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March 31, 2012

Units Battle Fire and Heat Wave at Manhattan Sewage Treatment Plant

The City was experiencing a heat wave and July 20, 2010, was part of it. This day was exceptionally hot and humid, with no wind. At 1146 hours, a phone alarm was received at the Manhattan Communications Office, reporting an explosion in the engine room at […]
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 […]
March 1, 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 1, 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 1, 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 1, 2014

Go Big, Go Early, Go Fast and Be Smart: Fifth Alarm at Manhattan Box 1626

When Craig Fugate became Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in May 2009, he pushed his organization to change their disaster response to “go big, go early, go fast and be smart.” Not surprising that with a firefighting background, this motto was adopted from […]
March 1, 2014

Man in the Mud: Rescue Medical Care

Editors Note: This is part of a 4-Part Series entitled Man in the Mud. See feature article. 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, […]
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 […]