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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 […]
March 31, 2011

Conspiracy or Perfect Storm: What Caused the Collapse of WTC-7?

On September 11, 2001, at 10:28:22 a.m., debris from the collapsing World Trade Center North Tower ignited at least 10 floors of World Trade Center 7 (WTC-7). Fires burned out of control on six of the 10 floors until 5:20:52 p.m. that afternoon, when the 47-story […]
March 31, 2011

Scholarships Aplenty Funded by the FDNY Foundation

Continuing a wonderful tradition, 10 scholarships honoring a fallen hero were presented to FDNY Fire Officers and Firefighters on July 23, 2010. In a program initiated by Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, the scholarships are named in honor of FF Thomas Brick, Ladder 36, who made […]
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 […]