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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, 2010

An Updated Guide to Handling Class 3 and Class E Alarms

The article, “Class 3 and Class E Systems–Making Them Work for Firefighters” (also by this author), described how to administratively handle unnecessary/unwarranted Class 3 and Class E alarms. (See the 4th/2008 issue of WNYF.) Due to the new Building and Fire Codes (2008) and the new […]
December 1, 2010

FDNY Chemical Protective Clothing Upgrade

Haz-Mat Operations is in the process of upgrading the Chemical Protective Clothing (CPC) issued to units in the Hazardous Materials Response Group. Goals The main goals of the upgrade project are threefold: increase Department response capabilities with mission-specific protection; improve responder safety; and decrease physical impact […]
December 1, 2010

FDNY Members Mitigate Another Andrew J. Barberi Ferry Crash

May 8, 2010, started out as a typical Saturday morning, with units performing committee work and preparing to attend multi-unit drills (MUD). That calm was shattered shortly after 0900 hours when the ferry, Andrew J. Barberi–the same ferry that was involved in the fatal accident on […]
December 1, 2010

Water Problems Overcome at Queens Four-Alarm Fire in H-Type Multiple Dwelling

January 11, 2010, was a busy morning in Queens, filled with routine responses, when Box 9689 was transmitted at 1150 hours for a report of fire on the second floor of a residential building. Two more telephone calls were received in the next minute, prompting the […]
December 1, 2010

Bay Ridge Fourth Alarm

July 29th, 2009, was a hot, rainy, humid night in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Within minutes of the Brooklyn Fire Alarm Dispatchers receiving the first call for a fire in a store at 68th Street and 3rd Avenue, two Fire Marshals came across this blaze. Simultaneously, a […]
December 1, 2010

2011 FDNY/FDNY Foundation Symposium Letter (ad–inside back cover)

Please refer to print edition.
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 […]
September 30, 2013

http://www.fdnypro.org/remember-the-fallen-the-911-tribute-center/

September 30, 2013

Remember the Fallen: The 9/11 Tribute Center

On Monday, September 10, 2001, the author was on duty in the 6th Division. He attended a dedication ceremony for the newly renovated firehouse for Engine 73/Ladder 42. Father Mychal Judge offered the homily. He told members and guests that God is a God of surprises. […]
September 30, 2013

Handling a Suspicious Package

June 6, 2013, was just like any Monday morning in the Bureau of Fire Prevention. Chief Joseph Woznica was sitting at his desk, reviewing e-mails received during the weekend. At approximately 0815 hours, an Inspector walked into his office, threw a manila envelope onto his desk […]
September 30, 2013

Odd Job–Child Caught in a Roll-Down Gate in Brooklyn

At 1628 hours on May 6, 2012,  Engine 290 and Ladder 103, commanded by Lieutenants Daniel DelPrete and Edward Cowan, respectively, were dispatched to Brooklyn Box 2100 for a report of a child with his hand caught in a gate going up. At 1630 hours, Rescue […]