FDNY Editor

August 10, 2017

Early-Morning IED Shakes Worshipers at Minnesota Mosque

A small but “sophisticated” improvised explosive device (IED) was set off in the imam’s office through a broken window in a Bloomington, Minn. mosque on the morning of Saturday, August 5, 2017. About a dozen people were in a nearby room for morning prayers at the […]
August 8, 2017

From the Editor’s Desk, 2nd/2017 WNYF

Hope you are enjoying the 2nd/2017 issue of WNYF. I’ve been fortunate to keep my string going of introducing a brand-new author for each issue. This second issue for 2017 features three new writers: Battalion Chief Thomas Lapolla and Lieutenant John V. Kazan, who write about […]
August 8, 2017

From the Editor’s Desk, 2nd/2017 Pro EMS

The 2nd/2017 issue of Pro EMS offers columns and feature articles that take up where we left off with the first issue of the year. It is chock-full of interesting and enlightening material, with a bonus special section by FDNY Press Secretary Frank Dwyer that provides […]
August 3, 2017

Sydney Raids Disrupt Airplane Plot

Australian police made four arrests in raids across Sydney late Saturday over what Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull termed a terrorist plot to “bring down an airplane.” Police describe the plot as “sophisticated and elaborate” and believe it was helped along by Islamic State operatives in Syria. […]
July 27, 2017

Dozens Suffer Terrible Outcome of Human Trafficking

Eight people were found dead in a San Antonio Walmart parking lot and another thirty suffering serious injuries as a result of being packed into a locked box trailer for more than twelve hours on Saturday in a smuggling attempt from across the Rio Grande in […]
July 25, 2017

S2, E20 Maximizing Resources During MCIs with FDNY Captain Charles Fraser

FDNY Captain Charles Fraser details how to maximize and expand your resources for a mass casualty incident. Lieutenant Farooq Muhammad hosts. S2, E20 Maximizing Resources During MCIs w FDNY Captain Charles Fraser
July 20, 2017

Responders In Pa. Hospitalized after Carfentanil Exposure

Four members of service from Newtown, Pa. were hospitalized earlier this month after being exposed to the highly potent heroin derivative carfentanil while operating at a cardiac arrest response outside of Philadelphia. The three EMTs and one firefighter were exposed to the substance from the victim’s […]
July 13, 2017

Military Plane Crashes in Mississippi

A KC-130 military plane carrying 15 Marines and one sailor, traveling from North Carolina to California, crashed in rural Mississippi, killing all aboard. The crash caused a debris field at least three miles long, and local fire crews required 9,000 of foam to extinguish the fires. […]
July 6, 2017

Dismissed Bronx Doctor Turns Active Shooter

A former Bronx-Lebanon Hospital doctor hiding an AR-15 under a white lab coat opened fire inside the medical center — killing one doctor and injuring six other people before killing himself. According to law enforcement, the suspect started a fire at the nurse’s station but the […]
June 29, 2017

ISIS Urges Arson in “Crusader” Nations after Grenfell Tower Fire

An Instagram account associated with an ISIS media arm posted pictures of the Grenfell Tower fire in London along with a message stating the tragedy was “beautiful.” ISIS urgings this week follow the group’s celebration of the fire immediately after it occurred, which included laughing emojis […]
March 31, 2012

Specialty “Unbreakable” Window Systems, Part I

On July 23, 2011, a punishing heat wave with high humidity continued its hold over New York City. Manhattan Box 1051 was transmitted at 0046 hours for a fire on the fourth floor of a 14-story, luxury, high-rise multiple dwelling, located at 815 Park Avenue on […]
March 31, 2012

Wastewater Treatment Processes

The process of removing contaminants from wastewater–both run-off (effluents) and domestic–is called sewage treatment. It can be processed close to where it is created or collected and transported via a network of pipes and pump stations to a municipal treatment plant. The purpose of wastewater management […]
March 31, 2012

Units Battle Fire and Heat Wave at Manhattan Sewage Treatment Plant

The City was experiencing a heat wave and July 20, 2010, was part of it. This day was exceptionally hot and humid, with no wind. At 1146 hours, a phone alarm was received at the Manhattan Communications Office, reporting an explosion in the engine room at […]
March 31, 2012

Initial Shoring Capabilities of On-Scene Rescue Companies (sidebar to above)

Fires and emergencies can present many hazards. Among these is instability of the structure or an area within it, resulting in collapse or partial collapse. These conditions present a hazard to life in that area. The possibility of secondary collapse further compounds that risk. Unstable areas […]
March 31, 2012

Staten Island Collapse and Maydays Safely Resolved

On December 15, 2010, at 0047 hours, Box 3818 was transmitted for a fire reported at 4028 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island. The initial response included Engines 162 and 167, Ladders 82 and 87 and Battalion 23. At 0051 hours, Engine 162, Ladder 82 and Battalion 23 […]
December 1, 2011

More Than Just a Drill

Sunday, June 29, 2009, was a beautiful, sunny Sunday morning as Battalion Chief Michael Gala walked into the office of Battalion 43 in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn. He was relieving Battalion Chief Joseph Carlsen (now Deputy Chief, covering in Division 3). Then-Battalion Chief Joseph […]
December 1, 2011

Rear Tenements, Part I

Editor’s Note: In Part I of this two-part article, the author provides background material on the rear tenement and covers some of the identifying characteristics that pertain to this kind of building and with which FDNY members should familiarize themselves. On March 24, 2008, at 0719 […]
December 1, 2011

Dangerous and Challenging Five-Alarmer in the Bronx

On March 9, 2011, at 1407 hours, units arrived at Box 2421, 754 Manida/Spofford Avenues in the Bronx. Members were confronted with an advanced fire in apartment two on the second floor of a 100- by 100-foot, H-type building. This apartment once was two apartments; however, […]