FDNY Editor

June 28, 2018

Firefighter Fatally Shot at Fire Scene

A Captain for the Long Beach Fire Department in California was fatally shot Tuesday at the scene of a fire on the second floor of a senior housing residence in an 11-story building. Fire crews, responding to fire alarm and sprinkler activations, as well as reports […]
June 28, 2018

S3, E31 FDNY EMS Museum 2.0 with Chief James “JP” Martin and Captain Jack Quigley

Nearly 26 years ago, the first NYC EMS Museum opened. In 2013, it was closed to make way for some much needed construction. The NYC EMS Museum, located on the grounds of Fort Totten in Bayside, reopened in May 2018 to display how the FDNY’s EMS […]
June 21, 2018

Dangerous Mobile Behavior

A forest ranger was called to the city of Jalpaiguri in northeast India to capture a 66-pound, 18-feet long rock python because the snake had just consumed a goat near a school. The ranger came to the rescue and was able to secure the python around […]
June 14, 2018

Ricin Attack Thwarted

A 29-year-old Tunisian man was arrested in Cologne, Germany on Wednesday after a raid on his apartment revealed a homemade ricin lab, which authorities believe was to be used in an unspecified Islamist-inspired attack. Police and Fire hazmat teams set up a laboratory and mitigation operation […]
June 7, 2018

Dangers to All Sides

Fifteen people were killed this week in Nicaragua in anti-government protests, raising the total over six weeks to 100. The deputy police director said the latest deaths were a “product of the actions of delinquent groups who operate wearing masks.” Both demonstrators and police have been […]
May 31, 2018

S3, E30 Reduce Your Risk Initiative with FDNY Deputy Chief Joseph Jardin

The FDNY’s Reduce Your Risk project was established in 2017 by the Department’s Contamination Reduction Workgroup to increase awareness of the cancer risk faced by Firefighters and promote the proactive measures that should be taken to combat this deadly, but frequently, avoidable occupational hazard. FDNY Deputy […]
May 31, 2018

Arson Evident in Cali

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) released surveillance video of an apparent arsonist in the act this week in conjunction with a statement that an April 24, 2017 fire in a large apartment building under construction in Concord, California was arson. The video shows […]
May 24, 2018

Overdoses of “Bad Batch” of K2 Marijuana Grows

One particular batch of synthetic marijuana (K2) reportedly sold from a Brooklyn deli, and possibly other locations, has sickened more than 80 people so far. There have been 15 arrests as authorities investigate the scope of this latest series of overdoses, which NYC health officials are calling the […]
May 17, 2018

Congo Ebola Outbreak 

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which has claimed at least 23 lives, has now spread from the sparsely-populated countryside to Mbandaka, a city of about one million inhabitants. “This is a major development in the outbreak,” said a World Health Organization (WHO) official. […]
May 10, 2018

FBI Releases Study on Active Shooter Incidents

A recent report released by the FBI, titled “Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2016 and 2017,” reveals that both active shooter incidents and casualty counts continue to climb. The 30 incidents in 2017 eclipsed a previous high (26) from 2010, and the death […]
March 31, 2013

The Personal Safety System (PSS)

Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! Firefighters on the roof! You need to send a rope over the side! Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! A whole company just jumped!    January 23, 2005, known as “Black Sunday” for the FDNY, was a day of horrific injury and tragic loss. The sacrifices of […]
March 31, 2013

The Role of the Counseling Service Unit (CSU)

The Role of the Counseling Service Unit (CSU) by Captain Frank Leto, Deputy Director of CSU The mission of the CSU is to assist FDNY members and their families reach their optimal level of mental health through assessment, intervention, treatment planning, treatment, referral and follow-up. The […]
March 31, 2013

Warning Signs of PTSD — Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The United States has been at war for more than a decade and our society has grown desensitized to the global war on terror. This conflict of attrition has challenged the country’s fighting men and woman of the armed services, affecting their families as well. The […]
March 31, 2013

The Importance of BISP — Building Inspection Safety Program

What is commonly known as fire prevention really consists of two distinct and separate functions. The first part is the actual prevention of fire from starting. The second part is loosely known as fire protection. All fires cannot be prevented, but much can be done to […]
March 31, 2013

A First Report — Hurricane Sandy

March 31, 2013

Microturbines and the Fire Service

Microturbines are a relatively new technology used for stationary energy-generation applications. They are small-scale electricity generators that burn gaseous (natural and bio-gas) and liquid (gasoline, kerosene and diesel) fuels. Their electrical outputs, in general, range from 25-500 kW, while conventional gas turbine sizes range from 500 […]
March 31, 2013

The Pak-Tracker, an Electronic Locator System

The Pak-Tracker, one component of FDNY’s Fireground Accountability Program, can be used to locate a signal coming from any member’s self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), whose PASS device is in full alarm mode. The Pak-Tracker then will emit an audible alarm when the signal is received and […]
March 31, 2013

Engine Companies that Will Double as Communications Units

In the early 1980s, the Department designated engine companies around the City as field communications satellite units. The purpose of these units was to augment the operations of the Field Communications Unit. Although the concept was a good one, it eventually failed because training was not […]