FDNY Editor

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 […]
May 3, 2018

Tragedy Called ‘Freak Accident’

An 85-year-old woman was killed and her 90-year-old husband critically injured when a mishap at a Brooklyn car wash escalated into a shocking series of collisions. Apparently, the couple’s car was impacted by an SUV exiting the car wash from the line behind their car. As […]
April 30, 2018

S3, E29 Annual Medicals—A Lasting Impact with FDNY Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kerry Kelly

On March 16, 2018, FDNY Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kerry Kelly retired after 37 years of dedicated service. The FDNY has set the standard for monitoring the health and well-being of its members and Dr. Kelly was instrumental in getting that done. Dr. Kelly began the FDNY […]
April 26, 2018

Toronto Vehicle Ramming 

In an unmistakably intentional act, a 25-year-old Canadian man ran down two dozen people with a rented van on a Toronto sidewalk, killing ten. When the deadly rampage was finished, the subject exited the vehicle and took an aggressive stance against a responding police officer, telling him […]
April 19, 2018

Plane Engine Shatters Midflight

About 20 minutes after leaving New York’s LaGuardia airport late Tuesday morning, one of two engines on a Southwest Airlines plane broke apart midflight, sending metal shards into one of the windows, which broke. The rapid depressurization of the plane (characterized by violent outward airflow) sucked […]
April 12, 2018

911 Ransomware Attack

Late last month, the Baltimore 911 system was targeted by a ransomware attack that temporarily shut down its automated dispatch system, forcing dispatchers to route calls manually for 17 hours while the affected servers were isolated and cleansed of malware. “We were able to successfully isolate […]
April 10, 2018

Answering the Call

FDNY photographers capture portraits of some of the highly-trained women who help answer the tremendous, and growing, number of emergency medical calls the Department responds to each year.
April 5, 2018

“Nightmare” Scenario for Healthcare

A study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention has determined more than 200 cases in 2017 of a “nightmare bacteria.” This particular pathogen is resistant to even last resort antibiotics. The resistant pathogen has been found in healthcare facilities that use […]
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

Please refer to print edition.
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 […]