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September 30, 2011

Training — More Essential Than Ever

One truism came to the forefront in the wake of 9/11–The FDNY no longer is just a fire department. In addition to merging with EMS in 1996, FDNY now is the first line of defense against terrorism, as well as natural disasters. As part of FDNY’s […]
September 30, 2011

FDNY Stands Prepared and Ready to Meet Any Challenge

Is the FDNY prepared to handle a large-scale incident, such as a terrorist attack or a natural disaster? I would argue that today, the FDNY is better trained, better equipped and more capable than ever. Since September 11, 2001, this Department has exhibited resilience, dedication, commitment […]
September 30, 2011

FDNY Command — 10 Years Later

The tragic losses on September 11, 2001, included several top leaders in the Department, such as First Deputy Commissioner William M. Feehan, Chief of Department Peter J. Ganci, Jr., and Assistant Chiefs Donald J. Burns and Gerard A. Barbara. The gap created by losing so much […]
June 30, 2011

Successful Firehouse Drills Using the Learning Curve

For company Officers to conduct successful drills and training, they must know their audience and where the students are on the learning curve. The learning curve depicts the correlation between the time on the job and the member’s propensity to learn. (See Figure #1.) Generally, newer […]
June 30, 2011

Recap of 2011 FDNY/FDNY Foundation Symposium

Please refer to print edition.
June 30, 2011

Mastering Ventilation to Decrease Firefighter Injuries and Deaths

In the mid-1970s, fire duty in the FDNY increased significantly and the resulting experience was the foundation for the formalization of the Department’s tactics and procedures. Fireground observations of the fire environment’s reaction to FDNY’s ventilation tactics were the basis for many of the Department’s newly […]
June 30, 2011

Ventilating Road Tunnels at Fires

Editor’s Note: This is the third and final of a multi-part article that explores the New York City commuter tunnels and the FDNY operations used to mitigate incidents that take place within their confines. The first part, “The Holland Tunnel,” appeared in the 2nd/2008 issue of […]
June 30, 2011

The Chevy Volt: Fire and Emergency Procedures for Extended-Range Electric Vehicles

The General Motors Chevrolet Volt is an extended-range electric vehicle. (See Photos #1 and #1A.) The design is very different from hybrid electric vehicles. An electric vehicle (EV) uses only an electric motor for propulsion, while a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) uses two motors. Investment in […]
June 30, 2011

2 1/2-inch Hose-Line as an Outdoor Standpipe (sidebar to above)

Reason: Frozen standpipe riser or out-of-service (OOS) standpipe system/riser. Equipment required Necessary lengths of 21/2-inch hose Necessary lengths of 31/2-inch hose Three- to 21/2-inch reducer One 21/2-inch nozzle Hose straps or utility ropes In-line pressure gauge Procedures Upon confirmation of a frozen or OOS system/riser, the […]
June 30, 2011

Sequence of Events Regarding Water Loss at Manhattan Box 22-0926 (sidebar to above)

See Diagram #1 for a simple layout of the standpipe system. It is a single-zone system fed from a roof tank. Water is fed down through the riser in the B stairs, through a cross main in the basement and then up through the riser in […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of Fire Prevention

Since the 9/11 attacks, serious incidents and fires–coupled with the subsequent recommendations from studies and Task Forces, resulting in changes to the Building and Fire Codes–the Bureau of Fire Prevention has developed a number of new initiatives. The newly created Emergency Planning and Preparedness Section includes […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of Fleet Services

The Bureau of Fleet Services (BFS) was instrumental in FDNY’s recovery from 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. The Department continues to move forward with Fleet Services facilitating that progress. BFS has a staff of 229, operates two primary (46-67 34th Street and 30-30 Review Avenue in Long […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of Facilities Management

Since 2002, the Department’s facility portfolio has been a primary player in rebuilding the FDNY. While the Bureau of Facilities Management (BFM) continued normal operations, dramatic work was performed to address new priorities brought on by 9/11. The Marine 9 ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on May […]
December 1, 2013

Office of Recruitment & Diversity

The FDNY long has made a priority of increasing the diversity of its fire suppression work force. Since publishing its first Strategic Plan in 2004, the Department has placed the importance of this effort among its top goals. The FDNY understands that the Department is at […]
December 1, 2013

Strategic Planning

The FDNY has a proud history of protecting lives and property in New York City. Its members have served the City and its residents since 1865. But the events of 9/11 set in motion an intensive re-examination of how the FDNY carried out its mission and […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of Health Services

For the Bureau of Health Services (BHS)–like most members of the FDNY–September 11, 2001, remains the before and after date by which we define time. The mission of BHS–to ensure that members remain healthy, prevent illnesses, address injuries and keep members safe–remains. On 9/11, FDNY members–active […]
December 1, 2013

Family Assistance

From the start, 2001 was shaping up as a very bad year for the FDNY.  By the summer, the Department had lost seven members in the line of duty, including three Firefighters who died in an explosive fire in Queens on June 17, Father’s Day. But […]
December 1, 2013

FDNY Foundation

The FDNY Foundation, the Department’s not-for-profit partner, supports the lifesaving work of the FDNY by funding enhanced training and equipment for first responders and fire safety education for the public. During the past 12 years, much has changed in both New York City and the FDNY […]