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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, 2013

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September 30, 2013

Remember the Fallen: The 9/11 Tribute Center

On Monday, September 10, 2001, the author was on duty in the 6th Division. He attended a dedication ceremony for the newly renovated firehouse for Engine 73/Ladder 42. Father Mychal Judge offered the homily. He told members and guests that God is a God of surprises. […]
September 30, 2013

Handling a Suspicious Package

June 6, 2013, was just like any Monday morning in the Bureau of Fire Prevention. Chief Joseph Woznica was sitting at his desk, reviewing e-mails received during the weekend. At approximately 0815 hours, an Inspector walked into his office, threw a manila envelope onto his desk […]
September 30, 2013

Odd Job–Child Caught in a Roll-Down Gate in Brooklyn

At 1628 hours on May 6, 2012,  Engine 290 and Ladder 103, commanded by Lieutenants Daniel DelPrete and Edward Cowan, respectively, were dispatched to Brooklyn Box 2100 for a report of a child with his hand caught in a gate going up. At 1630 hours, Rescue […]
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 […]
June 30, 2015

The Standpipe Kit

New York City’s skyline is changing. Construction of high-rise buildings is and will be an ongoing process in every borough. The expansion of high-rise building construction and the various kinds of occupancies in these complex structures will pose a challenge to FDNY standpipe operations. Fires in […]
June 30, 2015

Evolution of the FDNY SCUBA/Swiftwater Programs

On March 4, 1963, a call came over the Department’s Citywide frequency from the Mask Service Unit (at the time located on Welfare Island), for a school bus that left the road and became submerged in New York’s East River. The bus, assigned to the then-New […]