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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 […]
June 30, 2013

Special Operations Command Response to Hurricane Sandy

The Special Operations Command (SOC) played a major role in the FDNY’s response to Hurricane Sandy, not only on October 29, 2012, the day of the storm, but also on the days and weeks following. After the terrorist attacks on New York City on September 11, […]
June 30, 2013

Bureau of Communications Timeline During Hurricane Sandy

Sunday, October 28, 2012 Time 0900 Action Hurricane Sandy homebound evacuation Incident Action Plan (IAP) went into effect in preparation for incoming storm, ending at 0900 hours on October 29, 2013. The objective of the IAP is to remove and accompany home-bound individuals to evacuation centers […]
June 30, 2013

Hurricane Sandy Sparks Conflagration in Breezy Point

Hurricane Sandy illustrates the full spectrum of FDNY preparedness and response capabilities, along with its commitment to community recovery. This was realized when a rare meteorological event occurred, merging Hurricane Sandy with a Nor’easter, to create a “perfect superstorm.” With its record low pressure, the storm […]
June 30, 2013

Facade Collapse in Chelsea

Already, it had been a busy afternoon for FDNY units on October 29, 2012, the day Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York City. A crane dangled precariously above the streets of midtown, engaging dozens of units for much of the day. Later in the evening, fire […]
June 30, 2013

A Command-Level Critique of the West 57th Street Crane Collapse

FDNY units responded to a reported crane collapse on West 57th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues, at 1433 hours on October 29, 2012. On arrival, members found that a section of the boom was hanging precariously from the crane at the 75th-floor level, obviously the […]
June 30, 2013

Queens Fires and Floods

New York City was struck by Hurricane Sandy with catastrophic results on October 29, 2012. Most New York City residents in the predicted inundation areas did not believe that a storm in late October could produce a deadly surge of ocean water, flooding multiple residential and […]
June 30, 2013

Preparation for Hurricane Sandy

Practicing and understanding firefighting techniques and hazards that are unique to a given incident are key to successful operations. This article focuses on preparation procedures for large-scale weather events; specifically, Hurricane Sandy. A disaster plan acts as a template for successful protocols and actions. It also […]
June 30, 2013

Hurricane Sandy: An Operational Overview

On Wednesday, October 24, 2012, the National Weather Service predicted a high possibility of a major hurricane impacting the New York City metropolitan area. Hurricane Sandy was the second most powerful Atlantic storm to hit the eastern coast of the United States since Hurricane Katrina in […]
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 […]
December 1, 2014

Queens Excavation Collapse with Pinned Worker Successfully Mitigated by FDNY

On the afternoon of June 18, 2013, FDNY units were called to the scene of a reported trench cave-in in the Kew Gardens section of Queens. A laborer, who had been working in the excavation, in conjunction with a heavy equipment operator operating an excavator, had […]
December 1, 2014

Chief in Quarters!

Chief in quarters! Not so long ago, these three words created more tension and apprehension than could be imagined. In an attempt to promptly reach the housewatch area, Firefighters would jump down pole-holes and run into each other on the apparatus floor. Icy-cold chills would run […]