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March 31, 2012

Initial Shoring Capabilities of On-Scene Rescue Companies (sidebar to above)

Fires and emergencies can present many hazards. Among these is instability of the structure or an area within it, resulting in collapse or partial collapse. These conditions present a hazard to life in that area. The possibility of secondary collapse further compounds that risk. Unstable areas […]
March 31, 2012

Staten Island Collapse and Maydays Safely Resolved

On December 15, 2010, at 0047 hours, Box 3818 was transmitted for a fire reported at 4028 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island. The initial response included Engines 162 and 167, Ladders 82 and 87 and Battalion 23. At 0051 hours, Engine 162, Ladder 82 and Battalion 23 […]
December 1, 2011

More Than Just a Drill

Sunday, June 29, 2009, was a beautiful, sunny Sunday morning as Battalion Chief Michael Gala walked into the office of Battalion 43 in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn. He was relieving Battalion Chief Joseph Carlsen (now Deputy Chief, covering in Division 3). Then-Battalion Chief Joseph […]
December 1, 2011

Rear Tenements, Part I

Editor’s Note: In Part I of this two-part article, the author provides background material on the rear tenement and covers some of the identifying characteristics that pertain to this kind of building and with which FDNY members should familiarize themselves. On March 24, 2008, at 0719 […]
December 1, 2011

Dangerous and Challenging Five-Alarmer in the Bronx

On March 9, 2011, at 1407 hours, units arrived at Box 2421, 754 Manida/Spofford Avenues in the Bronx. Members were confronted with an advanced fire in apartment two on the second floor of a 100- by 100-foot, H-type building. This apartment once was two apartments; however, […]
December 1, 2011

FDNY Firefighters for a Day — Corporate Team Challenge

Please refer to print edition.
December 1, 2011

Mastering Ventilation to Decrease Firefighter Injuries and Deaths at Private Dwellings

Editor’s Note: Part I of this article appeared in the 2nd/2011 issue of WNYF. The experiments described in the 2nd/2011 issue facilitated assessment of tenability (survivability, viability or livability; capable of being occupied) prior to and after fire department intervention. Ventilation is a tactic that increases […]
December 1, 2011

Renewable Energy and the Fire Service: Wind Turbines

Wind turbines are an important part of a renewable energy system. They are used for electrical power generation, battery charging, water or space heating and water pumping. Most wind generators will begin producing power at approximately 7-10 mph and reach full output at 25-30 mph. Advances […]
December 1, 2011

Standing By at a Suspicious Package

In some areas of New York City, units routinely are assigned on calls to stand by for a suspicious package. Typically, the fire companies will stand fast, prepared to stretch hose-lines, while NYPD Technical Specialists examine the device. In most cases, NYPD already has the area […]
December 1, 2011

EMS Operations at Bronx Box 75-8998, March 12, 2011 (sidebar to above)

Arriving at the Box at 0550 hours, a scene size-up was conducted. A tourist bus was lying on its side with a highway stanchion in the middle, dividing the vehicle in half. There were 32 patients who were trapped, severely injured or deceased, the first two […]
March 1, 2014

Man in the Mud: Comfort and Support

Editors Note: This is part of a 4-Part Series entitled Man in the Mud. See feature article. By prior arrangement, on the evening of March 19, 2013, I was at Fire Department Headquarters. The initial call for a construction worker trapped in the Second Avenue subway […]
March 1, 2014

Man in the Mud: Victim Removal

Editors Note: This is part of a 4-Part Series entitled Man in the Mud. See feature article. On arrival, Chief Hayde observed a construction worker trapped up to his chest in a clay and water slurry solution. Ladder 43 personnel had secured him with a lifesaving […]
March 1, 2014

Man in the Mud: FDNY Rescues Sandhog from Bull’s Liver at Second Avenue Subway Excavation Site

Whosoever saves a single life saves an entire universe.–taken from the Talmudic Tractate Sanhedrin 4:5, as referenced/verified by Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, FDNY Chaplain. Initial response On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at 2033 hours, units were assigned to respond to Manhattan Box 1233 (a medical emergency; male […]
March 1, 2014

Door Control Key at Bronx 10-77

In recent years, the importance of ventilation at “modern-age” fires has been stressed on FDNY members and the seriousness of this factor cannot be taken lightly. Although controlling the door and wisely venting windows have been drilled into all members since basic fire behavior lessons in […]
March 1, 2014

What’s Behind that Door?

While conducting building inspection safety program (BISP), members of Ladder 156 inspected a seven-story, fireproof multiple dwelling. The building was newly constructed. Inspection started on the seventh floor. Members observed an elevator in the middle of a small hallway that served two apartments per floor. Additionally, […]
March 1, 2014

Command Channel Communications Crucial at Brooklyn Fourth Alarm

The Williamsburg section of Brooklyn has undergone an astounding transformation in recent years with new buildings appearing on every corner almost overnight. This area has one of the highest concentrations of buildings under Construction, Demolition and Abatement (CDA) in the 11th Division. While the old are […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of Technology Development & Systems

Post-9/11, FDNY has taken broad steps to advance public safety through the use of technology. Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano has stressed that smart investments in technology can save lives. At a recent meeting of the Honorary Fire Officers Association at the Fire Academy on Randall’s […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of Fire Prevention

Since the 9/11 attacks, serious incidents and fires–coupled with the subsequent recommendations from studies and Task Forces, resulting in changes to the Building and Fire Codes–the Bureau of Fire Prevention has developed a number of new initiatives. The newly created Emergency Planning and Preparedness Section includes […]