The New York City Fire Department, known as "New York's Bravest", is a source of respect and fascinating for locals and visitors alike. The department maintains the popular FDNY Fire Zone to both satisfy this curiosity and provide public education about city-specific fire safety concerns. While not specifically geared towards kids, the Fire Zone is a favorite of school groups and young children.

Courage is the foundation of our character. Bravery is the ability to overcome fear through fortitude, instinct, compassion for others and training.
- FDNY Mission Statement

What You Will See

In addition to the official FDNY store, the Fire Zone offers visitors (especially kids) the opportunity to climb aboard a real fire truck and try on the bunker gear. Interactive and engaging installations educate visitors about fire prevention and escape. Active and retired members of the FDNY are on hand for tours, questions, discussions, and photo opportunities. Admission is free, but for a full experience, the Fire Zone offers a fire simulator for a small additional fee where visitors can practice their fire safety skills in a virtual environment.

Why You Should Go

Located just steps from Radio City Music Hall, this spot makes for a short, easy, and fascinating stop during an exploration of midtown. Exhibitions do not change all that often, but everyone should visit at least once if only to keep your fire-safety plans current and up to date. Take some additional time to experience the state-of-the-art virtual fire simulator to drive home the bravery and skill of New York's Firefighters.