FDNY Editor

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 […]
February 22, 2018

World’s Tallest Wooden Skyscraper Planned for 2041

Sumitomo, one of the main business groups in Japan, is planning to celebrate its 350th anniversary in 2041 by opening the world’s largest wood high-rise building. Sumitomo, a diverse corporate conglomerate best known for mining and metals, also has a forestry company, which stated the 70-story […]
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 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 […]