Safety First

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 […]
November 7, 2019

Three Italian Firefighters Killed in Building Explosion

Emergency personnel responded to a report of an explosion at a vacant farm in the northern Italian province of Alessandria Tuesday. While they were attempting to put out a fire in an unoccupied building due to the detonation, a second, stronger blast occurred, collapsing the building […]
October 31, 2019

World’s Most Wanted Terrorist Dies in U.S. Army Special Forces Raid

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the ISIS terrorist group, detonated a suicide vest killing himself in a tunnel below his compound, as U.S. troops carried out a two-hour nighttime raid to capture him. Baghdadi was identified through DNA, which matched a sample taken after his […]
October 30, 2019

S4, E47 Unusual Fire Escapes at Bronx Fire with FDNY Lieutenant Michael Ciampo

Encountering unusual circumstances on the fireground is a frequent experience for veteran Bronx Lieutenant Mike Ciampo. But, in his nearly three decades of experience with the Department he had never encountered this type of unusual fire escape. In the early hours of September 9, 2018, a […]
October 24, 2019

Stolen Ambulance Used by Neo-Nazi in Oslo Ramming

A man with links to the Neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement on Tuesday hijacked an ambulance at gunpoint–with three medical personnel in the back–before using the vehicle to ram at least three people (a woman and two babies), in Oslo, Norway. Another ambulance attempted to stop the […]
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 […]
October 17, 2019

Rebels Abduct Firefighters in Myanmar

Eighteen firefighter recruits and a deputy station chief were among the 31 bus passengers abducted by armed members of the Arakan Army, an insurgent group in Myanmar. The deputy director of the fire service said the firefighters were mistakenly abducted because the AA believed them to […]
October 10, 2019

Two Fatally Shot Near Synagogue in Germany on Yom Kippur

Two people were killed after shootings near a synagogue in Halle, Germany this Wednesday on Yom Kippur—the holiest day in Judaism. One woman was killed on the street as a gunman, described as a neo-Nazi loner, opened fire. Security measures, including bolted doors, prevented the attacker […]
October 3, 2019

NYC Prepares for ‘Joker’ Film Launch

Consistent with beefed-up security nationwide, NYPD dispatched a number of its officers to protect an early screening of “Joker” Wednesday night at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. K-9 units and counterterrorism teams roamed the area around Tully Hall to ensure that the […]
September 30, 2019

S4, E46 FDNY Drones and Robotics with Battalion Chief Anthony Pascocello and Captain Michael Leo

On March 6, 2017, the FDNY launched its first ever tethered drone to respond to a fire in a 6-story building on Crotona Park North in the Bronx. It was a ground-breaking moment. After September 11, 2001, the need for enhanced situational awareness of the incident […]
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 […]