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December 14, 2018

Command and Control Policy Proves Essential at Queens Recycling Plant Fire

In the early afternoon of March 16, 2018, units in Queens responded to reports of fire in a commercial building. When Engine 301 arrived, members were met by self-evacuated personnel of the Royal Recycling Plant, who provided guidance to the fire location. Engine 301 and Ladder […]
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 […]
December 6, 2018

Ebola Outbreak in Congo Becomes 2nd Largest in History

With 420 cases and 240 deaths, the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the second worst on record but still less than the 2014-2016 West Africa pandemic that killed 11,000 people. Even with experimental vaccines and treatments, disease transmissions have doubled since […]
November 29, 2018

Overdose Deaths Set Record Last Year

New numbers Thursday from CDC show that drug overdoses killed more than 70,000 Americans in 2017, which is a new record. The increase was spurred by a 45-percent jump in overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. This fentanyl crisis has contributed to reductions in […]
November 29, 2018

S3, E36 FDNY Apparatus Positioning with Battalion Chief Christopher Eysser and Lieutenant Ray McCormack

Frequent drilling and communication prior to arrival at a fire is critical to proper apparatus positioning. Veteran FDNY members, Battalion Chief Christopher Eysser and Lt. Ray McCormack discuss efficient and effective placement techniques of the FDNY’s fleet that can elevate performance on the fireground and even […]
November 22, 2018

Gunman Kills Three at Chicago Hospital 

A Chicago police officer, an emergency room physician, and a pharmacy resident were shot and killed during an active-shooter incident at Mercy Hospital in Chicago Monday. The assailant shot the doctor in the parking lot and then entered the hospital, followed by law enforcement. Inside, he […]
November 15, 2018

Camp Wildfire Becomes Deadliest, Most Destructive in California History

The death toll for northern California’s Camp Fire rose to 56 on Thursday as authorities continue to search for the 130 people still unaccounted for, many whom are senior citizens. It is estimated that over 7,000 homes and buildings have been destroyed, and the town of […]
November 8, 2018

Gunman Opens Fire in California Bar

A gunman clad in all black and wearing a hoodie entered the front entrance of the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (about 40 miles west of L.A.) Wednesday evening and began a shooting rampage that left 12 dead, including a Ventura County Sheriff’s […]
November 1, 2018

Aggressive Trauma Treatment Performed at Mass Shooting

In the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history, a 46-year-old man stormed into a synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh armed with handguns and a semi-automatic rifle and opened fire on the congregation, killing 11 people. After the incident, anti-Semitic posts […]
October 25, 2018

Nation on Alert after IEDs Mailed to Political Figures

Over the last two days, at least 10 devices were discovered in mail sent to eight targets, mostly prominent political leaders, in New York, Florida, Delaware, Los Angeles and the Washington, D.C. area. Suspicious packages were sent to former President Obama, former Secretary of State Clinton, […]
August 9, 2018

Death Toll Rises after Earthquake

At least 259 people are now confirmed dead after a 7.0 earthquake rocked the island of Lombok in Indonesia on Sunday. The earthquake, which followed a 6.4 quake about a week ago, has displaced 156,000 people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes. Most fatalities were […]
August 2, 2018

California Wildfires

The Carr Fire near Redding, California has burned more than 116,000 acres and destroyed over 1,000 homes, and is now considered the 7th worst in state history, but the worst statistic is that six people have died due to these blazes, including two firefighters. One firefighter, […]
July 26, 2018

Duck Boat Capsizes, Claims Lives 

An amphibious excursion vehicle, commonly called a duck boat, capsized in choppy waters on Table Rock Lake last Thursday, bordering Arkansas and Missouri, claiming the lives of 17 people (nine from one family) among 29 passengers and two crew members. The boat was faced with 73 […]
July 19, 2018

Flash Flooding Causes Evacuation in Grand Canyon

Heavy rains last week funneled into the Havasupai Falls area of the Grand Canyon, forcing tourists to seek high ground as rivers swelled. As the campground is ten miles from roads, the evacuation of 200 people was problematic. Tribal members, who run the reservation, shuttled stranded […]
July 12, 2018

Apps Used to Target Phones

Custom-built apps were available in Google Store that were designed to target Israeli military members’ phones was successfully identified and removed in “Operation Broken Heart” by Israeli intelligence. The nefarious apps included Golden Cup, referring to the World Cup, and Wink Chat and Glance Love applications. […]
July 5, 2018

Texas TV Station Threat Derailed

A Texas man was arrested in North Carolina for violent threats against a local television station in Bryan, Texas. According to a federal indictment, the suspect made several threats over the phone, triggering interstate communications threat charges. His tirades and violence are nothing new, as he […]
June 28, 2018

Firefighter Fatally Shot at Fire Scene

A Captain for the Long Beach Fire Department in California was fatally shot Tuesday at the scene of a fire on the second floor of a senior housing residence in an 11-story building. Fire crews, responding to fire alarm and sprinkler activations, as well as reports […]
June 21, 2018

Dangerous Mobile Behavior

A forest ranger was called to the city of Jalpaiguri in northeast India to capture a 66-pound, 18-feet long rock python because the snake had just consumed a goat near a school. The ranger came to the rescue and was able to secure the python around […]