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March 31, 2010

Improvised Explosive Devices: Responding to and Managing the Complex Attack Scenario

U.S. military personnel have been heavily engaged in counter-insurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. The improvised explosive device (IED) has served as one of the enemy’s most reliable and deadly weapons against both military personnel and innocent civilians. The IED threat includes the employment […]
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

March 31, 2013

Fire at 62 Watts Street: Looking to the Past to Understand Today’s Risk and Improve Firefighter Safety

Editor’s Note: A two-part article, this narrative addresses the 1994 fire at 62 Watts Street, focusing on building type, construction, weather and FDNY operations. Introduction On March 28, 1994, a residential fire occurred in a first-floor apartment at 62 Watts Street in the borough of Manhattan. […]
March 31, 2013

Labor Day, 2012, Brooklyn Fourth Alarm: Not Your Ordinary Multiple Dwelling Fire

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. In Crown Heights, Brooklyn, this day is highlighted by the annual West Indian Day Parade. Festivities, such as the J’Ourvet Festival, typically start during the overnight hours prior to the actual parade, with smaller gatherings all around the […]
December 1, 2012

The Reeves Sleeve: An Effective Rescue Patient Packaging Device

Please refer to print edition.
December 1, 2012

Watch Out for Rooftop Protective Barriers!

When roof Firefighters arrive at a fire in a building that has a rooftop fence, they often question: Why was that fence installed in my way? The answer is simple: The building owner probably did not have a choice. The prevalence of protective barriers on the […]
December 1, 2012

After Action Review for Bronx Box 44-3217, April 14, 2012 — Lessons Learned/Reinforced (sidebar to above)

The adage that no two fires are ever the same is a familiar refrain to everyone in the FDNY. Perhaps it has never been more appropriate as on the afternoon of April 14, 2012. This particular incident eventually required multiple alarms, using approximately 200 Firefighters in […]
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 […]