FDNY Editor

June 8, 2017

Gunman Sets Manila Hotel on Fire, Dozens Killed by Smoke

A man with a gun stormed into a casino-hotel in Manila and set gambling tables and other combustibles on fire, which led to the death of 36 people, primarily from smoke inhalation and suffocation, as many of those victims were hiding from the gunfire. The attacker, […]
June 1, 2017

NOAA Predicts Above Average Hurricane Season

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted another above-normal hurricane season for the Atlantic Ocean in 2017, which always runs from June 1 through November 30. There is currently a 45-percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season, […]
May 26, 2017

S2, E18 Peer Support Groups with FDNY Captain Frank Leto

FDNY Captain Frank Leto describes how the FDNY Counseling Service Unit’s Peer Support Groups support all members with an array of services. Captain, and Executive Officer to the Fire Commissioner, Elizabeth Cascio hosts. S2, E18 Peer Support Groups w FDNY Captain Frank Leto
May 25, 2017

Manchester Arena Device Triggered Outside Security Perimeter

A man wearing a backpack detonated his homemade-explosive device Tuesday evening in the publically-accessible foyer area (outside security checkpoints) as concertgoers, mostly young girls, were leaving an Ariana Grande show at U.K.’s Manchester Arena, the largest indoor performance venue in Europe. Evidence includes backpack cloth, nuts […]
May 18, 2017

Hospital Computer Systems Targeted as Part of Global Ransomware Attack

The biggest ransomware attack on record locked out at least 200,000 computers in 100 countries, and included healthcare systems in the U.K., China, and Indonesia. Of the 248 “trusts” (geographic or specialty functions) in the British National Health Service (NHS), 48 were affected by the attack, […]
May 11, 2017

Rare, but Serious, Tick-borne Disease Spreading in NE, Great Lakes Regions

A deadly virus spread through tick bites called Powassan, which is still very rare, is spreading in the Northeast, including New York state, and in parts of the Great Lakes region. Powassan, also called POW, causes encephalitis (brain inflammation) in some, is fatal in about 15 […]
May 4, 2017

Narcan Dosage ‘Ineffective’ on ‘Elephant Tranquilizer’ Overdoses in Northeast

Three recent deaths in New Hampshire have now been linked to carfentanil overdoses, a potent form of synthetic opioid typically used to tranquilize elephants and other large animals. Manufactured in Chinese medical labs, the drug is visually identical to fentanyl, but 100 times more potent so […]
April 28, 2017

An Enigma Wrapped in the Predictability of Weather Forecasts

Weather is not often associated with high predictability, but the consistency of when daily weather forecasts were released over secure channels gave British code breakers based out of Bletchley Park one of the tips they needed to break the Nazi Enigma cipher code (with total possible […]
April 28, 2017

S2, E17 Terrorism and Intelligence with FDNY Captain Chris Ward

FDNY Captain Chris Ward discusses the role that intelligence plays for first responders, including how the FDNY keeps terrorism awareness on the front lines through its weekly intelligence product, Watchline. Captain Sean Newman, of the FDNY Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness, hosts. S2, E17 Terrorism […]
April 13, 2017

Teacher and Student Killed in San Bernardino School Shooting

A murder-suicide took an additional victim—an 8-year-old boy—and additional meaning in as the attack took place in a San Bernardino elementary school classroom. A second male student was badly wounded, but recovering, and police believe they were both shot as bystanders and not specifically targeted, as […]
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, […]