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March 31, 2011

Ethanol Cargo Hold Explosion on the MV Sichem Defiance

On Sunday, January 10, 2010, at 0920 hours, Brooklyn Box 1199 was transmitted for a report of a boat in distress in Gravesend Bay, near the Verrazano Bridge. Additional information indicated that the boat in question was a large tanker-type vessel that had experienced an explosion […]
March 31, 2011

Introducing the Intermodal Tank

Intermodal (IM) freight is defined as the shipment of goods involving two or more modes of transportation (sea, air, road and rail) from the product’s origin to its final destination in a single shipping container. An intermodal is the container or vessel in which the product […]
March 31, 2011

Revisiting the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire on its 100th Anniversary

Fire law is written in tears, so it is said. Never more so than with the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. fire, the 100th anniversary  of which is on Friday, March 25, 2011. It will be observed more elaborately than usual by the FDNY, public officials, garment industry […]
March 31, 2011

A Primer on Portable Power Saws

At least twice a day, the unmistakable sound of the portable power saw’s gasoline engine can be heard in firehouses across the City as members perform their required tour checks of this vital tool. In the years prior to the introduction of the portable power saw, […]
March 31, 2011

West Side DSNY Pier Fire Threatens Con Edison Facility and Fuel Barge

On a warm and windy Saturday afternoon, September 4, 2010, Battalion 9 units responded to Manhattan Box 0913 for a report of a fire on Pier 97, located at West 57th Street and 12th Avenue. Pier 97 is occupied by the Department of Sanitation, New York […]
December 1, 2010

First Responder Boxes (aka Gang or Lock Boxes)

December 1, 2010

A Unique Roof — The Sawtooth, Part II, Firefighting Procedures

In Part I of this article (see “A Unique Roof–The Sawtooth, Part I, Construction Features, by Assistant Chief Ronald R. Spadafora, in the 3rd/2010 issue of WNYF), trademark construction features were discussed. Part II focuses on fighting fires safely and effectively in buildings with sawtooth roofs.  […]
December 1, 2010

An Updated Guide to Handling Class 3 and Class E Alarms

The article, “Class 3 and Class E Systems–Making Them Work for Firefighters” (also by this author), described how to administratively handle unnecessary/unwarranted Class 3 and Class E alarms. (See the 4th/2008 issue of WNYF.) Due to the new Building and Fire Codes (2008) and the new […]
December 1, 2010

FDNY Chemical Protective Clothing Upgrade

Haz-Mat Operations is in the process of upgrading the Chemical Protective Clothing (CPC) issued to units in the Hazardous Materials Response Group. Goals The main goals of the upgrade project are threefold: increase Department response capabilities with mission-specific protection; improve responder safety; and decrease physical impact […]
December 1, 2010

FDNY Members Mitigate Another Andrew J. Barberi Ferry Crash

May 8, 2010, started out as a typical Saturday morning, with units performing committee work and preparing to attend multi-unit drills (MUD). That calm was shattered shortly after 0900 hours when the ferry, Andrew J. Barberi–the same ferry that was involved in the fatal accident on […]
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 […]
September 30, 2013

Odd Job–Child Caught in a Roll-Down Gate

At 1628 hours on May 6, 2012,  Engine 290 and Ladder 103, commanded by Lieutenants Daniel DelPrete and Edward Cowan, respectively, were dispatched to Brooklyn Box 2100 for a report of a child with his hand caught in a gate going up. At 1630 hours, Rescue […]
June 30, 2013

A Personal View of Operation Gut and Pump

The night of October 29, 2012, is one that will be forever etched in FDNY members’ minds. Mother Nature showed just how powerful she can be as she hit New York City in the form of a hurricane named Sandy. Most New York City Firefighters had […]
June 30, 2013

Operation Gut and Pump Meets the ICS in Breezy Point, Queens

Hurricane Sandy met all expectations. It was predicted to hit land in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and it did. Predictions were that south of Atlantic City would suffer from hurricane-force winds and north would deal with the tidal surge. Both were true. The FDNY predicted that […]
June 30, 2013

FDNY All-Hazard IMT: Missions, Opportunities and Lessons Learned; Through the Eyes of the Lead Public Information Officer

As Hurricane Sandy approached the Tri-State area, plans already were being put in place days before its true effects were felt in the New York area. The hurricane was labeled by many and considered to be the perfect storm when it hit New York. As it […]
June 30, 2013

How the Bureau of Fire Prevention Facilitated Re-Occupancy

The Bureau of Fire Prevention faced two important tasks in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The first was to safely manage the influx of combustible and flammable liquids and gases needed to support the recovery efforts and supply the displaced residents of many areas of the […]
June 30, 2013

Thank You, FDNY Foundation!