Organization of the New York City Fire Department


Organization of the New York City Fire Department

The Fire Department of New York, like most fire departments around the world, is organized in a paramilitary fashion.

Contents

Executive Staff

The Department's executive staff is divided into two areas including a civilian fire commissioner who is in charge of the Department and a Fire Chief who is the operational lead. The current fire commissioner is Salvatore J. Cassano. and the current Chief of Department is Edward Kilduff. The 32-member executive staff includes the civilian fire commissioners who are responsible for bureaus within the Department, along with the Chief of Department, Chief of Fire Operations, Chief of EMS, the Chief Fire Marshal and the nine staff chiefs. Staff chiefs include the seven citywide tour commanders, the Chief of Safety, and the Chief of Fire Prevention.[1]

Office of the Fire Commissioner

  • Commissioner
  • First Deputy Commissioner
    • Associate Commissioner, Intergovernmental Affairs
    • Office of Strategic Planning
    • Office of Health Affairs
    • Office of Medical Affairs
    • Office of Grants Development
  • Deputy Commissioner, Management Initiatives & Policy
  • Deputy Commissioner, Public Information
  • Deputy Commissioner, Administration
  • Deputy Commissioner, Legal Affairs
  • Deputy Commissioner, Technology & Support
  • Assistant Commissioner, Budget & Finance
  • Assistant Commissioner, EEO

Office of Chief of Department

  • Chief of Department
    • Chief of Fire Operations
      • Assistant Chief of Operations
        • Borough Commanders (Assistant Chief/Deputy Assistant Chiefs)
      • Chief of Administration (Deputy Assistant Chief)
      • Chief of Special Operations Command (Deputy Assistant Chief)
      • Chief of Logistics (Assistant Chief)
      • Chief of Planning & Strategy (Deputy Assistant Chief)
      • Chief of Safety & Inspectional Services Command (Deputy Assistant Chief)
      • Chief of Counterterrorism/Emergency Preparedness (Assistant Chief)
    • Chief of EMS Command
    • Chief of Fire Prevention
    • Chief of Training
    • Chief of Communications
    • Chief Fire Marshal/Fire Investigations

Ranks Below Executive Staff

  • Division Chief(Deputy Chief)
    • Battalion Chief
  • Captain(Fire Station Commander)
    • Lieutenant(Fire Company Commander)
      • Senior Firefighter
        • Engineer/Chauffeur
        • Firefighter(Levels 1, 2, & 3)
        • Probationary(Probie) Firefighter(Rookie)

Bureau of Operations

Under the Chief of Fire Operations there are five borough chiefs, each responsible for one of the five political boundaries within New York City.

  • Borough chiefs:
    • Manhattan Borough
    • Staten Island Borough
    • Brooklyn Borough
    • Queens Borough
    • Bronx Borough

Below the borough, the department is organized into functional units. Each borough is subdivided into smaller units called divisions and further divided into battalions. A battalion is a collection of FDNY resources or “units” (e.g., engine and ladder companies) responsible for a geographical area of the city. Four to five firefighters and one officer generally make up a unit. Five to eight units make up a battalion. Four to seven battalions make up a division.[1]

Divisions

In a department with the history and size of the FDNY there are bound to be reorganizations within the department structure. The dates below reflect the original organization dates of the active Divisions and the original and final reorganization dates of the disbanded divisions. Please note that there may have been other reorganization and disbandment dates for all Divisions.[2]

Active

  • Division 1: Manhattan (Organized Jan. 1, 1869)
  • Division 3: Manhattan (Organized Jan. 1, 1869)
  • Division 6: Bronx & Manhattan (Organized Jan. 28, 1898)
  • Division 7: Bronx & Manhattan (Organized Jan. 28, 1898)
  • Division 8: Staten Island & Brooklyn (Organized Jul. 3, 1898)
  • Division 11: Brooklyn (Organized Apr. 15, 1906)
  • Division 13: Queens (Organized Apr. 15, 1906)
  • Division 14: Queens (Organized Feb. 1, 1927)
  • Division 15: Brooklyn (Organized Jan. 1, 1930)
  • Marine Division (Organized Jan. 1, 1908)

Disbanded

  • Division 2 (Organized Jan. 1, 1869 – Disbanded Aug. 1, 1948 / Reorganized Mar. 21, 1995 – Disbanded Jan. 25, 1997)
  • Division 4 (Organized Jun. 12, 1902 – Disbanded Aug. 11, 1979 / Reorganized Mar. 21, 1995 – Disbanded Jan. 25, 1997)
  • Division 5 (Organized Mar. 1, 1904 – Disbanded Jan. 25, 1997)
  • Division 9 (Organized Feb. 1, 1900 – Disbanded Apr. 15, 1906 / Reorganized Aug. 10, 1968 – Disbanded May. 4, 1989)
  • Division 10 (Organized Oct. 1, 1905 – Disbanded Apr. 16, 1922 / Reorganized Jan. 3, 1951 – Disbanded Jul. 1, 1990)
  • Division 12 (Organized Apr. 15, 1906 – Disbanded Jan. 1, 1995 / Reorganized Jan. 5, 1995 – Disbanded Mar. 21, 1995)
  • Division 16 (Organized Apr. 20, 1965 – Disbanded Oct. 4, 1975)
  • Division 17 (Organized Oct. 18, 1969 – Disbanded Jul. 1, 1975)

Unit breakdown by borough

Brooklyn

  • 3 Divisions 8(S.I.),11 and 15
  • 16 Battalions
  • Rescue 2/Collapse 2
  • 2 Squad Companies (both with HAZMAT support trucks)
  • 65 Engine Companies
  • 39 Truck Companies (6 tillered, 16 tower-ladders, 17 ladders)
  • 3 Foam Units/1 Foam Tender
  • 2 Satellite Trucks (#3 and #6)
  • 1 Brush Fire Unit
  • 2 Fuel Response Trucks (E228 and E229)
  • 2 Purple K Units
  • 1 Fire Hydrant Thawing Unit

Bronx

  • 2 Divisions (6 and 7)
  • 9 Battalions
  • Rescue 3/Collapse 3
  • 2 Squad Companies (both with HAZMAT support trucks)
  • 30 Engine Companies
  • 27 Truck Companies (1 tillered, 10 tower-ladders, 16 ladders)
  • 1 Foam Unit
  • 1 Satellite Truck (#2)
  • 1 Brush Fire Unit
  • 1 Fire Hydrant Thawing Unit

Queens

  • 2 Divisions (13 and 14)
  • 9 Battalions
  • Rescue 4/Collapse 4
  • 2 Squad Companies (both with HAZMAT support trucks)
  • 49 Engine Companies
  • 32 Truck Companies (1 tillered, 15 tower-ladders, 17 ladders)
  • 3 Foam Units
  • 1 Satellite Truck (#4)
  • 1 Brush Fire Unit
  • 1 Purple K Unit (E326)
  • 1 Fire Hydrant Thawing Unit

Manhattan

  • 3 Divisions (1, 3, and 6)
  • 12 Battalions
  • Rescue 1
  • Rescue 6 (constituted as needed and staffed by members of existing SOC companies)
  • 1 Squad Company (with HAZMAT support truck)
  • 42 Engine Companies
  • 32 Truck Companies (5 tillered, 13 tower-ladders, 14 ladders)
  • 2 Foam Units
  • 1 Satellite Truck (#1)
  • 1 Collapse Rescue Truck
  • 2 High Rise Units
  • 2 Purple K Units (E3,E84)
  • 1 Fire Hydrant Thawing Unit

Staten Island

  • 1 Division (8)
  • 3 Battalions
  • Rescue 5/Collapse 5 (with HAZMAT support truck)
  • 18 Engine Companies
  • 12 Truck Companies (7 tower-ladders, 5 ladders)
  • 3 Foam Units
  • 1 Satellite Truck (#5)
  • 7 Brush Fire Units (5 large trucks, 2 ATVs)
  • 1 Fire Hydrant Thawing Unit
  • 1 Purple K Unit (E163)

Special Operation and other city-wide Units

  • 3 Marine Companies—Waterborne units
    based in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island
  • 1 SCUBA Support Truck
  • 1 Dewatering Unit
  • 1 Logistics Support Unit
  • Hazardous Material Company #1 (in Queens)
  • Various other Hazmat Operation Trucks and Trailers
  • Decontamination Unit (in Manhattan)
  • 2 Tactical Support Units
  • 5 Mask Service Units
  • 2 Rebreather Trucks
  • 1 Air Compressor Unit
  • Mobile Command Center
  • Command Tactical Unit
  • Various Field Communication Trucks
  • 5 RAC Units
  • 7 Squad Companies—Used for additional manpower and light rescue
  • 35 EMS Haz-Tac Ambulances,15 BLS and 20 ALS.
  • 10 EMS Paramedic Rescue Ambulances
  • 5 EMS Major Emergency Response Vehicles (MERV)
  • 5 EMS Logistics Support Units (LSU)
  • 1 EMS Mobile Respiratory Treatment Unit (MRTU)

Bureau of FDNY EMS Organization

Command Staff

  • Chief of Bureau of EMS - Chief Abdo Nahmod [3]
  • Assistant Chiefs:
    • EMS Field Services - Assistant Chief John S. McFarland
    • EMS Administration - Assistant Chief Jerry Gombo
    • EMS Logistics - Assistant Chief John Peruggia
    • Emergency Medical Dispatch - Deputy Assistant Chief Michael Fitton
  • Division Chiefs:
    • EMS Division 1 - Division Chief Frances Pascale
    • EMS Division 2 - Division Chief James Booth
    • EMS Division 3 - Division Chief Robert Hannafey
    • EMS Division 4 - Division Chief Marylou Aurrichio
    • EMS Division 5 - Division Chief Albert Gehres Jr
    • EMS Academy - Division Chief Ann Fitton

FDNY EMS Divisions

  • EMS Division 1 - Manhattan (Four stations)
  • EMS Division 2 - Bronx (Eight stations)
  • EMS Division 3 - Brooklyn (Eight stations)
  • EMS Division 4 - Queens (Seven stations)
  • EMS Division 5 - Staten Island and Brooklyn South (Four stations)

Division 1

This Division serves under the Manhattan Borough Command.

History

Division 1 Manhattan
Organized at unknown location (Jan. 1, 1869)
Relocated to 155 Mercer St.(Ladder 20) (Jan. 30, 1894)
Relocated to 173 Elm St.(Fire HQ - Engine 55) (Mar. 1, 1900)
Relocated to 185 Lafayette St. (Dec. 15, 1905)
Relocated to 193 Fulton St.(Ladder 10) (Nov. 1, 1906)
Relocated to 100 Duane St.(Engine 7) (Feb. 7, 1907)
Relocated to 243 Lafayette St.(Engine 20) ( 1938)
Relocated to 100 Duane St.(Engine 7) ( 1941)
Relocated to 87 Lafayette St.(Engine 31) (Jan. 1, 1956)
Relocated to 243 Lafayette St.(Rescue 1) (Jun. 1, 1956)
Relocated to 42 Great Jones St.(Engine 33) (Nov. 1, 1961)
New Quarters at 251 Lafayette St.(Engine 13) (Apr. 24, 1974)
New Quarters at 227 Ave. of Americas(Engine 24) (Nov. 25, 1975)
Relocated to 251 Lafayette St.(Ladder 20) (Jul. 1, 1990)
Relocated to 227 Ave. of Americas (Engine 24) (Sep. 17, 1994)
Relocated to 251 Lafayette St.(Ladder 20) (Aug. 25, 1998)

Battalions

Battalion 1

Engine Company Ladder Company Special Unit Battalion Division Address
Engine 4 Ladder 15 Decon. Unit 4 42 South St.
Engine 6 49 Beekman St.
Engine 7 Ladder 1 Battalion 1 1200 S. 20th St.
Engine 10 Ladder 10 124 Liberty St.

Battalion 2

Engine Company Ladder Company Special Unit Battalion Division Address
Ladder 20 Rescue 6, Mobile Med. Unit 4 Division 1 253 Lafayette St.
Engine 24 Ladder 5 Battalion 2 227 6th Ave.
Engine 55 263 Broome St.
Ladder 8 14 N. Moore St.

Battalion 4

Engine Company Ladder Company Special Unit Battalion Division Address
Engine 9 Ladder 6 Satellite 1 75 Canal St.
Engine 15 Ladder 18 Battalion 4 25 Pitt St.
Squad 18 132 W. 10th St.
Engine 28 Ladder 11 222 E. 2nd St.

Battalion 6

Engine Company Ladder Company Special Unit Battalion Division Address
Engine 5 Foam 5 340 E. 14th St.
Engine 14 14 E. 18th St.
Engine 33 Ladder 9 Purple K Unit 42 Great Jones St.
Ladder 3 Battalion 6 108 E. 13th St.

Battalion 7

Engine Company Ladder Company Special Unit Battalion Division Address
Engine 1 Ladder 24 142 W. 31st St.
Engine 3 Ladder 12 High-Rise Unit 1 Battalion 7 146 W. 19th St.
Engine 26 220 W. 37th St.
Engine 34 Ladder 21 440 W. 38th St.

Division 3

This Division has served multiple boroughs in its operational history, it currently serves under the Manhattan Borough Command.

History

DIVISION 3 MANHATTAN
Organized at 160 E. 33rd St.(Battalion 8) (Jan. 1, 1869)
Relocated to 235 W. 58th St.(Engine 23) (Nov. 30, 1897)
Relocated to 205 W. 77th St.(Ladder 25) (Jun. 12, 1902)
Relocated to 126 E. 50th St.(Ladder 2) (Dec. 30, 1903)
Relocated to 221 E. 75th St.(Engine 44) (Mar. 1, 1904)
New Quarters at 52 E. 114th St.(Ladder 26) (Jul. 1, 1904)
Relocated to 115 W. 33rd St.(Ladder 24) (Nov. 1, 1906)
New Quarters at 142 W. 31st St.(Engine 1) (Nov. 3, 1946)
Relocated to 215 W. 58th St.(Engine 23) (May 14, 1951)
Relocated to 142 W. 31st St.(Engine 1) (Jun. 1, 1956)
DIVISION 3 BRONX
Relocated to 720 Melrose Ave.(Engine 71) (Jan. 1, 1995)
DIVISION 3 MANHATTAN
Relocated to 142 W. 31st St.(Engine 1) (Jan. 5, 1995)
DIVISION 3 BRONX
Relocated to 720 Melrose Ave.(Engine 71) (Mar. 21, 1995)
DIVISION 3 MANHATTAN
Relocated to 205 W. 77th St.(Ladder 25) (Jan. 25, 1997)
Relocated to 215 W. 58th St.(Engine 23) (Apr. 8, 2003)
Relocated to 205 W. 77th St.(Ladder 25) (Jun. 23, 2004)

Battalions

Battalion 8

Engine Company Ladder Company Special Unit Battalion Division Address
Engine 8 Ladder 2 Battalion 8 165 E. 51st St.
Engine 16 Ladder 7 234 E. 29th St.
Engine 21 238 E. 40th St.
Engine 65 33 W. 43rd St.

Battalion 9

Engine Company Ladder Company Special Unit Battalion Division Address
Engine 23 215 W. 58th St.
Engine 40 Ladder 35 131 Amsterdam Ave.
Engine 54 Ladder 4 Battalion 9 782 8th Ave.
Rescue 1 530 W. 43rd St.

Battalion 10

Engine Company Ladder Company Special Unit Battalion Division Address
Engine 22 Ladder 13 FDR 1 Battalion 10 159 E. 85th St.
Engine 39 Ladder 16 High-Rise Unit 2 147 E. 67th St.
Engine 44 221 E. 75th St.
Engine 53 Ladder 43 1836 3rd Ave.

Battalion 11

Engine Company Ladder Company Special Unit Battalion Division Address
Engine 37 Ladder 40 415 W. 125th St.
Engine 47 502 W. 113th St.
Engine 74 120 W. 83rd St.
Ladder 25 Collapse Rescue 1 Division 3 205 W. 77th St.
Engine 76 Ladder 22 Thawing Unit 76 Battalion 11 145 W. 100th St.

Battalion 12

Engine Company Ladder Company Special Unit Battalion Division Address
Engine 35 Ladder 14 Battalion 12 2282 3rd Ave.
Engine 58 Ladder 26 1365 5th Ave.
Engine 91 RAC. 1 242 E. 111th St.

Rescue Battalion

Engine Company Ladder Company Special Unit Battalion Division Address
TSU. 1, RAC. 4, Scuba Unit, Decon. Support Unit, De-Watering Unit Rescue Battalion 750 Main St., Roosevelt Island

Division 6

This Division has served multiple boroughs and at one point was disbanded in its operational history, it currently serves under the Bronx Borough Command.

History

DIVISION 6 BROOKLYN
Organized at 365 Jay St. (Jan. 28, 1898)
DIVISION 6 STATEN ISLAND
Relocated to 1189 Castleton Ave. At L-104 (Jan. 1, 1906)
DIVISION 6 BRONX
Relocated to 3134 Park Ave. At E-71 (Nov. 1, 1906)
DIVISION 6 MANHATTAN
Relocated to 503 W. 139th St. At E-80 (Nov. 15, 1907)
Relocated to 6 Hancock Pl. At L-40 (May 1, 1918)
Disbanded (Apr. 16, 1922)
DIVISION 6 BRONX
Reorganized at 491 E. 166th St. At E-50 (Jun. 1, 1956)
New Quarters at 1155 Washington Ave. W/ E-50 (Jul. 28, 1976)
Relocated to 720 Melrose Ave. At E-71 (Apr. 22, 1991)
DIVISION 6 BROOKLYN
Relocated to 172 Tillary St. At E-207 (Jan. 1, 1995)
DIVISION 6 BRONX
Relocated to 720 Melrose Ave. At E-71 (Jan. 5, 1995)
DIVISION 6 BROOKLYN
Relocated to 172 Tillary St. At E-207 (Mar. 21, 1995)
DIVISION 6 BRONX
Relocated to 720 Melrose Ave. At E-71 (Jan. 25, 1997)

Battalions

Engine Companies Ladder Companies Specialty Units
Battalion 3 64,94,96 47,48,54
Battalion 14 60,71,83 17,29,55 Squad 41
Battalion 16 59,69,80 23,28,30
Battalion 17 46,68,92 27,44,49 Rescue 3, Collapse Unit, RAC Unit 3
Battalion 26 50,73,82 19,31,42

Division 7

This Division has served multiple boroughs and at one point was disbanded in its operational history, it currently serves under the Bronx Borough Command.

History

DIVISION 7 BROOKLYN
Organized at 127 N. 1st St. (Jan. 28, 1898)
Disbanded To Organize Division 11 (Apr. 15, 1906)
DIVISION 7 STATEN ISLAND
Reorganized at 1189 Castleton Ave. At L-104 (Nov. 1, 1906)
DIVISION 7 BRONX
Relocated to 3134 Park Ave. At E-71 (Nov. 15, 1907)
Relocated to 1215 Intervale Ave. At E-82 (Nov. 1, 1948)
Relocated to 3134 Park Ave. At E-71 (May 15, 1949)
Relocated to 1215 Intervale Ave. At E-82 (May 15, 1951)
Relocated to 2504 Webster Ave. At E-48 (Jun. 1, 1956)
New Quarters at 2417 Webster Ave. W/ E-48 (Jun. 29, 1977)
Relocated to 3929 Tremont Ave. At E-72 (Apr. 29, 1991)
Relocated to 2417 Webster Ave. At E-48 (Oct. 24, 1991)
DIVISION 7 BROOKLYN
Relocated to 885 Howard Ave. At E-283 (Jan. 1, 1995)
DIVISION 7 BRONX
Relocated to 2417 Webster Ave. At E-48 (Jan. 5, 1995)
DIVISION 7 BROOKLYN
Relocated to 885 Howard Ave. At E-283 (Mar. 21, 1995)
DIVISION 7 BRONX
Relocated to 2417 Webster Ave. At E-48 (Jan. 25, 1997)

Battalions

Engine Companies Ladder Companies Specialty Units
Battalion 13 67, 84, 93, 95 34,36,45 Mobile Command Post 2, Purple K Unit (at the quarters of Engine 84)
Battalion 15 38,63,66,97 39,51,61 Thawing Apparatus 97
Battalion 18 45,48,88 38,56,58
Battalion 19 42,43,75,81 33,46,59
Battalion 20 70,72,89,90 41,50,53 Squad 61, Satellite Unit 2
Battalion 27 52,62,79 32,37,52

Division 8

This Division has served multiple boroughs and at one point was disbanded in its operational history, it currently serves under the Staten Island and the Brooklyn Borough Commands.

History

Battalions

Engine Companies Ladder Companies Specialty Units
Battalion 21 152,153,155,159,160,161 77,78,81 Rescue 5, Satellite 5, TSU 2
Battalion 22 154,156,157,158,163,166 79,80,83,86 BFU (Brush Fire Unit) 2, BFU 3, BFU 4, BFU 5, Purple K Unit (at the quarters of Engine 163)
Battalion 23 151,162,164,165,167,168 76,82,84,85,87 Thawing Apparatus 151, BFU 1
Battalion 40 201,228,241,247 109,114 Purple K Unit (at the quarters of Engine 228)
Battalion 42 242,243,284,330 149,168,172 Satellite Unit 3, RAC Unit 5, Thawing Apparatus 330
Battalion 43 245,245,253,318 161,166,169

Division 11

Division 13

Division 14

Division 15

Marine Division

Volunteer fire departments in New York City

There are presently nine Volunteer Fire Companies within the City of New York:

  • West Hamilton Beach VFD, Queens[4]
  • Broad Channel VFD, Queens[5]
  • Point Breeze VFD, Queens[6]
  • Rockaway Point VFD, Queens[7]
  • Roxbury VFD, Queens
  • Gerritsen Beach VFD, Brooklyn[8]
  • Edgewater Park Volunteer Hose Co #1, Bronx
  • Richmond Engine Company, Richmondtown[9]
  • Oceanic Hook & Ladder Company, Staten Island[10]

See also

References

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