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January 26, 2017

Boston Police Targeted in Propane-Fueled Explosion

A police cruiser was deliberately targeted in an attack involving a homemade improvised incendiary device (IID) outside a police station in South Boston last Friday morning. It was roughly 8:15 am when an officer noticed a fire burning beside a parked cruiser, which was quickly moved […]
January 25, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pros Deputy Chief Nicholas Corrado and Battalion Chief Frank Leeb

When multiple alarms are required, the number of Firefighters and units on-scene increases and greatly adds to the complexity of the roll call. Fires in high-rise structures, subways or fire and emergency scenes that cover a wide area also make the emergency roll call more complicated […]
January 19, 2017

The ‘Paperfuge’ That Diagnoses Malaria

Inspired by spinning toys (Twirly Whirlies, Whirgigs, etc.), researchers at Stanford University have created an inexpensive paper centrifuge that can separate malaria parasites from samples of blood. The breakthrough will allow malaria diagnoses in areas that do not have electricity or access to commercial centrifuges. Malaria, […]
January 18, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pro Lieutenant Robert Wilson

Is the line in a spot where it is likely to get stuck if it is advanced? Is it positioned directly beneath a fire escape drop ladder? Is it beneath a window air conditioner or large pane of glass? If so, take the appropriate action. Additional […]
January 12, 2017

Facebook ‘Safety Check’ Made U.S. Debut in 2016

After rolling out its Safety Check accountability tool during the Nepal earthquake in April 2015, Facebook has widened the service to include any number of natural disasters, and since Paris in November 2015, it now includes terrorist attacks. The tool does more than allow people to […]
January 12, 2017

S2, E14 Mental Toughness on the Battlefield and the Fireground with FDNY Firefighter and US Marine Corps Major Jason Brezler

FDNY Firefighter and US Marine Corps Major Jason Brezler describes the FDNY’s new Mental Performance Initiative by detailing his experiences on the battlefield in the Middle East and on the fireground here in New York City. Lieutenant Jon Paul Augier hosts. S2, E14 Mental Toughness on […]
January 11, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pro Lieutenant Farooq H. Muhammad

Key points to remember during patient care… Tourniquets used in high-threat environments, such as active shooter incidents, should be placed high and tight; can be placed over clothes, but not bulky items, such as wallets. Tourniquets used in safe environments should be placed at least two […]
January 5, 2017

Pesticide Use Turns to Haz-Mat Tragedy for Texas Family

Ten members of an Amarillo, Texas family were overcome by toxic fumes in their home very early on Monday morning in an accident involving a pesticide used to rid the location of mice. When Firefighters arrived, several family members in the mobile home were sick and […]
January 4, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pro Deputy Chief Cesar A. Escobar

Reviewing the dispatch data, identifying potential issues with access and egress of the location, discussing the call type and other dispatch information with your partner and having an initial plan of action should be done on every emergency response. Although at times the information obtained in […]
December 29, 2016

Riots Break Out in 15 Shopping Malls on Boxing Day

On the day after Christmas, the post-holiday crowds can make a shopping mall seem more like a battleground, but the chaos that ensued this December 26th was extreme by any standard. Massive brawls broke out at 15 malls in over a dozen different states on Monday, […]
September 30, 2011

FDNY Command — 10 Years Later

The tragic losses on September 11, 2001, included several top leaders in the Department, such as First Deputy Commissioner William M. Feehan, Chief of Department Peter J. Ganci, Jr., and Assistant Chiefs Donald J. Burns and Gerard A. Barbara. The gap created by losing so much […]
June 30, 2011

Successful Firehouse Drills Using the Learning Curve

For company Officers to conduct successful drills and training, they must know their audience and where the students are on the learning curve. The learning curve depicts the correlation between the time on the job and the member’s propensity to learn. (See Figure #1.) Generally, newer […]
June 30, 2011

Recap of 2011 FDNY/FDNY Foundation Symposium

Please refer to print edition.
June 30, 2011

Mastering Ventilation to Decrease Firefighter Injuries and Deaths

In the mid-1970s, fire duty in the FDNY increased significantly and the resulting experience was the foundation for the formalization of the Department’s tactics and procedures. Fireground observations of the fire environment’s reaction to FDNY’s ventilation tactics were the basis for many of the Department’s newly […]
June 30, 2011

Ventilating Road Tunnels at Fires

Editor’s Note: This is the third and final of a multi-part article that explores the New York City commuter tunnels and the FDNY operations used to mitigate incidents that take place within their confines. The first part, “The Holland Tunnel,” appeared in the 2nd/2008 issue of […]
June 30, 2011

The Chevy Volt: Fire and Emergency Procedures for Extended-Range Electric Vehicles

The General Motors Chevrolet Volt is an extended-range electric vehicle. (See Photos #1 and #1A.) The design is very different from hybrid electric vehicles. An electric vehicle (EV) uses only an electric motor for propulsion, while a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) uses two motors. Investment in […]
June 30, 2011

2 1/2-inch Hose-Line as an Outdoor Standpipe (sidebar to above)

Reason: Frozen standpipe riser or out-of-service (OOS) standpipe system/riser. Equipment required Necessary lengths of 21/2-inch hose Necessary lengths of 31/2-inch hose Three- to 21/2-inch reducer One 21/2-inch nozzle Hose straps or utility ropes In-line pressure gauge Procedures Upon confirmation of a frozen or OOS system/riser, the […]
June 30, 2011

Sequence of Events Regarding Water Loss at Manhattan Box 22-0926 (sidebar to above)

See Diagram #1 for a simple layout of the standpipe system. It is a single-zone system fed from a roof tank. Water is fed down through the riser in the B stairs, through a cross main in the basement and then up through the riser in […]