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September 13, 2018

Florence Makes Path into the Carolinas

Hurricane Florence, now a Category 2 storm with winds around 100 mph, is currently 145 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, N.C., and is moving northwest at a steady 10 mph. The area of the storm is quite large with hurricane force winds extending about 80 miles from […]
September 6, 2018

Plane with Sick Passengers Lands in JFK

An Emirates flight out of Dubai touched down at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens Wednesday with an undetermined number of sick passengers, causing a quarantine and an emergency response. A total of 10 patients, including passengers and crew members, were eventually transported to a […]
August 30, 2018

Fire on Liberty Island Causes Evacuation

At least 3,000 people had to be evacuated from Liberty Island Monday after a fire broke out at a construction site, involving three propane gas tanks (100 lbs. each). Two fires boats were dispatched and the first-arriving boat stretched a hand-line. FDNY land units quickly followed, […]
August 28, 2018

S3, E33 Recalling Waldbaum’s, 1978 with FDNY Captain Howard Venetsky (Ret.)

On August 2, 1978, twelve FDNY Firefighters plunged into a burning Waldbaum’s Supermarket when the bowstring truss roof collapsed at the center of the store. Six of the Firefighters made the Supreme Sacrifice. In this episode, retired FDNY Captain Howard Venetsky, who was working in Rescue […]
August 23, 2018

Ebola Enters Congo War Zone

The Ministry of Health in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared a new outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in North Kivu Province, World Health Organization (WHO) said, indicating the first time Ebola was found in an active conflict zone. As of Tuesday’s tally, 61 people […]
August 16, 2018

Ramming Attack near U.K. Parliament

A Sudanese-British man deliberately drove his vehicle into a small group of cyclists, who suffered minor injuries, in London’s Parliament Square, and was stopped by a barrier as he sped towards the U.K.’s seat of government. The suspect, who is not believed to be known to […]
August 9, 2018

Death Toll Rises after Earthquake

At least 259 people are now confirmed dead after a 7.0 earthquake rocked the island of Lombok in Indonesia on Sunday. The earthquake, which followed a 6.4 quake about a week ago, has displaced 156,000 people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes. Most fatalities were […]
August 2, 2018

California Wildfires

The Carr Fire near Redding, California has burned more than 116,000 acres and destroyed over 1,000 homes, and is now considered the 7th worst in state history, but the worst statistic is that six people have died due to these blazes, including two firefighters. One firefighter, […]
July 30, 2018

S3, E32 Routine Chemical Exposures in the EMS Workplace with FDNY Lt. Robert Carlo

Pre-hospital care providers face many potential job hazards, including exposure to and handling of hazardous chemical substances. In this episode, FDNY EMS Lieutenant Robert Carlo discusses the types of chemical exposures Department Emergency Medical Services members are exposed to, how to identify the symptoms of a […]
July 26, 2018

Duck Boat Capsizes, Claims Lives 

An amphibious excursion vehicle, commonly called a duck boat, capsized in choppy waters on Table Rock Lake last Thursday, bordering Arkansas and Missouri, claiming the lives of 17 people (nine from one family) among 29 passengers and two crew members. The boat was faced with 73 […]
April 19, 2018

Plane Engine Shatters Midflight

About 20 minutes after leaving New York’s LaGuardia airport late Tuesday morning, one of two engines on a Southwest Airlines plane broke apart midflight, sending metal shards into one of the windows, which broke. The rapid depressurization of the plane (characterized by violent outward airflow) sucked […]
April 12, 2018

911 Ransomware Attack

Late last month, the Baltimore 911 system was targeted by a ransomware attack that temporarily shut down its automated dispatch system, forcing dispatchers to route calls manually for 17 hours while the affected servers were isolated and cleansed of malware. “We were able to successfully isolate […]
April 5, 2018

“Nightmare” Scenario for Healthcare

A study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention has determined more than 200 cases in 2017 of a “nightmare bacteria.” This particular pathogen is resistant to even last resort antibiotics. The resistant pathogen has been found in healthcare facilities that use […]
March 29, 2018

Suspicious Packages Sent to Capital Region

Packages containing very crude explosive devices were intercepted at mail facilities outside of eleven military bases and intelligence agencies in Washington, D.C. earlier this week, leading to the arrest of a 43-year-old man from Everett, Washington. The suspect was already known to laws enforcement and many […]
March 22, 2018

Bomber’s Reign Ends Abruptly

The gripping fear cast over Austin, Texas at the hands of a serial bomber was resolved on Wednesday when the 23-year-old man responsible for six devices, which killed two and injured several others, detonated a seventh bomb while inside a vehicle at roadside in Round Rock […]
March 15, 2018

Lengthy Commutes Take a Toll

Some New Yorkers say that commutes and mass transit reliability seem to be getting worse. For some, the longer travel times can even affect their health. “Being trapped like that can cause an acute stress disorder. People can develop panic attacks, flashbacks, and severe sleep disturbances,” […]
March 8, 2018

Second Nor’easter in a Week Wallops East Coast

The impact of the second major storm to hit the East Coast in five days after a mostly rain-soaked nor’easter struck last Friday, had a disparate effect on the region, depending mostly on what side of the freezing line your area was in. Eastern Long Island […]
March 1, 2018

25 Years Since World Trade Center Bombing

A somber ceremony was held on Monday, February 26, 2018, at the September 11 Memorial Plaza commemorating the victims, their families and the survivors of the World Trade Center (WTC) Bombing, which took place on February 26, 1993. The bombing killed six people and injured more […]