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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 […]
December 1, 2012

SCUBA Dive Rescue Operations: A Familiarization Course that Addresses Supervisory Concerns

When civilian drowning casualties began to steadily increase within the confines of the Rockaway Peninsula 2008 through 2009, Battalion Chief Michael McGrath, Battalion 47, sought input from various FDNY units that respond to water emergencies in an attempt to streamline FDNY operations within his Command. Subsequently, […]
December 1, 2012

Situational Awareness (SA) Analysis

Everybody goes. Phone alarm…first-due engine, first-due truck…Fire in a commercial building. The address is 1655 Pitkin Avenue. The fire is reported on the first floor. CIDS (Critical Information Dispatch System) information is available upon request. As Firefighters hear the house watchman read the ticket, FDNY members […]
December 1, 2012

The Crucial Role of Fire Prevention

There is a misconception that the Bureau of Fire Prevention is a separate and distinct entity, with no relationship to the day-to-day fire prevention, inspection and life safety activities of units in the field. This illusion has been entrenched in the minds of Firefighters and Officers. […]
December 1, 2012

Understanding Oxygen in Your Atmosphere

Recently on a trip to Colorado Springs, the author had an opportunity to visit Pikes Peak. At 14,110 feet above sea level, it is the 31st tallest mountain in Colorado. In comparison, many parts of Manhattan are only about five feet above sea level. The tallest […]