Tuesday is graduation day at the New York City Fire Academy, and this particular ceremony also doubles as a bit of a landmark. The graduation takes place at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn; Mayor Bill de Blasio is scheduled to address the new graduates at 11 a.m., along with outgoing Fire ... More >>
On Friday, five months into his term, Mayor Bill de Blasio finally announced his new pick to lead the New York City Fire Department, appointing Dan Nigro as FDNY Commmissioner. Nigro is eminently qualified: he's a 32-year veteran of the department, their former Chief of Operations, and on Septembe ... More >>
Emergency crews are continuing their work this morning on a stretch of Park Avenue where two buildings were destroyed by an explosion yesterday. Four more bodies have been recovered from the wreckage, bringing the death toll to seven. Late Wednesday, according to the New York Times, nine more people ... More >>
The New York City Fire Department is once again facing scrutiny over its low, low numbers of female firefighters. Those numbers could hardly be much worse: there are about 11,000 firefighters in the FDNY today, and just 37 of them are women, less than one half of one percent. The FDNY leadership say ... More >>
NYU sophomore Asher Vongtau was trapped between a 17-story NYU dorm at 80 Lafayette Street and an adjacent parking garage for 35 hours until the FDNY broke through the wall at roughly 7 p.m. last night to extract him. According to reports, it was the dogged hunt by his friends that led to his rescue ... More >>
For the second time in two days, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is the site of a possible suicide attempt. A call that there was a jumper on the bridge came in at 12:30 p.m., says a source at the Fire Department.
A taxi cab jumped the curb in front of 30 Rockefeller Center at approximately 11:30 a.m. FDNY has confirmed that at least one victim, listed as 23 years old in numerous reports, lost at least one leg in the crash.
The Fire Department of New York has a discrimination problem: In a city where, in 2002, 25 percent of the population was black and 27 percent was Hispanic, the fire department was 2.6 percent black and 3.7 percent Hispanic. Other city agencies don't have this problem, and neither do fire departments ... More >>
Last week, fellow Voice scribe Nick Greene gave us the lowdown on social media informalities for Facebook. Can you post that picture(s) of your vacation? No, please don't. How about your political views? Stop, nobody cares. And what about a job promotion? Ugh. You get the picture. Well, these stand ... More >>
Saturday's three-alarm fire at the South Street Seaport, which temporarily suspended the Voice's 4Knots Music Festival, was caused by faulty electrical wiring, according to a New York Fire Department spokesman.
Today, the mayor's office gave out hard copies of the city's controversial 9-1-1 report to reporters that asked for it. The Voice stopped by City Hall late this afternoon to grab a copy of the 133-page consultant's report that examined the city's emergency response system. It has been a topic of m ... More >>
A Society of Black Firefighters Hopes to Bring More Minorities to the Job
A car plunged into the Hudson River off of the West Side Highway earlier this morning, according to reports. The FDNY confirms the incident and says the call came in at 10:05 a.m. -- the vehicle went into the water near West 94th Street. One person was removed from the water prior to FDNY arr ... More >>
We're hearing reports that there's been an accident in an elevator at 285 Madison, the Young and Rubicam building, that's resulted in 1 person dead and 2 injured, according to the New York Times. The FDNY confirms the incident and tells us that the elevator fell at least 2 floors, and that 3 ... More >>
We're hearing reports that there's a school bus or another vehicle on fire at 35th Street and 7th Avenue, near Macy's. The Corcoran Group has Tweeted a photo, saying, "A truck is on fire outside Macys on 7th Avenue, sounds of explosions nearby." The FDNY tells us there is smoke in the area a ... More >>
This Saturday, the NYPD and FDNY are occupying (ha!) Madison Square Garden for a good cause. The NYPD Fighting Finest will fight the FDNY Bravest in the Battle of the Badges, a boxing match for charity. The boxing match is happening just a week after Veterans Day and benefits former soldiers. ... More >>
The fire department and police department paid Occupy Wall Street a visit this morning and took their power generators. The FDNY says they were looking for anything that posed a fire hazard: generators, fuel, gas tanks, etc. According to reports, the materials were removed peaceably. This i ... More >>
Steven ThrasherThe MTA has responded to the incident involving the 4 train being stuck, in smoke, under the East River last night, with which we were intimately familiar. The (very) good news is that no one, including none of the five firefighters we left down there when our evacuation train ... More >>
The City of New York was back in United States District Judge Nicholas Garaufis' courtroom today, just a few weeks after the judge issued a blistering order calling the FDNY "a bastion of white male privilege." Garaufis's order mandated that the FDNY and the city will be placed under a "Cour ... More >>
FDNY Captain Paul Washington is a past president of the Vulcan Society. He was also the FDNY employee who raised the original Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint about the department's racial makeup, which joined a decades long federal lawsuit against the city and led to yesterday's la ... More >>
This photo just in. Somehow, a garbage (some are saying a salt) truck managed to get in this precarious position, two stories high, dangling out of a sanitation garage at 58-35 52 Road at 59th Street in Queens. The FDNY tweeted the photo, which is, you have to admit, pretty freaking dramatic, ... More >>
via @DurrellojelloA man is attempting to jump off the 70th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the FDNY confirmed. There is currently a fire engine and EMS on the scene. People at NBC have been discussing the situation on Twitter -- including @Durrellojello and Luke Russert. @Durrellojello explain ... More >>
More fascinating news from the courtroom of Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis, via The Daily News: the questionable pasts of white candidates were overlooked when they came up for review with the FDNY, a deposition stated yesterday. Even former NYPD cops Richard Murphy and Edward McMellon, who ... More >>
After a federal judge ruled about what the fee will be to take it, the FDNY opened up the filing period for its newest exam to become a firefighter. From last Friday, until September 15, 2011, candidates can apply here to take the new exam. Meanwhile, in an effort to do something about the ... More >>
Nothing is ever easy with the federal government's four decade long attempt to force the city to comply with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and make the Fire Department more diverse. As we wrote about in our cover story last December, U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis recently ordered that ... More >>
We'd say that the Official 2011/2012 Calendar of Heroes featuring FDNY firefighters, which sells for a mere $15.95 for 16 whole months, is a bargain at twice the price, but we simply can't stop staring at that man's perfectly rakish eyebrows! All proceeds go to the FDNY Foundation, which mean ... More >>
via Zach BaronFirefighters have responded to a fire on 11 St. Marks Place, between Second and Third avenues. They are currently at the scene of the fire, which was reported at 1:32 p.m. The Fire Department informs us there was a 21-unit response. The first responders arrived at 1:34 p.m. Th ... More >>
Looks like race will continue to be a hot issue with the FDNY. According to the Daily News, a black FDNY electrician allegedly found a noose outside of his work locker over the weekend. The News reports that the electrician, Gregory Seabrook, was one of four black FDNY electricians who "file ... More >>
Meet the black candidates who aced the FDNY's supposedly racist entrance exam—and still can't become firefighters
Good news for all of those drug-addled New Yorkers who are more likely to get murdered: at least they don't have to worry about burning to death in a fire! The FDNY says that for the second year in a row, the city is on track to set a record low for fire fatalities. Which means New Yorkers f ... More >>
via EV Grieve/jdxThis morning in the East Village we've been hearing a lot of helicopter and siren noise (more than usual, even!). Turns out there was a fire at the Ageloff Towers on Avenue A between 3rd and 4th Streets. Via a reader, jdx, EV Grieve reports, "Fire on the 6th floor, east 4th s ... More >>
Oh dear. Lower East Side blog Bowery Boogie reports some drug-fueled drama that went down in a tenement on Rivington Street Monday night when a resident's 911 call led to 10 evictions and the discovery of a hydroponic marijuana farm in the basement of a local Mexican eatery.
"Smoke weed every day," singer/rapper Nate Dogg once famously encouraged listeners. And so it goes: marijuana smokers are a-plenty in America, and of course, in our city. And who better to know how to control the "sparking up" of a bowl of Five-Borough Bud than one of the Fire Department of N ... More >>
Blogger EV Grieve and a few of our Twitter friends have alerted us to a "radiation alert" in the East Village. Per EV Grieve reader cheese: "Yeah, my friend called and said there were fire trucks out, street blocked, something about hazardous material trucks also."
By Alana Horowitz and Sara Gates Three months ago, when a federal judge ruled that the FDNY had discriminated against minority applicants, it appeared that diversity in the ranks might improve. But at least now, with the city's budget a shambles, that looks unlikely. U.S. District Court Ju ... More >>
The Daily News and the Post have rushed to the defense of Fire Department exams that have given us the whitest rank and file of any big-city department in the country, with 303 black firefighters out of 8,998, a percentage that's actually lower than the last time a federal judge ruled the sam ... More >>
And the new Fire Commissioner is -- Salvatore Cassano! Awright, we win the pool! Cassano is 64, FDNY's Chief of Department (highest ranked uniformed officer), a 40-year veteran, and a former soldier. He has spoken for the department on controversial issues like anti-terrorism protocol. He w ... More >>
When word got out that the city was considering closing 25 firehouses, we figured less drastic cuts would be announced later. Today the city says it will reduce staffing at 49 engine companies. (New York currently has 194 such companies.) The city's contract with the firefighters' union al ... More >>
Sources are telling the Post that city officials are considering closing 25 firehouses in the five boroughs as a cost-cutting measure. Each closing would contribute $1 million to the city's $5 billion budget gap. The city proposed 16 company closings in this year's budget.
The FDNY has reassigned three officials and ordered more thorough inspections of all construction sites following the tragic department blunders that led to the deaths of two firefighters. The announcement comes just hours before an afternoon press conference during which Mayor Bloomberg and top F ... More >>
Fire marshals concluded that smoking sparked the blaze that killed two firefighters Photo by Gotham24 via Flickr Highlights from the mayor's afternoon press conference on the Deutsche Bank: 1) Smoking was the cause, according to fire marshals. FBI metallurgists are going to test the standpipe to ... More >>
A press release from the Manhattan DA: Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau announced today that his office has opened an investigation into the fire at the Deutsche Bank building at 130 Liberty Street which resulted in the deaths of two New York City firefighters. Assistant district a ... More >>
Firefighters for whom 9-11 never ends
The City of New York today released tapes and transcripts of 911 calls from the World Trade Center. A court made the city do it, but it also required that the voices of the callers be deleted. This protects the callers' privacy and their families'. But it doesn't sanitize the desperation of what wer ... More >>
Four years later, we still have ten big questions
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Firefighters Are Upset About a Memorial. Other People Are Upset About Fake Memorabilia. Upset?