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December 1, 2014

Role of FDOC at Manhattan Box 55-1406

The Fire Department Operations Center (FDOC) provides real-time information to support Incident Commanders responding to an event. It also informs senior executives who will make decisions in support of the Department’s response. In the first five minutes of an incident, FDOC posts maps, cached photographs, building […]
December 1, 2014

Use of the IMT During FDNY Operations

The FDNY is unsurpassed at initiating and using emergency management. Operations at large, multiple-alarm incidents are considered almost routine. But after the attacks on the World Trade Center, officials came to realize that there would be great value in developing an Incident Management Team (IMT) within […]
December 1, 2014

Deputy Chief Consideration at a Major Collapse with Fire

The below-listed guidelines were considered and implemented at Manhattan Box 55-1406, March 12, 2014. En Route Transmit additional alarms. (Based on preliminary reports from first-arriving Battalion Chief, 10-60, Code 1, and a third alarm were transmitted.) Ensure units responding on a third alarm or greater report […]
December 1, 2014

Rescue 1 Operations at Manhattan Box 55-1406

December 1, 2014

Rescue 1 Operations at Manhattan Box 55-1406

Rescue 1 arrived at Box 1406 at approximately 0945 hours and initially parked the apparatus on 116th Street, due to the amount of debris that was blocking the street. As Rescue 1 members made their way around the corner and on to Park Avenue, they saw […]
December 1, 2014

Manhattan Gas Explosion/Collapse Dictate Lengthy FDNY Operation

Then-Deputy Assistant Chief James E. Leonard, Brooklyn Borough Commander, was the City-wide Command Chief when Manhattan Box 55-1406 was transmitted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. On arrival, he was met with an extremely serious situation. The Command Post had not been established yet. Chief Leonard contacted […]
September 30, 2014

The FDNY Honor Legion

In 2005, I received a letter from Battalion Chief Philip Gaetani, who was president of the Honor Legion at the time, about joining this FDNY organization. Most members are familiar with the FDNY fraternal organizations, but I had never heard of the Honor Legion. Like most […]
September 30, 2014

FDNY and FDNY Foundation Host Second Annual Medical Special Operations Conference (MSOC)

The FDNY, in partnership with the FDNY Foundation, hosted the second annual Medical Special Operations Conference (MSOC), May 16-18, 2014. The weekend-long conference served as a platform for medical personnel from around the world who provide patient care under disaster and urban search and rescue conditions, […]
September 1, 2014

Safety First: Importance of Rehabilitation

In 2013, there were 97 on-duty Firefighter deaths, including 19 wildland Firefighters at the Yarnell Hill fire and nine Firefighter fatalities at the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas. In just these two major incidents, the country lost 28 Firefighters. However, notwithstanding the wildland fire and Texas […]
September 1, 2014

Tricks of the Trade: Window Bars, Part 1 by Captain Michael Doda and Lt. Thomas M. Carrera

There are several ways for the “outside team” to remove standard window bars from a fire building. Standard window bars are best described as solid stock bars–usually iron– mounted to cover a window. They most likely are fastened to the window frame or brickwork on the […]
June 7, 2016

Safety First: Stairwell Management

There is an old adage in the FDNY that if you want to know how many Firefighters there are on the stairs, all you have to do is count the steps and then add one. Stairwell management always has been a challenge for the FDNY. The […]
June 7, 2016

Operations at Queens Water Main Break

On Friday morning, October 23, 2015, FDNY units responded to a 20-inch water main break in the Elmhurst section of Queens. The rupture was the result of a worker using an auger to place retaining wall pilings. This main, which was cross-connected to a larger, 70-inch […]
June 7, 2016

Origins of the Red Cap Program Revisited

The year 1977 was noteworthy on several fronts in New York City history: a heated mayoral race, a major electrical blackout, a World Series in the Bronx and a notorious serial killing spree by what came to be known as the “.44-caliber killer” (later dubbed the […]
June 7, 2016

Extensive Roof Operations at Bronx Fifth-Alarm Fire

In the late-morning hours of Monday, November 30, 2015, the weather was mild with very little wind. At 1148 hours, a telephone alarm was received for Box 2989, reporting a fire from the roof at 1750 Montgomery Avenue. This resulted in a stubborn cockloft fire, reminiscent […]
June 7, 2016

Complex Operations at Collapse and Rescue on 38th Street in Manhattan: Workers Pinned and SOC Operations

Rescue 1 had just finished operating at a multi-car accident with multiple injuries and was returning to quarters when a call came over the radio, redirecting members to a reported ceiling collapse. This collapse initially was designated as a minor incident, but soon was upgraded with […]
June 7, 2016

Complex Operations at Collapse and Rescue on 38th Street in Manhattan: Technical and Dangerous V Collapse

Manhattan Box 0751, transmitted on October 30, 2015, at 1028 hours, for a “ceiling fell down,” turned into a complicated and dangerous collapse rescue operation for FDNY companies. The buildings located at 25 and 27 West 38th Street were both in the process of demolition, making […]
June 7, 2016

Complex Operations at Collapse and Rescue on 38th Street in Manhattan: Overview

On Friday, October 30, 2015, at 1028 hours, units in Manhattan were dispatched to Box 0751, reporting a ceiling collapse at 25 West 38th Street. On arrival, units encountered a collapse that trapped two construction workers at a construction site. One worker already was deceased and […]
May 29, 2016

S1, E2 Dangerous V Collapses with FDNY Chief Joseph R. Downey

S1, E2 Dangerous V Collapses with FDNY Chief Joseph R. Downey FDNY Chief Joseph R. Downey on Operating at Technical and Dangerous V Collapses