FDNY Pro Blog

March 26, 2019

Small Changes Can Add Up

Thankfully, cardiac deaths in the fire service have decreased. A large portion of this decrease is not due to lower rates of heart disease, but because of better treatment of myocardial infarcts (heart attacks). While we are thankful for this, we must not forget that our […]
March 21, 2019

Four-Alarm Fire at Box 1085, a Remote Area of the Rockaway Peninsula, Queens

At 1700 hours on September 9, 2018, Battalion Chief Charles Demartini entered the quarters of Battalion 47. As a covering Battalion Chief assigned to Battalion 26, he has limited experience working in the Rockaway section of Queens. Fortunately that day, he was relieving Battalion Chief Timothy […]
March 21, 2019

Response to Refrigerant Leaks Case Study: Queens Library, Langston Hughes Branch

It is hard to imagine a summer in New York City without air conditioning or a kitchen without a refrigerator to keep food and drinks cold. Thanks to modern refrigeration, air-conditioning and refrigeration units of all shapes, sizes and capacities, they have many commercial and residential […]
March 21, 2019

Brooklyn’s Malbone Street Wreck—100 Years Later

On November 1, 2018, the FDNY commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Malbone Street wreck, which occurred on the Brighton Beach line of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit system in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. It was a dreadful subway crash that left almost 100 dead […]
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 8, 2019

Strategy Employed at a Trump Tower Fire

This FDNY Pro Talk with Deputy Chief Joseph N. Carlsen was recorded for the 2018 FDNY Symposium with support from the FDNY Foundation and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. In this Talk, Chief Carlsen delivers a presentation on high-rise operations at a fire in Trump Tower. […]
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 28, 2019

S4, E39 Backdrafts, Smoke Explosions and Flashovers with FDNY Captain John Ceriello

Rapid fire events are a rare phenomenon that even the most seasoned Firefighter may never encounter during their careers. And while there is much still to learn about what environments or tactics are best suited to avoid them, there are some patterns to their occurrences. In […]
January 31, 2019

U.S. Midwest Freezes While Australia Swelters

While Australia battles record-smashing heat, interminable drought and deadly bushfires, the U.S. is in the grip of an intense cold snap, with temperatures plunging to historic lows. Last week, Adelaide broke the record for the world’s hottest city at 46.6C (115.16F) as the American Midwest is […]
January 24, 2019

Complex Attack Targets Afghanistan Intel Base

This past Monday, as United States officials were gathering to meet with the Taliban in Doha Qatar to discuss a peace treaty, the insurgent group was executing a deadly attack in Maidan Shahr, Afghanistan killing as many as 100 people. The complex attack against the secure […]
January 17, 2019

Americans Among the Dead in Attack Claimed by ISIS

American soldiers and military contractors were among the dead in two deadly explosive attacks. ISIS claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that targeted a popular market place in the city of Manbij, Syria. Manbij a heavily disputed city in northern Syria is currently under protection of […]
January 10, 2019

High-Visibility Protests Continue in France

A wave of protests that began in November 2018 over increased fuel taxes, known as the yellow vest (“gilets jaunes”) movement has spread across France, and to other countries, as well. This past week, cities across France had a total of 50,000 protestors, which ranged in […]
January 3, 2019

Explosion at ConEd Substation Casts Light on Response to Electrical Stations

Despite many claims, and jokes, that an intense blue light over Astoria, Queens was the sign of an alien invasion, the cause was more terrestrial as a ConEd transformer at one its substations exploded. There were “scattered” power outages, some subway trains were temporarily stalled and […]
December 27, 2018

Indonesia Tsunami Death Toll Surpasses 400

At least 430 people were killed Saturday when a tsunami swept through the Sunda Strait in Indonesia, leaving about 1,500 injured and almost 22,000 displaced in villages on the Java and Sumatra coasts. Some affected areas have not been reached yet. Indonesian rescuers are using heavy […]
December 20, 2018

Multiple Assaults on NYC EMTs in One Week

Three FDNY emergency medical personnel suffered serious injuries Wednesday when an emotionally disturbed man assaulted them as they responded to an emergency medical call in Brooklyn, said the Daily News. The incident came just a few days after two EMTs, responding to a call in Queens, […]
December 13, 2018

Gunman Attacks France’s Largest Christmas Market

A gunman opened fire in the picturesque city of Strasbourg Tuesday night, killing three people and wounding a 13 more through gunshots and stab wounds. The suspect continued to terrorize other shoppers and tourists before fleeing in a taxi. The assailant, previously flagged by authorities as […]