Safety First

July 11, 2019

Japanese Authorities Direct 1.1 Million to Evacuate

The threat of torrential rains last weekend, with 13 inches expected, prompted Japanese authorities to issue a directive advising residents of southern Japan to move to designated shelters to avoid landslides and dangerous flooding conditions. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency reported that 820 shelters had […]
July 4, 2019

Sarin Scare at Facebook Facility

A Facebook mail facility in Menlo Park, Ca. was evacuated and placed under quarantine Monday, when a machine processing and scanning mail detected sarin in a package. Hazardous materials specialists and the FBI responded to the scene to evaluate the threat. Further tests for the nerve […]
June 27, 2019

30 Dead in House Fire in Indonesia

Local officials in North Sumatra said 30 people, including children, were killed when a fire broke out in a private residence that was being used as a match factory. Workers at the match business were all women, some of whom were parents who brought their children […]
June 26, 2019

S4, E43 The FDNY Second Chance Ceremony with Matthew Pintchik and Dr. Glenn Asaeda

Each year, in celebration of National EMS Week, the FDNY holds its Annual Second Chance Ceremony. This special event reunites cardiac arrest survivors with the Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians, FDNY EMS Officers, Firefighters, Dispatchers, bystanders, and other first responders who helped save their lives. 2019 marks […]
June 20, 2019

HazMat Leaks Leads to One Fatality, Hospitalizations

One man has died, a child is now in stable condition, and eight first responders were transported to the hospital after exposure to “some sort of agricultural (hazardous material) spill” near Los Banos, California according to the sheriff’s spokesperson. The chemical released has yet to be […]
June 13, 2019

Cyber Crime, Cyber Access Continue to Hamper Local Responders

Baltimore is still recovering from a May phishing attack that caused an estimated $18 million in damages, mostly in lost revenue and costs related to the restoration of infected computer systems (email, data, city payments, etc.) that will not be completed for months. Local governments across […]
June 6, 2019

Government Building Targeted by Gunman in Virginia

A gunman used two .45 caliber handguns with extended magazines and a silencer (one survivor described hearing something that sounded like a nail gun) to kill 12 people at a Virginia Beach government office last Friday. The attack occurred outside the building and inside on all […]
May 31, 2019

Community Outreach through Hands-Only CPR Awareness

This FDNY Pro Talk with Lieutenant Jose M. Borrero was recorded for the 2018 FDNY Symposium with support from the FDNY Foundation and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. In this Talk, Lieutenant Borrero delivers a presentation on Community CPR. About the Presenter Lieutenant Jose M. Borrero […]
May 31, 2019

Compassion

These FDNY Photo Unit photos from the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s capture the compassion and kindness that FDNY members bring to their interactions with the citizens of New York City.
May 31, 2019

S4, E42 An Epidemic Hiding In Plain Sight with Lt. Andrew Kane and Dr. Robert Friedman

The misuse of prescription opioids is one of the most significant public health issues in our country. According to health officials, providing access to effective care may prevent misuse and the consequences—such as overdose. So to better comprehend substance abuse, in this episode, we’ll be hearing […]
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 […]