December 1, 2010

FDNY Battles Manhattan Seven-Alarm Fire

Fire broke out in the first-floor rear storage area of a 99 cent store at 283 Grand Street, Manhattan, at 2214 hours on April 11, 2010. Adjoining 283 is 285 Grand Street, an identical, six-story old law tenement (OLT), which also houses a commercial occupancy on […]
September 30, 2010

The FAST Unit Radio

It is important that all members become familiar with the use of the FAST unit radio, which is carried in addition to the regular radio and is the responsibility of the FAST unit. This yellow-colored radio, found in each Battalion car, features a liquid crystal display […]
September 30, 2010

Carbon Monoxide Alarms — Case Studies

On November 1, 2004, the NYC Building and Maintenance Code was amended, requiring carbon monoxide detection in one- and two-family homes and multiple dwellings. Since Local Law 7 took effect, the FDNY has responded to thousands of detector activations City-wide. There is a wealth of information […]
September 30, 2010

Operations Section Organization

At the Jackson Heights fire (Box 44-7869), Deputy Chief Jon Malkin, Division 14, was confronted with a rapidly expanding fire that originated in a complex taxpayer fronting two streets. There was imminent potential for extension to a multi-wing, complex H-type multiple dwelling, requiring the urgent need […]
September 30, 2010

Four-Alarm Cockloft Fire Destroys Jackson Heights Landmark Taxpayer

The Jackson Heights section of Queens has some of the most impressive blocks of large, H-type multiple dwellings in the City. Many of the avenues contain whole blocks of stores. Most of these stores are in rows of taxpayers that cropped up as the neighborhood grew […]
September 30, 2010

Tanker Releases Chloromethane; FDNY Units Mitigate Incident

Staten Island Box 8510, New York Container Terminal, Holland Hook/239 Western Avenue, July 6, 2010. The containerized tank had just been removed from a container ship when workers noticed vapor leaking from the control box. The leaking tank was stacked on top of a similar tank. […]
September 30, 2010

Subway Keys

At times, FDNY operations in subways may require the use of different kinds of keys to assist with egress for civilians, access for Fire Department members, securing water supply and facilitating communications. The keys used by FDNY members include a large subway key, a smaller subway […]
September 30, 2010

Hybrid and CNG Bus VBIED: A Review of Alternate Power Bus Emergency Procedures, Fire Operations and Terrorism Awareness

In 2007, WNYF readers were introduced to the Clean Air Hybrid Bus used by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). The technology, developed in other municipalities, was new to New York City. This hybrid drive system uses a combination diesel generator and electric traction motor. Basic fire […]