FDNY Pro Blog

April 18, 2019

Notre Dame Damaged in Massive Fire

Minutes before the last mass of the day at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, one the most recognizable churches in the world, was about to end Monday evening, a fire alarm went off, but the most vulnerable part of the structure, the attic space filled […]
April 11, 2019

Firefighters Injured in North Carolina Gas Explosion

One person was killed and nine firefighters were injured at a natural gas explosion in a two-story building in Durham, N.C. When the explosion occurred, around ten people were inside a first-floor coffee shop (the owner was the one fatality), and local firefighters were credited with […]
April 4, 2019

Chemical Plant Explosion in Texas

At least one person was killed and at least two seriously injured after an explosion and fire Tuesday at an antifreeze products plant in Crosby, Texas, near Houston. The dense, black plume of smoke from the plant led to shelter-in-place procedures for schools and residences within […]
March 31, 2019

Strength

These FDNY Photo Unit photos from the 1950’s and 1960’s showcase the high-level of strength routinely demonstrated at incidents throughout New York City.
March 28, 2019

19 Dead in Office Building Fire in Dhaka

A fire broke out Thursday in a 22-story office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, which claimed the lives of at least 19 people and caused dozens of injuries. At least six people jumped to their deaths as conditions deteriorated on the upper floors of the building. […]
March 28, 2019

S4, E40 Simulation Saves Lives with Lt. Kate Frawley

In military training you often hear the adage, “train as you fight, fight as you train.” And in sports you often hear, “you play the game the way you practice.” Both of these truisms have rightly migrated into EMT and Paramedic training courses. There is evidence […]
March 26, 2019

The Benefits of Teaming Up

Training for an athletic event with a team brings numerous benefits, including improved performance and accountability. Even when participants compete as individuals, the opportunity to connect with others is there. “The best feeling is being on the racecourse, wearing the FDNY jersey, and people are cheering […]
March 26, 2019

Physically, Mentally and Emotionally Prepared

The average person quits when he/she reaches 40 percent of his/her capability.–retired Navy Seal and Ultra Marathon Runner David Goggins. Now, more than ever, society as a whole is waking up. We are starting to see that we, as human beings, have much more potential than […]
March 26, 2019

Consider Hydration and Ditching Sugary Drinks While On Duty

The FDNY’s sworn mission is to protect life and property. To accomplish that mission, members prepare for the worst possible scenarios by way of training, safety and physical preparedness. Nutrition plays a big role in the mental focus needed to perform these high-level tasks and the […]
March 26, 2019

FDNY Foundation Partnership Bolsters Department’s Fitness Goals

The FDNY Foundation is proud to partner with Integrity Square, a leading advisory firm serving the Health, Active Lifestyle and Outdoors (HALO) sector, to bring you this year’s Pro Fit issue as part of the FDNY Foundation HALO Fitness and Equipment Initiative, an important program that […]
March 28, 2019

19 Dead in Office Building Fire in Dhaka

A fire broke out Thursday in a 22-story office building in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, which claimed the lives of at least 19 people and caused dozens of injuries. At least six people jumped to their deaths as conditions deteriorated on the upper floors of the building. […]
March 21, 2019

Worst Mass Shooting in New Zealand History

In the worst mass shooting in New Zealand history, an Australian man with white supremacist beliefs and connections entered two mosques in the city of Christchurch on the nation’s South Island, shooting anyone he found in a rampage that killed 50 and wounded 50 others. The […]
March 14, 2019

Boeing 737 Max 8 Grounded

An Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed this week, killing 157 passengers and crew, and has similarities to a crash (based on radar data and other information) of the same Boeing model off Indonesia last October. Several countries, including the U.S., have grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 […]
March 7, 2019

Tornado Kills 23 in Alabama

The National Weather Service reported thirty four tornadoes struck Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina over the weekend. An EF4 twister killed 23 in Lee County, Alabama. The victims ranged in age from 6 to 89 and included seven members of one family. Most of the […]
February 28, 2019

Toxic Moonshine Kills 154 People in India

At least 154 people have died and more than 200 others have been hospitalized after consuming tainted unregulated moonshine, known locally as “country-made liquor” in India, officials said Monday. Police believe those who drank the liquor contracted methyl-alcohol poisoning from methanol that was added to the […]
February 21, 2019

Five Dead in Workplace Shooting

Five employees at a warehouse for a large valve company in Aurora, Illinois were shot and killed by a fellow worker. The attacker pulled a gun and shot his coworkers during a termination meeting last Friday. At least five police officers were wounded in the incident […]
February 14, 2019

Dozens Die in Fires in India and Brazil

A Tuesday morning fire in the hotel Arpit Palace, located in Deli, India, an area popular with tourists for its budget hotels and shopping, led to the deaths of seventeen people, police said. Additionally, a dormitory fire at the youth training complex of a Brazilian soccer […]
February 7, 2019

Fire Used As a Weapon in Nigeria and Beyond

In what looks to be the standard operating procedure for Boko Haram, the militants targeted a small, poorly defended village along the Cameroon border on Monday morning. The fighters approached the north-eastern Nigerian border town of Rann quickly in gun trucks and motorcycles, causing panic and […]