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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 […]
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 […]
September 30, 2011

WTC Memorial Wall Dedicated

On Thursday, September 8, 2011, a memorial wall was dedicated to the 55 FDNY members who have lost their lives since September 11, 2001, due to various illnesses developed following their rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center. The solemn ceremony was held at […]
September 30, 2011

Progress Report on the New WTC

The September 11, 2001, World Trade Center (WTC) terrorist attack claimed the lives of 2753 people, including 343 FDNY members and caused the complete collapse of three buildings (Towers 1 and 2, along with 7 WTC). Irreparable damage occurred to a number of buildings that later […]
September 30, 2011

The Marine Division Powers Forward

To fully understand the evolution of FDNY Marine Operations, one must look at a snapshot of the past, present and future challenges faced within the New York City Port community. History has shown that great cities were built on accessible harbors, to easily move goods to […]
September 30, 2011

Meeting the Increasing Demands for 911 Pre-Hospital Care Services

In the past 10 years, the landscape of the first responders’ environment has changed dramatically within New York City. After 9/11, the FDNY leadership recognized that broad organizational change was necessary for the Department to adapt its response operations to unpredictable all-hazards threats. The Bureau of […]
September 30, 2011

History of Strategic Planning at FDNY

Throughout its illustrious 146-year history, the FDNY has been known for excellence in protecting lives and property.  The Department sets the highest standards for emergency response, training, fire prevention and pre-hospital care. While the Department has had no peer in the field of urban emergency response, […]
September 30, 2011

Revisiting the Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness

Ten years after the dramatic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the images and memories are still real. Many FDNY members can recall exactly what they were doing that fateful day, who they were with and what they were thinking as two planes crashed into the […]
September 30, 2011

Training — More Essential Than Ever

One truism came to the forefront in the wake of 9/11–The FDNY no longer is just a fire department. In addition to merging with EMS in 1996, FDNY now is the first line of defense against terrorism, as well as natural disasters. As part of FDNY’s […]
September 30, 2011

FDNY Stands Prepared and Ready to Meet Any Challenge

Is the FDNY prepared to handle a large-scale incident, such as a terrorist attack or a natural disaster? I would argue that today, the FDNY is better trained, better equipped and more capable than ever. Since September 11, 2001, this Department has exhibited resilience, dedication, commitment […]