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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 […]
March 31, 2011

A Primer on Portable Power Saws

At least twice a day, the unmistakable sound of the portable power saw’s gasoline engine can be heard in firehouses across the City as members perform their required tour checks of this vital tool. In the years prior to the introduction of the portable power saw, […]
March 31, 2011

West Side DSNY Pier Fire Threatens Con Edison Facility and Fuel Barge

On a warm and windy Saturday afternoon, September 4, 2010, Battalion 9 units responded to Manhattan Box 0913 for a report of a fire on Pier 97, located at West 57th Street and 12th Avenue. Pier 97 is occupied by the Department of Sanitation, New York […]
December 1, 2010

First Responder Boxes (aka Gang or Lock Boxes)

December 1, 2010

A Unique Roof — The Sawtooth, Part II, Firefighting Procedures

In Part I of this article (see “A Unique Roof–The Sawtooth, Part I, Construction Features, by Assistant Chief Ronald R. Spadafora, in the 3rd/2010 issue of WNYF), trademark construction features were discussed. Part II focuses on fighting fires safely and effectively in buildings with sawtooth roofs.  […]
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 […]
September 30, 2013

The Construction Site Fire Safety Manager

The construction site fire safety manager (CSFSM) or S-56 holder is the FDNY contact person when it comes to buildings under construction. This position was created as a result of the Deutsche Bank Building fire. As with many new codes and code changes, it sometimes takes […]
September 30, 2013

Kudos to the FDNY Foundation

September 30, 2013

The Role of the IMT During Hurricane Sandy

With the prediction of Hurricane Sandy heading toward New York City, the FDNY Incident Management Team (IMT) was activated by Chief of Operations James E. Esposito to support FDNY operations in preparing for, operating during and the immediate aftermath of the storm. The Team operated out […]
September 30, 2013

Causal Factors in the 62 Watts Street Fire: Opportunities to Improve Firefighting Knowledge and Tactics

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part article by the authors. The first, “Fire at 62 Watts Street: Looking to the Past to Understand Today’s Risk and Improve Firefighter Safety,” which focused on building type, construction, weather and FDNY operations, appeared in the 1st/2013 […]