destruction and replaced on Rescue 4.
WHAT IS THE PROJECT
The project now involving former FDNY Rescue 4 and Rescue 5 is an educational, non-for-profit effort focused at society, especially youngsters who were too young to actually understand the events of September 11th and what that day means to all of us.
The Remembrance Rescue Project allows the Rescues to serve as mobile memorials to Educate, Honor and Remember the events of 9/11 and all firefighters killed in the line of duty throughout the country every year.
Rescue 4 and Rescue 5 are currently the only operational fire apparatus from 9/11 outside New York City.
The Project is not an FDNY operation, but a national campaign for 9/11 education and remembrance for all fallen firefighters. The Project has applied for 501c3 status and funds generated are used to restore, preserve and operate the Rescues in order to facilitate education sessions, memorials and remembrance events.
HOW IT WORKS
The project is operated by firefighters from across the country, who generously volunteer their time. The Project is assisted by host fire departments throughout the country to coordinate educational sessions with the Rescues for local schools, community events and memorials.
Rescue 4's restoration work was completed by a group of amazing volunteers in September of 2011. In the Projects' first 12 months, the Rescue was a part of a variety of community events and memorials with estimated attendances totaling 900,000 people . The Project continuously travels throughout the United States and currently has requests from host departments across the country.
In December of 2011, the Project acquired the last of the Rescue trucks from 9/11, Rescue 5. Rescue 5 was brought to the Project's Chicago facility, where its restoration was completed in April of 2012.
Rescue 5 is currently operated out of the Project's Chicago facility and travel throughout the Eastern states, while Rescue 4 operates out of Colorado and continues the Project's mission throughout the Western states.
The Project has been well received and continues to grow and develop. The Project's immediate goal is to educate children across the country with regards to the history and events of September 11th. The Project is driven to keep the remembrance alive for all fallen firefighters, while preserving the 2 surviving Rescues from 9/11 as mobile teaching tools and memorials. The Rescues will always represent the greatest sacrifice in FDNY, but they are also key artifacts to understanding and remembering the largest tragedy in modern American history.