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March 31, 2010

Water Issues in the Bronx Resolved with Aid from the DEP

On March 22, 2009, at 0600 hours, units received a telephone alarm reporting a fire in a tavern located at East Tremont Avenue and Westchester Square. Usually, alarms received early on Sunday morning for fires in commercial occupancies after stores have been closed for some time […]
March 31, 2010

Wind-Driven Fire in a Row of Queens Two-Story Frames Prompts a Sixth Alarm Water Issues in the Bronx Resolved with Aid from the DEP

On a windy day in February 2009, the beginnings of a major fire in Woodhaven, Queens, started innocently enough. At approximately 1155 hours on the morning of February 12, 2009, an elderly male occupant living at 91-18 96th Street went to the second-floor bedroom of his […]
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

The After Action Review: A Learning Tool for Developing Better Firefighters

An After Action Review (AAR) is a structured assessment discussion for analyzing operations. It is used to determine what occurred at an incident and why it happened. Additionally, an AAR can generate information concerning how your organization can do things better. It functions as a performance […]
December 1, 2012

Man in Machine!

Forty-six years ago, Rescue 3 was summoned to the emergency room of Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx to assist doctors with a problem. A young man had been transported with his hand enmeshed in a commercial meat grinder. The doctors believed that their only medical alternative […]
December 1, 2012

Tornadoes Touch Down in Brooklyn and Queens (Again)

Closely spaced tornadoes ripped through a small beach community in Queens and a Brooklyn neighborhood on Saturday, September 8, 2012, causing downed power lines, uprooted trees and minor structural damage. Fortunately, no serious injuries were reported. A bystander captured this shot of the tornado touching down […]
December 1, 2012

SCUBA Dive Rescue Operations: A Familiarization Course that Addresses Supervisory Concerns

When civilian drowning casualties began to steadily increase within the confines of the Rockaway Peninsula 2008 through 2009, Battalion Chief Michael McGrath, Battalion 47, sought input from various FDNY units that respond to water emergencies in an attempt to streamline FDNY operations within his Command. Subsequently, […]
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 […]