Tour of duty
This is the term in the FDNY for a shift or a workday. It is the time during which you are on duty. The day tour is 9 AM to 6 PM; night tour is 6 PM to 9 AM.
When someone completes the initial testing to become a firefighter they are appointed, then assigned to the Academy.
Commonly called a "truck" company; equipped with one of three types of ladder apparatus used in FDNY (tower ladder - heavy boom with a basket at the end for two firefighers; rearmount aerial - extendable 100-foot ladder, no basket; tillered aerial - same ladder as rearmount, but the ladder is on a trailer with a rear steering wheel). Staffed with an officer and five firefighters, whose mission is vent, entry, and search.
Equipped with a pumper (1000-GPM pump, hose of several types, 500-gallon water tank). Staffed with an officer and four or five firefighters, whose role is to extinguish the fire.
The heat resistant pants, coat, and hood worn with other protective gear (boots, helmet, gloves, self-contained-breathing-apparatus)
Commonly referred to as "jaws of life;" it powers several types of tools in addition to the cutter jaws.
Driver of fire apparatus; also operates the ladder or the pump as appropriate.
The officer, forcible entry, and extinguisher firefighters of the ladder company.
The outside vent man, the roof man and the chauffeur of the ladder company.
Vent, entry and search
What ladder companies do.
Public employees who have met published standards for hiring.
An engine or ladder truck aka a fire engine or fire truck.
A fire company is a group of firefighters who have the same assignment e.g. an engine or ladder company. On duty at any given time are 4 to 5 firefighters and one officer.
A collection of FDNY resources or companies (e.g. engine or ladder companies) responsible for a geographical area of the city. Four to five firefighters and one officer generally comprise a company on duty at any given time. Five to eight companies generally comprise a battalion.
Four to seven battalions.
Special Operations Command
It is the FDNY element that includes Rescue Services, Marine Operations, and Hazmat Operations, as well as certain special units e.g. the Tactical Support Units.
Part of the Special Operations Command a squad is a specially trained and equipped company with a pumper (engine) modified to carry some truck company equipment. With expertise in hazardous materials, rescue and other special operations capabilities. There are 7 squads in the FDNY.
Part of the Special Operations Command, there is one rescue company per borough, but response areas do not coincide with borough boundaries.
A company officer, three to a company, one working per tour.
The company commander, one to a company, works a regular tour.
One on duty in each battalion on each tour.
One on duty in each division on each tour, directs operations at "all hands" and greater alarms. "Division Chief" is a working title, the Civil Service rank is Deputy Chief.
Deputy Assistant Chief
A staff chief; appointed by the Chief of Department and the Commissioner; wears two stars; currently 11 in Department.
A staff chief; appointed by the Chief of Department and the Commissioner; wears three stars, 5 in Department.
Chief of Operations
The four star chief who reports to the Chief of Department.