FDNY Editor

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 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 […]
June 24, 2019

Lightning-Induced Brooklyn Cockloft Fire = Prompt FDNY Response

Tuesday, August 7, 2018, was the fourth day in a row of 90 plus degrees in New York City. As is often the case during heat waves, heavy thunderstorms developed later in the day. Around 1930 hours, the temperature was still 94 degrees and storms started […]
March 26, 2019

The Benefits of Teaming Up

Training for an athletic event with a team brings numerous benefits, including improved performance and accountability. Even when participants compete as individuals, the opportunity to connect with others is there. “The best feeling is being on the racecourse, wearing the FDNY jersey, and people are cheering […]
March 26, 2019

Physically, Mentally and Emotionally Prepared

The average person quits when he/she reaches 40 percent of his/her capability.–retired Navy Seal and Ultra Marathon Runner David Goggins. Now, more than ever, society as a whole is waking up. We are starting to see that we, as human beings, have much more potential than […]
March 26, 2019

Consider Hydration and Ditching Sugary Drinks While On Duty

The FDNY’s sworn mission is to protect life and property. To accomplish that mission, members prepare for the worst possible scenarios by way of training, safety and physical preparedness. Nutrition plays a big role in the mental focus needed to perform these high-level tasks and the […]
March 26, 2019

FDNY Foundation Partnership Bolsters Department’s Fitness Goals

The FDNY Foundation is proud to partner with Integrity Square, a leading advisory firm serving the Health, Active Lifestyle and Outdoors (HALO) sector, to bring you this year’s Pro Fit issue as part of the FDNY Foundation HALO Fitness and Equipment Initiative, an important program that […]
March 26, 2019

Small Changes Can Add Up

Thankfully, cardiac deaths in the fire service have decreased. A large portion of this decrease is not due to lower rates of heart disease, but because of better treatment of myocardial infarcts (heart attacks). While we are thankful for this, we must not forget that our […]
March 21, 2019

Four-Alarm Fire at Box 1085, a Remote Area of the Rockaway Peninsula, Queens

At 1700 hours on September 9, 2018, Battalion Chief Charles Demartini entered the quarters of Battalion 47. As a covering Battalion Chief assigned to Battalion 26, he has limited experience working in the Rockaway section of Queens. Fortunately that day, he was relieving Battalion Chief Timothy […]