FDNY Editor

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 […]
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 […]