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September 30, 2010

Firefighters Must Distinguish Between Rabies Fact and Fiction

Rabies is not something that Firefighters worry about when performing their jobs. There has not been a case of human rabies in New York City since 1953. In the six years preceding 2009, only one rabid animal was found in the City.  However, that record was […]
September 30, 2010

A Unique Roof — The Sawtooth Part I, Construction Features

In Part I of this article on sawtooth roofs, the reader will be introduced to their construction, components and characteristics. In Part II, which will appear in the 4th/2010 issue of WNYF, the focus will be on firefighting operations in structures that feature sawtooth roofs. Design […]
September 30, 2010

Fourth on Findlay

  Units responded rapidly for reports of a fire at 1308 Findlay Avenue. Engine 92 arrived at this address at 2122 hours on Sunday, November 22, 2009. They immediately transmitted a 10-75 and, accompanied by Ladder 44 members, went to work. The fire address was a […]
June 30, 2010

Manhattan Top-Floor Fire, Plus

The value of real estate throughout New York City has surged during the past 15 years as the demand for housing has increased. In order to maximize their rental income, more and more landlords have been building penthouse additions on the roofs of their tenements and […]
June 30, 2010

Implementing the Command Channel for a More Efficient Operation

By the time the Command Chief, Deputy Assistant Chief John Sudnik, Queens Borough Commander, arrived at the scene of this Bronx fire, Acting Deputy Chief Christopher Rearer already had committed to an exterior operation. After a quick briefing at the transfer of command, one of the […]
June 30, 2010

Fast-Moving Cockloft Fire Forces Outside Operations at Bronx Fifth Alarm

At 0304 hours on Saturday, October 31, 2009, Bronx fire units received a phone alarm for a fire in a Mexican restaurant located at 3105 Bainbridge Avenue. One minute later, at 0305 hours, a second source was received, reporting smoke in a bakery located at 3101 […]
June 30, 2010

F-500 and its Use at Queens Box 33-6334

Transformer fires pose a number of challenges that need to be overcome for extinguishment to take place. The two most common types of electrical transformers are air-cooled and oil-cooled. The transformer at this incident was an oil-cooled unit. All transformers have large amounts of mass due […]
June 30, 2010

Foam Operations at Queens Box 33-6334

A signal 10-86 (foam operation) was transmitted for Queens Box 33-6334, Northern Boulevard/244th Street, for a fully involved transformer fire on Friday, July 24, 2009. The fire created multiple problems and required the need for foam, Purple K and a new product (F-500) for total extinguishment. […]
June 30, 2010

Queens Transformer Fire Prompts Use of New Technologies

Friday, July 24, 2009, was an exceptionally beautiful summer day. While in quarters that morning, Deputy Chief Steven Kubler, Division 14, heard Box 6334 transmitted for a car accident at the intersection of 244th Street/Northern Boulevard, Douglaston. What seemed like only a moment later, he heard […]
June 30, 2010

Rescue and Recovery Operations at Queens Box 44-6673

Rescue Operations members are challenged every tour when responding to fires and technical rescue incidents. An explosion resulting in a major fire and collapse requires the technical skills possessed by these members. This incident involved a fire, collapse and recovery of a trapped victim in a […]
June 30, 2013

Queens Fires and Floods

New York City was struck by Hurricane Sandy with catastrophic results on October 29, 2012. Most New York City residents in the predicted inundation areas did not believe that a storm in late October could produce a deadly surge of ocean water, flooding multiple residential and […]
June 30, 2013

Preparation for Hurricane Sandy

Practicing and understanding firefighting techniques and hazards that are unique to a given incident are key to successful operations. This article focuses on preparation procedures for large-scale weather events; specifically, Hurricane Sandy. A disaster plan acts as a template for successful protocols and actions. It also […]
June 30, 2013

Hurricane Sandy: An Operational Overview

On Wednesday, October 24, 2012, the National Weather Service predicted a high possibility of a major hurricane impacting the New York City metropolitan area. Hurricane Sandy was the second most powerful Atlantic storm to hit the eastern coast of the United States since Hurricane Katrina in […]
June 30, 2013

Extraordinary FDNY Response

Welcome to this special 2nd/2013 issue of WNYF, dedicated to the Department’s response and operations before, during and after Hurricane Sandy. FDNY’s response to Hurricane Sandy was a major milestone in the history of the Department and will more clearly define its role during a major […]
March 31, 2013

The Personal Safety System (PSS)

Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! Firefighters on the roof! You need to send a rope over the side! Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! A whole company just jumped!    January 23, 2005, known as “Black Sunday” for the FDNY, was a day of horrific injury and tragic loss. The sacrifices of […]
March 31, 2013

The Role of the Counseling Service Unit (CSU)

The Role of the Counseling Service Unit (CSU) by Captain Frank Leto, Deputy Director of CSU The mission of the CSU is to assist FDNY members and their families reach their optimal level of mental health through assessment, intervention, treatment planning, treatment, referral and follow-up. The […]
March 31, 2013

Warning Signs of PTSD — Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The United States has been at war for more than a decade and our society has grown desensitized to the global war on terror. This conflict of attrition has challenged the country’s fighting men and woman of the armed services, affecting their families as well. The […]
March 31, 2013

The Importance of BISP — Building Inspection Safety Program

What is commonly known as fire prevention really consists of two distinct and separate functions. The first part is the actual prevention of fire from starting. The second part is loosely known as fire protection. All fires cannot be prevented, but much can be done to […]