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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 30, 2012

FDNY Foundation Awards College Scholarships to FDNY Members

For the school year of 2012/2013, another 200 FDNY members will receive scholarships to further their college education, thanks to the FDNY Foundation. Once again, the Foundation will fund this very popular Firefighter scholarship program at John Jay College. FDNY members rely on the assistance from […]
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, […]
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 […]
September 1, 2014

Staten Island Box 1194: FDNY Handles Damaged Haz-Mat Container

At 2107 hours on the evening of March 11, 2014, Engines 158, 154 and 157, Ladders 86 and 83, Battalion 22, Marine 9, the Marine Battalion and Tactical Support Unit 2 were dispatched to Staten Island Box 1194, 500 Western Avenue. That address is the main […]
September 1, 2014

Complex Operations in Low-Rise, Fireproof Multiple Dwellings

Low-rise, fireproof multiple dwellings (LRFPMD) present unique challenges to the FDNY. Generally older buildings, they may be found in proximity to high-rise, fireproof multiple dwellings (HRFPMD.) Fires in these structures are complex and they will present problems similar to those found in taller fireproof buildings, while […]
September 1, 2014

Not Your Typical 10-24 (Auto Fire)

The Trans-Manhattan Expressway is a small section of expressway that connects the George Washington Bridge (GWB) to the Cross Bronx Expressway. The expressway has two inner roadways that deliver and expel traffic from the upper level of the GWB, while the two outer roadways do that […]
September 1, 2014

FDNY Rescues Staten Island Worker Down Shaft

Every July brings a proud event to the quarters of Rescue 5 and Engine 160. The Wounded Warriors Project arrives from several locations to meet up at the Clove Road firehouse. This is the kick-off for their week-long visit to the New York City area. They […]