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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, 2013

Family Assistance

From the start, 2001 was shaping up as a very bad year for the FDNY.  By the summer, the Department had lost seven members in the line of duty, including three Firefighters who died in an explosive fire in Queens on June 17, Father’s Day. But […]
December 1, 2013

FDNY Foundation

The FDNY Foundation, the Department’s not-for-profit partner, supports the lifesaving work of the FDNY by funding enhanced training and equipment for first responders and fire safety education for the public. During the past 12 years, much has changed in both New York City and the FDNY […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of Fire Investigation

The Bureau of Fire Investigation (BFI) has greatly improved its operations during the past 12 years by leveraging technology to enhance how it conducts fire investigations. Additionally, the Bureau has become more compliant with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 921, the internationally accepted guide for fire […]
December 1, 2013

Counterterrorism and Disaster Preparedness

In the summer of 2014, the FDNY Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness (CTDP) will mark its 10th anniversary. In those 10 years, the Center has gone from a conceptual model, to its current status as a lead innovator in homeland security intelligence, large-scale exercise design, […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of Communications

Recently, FDNY’s Bureau of Communications has been involved with various projects and incentives to advance emergency operations and support infrastructure, leading to a robust “future ready state,” one that for years to come will be capable of meeting the increasing needs of New York City’s public […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of EMS

FDNY EMS manages the City-wide EMS system, comprised of both FDNY ambulances and ambulances operated either directly by private hospitals (also known as “voluntary” hospitals) or for private hospitals by (third party) private ambulance providers. EMS has five Divisions, corresponding to the five boroughs of the […]
December 1, 2013

Incident Management Team

Following the World Trade Center terrorist attacks, the McKinsey report, Increasing FDNY’s Preparedness, recommended FDNY create an Incident Management Team (IMT), similar to the National IMT that supported FDNY at the World Trade Center. The FDNY IMT would focus on urban terrorism and disaster. The process […]
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 […]
September 30, 2015

Crane Calamity in Midtown Manhattan

On Sunday, May 31, 2015, beginning at 1043 hours, 9-1-1 calls began notifying UCT communications dispatchers of a catastrophic event (big bang) on Madison Avenue in midtown Manhattan, between East 38th and 39th Streets. The calls ranged from a building collapse, to a crane collapse, to […]
September 30, 2015

Maintaining the Fleet — The Marine Maintenance Diver Program

September 30, 2015

Maintaining the Fleet — The Marine Maintenance Diver Program

September 30, 2015

Operating at Escalator Fires and Emergencies

Effectively and quietly moving thousands of people daily throughout New York City, escalators commonly are used in many occupancy types. Yet, surprisingly, escalator incidents and fires are an uncommon response for FDNY members. Note: According to NYFIRS data provided by Captain Thomas Smith, Safety Command, the […]
September 30, 2015

When a “Routine” Call is Anything but Routine

On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at 2143 hours, units in Queens were dispatched to Box 7474 at 30-14 Steinway Street in the Astoria neighborhood. It came in as a UCT alarm for an odor of gas. While responding, the dispatcher called with additional information, stating there […]