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September 1, 2014

Staten Island Box 1194: FDNY Handles Damaged Haz-Mat Container

At 2107 hours on the evening of March 11, 2014, Engines 158, 154 and 157, Ladders 86 and 83, Battalion 22, Marine 9, the Marine Battalion and Tactical Support Unit 2 were dispatched to Staten Island Box 1194, 500 Western Avenue. That address is the main […]
September 1, 2014

Complex Operations in Low-Rise, Fireproof Multiple Dwellings

Low-rise, fireproof multiple dwellings (LRFPMD) present unique challenges to the FDNY. Generally older buildings, they may be found in proximity to high-rise, fireproof multiple dwellings (HRFPMD.) Fires in these structures are complex and they will present problems similar to those found in taller fireproof buildings, while […]
September 1, 2014

Not Your Typical 10-24 (Auto Fire)

The Trans-Manhattan Expressway is a small section of expressway that connects the George Washington Bridge (GWB) to the Cross Bronx Expressway. The expressway has two inner roadways that deliver and expel traffic from the upper level of the GWB, while the two outer roadways do that […]
September 1, 2014

FDNY Rescues Staten Island Worker Down Shaft

Every July brings a proud event to the quarters of Rescue 5 and Engine 160. The Wounded Warriors Project arrives from several locations to meet up at the Clove Road firehouse. This is the kick-off for their week-long visit to the New York City area. They […]
June 30, 2014

FDNY Foundation Raises $1.7 Million: Honors Scott Baxter for his Commitment to the FDNY

On April 30, 2014, the FDNY’s esteemed supporters were honored at the 2014 FDNY Foundation Dinner. Scott Baxter, Vice President of VF Corporation, was presented with the Fire Commissioner Humanitarian Award this year. Mr. Baxter, along with VF Corporation, has a long-standing history with the FDNY […]
June 30, 2014

Bronx Units Tested at Three-Alarm, Mid-Afternoon Tenement Fire

The winter of 2014 will not be forgotten soon. The residents of New York endured cold weather and near-record snowfalls. On January 9, 2014, at 1528 hours, Bronx units were tested in the bustling Arthur Avenue neighborhood by a fast-moving fire and the cold weather. Fire […]
June 30, 2014

Operating at Vacants

At vacant building fires, it is often possible to conduct an interior attack for the expeditious extinguishment of the fire and release of units. Prior to implementing interior operations, the Incident Commander (IC) must perform a risk assessment, keeping in mind that the life hazard and […]
June 1, 2014

Tricks of the Trade: Shove Tool by Captain Michael Doda

FDNY members and Firefighters from all around the country constantly repeat similar tasks during a regular work tour. Firefighters tend to run into the same problems during training and when they find something that works, they stick with it. There are certain items a ladder company […]
June 1, 2014

Safety First: Truss Roof Failure and Snow Loads

It is very rare that predictions made from engineering research are so clearly demonstrated in the real world. But that is exactly what happened on February 19, 2014, when the bowstring roof structure collapsed at a CVS drugstore at 694 Burke Avenue in the Bronx. A […]
June 1, 2014

Mill Structures–Their Features and Firefighting Operations, Part I

Editor’s Note: This two-part article will focus on mill construction features and fire protection in the first part. Construction features Mill, also called “heavy timber” and “slow burning” constructed buildings, generally are built as isolated structures to reduce the hazard of fire spreading from one building […]
March 1, 2016

Registration Open for 2016 FDNY Medical Special Operations Conference

The FDNY and the FDNY Foundation are proud to host the fourth annual FDNY Medical Special Operations Conference (MSOC) April 29 to May 1. The MSOC is the leading conference in medical special operations and has become a recognized platform for medical personnel from around the […]
March 1, 2016

The Department’s Leo Lowenstein Award Recognized Task Force for Developing Protocols for Response, Care and Transport of Ebola Virus Patients

In August 2014, Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro formed a task force, under the direction of Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Prezant, to develop protocols for response, care and transport of patients with Ebola virus. Beginning in September 2014, FDNY responded to numerous cases and performed […]
March 1, 2016

Why Emergency Medical Dispatchers Play a Key Role

Accurate triage is the most critical component of any Emergency Medical Service (EMS) system. Miscommunications can prove detrimental to a good patient outcome. The assignment receiving dispatcher gathers the caller’s information, which then is consolidated into a useful format for the responding units. At the FDNY […]
March 1, 2016

Step by Step: Donning and Doffing Procedures Utilized by FDNY Personnel

Reviewing the proper procedure for donning and doffing  infectious control ensembles is always a top priority for patient care providers. But, as the Department prepared for the potential spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the need to ensure health and safety of members could be […]
March 1, 2016

Special Apparatus: New FDNY Rescue Medic Ambulance

The citizens of New York City know that when they call 911, the best-trained, most diligent medical professionals will arrive at their door. It is due to the attentiveness and organization of the Bureau of Fleet Services that these trained professionals have the ability to reach […]
March 1, 2016

EMS Leader: Scene Management at New York City’s First Confirmed Case of Ebola

In October 2014, while operating as car 523, I was assigned to a multi-dwelling residence in Upper Manhattan, along with a Haz-Tac BLS, an ALS, one Conditions Officer and a Haz-Tac Officer. On arrival, I received a phone call from FDNY EMS Operations personnel, stating that […]
March 1, 2016

One on One: Dr. Dario Gonzalez on Being Dispatched to West Africa During Ebola Outbreak

I recently had the honor of conducting the first One on One interview for our new FDNY Pro Podcast with a colleague of mine. As our Office of Medical Affairs (OMA) physician, long-time FDNY employee Dr. Dario Gonzalez is responsible for medical protocols, training, field response […]
March 1, 2016

Preparing for Success: The What Ifs

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success. –Alexander Graham Bell, Inventor On October 23, 2014, local health officials identified the first case of Ebola in New York City. A physician working for Doctors Without Borders had returned from Guinea, where he had been treating […]