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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 25, 2018

S3, E26 The FDNY Medical Special Operations Conference (MSOC) with Dr. Doug Isaacs and Paramedic Juan Henriquez

The FDNY, in partnership with the FDNY Foundation, is proud to have spearheaded the annual Medical Special Operations Conference (MSOC). MSOC continues to be the conference that military, federal, state and local emergency medical responders attend to share their experiences, best practices, and ideas. In this […]
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

FDNY’s Computerized Triage Software

The last time you received a software upgrade notification on your smartphone or computer, you probably paused and considered whether you wanted to undergo the hassle. Your phone would be shut down for a few minutes and when it restarted, applications would be different and you […]
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 […]
December 28, 2017

S2, E25 A Critical Link in the Chain of Survival with FDNY Deputy Chief James Darnowski

The chain of survival is a series of steps, which give a victim of cardiac arrest the best chance of survival. Early CPR is an important link in this chain, but far too often it is administered too late, or not at all. FDNY Deputy Chief […]
September 7, 2017

Irma Tears through Leeward Islands, Headed to Florida

Hurricane Irma, tied for second as the strongest cyclone to ever form in the Atlantic Ocean, has already ravaged islands in the Caribbean Sea as it bears down on southern Florida, including the highly-vulnerable Keys. Some islands in the Caribbean, such as Burbuda, Anguilla and Saint […]
August 31, 2017

Harvey Aftermath: Rescue Operations

It was reported Wednesday that 13,000 people were rescued from flooding in Houston, and surrounding cities, by firefighters, police officers, U.S. Coast Guard personnel and other responders, as well as many Good Samaritans using their own watercraft and large vehicles, amid record flooding caused by Hurricane […]
August 24, 2017

Rotterdam Concert Cancelled, Terror Averted

The U.S. band, the Allah-Las, was scheduled to play a venue in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam Wednesday night, but based on a terror tip from Spanish authorities, the gig was cancelled and those who had already arrived at the converted grain silo at the […]
August 17, 2017

Pedestrians Killed in Terrorist Vehicle Ramming on Busy Barcelona Promenade

In yet another terrorist ramming attack, a van mowed down people for at least 1,000 feet (2-3 city blocks) Thursday afternoon on one of Barcelona’s busiest pedestrian walkways, La Rambla street. Based on early reporting, 12 people are dead and 80 are injured (at least 10 […]
August 10, 2017

Early-Morning IED Shakes Worshipers at Minnesota Mosque

A small but “sophisticated” improvised explosive device (IED) was set off in the imam’s office through a broken window in a Bloomington, Minn. mosque on the morning of Saturday, August 5, 2017. About a dozen people were in a nearby room for morning prayers at the […]
August 8, 2017

From the Editor’s Desk, 2nd/2017 WNYF

Hope you are enjoying the 2nd/2017 issue of WNYF. I’ve been fortunate to keep my string going of introducing a brand-new author for each issue. This second issue for 2017 features three new writers: Battalion Chief Thomas Lapolla and Lieutenant John V. Kazan, who write about […]
August 8, 2017

From the Editor’s Desk, 2nd/2017 Pro EMS

The 2nd/2017 issue of Pro EMS offers columns and feature articles that take up where we left off with the first issue of the year. It is chock-full of interesting and enlightening material, with a bonus special section by FDNY Press Secretary Frank Dwyer that provides […]
August 3, 2017

Sydney Raids Disrupt Airplane Plot

Australian police made four arrests in raids across Sydney late Saturday over what Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull termed a terrorist plot to “bring down an airplane.” Police describe the plot as “sophisticated and elaborate” and believe it was helped along by Islamic State operatives in Syria. […]