New York City Fire Department

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    Progress: The FDNY Now Has as Many Female Firefighters as It Did In 1982

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    Female Firefighters Hope New FDNY Commissioner Can Do Something About All the Sexism

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Seven Dead and Dozens Injured As Rescue Crews Continue Work At East Harlem Explosion Site

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    United Women Firefighters Say "Backhanded Hazing" and Unfair Testing Is Keeping Women from the FDNY

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    NYU Student Wedged Between Dorm and Parking Garage Saved By Worried Friends

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2013

    There's a Possible Jumper on Verrazano Bridge. It's the Second Attempt in Two Days. [UPDATE]

    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.

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    Taxi Cab Jumps Curb in front of 30 Rock, Severing A Woman's Legs and Injuring One Other Victim

    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.

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    Appeals Court Rules on New York Fire Department Discrimination

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    We Should Be Thankful For The New FDNY Social Media Guidelines

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    FDNY: Saturday's Seaport Fire Was Caused By Faulty Wiring

    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.

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    After Mounting Pressure, Mayor's Office Gives Out Hard Copies of 'Final' 9-1-1 Report

    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 >>

  • News

    March 7, 2012

    Will the FDNY Remain Over 90 Percent White and Male?

    A Society of Black Firefighters Hopes to Bring More Minorities to the Job

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Car Plunges Into Hudson River Off West Side Highway [Updated]

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    285 Madison Elevator Accident Results in Injuries to Three, One Reported Dead [Updated]

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Vehicle on Fire Reported in Midtown, Near Macy's [Updated]

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    FDNY vs. NYPD in Charity Boxing Match for Wounded Veteran

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    FDNY Confiscates Occupy Wall Street's Generators

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    MTA Responds to 4 Train "Smoke Condition," Says Cause is "Still Under Investigation"

    Steven Thrasher​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    The City Goes Back to Federal Court Over the FDNY

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Paul Washington of the Vulcan Society: "The FDNY Has Been Lily White for 150 Years"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    FDNY Rescues Driver From Truck Dangling From Sanitation Garage

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Man Attempting to Jump Off Roof of 30 Rock Has Been Rescued (Updated)

    via @Durrellojello​A 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Amadou Diallo Shooters, Wife Beaters Still Became Firefighters: FDNY Brass

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Salvatore Cassano, FDNY Commissioner, Recruits in Black Church as New FDNY Hiring Period Opens

    ​ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Judge Orders City Not To Increase Fee for New FDNY Entrance Exam

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    The FDNY Fireman Calendar Is Now for Sale

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Basement Fire on St. Marks

    via Zach Baron​Firefighters 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Black FDNY Electrician Confronted with Noose

    ​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 >>

  • News

    December 15, 2010

    FDNY's Black Firefighter Problem

    Meet the black candidates who aced the FDNY's supposedly racist entrance exam—and still can't become firefighters

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    "Die in a Fire" Is Kind of an Empty Threat Now

    ​ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Fire at Ageloff Towers in the East Village Now Under Control

    via EV Grieve/jdx​This 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    FDNY Finds Hydroponic Pot Farm in Lower East Side Basement

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    5 Alarm Blaze: NYC Firefighter Busted with Bundles of Hydroponic Chronic (Weed)

    ​"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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Radiation in the East Village? Levels Are "Negligible," Says FDNY

    ​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."

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2010

    FDNY Ordered to Hire More Blacks -- But Budget Woes May Scuttle That for Now

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    Barrett: The Post and Daily News Rush to Defend Bloomberg's FDNY Apartheid

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Fire Chief Salvatore Cassano is New FDNY Commissioner

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    FDNY Cuts 49 Engine Companies' Staff from 5 to 4; Union Protests

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2009

    25 firehouses could be on the block

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2007

    FDNY Shake-Up After Deutsche Bank Blunders

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2007

    Smoking Caused the Deutsche Bank fire: Mayor

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2007
  • Blogs

    August 21, 2007

    Criminal Probe of Deutsche Bank Building Fire Launched

    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 >>

  • News

    August 15, 2006

    Blunt Trauma

    Firefighters for whom 9-11 never ends

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2006
  • Blogs

    March 31, 2006

    911 on 9-11: "You Alright Up There?"

    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 >>

  • News

    November 29, 2005

    Open and Shut

    Four years later, we still have ten big questions

  • News

    June 28, 2005

    The Fire Next Time

    Skyscraper safety: the push for NY's high-rises to learn not to burn

  • News

    December 16, 2003
  • NYC Life

    January 22, 2002

    9-11, Inc.

    Firefighters Are Upset About a Memorial. Other People Are Upset About Fake Memorabilia. Upset?

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