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December 1, 2010

Water Problems Overcome at Queens Four-Alarm Fire in H-Type Multiple Dwelling

January 11, 2010, was a busy morning in Queens, filled with routine responses, when Box 9689 was transmitted at 1150 hours for a report of fire on the second floor of a residential building. Two more telephone calls were received in the next minute, prompting the […]
December 1, 2010

Bay Ridge Fourth Alarm

July 29th, 2009, was a hot, rainy, humid night in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Within minutes of the Brooklyn Fire Alarm Dispatchers receiving the first call for a fire in a store at 68th Street and 3rd Avenue, two Fire Marshals came across this blaze. Simultaneously, a […]
December 1, 2010

2011 FDNY/FDNY Foundation Symposium Letter (ad–inside back cover)

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December 1, 2010

Air-Pressurized Standpipes at Construction and Demolition Sites

In 2007, a fire in a building undergoing demolition claimed the lives of two New York City Firefighters. The fatal fire investigation found that before the fire, contractors had cut the standpipe system piping in the cellar. When the fire occurred in the building, the cut […]
December 1, 2010

FDNY Battles Manhattan Seven-Alarm Fire

Fire broke out in the first-floor rear storage area of a 99 cent store at 283 Grand Street, Manhattan, at 2214 hours on April 11, 2010. Adjoining 283 is 285 Grand Street, an identical, six-story old law tenement (OLT), which also houses a commercial occupancy on […]
September 30, 2010

The FAST Unit Radio

It is important that all members become familiar with the use of the FAST unit radio, which is carried in addition to the regular radio and is the responsibility of the FAST unit. This yellow-colored radio, found in each Battalion car, features a liquid crystal display […]
September 30, 2010

Carbon Monoxide Alarms — Case Studies

On November 1, 2004, the NYC Building and Maintenance Code was amended, requiring carbon monoxide detection in one- and two-family homes and multiple dwellings. Since Local Law 7 took effect, the FDNY has responded to thousands of detector activations City-wide. There is a wealth of information […]
September 30, 2010

Operations Section Organization

At the Jackson Heights fire (Box 44-7869), Deputy Chief Jon Malkin, Division 14, was confronted with a rapidly expanding fire that originated in a complex taxpayer fronting two streets. There was imminent potential for extension to a multi-wing, complex H-type multiple dwelling, requiring the urgent need […]
September 30, 2010

Four-Alarm Cockloft Fire Destroys Jackson Heights Landmark Taxpayer

The Jackson Heights section of Queens has some of the most impressive blocks of large, H-type multiple dwellings in the City. Many of the avenues contain whole blocks of stores. Most of these stores are in rows of taxpayers that cropped up as the neighborhood grew […]
September 30, 2010

Tanker Releases Chloromethane; FDNY Units Mitigate Incident

Staten Island Box 8510, New York Container Terminal, Holland Hook/239 Western Avenue, July 6, 2010. The containerized tank had just been removed from a container ship when workers noticed vapor leaking from the control box. The leaking tank was stacked on top of a similar tank. […]
June 30, 2013

Special Operations Command Response to Hurricane Sandy

The Special Operations Command (SOC) played a major role in the FDNY’s response to Hurricane Sandy, not only on October 29, 2012, the day of the storm, but also on the days and weeks following. After the terrorist attacks on New York City on September 11, […]
June 30, 2013

Bureau of Communications Timeline During Hurricane Sandy

Sunday, October 28, 2012 Time 0900 Action Hurricane Sandy homebound evacuation Incident Action Plan (IAP) went into effect in preparation for incoming storm, ending at 0900 hours on October 29, 2013. The objective of the IAP is to remove and accompany home-bound individuals to evacuation centers […]
June 30, 2013

Hurricane Sandy Sparks Conflagration in Breezy Point

Hurricane Sandy illustrates the full spectrum of FDNY preparedness and response capabilities, along with its commitment to community recovery. This was realized when a rare meteorological event occurred, merging Hurricane Sandy with a Nor’easter, to create a “perfect superstorm.” With its record low pressure, the storm […]
June 30, 2013

Facade Collapse in Chelsea

Already, it had been a busy afternoon for FDNY units on October 29, 2012, the day Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York City. A crane dangled precariously above the streets of midtown, engaging dozens of units for much of the day. Later in the evening, fire […]
June 30, 2013

A Command-Level Critique of the West 57th Street Crane Collapse

FDNY units responded to a reported crane collapse on West 57th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues, at 1433 hours on October 29, 2012. On arrival, members found that a section of the boom was hanging precariously from the crane at the 75th-floor level, obviously the […]
June 30, 2013

Queens Fires and Floods

New York City was struck by Hurricane Sandy with catastrophic results on October 29, 2012. Most New York City residents in the predicted inundation areas did not believe that a storm in late October could produce a deadly surge of ocean water, flooding multiple residential and […]
June 30, 2013

Preparation for Hurricane Sandy

Practicing and understanding firefighting techniques and hazards that are unique to a given incident are key to successful operations. This article focuses on preparation procedures for large-scale weather events; specifically, Hurricane Sandy. A disaster plan acts as a template for successful protocols and actions. It also […]
June 30, 2013

Hurricane Sandy: An Operational Overview

On Wednesday, October 24, 2012, the National Weather Service predicted a high possibility of a major hurricane impacting the New York City metropolitan area. Hurricane Sandy was the second most powerful Atlantic storm to hit the eastern coast of the United States since Hurricane Katrina in […]