FDNY Editor

December 28, 2017

S2, E25 A Critical Link in the Chain of Survival with FDNY Deputy Chief James Darnowski

The chain of survival is a series of steps, which give a victim of cardiac arrest the best chance of survival. Early CPR is an important link in this chain, but far too often it is administered too late, or not at all. FDNY Deputy Chief […]
December 28, 2017

As Real as It Gets

Firefighter Tony Ng captures the intense training FDNY Rescue Paramedics receive at the Fire Academy. Rescue Paramedics bring advanced pre-hospital care to any civilian or member of service in a precarious position while extrication procedures take place. Members selected for this program must undergo and complete […]
December 21, 2017

Train Derailment in Northwest Injures Dozens

A street overpass derailed an Amtrak train about 50 miles south of Seattle, killing three people and injuring more than 100 others. The train was making its inaugural trip, using the Point Defiance bypass, from Seattle to Portland on the morning of Monday, December 18, 2017. […]
December 14, 2017

Suicide Bombing Attempt Foiled in NYC

During rush hour on Monday, December 11, 2017, an ISIS adherent tried to trigger his crudely-built improvised explosive device (IED) hidden under his clothing. The IED partially detonated, but did not explode in the busy pedestrian tunnel between the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Times Square […]
December 7, 2017

Southern California Wildfires Rage

Mother Nature has shown no mercy as four major wildfires continue to destroy homes and property throughout Southern California. Winds are forecasted to increase, which could spread existing flames and drive new fires. Fire officials believe the worst is yet to come and responders will have […]
November 30, 2017

Propaganda-Inspired Terror Plots Disrupted

Two men, aged 21 and 20, have been arrested this week in north London and Birmingham, and another 20-year-old was arrested separately in Australia ahead of significant plots to conduct terror attacks in these respective locations. Counterterrorism police in the U.K. believe they disrupted “well-advanced” plans […]
November 24, 2017

Mosque Attackers Gun Down Fleeing Worshipers and Responders

An ISIS affiliate in Egypt’s north Sanai region is suspected in a mosque massacre on Friday, November 24, 2017, which left at least 235 dead and 125 wounded. Early reports indicate that at least one bomb was detonated, and that worshippers were fired upon as they […]
November 16, 2017

Devastating Earthquakes Shake the Globe

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook the border region of Iran and Iraq in what is now the deadliest earthquake worldwide in 2017. It is estimated that 530-580 died and 7,460 were injured. Iran sits on a major fault line and has experienced a number of earthquakes. The […]
November 16, 2017

S2, E24 Evolution of FDNY HazMat with Battalion Chief Robert Ingram and Firefighter Joseph Iovino

FDNY Battalion Chief Robert Ingram and Firefighter Joseph Iovino, both founding members of HazMat Company 1, discuss their unit’s origins, specialized training and protocol, and role in modern day disaster response. They examine major incidents they’ve personally been involved in, and discuss what it takes to be […]
November 9, 2017

Shooter Slaughters Defenseless Congregation

A 26-year-old man with a history of violence and mental problems stormed into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Spring, Texas last Sunday and opened fire with an assault rifle, killing 26 people ranging in age from young children to seniors. The shooter entered the church […]
December 1, 2012

After Action Review for Bronx Box 44-3217, April 14, 2012 — Lessons Learned/Reinforced (sidebar to above)

The adage that no two fires are ever the same is a familiar refrain to everyone in the FDNY. Perhaps it has never been more appropriate as on the afternoon of April 14, 2012. This particular incident eventually required multiple alarms, using approximately 200 Firefighters in […]
December 1, 2012

The After Action Review: A Learning Tool for Developing Better Firefighters

An After Action Review (AAR) is a structured assessment discussion for analyzing operations. It is used to determine what occurred at an incident and why it happened. Additionally, an AAR can generate information concerning how your organization can do things better. It functions as a performance […]
December 1, 2012

Man in Machine!

Forty-six years ago, Rescue 3 was summoned to the emergency room of Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx to assist doctors with a problem. A young man had been transported with his hand enmeshed in a commercial meat grinder. The doctors believed that their only medical alternative […]
December 1, 2012

Tornadoes Touch Down in Brooklyn and Queens (Again)

Closely spaced tornadoes ripped through a small beach community in Queens and a Brooklyn neighborhood on Saturday, September 8, 2012, causing downed power lines, uprooted trees and minor structural damage. Fortunately, no serious injuries were reported. A bystander captured this shot of the tornado touching down […]
December 1, 2012

SCUBA Dive Rescue Operations: A Familiarization Course that Addresses Supervisory Concerns

When civilian drowning casualties began to steadily increase within the confines of the Rockaway Peninsula 2008 through 2009, Battalion Chief Michael McGrath, Battalion 47, sought input from various FDNY units that respond to water emergencies in an attempt to streamline FDNY operations within his Command. Subsequently, […]
December 1, 2012

Situational Awareness (SA) Analysis

Everybody goes. Phone alarm…first-due engine, first-due truck…Fire in a commercial building. The address is 1655 Pitkin Avenue. The fire is reported on the first floor. CIDS (Critical Information Dispatch System) information is available upon request. As Firefighters hear the house watchman read the ticket, FDNY members […]
December 1, 2012

The Crucial Role of Fire Prevention

There is a misconception that the Bureau of Fire Prevention is a separate and distinct entity, with no relationship to the day-to-day fire prevention, inspection and life safety activities of units in the field. This illusion has been entrenched in the minds of Firefighters and Officers. […]
December 1, 2012

Understanding Oxygen in Your Atmosphere

Recently on a trip to Colorado Springs, the author had an opportunity to visit Pikes Peak. At 14,110 feet above sea level, it is the 31st tallest mountain in Colorado. In comparison, many parts of Manhattan are only about five feet above sea level. The tallest […]