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“I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a firefighter The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the firefighter has to do believe that his is a noble calling."

-Chief Edward F. Croker FDNY circa 1910

FDNY Ambulance hit by BB gun

bbgun Spidered windshield in FDNY ambulance hit by BB gun.

An FDNY Ambulance driving by Wavecrest Gardens in Far Rockaway, Battalion 47 area, was hit by BB gun fire that cracked the windshield.

The NYPD believe the perps weren't aiming at the ambulance intentionally. No members were injured & no arrests were made.

This incident happens a week after a brick was thrown at a NYPD marked van in the Bronx. 

 

Fatal house fire in East Elmhurst declared Arson

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FDNY Bureau of Fire Investigations announced Thursday that the fatal East Elmhurst fire that claimed the lives of 3 people, including a 6-year-old girl & her great-grandfather, & left 2 other members of their family clinging to life, was a work of an arson after "ignitable liquid was used as an accelerant."

Firefighters were called just after 4pm Wednesday to a fire burning in a two-story home on 93rd Street in East Elmhurst, said FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro. Responders were at the scene just minutes later & found two people had escaped the flames. They were rushed to the hospital in extremely critical condition, Nigro said.

3 people were still inside the house as the fire raged. Firefighters battled to put out the inferno & located the 3 inside.

A 6-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene, said Nigro. She was visiting from the Dominican Republic with her mother & baby brother, a source familiar with the investigation said.

2 adults later died at the hospital, 1 of whom was the girl's 70-year-old grandfather who lived at the house.

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Retired #FDNY Rescue Medic saves man on edge of Outerbridge

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A good samaritan rushed to save the life of a 19-year-old man who attempted to jump from the Outerbridge Crossing on Tuesday, as shocked New Jersey-bound motorists looked on.

A former Staten Islander from Richmond who now lives in Hazlet, N.J., Gary Smiley noticed the young man -- identified as a Tottenville resident -- get out of his car and start to climb over the railing.

“I yelled out to this kid, ‘what the hell are you doing?’ and told him to get over here,” Smiley said.

As the young man put one leg over the bridge’s railing, Smiley said he went into action. A retried FDNY rescue paramedic, he clutched onto the agitated man and stayed with him until Port Authority police arrived.

“He was very distraught and he thought that he had failed at life and we talked before anyone got there,” Smiley said.

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FDNY 9th Battalion welcomes Army SSG David Bellavia

SSG Members with David Bellavia. Photo via @FDNY twitter

Monday July 1st, the #FDNY 9th Battalion companies; Engine 54, Ladder 4, Engine 23, Engine 40 & Ladder 35 along with Chief of Department Sudnik & Manhattan Boro Commander Chief Ajello welcomed Medal of Honor recipient US Army Staff Sergeant David Bellavia for lunch.

The actions for which Bellavia earned a Silver Star took place on his 29th birthday. As a member of Company A, Task Force 2-2, 1st Infantry Division, his platoon was assigned during Operation Phantom Fury to clear a block of twelve buildings from which insurgents were firing on American forces. The platoon began searching house-to-house. At the tenth house, Bellavia fatally shot an insurgent preparing to load a rocket-propelled grenade. A second insurgent fired at him, and Bellavia wounded him in the shoulder. When Staff Sergeant Bellavia entered a bedroom, the wounded insurgent followed, forcing Bellavia to kill him. When another insurgent began firing from upstairs, Bellavia returned fire and killed him. A fourth insurgent then jumped out of a closet in the bedroom, yelling and firing his weapon as he leaped over a bed trying to reach Bellavia. The insurgent tripped and Bellavia wounded him. Bellavia chased the insurgent when he ran upstairs. He followed the wounded insurgent's bloody footprints to a room on the left and threw in a fragmentation grenade. Upon entering the room, Bellavia discovered it was filled with propane tanks and plastic explosives. He did not fire his weapon for fear of setting off an explosion and instead then engaged in hand-to-hand combat with the insurgent, which led to Bellavia killing the insurgent by stabbing him in the collarbone.

The 18th annual Blessing of the Fleet

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The #NYPD, #FDNY & #USCG participated in The Blessing of the FDNY Marine Fleet on Monday July 1st. This maritime tradition is meant to ensure safe travels & bountiful season of the FDNY Marine fleet, which encompasses 28 vessels stationed throughout the five boroughs. Full Time Marine companies are 1, 6, 9 & Marine Battalion. Marine 3, 4 & 8 are Summer Boat program from May through October covering the Summer & Hurricane season.

Man dies after being crushed by safe in Chinatown NYC

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CHINATOWN, Manhattan (WABC) -- A man died after a falling safe crushed him in Manhattan.Police say they found the man on the third floor landing of a building in Chinatown Sunday afternoon, pinned underneath a safe.

Police believe the man was trying to move the safe up several flights of stairs, when it fell on him.The FDNY says another person went to the hospital.

Police believe it was an accident.

3 injured when scaffolding blew off roof in Park Slope

Scaffolding Scaffolding collapse in Park Slope. Photo By FDNY

Three people were injured — one seriously — after scaffolding blew off a roof into the courtyard of a bar next door, the FDNY said. 

Construction crews were working on the bulkhead of the roof of a 12-story building on 4th Avenue, near President Street, on the border of Park Slope and Gowanus Sunday afternoon when a gust of wind blew the scaffolding around the bulkhead off the roof, FDNY Deputy Chief James McNally said. 

The scaffolding flew into the courtyard of a two-story bar next door, injuring three patrons, McNally said. 

Why are the stars of the flag foward?

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Army Regulation 670-1, “Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia,” updated most recently September 5, 2003, addresses explicitly the proper and lawful placement of the U.S. flag patch on the Army uniform.The regulation states that when authorized for application to the proper uniform the American flag patch is to be worn, right or left shoulder, so that “the star field faces forward, or to the flag’s own right. When worn in this manner, the flag is facing to the observer’s right, and gives the effect of the flag flying in the breeze as the wearer moves forward. The appropriate replica for the right shoulder sleeve is identified as the ‘reverse side flag’.”This would give the vision of the flag being led into battle, not retreating, or moving forward.

Window washer fatally injured on scaffolding in Midtown East

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 A window washer is dead after being hit on the head with a brick in Manhattan, according to police.

The incident happened at 311 East 50th Street between Second and First avenues around 12:15 p.m., FDNY officials said.

The worker, later identified as 51-year-old Nelson Salinas, was on suspended scaffolding with one other person, officials said. The other person on the scaffolding was not hit or injured.

"I feel so sad. It's already dangerous, the construction job," said Jenny Chen, who worked at a store across the street from the incident.

"I heard some noise and screaming. I went outside and just see the one guy laying down where they are working,"  said Jimmy Kant, who also works nearby.

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FDNY Firefighter among 4 Marines killed in Afghanistan

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A decorated FDNY firefighter was among four Americans killed by a roadside bomb near the main U.S. base in Afghanistan on Monday, sources told The Post.

Christopher Slutman, a married father of three, worked at Ladder 27 in the Claremont section of the Bronx, the sources said.

Slutman, who was a 15-year veteran of the FDNY, also served as a U.S. Marine, according to sources.

One source remembered him as a devoted father and hard-working FDNY member.

“He was really a great guy,” the source said. “He loved being a fireman, and he was a real family man.”

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Pheonix fire involved in fatal accident

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Pheonix Fire involved in a fatal motorvehicle accident at 29th Ave & Bethany Home Road.

This story is still developing. 2 firefighters were transported to area hospital in critical condition. 1 civlian was pronounced dead at the scene, 2 other civilians, the local news are reporting have been pronounced dead at the hospital, 1 is a 3 month old.

The apparatus left the road, stopping on it's side.

Our New York City hearts are with all involved in this accident.

Defib saves the life of a firefighter who requested to have them installed just months before

Staut2 FF Bill Staudt.

Well all know that firefighters are trained to save lives — sometimes it’s each others’, but sometimes it can be their own.

A longtime member of the FDNY may have been saved simply by asking that his building be equipped with a defibrillator.

For 36 years, Bill Staudt made a career of stepping into harm’s way.

“I’m a firefighter, proud to be a firefighter,” he told CBS2.

Never in a million years did he imagine it would be him who had to be saved on the job. That day came on a Thursday last September at an FDNY research and development building in Queens.

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Career criminal who killed FDNY EMT fit to stand trial

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The career criminal charged with fatally running over a beloved FDNY*EMS EMT with her own ambulance is mentally fit to stand trial, a psychiatrist hired by the Bronx district attorney’s office testified Thursday.

Jose Gonzalez, 25, told the psychiatrist that the prosecutors seeking to lock him up for life are “evil people,” explained Dr. Nicole Charder, who also works for the state’s Office of Mental Health.

Gonzalez is charged with murder, manslaughter and robbery for his deadly encounter with EMT Yadira Arroyo on March 16, 2017.

In jail he has made several phone calls that show “he could be feigning or exaggerating some of his psychiatric symptoms,” said assistant district attorney George Suminski.

“I can get by & I can go to the hospital & I can beat the case,” he said in one recorded phone call.

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FDNY's Bravest makes supreme sacrifice

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When Ladder Co. 170 arrived at the scene of a car crash on the Belt Parkway Sunday night, the firefighters immediately ran toward the crumpled remains of an SUV on the opposite side.

As the FDNY’s Bravest crossed over a pair of Jersey barriers separated by a 3-foot gap, the unthinkable happened.

“I just heard, ‘Oh, my God! Oh, my God! A firefighter fell, he fell through, he fell through,’ ” car-crash victim Travis Simms .

Firefighter Steven Pollard, 30, fell through the space dividing the eastbound and westbound lanes on the parkway’s overpass bridge and plummeted 52 feet to the ground.

He died a short time later at Kings County Hospital.

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NYS Smoke detector law going into effect

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Homeowners & landlords will soon need to swap out their smoke detectors for upgraded 10-year sealed models, thanks to a new New York State law going into effect this year.

The law says that starting April 1, 2019 all new or replacement smoke detectors in New York State must be powered by a 10-year, sealed, non-removable battery or hardwired to the home.

Homeowners & landlords must upgrade their smoke detectors before selling or renting homes and apartments in New York State.

The upgraded smoke detector alarms include a sealed lithium battery with a 10-year lifespan.

While these 10-year smoke detectors have a larger upfront cost than traditional alarms powered by replaceable batteries, the lack of yearly battery changes makes them cheaper over the life of the device.

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Street alarm box, still working, still trusted

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It is being reported that Boston Fire Dept responded to a working fire at 5:15a at Endicott Street in the North End, this response was initiated by Box Alarm Readout System (BARS). The media is refering to this system as 'antiquated', however, this morning there was widespread 911 outages in the Boston area. While it may appear to be antiquated, once again, the tried & true independant system has proven it's worth in the Fire Service as firefighters arrived to heavy smoke pouring out of the building.

Every so often, the battle to keep the boxes comes up in New York City. For the mechanical boxes, when you pull it, it sends the box number to the Boro central office. Based on the box number, the specific assignment responds. Yes, they do not know what they are going to, but they are going. These boxes are independently powered at each boro central office. With the ERS boxes, you can push NYPD(blue button) or FDNY(red button) & verbally speak with the dispatcher to report the incident.

Yes, these days, everyone has a cell phone, but as proven this morning in Boston, modern technology doesn't always work. In addition- 911, Fire & EMS dispatchers are overworked across the country.

Related links:

Boston sporatic 911 outage 12/28/18 https://www.boston25news.com/news/911-outage-impacting-massachusetts-here-s-how-to-call-for-help/895421967

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Patches for Evan

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Philly Fire Engine 33 is helping the 10-year-old remember his father & honor his legacy with a unique collection effort.

These Christmas ornaments are precious indeed, but nowhere near as irreplaceable as the face that they frame.

“It’s been weird not having him around,” said Evan Potter.

Evan’s father, Michael, died suddenly in January of 2016. He was a marine corps veteran & a proud Philadelphia firefighter.

For the holidays this year, Evan's wish is simple, to fill up his board of fire company patches, to collect them just like his dad did.

“If we would go on vacation somewhere, he [Michael] always visited the fire station and got a patch or a tee shirt & he gave one from Philly,” said Amanda Potter, Evan’s mother.

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High levels of toxic mercury found in home of suspected poison victims: FDNY

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The Queens air-conditioning-company owner accused of trying to poison a family with mercury loaded so much of the toxic metal into their AC unit that levels in the air soared to more than 60 times the regulated standards, an FDNY lieutenant testified Wednesday.

Lt. John Cassidy of the FDNY’s HAZMAT unit testified in Queens Criminal Court Wednesday that when he tested the air inside the Jamaica Estates home in 2015, he found mercury levels to be over 60 micrograms-per-meter-cubed in every room in the house.

The Centers for Disease Control has advised that anything over one microgram-per-meter cubed is unsafe.

After finding “multiple small beads” of mercury inside the unit’s intake vent, Cassidy advised the family to stay away from the house until the Department of Health gave them clearance to return.

Yuriy Kruk, the owner of A+ HVAC and Kitchen Corporation, installed the new AC unit inside Roman Pinkhasov’s elegant Jamaica Estates home in July 2015. Soon after, the homeowner and his family came down with a mysterious illness.

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Researchers study presence of fluorinated chemicals in firefighter clothing

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Scientists at the University of Notre Dame will begin an independent study of turnout gear worn by firefighters after initial samples tested positive for fluorine.

Graham Peaslee, a professor of experimental nuclear physics at the University of Notre Dame, and his lab tested fabric swatches taken from unused personal protective gear for the presence of perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs).

“The results were phenomenal — off the scale in parts per million of fluorine in all but one of the samples,” Peaslee said. “Everything was just loaded with fluorine.” Following the initial tests, Peaslee is leading a study of new and used turnout and personal protective gear issued throughout the 2000s, including jackets, pants and undershirts — all of which are either new or have been in service for more than a decade.  

Various forms of PFASs have been linked to prostate, kidney and testicular cancers, as well as thyroid disease and low birthweight. The chemicals are commonly associated with stain-resistant products and the manufacture of nonstick cookware. In 2017, Peaslee was one of several researchers who uncovered the presence of PFASs in fast-food wrappers.

The chemicals are also a component of aqueous film-forming foams. These foam fire suppressants have been linked to incidents of contaminated drinking water. In Michigan, where a number of communities have traced water contamination to the use of the foam, some fire officials are working to limit its use or to use alternative, PFAS-free formulas when possible. The United States Air Force began phasing out PFAS-based foam for an environmentally safer alternative in 2016, and finished replacing its stock in 2017.

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FDNY Marine Division inspect engine fire on board a ship

tanker U.S. Coast Guard Photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Sitkinak
From the US Coast Guard:

NEW YORK — The U.S. Coast Guard and Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) Special Operations Command firefighters and Rescue Paramedics conducted a joint safety examination of a disabled 479-foot asphalt tanker Monday afternoon after a fire broke out in its engine room while underway in the Atlantic Ocean, Oct. 5.

Early Friday morning, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England in Woods Hole, Mass., received a report that the Hong Kong-flagged tanker Feng Huang AO with 21 crew aboard, had a fire ignite in their engine room while transiting 57 miles southeast of Nantucket Island.

The ship is loaded with asphalt and was bound for New York Harbor.

The fire was extinguished using the ship’s installed carbon dioxide fire suppression system. There were no reported injuries to any crew members, and no reports of pollution. The ship’s electrical generators and main engine were disabled by the fire.

Coast Guard Cutter Legare, a 270-foot Medium Endurance Cutter, homeported in Portsmouth, Va., was diverted to the area to assist the stricken vessel.

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