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Responder Resilience, 01/06/2022

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Dan Noonan FDNY Ret. and FDNY Chief Frank Leeb on Never Forget: Lessons Learned at the NY Telephone Fire

In 1975, a fire erupted at a telephone relay company in lower Manhattan. Many of the 699 firefighters developed cancer and other illnesses from exposure to carcinogens at that fire. Our guests are retired FDNY firefighter Dan Noonan, (first due Irons Man on 3 Truck), and
Deputy Assistant Chief of the FDNY Fire Academy Frank Leeb, talking about the historic 1975 New York Telephone company fire, reducing occupational exposure, and the dedication ceremony to honor the sacrifices made by the firefighters at this fire. Behind only 9/11, many consider the New York Telephone Company fire the second most deadly and costliest in the history of the New York City fire department.

At approximately 12:15 a.m on February 27, 1975, a fire broke out in the basement cable vault at the New York Telephone Company building on 13th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan.  The incident escalated to five alarms with 699 firefighters responding, as toxins from burning cables and other materials exposed them to polyvinyl chloride, hydrogen chloride, vinyl chloride monomer, and chlorinated dioxins.

Dan Noonan, who was first due on 3 Truck to this deadly fire, has, in the decades since, been a tireless advocate for awareness of occupational cancer and toxic exposure in the fire service, in particular the cancers and deaths sustained by many of the 699 FDNY members who fought this fire.

Dan is a featured Speaker at FDIC, Firehouse World and Firehouse Expo. Dan is an Awareness Ambassador for the New York Cancer Resource Alliance - First Responder, "Get Checked Now!" Program, and Campaigner for F.A.C.E. S (Firefighters Against Cancer and Exposures.)

To honor the sacrifices made by these firefighters, Chief Frank LEEB has overseen FDNY’s plan to host a special ceremony, courtesy of the Fire Bell Club, and to install commemorative plaques at the Telephone Company building and at the FDNY Fire Academy.

Frank Leeb is a Deputy Assistant Chief in the Fire Department of New York and is the Acting Chief of Training. Frank has been a member of the FDNY since 1992, and holds a bachelor's degree in Fire Service Administration and a Master’s in Security Studies.

Links to Videos mentioned in show:
Replay of Livestream FDNY Plaque dedication commemorating the New York Telephone Company FIre https://youtu.be/LdmXRrUJ7Es

FDNY Interview with Dan Noonan (TBA)

Headlined Show, Responder Resilience June 1, 2022

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On this special episode, we’ll be discussing the toxic 1975 New York Telephone Company fire, which many consider to be the second most deadly and costly in the history of the New York City fire department, second only 9/11.

Our guests are retired FDNY firefighter and cancer awareness advocate Dan Noonan, (who was first due on 3 Truck as Irons Man), and Deputy Assistant Chief Frank Leeb, chief of the FDNY Academy, documenting the historic fire, lessons learned, transferable points to Reduce Occupational Exposure, and the Plaque Dedication Ceremony, honoring sacrifices made by the responders who were at the monumental NY Telephone Co Fire.

Guest, Dan Noonan FDNY Retired and FDNY Chief Frank Leeb

Guest Name
Dan Noonan FDNY Retired and FDNY Chief Frank Leeb
Guest Occupation
First Due Firefighter at NY Telephone Fire and Deputy Assistant Chief of the FDNY Fire Academy
Guest Biography

Dan Noonan, who was first due on 3 Truck to this deadly fire, has been a tireless advocate for awareness of occupational cancer and toxic exposure in the fire service, in particular the cancers and deaths sustained by many of the 699 FDNY members who fought this fire.

He is a featured Speaker at FDIC, Firehouse World and Firehouse Expo. Dan is an Awareness Ambassador for the New York Cancer Resource Alliance - First Responder, "Get Checked Now!" Program, and Campaigner for F.A.C.E. S (Firefighters Against Cancer and Exposures.)

Frank Leeb is a Deputy Assistant Chief in the Fire Department of New York and is the Acting Chief of Training. Frank has been a member of the FDNY since 1992, and holds a bachelor's degree in Fire Service Administration and a Master’s in Security Studies.

To honor the sacrifices made by these firefighters, Chief Frank LEEB has overseen FDNY’s plan to host a special ceremony, courtesy of the Fire Bell Club, and to install commemorative plaques at the Telephone Company building and at the FDNY Fire Academy.

 

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