FDNY Pro Blog

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 28, 2017

S2, E15 “EMS Anthem” with FDNY Lieutenant Farooq Muhammad

FDNY Lieutenant Farooq Muhammad reaches over one million views for his video, “EMS Anthem,” and discusses what inspired him to create music about the job he describes as a calling. Captain, and Executive Officer to the Fire Commissioner, Elizabeth Cascio hosts. S2, E15 “EMS Anthem” w […]
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 […]
February 22, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pro Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kerry J. Kelly

Planning meals helps you manage your time better and can ensure that you avoid unhealthy food choices. Be mindful of what you are putting into your body because performance can be adversely affected. The food you eat can decrease your risk of heart disease and stroke. […]
February 17, 2017

Winter Winds Wreak Havoc on NYC Area Transportation Infrastructure

Winter winds gusted to near 50 mph across Long Island on Monday, but despite the absence of any accompanying snow, the impact on transportation infrastructure had a snowball effect on evening commuters. The first punch to the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) came early afternoon as […]
February 15, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pro Firefighter Felix Manjarrez

Mind-set, posture and breathing exercises aid in the advancement of tactical breathing. These three elements require practice and consistency. Once you are thrust into a stressful environment, you can take that second to pause, take a “tactical breath” to re-center and reset yourself and then you […]
February 9, 2017

Texas Couple Attempted Police Ambush Primed by Fire

A married couple in San Angelo, Texas was arrested after an armed confrontation with police in front of their burning house in what was later revealed as a plot to ambush responding officers. The perilous incident began when the 67-year-old husband first called a local television […]
February 8, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pro Doctor Dianne Acuna

First responders are taught the many signs and symptoms of a heart attack, including the common symptoms of chest pain. However, the “Hollywood heart attack”–where the patient grabs his/her chest and falls to the ground–is not always the case. Subtle symptoms, such as chest pulling, chest […]
February 2, 2017

Hostage Standoff in Delaware Prison Results in C.O.’s Death

Delaware State police stormed a section of the state’s largest prison for men, after a day-long standoff, rescuing an uninjured female staff member, but also finding Sgt. Steven Floyd, a 16-year-veteran of the Delaware Department of Correction, deceased. The hostage siege began at about 10:30 on […]
February 1, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pros Lieutenant Thomas S. Tanzosh and Firefighter James Carino

It wasn’t too long ago that fitness for first responders seemed to be based on the old adage, “Lift things up, put them down” and run slowly and for long periods of time until your shins fell off. There is no denying the efficacy of this […]
November 23, 2016

#WednesdayWisdom from FDNY Pro Deputy Chief Michael McLaughlin and Division Chief Christine Mazzola

Research indicates that effective routines shift activities in the brain from the active thinking areas, to the “auto-pilot” regions of the brain. This leaves the active thinking areas with more capability to process unique, non-routine information. Many of the Department’s protocols and procedures are intended to […]
November 21, 2016

Blog: Fire in a Tenement with a Penthouse Addition

This Blog post is written to recap a fire involving a penthouse added onto the roof of a non-fireproof multiple dwelling and discuss some unique challenges that this feature presented. We encourage readers to review the full article in WNYF’s second issue of 2010. Manhattan Box 1192 On […]
November 17, 2016

Blog: Wildfires in Southeast U.S. Cause Evacuations, Hospitalizations

More than 5,000 Firefighters are battling wildfires in the Southeast U.S. under severe drought conditions in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky and North Carolina. Wind-driven fires are racing up and down the unusually dry Appalachian Mountains, threatening hundreds of structures and causing extensive evacuations. More than 107,000 acres […]
November 16, 2016

Blog: #WednesdayWisdom from FDNY Pro Deputy Chief John A. (Jay) Jonas

Other Random Thoughts on Search A primary search is more effective if a good size-up is performed. Where is the fire? Are there any fire escapes? What are the avenues of fire travel? What time of day is it? Is a search rope needed? What is […]
November 9, 2016

Blog: #WednesdayWisdom from FDNY Pro Dr. Tremaine Sayles

Diaphragmatic Breathing works to calm your body and ultimately bring you to a more peaceful state physically and mentally. They assist your parasympathetic nervous system by bringing you back to a place of homeostasis. What is Diaphragmatic Breathing? Breathing from your diaphragm oxygenates your blood, which […]
November 7, 2016

Blog: Stack Effect: Wind-Impacted Fires…Without the Wind

Air movement at fires, especially at fires in high-rise buildings, is an overriding concern to the Department. As we have seen repeatedly, conditions for members operating in the interior at wind-impacted fires can go from tenable to deadly in an instant. However, as explained in WNYF’s […]
November 4, 2016

Blog: Blast from the Past from Division 8, Staten Island

Ladder Company 76 was one of seven 1951 Ward LaFrance 750-gpm Quads in FDNY service. These were the only actual FDNY Quads, because they had a pump, booster tank and hose-carrying capacity, as well as a full complement of ground ladders and ladder company tools. The […]
November 3, 2016

Blog: The Phantom Menace of the Opera

A packed house at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City was forced to evacuate after a man was spotted sprinkling a suspicious powder into the orchestra pit during an intermission of a Saturday afternoon performance, raising concerns of possible terrorism and prompting a police response. […]