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June 30, 2010

Deployment to Haiti

If you are a baseball fan, you will never forget the 1989 World Series in San Francisco, California. The Loma Prieta earthquake occurred during the warm-up for the third game of the World Series, featuring the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants. Images of collapsed […]
March 31, 2010

FDNY SCUBA Operations

The City of New York has numerous bodies of water–rivers, lakes and the Atlantic Ocean–that present the potential for water emergencies, including drowning. Water recreation–including boating, jet skiing and kayaking–passenger ships, cargo ships, planes, helicopters and suicidal emotionally depressed persons (EDPs) dictate the need for FDNY […]
March 31, 2010

Functions of the Safety Officer at Water Incidents

This past year, the FDNY responded to two major water incidents. (See “Airbus in the Hudson Results in a Happy Ending,” by Deputy Chief James D. Daly, Jr., and Battalion Chief Michael Buckheit, on page 4, and “Air Tragedy Above the Hudson River,” by Deputy Assistant […]
March 31, 2010

Air Tragedy Above the Hudson River

A tranquil, sunny, summer Saturday was marred shortly before noontime on August 8, 2009. A fixed-wing private aircraft–leaving Teterboro Airport and headed for Ocean City, New Jersey–with three members of a Pennsylvania family collided over the Hudson River with a Liberty Tours helicopter–  carrying a pilot […]
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, 2013

Specialty “Unbreakable” Window System, Part II

Editor’s Note: Part I of this article by the same authors appeared in the 1st/2012 issue of WNYF. Part II focuses on FDNY techniques to force these windows. The type of window system used during construction plays a major role in how a structure will be […]
March 31, 2013

IMT Planning for the Governors Island Ventilation Exercise

In the spring of 2012, FDNY decided to conduct experiments in cooperation with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Underwriters Laboratory (UL) at Governors Island. The planned tests would include 20 “live burns” of non-fireproof structures. Scientists, engineers and Firefighters were assigned to […]
March 31, 2013

Governors Island Ventilation: Knowledge Through Testing

In the winter of 2006, the FDNY experienced two challenging, wind-impacted fires in high-rise fireproof multiple dwellings. On January 26th, a fire at 40-20 Beach Channel Drive in Rockaway, Queens, seriously injured and trapped several members. If not for the heroic actions of  members on the […]
March 31, 2013

FDNY Foundation Steps Up to Provide Hurricane Sandy Relief

On October 29, 2012, hundreds of FDNY members responded during a night of fires and floods, leaving their own homes unguarded and putting others before themselves, as New York’s Bravest always do. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many FDNY members were left devastated or displaced, […]
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 […]