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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 […]
March 31, 2015

FDNY IMT Deploys to Buffalo

On Thursday, November 20, 2014, the City of Buffalo requested the services of the FDNY Incident Management Team (IMT). A few days earlier, the south section of the City of Buffalo received 80 to 100 inches of lake-effect snow. The surrounding areas of Erie County also […]
December 1, 2014

Firefighter Lower Back Pain: How to Help Avoid Uneven Weight Distribution

The annual Death and Injury Survey, published by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), reveals that sprains and strains routinely account for approximately 50 percent of all line-of-duty injuries. Even more astonishing is that back injuries, in particular, account for 50 percent of all line-of-duty […]
December 1, 2014

“Big Data” in the Firehouse…The Information Age Comes to FDNY

During the past few years, a phenomenon known as “Big Data” has swept across the consciousness of a wide range of the economy and our society at large. Stemming from its roots in the corporations of the private sector, the “Big Data” conversation has spread across […]
December 1, 2014

ail Freight Service in New York City

December 1, 2014

Worker Pinned in a Collapse; SOC Operations at Queens Box 3180

Author’s Note: This account is written from the perspective of the members of the first Special Operations Command (SOC) unit on-scene (Squad 288). While the intent is to convey a general impression of overall operations, it focuses on the operations of SOC companies, in general, and […]
December 1, 2014

Queens Excavation Collapse with Pinned Worker Successfully Mitigated by FDNY

On the afternoon of June 18, 2013, FDNY units were called to the scene of a reported trench cave-in in the Kew Gardens section of Queens. A laborer, who had been working in the excavation, in conjunction with a heavy equipment operator operating an excavator, had […]
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
July 14, 2016

Blog: FDNY Members Meet Challenges of Brooklyn Hardware Store Fire

Past WNYF articles are a great tool for reviewing fire and emergency operations. This blog post is designed to highlight some of the basics of firefighting used at our operations. We encourage readers to review the complete WNYF article in the 3rd/2015 issue. Curent references to associated […]
June 7, 2016

About Us for 1st/2016

Since its founding in 1981, the FDNY Foundation has provided hundreds of millions of dollars for programs that keep the FDNY strong by increasing safety, advancing innovation and ultimately ensuring that the FDNY remains the world’s leader in emergency response. From specialty rigs to tabletop exercises […]
June 7, 2016

All Hands for 1st 2016

Editor’s Note: Welcome to All Hands online! Please note, Taking-Up and an article on the Origin of the FDNY Flag are only available in print and digital editions. The All Hands logo used above was featured in 4th/1964 edition of WNYF. Division 1 By FF Rocky […]
June 7, 2016

WNYF Archive: Standard Oil Plant Fire Threatened Brooklyn and Queens

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in October 1941 (Vol. 2, No. 4) with no byline and has been re-published in its entirety for the 1st/2016 edition of WNYF. Please note, minor copy edits were made to this article. The fire “gave forth vast clouds […]