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March 1, 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 1, 2014

Go Big, Go Early, Go Fast and Be Smart: Fifth Alarm at Manhattan Box 1626

When Craig Fugate became Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in May 2009, he pushed his organization to change their disaster response to “go big, go early, go fast and be smart.” Not surprising that with a firefighting background, this motto was adopted from […]
March 1, 2014

Man in the Mud: Rescue Medical Care

Editors Note: This is part of a 4-Part Series entitled Man in the Mud. See feature article. 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, […]
March 1, 2014

Man in the Mud: Comfort and Support

Editors Note: This is part of a 4-Part Series entitled Man in the Mud. See feature article. By prior arrangement, on the evening of March 19, 2013, I was at Fire Department Headquarters. The initial call for a construction worker trapped in the Second Avenue subway […]
March 1, 2014

Man in the Mud: Victim Removal

Editors Note: This is part of a 4-Part Series entitled Man in the Mud. See feature article. On arrival, Chief Hayde observed a construction worker trapped up to his chest in a clay and water slurry solution. Ladder 43 personnel had secured him with a lifesaving […]
March 1, 2014

Man in the Mud: FDNY Rescues Sandhog from Bull’s Liver at Second Avenue Subway Excavation Site

Whosoever saves a single life saves an entire universe.–taken from the Talmudic Tractate Sanhedrin 4:5, as referenced/verified by Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, FDNY Chaplain. Initial response On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at 2033 hours, units were assigned to respond to Manhattan Box 1233 (a medical emergency; male […]
March 1, 2014

Door Control Key at Bronx 10-77

In recent years, the importance of ventilation at “modern-age” fires has been stressed on FDNY members and the seriousness of this factor cannot be taken lightly. Although controlling the door and wisely venting windows have been drilled into all members since basic fire behavior lessons in […]
March 1, 2014

What’s Behind that Door?

While conducting building inspection safety program (BISP), members of Ladder 156 inspected a seven-story, fireproof multiple dwelling. The building was newly constructed. Inspection started on the seventh floor. Members observed an elevator in the middle of a small hallway that served two apartments per floor. Additionally, […]
March 1, 2014

Command Channel Communications Crucial at Brooklyn Fourth Alarm

The Williamsburg section of Brooklyn has undergone an astounding transformation in recent years with new buildings appearing on every corner almost overnight. This area has one of the highest concentrations of buildings under Construction, Demolition and Abatement (CDA) in the 11th Division. While the old are […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of Technology Development & Systems

Post-9/11, FDNY has taken broad steps to advance public safety through the use of technology. Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano has stressed that smart investments in technology can save lives. At a recent meeting of the Honorary Fire Officers Association at the Fire Academy on Randall’s […]
December 1, 2015

Rescue 1 Operations at Box 77-436

Rescue 1 members arrived at 121 2nd Avenue and observed that a collapse had occurred and heavy smoke and fire were pushing from a five-story old law tenement (OLT). Rescue 1 reported in to Battalion Chief Edward Tierney, Battalion 6, and was put to work. A […]
December 1, 2015

Responsbilities of the All Hands Chief at Box 77-436

Battalion 2, Battalion Chief John Dunne, was assigned as the All Hands Chief upon transmission of signal 10-75 for Box 436. As members responded, Battalion Chief Edward Tierney, Battalion 6, the first Battalion Chief on-scene, transmitted signal 10-60 for a major building collapse. Chief Dunne arrived […]
December 1, 2015

Manhattan Deadly Gas Explosion = A Complex Operation

Deadly gas explosions are a disconcerting reality for New York City Firefighters. Manhattan residents have suffered two high-profile gas explosions, including the Harlem gas explosion on March 12, 2014, which killed eight people and injured 70. Tragedy struck again on March 26, 2015, when the second […]
December 1, 2015

Five Ladder Operations that the Engine Must be Able to Perform to Save Lives

It’s a rivalry as old as the FDNY itself–engine vs. truck. Every engine member knows that there was never a fire in the FDNY’s history that was extinguished with a Halligan or hook.   Conversely, every truck member knows that without them, the engine wouldn’t have the […]
December 1, 2015

Response to Energy Storage Systems

Integrating more energy from renewable sources enhances efficiency. The push toward a clean energy future is motivating increased storage development throughout the United States. This new energy source, Energy Storage Systems (ESS), has many benefits. However, with every new technology comes new challenges, including the hazards […]
December 1, 2015

Happy Land Social Club Fire: 25 Years Later

Early in the morning of March 25, 1990, the loud booming rhythms that characterized the dance music scene of the 1980s and ‘90s were interrupted by the sounds of terror and panic. An intentionally set fire in the Happy Land Social Club claimed the lives of […]
December 1, 2015

Another Take on Situational Awareness

We have heard the term situational awareness many times, but what does it really mean? The generally accepted definition states that it is having the ability to identify, mentally process and comprehend critical elements of information that surround you; may affect you, your team and your […]
December 1, 2015

ICS Instrumental at Grey Shark Fire

On March 14, 2015, the Master of Vessel, Captain Victor Tarasov, reported that the Grey Shark had developed engine trouble and was directed by its owners to return to New York City for repairs. The next night, the Grey Shark lost its second engine, putting it […]