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September 30, 2012

Floor Collapse

You are assigned on a third alarm to a fire in a five-story, H-type building with heavy fire on the third floor and extension to the fourth floor. There are two lines operating on the third floor and a third line operating on the fourth floor […]
September 30, 2012

What’s on the Roof? Examining Some Rooftop Challenges and Remedies

Regardless of what borough FDNY Firefighters work in, at some point, they will encounter flat-roof buildings. The City of New York contains many different types of buildings that require Firefighters to perform an array of tactical duties from rooftop positions. One of the most interesting and […]
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, 2014

Bronx Units Tested at Three-Alarm, Mid-Afternoon Tenement Fire

The winter of 2014 will not be forgotten soon. The residents of New York endured cold weather and near-record snowfalls. On January 9, 2014, at 1528 hours, Bronx units were tested in the bustling Arthur Avenue neighborhood by a fast-moving fire and the cold weather. Fire […]
June 30, 2014

Operating at Vacants

At vacant building fires, it is often possible to conduct an interior attack for the expeditious extinguishment of the fire and release of units. Prior to implementing interior operations, the Incident Commander (IC) must perform a risk assessment, keeping in mind that the life hazard and […]
June 1, 2014

Tricks of the Trade: Shove Tool by Captain Michael Doda

FDNY members and Firefighters from all around the country constantly repeat similar tasks during a regular work tour. Firefighters tend to run into the same problems during training and when they find something that works, they stick with it. There are certain items a ladder company […]
June 1, 2014

Safety First: Truss Roof Failure and Snow Loads

It is very rare that predictions made from engineering research are so clearly demonstrated in the real world. But that is exactly what happened on February 19, 2014, when the bowstring roof structure collapsed at a CVS drugstore at 694 Burke Avenue in the Bronx. A […]
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 […]