FDNY Editor

March 26, 2019

Consider Hydration and Ditching Sugary Drinks While On Duty

The FDNY’s sworn mission is to protect life and property. To accomplish that mission, members prepare for the worst possible scenarios by way of training, safety and physical preparedness. Nutrition plays a big role in the mental focus needed to perform these high-level tasks and the […]
March 26, 2019

FDNY Foundation Partnership Bolsters Department’s Fitness Goals

The FDNY Foundation is proud to partner with Integrity Square, a leading advisory firm serving the Health, Active Lifestyle and Outdoors (HALO) sector, to bring you this year’s Pro Fit issue as part of the FDNY Foundation HALO Fitness and Equipment Initiative, an important program that […]
March 26, 2019

Small Changes Can Add Up

Thankfully, cardiac deaths in the fire service have decreased. A large portion of this decrease is not due to lower rates of heart disease, but because of better treatment of myocardial infarcts (heart attacks). While we are thankful for this, we must not forget that our […]
March 21, 2019

Four-Alarm Fire at Box 1085, a Remote Area of the Rockaway Peninsula, Queens

At 1700 hours on September 9, 2018, Battalion Chief Charles Demartini entered the quarters of Battalion 47. As a covering Battalion Chief assigned to Battalion 26, he has limited experience working in the Rockaway section of Queens. Fortunately that day, he was relieving Battalion Chief Timothy […]
March 21, 2019

Response to Refrigerant Leaks Case Study: Queens Library, Langston Hughes Branch

It is hard to imagine a summer in New York City without air conditioning or a kitchen without a refrigerator to keep food and drinks cold. Thanks to modern refrigeration, air-conditioning and refrigeration units of all shapes, sizes and capacities, they have many commercial and residential […]
March 21, 2019

The Malbone Street Wreck—100 Years Later

On November 1, 2018, the FDNY commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Malbone Street wreck, which occurred on the Brighton Beach line of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit system in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. It was a dreadful subway crash that left almost 100 dead […]
March 21, 2019

Worst Mass Shooting in New Zealand History

In the worst mass shooting in New Zealand history, an Australian man with white supremacist beliefs and connections entered two mosques in the city of Christchurch on the nation’s South Island, shooting anyone he found in a rampage that killed 50 and wounded 50 others. The […]
March 14, 2019

Boeing 737 Max 8 Grounded

An Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed this week, killing 157 passengers and crew, and has similarities to a crash (based on radar data and other information) of the same Boeing model off Indonesia last October. Several countries, including the U.S., have grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 […]
March 8, 2019

Strategy Employed at a Trump Tower Fire

This FDNY Pro Talk with Deputy Chief Joseph N. Carlsen was recorded for the 2018 FDNY Symposium with support from the FDNY Foundation and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. In this Talk, Chief Carlsen delivers a presentation on high-rise operations at a fire in Trump Tower. […]
March 7, 2019

Tornado Kills 23 in Alabama

The National Weather Service reported thirty four tornadoes struck Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina over the weekend. An EF4 twister killed 23 in Lee County, Alabama. The victims ranged in age from 6 to 89 and included seven members of one family. Most of the […]
December 1, 2014

Chief in Quarters!

Chief in quarters! Not so long ago, these three words created more tension and apprehension than could be imagined. In an attempt to promptly reach the housewatch area, Firefighters would jump down pole-holes and run into each other on the apparatus floor. Icy-cold chills would run […]
December 1, 2014

You Have a Fire in a What? Electrostatic Precipitators (ESPs)

It’s approximately 0200 hours when you receive a Class 3 alarm for a three-story retail mall. En route, you receive a second source for smoke on the third floor. On arrival, the ladder Officer radios that he has heavy smoke in a restaurant on the third […]
December 1, 2014

Class K Portable Fire Extinguishers — New Extinguishing Agent

There are tens of thousands of food establishments in New York City to feed the millions of people who live and visit the big apple each day. Cooking equipment long has been one of the leading causes of structure fires and, for the past 20 years, […]
December 1, 2014

Collyers’ Mansion Conditions and Cockloft Fire Challenge FDNY

On Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 1105 hours, FDNY units were dispatched to a report of an electrical fire in an apartment on the fourth floor of a six-story, non-fireproof, multiple dwelling, with a lobby built slightly below-grade. Initial response was quick, with two engines, a […]
December 1, 2014

Role of FDOC at Manhattan Box 55-1406

The Fire Department Operations Center (FDOC) provides real-time information to support Incident Commanders responding to an event. It also informs senior executives who will make decisions in support of the Department’s response. In the first five minutes of an incident, FDOC posts maps, cached photographs, building […]
December 1, 2014

Use of the IMT During FDNY Operations

The FDNY is unsurpassed at initiating and using emergency management. Operations at large, multiple-alarm incidents are considered almost routine. But after the attacks on the World Trade Center, officials came to realize that there would be great value in developing an Incident Management Team (IMT) within […]
December 1, 2014

Deputy Chief Consideration at a Major Collapse with Fire

The below-listed guidelines were considered and implemented at Manhattan Box 55-1406, March 12, 2014. En Route Transmit additional alarms. (Based on preliminary reports from first-arriving Battalion Chief, 10-60, Code 1, and a third alarm were transmitted.) Ensure units responding on a third alarm or greater report […]
December 1, 2014

Rescue 1 Operations at Manhattan Box 55-1406