FDNY Pro Blog

January 25, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pros Deputy Chief Nicholas Corrado and Battalion Chief Frank Leeb

When multiple alarms are required, the number of Firefighters and units on-scene increases and greatly adds to the complexity of the roll call. Fires in high-rise structures, subways or fire and emergency scenes that cover a wide area also make the emergency roll call more complicated […]
January 19, 2017

The ‘Paperfuge’ That Diagnoses Malaria

Inspired by spinning toys (Twirly Whirlies, Whirgigs, etc.), researchers at Stanford University have created an inexpensive paper centrifuge that can separate malaria parasites from samples of blood. The breakthrough will allow malaria diagnoses in areas that do not have electricity or access to commercial centrifuges. Malaria, […]
January 18, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pro Lieutenant Robert Wilson

Is the line in a spot where it is likely to get stuck if it is advanced? Is it positioned directly beneath a fire escape drop ladder? Is it beneath a window air conditioner or large pane of glass? If so, take the appropriate action. Additional […]
January 12, 2017

Facebook ‘Safety Check’ Made U.S. Debut in 2016

After rolling out its Safety Check accountability tool during the Nepal earthquake in April 2015, Facebook has widened the service to include any number of natural disasters, and since Paris in November 2015, it now includes terrorist attacks. The tool does more than allow people to […]
January 12, 2017

S2, E14 Mental Toughness on the Battlefield and the Fireground with FDNY Firefighter and US Marine Corps Major Jason Brezler

FDNY Firefighter and US Marine Corps Major Jason Brezler describes the FDNY’s new Mental Performance Initiative by detailing his experiences on the battlefield in the Middle East and on the fireground here in New York City. Lieutenant Jon Paul Augier hosts. S2, E14 Mental Toughness on […]
January 11, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pro Lieutenant Farooq H. Muhammad

Key points to remember during patient care… Tourniquets used in high-threat environments, such as active shooter incidents, should be placed high and tight; can be placed over clothes, but not bulky items, such as wallets. Tourniquets used in safe environments should be placed at least two […]
January 5, 2017

Pesticide Use Turns to Haz-Mat Tragedy for Texas Family

Ten members of an Amarillo, Texas family were overcome by toxic fumes in their home very early on Monday morning in an accident involving a pesticide used to rid the location of mice. When Firefighters arrived, several family members in the mobile home were sick and […]
January 4, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pro Deputy Chief Cesar A. Escobar

Reviewing the dispatch data, identifying potential issues with access and egress of the location, discussing the call type and other dispatch information with your partner and having an initial plan of action should be done on every emergency response. Although at times the information obtained in […]
December 29, 2016

Riots Break Out in 15 Shopping Malls on Boxing Day

On the day after Christmas, the post-holiday crowds can make a shopping mall seem more like a battleground, but the chaos that ensued this December 26th was extreme by any standard. Massive brawls broke out at 15 malls in over a dozen different states on Monday, […]
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 […]
October 27, 2016

Blog: Response and Mitigation Tested at London Tube, Airport

Response and Mitigation Tested at London Tube, Airport – The London Underground’s North Greenwich station was evacuated on October 20th after a passenger discovered a suspicious object. After an investigation, Metropolitan Police determined that a controlled explosion was necessary, fearing the device, which included wires and […]
October 26, 2016

Blog: #WednesdayWisdom from FDNY Pro Dr. Bradley Kaufman

Welcome to the inaugural #WednesdayWisdom post for 10/26/16! In this new weekly blog feature, FDNY members share information for first responders to get all of us thinking (and talking) about health and safety. Infection control procedures should always be undertaken by first responders, including aggressive handwashing […]
October 20, 2016

Blog: Keeping Members Safe at Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVAs)

Responding to motor vehicle accidents (MVAs), particularly on high-speed roadways, is a danger that emergency responders routinely face. This is not an area where anyone should be complacent. Constant vigilance on roadways must be maintained at all times. In an article Keeping Members Safe at MVAs […]
October 20, 2016

Blog: Plot Targeting Muslim Immigrants Foiled in Kansas

Three men were arrested on charges of domestic terrorism in Kansas this week when an FBI investigation foiled a plot to attack an apartment complex that predominately housed Somali-Muslim immigrants in the town of Garden City in the western part of the state. The men were […]
October 13, 2016

Blog: Wrong-way Driver Kills 5 Teens, Steals Police Cruiser

A 36-year-old man driving north in the southbound lanes of I-89 in Vermont on Saturday, October 8, 2016, slammed into a car with five 15- and 16-year-old students, killing them all. While the first-arriving police officer attempted to extinguish the burning vehicle and extricate victims, the […]
October 6, 2016

Blog: Firefighter Assaulted at Tulsa Fire Operation

A house fire became the scene of an assault this week, when a man used a flashlight to violently beat a Firefighter who prevented him from re-entering a burning building during a fire operation in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Fellow Firefighters subdued and restrained the assailant, who was […]
September 12, 2016

Blog: Don’t Judge a Building by its Cover

In the midst of a “major and continuing construction boom” in New York City, it remains imperative that FDNY members keep up to date with changing construction methods, especially when lightweight materials are involved. This article highlights the WNYF (4th issue of 2014) article, Don’t Judge […]
August 11, 2016

Blog: Stairwell Safety and Management

Overcrowded stairs at fires is an issue that all Firefighters should strive to eliminate. This dangerous condition may block egress for Firefighters in case of deteriorating conditions, can create unsafe tripping hazards and will increase the likelihood of stairway collapse, especially if the stairs have been involved in […]