FDNY Editor

February 15, 2018

Fire Alarm Used as Lure 

According to numerous reports, the former student who returned to his south Florida school Wednesday afternoon and opened fire, killing 17 people, pulled the fire alarm in an attempt to flush his prey out their classrooms. After gunshots were heard or reported, school administrators quickly changed […]
February 8, 2018

Super Bowl Reactions

Immediately following the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl victory, massive crowds broke out across the city. Unfortunately, for some, the jubilation turned into rioting and looting. People were fighting, flipping over vehicles, and destroying public property, such as traffic lights. Multiple storefronts, including Macy’s, reported looting and […]
February 1, 2018

Ambulance Used as a Car Bomb

Explosives hidden in a stolen ambulance were detonated at a security checkpoint in a busy shopping district in central Kabul last Saturday, killing 103 and injuring more than 230 people. The blast occurred about a mile from the U.S. embassy and NATO headquarters. “Most of the […]
January 25, 2018

Terrorists Target Kabul Hotel

Six Taliban operatives swarmed into the Hotel Intercontinental Kabul using the trademark mix of guns, rocket-propelled grenades, suicide vests and incendiaries last Saturday, killing at least 22 people, including four Americans, during their 13-hour siege in Afghanistan’s capital. An international technology conference was being held at […]
January 25, 2018

S3, E26 The FDNY Medical Special Operations Conference (MSOC) with Dr. Doug Isaacs and Paramedic Juan Henriquez

The FDNY, in partnership with the FDNY Foundation, is proud to have spearheaded the annual Medical Special Operations Conference (MSOC). MSOC continues to be the conference that military, federal, state and local emergency medical responders attend to share their experiences, best practices, and ideas. In this […]
January 18, 2018

Flu Virus Running Rampant in U.S.

The 2018 flu season in the U.S. is already considered the most widespread outbreak in the 12 years since this data was analyzed. The virus is present in every state except Hawaii. Some experts say the flu season has peaked, but will likely linger for another […]
January 11, 2018

Deadly Mudslides in SoCal

Montecito, a coastal community largely downslope from an area denuded by the Thomas Fire—the largest in California history—was met with an intense winter storm early on Tuesday, bringing mudslides that have destroyed or damaged hundreds of houses and killed at least 17 people. Mud and debris […]
January 4, 2018

Winter Storm Blankets East Coast

An extremely powerful nor’easter brought snow from Florida to the Canadian Maritimes. The storm, which fed on open ocean water as far south as the Caribbean Sea, was characterized by high winds (even blizzard conditions), ice and snow, as well as coastal flooding from New England […]
December 28, 2017

FDNY’s Computerized Triage Software

The last time you received a software upgrade notification on your smartphone or computer, you probably paused and considered whether you wanted to undergo the hassle. Your phone would be shut down for a few minutes and when it restarted, applications would be different and you […]
December 28, 2017

Dozens Rescued from Grounded NYC Ferry

Fire, Police, and Coast Guard crews worked together to remove 23 passengers and a crew member from a Rockaway Park to lower Manhattan ferry that became stuck on a sandbar in frigid waters on Wednesday, December 27, 2017. No one was injured, but passengers described the […]
March 31, 2013

Specialty “Unbreakable” Window System, Part II

Editor’s Note: Part I of this article by the same authors appeared in the 1st/2012 issue of WNYF. Part II focuses on FDNY techniques to force these windows. The type of window system used during construction plays a major role in how a structure will be […]
March 31, 2013

IMT Planning for the Governors Island Ventilation Exercise

In the spring of 2012, FDNY decided to conduct experiments in cooperation with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Underwriters Laboratory (UL) at Governors Island. The planned tests would include 20 “live burns” of non-fireproof structures. Scientists, engineers and Firefighters were assigned to […]
March 31, 2013

Governors Island Ventilation: Knowledge Through Testing

In the winter of 2006, the FDNY experienced two challenging, wind-impacted fires in high-rise fireproof multiple dwellings. On January 26th, a fire at 40-20 Beach Channel Drive in Rockaway, Queens, seriously injured and trapped several members. If not for the heroic actions of  members on the […]
March 31, 2013

FDNY Foundation Steps Up to Provide Hurricane Sandy Relief

On October 29, 2012, hundreds of FDNY members responded during a night of fires and floods, leaving their own homes unguarded and putting others before themselves, as New York’s Bravest always do. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many FDNY members were left devastated or displaced, […]
March 31, 2013

Fire at 62 Watts Street: Looking to the Past to Understand Today’s Risk and Improve Firefighter Safety

Editor’s Note: A two-part article, this narrative addresses the 1994 fire at 62 Watts Street, focusing on building type, construction, weather and FDNY operations. Introduction On March 28, 1994, a residential fire occurred in a first-floor apartment at 62 Watts Street in the borough of Manhattan. […]
March 31, 2013

Labor Day, 2012, Brooklyn Fourth Alarm: Not Your Ordinary Multiple Dwelling Fire

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. In Crown Heights, Brooklyn, this day is highlighted by the annual West Indian Day Parade. Festivities, such as the J’Ourvet Festival, typically start during the overnight hours prior to the actual parade, with smaller gatherings all around the […]
December 1, 2012

The Reeves Sleeve: An Effective Rescue Patient Packaging Device

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December 1, 2012

Watch Out for Rooftop Protective Barriers!

When roof Firefighters arrive at a fire in a building that has a rooftop fence, they often question: Why was that fence installed in my way? The answer is simple: The building owner probably did not have a choice. The prevalence of protective barriers on the […]