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November 16, 2016

Blog: #WednesdayWisdom from FDNY Pro Deputy Chief John A. (Jay) Jonas

Other Random Thoughts on Search A primary search is more effective if a good size-up is performed. Where is the fire? Are there any fire escapes? What are the avenues of fire travel? What time of day is it? Is a search rope needed? What is […]
November 9, 2016

Blog: #WednesdayWisdom from FDNY Pro Dr. Tremaine Sayles

Diaphragmatic Breathing works to calm your body and ultimately bring you to a more peaceful state physically and mentally. They assist your parasympathetic nervous system by bringing you back to a place of homeostasis. What is Diaphragmatic Breathing? Breathing from your diaphragm oxygenates your blood, which […]
November 7, 2016

Blog: Stack Effect: Wind-Impacted Fires…Without the Wind

Air movement at fires, especially at fires in high-rise buildings, is an overriding concern to the Department. As we have seen repeatedly, conditions for members operating in the interior at wind-impacted fires can go from tenable to deadly in an instant. However, as explained in WNYF’s […]
November 4, 2016

Blog: Blast from the Past from Division 8, Staten Island

Ladder Company 76 was one of seven 1951 Ward LaFrance 750-gpm Quads in FDNY service. These were the only actual FDNY Quads, because they had a pump, booster tank and hose-carrying capacity, as well as a full complement of ground ladders and ladder company tools. The […]
November 3, 2016

Blog: The Phantom Menace of the Opera

A packed house at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City was forced to evacuate after a man was spotted sprinkling a suspicious powder into the orchestra pit during an intermission of a Saturday afternoon performance, raising concerns of possible terrorism and prompting a police response. […]
November 2, 2016

Blog: #WednesdayWisdom from FDNY Pro Battalion Chief James M. Canty

Cast-iron columns supporting the first floor may be found in the cellar of taxpayers. These columns are unpredictable and fail, on average, about 30 minutes in fire endurance tests. Here are some other safety considerations for Cellar Fires… When advancing a hose-line into a store cellar, […]
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 in Brooklyn

Located 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 […]
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 […]