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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]