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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 […]
April 13, 2017

Teacher and Student Killed in San Bernardino School Shooting

A murder-suicide took an additional victim—an 8-year-old boy—and additional meaning in as the attack took place in a San Bernardino elementary school classroom. A second male student was badly wounded, but recovering, and police believe they were both shot as bystanders and not specifically targeted, as […]
April 11, 2017

From the Editor’s Desk, 1st/2017 WNYF

I am on my 20th year of editing WNYF. Where did the time go? I am fortunate to have authors who write on a regular basis; FDNY members such as Assistant Chiefs Joseph W. Pfeifer and Ronald R. Spadafora, Deputy Chief John “Jay” Jonas and Firefighter […]
April 6, 2017

Intentional Fire Caused Georgia Interstate Collapse

Three people have been arrested in connection with a fire burning below an overpass section of I-85, north of Atlanta, last Thursday, including one man who talked of smoking crack when he set a chair on top of a shopping cart ablaze. That fire moved to […]
March 30, 2017

Parliament Attacker Used WhatsApp Two Minutes Before Rampage

Khalid Masood is certainly not the first terrorist to use the encrypted text phone application WhatsApp, which was linked to the Paris and San Bernardino attacks in 2015, among others, but this latest assault has brought renewed concerns to police, security and intelligence professionals on how […]
March 23, 2017

¿El Nino? Ushers in Rain, Calamity to Peru

Heavy rains associated with exceptionally warm water in the Pacific Ocean have brought some of the worst flooding in decades and mudslides along the arid landscape along coastal Peru. At least half of the country has been impacted, including Lima, which has been without power since […]
March 16, 2017

Interest in Daylight Savings Time Shifts

With 21 state legislatures debating whether to eliminate or change “spring forward,” along with countless slept deprived journalists and tweeters voicing their displeasure, one article wonders if DST is “running out of time.” The DST idea is that less energy is consumed if there is more […]
March 15, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pro Battalion Chief Kevin Harrison and Lieutenant Timothy Carroll

A key element for deploying resources is the establishment of a unified Command Post. In order for a comprehensive and uniform plan to be developed, all of the command elements must be co-allocated. By being in proximity, leaders are aware of each other’s issues and develop […]
March 9, 2017

Researchers Get Closer to Terrorism Minority Report

A doctoral student at SUNY Binghamton has created a model for predicting terrorist attacks based on the patterns of previous attacks, whose framework reportedly “can predict attack characteristics with a 90 percent accuracy.” The model, called the Networked Pattern Recognition Framework (NEPAR), is populated with data […]