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September 12, 2019

Bill Passes House to Install CO Detectors in Federal Housing

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill this week that will require carbon monoxide detectors in federally-subsided public housing units. At least 13 people have died of CO poisoning in government housing since 2003. The bill would provide $300 million for detector installation, used to […]
September 5, 2019

Dorian Decimates Bahamas; Skirting Carolinas as a Category 3

As of Thursday early afternoon, Hurricane Dorian was 45 miles southeast of Charleston, S.C. (and 135 miles south-southeast of Wilmington, N.C.), moving north-northeast at eight mph. Sustained winds were holding at 115 mph and the storm has caused sporadic tornadoes. Winds remained at tropical-storm strength from […]
August 30, 2019

S4, E45 Remembering 9/11 with FDNY Chief of EMS Lillian Bonsignore

Lillian Bonsignore currently serves as the highest ranking officer in FDNY EMS. On 9/11, Chief Bonsignore didn’t hold an official leadership role, but she responded to the World Trade Center hoping to save lives. Having arrived after the first tower fell, Chief Bonsignore quickly realized that […]
August 29, 2019

Hurricane Dorian Tears Through Caribbean, Headed to Florida

Hurricane Dorian, the second named hurricane of 2019, is currently moving across the warm waters of the Caribbean, and regaining its strength. The tropical storm’s recent path skirted the Island of Puerto Rico but has directly hit the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, who are still […]
August 22, 2019

Destructive Force of Fire on Display

The Amazon Rain Forest is undergoing a significant increase in wildfire activity this year in comparison to this time, last year. A record 72,843 fires have been recorded so far this year, an increase of 80 percent, with 9000 new fires reported this past week alone. […]
August 15, 2019

Police Officers Shot in Philadelphia, Gunman Surrenders after Barricade

On Wednesday afternoon, a narcotics operation turned violent when a man opened fire on police officers, injuring six, before barricading himself back in the building. The standoff ended more than seven hours later when police fired tear gas into the structure and the man surrendered without […]
August 8, 2019

Deadly El Paso Walmart Mass Shooting

On Saturday morning, a 21-year old man drove approximately 600 miles to a Walmart in El Paso, Texas in order to kill as many as possible. The store was filled with shoppers preparing for back to school. The perpetrator initially entered the store to size up […]
August 1, 2019

57 Dead in Rio Prison Riot

Rival gangs were involved in a prison riot in the Northern Brazilian town of Altamira, where fire and smoke was used to trigger the initial chaos. The fire rapidly spread due to inmates being housed in converted temporary units while permanent structures were being built. The […]
July 31, 2019

S4, E44 Operations at Cellar Fires with FDNY Lieutenant Tim Klett

With limited access, egress and ventilation fighting cellar fires is one of the most challenging scenarios firefighters face. Not knowing what you might encounter behind the cellar door makes the advance down the cellar steps difficult and dangerous. FDNY Engine Officer, Lt. Tim Klett of Engine […]
July 25, 2019

Variety of Bombs Kill in Afghanistan

As the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff for the United States military visited the Afghanistan capital of Kabul three explosions rocked the city in rapid succession. In total, 15 have died at two separate sites but the death count is likely to increase. […]
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 […]