FDNY Pro Blog

September 12, 2017

The Value of “Plan B” at the Nomad Six-Alarm Fire

n the early-morning hours of October 30, 2016, Engine 1 and Ladder 24 transmitted the 10-75 for fire on the first floor at 9 West 29th Street, a five-story loft building in the trendy neighborhood of Nomad. This quintessential Manhattan neighborhood derives its name from being […]
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 31, 2017

S2, E21 The Right Tools for the Job with FDNY Lieutenant Yonatan Klein

FDNY Lieutenant Klein discusses how the FDNY researches, develops and selects the best tools and equipment for members. Lieutenant Farooq Muhammad hosts. S2, E21 The Right Tools for the Job w FDNY Lieutenant Yonatan Klein
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. […]
March 30, 2017

Parliament Attacker Used WhatsApp Two Minutes Before Rampage

Khalid Masood is certainly not the first terrorist to use the encrypted text phone application WhatsApp, which was linked to the Paris and San Bernardino attacks in 2015, among others, but this latest assault has brought renewed concerns to police, security and intelligence professionals on how […]
March 23, 2017

¿El Nino? Ushers in Rain, Calamity to Peru

Heavy rains associated with exceptionally warm water in the Pacific Ocean have brought some of the worst flooding in decades and mudslides along the arid landscape along coastal Peru. At least half of the country has been impacted, including Lima, which has been without power since […]
March 16, 2017

Interest in Daylight Savings Time Shifts

With 21 state legislatures debating whether to eliminate or change “spring forward,” along with countless slept deprived journalists and tweeters voicing their displeasure, one article wonders if DST is “running out of time.” The DST idea is that less energy is consumed if there is more […]
March 9, 2017

Researchers Get Closer to Terrorism Minority Report

A doctoral student at SUNY Binghamton has created a model for predicting terrorist attacks based on the patterns of previous attacks, whose framework reportedly “can predict attack characteristics with a 90 percent accuracy.” The model, called the Networked Pattern Recognition Framework (NEPAR), is populated with data […]
March 8, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pro Paramedic Joseph D’Agosto

Students learn in many ways, such as seeing, hearing and experiencing things firsthand. But for most students, one of these methods dominates. Review these learning styles and identify which one of the following fits you best: Visual Learners are those who learn through seeing things. Auditory […]
March 2, 2017

Car Crashes Mar Mardi Gras Celebrations

New Orleans began celebrating Mardi Gras with its largest parade known as Endymion, but during the event, a man in a pickup truck raced down side streets and smashed into several cars before hitting parade onlookers. The driver, who had a blood alcohol level that was […]
March 1, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pro Chief of EMS James P. Booth

In the latest Pro EMS, Chief Booth explains how FDNY successful completes its mission every New Year’s Eve, the busiest night of the year for the Department. “When you become complacent and think you know everything there is to know because you’ve done New Year’s Eve […]
February 23, 2017

Teens Saved after Ice Plunge into Central Park Pond

A group of seven teenagers were saved after they plunged through the surface ice at The Pond, near the southeast corner of Central Park in Midtown Manhattan. A group of onlookers, including two visiting tourists, immediately went into action and pulled the teens to safety by […]