NYFD Fights Problems Of Big Storms
To combat the emergencies created by the near blizzard which struck New York City on January 12-13, Fire Commissioner Edward Thompson placed a reserve force of one thousand firemen in service during the night for additional fire protection to New Yorkers. Four extra engine companies were provided for the Rockaway peninsula, in Queens, rendered partially isolated by the complete traffic stoppage over the Marine Parkway Bridge. Two extra engine companies were placed in service on City Island threatened by isolation due to heavy snow drifts and high tides and added protection was provided in all other low-lying areas of the city.
Commissioner Thompson and Chief of Department Edward P. McAniff spent the night at central command headquarters in Manhattan constantly evaluating field operations. With the cooperation of all New Yorkers, the fire incidence was abnormally low. As against a normality of 110 fires during this period, but 47 fires occurred. The augmented fire forces confined these to their points of origin. Four false alarm’s occurred against a normal 25 for the same period.