FDNY Pro Blog

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 26, 2017

The Day After Sandy in Southeast Queens

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, EMT Odelmo Paltooram captured scenes of utter devastation in FDNY EMS Division 4 which includes the neighborhoods of Breezy Point, Rockaway Park, Arverne and Far Rockaway, some of the most impacted communities in the region.
October 25, 2017

S2, E23 Leading the Invisible with FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Lillian Bonsignore

FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Lillian Bonsignore discusses the qualities of a successful leader, recognizing that rank doesn’t necessarily translate to success in leadership. Guidelines and protocols are in place to guide us, but it’s important to be able to adapt and overcome difficulties in dynamic situations. […]
October 24, 2017

10-86 at a Bulk Fuel Yard in Brooklyn

Bulk fuel plants are found in every borough of New York City and used primarily to store products such as gasoline, oil, ethanol, LPG and CNG. Using ships, railway or pipeline, each fuel type and plant brings its own unique challenges regarding how the product is […]
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 22, 2017

S2, E22 The Chelsea Bombing: One Year Later with Chief Joseph D. Liselli

FDNY Chief Joseph D. Liselli recounts response measures and operations during the 2016 Chelsea bombing. Lieutenant Jon Paul Augier hosts. S2, E22 The Chelsea Bombing: One Year Later w Chief Joseph D. Liselli
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 […]
June 1, 2017

NOAA Predicts Above Average Hurricane Season

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted another above-normal hurricane season for the Atlantic Ocean in 2017, which always runs from June 1 through November 30. There is currently a 45-percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season, […]
May 25, 2017

Manchester Arena Device Triggered Outside Security Perimeter

A man wearing a backpack detonated his homemade-explosive device Tuesday evening in the publically-accessible foyer area (outside security checkpoints) as concertgoers, mostly young girls, were leaving an Ariana Grande show at U.K.’s Manchester Arena, the largest indoor performance venue in Europe. Evidence includes backpack cloth, nuts […]
May 18, 2017

Hospital Computer Systems Targeted as Part of Global Ransomware Attack

The biggest ransomware attack on record locked out at least 200,000 computers in 100 countries, and included healthcare systems in the U.K., China, and Indonesia. Of the 248 “trusts” (geographic or specialty functions) in the British National Health Service (NHS), 48 were affected by the attack, […]
May 11, 2017

Rare, but Serious, Tick-borne Disease Spreading in NE, Great Lakes Regions

A deadly virus spread through tick bites called Powassan, which is still very rare, is spreading in the Northeast, including New York state, and in parts of the Great Lakes region. Powassan, also called POW, causes encephalitis (brain inflammation) in some, is fatal in about 15 […]
May 4, 2017

Narcan Dosage ‘Ineffective’ on ‘Elephant Tranquilizer’ Overdoses in Northeast

Three recent deaths in New Hampshire have now been linked to carfentanil overdoses, a potent form of synthetic opioid typically used to tranquilize elephants and other large animals. Manufactured in Chinese medical labs, the drug is visually identical to fentanyl, but 100 times more potent so […]
April 28, 2017

An Enigma Wrapped in the Predictability of Weather Forecasts

Weather is not often associated with high predictability, but the consistency of when daily weather forecasts were released over secure channels gave British code breakers based out of Bletchley Park one of the tips they needed to break the Nazi Enigma cipher code (with total possible […]
April 13, 2017

Teacher and Student Killed in San Bernardino School Shooting

A murder-suicide took an additional victim—an 8-year-old boy—and additional meaning in as the attack took place in a San Bernardino elementary school classroom. A second male student was badly wounded, but recovering, and police believe they were both shot as bystanders and not specifically targeted, as […]
April 11, 2017

From the Editor’s Desk, 1st/2017 WNYF

I am on my 20th year of editing WNYF. Where did the time go? I am fortunate to have authors who write on a regular basis; FDNY members such as Assistant Chiefs Joseph W. Pfeifer and Ronald R. Spadafora, Deputy Chief John “Jay” Jonas and Firefighter […]