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March 31, 2014

Secondary Egress from Multiple Dwellings

March 31, 2014

Secondary Egress from Multiple Dwellings

FDNY members encounter many kinds of non-fireproof (NFP) residential buildings during fire and emergency responses or during Building Inspection Safety Program (BISP) periods. When it comes to secondary egress, Firefighters are concerned with whether the building is a multiple dwelling (MD) or a private dwelling (PD). […]
March 31, 2014

FDNY Foundation’s Upcoming Events Go Big, Go Early, Go Fast and Be Smart: Fifth Alarm at Manhattan Box 1626

The FDNY Foundation is proud to announce upcoming events in 2014 that promote both safety and education and are part of our mission to support the critical lifesaving work of the FDNY. 2013 Fire Commissioner’s Humanitarian Awards Dinner honorees–Joseph M. Fortunato, Chairman and CEO of GNC […]
March 31, 2014

Rescue Medical Care

I  was the second EMS Officer to arrive (after EMS Lieutenant Fred Desarno) at the incident at approximately 2040 hours. Lieutenant Desarno, acting as the initial Medical Branch Director, instructed me to proceed to the south excavation entrance where on-scene workers were clamoring for assistance. I […]
March 1, 2014

Tricks of the Trade: Gate-Opening Tool by Captain Carlos Vazquez

Building owners and superintendents have increased steps to prevent access, crime and vandalism to their property by installing steel gated doors. Normally, these doors lead to the rear and sides of multiple dwellings. With a much stronger presence of Fire Code enforcement, these gates usually are […]
March 1, 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 1, 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 […]
March 1, 2014

Secondary Egress from Multiple Dwellings

FDNY members encounter many kinds of non-fireproof (NFP) residential buildings during fire and emergency responses or during Building Inspection Safety Program (BISP) periods. When it comes to secondary egress, Firefighters are concerned with whether the building is a multiple dwelling (MD) or a private dwelling (PD). […]
March 1, 2014

Go Big, Go Early, Go Fast and Be Smart: Fifth Alarm at Manhattan Box 1626

When Craig Fugate became Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in May 2009, he pushed his organization to change their disaster response to “go big, go early, go fast and be smart.” Not surprising that with a firefighting background, this motto was adopted from […]
March 1, 2014

Man in the Mud: Rescue Medical Care

Editors Note: This is part of a 4-Part Series entitled Man in the Mud. See feature article. I was the second EMS Officer to arrive (after EMS Lieutenant Fred Desarno) at the incident at approximately 2040 hours. Lieutenant Desarno, acting as the initial Medical Branch Director, […]
December 1, 2015

Five Ladder Operations that the Engine Must be Able to Perform to Save Lives

It’s a rivalry as old as the FDNY itself–engine vs. truck. Every engine member knows that there was never a fire in the FDNY’s history that was extinguished with a Halligan or hook.   Conversely, every truck member knows that without them, the engine wouldn’t have the […]
December 1, 2015

Response to Energy Storage Systems

Integrating more energy from renewable sources enhances efficiency. The push toward a clean energy future is motivating increased storage development throughout the United States. This new energy source, Energy Storage Systems (ESS), has many benefits. However, with every new technology comes new challenges, including the hazards […]
December 1, 2015

Happy Land Social Club Fire: 25 Years Later

Early in the morning of March 25, 1990, the loud booming rhythms that characterized the dance music scene of the 1980s and ‘90s were interrupted by the sounds of terror and panic. An intentionally set fire in the Happy Land Social Club claimed the lives of […]
December 1, 2015

Another Take on Situational Awareness

We have heard the term situational awareness many times, but what does it really mean? The generally accepted definition states that it is having the ability to identify, mentally process and comprehend critical elements of information that surround you; may affect you, your team and your […]
December 1, 2015

ICS Instrumental at Grey Shark Fire

On March 14, 2015, the Master of Vessel, Captain Victor Tarasov, reported that the Grey Shark had developed engine trouble and was directed by its owners to return to New York City for repairs. The next night, the Grey Shark lost its second engine, putting it […]
September 30, 2015

Wild-Impacted Fires…Without the Wind: How the Stack Effect Can Impact a Fire

On a cold winter night in January 2015, Firefighters in the Bronx battled a fierce, wind-impacted fire on the fourth floor of a 16-story, project-type, high-rise multiple dwelling. As with most wind-impacted fires, the fire apartment door had been left open. As Ladder 19’s inside team […]
September 30, 2015

The General Slocum Fire

The morning of June 15, 1904, was, by most accounts, the perfect day for a steamship excursion up the East River of New York City. After months of meticulous planning, the members of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church were ready to embark on their seventh annual boat […]
September 30, 2015

The Dangers of Belt Man Lifts

On a building inspection of a four-story, below-grade parking garage at 1735 York Avenue in Upper Manhattan, the members of Ladder 43 found an unusual type of elevator designed to transport parking attendants to upper floors. Information suggests that this is a belt man lift. According […]