News, Events, and Announcements

Baptism by fire

March 14, 2022

2 Probationary Firefighters go to work less than a week after graduation

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Attention Long Island Followers

March 10, 2022

You can now track Long Island incidents on the NYC Fire Wire App! The NYC Fire Wire app tells you everything you need to know about the FDNY from incident notifications, firefighting history, and news in the Big Apple and other locations worldwide. Follow these instructions to view additional incidents on the app: Click Incidents…

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VIDEO: RVC Tanker Crash Footage

February 16, 2022

Fuel Tanker overturn in Rockville Center (Nassau) 02/16/2022 at around 01:00 hours a fuel tanker lost control and overturned igniting a huge fire and shutting down Sunrise Highway. Find out about all alarms across NYC and Long Island on the minute with the NYC Fire Wire App.

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California Fire Captain shot while operating

January 31, 2022

Capt. Max Fortuna, 47, killed this morning while operating Today, January 31, 2022, 11:00 hours, Stockton Fire Engine 2 responded to a dumpster fire at the intersection of Aurora Street & Washington Street. While operating, gunshots rang out, striking 21 year veteran- Captain Max Fortuna. A 67 year old man was detained at the scene…

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Lithium Ion Battery Fires

January 29, 2022

Over the past year, the FDNY responded to over 100 documented fires that were related to e-bikes & e-scooters. The origin of these fires is from the lithium-ion battery. Most cases, these fires have started while the unit was being charged. After a lithium ion fire is extinguished, be aware that the batteries can re-ignite.…

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AFTERMATH: Baltimore City Fire

January 24, 2022

Reported: 3 Firefighters Killed, 1 in critical condition. Approximately 06:00 hours on Monday 1/24/22., Baltimore City Fire responded to a two-alarm vacant row-home dwelling fire at 201 S Stricker St. While an aggressive interior attack was underway, a collapse occurred. 4 members required extensive extrication as they were buried under mounds of debris & structural…

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Obituary: Dennis Smith

January 24, 2022

Dennis Smith, Firefighter Who Wrote Best Sellers, Dies at 81 “Report From Engine Co. 82” was the first of his 16 books. He also started Firehouse magazine and was the founding chairman of the New York City Fire Museum. Dennis Smith, a teenage hellion and high school dropout who transformed himself into a famed New…

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January 18, 2022

Location: 769 Fox St. off Intervale Ave. At 11:00 E-82 arrived on scene at a post-explosion of 3 story row frame private dwelling. There were 9 total transported patients, 1 in critical condition. 5 of the patients were on-duty NYPD Officers. Units on scene: E-73, L-42, E-82, TL-31, E-46, E-42, E-44, L-19, TL-44, L-27, Bn-17,…

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Dalmatian from Iowa donated to Ladder 20

January 17, 2022

NEWS RECAP: Tank the Dalmatian from Perry, Iowa, arrived ready for duty in October. He will become the mascot dog for Ladder 20 in lower Manhattan. Tank is set to replace the dog Twenty, who was given to the Ladder company 20 years ago after they lost seven firefighters when the North Tower came down…

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FDNY Arson dog found traces of accelerant

December 27, 2020

An FDNY arson dog found traces of accelerant on three gloves inside the car of Eric Chen, the owner of a building that burned down December 19th in Elmhurst Queens, leaving three people dead & four others injured. Police & fire investigators were searching Chen’s home & Toyota 4Runner truck in Flushing Tuesday night when the canine made the discovery, …

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Latest News

Man dies after being crushed by safe in Chinatown NYC

July 1, 2019

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…

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The 18th annual Blessing of the Fleet

July 1, 2019

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…

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NYS Smoke detector law going into effect

January 8, 2019

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.…

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FDNY’s Bravest makes supreme sacrifice

January 8, 2019

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…

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Street alarm box, still working, still trusted

December 28, 2018

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…

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Researchers study presence of fluorinated chemicals in firefighter clothing

November 30, 2018

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…

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

November 30, 2018

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…

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Patches for Evan

November 30, 2018

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…

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FDNY Marine Division inspect engine fire on board a ship

October 9, 2018

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…

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Firefighter siblings to be promoted the same day

September 14, 2018

They’re going up the FDNY ladder together. Two bravest brothers from the Rockaways will both be promoted on Friday, less than a week after they marked the passing of a…

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February 10th in the FDNY

Lt John R Eastburn, Engine 54. February 10th, 1970 Retired FF Kevin T Murphy, Engine 166. February 10th, 2015 9/11…

February 9th in the FDNY

Assistant Engineer George A Erlacher, Battalion 2. February 9th, 1873. Injured January 17th, 1873, died February 9th, 1873 Box 38-…

February 7-8th in the FDNY

Retired EMS Lt Paige Humphries, Station 16. February 7th, 2021 EMS Lt Humphries died from 9/11 illness. FF David Muldrew…

February 4th in the FDNY

FF James P Smith, Engine 17. February 4th, 1885 Box 64, 58 Park Place Manhattan. FF Smith was operating on…

February 3rd in the FDNY

FF John Slowey, Lafayette Engine & FF George W Badger, Americus Engine 6. February 3rd, 1863 209 Cherry Street, Manhattan…

February 2nd in the FDNY

FF James W Kojac, Ladder 128. February 2nd, 1956 FF Kojac suffered a heart attack while operating at a 2…

January 31st in the FDNY

FF Arthur J Renk & FF Christopher Dressel, Engine 138(238). January 31st, 1904 FF Peter J Gaffeney Injured January 31st,…

January 29th in the FDNY

Lt James T Brown, Ladder 45. January 29th, 1922 Injured January 27th, 1922 – Died January 29th, 1922 Box 509…

Obituary: Dennis Smith

Dennis Smith, Firefighter Who Wrote Best Sellers, Dies at 81 “Report From Engine Co. 82” was the first of his…


The history of the Fire Service in New York began in 1648 during the administration of Governor Peter Stuyvesant, when…


Lithium Ion Battery Fires

Over the past year, the FDNY responded to over 100 documented fires that were related to e-bikes & e-scooters. The…

Schomburg Plaza Fire

March 22nd, 1987- a fire in a Harlem residential high rise shaped the way the FDNY operates at high rise…

Wind Driven Fire: Lionel Hampton

January 7th 1997 was a rather mild winter day, temperatures in the 40’s with wind gusts exceeding 30mph. These conditions would…

The Sweet Spot

NYC Sweet Spot: Arthur Avenue

Everyone stops by a firehouse for information. Working in Times Square, I feel as if we double up as tour…

Sweet spot #2. Veniero’s Pasticceria & Caffé

The 2nd edition of NYC Fire Wire’s Sweet Spot series goes to the East Village in Manhattan. Veniero’s Pasticceria &…