Queens

May 16, 2019

Mosques, Churches continue to be Targets of Terrorism

This week saw a variety of attacks against religious locations across the globe. In two separate attacks in Pakistan, local police were targeted as they provided protection to local mosques during the Muslim holy days of Ramadan. In Quetta, Pakistan, an improvised explosive device (IED) attached […]
May 9, 2019

Baltimore Government Targeted in Ransomware Attack

Baltimore city officials shut down the majority of its computer servers Tuesday “out of an abundance of caution” after a ransomware attack disrupted emails, phone lines, and online bill payments. The culprit appears to be the same ransomware that infected Greenville, N.C. last month. Unlike the […]
May 2, 2019

Multiple Shootings Occur across the Country

Gunmen opened fire this week at several large gatherings in different parts of the country, resulting in multiple deaths and injuries. Tuesday evening, a former student used a handgun to kill two and injure four at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte campus. On early Sunday […]
April 30, 2019

S4, E41 World Trade Center Construction and Design Features with Lt. John Amsterdam

Construction at the World Trade Center site showcases some of the most forward-thinking building and fire prevention features ever designed and implemented. In this episode, Lt. John Amsterdam of Ladder 10 talks about some of these features which are featured in two WNYF articles, 01/2017 “An […]
April 25, 2019

Coordinated Attacks on Easter Ravage Sri Lanka

On Easter morning, suicide bombers carried out attacks involving at least eight separate locations across the country that included three churches, three hotels, a housing complex and a zoo, killing 350 people and wounding 500. Five of those attacks occurred in Colombo, the island nation’s most […]
April 18, 2019

Notre Dame Damaged in Massive Fire

Minutes before the last mass of the day at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, one the most recognizable churches in the world, was about to end Monday evening, a fire alarm went off, but the most vulnerable part of the structure, the attic space filled […]
April 11, 2019

Firefighters Injured in North Carolina Gas Explosion

One person was killed and nine firefighters were injured at a natural gas explosion in a two-story building in Durham, N.C. When the explosion occurred, around ten people were inside a first-floor coffee shop (the owner was the one fatality), and local firefighters were credited with […]
April 4, 2019

Chemical Plant Explosion in Texas

At least one person was killed and at least two seriously injured after an explosion and fire Tuesday at an antifreeze products plant in Crosby, Texas, near Houston. The dense, black plume of smoke from the plant led to shelter-in-place procedures for schools and residences within […]
March 31, 2019

Strength

These FDNY Photo Unit photos from the 1950’s and 1960’s showcase the high-level of strength routinely demonstrated at incidents throughout New York City.
March 28, 2019

19 Dead in Office Building Fire in Dhaka

A fire broke out Thursday in a 22-story office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, which claimed the lives of at least 19 people and caused dozens of injuries. At least six people jumped to their deaths as conditions deteriorated on the upper floors of the building. […]
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 […]