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October 31, 2016

Green Energy: Part III–Firefighting Procedures and Fire Protection for Energy Storage Systems

his third and final article on energy storage systems (ESS) provides both firefighting and fire protection recommendations. It offers general guidelines, based upon research, comparative fire and emergency incidents, building inspections and dangers involving electricity and hazardous materials. Keep in mind that it is the responsibility […]
October 31, 2016

Auditory Exclusion and How the Sympathetic Response Affects Our Operational Performance on the Fireground

verybody goes. Phone alarm, residential. First-due engine, second-due truck, fire’s in a multiple dwelling! 5826 Eastern Parkway. Caller states fire top floor. When Firefighters hear these words from the housewatch, they can feel their bodies change instantly, due to the rush of adrenaline that now is […]
October 31, 2016

FDNY First on the Scene at Attempted Bank Robbery in Lower Manhattan

o matter how long you’ve been on the job, some runs stay with you longer than others. Some leave you feeling proud of what you accomplished; others weigh heavily on you. Sometimes, you get a run that reminds you that no matter how routine a call […]
October 31, 2016

Second Alarm at 171 Adelphi Street

ocated in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, 171 Adelphi Street is a four-story brownstone with a rear fire escape. The owner, who occupied both the first and second floor (parlor floor), smelled smoke and discovered a small flame at the bottom of the second- to […]
October 31, 2016

FDNY and its Use of Tethered Drones

he Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) is the largest Fire Department in the United States, protecting a land area of 305 square miles and a resident civilian population of 8.5 million. On a typical weekday, there can be as many as four […]
October 31, 2016

Dangerous Renovation Technique Discovered at Manhattan Box 66-0575

n October 20, 2015, a six-alarm fire ravaged a building undergoing a major alteration at 221 West 17th Street in the Chelsea area of Manhattan. The building was in the process of being converted from a six-story commercial occupancy to a 10-story luxury condominium at the […]
October 31, 2016

Preparing for the High-Rise Building Fire

here will be fires in high-rise buildings. The severity or magnitude of these fires cannot be predicted. However, the lessons learned from previous fires in these structures can help prepare Firefighters regarding how to operate within the safest parameters possible. New buildings are required to be […]
October 31, 2016

How Would Marine Operations Respond to Such an Event?

he Port of New York/New Jersey is the largest port on the eastern seaboard and the third largest port in the United States. More than 135 million tons of cargo, worth roughly $166 billion, passes underneath the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and into the metropolitan area each […]
October 31, 2016

The Hazards of Emerging Fuels and an Inadequate Infrastructure

n July 6, 2013, a Canadian train, bound for the Irving Oil Refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick, lost control and crashed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The train was transporting 72 cars of crude oil extracted from North Dakota’s Bakken Oil Formation. Of the 72 cars that […]
October 31, 2016

All Hands for 2nd/2016 WNYF

Division 1 By FF Rocky Raimondi, E-15 L-20: Hello again from Hell’s Hundred and Eight Acres…The honeymoon is still going strong, no matter how many holes you guys keep drilling in the walls. Can’t imagine why the voice alarm isn’t working…Five dollar can’t wait for May […]
December 1, 2010

First Responder Boxes (aka Gang or Lock Boxes)

December 1, 2010

A Unique Roof — The Sawtooth, Part II, Firefighting Procedures

In Part I of this article (see “A Unique Roof–The Sawtooth, Part I, Construction Features, by Assistant Chief Ronald R. Spadafora, in the 3rd/2010 issue of WNYF), trademark construction features were discussed. Part II focuses on fighting fires safely and effectively in buildings with sawtooth roofs.  […]
December 1, 2010

An Updated Guide to Handling Class 3 and Class E Alarms

The article, “Class 3 and Class E Systems–Making Them Work for Firefighters” (also by this author), described how to administratively handle unnecessary/unwarranted Class 3 and Class E alarms. (See the 4th/2008 issue of WNYF.) Due to the new Building and Fire Codes (2008) and the new […]
December 1, 2010

FDNY Chemical Protective Clothing Upgrade

Haz-Mat Operations is in the process of upgrading the Chemical Protective Clothing (CPC) issued to units in the Hazardous Materials Response Group. Goals The main goals of the upgrade project are threefold: increase Department response capabilities with mission-specific protection; improve responder safety; and decrease physical impact […]
December 1, 2010

FDNY Members Mitigate Another Andrew J. Barberi Ferry Crash

May 8, 2010, started out as a typical Saturday morning, with units performing committee work and preparing to attend multi-unit drills (MUD). That calm was shattered shortly after 0900 hours when the ferry, Andrew J. Barberi–the same ferry that was involved in the fatal accident on […]
December 1, 2010

Water Problems Overcome at Queens Four-Alarm Fire in H-Type Multiple Dwelling

January 11, 2010, was a busy morning in Queens, filled with routine responses, when Box 9689 was transmitted at 1150 hours for a report of fire on the second floor of a residential building. Two more telephone calls were received in the next minute, prompting the […]
December 1, 2010

Bay Ridge Fourth Alarm

July 29th, 2009, was a hot, rainy, humid night in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Within minutes of the Brooklyn Fire Alarm Dispatchers receiving the first call for a fire in a store at 68th Street and 3rd Avenue, two Fire Marshals came across this blaze. Simultaneously, a […]
December 1, 2010

2011 FDNY/FDNY Foundation Symposium Letter (ad–inside back cover)

Please refer to print edition.