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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 […]
June 30, 2015

Lightning Sets Off East Flatbush Fourth of July Four-Alarm Fire

In the early-morning hours of Friday, July 4, 2014 (0111 hours), lightning sparked a fire on the roof and cockloft of an H-type, six-story, 140- by 180-foot, non-fireproof (NFP), multiple dwelling located at 214 Rockaway Parkway, Brooklyn. A total of 12 apartments per floor, aligned in […]
March 31, 2015

A Brief History of FDNY Badges and Helmet Frontpieces

March 31, 2015

Recap of the 2015 FDNY/FDNY Foundation Symposium

The 2015 FDNY Symposium, sponsored by the FDNY Foundation and the FDNY, held on March 18 and 19, 2015, once again provided an opportunity for the professional development of Firefighters from across the country and around the world. This was the seventh time this outstanding educational […]
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 […]
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 […]
July 27, 2016

Step by Step: Cyanokit Hydroxocobalamin

In New York City, EMS responds to numerous building fires each year. Many of these fires produce patients who require pre-hospital care. These patients include both civilians and first responders. They can sustain injuries that range anywhere from minor musculoskeletal trauma to cardiac arrest. A large […]
July 27, 2016

Preparing for Success: The Threat of Active Shooters

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles that will be devoted to active shooter threats. Responding to and mitigating an active shooter (AS) event will challenge the first responder. Such an incident presents a new level of threat and requires a combination […]
July 27, 2016

Call Review: Bicyclists Struck by Boat on a Busy Boulevard

The day was bright and sunny, with the temperature reaching 77 degrees Fahrenheit. It was a perfect day to be outdoors. But for FDNY ALS unit 23V (two-three Victor), it was just another day on the bus for Paramedics Desiree Corsello and Carmen Rosas. There was […]
July 27, 2016

Safety First: Safely Navigating the Streets of New York City

As FDNY EMS professionals, one of our most important responsibilities is safe emergency vehicle operation. At the FDNY Bureau of Training, EMS Academy, we take this responsibility very seriously in the form of our Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (EVOC). In this training course, the number one […]