FDNY Pro Blog

May 24, 2018

Overdoses of “Bad Batch” of K2 Marijuana Grows

One particular batch of synthetic marijuana (K2) reportedly sold from a Brooklyn deli, and possibly other locations, has sickened more than 80 people so far. There have been 15 arrests as authorities investigate the scope of this latest series of overdoses, which NYC health officials are calling the […]
May 17, 2018

Congo Ebola Outbreak 

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which has claimed at least 23 lives, has now spread from the sparsely-populated countryside to Mbandaka, a city of about one million inhabitants. “This is a major development in the outbreak,” said a World Health Organization (WHO) official. […]
May 10, 2018

FBI Releases Study on Active Shooter Incidents

A recent report released by the FBI, titled “Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2016 and 2017,” reveals that both active shooter incidents and casualty counts continue to climb. The 30 incidents in 2017 eclipsed a previous high (26) from 2010, and the death […]
May 3, 2018

Tragedy Called ‘Freak Accident’

An 85-year-old woman was killed and her 90-year-old husband critically injured when a mishap at a Brooklyn car wash escalated into a shocking series of collisions. Apparently, the couple’s car was impacted by an SUV exiting the car wash from the line behind their car. As […]
April 30, 2018

S3, E29 Annual Medicals—A Lasting Impact with FDNY Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kerry Kelly

On March 16, 2018, FDNY Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kerry Kelly retired after 37 years of dedicated service. The FDNY has set the standard for monitoring the health and well-being of its members and Dr. Kelly was instrumental in getting that done. Dr. Kelly began the FDNY […]
April 26, 2018

Toronto Vehicle Ramming 

In an unmistakably intentional act, a 25-year-old Canadian man ran down two dozen people with a rented van on a Toronto sidewalk, killing ten. When the deadly rampage was finished, the subject exited the vehicle and took an aggressive stance against a responding police officer, telling him […]
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 10, 2018

Answering the Call

FDNY photographers capture portraits of some of the highly-trained women who help answer the tremendous, and growing, number of emergency medical calls the Department responds to each year.
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 […]
December 21, 2017

Train Derailment in Northwest Injures Dozens

A street overpass derailed an Amtrak train about 50 miles south of Seattle, killing three people and injuring more than 100 others. The train was making its inaugural trip, using the Point Defiance bypass, from Seattle to Portland on the morning of Monday, December 18, 2017. […]
December 14, 2017

Suicide Bombing Attempt Foiled in NYC

During rush hour on Monday, December 11, 2017, an ISIS adherent tried to trigger his crudely-built improvised explosive device (IED) hidden under his clothing. The IED partially detonated, but did not explode in the busy pedestrian tunnel between the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Times Square […]
December 7, 2017

Southern California Wildfires Rage

Mother Nature has shown no mercy as four major wildfires continue to destroy homes and property throughout Southern California. Winds are forecasted to increase, which could spread existing flames and drive new fires. Fire officials believe the worst is yet to come and responders will have […]
November 30, 2017

Propaganda-Inspired Terror Plots Disrupted

Two men, aged 21 and 20, have been arrested this week in north London and Birmingham, and another 20-year-old was arrested separately in Australia ahead of significant plots to conduct terror attacks in these respective locations. Counterterrorism police in the U.K. believe they disrupted “well-advanced” plans […]
November 24, 2017

Mosque Attackers Gun Down Fleeing Worshipers and Responders

An ISIS affiliate in Egypt’s north Sanai region is suspected in a mosque massacre on Friday, November 24, 2017, which left at least 235 dead and 125 wounded. Early reports indicate that at least one bomb was detonated, and that worshippers were fired upon as they […]
November 16, 2017

Devastating Earthquakes Shake the Globe

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook the border region of Iran and Iraq in what is now the deadliest earthquake worldwide in 2017. It is estimated that 530-580 died and 7,460 were injured. Iran sits on a major fault line and has experienced a number of earthquakes. The […]
November 9, 2017

Shooter Slaughters Defenseless Congregation

A 26-year-old man with a history of violence and mental problems stormed into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Spring, Texas last Sunday and opened fire with an assault rifle, killing 26 people ranging in age from young children to seniors. The shooter entered the church […]
November 2, 2017

Deadly NYC Vehicle Ramming

A 29-year-old Uzbekistan national living in N.J. drove into a busy bike path along West Street in Manhattan with his rented flatbed truck and proceeded to mow down cyclists and pedestrians for three-quarters of a mile, killing eight and injuring 12. The vehicle rampage, which began […]