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New York City businesses that use commercial cooking equipment can help eliminate unwanted fires by taking these three simple yet necessary steps. First, always clean up all grease accumulations in and around the kitchen, including on and near the cooking equipment. Second, have your cooking exhaust system - including hoods, ducts, fans, filters and any other components - professionally cleaned at least once every three months by a certified company or a person holding a Certificate of Fitness issued by the FDNY. Finally – always keep your kitchen free of flammable and combustible materials, and never leave flames unattended. To see more information from the FDNY Bureau of Fire Prevention visit nyc.gov/FDNY and click “Business.” See more #FDNYSmart tips at fdnysmart.org
#Repost @fdnyfoundation with @get_repost ・・・ On Saturday, November 16, FDNY Firehouses and EMS Stations from all over the city competed in the FIT To Fight 2019 FDNY Biking Competition sponsored by the FDNY Foundation. The event took place at the FDNY Fire Academy on Randall’s Island, and consisted of four-member teams competing in a 10,000 meter-relay bike race. The fastest 24 teams won a brand new Concept 2 Bike ERG for their Firehouse or EMS Station. Thanks to all the FDNY Firefighters, Paramedics, and EMTs who participated, and special thanks to Capt. Tom Tanzosh for coordinating such a great event. We would like to congratulate the winning teams on a great performance today!
When it comes to fire safety, the message is the same in every language – CLOSE THE DOOR. See more #FDNYSmart tips at fdnysmart.org
On Thursday, November 14, #FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro presided over a promotion ceremony for 75 FDNY Fire Officers. Read more about the ceremony at nyc.gov/FDNY
“The FDNY is a family business, it is in our blood. I remember growing up with the Department and I knew someday I wanted to help people as well. I am looking forward to the new challenges and the opportunities to learn even more with this promotion. My brother, Captain Chris Ganci and I are both keeping our family legacy and tradition alive. Because my father was who he was, he has impacted my career even after his death. He makes me live up to a higher standard. I know he would have been proud of me today,” says #FDNY Captain Peter Ganci III, who was promoted today at the FDNY Officers Promotion Ceremony in Brooklyn. Captain Ganci follows in the footsteps of his father, Chief of Department Peter Ganci, who was one of 343 FDNY members to make the Supreme Sacrifice on September 11, 2001. #NeverForget
“My father is retired FDNY Firefighter Phil Smith, #Ladder54. I grew up going to my dad’s firehouse. I remember how happy he was to go to work every day and just how much he truly loved his job. My brother, Chris Smith, #Engine42, and I graduated the Academy together in 2004. I love this job because you never know what to expect when you go into work. It is very exciting. I can’t wait to start my new position and see a new part of the city, this job, and meet new people that make this Department great,” says #FDNY Captain Lauren Judson, who was promoted today at the FDNY Officers Promotion Ceremony in Brooklyn.
“Fifteen years ago I decided to join the FDNY. I heard from several people about how great the job was and how it was a good career path. I am happy to say that all that I heard is exactly true. I used to work in the Fitness Unit at the Fire Academy and it was really important to me to show all the new members how necessary physical fitness is on this job. It is the only way we are able to perform our duties and that is what makes us confident in our skills. I am honored to be promoted, although leaving my current house will be hard, I am ready to embrace the new challenge that awaits me. I am excited to continue learning,” says #FDNY Lieutenant Adrian Caban, who was promoted today at the FDNY Officers Promotion Ceremony in Brooklyn.
#FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro announced today that Fire Marshals have arrested and charged Michael F. Hall, 31, of Brooklyn for deliberately starting five fires within NYCHA’s Louis Heaton Pink Houses over a span of six months. “Arson is a violent crime that demonstrates a depraved indifference to the lives of New Yorkers and FDNY members,” said Commissioner Nigro. “Once again, the investigative work of our Fire Marshals has led to the apprehension of a dangerous individual who used fire as a weapon to harm others.” Fire Marshals determined that the fires were purposely set during early morning hours at the front doors of apartments, blocking the escape of residents and initial access by responding Firefighters. Ultimately, each fire was quickly brought under control. The fires led to a total of 4 injuries to residents. Address: 1211 Loring Avenue, Brooklyn: November 7, 2019 - 4:48 am Address: 2628 Linden Boulevard, Brooklyn: May 28, 2019 – 4:25 am; October 18, 2019 – 6:01 am; October 26, 2019 – 5:11 am; November 3, 2019 – 12:21 am Hall faces one count of attempted murder, two counts of arson, one count of criminal possession of a dangerous weapon, two counts of attempted assault, one count of menacing, and harassment. The case will be prosecuted by the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. The arrest was a coordinated effort between FDNY, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and NYPD.
Be #FDNYSmart - NEVER use your oven to warm your home. Use appliances only for their intended purposes. See more tips at fdnysmart.org
If you live or work in a building that has a fire escape, make sure there are no padlocks or obstructions on or in front of the fire escape. Fire escapes should be 100% clear and free from obstructions. Obstructions include air conditioning units, flower pots or any item being stored on your fire escape. If you notice rust on your fire escape, or suspect that it is unstable, notify building management immediately. If the situation is an emergency, call 911. These are key components to exiting your home safely in case of a fire or emergency. See more #FDNYSmart tips at fdnysmart.org
“Firefighter Jeffrey Palazzo was one of 343 FDNY members killed on September 11. For six years, he was an FDNY Firefighter, battling fires and protecting life and property in Brooklyn and Manhattan, in Rescue Company 5 on Staten Island. Rescue Companies are elite units, and Jeff being there meant he had tremendous skills and attributes that we needed in that firehouse. At Rescue 5, he would take part in elaborate rescues in confined spaces or high above the ground, respond to serious fires, and he would respond to incidents along the water in Staten Island as well, using his training from the Coast Guard to help protect New Yorkers as a member of the FDNY. When the Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter that will bear his name is completed, it will be a fitting tribute to this remarkable individual who dedicated his life to protecting and serving others,” said #FDNY Chief of Department John Sudnik at today’s ceremony announcing the names of two new Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutters (FRCs) that have been named in honor of @uscg heroes who also served in the FDNY and NYPD, and who made the Supreme Sacrifice on September 11, 2001. The new cutters are named in honor of Port Security Specialist 2nd Class, and NYPD Officer Vincent Danz; and Machinery Technician 1st Class, and FDNY Firefighter, Jeffrey Palazzo, Rescue 5. The new cutters are scheduled for delivery starting in 2023. #NeverForget
Space heaters need space. Be #FDNYSmart – keep your heater at least 3 ft. from bedding, curtains, and other materials, and always plug your heater directly into the wall. Learn more at fdnysmart.org
#FDNY remembers the 265 individuals who lost their lives 18 years ago today, November 12, in the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in the Rockaways
On Monday, November 11, FDNY Chief of Department John Sudnik and FDNY members participated in the New York City Veterans Day Parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. This year’s parade commemorated the centennial of Veterans Day (formerly Armistice Day). Today, and every day, #FDNY honors all who have served.
Today, and every day, #FDNY honors all who have served.
On Saturday, November 9, #FDNY Chief of Department John Sudnik presided over a ceremony in which three helmets representing FDNY members who made the Supreme Sacrifice while serving our country were added to the Military Memorial Wall at the FDNY Fire Academy on Randalls Island – @usairforce Master Sergeant and FDNY Lieutenant Christopher Raguso, @marines Staff Sergeant and FDNY Firefighter Christopher Slutman, and U.S. Air Force Major and FDNY Fire Marshal and Christopher “Tripp” Zanetis. During the event, Staff Sergeant Dashan Briggs was posthumously sworn in as an Honorary FDNY Firefighter. Staff Sergeant Briggs served in the New York @airnationalguard 106th Rescue Wing, and was killed in the same helicopter crash that took the lives of Christopher Raguso and Christopher Zanetis on March 15, 2018. The ceremony was hosted by the FDNY Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12033, which is named in honor of National Guard Staff Sergeant and FDNY Firefighter Christopher Engeldrum, who made the Supreme Sacrifice while serving our country during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Currently, there are 66 FDNY personnel who are on extended military leave serving around the world, and more than 1,300 active FDNY members who are currently serving or have served in the US Armed Forces.
#Repost @nycfiremuseum with @get_repost ・・・ Kudos to our Second Place and People’s Choice winner, Althea Redican of #Station15, who wowed our #NYCFireMuseum judges and guests at the annual #FDNY Cook-Off with her scrumptious “Stayin Alive” Shepard’s Pie. Congratulations!
#Repost @nycfiremuseum with @get_repost ・・・ Congratulations to Vincent Degennaro, #Engine10, the First Place winner of the annual #FDNY Cook-Off at the #NYCFireMuseum. His winning dish was a delicious Bulgogi! Thank you to all of this year’s contestants, judges, guests and esteemed sponsors of our biggest event of the year!
#Repost @fdnyfoundation with @get_repost ・・・ The FDNY Foundation and the FDNY would like to thank New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz for hosting the second annual #StrikesWithSteven bowling fundraiser. The event benefited the TRU32 Scholarship Fund, which supports the educational goals of children of FDNY members suffering from 9/11 related illnesses. It was a great night with the FDNY beating the NYPD. The FDNY Foundation sends our most sincere thanks and gratitude to Steven and his wife Taylor for all they do in helping support New York’s Bravest. To make a donation to the TRU32 Scholarship Fund, please go to fdnyfoundation.org/donate and select “TRU32 Scholarship Fund.
#FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro announced today Fire Marshals arrested and charged a Bronx man for allegedly using a flammable liquid to start a fire that endangered the lives of five people, including three young children. Kamal Kerr, 31, faces multiple counts of attempted murder, arson, and additional charges in connection with the October 15th, 2019 fire at 36-18 Bronx Boulevard, an apartment in the Bronx. Firefighters were called to the location for a report of a fire at 7:22 a.m. and arrived in four minutes. The rapid response allowed Firefighters to quickly bring the incident under control without injuries to civilians or FDNY members. FDNY Fire Marshals responded immediately to begin their investigation, and determined a flammable substance was used as an accelerant. “This brazen, heinous act of arson could have resulted in the loss of five lives, including three young children,” said Commissioner Nigro. “Thanks to the rapid response by our Firefighters and the dedicated investigative work by our Fire Marshals, there were no injuries to occupants and a dangerous individual has been apprehended.” Kerr is charged with five counts of attempted murder; four counts of arson, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child; 15 counts of attempted assault, one count of criminal mischief, and harassment. The case will be prosecuted by the Bronx District Attorney’s Office.
#FDNY members attended today’s Women Firefighters’ Health and Wellness Conference hosted by the Boston Fire Department, which included educational presentations tailored to women Firefighters. See video from the conference by visiting facebook.com/BostonFireDepartment