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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 […]
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, 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 […]
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 […]