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Organization of the New York City Fire Department - Wikipedia

The New York City Fire Department , like most fire departments around the world, is organized in a paramilitary fashion. Its organizational structure includes regional commands for various geographic areas within its jurisdiction, operational commands for units of different functions, and administrative units and offices for various administrative functions. Beneath that hierarchy are the individual units which carry out the missions and responsibilities of the fire department, which includes the primary role of emergency response and firefighting, as well as a range of other roles and duties.

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Thursday, September 7, Five years later, firefighter John Gaine, 43, still remembers the events of Sept. Resting in front of the television, Gaine was startled when the morning news broadcast he was watching was interrupted by a distant explosion that shook the cameras.