FDNY Pro EMS

May 23, 2019

Central U.S. Slammed by Tornado Outbreak

Almost a week of severe weather has battered the central U.S. Since Friday, 170 tornadoes have touched down and about 30 of those have occurred in the last 24 hours–with one hitting Jefferson City, the state capital of Missouri. Along with tornadoes, these powerful storms are […]
May 16, 2019

Mosques, Churches continue to be Targets of Terrorism

This week saw a variety of attacks against religious locations across the globe. In two separate attacks in Pakistan, local police were targeted as they provided protection to local mosques during the Muslim holy days of Ramadan. In Quetta, Pakistan, an improvised explosive device (IED) attached […]
May 9, 2019

Baltimore Government Targeted in Ransomware Attack

Baltimore city officials shut down the majority of its computer servers Tuesday “out of an abundance of caution” after a ransomware attack disrupted emails, phone lines, and online bill payments. The culprit appears to be the same ransomware that infected Greenville, N.C. last month. Unlike the […]
May 2, 2019

Multiple Shootings Occur across the Country

Gunmen opened fire this week at several large gatherings in different parts of the country, resulting in multiple deaths and injuries. Tuesday evening, a former student used a handgun to kill two and injure four at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte campus. On early Sunday […]
April 30, 2019

S4, E41 World Trade Center Construction and Design Features with Lt. John Amsterdam

Construction at the World Trade Center site showcases some of the most forward-thinking building and fire prevention features ever designed and implemented. In this episode, Lt. John Amsterdam of Ladder 10 talks about some of these features which are featured in two WNYF articles, 01/2017 “An […]
April 25, 2019

Coordinated Attacks on Easter Ravage Sri Lanka

On Easter morning, suicide bombers carried out attacks involving at least eight separate locations across the country that included three churches, three hotels, a housing complex and a zoo, killing 350 people and wounding 500. Five of those attacks occurred in Colombo, the island nation’s most […]
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.
October 4, 2016

FDNY Pro EMS: Commissioner’s Brief for 3/2016

Recently, I was asked: “What is different about this 15th anniversary of 9/11? Has anything changed”? Personally, I feel the same about it as I did last year and the year before and the year before that. I have stated previously that my internal calendar activates […]
October 4, 2016

Recalling 9/11: “Plane into World Trade Center”

I was promoted to Captain for FDNY EMS in August 2001. I went through a training class and was assigned to EMS Operations. My first day working at FDNY Headquarters in Brooklyn was September 4, 2001. I was working directly for the Chief of EMS, learning […]
October 4, 2016

Recalling 9/11: “Send Me Every Available Ambulance You’ve Got!”

September 11, 2001, marks one of the darkest days in the history of both our nation and the FDNY. In addition to the 343 Department members who were killed on this day, this terror incident represents the largest attack ever made on the American homeland and […]
October 4, 2016

Out of the Ashes: Preparedness and Training Post-9/11

Fifteen years ago, the largest and most unexpected emergency response event in the modern history of New York City forever changed the world in which we live. After losing 343 members of the FDNY family on 9/11, the Department was forever changed, rebuilt out of the […]
October 4, 2016

Inside Look: The FDNY EMS Pipes and Drums–It’s a Story About Duty, Honor and Tradition

EMTs, Paramedics and Firefighters are part of a service that is unlike any other. The successful outcome of a situation is not the result of an individual’s actions, but rather the actions and cooperation of a team.  Perhaps nowhere else outside of the military does this […]
October 4, 2016

One on One: Recalling 9/11 and the Importance of Capturing Firsthand Accounts

At the time, I thought I would remember every single thing about the response and recovery effort at the World Trade Center. But now, 15 years later, as I look back to that period for this issue of Pro EMS, I suddenly realized that I can’t […]
October 4, 2016

Special Apparatus: FDNY Gators

In 1999, as part of the preparation for the anticipated larger than usual Millennium New Year’s Eve gathering in Times Square and the possibility of City-wide Y2K computer and system failures, the City purchased several Gator carts from the John Deere Co. These six-wheel, diesel-powered, off-road […]
October 4, 2016

EMS Leader: Improving Individual Performance and Organizational Effectiveness Through Mental Preparedness

The FDNY is one of the nation’s premier emergency service agencies. The Department’s procedures and protocols influence practices throughout the country. Major emergencies in the City are observed and studied throughout the emergency management industry. However, the most critical factor in determining the success of a […]