March 31, 2012

Rescue at the East Side Access Tunnel

At 1117 hours on February 10, 2011, Hook and Ladder Company 2 was dispatched from quarters to Manhattan Box 0828 for a UCT-911, unknown type trauma at 28 East 48th Street. Company Officers and members are familiar with this Box–the location of the “world’s largest underground […]
March 31, 2012

Intro to the East Side Access Tunnel

Currently, the East Side Access Tunnel (ESAT) is the largest public works project under construction within the country and is being completed within the confines of New York City. This ongoing project presents the FDNY with numerous challenges that range from operational response, inspectional responsibilities and […]
March 31, 2012

Specialty “Unbreakable” Window Systems, Part I

On July 23, 2011, a punishing heat wave with high humidity continued its hold over New York City. Manhattan Box 1051 was transmitted at 0046 hours for a fire on the fourth floor of a 14-story, luxury, high-rise multiple dwelling, located at 815 Park Avenue on […]
March 31, 2012

Wastewater Treatment Processes

The process of removing contaminants from wastewater–both run-off (effluents) and domestic–is called sewage treatment. It can be processed close to where it is created or collected and transported via a network of pipes and pump stations to a municipal treatment plant. The purpose of wastewater management […]
March 31, 2012

Units Battle Fire and Heat Wave at Manhattan Sewage Treatment Plant

The City was experiencing a heat wave and July 20, 2010, was part of it. This day was exceptionally hot and humid, with no wind. At 1146 hours, a phone alarm was received at the Manhattan Communications Office, reporting an explosion in the engine room at […]
March 31, 2012

Initial Shoring Capabilities of On-Scene Rescue Companies (sidebar to above)

Fires and emergencies can present many hazards. Among these is instability of the structure or an area within it, resulting in collapse or partial collapse. These conditions present a hazard to life in that area. The possibility of secondary collapse further compounds that risk. Unstable areas […]
March 31, 2012

Staten Island Collapse and Maydays Safely Resolved

On December 15, 2010, at 0047 hours, Box 3818 was transmitted for a fire reported at 4028 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island. The initial response included Engines 162 and 167, Ladders 82 and 87 and Battalion 23. At 0051 hours, Engine 162, Ladder 82 and Battalion 23 […]
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 […]