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February 28, 2019

Toxic Moonshine Kills 154 People in India

At least 154 people have died and more than 200 others have been hospitalized after consuming tainted unregulated moonshine, known locally as “country-made liquor” in India, officials said Monday. Police believe those who drank the liquor contracted methyl-alcohol poisoning from methanol that was added to the […]
February 28, 2019

S4, E39 Backdrafts, Smoke Explosions and Flashovers with FDNY Captain John Ceriello

Rapid fire events are a rare phenomenon that even the most seasoned Firefighter may never encounter during their careers. And while there is much still to learn about what environments or tactics are best suited to avoid them, there are some patterns to their occurrences. In […]
February 28, 2019


Since its inception in 1865, a number of key tenets have defined what it means to be a member of the Fire Department of the City of New York. In series one of FDNY Pro Photography’s five-part exhibition of vintage images, photographs in this gallery depict […]
February 21, 2019

Five Dead in Workplace Shooting

Five employees at a warehouse for a large valve company in Aurora, Illinois were shot and killed by a fellow worker. The attacker pulled a gun and shot his coworkers during a termination meeting last Friday. At least five police officers were wounded in the incident […]
February 21, 2019

Safe Ambulance Operation in Three Easy Steps

This FDNY Pro Talk with Lieutenant Joseph Yolles was recorded for the 2018 FDNY Symposium with support from the FDNY Foundation and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. In this Talk, Lieutenant Yolles offers tips for operating an ambulance safely on city streets. About the Presenter Lieutenant […]
February 14, 2019

Dozens Die in Fires in India and Brazil

A Tuesday morning fire in the hotel Arpit Palace, located in Deli, India, an area popular with tourists for its budget hotels and shopping, led to the deaths of seventeen people, police said. Additionally, a dormitory fire at the youth training complex of a Brazilian soccer […]
February 7, 2019

Fire Used As a Weapon in Nigeria and Beyond

In what looks to be the standard operating procedure for Boko Haram, the militants targeted a small, poorly defended village along the Cameroon border on Monday morning. The fighters approached the north-eastern Nigerian border town of Rann quickly in gun trucks and motorcycles, causing panic and […]
January 31, 2019

U.S. Midwest Freezes While Australia Swelters

While Australia battles record-smashing heat, interminable drought and deadly bushfires, the U.S. is in the grip of an intense cold snap, with temperatures plunging to historic lows. Last week, Adelaide broke the record for the world’s hottest city at 46.6C (115.16F) as the American Midwest is […]
January 31, 2019

S4, E38 The Benefits of Teaming up with FDNY Firefighters and Athletes David Guilford and Michael Reno

Training for an athletic event with a team brings lots of benefits, including improved performance and accountability. Even when participants compete as individuals, the opportunity to connect with others is there. In this episode, FDNY Firefighters David Guilford and Michael Reno talk about their involvement with […]
January 24, 2019

Complex Attack Targets Afghanistan Intel Base

This past Monday, as United States officials were gathering to meet with the Taliban in Doha Qatar to discuss a peace treaty, the insurgent group was executing a deadly attack in Maidan Shahr, Afghanistan killing as many as 100 people. The complex attack against the secure […]
December 1, 2014

Rescue 1 Operations at Manhattan Box 55-1406

Rescue 1 arrived at Box 1406 at approximately 0945 hours and initially parked the apparatus on 116th Street, due to the amount of debris that was blocking the street. As Rescue 1 members made their way around the corner and on to Park Avenue, they saw […]
December 1, 2014

Manhattan Gas Explosion/Collapse Dictate Lengthy FDNY Operation

Then-Deputy Assistant Chief James E. Leonard, Brooklyn Borough Commander, was the City-wide Command Chief when Manhattan Box 55-1406 was transmitted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. On arrival, he was met with an extremely serious situation. The Command Post had not been established yet. Chief Leonard contacted […]
September 30, 2014

The FDNY Honor Legion

In 2005, I received a letter from Battalion Chief Philip Gaetani, who was president of the Honor Legion at the time, about joining this FDNY organization. Most members are familiar with the FDNY fraternal organizations, but I had never heard of the Honor Legion. Like most […]
September 30, 2014

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

The FDNY, in partnership with the FDNY Foundation, hosted the second annual Medical Special Operations Conference (MSOC), May 16-18, 2014. The weekend-long conference served as a platform for medical personnel from around the world who provide patient care under disaster and urban search and rescue conditions, […]
June 30, 2014

FDNY Foundation Raises $1.7 Million: Honors Scott Baxter for his Commitment to the FDNY

On April 30, 2014, the FDNY’s esteemed supporters were honored at the 2014 FDNY Foundation Dinner. Scott Baxter, Vice President of VF Corporation, was presented with the Fire Commissioner Humanitarian Award this year. Mr. Baxter, along with VF Corporation, has a long-standing history with the FDNY […]
June 30, 2014

Bronx Units Tested at Three-Alarm, Mid-Afternoon Tenement Fire

The winter of 2014 will not be forgotten soon. The residents of New York endured cold weather and near-record snowfalls. On January 9, 2014, at 1528 hours, Bronx units were tested in the bustling Arthur Avenue neighborhood by a fast-moving fire and the cold weather. Fire […]
June 30, 2014

Operating at Vacants

At vacant building fires, it is often possible to conduct an interior attack for the expeditious extinguishment of the fire and release of units. Prior to implementing interior operations, the Incident Commander (IC) must perform a risk assessment, keeping in mind that the life hazard and […]
March 31, 2014

Gasoline-Powered Tools and Ethanol-Blended Gasoline: What You Need to Know

FDNY carries a variety of gasoline-powered equipment that is required to be operational at a moment’s notice. Condition of both tools and fuel–especially ethanol-blended fuel–is extremely important. The operational readiness and serviceability of FDNY’s equipment are the subject of this article. The Clean Air Act Amendment […]