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December 1, 2015

Rescue 1 Operations at Box 77-436

Rescue 1 members arrived at 121 2nd Avenue and observed that a collapse had occurred and heavy smoke and fire were pushing from a five-story old law tenement (OLT). Rescue 1 reported in to Battalion Chief Edward Tierney, Battalion 6, and was put to work. A […]
December 1, 2015

Responsbilities of the All Hands Chief at Box 77-436

Battalion 2, Battalion Chief John Dunne, was assigned as the All Hands Chief upon transmission of signal 10-75 for Box 436. As members responded, Battalion Chief Edward Tierney, Battalion 6, the first Battalion Chief on-scene, transmitted signal 10-60 for a major building collapse. Chief Dunne arrived […]
December 1, 2015

Manhattan Deadly Gas Explosion = A Complex Operation

Deadly gas explosions are a disconcerting reality for New York City Firefighters. Manhattan residents have suffered two high-profile gas explosions, including the Harlem gas explosion on March 12, 2014, which killed eight people and injured 70. Tragedy struck again on March 26, 2015, when the second […]
December 1, 2015

Five Ladder Operations that the Engine Must be Able to Perform to Save Lives

It’s a rivalry as old as the FDNY itself–engine vs. truck. Every engine member knows that there was never a fire in the FDNY’s history that was extinguished with a Halligan or hook.   Conversely, every truck member knows that without them, the engine wouldn’t have the […]
December 1, 2015

Response to Energy Storage Systems

Integrating more energy from renewable sources enhances efficiency. The push toward a clean energy future is motivating increased storage development throughout the United States. This new energy source, Energy Storage Systems (ESS), has many benefits. However, with every new technology comes new challenges, including the hazards […]
December 1, 2015

Happy Land Social Club Fire: 25 Years Later

Early in the morning of March 25, 1990, the loud booming rhythms that characterized the dance music scene of the 1980s and ‘90s were interrupted by the sounds of terror and panic. An intentionally set fire in the Happy Land Social Club claimed the lives of […]
December 1, 2015

Another Take on Situational Awareness

We have heard the term situational awareness many times, but what does it really mean? The generally accepted definition states that it is having the ability to identify, mentally process and comprehend critical elements of information that surround you; may affect you, your team and your […]
December 1, 2015

ICS Instrumental at Grey Shark Fire

On March 14, 2015, the Master of Vessel, Captain Victor Tarasov, reported that the Grey Shark had developed engine trouble and was directed by its owners to return to New York City for repairs. The next night, the Grey Shark lost its second engine, putting it […]
September 30, 2015

Wild-Impacted Fires…Without the Wind: How the Stack Effect Can Impact a Fire

On a cold winter night in January 2015, Firefighters in the Bronx battled a fierce, wind-impacted fire on the fourth floor of a 16-story, project-type, high-rise multiple dwelling. As with most wind-impacted fires, the fire apartment door had been left open. As Ladder 19’s inside team […]
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 […]
October 4, 2016

Out of the Ashes: Preparedness and Training Post-9/11

Fifteen years ago, the largest and most unexpected emergency response event in the modern history of New York City forever changed the world in which we live. After losing 343 members of the FDNY family on 9/11, the Department was forever changed, rebuilt out of the […]
October 4, 2016

Inside Look: The FDNY EMS Pipes and Drums–It’s a Story About Duty, Honor and Tradition

EMTs, Paramedics and Firefighters are part of a service that is unlike any other. The successful outcome of a situation is not the result of an individual’s actions, but rather the actions and cooperation of a team.  Perhaps nowhere else outside of the military does this […]
October 4, 2016

One on One: Recalling 9/11 and the Importance of Capturing Firsthand Accounts

At the time, I thought I would remember every single thing about the response and recovery effort at the World Trade Center. But now, 15 years later, as I look back to that period for this issue of Pro EMS, I suddenly realized that I can’t […]
October 4, 2016

Special Apparatus: FDNY Gators

In 1999, as part of the preparation for the anticipated larger than usual Millennium New Year’s Eve gathering in Times Square and the possibility of City-wide Y2K computer and system failures, the City purchased several Gator carts from the John Deere Co. These six-wheel, diesel-powered, off-road […]
October 4, 2016

EMS Leader: Improving Individual Performance and Organizational Effectiveness Through Mental Preparedness

The FDNY is one of the nation’s premier emergency service agencies. The Department’s procedures and protocols influence practices throughout the country. Major emergencies in the City are observed and studied throughout the emergency management industry. However, the most critical factor in determining the success of a […]
October 4, 2016

Step by Step: Storage and Donning Turnout Gear and Air-Purifying Respirators (APR)

FDNY Emergency Medical Service personnel are at constant risk for injury and exposure to chemical and biological hazardous materials due to the nature and scope of the assignments to which they respond. Properly using the personal protective equipment (PPE), in conjunction with Body Substance Isolation (BSI), […]
October 4, 2016

Call Review: Keys to Resilience for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Rescuers on a lifesaving mission must be able to perform their duties with the highest level of determination and professionalism on every call. How, then, can emergency medical professionals better prepare for their careers, given the traumatic circumstances they inevitably will encounter? Trauma is an emotional […]
October 4, 2016

Safety First: Protecting Our Own: An Evolution of FDNY EMS Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

EMS call volumes continuously have increased over the years, while the types of operational hazards in the workplace have become more comprehensive and complex. This growth in both call volume and hazard types has caused a drastic change in how agencies approach the need for EMS […]