FDNY Editor

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 […]
August 3, 2017

Sydney Raids Disrupt Airplane Plot

Australian police made four arrests in raids across Sydney late Saturday over what Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull termed a terrorist plot to “bring down an airplane.” Police describe the plot as “sophisticated and elaborate” and believe it was helped along by Islamic State operatives in Syria. […]
March 31, 2012

Specialty “Unbreakable” Window Systems, Part I

On July 23, 2011, a punishing heat wave with high humidity continued its hold over New York City. Manhattan Box 1051 was transmitted at 0046 hours for a fire on the fourth floor of a 14-story, luxury, high-rise multiple dwelling, located at 815 Park Avenue on […]
March 31, 2012

Wastewater Treatment Processes

The process of removing contaminants from wastewater–both run-off (effluents) and domestic–is called sewage treatment. It can be processed close to where it is created or collected and transported via a network of pipes and pump stations to a municipal treatment plant. The purpose of wastewater management […]
March 31, 2012

Units Battle Fire and Heat Wave at Manhattan Sewage Treatment Plant

The City was experiencing a heat wave and July 20, 2010, was part of it. This day was exceptionally hot and humid, with no wind. At 1146 hours, a phone alarm was received at the Manhattan Communications Office, reporting an explosion in the engine room at […]
March 31, 2012

Initial Shoring Capabilities of On-Scene Rescue Companies (sidebar to above)

Fires and emergencies can present many hazards. Among these is instability of the structure or an area within it, resulting in collapse or partial collapse. These conditions present a hazard to life in that area. The possibility of secondary collapse further compounds that risk. Unstable areas […]
March 31, 2012

Staten Island Collapse and Maydays Safely Resolved

On December 15, 2010, at 0047 hours, Box 3818 was transmitted for a fire reported at 4028 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island. The initial response included Engines 162 and 167, Ladders 82 and 87 and Battalion 23. At 0051 hours, Engine 162, Ladder 82 and Battalion 23 […]
December 1, 2011

More Than Just a Drill

Sunday, June 29, 2009, was a beautiful, sunny Sunday morning as Battalion Chief Michael Gala walked into the office of Battalion 43 in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn. He was relieving Battalion Chief Joseph Carlsen (now Deputy Chief, covering in Division 3). Then-Battalion Chief Joseph […]
December 1, 2011

Rear Tenements, Part I

Editor’s Note: In Part I of this two-part article, the author provides background material on the rear tenement and covers some of the identifying characteristics that pertain to this kind of building and with which FDNY members should familiarize themselves. On March 24, 2008, at 0719 […]
December 1, 2011

Dangerous and Challenging Five-Alarmer in the Bronx

On March 9, 2011, at 1407 hours, units arrived at Box 2421, 754 Manida/Spofford Avenues in the Bronx. Members were confronted with an advanced fire in apartment two on the second floor of a 100- by 100-foot, H-type building. This apartment once was two apartments; however, […]