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News and Events / Re: Happy Birthday Firephish
« Last post by fdny747 on April 20, 2018, 10:44:09 PM »
Happy Birthday
History / Re: A blast from the past!
« Last post by hosewagon on April 20, 2018, 10:37:08 PM »
John, I have always been amazed at the number of War Years legends, that started out in SQ-2.

Jay Walsh, Lt. E-59
History / Re: My younger Buff years
« Last post by nfd2004 on April 20, 2018, 09:44:09 PM »
The War Years audio tape series:

(entire series available)

are excellent examples of what Willy D describes.  It was amazing to listen to dispatchers handling 3 or 4 working fires simultaneously.  They often had no assets to send when requested and had to make immediate judgments to redirect responding units or determine which incident should get the only available truck or rescue or chief.  Dispatchers operated without computers and also provided directions to fire locations, warned units of possible other units approaching intersections, coordinated relief of units operating at multiples, advised units of blocked roadways, provided weather warnings, etc.

 In another thread here, member "Ala117" posted this audio. Thank you and I'd like to add that audio to here and try to show just how busy those years were.

 There are other audios as well posted in the quote above.

 In addition to this fire activity there was huge piles of rubbish along the streets. The street activity was on going almost nightly between the blasting music, cars racing all over the place, and very often the sound of rapid gunfire. With water flowing down the streets like rivers from all the open hydrants. Some hydrants so vandalized they could not be used.

 While the rigs were in quarters no matter what time of day or night, usually a couple of members would be seen standing out in front talking. You could hear the bells in rapid succession tapping out another box. The moral in the fire department was extremely high and the term BROTHERHOOD really meant something.

 And those Fire Dispatchers, with NO computer aided dispatching were nothing short of being what some might refer to as; "Miracle Workers".

 Often these firefighters were the targets of bricks and full garbage cans thrown from roof tops as they pulled into the street. Sometimes even bullets were fired at them. Buildings were often set on fire with booby traps to injure firefighters as they went in. There were holes cut in floors covered with a piece of material hoping that they would fall into a lower level. Piano wire was stretched across doorways hoping that firefighters wouldn't see it and injury would result. Balloons would be filled with gasoline ready to explode when heated and spread the fire.

 There were also stabbings, shootings, drug overdoses, on a daily basis right in the streets.

 It seemed like there was just no place to hide once you were there.

 I can fully understand how difficult it must be for someone to try and understand what went on throughout many parts of NYC if they weren't there to see it for themselves.

 But I can sure testify to you that ANY Retired FDNY War Years Firefighter that tells you a few stories of how it was then - they are NOT lying. You are hearing it straight from a guy who was there and lived it. It wasn't just a busy couple of days or maybe one very busy year. It was every day and night for a decade or more.

 The amount of fire activity was non stop. I told one Retired FDNY War Years member just the other day. "As a buff, when I left to go home, it was like they opened the gates and let me out".
Brooklyn / Re: 4/20/18 Brooklyn All Hands Box 2604
« Last post by scoobyd on April 20, 2018, 09:10:02 PM »
Don't forget Dyker, Bensonhurst and Gravesend.  Most home purchases in those areas are made by Chinese so I am told. 
Brooklyn / Re: 4/20/18 Brooklyn All Hands Box 2604
« Last post by den114 on April 20, 2018, 08:56:28 PM »
Ft. Hamilton Pkwy. from about 55th street out to 69th  street is now Asian. Also 11 th Ave from 60th st out.
   I believe this area is larger than the original Chinatown in Manhattan. It's still expanding into the 70's.
Queens / Re: 4/20/18 Queens 10-75 Box 7897
« Last post by mikeindabronx on April 20, 2018, 08:40:02 PM »
Fire Location: 35-37 89th St Near 37th Ave

B-46 gave the 10-75

Fire in the Attic 2 1/2 Story PD

B-46 All Hands Extra 1&1 for window bars E-325 & L-117

35-39 89th St.

L-136 FAST
Queens / 4/20/18 Queens 10-75 Box 7897
« Last post by Signal73 on April 20, 2018, 08:38:16 PM »
Fire Location: 35-37 89th St Near 37th Ave

B-46 gave the 10-75

Fire in the Attic 2 1/2 Story PD

L-136 Fast

B-46 All Hands Extra 1&1 for window bars E-325 & L-117

National / Chicago,IL Building Fire 4/20/18
« Last post by mikeindabronx on April 20, 2018, 08:37:33 PM »
2207 W. Rice St.

E-57, Truck-7, BN-12 probably 1st due
Brooklyn / Re: 4/20/18 Brooklyn All Hands Box 2604
« Last post by FDNYSTATENISLAND on April 20, 2018, 08:33:00 PM »
While borough park is still largely Hasidic, it is also increasingly Asian and PLENTY of other things too. Incredibly diverse. This job is closer to Sunset Park where Brooklyn’s Chinatown is (8th Avenue).
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