February 22, 2016

A Successful 150th Year for FDNY

Having just wrapped up one of the most successful years in our Department’s history (and a milestone year—our 150th anniversary!), we should all be proud of our accomplishments in 2015. From new record high responses, to declining fire deaths, to successful community outreach and public safety […]
December 1, 2015

Tricks of the Trade: The Hydrant Dewatering Device

It is 0300 hours on the coldest winter night you can remember and you are taking up from a multiple alarm. You are a conscientious, professional Firefighter and you have no plans to leave the fire scene until the barrel of the hydrant is pumped out […]
December 1, 2015

Fire Prevention Matters: Green Energy Part II — Electrochemical Technology

Battery technology initially can be attributed to the Italian inventor Alessandro Volta (1745-1827). In the 1800s, he designed an assembly consisting of plates of two different metals, such as zinc and copper, positioned in stacks separated by paper soaked in brine or vinegar. Volta’s battery was […]
December 1, 2015

What the Probie or Junior Firefighter Should Know: Adapter Use at Standpipe Outlets

Use of the NST female to FDNY male adapter Problem: The pressure gauge or 21⁄2-inch hose does not thread onto the standpipe outlet. Reason: The FDNY uses its own thread specification for its hose couplings. Many other fire departments have their own thread specifications. National Standard […]
December 1, 2015

Safety First: Safety at Motor Vehicle Accidents

Size-up starts at the receipt of the alarm, but for this exercise, size-up starts when you examine the accompanying photo below. It is a frozen moment in time and you are the Safety Officer assigned. Your goal is to ensure the safety of all members operating […]
December 1, 2015

Learn from History: The Third Avenue Collapse

On April 4, 1956, a tragic front wall collapse occurred at Bronx Box 44-2904, located at 4085 Third Avenue, between East 174th and 175th Streets. Three members of Engine 48, two members of Ladder 44 and one Chief’s Aide–who was assigned to Assistant Chief Antonio Petronelli–were […]
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 […]
October 17, 2016

S1, E9 23rd Street Fire Ops with FDNY Assistant Chief Edward Butler (Ret.) and FDNY Deputy Chief Vincent Dunn (Ret.)

S1, E9 23rd Street Fire Ops with FDNY Assistant Chief Edward Butler (Retired) and FDNY Deputy Chief Vincent Dunn (Retired)
October 13, 2016

Blog: Wrong-way Driver Kills 5 Teens, Steals Police Cruiser

A 36-year-old man driving north in the southbound lanes of I-89 in Vermont on Saturday, October 8, 2016, slammed into a car with five 15- and 16-year-old students, killing them all. While the first-arriving police officer attempted to extinguish the burning vehicle and extricate victims, the […]
October 6, 2016

Blog: Firefighter Assaulted at Tulsa Fire Operation

A house fire became the scene of an assault this week, when a man used a flashlight to violently beat a Firefighter who prevented him from re-entering a burning building during a fire operation in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Fellow Firefighters subdued and restrained the assailant, who was […]
October 4, 2016

FDNY Pro EMS: Commissioner’s Brief for 3/2016

Recently, I was asked: “What is different about this 15th anniversary of 9/11? Has anything changed”? Personally, I feel the same about it as I did last year and the year before and the year before that. I have stated previously that my internal calendar activates […]
October 4, 2016

Recalling 9/11: “Plane into World Trade Center”

I was promoted to Captain for FDNY EMS in August 2001. I went through a training class and was assigned to EMS Operations. My first day working at FDNY Headquarters in Brooklyn was September 4, 2001. I was working directly for the Chief of EMS, learning […]
October 4, 2016

Recalling 9/11: “Send Me Every Available Ambulance You’ve Got!”

September 11, 2001, marks one of the darkest days in the history of both our nation and the FDNY. In addition to the 343 Department members who were killed on this day, this terror incident represents the largest attack ever made on the American homeland and […]
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 […]