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December 1, 2011

More Than Just a Drill

Sunday, June 29, 2009, was a beautiful, sunny Sunday morning as Battalion Chief Michael Gala walked into the office of Battalion 43 in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn. He was relieving Battalion Chief Joseph Carlsen (now Deputy Chief, covering in Division 3). Then-Battalion Chief Joseph […]
December 1, 2011

Rear Tenements, Part I

Editor’s Note: In Part I of this two-part article, the author provides background material on the rear tenement and covers some of the identifying characteristics that pertain to this kind of building and with which FDNY members should familiarize themselves. On March 24, 2008, at 0719 […]
December 1, 2011

Dangerous and Challenging Five-Alarmer in the Bronx

On March 9, 2011, at 1407 hours, units arrived at Box 2421, 754 Manida/Spofford Avenues in the Bronx. Members were confronted with an advanced fire in apartment two on the second floor of a 100- by 100-foot, H-type building. This apartment once was two apartments; however, […]
December 1, 2011

FDNY Firefighters for a Day — Corporate Team Challenge

Please refer to print edition.
December 1, 2011

Mastering Ventilation to Decrease Firefighter Injuries and Deaths at Private Dwellings

Editor’s Note: Part I of this article appeared in the 2nd/2011 issue of WNYF. The experiments described in the 2nd/2011 issue facilitated assessment of tenability (survivability, viability or livability; capable of being occupied) prior to and after fire department intervention. Ventilation is a tactic that increases […]
December 1, 2011

Renewable Energy and the Fire Service: Wind Turbines

Wind turbines are an important part of a renewable energy system. They are used for electrical power generation, battery charging, water or space heating and water pumping. Most wind generators will begin producing power at approximately 7-10 mph and reach full output at 25-30 mph. Advances […]
December 1, 2011

Standing By at a Suspicious Package

In some areas of New York City, units routinely are assigned on calls to stand by for a suspicious package. Typically, the fire companies will stand fast, prepared to stretch hose-lines, while NYPD Technical Specialists examine the device. In most cases, NYPD already has the area […]
December 1, 2011

EMS Operations at Bronx Box 75-8998, March 12, 2011 (sidebar to above)

Arriving at the Box at 0550 hours, a scene size-up was conducted. A tourist bus was lying on its side with a highway stanchion in the middle, dividing the vehicle in half. There were 32 patients who were trapped, severely injured or deceased, the first two […]