“I have no ambition in this world but one, and that is to be a firefighter The position may, in the eyes of some, appear to be a lowly one; but we who know the work which the firefighter has to do believe that his is a noble calling."

-Chief Edward F. Croker FDNY circa 1910

7th Alarm Brush at Plumb Beach

7th Alarm Brush at Plumb Beach

Sunday June 12th 2016, phone alarm in to the Brooklyn CO for a brush fire. 2 Engines & Marine 3 were initially assigned to determine the exact location. Eng.309 reported seeing a large cloud in the area of Plumb Beach off the Belt Pkwy & Flatbush Ave. When the location & size were determined, Eng.309 requested the full assignment to be transmitted. This location proved difficult for land units due to it's remote location. Marine 3 initially thought they would have difficulty in shallow draft to flow enough water. Upon arrival of the 33 Battalion, the All Hands was transmitted with request for an additional Engine & Truck. Seconds later, Eng.323 which was positioned in the Marina, reported the fire threatening the Marina, they needed help. Brooklyn informed Marine 3 the additional Engine & Truck assigned were to go to their location, but Eng.323 said "We need more than that!" Marine Division had assigned Marines 3, 6, 8 & 9. This fire reached 7 Alarms including the use of the NYPD Bambi Bucket and special called BFU's and Staten Island apparatus for use of their forestry hose.

While searching for good hydrants near by, the Fire Boats were once again a great source of supply for water. Once they overcame the shallow draft, the boats were able to flow their own master streams but also provide a positive water supply for hand lines which were stretched to the boat. This isn't the first time our Fire Boats replaced the land water system. On 9/11/01, the collapse took out the water grid and the land units relied heavily on the Fire Boats to supply a positive water source.

Fire Boat William Feehan is a 2015 Metalcraft Firestorm 70. It has 3 C-18 Caterpillar Engines at 1,150 hp each. The pumps are 2 Darley Model ZSP 3,000 gpm @ 150 psi that can dispense foam to one or both pumps.

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Combine Effort saves stranded tourist.

In the wee hours of the morning on Thursday June 9th, 2016, a 19 year old London tourist couldn't sleep, so he left his place of stay in Jersey City with the intention of heading to the City that never sleeps. He made his way to the Newport Yacht Club & Marina, where he walked out onto a floating dock, but the dock broke free, sending him into the New York Harbor. Initially, his cell phone was wet and unable to operate, but after 2 hours, the stranded tourist was able to call for help. NYC 911 system entered his information in and started the Emergency response, but the call dropped before being connected to FDNY. But the FDNY Dispatchers didn't sit back and wait, in an aggressive attempt to pinpoint the caller, the dispatchers conducted a 10-7 (Verify call back). Once connected to the stranded tourist, our dispatchers kept him on the line, while guiding Marine 1 & 6. "Marine 6 to Manhattan, does this boat have a little white light?", was asked on Manhattan frequency when they found something small floating in the rough waters near Liberty Island. Both boats arrived and the tourst was loaded onto the small boat and transported to Battery Park Pier A, where EMS was waiting their arrival. A combination effort between FDNY Dispatchers and Marine Division led to the sucessful rescue of this individual. Taking pride in your response area is something members of the FDNY take seriously. The Marine Division know's the City's waterways, they traverse them daily taking in the conditions for their size up. Every fire company conducts inspections and familiarization drills in their administrative districts. Our Fire Dispatchers also have a relatively good knowlege of the boro they are assigned to. From the office, they must monitor changing weather and traffic conditions. The dispatcher who placed the 10-7, knew the strong waters of the New York Harbor, and knew that if it was outgoing tide, the victim would be out in the Atlantic Ocean in no time. At the end of the day, it is all in a day's work. Another life saved by the FDNY.

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An Afternoon to remember

An Afternoon to remember

June 5, 2016-

2 weeks ago, I had the week of my life. It started with the Answer the Call 2016 Soiree, the NYC Firefighter & Police Widows & Children's fund benefit ( https://www.facebook.com/AnswerTheCallNYC/?fref=ts ). We were asked to attend and gladly accepted. In addition to helping such an awesome foundation, I had the opportunity to meet my childhood hero Mark Messier. It was only Tuesday and I thought to myself, this is it, the highest point possible of the week, even year. I had no idea what was in store for me later on

That Saturday started out as a typical day tour in Midtown, not a second to enjoy a cup of coffee to start the tour before the tones went off and computer spit out our assignment. At around 11, I got a phone call that a visitor would be stopping by, but, as usual, we were finishing up another run. When we made it back to the firehouse, Tim Hogan, his wife and 2 children were there waiting. Tim, now Lieutenant, was a firefighter in Brooklyn 2 years ago when we 1st met (via facebook). NYC Fire Wire was contacted about a firefighter whose family was going through a difficult time. In early 2013, Tim's son Owen was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia. Aplastic Anemia is a disorder in which the body stops producing blood cells. It can result in fatigue, easy bruising, poor clotting and impair the body's ability to fight infection. Owen's aplastic anemia is life threatening. We (NYC Fire Wire) were prepared to do what ever it took. While Owen stole my heart, I was also concerned for Tim and his wife Kathleen. As a parent, I could only imagine what they were going through. We used Fire Wire, whether it was for the little things like prayers, facebook comments for words of encouragement, or anything. I was finally in contact with Tim and able to offer whatever was in our power. We were successful in everything we did. That Saturday, I was not only suprised by their visit, but also to learn that this June 2016 marks 6 months since Owen was under the microscope. 6 months since he had any treatment, needles, anything!

The Little things: Tim said that Owen was a brave warrior through the whole thing. He battled Cancer like a 3am fire with people trapped; he went head first and didn't quit until the fire was out. But when he was scared, he found his support in a video. He downloaded an app called "Whopping Fire Trucks" and there was a video of Engine 54 going on a run. As they were pulling out, they noticed someone recording them, so the nozzle & back-up man gave each other thumbs up and a high five. At the moment, it was just an innocent quirky thing, but Owen saw it and immediately loved it. When ever he was scared, Tim played the video for Owen, and they would high five each other and give each other a thumbs up, and Owen was ready to go into battle with his parents backing him up. (There is soooo many video's of 54/4 responding, I'm having trouble finding the video on youtube to show you.)

During Owen's visit to the firehouse, I made sure he had a great time because I just had to see that smile on his face. We played in the rig and Owen and his brother Ethan got to hit Tim and I with the extinguisher. We even got to do the thumbs up, high five that he saw in the video.

When I met them for the first time at the firehouse, I was more star struck then I was when I met Messier. I didn't think it was possible to top that event on Tuesday, but my day with Owen did. The strength this family has, it's real inspirational. Ethan was an infant when this began, Tim was even promoted to Lieutenant, and I'm sure he wasn't able to fully enjoy the promotion with everything going on. But they pulled through, and are now returning to normal life. Owen gets to grow up (and hopefully joins us in the FDNY). 

NYC Fire Wire is there for the FDNY and it's family, as are other great foundations. You can read more about Owen and his fight: http://aheroforowen.com/ or check out the facebook page A Hero for Owen https://www.facebook.com/AHeroForOwen/?fref=ts .

Also, please check out Lil Bravest http://lilbravest.com/ facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Lil-Bravest-172804942863101/ . Lil' Bravest Inc was founded by brothers in Engine 84/Ladder 34. The goal is to improve the quality of life for children who are hospitalized or being treated for childhood diseases. The goal is to put a smile on the faces of kids who are going through a very difficult time. These kids are the true heroes and the funds raised by this foundation go directly to improving their quality of life.

 

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Retired Captain ordained as Priest

Retired Captain ordained as Priest

Sunday May 29th, 2016: During a service at St. Patricks Cathedral on 5th Avenue, FDNY Retired Captain Thomas Colucci was ordained into priesthood. And, without question, his brothers and sisters of the FDNY came out to support him. Captain Colucci served with the FDNY for 20 years, starting his career in Kingsbridge assigned to Engine 81. After 5 years in the Engine he crossed the floor to Tower Ladder 46 and 4 years later was promoted to Lieutenant, assigned to Engine 3. On 9/11/01, 5 members from Colucci's house (Engine 3/Tower Ladder 12/Battalion 7), never made it back. Lt Colucci spent months at Ground Zero searching for his brothers. Following 9/11, the department underwent a major restructuring, rebuilding of the department to replace the brothers lost. In May 2002, Colucci was promoted to Captain and found his new home in Tower Ladder 21. Ladder 21 lost all members working on 9/11/01. Over the next few years, Captain Colucci worked with brave men to mend broken hearts, dealing with the loss of their bothers while continuing to do the duty of protecting Hells Kitchen on Manhattan's West Side. After 20 years on the job, Captain Colucci had to retire after he suffered a brain injury from an explosion he was at. Colucci says his decision to enter Priesthood was made in response to everything he saw on 9/11. "On 9/11 you saw the worst of humanity; then you saw the best. People say 'Where was Christ that day'; I think he was there in rescuers".

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Elevator Shaft fall in Brooklyn

Elevator Shaft fall in Brooklyn

Shortly after 8pm, Brooklyn box 1251 was transmitted as a 5-7 signal for EMS Rescue, Squad 1 & Tower Ladder 105 assigned to 841 Union Street between 6 & 7th Aves. Upon arrival, Squad 1 found a 4 year old child in cardiac arrest in an elevator shaft. The child got away from the family, slipped in a 10 inch gap between the elevator and the floor, and fell 3 stories. EMS 48boy, 48rescue, Conditions 32 and 48willie responded and transported the child to Methodist Hospital. Local media is reporting the child is listed in critical condition.

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