7-Alarm Queens Fire Scorches Structures

QUEENS, NEW YORK

On Friday night, January 8th, a fire broke out on the first floor of a nail salon in a 3-story commercial (mixed-use) structure then spread to other businesses. What would start out as a 1st Alarm response, would quickly escalate to a 7th Alarm.

Firefighters brought the fire under control at 0851 EST on Saturday for the incident that was listed as Box 4464. 136-15 37th Avenue, on Main Street x 37th Avenue in the Flushing area in Queens, New York

Firefighters spent the morning on Saturday, January 9th with their continuous firefight from in frigid temps overnight with challenges they had in getting water on the fire due to difficult access.

Seven firefighters suffered minor injuries and three businesses were gutted.

The Queens Borough President Donovan Richards states his office stands ready to provide assistance to these businesses.

Significant events that played out during this incident:

January 9th

  • 7th Alarm (0519)
  • 6th Alarm (0643)
  • 5th Alarm (0221)
  • 4th Alarm (0122)
  • 3rd Alarm (0022)
  • 2nd Alarm (0011)

January 8th

  • 1st Alarm (2357)

QUEENS FIRE HISTORY | For fires or incidents greater than 2nd alarms.

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January 9 Fire. Credit: NYC EM

Queens has been known for its escalated fire alarms as many of the structures are attached to one another, called row houses that are made of old wood and several do not have smoke alarms.

In this day in age, it would not be surprising to know that many businesses also have not upgraded to sprinklers.

FDNY firefighters and their agency overall have been working tirelessly to educate and help provide the necessary tools to help their communities to become fire smart.

Here are some of the fires from over the years and even our most recent history in the last five years.

2012

October 30

Large fire during Hurricane Sandy shows the large fire footprint left behind after the gigantic inferno in the Breezy Point area. 50 homes were destroyed.

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Photo Credit: AR-1 DMAT

2013

April

11 injured with four in critical condition. Early morning house fire.

2014

March 15

Large multi-alarm brush fire. So big and robust, it is picked up on a local news radar of just how gigantic it is from its smoke plume.

December 18

5 alarm. Box 2131 103-45 97th Street. Apartment building.

2015

May 31

One-story commercial structure fire. 5th alarm.

November 8

Home under construction catches on fire and taking two homes with it.

2016

August 4

Big fire breaks out on Queens Blvd and 34-38th Streets. 3rd alarm. Commercial structure fire.

2017

January 30

More than 160 firefighters responded, fought a huge blaze at a restaurant and injuring five people.

April 23

Five were killed including three children in a residential (dwelling) fire. Media reports there was no smoke alarm.

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Credit: NYC EM

September

A landlord dies in a residential home fire.

2018

March 16

Scrap yard fire. 5th Alarm. 187-10 Jamaica Avenue. Yard backs up to the Long Island Railroad. All LIRR trains were stopped during the incident.

April

Three are killed in a house fire.

June 4

Nine FDNY firefighters are hurt along with two civilians.

June 18

Bellerose Manor section. One person died. 7 firefighters were injured with conditions of minor to serious. Fire broke out around 1900 hours EST.

September 29

3rd alarm. House fire

4th alarm. Auto body shop.

December 13

5-alarm. 1-story commercial building on Queens Blvd. heavy fire and smoke conditions. Backdraft and explosion occurred. Minor injuries (firefighters).

December 27

Transformer explosion at Con Edison plant. LaGuardia Airport goes on lockdown and on emergency power. Many inbound flights holding and diverting. Passengers were held on aircraft at gates. Ground stop in effect. Turned the sky neon blue.

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Credit: NYC EM

2019

February 24

3rd alarm. House fire. 3-alarm. Structure fire. Box 4630. 94-02 42nd Avenue. Heavy fire on floors 1 and 2 of a 3-story private dwelling.

March 13

House fire. Child killed. Six others injured.

April 5

3-alarms. 93-13 101st Avenue. 2-story commercial structure with mixed occupancy. Fire in two buildings. Ozone Park.

July 10

An entire family perishes inside their home. Residential structure fire.

2020

January 5

4 alarm. 78-17 101st Avenue. Fire throughout the whole building with extension to exposures 2 A, a 2-story wood dwelling. Ozone Park in Queens.

January 8

4 Alarm commercial structure fire.

March 10

3-alarm. Box 9361. 97-12 Northern Blvd. Fire in 3-story mixed use building with extension to exposures.

July 23

Multiple calls come in for a lightning strike of a home.

July 27

Eight are hurt in house fire.

November 13

3-alarm. 136-11 38th Avenue. Box 4464. Commercial structure fire.

November 18

3-alarm. 22-11 New Haven. Heavy fire on 5th floor extending to 6th floor. 7-floor multiple dwelling.

December 9

6-alarm fire in Queens. Box 66-9633, 109-25 Jamaica Avenue. Firefighters on-scene within three minutes but challenges arose as the fire quickly spread in old row wood frame buildings causing 40 people to be displaced. No injuries were reported.

Information has been gleaned from verified FD sources, media and eyewitness accounts. Dates are approximate as published on digital platforms. – Ed.

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Credit: FDNY

“Working alarms are the most critical component of your escape plan. Be #FDNYSmart – have both a smoke and CO alarm, or a combination smoke/CO alarm, where you sleep and on every level of your home, including basements. See more at http://fdnysmart.org” – FDNY

The FDNY says that 1/3 of home fires occur usually during the months of December through February and most are preventable

Here are some tips in order to become #FDNYSmart:

  • Most candle fire victims are between ages 5-9. Keep them out of their reach.
  • Keep hallways and exits clear of clutter. This will allow an easier escape during a fire, and will give first responders access to your home during an emergency.
  • Keep space heaters at least 3 ft. from bedding, curtains, and other materials, and always plug your heater directly into the wall.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1/10/2021 2325 PT

UPDATE | Synagogue Stabbing Suspect Arrested

MONSEY (ROCKLAND COUNTY), NEW YORK

Incident Summary

A man with unknown reasons stepped inside a Monsey Rabbi’s home during a Hanukkah celebration and began stabbing people with a machete, injuring five.  Five were transported to a nearby hospital with two in critical condition.

The attacker was hit by a table by inside members, prompting him to leave but try to enter the next door synagogue.  Worshippers inside were able to successfully block the door and saving lives of many inside.

The man fled the scene and left in a vehicle.

Resources

Resources include Ramapo EMS Dispatch,  Hatzolah EMS, NYPD and The Ramapo Police Department.

Current Status

The suspect has been arrested by NYPD Officers from the 32nd precinct.

The investigation and crime scene are still active at this time.

#MonseyStabbing

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/28/2019 – 2330 PST / 12/29/2019 0230 EST

Multiple People Reportedly Stabbed at NY Synagogue

MONSEY (ROCKLAND COUNTY), NEW YORK

Incident Summary

Four people have been reportedly stabbed inside a synagogue in the 40 block of  Forshay Road in Monsey, New York. According to various reportings, it is said that they have been transported. One has been reported is in serious condition, the other three are unknown at this time.

This is an on-going incident.

Resources

Resources include Ramapo EMS Dispatch,  Hatzolah EMS, Rockland County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department.

Current Status

Reports of Police checking the perimeter for additional patients is still active.

Local  (Rockland Scanner) scanner feed is reporting that Police are looking for the suspect vehicle, a silver Nissan Sentra with New York plates HPT-5757.

All EMS ambulances that were at the Forshay incident are to return back to headquarters and take no calls, per Incident Command.

How You Can Help

If you see this vehicle or know details about this crime, call 9-1-1 immediately. Do not approach this vehicle, persons associated with this car or engage this person.

#MonseyMCI  #MonseyStabbing

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/28/2019 – 1255 PST / 2255 EST

#TrumpTowerFire Kills 1, Injures 4 | 1

MANHATTAN, NY | A 4-Alarm fire from an unknown cause ripped through the 50th story of the Trump Tower this afternoon killing one civilian and injuring four firefighters.  Onlookers shot video and photos spreading like wildfire all over Social Media.

Photo Credit | NYC OEM

FIRE TIMELINE 

1427 PDT – MAN 2-ALARM 721 5 AVE, HIGH RISE (TRUMP TOWER) FIRE ON 50TH FLR.

1524 PDT – Due to a fire at Trump Tower in Manhattan, expect police and FDNY in the area of 5th Ave/W.57 St. Expect traffic and street closures nearby by due to emergency vehicles.

1527 PDT – Members are on scene of a 3-alarm fire at 721 5th Ave Manhattan. There are currently no injuries reported.

1530 PDT – Current street closures due to the fire at Trump Tower.   5th Ave between W. 55 St to W. 57 St and W. 56 St between Madison Ave to 5th Ave.

1556 PDT – Members remain on scene of a 4-alarm fire, 721 5th Ave in Manhattan. There is currently one serious injury to a civilian reported.

1628 PDT – 

1657 PDT –  Fire brought under control.

1658 PDT – We found fire on the 50th floor of the building. The apartment was entirely on fire. Members pushed in heroically, they were knocking down the fire and found one occupant of the apartment who is in critical condition.

1659 PDT – We had many floors to search, and stairways, and right now the only civilian injury is to the occupant of that apartment. There are four Firefighters with non-life-threatening injuries.

1659 PDT (2) – This was a very difficult fire. As you can imagine, the apartment is quite large, we are 50 stories up. The rest of the building had a considerable amount of smoke. 200 Firefighters and EMS members are on scene.

1700 PDT – The fire is still not considered to be under control because of the smoke conditions on all the floors above, says FDNY Fire Commissioner Nigro gives update on 4th alarm, 721 5th Ave Manhattan.

INCIDENT SUMMARY | 1 person has succumbed to his injuries, 4 firefighters were injured and have non-life threatening injuries.

FIRE BUILDING HISTORY 

January 8, 2018 | A fire in the building’s HVAC system injuring two civilians and one firefighter (non-life threatening injuries) and caused smoke to billow from the room.  It reportedly started around 0700 on Monday morning.  It was stated that some debris fell on to a firefighter and an engineer breathed in some smoke.  This fire took about one hour to put out.

PHOTO CREDIT | FDNY unless credits given otherwise to photos.

SOCIAL MEDIA | #TrumpTowerFire #NYFire

Senator Chuck Schumer (NY):  “Thinking tonight of those lost and injured in the fire that broke out in Trump Tower today, and incredibly thankful to the FDNY for their work that kept more NYers from harm.”

Editor’s Comments:  While there are very hateful things said on Social Media, we don’t always agree to agree with things going on in this world either but this is fire related and this is what we report on.  There was one person who was reportedly killed from their fire related injuries and four FDNY firefighters injured. We need to rally around the civilian’s life and family, as well as the firefighters, their family and our Fire Family.

When everyone runs out of a building or are trapped, these amazing and highly trained firefighters run in with a cache of personnel supporting them.  We need to recognize them for stopping this fire from spreading and extending beyond its current position.” LR Swenson, Editor

SOURCES | FDNY, FDNY Alerts, NYPD, Social Media

2018 NW Fire Blog

WINTER STORM JONAS AKA BLIZZARD 2016 | NEW YORK | UPDATE 1

BREAKING ALL-TIME HISTORICAL RECORDS

A severe Winter storm has slammed into parts of the Mid-Atlantic and  Eastern parts of our Nation.  We will be providing Updates for each State as there is simply too much information to combine all into one blog post.

STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED

On Saturday at 1430 EST, NY State Governor Cuomo issued a State of Emergency which has impacted many lives and saving thousands, if not millions.  Here’s what we know so far.

COUNTIES AFFECTED:  Bronx, Kings, Nassau, Suffolk, New York, Queens, Orange, Putnam, Richmond, Rockland and Westchester.

BANS IN EFFECT

As of 1430 EST, the Governor issued a ROAD TRAVEL BANS.

ROAD TRAVEL BANS | This means that no one is to travel on any of the following roadways listed below or as a driver, you will face the consequences of being charged with a misdemeanor and fined up to $300.  Additional fines can also apply.

“Safety is our number one priority – and right now, it is not safe for the general public to travel,” said Governor Cuomo. “Closing the roads and exterior rail roads and subways is the right thing to do in this situation, because it helps emergency personnel do their jobs and respond to the storm as aggressively as possible. We are doing everything necessary to keep people safe, and I encourage all New Yorkers to wait out the storm indoors.”

– Governor Cuomo

NYC:  Local and State roads are off-limits.

LONG ISLAND:  State roadways, Long Island Expressway and Northern State Parkway have been close.

MANHATTAN:  Law Enforcement is manning all road blocks during the State of Emergency Road Travel ban.  If you are found to be on the roadway during this ban, you will face a misdemeanor charge with up to $300 in fines. Additional fines can be added for additional violations.  The Executive Order has been signed by the Governor.

PORT AUTHORITY:  All Tran-Hudson Crossings

WEATHER 

According to the Governor’s Office, New  York City is expected to see a snow accumulation of around 24-30″ and Long Island is expected to receive between 18-24″ of snow before Sunday.  Heavy winds are expected to hit between 30-40 mph with wind gusts up to 55 mph. Visibility is likely to be like blizzard to whiteout conditions.

Power outages are expected due to the heavy amounts of snow predicted to continue in already hard-hit areas.

INFRASTRUCTURE

UTILITIES

We have provided you with a list of Utilities and who to contact in your area.

  • 800-527-2714-Central Hudson
  • 800-752-6633-Con Edison
  • 718-643-4050-National Grid – Metro
  • 800-930-5003-National Grid – LI
  • 800-365-3234-National Fuel Gas
  • 800-572-1111-NY State Electric & Gas
  • 877-434-4100-Orange & Rockland
  • 800-490-0075- PSEG Long Island
  • 800-743-2110-RG&E

HISTORICAL BLIZZARDS ON RECORD

THE GREAT BLIZZARD OF 1888

Recorded as one of the worst blizzards on record occurred on March 11th through the 14th when an unmildly winter appeared out of normal, suddenly changed over to heavy rain followed by snow.  The Great Blizzard of 1888 was said to be one of the area’s worst storms on record.

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The storm began on March 12th after midnight as heavy rain began to fall.  With temps dropped, snow immediately began dumping on to NJ, NY, MA, RI and CT.  The storm continued for one-and-a-half days affecting the Nor’Easter States.

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Significant events occurred during this storm deeming it one of the most severe blizzards in recorded history.  Here are some of those highlights:

  • The storm is said to have dropped 20″ – 30″ of snow on Northern VT.
  • Snowdrifts reached 30-40′ high seen covering rooftops of homes from NY to NE.
  • 58″ snow fell in Saratoga Springs, NY
  • 48″ snow fell in Albany, NY
  • New Haven, CT received 45″
  • New York City felt the pain of 22″
  • Reports of 80 mph wind gusts but officially records indicate 40 mph with 54 mph wind gusts as being “official” in New York City
  • Sustained winds had an average of 45 mph that produced 50′ snowdrifts

Railroads shut down and residents were forced to shelter-in-place for up to a week.

The average temps were with a minimum of 6-degrees and a daytime high of only 8-degrees on March 13, 1888.  It was the recorded as the coolest day on any record for the month of March.

This storm caused $25M [equals to $860M in our current day [2016]] and had a record of 400 deaths across Eastern U.S. and Eastern parts of Canada.

NORTH BLIZZARD OF 2006

Not much was found between the earlier years and 2006.  What we do know is this extratropical and winter storm formed on Feb 11, 2006 touching the lives of those in the Mid Atlantic States and including Northern VA and ME. It was deemed to be a Cat 2.

The following day on Feb 12, 2006, it found its way to impacting major Cities such as Baltimore to Boston with 26.9″ accumulations in snow coverage to NYC.  This was the most recorded since 1869, when the recordkeeping started.  States such as VA, MD, DC, PA, NY, NJ, DE and NE  were affected.  Areas suffered $5M [2006 USD] in damages.

DEC 2010 BLIZZARD

This Dec major Nor’Easter and historic blizzard occurred on Dec 5 through the 29th of 2010 that affected large parts of Norfolk, Philly, NYC, Hartford, Providence and Boston with receiving up to 12-32″ in most areas.  Impacted was NC, NYC, NJ, CT, ME, MA and Atlantic Canada and had in $80M in damages [2010 USD].

JAN 27 – 27, 2011 N AMERICAN BLIZZARD

This storm occurred in N’easter US and parts of Canada two weeks after a previous major Blizzard and struck the same affected areas already touched in earlier Jan.

JAN 31 – FEB 2, 2011 AMERICAN WINTER STORM aka Ground Hog Blizzard

This extratropical cyclone Blizzard, Ice Storm, Winter Storm and named tornado outbreak touched Central US< NE and the Great Lakes that dropped 27″ of snow on Antioch, IL.  The storm incident caused $1.8B in damages and led to 36 deaths.

FEB 5-6, 2010 BLIZZARD aka Snowmageddon

The February 5-6, 2010 Blizzard or also known as “Snowmageddon” Category 3 [Major] extratropical cyclone, blizzard and winter storm caused 41 deaths. Te storm had 978MB that dropped 38.3″ of snow accumulations on Elkridge, MA.  Impacted areas were Midwest and the East Coast from IL to NC to NY.  Affects from this storm were felt by those North and West of Northern Mexico, CA and Southerner, Mid Western, Southwestern and most notably in the Mi Atlantic States.  Severe weather took place in NM, VA, PA, MD.  Landslides and  Flooding occurred in Mexico.  Widespread of snow accumulation of 20-35″ in Southern PA and Eastern States. No estimated cost of damages were known.

FEB 9-10, 2010 BLIZZARD

Three days later, the area experienced the effects of yet another extratropical and winder storms that would form on Feb 7th with a 969MB causing three deaths and dissipating on Feb 11th.  It wasn’t yet soon enough as it largely impacted the Midwestern U.S., Mid Atlantic and the Northeast from States, such as IL to VA, VT, WA DC, New York City [NYC], Baltimore to New Jersey.

FEB 25-27, 2010 BLIZZARD

As you can see, there seems to be a pattern for the people living in these highlighted States with Blizzards not being so uncommon these days.  This Blizzard was just like all the others as an extratropical, winter storm and blizzard.  It formed on Feb 24 and dissipated on the 27.  It was 972MB and dumped up to a high snow accumulation of 53″ in Potter Hollow, NY.  It impact touched the lives of those in CT, DE, ME, MA, MD, NH, NJ, PA, RI, WV and Canada, our next-door neighbor.

MARCH 12 – 18, 2010 BLIZZARD

Not long after the previous storm, another one was ready in its wings to yet once again impact lives of those in CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI and VT.  The extratropical cyclone was also a winter storm.  It had 993 MB.

JAN 2015 aka Winter Storm Juno [Unofficially Named]

This Winter Storm as some named “Winter Storm Juno” dumped 36″ of snow on MA and had highest wind gusts up to 95 mph.  The storm formed on Jan 11 and ended on Jan 31, 2015.  The extratropical cyclone had 970 mb with wind speeds of 75 mph.  It impacted CT, NJ, MA, RI and NY.

Sources:  Wikipedia, Twitter, NY State Gov Cuomo

(c) The #NWFireBlog

FDA PRODUCT RECALL: Mars Theater Chocolate due to Undeclared Peanut Butter

Contact
Consumer:
1-800-627-7852

Media:
1-973-691-3536

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 19, 2014 – Today, Mars Chocolate North America announced a voluntary recall of its M&M’S® Brand Theater Box 3.40 oz UPC #40000294764 with the following lot numbers:

See Website for Lot #s:  http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm415490.htm

Outside carton label, Milk Chocolate M&M's 3.40 oz

This theater box item within these lot codes may contain product containing peanut butter without listing on the ingredient label on the outside cardboard box.  The inside package is correctly labelled with ingredients and allergy information.

People who have allergies to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if their theater box contains an inner M&Ms Brand Peanut Butter bag and they consume the product.  No adverse reactions have been reported to date.

iOutside carton image of side panel label -- Milk Chocolate M&M’s 3.40 oz

The issue was identified after a consumer notifed us of a M&M’S® Brand Peanut Butter package containing peanut butter M&M’S® inside a M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Theater Box.

These specific lot codes were shipped and distributed to our customers’ warehouses between May 8 and July 1, 2014, located in:  NC, TX, MN, IL, FL, KY, MS, AZ, GA, AI, CA NJ, PA, WA NY, CO, MO, MI, NH, CT, TN, MD, SC, OH, ME, VA, RI, WI, WV, IA, LA, OK, MA, NE, OK, AR, VT, ID and IN .   These customers then redistribute products for retail sale nationwide.

The M&M’S® Brand Milk Chocolate Theater Box comes in a 3.40 oz brown, 3 inch x 6.5 inch cardboard box  stamped on the right-hand side panel with the lot number and best before date.

Potential inside package -label - Peanut Butter M&M's 3.20 oz

Mars Chocolate will work with retail customers to ensure that the recalled product is not on store shelves.  In the event that consumers believe they have purchased this item and have allergy concerns, they should return this product to the store where they purchased it for a full refund.  Consumers with questions or concerns may call our toll-free number:   1-800-627-7852. This number will be operational Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (EST).

Source: FDA.gov

2014 The NW Fire Blog

BROOKLYN, NY: Lumber Yard Fire Upgraded to 5-Alarm

Approximately two hours ago, a Command unit was dispatched to a Commercial structure fire located at 858 Meeker Avenue seeing flames from approximately one-mile away.  Command reported heavy fire in the lumber.

Live Feed from a Highway Camera

Live Feed from a Highway Camera

A 3rd alarm was called about 45 minutes ago with approximately two minutes going by and a 4th alarm was called.  Foam operations were put into place but a 5th alarm was called about 20 minutes later.

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Live footage around 1204 Hours West Coast time shows the heavy fire and smoke near the freeway.  This is off of Varick in Brooklyn.  

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Multiple Tower Ladders and Hand Lines are still in use.

The temps are currently -9below and still dropping. Things are freezing and firefighters are struggling.  More manpower is assisting.

(c) 2014 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FDNY Firefighters Face Backdraft of Unwanted Attention

  • By SUSAN EDELMAN and CANDICE M. GIOVE
  • Last Updated: 8:47 AM, June 9, 2013
  • Posted: 12:00 AM, June 9, 2013

She was hot for the FDNY.

Christine Cuocolo, 34, started out as a typical firefighter “buff,” one of legions of groupies to the hunky heroes.

But her desire to get close to the smoke eaters spiraled into a “Fatal Attraction”-like nightmare.

Cuocolo, a Midtown IRS employee, created several social-media identities, including FDNY Chicky, batcavesfiregirl 26 — a reference to the Engine Co. 26 nickname, Bat Cave — and midtownsixtyfive girl, for Engine Co. 65.

She joined a mushrooming number of online groups that honor the Bravest, such as Support FDNY, FDNY Midtown, and NYC Fire Wire. The groups, whose memberships have skyrocketed since 9/11, follow the Fire Department with the same intensity as young Justin Bieber fans.

BURNING LOVE: Facebook posts linked to Christine Cuocolo (above) show a firetruck with “F U” on the windows and other messages.

BURNING LOVE: Facebook posts linked to Christine Cuocolo (above) show a firetruck with “F U” on the windows and other messages.

Some buffs listen to scanners and chase sirens, taking spectacular action shots of blazes to display as trophies. “You guys are sooo awesome,” a female fan recently cooed on one page.

Cuocolo, who showed off a scanner, crafted YouTube videos and slide shows lovingly depicting her favorite engine companies.

She brought plates of cookies to firehouses to “show support because I respect them,” Cuocolo told The Post.

She also confessed to crushes on firefighters at Engine 65 on 43rd Street off Sixth Avenue — and a desire to date them.

“Yeah, I did at one time,” she said in a tiny, child-like voice. “It was a couple [firefighters]. I don’t remember who right now.”

But Cuocolo popped by so often — she also brought flowers and memorial plaques for the fallen — the crews grew uneasy. FDNY rules permit visitors inside firehouses only during “open houses”; they can’t just hang out.

When the firefighters finally told Cuocolo to stop the surprise visits and Facebook postings, her adoration twisted into obsession and fury, fellow buffs and firefighters said.

Cuocolo, the daughter of an ex-NYPD cop-turned-private investigator, dug up information on some firefighters and posted photos of their wives and children. At least one firefighter demanded she remove them.

Joni Heiden, a factory worker from Wisconsin who administers several fire-buff Facebook pages, e-mailed and spoke by phone with Cuocolo. Heiden saved disturbing messages texted from Cuocolo’s cellphone and written under her Facebook accounts.

One text message sent in December referred to firefighters by first names. “I hate Tommy Chris I want to hit them in the head with a . . . a halligan,” it said, citing the ax-like prying tool that rescuers use.

In March, another text mentioned three firefighters: “Im so sick of 65 house and tommy danny chris i want to shove a halligan up each of there asses.” Another message said, “F–k fdny engine 65 there a bunch of fags.”

The FDNY Chicky page on Jan. 2 displayed a photo of Engine 65 with the big letters “F U” taped or Photoshopped on the windshield.

Amid the escalating animosity came a scare. On April 23, a misspelled message appeared on Facebook under the name of an Indiana buff, Scott Main.

“i enjoy threating firefighter lifes the most import is i take out every fdny firefighter im going to start with 65 house,” it read. Another mentioned a “pipe bomb,” court records state.

The chilling words sparked a joint investigation by the NYPD and State Police, which traced the threats to the Rochester home of “Firefighter Battista,” a buff whom Cuocolo had befriended on Facebook.

Gary Battista, 36, who is not a firefighter, was busted last month on charges of making terroristic threats and computer trespass. Battista signed a statement admitting he posted the threats on Main’s Facebook page to get back at him for hurting Cuocolo, who claimed he beat her.

Main, 35, who met Cuocolo online, came to New York, and wooed her by claiming he was a firefighter, she said.

“He had the gear to prove it,” Cuocolo told The Post.

She gleefully modeled the bunker pants with suspenders for a set of photos that were posted online.

But she later says she learned Main had fished the gear from a Dumpster.

“He pretended to be a firefighter. He never was one,” she said.

Cuocolo, a divorced mother of three, left Main less than a month after they got together, she said. According to a police report, she accused him of hitting her in the face and chest at a Times Square McDonald’s on April 18. She called cops, who charged Main with assault and harassment. Main could not be reached for comment.

Cuocolo acknowledges that she then gave Main’s Facebook password to Battista, but she denies that she knew he’d post a threat. Both Battista, who spent a month in the upstate Monroe County jail, and Main have been released on their own recognizance pending hearings.

Firefighters pity Cuocolo. “I think she’s just a person who needs some help. She is not very mature and is easily manipulated,” one said.

Firefighters told The Post that Cuocolo was no longer welcome at Engine 65 because of her bizarre behavior.

“If she were to come by the firehouse again the guys have been instructed not to let her in and to call the cops,” a firefighter told The Post.

They take some blame for being kind to the tourists and “regulars” who flock to Manhattan firehouses. Their warmth can be misinterpreted.

“Some mistake our niceness for something more than it is,” one said. “Some people don’t realize it’s a job. They think it’s our job to entertain them. These people are interfering.”

Fanning the flames, he said, are TV shows like “Rescue Me” and movies like “Backdraft,” in which William Baldwin and Jennifer Jason Leigh tryst in the fire station.

“Some people think that’s what happens, but it does not,” the married dad said.

Occasionally, though, it does. The Bravest have been wary of “badge bunnies” and “badge bangers,” women who seek to hook up with heroes, since an August 2004 scandal in which a Staten Island woman, Jennifer Swanton, 35, had sex with three firefighters inside Engine 75/Ladder 33 in The Bronx. The FDNY later removed beds, video games and TVs from all firehouses.

Now, even home-baked gifts go in the trash, said another Midtown firefighter. Told that Cuocolo had made a crack about putting Ex-Lax in her dough, as one buff reported, the firefighter said:

“That’s why you never eat open cookies. You say no, and sometimes they go crazy. So you just say, ‘Thank you, Thank you.’ ”

susan.edelman@nypost.com

 

Editor’s Note:  We have not heard alot of press or problems here in the Northwest but I know sometimes things like this bring out the worst in followers, when the hard work and dedication firefighters do is meant for doing good for all mankind.

Facebook users/Twitter users:  The above person along with Keith Gini (cyberstalking women on FB) and Karie Russotto (girlfriend to Keith) are all causing problems on Social networks.  Please remove these people from your friend list.   Their tactics are to search through your friend list and approach people with an unwanted contact, postings and threats.

We are in the process of closing our group to Private and if you have a post, it will now need to be approved by our Admin.  Our apologies for any inconvenience that you may experience.  We still would love to have new folks join our group and to help weed out the “bad” ones to the good ones that we would love to join us, we are now reviewing new friend requests before adding you to our group page.

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FDNY Probationary Firefighters Sworn in at Academy

 

The new probationary firefighters are sworn in. On stage was Probationary Firefighter Connor Geraghty, son of Deputy Chief Edward Geraghty, who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

The new probationary firefighters are sworn in. On stage was Probationary Firefighter Connor Geraghty, son of Deputy Chief Edward Geraghty, who died on Sept. 11, 2001.

The FDNY celebrated its next generation on July 29 as 318 new probationary firefighters were sworn in at the Fire Academy.

The new class was hailed as the most diverse to attend training in the Department’s history – with 66 percent of the class identifying as people of color.

“I am confident each of you will continue the tradition of valor and service,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

Mayor Bloomberg addresses the new probationary firefighters

Mayor Bloomberg addresses the new probationary firefighters

The probationary firefighters will take part in an 18-week training program, which will include fire suppression and medical response (i.e. high-rise fire simulator, subway simulator) hazmat training, collapse and confined space rescue training and auto extrication. They also will learn about the fire code and building inspection, as well as procedures for engine and ladder operations.

“The next 18 weeks will be the most difficult of your life and you will be pushed like never before,” said Commissioner Cassano. “You remind every one of us about the hard work it takes to be a New York City firefighter.”

Twenty-seven percent of the class is African-American, 37 percent Hispanic and two percent Asian. The class includes eight women – the most women in a Probationary Firefighter class since 1982.

Source:  FDNY

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44 Officers Promoted in the FDNY

 

Brothers James and Jack Halaby are promoted to captain.

Brothers James and Jack Halaby are promoted to captain.

Banners of congratulations covered the walls of the Christian Cultural Center on July 25 to celebrate the promotion of two deputy chiefs, 10 captains and 32 lieutenants.

“Today’s a day to reflect on everything you’ve done to reach this moment,” Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said. “Whatever your new role, keep up the great work that brought you here. You make the Department what it is.”

The promoted members have 570 years of experience with the Department.

“You are all the leaders of a team that resolves crises,” Chief of Department Edward Kilduff said. “Firefighters are looking for leadership and you bring experience to the table.”

The new lieutentants take the Oath of Office.

The new lieutentants take the Oath of Office.

Among those promoted to captain were brothers James and Jack Halaby.

Capt. Jack Halaby, who also celebrated his 20th anniversary with the Department on July 25, said, “To be promoted is an honor, to be promoted with my brother makes it that much sweeter and more special.”

Capt. James Halaby, a 23-year veteran of the FDNY, said he was the one who urged his younger brother to join the Department, noting, “I’m happy to see him succeed in everything he does.

“The Fire Department is a great family to me, but he’s blood. To do anything – even playing checkers – with him is great, but this, today, is a real honor.”

Source:  FDNY

 

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