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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 […]
March 31, 2012

Wastewater Treatment Processes

The process of removing contaminants from wastewater–both run-off (effluents) and domestic–is called sewage treatment. It can be processed close to where it is created or collected and transported via a network of pipes and pump stations to a municipal treatment plant. The purpose of wastewater management […]
June 1, 2014

Trench Cut Brings Manhattan Five-Alarmer Under Control

On July 22, 2013, Manhattan Box 1584 was received via a verbal alarm at the quarters of Engine 80/Ladder 23. The fire building is on 139th Street, across the street and several buildings down from the firehouse. Engine 80 promptly transmitted a 10-75 for a fire […]
June 1, 2014

Cockloft Nozzle

A fire in a building’s cockloft is a game-changing development and, provided the necessary actions are not executed within a few crucial minutes, could mean the eventual loss of an entire building. What may seem like a routine and easily controllable, one-room fire on the top […]
June 1, 2014

Sectors Play Key Role at Bronx Five-Alarm Fire

At 0616 hours on May 2, 2013, Engine 63 was assigned to Box 3677 for a reported non-structural fire in the rear yard of 685 225th Street in the Bronx. While responding, Engine 63 was informed that the Box was being filled out for a second […]
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