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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, 2013

Bureau of Fire Prevention

Since the 9/11 attacks, serious incidents and fires–coupled with the subsequent recommendations from studies and Task Forces, resulting in changes to the Building and Fire Codes–the Bureau of Fire Prevention has developed a number of new initiatives. The newly created Emergency Planning and Preparedness Section includes […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of Fleet Services

The Bureau of Fleet Services (BFS) was instrumental in FDNY’s recovery from 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. The Department continues to move forward with Fleet Services facilitating that progress. BFS has a staff of 229, operates two primary (46-67 34th Street and 30-30 Review Avenue in Long […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of Facilities Management

Since 2002, the Department’s facility portfolio has been a primary player in rebuilding the FDNY. While the Bureau of Facilities Management (BFM) continued normal operations, dramatic work was performed to address new priorities brought on by 9/11. The Marine 9 ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on May […]
December 1, 2013

Office of Recruitment & Diversity

The FDNY long has made a priority of increasing the diversity of its fire suppression work force. Since publishing its first Strategic Plan in 2004, the Department has placed the importance of this effort among its top goals. The FDNY understands that the Department is at […]
December 1, 2013

Strategic Planning

The FDNY has a proud history of protecting lives and property in New York City. Its members have served the City and its residents since 1865. But the events of 9/11 set in motion an intensive re-examination of how the FDNY carried out its mission and […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of Health Services

For the Bureau of Health Services (BHS)–like most members of the FDNY–September 11, 2001, remains the before and after date by which we define time. The mission of BHS–to ensure that members remain healthy, prevent illnesses, address injuries and keep members safe–remains. On 9/11, FDNY members–active […]
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 […]
September 30, 2015

Wild-Impacted Fires…Without the Wind: How the Stack Effect Can Impact a Fire

On a cold winter night in January 2015, Firefighters in the Bronx battled a fierce, wind-impacted fire on the fourth floor of a 16-story, project-type, high-rise multiple dwelling. As with most wind-impacted fires, the fire apartment door had been left open. As Ladder 19’s inside team […]
September 30, 2015

The General Slocum Fire

The morning of June 15, 1904, was, by most accounts, the perfect day for a steamship excursion up the East River of New York City. After months of meticulous planning, the members of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church were ready to embark on their seventh annual boat […]
September 30, 2015

The Dangers of Belt Man Lifts

On a building inspection of a four-story, below-grade parking garage at 1735 York Avenue in Upper Manhattan, the members of Ladder 43 found an unusual type of elevator designed to transport parking attendants to upper floors. Information suggests that this is a belt man lift. According […]
September 30, 2015

Shoring Operations at 261 Madison Avenue (Sidebar)

Rescue Operations units engage in the shoring and stabilization of compromised structures on a fairly regular basis. Most often, this activity occurs on the ground floor or a below-grade story. Occasionally, units will operate on an upper floor of a “low-rise” structure. In support of operations […]