A fire broke out at around 7:45 a.m. Thursday at a high-rise at 388 Pearl Street at Wagner Place. At least three people were rescued by the Fire Department.
Union chief Steve Cassidy says staffing cuts continue to have a negative impact as FDNY numbers indicate 2011 was the third busiest year for firefighter emergencies in department history.
A judge found that white recruits are more likely than black recruits to have friends or family members in the Fire Department encouraging them to persevere through the department’s long hiring process.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation says the banner violates the Constitution because it was put up by members of the local fire department and hangs from two town-owned light posts.
Judge Nicholas Garaufis gave his findings Wednesday following a civil trial last month in Brooklyn. The Justice Department had sued on behalf of a black fraternal organization.
Commissioner Salvatore Cassano says nearly 17,000 people applied to take the test and 15 percent were black — compared with only 8 percent for the last test, in 2007. The overall number of minority applicants stayed steady at 40 percent.
The Fire Department told CBS 2HD the blaze began as a trash fire outside the building before spreading inside.
The suicidal mother who loaded her four children into a minivan and drove it into the Hudson River cryptically announced her intention, seeking forgiveness in a Facebook message just before the fatal plunge.
Police said she let a fourth child, a 10-year-old boy, out of the minivan before driving it off the dock. The child told firefighters his mother had killed herself and his brothers and sister.
Fire departments are opening their doors this weekend across the state to recruit more volunteers.
The Greenwich Village fire in 1911 caused the deaths of 146 garment workers, most of whom were immigrant women.
EMTs treated the driver of a Chevy Camarro Z-28 who said her gas pedal got stuck, causing the car to accelerate and crash.
Isaac Feliciano fought to become a firefighter. It was his dream, ever since firemen saved his family when he was four-years-old, but a childhood infection cost him his leg from the knee down.
Bystanders with cell phones were able to capture flames bursting through the fourth floor windows of the burning apartment house, where two children jumped out of a window.
Six firefighters using the fire-retardant gloves suffered hand burns.