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June 30, 2010

Manhattan Top-Floor Fire, Plus

The value of real estate throughout New York City has surged during the past 15 years as the demand for housing has increased. In order to maximize their rental income, more and more landlords have been building penthouse additions on the roofs of their tenements and […]
June 30, 2010

Implementing the Command Channel for a More Efficient Operation

By the time the Command Chief, Deputy Assistant Chief John Sudnik, Queens Borough Commander, arrived at the scene of this Bronx fire, Acting Deputy Chief Christopher Rearer already had committed to an exterior operation. After a quick briefing at the transfer of command, one of the […]
June 30, 2010

Fast-Moving Cockloft Fire Forces Outside Operations at Bronx Fifth Alarm

At 0304 hours on Saturday, October 31, 2009, Bronx fire units received a phone alarm for a fire in a Mexican restaurant located at 3105 Bainbridge Avenue. One minute later, at 0305 hours, a second source was received, reporting smoke in a bakery located at 3101 […]
June 30, 2010

F-500 and its Use at Queens Box 33-6334

Transformer fires pose a number of challenges that need to be overcome for extinguishment to take place. The two most common types of electrical transformers are air-cooled and oil-cooled. The transformer at this incident was an oil-cooled unit. All transformers have large amounts of mass due […]
June 30, 2010

Foam Operations at Queens Box 33-6334

A signal 10-86 (foam operation) was transmitted for Queens Box 33-6334, Northern Boulevard/244th Street, for a fully involved transformer fire on Friday, July 24, 2009. The fire created multiple problems and required the need for foam, Purple K and a new product (F-500) for total extinguishment. […]
June 30, 2010

Queens Transformer Fire Prompts Use of New Technologies

Friday, July 24, 2009, was an exceptionally beautiful summer day. While in quarters that morning, Deputy Chief Steven Kubler, Division 14, heard Box 6334 transmitted for a car accident at the intersection of 244th Street/Northern Boulevard, Douglaston. What seemed like only a moment later, he heard […]
June 30, 2010

Rescue and Recovery Operations at Queens Box 44-6673

Rescue Operations members are challenged every tour when responding to fires and technical rescue incidents. An explosion resulting in a major fire and collapse requires the technical skills possessed by these members. This incident involved a fire, collapse and recovery of a trapped victim in a […]
June 30, 2010

Queens Gas Explosion

April 24, 2009, was a beautiful spring day, with sunny skies and temperatures in the 70-degree range. The day tour at Battalion 53 had been relatively quiet, answering a few alarms for minor emergencies and performing routine administrative duties that are a part of everyday firehouse […]
June 30, 2010

Marine 6 Operations at Queens Box 33-8444

Members of Marine 6, aboard the fireboat Kevin C. Kane, responded to the Throgs Neck Bridge at 0505 hours from their berth at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. (The Kane is one of three permanent Marine units and, compared to the larger fireboats, is a more shallow […]
June 30, 2010

The Throgs Neck Bridge Fire

In the early-morning hours of Friday, July 10, 2009, vacationers and commuters attempting to escape from Long Island were presented with an astounding image. Visible from the westbound Cross Island Parkway, just past Fort Totten, was 50 feet of flames, originating approximately 10 feet below the […]
March 31, 2013

Engine Companies that Will Double as Communications Units

In the early 1980s, the Department designated engine companies around the City as field communications satellite units. The purpose of these units was to augment the operations of the Field Communications Unit. Although the concept was a good one, it eventually failed because training was not […]
March 31, 2013

Specialty “Unbreakable” Window System, Part II

Editor’s Note: Part I of this article by the same authors appeared in the 1st/2012 issue of WNYF. Part II focuses on FDNY techniques to force these windows. The type of window system used during construction plays a major role in how a structure will be […]
March 31, 2013

IMT Planning for the Governors Island Ventilation Exercise

In the spring of 2012, FDNY decided to conduct experiments in cooperation with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Underwriters Laboratory (UL) at Governors Island. The planned tests would include 20 “live burns” of non-fireproof structures. Scientists, engineers and Firefighters were assigned to […]
March 31, 2013

Governors Island Ventilation: Knowledge Through Testing

In the winter of 2006, the FDNY experienced two challenging, wind-impacted fires in high-rise fireproof multiple dwellings. On January 26th, a fire at 40-20 Beach Channel Drive in Rockaway, Queens, seriously injured and trapped several members. If not for the heroic actions of  members on the […]
March 31, 2013

FDNY Foundation Steps Up to Provide Hurricane Sandy Relief

On October 29, 2012, hundreds of FDNY members responded during a night of fires and floods, leaving their own homes unguarded and putting others before themselves, as New York’s Bravest always do. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many FDNY members were left devastated or displaced, […]
March 31, 2013

Fire at 62 Watts Street: Looking to the Past to Understand Today’s Risk and Improve Firefighter Safety

Editor’s Note: A two-part article, this narrative addresses the 1994 fire at 62 Watts Street, focusing on building type, construction, weather and FDNY operations. Introduction On March 28, 1994, a residential fire occurred in a first-floor apartment at 62 Watts Street in the borough of Manhattan. […]
March 31, 2013

Labor Day, 2012, Brooklyn Fourth Alarm: Not Your Ordinary Multiple Dwelling Fire

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. In Crown Heights, Brooklyn, this day is highlighted by the annual West Indian Day Parade. Festivities, such as the J’Ourvet Festival, typically start during the overnight hours prior to the actual parade, with smaller gatherings all around the […]
December 1, 2012

The Reeves Sleeve: An Effective Rescue Patient Packaging Device

Please refer to print edition.