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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

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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Retired Batt Chief celebrates his 100th birthday

September 14, 2018

One day after the FDNY mourned the loss of its fallen brothers during the 9/11 attacks, members had a reason to celebrate. One of their own, former FDNY Chief John…

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Deputy Chief Ray Downey’s son leads FDNY on 17th anniversary of dad’s WTC death

September 12, 2018

FDNY Battalion Chief Joseph Downey is only doing what his hero father did before him.As fellow family members of FDNY Deputy Chief Ray Downey mourned his loss Tuesday on the…

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FDNY*EMT assaulted. NYPD are seeking this man

September 9, 2018

A city emergency medical technician was beaten by a patient and police want to find the man, authorities said Saturday. The 55-year-old FDNY EMT was treating the boozed up man…

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Deaths from 9/11 diseases will soon outnumber those lost on that fateful day

September 8, 2018

Seventeen years out from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, nearly 10,000 first responders and others who were in the World Trade Center area have been diagnosed with cancer. More than 2,000 deaths have…

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Engine 27 originally North River Engine Company

July 18, 2018

Among the volunteer fire companies that protected New Yorkers in the first half of the 19th century was the North River Engine Company.  Like the rest of the city’s volunteer force, the…

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Navy Seal no longer too old to join the FDNY

November 9, 2017

A decorated Navy SEAL is no longer “too old” to join the FDNY’s Bravest. On Veterans Day eve, Gov. Cuomo is poised to sign a bill to extend the window…

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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 &…