FDNY Editor

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 […]
September 26, 2019

Protests Turn Deadly in Indonesia after Rumors of Student Insult

Protests in Papua Province on the island of New Guinea, Indonesia broke out after rumors spread that a teacher insulted a local student, triggering a wave of violence that included burned government buildings, cars and motorbikes. At least 20 people were killed and 65 injured (some […]
September 30, 2015

Crane Calamity in Midtown Manhattan

On Sunday, May 31, 2015, beginning at 1043 hours, 9-1-1 calls began notifying UCT communications dispatchers of a catastrophic event (big bang) on Madison Avenue in midtown Manhattan, between East 38th and 39th Streets. The calls ranged from a building collapse, to a crane collapse, to […]
September 30, 2015

Maintaining the Fleet — The Marine Maintenance Diver Program

September 30, 2015

Maintaining the Fleet — The Marine Maintenance Diver Program

September 30, 2015

Operating at Escalator Fires and Emergencies

Effectively and quietly moving thousands of people daily throughout New York City, escalators commonly are used in many occupancy types. Yet, surprisingly, escalator incidents and fires are an uncommon response for FDNY members. Note: According to NYFIRS data provided by Captain Thomas Smith, Safety Command, the […]
September 30, 2015

When a “Routine” Call is Anything but Routine

On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at 2143 hours, units in Queens were dispatched to Box 7474 at 30-14 Steinway Street in the Astoria neighborhood. It came in as a UCT alarm for an odor of gas. While responding, the dispatcher called with additional information, stating there […]
September 30, 2015

Responding to an Electrical Odor

Day in and day out, the FDNY responds to numerous calls for an electrical condition or odors. In each case, Firefighters should be formulating their own size-up of the situation that they might encounter when they arrive on-scene. Frequently when responding to an electrical odor in […]
September 30, 2015

FDNY Members Meet Challenges of Brooklyn Hardware Store Fire

In the early-morning hours of January 21, 2015, units responded to Brooklyn Box 1241 for a UCT911 call reporting a fire in a hardware store. The fire went to a fifth alarm for relief purposes and took almost five hours before it was placed Under Control.  […]
August 30, 2015

An Intro to the Columbia Association

On March 23,1934, the honorable John J. McElligott, Fire Chief and Commissioner, and the Honorable Deputy Fire Commissioner Francis X. Giaccono approved a request made by Captain John Capillo, Engine 28. The request follows: I herewith submit for your approval, a brief to be used by […]