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APRIL, 2016

BROOKLYN TAXPAYER GOES TO THREE ALARMS

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Almost two hundred firefighters battled a three alarm blaze in Brooklyn on March 6, 2016, that consumed a 100x100 one story Taxpayer, but reportedly caused no injuries. Shortly after 12:30 AM, a “10-75” all hands was transmitted on arrival at 1155 Blake Ave. for a fire in a deli and was extending to the cockloft of the building.

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Hundred displaced in Bronx fourth alarm About one hundred residents were reported to have been displaced in a four alarm fire in the Morris Heights section of the Bronx on February 23rd. Thankfully, due to the efforts of the FDNY, for many of those, the displacement is only temporary. Units were dispatched shortly before 2:25 a.m. to 1982 Andrews Ave. South for a fire on the top floor of a large five story “H” OMD. Flames were venting out of a fifth floor window on arrival and the fire was extending to the

JUMP TO FILE #022316104 cockloft. Additional alarms were called for as residents were evacuated, lines were stretched and the roof vented. A total of four alarms were transmitted, bringing almost two hundred firefighters to the scene. Six lines were stretched and operated to knock down the fire. A trench cut was able to keep the flames out of the “B” wing of the

building. The fire was able to be placed under control in about two hours. Five apartments on the top floor of the “A” wing were gutted and most of the roof consumed. The apartments on the lower floors sustained water damage, but residents of the “B” wing were expected to be allowed to return soon. Five residents and one firefighter were injured, but none of the injuries were considered serious.

Two alarms needed in Brooklyn On March 1, 2016, firefighters were dispatched to Pine and Fulton Streets in Brooklyn for fire in a three brick mixed dwelling. Crews arrived to find fire on the top floor with extension into the cockloft. Four hose lines were used to extinguish the fire.

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Bronx all hands collapse RUSSELL CURLEY

Shown is a rare color photo of FDNY Ladder 153, a 1941 Ward LaFrance/Walter wooden ladder doing ladder operations in front of FDNY Engine 254 and Ladder 153 in 1956. This was in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn.

On February 24, 2016 at approximately 9:55 p.m., Bronx units turned out to East 183 Street at Beaumont Avenue for a reported building collapse. Engine 88 arrived on scene to find a two story private dwelling fully collapsed. The building was reported to be vacant. All hands were used while companies did searches and shored up the remaining of the building, Exposure 2 was evacuated as a precaution.


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Brooklyn taxpayer goes to three alarms

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Almost two hundred firefighters battled a three alarm blaze in Brooklyn on March 6th that consumed a 100 X 100 one story Taxpayer, but reportedly caused no injuries. Shortly after 12:30 AM, a “1075” all hands was transmitted on arrival at 1155 Blake Ave. for a fire in a deli and was extending to the cockloft of the building which contained multiple businesses including a pharmacy and a discount store. A second alarm was called

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JUMP TO FILE #030716120 for at 12:49 as the flames spread through the cockloft. Shortly after flames were reported trough the roof. Members tried to stay ahead of the fire spread, but by 01:13 all members were withdrawn and operations went defensive. A third alarm was transmitted at 01:32 as four tower ladders were set up and put into operation. One Multiversal

and several handlines were also used to hold the flames to the original fire building. The fire slowly worked its way throughout the building and collapsing the roof. At 03:45 all tower ladders were shut down and trucks opened up to find any pockets of fire, and the fire was placed “probably will hold” . Units began to take up. The fire was placed under control at 04:41 by Division 15. - BILL TOMPKINS

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Armored truck overturns in Queens On March 1, 2016, FDNY firefighters were dispatched for an overturned truck at 65 Street and Metropolitan Avenue in Queens. According to reports, the truck was pulling out of a truck bay to make a pick up when it overturned. The driver was removed and transported to a local hospital for treatment.the truck was pulling out of a truck bay making a pick up and over turn the driver was removed to local hospital with minor injuries.

No April Fools... ‘Go Old School’ FIREFIGHTER FITNESS Lori Ann Hodgkinson

Fitness trends are constantly changing/evolving. There is no denying that the way we train today differs greatly in many respects from the way we trained in the past. As research develops and training equipment and modalities improve, so do we. It’s progress, and it’s terrific. As we embrace new methods, it is important to keep in mind much value remains within many of our past practices. While incorporating the newbies, it is still possible to hang onto and build around those oldies – but goodies. As Spring approaches, many of us find ourselves modifying our current routines. Last month we revamped our cardio workouts. Here we tweak our strength routine for even greater progress. Most traditional exercises target the major muscles groups. They are basic in nature and can greatly assist in laying a sound foundation on which to later build with more varied and modern exercises (fine tuners). Here’s an 'old school’ basic training routine to outline your April. Once May arrives, you can implement some of your newer functional and more specific exercises. We won’t touch your cardio workouts or abdominal/lower back training. You can keep those as is or modify them anyway you like. This is a full-body major muscle group strength training routine. After a couple of minutes of light cardio, you will perform three sets of ten reps of each exercise. Rest between sets will be 15 seconds with a full minute of rest

between each of the different exercises. Remember to select weights where the last two reps of each set are challenging yet not impossible to perform with proper form and alignment. Be sure to finish with at least five minutes of full-body stretching. Since it is a full-body routine, it should be performed on alternate days. For consecutive day training, divide the routine into upper and lower body segments and perform upper body exercises on one day and lower the next. You can perform this routine 2-3 days per week. Push-ups Bench Press Front Pull downs One arm Row Shoulder Presses Lateral raises Squats Lunges Leg Curls Heel Raises Barbell or Cable Bicep Curls Preacher (Scott) curls Triceps Pushdowns Triceps Bench Dips These traditional exercises make great staples. They are basic. They are simple. They are not new, but they still have a lot to offer. Because these exercises have been around awhile, many of us are familiar with them. If you are unsure how to perform them, an internet search can provide a significant amount of cues to refresh your memory. If you are new to these exercises, consult a Fitness Professional for detailed instruction. Of course, not all exercises are suitable for all individuals, so please as always, consult your Physician before beginning this or any exercise program.


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Engine 328, Engine 264 and Ladder 134 FDNY HOUSES FDNY HOUSES by Larry Woodcock

Far Rockaway, Queens is a neighborhood located at the eastern-most part of the Rockaways, a peninsula with a long-standing tradition of beaches and boardwalks. Henry Hudson first laid eyes on Jamaica Bay back in 1609, when Native Americans, namely Canarsie Indians inhabited the area. The name Rockaway means “place of sand” or “place of bright waters”. Originally, the Rockaway peninsula was part of Nassau County before being sold to a local iron master named Richard Cornell. He lived with his family on Central Avenue. After his death, a group of many wealthy residents purchased his property and began building hotels and private homes, which became a playground for the Vanderbilt family and other notable New Yorkers. Back then; it was necessary to take a ferry from Lower Manhattan to Brooklyn and then a horse drawn carriage. By the late 1880’s, the Long Island Railroad began its Rockaway branch and facilitated the population growth as well as the main mode of transportation. The area is protected by “The Big House,” 328 Engine, 264 Engine, and 134 Truck. This is the only fire house in the five boroughs that features 2 and 1 and has sixteen firefighters in house, making it one of the few to have that many guys in a single firehouse. These companies have been in service over 100 years and have responded to some of the city’s worst fires. In June of 1922, a fire started when a painter accidently dropped a cigarette. The painter tried for some time to put it out and the fire got much worse before the fire department was called to Beach 59th Street. First arriving companies found the Nautilus Hotel fully involved and two large homes on both sides

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of Beach 59th and Beach 60th Streets simultaneously erupting in flames due to embers and radiant heat, which ignited the dried out cedar-shake shingle roofs. Immediate second, third, and fourth alarms were transmitted in a desperate attempt to get manpower to the scene from the mainland. The heat became so intense that nearby homes were bursting into flames and companies had to abandon their hoses and relocate their rigs. Some had to escape under the protection of a water curtain. Engine 265 could not be moved in time and was consumed by the fire. With 30 homes engulfed, boats were launched to prevent ignition. When deputy chief “Smokey Joe” Martin arrived and the fifth and sixth alarms were transmitted. A plan was devised by Martin and Deputy Chiefs John O’Hara and John Devlin to flank the fire from the East and the West essentially making a firebreak and writing off several structures to save the neighborhood. Finally, the fronts held after several hours and one of the city’s biggest conflagrations was contained, but continued to burn and smolder for two more days. The loss was staggering at 13 acres, 141 structures, and $2 million in damage. The area has long since been rebuilt. The resort community that the

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Rockaways were until the early 1950’s also spurred the rebuilding. After that, urban renewal programs instituted by Robert Moses, led to year round residences with high rises and housing projects. The 1990’s brought condos and rising property values as people from Manhattan and Brooklyn flocked to the area. The neighborhood has seen its ups and downs over the years. With the current population estimated at 61,000, the area continues to be a main thorofare in and out of Long Island with the “Five Towns” being just across the border. From Beach 24th to Beach 26th Street is the Far Rockaway Beach Bungalow Historic District. Built in 1921, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013 for their classic facades, porches, and exposed rafters, which are common to beach front communities throughout the country. 264 Engine was organized on May 24, 1913 and was located at 332-334 Central Avenue. On October 23,1939, a second section [Engine 264 (2)] was created and was placed in the same house. They were disbanded after sixteen years on August 16, 1939. On the same day, they were reorganized as 328 Engine. Ladder 134 was organized on May 24, 1913. Together, all three companies

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59 new paramedics On February 5, 2016, FDNY Chief of EMS James Booth presided over the graduation of 59 Paramedics at the York College Performing Arts Center in Queens.

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Car hits house

On February 16th, FDNY firefighters were dispatched to Wyckoff and Jefferson Avenues in Brooklyn for a car versus house. According to reports, the vehicle jumped the sidewalk and struck the home. Units checked the house for damage and the driver was transported for minor injuries.


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FDNY tradition of everyone helping pick up after a job as many firefighters assist Engine 64 in packing their hose after a third alarm in the Bronx.

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Two alarms needed in Brooklyn church On March 6, 2016, FDNY firefighters were dispatched to Flatbush Avenue and Clarendon Road in Brooklyn for fire in a church. Crews had a tough time getting to the fire, which was in the rear exterior area, about 150 feet back. Three hose lines were used to extinguish the fire. The blaze was quickly knocked and firefighters moved to overhaul operations.

20 Rescue "20R" received their new rig, A 2014 International Terrastar on February 26, 2015.

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The first of thirteen new 2015 Mack/Miller tunnel wreckers being placed in regular service with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey pictured at the Holland Tunnel. These short yet powerful rigs have a boom rating of 60,000 lbs and are capable of moving vehicles up to 125,000 lbs. They also carry 125 lbs of Purple K and 50 gallons of water/AFFF.

Car into the water An elderly male drove his car threw a fence and plunged into an icy pond around 11 a.m. on February 2nd. FDNY was notified and rescued the man, who had no serious injuries. An FDNY ambulance transported the male to the hospital.


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STATEN ISLAND ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE April, 2016

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FDNY Color guard leading the Emerald Society in Rescue 5 leading FDNY rigs on Forest Ave. in the the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Staten Island. Staten Island St. Patrick's Day Parade. STEVE WHITE

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All hands in the Bronx

On Friday March 4, 2016, Bronx Companies turned out to 957 East 232 Street between Paulding and Bronxwood Avenues for a report of a fire in a private dwelling. Battalion 15 arrived on scene and transmitted a 10-75 for a fire on the first floor of a two story 20x40 private dwelling. The fire was located in the first floor bedroom and quickly knocked down. An extra engine and truck were requested and the incident was placed under control with an approximate 30 minute duration.

BUDDY SHOT FDNY Engine 156 and Tower Ladder 79.

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Members of Engine 157 and Ladder 80 ride with their families on a vintage Seagrave engine in the Staten Island St. Patrick's Day Parade. STEVE WHITE

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Richmond Engine 1 in the St. Patrick's Day Pa- Grace Benna wearing her dad's helmet inside the rade. crew cab of Richmond Engine 1. STEVE WHITE

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The crew of Staten Island Oceanic Volunteer Fire Firefighters from Richmond Engine 1 in the St. Company 1 pose in front of their Seagrave engine Patrick's Day Parade. at the Staten Island St. Patrick's Day Parade. STEVE WHITE

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A very important part of battling a three alarm blaze in frigid temperatures is having a great water supply, but sometimes hydrants do not cooperate. Members of FDNY Engine 97’s Thawing Unit work to get water flowing at the scene of a Bronx multiple on February 15.


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First floor job in the Bronx On February 11, 2016, FDNY firefighters were dispatched to Bronxwood Avenue and 228 Street in the Bronx for fire in a three brick MD. Crews found fire on the first floor and used one hose line to quickly knock down the blaze. No extension was found to the upper floors.

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Quick work of Bronx third alarm Heavy fire, frigid temperatures, frozen hydrants, and more were overcome by FDNY units in the Bronx on February 15th, putting a three alarm fire under control in just over one hour. Shortly before 5:40 a.m., units were dispatched to 1216 Olmstead Ave. for a reported fire. Engine 64 and Ladder 47 responding from their quarters a block away arrived and transmitted the 10-75 for a working basement fire. An “all hands” was immediately sounded, and when frozen

JUMP TO FILE #021616103 hydrants were encountered, a second alarm was transmitted at 5:49. The fire was in a 25 x 75 three story frame OMD with a deli on the first floor. A positive water source was secured, but the fire was extending up the rear of the structure on all three floors and into the cockloft. A third alarm was called at 6:17 as companies opened up and

the roof was opened. Ice quickly covered the streets making footing hazardous. Engine 97’s Thawing Unit was brought in to open up the unusable hydrants. Six lines were stretched and were able to knock down the visible fire. At 6:55, all searches were negative and the fire was placed “probably will hold” followed at 7:12 with the “under control.” - BILL TOMPKINS

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Two car MVA in Queens On March 5th, Squad 288 and Ladder 140 responded to Rust Street and Maspeth Avenue in Queens for a two car MVA. The arrived to find one minor injury. NYPD arrested one driver for suspicion of being under the influence. Units checked for all hazards before clearing.

FDNY Engine 82 with their 1937 Ward LaFrance pumper at an alarm

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