June 17, 2001
FDNY Father’s Day Fire
Astoria, Queens (NY)
On Sunday, June 17, 2001, which was Father’s Day, a routine fire call in a hardware store/taxpayer structure of Astoria, Queens, erupted into a 5-alarm fire that claimed the lives of three FDNY members – Lieutenant John Downing, Firefighter Brian Fahey, and Firefighter Harry Ford. This incident also hurt numerous others with nearly a dozen career-ending injuries.
Twenty years later, we honor and remember Lieutenant Downing, Firefighter Fahey, and Firefighter Ford and realize the lasting impact of their sacrifice on FDNY and the fire industry as a whole. We’ll hear the perspectives of the people directly related to the incident investigation and FDNY’s evolution from this incident, and to glean lessons learned and sage advice from those so deeply impacted by this unfortunate incident.
Joining After The Fire host Jon Nelson and NFFF Director of Fire Service Programs John Tippett are Chief of the FDNY Fire Academy, Frank Leeb; FDNY Chief of Safety, Michael Meyers; FDNY Chief of Fire Prevention, Joe Jardin; Retired FDNY Deputy Chief and Investigative Chief of this incident, Jon Malkin; Retired FDNY Assistant Chief, Stephen Raynis; Retired FDNY Firefighter from Rescue 4, John Gaine.
Episode Bonus Materials:
- FDNY Counseling Services Unit
- Incident Command App Example (Video)
- FDNY Electronic Critical Information Dispatch System (eCIDS) (Video)
- Analysis of a Flammable Liquids Fire Leading to a Backdraft Explosion
- FDNY Building Inspection (BI) Form
- Example of Backdraft at 2:16 (Video)
- Citizen App
- The Last Alarm
- FDNY Safety & Inspection Services Command Investigative Report of Father’s Day Fire
- NIOSH Firefighter Fatality Investigation of Father’s Day Fire
- FDNY Division 7 Training Oct/Nov 2018: Father’s Day Fire by Jay Jonas
- Fire Nuggets Aug/Nov 2001: Father’s Day by Andrew A. Fredricks
- Father’s Day Fire Scene Photos from FDNY (graphic content, viewer discretion is advised)
- Heart 9/11 is doing amazing work! Check out their site
- Photos from “The Rock” – FDNY Training Grounds Randall’s Island, Queens, New York City, NY
- Behind The Scenes and Candid Photos (Part I of III)
- Behind The Scenes and Candid Photos (Part II of III)