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June 30, 2012

FDNY Mutual Aid (sidebar to above)

FDNY supports incidents outside New York City via a mutual-aid procedure in two ways: 1. As a request through channels approved by the Chief of Operations and 2. By responding to an alarm near the City border that is located outside New York City. In all […]
June 30, 2012

Wind-Impacted Fire on Bronx/Mt. Vernon Border Mars Valentine’s Day 2011

The past few decades have produced a number of dangerous and deadly wind-impacted fires that largely have occurred in high-rise multiple dwellings. These fires have exacted a tremendous toll of injuries and fatalities. A series of difficult blazes convinced the FDNY to explore the root causes […]
March 31, 2012

FDNY Foundation Funds Several Programs

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March 31, 2012

Simulation Training in the Firehouse

Members who have been through any of the promotion courses recently have trained using computerized fire simulations. These training aids have offered the newly promoted Officers an opportunity to make fireground decisions and practice communications in a safe learning atmosphere. They are given the chance to […]
March 31, 2012

The FDNY KiosK Project — A Web-Based Training and Situational Awareness Tool

DIAMONDPLATE Noun: a sturdy, lightweight, textured platform, designed to reduce missteps, providing a solid support pathway. After the attack of September 11, 2001, the FDNY quickly realized the immense loss of experience that had just occurred. This hard-earned expertise could not be replaced easily. The Local […]
March 31, 2012

The Dangers of Carbon Dioxide in Fast Food-Type Occupancies

Three people injured–including two Firefighters–as a CO2 leak sparked evacuation at a Phoenix McDonald’s: That was the headline the author saw recently, and wondered, carbon dioxide? That must be a misprint; they must mean carbon monoxide (CO). A typical rookie mistake for a newspaper to confuse […]
March 31, 2012

Adapting to Novelty: Recognizing the Need for Innovation and Leadership

Repairs to sanitation plows and salt-spreaders usually go unnoticed, but when a truck smashes through a wall and is dangling four stories above the ground, it draws intense media attention. On August 17, 2011, at 0928 hours, a 15.5-ton truck lost control inside the Department of […]
March 31, 2012

Rescue at the East Side Access Tunnel

At 1117 hours on February 10, 2011, Hook and Ladder Company 2 was dispatched from quarters to Manhattan Box 0828 for a UCT-911, unknown type trauma at 28 East 48th Street. Company Officers and members are familiar with this Box–the location of the “world’s largest underground […]
March 31, 2012

Intro to the East Side Access Tunnel

Currently, the East Side Access Tunnel (ESAT) is the largest public works project under construction within the country and is being completed within the confines of New York City. This ongoing project presents the FDNY with numerous challenges that range from operational response, inspectional responsibilities and […]
March 31, 2012

Specialty “Unbreakable” Window Systems, Part I

On July 23, 2011, a punishing heat wave with high humidity continued its hold over New York City. Manhattan Box 1051 was transmitted at 0046 hours for a fire on the fourth floor of a 14-story, luxury, high-rise multiple dwelling, located at 815 Park Avenue on […]
June 1, 2014

Metro North Train Derailment: Rescue Operations

Editors Note: This is a siebar to an article on the Metro North train derailment. See feature article. Upon arrival at the Spuyten Duyvil train derailment, the scope of the incident appeared that numerous technical rescues would be needed for extrication. However, gathering situational awareness and […]
June 1, 2014

Metro North Train Derailment

On December 1, 2013, at 0719 hours, a southbound Metro-North passenger train out of Poughkeepsie, New York, en route to Grand Central Terminal, derailed just north of the Spuyten Duyvil Railroad Station in the Bronx. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported the train’s estimated speed […]
March 31, 2014

Gasoline-Powered Tools and Ethanol-Blended Gasoline: What You Need to Know

FDNY carries a variety of gasoline-powered equipment that is required to be operational at a moment’s notice. Condition of both tools and fuel–especially ethanol-blended fuel–is extremely important. The operational readiness and serviceability of FDNY’s equipment are the subject of this article. The Clean Air Act Amendment […]
March 31, 2014

Risk Based Inspection System (RBIS)

Building inspection is a critical core competency of FDNY field units. Inspections are carried out for two primary reasons: safety of the public and safety of Firefighters. Safety of the public is enhanced when field units identity hazards that endanger occupants of a building. Such hazards […]
March 31, 2014

Secondary Egress from Multiple Dwellings

March 31, 2014

Secondary Egress from Multiple Dwellings

FDNY members encounter many kinds of non-fireproof (NFP) residential buildings during fire and emergency responses or during Building Inspection Safety Program (BISP) periods. When it comes to secondary egress, Firefighters are concerned with whether the building is a multiple dwelling (MD) or a private dwelling (PD). […]
March 31, 2014

FDNY Foundation’s Upcoming Events Go Big, Go Early, Go Fast and Be Smart: Fifth Alarm at Manhattan Box 1626

The FDNY Foundation is proud to announce upcoming events in 2014 that promote both safety and education and are part of our mission to support the critical lifesaving work of the FDNY. 2013 Fire Commissioner’s Humanitarian Awards Dinner honorees–Joseph M. Fortunato, Chairman and CEO of GNC […]
March 31, 2014

Rescue Medical Care

I  was the second EMS Officer to arrive (after EMS Lieutenant Fred Desarno) at the incident at approximately 2040 hours. Lieutenant Desarno, acting as the initial Medical Branch Director, instructed me to proceed to the south excavation entrance where on-scene workers were clamoring for assistance. I […]