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March 31, 2013

The Role of the Counseling Service Unit (CSU)

The Role of the Counseling Service Unit (CSU) by Captain Frank Leto, Deputy Director of CSU The mission of the CSU is to assist FDNY members and their families reach their optimal level of mental health through assessment, intervention, treatment planning, treatment, referral and follow-up. The […]
March 31, 2013

Warning Signs of PTSD — Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The United States has been at war for more than a decade and our society has grown desensitized to the global war on terror. This conflict of attrition has challenged the country’s fighting men and woman of the armed services, affecting their families as well. The […]
March 31, 2013

The Importance of BISP — Building Inspection Safety Program

What is commonly known as fire prevention really consists of two distinct and separate functions. The first part is the actual prevention of fire from starting. The second part is loosely known as fire protection. All fires cannot be prevented, but much can be done to […]
March 31, 2013

A First Report — Hurricane Sandy

March 31, 2013

Microturbines and the Fire Service

Microturbines are a relatively new technology used for stationary energy-generation applications. They are small-scale electricity generators that burn gaseous (natural and bio-gas) and liquid (gasoline, kerosene and diesel) fuels. Their electrical outputs, in general, range from 25-500 kW, while conventional gas turbine sizes range from 500 […]
March 31, 2013

The Pak-Tracker, an Electronic Locator System

The Pak-Tracker, one component of FDNY’s Fireground Accountability Program, can be used to locate a signal coming from any member’s self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), whose PASS device is in full alarm mode. The Pak-Tracker then will emit an audible alarm when the signal is received and […]
March 31, 2013

Engine Companies that Will Double as Communications Units

In the early 1980s, the Department designated engine companies around the City as field communications satellite units. The purpose of these units was to augment the operations of the Field Communications Unit. Although the concept was a good one, it eventually failed because training was not […]
March 31, 2013

Specialty “Unbreakable” Window System, Part II

Editor’s Note: Part I of this article by the same authors appeared in the 1st/2012 issue of WNYF. Part II focuses on FDNY techniques to force these windows. The type of window system used during construction plays a major role in how a structure will be […]
March 31, 2013

IMT Planning for the Governors Island Ventilation Exercise

In the spring of 2012, FDNY decided to conduct experiments in cooperation with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Underwriters Laboratory (UL) at Governors Island. The planned tests would include 20 “live burns” of non-fireproof structures. Scientists, engineers and Firefighters were assigned to […]
March 31, 2013

Governors Island Ventilation: Knowledge Through Testing

In the winter of 2006, the FDNY experienced two challenging, wind-impacted fires in high-rise fireproof multiple dwellings. On January 26th, a fire at 40-20 Beach Channel Drive in Rockaway, Queens, seriously injured and trapped several members. If not for the heroic actions of  members on the […]
December 1, 2014

Use of the IMT During FDNY Operations

The FDNY is unsurpassed at initiating and using emergency management. Operations at large, multiple-alarm incidents are considered almost routine. But after the attacks on the World Trade Center, officials came to realize that there would be great value in developing an Incident Management Team (IMT) within […]
December 1, 2014

Deputy Chief Consideration at a Major Collapse with Fire

The below-listed guidelines were considered and implemented at Manhattan Box 55-1406, March 12, 2014. En Route Transmit additional alarms. (Based on preliminary reports from first-arriving Battalion Chief, 10-60, Code 1, and a third alarm were transmitted.) Ensure units responding on a third alarm or greater report […]
December 1, 2014

Rescue 1 Operations at Manhattan Box 55-1406

December 1, 2014

Rescue 1 Operations at Manhattan Box 55-1406

Rescue 1 arrived at Box 1406 at approximately 0945 hours and initially parked the apparatus on 116th Street, due to the amount of debris that was blocking the street. As Rescue 1 members made their way around the corner and on to Park Avenue, they saw […]
December 1, 2014

Manhattan Gas Explosion/Collapse Dictate Lengthy FDNY Operation

Then-Deputy Assistant Chief James E. Leonard, Brooklyn Borough Commander, was the City-wide Command Chief when Manhattan Box 55-1406 was transmitted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. On arrival, he was met with an extremely serious situation. The Command Post had not been established yet. Chief Leonard contacted […]
September 30, 2014

The FDNY Honor Legion

In 2005, I received a letter from Battalion Chief Philip Gaetani, who was president of the Honor Legion at the time, about joining this FDNY organization. Most members are familiar with the FDNY fraternal organizations, but I had never heard of the Honor Legion. Like most […]
September 30, 2014

FDNY and FDNY Foundation Host Second Annual Medical Special Operations Conference (MSOC)

The FDNY, in partnership with the FDNY Foundation, hosted the second annual Medical Special Operations Conference (MSOC), May 16-18, 2014. The weekend-long conference served as a platform for medical personnel from around the world who provide patient care under disaster and urban search and rescue conditions, […]
September 1, 2014

Safety First: Importance of Rehabilitation

In 2013, there were 97 on-duty Firefighter deaths, including 19 wildland Firefighters at the Yarnell Hill fire and nine Firefighter fatalities at the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas. In just these two major incidents, the country lost 28 Firefighters. However, notwithstanding the wildland fire and Texas […]