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March 31, 2011

FDNY Battles Summer Heat and Queens Five-Alarm Fire

July 7, 2010, started off as a typical summer day with New York City in the grips of a heat wave and the day’s forecast offered no relief with temperatures expected to reach 90+ degrees. The FDNY, unfortunately, was in the middle of what would turn […]
March 31, 2011

Conspiracy or Perfect Storm: What Caused the Collapse of WTC-7?

On September 11, 2001, at 10:28:22 a.m., debris from the collapsing World Trade Center North Tower ignited at least 10 floors of World Trade Center 7 (WTC-7). Fires burned out of control on six of the 10 floors until 5:20:52 p.m. that afternoon, when the 47-story […]
March 31, 2011

Scholarships Aplenty Funded by the FDNY Foundation

Continuing a wonderful tradition, 10 scholarships honoring a fallen hero were presented to FDNY Fire Officers and Firefighters on July 23, 2010. In a program initiated by Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, the scholarships are named in honor of FF Thomas Brick, Ladder 36, who made […]
March 31, 2011

Seconds from Disaster — Collapse of the Cromwell Pier in Staten Island

Units of Battalion 21, under the command of Acting Battalion Chief Michael Bernstein (Engine 253), responded to the George M. Cromwell Recreation Center (aka Pier 6), 6 Murray Hulbert Avenue/Hannah Street, Staten Island Box 75-0231, on May 26, 2010, at 1410 hours. Weather conditions were warm […]
March 31, 2011

Familiarization with the FAST Pak

The FAST Pak was designed to provide Firefighters with breathable air when they are low or completely out of air in an immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH) environment. This portable breathing station is lightweight and can provide assistance to a fellow Firefighter who is […]
March 31, 2011

Times Square Car Bomb Incident Mitigated Expeditiously

It was an unusually warm spring evening in Times Square on Saturday, May 1, 2010. At approximately 1830 hours while the members of Engine 54 and Ladder 4 were completing equipment inspections, Faisal Shahzad parked his 1993 Nissan Pathfinder on West 45th Street, just west of […]
March 31, 2011

Pre-Planning Key at Helicopter Mishap in Staten Island

Every year during Fleet Week in May, the U.S. Marine Corps stages a mock airborne assault at various locations around New York City. This consists of multiple CH-46 Sea Knight assault transport helicopters loaded with combat troops, escorted by UH-1 Huey and AH-1 Cobra gunships. Each […]
March 31, 2011

Ethanol Cargo Hold Explosion on the MV Sichem Defiance

On Sunday, January 10, 2010, at 0920 hours, Brooklyn Box 1199 was transmitted for a report of a boat in distress in Gravesend Bay, near the Verrazano Bridge. Additional information indicated that the boat in question was a large tanker-type vessel that had experienced an explosion […]
March 31, 2011

Introducing the Intermodal Tank

Intermodal (IM) freight is defined as the shipment of goods involving two or more modes of transportation (sea, air, road and rail) from the product’s origin to its final destination in a single shipping container. An intermodal is the container or vessel in which the product […]
March 31, 2011

Revisiting the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire on its 100th Anniversary

Fire law is written in tears, so it is said. Never more so than with the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. fire, the 100th anniversary  of which is on Friday, March 25, 2011. It will be observed more elaborately than usual by the FDNY, public officials, garment industry […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of Communications

Recently, FDNY’s Bureau of Communications has been involved with various projects and incentives to advance emergency operations and support infrastructure, leading to a robust “future ready state,” one that for years to come will be capable of meeting the increasing needs of New York City’s public […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of EMS

FDNY EMS manages the City-wide EMS system, comprised of both FDNY ambulances and ambulances operated either directly by private hospitals (also known as “voluntary” hospitals) or for private hospitals by (third party) private ambulance providers. EMS has five Divisions, corresponding to the five boroughs of the […]
December 1, 2013

Incident Management Team

Following the World Trade Center terrorist attacks, the McKinsey report, Increasing FDNY’s Preparedness, recommended FDNY create an Incident Management Team (IMT), similar to the National IMT that supported FDNY at the World Trade Center. The FDNY IMT would focus on urban terrorism and disaster. The process […]
December 1, 2013

Special Operations Command

Many significant enhancements have been made to all three components–Haz-Mat Operations, Marine Operations and Rescue Operations–of the Special Operations Command (SOC) since 9/11. These new initiatives and enhancements, plus new equipment and technologies, improve FDNY’s ability to respond not only to a terrorist attack, but to […]
December 1, 2013

Safety and Inspection Services Command

In the aftermath of 9/11, every FDNY Bureau and unit was impacted in some way. Changes were made to strategies and tactics to address terrorist events, an emergency with which the FDNY had little experience. Because the Department lost 343 members, Safety took on even more […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of Training

Chief of Department Edward S. Kilduff stated, “Since September 11th, 2001, training is the foundation for our success.” FDNY’s preparedness and readiness to address any situation we are called upon to manage is a result of the daily training and critiques that occur during each tour. […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of Operations

The Bureau of Operations has undertaken many new initiatives, programs and procedures during the past 12 years. In order to rebuild the New York City Fire Department from both the tragic losses experienced on September 11, 2001, and the unusually high retirement rate of its most […]
December 1, 2013

A State of Preparedness

I  believe it is always important to reflect on how far the Department has come since September 11th, so that we can understand the strong position we are in right now as a major contributor to the well-being and public safety of New York City. The […]