“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

All Hands/10-77 at 75 CPW

Saturday April 9th, 2016, The Cavemen Engine 40/Tower Ladder 35 responded 1st due to a reported smoke on the 9th floor at 75 Central Park West, corner of West 67 Street. A room of fire was discovered by TL-35 in apt 9D of a 15 story fireproof high rise residential multiple dwelling, the 9th Battalion transmitted the 10-77. 35 confined the fire to the room of origin while Engine 40 hooked up and stretched off of the stand pipe. The fire was knocked down by Engine 40 and contained to the 1 room in the apartment. No injuries were reported and fire is under investigation.

Initial Alarm:

E-40, E-23, E-74, E-39, TL-35, L-25, Bn-9

On the 10-77:

E-39, E-54(High Rise Nozzle), Squad 18, E-44 (CFR), L-16(FAST), L-4, L-2, Bn-11, Bn-10, Bn-8, Rescue 1, Div.3, RAC1, FIeld Com, Rescue Batt, Safety Batt, E-22 with High Rise 2

EMS 08E3, 11A1, 5N, 09V1, C11, C16, HT11, C071, 11Y3,  MR21, MV11, LS41

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April 7 2016 promotions

April 7 2016 promotions

Thursday April 7th, 2016, the #FDNY promoted the following members at the Rock:

Captain Brendan Finn, Div 3

Captain James M Montaruli, E-6

Captain Dennis P Valsamedis, E-7

Captain Jeffrey Facinelli, E-23

Captain Thomas Burke, E-34

Captain Edward J Esposito, E-42

Captain Keneth B Winkler, E-89

Captain Timothy G Bennett, E-164

Captain Michael P Lampasso, E-237

Captain Denis J Donovan, E-324

Captain Brian O'Donnell, E-330

Captain Stephen Marsar, L-2

Captain Andrew J Morawek, TL-86

Captain Vincent Priolo, L-101

Captain Christopher G Eysser, TL-120

Captain Thomas Solimeo, L-122

Captain Thomas H Frizalone, TL-157

Captain Stephen T Spall, Squad 61

The promotion is effective 0900hrs Saturday April 9th, 2016

NYC Fire Wire would like to congratulate all promoted.

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Mike Prior's last tour

Mike Prior's last tour

Tonight is a big night for the Corona Tigers. FF Mike Prior is working his last tour after 35 years with the City of New York.

It all began in January 1981, when Mike joined the NYPD, but by November '81, he jumped across the floor to the FDNY. When he graduated the fire acadmy, he was assigned to Ladder 156 "The Highway". In August '83, Mike made the Corona Tigers his home, Tower Ladder 138. Working in 2 great shops, Mike learned from the best of the best which shaped him into the great firefighter he is today. In 1996, Mike became a seated chaufeur in 138, a seat he will own tonight until the sun rises. In the morning, Mike will break bread with his brothers for the last time on the job with the FDNY.

Mike was always ready to pass on his knowlege and experience, especially to his boys who joined him on the job. Matt Prior, Mike's oldest, works in TL-155, Kris in L-132 and his youngest, JT is in E-332. 

What's next for Mike? His first grandkid is due in August. Sounds like he wants to be there to start molding a new firefighter from day 1.

The admin of NYC Fire Wire would like to congradulate Mike Prior on your long, sucessful career. Have a happy and healthy 2nd life! Collect as long as you can, you deserve it.

 

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Dispatch woes

Dispatch woes

The past 3 years, it was announced by top brass that the FDNY has responded to a record number of incidents in it's 150 year history. There is no argument, the number of emergencies are up. But what contributes to the increase? Cell phones certainly has played it's part. Everyone has one, if you see something, say something. However, a number of incidents are sent out to fire companies that don't necessarily require a big red fire truck; and there are others that absolutely did not require it from the start. How? Why?

A few years ago, the Bloomberg administration altered the City's 911 system to a 'Unified Call Taker' system, claiming the new system could shave seconds off of response times of emergency services including the Fire Department. Ultimately, the Fire Department was most affected by this adjustment. Prior to the implimentation, the FDNY had individual fire dispatch centers in all 5 boroughs. When a civilian dials 911 to report an emergency, the 911 operator immediately begins the call by asking for the location. Once the basic information is entered into their computer, if the caller indicates it is an emergency for the Fire Department, the 911 operator transfers the call to the Fire Alarm Reciept Dispatcher (ARD) in the appropriate borough. The Fire Dept ARD can now interrogate the caller to determine if a response is necessary, as well as what kind of response this should get. All dispatchers are vaguely familiar with their boroughs, they had to travel to the Central Office so they were able to conduct their own size up including traffic and weather conditions. All of this information is used to dispatch apparatus to Fires and Emergencies. When the ARD completes the phone call, the information entered in the computer gets sent to the Decision Dispatcher who shapes the assignment and determines which companies respond. Being that these 2 are in the same room, the ARD can relay any information to help the DD shape the assignment (Such as is the caller excited? Does it sound like this call has potential to be a real fire? Is the caller at the location or calling from 20 blocks away). All of this information is extremely important, especially when you are sending emergency vehicles with lights and sirens blaring on the streets. The ARD, DD and Radio operator are near each other, so the Radio Operator can relay that information verbally over the radio to the responding units. 

That sounds like a good operation, right? Well, when the Bloomberg administration stepped in and decided to change a system that worked for years and years for the busiest Fire Department in the world, they took away the ARD's calls from the 911 system. The research determined that the 911 system, which isn't near the Fire Dispatchers, should take the call completely and send the computer information electronically to the Fire Dispatchers. 911 operators use different 'lingo'. They are not used to Fire Operations, or the pertinant information Fire Dispatchers require. Now, the DD's computer beeps, which means they have an incident in que they need to send out. That incident usually comes over with little to no information. The DD can't stand up and yell over to the ARD to ask them what the screen is about. To prevent any delay in Fire Department response, the DD will release the screen with whatever information was sent over(even if there is nothing). Tones go over in the firehouse, it's a full response, Engine Truck and Chief go! E=Multiple Dwelling 'A' Apartment 2B. Alright! Something is going on in a Apartment 2B.... but what? Is it a fire? Should we pick up the pace a little? Do we need to put all hundred pounds of gear we have on? The dispatchers are working on finding out what is happening at the incident, sometimes they find out, sometimes they don't. A lot of times, assignments are reduced because it is a call that was sent in error or did not require a full response. But what happened in that time that the incident was sent and the real information was relayed. Sirens blaring, fire trucks going through red lights, people moving out of the way, the adrenaline push that every firefighter has when the tones go over was all for nothing.

EMS has a system called Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD). Their dispatchers have to talk to the caller so that they can determine their response and provide medical instructions over the phone to the caller. Isn't this kind of the same thing as the Fire Dispatch system? Taking the calls away from our Fire Dispatchers is criminal. The lucky part is that no member of service has been killed due to a UCT error or lack of information. There have been numerous incidents the Fire Department responded to which wasn't for a fire truck (Bank hold up alarm, Landlord Tenant dispute). These errors happen on a daily basis.

Another contributor to the rise in Emergencies is the 311 system. NYC takes complaints via 311 to an operator who follows her book. Instead of calling the necessary agency to report your condition, you speak to a generic 311 operator. That operator will forward the complaint to who ever is on the list. Our dispatchers used to have the power to interrogate the caller to find out if the tree down is on private property or blocking a street, is the water leak due to a clogged toilet or a pipe burst. The FDNY does not respond to a clogged toilet, but when a vague incident of 'Water Leak' is sent over, the incident is dispatched as such. Unfortunately, our dispatchers do not have that power any more. 

All of this is tying down our emergency workers and contributing to the record number of incidents responded to by FDNY units. The desired effect was to shave a few seconds off of a response time, but the UFA claims the response time reporting is done incorrectly by the City. There is no benefit to this system but no end in sight. Instead of Unified Call Taker, the UCT system is known in the field as 'U Can't Tell', and rightfully so.

Related Links: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-york-city-confirms-new-911-system-mess-article-1.1072941

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh41UgVVZOk Video:UFA NYC Council 9-1-1 UCT hearing coverage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vumeouq2qcA Video: Steve Cassidy on NYC Response times.

http://www.ufanyc.org/press/121009.php 2009 UFA reports on the fatally flawed UCT system.

http://www.wnyc.org/story/seemed-forever-911-failed-convent/

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SI Firehouse door art

SI Firehouse door art

Engine 162/Ladder 82/Battalion 23 in Great Kills and Engine 157/Ladder 80 in Port Richmond had art work done to their doors. 

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