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March 31, 2011

Seconds from Disaster — Collapse of the Cromwell Pier in Staten Island

Units of Battalion 21, under the command of Acting Battalion Chief Michael Bernstein (Engine 253), responded to the George M. Cromwell Recreation Center (aka Pier 6), 6 Murray Hulbert Avenue/Hannah Street, Staten Island Box 75-0231, on May 26, 2010, at 1410 hours. Weather conditions were warm […]
March 31, 2011

Familiarization with the FAST Pak

The FAST Pak was designed to provide Firefighters with breathable air when they are low or completely out of air in an immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH) environment. This portable breathing station is lightweight and can provide assistance to a fellow Firefighter who is […]
March 31, 2011

Times Square Car Bomb Incident Mitigated Expeditiously

It was an unusually warm spring evening in Times Square on Saturday, May 1, 2010. At approximately 1830 hours while the members of Engine 54 and Ladder 4 were completing equipment inspections, Faisal Shahzad parked his 1993 Nissan Pathfinder on West 45th Street, just west of […]
March 31, 2011

Pre-Planning Key at Helicopter Mishap in Staten Island

Every year during Fleet Week in May, the U.S. Marine Corps stages a mock airborne assault at various locations around New York City. This consists of multiple CH-46 Sea Knight assault transport helicopters loaded with combat troops, escorted by UH-1 Huey and AH-1 Cobra gunships. Each […]
March 31, 2011

Ethanol Cargo Hold Explosion on the MV Sichem Defiance

On Sunday, January 10, 2010, at 0920 hours, Brooklyn Box 1199 was transmitted for a report of a boat in distress in Gravesend Bay, near the Verrazano Bridge. Additional information indicated that the boat in question was a large tanker-type vessel that had experienced an explosion […]
March 31, 2011

Introducing the Intermodal Tank

Intermodal (IM) freight is defined as the shipment of goods involving two or more modes of transportation (sea, air, road and rail) from the product’s origin to its final destination in a single shipping container. An intermodal is the container or vessel in which the product […]
March 31, 2011

Revisiting the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire on its 100th Anniversary

Fire law is written in tears, so it is said. Never more so than with the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. fire, the 100th anniversary  of which is on Friday, March 25, 2011. It will be observed more elaborately than usual by the FDNY, public officials, garment industry […]
March 31, 2011

A Primer on Portable Power Saws

At least twice a day, the unmistakable sound of the portable power saw’s gasoline engine can be heard in firehouses across the City as members perform their required tour checks of this vital tool. In the years prior to the introduction of the portable power saw, […]