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September 30, 2015

FDNY Members Meet Challenges of Brooklyn Hardware Store Fire

In the early-morning hours of January 21, 2015, units responded to Brooklyn Box 1241 for a UCT911 call reporting a fire in a hardware store. The fire went to a fifth alarm for relief purposes and took almost five hours before it was placed Under Control.  […]
August 30, 2015

An Intro to the Columbia Association

On March 23,1934, the honorable John J. McElligott, Fire Chief and Commissioner, and the Honorable Deputy Fire Commissioner Francis X. Giaccono approved a request made by Captain John Capillo, Engine 28. The request follows: I herewith submit for your approval, a brief to be used by […]
June 30, 2015

The Week That Was…

The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) has responded to countless fires and disasters in its storied 150-year history. Some fires–such as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire–have left an indelible mark on the collective consciousness of all Americans and were the inspiration for the reform movement […]
June 30, 2015

What Qualities Make a Superior Chief’s Firefighters/Aide?

The Chief’s Firefighter/Aide must handle myriad responsibilities, while acting as the eyes and ears of the Chief. A truly good Aide will handle enough responsibility to enable his/her Officer to devote time to the more important functions–developing strategy and tactics–while operating at a fire/emergency. Battalion Firefighter […]
June 30, 2015

FDNY Staff Chiefs

June 30, 2015

Window Security Shutters/Devices

This article is intended to raise awareness of an uncommon window security device (WSD), known as the roll-down or German shutter. These devices are used for privacy and security concerns, protection from storms, to improve insulation or for sunlight and noise reduction. A fire in a […]
June 30, 2015

20th Annual FDNY Foundation Dinner Celebrates FDNY’s 150th Anniversary

The FDNY Foundation hosted its 20th Annual Dinner at the New York Hilton on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. The evening brought together a record number of guests, who joined with honorees to celebrate the FDNY Foundation, as well as the 150th anniversary of the New York […]
June 30, 2015

A Tour of the Regional Shipboard Firefighting Simulator

It’s a cold winter night and around 0200 hours, the alarm goes off in your firehouse. The housewatch acknowledges the run and reads off the ticket: Phone alarm, 513 West 161st Street, fire on the second floor of a six-story multiple dwelling. As you’re donning your […]
June 30, 2015

The Standpipe Kit

New York City’s skyline is changing. Construction of high-rise buildings is and will be an ongoing process in every borough. The expansion of high-rise building construction and the various kinds of occupancies in these complex structures will pose a challenge to FDNY standpipe operations. Fires in […]
June 30, 2015

Evolution of the FDNY SCUBA/Swiftwater Programs

On March 4, 1963, a call came over the Department’s Citywide frequency from the Mask Service Unit (at the time located on Welfare Island), for a school bus that left the road and became submerged in New York’s East River. The bus, assigned to the then-New […]
August 11, 2016

Blog: Stairwell Safety and Management

Overcrowded stairs at fires is an issue that all Firefighters should strive to eliminate. This dangerous condition may block egress for Firefighters in case of deteriorating conditions, can create unsafe tripping hazards and will increase the likelihood of stairway collapse, especially if the stairs have been involved in […]
August 4, 2016

S1, E4 Safe Vehicle Operations with FDNY Lieutenant Joseph Yolles

S1, E4 Safe Vehicle Operations w FDNY Lt. Joseph Yolles
July 27, 2016

The 10-12 for 2/2016

EMS Division 1 Division 1 congratulates Paramedic William Meringolo, ALS Coordinator, on receiving his Bachelor of Science in EMS Administration…Station 4: Congratulations to Paramedic Alexander Khalef on his marriage to Elisa…Congratulations to EMT Christine DeCarlo on her acceptance to the CUNY Sophie Davis Physician Assistant Program…Station […]
July 27, 2016

FDNY and FDNY Foundation Host Successful Fourth Annual Medical Special Operations Conference (MSOC)

The FDNY and the FDNY Foundation are proud to report another successful year of hosting the annual Medical Special Operations Conference (MSOC), which was held at the FDNY’s Fire Academy on Randall’s Island, April 29-May 1. Now in its fourth year, the MSOC has become a […]
July 27, 2016

Public Matters: Bystander CPR Program Making Strides in New York City

Early CPR and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) have been shown to dramatically increase the chance of survival in victims who experience sudden cardiac arrest. The first few minutes after a person goes into cardiac arrest are the most critical but, sadly, a […]
July 27, 2016

Special Apparatus: FDNY’s Medical Evacuation Transportation Unit

Feature image caption:  The Medical Evacuation Transportation Unit (METU) gets its name from its primarily funded purpose, which is to perform as a mass evacuation vehicle for nursing homes and other medical facilities. The citizens and visitors of New York City call 911 for emergency medical […]
July 27, 2016

EMS Leader: Scene Management at Emergencies Involving Bariatric Patients

On a summer day, I was performing my routine field duties as a Deputy Chief, assigned to Car 521, and covering major incident response. While on duty, I was consulted via cell phone by Lieutenant Robert Walsh, who was operating as field supervisor, Unit C10. Lieutenant […]
July 27, 2016

One on One: EMTs Shaun Alexander and Khadijah Hall on Acting While Off-Duty

Acting while off-duty is not mandated by the Fire Department of the City of New York, but often, FDNY members step in and help when needed. Case in point, two of our EMTs–Shaun Alexander and Khadijah Hall–both with more than two decades on the job, stepped […]