FDNY Editor

July 25, 2019

Variety of Bombs Kill in Afghanistan

As the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff for the United States military visited the Afghanistan capital of Kabul three explosions rocked the city in rapid succession. In total, 15 have died at two separate sites but the death count is likely to increase. […]
July 18, 2019

Blackout Darkens West Side of Manhattan

A burning 13,000-volt electrical line led to a massive outage that cut power to more than 72,000 customers, leaving one of the nation’s most densely-populated neighborhoods in darkness for five hours. A utility official said Monday that a “routine” manhole fire preceded an “extremely unique” failure […]
July 11, 2019

Japanese Authorities Direct 1.1 Million to Evacuate

The threat of torrential rains last weekend, with 13 inches expected, prompted Japanese authorities to issue a directive advising residents of southern Japan to move to designated shelters to avoid landslides and dangerous flooding conditions. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency reported that 820 shelters had […]
July 4, 2019

Sarin Scare at Facebook Facility

A Facebook mail facility in Menlo Park, Ca. was evacuated and placed under quarantine Monday, when a machine processing and scanning mail detected sarin in a package. Hazardous materials specialists and the FBI responded to the scene to evaluate the threat. Further tests for the nerve […]
June 27, 2019

30 Dead in House Fire in Indonesia

Local officials in North Sumatra said 30 people, including children, were killed when a fire broke out in a private residence that was being used as a match factory. Workers at the match business were all women, some of whom were parents who brought their children […]
June 26, 2019

S4, E43 The FDNY Second Chance Ceremony with Matthew Pintchik and Dr. Glenn Asaeda

Each year, in celebration of National EMS Week, the FDNY holds its Annual Second Chance Ceremony. This special event reunites cardiac arrest survivors with the Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians, FDNY EMS Officers, Firefighters, Dispatchers, bystanders, and other first responders who helped save their lives. 2019 marks […]
June 24, 2019

Lightning-Induced Brooklyn Cockloft Fire = Prompt FDNY Response

Tuesday, August 7, 2018, was the fourth day in a row of 90 plus degrees in New York City. As is often the case during heat waves, heavy thunderstorms developed later in the day. Around 1930 hours, the temperature was still 94 degrees and storms started […]
June 20, 2019

HazMat Leaks Leads to One Fatality, Hospitalizations

One man has died, a child is now in stable condition, and eight first responders were transported to the hospital after exposure to “some sort of agricultural (hazardous material) spill” near Los Banos, California according to the sheriff’s spokesperson. The chemical released has yet to be […]
June 13, 2019

Cyber Crime, Cyber Access Continue to Hamper Local Responders

Baltimore is still recovering from a May phishing attack that caused an estimated $18 million in damages, mostly in lost revenue and costs related to the restoration of infected computer systems (email, data, city payments, etc.) that will not be completed for months. Local governments across […]
June 6, 2019

Government Building Targeted by Gunman in Virginia

A gunman used two .45 caliber handguns with extended magazines and a silencer (one survivor described hearing something that sounded like a nail gun) to kill 12 people at a Virginia Beach government office last Friday. The attack occurred outside the building and inside on all […]
March 31, 2015

FDNY Staff Chiefs

March 31, 2015

The Situation Unit and Field Observers

The Situation Unit falls under the Planning Section within an Incident Management Team and one of its main functions is to gather intelligence surrounding the incident for the consumption of the Incident Commanders and Operations Section. This information often helps the team to make accurate and […]
March 31, 2015

FDNY IMT Deploys to Buffalo

On Thursday, November 20, 2014, the City of Buffalo requested the services of the FDNY Incident Management Team (IMT). A few days earlier, the south section of the City of Buffalo received 80 to 100 inches of lake-effect snow. The surrounding areas of Erie County also […]
December 1, 2014

Firefighter Lower Back Pain: How to Help Avoid Uneven Weight Distribution

The annual Death and Injury Survey, published by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), reveals that sprains and strains routinely account for approximately 50 percent of all line-of-duty injuries. Even more astonishing is that back injuries, in particular, account for 50 percent of all line-of-duty […]
December 1, 2014

“Big Data” in the Firehouse…The Information Age Comes to FDNY

During the past few years, a phenomenon known as “Big Data” has swept across the consciousness of a wide range of the economy and our society at large. Stemming from its roots in the corporations of the private sector, the “Big Data” conversation has spread across […]
December 1, 2014

ail Freight Service in New York City

December 1, 2014

Worker Pinned in a Collapse; SOC Operations at Queens Box 3180

Author’s Note: This account is written from the perspective of the members of the first Special Operations Command (SOC) unit on-scene (Squad 288). While the intent is to convey a general impression of overall operations, it focuses on the operations of SOC companies, in general, and […]
December 1, 2014

Queens Excavation Collapse with Pinned Worker Successfully Mitigated by FDNY

On the afternoon of June 18, 2013, FDNY units were called to the scene of a reported trench cave-in in the Kew Gardens section of Queens. A laborer, who had been working in the excavation, in conjunction with a heavy equipment operator operating an excavator, had […]