FDNY Editor

October 31, 2016

Back to Basics: Building Characteristics

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of columns, focusing on various firematic “Back to Basics” topics to prevent FDNY members from becoming complacent. On the fireground, complacency can kill. he FDNY constantly is adapting to the changing dynamics of the emergencies to which […]
October 31, 2016

Learn From History: 23 Rutgers Street, Manhattan

n December 27, 1995, a cold, winter night with temperatures hovering around 15 degrees Fahrenheit FDNY units were sent to Manhattan Box 0217 at 0357 hours for a reported structural fire at 23 Rutgers Street. The report stated that people were trapped. A 10-75 was transmitted […]
October 31, 2016

Safety First: Sizing Up the Taxpayer

axpayers present many unique safety considerations and challenging firefighting hazards. One of the greatest challenges is maintaining a safety mind-set. Size-up starts at the receipt of the alarm. However, for this exercise, size-up starts when you examine the photos. They are frozen moments in time and […]
October 31, 2016

Mega-High-Rise Buildings in Manhattan: One57

ne57 a Midtown Manhattan “mega high-rise,” towering 75 stories high (90 marketing floors), was completed in 2014. It stands at 1,005 feet tall, making it the tallest mixed occupancy building in the western hemisphere and currently the seventh tallest in New York City. The building has […]
October 27, 2016

Blog: Response and Mitigation Tested at London Tube, Airport

Response and Mitigation Tested at London Tube, Airport – The London Underground’s North Greenwich station was evacuated on October 20th after a passenger discovered a suspicious object. After an investigation, Metropolitan Police determined that a controlled explosion was necessary, fearing the device, which included wires and […]
October 26, 2016

Blog: #WednesdayWisdom from FDNY Pro Dr. Bradley Kaufman

Welcome to the inaugural #WednesdayWisdom post for 10/26/16! In this new weekly blog feature, FDNY members share information for first responders to get all of us thinking (and talking) about health and safety. Infection control procedures should always be undertaken by first responders, including aggressive handwashing […]
October 20, 2016

Blog: Keeping Members Safe at Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVAs)

Responding to motor vehicle accidents (MVAs), particularly on high-speed roadways, is a danger that emergency responders routinely face. This is not an area where anyone should be complacent. Constant vigilance on roadways must be maintained at all times. In an article Keeping Members Safe at MVAs […]
October 20, 2016

Blog: Plot Targeting Muslim Immigrants Foiled in Kansas

Three men were arrested on charges of domestic terrorism in Kansas this week when an FBI investigation foiled a plot to attack an apartment complex that predominately housed Somali-Muslim immigrants in the town of Garden City in the western part of the state. The men were […]
October 17, 2016

S1, E10 23rd Street Fire and its Lasting Impacts with FDNY Chief of Safety Allen Hay (Ret.)

S1, E10 23rd Street Fire and its Lasting Impacts w FDNY Chief of Safety Allen Hay (Retired)
October 17, 2016

S1, E9 23rd Street Fire Ops with FDNY Assistant Chief Edward Butler (Ret.) and FDNY Deputy Chief Vincent Dunn (Ret.)

S1, E9 23rd Street Fire Ops with FDNY Assistant Chief Edward Butler (Retired) and FDNY Deputy Chief Vincent Dunn (Retired)
December 1, 2010

Air-Pressurized Standpipes at Construction and Demolition Sites

In 2007, a fire in a building undergoing demolition claimed the lives of two New York City Firefighters. The fatal fire investigation found that before the fire, contractors had cut the standpipe system piping in the cellar. When the fire occurred in the building, the cut […]
December 1, 2010

FDNY Battles Manhattan Seven-Alarm Fire

Fire broke out in the first-floor rear storage area of a 99 cent store at 283 Grand Street, Manhattan, at 2214 hours on April 11, 2010. Adjoining 283 is 285 Grand Street, an identical, six-story old law tenement (OLT), which also houses a commercial occupancy on […]
September 30, 2010

The FAST Unit Radio

It is important that all members become familiar with the use of the FAST unit radio, which is carried in addition to the regular radio and is the responsibility of the FAST unit. This yellow-colored radio, found in each Battalion car, features a liquid crystal display […]
September 30, 2010

Carbon Monoxide Alarms — Case Studies

On November 1, 2004, the NYC Building and Maintenance Code was amended, requiring carbon monoxide detection in one- and two-family homes and multiple dwellings. Since Local Law 7 took effect, the FDNY has responded to thousands of detector activations City-wide. There is a wealth of information […]
September 30, 2010

Operations Section Organization

At the Jackson Heights fire (Box 44-7869), Deputy Chief Jon Malkin, Division 14, was confronted with a rapidly expanding fire that originated in a complex taxpayer fronting two streets. There was imminent potential for extension to a multi-wing, complex H-type multiple dwelling, requiring the urgent need […]
September 30, 2010

Four-Alarm Cockloft Fire Destroys Jackson Heights Landmark Taxpayer

The Jackson Heights section of Queens has some of the most impressive blocks of large, H-type multiple dwellings in the City. Many of the avenues contain whole blocks of stores. Most of these stores are in rows of taxpayers that cropped up as the neighborhood grew […]
September 30, 2010

Tanker Releases Chloromethane; FDNY Units Mitigate Incident

Staten Island Box 8510, New York Container Terminal, Holland Hook/239 Western Avenue, July 6, 2010. The containerized tank had just been removed from a container ship when workers noticed vapor leaking from the control box. The leaking tank was stacked on top of a similar tank. […]
September 30, 2010

Subway Keys

At times, FDNY operations in subways may require the use of different kinds of keys to assist with egress for civilians, access for Fire Department members, securing water supply and facilitating communications. The keys used by FDNY members include a large subway key, a smaller subway […]