FDNY Editor

November 7, 2019

Three Italian Firefighters Killed in Building Explosion

Emergency personnel responded to a report of an explosion at a vacant farm in the northern Italian province of Alessandria Tuesday. While they were attempting to put out a fire in an unoccupied building due to the detonation, a second, stronger blast occurred, collapsing the building […]
October 31, 2019

World’s Most Wanted Terrorist Dies in U.S. Army Special Forces Raid

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the ISIS terrorist group, detonated a suicide vest killing himself in a tunnel below his compound, as U.S. troops carried out a two-hour nighttime raid to capture him. Baghdadi was identified through DNA, which matched a sample taken after his […]
October 30, 2019

S4, E47 Unusual Fire Escapes at Bronx Fire with FDNY Lieutenant Michael Ciampo

Encountering unusual circumstances on the fireground is a frequent experience for veteran Bronx Lieutenant Mike Ciampo. But, in his nearly three decades of experience with the Department he had never encountered this type of unusual fire escape. In the early hours of September 9, 2018, a […]
October 24, 2019

Stolen Ambulance Used by Neo-Nazi in Oslo Ramming

A man with links to the Neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement on Tuesday hijacked an ambulance at gunpoint–with three medical personnel in the back–before using the vehicle to ram at least three people (a woman and two babies), in Oslo, Norway. Another ambulance attempted to stop the […]
October 23, 2019

Broadway Gas Explosion

The long Thanksgiving holiday weekend was coming to a close when Division 3 units were reminded that no alarm can be considered routine. An initial smoke investigation eventually revealed a gas leak, which led to a serious explosion. Only the aggressive actions taken by FDNY units […]
October 17, 2019

Rebels Abduct Firefighters in Myanmar

Eighteen firefighter recruits and a deputy station chief were among the 31 bus passengers abducted by armed members of the Arakan Army, an insurgent group in Myanmar. The deputy director of the fire service said the firefighters were mistakenly abducted because the AA believed them to […]
October 10, 2019

Two Fatally Shot Near Synagogue in Germany on Yom Kippur

Two people were killed after shootings near a synagogue in Halle, Germany this Wednesday on Yom Kippur—the holiest day in Judaism. One woman was killed on the street as a gunman, described as a neo-Nazi loner, opened fire. Security measures, including bolted doors, prevented the attacker […]
October 3, 2019

NYC Prepares for ‘Joker’ Film Launch

Consistent with beefed-up security nationwide, NYPD dispatched a number of its officers to protect an early screening of “Joker” Wednesday night at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. K-9 units and counterterrorism teams roamed the area around Tully Hall to ensure that the […]
September 30, 2019

S4, E46 FDNY Drones and Robotics with Battalion Chief Anthony Pascocello and Captain Michael Leo

On March 6, 2017, the FDNY launched its first ever tethered drone to respond to a fire in a 6-story building on Crotona Park North in the Bronx. It was a ground-breaking moment. After September 11, 2001, the need for enhanced situational awareness of the incident […]
September 26, 2019

Protests Turn Deadly in Indonesia after Rumors of Student Insult

Protests in Papua Province on the island of New Guinea, Indonesia broke out after rumors spread that a teacher insulted a local student, triggering a wave of violence that included burned government buildings, cars and motorbikes. At least 20 people were killed and 65 injured (some […]
June 30, 2015

The Week That Was…

The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) has responded to countless fires and disasters in its storied 150-year history. Some fires–such as the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire–have left an indelible mark on the collective consciousness of all Americans and were the inspiration for the reform movement […]
June 30, 2015

What Qualities Make a Superior Chief’s Firefighters/Aide?

The Chief’s Firefighter/Aide must handle myriad responsibilities, while acting as the eyes and ears of the Chief. A truly good Aide will handle enough responsibility to enable his/her Officer to devote time to the more important functions–developing strategy and tactics–while operating at a fire/emergency. Battalion Firefighter […]
June 30, 2015

FDNY Staff Chiefs

June 30, 2015

Window Security Shutters/Devices

This article is intended to raise awareness of an uncommon window security device (WSD), known as the roll-down or German shutter. These devices are used for privacy and security concerns, protection from storms, to improve insulation or for sunlight and noise reduction. A fire in a […]
June 30, 2015

20th Annual FDNY Foundation Dinner Celebrates FDNY’s 150th Anniversary

The FDNY Foundation hosted its 20th Annual Dinner at the New York Hilton on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. The evening brought together a record number of guests, who joined with honorees to celebrate the FDNY Foundation, as well as the 150th anniversary of the New York […]
June 30, 2015

A Tour of the Regional Shipboard Firefighting Simulator

It’s a cold winter night and around 0200 hours, the alarm goes off in your firehouse. The housewatch acknowledges the run and reads off the ticket: Phone alarm, 513 West 161st Street, fire on the second floor of a six-story multiple dwelling. As you’re donning your […]
June 30, 2015

The Standpipe Kit

New York City’s skyline is changing. Construction of high-rise buildings is and will be an ongoing process in every borough. The expansion of high-rise building construction and the various kinds of occupancies in these complex structures will pose a challenge to FDNY standpipe operations. Fires in […]
June 30, 2015

Evolution of the FDNY SCUBA/Swiftwater Programs

On March 4, 1963, a call came over the Department’s Citywide frequency from the Mask Service Unit (at the time located on Welfare Island), for a school bus that left the road and became submerged in New York’s East River. The bus, assigned to the then-New […]