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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 […]
September 1, 2014

Smart Venting Using the SA Cycle

Everybody goes! Phone alarm. Residential. First-due engine. First-due truck. Address is 123 Main Street…Male caller states fire on second floor…Multiple dwelling…Three and two on the Box! As members hear the housewatch shout out the ticket, they start their size-up. Going through their mental Rolodex, they think […]
September 1, 2014

Trident Multi-Point Exit Lock

As security concerns over the years have increased, so have the various methods and devices used to secure buildings and property. Firefighters have become accustomed to seeing drop bars, Fox locks, multiple dead bolts and slide locks on the doors of taxpayers and other buildings. These […]
September 1, 2014

Bronx Hunts Point Market Four-Alarm Fire No Match for FDNY Members: The Command Channel

As an operation progresses and Sectors/Groups and/or Branches have been assigned, it is incumbent upon the Incident Commander (IC) to establish a Command Channel to effectively implement strategy, coordinate supervision and facilitate better control of the overall operation. Implementation of a Command Channel shall be established […]
September 1, 2014

Bronx Hunts Point Market Four-Alarm Fire No Match for FDNY Members

The 9×6 day tour in Bronx Battalion 3 started out rather uneventfully on November 20, 2013. The weather was seasonable and clear, with air temperatures in the low 40s and wind gusts in the 10- to 15-mph range. In this week before Thanksgiving, all signs indicated […]
September 1, 2014

New KME Pumpers for FDNY

Delivery has started on the latest generation of FDNY pumpers. The 91 new rigs are being built by Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corporation (KME)...
September 1, 2014

Mill Structures–Their Features and Firefighting Operations, Part II

Editor’s Note: This second part of a two-part article focuses on firefighting operations at mill structures. Firefighting operations Fires in mill-constructed buildings pose a tremendous operational challenge. Firefighters must be prepared to engage heavy fire conditions. To fight fires in mill buildings effectively, two major concerns […]
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
May 12, 2016

Blog: Review of Lightweight Construction Features

The dangers of lightweight construction are very real and should be drilled on continuously, researched and discussed by all. The FDNY now has “Firefighting Procedures, Private Dwellings, Chapter 6–Lightweight Construction,” but many of the topics therein were discussed in depth in a series of WNYF articles: “Lightweight […]
April 5, 2016

S1, E1 Mission to Liberia with FDNY Doctor Dario Gonzalez

Doctor Dario Gonzalez, FDNY Office of Medical Affairs Physician, interviewed by Captain Elizabeth Cascio, Executive Officer to the Fire Commissioner and 32-year veteran of Emergency Medical Service. Doctor Gonzalez serves as the FDNY representative for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Urban Search and Rescue […]
March 1, 2016

An Inside Look at How Ebola was Stopped in its Tracks in New York City

When Haz-Tac EMS Paramedic Winsley Julien first got the call on October 23, 2014, that a patient in Hamilton Heights very likely had Ebola, the 15-year EMS veteran  said he started to get a little nervous. “I took a deep breath, but then I knew we […]
March 1, 2016

The 10-12 for 1/2016

EMS Division 1 Retirements/Terminal Leave Division 1–EMT Martin Fernandez (RCC), appointed 09/12/1988. Station 16–Lt. Pamela Hehn, appointed 08/13/1984. Station 16–Lt. Eartha Sedeniussen, appointed 07/01/1991. Station 16– December. Captain Cuevas and EMTs from Station 16 met with the children of P.S. 197 (Pre-K) for a show and […]