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FDNY, The Battle Continues Chinatown, Battling the Blazes


By John M. Malecky November, 2019

FDNY The Battle Continues
Chinatown, Battling the Dragon
By Fire Line Video Productions

Available from:
FSP Books & Videos
188 Central Street, #4
Hudson, MA 01749-1330

Price: $29.95 (DVD)

This DVD is 40 minutes in length. These two major fires take place in the Chinatown section of Manhattan. One is a 5th alarm from 2009 and the other is a 7th alarm from 2010. Even though that was some time ago, fire is fire and both of these are well worth the viewing!

Both fires have fire traffic so that the viewer can get an idea of the magnitude of what these firefighters had to deal with within the walls of these buildings, as well as on the outside! It was shear hell compounded by many occupants, difficulty in locating the fires, close proximity of the buildings, high heat and spread of the fire via airshafts to name a few!

There were several MAY-DAY’s in the first fire and an evacuation order transmitted by the incident commander at the second fire. Many tower ladders were put to work, as well as numerous hand lines. Fire extended to all floors and to exposures. There were constant roll calls needed to assure that all companies had their personnel accounted for.

The intensity of these operations have to be viewed to be appreciated!

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