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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 […]
November 16, 2016

Blog: #WednesdayWisdom from FDNY Pro Deputy Chief John A. (Jay) Jonas

Other Random Thoughts on Search A primary search is more effective if a good size-up is performed. Where is the fire? Are there any fire escapes? What are the avenues of fire travel? What time of day is it? Is a search rope needed? What is […]
November 9, 2016

Blog: #WednesdayWisdom from FDNY Pro Dr. Tremaine Sayles

Diaphragmatic Breathing works to calm your body and ultimately bring you to a more peaceful state physically and mentally. They assist your parasympathetic nervous system by bringing you back to a place of homeostasis. What is Diaphragmatic Breathing? Breathing from your diaphragm oxygenates your blood, which […]
November 7, 2016

Blog: Stack Effect: Wind-Impacted Fires…Without the Wind

Air movement at fires, especially at fires in high-rise buildings, is an overriding concern to the Department. As we have seen repeatedly, conditions for members operating in the interior at wind-impacted fires can go from tenable to deadly in an instant. However, as explained in WNYF’s […]
November 4, 2016

Blog: Blast from the Past from Division 8, Staten Island

Ladder Company 76 was one of seven 1951 Ward LaFrance 750-gpm Quads in FDNY service. These were the only actual FDNY Quads, because they had a pump, booster tank and hose-carrying capacity, as well as a full complement of ground ladders and ladder company tools. The […]
November 3, 2016

Blog: The Phantom Menace of the Opera

A packed house at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City was forced to evacuate after a man was spotted sprinkling a suspicious powder into the orchestra pit during an intermission of a Saturday afternoon performance, raising concerns of possible terrorism and prompting a police response. […]
November 2, 2016

Blog: #WednesdayWisdom from FDNY Pro Battalion Chief James M. Canty

Cast-iron columns supporting the first floor may be found in the cellar of taxpayers. These columns are unpredictable and fail, on average, about 30 minutes in fire endurance tests. Here are some other safety considerations for Cellar Fires… When advancing a hose-line into a store cellar, […]
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 […]