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March 31, 2010

FDNY SCUBA Operations

The City of New York has numerous bodies of water–rivers, lakes and the Atlantic Ocean–that present the potential for water emergencies, including drowning. Water recreation–including boating, jet skiing and kayaking–passenger ships, cargo ships, planes, helicopters and suicidal emotionally depressed persons (EDPs) dictate the need for FDNY […]
March 31, 2010

Functions of the Safety Officer at Water Incidents

This past year, the FDNY responded to two major water incidents. (See “Airbus in the Hudson Results in a Happy Ending,” by Deputy Chief James D. Daly, Jr., and Battalion Chief Michael Buckheit, on page 4, and “Air Tragedy Above the Hudson River,” by Deputy Assistant […]
March 31, 2010

Air Tragedy Above the Hudson River

A tranquil, sunny, summer Saturday was marred shortly before noontime on August 8, 2009. A fixed-wing private aircraft–leaving Teterboro Airport and headed for Ocean City, New Jersey–with three members of a Pennsylvania family collided over the Hudson River with a Liberty Tours helicopter–  carrying a pilot […]
March 31, 2010

Improvised Explosive Devices: Responding to and Managing the Complex Attack Scenario

U.S. military personnel have been heavily engaged in counter-insurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. The improvised explosive device (IED) has served as one of the enemy’s most reliable and deadly weapons against both military personnel and innocent civilians. The IED threat includes the employment […]
March 31, 2010

Water Issues in the Bronx Resolved with Aid from the DEP

On March 22, 2009, at 0600 hours, units received a telephone alarm reporting a fire in a tavern located at East Tremont Avenue and Westchester Square. Usually, alarms received early on Sunday morning for fires in commercial occupancies after stores have been closed for some time […]
March 31, 2010

Wind-Driven Fire in a Row of Queens Two-Story Frames Prompts a Sixth Alarm Water Issues in the Bronx Resolved with Aid from the DEP

On a windy day in February 2009, the beginnings of a major fire in Woodhaven, Queens, started innocently enough. At approximately 1155 hours on the morning of February 12, 2009, an elderly male occupant living at 91-18 96th Street went to the second-floor bedroom of his […]
March 31, 2010

Wind-Driven Fire in a Row of Queens Two-Story Frames Prompts a Sixth Alarm

March 31, 2010

High-Rise Glass-Removal Operations: Using the Fein Cutter and Alpha Saw

In a large city such as New York where a variety of windows is used and new construction, as well as renovations constantly  are being made, window removal is a dangerous and difficult operation. In fact, the FDNY Training Bulletin, Emergencies 4,  Suspended Scaffolding Emergencies, advises […]