FDNY Editor

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 […]
November 2, 2017

Deadly NYC Vehicle Ramming

A 29-year-old Uzbekistan national living in N.J. drove into a busy bike path along West Street in Manhattan with his rented flatbed truck and proceeded to mow down cyclists and pedestrians for three-quarters of a mile, killing eight and injuring 12. The vehicle rampage, which began […]
October 26, 2017

FBI Foils Bomb Attempt

An ISIS sympathizer was arrested on Friday as he entered the Dolphin Mall in Sweetwater, Fla., in order to plant a bomb that he believed would detonate during the Black Friday shopping day. The suspect, who acted alone, was in communication with an FBI confidential informant, […]
June 30, 2012

Rear Tenements, Part II

Editor’s Note: In Part I of this two-part article, which appeared in the 4th/2011 issue of WNYF, the author provided background material on the rear tenement and covered some of the identifying characteristics that pertain to this kind of building and with which FDNY members should […]
June 30, 2012

Overcoming Nozzle Problems

Imagine this scenario: Your nozzle team is ready, outside the fire door. Fire is intensifying, flames are pushing through the door frame under pressure. You signal to the nozzle Firefighter and he acknowledges the signal. The door is pushed open to attack, the team advances and, […]
June 30, 2012

Through Triumph and Tragedy: The First 50 Years of the Emerald Society Pipes and Drums

The FDNY Pipes & Drums today has become synonymous nationally with images of the September 11, 2001, attacks and the band occupies center stage at most Department ceremonial events. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine a time when this organization did not proudly represent the greatest […]
June 30, 2012

More than $1.6 Million Raised at Humanitarian Awards Dinner

The FDNY Foundation Fire Commissioner’s Humanitarian Awards Dinner, held on April 4, 2012, at the New York Hilton, was a night to honor leaders who support the FDNY and fire safety. FOX 5 “Good Day New York” co-host anchor Rosanna Scotto served as the evening’s Master […]
June 30, 2012

What Firefighters Should Know About Gravity Tanks

New York is the only major U.S. city where thousands of the distinctive silhouettes of gravity tanks can be seen above the rooftops of its buildings. A combination of antiquated infrastructure and buildings constructed on shallow bedrock dictates that gravity tanks are required to augment the […]
June 30, 2012

FDNY Overcomes Obstacles at Queens Four-Alarm Fire

The end of a warm summer day tour was fast approaching on August 22, 2011, when Box 9642 was transmitted at 1737 hours for a fire in a store on the corner of Jamaica Avenue and 113th Street in Queens. On this corner was a taxpayer […]
June 30, 2012

The Hazards of Combustible Dust

Combustible dust is defined as a finely divided solid that is 420 microns or smaller in diameter and presents a fire or explosion hazard when dispersed and ignited in air (420 microns is approximately 0.0165 inches or the equivalent of the thickness of four human hairs). […]
June 30, 2012

FDNY Mutual Aid (sidebar to above)

FDNY supports incidents outside New York City via a mutual-aid procedure in two ways: 1. As a request through channels approved by the Chief of Operations and 2. By responding to an alarm near the City border that is located outside New York City. In all […]