Queens

July 11, 2019

Japanese Authorities Direct 1.1 Million to Evacuate

The threat of torrential rains last weekend, with 13 inches expected, prompted Japanese authorities to issue a directive advising residents of southern Japan to move to designated shelters to avoid landslides and dangerous flooding conditions. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency reported that 820 shelters had […]
July 4, 2019

Sarin Scare at Facebook Facility

A Facebook mail facility in Menlo Park, Ca. was evacuated and placed under quarantine Monday, when a machine processing and scanning mail detected sarin in a package. Hazardous materials specialists and the FBI responded to the scene to evaluate the threat. Further tests for the nerve […]
June 27, 2019

30 Dead in House Fire in Indonesia

Local officials in North Sumatra said 30 people, including children, were killed when a fire broke out in a private residence that was being used as a match factory. Workers at the match business were all women, some of whom were parents who brought their children […]
June 26, 2019

S4, E43 The FDNY Second Chance Ceremony with Matthew Pintchik and Dr. Glenn Asaeda

Each year, in celebration of National EMS Week, the FDNY holds its Annual Second Chance Ceremony. This special event reunites cardiac arrest survivors with the Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians, FDNY EMS Officers, Firefighters, Dispatchers, bystanders, and other first responders who helped save their lives. 2019 marks […]
June 20, 2019

HazMat Leaks Leads to One Fatality, Hospitalizations

One man has died, a child is now in stable condition, and eight first responders were transported to the hospital after exposure to “some sort of agricultural (hazardous material) spill” near Los Banos, California according to the sheriff’s spokesperson. The chemical released has yet to be […]
June 13, 2019

Cyber Crime, Cyber Access Continue to Hamper Local Responders

Baltimore is still recovering from a May phishing attack that caused an estimated $18 million in damages, mostly in lost revenue and costs related to the restoration of infected computer systems (email, data, city payments, etc.) that will not be completed for months. Local governments across […]
June 6, 2019

Government Building Targeted by Gunman in Virginia

A gunman used two .45 caliber handguns with extended magazines and a silencer (one survivor described hearing something that sounded like a nail gun) to kill 12 people at a Virginia Beach government office last Friday. The attack occurred outside the building and inside on all […]
May 31, 2019

Community Outreach through Hands-Only CPR Awareness

This FDNY Pro Talk with Lieutenant Jose M. Borrero was recorded for the 2018 FDNY Symposium with support from the FDNY Foundation and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. In this Talk, Lieutenant Borrero delivers a presentation on Community CPR. About the Presenter Lieutenant Jose M. Borrero […]
May 31, 2019

Compassion

These FDNY Photo Unit photos from the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s capture the compassion and kindness that FDNY members bring to their interactions with the citizens of New York City.
May 31, 2019

S4, E42 An Epidemic Hiding In Plain Sight with Lt. Andrew Kane and Dr. Robert Friedman

The misuse of prescription opioids is one of the most significant public health issues in our country. According to health officials, providing access to effective care may prevent misuse and the consequences—such as overdose. So to better comprehend substance abuse, in this episode, we’ll be hearing […]
March 21, 2019

Four-Alarm Fire at Box 1085, a Remote Area of the Rockaway Peninsula, Queens

At 1700 hours on September 9, 2018, Battalion Chief Charles Demartini entered the quarters of Battalion 47. As a covering Battalion Chief assigned to Battalion 26, he has limited experience working in the Rockaway section of Queens. Fortunately that day, he was relieving Battalion Chief Timothy […]
June 7, 2016

WNYF Archive: Standard Oil Plant Fire Threatened Brooklyn and Queens

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in October 1941 (Vol. 2, No. 4) with no byline and has been re-published in its entirety for the 1st/2016 edition of WNYF. Please note, minor copy edits were made to this article. The fire “gave forth vast clouds […]
June 7, 2016

Operations at Queens Water Main Break

On Friday morning, October 23, 2015, FDNY units responded to a 20-inch water main break in the Elmhurst section of Queens. The rupture was the result of a worker using an auger to place retaining wall pilings. This main, which was cross-connected to a larger, 70-inch […]
September 30, 2015

When a “Routine” Call is Anything but Routine

On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at 2143 hours, units in Queens were dispatched to Box 7474 at 30-14 Steinway Street in the Astoria neighborhood. It came in as a UCT alarm for an odor of gas. While responding, the dispatcher called with additional information, stating there […]
March 31, 2015

Typical Gothic-Style Church Fire with Atypical Results: Our Lady of Sorrows Church

Through the years, many church fires have been documented in the pages of WNYF. Often, these fires have resulted in a heavy or total loss of the structure and Firefighter fatalities. Church fires present difficult challenges to the fire service due to their unique construction characteristics […]
September 1, 2014

Complex Operations in Low-Rise, Fireproof Multiple Dwellings

Low-rise, fireproof multiple dwellings (LRFPMD) present unique challenges to the FDNY. Generally older buildings, they may be found in proximity to high-rise, fireproof multiple dwellings (HRFPMD.) Fires in these structures are complex and they will present problems similar to those found in taller fireproof buildings, while […]