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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, 2013

The Role of the Counseling Service Unit (CSU)

The Role of the Counseling Service Unit (CSU) by Captain Frank Leto, Deputy Director of CSU The mission of the CSU is to assist FDNY members and their families reach their optimal level of mental health through assessment, intervention, treatment planning, treatment, referral and follow-up. The […]
March 31, 2013

Warning Signs of PTSD — Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The United States has been at war for more than a decade and our society has grown desensitized to the global war on terror. This conflict of attrition has challenged the country’s fighting men and woman of the armed services, affecting their families as well. The […]
March 31, 2013

The Importance of BISP — Building Inspection Safety Program

What is commonly known as fire prevention really consists of two distinct and separate functions. The first part is the actual prevention of fire from starting. The second part is loosely known as fire protection. All fires cannot be prevented, but much can be done to […]
March 31, 2013

A First Report — Hurricane Sandy

March 31, 2013

Microturbines and the Fire Service

Microturbines are a relatively new technology used for stationary energy-generation applications. They are small-scale electricity generators that burn gaseous (natural and bio-gas) and liquid (gasoline, kerosene and diesel) fuels. Their electrical outputs, in general, range from 25-500 kW, while conventional gas turbine sizes range from 500 […]
March 31, 2013

The Pak-Tracker, an Electronic Locator System

The Pak-Tracker, one component of FDNY’s Fireground Accountability Program, can be used to locate a signal coming from any member’s self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), whose PASS device is in full alarm mode. The Pak-Tracker then will emit an audible alarm when the signal is received and […]
March 31, 2013

Engine Companies that Will Double as Communications Units

In the early 1980s, the Department designated engine companies around the City as field communications satellite units. The purpose of these units was to augment the operations of the Field Communications Unit. Although the concept was a good one, it eventually failed because training was not […]
March 31, 2013

Specialty “Unbreakable” Window System, Part II

Editor’s Note: Part I of this article by the same authors appeared in the 1st/2012 issue of WNYF. Part II focuses on FDNY techniques to force these windows. The type of window system used during construction plays a major role in how a structure will be […]
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 […]
December 1, 2014

Worker Pinned in a Collapse; SOC Operations at Queens Box 3180

Author’s Note: This account is written from the perspective of the members of the first Special Operations Command (SOC) unit on-scene (Squad 288). While the intent is to convey a general impression of overall operations, it focuses on the operations of SOC companies, in general, and […]
December 1, 2014

Queens Excavation Collapse with Pinned Worker Successfully Mitigated by FDNY

On the afternoon of June 18, 2013, FDNY units were called to the scene of a reported trench cave-in in the Kew Gardens section of Queens. A laborer, who had been working in the excavation, in conjunction with a heavy equipment operator operating an excavator, had […]
December 1, 2014

Chief in Quarters!

Chief in quarters! Not so long ago, these three words created more tension and apprehension than could be imagined. In an attempt to promptly reach the housewatch area, Firefighters would jump down pole-holes and run into each other on the apparatus floor. Icy-cold chills would run […]
December 1, 2014

You Have a Fire in a What? Electrostatic Precipitators (ESPs)

It’s approximately 0200 hours when you receive a Class 3 alarm for a three-story retail mall. En route, you receive a second source for smoke on the third floor. On arrival, the ladder Officer radios that he has heavy smoke in a restaurant on the third […]
December 1, 2014

Class K Portable Fire Extinguishers — New Extinguishing Agent

There are tens of thousands of food establishments in New York City to feed the millions of people who live and visit the big apple each day. Cooking equipment long has been one of the leading causes of structure fires and, for the past 20 years, […]
December 1, 2014

Collyers’ Mansion Conditions and Cockloft Fire Challenge FDNY

On Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 1105 hours, FDNY units were dispatched to a report of an electrical fire in an apartment on the fourth floor of a six-story, non-fireproof, multiple dwelling, with a lobby built slightly below-grade. Initial response was quick, with two engines, a […]
December 1, 2014

Role of FDOC at Manhattan Box 55-1406

The Fire Department Operations Center (FDOC) provides real-time information to support Incident Commanders responding to an event. It also informs senior executives who will make decisions in support of the Department’s response. In the first five minutes of an incident, FDOC posts maps, cached photographs, building […]
December 1, 2014

Use of the IMT During FDNY Operations

The FDNY is unsurpassed at initiating and using emergency management. Operations at large, multiple-alarm incidents are considered almost routine. But after the attacks on the World Trade Center, officials came to realize that there would be great value in developing an Incident Management Team (IMT) within […]