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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 […]
June 30, 2011

FDNY Overcomes Water Loss at Manhattan Two-Alarm Fire

Manhattan Box 0926 was transmitted at 1510 hours for a fire on the sixth or seventh floor of 145 West 58th Street on December 10, 2010. While responding, the dispatchers notified units that they also were receiving a call for an alarm ringing at 150 Central […]
June 30, 2011

Rapid Response Vehicle Task Forces

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, the City of New York was impacted by a severe storm that taxed all New York City first responder agencies. For 14 days  after the storm, FDNY members performed beyond expectations in the emergency and recovery operations. The Juniper Civic Association, […]
June 30, 2011

Two Tornadoes! And a Macroburst!

A tornado (often referred to as a twister) is a violent, rotating column of air that is in contact with both land and a cloud.  Tornadoes come in many forms, but typically are shaped as funnels. The narrow end touches the earth and often is encircled […]
March 31, 2011

Odd Job in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Sometimes, an odd job really does present FDNY members with the unexpected, such as a difficult hose-line stretch, pressure problems due to kinks and a small and tight hallway in which to operate. These were some of the obstacles overcome at 0400 hours on August 30, […]
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 […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of Fire Investigation

The Bureau of Fire Investigation (BFI) has greatly improved its operations during the past 12 years by leveraging technology to enhance how it conducts fire investigations. Additionally, the Bureau has become more compliant with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 921, the internationally accepted guide for fire […]
December 1, 2013

Counterterrorism and Disaster Preparedness

In the summer of 2014, the FDNY Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness (CTDP) will mark its 10th anniversary. In those 10 years, the Center has gone from a conceptual model, to its current status as a lead innovator in homeland security intelligence, large-scale exercise design, […]