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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
October 4, 2016

The 10-12 for 3/2016

Division 1 By Paramedic William Meringolo So far, we are celebrating several births: Paramedic Chunghing Sham, Station 16, on the birth of his son, Alexander; EMT Orlando Palma, Station 16, on the birth of his daughter; as well as EMTs David Heffernan, Station 08, and Filomena […]
October 3, 2016

S1, E8 Medical Oversight During 9/11 Response, Rescue and Recovery Effort with Chief Medical Director Doctor Glenn Asaeda

S1, E8 Medical Oversight During 9/11 Response, Rescue and Recovery Effort w Chief Medical Director Doctor Glenn Asaeda
October 3, 2016

S1, E7 EMS Ops Before, During and After the Collapse of the WTC with FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Janice Olszewski

S1, E7 EMS Ops Before, During and After the Collapse of the WTC with FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Janice Olszewski
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 […]