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March 31, 2015

Bedford Park Four-Alarm Blaze Poses Many Challenges for Bronx Firefighters

At 1659 hours on October 27, 2013, Engine 79, under the command of Lieutenant William Mannion (assigned to Ladder 37) was dispatched first-due for a report of a fire in a commercial occupancy at the intersection of Valentine Avenue and East 198th Street in the Bedford […]
March 31, 2015

The Company Drill

The company Officer plays a vital part in educating and drilling Firefighters on a daily basis. The Officer has a responsibility to ensure his/her company displays efficiency and competency at fire and emergency operations. Senior members can positively contribute to company effectiveness and performance by providing […]
March 31, 2015

Technical Rescue Operations: One TWC — Occupied Off-Level Scaffold

During the afternoon of Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Rescue Operations units participated in the rescue of two trapped window washers. Squad 18, Rescue 1, Tactical Support Unit 1 and Rescue Battalion 1 were included on the initial alarm assignment. As these units were responding, Ladder 10 […]
March 31, 2015

Typical Gothic-Style Church Fire with Atypical Results: Our Lady of Sorrows Church

Through the years, many church fires have been documented in the pages of WNYF. Often, these fires have resulted in a heavy or total loss of the structure and Firefighter fatalities. Church fires present difficult challenges to the fire service due to their unique construction characteristics […]
March 31, 2015

Heavy Streams Extinguish Four-Alarm Brooklyn Paper Bale Fire

The night tour on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, started out like most other tours in the FDNY. The apparatus were checked, saws were started and PASS alarms were heard reverberating throughout the firehouse. The weather was mild, with temperatures in the mid-40-degree range. The brutal winter […]
March 31, 2015

FDNY Staff Chiefs

March 31, 2015

The Situation Unit and Field Observers

The Situation Unit falls under the Planning Section within an Incident Management Team and one of its main functions is to gather intelligence surrounding the incident for the consumption of the Incident Commanders and Operations Section. This information often helps the team to make accurate and […]
March 31, 2015

FDNY IMT Deploys to Buffalo

On Thursday, November 20, 2014, the City of Buffalo requested the services of the FDNY Incident Management Team (IMT). A few days earlier, the south section of the City of Buffalo received 80 to 100 inches of lake-effect snow. The surrounding areas of Erie County also […]
December 1, 2014

Firefighter Lower Back Pain: How to Help Avoid Uneven Weight Distribution

The annual Death and Injury Survey, published by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), reveals that sprains and strains routinely account for approximately 50 percent of all line-of-duty injuries. Even more astonishing is that back injuries, in particular, account for 50 percent of all line-of-duty […]
December 1, 2014

“Big Data” in the Firehouse…The Information Age Comes to FDNY

During the past few years, a phenomenon known as “Big Data” has swept across the consciousness of a wide range of the economy and our society at large. Stemming from its roots in the corporations of the private sector, the “Big Data” conversation has spread across […]
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 […]