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June 1, 2014

Metro North Train Derailment

On December 1, 2013, at 0719 hours, a southbound Metro-North passenger train out of Poughkeepsie, New York, en route to Grand Central Terminal, derailed just north of the Spuyten Duyvil Railroad Station in the Bronx. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported the train’s estimated speed […]
March 31, 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 31, 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 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, 2016

Inside Access: Valet Doffing/Decontamination Procedures for Ebola

In the summer of 2014, there wasn’t much information available in the United States regarding the proper doffing and equipment decontamination procedures for handling patients potentially infected with the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Subsequent to the cross contamination and exposure of a registered nurse who treated […]
March 1, 2016

Building Blocks for Accomplishing Our Mission

In August 2014, months before FDNY successfully transported its first Ebola patient, it was my responsibility as FDNY’s Chief Medical Officer and Special Advisor to the Fire Commissioner on Health Policy, to provide the Department with advice on what was needed to safely respond to, stabilize […]
February 22, 2016

A Successful 150th Year for FDNY

Having just wrapped up one of the most successful years in our Department’s history (and a milestone year—our 150th anniversary!), we should all be proud of our accomplishments in 2015. From new record high responses, to declining fire deaths, to successful community outreach and public safety […]
December 1, 2015

Tricks of the Trade: The Hydrant Dewatering Device

It is 0300 hours on the coldest winter night you can remember and you are taking up from a multiple alarm. You are a conscientious, professional Firefighter and you have no plans to leave the fire scene until the barrel of the hydrant is pumped out […]
December 1, 2015

Fire Prevention Matters: Green Energy Part II — Electrochemical Technology

Battery technology initially can be attributed to the Italian inventor Alessandro Volta (1745-1827). In the 1800s, he designed an assembly consisting of plates of two different metals, such as zinc and copper, positioned in stacks separated by paper soaked in brine or vinegar. Volta’s battery was […]
December 1, 2015

What the Probie or Junior Firefighter Should Know: Adapter Use at Standpipe Outlets

Use of the NST female to FDNY male adapter Problem: The pressure gauge or 21⁄2-inch hose does not thread onto the standpipe outlet. Reason: The FDNY uses its own thread specification for its hose couplings. Many other fire departments have their own thread specifications. National Standard […]
December 1, 2015

Safety First: Safety at Motor Vehicle Accidents

Size-up starts at the receipt of the alarm, but for this exercise, size-up starts when you examine the accompanying photo below. It is a frozen moment in time and you are the Safety Officer assigned. Your goal is to ensure the safety of all members operating […]
December 1, 2015

Learn from History: The Third Avenue Collapse

On April 4, 1956, a tragic front wall collapse occurred at Bronx Box 44-2904, located at 4085 Third Avenue, between East 174th and 175th Streets. Three members of Engine 48, two members of Ladder 44 and one Chief’s Aide–who was assigned to Assistant Chief Antonio Petronelli–were […]