Monday, September 22, 2014

Fire in the PATH Train Tube FDNY Response


The other day I heard the familiar sounds of a fire engine making a run up Sixth Ave.  And then I heard another and another and another and knew something must be up.
So I grabbed a couple lenses and went to see what all the commotion was about.  Turns out there was a fire in the PATH train tube section between 14th and 23rd St.  The FDNY was entering at several location to evacuate people and put it out.  Nobody was injured, but the massive response shows some of the work these men and women do at a time of need.  New York's Bravest in action.
Their equipment is a massive arsenal of interesting and life saving machines and tools. 


 




 Here you can see some smoke coming up from the underground at the Bed Bath Beyond corner. 

 This is the wash off area where the dust and debris which sticks to their uniforms is removed.  In case of any transformer fires various chemicals can be released and you can imagine what else is down on the line after decades of use.



 Here you can see some of the gear they carry.  Not to mention the air tank which has considerable weight.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-contained_breathing_apparatus



















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2 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:32 PM

    Very nice pictures of the subway . . . however, fireman do not use oxygen tanks! They use air tanks.

    We do not breathe pure oxygen; we breathe air, which only has approx. 21% oxygen. A tank of pure oxygen in a fire would be a bomb!

    Even when you see a person who has breathing problems (e.g. emphysema) using an actual oxygen tan for medical purposes, the oxygen is supplementing the air they are breathing at the same time.

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  2. Thank you - post updated to reflect that now.

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