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December 22, 2016

Man Sickened by Fumes in Home Prompts Arrest, Terror Investigation

A 60-year-old man in New Port Richey, Florida was transported to the hospital early Wednesday morning following an earlier confrontation and scuffle with his 21-year-old son over a noxious odor in the house. After the son left to accompany his father in transport, the mother called relatives […]
December 21, 2016

S1, E13: Saved by the Department He Served with FDNY Firefighter Kenny Ruane (Ret.)

S1, E13: Saved by the Department He Served w FDNY Firefighter Kenny Ruane (Retired)
December 15, 2016

Roof Collapses on Crowded Nigerian Church

A church packed with worshipers and government officials for the ordination of a local bishop became a disaster scene in Nigeria this week when the roof collapsed during the ceremony, leaving a large, but uncertain number of bodies among the wreckage. While official reports place the […]
December 14, 2016

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pro Firefighter Peter Kenney

Rig placement can set the tone at a fire. The importance of the first-arriving companies positioning their rigs correctly cannot be over-emphasized. Communication plays a significant role in this. With proper training and planning, members should anticipate and be prepared for what “could happen” when positioning […]
December 8, 2016

Firefighter Shot in Post-Operations Ambush

A Youngstown, Ohio fire officer was shot in the leg as several rounds passed through the front door of his engine apparatus while the crew was taking up from a vacant house fire on Monday night. Members of Engine Co. 7 told police that they saw […]
December 8, 2016

FDNY Overcomes Water Loss at Manhattan Two-Alarm Fire

View the WNYF article linked below to read about this challenging incident, during which units overcame wind conditions and an out-of-service standpipe to extinguish a difficult fire. WNYF, 2nd/2011 issue: FDNY Overcomes Water Loss at Manhattan Two-Alarm Fire During the mid-afternoon on December 10, 2010, units […]
December 1, 2016

‘Black Friday’ Violence Comes a Day Early

The shopping frenzy that unfolds on the day after Thanksgiving was again marred by deadly violence this year, as two people were killed and another two were injured in shopping-related shootings in three different states…all before “Black Friday” even began. All three shootings occurred on Thanksgiving […]
November 30, 2016

#WednesdayWisdom from FDNY Pro Firefighter Anthony Caterino

This is certainly the case for FAST Unit Operations. Although our purpose as Firefighters is to save civilian lives and protect property, when a fellow Firefighter becomes the person in danger and in need of rescue, the FAST Unit procedures that we implement will aid in […]
November 28, 2016

Blog: Facebook Data Raises Flag, Responders Should take Note

The integrity of Facebook data came under scrutiny recently, both as it relates to user performance metrics, as well as the accuracy of its content. According to reports, an internal audit at Facebook uncovered inaccuracies in several key metrics designed to measure the impact of user content, […]
November 23, 2016

#WednesdayWisdom from FDNY Pro Deputy Chief Michael McLaughlin and Division Chief Christine Mazzola

Research indicates that effective routines shift activities in the brain from the active thinking areas, to the “auto-pilot” regions of the brain. This leaves the active thinking areas with more capability to process unique, non-routine information. Many of the Department’s protocols and procedures are intended to […]
June 30, 2011

FDNY Overcomes Water Loss at Manhattan Two-Alarm Fire

Manhattan Box 0926 was transmitted at 1510 hours for a fire on the sixth or seventh floor of 145 West 58th Street on December 10, 2010. While responding, the dispatchers notified units that they also were receiving a call for an alarm ringing at 150 Central […]
June 30, 2011

Rapid Response Vehicle Task Forces

On Thursday, September 16, 2010, the City of New York was impacted by a severe storm that taxed all New York City first responder agencies. For 14 days  after the storm, FDNY members performed beyond expectations in the emergency and recovery operations. The Juniper Civic Association, […]
June 30, 2011

Two Tornadoes! And a Macroburst!

A tornado (often referred to as a twister) is a violent, rotating column of air that is in contact with both land and a cloud.  Tornadoes come in many forms, but typically are shaped as funnels. The narrow end touches the earth and often is encircled […]
March 31, 2011

Odd Job in Bushwick, Brooklyn

Sometimes, an odd job really does present FDNY members with the unexpected, such as a difficult hose-line stretch, pressure problems due to kinks and a small and tight hallway in which to operate. These were some of the obstacles overcome at 0400 hours on August 30, […]
March 31, 2011

FDNY Battles Summer Heat and Queens Five-Alarm Fire

July 7, 2010, started off as a typical summer day with New York City in the grips of a heat wave and the day’s forecast offered no relief with temperatures expected to reach 90+ degrees. The FDNY, unfortunately, was in the middle of what would turn […]
March 31, 2011

Conspiracy or Perfect Storm: What Caused the Collapse of WTC-7?

On September 11, 2001, at 10:28:22 a.m., debris from the collapsing World Trade Center North Tower ignited at least 10 floors of World Trade Center 7 (WTC-7). Fires burned out of control on six of the 10 floors until 5:20:52 p.m. that afternoon, when the 47-story […]
March 31, 2011

Scholarships Aplenty Funded by the FDNY Foundation

Continuing a wonderful tradition, 10 scholarships honoring a fallen hero were presented to FDNY Fire Officers and Firefighters on July 23, 2010. In a program initiated by Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, the scholarships are named in honor of FF Thomas Brick, Ladder 36, who made […]
March 31, 2011

Seconds from Disaster — Collapse of the Cromwell Pier in Staten Island

Units of Battalion 21, under the command of Acting Battalion Chief Michael Bernstein (Engine 253), responded to the George M. Cromwell Recreation Center (aka Pier 6), 6 Murray Hulbert Avenue/Hannah Street, Staten Island Box 75-0231, on May 26, 2010, at 1410 hours. Weather conditions were warm […]