Reprinted from a Pinnacle Systems press release:

NEW YORK, Aug. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Pinnacle Systems, Inc., B&H Photo and Video, Hewlett-Packard and Intel Corporation announced today their combined contribution of two comprehensive Digital Video Publishing Stations to the New York City Fire Department. This donation was presented to Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta today at the New York City Fire Department, located in Brooklyn, New York.

“With the technology provided by these companies, our department will be able to capture digital video footage of our response to actual fires and emergencies, enabling us to quickly analyze and learn from critical aspects of individual operations,” said Nicholas Scoppetta, New York City Fire Commissioner. “In effect, this technology will help enrich our training efforts, enhance our performance in the field and ultimately save more lives. We thank these generous technology companies for devoting their resources to this contribution, and for helping make the greatest Fire Department in the world even greater.”

The donation will be directed to the New York City Fire Department, which provides fire protection, fire safety education and emergency medical services to the citizens of New York City. The Digital Video Publishing Stations include two Intel-based HP 2 X 4000 workstations complete with flat panel monitors, Intel(R) Xeon(TM) processors for each system, DVD burners and Pinnacle Edition DV and Creative Collection software.


“When we recently heard Deputy Chief Wells speak about how he and his department overcome the challenges they face on a daily basis and how video analysis can help them save lives, we knew that joining together with other leaders in the video industry could effect real change,” said Jerry Thompson, Vice President and General Manager for Pinnacle Systems’ Business & Consumer Division.

“Being able to affect positive change in our local community has always been a core component to B&H’s business philosophy. Helping the New York City Fire Department makes us especially proud after September 11,” said Gary Eisenberger, Store Manager for B&H Photo and Video.

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