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    7/13/21 Queens All Hands Box 8897

    Stuff happens and it has happened before and will happen again. Many years ago we were at the Rock for training and along with us was L4. That was the day that famous roof rope rescue was made that was on every TV station. I believe it was around the corner from Lad. 4's quarters. So you win...
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    Surfside,FL Partial Condo Building Collapse 6/24/2021

    A collapse like that at 1:30 in the A.M. will sadly lead to more victims. There was a report of heavy equipment on the roof and building was under renovation. Check the building card to see who last inspected it.
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    FDNY and NYC Firehouses and Fire Companies - 2nd Section

    Originally 232 & 176 were in the 44 Battalion. Then somebody got the idea to have the Truck in the 37 and the Engine remain in the 44 in the same house. In June of 87 the truck moved into the new house and with 233 went back into the 44.
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    New York City during the 1970s

    In Brooklyn we didn't normally assign 6th man to F.E.. He was more of a rover where he was needed most. Maybe saw to the roof or to assist in venting in the rear, or in the front if needed for evacuating tenants and maybe to assist chauffer.
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    Firehouses Closed

    233 on Hull St. was sold and is a 3 story apartment house or condo.
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    ANOTHER WAR YEARS VET PASSES.

    Capt. John Galvin due to WTC illness. John was FF in E231, 44 Batt. & L120. Got promoted to Lt. & assigned to E239 and then promoted to Capt. and assigned to Div. 8. His Brother Tom was Chief of Training.
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    Harry Gillen another legend gone.

    I just received word of the passing of FF John Block, Sq. 4 & L176, in St. Petersburg Fl.. He died in Hospice care and no info regarding wake at this time.
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    4/18/21 *Brooklyn AH Box1671 *Delayed*

    Long run for 227, maybe 233 straight down Rockaway ave., if available.
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    4-11-21...BKLYN THIRD ALARM 3897.

    With everyone walking around with a cell phone you would think fires would be reported sooner. I guess the fires are now called in when the fire is out the windows or through the roof. Or maybe they wait so when it's through the roof the video would be more impressive.
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    Firehouses Closed

    The Tin House at Rockaway Ave. & Bergen St. is now EMS 44 Batt.. Was the home to Eng. 232 & Lad 176 till 232 was disbanded on 1/31/88, AKA Super bowl Sunday. L176 was moved to new Qtrs. on June 29 of 87 with Eng. 233 & CADO unit. Tin House was opened 9/24/71 with 232 & 732 occuping till 732 was...
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    ANOTHER WAR YEARS VET PASSES.

    Just read of the death of FF Pete Budniak on 1/8/2021. I worked with Pete when he was in L120 during the war years and then he eventually transferred to L167.
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    FF TIM LEE RET AFTER 34 YRS.

    When I was there Timmy was in the Engine and now he is the last brother I worked with that has retired from the house. Timmy was a good guy that you could always count on. Enjoy the retirement because now time flies by.
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    3-27-21...QNS MVA W/ASSAULT.

    I was on the Interboro heading to the qtrs. of 233/176 about 3:10 PM in the ess turns by the cemetery and traffic was very heavy, but no remains of any incident. The traffic after getting off the pkwy. was also very heavy and Brownsville is a whole different ball game from back in the 70's and...
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    Box Number East New York Engine 332

    1987 box is Arlington and Jerome street, which is 1 block south of Jamaica Ave.
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    FDNY - radio encryption

    Will I need my secret decoder ring to listen?
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    ZIPPO

    Back during the war years there was a cry after the fire was extinguished anybody have a dry match? Just look at Backdraft and they all light up after fire was out. So reminded me of how it was. I quit 44 years ago and never looked back all thanks to a good job on Atlantic and Hopkinson.
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    COVID UPDATES

    I received 2nd shot Sunday at Totten and Monday I was a little under the weather, not firing on all eight, but today back to normal. A big sigh of relief.
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    2/5/21 Brooklyn All Hands Box 1792

    Just like old times only 50 years later. They'll be talking about this day for a while.
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    Do most companies get along with each other

    We occasionally caught a run with 175 on Jamaica Ave. in Cypress hills. As I neared an intersection with 175 coming to, I started to slow down when their chauffeur waved me on. When they got to the box when of the boys approached me and said they were 1st due. I replied I was going to stop but...
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    Helmets

    The 60 & 70's Helmets were made by Cairns Brothers in Clifton New Jersey. The leather ones.
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