Safety First

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 […]
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 […]