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Burnout in the Firehouse

October 4, 2022

Part of taking the job as a firefighter is due to the love of responding to emergencies. It’s in our blood to be the first people to be there for a complete stranger when they’re having the worst day of their life. For some, it may be the adrenaline rush we feel when the bell…

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You Don’t Know Everything

September 29, 2022

If you’re an officer, the expectation is that you know your stuff. An officer is supposed to lead their firefighters into chaotic situations and handle it accordingly, all while making sure their members stay safe. Your crew is going to be looking to you for answers and direction on what they’re supposed to do. In…

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Power, Greed, and the Failure of Top Brass

September 27, 2022

Leadership: The ability to create process and direction for a group or organization. In this series, we’ve covered multiple different topics about leadership and some helpful tips to be the best leader you can be. However, it seems the higher up somebody climbs on the ladder, a lot of them tend to lose their integrity…

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Gut Feeling or Overthinking?

September 23, 2022

Making decisions is tricky. When we’re at home, somebody may ask “What should we have for dinner?” The response is usually “I don’t care. It’s up to you.” In firefighting, we don’t have the luxury of ping ponging decisions, because we all know that every second counts. Add that to the fact that whatever decision…

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Creating Perfect Probies

September 21, 2022

Probies. The future of the fire service. Future leaders, future officers, future Chiefs. Traditionally, we tend to treat probies like dirt which has been somewhat of an issue throughout the years. There’s a reason for this though. You need to be tough to be a firefighter. By making the probies go through hell their first…

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Leader Vs. Title Holder

September 19, 2022

This one is a hot topic of conversation. The difference between being a leader and having a leadership title is something that’s been recognized since civilization was born. We have leaders and title holders in all different industries, but what separates the two in the fire service? When it comes to promotions in the firehouse,…

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Fire in College Point claims the life of an 8 year old- Fire Marshals have HazMat remove Li Ion batteries

September 17, 2022

Early morning fire in College Point claimed the life of an 8 year old girl. Just after 730am, Engine 297/Ladder 130 responded first due to 23-26 130 Street for fire top floor of a 3 story attached. Queens Central Office received numerous calls, including 1 reporting people at the windows in the rear. While conducting…

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From Buddy To Boss

September 15, 2022

“With great power comes great responsibility.” Whether you’re a career firefighter or volunteer, holding a leadership position can be tricky. We all know that firefighting in general holds extreme liability and potential consequence. Once you become an officer, that increases tenfold. How do you walk the line with being friendly with your colleagues vs. being…

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2nd Alarm Manhattan 9/13/22

September 13, 2022

Just after midnight September 13th, 2022, Box 0415 was transmitted for reported store fire. Upon arrival of Engine 28/Ladder 11, fire was located in the 1st floor commercial of a 6 story mixed occupancy 25×60 non-fireproof. Searches found that the fire had extended into the duct work up to the roof. At 0040hrs, the 2nd…

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Li-Ion battery fire on an ebike in Midwood, Brooklyn

September 12, 2022

A 4am blaze in the Midwood section of Brooklyn originated as a Lithium Ion battery on an e-bike. Brooklyn Dispatchers started getting calls for a fire apt 1A at 1800 Avenue L corner of East 18th St. ‘The Highway’ Engine 276 Ladder 156 & Battalion 33 arrived 1st due to discover the e-bike burning inside…

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Latest News

EXPLOSION VIDEO FOOTAGE: FDNY 10-60 in the Bronx

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…

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Dalmatian from Iowa donated to Ladder 20

January 17, 2022
Dalmatian

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…

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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…

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Father who allegedly burned daughter alive, has died from his own burns

January 19, 2020

The father accused of burning his daughter to death, has died from his own burns. In May 2019, the FDNY was alerted to an accident with fire near Baisley Pond Park.…

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Siller Foundation to help the family of fallen Worcester Lt Menard

November 14, 2019

​In typical honorable fashion, in less than a day after his passing, the Siller Foundation has announced that it is responding to help our fallen brother of Worcester Fire Lieutenant Jason…

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EMS assaults up 36% as mental health crisis grows

November 10, 2019

The city’s mental health crisis is taking a physical toll on first responders, who are being attacked on the job more frequently by increasingly volatile patients. Through October of this…

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New law requires a moment of silence in NYS Schools

September 11, 2019

New York schools are required to provide a moment of silence to observe the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, according to a new state law approved by Gov. Andrew…

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Baltimore City fire to send less companies to fires due to rise in medical calls

August 24, 2019

Starting next month, the Baltimore City Fire will send fewer units to house fires. In an effort to deal with a significant rise in medic calls, the Baltimore City Fire…

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FDNY Ambulance hit by BB gun

August 13, 2019

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…

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Fatal house fire in East Elmhurst declared Arson

July 12, 2019

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…

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History

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…

HISTORY OF THE FIRE SERVICE IN NYC

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

Training

Burnout in the Firehouse

Part of taking the job as a firefighter is due to the love of responding to emergencies. It’s in our…

You Don’t Know Everything

If you’re an officer, the expectation is that you know your stuff. An officer is supposed to lead their firefighters…

Gut Feeling or Overthinking?

Making decisions is tricky. When we’re at home, somebody may ask “What should we have for dinner?” The response is…

Creating Perfect Probies

Probies. The future of the fire service. Future leaders, future officers, future Chiefs. Traditionally, we tend to treat probies like…

The Debrief

After a job or a drill, it’s important to debrief your members and make sure everyone’s feeling ok. Oddly enough…

“First in. Last out.”

A term we hear often in the fire service – But can we apply it to leadership? Can this quote…

Li Ion Battery explosion leaves 1 dead in Vancouver

Vancouver BC Firefighters responded to an explosion at Empress Hotel 235 E Hastings St, Saturday morning June 11th 2022. The…

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 &…