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December 1, 2012

Man in Machine!

Forty-six years ago, Rescue 3 was summoned to the emergency room of Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx to assist doctors with a problem. A young man had been transported with his hand enmeshed in a commercial meat grinder. The doctors believed that their only medical alternative […]
December 1, 2012

Tornadoes Touch Down in Brooklyn and Queens (Again)

Closely spaced tornadoes ripped through a small beach community in Queens and a Brooklyn neighborhood on Saturday, September 8, 2012, causing downed power lines, uprooted trees and minor structural damage. Fortunately, no serious injuries were reported. A bystander captured this shot of the tornado touching down […]
December 1, 2012

SCUBA Dive Rescue Operations: A Familiarization Course that Addresses Supervisory Concerns

When civilian drowning casualties began to steadily increase within the confines of the Rockaway Peninsula 2008 through 2009, Battalion Chief Michael McGrath, Battalion 47, sought input from various FDNY units that respond to water emergencies in an attempt to streamline FDNY operations within his Command. Subsequently, […]
December 1, 2012

Situational Awareness (SA) Analysis

Everybody goes. Phone alarm…first-due engine, first-due truck…Fire in a commercial building. The address is 1655 Pitkin Avenue. The fire is reported on the first floor. CIDS (Critical Information Dispatch System) information is available upon request. As Firefighters hear the house watchman read the ticket, FDNY members […]
December 1, 2012

The Crucial Role of Fire Prevention

There is a misconception that the Bureau of Fire Prevention is a separate and distinct entity, with no relationship to the day-to-day fire prevention, inspection and life safety activities of units in the field. This illusion has been entrenched in the minds of Firefighters and Officers. […]
December 1, 2012

Understanding Oxygen in Your Atmosphere

Recently on a trip to Colorado Springs, the author had an opportunity to visit Pikes Peak. At 14,110 feet above sea level, it is the 31st tallest mountain in Colorado. In comparison, many parts of Manhattan are only about five feet above sea level. The tallest […]
September 30, 2012

FDNY Fire Family Transport — Here to Help You!

FF Eugene Stolowski was introduced to the FDNY Fire Family Transport (FFT) Foundation in the most dramatic of ways. It began at 0755 hours on January 23, 2005, a bitter-cold winter day, when the run came in. He was finishing up his 24-hour shift in Ladder […]
September 30, 2012

NFPA 1403 — Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions, 2007 Edition (sidebar to above)

Once the approval was given to proceed with the training, safety concerns became the number one priority. Previous knowledge of other fire department tragedies at live burn training evolutions led FDNY to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1403. Following a tragic accident in 1982, which resulted […]
September 30, 2012

Governors Island Live Burn Drills

Among the numerous and varied training methods implemented within the Department–including written publications, evolutions performed either at the company level or the Fire Academy, simulators used in Special Operations training, as well as tabletop and full-scale exercises–it probably would be surprising to most members of the […]
September 30, 2012

What Firefighters Should Know About Pressure Tanks

Besides gravity tanks, another early storage container used to supply water to sprinkler and standpipe systems for large-dimensional structures is the pressure tank. Typically, these vessels are installed at or above the top level of buildings with fire protection systems. Pressure tanks are filled with water […]
September 1, 2014

Safety First: Importance of Rehabilitation

In 2013, there were 97 on-duty Firefighter deaths, including 19 wildland Firefighters at the Yarnell Hill fire and nine Firefighter fatalities at the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas. In just these two major incidents, the country lost 28 Firefighters. However, notwithstanding the wildland fire and Texas […]
September 1, 2014

Tricks of the Trade: Window Bars, Part 1 by Captain Michael Doda and Lt. Thomas M. Carrera

There are several ways for the “outside team” to remove standard window bars from a fire building. Standard window bars are best described as solid stock bars–usually iron– mounted to cover a window. They most likely are fastened to the window frame or brickwork on the […]
September 1, 2014

Smart Venting Using the SA Cycle

Everybody goes! Phone alarm. Residential. First-due engine. First-due truck. Address is 123 Main Street…Male caller states fire on second floor…Multiple dwelling…Three and two on the Box! As members hear the housewatch shout out the ticket, they start their size-up. Going through their mental Rolodex, they think […]
September 1, 2014

Trident Multi-Point Exit Lock

As security concerns over the years have increased, so have the various methods and devices used to secure buildings and property. Firefighters have become accustomed to seeing drop bars, Fox locks, multiple dead bolts and slide locks on the doors of taxpayers and other buildings. These […]
September 1, 2014

Bronx Hunts Point Market Four-Alarm Fire No Match for FDNY Members: The Command Channel

As an operation progresses and Sectors/Groups and/or Branches have been assigned, it is incumbent upon the Incident Commander (IC) to establish a Command Channel to effectively implement strategy, coordinate supervision and facilitate better control of the overall operation. Implementation of a Command Channel shall be established […]
September 1, 2014

Bronx Hunts Point Market Four-Alarm Fire No Match for FDNY Members

The 9×6 day tour in Bronx Battalion 3 started out rather uneventfully on November 20, 2013. The weather was seasonable and clear, with air temperatures in the low 40s and wind gusts in the 10- to 15-mph range. In this week before Thanksgiving, all signs indicated […]
September 1, 2014

New KME Pumpers for FDNY

Delivery has started on the latest generation of FDNY pumpers. The 91 new rigs are being built by Kovatch Mobile Equipment Corporation (KME)...
September 1, 2014

Mill Structures–Their Features and Firefighting Operations, Part II

Editor’s Note: This second part of a two-part article focuses on firefighting operations at mill structures. Firefighting operations Fires in mill-constructed buildings pose a tremendous operational challenge. Firefighters must be prepared to engage heavy fire conditions. To fight fires in mill buildings effectively, two major concerns […]