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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 […]
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 […]
September 30, 2012

FDNY Fire Family Transport — Here to Help You!

FF Eugene Stolowski was introduced to the FDNY Fire Family Transport (FFT) Foundation in the most dramatic of ways. It began at 0755 hours on January 23, 2005, a bitter-cold winter day, when the run came in. He was finishing up his 24-hour shift in Ladder […]
September 30, 2012

NFPA 1403 — Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions, 2007 Edition (sidebar to above)

Once the approval was given to proceed with the training, safety concerns became the number one priority. Previous knowledge of other fire department tragedies at live burn training evolutions led FDNY to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1403. Following a tragic accident in 1982, which resulted […]
September 30, 2012

Governors Island Live Burn Drills

Among the numerous and varied training methods implemented within the Department–including written publications, evolutions performed either at the company level or the Fire Academy, simulators used in Special Operations training, as well as tabletop and full-scale exercises–it probably would be surprising to most members of the […]
September 30, 2012

What Firefighters Should Know About Pressure Tanks

Besides gravity tanks, another early storage container used to supply water to sprinkler and standpipe systems for large-dimensional structures is the pressure tank. Typically, these vessels are installed at or above the top level of buildings with fire protection systems. Pressure tanks are filled with water […]
September 30, 2012

FDNY Foundation Awards College Scholarships to FDNY Members

For the school year of 2012/2013, another 200 FDNY members will receive scholarships to further their college education, thanks to the FDNY Foundation. Once again, the Foundation will fund this very popular Firefighter scholarship program at John Jay College. FDNY members rely on the assistance from […]
September 30, 2012

Floor Collapse

You are assigned on a third alarm to a fire in a five-story, H-type building with heavy fire on the third floor and extension to the fourth floor. There are two lines operating on the third floor and a third line operating on the fourth floor […]
September 30, 2012

What’s on the Roof? Examining Some Rooftop Challenges and Remedies

Regardless of what borough FDNY Firefighters work in, at some point, they will encounter flat-roof buildings. The City of New York contains many different types of buildings that require Firefighters to perform an array of tactical duties from rooftop positions. One of the most interesting and […]
September 30, 2012

High-Angle Rescue at Manhattan Subway Station Crane Collapse

Manhattan Box 0709 was transmitted for a report of a crane that had collapsed and struck two workers at 11th Avenue and 34th Street on April 3, 2012, at 1922 hours. Initial assignment on the Box included Engines 34, 26 and 3, Ladder 21, Rescue 1, […]