A rescue truck used in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, made its first appearance in San Diego Thursday morning.
FDNY Rescue 5 debuted at the Toby Wells Family YMCA in Kearny Mesa as part of The Remembrance Rescue Project’s nationwide Coast to Coast Remembrance Tour.
The Remembrance Rescue Project restored Rescue 5 so it could serve as an educational tool, memorial and historical artifact. The restoration project was geared toward teaching children about the events of Sept. 11 and what the day means to fire service members across the country.
"The rig behind me is designed to educate," San Diego Fire Department Fire Chief Brian Fennessy said. "Not just as a remembrance piece, but to educate us on why it's important, why remembering is important, and why what took place [on Sept. 11, 2001] and how the world has changed since then is important."
Rescue 5 will make stops at several YMCA branches and other locations throughout San Diego until the Remembrance Tour moves north to Los Angeles in November.
Eleven New York City Fire Department firefighters from Rescue 5 lost their lives during rescue efforts at the World Trade Center. The truck remained in service in New York City until it became part of the Remembrance Rescue Project in 2001.
The Remembrance Rescue Project is a nonprofit organization created by firefighters to restore and preserve FDNY Rescue 4 and Rescue 5, and works with fire departments nationwide to host the Rescues for memorials, and educational and remembrance events.