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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 […]
December 1, 2013

Special Operations Command

Many significant enhancements have been made to all three components–Haz-Mat Operations, Marine Operations and Rescue Operations–of the Special Operations Command (SOC) since 9/11. These new initiatives and enhancements, plus new equipment and technologies, improve FDNY’s ability to respond not only to a terrorist attack, but to […]
December 1, 2013

Safety and Inspection Services Command

In the aftermath of 9/11, every FDNY Bureau and unit was impacted in some way. Changes were made to strategies and tactics to address terrorist events, an emergency with which the FDNY had little experience. Because the Department lost 343 members, Safety took on even more […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of Training

Chief of Department Edward S. Kilduff stated, “Since September 11th, 2001, training is the foundation for our success.” FDNY’s preparedness and readiness to address any situation we are called upon to manage is a result of the daily training and critiques that occur during each tour. […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of Operations

The Bureau of Operations has undertaken many new initiatives, programs and procedures during the past 12 years. In order to rebuild the New York City Fire Department from both the tragic losses experienced on September 11, 2001, and the unusually high retirement rate of its most […]
December 1, 2013

A State of Preparedness

I  believe it is always important to reflect on how far the Department has come since September 11th, so that we can understand the strong position we are in right now as a major contributor to the well-being and public safety of New York City. The […]
September 30, 2013

The Construction Site Fire Safety Manager

The construction site fire safety manager (CSFSM) or S-56 holder is the FDNY contact person when it comes to buildings under construction. This position was created as a result of the Deutsche Bank Building fire. As with many new codes and code changes, it sometimes takes […]
September 30, 2013

Kudos to the FDNY Foundation

September 30, 2013

The Role of the IMT During Hurricane Sandy

With the prediction of Hurricane Sandy heading toward New York City, the FDNY Incident Management Team (IMT) was activated by Chief of Operations James E. Esposito to support FDNY operations in preparing for, operating during and the immediate aftermath of the storm. The Team operated out […]
September 30, 2013

Causal Factors in the 62 Watts Street Fire: Opportunities to Improve Firefighting Knowledge and Tactics

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part article by the authors. The first, “Fire at 62 Watts Street: Looking to the Past to Understand Today’s Risk and Improve Firefighter Safety,” which focused on building type, construction, weather and FDNY operations, appeared in the 1st/2013 […]
September 30, 2015

FDNY Members Meet Challenges of Brooklyn Hardware Store Fire

In the early-morning hours of January 21, 2015, units responded to Brooklyn Box 1241 for a UCT911 call reporting a fire in a hardware store. The fire went to a fifth alarm for relief purposes and took almost five hours before it was placed Under Control.  […]
August 30, 2015

An Intro to the Columbia Association

On March 23,1934, the honorable John J. McElligott, Fire Chief and Commissioner, and the Honorable Deputy Fire Commissioner Francis X. Giaccono approved a request made by Captain John Capillo, Engine 28. The request follows: I herewith submit for your approval, a brief to be used by […]
June 30, 2015

The Week That Was…

The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) has responded to countless fires and disasters in its storied 150-year history. Some fires–such as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire–have left an indelible mark on the collective consciousness of all Americans and were the inspiration for the reform movement […]
June 30, 2015

What Qualities Make a Superior Chief’s Firefighters/Aide?

The Chief’s Firefighter/Aide must handle myriad responsibilities, while acting as the eyes and ears of the Chief. A truly good Aide will handle enough responsibility to enable his/her Officer to devote time to the more important functions–developing strategy and tactics–while operating at a fire/emergency. Battalion Firefighter […]
June 30, 2015

FDNY Staff Chiefs

June 30, 2015

Window Security Shutters/Devices

This article is intended to raise awareness of an uncommon window security device (WSD), known as the roll-down or German shutter. These devices are used for privacy and security concerns, protection from storms, to improve insulation or for sunlight and noise reduction. A fire in a […]
June 30, 2015

20th Annual FDNY Foundation Dinner Celebrates FDNY’s 150th Anniversary

The FDNY Foundation hosted its 20th Annual Dinner at the New York Hilton on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. The evening brought together a record number of guests, who joined with honorees to celebrate the FDNY Foundation, as well as the 150th anniversary of the New York […]
June 30, 2015

A Tour of the Regional Shipboard Firefighting Simulator

It’s a cold winter night and around 0200 hours, the alarm goes off in your firehouse. The housewatch acknowledges the run and reads off the ticket: Phone alarm, 513 West 161st Street, fire on the second floor of a six-story multiple dwelling. As you’re donning your […]