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June 30, 2011

Successful Firehouse Drills Using the Learning Curve

For company Officers to conduct successful drills and training, they must know their audience and where the students are on the learning curve. The learning curve depicts the correlation between the time on the job and the member’s propensity to learn. (See Figure #1.) Generally, newer […]
June 30, 2011

Recap of 2011 FDNY/FDNY Foundation Symposium

Please refer to print edition.
June 30, 2011

Mastering Ventilation to Decrease Firefighter Injuries and Deaths

In the mid-1970s, fire duty in the FDNY increased significantly and the resulting experience was the foundation for the formalization of the Department’s tactics and procedures. Fireground observations of the fire environment’s reaction to FDNY’s ventilation tactics were the basis for many of the Department’s newly […]
June 30, 2011

Ventilating Road Tunnels at Fires

Editor’s Note: This is the third and final of a multi-part article that explores the New York City commuter tunnels and the FDNY operations used to mitigate incidents that take place within their confines. The first part, “The Holland Tunnel,” appeared in the 2nd/2008 issue of […]
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 […]