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June 30, 2011

The Chevy Volt: Fire and Emergency Procedures for Extended-Range Electric Vehicles

The General Motors Chevrolet Volt is an extended-range electric vehicle. (See Photos #1 and #1A.) The design is very different from hybrid electric vehicles. An electric vehicle (EV) uses only an electric motor for propulsion, while a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) uses two motors. Investment in […]
June 30, 2011

2 1/2-inch Hose-Line as an Outdoor Standpipe (sidebar to above)

Reason: Frozen standpipe riser or out-of-service (OOS) standpipe system/riser. Equipment required Necessary lengths of 21/2-inch hose Necessary lengths of 31/2-inch hose Three- to 21/2-inch reducer One 21/2-inch nozzle Hose straps or utility ropes In-line pressure gauge Procedures Upon confirmation of a frozen or OOS system/riser, the […]
June 30, 2011

Sequence of Events Regarding Water Loss at Manhattan Box 22-0926 (sidebar to above)

See Diagram #1 for a simple layout of the standpipe system. It is a single-zone system fed from a roof tank. Water is fed down through the riser in the B stairs, through a cross main in the basement and then up through the riser in […]
June 30, 2011

FDNY Overcomes Water Loss at Manhattan Two-Alarm Fire

Manhattan Box 0926 was transmitted at 1510 hours for a fire on the sixth or seventh floor of 145 West 58th Street on December 10, 2010. While responding, the dispatchers notified units that they also were receiving a call for an alarm ringing at 150 Central […]
June 30, 2011

Rapid Response Vehicle Task Forces

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, the City of New York was impacted by a severe storm that taxed all New York City first responder agencies. For 14 days  after the storm, FDNY members performed beyond expectations in the emergency and recovery operations. The Juniper Civic Association, […]
June 30, 2011

Two Tornadoes! And a Macroburst!

A tornado (often referred to as a twister) is a violent, rotating column of air that is in contact with both land and a cloud.  Tornadoes come in many forms, but typically are shaped as funnels. The narrow end touches the earth and often is encircled […]
March 31, 2011

Odd Job in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Sometimes, an odd job really does present FDNY members with the unexpected, such as a difficult hose-line stretch, pressure problems due to kinks and a small and tight hallway in which to operate. These were some of the obstacles overcome at 0400 hours on August 30, […]
March 31, 2011

FDNY Battles Summer Heat and Queens Five-Alarm Fire

July 7, 2010, started off as a typical summer day with New York City in the grips of a heat wave and the day’s forecast offered no relief with temperatures expected to reach 90+ degrees. The FDNY, unfortunately, was in the middle of what would turn […]