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June 30, 2013

Special Operations Command Response to Hurricane Sandy

The Special Operations Command (SOC) played a major role in the FDNY’s response to Hurricane Sandy, not only on October 29, 2012, the day of the storm, but also on the days and weeks following. After the terrorist attacks on New York City on September 11, […]
June 30, 2013

Bureau of Communications Timeline During Hurricane Sandy

Sunday, October 28, 2012 Time 0900 Action Hurricane Sandy homebound evacuation Incident Action Plan (IAP) went into effect in preparation for incoming storm, ending at 0900 hours on October 29, 2013. The objective of the IAP is to remove and accompany home-bound individuals to evacuation centers […]
June 30, 2013

Hurricane Sandy Sparks Conflagration in Breezy Point

Hurricane Sandy illustrates the full spectrum of FDNY preparedness and response capabilities, along with its commitment to community recovery. This was realized when a rare meteorological event occurred, merging Hurricane Sandy with a Nor’easter, to create a “perfect superstorm.” With its record low pressure, the storm […]
June 30, 2013

Facade Collapse in Chelsea

Already, it had been a busy afternoon for FDNY units on October 29, 2012, the day Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York City. A crane dangled precariously above the streets of midtown, engaging dozens of units for much of the day. Later in the evening, fire […]
June 30, 2013

A Command-Level Critique of the West 57th Street Crane Collapse

FDNY units responded to a reported crane collapse on West 57th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues, at 1433 hours on October 29, 2012. On arrival, members found that a section of the boom was hanging precariously from the crane at the 75th-floor level, obviously the […]
June 30, 2013

Queens Fires and Floods

New York City was struck by Hurricane Sandy with catastrophic results on October 29, 2012. Most New York City residents in the predicted inundation areas did not believe that a storm in late October could produce a deadly surge of ocean water, flooding multiple residential and […]
June 30, 2013

Preparation for Hurricane Sandy

Practicing and understanding firefighting techniques and hazards that are unique to a given incident are key to successful operations. This article focuses on preparation procedures for large-scale weather events; specifically, Hurricane Sandy. A disaster plan acts as a template for successful protocols and actions. It also […]
June 30, 2013

Hurricane Sandy: An Operational Overview

On Wednesday, October 24, 2012, the National Weather Service predicted a high possibility of a major hurricane impacting the New York City metropolitan area. Hurricane Sandy was the second most powerful Atlantic storm to hit the eastern coast of the United States since Hurricane Katrina in […]
June 30, 2013

Extraordinary FDNY Response

Welcome to this special 2nd/2013 issue of WNYF, dedicated to the Department’s response and operations before, during and after Hurricane Sandy. FDNY’s response to Hurricane Sandy was a major milestone in the history of the Department and will more clearly define its role during a major […]
March 31, 2013

The Personal Safety System (PSS)

Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! Firefighters on the roof! You need to send a rope over the side! Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! A whole company just jumped!    January 23, 2005, known as “Black Sunday” for the FDNY, was a day of horrific injury and tragic loss. The sacrifices of […]
March 31, 2015

Technical Rescue Operations: One TWC — Occupied Off-Level Scaffold

During the afternoon of Wednesday, November 12, 2014, Rescue Operations units participated in the rescue of two trapped window washers. Squad 18, Rescue 1, Tactical Support Unit 1 and Rescue Battalion 1 were included on the initial alarm assignment. As these units were responding, Ladder 10 […]
March 31, 2015

Typical Gothic-Style Church Fire with Atypical Results: Our Lady of Sorrows Church

Through the years, many church fires have been documented in the pages of WNYF. Often, these fires have resulted in a heavy or total loss of the structure and Firefighter fatalities. Church fires present difficult challenges to the fire service due to their unique construction characteristics […]
March 31, 2015

Heavy Streams Extinguish Four-Alarm Brooklyn Paper Bale Fire

The night tour on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, started out like most other tours in the FDNY. The apparatus were checked, saws were started and PASS alarms were heard reverberating throughout the firehouse. The weather was mild, with temperatures in the mid-40-degree range. The brutal winter […]
March 31, 2015

FDNY Staff Chiefs

March 31, 2015

The Situation Unit and Field Observers

The Situation Unit falls under the Planning Section within an Incident Management Team and one of its main functions is to gather intelligence surrounding the incident for the consumption of the Incident Commanders and Operations Section. This information often helps the team to make accurate and […]
March 31, 2015

FDNY IMT Deploys to Buffalo

On Thursday, November 20, 2014, the City of Buffalo requested the services of the FDNY Incident Management Team (IMT). A few days earlier, the south section of the City of Buffalo received 80 to 100 inches of lake-effect snow. The surrounding areas of Erie County also […]
December 1, 2014

Firefighter Lower Back Pain: How to Help Avoid Uneven Weight Distribution

The annual Death and Injury Survey, published by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), reveals that sprains and strains routinely account for approximately 50 percent of all line-of-duty injuries. Even more astonishing is that back injuries, in particular, account for 50 percent of all line-of-duty […]
December 1, 2014

“Big Data” in the Firehouse…The Information Age Comes to FDNY

During the past few years, a phenomenon known as “Big Data” has swept across the consciousness of a wide range of the economy and our society at large. Stemming from its roots in the corporations of the private sector, the “Big Data” conversation has spread across […]