FDNY Pro Blog

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 […]
April 6, 2017

Intentional Fire Caused Georgia Interstate Collapse

Three people have been arrested in connection with a fire burning below an overpass section of I-85, north of Atlanta, last Thursday, including one man who talked of smoking crack when he set a chair on top of a shopping cart ablaze. That fire moved to […]
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 15, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pro Battalion Chief Kevin Harrison and Lieutenant Timothy Carroll

A key element for deploying resources is the establishment of a unified Command Post. In order for a comprehensive and uniform plan to be developed, all of the command elements must be co-allocated. By being in proximity, leaders are aware of each other’s issues and develop […]
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 6, 2017

S2, E16 Recognizing Heart Disease with FDNY Chief Medical Officer Doctor Kerry Kelly and FDNY Attending Cardiologist Doctor Dianne Acuna

FDNY Chief Medical Officer Doctor Kerry Kelly and FDNY Attending Cardiologist Doctor Dianne Acuna discuss how to recognize heart disease as well as the effects that heart disease has had on the first responder community at large. Lieutenant Jon Paul Augier hosts. S2, E16 Recognizing Heart […]
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 […]
December 22, 2016

Man Sickened by Fumes in Home Prompts Arrest, Terror Investigation

A 60-year-old man in New Port Richey, Florida was transported to the hospital early Wednesday morning following an earlier confrontation and scuffle with his 21-year-old son over a noxious odor in the house. After the son left to accompany his father in transport, the mother called relatives […]
December 15, 2016

Roof Collapses on Crowded Nigerian Church

A church packed with worshipers and government officials for the ordination of a local bishop became a disaster scene in Nigeria this week when the roof collapsed during the ceremony, leaving a large, but uncertain number of bodies among the wreckage. While official reports place the […]
December 14, 2016

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pro Firefighter Peter Kenney

Rig placement can set the tone at a fire. The importance of the first-arriving companies positioning their rigs correctly cannot be over-emphasized. Communication plays a significant role in this. With proper training and planning, members should anticipate and be prepared for what “could happen” when positioning […]
December 8, 2016

Firefighter Shot in Post-Operations Ambush

A Youngstown, Ohio fire officer was shot in the leg as several rounds passed through the front door of his engine apparatus while the crew was taking up from a vacant house fire on Monday night. Members of Engine Co. 7 told police that they saw […]
December 8, 2016

FDNY Overcomes Water Loss at Manhattan Two-Alarm Fire

View the WNYF article linked below to read about this challenging incident, during which units overcame wind conditions and an out-of-service standpipe to extinguish a difficult fire. WNYF, 2nd/2011 issue: FDNY Overcomes Water Loss at Manhattan Two-Alarm Fire During the mid-afternoon on December 10, 2010, units […]
December 1, 2016

‘Black Friday’ Violence Comes a Day Early

The shopping frenzy that unfolds on the day after Thanksgiving was again marred by deadly violence this year, as two people were killed and another two were injured in shopping-related shootings in three different states…all before “Black Friday” even began. All three shootings occurred on Thanksgiving […]
November 30, 2016

#WednesdayWisdom from FDNY Pro Firefighter Anthony Caterino

This is certainly the case for FAST Unit Operations. Although our purpose as Firefighters is to save civilian lives and protect property, when a fellow Firefighter becomes the person in danger and in need of rescue, the FAST Unit procedures that we implement will aid in […]
November 28, 2016

Blog: Facebook Data Raises Flag, Responders Should take Note

The integrity of Facebook data came under scrutiny recently, both as it relates to user performance metrics, as well as the accuracy of its content. According to reports, an internal audit at Facebook uncovered inaccuracies in several key metrics designed to measure the impact of user content, […]