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March 31, 2010

Wind-Driven Fire in a Row of Queens Two-Story Frames Prompts a Sixth Alarm

March 31, 2010

High-Rise Glass-Removal Operations: Using the Fein Cutter and Alpha Saw

In a large city such as New York where a variety of windows is used and new construction, as well as renovations constantly  are being made, window removal is a dangerous and difficult operation. In fact, the FDNY Training Bulletin, Emergencies 4,  Suspended Scaffolding Emergencies, advises […]
March 31, 2010

Airbus in the Hudson Results in a Happy Ending

The Firefighters and Officers in Manhattan’s Divisions 1 and 3 started out January 15, 2009, with a stubborn, two-alarm cellar fire in a commercial structure on West 29th Street at 1034 hours. Units were having extreme difficulty in advancing toward the seat of the fire due […]
March 31, 2010

High-Rise Glass-Removal Operations: Using the Fein Cutter and Alpha Saw

March 31, 2010

Airbus in the Hudson Results in a Happy Ending

December 1, 2012

Situational Awareness (SA) Analysis

Everybody goes. Phone alarm…first-due engine, first-due truck…Fire in a commercial building. The address is 1655 Pitkin Avenue. The fire is reported on the first floor. CIDS (Critical Information Dispatch System) information is available upon request. As Firefighters hear the house watchman read the ticket, FDNY members […]
December 1, 2012

The Crucial Role of Fire Prevention

There is a misconception that the Bureau of Fire Prevention is a separate and distinct entity, with no relationship to the day-to-day fire prevention, inspection and life safety activities of units in the field. This illusion has been entrenched in the minds of Firefighters and Officers. […]
December 1, 2012

Understanding Oxygen in Your Atmosphere

Recently on a trip to Colorado Springs, the author had an opportunity to visit Pikes Peak. At 14,110 feet above sea level, it is the 31st tallest mountain in Colorado. In comparison, many parts of Manhattan are only about five feet above sea level. The tallest […]
September 30, 2012

FDNY Fire Family Transport — Here to Help You!

FF Eugene Stolowski was introduced to the FDNY Fire Family Transport (FFT) Foundation in the most dramatic of ways. It began at 0755 hours on January 23, 2005, a bitter-cold winter day, when the run came in. He was finishing up his 24-hour shift in Ladder […]
September 30, 2012

NFPA 1403 — Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions, 2007 Edition (sidebar to above)

Once the approval was given to proceed with the training, safety concerns became the number one priority. Previous knowledge of other fire department tragedies at live burn training evolutions led FDNY to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1403. Following a tragic accident in 1982, which resulted […]
September 30, 2012

Governors Island Live Burn Drills

Among the numerous and varied training methods implemented within the Department–including written publications, evolutions performed either at the company level or the Fire Academy, simulators used in Special Operations training, as well as tabletop and full-scale exercises–it probably would be surprising to most members of the […]
September 30, 2012

What Firefighters Should Know About Pressure Tanks

Besides gravity tanks, another early storage container used to supply water to sprinkler and standpipe systems for large-dimensional structures is the pressure tank. Typically, these vessels are installed at or above the top level of buildings with fire protection systems. Pressure tanks are filled with water […]
September 30, 2012

FDNY Foundation Awards College Scholarships to FDNY Members

For the school year of 2012/2013, another 200 FDNY members will receive scholarships to further their college education, thanks to the FDNY Foundation. Once again, the Foundation will fund this very popular Firefighter scholarship program at John Jay College. FDNY members rely on the assistance from […]