FDNY Pro EMS

November 14, 2019

Deadly School Shooting in L.A. Area

At least one person is dead, and four others were severely wounded, after a suspect opened fire Thursday at a High School in Santa Clarita, California, about 40 miles north-northwest of Los Angeles. The gunman, who is reportedly a 15-year-old boy, was “in custody and being […]
November 7, 2019

Three Italian Firefighters Killed in Building Explosion

Emergency personnel responded to a report of an explosion at a vacant farm in the northern Italian province of Alessandria Tuesday. While they were attempting to put out a fire in an unoccupied building due to the detonation, a second, stronger blast occurred, collapsing the building […]
October 31, 2019

World’s Most Wanted Terrorist Dies in U.S. Army Special Forces Raid

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the ISIS terrorist group, detonated a suicide vest killing himself in a tunnel below his compound, as U.S. troops carried out a two-hour nighttime raid to capture him. Baghdadi was identified through DNA, which matched a sample taken after his […]
October 30, 2019

S4, E47 Unusual Fire Escapes at Bronx Fire with FDNY Lieutenant Michael Ciampo

Encountering unusual circumstances on the fireground is a frequent experience for veteran Bronx Lieutenant Mike Ciampo. But, in his nearly three decades of experience with the Department he had never encountered this type of unusual fire escape. In the early hours of September 9, 2018, a […]
October 24, 2019

Stolen Ambulance Used by Neo-Nazi in Oslo Ramming

A man with links to the Neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement on Tuesday hijacked an ambulance at gunpoint–with three medical personnel in the back–before using the vehicle to ram at least three people (a woman and two babies), in Oslo, Norway. Another ambulance attempted to stop the […]
October 23, 2019

Broadway Gas Explosion

The long Thanksgiving holiday weekend was coming to a close when Division 3 units were reminded that no alarm can be considered routine. An initial smoke investigation eventually revealed a gas leak, which led to a serious explosion. Only the aggressive actions taken by FDNY units […]
October 17, 2019

Rebels Abduct Firefighters in Myanmar

Eighteen firefighter recruits and a deputy station chief were among the 31 bus passengers abducted by armed members of the Arakan Army, an insurgent group in Myanmar. The deputy director of the fire service said the firefighters were mistakenly abducted because the AA believed them to […]
October 10, 2019

Two Fatally Shot Near Synagogue in Germany on Yom Kippur

Two people were killed after shootings near a synagogue in Halle, Germany this Wednesday on Yom Kippur—the holiest day in Judaism. One woman was killed on the street as a gunman, described as a neo-Nazi loner, opened fire. Security measures, including bolted doors, prevented the attacker […]
October 3, 2019

NYC Prepares for ‘Joker’ Film Launch

Consistent with beefed-up security nationwide, NYPD dispatched a number of its officers to protect an early screening of “Joker” Wednesday night at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. K-9 units and counterterrorism teams roamed the area around Tully Hall to ensure that the […]
September 30, 2019

S4, E46 FDNY Drones and Robotics with Battalion Chief Anthony Pascocello and Captain Michael Leo

On March 6, 2017, the FDNY launched its first ever tethered drone to respond to a fire in a 6-story building on Crotona Park North in the Bronx. It was a ground-breaking moment. After September 11, 2001, the need for enhanced situational awareness of the incident […]
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 […]