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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 […]
June 7, 2016

Extensive Roof Operations at Bronx Fifth-Alarm Fire

In the late-morning hours of Monday, November 30, 2015, the weather was mild with very little wind. At 1148 hours, a telephone alarm was received for Box 2989, reporting a fire from the roof at 1750 Montgomery Avenue. This resulted in a stubborn cockloft fire, reminiscent […]
June 7, 2016

Complex Operations at Collapse and Rescue on 38th Street in Manhattan: Workers Pinned and SOC Operations

Rescue 1 had just finished operating at a multi-car accident with multiple injuries and was returning to quarters when a call came over the radio, redirecting members to a reported ceiling collapse. This collapse initially was designated as a minor incident, but soon was upgraded with […]
June 7, 2016

Complex Operations at Collapse and Rescue on 38th Street in Manhattan: Technical and Dangerous V Collapse

Manhattan Box 0751, transmitted on October 30, 2015, at 1028 hours, for a “ceiling fell down,” turned into a complicated and dangerous collapse rescue operation for FDNY companies. The buildings located at 25 and 27 West 38th Street were both in the process of demolition, making […]
June 7, 2016

Complex Operations at Collapse and Rescue on 38th Street in Manhattan: Overview

On Friday, October 30, 2015, at 1028 hours, units in Manhattan were dispatched to Box 0751, reporting a ceiling collapse at 25 West 38th Street. On arrival, units encountered a collapse that trapped two construction workers at a construction site. One worker already was deceased and […]
May 29, 2016

S1, E2 Dangerous V Collapses with FDNY Chief Joseph R. Downey

S1, E2 Dangerous V Collapses with FDNY Chief Joseph R. Downey FDNY Chief Joseph R. Downey on Operating at Technical and Dangerous V Collapses
May 12, 2016

Blog: Review of Lightweight Construction Features

The dangers of lightweight construction are very real and should be drilled on continuously, researched and discussed by all. The FDNY now has “Firefighting Procedures, Private Dwellings, Chapter 6–Lightweight Construction,” but many of the topics therein were discussed in depth in a series of WNYF articles: “Lightweight […]
April 5, 2016

S1, E1 Mission to Liberia with FDNY Doctor Dario Gonzalez

Doctor Dario Gonzalez, FDNY Office of Medical Affairs Physician, interviewed by Captain Elizabeth Cascio, Executive Officer to the Fire Commissioner and 32-year veteran of Emergency Medical Service. Doctor Gonzalez serves as the FDNY representative for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Urban Search and Rescue […]
March 1, 2016

An Inside Look at How Ebola was Stopped in its Tracks in New York City

When Haz-Tac EMS Paramedic Winsley Julien first got the call on October 23, 2014, that a patient in Hamilton Heights very likely had Ebola, the 15-year EMS veteran  said he started to get a little nervous. “I took a deep breath, but then I knew we […]
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 […]
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 […]