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June 1, 2014

Tricks of the Trade: Shove Tool by Captain Michael Doda

FDNY members and Firefighters from all around the country constantly repeat similar tasks during a regular work tour. Firefighters tend to run into the same problems during training and when they find something that works, they stick with it. There are certain items a ladder company […]
June 1, 2014

Safety First: Truss Roof Failure and Snow Loads

It is very rare that predictions made from engineering research are so clearly demonstrated in the real world. But that is exactly what happened on February 19, 2014, when the bowstring roof structure collapsed at a CVS drugstore at 694 Burke Avenue in the Bronx. A […]
June 1, 2014

Mill Structures–Their Features and Firefighting Operations, Part I

Editor’s Note: This two-part article will focus on mill construction features and fire protection in the first part. Construction features Mill, also called “heavy timber” and “slow burning” constructed buildings, generally are built as isolated structures to reduce the hazard of fire spreading from one building […]
June 1, 2014

Trench Cut Brings Manhattan Five-Alarmer Under Control

On July 22, 2013, Manhattan Box 1584 was received via a verbal alarm at the quarters of Engine 80/Ladder 23. The fire building is on 139th Street, across the street and several buildings down from the firehouse. Engine 80 promptly transmitted a 10-75 for a fire […]
June 1, 2014

Cockloft Nozzle

A fire in a building’s cockloft is a game-changing development and, provided the necessary actions are not executed within a few crucial minutes, could mean the eventual loss of an entire building. What may seem like a routine and easily controllable, one-room fire on the top […]
June 1, 2014

Sectors Play Key Role at Bronx Five-Alarm Fire

At 0616 hours on May 2, 2013, Engine 63 was assigned to Box 3677 for a reported non-structural fire in the rear yard of 685 225th Street in the Bronx. While responding, Engine 63 was informed that the Box was being filled out for a second […]
June 1, 2014

Metro North Train Derailment: Rescue Operations

Editors Note: This is a siebar to an article on the Metro North train derailment. See feature article. Upon arrival at the Spuyten Duyvil train derailment, the scope of the incident appeared that numerous technical rescues would be needed for extrication. However, gathering situational awareness and […]
June 1, 2014

Metro North Train Derailment

On December 1, 2013, at 0719 hours, a southbound Metro-North passenger train out of Poughkeepsie, New York, en route to Grand Central Terminal, derailed just north of the Spuyten Duyvil Railroad Station in the Bronx. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported the train’s estimated speed […]
March 31, 2014

Gasoline-Powered Tools and Ethanol-Blended Gasoline: What You Need to Know

FDNY carries a variety of gasoline-powered equipment that is required to be operational at a moment’s notice. Condition of both tools and fuel–especially ethanol-blended fuel–is extremely important. The operational readiness and serviceability of FDNY’s equipment are the subject of this article. The Clean Air Act Amendment […]
March 31, 2014

Risk Based Inspection System (RBIS)

Building inspection is a critical core competency of FDNY field units. Inspections are carried out for two primary reasons: safety of the public and safety of Firefighters. Safety of the public is enhanced when field units identity hazards that endanger occupants of a building. Such hazards […]
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 […]