FDNY Editor

August 15, 2019

Police Officers Shot in Philadelphia, Gunman Surrenders after Barricade

On Wednesday afternoon, a narcotics operation turned violent when a man opened fire on police officers, injuring six, before barricading himself back in the building. The standoff ended more than seven hours later when police fired tear gas into the structure and the man surrendered without […]
August 8, 2019

Deadly El Paso Walmart Mass Shooting

On Saturday morning, a 21-year old man drove approximately 600 miles to a Walmart in El Paso, Texas in order to kill as many as possible. The store was filled with shoppers preparing for back to school. The perpetrator initially entered the store to size up […]
August 1, 2019

57 Dead in Rio Prison Riot

Rival gangs were involved in a prison riot in the Northern Brazilian town of Altamira, where fire and smoke was used to trigger the initial chaos. The fire rapidly spread due to inmates being housed in converted temporary units while permanent structures were being built. The […]
July 31, 2019

S4, E44 Operations at Cellar Fires with FDNY Lieutenant Tim Klett

With limited access, egress and ventilation fighting cellar fires is one of the most challenging scenarios firefighters face. Not knowing what you might encounter behind the cellar door makes the advance down the cellar steps difficult and dangerous. FDNY Engine Officer, Lt. Tim Klett of Engine […]
July 25, 2019

Variety of Bombs Kill in Afghanistan

As the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff for the United States military visited the Afghanistan capital of Kabul three explosions rocked the city in rapid succession. In total, 15 have died at two separate sites but the death count is likely to increase. […]
July 18, 2019

Blackout Darkens West Side of Manhattan

A burning 13,000-volt electrical line led to a massive outage that cut power to more than 72,000 customers, leaving one of the nation’s most densely-populated neighborhoods in darkness for five hours. A utility official said Monday that a “routine” manhole fire preceded an “extremely unique” failure […]
July 11, 2019

Japanese Authorities Direct 1.1 Million to Evacuate

The threat of torrential rains last weekend, with 13 inches expected, prompted Japanese authorities to issue a directive advising residents of southern Japan to move to designated shelters to avoid landslides and dangerous flooding conditions. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency reported that 820 shelters had […]
July 4, 2019

Sarin Scare at Facebook Facility

A Facebook mail facility in Menlo Park, Ca. was evacuated and placed under quarantine Monday, when a machine processing and scanning mail detected sarin in a package. Hazardous materials specialists and the FBI responded to the scene to evaluate the threat. Further tests for the nerve […]
June 27, 2019

30 Dead in House Fire in Indonesia

Local officials in North Sumatra said 30 people, including children, were killed when a fire broke out in a private residence that was being used as a match factory. Workers at the match business were all women, some of whom were parents who brought their children […]
June 26, 2019

S4, E43 The FDNY Second Chance Ceremony with Matthew Pintchik and Dr. Glenn Asaeda

Each year, in celebration of National EMS Week, the FDNY holds its Annual Second Chance Ceremony. This special event reunites cardiac arrest survivors with the Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians, FDNY EMS Officers, Firefighters, Dispatchers, bystanders, and other first responders who helped save their lives. 2019 marks […]
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 […]