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Roof rope rescue on the 16th floor

Fire Engineering: Roof Rope Rescue at Harlem Apartment Fire

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“Firefighters got here quickly and found a woman at the window, panicked on the 16th floor. They quickly assessed the situation and decided to do something we rarely do – a roof-rope rescue – from the 17th floor. Firefighter Brian Quinn, assisted by other members, went out the window on the roof-rope that was secured on the Halligan tool by the team members. All of this while #Engine59 was advancing a hose line in to extinguish the fire. They got to the woman in time, they were able to hold her on that floor, and because of the aggressive attack by 59 Engine, the fire was extinguished enough that they could bring her back into the apartment rather than lowering her to a floor below. This is really a heroic rescue and it really shows the talent and the bravery of the members of the FDNY. It’s something that’s rarely done, and yet they exercised their skills quickly, they assessed the situation quickly, and they did what had to be done bravely. Thanks to their bravery, thanks to their efforts, and thanks to their ingenuity in being able to tie this rope off, we have someone who was saved here on Lenox Avenue. It’s a happy day for her, and it’s a happy day for all of us,” said #FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro on scene at 470 Lenox Ave. in #Harlem where Firefighters saved an individual by performing a roof-rope rescue. FF Brian Quinn #Ladder30 said, “Me and Firefighter Pat Chiarel went to the floor above while the inside team went to the fire apartment, they had to force their way in. There was a woman on the window sill outside of her window, and I stayed at the window and tried to calm her down, and told her not to jump, that we were going to come and get her. My Lt., Jason Norwich, was inside trying to coax her in, but she was completely panicked and she was not going to let go. Eventually, smoke started lifting when the guys downstairs started breaking windows and it started clearing out. I was right behind her, so if she did decide to jump or let go I was holding her to the glass. I just said, ‘I’m not going to let you fall. We’re going to get you inside.’ No more than two hours ago we were practicing this exact drill. We train all the time. That’s our job.”

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NBC New York – Video shows a brave woman hanging off the ledge while a fire blazes inside, Marc Santia reports.

CBS New York – FDNY crews used a rare rope rescue to save a woman who was hanging out the window of a high-rise apartment complex in Harlem during a fire Tuesday; CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon reports.

Eyewitness News ABC7 NY – The FDNY put a rarely used maneuver into action to save a woman who was hanging from a 16th-floor window during a high-rise fire in Manhattan.

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The fire was reported Tuesday near Lenox Avenue and West 135th Street just before 1:30 p.m.

Firefighters found a woman panicking at a window on the 16th floor and decided to do something they rarely do — a roof rope rescue from the 17th floor.

Firefighter Brian Quinn said he stayed at the window and tried to calm her down and told her not to jump and the FDNY would come and rescue her.