Friday, 1 March 2013

Sirens in the City...

New York is most definitely the city that doesn't sleep and for any first timer in the big city nothing prepares you for the sound of horns blasting and sirens wailing, especially in the middle of the night. The first time that you hear the iconic wail of a fire truck you are transported instantly onto the set of a movie or tv drama.
There are fire houses or ladder companies on most blocks supporting their neighbourhood and community.
On the Wednesday of my trip I got caught up in two adventures involving the NYFD!...
Late afternoon I was strolling a couple of blocks from my hotel by the Hudson River when the sound of sirens came from all sides to draw alongside the river. I was standing on a walkway above the sidewalk looking onto the river. Several fire trucks pulled up below me. All crews jumped from their trucks and the fire office in charge started talking on a megaphone to a small yacht on the water. It seems a distress flare had been set off and the sailor was believed to have been in difficulty. A NYFD speedboat was soon seen speeding over the wash to assist in the rescue. It was all a little exciting, the man had become tangled off the side of his yacht in some rigging was pulled from the water and the event ended safely.
A couple of hours later I was heading up to the theatre district and had stopped off at St Patrick's cathedral to light a candle. On leaving I was standing at the top of the stairs when I heard a large bang. I looked up to see a people carrier type vehicle with its bonnet on fire. St Patrick's cathedral is situated on 5th avenue diagonally opposite the Rockefeller centre. It is not unusual to see dramas unfolding in the city and it took some IMO for people to realise that the situation was real and not a movie being shot!.. Even with the bonnet on fire traffic was still moving around the vehicle and heading up the avenue. It took some time for the fire trucks to get there and by this stage the vehicle was very much on fire. All traffic had now stopped and spectators were asked to " stand back 200ft" and stay behind the do not cross tape!.... As you can see there wasn't much left after the fire was extinguished....
In all the time that I have been visiting New York it was the first time that I had seen any real dramas.... The following morning as I left the World Trade Centre Memorial I walked past the NYFD brass memorial which spans the length of the firehouse wall on Greenwich street. The memorial is a tribute to all the fire officers that lost their lives in the city on 9/11. They just jumped in their trucks and rushed to assist, doing their job not knowing that so many of them would not be returning to their fire house with their ladder company later that day.Even just watching those two incidents the
previous days made me realise what an amazing and varied job they do.

1 comment:

Archies Mum said...

Sounds like you had a very eventful time in New York. Its like you starred in your very own movie

Friday, 1 March 2013

Sirens in the City...

New York is most definitely the city that doesn't sleep and for any first timer in the big city nothing prepares you for the sound of horns blasting and sirens wailing, especially in the middle of the night. The first time that you hear the iconic wail of a fire truck you are transported instantly onto the set of a movie or tv drama.
There are fire houses or ladder companies on most blocks supporting their neighbourhood and community.
On the Wednesday of my trip I got caught up in two adventures involving the NYFD!...
Late afternoon I was strolling a couple of blocks from my hotel by the Hudson River when the sound of sirens came from all sides to draw alongside the river. I was standing on a walkway above the sidewalk looking onto the river. Several fire trucks pulled up below me. All crews jumped from their trucks and the fire office in charge started talking on a megaphone to a small yacht on the water. It seems a distress flare had been set off and the sailor was believed to have been in difficulty. A NYFD speedboat was soon seen speeding over the wash to assist in the rescue. It was all a little exciting, the man had become tangled off the side of his yacht in some rigging was pulled from the water and the event ended safely.
A couple of hours later I was heading up to the theatre district and had stopped off at St Patrick's cathedral to light a candle. On leaving I was standing at the top of the stairs when I heard a large bang. I looked up to see a people carrier type vehicle with its bonnet on fire. St Patrick's cathedral is situated on 5th avenue diagonally opposite the Rockefeller centre. It is not unusual to see dramas unfolding in the city and it took some IMO for people to realise that the situation was real and not a movie being shot!.. Even with the bonnet on fire traffic was still moving around the vehicle and heading up the avenue. It took some time for the fire trucks to get there and by this stage the vehicle was very much on fire. All traffic had now stopped and spectators were asked to " stand back 200ft" and stay behind the do not cross tape!.... As you can see there wasn't much left after the fire was extinguished....
In all the time that I have been visiting New York it was the first time that I had seen any real dramas.... The following morning as I left the World Trade Centre Memorial I walked past the NYFD brass memorial which spans the length of the firehouse wall on Greenwich street. The memorial is a tribute to all the fire officers that lost their lives in the city on 9/11. They just jumped in their trucks and rushed to assist, doing their job not knowing that so many of them would not be returning to their fire house with their ladder company later that day.Even just watching those two incidents the
previous days made me realise what an amazing and varied job they do.

1 comment:

Archies Mum said...

Sounds like you had a very eventful time in New York. Its like you starred in your very own movie