Actor Dennis Leary Donates New Mobile Command Center To FDNY

District5

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NY1 News

Monday, July 19, 2004
Top News . NY1 Living

The FDNY now has what it says is a better way to communicate during a major crisis.

Actor Dennis Leary presented a new state-of-the art mobile command center to Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta on Monday.

Among other features, the command center's radio system will allow the department to stay in constant communication with various city agencies during a disaster or other emergencies. The vehicle will also transmit live video of events to FDNY headquarters.

The city has been criticized for communication problems between agencies in the past.

Leary is the founder of the Leary Firefighters Foundation, which provides resources for fire departments.

"Basically, people give me money because I am a celebrity. Then I turn around and say the fire department, in this case the Fire Department of New York City, 'Hey, what do you guys need, what do you want?'" said Leary. "Then they tell me what it is they want and need, and we go out and buy it. I consider myself kind of like a toy store."

The command center cost more than $500,000. The FDNY says it will be used for the first time at the Republican National Convention next month.
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Bs918

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Re: Actor Dennis Leary Donates New Mobile Command Center To

Dennis stars in a new TCV show this week where he plays a firefighter
 

daysleeper47

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Re: Actor Dennis Leary Donates New Mobile Command Center To

Yeah, it's called Rescue Me and premieres tomorrow, I believe at 10 on FX.

Here is some background.

FX's newest original drama series, "Rescue Me," starring Denis Leary, premieres July 21 at 10pm on FX.

Rescue Me revolves around the lives of men in a New York City firehouse. Leary stars as "Tommy Gavin," a New York City fireman who is coping with the fear of his job post-9/11 and how to conceal that fear from his fellow firefighters. Gavin is also recently divorced and moves in across the street from his ex-wife so he can cultivate a better relationship with their three children as well as to keep an eye on her.

"Its about time there is a show that looks at the lives and great work of New York City firefighters and what goes on beneath the surface of the job you see," said Leary. "I am excited to portray a firefighter. I have many close friends and family members that are firefighters and many of the stories and characters will be drawn from them."

Zack Van Amburg, Senior Vice President of Development and Cable Development, Sony Pictures Television added, "Many networks were interested in this project, but we felt strongly that FX made for the perfect marriage. Denis and Peter's material is wonderfully authentic and we're thrilled to be making this series for FX."

Rescue Me features an ensemble that includes Jack McGee (Backdraft) as "Chief Jerry Reilly", 'The Good Chief'; Stephen Pasquale (Six Feet Under) as "Sean Garrity"; Daniel Sunjata (Law & Order SVU) as "Franco Rivera"; John Scurti (The Ref) as "Lou aka Lt. Kenny Shea"; Michael Lombardi (The Job) as "Mike 'The Probie' Silletti"; Michael Mulheren (Law & Order) as "Chief Ron Perroli", 'The Grinch'; and Andrea Roth (Lucky) as Gavin's ex-wife "Janet." Sound good?
 

yfdgricker

Administrator
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This came over the AP news wire about Rescue Me...

Drama takes look at firefighters
By FRAZIER MOORE The Associated Press

NEW YORK - In the new FX drama ''Rescue Me,'' Denis Leary stars as Tommy Gavin, a Manhattan firefighter saving lives and helping keep his city safe.

But just moments into the premiere episode (airing at 10 p.m. Wednesday) the truth comes out: The ''me'' who most needs rescuing is Tommy himself.

Viewers see Tommy step into his bathroom to answer nature's call. Suddenly there's smoke everywhere. He's trapped. He yells for help. Lucky thing he's just having another one of his panicky delusions! A guy like Tommy wouldn't really know how to ask for help.

''He's a firefighter whose life is falling apart,'' Leary was saying a few weeks ago, practically licking his chops at the dramatic possibilities.

Leary, also a creator, writer and executive producer of ''Rescue Me,'' was huddled with his partner, Peter Tolan, in their motor-home office at a Harlem curb.

Around the block, the ''Rescue Me'' production team was prepping a scene for episode two in a rundown brownstone, where Tommy will burst in on a soot-smeared old gent nailing shut the door into the next room.

When asked his wife's whereabouts, the man gestures past the bolted door. ''She's right where I left her, on the couch soaked in kerosene,'' he announces. ''Forty-two years I put up with her yapping. No more yapping!''

''Part of the fun of the show,'' explains Leary, ''is that, like the actual Fire Department, when you get the call you don't know exactly what's going to happen. You might find a horrible fire and people needing to be saved, or'' - as in a scene from the premiere - ''you might find a crazy naked junkie who doesn't even know these are firemen, he thinks they've come to steal his money and attacks them with a baseball bat.''

But derring-do and zany misadventures play only a backup role in ''Rescue Me.''

''Our focus is on the guys,'' says Tolan, meaning the crew of 62 Truck (played by Michael Lombardi, Jack McGee, Steven Pasquale, John Scurti and Daniel Sunjata). ''Yeah, we want to show them on the job, but we want to see them after the fire - that's the most interesting thing to us.''

Smoldering throughout ''Rescue Me'' is 9-11, whose impact on New York's Bravest only makes their tough job tougher.

''One of the roots of the show is men dealing with their emotions, especially this group who have to go to work every day and deal with life-or-death circumstances,'' says Leary, a standup comic turned actor whose films include ''Wag the Dog'' and ''The Thomas Crown Affair,'' as well as the animated hit ''Ice Age.''

Leary has infused ''Rescue Me'' with his intimate knowledge of the world it inhabits. The deaths of a cousin and a childhood friend while battling a 1999 Worcester, Mass., blaze inspired him to create the Leary Firefighters Foundation charity. And he has long been pals with a crew of New York firemen who ''I've seen go through a zillion different things, 9-11 being just one of them.

''The show,'' he says, ''is about all the stuff that separates a group of guys from other men. But it's also what separates them from their wives and girlfriends, who complain, 'You don't talk to me about this, you don't open up.' Especially for my character: It's just not something he wants to go home and talk about, and it's basically destroyed his marriage.''

In fact, Tommy lives across the street from the home he used to share with his three kids and soon-to-be-ex-wife, Janet (Andrea Roth), whose loss he mourns bitterly while killing time with the booze he meant to swear off.

''I couldn't open up, I wasn't emotionally available, blah blah blah,'' he grumbles to his cousin and best friend, Jimmy Keefe (James McCaffrey), a fellow firefighter who died at the twin towers yet keeps paying Tommy announced visits.

Says Leary, ''A lot of this show is seeing what the guys are trying to ignore, and trying to drink away, and trying to run away from.''

But cutting through their self-imposed smoke screens is their close-knit male camaraderie. There's lots of trash talk, pranks and blowing off steam, with more mentions of ''balls'' than in a Spalding catalogue.

Towel-snappingly rambunctious, ''Rescue Me'' invokes a comedy-drama from a couple of years ago in which Leary starred as a reckless NYPD detective. Rowdy, raw and clearly out of sync with ABC's other fare, ''The Job'' was a ratings flop.

''A lot of people said to me, 'You should have done that show on cable,''' recalls Tolan, a veteran of ''The Larry Sanders Show'' for whom ''The Job'' was his first collaboration with Leary. ''It really feels like now we're doing the show we should have done back then.''

Maybe rescued just in time.

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On the Net:

www.fxnetworks.com

www.learyfirefighters.org

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EDITOR'S NOTE - Frazier Moore can be reached at fmoore(at)ap.org

AP-CS-07-15-04 1532EDT
 

yfdgricker

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Re: Actor Dennis Leary Donates New Mobile Command Center To

If your interested, there is a website for Rescue Me on Fox, it's http://www.fxnetworks.com/shows/originals/rescueme/main.html
 

Bklyn Phil

Captain
NY1 News

Monday, July 19, 2004
Top News . NY1 Living

The FDNY now has what it says is a better way to communicate during a major crisis.

Actor Dennis Leary presented a new state-of-the art mobile command center to Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta on Monday.

Among other features, the command center's radio system will allow the department to stay in constant communication with various city agencies during a disaster or other emergencies. The vehicle will also transmit live video of events to FDNY headquarters.

The city has been criticized for communication problems between agencies in the past.

Leary is the founder of the Leary Firefighters Foundation, which provides resources for fire departments.

"Basically, people give me money because I am a celebrity. Then I turn around and say the fire department, in this case the Fire Department of New York City, 'Hey, what do you guys need, what do you want?'" said Leary. "Then they tell me what it is they want and need, and we go out and buy it. I consider myself kind of like a toy store."

The command center cost more than $500,000. The FDNY says it will be used for the first time at the Republican National Convention next month.
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