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September 30, 2010

Four-Alarm Cockloft Fire Destroys Jackson Heights Landmark Taxpayer

The Jackson Heights section of Queens has some of the most impressive blocks of large, H-type multiple dwellings in the City. Many of the avenues contain whole blocks of stores. Most of these stores are in rows of taxpayers that cropped up as the neighborhood grew […]
September 30, 2010

Tanker Releases Chloromethane; FDNY Units Mitigate Incident

Staten Island Box 8510, New York Container Terminal, Holland Hook/239 Western Avenue, July 6, 2010. The containerized tank had just been removed from a container ship when workers noticed vapor leaking from the control box. The leaking tank was stacked on top of a similar tank. […]
September 30, 2010

Subway Keys

At times, FDNY operations in subways may require the use of different kinds of keys to assist with egress for civilians, access for Fire Department members, securing water supply and facilitating communications. The keys used by FDNY members include a large subway key, a smaller subway […]
September 30, 2010

Hybrid and CNG Bus VBIED: A Review of Alternate Power Bus Emergency Procedures, Fire Operations and Terrorism Awareness

In 2007, WNYF readers were introduced to the Clean Air Hybrid Bus used by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The technology, developed in other municipalities, was new to New York City. This hybrid drive system uses a combination diesel generator and electric traction motor. Basic fire […]
September 30, 2010

FDNY Foundation Dinner Raises $1.4 Million

Raising nearly $1.4 million to fund promotion of fire safety in New York City and the professional development, training and education of FDNY members, the FDNY Foundation’s premier fund-raising dinner–during which the Fire Commissioner’s Humanitarian Awards were presented–was a resounding success. In spite of the current […]
September 30, 2010

Identifying Duplex Apartments within Fireproof High-Rise Multiple Dwellings

High-rise multiple dwelling fires present a unique challenge to FDNY members. These fires can be difficult to fight and may require specialized equipment. Even more complicated are fires in a high-rise multiple dwelling that contains duplex or sandwich apartments. While found throughout New York City, these […]
September 30, 2010

Opening Tin-Covered Ceilings

When opening ceilings to check for extension of fire, creating access points for hand-line operations or during overhauling, Firefighters usually encounter sheetrock-type ceilings, which they can open up easily. In commercial and some residential occupancies, Firefighters may encounter the original ceiling covered with a tin ceiling. […]
September 30, 2010

33rd Street Fire and Collapse: Hidden Structural Defects Lead to Near-Disastrous Collapse of Second Floor

On a clear, early evening in February 2009, Manhattan units responded to a phone alarm for a fire in a laundromat. On arrival, units encountered a four-story, non-fireproof, 20- by 40-foot multiple dwelling with a 25-foot first-floor setback in the rear. The first floor contained a […]
September 30, 2010

Scooped-out Living Space: New Challenge for Operations

Anyone living or working in New York City in the past 10 years knows there has been a building boom not seen since World War II. Changes in building materials and practices, building codes and new living arrangements are evident everywhere. Some examples: factory conversions, penthouse […]
September 30, 2010

Firefighters Must Distinguish Between Rabies Fact and Fiction

Rabies is not something that Firefighters worry about when performing their jobs. There has not been a case of human rabies in New York City since 1953. In the six years preceding 2009, only one rabid animal was found in the City.  However, that record was […]
June 30, 2013

Hurricane Sandy Sparks Conflagration in Breezy Point

Hurricane Sandy illustrates the full spectrum of FDNY preparedness and response capabilities, along with its commitment to community recovery. This was realized when a rare meteorological event occurred, merging Hurricane Sandy with a Nor’easter, to create a “perfect superstorm.” With its record low pressure, the storm […]
June 30, 2013

Facade Collapse in Chelsea

Already, it had been a busy afternoon for FDNY units on October 29, 2012, the day Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York City. A crane dangled precariously above the streets of midtown, engaging dozens of units for much of the day. Later in the evening, fire […]
June 30, 2013

A Command-Level Critique of the West 57th Street Crane Collapse

FDNY units responded to a reported crane collapse on West 57th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues, at 1433 hours on October 29, 2012. On arrival, members found that a section of the boom was hanging precariously from the crane at the 75th-floor level, obviously the […]
June 30, 2013

Queens Fires and Floods

New York City was struck by Hurricane Sandy with catastrophic results on October 29, 2012. Most New York City residents in the predicted inundation areas did not believe that a storm in late October could produce a deadly surge of ocean water, flooding multiple residential and […]
June 30, 2013

Preparation for Hurricane Sandy

Practicing and understanding firefighting techniques and hazards that are unique to a given incident are key to successful operations. This article focuses on preparation procedures for large-scale weather events; specifically, Hurricane Sandy. A disaster plan acts as a template for successful protocols and actions. It also […]
June 30, 2013

Hurricane Sandy: An Operational Overview

On Wednesday, October 24, 2012, the National Weather Service predicted a high possibility of a major hurricane impacting the New York City metropolitan area. Hurricane Sandy was the second most powerful Atlantic storm to hit the eastern coast of the United States since Hurricane Katrina in […]
June 30, 2013

Extraordinary FDNY Response

Welcome to this special 2nd/2013 issue of WNYF, dedicated to the Department’s response and operations before, during and after Hurricane Sandy. FDNY’s response to Hurricane Sandy was a major milestone in the history of the Department and will more clearly define its role during a major […]
March 31, 2013

The Personal Safety System (PSS)

Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! Firefighters on the roof! You need to send a rope over the side! Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! A whole company just jumped!    January 23, 2005, known as “Black Sunday” for the FDNY, was a day of horrific injury and tragic loss. The sacrifices of […]