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December 1, 2010

Air-Pressurized Standpipes at Construction and Demolition Sites

In 2007, a fire in a building undergoing demolition claimed the lives of two New York City Firefighters. The fatal fire investigation found that before the fire, contractors had cut the standpipe system piping in the cellar. When the fire occurred in the building, the cut […]
December 1, 2010

FDNY Battles Manhattan Seven-Alarm Fire

Fire broke out in the first-floor rear storage area of a 99 cent store at 283 Grand Street, Manhattan, at 2214 hours on April 11, 2010. Adjoining 283 is 285 Grand Street, an identical, six-story old law tenement (OLT), which also houses a commercial occupancy on […]
September 30, 2010

The FAST Unit Radio

It is important that all members become familiar with the use of the FAST unit radio, which is carried in addition to the regular radio and is the responsibility of the FAST unit. This yellow-colored radio, found in each Battalion car, features a liquid crystal display […]
September 30, 2010

Carbon Monoxide Alarms — Case Studies

On November 1, 2004, the NYC Building and Maintenance Code was amended, requiring carbon monoxide detection in one- and two-family homes and multiple dwellings. Since Local Law 7 took effect, the FDNY has responded to thousands of detector activations City-wide. There is a wealth of information […]
September 30, 2010

Operations Section Organization

At the Jackson Heights fire (Box 44-7869), Deputy Chief Jon Malkin, Division 14, was confronted with a rapidly expanding fire that originated in a complex taxpayer fronting two streets. There was imminent potential for extension to a multi-wing, complex H-type multiple dwelling, requiring the urgent need […]
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 […]
June 30, 2013

A Personal View of Operation Gut and Pump

The night of October 29, 2012, is one that will be forever etched in FDNY members’ minds. Mother Nature showed just how powerful she can be as she hit New York City in the form of a hurricane named Sandy. Most New York City Firefighters had […]
June 30, 2013

Operation Gut and Pump Meets the ICS in Breezy Point, Queens

Hurricane Sandy met all expectations. It was predicted to hit land in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and it did. Predictions were that south of Atlantic City would suffer from hurricane-force winds and north would deal with the tidal surge. Both were true. The FDNY predicted that […]
June 30, 2013

FDNY All-Hazard IMT: Missions, Opportunities and Lessons Learned; Through the Eyes of the Lead Public Information Officer

As Hurricane Sandy approached the Tri-State area, plans already were being put in place days before its true effects were felt in the New York area. The hurricane was labeled by many and considered to be the perfect storm when it hit New York. As it […]
June 30, 2013

How the Bureau of Fire Prevention Facilitated Re-Occupancy

The Bureau of Fire Prevention faced two important tasks in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The first was to safely manage the influx of combustible and flammable liquids and gases needed to support the recovery efforts and supply the displaced residents of many areas of the […]
June 30, 2013

Thank You, FDNY Foundation!

June 30, 2013

Company Officers Commanding Multiple-Alarm Fires

Engine 268 and Ladder 137 started responding to numerous alarms as Hurricane Sandy approached the Rockaway Peninsula on October 29, 2012, at approximately 1300 hours. Earlier, during the day tour, pre-incident planning was discussed and implemented. Ensuring that apparatus were fueled, discussing the dangers of downed […]
June 30, 2013

FDNY Assists with Odd Job in the PATH Tubes

On Saturday, November 3, 2012, five days after Hurricane Sandy flooded New York City, Battalion Chief Stephen Geraghty, Chief of Rescue Operations, was directed by Chief of Operations James E. Esposito to respond to the Exchange Place PATH station in Jersey City, New Jersey, to evaluate […]
June 30, 2013

Special Operations Command Response to Hurricane Sandy

The Special Operations Command (SOC) played a major role in the FDNY’s response to Hurricane Sandy, not only on October 29, 2012, the day of the storm, but also on the days and weeks following. After the terrorist attacks on New York City on September 11, […]