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June 7, 2016

About Us for 1st/2016

Since its founding in 1981, the FDNY Foundation has provided hundreds of millions of dollars for programs that keep the FDNY strong by increasing safety, advancing innovation and ultimately ensuring that the FDNY remains the world’s leader in emergency response. From specialty rigs to tabletop exercises […]
June 7, 2016

All Hands for 1st 2016

Editor’s Note: Welcome to All Hands online! Please note, Taking-Up and an article on the Origin of the FDNY Flag are only available in print and digital editions. The All Hands logo used above was featured in 4th/1964 edition of WNYF. Division 1 By FF Rocky […]
June 7, 2016

WNYF Archive: Standard Oil Plant Fire Threatened Brooklyn and Queens

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in October 1941 (Vol. 2, No. 4) with no byline and has been re-published in its entirety for the 1st/2016 edition of WNYF. Please note, minor copy edits were made to this article. The fire “gave forth vast clouds […]
June 7, 2016

Special Apparatus: New Second Pieces for Squads and Haz-Mat Engines

During the mid-1990s, the steadily growing number of hazardous materials incidents taking place often resulted in Haz-Mat 1 being committed, while several other simultaneous responses occurred, with no haz-mat capability to respond to them. It became necessary to have strategically located units that are properly trained […]
June 7, 2016

Learn From History: The Heavy Fire Activity of the Bronx

Throughout the 1970s, the Bronx experienced an incredible volume of fire duty. As the calendar turned to 1980, the heavy fire duty in the Bronx showed no signs of abating. The night tour of August 8, 1980, started as a typically busy one in the Bronx. […]
June 7, 2016

Mega-High-Rise Buildings in Manhattan: 432 Park Avenue

Editor’s Note: This column is the first in a series of columns that will be devoted to the seven tallest buildings currently in New York City. The author, Deputy Chief Nicholas Corrado, will advise members regarding oddities/dangers in each building and how to operate efficiently, effectively […]
June 7, 2016

Window Bars, Part III: High Railings and Window Cages

The urban landscape in New York City doesn’t provide much room for children to play. The days of yore–with images of kids playing stickball on City streets–are sadly becoming less and less frequent. The plain truth is that families simply spend more time indoors. The streets […]
June 7, 2016

Safety First: Stairwell Management

There is an old adage in the FDNY that if you want to know how many Firefighters there are on the stairs, all you have to do is count the steps and then add one. Stairwell management always has been a challenge for the FDNY. The […]
June 7, 2016

Operations at Queens Water Main Break

On Friday morning, October 23, 2015, FDNY units responded to a 20-inch water main break in the Elmhurst section of Queens. The rupture was the result of a worker using an auger to place retaining wall pilings. This main, which was cross-connected to a larger, 70-inch […]
June 7, 2016

Origins of the Red Cap Program Revisited

The year 1977 was noteworthy on several fronts in New York City history: a heated mayoral race, a major electrical blackout, a World Series in the Bronx and a notorious serial killing spree by what came to be known as the “.44-caliber killer” (later dubbed the […]
October 31, 2016

Green Energy: Part III–Firefighting Procedures and Fire Protection for Energy Storage Systems

his third and final article on energy storage systems (ESS) provides both firefighting and fire protection recommendations. It offers general guidelines, based upon research, comparative fire and emergency incidents, building inspections and dangers involving electricity and hazardous materials. Keep in mind that it is the responsibility […]
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

ocated 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 […]