New York Firefighter Critically Injured

New York Firefighter Injured in House Fire

Long Island firefighter injured during early morning house fire

By FireRescue staff
Published Friday, December 19, 2014

WOODMERE, New York - WABC is reporting that a volunteer firefighter was hospitalized after being injured during an early morning house fire.

According to the report the firefighter fell through a compromised floor while battling a blaze in Woodmere. The fire broke occurred in a reported vacant home on Central Avenue just before 4 a.m.

The injured firefighter was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries and is listed in critical but stable condition.

13 departments responded to the blaze, from surrounding communities.
Two other firefighters suffered minor injuries.


Woodmere Three-Alarm House Fire

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2014 is FDNY’s Busiest Year in 150 Years

Data released by the union shows a shattered record in the department’s history
In this March 12, 2014 file photo, New York City firefighters respond to a fire on 116th Street in Harlem after a building exploded in huge flames and filled the sky with billowing black smoke. According to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro, New York City’s Fire Department is on pace to have its busiest year on record. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
Published Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2014 will go down in the record books as the FDNY’s busiest year in its very active century-and-a-half history, according to the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York and FDNY data.

Based on FDNY statistics and projections, city firefighters have already shattered the Department’s record for the greatest number of annual emergency responses. It is estimated that FDNY Firefighters will respond to more than 520,000 emergencies by year end. The previous record was set in 2010 when the Bravest responded to 507,017 total emergencies. As of Nov. 30, 2014, New York City Firefighters responded to 477,223 emergencies, an increase of 38,474 (up 8.77%) from Nov. 30, 2013 when Firefighters responded to 438,749 emergency calls (2013 was the 8th busiest year on record).

To have a clearer picture of how demand for the FDNY Firefighter services has expanded, data shows that civilian emergencies have soared 22% since 2002; 45% since 1990; 70% since 1985 and an astounding 552% since 1960. Firefighters respond to not only fires, but a growing number of reported gas, water and steam leaks, medical emergencies and more. 2015 will mark the 150th Anniversary of the busiest fire department in the world.

"The FDNY has always been recognized as the world’s busiest fire department, but the rise in emergency calls this year and in the past decade-plus can’t be compared to any other period in the Department’s 150 year history,” said Steve Cassidy, UFA President. “New York is the financial, communications and tourism capitol of the world and it is a fact that New York City Firefighters are busier and more productive than ever before.”

10 Busiest Years in FDNY’s 150 Year History
1. 2014 - 520,000 Projected*
2. 2010 - 507,017
3. 2012 - 494,394
4. 2007 - 490,767
5. 2011 - 488,017
6. 2005 - 485,702
7. 2006 - 484,954
8. 2013 - 479,228
9. 2008 - 473,335
10. 2009 - 473,024

All ten of the FDNY’s busiest years have occurred since 2005.

FDNY Firefighter Stats 2002 to 2014:

  • 2014 - busiest year in FDNY history. More than 520,000* emergencies
  • All 10 of the FDNY’s busiest years 2005 to 2014
  • Firefighter responses to emergencies exceeds 6.223 million since 2002
  • Average number of emergencies in last 5 years: Exceeds 497,000/year
  • Average number of emergencies since 2002: Exceeds 475,000/year   
  • Since 2002 FDNY Firefighter emergency responses: Up nearly 22%   
  • From 1990 to 2014 Firefighter emergencies: Up 44.96%   
  • From 1985 to 2014 Firefighter emergencies: Up 69.91%
  • From 1960 until 2014 NYC Firefighter emergencies are five times greater: Up 552%

FDNY Firefighter Emergency Response by Percentage Increase (11 Months Data as Compared to 2013):

  • Total Emergencies up 8.77%
  • Structural Fires up 5.62%   
  • Non-Structural Fires up 14.19%, include auto, brush and rubbish fires Emergencies up 15.98%, include gas, water & steam leaks, trapped in elevator rescues, carbon monoxide & fire alarms in major buildings, subway emergencies, scaffold and building collapses 
  • Medical Emergencies up 2.96%  
  • False Alarms up 2.73%

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    FDNY Changes Physical Skills Test for Recruits

    Department no longer requiring standard for probationary firefighters
    YOAV GONEN and AARON SHORT, The New York Post Published Friday, December 12, 2014

    The Fire Department has stopped requiring probationary firefighters to pass a job-related physical-skills test before getting hired - a move that critics derided as a lowering of standards.

    The move by first-year Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, which allows probies to fail components of the Functional Skills Training test but still graduate from the Fire Academy, comes amid criticism of the department's low hiring rate of women.

    "It's a lowering of the standards across the board," said one former FDNY official familiar with training protocol.

    "What needs to matter is how well you perform the tasks of firefighting," he added. "The question is when you're 270 pounds and you're on the fourth floor and someone comes through that window - can they pick you up and drag you out or not?"

    The FST drills include advancing a heavy tire 6 to 8 feet, raising a ladder up a wall and breaching holes in a ceiling - while wearing an [SCBA] with a limited amount of air.

    Nigro revealed the adjustments to the exam at a City Council hearing Wednesday where members questioned whether the skills test was responsible for the 10,500-member force including just 44 women.

    Department officials insisted the two issues were unrelated and that the changes hadn't impacted anyone in the academy class that graduated last month. While 95 percent of men pass the FDNY's demanding physical test, only 57 percent of women manage to get through.

    After the hearing, Nigro said passing the skills tests had only been required of the two most recent classes - and not for any of the 15 years before.

    "We still grade the people. You can still fail it if you go beyond the time, but you're not automatically failed from the program," he said.

    Despite Nigro's assurances, Fire and Criminal Justice Services Committee Chair Elizabeth Crowley (D-Queens) questioned the impact of inconsistencies in training in recent years.

    "There are still concerns that excessive testing methods within the Fire Academy are being used to keep women probationary firefighters from graduating," she said.

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    FDNY Urged to Hire More Female Firefighters

    City Council pushes department to increase hiring and review testing
    New York Observer Published Friday, December 12, 2014

    NYC Council will meet to inspect New York's incredible lack of female firefighters, investigating both potential barriers and solutions.

    Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, Chair of the Fire and Criminal Justice Committee, held a rally and oversight hearing on hiring more women in the FDNY Wednesday morning (Courtesy Office of Council Member Helen Rosenthal).

    New York has been forced to accept a massive defeat against San Francisco-and almost the rest of the country-when it comes to employing female firefighters. While coastal frontrunner San Francisco's department is currently made up of thirteen percent women, NYC's numbers are staggering in lack: only 44 women currently serve in the 10,500-person New York City Fire Department (FDNY), a chunk that amounts to less than half of one percent of the entire force, according to a press release.

    Former Congresswoman and NYC Comptroller Elizabeth Holtzman described the numbers as "deplorable."

    In a bid to raise that figure, Council Members Helen Rosenthal, Elizabeth Crowley, Laurie Cumbo and Ben Kallos stood on the steps of City Hall with the United Women Firefighters (UWF) and supporters Wednesday morning. They called on the FDNY for action, meeting just before a NYC Council oversight hearing that will examine existing barriers that prevent female candidates from joining the FDNY.

    "Cities like Minneapolis and San Francisco have up to thirty times more women serving in their fire departments," said Ms. Crowley, Chair of the Fire and Criminal Justice Committee and co-Chair of the NYC Council Women's Caucus, in a press release. "The City not only needs to increase and rethink its recruitment efforts, it needs to answer serious questions regarding testing methods in the Fire Academy that may be keeping female probationary firefighters from graduating."

    Also in discussion at the hearing will be Introduction 579, a bill sponsored by Ms. Rosenthal and Ms. Crowley that would compel the FDNY to disclose to the NYC Council a report on the applicant pool, classified by race and gender, throughout each stage of the process.

    Unfortunately, the city is in too deep for a quick fix-President of the UWF Sarinya Srisakul said that merely to meet the national average would require the FDNY hiring over 400 women.

    Ms. Rosenthal, Chair of the Contracts Committee, made note of a puzzling discrepancy: 18% of New York police officers and 13% of U.S. combat troops are women.

    "I am eager to learn from the administration at today's hearing what is so unique about being a firefighter in NYC that excludes women," she concluded.

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    New York's Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, second from right, and fire department officials, including his new diversity officer Pamela Lassiter, third from right, listen during a City Council hearing, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in New York. Nigro told Council members, concerned about the low numbers of female firefighters at fewer than half of 1 percent, he has worked to improve diversity at the department in the six months he has held the job. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
    New York City Council member Elizabeth Crowley speaks during a City Council hearing on female representation in the fire department, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in New York. Crowley questioned FDNY officials about the low numbers of female firefighters at fewer than half of 1 percent, numbers she called unacceptable. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
    New York City's first female firefighter Brenda Berkman, center, speaks during a press conference outside City Hall, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in New York. Berkman, who brought a lawsuit in 1982 to get female firefighters hired in the city, joined members of the New York City Council who are urging the Fire Department of New York to step up its hiring of female firefighters - currently, fewer than half of 1 percent. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    FDNY Urged to Hire More Female Firefighters

    British Royals Visit WTC Museum and Memorial

    Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge pay their respects at Sept. 11 museum
    Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Britain's Prince William, second left, with Joe Daniels, center, president & CEO of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum view the remains of Fire Dept. of New York Ladder 3, during their visit to the National September 11 Museum, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. Prince William and Kate are on the last of their 3-day tour of New York City, their first visit to the United States since a trip to California in 2011. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
    Published Thursday, December 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, paid their respects with a handwritten note Tuesday at the Sept. 11 museum and told its leaders they were struck by the enormity of the loss in the 2001 terror attacks.

    "In sorrowful memory of those who died on 11th September and in admiration of the courage shown to rebuild. William and Catherine," she wrote in a note the couple left with flowers on the memorial pools lined with the names of the nearly 3,000 victims.

    Making their first visit to New York, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited its most somber site amid a three-day agenda filled with events linked to their charitable interests in conservation and youth development, receptions with actors and others in creative and technology fields, and a bit of all-American entertainment — a pro basketball game.

    As the royals toured the museum devoted to the attacks, they examined such artifacts as preserved trident columns from one of the fallen twin towers' facades and viewed rows upon rows of victims' portraits. Like other visitors, they left virtual signatures to be projected on a crucial underground wall that survived the attacks and held back the Hudson River, with Kate looking on with a smile as hers appeared. And they asked questions about the memorial pools' design, about how victims' families had responded to the museum, and about the attacks themselves, National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum President Joe Daniels said.

    "You could see in, really, both of their eyes, the sort of care and curiosity they had for the story of what happened and the people who died that day," Daniels said.

    William remarked on "how much people understand and need to understand how impactful the scale of loss was" on American history, Daniels said.

    Kate noted the vastness of the museum's space, which stretches seven stories belowground amid the fallen towers' footprints, and "talked about how moving the memorial was and being able to touch the names of the victims," museum chief of staff Allison Blais said.

    Curious museumgoers stood by to get a look at the royals — including the pregnant Kate's hot-pink Mulberry coat, black tights, and black stiletto-heeled pumps, over a black dress from maternity designer Seraphine. Other fans braved heavy, cold rain outside.

    The royals, now 32, were beginning their studies at the University of St. Andrews when the attacks happened. Sixty-seven British citizens died that day, the highest toll of any country other than the U.S.

    After the museum, the royal couple watched dance and storytelling performances at The Door, a youth development organization. Tapping his feet quietly during a hip-hop-style dance performance, William also showed he was moved by one young man's story of his father's incarceration and his own brush with a jail term in an assault case.

    "I had a low period in my life, and never in a million years did I expect I would be performing for the duke and duchess," Steven Prescod, 22, said later.

    William approached Prescod and peer educator Ely Olivero, 22, after the show, calling it "incredible," Olivero said.

    The royals went on to a reception celebrating the arts, with guests including actor Patrick Stewart and producer Harvey Weinstein. And William got a look at the view from the Empire State Building's famous 86th-floor observatory while attending an innovation-focused reception with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

    The duke and duchess ended their trip at a black-tie scholarship fundraiser for their alma mater, St. Andrews, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Kate wore a dark green crepe, pleated, off-the-shoulder Jenny Packham dress, one she has worn before.

    On Monday, William met with President Barack Obama at the White House and spoke at a World Bank conference. Kate wrapped Christmas gifts and helped children decorate picture frames while touring a child development center. Both royals later attended a reception with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky.

    William and Kate then took in a Cleveland Cavaliers-Brooklyn Nets game, meeting music power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce and Cavaliers star LeBron James.


    Associated Press writer Verena Dobnik contributed to this report.

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    Seven Injured in Manhattan Crash

    Car jumps the curb striking a group of people outside a midtown store
    Published Thursday, December 11, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a car jumped a curb in the Herald Square shopping district in midtown Manhattan, injuring seven people, including five pedestrians.

    It happened at about 10 p.m. Wednesday on West 34th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues.

    Authorities say the 34-year-old female driver and her male passenger were among the injured. All seven were hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

    Police say the driver is in custody. She's being investigated for possible drunken driving.

    They say she was traveling eastbound on 34th Street when she rear-ended a vehicle. She then backed up, entered the westbound lanes heading the wrong way and struck another vehicle. Police say the car then mounted the sidewalk, hitting the pedestrians.

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    Police search a car at the scene of a vehicular accident on 34th Street, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in New York. Six people were hurt when the car jumped a curb in midtown Manhattan and struck a group of people around 10 p.m. A fire department spokesman says the injured were taken to Bellevue hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)


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