FDNY Editor

April 11, 2017

From the Editor’s Desk, 1st/2017 WNYF

I am on my 20th year of editing WNYF. Where did the time go? I am fortunate to have authors who write on a regular basis; FDNY members such as Assistant Chiefs Joseph W. Pfeifer and Ronald R. Spadafora, Deputy Chief John “Jay” Jonas and Firefighter […]
April 6, 2017

Intentional Fire Caused Georgia Interstate Collapse

Three people have been arrested in connection with a fire burning below an overpass section of I-85, north of Atlanta, last Thursday, including one man who talked of smoking crack when he set a chair on top of a shopping cart ablaze. That fire moved to […]
March 30, 2017

Parliament Attacker Used WhatsApp Two Minutes Before Rampage

Khalid Masood is certainly not the first terrorist to use the encrypted text phone application WhatsApp, which was linked to the Paris and San Bernardino attacks in 2015, among others, but this latest assault has brought renewed concerns to police, security and intelligence professionals on how […]
March 23, 2017

¿El Nino? Ushers in Rain, Calamity to Peru

Heavy rains associated with exceptionally warm water in the Pacific Ocean have brought some of the worst flooding in decades and mudslides along the arid landscape along coastal Peru. At least half of the country has been impacted, including Lima, which has been without power since […]
March 16, 2017

Interest in Daylight Savings Time Shifts

With 21 state legislatures debating whether to eliminate or change “spring forward,” along with countless slept deprived journalists and tweeters voicing their displeasure, one article wonders if DST is “running out of time.” The DST idea is that less energy is consumed if there is more […]
March 15, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pro Battalion Chief Kevin Harrison and Lieutenant Timothy Carroll

A key element for deploying resources is the establishment of a unified Command Post. In order for a comprehensive and uniform plan to be developed, all of the command elements must be co-allocated. By being in proximity, leaders are aware of each other’s issues and develop […]
March 9, 2017

Researchers Get Closer to Terrorism Minority Report

A doctoral student at SUNY Binghamton has created a model for predicting terrorist attacks based on the patterns of previous attacks, whose framework reportedly “can predict attack characteristics with a 90 percent accuracy.” The model, called the Networked Pattern Recognition Framework (NEPAR), is populated with data […]
March 8, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pro Paramedic Joseph D’Agosto

Students learn in many ways, such as seeing, hearing and experiencing things firsthand. But for most students, one of these methods dominates. Review these learning styles and identify which one of the following fits you best: Visual Learners are those who learn through seeing things. Auditory […]
March 6, 2017

S2, E16 Recognizing Heart Disease with FDNY Chief Medical Officer Doctor Kerry Kelly and FDNY Attending Cardiologist Doctor Dianne Acuna

FDNY Chief Medical Officer Doctor Kerry Kelly and FDNY Attending Cardiologist Doctor Dianne Acuna discuss how to recognize heart disease as well as the effects that heart disease has had on the first responder community at large. Lieutenant Jon Paul Augier hosts. S2, E16 Recognizing Heart […]
March 2, 2017

Car Crashes Mar Mardi Gras Celebrations

New Orleans began celebrating Mardi Gras with its largest parade known as Endymion, but during the event, a man in a pickup truck raced down side streets and smashed into several cars before hitting parade onlookers. The driver, who had a blood alcohol level that was […]
December 1, 2011

FDNY Firefighters for a Day — Corporate Team Challenge

Please refer to print edition.
December 1, 2011

Mastering Ventilation to Decrease Firefighter Injuries and Deaths at Private Dwellings

Editor’s Note: Part I of this article appeared in the 2nd/2011 issue of WNYF. The experiments described in the 2nd/2011 issue facilitated assessment of tenability (survivability, viability or livability; capable of being occupied) prior to and after fire department intervention. Ventilation is a tactic that increases […]
December 1, 2011

Renewable Energy and the Fire Service: Wind Turbines

Wind turbines are an important part of a renewable energy system. They are used for electrical power generation, battery charging, water or space heating and water pumping. Most wind generators will begin producing power at approximately 7-10 mph and reach full output at 25-30 mph. Advances […]
December 1, 2011

Standing By at a Suspicious Package

In some areas of New York City, units routinely are assigned on calls to stand by for a suspicious package. Typically, the fire companies will stand fast, prepared to stretch hose-lines, while NYPD Technical Specialists examine the device. In most cases, NYPD already has the area […]
December 1, 2011

EMS Operations at Bronx Box 75-8998, March 12, 2011 (sidebar to above)

Arriving at the Box at 0550 hours, a scene size-up was conducted. A tourist bus was lying on its side with a highway stanchion in the middle, dividing the vehicle in half. There were 32 patients who were trapped, severely injured or deceased, the first two […]
December 1, 2011

Bronx Units Confront Horrific Bus Accident

The Bruckner Expressway/southbound New England Thruway/Hutchinson River Parkway is the site of numerous and somewhat varied transportation responses for FDNY units in this section of the Bronx. Some of these runs are routine, while others are quite unusual and sometimes severe. Almost any type of payload […]
September 30, 2011

FDNY Study Reveals FDNY Firefighters Prone to Developing Cancer After WTC Exposure

In a special 9/11 issue of The Lancet, one of the leading medical journals in the world, FDNY just published a study showing that its male Firefighters exposed to the World Trade Center (WTC) disaster are at least 19 percent more likely to develop cancer than […]
September 30, 2011

Record $1.7 Million Raised at FDNY Foundation Event

On April 14, 2011, the FDNY Foundation raised a record $1.7 million at the Fire Commissioner’s Humanitarian Awards Dinner. Funds raised from this dinner are used to provide training and equipment for FDNY members and fire safety education programs for the general population. With more than […]