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Radio traffic & video: Two-alarms in Staten Island house fire with mayday & multiple firefighters hurt.

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Audio posted by firefighterdispatch of a two-alarm house fire at 360 Duzer Street in Staten Island where a mayday occurred and multiple firefighters were injured.

Talk about the mayday occurs around 7:33. In the video below an injured firefighter is brought to the street via a tower ladder.

The New York Daily News reports three firefighters (WNBC-TV reports seven injured) were hurt including one injured when a staircase railing gave way. The paper says none of the injuries was serious but Ryan Lavis, Staten Island Advance says otherwise:

At least one firefighter was sent to the hospital with serious injuries, after 25 units responded to a 2nd alarm fire at 360 Van Duzer St., Stapleton, on Thursday night. The house was vacant at the time of the blaze, authorities said. 

An FDNY spokesperson said that one firefighter was transported to Richmond University Medical Center in serious but stable condition. He said several other firefighters also suffered minor injuries.


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  • Mack Seagrave

    Prayers for a speedy recovery for all of the injured Brothers.

  • JustSayin’

    We need to indeed remember these folks in our Prayers.

    Since they are soo close, I hope that they might be able to
    receive some Training and maybe even some Mutual Aid
    from the world famous and highly experienced NYFD
    which might prevent future situations like this for these
    small, inexperienced vollie FDs.

  • Bill Carey


    They are FDNY firefighters. Staten Island is one of the five boroughs that make up New York City. There were no volunteer companies at this fire.

    Bill Carey

    • JustSayin”

      THAT’S an interesting twist, Bill.
      Must have been thinking of Long Island.

      So, let me get this straight….
      A bunch of NYFD firefighters were injured while working a job
      in an unoccupied house fire.

      Well, in that case, are there any Vollie Companies close to this area that could assist
      with the Training and provide Mutual Aid for this area (borough). ???

      Maybe that would prevent MULTIPLE NYFD firefighters from being injured
      all at once at an unoccupied house fire. This Training might even spread
      into other boroughs of the NYFD and prevent multiple injuries
      at their unoccupied house fires.

  • Blue

    JustSayin, WTF?

  • Mack Seagrave

    “JustSayin”: Obviously you are either a firefighter in name only (aka a “Yardbreather”) or just an opinionated “buff” with no real world firefighting experience. Regardless, real firefighters do what’s necessary based upon fire conditions, structural stability, and risk assessment (for trapped victims as well as for the firefighters). BTW “JustSayin” … Neighbors told responding FDNY Firefighters that an elderly woman resided in the fire building and they feared she was trapped. Like it or not, firefighting often presents situations such as this one where the Brothers (and Sisters) must put themselves in harm’s way to search for folks who may have been unable to exit the fire building. It’s a shame that you don’t know this (or just don’t have the personal guts needed to place yourself in danger for another human being). If you are masquerading as a firefighter do your community, yourself and the members of your department a huge favor and resign from your position. This will present the opportunity for a person who has what it takes (physical / emotional strength, intelligence, common sense and intestinal fortitude) to protect people from the long list of dangerous situations they may someday find themselves in.

    • JustSayin’


      Just a suggestion that maybe an FD that seems to injure, burn, maim and kill so many FFs just might want to get some “outside’ evaluation and training.

      It’s a well know fact that organizations that allow constant inbreeding by their
      myopic, egotistical leadership/membership will exhibit sub-par performance.

      As for your character assassination rant, Cracked Yugo, please try to remember
      what you Anger Management Therapist recommended..

      MORE Deep Cleansing Breaths and WAY Less Coffee

      • Anon

        Justsayin’ maybe the reason that FDNY members seem to get hurt so much is because they are an 11k member department(injuries are bound to happen) Or the fact that they save lives. Or the fact that they actually fight fire.

        Just saying.

  • downsouth

    Sounds like JustSayin has a chip on his shoulder. Bad experience, didn’t make the list, which is it?

  • commenter

    While the roles sometimes overlap, I try to be less of a troll and more of an iconoclast.

    FDNY’s tactics are outdated. NYC is a special place, unlike any city in the world, however the laws of physics and cognitive science apply there just as well. The best practices established elsewhere still apply in NYC, only more so.

    NYC needs to establish command & accountability upon arrival. The first ladder gave a weak size up, and command was not established until the arrival of the BC.

    The first ladder gave a size up indicating an advanced and well-established fire “fire through the roof”, “appears to be vacant”. The likelihood of rescue in such a building in such conditions is vastly diminished, and tactics should reflect that.

    FDNY has a policy of searching for the fire and victims with groups of ladder firefighters not protected by a hoseline. While the efficacy of such a tactic is questionable in high likelihood of rescue, it is deplorable in cases with advanced fire and apparent vacancy.

    FDNY has a policy of not using preconnected hose lines. Debatable in all cases, deplorable in neighborhoods with private houses. Preconnected lines can be stretched faster than dead loads, and lines can be progressively extended generally faster than long lines can be made up. DC does it this way, as does LA. WIth FDNY’s staffing, speed of stretch is only enhanced: 2 firefighters run a 400′ preconnect, 2 more firefighters carry 100′ each, first two return for 2 more 100′ sections, for a 800′ line, stretched faster than 800′ can be loaded onto 8 shoulders.

    FDNY does a good job of coordinating ventilation, but they have yet to adopt PPA, which would protect the common stairwell rather than drawing fire to the common stairwell via scuttle or roof hatch ventilation.

    No big cities in the US have adopted agressive KTF (Kill the Flashover) tactics, tactics that would greatly benefit the speed of getting water on fire on old law and new law tenements, especially if FDNY’s ladder companies were replaced with articulating tower ladder quints who could quickly deploy their own KTF stream without having to depend on another company (nor delay another company from stretching an interior line).

    FDNY has been cut slightly and uses 5 person engines and 6 person trucks, with roughly 2 trucks for every 3 engines. Since everything gets better with water, and searching without hoselines is of high risk and limited benefit, the people of NYC would be better served by beefing up the engines, even at the expense of staffing ladders. 6, 7, or even 8 person engines equipped with forcible entry equipment, TICs, and PPV fans could mount their own coordinated Positive Pressure Attack without waiting for the arrival of a truck. Truck companies could then focus on outside work such as KTF and ensuring the egress from the building. Second engines could be dedicated to water supply and RIG, with the potential to be used as a rapid search company.

  • Bill Carey

    Only a coward would take shots at a fire department’s line of duty deaths, any department, in an anonymous post. Serious discussion about serious measures to reduce these deaths goes much better if you have the conscience to stand in front of your views.

    Bill Carey

    • JustSayin’


      Just another cheap-shot, character attack by Willie Care.
      (although, much shorter that Mr.2-much-coffee above)

      Don’t discuss the issue(s), attack the spokesman.

      Do some name calling and then sling some trash about how meaningful
      and productive it COULD be if only we used our real names.

      OK, no more pen names which can never accomplish anything anyway.
      My name is Samuel L. Clemens.