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July 12, 2018

Apps Used to Target Phones

Custom-built apps were available in Google Store that were designed to target Israeli military members’ phones was successfully identified and removed in “Operation Broken Heart” by Israeli intelligence. The nefarious apps included Golden Cup, referring to the World Cup, and Wink Chat and Glance Love applications. […]
July 10, 2018

How FDNY addressed maydays at an explosion and collapse on Manhattan’s Second Avenue

July 5, 2018

Texas TV Station Threat Derailed

A Texas man was arrested in North Carolina for violent threats against a local television station in Bryan, Texas. According to a federal indictment, the suspect made several threats over the phone, triggering interstate communications threat charges. His tirades and violence are nothing new, as he […]
June 28, 2018

Firefighter Fatally Shot at Fire Scene

A Captain for the Long Beach Fire Department in California was fatally shot Tuesday at the scene of a fire on the second floor of a senior housing residence in an 11-story building. Fire crews, responding to fire alarm and sprinkler activations, as well as reports […]
June 28, 2018

S3, E31 FDNY EMS Museum 2.0 with Chief James “JP” Martin and Captain Jack Quigley

Nearly 26 years ago, the first NYC EMS Museum opened. In 2013, it was closed to make way for some much needed construction. The NYC EMS Museum, located on the grounds of Fort Totten in Bayside, reopened in May 2018 to display how the FDNY’s EMS […]
June 21, 2018

Dangerous Mobile Behavior

A forest ranger was called to the city of Jalpaiguri in northeast India to capture a 66-pound, 18-feet long rock python because the snake had just consumed a goat near a school. The ranger came to the rescue and was able to secure the python around […]
June 14, 2018

Ricin Attack Thwarted

A 29-year-old Tunisian man was arrested in Cologne, Germany on Wednesday after a raid on his apartment revealed a homemade ricin lab, which authorities believe was to be used in an unspecified Islamist-inspired attack. Police and Fire hazmat teams set up a laboratory and mitigation operation […]
June 7, 2018

Dangers to All Sides

Fifteen people were killed this week in Nicaragua in anti-government protests, raising the total over six weeks to 100. The deputy police director said the latest deaths were a “product of the actions of delinquent groups who operate wearing masks.” Both demonstrators and police have been […]
May 31, 2018

S3, E30 Reduce Your Risk Initiative with FDNY Deputy Chief Joseph Jardin

The FDNY’s Reduce Your Risk project was established in 2017 by the Department’s Contamination Reduction Workgroup to increase awareness of the cancer risk faced by Firefighters and promote the proactive measures that should be taken to combat this deadly, but frequently, avoidable occupational hazard. FDNY Deputy […]
May 31, 2018

Arson Evident in Cali

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) released surveillance video of an apparent arsonist in the act this week in conjunction with a statement that an April 24, 2017 fire in a large apartment building under construction in Concord, California was arson. The video shows […]
February 15, 2018

Fire Alarm Used as Lure 

According to numerous reports, the former student who returned to his south Florida school Wednesday afternoon and opened fire, killing 17 people, pulled the fire alarm in an attempt to flush his prey out their classrooms. After gunshots were heard or reported, school administrators quickly changed […]
February 8, 2018

Super Bowl Reactions

Immediately following the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl victory, massive crowds broke out across the city. Unfortunately, for some, the jubilation turned into rioting and looting. People were fighting, flipping over vehicles, and destroying public property, such as traffic lights. Multiple storefronts, including Macy’s, reported looting and […]
February 1, 2018

Ambulance Used as a Car Bomb

Explosives hidden in a stolen ambulance were detonated at a security checkpoint in a busy shopping district in central Kabul last Saturday, killing 103 and injuring more than 230 people. The blast occurred about a mile from the U.S. embassy and NATO headquarters. “Most of the […]
January 25, 2018

Terrorists Target Kabul Hotel

Six Taliban operatives swarmed into the Hotel Intercontinental Kabul using the trademark mix of guns, rocket-propelled grenades, suicide vests and incendiaries last Saturday, killing at least 22 people, including four Americans, during their 13-hour siege in Afghanistan’s capital. An international technology conference was being held at […]
January 18, 2018

Flu Virus Running Rampant in U.S.

The 2018 flu season in the U.S. is already considered the most widespread outbreak in the 12 years since this data was analyzed. The virus is present in every state except Hawaii. Some experts say the flu season has peaked, but will likely linger for another […]
January 11, 2018

Deadly Mudslides in SoCal

Montecito, a coastal community largely downslope from an area denuded by the Thomas Fire—the largest in California history—was met with an intense winter storm early on Tuesday, bringing mudslides that have destroyed or damaged hundreds of houses and killed at least 17 people. Mud and debris […]
January 4, 2018

Winter Storm Blankets East Coast

An extremely powerful nor’easter brought snow from Florida to the Canadian Maritimes. The storm, which fed on open ocean water as far south as the Caribbean Sea, was characterized by high winds (even blizzard conditions), ice and snow, as well as coastal flooding from New England […]
December 28, 2017

Dozens Rescued from Grounded NYC Ferry

Fire, Police, and Coast Guard crews worked together to remove 23 passengers and a crew member from a Rockaway Park to lower Manhattan ferry that became stuck on a sandbar in frigid waters on Wednesday, December 27, 2017. No one was injured, but passengers described the […]