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.
Dozens of firefighters in New Jersey’s capital city will keep their jobs for at least a few more weeks. Trenton officials say the layoffs of 61 firefighters that was slated to occur Jan. 5 has been pushed back a month.
The 2007 recruitment exam for the New York City Fire Department is considered to be discriminatory according to the ruling of a federal judge.
The FDNY’s so-called “crash tax” has some new opponents. A couple of state and local lawmakers are stepping in to try to stop a plan to charge drivers for accidents.
Lawmakers are pumping the brakes on the Fire Department of New York’s plan to charge drivers who cause accidents.
Some medical professionals said they worry the fees will prompt some private hospitals to stop providing ambulance service.