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June 30, 2011

Rapid Response Vehicle Task Forces

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, the City of New York was impacted by a severe storm that taxed all New York City first responder agencies. For 14 days  after the storm, FDNY members performed beyond expectations in the emergency and recovery operations. The Juniper Civic Association, […]
June 30, 2011

Two Tornadoes! And a Macroburst!

A tornado (often referred to as a twister) is a violent, rotating column of air that is in contact with both land and a cloud.  Tornadoes come in many forms, but typically are shaped as funnels. The narrow end touches the earth and often is encircled […]
March 31, 2011

Odd Job in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Sometimes, an odd job really does present FDNY members with the unexpected, such as a difficult hose-line stretch, pressure problems due to kinks and a small and tight hallway in which to operate. These were some of the obstacles overcome at 0400 hours on August 30, […]
March 31, 2011

FDNY Battles Summer Heat and Queens Five-Alarm Fire

July 7, 2010, started off as a typical summer day with New York City in the grips of a heat wave and the day’s forecast offered no relief with temperatures expected to reach 90+ degrees. The FDNY, unfortunately, was in the middle of what would turn […]
March 31, 2011

Conspiracy or Perfect Storm: What Caused the Collapse of WTC-7?

On September 11, 2001, at 10:28:22 a.m., debris from the collapsing World Trade Center North Tower ignited at least 10 floors of World Trade Center 7 (WTC-7). Fires burned out of control on six of the 10 floors until 5:20:52 p.m. that afternoon, when the 47-story […]
March 31, 2011

Scholarships Aplenty Funded by the FDNY Foundation

Continuing a wonderful tradition, 10 scholarships honoring a fallen hero were presented to FDNY Fire Officers and Firefighters on July 23, 2010. In a program initiated by Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, the scholarships are named in honor of FF Thomas Brick, Ladder 36, who made […]
March 31, 2011

Seconds from Disaster — Collapse of the Cromwell Pier in Staten Island

Units of Battalion 21, under the command of Acting Battalion Chief Michael Bernstein (Engine 253), responded to the George M. Cromwell Recreation Center (aka Pier 6), 6 Murray Hulbert Avenue/Hannah Street, Staten Island Box 75-0231, on May 26, 2010, at 1410 hours. Weather conditions were warm […]
March 31, 2011

Familiarization with the FAST Pak

The FAST Pak was designed to provide Firefighters with breathable air when they are low or completely out of air in an immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH) environment. This portable breathing station is lightweight and can provide assistance to a fellow Firefighter who is […]
March 31, 2011

Times Square Car Bomb Incident Mitigated Expeditiously

It was an unusually warm spring evening in Times Square on Saturday, May 1, 2010. At approximately 1830 hours while the members of Engine 54 and Ladder 4 were completing equipment inspections, Faisal Shahzad parked his 1993 Nissan Pathfinder on West 45th Street, just west of […]
March 31, 2011

Pre-Planning Key at Helicopter Mishap in Staten Island

Every year during Fleet Week in May, the U.S. Marine Corps stages a mock airborne assault at various locations around New York City. This consists of multiple CH-46 Sea Knight assault transport helicopters loaded with combat troops, escorted by UH-1 Huey and AH-1 Cobra gunships. Each […]
December 1, 2013

A State of Preparedness

I  believe it is always important to reflect on how far the Department has come since September 11th, so that we can understand the strong position we are in right now as a major contributor to the well-being and public safety of New York City. The […]
September 30, 2013

The Construction Site Fire Safety Manager

The construction site fire safety manager (CSFSM) or S-56 holder is the FDNY contact person when it comes to buildings under construction. This position was created as a result of the Deutsche Bank Building fire. As with many new codes and code changes, it sometimes takes […]
September 30, 2013

Kudos to the FDNY Foundation

September 30, 2013

The Role of the IMT During Hurricane Sandy

With the prediction of Hurricane Sandy heading toward New York City, the FDNY Incident Management Team (IMT) was activated by Chief of Operations James E. Esposito to support FDNY operations in preparing for, operating during and the immediate aftermath of the storm. The Team operated out […]
September 30, 2013

Causal Factors in the 62 Watts Street Fire: Opportunities to Improve Firefighting Knowledge and Tactics

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part article by the authors. The first, “Fire at 62 Watts Street: Looking to the Past to Understand Today’s Risk and Improve Firefighter Safety,” which focused on building type, construction, weather and FDNY operations, appeared in the 1st/2013 […]
September 30, 2013

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September 30, 2013

Remember the Fallen: The 9/11 Tribute Center

On Monday, September 10, 2001, the author was on duty in the 6th Division. He attended a dedication ceremony for the newly renovated firehouse for Engine 73/Ladder 42. Father Mychal Judge offered the homily. He told members and guests that God is a God of surprises. […]
September 30, 2013

Handling a Suspicious Package

June 6, 2013, was just like any Monday morning in the Bureau of Fire Prevention. Chief Joseph Woznica was sitting at his desk, reviewing e-mails received during the weekend. At approximately 0815 hours, an Inspector walked into his office, threw a manila envelope onto his desk […]