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September 30, 2015

The General Slocum Fire

The morning of June 15, 1904, was, by most accounts, the perfect day for a steamship excursion up the East River of New York City. After months of meticulous planning, the members of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church were ready to embark on their seventh annual boat […]
September 30, 2015

The Dangers of Belt Man Lifts

On a building inspection of a four-story, below-grade parking garage at 1735 York Avenue in Upper Manhattan, the members of Ladder 43 found an unusual type of elevator designed to transport parking attendants to upper floors. Information suggests that this is a belt man lift. According […]
September 30, 2015

Shoring Operations at 261 Madison Avenue (Sidebar)

Rescue Operations units engage in the shoring and stabilization of compromised structures on a fairly regular basis. Most often, this activity occurs on the ground floor or a below-grade story. Occasionally, units will operate on an upper floor of a “low-rise” structure. In support of operations […]
September 30, 2015

Crane Calamity in Midtown Manhattan

On Sunday, May 31, 2015, beginning at 1043 hours, 9-1-1 calls began notifying UCT communications dispatchers of a catastrophic event (big bang) on Madison Avenue in midtown Manhattan, between East 38th and 39th Streets. The calls ranged from a building collapse, to a crane collapse, to […]
September 30, 2015

Maintaining the Fleet — The Marine Maintenance Diver Program

September 30, 2015

Maintaining the Fleet — The Marine Maintenance Diver Program

September 30, 2015

Operating at Escalator Fires and Emergencies

Effectively and quietly moving thousands of people daily throughout New York City, escalators commonly are used in many occupancy types. Yet, surprisingly, escalator incidents and fires are an uncommon response for FDNY members. Note: According to NYFIRS data provided by Captain Thomas Smith, Safety Command, the […]
September 30, 2015

When a “Routine” Call is Anything but Routine

On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at 2143 hours, units in Queens were dispatched to Box 7474 at 30-14 Steinway Street in the Astoria neighborhood. It came in as a UCT alarm for an odor of gas. While responding, the dispatcher called with additional information, stating there […]
September 30, 2015

Responding to an Electrical Odor

Day in and day out, the FDNY responds to numerous calls for an electrical condition or odors. In each case, Firefighters should be formulating their own size-up of the situation that they might encounter when they arrive on-scene. Frequently when responding to an electrical odor in […]
September 30, 2015

FDNY Members Meet Challenges of Brooklyn Hardware Store Fire

In the early-morning hours of January 21, 2015, units responded to Brooklyn Box 1241 for a UCT911 call reporting a fire in a hardware store. The fire went to a fifth alarm for relief purposes and took almost five hours before it was placed Under Control.  […]
September 24, 2016

S1, E6 Marine Ops and Emerging Threats with FDNY Battalion Chief Joseph Abbamonte

S1, E6 Marine Ops and Emerging Threats w FDNY Battalion Chief Joseph Abbamonte
September 24, 2016

S1, E5 Why You May Not Be Hearing Important Info on the Fireground with FDNY Lieutenant Robert Brown

S1, E5 Why You May Not Be Hearing Important Info on the Fireground w FDNY Lt. Robert Brown  
September 12, 2016

Blog: Don’t Judge a Building by its Cover

In the midst of a “major and continuing construction boom” in New York City, it remains imperative that FDNY members keep up to date with changing construction methods, especially when lightweight materials are involved. This article highlights the WNYF (4th issue of 2014) article, Don’t Judge […]
August 11, 2016

Blog: Stairwell Safety and Management

Overcrowded stairs at fires is an issue that all Firefighters should strive to eliminate. This dangerous condition may block egress for Firefighters in case of deteriorating conditions, can create unsafe tripping hazards and will increase the likelihood of stairway collapse, especially if the stairs have been involved in […]
August 4, 2016

S1, E4 Safe Vehicle Operations with FDNY Lieutenant Joseph Yolles

S1, E4 Safe Vehicle Operations w FDNY Lt. Joseph Yolles
July 27, 2016

The 10-12 for 2/2016

EMS Division 1 Division 1 congratulates Paramedic William Meringolo, ALS Coordinator, on receiving his Bachelor of Science in EMS Administration…Station 4: Congratulations to Paramedic Alexander Khalef on his marriage to Elisa…Congratulations to EMT Christine DeCarlo on her acceptance to the CUNY Sophie Davis Physician Assistant Program…Station […]
July 27, 2016

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

The FDNY and the FDNY Foundation are proud to report another successful year of hosting the annual Medical Special Operations Conference (MSOC), which was held at the FDNY’s Fire Academy on Randall’s Island, April 29-May 1. Now in its fourth year, the MSOC has become a […]
July 27, 2016

Public Matters: Bystander CPR Program Making Strides in New York City

Early CPR and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) have been shown to dramatically increase the chance of survival in victims who experience sudden cardiac arrest. The first few minutes after a person goes into cardiac arrest are the most critical but, sadly, a […]