Report day 3: 9 january.New York
After a long night that was (unfortunately) not interrupted by the dispatcher reporting a fire, Craig Silvino came to find at station 252. Craig Silvino helped me by organizing the whole program in New York. Craig Silvino took me back to ‘the Rock’, where we spent the day.
After an extensive tour (photo’s below) we visited a special training object that is made for practicing high-rise fires. All kinds of high-rise fires can be organized in this building and it really inspired me. After a (yet again) good lunch we went over to the ‘burnbox’ where we spent the rest of the day. The burnbox is a simulator that shows fire development. Below you will find 2 video’s made with the firecam helmet camera inside the burnbox.
After the hard labor at the rock we went to a party organized by the division in which Craig is stationed. This was a non-unifrom (great!!) party with terrific food and nice people. I am glad we attended this party!
After the party we headed for Craig’s firehouse in Jamaica in Queens. In this firehouse are truck company 127 and engine company 298 stationed. A battalion chief also operates from this firehouse. In contrary of the Resque and Squad company’s, Engine and Truck company’s go out on nearly every call. This means a smaller action area but a lot more calls. The evening and night were quiet but during the day I lost counting….
Each firecall in New York means that 56 people are heading over. If the fire is confirmed and large than one room the chief calls for a ‘second alarm’. This means the amount of units, and therefore people, is doubled. This means about 100 people more go out on a second alarm call than we do back in the Netherlands. This is mainly due to the size and construction of the buildings in New York.
FDNY 9 januari 2012