“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

Fire Boat John McKean sets off

Fire Boat John McKean sets off

Fire Boat McKean sailed off this morning to it's new life at a restaurant  in Sleepy Hollow, NY. The new owners arrived at Marine 6's home to pick up the ole Fire Boat. On hand to say good bye was John D McKean's son and grandson, both named John. The new owners plan to keep the boat in it's original condition and pass along the boats history as well as the supreme sacrifice of John D McKean, whom the boat was named after. John McKean will never be forgotten by the FDNY.

 

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Tentative dates for next FDNY Firefighter Exam

Tentative dates for next FDNY Firefighter Exam

The following information is off the rumor mill.

NYC Citywide Admin. Svc. Timeline for NEXT Open Competitive FF EXAM:

***************Initial Application Period: 4/1/17 to 4/25/17.

Computer Based Test: 9/4/17 to 10/28/17 (approx).

Eligible List Made: 4/4/18.

Eligible List Established: 12/12/18 List #2000 Terminated 6/26/17. 
City Residency MUST be established 1 yr PRIOR to the Application Period to be eligible for 5 Pts.

EMS Promotion to FD: (Tentative) ***************

Application Period: 8/3/14 to 8/23/16

Test Dates: 12/1/16 to 12/14/16.

Eligible List Public: 5/1/17.

Eligible List Established: 12/13/17.

Request Same Day Results for NYS TEST ($20 fee). Otherwise it's 6 Mo. Wait & could miss Important Dates.

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Boston Fire Union responds to NIOSH report on fatal 2014 fire

Boston Fire Union responds to NIOSH report on fatal 2014 fire

Boston Firefighters union president Rich Paris releases a response to the NIOSH investigation results of the 2014 fire that claimed the lives of Lt Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy.  The report cited lack of training, inadequate staffing and failure to adequately assess risk contributed to the deaths. 

To All Media Outlets:

I am writing in response to the recent coverage of the Board of Inquiry reports (Federal and City of Boston) regarding the 2014 Beacon Street Fire. These reports revealed what every Boston Firefighter already knew – Lt. Walsh and Michael Kennedy did nothing wrong. Both reports also revealed an enormous amount of data. Some scientific, some the result of budgetary restraints that I believe were placed on the Boston Fire Department as a result of a strained relationship with the previous administration. The Federal Board of Inquiry and The Boston Fire Department Board of Inquiry should be commended for the long hours of painful reconstruction of this tragedy. On behalf of Boston Firefighters, I would like to thank them respectively for their efforts. However, these reports did not reveal any solution(s) that would change the manner in which Boston Firefighters operate when they are called to duty. Boston Firefighters took an oath to protect life and property, sadly sometimes that oath is carried out with our members making the supreme sacrifice,  so others may live. This is an unfortunate reality of our profession. While the recent reports provide a detailed insight into the events of the Beacon Street Fire, they do not suggest any wrongdoing by Boston Firefighters, or point to any easier way to perform a difficult job. More importantly, they should not be viewed as a critical assessment of any of the firefighters that went to work on that fateful day.

Some media outlets have interpreted these reports as a criticism of Lt. Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy. Some media outlets have even used words like “scathing” and “wrongful” to describe the actions of the Boston Fire Department. As the President of Boston Firefighters Local 718, I am outraged at these assertions and heartbroken for the Walsh and Kennedy Families. Fire Commissioner Finn and I painstakingly reviewed both reports and drew the same conclusion, if the same circumstances presented today our members would do exactly the same thing.  Boston Firefighters have a dangerous job. Furthermore, while some factors at a fire can be predicted, and trained for many cannot.

It is my intention moving forward, that the Walsh and Kennedy Families are continually cared for and protected. The unnecessary scrutiny of Lt. Walsh and Firefighter Kennedy’s actions by some media outlets that have chosen to interpret the recent reports as something that they are not, is simply wrong. I am aware that the media has a job to do, but so do we. It is my sincere hope that the Walsh and Kennedy Families will be allowed to move forward and spared of any further criticism of the heroic actions that their loved ones exhibited on that terrible day.  I have been saying from the beginning, Lt. Walsh and FF Kennedy were involved in a mission with their brother and sister firefighters that day.  They saved people’s lives and unfortunately made the ultimate sacrifice.  Lt. Walsh & FF Kennedy are heroes in my book.  During interviews last week, I consistently reiterated those words, however they were never publicized.  Therefore, I respectfully request that my words are interpreted for what they are – a request for these families and the members of the Boston Fire Department to be afforded the opportunity to continue to heal.

Thank you.

Respectfully,

Rich Paris, President
Boston Firefighters
Local 718 AFL-CIO

Photo by; BRIAN SNYDER Reuters.

Related link: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/03/09/federal-investigators-cite-lack-training-and-inadequate-staffing-deaths-boston-firefighters/UDM4TQ7KbnPbwYMpXJOwfK/story.html

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NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade 2016

NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade 2016

Picture perfect day on 5th Avenue draws a sea of green to both march and watch the 2016 St. Patrick's Day Parade. As become a new tradition after September 11th, 2001, the FDNY remembered their 343  members who were no longer around to join in the march up 5th Avenue. This year was extra heart warming and special; the FDNY Emerald Society honored retired Firefighter Ray Pfeifer, Eng.40, as their Grand Marshal. For the past few years, Ray has faced off with 9/11 cancer numerous times. Each time, he fought and fought harder. In 2015, the Zadroga Act was set to expire, leaving a threat to hundreds who are fighting 9/11 illness to fend for themselves. With the help of The New York City Firefighters Brotherhood Foundation, John Feal and the Feal Good Foundation and Jon Stewart, Ray traveled to DC to lobby politicians to speak face to face with him. The sight alone of a battle-hardened firefighter in a motorized scooter was enough for some to sign on. Ultimately, the team returned to New York City with some victorious news that the Zadroga Act would be extended indefinately; providing care to those who spent countless hours searching for survivors and bringing closure to families that lost their loved ones at the World Trade Center. In January of 2016, Ray Pfeifer was honored by NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio and presented with the key to the city. Today, he led the Emerald Society as Grand Marshal.

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Fireboat McKean off to it's 2nd life

Fireboat McKean off to it's 2nd life

March 17th, 2016

Fireboat McKean (Marine 1) has been purchased and is off to begin it's 2nd life. In the Begining of March, 2016, Michael Kaphan and Edward Taylor purchased the fire boat from the City of New York at auction with plans to relocate it to Sleepy Hollow to be a part of their restaurant on the Hudson Harbor waterfront development. The new owners plan to keep the ship's name and honor it's history.

The 129 foot boat was built in 1954 and nicknamed after Marine Engineer John D McKean. McKean worked in Engine 85(Fireboat James Duane), on September 17th, 1953, he was detailed to Engine 51(Fireboat George B McClellan) for a water display in the New York Harbor. The display was for a group of state senators and assemblymen. A condenser in the engine room blew it's top and scalded Engineer McKean. McKean succumbed to his injuries on September 24th, 1953. McKean was 43 years old, married and had 2 children.

At 129 feet, Fireboat John D McKean weighed 334.75 gross tons. It's height above water including the tower is 47 1/2 feet. She is propelled by 2 1,000 HP Enterprise direct reversible diesel engines that provide a speed of 16 MPH. 2 more 1,000 HP Enterprise engines drive 4 centrifugal pumps, with an output of 14,000 GPM.

On September 11th, 2001, Fireboat McKean responded to the World Trade Center. She arrived next to the sea wall and the crew loaded more than 200 civilians whom were then transported to the New Jersey side of the river where they recieved medical attention. She then served as a source of positive water supply to the site and lower Manhattan as the water grid was affected by the building collapsing. 

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