Safety First

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.
July 27, 2016

Safety First: Safely Navigating the Streets of New York City

As FDNY EMS professionals, one of our most important responsibilities is safe emergency vehicle operation. At the FDNY Bureau of Training, EMS Academy, we take this responsibility very seriously in the form of our Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (EVOC). In this training course, the number one […]
June 7, 2016

Safety First: Stairwell Management

There is an old adage in the FDNY that if you want to know how many Firefighters there are on the stairs, all you have to do is count the steps and then add one. Stairwell management always has been a challenge for the FDNY. The […]
March 1, 2016

Safety First: Avoiding the Spread of Communicable Disease Starts with Personal Safety

The best and safest strategy for treating a patient suspected of having any communicable disease, but particularly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), is: Assure early identification of the infected patient. Assure proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Assure proper cleaning and decontamination. Patient Identification In New […]
December 1, 2015

Safety First: Safety at Motor Vehicle Accidents

Size-up starts at the receipt of the alarm, but for this exercise, size-up starts when you examine the accompanying photo below. It is a frozen moment in time and you are the Safety Officer assigned. Your goal is to ensure the safety of all members operating […]
September 1, 2014

Safety First: Importance of Rehabilitation

In 2013, there were 97 on-duty Firefighter deaths, including 19 wildland Firefighters at the Yarnell Hill fire and nine Firefighter fatalities at the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas. In just these two major incidents, the country lost 28 Firefighters. However, notwithstanding the wildland fire and Texas […]
June 1, 2014

Safety First: Truss Roof Failure and Snow Loads

It is very rare that predictions made from engineering research are so clearly demonstrated in the real world. But that is exactly what happened on February 19, 2014, when the bowstring roof structure collapsed at a CVS drugstore at 694 Burke Avenue in the Bronx. A […]