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December 1, 2011

EMS Operations at Bronx Box 75-8998, March 12, 2011 (sidebar to above)

Arriving at the Box at 0550 hours, a scene size-up was conducted. A tourist bus was lying on its side with a highway stanchion in the middle, dividing the vehicle in half. There were 32 patients who were trapped, severely injured or deceased, the first two […]
December 1, 2011

Bronx Units Confront Horrific Bus Accident

The Bruckner Expressway/southbound New England Thruway/Hutchinson River Parkway is the site of numerous and somewhat varied transportation responses for FDNY units in this section of the Bronx. Some of these runs are routine, while others are quite unusual and sometimes severe. Almost any type of payload […]
September 30, 2011

FDNY Study Reveals FDNY Firefighters Prone to Developing Cancer After WTC Exposure

In a special 9/11 issue of The Lancet, one of the leading medical journals in the world, FDNY just published a study showing that its male Firefighters exposed to the World Trade Center (WTC) disaster are at least 19 percent more likely to develop cancer than […]
September 30, 2011

Record $1.7 Million Raised at FDNY Foundation Event

On April 14, 2011, the FDNY Foundation raised a record $1.7 million at the Fire Commissioner’s Humanitarian Awards Dinner. Funds raised from this dinner are used to provide training and equipment for FDNY members and fire safety education programs for the general population. With more than […]
September 30, 2011

WTC Memorial Wall Dedicated

On Thursday, September 8, 2011, a memorial wall was dedicated to the 55 FDNY members who have lost their lives since September 11, 2001, due to various illnesses developed following their rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center. The solemn ceremony was held at […]
September 30, 2011

Progress Report on the New WTC

The September 11, 2001, World Trade Center (WTC) terrorist attack claimed the lives of 2753 people, including 343 FDNY members and caused the complete collapse of three buildings (Towers 1 and 2, along with 7 WTC). Irreparable damage occurred to a number of buildings that later […]
September 30, 2011

The Marine Division Powers Forward

To fully understand the evolution of FDNY Marine Operations, one must look at a snapshot of the past, present and future challenges faced within the New York City Port community. History has shown that great cities were built on accessible harbors, to easily move goods to […]
September 30, 2011

Meeting the Increasing Demands for 911 Pre-Hospital Care Services

In the past 10 years, the landscape of the first responders’ environment has changed dramatically within New York City. After 9/11, the FDNY leadership recognized that broad organizational change was necessary for the Department to adapt its response operations to unpredictable all-hazards threats. The Bureau of […]
September 30, 2011

History of Strategic Planning at FDNY

Throughout its illustrious 146-year history, the FDNY has been known for excellence in protecting lives and property.  The Department sets the highest standards for emergency response, training, fire prevention and pre-hospital care. While the Department has had no peer in the field of urban emergency response, […]
September 30, 2011

Revisiting the Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness

Ten years after the dramatic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the images and memories are still real. Many FDNY members can recall exactly what they were doing that fateful day, who they were with and what they were thinking as two planes crashed into the […]
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 […]
March 1, 2014

Door Control Key at Bronx 10-77

In recent years, the importance of ventilation at “modern-age” fires has been stressed on FDNY members and the seriousness of this factor cannot be taken lightly. Although controlling the door and wisely venting windows have been drilled into all members since basic fire behavior lessons in […]
March 1, 2014

What’s Behind that Door?

While conducting building inspection safety program (BISP), members of Ladder 156 inspected a seven-story, fireproof multiple dwelling. The building was newly constructed. Inspection started on the seventh floor. Members observed an elevator in the middle of a small hallway that served two apartments per floor. Additionally, […]
March 1, 2014

Command Channel Communications Crucial at Brooklyn Fourth Alarm

The Williamsburg section of Brooklyn has undergone an astounding transformation in recent years with new buildings appearing on every corner almost overnight. This area has one of the highest concentrations of buildings under Construction, Demolition and Abatement (CDA) in the 11th Division. While the old are […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of Technology Development & Systems

Post-9/11, FDNY has taken broad steps to advance public safety through the use of technology. Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano has stressed that smart investments in technology can save lives. At a recent meeting of the Honorary Fire Officers Association at the Fire Academy on Randall’s […]