FDNY Editor

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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
September 30, 2010

Hybrid and CNG Bus VBIED: A Review of Alternate Power Bus Emergency Procedures, Fire Operations and Terrorism Awareness

In 2007, WNYF readers were introduced to the Clean Air Hybrid Bus used by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The technology, developed in other municipalities, was new to New York City. This hybrid drive system uses a combination diesel generator and electric traction motor. Basic fire […]
September 30, 2010

FDNY Foundation Dinner Raises $1.4 Million

Raising nearly $1.4 million to fund promotion of fire safety in New York City and the professional development, training and education of FDNY members, the FDNY Foundation’s premier fund-raising dinner–during which the Fire Commissioner’s Humanitarian Awards were presented–was a resounding success. In spite of the current […]
September 30, 2010

Identifying Duplex Apartments within Fireproof High-Rise Multiple Dwellings

High-rise multiple dwelling fires present a unique challenge to FDNY members. These fires can be difficult to fight and may require specialized equipment. Even more complicated are fires in a high-rise multiple dwelling that contains duplex or sandwich apartments. While found throughout New York City, these […]
September 30, 2010

Opening Tin-Covered Ceilings

When opening ceilings to check for extension of fire, creating access points for hand-line operations or during overhauling, Firefighters usually encounter sheetrock-type ceilings, which they can open up easily. In commercial and some residential occupancies, Firefighters may encounter the original ceiling covered with a tin ceiling. […]
September 30, 2010

33rd Street Fire and Collapse: Hidden Structural Defects Lead to Near-Disastrous Collapse of Second Floor

On a clear, early evening in February 2009, Manhattan units responded to a phone alarm for a fire in a laundromat. On arrival, units encountered a four-story, non-fireproof, 20- by 40-foot multiple dwelling with a 25-foot first-floor setback in the rear. The first floor contained a […]
September 30, 2010

Scooped-out Living Space: New Challenge for Operations

Anyone living or working in New York City in the past 10 years knows there has been a building boom not seen since World War II. Changes in building materials and practices, building codes and new living arrangements are evident everywhere. Some examples: factory conversions, penthouse […]
September 30, 2010

Firefighters Must Distinguish Between Rabies Fact and Fiction

Rabies is not something that Firefighters worry about when performing their jobs. There has not been a case of human rabies in New York City since 1953. In the six years preceding 2009, only one rabid animal was found in the City.  However, that record was […]
September 30, 2010

A Unique Roof — The Sawtooth Part I, Construction Features

In Part I of this article on sawtooth roofs, the reader will be introduced to their construction, components and characteristics. In Part II, which will appear in the 4th/2010 issue of WNYF, the focus will be on firefighting operations in structures that feature sawtooth roofs. Design […]