FDNY Pro Blog

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 21, 2016

S1, E13: Saved by the Department He Served with FDNY Firefighter Kenny Ruane (Ret.)

S1, E13: Saved by the Department He Served w FDNY Firefighter Kenny Ruane (Retired)
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
July 14, 2016

Blog: FDNY Members Meet Challenges of Brooklyn Hardware Store Fire

Past WNYF articles are a great tool for reviewing fire and emergency operations. This blog post is designed to highlight some of the basics of firefighting used at our operations. We encourage readers to review the complete WNYF article in the 3rd/2015 issue. Curent references to associated […]
May 12, 2016

Blog: Review of Lightweight Construction Features

The dangers of lightweight construction are very real and should be drilled on continuously, researched and discussed by all. The FDNY now has “Firefighting Procedures, Private Dwellings, Chapter 6–Lightweight Construction,” but many of the topics therein were discussed in depth in a series of WNYF articles: “Lightweight […]