FDNY Editor

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 29, 2018

Suspicious Packages Sent to Capital Region

Packages containing very crude explosive devices were intercepted at mail facilities outside of eleven military bases and intelligence agencies in Washington, D.C. earlier this week, leading to the arrest of a 43-year-old man from Everett, Washington. The suspect was already known to laws enforcement and many […]
March 28, 2018

S3, E28 Train Brave with FDNY Rescue Paramedics Silvana Uzcategui and Krista O’Dea

In 2017, for the first time ever at the FDNY Academy, the majority of Rescue Paramedic trainees were women. 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 […]
March 22, 2018

Bomber’s Reign Ends Abruptly

The gripping fear cast over Austin, Texas at the hands of a serial bomber was resolved on Wednesday when the 23-year-old man responsible for six devices, which killed two and injured several others, detonated a seventh bomb while inside a vehicle at roadside in Round Rock […]
March 15, 2018

Lengthy Commutes Take a Toll

Some New Yorkers say that commutes and mass transit reliability seem to be getting worse. For some, the longer travel times can even affect their health. “Being trapped like that can cause an acute stress disorder. People can develop panic attacks, flashbacks, and severe sleep disturbances,” […]
March 8, 2018

Second Nor’easter in a Week Wallops East Coast

The impact of the second major storm to hit the East Coast in five days after a mostly rain-soaked nor’easter struck last Friday, had a disparate effect on the region, depending mostly on what side of the freezing line your area was in. Eastern Long Island […]
March 1, 2018

25 Years Since World Trade Center Bombing

A somber ceremony was held on Monday, February 26, 2018, at the September 11 Memorial Plaza commemorating the victims, their families and the survivors of the World Trade Center (WTC) Bombing, which took place on February 26, 1993. The bombing killed six people and injured more […]
February 28, 2018

S3, E27 Inside the FDNY Fitness Unit with Captain Thomas Tanzosh

Given the rigorous demands of first responders’ jobs and increased risk for cardiac events, finding a fitness routine that works is critical. In this episode, the head of the FDNY Fitness Unit, Captain Thomas Tanzosh, gives listeners an inside look at how the FDNY trains its […]
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 […]