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September 30, 2012

High-Angle Rescue at Manhattan Subway Station Crane Collapse

Manhattan Box 0709 was transmitted for a report of a crane that had collapsed and struck two workers at 11th Avenue and 34th Street on April 3, 2012, at 1922 hours. Initial assignment on the Box included Engines 34, 26 and 3, Ladder 21, Rescue 1, […]
June 30, 2012

Rear Tenements, Part II

Editor’s Note: In Part I of this two-part article, which appeared in the 4th/2011 issue of WNYF, the author provided background material on the rear tenement and covered some of the identifying characteristics that pertain to this kind of building and with which FDNY members should […]
June 30, 2012

Overcoming Nozzle Problems

Imagine this scenario: Your nozzle team is ready, outside the fire door. Fire is intensifying, flames are pushing through the door frame under pressure. You signal to the nozzle Firefighter and he acknowledges the signal. The door is pushed open to attack, the team advances and, […]
June 30, 2012

Through Triumph and Tragedy: The First 50 Years of the Emerald Society Pipes and Drums

The FDNY Pipes & Drums today has become synonymous nationally with images of the September 11, 2001, attacks and the band occupies center stage at most Department ceremonial events. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine a time when this organization did not proudly represent the greatest […]
June 30, 2012

More than $1.6 Million Raised at Humanitarian Awards Dinner

The FDNY Foundation Fire Commissioner’s Humanitarian Awards Dinner, held on April 4, 2012, at the New York Hilton, was a night to honor leaders who support the FDNY and fire safety. FOX 5 “Good Day New York” co-host anchor Rosanna Scotto served as the evening’s Master […]
June 30, 2012

What Firefighters Should Know About Gravity Tanks

New York is the only major U.S. city where thousands of the distinctive silhouettes of gravity tanks can be seen above the rooftops of its buildings. A combination of antiquated infrastructure and buildings constructed on shallow bedrock dictates that gravity tanks are required to augment the […]
June 30, 2012

FDNY Overcomes Obstacles at Queens Four-Alarm Fire

The end of a warm summer day tour was fast approaching on August 22, 2011, when Box 9642 was transmitted at 1737 hours for a fire in a store on the corner of Jamaica Avenue and 113th Street in Queens. On this corner was a taxpayer […]
June 30, 2012

The Hazards of Combustible Dust

Combustible dust is defined as a finely divided solid that is 420 microns or smaller in diameter and presents a fire or explosion hazard when dispersed and ignited in air (420 microns is approximately 0.0165 inches or the equivalent of the thickness of four human hairs). […]
June 30, 2012

FDNY Mutual Aid (sidebar to above)

FDNY supports incidents outside New York City via a mutual-aid procedure in two ways: 1. As a request through channels approved by the Chief of Operations and 2. By responding to an alarm near the City border that is located outside New York City. In all […]
June 30, 2012

Wind-Impacted Fire on Bronx/Mt. Vernon Border Mars Valentine’s Day 2011

The past few decades have produced a number of dangerous and deadly wind-impacted fires that largely have occurred in high-rise multiple dwellings. These fires have exacted a tremendous toll of injuries and fatalities. A series of difficult blazes convinced the FDNY to explore the root causes […]
June 1, 2014

Mill Structures–Their Features and Firefighting Operations, Part I

Editor’s Note: This two-part article will focus on mill construction features and fire protection in the first part. Construction features Mill, also called “heavy timber” and “slow burning” constructed buildings, generally are built as isolated structures to reduce the hazard of fire spreading from one building […]
June 1, 2014

Trench Cut Brings Manhattan Five-Alarmer Under Control

On July 22, 2013, Manhattan Box 1584 was received via a verbal alarm at the quarters of Engine 80/Ladder 23. The fire building is on 139th Street, across the street and several buildings down from the firehouse. Engine 80 promptly transmitted a 10-75 for a fire […]
June 1, 2014

Cockloft Nozzle

A fire in a building’s cockloft is a game-changing development and, provided the necessary actions are not executed within a few crucial minutes, could mean the eventual loss of an entire building. What may seem like a routine and easily controllable, one-room fire on the top […]
June 1, 2014

Sectors Play Key Role at Bronx Five-Alarm Fire

At 0616 hours on May 2, 2013, Engine 63 was assigned to Box 3677 for a reported non-structural fire in the rear yard of 685 225th Street in the Bronx. While responding, Engine 63 was informed that the Box was being filled out for a second […]
June 1, 2014

Metro North Train Derailment: Rescue Operations

Editors Note: This is a siebar to an article on the Metro North train derailment. See feature article. Upon arrival at the Spuyten Duyvil train derailment, the scope of the incident appeared that numerous technical rescues would be needed for extrication. However, gathering situational awareness and […]
June 1, 2014

Metro North Train Derailment

On December 1, 2013, at 0719 hours, a southbound Metro-North passenger train out of Poughkeepsie, New York, en route to Grand Central Terminal, derailed just north of the Spuyten Duyvil Railroad Station in the Bronx. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported the train’s estimated speed […]
March 31, 2014

Gasoline-Powered Tools and Ethanol-Blended Gasoline: What You Need to Know

FDNY carries a variety of gasoline-powered equipment that is required to be operational at a moment’s notice. Condition of both tools and fuel–especially ethanol-blended fuel–is extremely important. The operational readiness and serviceability of FDNY’s equipment are the subject of this article. The Clean Air Act Amendment […]
March 31, 2014

Risk Based Inspection System (RBIS)

Building inspection is a critical core competency of FDNY field units. Inspections are carried out for two primary reasons: safety of the public and safety of Firefighters. Safety of the public is enhanced when field units identity hazards that endanger occupants of a building. Such hazards […]