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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 […]
March 31, 2015

Typical Gothic-Style Church Fire with Atypical Results: Our Lady of Sorrows Church

Through the years, many church fires have been documented in the pages of WNYF. Often, these fires have resulted in a heavy or total loss of the structure and Firefighter fatalities. Church fires present difficult challenges to the fire service due to their unique construction characteristics […]
March 31, 2015

Heavy Streams Extinguish Four-Alarm Brooklyn Paper Bale Fire

The night tour on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, started out like most other tours in the FDNY. The apparatus were checked, saws were started and PASS alarms were heard reverberating throughout the firehouse. The weather was mild, with temperatures in the mid-40-degree range. The brutal winter […]
March 31, 2015

FDNY Staff Chiefs

March 31, 2015

The Situation Unit and Field Observers

The Situation Unit falls under the Planning Section within an Incident Management Team and one of its main functions is to gather intelligence surrounding the incident for the consumption of the Incident Commanders and Operations Section. This information often helps the team to make accurate and […]
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 […]
July 27, 2016

FDNY Pro EMS: Commissioner’s Brief for 2/2016

A merger can be viewed in many ways. In business, where profits drive decisions, there are mergers for the strength and protection of diversification; for market-share growth; to eliminate competition; and/or for the synergy of increased performance and decreased costs. In 1996, the FDNY and NYC […]
July 27, 2016

Forging the Prestigious EMT-P Carlos Lillo/Lieutenant Ricardo Quinn Medal

With the remnants of Medal Day 2015 barely cleared away, a conversation about Medal Day 2016 began. It was 19 years after the merger between the FDNY and NYC*EMS, but only seven years since combining the Fire and EMS Medal Day ceremonies. The following observation was […]
July 27, 2016

Two Decades of FDNY EMS

Change in any organization is never easy and introducing new members into an already-established “family” can be met with angst on both sides (television series, such as The Brady Bunch, thrive on that concept). Change often is preceded by worries and gossip about what’s going to […]
July 27, 2016

S1, E3 Acting While Off-Duty with FDNY EMTs Shaun Alexander and Khadijah Hall

S1, E3 Acting While Off-Duty w FDNY EMTs Shaun Alexander and Khadijah Hall