FDNY Editor

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 […]
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 24, 2016

Lessons Learned/Reinforced from a Fast-Moving Row Frame Fire in Brooklyn

On February 14, 2016, at 2222 hours, units were dispatched to UCT/911, Box 0086, for a house fire at 49 Diamond Street in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn. This fire ultimately went to a fourth alarm and took just more than three hours to be brought […]
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 […]