Flashcards in AUC 207 - Add. 1 through 20 Deck (91):
Who is in command in the case of emergency mass evacuation of trains?
The Fire Department.
Describe the Emergency Evacuation Device (EED)
- 7' long
- 42 pounds
- Steps on front
- Flat surface on the backside
- Non-skid surface on both sides
- Electrically non-conducive
- Fiberglass reinforced plastic
When positioned against the side or end doors of a subway car, the EED will reach the roadbed at?
Approximately a 70 degree angle.
Where are the EED's located at UNDERGROUND and GRADE LEVEL stations?
The EED is located at the first blue light location SOUTH of the SOUTHBOUND platform (typically w/i 50' of the platform end).
Where are the EED's located at ELEVATED stations?
The EED will be located in the area of the FULL TIME token booth clerk.
Are EED's located in UNDER RIVER TUNNELS?
Yes. An EED is located at the BASE of the emergency exit, AT BOTH ENDS of each under river tunnel.
What three ways can a EED be utilized?
1) From a train car to the roadbed
2) From the platform to the roadbed
3) From a stalled train to a rescue train (flat side up)
Members must be specifically positioned to assist in the evacuation of passengers from a stalled train. Where are they to be positioned?
When a EED is used from the train to the roadbed, personnel MUST be assigned to both the TOP and the BOTTOM of the ladder.
From one car to another, personnel MUST be stationed in EACH car to provide assistance and stability.
When a BC is assigned as the Transit Liaison Officer (TLO) and responds to the NYC Transit Rail Control Center (RCC), they are only permitted to communicate with whom?
The TLO should only communicate with the Desk Superintendent in charge, the Acting General Superintendent or the General Superintendent.
Describe the NYC Transit Subway Repeater System.
They have been installed in all underground subway stations and subway tunnels throughout NYC EXCEPT Staten Island.
How are the FDNY H/T's programmed?
They are programmed to provide TWO subway repeater channels (#14 - SUBWAY #1 and #15 - SUBWAY #2).
- They are 5 watt channels
- They carry the H/T internal I/D #'s
- They will support the EMERGENCY ALERT feature.
When using the repeater system, the I/C at the C.P. at street level NEAR the installed antenna, will be able to communicate with who?
The I/C can communicate with members located
a) ABOVE GROUND at subway entrances/exits
b) ABOVE GROUND at emergency exit locations
c) AT UNDERGROUND public platform levels.
Is it necessary to request activation of Repeater System?
NO. COMPLETED systems are on 24/7.
How much time does the power b/u provide?
It provides a MINIMUM of 4 hours of protection in the event of a power outage.
The 4 hours is at CONTINUOUS repeater operation.
(The ACTUAL protection can be greater than 4 hours.)
Is the POST radio a reliable communication link when communicating to below grade locations?
No. Experience has shown that it is UNRELIABLE when communicating to below grade locations.
*Sound powered phones (SPT) can be used as an additional communications network at subway incidents.
Is the establishment of an H/T relay required at a subway incident?
YES. AN effective H/T relay (Channel #1-Primary Tactical) MUST be established whether the station is equipped with a repeater or not.
If there is a second operation in CLOSE PROXIMITY to the first operation, can Channel 15 be used?
YES. Channel 15 may be used as the PRIMARY H/T repeater channel at a second operation.
What is required of a member who is operating on the repeater channel?
Any member operating on the repeater channel MUST be teamed with an H/T equipped member operating on CHANNEL 1.
Who determines the channel assignments of his/her members when operating at MINOR operations?
The Company Officer shall determine.
*Rubbish on the platform, medical emergencies*
Who determines the channel assignments of his/her members when operating at MAJOR operations?
The I/C will determine which OFFICERS/FIREFIGHTERS, in addition to CHIEF OFFICERS, will operate on the repeater channel.
*Fire, train derailments*
*Chief on repeater (Channel#14 - Subway Tactical #1) and their AIDE will monitor the TACTICAL channel (Channel #1)
The POST radio channels are designated as follows.
Channel "SUBWAY 1" - Channel 14
Channel "SUBWAY 2" - Channel 15
*The POST radio should be on Channel 2 as a COMMAND channel but can be used as a repeater channel, if deemed necessary by the I/C.
*Ensure that someone is monitoring the POST radio at ALL times.
What are the signs of REPEATER FAILURE?
Unusual periods of radio silence or continued INABILITY to make radio contact on the REPEATER channel.
If members encounter DEAD SPOTS when using the subway repeater system what should they do?
PRIOR TO abandoning the use of the repeater channel, the team shall return to a safe location where previous communications were successful.
*If SUCCESSFUL, report the dead spot tot he I/C.
*If UNSUCCESSFUL, use H/T relay (CHANNEL 1) to report the repeater failure tot he I/C.
What does a FD Unit do when they experience a problem with a NYC Transit repeater system?
They shall notify the Borough Communications Office via Department radio and advise the dispatcher of the problem, including the EXACT location or station.
Who conducts a re-inspection of the originally reported problem with a NYC Transit repeater system?
The UNIT that originally reported the problem shall conduct a re-inspection so as to verify that the repeater system is fully operational.
What is the purpose of the Single Exit Station Stickers?
NYC Transit has installed Single Exit Station Stickers on ALL of the entrances to subway stations that have ONLY ONE means of egress by which passengers can exit the station to the street.
Where are Single Exit Station Stickers located?
They are located on the STATION ENTRANCE SIGN at street level.
Describe the Single Exit Station Stickers.
The sticker is 8"x8"
Any requests for training, familiarization tours or drills at transportation facilities must be made through who?
Through the Bureau of Operations, Public Transportation Safety Unit (PTSU).
*Requests shall be forwarded through the chain of command.
Where shall the Nolan Rail Carts be stored in quarters?
Company commanders shall ensure rail carts are stored in a VISIBLE LOCATION on the apparatus floor which is easily accessible for rapid response and when needed, to enable special called units to locate the rail cart.
When are rail carts secured to the apparatus?
Rail carts shall ONLY be secured to the apparatus when special called for an operation or training.
Who may be called to transport a rail cart from the quarters where it is stored to the scene of an incident?
Any ENGINE company may be special called.
What denotes the location of the wheel lock on the rail cart?
A red square is painted on the surface corner of the rail cart to denote the location of the wheel lock.
What may be secured to the rail cart?
Tools, equipment and NON-AMBULATORY victims may be secured to the rail cart using supplied elastic cargo net, RED cam buckle straps or UTILITY rope.
Where does the officer who transported the rail cart report to?
Upon arrival at the incident, the officer shall report to the COMMAND POST and inform the I/C of the availability of the rail cart.
Who shall determine the BEST ACCESS point?
When ordered to deploy the rail cart, the OFFICER shall determine the best access point and order the members to transport the rail cart to the scene using the hand truck.
How should stretchers and stokes baskets be positioned on a rail cart?
Stretchers and stokes baskets should extend over the FRONT and REAR of the cart, instead of the sides.
When units encounter a heavy load or steep grade, what should be done?
The cart should be pushed by or pulled by TWO (2) or more members.
*Utility ropes and/or straps may be used to increase control.*
How are the rail carts marked?
Each CART SECTION and HAND TRUCK shall be marked with UNIT DESIGNATION to ensure proper identification.
*Co.Comm. will establish schedules to ensure that the carts are inspected PERIODICALLY.
Remounting rail cart onto hand truck - STEP #1.
1) Match ORANGE marking on diamond plate of cart section to ORANGE marking painted on hand truck.
Diamond plate is FACING the hand truck and cart section (orange/green) is facing up.
Remounting rail cart onto hand truck - STEP #2.
2) Place 2nd cart section onto the hand truck w/ diamond plated IN and the painted side-beam FACING UP.
*ALL color coding matched up - ORANGE on cart section to ORANGE on hand truck and
Cart section (orange and green) to cart section (orange and green).
Remounting rail cart onto hand truck - STEP #3.
The wheel of the INNER SECTION (green marking) MUST be lifted while the outer section is SEATED.
What does a RED globe on a subway street entrance indicate?
A RED globe indicates that there MAY or MAY NOT be an awoken booth clerk at the location AND the stairway will be CLOSED at some point during a 24 hour day.
What does a GREEN globe at a subway street entrance indicate?
A) A GREEN globe indicates that the entrance is OPEN 24 hours a day.
B) There MAY or MAY NOT be a token booth clerk at this location.
*In areas that are not served by a token booth clerk, access will be via a High Entrance/Exit Turnstile (HEET) or gate.
A split-type globe will have the _____half of the globe color coded (either red or green). This will denote _____? The bottom half will be ____?
A)The top half
B)The type of access
What will be the FIRST point of access when encountering a subway street entrance will light post?
The FIRST point of access IF POSSIBLE, should be an entrance with a green globe.
What information will be provided at all FULL TIME token booth?
A) Station map
B) List of ALL STAIRWAYS
C) List of ALL ROOMS within the station
D) List of ALL TOKEN BOOTHS within the station
E) List of ALL EMERGENCY EXITS which service the station.
*Available at the full time token booth of every station*
*Not readily available? IMMEDIATELY upon r/t to qtrs., call PTSU
When are Metrocards to be used?
Used for access to the subway system ONLY during fires and emergencies, not for personal use.
What is the OOD required to do if the Metrocard is reported lost, stolen or damaged?
The OOD shall IMMEDIATELY notify the PTSU, to ensure that the Metrocard is deactivated.
*Include ID number
In addition to notifying PTSU when a Metrocard is lost, stolen or damaged, what else is required?
The OOD shall file a police report and complete a Lost Property Report ensuring that the ID number is included on all reports.
What is on a track identification sign?
It has a RED background with WHITE lettering and contains the following information:
A) The name of the station
B) The track designation and location
C) A "You Are Here" indicator
D) The direction and distance to the nearest emergency exit and it's ID #
E) If there is not an emergency exit BEFORE the next station, then the ID of the next station is listed
F) Normal train movement at that location; NB or SB
*An alternative is to use the train's DESTINATION as a point of reference when giving the train's direction of travel.
What information do subway EMERGENCY exit signs contain?
They are 32" high
WHITE lettering on a RED background
Includes emergency exit #
It is reflective
Can be read easily from either direction of approach
In addition to EMERGENCY exit signs, where has fluorescent lighting been installed?
Installed in ALL emergency exits and at the track level ADJACENT to EE sign.
Describe the T.A. Padlocks.
*Requires a special key which cannot be duplicated
*Each key has a serial number
*Assigned to a specific transit worker
*FDNY will NOT be issued these keys
If it is necessary to gain access to a secure area, a key may be obtained from the clerk at the token booth.
*F/E when necessary*
What is the intended use of the "Light Trains?"
They are used to transport FD personnel
1) to small fires readily extinguish able by ONE or TWO extinguishers
2) to investigate the source of minor smoke conditions
3) and other similar type incidents
Who may decide to use the Light Train?
The decision to use a Light Train is to be made ONLY by the Chief in Charge (CIC).
Before authorizing the use of a Light Train, what MUST be assured?
The CIC MUST assure a communication link with the FD Unit on the Light Train BEFORE authorizing it's use.
* No link, No use!
When shall progress reports from the members operating from the Light Train be given?
As soon as possible, but AT LEAST ONCE every 15 minutes.
Is the Light Train permitted to travel past the next station?
A Light Train shall NOT travel past the next station WITHOUT permission from the CIC.
Who shall direct a company's apparatus to another location?
It should remain at the original location until and if directed to another location by the CIC
How do most T/A ventilation fans operate?
Most T/A ventilation fans operate in the EXHAUST mode.
When will fan activation be ordered by the I/C?
It is FDNY policy to order fan activation ONLY AFTER the I/C has assessed the need for and potential impact of such action based on and ON-SITE size up.
Requests for the shut down or activation of subway ventilation fans is accomplished how?
All requests to the T/A for fan ACTIVATION or SHUTDOWN MUST be directed through the I/C to the FDNY dispatcher.
How should the EVACUATION of passengers from under river tubes be accomplished?
The evacuation of passengers from Under river tubes should take place AWAY from any fan operated in the EXHAUST mode.
When shall power be ordered off?
Whenever evacuation or removal of passengers from a train TO THE TRACK OR BENCHWALL is contemplated, the power shall be ordered off.
The application of WATER shall be considered ONLY when?
Only when the power to
A) the 3rd rail
B) 480 volt stand-by power and
C) power to the catenary wires shave been shut down.
When is the application of a fog stream warranted at a fire involving catenary overhead wires?
The application of a FOG stream AFTER the power source has been removed from the catenary wires BUT BEFORE the residual static electricity has been removed is as follows:
A) a FOG nozzle in the FOG pattern position shall apply water from a platform
B) if conditions warrant, a HANDLINE using a FOG STREAM can be operated from the adjacent platform directing water at the train's undercarriage (cool diesel tank)
C) short bursts of a FOG stream shall be used to avoid accumulations of water pooling.
What is the minimum approach distance when a fire team is applying water with a hand held FOG nozzle?
Take advantage of the reach of the FOG stream and observe to a MINIMUM approach distance of 10' to CATENARY wires.
Prior to having grounds attached, will overhead wires still contain residual energy?
YES. Overhead wires will still contain residual energy until grounds are attached.
Who is responsible to determine when to restore power and train movement?
Determination of when to restore power and train movement shall be made BY THE RAILROAD AFTER they inspect the site.
Who is responsible for maintaining a Command Post sign-in log for all fires and emergencies at Penn Station?
The ON-SCENE Amtrak Police Supervisor is responsible for maintaining a Command Post sign-in log for all fires and emergencies at Penn Station.
What does the dry standpipe located in subway stations consist of?
The dry standpipe will consist of a
- 4" pipeline
- with a 3" Siamese connection at the street level and
- outlets in standpipe cabinets at the platform level.
What does the sound powered telephone system consist of?
The SPT system is comprised of
- a hardware installation
- with outlet jacks located in secure metal boxes at the Siamese connection on the street level AND platform level,
* in MOST cases inside the stainless steel standpipe cabinets.*
* opened with a 1620 key.*
* they are NOT equipped with handsets*
Any firefighter who recognizes that the involved station is served by a dry standpipe system shall notify whom?
They relay this information back to the ENGINE officer and CHAUFFEUR.
In order to use a SPT, what shall a unit bring to the SPT outlet?
Units shall bring
- a telephone handset
- a 1620 key and
- a subway emergency exit key
To the station platform.
*Another handset and a 1620 key shall be brought to the street level location of the SPT outlet jack box.
In the event a dry standpipe is going to be utilized for firefighting purposes, what shall the engine company bring?
- The rolled up lengths of hose
- Standpipe kit
- Subway emergency exit key
- 1620 key.
When are subway dry standpipe systems inspected and SPT tested?
Semi-annually in March and September.
* Units shall NOT charge the standpipe system during inspection periods.*
* OPEN each standpipe cabinet and SPT jack box - check for vandalism
* Check Siamese swivels and clapper valves
* Check legibility of the sign (located at street level)
Any defects of the subway dry standpipe system or the SPT noted during MUD, semi-annual inspection to at operations, what is done?
Forward an A-8 Referral report to PTSU.
What is located at all Airtrain stations?
- Fully enclosed
- S/D, Heat detectors & auto sprinkler protection
- Emergency Fire Alarm Panel that has an emergency telephone line to the AirTrain Operations Center at JFK
- a P/A system for providing instructions to the passengers
- controls for the fire suppression systems,
- HVAC systems
- Elevators and
Where is the AirTrain Blue Light Power Removal Box located?
They are located at EACH end of EACH platform.
* Inside the box there is a RED power removal BUTTON, which when depressed, de-energizes both INBOUND and OUTBOUND tracks on the GUIDEWAY for AT least the entire length of the station platform.
*CONFLICT* When button is depressed, the power on CERTAIN sections of the guideway is removed.
* Schematic will show the section of the guideway that has been de-energized.
Describe AirTrain cars
- can move in either direction
- have headlights and tail lights on the front and rear of all cars
- have one to four cars
- each car can carry up to 200 passengers
- can reach speeds up to 70 MPH
- each car has four sets of doors (two on each side)
- no front or rear doors
Describe AirTrain guideways
- "Outbound Train" travel AWAY from the airport
- "Inbound Train" travel is towards the airport
- the entire guideway is provided with service walkways (center or side walkways)
- Center walkways are 5 1/2' wide
- Side walkways are 2 1/2' wide
- Protected by 3' high handrails
Describe tunnel areas
- both tunnels are equipped with standpipe outlets
- AirTrain tunnel has ONE emergency exit (located midway in the tunnel and exits through bulkhead at the street level).
- May require a H/T relay.
Describe AirTrain Blue Light Power Removal Boxes
- Located every 800' along the guideway
- RED power removal BUTTON
- power to CERTAIN sections of the guideway is removed.
- Members MUST ALWAYS verify which sections of the guideway have been de-energized.
- One H/T equipped member MUST remain at box to insure power remains OFF
* Power requests must be made by I/C through FD dispatcher VIA dept. radio.
Members ______ verify which sections of the guideway have been de-energized?
Who will remain at the Blue Light Station Power Removal Box to insure that power remains off?
One H/T equipped member MUST remain at the Box.
Describe AirTrain 3rd Rail Power.
- 3rd Rail power system (750 volts A/C)
- Location of 3rd rail changes FREQUENTLY throughout the system
What MUST members ascertain PRIOR to proceeding onto the guideway from a T/L, A/L or ANY other location?
Members accessing the guideway from a T/L, A/L or from any other location MUST FIRST ascertain the location of the 3rd rail, PRIOR to proceeding onto the guideway.
What USUALLY indicates that the 3rd rail is located b/t the tracks AND that there is a side walkway present?
The presence of a guardrail ABOVE the parapet wall of the elevated guideway.
* No guardrail visible ABOVE the parapet indicates that the 3rd rail is on the OUTSIDE of the tracks.
What is the PRIMARY means of accessing the guideway at an AirTrain incident?
It shall be via the NEAREST overpass.