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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, 2010

Queens Gas Explosion

April 24, 2009, was a beautiful spring day, with sunny skies and temperatures in the 70-degree range. The day tour at Battalion 53 had been relatively quiet, answering a few alarms for minor emergencies and performing routine administrative duties that are a part of everyday firehouse […]
June 30, 2010

Marine 6 Operations at Queens Box 33-8444

Members of Marine 6, aboard the fireboat Kevin C. Kane, responded to the Throgs Neck Bridge at 0505 hours from their berth at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. (The Kane is one of three permanent Marine units and, compared to the larger fireboats, is a more shallow […]
June 30, 2010

The Throgs Neck Bridge Fire

In the early-morning hours of Friday, July 10, 2009, vacationers and commuters attempting to escape from Long Island were presented with an astounding image. Visible from the westbound Cross Island Parkway, just past Fort Totten, was 50 feet of flames, originating approximately 10 feet below the […]
June 30, 2010

Building Collapse Rescue Operations: FDNY Technical Search Capabilities

Search operations are the foundation of FDNY collapse rescue. If victims can’t be located, then they cannot be rescued. It is imperative that every piece of equipment in the FDNY arsenal be considered during a collapse search and rescue operation. Understanding all available search methods and […]
June 30, 2010

Causes of Building Collapse During Haiti’s Earthquake

On January 12, 2010, at approximately 1653 hours EST, Haiti’s ground shook for the first time in more than 240 years with a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. What followed during the next hours, days and weeks, can only be described as both predictable and miraculous. Shortly after […]
June 30, 2010

Search Strategies and Tactics Employed by NY-TF1 in Haiti

This article focuses on some of the search operations and tactics employed by New York Task Force 1 (NY-TF1) during the Haiti earthquake deployment. Search operations are the foundation of a US&R Task Force mission. In the simplest terms, if victims can’t be located, they can’t […]
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 […]
March 31, 2013

A First Report — Hurricane Sandy

March 31, 2013

Microturbines and the Fire Service

Microturbines are a relatively new technology used for stationary energy-generation applications. They are small-scale electricity generators that burn gaseous (natural and bio-gas) and liquid (gasoline, kerosene and diesel) fuels. Their electrical outputs, in general, range from 25-500 kW, while conventional gas turbine sizes range from 500 […]
March 31, 2013

The Pak-Tracker, an Electronic Locator System

The Pak-Tracker, one component of FDNY’s Fireground Accountability Program, can be used to locate a signal coming from any member’s self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), whose PASS device is in full alarm mode. The Pak-Tracker then will emit an audible alarm when the signal is received and […]
March 31, 2013

Engine Companies that Will Double as Communications Units

In the early 1980s, the Department designated engine companies around the City as field communications satellite units. The purpose of these units was to augment the operations of the Field Communications Unit. Although the concept was a good one, it eventually failed because training was not […]