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September 30, 2013

Remember the Fallen: The 9/11 Tribute Center

On Monday, September 10, 2001, the author was on duty in the 6th Division. He attended a dedication ceremony for the newly renovated firehouse for Engine 73/Ladder 42. Father Mychal Judge offered the homily. He told members and guests that God is a God of surprises. […]
September 30, 2013

Handling a Suspicious Package

June 6, 2013, was just like any Monday morning in the Bureau of Fire Prevention. Chief Joseph Woznica was sitting at his desk, reviewing e-mails received during the weekend. At approximately 0815 hours, an Inspector walked into his office, threw a manila envelope onto his desk […]
September 30, 2013

Odd Job–Child Caught in a Roll-Down Gate

At 1628 hours on May 6, 2012,  Engine 290 and Ladder 103, commanded by Lieutenants Daniel DelPrete and Edward Cowan, respectively, were dispatched to Brooklyn Box 2100 for a report of a child with his hand caught in a gate going up. At 1630 hours, Rescue […]
June 30, 2013

A Personal View of Operation Gut and Pump

The night of October 29, 2012, is one that will be forever etched in FDNY members’ minds. Mother Nature showed just how powerful she can be as she hit New York City in the form of a hurricane named Sandy. Most New York City Firefighters had […]
June 30, 2013

Operation Gut and Pump Meets the ICS in Breezy Point, Queens

Hurricane Sandy met all expectations. It was predicted to hit land in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and it did. Predictions were that south of Atlantic City would suffer from hurricane-force winds and north would deal with the tidal surge. Both were true. The FDNY predicted that […]
June 30, 2013

FDNY All-Hazard IMT: Missions, Opportunities and Lessons Learned; Through the Eyes of the Lead Public Information Officer

As Hurricane Sandy approached the Tri-State area, plans already were being put in place days before its true effects were felt in the New York area. The hurricane was labeled by many and considered to be the perfect storm when it hit New York. As it […]
June 30, 2013

How the Bureau of Fire Prevention Facilitated Re-Occupancy

The Bureau of Fire Prevention faced two important tasks in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The first was to safely manage the influx of combustible and flammable liquids and gases needed to support the recovery efforts and supply the displaced residents of many areas of the […]
June 30, 2013

Thank You, FDNY Foundation!

June 30, 2013

Company Officers Commanding Multiple-Alarm Fires

Engine 268 and Ladder 137 started responding to numerous alarms as Hurricane Sandy approached the Rockaway Peninsula on October 29, 2012, at approximately 1300 hours. Earlier, during the day tour, pre-incident planning was discussed and implemented. Ensuring that apparatus were fueled, discussing the dangers of downed […]
June 30, 2013

FDNY Assists with Odd Job in the PATH Tubes

On Saturday, November 3, 2012, five days after Hurricane Sandy flooded New York City, Battalion Chief Stephen Geraghty, Chief of Rescue Operations, was directed by Chief of Operations James E. Esposito to respond to the Exchange Place PATH station in Jersey City, New Jersey, to evaluate […]
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 […]