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March 31, 2013

FDNY Foundation Steps Up to Provide Hurricane Sandy Relief

On October 29, 2012, hundreds of FDNY members responded during a night of fires and floods, leaving their own homes unguarded and putting others before themselves, as New York’s Bravest always do. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many FDNY members were left devastated or displaced, […]
March 31, 2013

Fire at 62 Watts Street: Looking to the Past to Understand Today’s Risk and Improve Firefighter Safety

Editor’s Note: A two-part article, this narrative addresses the 1994 fire at 62 Watts Street, focusing on building type, construction, weather and FDNY operations. Introduction On March 28, 1994, a residential fire occurred in a first-floor apartment at 62 Watts Street in the borough of Manhattan. […]
March 31, 2013

Labor Day, 2012, Brooklyn Fourth Alarm: Not Your Ordinary Multiple Dwelling Fire

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. In Crown Heights, Brooklyn, this day is highlighted by the annual West Indian Day Parade. Festivities, such as the J’Ourvet Festival, typically start during the overnight hours prior to the actual parade, with smaller gatherings all around the […]
December 1, 2012

The Reeves Sleeve: An Effective Rescue Patient Packaging Device

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December 1, 2012

Watch Out for Rooftop Protective Barriers!

When roof Firefighters arrive at a fire in a building that has a rooftop fence, they often question: Why was that fence installed in my way? The answer is simple: The building owner probably did not have a choice. The prevalence of protective barriers on the […]
December 1, 2012

After Action Review for Bronx Box 44-3217, April 14, 2012 — Lessons Learned/Reinforced (sidebar to above)

The adage that no two fires are ever the same is a familiar refrain to everyone in the FDNY. Perhaps it has never been more appropriate as on the afternoon of April 14, 2012. This particular incident eventually required multiple alarms, using approximately 200 Firefighters in […]
December 1, 2012

The After Action Review: A Learning Tool for Developing Better Firefighters

An After Action Review (AAR) is a structured assessment discussion for analyzing operations. It is used to determine what occurred at an incident and why it happened. Additionally, an AAR can generate information concerning how your organization can do things better. It functions as a performance […]
December 1, 2012

Man in Machine!

Forty-six years ago, Rescue 3 was summoned to the emergency room of Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx to assist doctors with a problem. A young man had been transported with his hand enmeshed in a commercial meat grinder. The doctors believed that their only medical alternative […]
December 1, 2012

Tornadoes Touch Down in Brooklyn and Queens (Again)

Closely spaced tornadoes ripped through a small beach community in Queens and a Brooklyn neighborhood on Saturday, September 8, 2012, causing downed power lines, uprooted trees and minor structural damage. Fortunately, no serious injuries were reported. A bystander captured this shot of the tornado touching down […]
December 1, 2012

SCUBA Dive Rescue Operations: A Familiarization Course that Addresses Supervisory Concerns

When civilian drowning casualties began to steadily increase within the confines of the Rockaway Peninsula 2008 through 2009, Battalion Chief Michael McGrath, Battalion 47, sought input from various FDNY units that respond to water emergencies in an attempt to streamline FDNY operations within his Command. Subsequently, […]
September 1, 2014

Tricks of the Trade: Window Bars, Part 1 by Captain Michael Doda and Lt. Thomas M. Carrera

There are several ways for the “outside team” to remove standard window bars from a fire building. Standard window bars are best described as solid stock bars–usually iron– mounted to cover a window. They most likely are fastened to the window frame or brickwork on the […]
September 1, 2014

Smart Venting Using the SA Cycle

Everybody goes! Phone alarm. Residential. First-due engine. First-due truck. Address is 123 Main Street…Male caller states fire on second floor…Multiple dwelling…Three and two on the Box! As members hear the housewatch shout out the ticket, they start their size-up. Going through their mental Rolodex, they think […]
September 1, 2014

Trident Multi-Point Exit Lock

As security concerns over the years have increased, so have the various methods and devices used to secure buildings and property. Firefighters have become accustomed to seeing drop bars, Fox locks, multiple dead bolts and slide locks on the doors of taxpayers and other buildings. These […]
September 1, 2014

Bronx Hunts Point Market Four-Alarm Fire No Match for FDNY Members: The Command Channel

As an operation progresses and Sectors/Groups and/or Branches have been assigned, it is incumbent upon the Incident Commander (IC) to establish a Command Channel to effectively implement strategy, coordinate supervision and facilitate better control of the overall operation. Implementation of a Command Channel shall be established […]
September 1, 2014

Bronx Hunts Point Market Four-Alarm Fire No Match for FDNY Members

The 9×6 day tour in Bronx Battalion 3 started out rather uneventfully on November 20, 2013. The weather was seasonable and clear, with air temperatures in the low 40s and wind gusts in the 10- to 15-mph range. In this week before Thanksgiving, all signs indicated […]
September 1, 2014

New KME Pumpers for FDNY

Delivery has started on the latest generation of FDNY pumpers. The 91 new rigs are being built by Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corporation (KME)...
September 1, 2014

Mill Structures–Their Features and Firefighting Operations, Part II

Editor’s Note: This second part of a two-part article focuses on firefighting operations at mill structures. Firefighting operations Fires in mill-constructed buildings pose a tremendous operational challenge. Firefighters must be prepared to engage heavy fire conditions. To fight fires in mill buildings effectively, two major concerns […]
September 1, 2014

Staten Island Box 1194: FDNY Handles Damaged Haz-Mat Container

At 2107 hours on the evening of March 11, 2014, Engines 158, 154 and 157, Ladders 86 and 83, Battalion 22, Marine 9, the Marine Battalion and Tactical Support Unit 2 were dispatched to Staten Island Box 1194, 500 Western Avenue. That address is the main […]