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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 […]
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 […]
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

March 31, 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 31, 2014

FDNY Foundation’s Upcoming Events Go Big, Go Early, Go Fast and Be Smart: Fifth Alarm at Manhattan Box 1626

The FDNY Foundation is proud to announce upcoming events in 2014 that promote both safety and education and are part of our mission to support the critical lifesaving work of the FDNY. 2013 Fire Commissioner’s Humanitarian Awards Dinner honorees–Joseph M. Fortunato, Chairman and CEO of GNC […]