FDNY Editor

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 […]
October 24, 2016

Back-Stretch: The Key to Overcoming a Fast-Moving Brooklyn Second Alarm

Gentlemen, I thought we’d be fighting this fire down the block when I got here. Command Chief, Assistant Chief James Daly, from his opening comments at the After Action Review (AAR) on Brooklyn Box 22-1274. At approximately 1250 hours on March 26, 2016, the Brooklyn dispatcher […]
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)
September 30, 2010

Fourth on Findlay

  Units responded rapidly for reports of a fire at 1308 Findlay Avenue. Engine 92 arrived at this address at 2122 hours on Sunday, November 22, 2009. They immediately transmitted a 10-75 and, accompanied by Ladder 44 members, went to work. The fire address was a […]
June 30, 2010

Manhattan Top-Floor Fire, Plus

The value of real estate throughout New York City has surged during the past 15 years as the demand for housing has increased. In order to maximize their rental income, more and more landlords have been building penthouse additions on the roofs of their tenements and […]
June 30, 2010

Implementing the Command Channel for a More Efficient Operation

By the time the Command Chief, Deputy Assistant Chief John Sudnik, Queens Borough Commander, arrived at the scene of this Bronx fire, Acting Deputy Chief Christopher Rearer already had committed to an exterior operation. After a quick briefing at the transfer of command, one of the […]
June 30, 2010

Fast-Moving Cockloft Fire Forces Outside Operations at Bronx Fifth Alarm

At 0304 hours on Saturday, October 31, 2009, Bronx fire units received a phone alarm for a fire in a Mexican restaurant located at 3105 Bainbridge Avenue. One minute later, at 0305 hours, a second source was received, reporting smoke in a bakery located at 3101 […]
June 30, 2010

F-500 and its Use at Queens Box 33-6334

Transformer fires pose a number of challenges that need to be overcome for extinguishment to take place. The two most common types of electrical transformers are air-cooled and oil-cooled. The transformer at this incident was an oil-cooled unit. All transformers have large amounts of mass due […]
June 30, 2010

Foam Operations at Queens Box 33-6334

A signal 10-86 (foam operation) was transmitted for Queens Box 33-6334, Northern Boulevard/244th Street, for a fully involved transformer fire on Friday, July 24, 2009. The fire created multiple problems and required the need for foam, Purple K and a new product (F-500) for total extinguishment. […]
June 30, 2010

Queens Transformer Fire Prompts Use of New Technologies

Friday, July 24, 2009, was an exceptionally beautiful summer day. While in quarters that morning, Deputy Chief Steven Kubler, Division 14, heard Box 6334 transmitted for a car accident at the intersection of 244th Street/Northern Boulevard, Douglaston. What seemed like only a moment later, he heard […]
June 30, 2010

Rescue and Recovery Operations at Queens Box 44-6673

Rescue Operations members are challenged every tour when responding to fires and technical rescue incidents. An explosion resulting in a major fire and collapse requires the technical skills possessed by these members. This incident involved a fire, collapse and recovery of a trapped victim in a […]