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June 30, 2012

Overcoming Nozzle Problems

Imagine this scenario: Your nozzle team is ready, outside the fire door. Fire is intensifying, flames are pushing through the door frame under pressure. You signal to the nozzle Firefighter and he acknowledges the signal. The door is pushed open to attack, the team advances and, […]
June 30, 2012

Through Triumph and Tragedy: The First 50 Years of the Emerald Society Pipes and Drums

The FDNY Pipes & Drums today has become synonymous nationally with images of the September 11, 2001, attacks and the band occupies center stage at most Department ceremonial events. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine a time when this organization did not proudly represent the greatest […]
June 30, 2012

More than $1.6 Million Raised at Humanitarian Awards Dinner

The FDNY Foundation Fire Commissioner’s Humanitarian Awards Dinner, held on April 4, 2012, at the New York Hilton, was a night to honor leaders who support the FDNY and fire safety. FOX 5 “Good Day New York” co-host anchor Rosanna Scotto served as the evening’s Master […]
June 30, 2012

What Firefighters Should Know About Gravity Tanks

New York is the only major U.S. city where thousands of the distinctive silhouettes of gravity tanks can be seen above the rooftops of its buildings. A combination of antiquated infrastructure and buildings constructed on shallow bedrock dictates that gravity tanks are required to augment the […]
June 30, 2012

FDNY Overcomes Obstacles at Queens Four-Alarm Fire

The end of a warm summer day tour was fast approaching on August 22, 2011, when Box 9642 was transmitted at 1737 hours for a fire in a store on the corner of Jamaica Avenue and 113th Street in Queens. On this corner was a taxpayer […]
June 30, 2012

The Hazards of Combustible Dust

Combustible dust is defined as a finely divided solid that is 420 microns or smaller in diameter and presents a fire or explosion hazard when dispersed and ignited in air (420 microns is approximately 0.0165 inches or the equivalent of the thickness of four human hairs). […]
June 30, 2012

FDNY Mutual Aid (sidebar to above)

FDNY supports incidents outside New York City via a mutual-aid procedure in two ways: 1. As a request through channels approved by the Chief of Operations and 2. By responding to an alarm near the City border that is located outside New York City. In all […]
June 30, 2012

Wind-Impacted Fire on Bronx/Mt. Vernon Border Mars Valentine’s Day 2011

The past few decades have produced a number of dangerous and deadly wind-impacted fires that largely have occurred in high-rise multiple dwellings. These fires have exacted a tremendous toll of injuries and fatalities. A series of difficult blazes convinced the FDNY to explore the root causes […]