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March 31, 2011

West Side DSNY Pier Fire Threatens Con Edison Facility and Fuel Barge

On a warm and windy Saturday afternoon, September 4, 2010, Battalion 9 units responded to Manhattan Box 0913 for a report of a fire on Pier 97, located at West 57th Street and 12th Avenue. Pier 97 is occupied by the Department of Sanitation, New York […]
December 1, 2010

First Responder Boxes (aka Gang or Lock Boxes)

December 1, 2010

A Unique Roof — The Sawtooth, Part II, Firefighting Procedures

In Part I of this article (see “A Unique Roof–The Sawtooth, Part I, Construction Features, by Assistant Chief Ronald R. Spadafora, in the 3rd/2010 issue of WNYF), trademark construction features were discussed. Part II focuses on fighting fires safely and effectively in buildings with sawtooth roofs.  […]
December 1, 2010

An Updated Guide to Handling Class 3 and Class E Alarms

The article, “Class 3 and Class E Systems–Making Them Work for Firefighters” (also by this author), described how to administratively handle unnecessary/unwarranted Class 3 and Class E alarms. (See the 4th/2008 issue of WNYF.) Due to the new Building and Fire Codes (2008) and the new […]
December 1, 2010

FDNY Chemical Protective Clothing Upgrade

Haz-Mat Operations is in the process of upgrading the Chemical Protective Clothing (CPC) issued to units in the Hazardous Materials Response Group. Goals The main goals of the upgrade project are threefold: increase Department response capabilities with mission-specific protection; improve responder safety; and decrease physical impact […]
December 1, 2010

FDNY Members Mitigate Another Andrew J. Barberi Ferry Crash

May 8, 2010, started out as a typical Saturday morning, with units performing committee work and preparing to attend multi-unit drills (MUD). That calm was shattered shortly after 0900 hours when the ferry, Andrew J. Barberi–the same ferry that was involved in the fatal accident on […]
December 1, 2010

Water Problems Overcome at Queens Four-Alarm Fire in H-Type Multiple Dwelling

January 11, 2010, was a busy morning in Queens, filled with routine responses, when Box 9689 was transmitted at 1150 hours for a report of fire on the second floor of a residential building. Two more telephone calls were received in the next minute, prompting the […]
December 1, 2010

Bay Ridge Fourth Alarm

July 29th, 2009, was a hot, rainy, humid night in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Within minutes of the Brooklyn Fire Alarm Dispatchers receiving the first call for a fire in a store at 68th Street and 3rd Avenue, two Fire Marshals came across this blaze. Simultaneously, a […]