Santa Monica Fire Station Hosts Rescue 5 in Honor of 9/11

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A fire station in Santa Monica on Friday became the first in California to host Rescue 5, which was damaged when the twin towers collapsed on 9/11.


Rescue 5 arrived in Santa Monica on Friday. (Credit: KTLA)

The retired New York CIty rescue truck was welcomed during a ceremony held at the Santa Monica Fire Department headquarters at 1444 Seventh St.

“Our Department is very fortunate to be the very first fire department in California to host FDNY Rescue 5,” Capt. James Altman said in a news release.

Eleven crew members were killed when the FDNY apparatus was damaged in the 9/11 attacks, almost 13 years ago.

Jeremy Painkin, and other firefighters, acquired the Rescue 5 rig after it was retired in 2011. Painkin’s team restored it and started the Remembrance Project.

The project’s goal was to travel the U.S. to educate, honor and remember.

“This is about never forgetting the fallen. This is about honoring our brothers and sisters,” Painkin said.

More information about the Remembrance Project can be found at

KTLA’s Courtney Friel contributed to this report.