Brooklyn Working: Video from Box 1068, Residential High-Rise Fire

Squad Company 1 transmits the 10-75 for 135 Eastern Parkway

Video below is from the New York Daily News of a three-alarm fire at 135 Eastern Parkway. It has a unique view and offers an interesting look into what goes on when fighting fire in a 16-story walk-up.

News was sparse on this fire and the details even more sparse. Fire on the 12th floor of a 16-story residential high-rise was reportedly fought using the high-rise nozzle and the fire blanket but neither had any effect. Rescue Company 2’s website reports similar details.

The fire apartment reportedly was full of clutter which likely contributed to a difficult attack. The blaze went to three alarms and a special for two additional truck companies before being brought under control.

Below are items from work for your reading of high-rise firefighting.


Engine Company Operations: Analyzing the High-Rise Handline
Shapiro, Fire Engineering, 2 November 2011

Equipment Considerations for Fires in High-Rises & Other Structures
A look at some of the toolbox items & trends for responding to high-rise fires & other structures
Kirby, 11 August 2012

Fire in the Sky
3 keys to successfully preparing for & battling a high-rise fire
Kirby and Lakamp, 10 August 2011

Study Examines Crew Sizes at High-Rise Fire
Research stresses effectiveness of higher staffed companies
10 April 2013

Truck Company Operations at High-Rise Fires
Finding the fire & searching the building take on new meaning when you’re 20+ floors up
Dugan, 18 April 2011

Working with Standpipes
How to deal with standpipe valve issues
Kirby and Lakamp, 31 January 2011

Video: Urban Essentials. K.O. Fire Curtain


Bill Carey is the online public safety news and blog manager with PennWell Public Safety, or more specifically FireRescue Magazine/,, and Bill started in the fire service, as a third generation firefighter and has served as a volunteer sergeant and lieutenant at Hyattsville. Bill’s writing has been on, Fire Engineering, FireRescue Magazine,, the Jones and Bartlett 2010 edition of Fire Officer: Principles and Practice, The Secret List and His recent writing on firefighter behavioral health has been nominated for 2014 Neal Award for Best Subject-Related Series.


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