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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 […]
March 31, 2012

FDNY Foundation Funds Several Programs

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March 31, 2012

Simulation Training in the Firehouse

Members who have been through any of the promotion courses recently have trained using computerized fire simulations. These training aids have offered the newly promoted Officers an opportunity to make fireground decisions and practice communications in a safe learning atmosphere. They are given the chance to […]
March 31, 2012

The FDNY KiosK Project — A Web-Based Training and Situational Awareness Tool

DIAMONDPLATE Noun: a sturdy, lightweight, textured platform, designed to reduce missteps, providing a solid support pathway. After the attack of September 11, 2001, the FDNY quickly realized the immense loss of experience that had just occurred. This hard-earned expertise could not be replaced easily. The Local […]
March 31, 2012

The Dangers of Carbon Dioxide in Fast Food-Type Occupancies

Three people injured–including two Firefighters–as a CO2 leak sparked evacuation at a Phoenix McDonald’s: That was the headline the author saw recently, and wondered, carbon dioxide? That must be a misprint; they must mean carbon monoxide (CO). A typical rookie mistake for a newspaper to confuse […]
March 31, 2012

Adapting to Novelty: Recognizing the Need for Innovation and Leadership

Repairs to sanitation plows and salt-spreaders usually go unnoticed, but when a truck smashes through a wall and is dangling four stories above the ground, it draws intense media attention. On August 17, 2011, at 0928 hours, a 15.5-ton truck lost control inside the Department of […]