Queens

September 12, 2019

Bill Passes House to Install CO Detectors in Federal Housing

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill this week that will require carbon monoxide detectors in federally-subsided public housing units. At least 13 people have died of CO poisoning in government housing since 2003. The bill would provide $300 million for detector installation, used to […]
September 5, 2019

Dorian Decimates Bahamas; Skirting Carolinas as a Category 3

As of Thursday early afternoon, Hurricane Dorian was 45 miles southeast of Charleston, S.C. (and 135 miles south-southeast of Wilmington, N.C.), moving north-northeast at eight mph. Sustained winds were holding at 115 mph and the storm has caused sporadic tornadoes. Winds remained at tropical-storm strength from […]
August 30, 2019

S4, E45 Remembering 9/11 with FDNY Chief of EMS Lillian Bonsignore

Lillian Bonsignore currently serves as the highest ranking officer in FDNY EMS. On 9/11, Chief Bonsignore didn’t hold an official leadership role, but she responded to the World Trade Center hoping to save lives. Having arrived after the first tower fell, Chief Bonsignore quickly realized that […]
August 29, 2019

Hurricane Dorian Tears Through Caribbean, Headed to Florida

Hurricane Dorian, the second named hurricane of 2019, is currently moving across the warm waters of the Caribbean, and regaining its strength. The tropical storm’s recent path skirted the Island of Puerto Rico but has directly hit the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, who are still […]
August 22, 2019

Destructive Force of Fire on Display

The Amazon Rain Forest is undergoing a significant increase in wildfire activity this year in comparison to this time, last year. A record 72,843 fires have been recorded so far this year, an increase of 80 percent, with 9000 new fires reported this past week alone. […]
August 15, 2019

Police Officers Shot in Philadelphia, Gunman Surrenders after Barricade

On Wednesday afternoon, a narcotics operation turned violent when a man opened fire on police officers, injuring six, before barricading himself back in the building. The standoff ended more than seven hours later when police fired tear gas into the structure and the man surrendered without […]
August 8, 2019

Deadly El Paso Walmart Mass Shooting

On Saturday morning, a 21-year old man drove approximately 600 miles to a Walmart in El Paso, Texas in order to kill as many as possible. The store was filled with shoppers preparing for back to school. The perpetrator initially entered the store to size up […]
August 1, 2019

57 Dead in Rio Prison Riot

Rival gangs were involved in a prison riot in the Northern Brazilian town of Altamira, where fire and smoke was used to trigger the initial chaos. The fire rapidly spread due to inmates being housed in converted temporary units while permanent structures were being built. The […]
July 31, 2019

S4, E44 Operations at Cellar Fires with FDNY Lieutenant Tim Klett

With limited access, egress and ventilation fighting cellar fires is one of the most challenging scenarios firefighters face. Not knowing what you might encounter behind the cellar door makes the advance down the cellar steps difficult and dangerous. FDNY Engine Officer, Lt. Tim Klett of Engine […]
July 25, 2019

Variety of Bombs Kill in Afghanistan

As the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff for the United States military visited the Afghanistan capital of Kabul three explosions rocked the city in rapid succession. In total, 15 have died at two separate sites but the death count is likely to increase. […]
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 […]