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October 4, 2018

Loud Sound Triggers Stampede at Central Park Concert

A loud sound near the stage of the Global Citizens Festival in Manhattan’s Central Park Saturday night was confused for gun fire, causing a stampede of concertgoers, who pushed over fences and barriers to escape the perceived danger. Police quickly identified the origin of the sound […]
September 28, 2018

Responding ASAP

In May 2017, a speeding car plowed into pedestrians on the sidewalks in Times Square, killing one woman and injuring 22 others, four of them critically. “The Fire Commissioner felt that the Department needed an increased presence in the area because of the population, the vulnerability […]
September 28, 2018

Nerve Agents, Part 1–Properties and Clinical Effects

Chemicals have been used as tools of war (e.g., arrows dipped in poison) for thousands of years. However, many consider World War I to be the genesis of modern chemical warfare where various agents were used on a mass scale on the battlefields. Despite various international […]
September 28, 2018

S3, E34 Points of Reflection with FDNY Chief of EMS James Booth

Chief James Booth is a 35-year veteran of the FDNY with experience responding to some of the most significant natural and manmade disasters to occur during his career. Chief Booth responded to the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 and the terrorist attacks on September 11th. He […]
September 27, 2018

Health Officials Brace for Flu Season

More people died of influenza in the U.S. last winter than during any other season in the last three decades, and health officials struggle to find the right message to improve vaccination rates. Last winter, 80,000 people died of the disease, and of those, 180 were […]
September 20, 2018

After Effects of Florence Linger in North Carolina

With many North Carolina rivers not expected to recede for several days after the record-breaking rainfall and flooding associated with Hurricane Florence last week, the death toll has increased to 37 and 10,000 people are living in shelters with countless others displaced. As of yesterday, N.C. […]
September 13, 2018

Florence Makes Path into the Carolinas

Hurricane Florence, now a Category 2 storm with winds around 100 mph, is currently 145 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, N.C., and is moving northwest at a steady 10 mph. The area of the storm is quite large with hurricane force winds extending about 80 miles from […]
September 6, 2018

Plane with Sick Passengers Lands in JFK

An Emirates flight out of Dubai touched down at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens Wednesday with an undetermined number of sick passengers, causing a quarantine and an emergency response. A total of 10 patients, including passengers and crew members, were eventually transported to a […]
August 30, 2018

Fire on Liberty Island Causes Evacuation

At least 3,000 people had to be evacuated from Liberty Island Monday after a fire broke out at a construction site, involving three propane gas tanks (100 lbs. each). Two fires boats were dispatched and the first-arriving boat stretched a hand-line. FDNY land units quickly followed, […]
August 28, 2018

S3, E33 Recalling Waldbaum’s, 1978 with FDNY Captain Howard Venetsky (Ret.)

On August 2, 1978, twelve FDNY Firefighters plunged into a burning Waldbaum’s Supermarket when the bowstring truss roof collapsed at the center of the store. Six of the Firefighters made the Supreme Sacrifice. In this episode, retired FDNY Captain Howard Venetsky, who was working in Rescue […]
June 30, 2013

A Personal View of Operation Gut and Pump

The night of October 29, 2012, is one that will be forever etched in FDNY members’ minds. Mother Nature showed just how powerful she can be as she hit New York City in the form of a hurricane named Sandy. Most New York City Firefighters had […]
June 30, 2013

Operation Gut and Pump Meets the ICS in Breezy Point, Queens

Hurricane Sandy met all expectations. It was predicted to hit land in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and it did. Predictions were that south of Atlantic City would suffer from hurricane-force winds and north would deal with the tidal surge. Both were true. The FDNY predicted that […]
June 30, 2013

FDNY All-Hazard IMT: Missions, Opportunities and Lessons Learned; Through the Eyes of the Lead Public Information Officer

As Hurricane Sandy approached the Tri-State area, plans already were being put in place days before its true effects were felt in the New York area. The hurricane was labeled by many and considered to be the perfect storm when it hit New York. As it […]
June 30, 2013

How the Bureau of Fire Prevention Facilitated Re-Occupancy

The Bureau of Fire Prevention faced two important tasks in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The first was to safely manage the influx of combustible and flammable liquids and gases needed to support the recovery efforts and supply the displaced residents of many areas of the […]
June 30, 2013

Thank You, FDNY Foundation!

June 30, 2013

Company Officers Commanding Multiple-Alarm Fires

Engine 268 and Ladder 137 started responding to numerous alarms as Hurricane Sandy approached the Rockaway Peninsula on October 29, 2012, at approximately 1300 hours. Earlier, during the day tour, pre-incident planning was discussed and implemented. Ensuring that apparatus were fueled, discussing the dangers of downed […]
June 30, 2013

FDNY Assists with Odd Job in the PATH Tubes

On Saturday, November 3, 2012, five days after Hurricane Sandy flooded New York City, Battalion Chief Stephen Geraghty, Chief of Rescue Operations, was directed by Chief of Operations James E. Esposito to respond to the Exchange Place PATH station in Jersey City, New Jersey, to evaluate […]
June 30, 2013

Special Operations Command Response to Hurricane Sandy

The Special Operations Command (SOC) played a major role in the FDNY’s response to Hurricane Sandy, not only on October 29, 2012, the day of the storm, but also on the days and weeks following. After the terrorist attacks on New York City on September 11, […]