Second Avenue Building Collapse #EastVillage

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SECOND AVENUE BUILDING COLLAPSE, EAST VILLAGE, NYC

Response/Exercise: March 26, 2015 – March 30,2015

Situation Summary

On March 26, 2015 at 1517 hrs, FDNY units were dispatched to 123 2nd Ave between 7th Street and St. Mark’s Place for a fire and possible explosion. At 1522 hrs a structural fire and building collapse were reported by arriving units. By 1554 the incident had reached a 7th alarm. Two 5-story buildings were fully involved with fire, as well as 3 floors of a neighboring 7-story building. Surrounding occupancies were evacuated and a perimeter was established. Outside operations commenced due to the large volume of fire. All three buildings eventually collapsed.

Integrating social media into Situational Awareness supports the enhanced quality of
decision making and risk management processes. During the operational period, the NYVOST employed a range of emerging technologies to support an integrated Situational Awareness toolset for the FDNY Incident Management Team by:

  • Monitoring social media for mission-critical information from the public
  • Amplifying public safety messaging from the FDNY and related NYC sources
  • Performing quality assurance and reputation management for the activating agency
  • Archiving and AAR reporting

Operational personnel can gain much from practicing the actual tasks that would be
executed in the event of a major disaster, such as Superstorm Sandy. NYVOST members (VOSTies) gained ninety six (96) hours of activation experience in total over the operational period. Individual practitioners gained between (4) hours and forty four (44) hours each, depending on their voluntary availability.

Team Credits

NY VOST Team Lead
JOANNA LANE

Associate Team Lead
DONNA LEE WEBER

VOSTies
MATT GREEN
DANIEL ESHUIS

AAR
SARA-JAYNE TERP

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