FDNY Pro EMS

September 19, 2019

Drone Strike on Saudi Oil Refinery Halts 6 Percent of Global Output

Earlier this week, a swarm of explosives-laden drones attacked two major oil plants in Saudi Arabia, which immediately froze about half the country’s crude oil production, representing about six percent of global output. The Iranian-backed Houthi rebel group in Yemen claimed responsibility in the latest escalation […]
September 12, 2019

Bill Passes House to Install CO Detectors in Federal Housing

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill this week that will require carbon monoxide detectors in federally-subsided public housing units. At least 13 people have died of CO poisoning in government housing since 2003. The bill would provide $300 million for detector installation, used to […]
September 5, 2019

Dorian Decimates Bahamas; Skirting Carolinas as a Category 3

As of Thursday early afternoon, Hurricane Dorian was 45 miles southeast of Charleston, S.C. (and 135 miles south-southeast of Wilmington, N.C.), moving north-northeast at eight mph. Sustained winds were holding at 115 mph and the storm has caused sporadic tornadoes. Winds remained at tropical-storm strength from […]
August 30, 2019

S4, E45 Remembering 9/11 with FDNY Chief of EMS Lillian Bonsignore

Lillian Bonsignore currently serves as the highest ranking officer in FDNY EMS. On 9/11, Chief Bonsignore didn’t hold an official leadership role, but she responded to the World Trade Center hoping to save lives. Having arrived after the first tower fell, Chief Bonsignore quickly realized that […]
August 29, 2019

Hurricane Dorian Tears Through Caribbean, Headed to Florida

Hurricane Dorian, the second named hurricane of 2019, is currently moving across the warm waters of the Caribbean, and regaining its strength. The tropical storm’s recent path skirted the Island of Puerto Rico but has directly hit the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, who are still […]
August 22, 2019

Destructive Force of Fire on Display

The Amazon Rain Forest is undergoing a significant increase in wildfire activity this year in comparison to this time, last year. A record 72,843 fires have been recorded so far this year, an increase of 80 percent, with 9000 new fires reported this past week alone. […]
August 15, 2019

Police Officers Shot in Philadelphia, Gunman Surrenders after Barricade

On Wednesday afternoon, a narcotics operation turned violent when a man opened fire on police officers, injuring six, before barricading himself back in the building. The standoff ended more than seven hours later when police fired tear gas into the structure and the man surrendered without […]
August 8, 2019

Deadly El Paso Walmart Mass Shooting

On Saturday morning, a 21-year old man drove approximately 600 miles to a Walmart in El Paso, Texas in order to kill as many as possible. The store was filled with shoppers preparing for back to school. The perpetrator initially entered the store to size up […]
August 1, 2019

57 Dead in Rio Prison Riot

Rival gangs were involved in a prison riot in the Northern Brazilian town of Altamira, where fire and smoke was used to trigger the initial chaos. The fire rapidly spread due to inmates being housed in converted temporary units while permanent structures were being built. The […]
July 31, 2019

S4, E44 Operations at Cellar Fires with FDNY Lieutenant Tim Klett

With limited access, egress and ventilation fighting cellar fires is one of the most challenging scenarios firefighters face. Not knowing what you might encounter behind the cellar door makes the advance down the cellar steps difficult and dangerous. FDNY Engine Officer, Lt. Tim Klett of Engine […]
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 […]