FDNY Pro Blog

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 28, 2018

S3, E28 Train Brave with FDNY Rescue Paramedics Silvana Uzcategui and Krista O’Dea

In 2017, for the first time ever at the FDNY Academy, the majority of Rescue Paramedic trainees were women. Rescue Paramedics bring advanced pre-hospital care to any civilian or member of service in a precarious position while extrication procedures take place. Members selected for this program […]
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 […]
February 28, 2018

S3, E27 Inside the FDNY Fitness Unit with Captain Thomas Tanzosh

Given the rigorous demands of first responders’ jobs and increased risk for cardiac events, finding a fitness routine that works is critical. In this episode, the head of the FDNY Fitness Unit, Captain Thomas Tanzosh, gives listeners an inside look at how the FDNY trains its […]
February 22, 2018

World’s Tallest Wooden Skyscraper Planned for 2041

Sumitomo, one of the main business groups in Japan, is planning to celebrate its 350th anniversary in 2041 by opening the world’s largest wood high-rise building. Sumitomo, a diverse corporate conglomerate best known for mining and metals, also has a forestry company, which stated the 70-story […]
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 […]
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 […]
October 26, 2017

FBI Foils Bomb Attempt

An ISIS sympathizer was arrested on Friday as he entered the Dolphin Mall in Sweetwater, Fla., in order to plant a bomb that he believed would detonate during the Black Friday shopping day. The suspect, who acted alone, was in communication with an FBI confidential informant, […]
October 19, 2017

Taliban Tactic Proves Deadly Impact 

At least 43 Afghan soldiers were killed and the “whole base” destroyed in the southern Kandahar Province after suicide bombers in two Humvees, packed with explosives, attacked in the predawn hours on Thursday, October 19, 2017. About the same number of police officers were killed in two similar […]
October 12, 2017

Destructive California Wildfires

Dozens of fires, fueled by high winds, have been burning out of control in northern California, with the clearest devastation centered in Sonoma and Napa counties, north of San Francisco. The fast moving fires offered residents and tourists little time to evacuate. In one illustrative case, multiple […]
October 5, 2017

Deadly Las Vegas Shooting at Concert

Soon after the gunman, perched from a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort, began raining bullets down on the densely-packed audience at a nighttime outdoor country music concert, an unarmed hotel security guard arrived on the floor, and was shot in […]
September 28, 2017

Damage in Puerto Rico Called ‘Apocalyptic’

After receiving the full brunt of Hurricane Maria’s winds, rain and storm surge last week, the entire island of Puerto Rico remains decimated with the vast majority of the population lacking electricity and many essential services. By some estimates, 80 percent of long-distance electrical transmission lines […]
September 21, 2017

London Commuters Escape Devastation As Bomb Mechanism Fails

A “bucket” bomb placed on a commuter train during rush hour last Friday morning, with a destructive potentially greater than that of the 2005 7/7 Underground bombs, apparently initiated, but failed to detonate. At least thirty people were injured due to the fireball that erupted in […]
September 14, 2017

Irma Puts Disaster Preparedness Cycle to the Test

Hurricane Irma took a path of destruction over several days through U.S. territories and states from the Virgin Islands through South Carolina, leaving dozens dead and untold damage behind. Local, state and federal agencies and officials are earning praise, however, in responding to the unprecedented and […]