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December 1, 2014

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December 1, 2014

Worker Pinned in a Collapse; SOC Operations at Queens Box 3180

Author’s Note: This account is written from the perspective of the members of the first Special Operations Command (SOC) unit on-scene (Squad 288). While the intent is to convey a general impression of overall operations, it focuses on the operations of SOC companies, in general, and […]
December 1, 2014

Queens Excavation Collapse with Pinned Worker Successfully Mitigated by FDNY

On the afternoon of June 18, 2013, FDNY units were called to the scene of a reported trench cave-in in the Kew Gardens section of Queens. A laborer, who had been working in the excavation, in conjunction with a heavy equipment operator operating an excavator, had […]
December 1, 2014

Chief in Quarters!

Chief in quarters! Not so long ago, these three words created more tension and apprehension than could be imagined. In an attempt to promptly reach the housewatch area, Firefighters would jump down pole-holes and run into each other on the apparatus floor. Icy-cold chills would run […]
December 1, 2014

You Have a Fire in a What? Electrostatic Precipitators (ESPs)

It’s approximately 0200 hours when you receive a Class 3 alarm for a three-story retail mall. En route, you receive a second source for smoke on the third floor. On arrival, the ladder Officer radios that he has heavy smoke in a restaurant on the third […]
December 1, 2014

Class K Portable Fire Extinguishers — New Extinguishing Agent

There are tens of thousands of food establishments in New York City to feed the millions of people who live and visit the big apple each day. Cooking equipment long has been one of the leading causes of structure fires and, for the past 20 years, […]
December 1, 2014

Collyers’ Mansion Conditions and Cockloft Fire Challenge FDNY

On Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 1105 hours, FDNY units were dispatched to a report of an electrical fire in an apartment on the fourth floor of a six-story, non-fireproof, multiple dwelling, with a lobby built slightly below-grade. Initial response was quick, with two engines, a […]
December 1, 2014

Role of FDOC at Manhattan Box 55-1406

The Fire Department Operations Center (FDOC) provides real-time information to support Incident Commanders responding to an event. It also informs senior executives who will make decisions in support of the Department’s response. In the first five minutes of an incident, FDOC posts maps, cached photographs, building […]
December 1, 2014

Use of the IMT During FDNY Operations

The FDNY is unsurpassed at initiating and using emergency management. Operations at large, multiple-alarm incidents are considered almost routine. But after the attacks on the World Trade Center, officials came to realize that there would be great value in developing an Incident Management Team (IMT) within […]
December 1, 2014

Deputy Chief Consideration at a Major Collapse with Fire

The below-listed guidelines were considered and implemented at Manhattan Box 55-1406, March 12, 2014. En Route Transmit additional alarms. (Based on preliminary reports from first-arriving Battalion Chief, 10-60, Code 1, and a third alarm were transmitted.) Ensure units responding on a third alarm or greater report […]
June 7, 2016

Operations at Queens Water Main Break

On Friday morning, October 23, 2015, FDNY units responded to a 20-inch water main break in the Elmhurst section of Queens. The rupture was the result of a worker using an auger to place retaining wall pilings. This main, which was cross-connected to a larger, 70-inch […]
June 7, 2016

Origins of the Red Cap Program Revisited

The year 1977 was noteworthy on several fronts in New York City history: a heated mayoral race, a major electrical blackout, a World Series in the Bronx and a notorious serial killing spree by what came to be known as the “.44-caliber killer” (later dubbed the […]
June 7, 2016

Extensive Roof Operations at Bronx Fifth-Alarm Fire

In the late-morning hours of Monday, November 30, 2015, the weather was mild with very little wind. At 1148 hours, a telephone alarm was received for Box 2989, reporting a fire from the roof at 1750 Montgomery Avenue. This resulted in a stubborn cockloft fire, reminiscent […]
June 7, 2016

Complex Operations at Collapse and Rescue on 38th Street in Manhattan: Workers Pinned and SOC Operations

Rescue 1 had just finished operating at a multi-car accident with multiple injuries and was returning to quarters when a call came over the radio, redirecting members to a reported ceiling collapse. This collapse initially was designated as a minor incident, but soon was upgraded with […]
June 7, 2016

Complex Operations at Collapse and Rescue on 38th Street in Manhattan: Technical and Dangerous V Collapse

Manhattan Box 0751, transmitted on October 30, 2015, at 1028 hours, for a “ceiling fell down,” turned into a complicated and dangerous collapse rescue operation for FDNY companies. The buildings located at 25 and 27 West 38th Street were both in the process of demolition, making […]
June 7, 2016

Complex Operations at Collapse and Rescue on 38th Street in Manhattan: Overview

On Friday, October 30, 2015, at 1028 hours, units in Manhattan were dispatched to Box 0751, reporting a ceiling collapse at 25 West 38th Street. On arrival, units encountered a collapse that trapped two construction workers at a construction site. One worker already was deceased and […]
May 29, 2016

S1, E2 Dangerous V Collapses with FDNY Chief Joseph R. Downey

S1, E2 Dangerous V Collapses with FDNY Chief Joseph R. Downey FDNY Chief Joseph R. Downey on Operating at Technical and Dangerous V Collapses
May 12, 2016

Blog: Review of Lightweight Construction Features

The dangers of lightweight construction are very real and should be drilled on continuously, researched and discussed by all. The FDNY now has “Firefighting Procedures, Private Dwellings, Chapter 6–Lightweight Construction,” but many of the topics therein were discussed in depth in a series of WNYF articles: “Lightweight […]