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March 28, 2019

19 Dead in Office Building Fire in Dhaka

A fire broke out Thursday in a 22-story office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, which claimed the lives of at least 19 people and caused dozens of injuries. At least six people jumped to their deaths as conditions deteriorated on the upper floors of the building. […]
March 28, 2019

S4, E40 Simulation Saves Lives with Lt. Kate Frawley

In military training you often hear the adage, “train as you fight, fight as you train.” And in sports you often hear, “you play the game the way you practice.” Both of these truisms have rightly migrated into EMT and Paramedic training courses. There is evidence […]
March 26, 2019

The Benefits of Teaming Up

Training for an athletic event with a team brings numerous benefits, including improved performance and accountability. Even when participants compete as individuals, the opportunity to connect with others is there. “The best feeling is being on the racecourse, wearing the FDNY jersey, and people are cheering […]
March 26, 2019

Physically, Mentally and Emotionally Prepared

The average person quits when he/she reaches 40 percent of his/her capability.–retired Navy Seal and Ultra Marathon Runner David Goggins. Now, more than ever, society as a whole is waking up. We are starting to see that we, as human beings, have much more potential than […]
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

Brooklyn’s 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 […]
December 1, 2014

Rescue 1 Operations at Manhattan Box 55-1406

Rescue 1 arrived at Box 1406 at approximately 0945 hours and initially parked the apparatus on 116th Street, due to the amount of debris that was blocking the street. As Rescue 1 members made their way around the corner and on to Park Avenue, they saw […]
December 1, 2014

Manhattan Gas Explosion/Collapse Dictate Lengthy FDNY Operation

Then-Deputy Assistant Chief James E. Leonard, Brooklyn Borough Commander, was the City-wide Command Chief when Manhattan Box 55-1406 was transmitted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. On arrival, he was met with an extremely serious situation. The Command Post had not been established yet. Chief Leonard contacted […]
September 30, 2014

The FDNY Honor Legion

In 2005, I received a letter from Battalion Chief Philip Gaetani, who was president of the Honor Legion at the time, about joining this FDNY organization. Most members are familiar with the FDNY fraternal organizations, but I had never heard of the Honor Legion. Like most […]
September 30, 2014

FDNY and FDNY Foundation Host Second Annual Medical Special Operations Conference (MSOC)

The FDNY, in partnership with the FDNY Foundation, hosted the second annual Medical Special Operations Conference (MSOC), May 16-18, 2014. The weekend-long conference served as a platform for medical personnel from around the world who provide patient care under disaster and urban search and rescue conditions, […]
June 30, 2014

FDNY Foundation Raises $1.7 Million: Honors Scott Baxter for his Commitment to the FDNY

On April 30, 2014, the FDNY’s esteemed supporters were honored at the 2014 FDNY Foundation Dinner. Scott Baxter, Vice President of VF Corporation, was presented with the Fire Commissioner Humanitarian Award this year. Mr. Baxter, along with VF Corporation, has a long-standing history with the FDNY […]
June 30, 2014

Bronx Units Tested at Three-Alarm, Mid-Afternoon Tenement Fire

The winter of 2014 will not be forgotten soon. The residents of New York endured cold weather and near-record snowfalls. On January 9, 2014, at 1528 hours, Bronx units were tested in the bustling Arthur Avenue neighborhood by a fast-moving fire and the cold weather. Fire […]
June 30, 2014

Operating at Vacants

At vacant building fires, it is often possible to conduct an interior attack for the expeditious extinguishment of the fire and release of units. Prior to implementing interior operations, the Incident Commander (IC) must perform a risk assessment, keeping in mind that the life hazard and […]
March 31, 2014

Gasoline-Powered Tools and Ethanol-Blended Gasoline: What You Need to Know

FDNY carries a variety of gasoline-powered equipment that is required to be operational at a moment’s notice. Condition of both tools and fuel–especially ethanol-blended fuel–is extremely important. The operational readiness and serviceability of FDNY’s equipment are the subject of this article. The Clean Air Act Amendment […]