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“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

Sweet spot #2. Veniero's Pasticceria & Caffé

The 2nd edition of NYC Fire Wire's Sweet Spot series goes to the East Village in Manhattan. Veniero's Pasticceria & Cafe's products speak for itself. It's home is in Manhattan's East Village at 342 East 11 Street just off 1st Avenue and it has been there since it opened in 1894. That's over 100 years of producing mouth watering bites.

I made it my tradition to stop here during holiday's to bring home to the family, or even a stop to bring desert when taking details to other firehouses. There is so much to choose from and it's all delishious. Usually when going to other firehouses, I would pick up their macaroons, regular and dipped in chocolate. So fresh and chewy, you can't just have 1 so make sure you get enough! My first cake from here was their Italian Cheesecake. This isn't like traditional cheesecake because it is made from Ricotta cheese. It's lighter than regular cheesecake but boy, oh so good. Another is their carrot cake. Still by-far the best I have ever had.

Want to give it a try for the holiday's? Well, we can assure you one thing, you will not be disappointed. Review the menu before you get there, there will be a line and it usually moves well when people know what they came for. You can call ahead to save time. Otherwise, take a number and stand in line. You can special order cakes for events or just stop in for coffee/tea. Featuring Veniero's as our Sweet Spot is a no brainer; we wish everyone could experience this- the history, family, tradition, and ofcourse, the food. Whether your going to impress someone or just your belly, Veniero's is the place for it.

Dalmatian helps 4 Truck respond


The Dalmatian has been associated with the Fire Service since the days of the horse drawn fire engines. In this adorable video by instagram user: Puppycow_Dalmatian , the dalmatian help's #FDNY 4 Truck respond in Hells Kitchen.

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Brooklyn 6th Alarm

Brooklyn 6th Alarm

Sunday April 24th 2016, FDNY Companies in East New York were turned out for a reported house fire at 270 Arlington Ave between Elton & Linwood Streets.

Initial assignment included E-332/L-175, E-233/L-176, E-231 and the 44 Battalion. 3 minutes later, E-332/L-175 arrived and transmitted the 10-75. 

18:26 10-75 transmitted: Assignment  included E-290, Squad 252, L-156(FAST) acting TL-120, Bn-39, Rescue 2 and Division 15.

18:27 Signal 2-2 (2nd Alarm Transmitted) E-225/TL-107, E-293, E-271 acting 233, E-236, TL-120, Bn-37, Bn-38, Bn-28, E-210 w/Satellite 6, Field Com, Tac2, Rescue Batt, Safety Batt,  E-279(Communications Unit)

18:36 Signal 3-3 (3rd Alarm Trasmitted) E-222, E-234/L-123, E-214, E-310, L-103, Bn-58, Mask Service Unit. Special Called above the 3-3 TL-124, TL-111, TL-135, L-125.

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Hunter EMS Accident

Hunter EMS Accident

This afternoon, an ambulance from a private company, Hunter, was involved in a fatal accident on the Southern State Pkwy in the Lakeview Fire District of Nassau County, Long Island, NY. The members of Lakeview FD and Nassau County Police ESU worked hard to extricate and treat the heavily pinned driver, crew and patient. Unfortunately, local media is reporting the driver of the ambulance has passed due to traumatic injuries as well as the patient on board. The latest word on the street is that the technician that rode in the back with the patient has thus far survived the accident suffering traumatic injuries to his lower extremities. This luck is credited to his use of the safety restraints. This is a lesson to all of us, fire truck or ambulance. I will be the 1st to admit that I don't like to use the seatbelts when tech'ing, I feel I have to be able to move about for equipment, but we may never know what exactly caused the ambulance to veer off the road and into the overpass, but all it takes is 1 thing, another driver not paying attention, mechanical malfunction, and it will happen with out warning.

NYC Fire Wire extends our condolences to Hunter EMS and all of their employees suffering the lost of their co-worker. It is a sad, terrible day in the EMS world. We share the pictures of the accident scene in hopes it will open your eyes as it did to ours of the importance of using your seatbelts while riding a vehicle in motion, even if it's a fire truck/engine or ambulance.

NYC Sweet Spot: Arthur Avenue

NYC Sweet Spot: Arthur Avenue

Everyone stops by a firehouse for information. Working in Times Square, I feel as if we double up as tour guides. Questions range from fire/safety related, directions, of course everyone wants to know about 9/11, and, who better to ask about food then those that work in the neighborhood. Being a NYC born and ran page, NYC Fire Wire decided to profile some of our "Sweet Spots" around the City, so when you come to NYC, you can see the real City outside of the bilboards in Times Square.

We will be starting this segment up in the Bronx; Arthur Ave known as Little Italy. Even Google Maps streetview of Arthur Ave & East 187 Street has Ladder 38 parked on the corner, probably shopping for their delishious meal. Our 1st stop in the Belmont neighborhood is Borgatti's at 632 East 187 Street across from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Borgatti's has been in the neighborhood since 1935 and their reputation is 100% accurate... simply amazing. My 1st visit there was after a Saturday night tour, Sunday morning the traffic is light around 9am, I'd shoot up there and pick up some fresh pasta or a box of their amazing ravioli's to bring home to the family. But, the store isn't empty at 9am, as a matter of fact, it is not uncommon to find a line out the door, especially on the holidays. When you reach the front of the line, ask for a pound or how ever much pasta you need and they will give you a card with sizes. Choose the one that you want and right in front of you, they slide the sheet through the appropriate press, and wrap your finished product. Just remember when you get home, it's fresh pasta not boxed. Don't over cook it! And, of course, the ravioli's.... the item I get most from them. You really haven't had good ravioli's unless you had them fresh.

Next stop for the pasta meal is cheese. Casa Della Mozzarella! Another 187 Street store that has a line on to the sidewalk. Located at 604 East 187 Street corner of Arthur Avenue, this shop has some nice balls. Large, salted mozzarella balls made fresh throughout the day, it comes out warm and just melts in your mouth. I always buy more than I plan to use in the meal, you have to have extra to snack on, it brings everyone up to the level of delishiousness this meal will be at. Buy some parmeasan cheese as well, they will cut it off the block in front of you and grate it.

Ok, you have the pasta and cheese, next is some meat. Make your way down Arthur Avenue to Calabria Pork Store at 2338 Arthur Avenue. Dried sausages and soppressata hanging above your head as you walk in; you immediately realize it's going to be one of those stores that your going to want a little of everything. Perhaps you should have brought that credit card or took a loan out before you came to the Bronx!

And of course, you need something to soak the sauce up. A few stores away from Calabria is Madonia Bakery at 2348 Arthur Ave. A bakery that has been on that street since 1918! So much soft chewy bread and cookies to choose from, no matter what you get you can never go wrong.

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And the Tradition Continues....

And the Tradition Continues....

On Thursday, the #FDNY promoted Captains to Battalion Chiefs at a ceremony at the FDNY Training Academy on Randalls Island known as 'The Rock'. One of the promotions was Chris Eysser, TL-120. Chris is following his father, George Eysser's footsteps in the FDNY. George passed away June 13, 2015 from 9/11 related illness, before that he was a part of the FDNY for 40 years. Chris's uncle, Herb Eysser was a long time Manhattan Dispatcher 124.

Chris Eysser's FDNY career began in 1995, when he went into the academy. His rotations included 'The Nut House' TL-111, then over to the Border Patrol E-304 for a year, then a year with El's Angels E-294 before he returned home to The Nut House TL-111. Chris was very into the job and the books, in 2003 he was promoted from 111 to Lieutenant. After a year of bouncing, he found his spot at The Tonka Truck TL-124. In 2010, Chris was promoted to Captain, and after 3 years, he made TL-120 his new home. Watkins Street E-231/TL-120/Bn-44 is a house with a lot of tradition. 120 is a very busy truck in both running and fire duty. They also pride their tradition of being a family company: 16 men set a footprint in the firehouse that they proudly handed down to their son(s). While Chris's father didn't work in 120, they proudly welcomed the son of a great Chief on this job. And Chris didn't disappoint. Taking the position of Company Commander, Chris is a great guy to work with. He is always ready to share his knowlege and experience. Which made saying good bye hard. But Chris was prepared to go out with a bang. Friday April 8th, Chris Eysser worked his final tour as a Captain of 120 Truck. In a 15 hour night tour, 120 had 8 runs, 1 of which was a job.

10:28pm: Phone Alarm- Residential, 414 Sutter, Sackman - Powell, Both companies 1st due, fire apt 1G 1st floor. Turn out! E-231, E-290, E-283, TL-120, L-103 & Bn-44 assigned. Upon arrival, Watkins Street companies were faced with fire venting from a window on the 1st floor of a 14 story brick projects 50x250. On the 10-75 transmission, E-332, Squad 252, Rescue 2, L-175 FAST, Bn-58 & Division 15 were assigned. Shortly after, The 44 upgraded to a 10-77(HiRise Residential Fire), bringing in E-233 with High Rise Nozzle, E-227 CFR-D, L-176, TL-170, Bn-38, Bn-37, Field Comm, Rescue Batt & Safety Batt. Engine 231 stretched from the Engine while Captain Chris Eysser led TL-120's inside team into the fire apartment to search for victims and confine the fire to the room of origin. The wet stuff hit the red stuff, building was vented and the brothers took their experience back to the firehouse kitchen to share the good memories each will hold of working with Chris Eysser. As of 0900hrs Saturday April 9th, 2016, Chris is official an FDNY Battalion Chief. 

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

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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

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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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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. 

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.

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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. 

2nd Annual NYC Firefighter Stair Climb 2016

2nd Annual NYC Firefighter Stair Climb 2016

Sunday March 13, 2016, the 2nd Annual NYC Firefighters Stair Climb was held at 4 World Trade Center. This is an event ran by firefighters for firefighters. The goal: to follow in the foot steps of those who lost their lives on 9/11/01. And, at every turn of the corner during this event, it was a constant reminder. 'Monumental Pride' Engine 76/Tower Ladder 22 really went above and beyond running this event. Pictures lined the stair case, family pictures of our lost brothers. If that wasn't motivation enough, when you reached the top, profile pictures displayed on the windows with the new World Trade Center in the background.

343 New York City Fire Department members reached the stairs on 9/11, in attempt to save as many lives as possible, 343 never made it out. In addition, retired Captain James Corrigan L-10, retired Firefighters Philip Hayes E-217 & William Wren L-166 all worked as Fire Safety Directors for the World Trade Center, had lost their lives. Most notable of their actions that day, was when they breached a wall of the 1st floor day care to evacuate the children because the exits were blocked by other evacuating civilians. Keith Roma of the New York Fire Patrol also lost his life responding that day.

A moment of silence was held at the Memorial Pool, followed by a group picture, then the climb. The event was extremely organized with the help of numerous volunteers at the sign up desk, on various floors handing out water and ofcourse at the top to help the arriving members doff their gear and cool down.

NYC Fire Wire staff were there photographing the event.

City Hall, FDNY in talks over Ambulances

The Fire Department is in talks with City Hall over the best way to provide reliable ambulance service in the wake of the sudden shutdown of the private ambulance company TransCare last month, according to Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro.

TransCare was one of the private companies — besides the FDNY EMS — that sends ambulances to 911 emergency medical calls and serviced seven hospitals in Manhattan and the Bronx until it filed for bankruptcy and ceased operations.

“Twenty-seven ambulances were lost overnight when TransCare went out of business,” Nigro said at a City Council budget hearing on Thursday. He added, “That’s a dangerous situation, that so many ambulances were provided by one company that was obviously on shaky financial ground.”

Since the shutdown, the city has been using a mix of fire department overtime, volunteer and private hospital ambulances to cover the vacated shifts. TransCare’s shuttering translated into a ten percent cut in ambulance tours citywide.

The de Blasio administration has increased the budget for FDNY EMS in the past two years, adding 45 new ambulance tours and funding new EMS pilot programs. But TransCare’s shutdown eliminated 81 tours in just a matter of days.

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Report of Brooklyn building partial collapse a false alarm, FDNY spokesman says

A report that a building had partially collapsed in Brooklyn has turned into a false alarm.

A fire department spokesman now says there was no partial collapse. He says firefighters had initially responded to report of a partial collapse at a building under construction on Myrtle Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant just after 8 p.m. Thursday.

Police say they are investigating the incident as a possible false report.He says firefighters removed a person at the scene who claimed he was a victim of the partial collapse. He says that person was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Report by Newsday March 11, 2016

Woman Graduates Fire Academy For ONE Reason, Puts Everyone In Danger

Woman Graduates Fire Academy For ONE Reason, Puts Everyone In Danger

Female FDNY Recruit Graduates Fire Academy, But Something Major Missing

This year, the New York Fire Department finally graduated one of its female recruits after quite some time of her trying, but there’s something major missing from the whole ordeal that’s raising eyebrows across the country.

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