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SECOND ALARM HOUSE FIRE IN STATEN ISLAND

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Staten Island, NY - On May 24, 2015 after 2 p.m., firefighters were dispatched for a 10-41-1, suspicious fire, at 115 Nelson Avenue. Battalion 23 ordered an all hands upon arrival at the two story 25x50 private dwelling. - See full story on page 2

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All hands at the Wakefield train station STEVE WHITE

Second alarm house fire in Staten Island Staten Island, NY. On May 24, 2015 after 2 p.m., firefighters were dispatched for a 10-41-1, suspicious fire, at 115 Nelson Avenue. Battalion 23 ordered an all hands upon arrival at the two story 25x50 private dwelling. The fire was found on the second floor. Division 8 transmitted a second alarm at 2:19 p.m. and had four hand lines stretched and in operation. The Red Cross was notified to respond for 15 adults and two infants. The fire was under control at 2:33 p.m. with no injuries to civilians.

On Tuesday May 26, 2015 at approximately 4:30 p.m., Bronx companies turned out to the Metro North Woodlawn Station at East 233rd Street and Webster Avenue for a reported track fire. Just as units were arriving on scene to find nothing, Bronx dispatchers advised Engine 63 that the corrected location was the Wakefield Train Station on East

JUMP TO FILE #052715114 241st Street. Battalion 15 arrived to find an area of brush burning near the train tracks and transmitted an All Hands. Engine Company 313 from the Yonkers Fire Department re-

sponded to a report of smoke in the area of Bronx River Road and Wakefield Avenue just a half a block from this fire. FDNY operated at the fire. The fire was eventually knocked down and the incident was placed under control with an approximate one hour and fifteen minute duration. - JOHN HOPPER

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Possible residents trapped in the Bronx KEN SNYDER

This pre-delivery photo of FDNY’s All Terrain Response Vehicle is a 2015 Ford 550 double cab/ KME hose manifold wagon. The unit will run with E 329 in Queens and protect bungalow type communities in sandy hard to reach areas. The ATRV will also carry a ladder, a stokes basket and a surf board.

On the early afternoon of Monday May 11, 2015, Bronx companies turned out to 2265 Briggs Avenue between East 194 and 195 Streets for a report of fire in a private dwelling. Bronx dispatchers started receiving multiple calls reporting fire in a private dwelling and reports of people trapped on the second floor. Engine Company 79 arrived first due and transmitted the 10-75

JUMP TO FILE #051215112 for a fire in four story private house. The fire quickly extended upward and spread to exposure two, which was a two story 25x50 private dwelling. Battalion 27 put All Hands to work and requested an additional engine and truck.

Shortly after due to the heavy fire conditions, the 27 transmitted a second alarm. Division 7 assumed command, shortly after a third alarm was transmitted. The fire was eventually knocked down and placed under control with an approximate one hour duration. - JOHN HOPPER


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Odor of smoke with fire in the Bronx On the evening of May 10, 2015 at approximately 7:05 p.m., Engine Company 43 and Ladder Company 59 were responding into Northern Manhattan for an odor of smoke in the area. Ladder 59 was told to remain in service and redirect into Box 3116 at 1939 Loring Place South and West 179 Street for a report of a fire in a private dwelling. Ladder 59 transmitted a 10-75 for a fire in the basement of a three story 20x50 private dwelling.

JUMP TO FILE #051215111 Eue to Engine 43 still responding to Manhattan, Engine Company 42 made it in as the first due engine and was faced with a dead hydrant. A 10-70 (water relay) was transmitted, assigning Engine 46 as the water resource unit. A positive water source was found and members stretched two line.

As Battalion 19 arrived on scene, he was informed by Ladder 59's officer that there were heavy fire conditions in the basement. All hands were put to work with an extra engine and truck above the all hands. The fire was shortly knocked down and the fire was placed under control with an approximate 50 minute duration. - JOHN HOPPER

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All hands in the Bronx

On Sunday, May 10, 2015 at approximately 1:15 p.m., Bronx companies turned out for a report of a fire in a commercial building at 138 West Fordham Road at Andrews Avenue. Dispatchers started receiving several calls. Battalion 19 quickly arrived on scene and transmitted a 10-75 for a fire in the electrical service of a one story 75'x100' class 3 commercial building. Division 7 also quickly arrived on scene and put All Hands to work for a fire on the roof of a restaurant. Truck companies checked for extension and vented while the engine companies stretched two lines, one precautionary. The main body of fire was quickly knocked down. The fire was placed under control with an approximate 35 minute duration.

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EMS alerted to accident involving bicyclist NYS court officers saw an auto run a red light in the Bronx. Officers went to pull the auto over when it fled over the Willis Ave Bridge into Manhattan. Officers lost the auto in the area of Madison Ave and East 128 Street. Moments later, NYPD officers found a 42 year old male, who was struck by the auto at East 129 St and Park Ave. They requested EMS, but the patient was DOA. The auto was found a block away at 128 St and Madison Ave when it struck an auto waiting for a red light. All three occupants fled the scene.


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Squad 18 FDNY HOUSES FDNY HOUSES by Larry Woodcock

The West Village of Manhattan of today is a far cry from its days of the “Wild West Village”. Today, it is a mix of beautiful brownstones, great restaurants and desert shops, located off of Hudson Street. Streets here can be a bit confusing as numbers change to names and are set at angles unlike other streets in Manhattan. Loft apartments fill the neighborhood along with bars, clubs and artists, who have called the West Village home for decades. The best pizza is here at John’s on Bleecker Street just off of 7th Avenue. With four locations in Manhattan, this is the original location and it is the best in all five boroughs. After coming here for 25 years, I can say it is the best coal, brick oven pizza. Over at 132 West 10th Street, off of Greenwich, is the firehouse of Squad 18, a company with a long-standing history with the FDNY. One of the most beautiful and oldest firehouses in the city, it was built in 1892 for a cost of $19,000 by legendary Architect Napoleon Lebrun. In their first due area is one of Manhattan’s most iconic symbols, Washington Square Park, located at the foot of Fifth Avenue. The park’s arch was built in 1889 to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of president George Washington’s inauguration. Standing at 77 feet in height and modeled after the Arc De Triomphe in Paris, it was designed by New York Architect Stanford White. The first fountain next to the arch was built in 1852. Later on, statues and monuments were erected for George Washington and Italian patriot and soldier Giuseppe Garibaldi. Surrounding Washington Square Park is New York University better known as NYU, a private American research university, which dates back to 1831. The university is located in six different centers in Manhattan and Brooklyn with more than twenty schools and colleges. It’s enrollment tops 53,000 students and has had 35 Nobel Prize and 16 Pulitzer winners among its graduates. The campus has grown to 230 acres and continues to look to purchase more property for the demand of its expanding enrollment. Despite its nice location, Squad 18 has not been immune to tragedy. On September 11th, seven members were killed in the collapse of the World Trade Center. And, 2016 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Wonder Drug

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store fire. One of the many dates that live in infamy for the fire department. On October 17, 1966 a box was put out for an odor of smoke at 7 East 22nd Street at 9:30 p.m. Companies arrived and began to operate in the four story 20 x 100 foot building that housed a lampshade manufacturing company in the cellar and first two floors with residential apartments on the top two floors. A short time later, companies were directed to the Wonder Drug store at 6 East 23rd Street due to activated alarms. Crews found a light smoke condition inside after forcing entry. As companies entered the cellar, no extension of fire was evident, but on 22nd Street the fire was difficult and showing no signs of being knocked down. Second and third alarms were transmitted as fire was noticed moving in the shaft between 22nd Street and now Broadway. As conditions began to deteriorate and heat began to build, members withdrew to the top of the stairs and then were hit with waves of heat with several members burned. What was unknown up until then was that the design and major alterations to the building had hidden an undetected fire that was burning in the cellar of the adjoining art dealer. A five-inch thick cement floor, the fact that the drug store first floor was one hundred feet deep, as well as a cellar that was only 65 feet deep insulated the fire. The adjoining art dealer’s cellar extended one hundred and thirty five feet with the northern most thirty-five feet burning beneath the drug store. When the beams burned away, they collapsed without warning sending 12 men into the burning basement. Fourth and fifth alarms were transmitted and multiple daring and heroic rescues to save those trapped were too late, as twelve hundred off duty firemen arrived at the scene to help. It was not until 1:45 the next day that the last of the twelve men was recovered. Across the street,

thousands of on duty and off duty firemen gathered and stood with heads bowed until the last man was recovered. Included in the dead were five men from Engine 18. Engine 18 was organized on

September 14,1865, one of the original companies of the FDNY. They became a squad in July of 1998. A second section, Engine 18 (2) was in service from March of 1884 until being disbanded in July

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of 1939. In all, they have suffered through fourteen line of duty deaths in the company’s history. Please remember their sacrifice to the City of New York.


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Two vans collide in Queens

On May 28, 2015, the driver of a van at 57 Avenue and 83 Street in Queens had a medical emergency and hit another van. Three patients were removed and transported to a local hospital for treatment by EMS. Working the scene were Engine 287, Ladder 136 and Battalion Chief 46.

Car into Pathmark supermarket

On May 26, 2015 at 6:00 p.m., FDNY units in the Flushing section of Queens were dispatched to a reported car into a Pathmark store. Five people were injured including the driver of the car. One of the injured was removed to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition. The accident caused part of the ceiling to collapse, which set off the sprinkler system. The health department was called to the scene due to the power being turned off in the building. The NYC Buildings Department was also called to the scene to check the stability of the building. The supermarket was a one story brick 500x500. The NYPD was conducting its investigation as to what caused the driver to lose control of the car.

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NYPD squad car in MVA On June 2, 2015, first responders were dispatched to an MVA involving an NYPD squad car at Bleecker Street and Seneca Avenue in Queens. The squad car from the 104th Precinct collided with another vehicle. Two police officers and one civilian were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries.

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Three alarm brush fire Staten Island, NY. On May 25, 2015 at 10:25 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to Olympia Boulevard and South Beach Avenue in Staten Island for a large area of brush with exposure problems. Battalion 21 transmitted an all hands on arrival and upgraded the fire to a second alarm two minutes into the box. Division 8 transmitted a third alarm. Four hand lines and a tower ladder were used as an aerial platform to direct the units. The fire was declared "probably will hold" at 11:30 p.m.


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Small job in store On June 3, 2015, FDNY firefighters were dispatched to Archer and Taylor Streets in the Bronx for a small fire in a store. The fire was found on the first floor of the building. One hose line was used to quickly extinguish the fire.

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Van and rubbish fire in Brooklyn On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Brooklyn companies turned out to 1596 Pacific Street at Troy Avenue for a report of a fire in a multiple dwelling. Due to the amount of phone calls, Brooklyn dispatchers advised Battalion 38 they were loading up the box with a fourth engine, third ladder as the FAST Team, Squad 252 and Battalion 57 as the 10-75 chief.

JUMP TO FILE #051415126 Rescue 2 located just a few short blocks away arrived and transmitted a 10-75 with particulars to follow. Battalion 38 arrived on scene and put All Hands to work for a van and some rubbish on fire in a one story garage be-

hind a four story multiple dwelling. Two lines were stretched and one was put into operation quickly knocking down the fire. The fire was placed under control with an approximate 20 minute duration. - JOHN HOPPER

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Car fire extends to house On May 15, 2015, FDNY firefighters were dispatched to a car fire at 54 Avenue and 111 Street in Queens. Crews arrived to find a car fire with extension to a deck and first floor of a private home. One hose line was used to extinguish the fire.

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All hands at Bronx private dwelling On May 17, 2015 at approximately 12:45 p.m., Bronx companies turned out to 3319 Fenton Avenue for a report of a fire in a private dwelling. Tower Ladder 51 arrived on scene first due and transmitted a 10-75 for a fire on the second floor of a two story 20x40 frame. Battalion 20 shortly arrived on scene and put all hands to work. One hose line was stretched for a precaution while members knocked the fire down with the can. The incident was placed under control with an approximate 15 minute duration.

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MVA causes car and building fires

On May 16, 2015, FDNY firefighters were dispatched to a two car MVA at Throop and Dekalb Avenues in Brooklyn. Crews arrived to find the two car MVA with one car into a building, which caught fire. Flames and smoke were found on floors one, two and three. The fire was extinguished with four hose lines. The cause of the crash is under investigation.


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Tower Ladder 111 - 2013 Seagrave/Aerialscope 75' Tower Ladder

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Two car MVA in Middle Village A two car MVA on May 23rd left one person trapped at 69 Place and Elliot Avenue in Queens. The hurst tool was used to extricate the patient, who was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The driver of the second car was taken into custody for the suspicion of drinking and driving.

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150th Anniversary Commemorative Ambulance - 2015 Ford F-450 Super Duty

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150th Anniversary Commemorative Ladder - 2011 Ferrara 100' Rearmount Aerial (Ex-L24)

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Truck collides with school bus, over two dozen transported

Satellite 5 operating at a recent ship fire

JOHN HOPPER

Queens, NY. Over two dozen patients were transported to local hospitals after a Penske truck collided with a school bus early this afternoon, April 17th. The truck lost control, jumped a sidewalk, and crashed through a store front, pinning a woman under the truck. FDNY firefighters and EMS personnel were dispatched to Hillside Avenue and Hollis Court Boulevard in Queens to find a bus containing 31 school children. All of the children required transport for evaluation, going to LIJ and Jamaica Hospitals. The woman pinned under the truck was transported to LIJ Hospital in very critical condition. The cause of the accident is under investigation by the NYPD.


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Wires on fire in Ridgewood On May 20, 2015, firefighters were dispatched for wires on fire in Ridgewood, Queens at 60 Place and Putnam Avenue. Wires were found on fire for four blocks. Many homes were without power. No injuries were reported.

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Five alarms at Queens Village warehouse

On May 31, 2015, firefighters in Queens Village battled a five alarm fire that ravaged a warehouse for more than five hours. FDNY firefighters were dispatched to 218 Street and 98 Avenue in Queens Village at approximately 6:30 p.m. With multiple lines stretched and ladders set up, crews worked for hours to bring the inferno under control, which occurred just before midnight. Firefighters not only battled the blaze, but had torrential rains and lightning, which created some hazardous conditions at the scene. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation by local officials.

Second alarm in Staten Island

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Forest Hills fire injures one

Staten Island, NY. On April 30, 2015, FDNY firefighters were dispatched for 2-2 Box 2969 at 2:12 p.m. at 78 Lott Avenue in Staten Island for a structure fire. Firefighters arrived and found fire in a two story semi JUMP TO FILE # attached private 050115102 house 15"x30'. The fire started in the basement and extended to the first and second floors and to exposure 2. Crews were able to quickly control the blaze and conduct overhaul operations. The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation. -STEVE WHITE

On May 20, 2015, FDNY firefighters were dispatched for a fire in a six brick MD at 68 Avenue and Yellowstone Boulevard in Queens. Crews found fire on the fourth floor. All hands were used with an additional engine and truck to the scene. One male was pulled from the apartment that had fire. He was transported to a local hospital with burns. One hose line was used to extinguish the fire. STEVE WHITE


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All hands in Manhattan On the evening of May 11, 2015, companies turned out to 306 East 61st Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues for a class 3 alarm activation in a commercial building. Engine 39 arrived first due and requested the box to be transmitted. Battalion 9 transmitted a 10-75 for a fire in a indoor garage of a high rise commercial building. The 9th Battalion put all hands to work for a small fire in the garage and returned all special units. The fire was placed under control with an approximate 20 minute duration.

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Fire in a commercial building On May 9, 2015, FDNY firefighters were dispatched to 47th Street and Grand Avenue in Queens for fire in a commercial building. Crews found fire in a dumpster in the building with extension to a fuel truck in a very large garbage transfer center. The main body of fire was quickly knocked down with two hose lines. The cause is under investigation.

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Fire on the second floor in the Bronx On Tuesday, May 13, 2015 at approximately 10:05 p.m., Bronx companies turned out to Tinton Avenue and East 147 Street for a report of fire in the rear of a multiple dwelling. Bronx dispatchers received updated information and forwarded to all responding units the correct location was Timpson Place at East 149 Street. Battalion 3 arrived on scene and transmitted a 10-75 for a fire in the second floor rear of a four story multiple dwelling. The fire was quickly knocked down and placed under control with an approximate 15 minute duration.

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Fire in a senior home On May 11, 2015, FDNY firefighters were dispatched to a fire in a senior home at Goodwin Place and Grove Street. Upon arrival, crews found fire on the first floor. The fire was quickly extinguished with one hose line. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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