FDNY Pro EMS

January 2, 2020

Forest Fire Leads to Destruction of 200 Homes in Chilean City

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Valparaiso firefighters worked to contain a fast-moving inferno that destroyed at least 200 homes and which the mayor described as intentionally set. The wildfire started on the outskirts of the city and spread due to strong winds and dry conditions […]
December 26, 2019

Alleged Arsonist Arrested for Dormitory Fires

A 33 year-old man allegedly kicked his way through a glass door early Friday morning at a Manhattan Jewish university residence hall and started three separate fires using matches meant for lighting a Hanukkah menorah as students were sleeping. Fire department officials said the blazes were […]
December 19, 2019

California Continues to Experience Attacks on Moving Vehicles

The California Highway Patrol has set up a task force to investigate a rash of attacks on moving vehicles on two freeways since February. At least 61 incidents have occurred on Highways 101 and 156 in Monterey County this year, including five in six minutes this […]
December 12, 2019

Hijacking of UPS Truck Ends in Shootout

A Florida man attempting to rob a jewelry store last week injured a worker there when the ricochet from a shot he fired hit her in the head. The man fled the store while being fired upon by the owner and an employee. During the escape, […]
December 6, 2019

S4, E49 FDNY Warm Zone Triage with Captain Gregg Brady

Incidents involving active shooters, violent extremists, barricade situations or other acts of aggressive deadly behaviors represent some of the most challenging responses to the first responder community. These types of responses test the capabilities of first responders—including mass-casualty care. The FDNY is the primary response agency […]
December 5, 2019

Worst Flu Season in Decade Hitting

Flu season is off to a rapid and deadly start according to reports coming in from states that are experiencing widespread activity, especially the South. The CDC’s Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report said five children died so far and the Arkansas Department of Health is reporting […]
November 28, 2019

Injuries after Chemical Plant Explosion in Texas

A plant that produces chemical and petroleum-based products exploded Thursday morning just after 1a.m. in Port Neches, Texas, injuring three workers–one of whom had to be air-lifted with serious burns, AP said. The blast blew out windows and doors on homes and apartments up to several […]
November 22, 2019

S4, E48 A Life of Service with FDNY Firefighter and USMC Captain Recordo Demetrius

As of October 2019, more than 1,300 members of the FDNY are veterans or military reservists. That includes Fire, EMS and civilians. As a paramilitary agency, the Department’s organizational structure, tactics, training and culture resembles that of the U.S. Armed Forces. In this episode, FDNY Firefighter […]
November 21, 2019

Multiple Shootings Continue to Plague the U.S.

News organizations this past week reported on numerous, and separate, shooting sprees in Fresno, Calif., Newark, N.J., San Diego, Philadelphia, Duncan, Okla., and Pleasantville, N.J. which have left a total of 15 dead and 19 injured. The San Diego murder/suicide involved children ages 3, 5, 9 […]
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 […]
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 […]