FDNY begins issuing safety ropes after firefighter from Hudson Valley killed
New York?s Bravest were issued a key piece of equipment that can help save their lives. The FDNY began distributing and testing safety ropes Tuesday on Randall?s Island after doing without them for five years. The change comes in the aftermath of a devastating fire in January in the Bronx that critically injured two NYC firefighters and killed another. All three men were from the Hudson Valley area.Training to learn how to use the ropes will take place twice a day, seven days a week. Within eight months, all of the firefighters will be equipped with the ropes. The safety ropes will cost the city $11 million.