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September 30, 2011

FDNY Stands Prepared and Ready to Meet Any Challenge

Is the FDNY prepared to handle a large-scale incident, such as a terrorist attack or a natural disaster? I would argue that today, the FDNY is better trained, better equipped and more capable than ever. Since September 11, 2001, this Department has exhibited resilience, dedication, commitment […]
September 30, 2011

FDNY Command — 10 Years Later

The tragic losses on September 11, 2001, included several top leaders in the Department, such as First Deputy Commissioner William M. Feehan, Chief of Department Peter J. Ganci, Jr., and Assistant Chiefs Donald J. Burns and Gerard A. Barbara. The gap created by losing so much […]
June 30, 2011

Successful Firehouse Drills Using the Learning Curve

For company Officers to conduct successful drills and training, they must know their audience and where the students are on the learning curve. The learning curve depicts the correlation between the time on the job and the member’s propensity to learn. (See Figure #1.) Generally, newer […]
June 30, 2011

Recap of 2011 FDNY/FDNY Foundation Symposium

Please refer to print edition.
June 30, 2011

Mastering Ventilation to Decrease Firefighter Injuries and Deaths

In the mid-1970s, fire duty in the FDNY increased significantly and the resulting experience was the foundation for the formalization of the Department’s tactics and procedures. Fireground observations of the fire environment’s reaction to FDNY’s ventilation tactics were the basis for many of the Department’s newly […]
June 30, 2011

Ventilating Road Tunnels at Fires

Editor’s Note: This is the third and final of a multi-part article that explores the New York City commuter tunnels and the FDNY operations used to mitigate incidents that take place within their confines. The first part, “The Holland Tunnel,” appeared in the 2nd/2008 issue of […]
June 30, 2011

The Chevy Volt: Fire and Emergency Procedures for Extended-Range Electric Vehicles

The General Motors Chevrolet Volt is an extended-range electric vehicle. (See Photos #1 and #1A.) The design is very different from hybrid electric vehicles. An electric vehicle (EV) uses only an electric motor for propulsion, while a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) uses two motors. Investment in […]
June 30, 2011

2 1/2-inch Hose-Line as an Outdoor Standpipe (sidebar to above)

Reason: Frozen standpipe riser or out-of-service (OOS) standpipe system/riser. Equipment required Necessary lengths of 21/2-inch hose Necessary lengths of 31/2-inch hose Three- to 21/2-inch reducer One 21/2-inch nozzle Hose straps or utility ropes In-line pressure gauge Procedures Upon confirmation of a frozen or OOS system/riser, the […]
June 30, 2011

Sequence of Events Regarding Water Loss at Manhattan Box 22-0926 (sidebar to above)

See Diagram #1 for a simple layout of the standpipe system. It is a single-zone system fed from a roof tank. Water is fed down through the riser in the B stairs, through a cross main in the basement and then up through the riser in […]
June 30, 2011

FDNY Overcomes Water Loss at Manhattan Two-Alarm Fire

Manhattan Box 0926 was transmitted at 1510 hours for a fire on the sixth or seventh floor of 145 West 58th Street on December 10, 2010. While responding, the dispatchers notified units that they also were receiving a call for an alarm ringing at 150 Central […]
December 1, 2013

Counterterrorism and Disaster Preparedness

In the summer of 2014, the FDNY Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness (CTDP) will mark its 10th anniversary. In those 10 years, the Center has gone from a conceptual model, to its current status as a lead innovator in homeland security intelligence, large-scale exercise design, […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of Communications

Recently, FDNY’s Bureau of Communications has been involved with various projects and incentives to advance emergency operations and support infrastructure, leading to a robust “future ready state,” one that for years to come will be capable of meeting the increasing needs of New York City’s public […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of EMS

FDNY EMS manages the City-wide EMS system, comprised of both FDNY ambulances and ambulances operated either directly by private hospitals (also known as “voluntary” hospitals) or for private hospitals by (third party) private ambulance providers. EMS has five Divisions, corresponding to the five boroughs of the […]
December 1, 2013

Incident Management Team

Following the World Trade Center terrorist attacks, the McKinsey report, Increasing FDNY’s Preparedness, recommended FDNY create an Incident Management Team (IMT), similar to the National IMT that supported FDNY at the World Trade Center. The FDNY IMT would focus on urban terrorism and disaster. The process […]
December 1, 2013

Special Operations Command

Many significant enhancements have been made to all three components–Haz-Mat Operations, Marine Operations and Rescue Operations–of the Special Operations Command (SOC) since 9/11. These new initiatives and enhancements, plus new equipment and technologies, improve FDNY’s ability to respond not only to a terrorist attack, but to […]
December 1, 2013

Safety and Inspection Services Command

In the aftermath of 9/11, every FDNY Bureau and unit was impacted in some way. Changes were made to strategies and tactics to address terrorist events, an emergency with which the FDNY had little experience. Because the Department lost 343 members, Safety took on even more […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of Training

Chief of Department Edward S. Kilduff stated, “Since September 11th, 2001, training is the foundation for our success.” FDNY’s preparedness and readiness to address any situation we are called upon to manage is a result of the daily training and critiques that occur during each tour. […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of Operations

The Bureau of Operations has undertaken many new initiatives, programs and procedures during the past 12 years. In order to rebuild the New York City Fire Department from both the tragic losses experienced on September 11, 2001, and the unusually high retirement rate of its most […]