FDNY Editor

August 4, 2016

S1, E4 Safe Vehicle Operations with FDNY Lieutenant Joseph Yolles

S1, E4 Safe Vehicle Operations w FDNY Lt. Joseph Yolles
July 27, 2016

The 10-12 for 2/2016

EMS Division 1 Division 1 congratulates Paramedic William Meringolo, ALS Coordinator, on receiving his Bachelor of Science in EMS Administration…Station 4: Congratulations to Paramedic Alexander Khalef on his marriage to Elisa…Congratulations to EMT Christine DeCarlo on her acceptance to the CUNY Sophie Davis Physician Assistant Program…Station […]
July 27, 2016

FDNY and FDNY Foundation Host Successful Fourth Annual Medical Special Operations Conference (MSOC)

The FDNY and the FDNY Foundation are proud to report another successful year of hosting the annual Medical Special Operations Conference (MSOC), which was held at the FDNY’s Fire Academy on Randall’s Island, April 29-May 1. Now in its fourth year, the MSOC has become a […]
July 27, 2016

Public Matters: Bystander CPR Program Making Strides in New York City

Early CPR and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) have been shown to dramatically increase the chance of survival in victims who experience sudden cardiac arrest. The first few minutes after a person goes into cardiac arrest are the most critical but, sadly, a […]
July 27, 2016

Special Apparatus: FDNY’s Medical Evacuation Transportation Unit

Feature image caption:  The Medical Evacuation Transportation Unit (METU) gets its name from its primarily funded purpose, which is to perform as a mass evacuation vehicle for nursing homes and other medical facilities. The citizens and visitors of New York City call 911 for emergency medical […]
July 27, 2016

EMS Leader: Scene Management at Emergencies Involving Bariatric Patients

On a summer day, I was performing my routine field duties as a Deputy Chief, assigned to Car 521, and covering major incident response. While on duty, I was consulted via cell phone by Lieutenant Robert Walsh, who was operating as field supervisor, Unit C10. Lieutenant […]
July 27, 2016

One on One: EMTs Shaun Alexander and Khadijah Hall on Acting While Off-Duty

Acting while off-duty is not mandated by the Fire Department of the City of New York, but often, FDNY members step in and help when needed. Case in point, two of our EMTs–Shaun Alexander and Khadijah Hall–both with more than two decades on the job, stepped […]
July 27, 2016

Step by Step: Cyanokit Hydroxocobalamin

In New York City, EMS responds to numerous building fires each year. Many of these fires produce patients who require pre-hospital care. These patients include both civilians and first responders. They can sustain injuries that range anywhere from minor musculoskeletal trauma to cardiac arrest. A large […]
July 27, 2016

Preparing for Success: The Threat of Active Shooters

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles that will be devoted to active shooter threats. Responding to and mitigating an active shooter (AS) event will challenge the first responder. Such an incident presents a new level of threat and requires a combination […]
July 27, 2016

Call Review: Bicyclists Struck by Boat on a Busy Boulevard

The day was bright and sunny, with the temperature reaching 77 degrees Fahrenheit. It was a perfect day to be outdoors. But for FDNY ALS unit 23V (two-three Victor), it was just another day on the bus for Paramedics Desiree Corsello and Carmen Rosas. There was […]
June 30, 2010

Queens Gas Explosion

April 24, 2009, was a beautiful spring day, with sunny skies and temperatures in the 70-degree range. The day tour at Battalion 53 had been relatively quiet, answering a few alarms for minor emergencies and performing routine administrative duties that are a part of everyday firehouse […]
June 30, 2010

Marine 6 Operations at Queens Box 33-8444

Members of Marine 6, aboard the fireboat Kevin C. Kane, responded to the Throgs Neck Bridge at 0505 hours from their berth at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. (The Kane is one of three permanent Marine units and, compared to the larger fireboats, is a more shallow […]
June 30, 2010

The Throgs Neck Bridge Fire

In the early-morning hours of Friday, July 10, 2009, vacationers and commuters attempting to escape from Long Island were presented with an astounding image. Visible from the westbound Cross Island Parkway, just past Fort Totten, was 50 feet of flames, originating approximately 10 feet below the […]
June 30, 2010

Building Collapse Rescue Operations: FDNY Technical Search Capabilities

Search operations are the foundation of FDNY collapse rescue. If victims can’t be located, then they cannot be rescued. It is imperative that every piece of equipment in the FDNY arsenal be considered during a collapse search and rescue operation. Understanding all available search methods and […]
June 30, 2010

Causes of Building Collapse During Haiti’s Earthquake

On January 12, 2010, at approximately 1653 hours EST, Haiti’s ground shook for the first time in more than 240 years with a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. What followed during the next hours, days and weeks, can only be described as both predictable and miraculous. Shortly after […]
June 30, 2010

Search Strategies and Tactics Employed by NY-TF1 in Haiti

This article focuses on some of the search operations and tactics employed by New York Task Force 1 (NY-TF1) during the Haiti earthquake deployment. Search operations are the foundation of a US&R Task Force mission. In the simplest terms, if victims can’t be located, they can’t […]
June 30, 2010

Deployment to Haiti

If you are a baseball fan, you will never forget the 1989 World Series in San Francisco, California. The Loma Prieta earthquake occurred during the warm-up for the third game of the World Series, featuring the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants. Images of collapsed […]
March 31, 2010

FDNY SCUBA Operations

The City of New York has numerous bodies of water–rivers, lakes and the Atlantic Ocean–that present the potential for water emergencies, including drowning. Water recreation–including boating, jet skiing and kayaking–passenger ships, cargo ships, planes, helicopters and suicidal emotionally depressed persons (EDPs) dictate the need for FDNY […]