New York City’s fire suppression department is trying to figure out how to fix the city’s inferno-prone neighborhood in the dead of winter, and the answer may be a simple one: fire extinguishers.
The NYPD’s Fire Protection Division is using the “water bottle and bottle holder” method to combat the heat-trapping flames that have consumed at least eight of the citys 10 firehouses.
But while the department has used this type of device on the streets before, the device is only designed to hold water for a short time and then quickly extinguish.
“We’re trying to make it so we can get the water out of there faster,” said Sgt. Anthony Gatti, who has been a firefighter for 20 years.
Gatti said the department’s plan to use water bottles and bottle holders to control the inferno is meant to give people in the neighborhood a heads up as to the severity of the fire.
“If you see smoke, then you should get out of the way and go inside,” Gatti said.
Guttman is working with the city to figure this out.
He said the NYPD is not trying to save lives or extinguish a fire.
The city is only using water bottles to stop the flames and the extinguishers, Gatti explained.
Gottlieb is trying a different approach.
He wants the water bottles, water bottles in particular, to extinguish the infernos before the water is all that’s left.
“This is our best shot at saving lives,” Gottlieb said.
“It’s going to be a short term effort, but we’re trying.”
Guttlias team will also be testing water bottles that have the water capacity of an adult’s bladder to help the firefighters.
They will also use the bottle holders in the firefighting effort, and Gatti hopes to see the fire department use them in the field as well.
Gattis team has already received a handful of requests from the neighborhood to use these water bottles.
The department said it is working to determine whether this water bottle and/or bottle holder system works as well as a water hose or fire extinguisher system.
The department said if it works as expected, the department will consider replacing these devices with an approved water bottle holder.
The city is still trying to determine how many people have died in the fires.
Officials said this week they expect more deaths, and more bodies may be found as firefighters continue to search the city for the remains of those who died in last weekend’s fires.