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June 30, 2010

Foam Operations at Queens Box 33-6334

A signal 10-86 (foam operation) was transmitted for Queens Box 33-6334, Northern Boulevard/244th Street, for a fully involved transformer fire on Friday, July 24, 2009. The fire created multiple problems and required the need for foam, Purple K and a new product (F-500) for total extinguishment. […]
June 30, 2010

Queens Transformer Fire Prompts Use of New Technologies

Friday, July 24, 2009, was an exceptionally beautiful summer day. While in quarters that morning, Deputy Chief Steven Kubler, Division 14, heard Box 6334 transmitted for a car accident at the intersection of 244th Street/Northern Boulevard, Douglaston. What seemed like only a moment later, he heard […]
June 30, 2010

Rescue and Recovery Operations at Queens Box 44-6673

Rescue Operations members are challenged every tour when responding to fires and technical rescue incidents. An explosion resulting in a major fire and collapse requires the technical skills possessed by these members. This incident involved a fire, collapse and recovery of a trapped victim in a […]
June 30, 2010

Queens Gas Explosion

April 24, 2009, was a beautiful spring day, with sunny skies and temperatures in the 70-degree range. The day tour at Battalion 53 had been relatively quiet, answering a few alarms for minor emergencies and performing routine administrative duties that are a part of everyday firehouse […]
June 30, 2010

Marine 6 Operations at Queens Box 33-8444

Members of Marine 6, aboard the fireboat Kevin C. Kane, responded to the Throgs Neck Bridge at 0505 hours from their berth at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. (The Kane is one of three permanent Marine units and, compared to the larger fireboats, is a more shallow […]
June 30, 2010

The Throgs Neck Bridge Fire

In the early-morning hours of Friday, July 10, 2009, vacationers and commuters attempting to escape from Long Island were presented with an astounding image. Visible from the westbound Cross Island Parkway, just past Fort Totten, was 50 feet of flames, originating approximately 10 feet below the […]
June 30, 2010

Building Collapse Rescue Operations: FDNY Technical Search Capabilities

Search operations are the foundation of FDNY collapse rescue. If victims can’t be located, then they cannot be rescued. It is imperative that every piece of equipment in the FDNY arsenal be considered during a collapse search and rescue operation. Understanding all available search methods and […]
June 30, 2010

Causes of Building Collapse During Haiti’s Earthquake

On January 12, 2010, at approximately 1653 hours EST, Haiti’s ground shook for the first time in more than 240 years with a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. What followed during the next hours, days and weeks, can only be described as both predictable and miraculous. Shortly after […]