FDNY Editor

September 14, 2017

Irma Puts Disaster Preparedness Cycle to the Test

Hurricane Irma took a path of destruction over several days through U.S. territories and states from the Virgin Islands through South Carolina, leaving dozens dead and untold damage behind. Local, state and federal agencies and officials are earning praise, however, in responding to the unprecedented and […]
September 12, 2017

The Value of “Plan B” at the Nomad Six-Alarm Fire

n the early-morning hours of October 30, 2016, Engine 1 and Ladder 24 transmitted the 10-75 for fire on the first floor at 9 West 29th Street, a five-story loft building in the trendy neighborhood of Nomad. This quintessential Manhattan neighborhood derives its name from being […]
September 7, 2017

Irma Tears through Leeward Islands, Headed to Florida

Hurricane Irma, tied for second as the strongest cyclone to ever form in the Atlantic Ocean, has already ravaged islands in the Caribbean Sea as it bears down on southern Florida, including the highly-vulnerable Keys. Some islands in the Caribbean, such as Burbuda, Anguilla and Saint […]
August 31, 2017

Harvey Aftermath: Rescue Operations

It was reported Wednesday that 13,000 people were rescued from flooding in Houston, and surrounding cities, by firefighters, police officers, U.S. Coast Guard personnel and other responders, as well as many Good Samaritans using their own watercraft and large vehicles, amid record flooding caused by Hurricane […]
August 31, 2017

S2, E21 The Right Tools for the Job with FDNY Lieutenant Yonatan Klein

FDNY Lieutenant Klein discusses how the FDNY researches, develops and selects the best tools and equipment for members. Lieutenant Farooq Muhammad hosts. S2, E21 The Right Tools for the Job w FDNY Lieutenant Yonatan Klein
August 24, 2017

Rotterdam Concert Cancelled, Terror Averted

The U.S. band, the Allah-Las, was scheduled to play a venue in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam Wednesday night, but based on a terror tip from Spanish authorities, the gig was cancelled and those who had already arrived at the converted grain silo at the […]
August 17, 2017

Pedestrians Killed in Terrorist Vehicle Ramming on Busy Barcelona Promenade

In yet another terrorist ramming attack, a van mowed down people for at least 1,000 feet (2-3 city blocks) Thursday afternoon on one of Barcelona’s busiest pedestrian walkways, La Rambla street. Based on early reporting, 12 people are dead and 80 are injured (at least 10 […]
August 10, 2017

Early-Morning IED Shakes Worshipers at Minnesota Mosque

A small but “sophisticated” improvised explosive device (IED) was set off in the imam’s office through a broken window in a Bloomington, Minn. mosque on the morning of Saturday, August 5, 2017. About a dozen people were in a nearby room for morning prayers at the […]
August 8, 2017

From the Editor’s Desk, 2nd/2017 WNYF

Hope you are enjoying the 2nd/2017 issue of WNYF. I’ve been fortunate to keep my string going of introducing a brand-new author for each issue. This second issue for 2017 features three new writers: Battalion Chief Thomas Lapolla and Lieutenant John V. Kazan, who write about […]
August 8, 2017

From the Editor’s Desk, 2nd/2017 Pro EMS

The 2nd/2017 issue of Pro EMS offers columns and feature articles that take up where we left off with the first issue of the year. It is chock-full of interesting and enlightening material, with a bonus special section by FDNY Press Secretary Frank Dwyer that provides […]
June 30, 2012

Rear Tenements, Part II

Editor’s Note: In Part I of this two-part article, which appeared in the 4th/2011 issue of WNYF, the author provided background material on the rear tenement and covered some of the identifying characteristics that pertain to this kind of building and with which FDNY members should […]
June 30, 2012

Overcoming Nozzle Problems

Imagine this scenario: Your nozzle team is ready, outside the fire door. Fire is intensifying, flames are pushing through the door frame under pressure. You signal to the nozzle Firefighter and he acknowledges the signal. The door is pushed open to attack, the team advances and, […]
June 30, 2012

Through Triumph and Tragedy: The First 50 Years of the Emerald Society Pipes and Drums

The FDNY Pipes & Drums today has become synonymous nationally with images of the September 11, 2001, attacks and the band occupies center stage at most Department ceremonial events. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine a time when this organization did not proudly represent the greatest […]
June 30, 2012

More than $1.6 Million Raised at Humanitarian Awards Dinner

The FDNY Foundation Fire Commissioner’s Humanitarian Awards Dinner, held on April 4, 2012, at the New York Hilton, was a night to honor leaders who support the FDNY and fire safety. FOX 5 “Good Day New York” co-host anchor Rosanna Scotto served as the evening’s Master […]
June 30, 2012

What Firefighters Should Know About Gravity Tanks

New York is the only major U.S. city where thousands of the distinctive silhouettes of gravity tanks can be seen above the rooftops of its buildings. A combination of antiquated infrastructure and buildings constructed on shallow bedrock dictates that gravity tanks are required to augment the […]
June 30, 2012

FDNY Overcomes Obstacles at Queens Four-Alarm Fire

The end of a warm summer day tour was fast approaching on August 22, 2011, when Box 9642 was transmitted at 1737 hours for a fire in a store on the corner of Jamaica Avenue and 113th Street in Queens. On this corner was a taxpayer […]
June 30, 2012

The Hazards of Combustible Dust

Combustible dust is defined as a finely divided solid that is 420 microns or smaller in diameter and presents a fire or explosion hazard when dispersed and ignited in air (420 microns is approximately 0.0165 inches or the equivalent of the thickness of four human hairs). […]
June 30, 2012

FDNY Mutual Aid (sidebar to above)

FDNY supports incidents outside New York City via a mutual-aid procedure in two ways: 1. As a request through channels approved by the Chief of Operations and 2. By responding to an alarm near the City border that is located outside New York City. In all […]