FDNY Editor

November 1, 2018

Aggressive Trauma Treatment Performed at Mass Shooting

In the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history, a 46-year-old man stormed into a synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh armed with handguns and a semi-automatic rifle and opened fire on the congregation, killing 11 people. After the incident, anti-Semitic posts […]
October 25, 2018

Nation on Alert after IEDs Mailed to Political Figures

Over the last two days, at least 10 devices were discovered in mail sent to eight targets, mostly prominent political leaders, in New York, Florida, Delaware, Los Angeles and the Washington, D.C. area. Suspicious packages were sent to former President Obama, former Secretary of State Clinton, […]
October 25, 2018

S3, E35 Double Jeopardy at a Bronx Fire with FDNY Lt. Michael Ciampo

During the early morning hours on September 17, 2016, Bronx Box 2759 was transmitted for a commercial occupancy fire. While entering the occupancy and on their initial size-up, no units had encountered any signage for steel plating and were surprised to find it both on the […]
October 18, 2018

Polio-like Illness that Targets Kids Spreads to 22 States

The CDC has confirmed 62 cases (and 127 reports overall) across the U.S. of a rare, and currently undiagnosed, neurological condition called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), which is similar to polio’s signs and symptoms. AFM affects the nervous system, such as parts of the spinal cord, […]
October 11, 2018

Election Day Bomb Suspect Arrested

A man from Tappan in Rockland County, N.Y. (about 20 miles north of NYC), reportedly upset with the U.S. election system, was arrested Tuesday during a raid by local police and FBI agents after it was revealed that he planned to build and then detonate a […]
October 4, 2018

Loud Sound Triggers Stampede at Central Park Concert

A loud sound near the stage of the Global Citizens Festival in Manhattan’s Central Park Saturday night was confused for gun fire, causing a stampede of concertgoers, who pushed over fences and barriers to escape the perceived danger. Police quickly identified the origin of the sound […]
September 28, 2018

Responding ASAP

In May 2017, a speeding car plowed into pedestrians on the sidewalks in Times Square, killing one woman and injuring 22 others, four of them critically. “The Fire Commissioner felt that the Department needed an increased presence in the area because of the population, the vulnerability […]
September 28, 2018

Nerve Agents, Part 1–Properties and Clinical Effects

Chemicals have been used as tools of war (e.g., arrows dipped in poison) for thousands of years. However, many consider World War I to be the genesis of modern chemical warfare where various agents were used on a mass scale on the battlefields. Despite various international […]
September 28, 2018

S3, E34 Points of Reflection with FDNY Chief of EMS James Booth

Chief James Booth is a 35-year veteran of the FDNY with experience responding to some of the most significant natural and manmade disasters to occur during his career. Chief Booth responded to the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 and the terrorist attacks on September 11th. He […]
September 27, 2018

Health Officials Brace for Flu Season

More people died of influenza in the U.S. last winter than during any other season in the last three decades, and health officials struggle to find the right message to improve vaccination rates. Last winter, 80,000 people died of the disease, and of those, 180 were […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of Communications

Recently, FDNY’s Bureau of Communications has been involved with various projects and incentives to advance emergency operations and support infrastructure, leading to a robust “future ready state,” one that for years to come will be capable of meeting the increasing needs of New York City’s public […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of EMS

FDNY EMS manages the City-wide EMS system, comprised of both FDNY ambulances and ambulances operated either directly by private hospitals (also known as “voluntary” hospitals) or for private hospitals by (third party) private ambulance providers. EMS has five Divisions, corresponding to the five boroughs of the […]
December 1, 2013

Incident Management Team

Following the World Trade Center terrorist attacks, the McKinsey report, Increasing FDNY’s Preparedness, recommended FDNY create an Incident Management Team (IMT), similar to the National IMT that supported FDNY at the World Trade Center. The FDNY IMT would focus on urban terrorism and disaster. The process […]
December 1, 2013

Special Operations Command

Many significant enhancements have been made to all three components–Haz-Mat Operations, Marine Operations and Rescue Operations–of the Special Operations Command (SOC) since 9/11. These new initiatives and enhancements, plus new equipment and technologies, improve FDNY’s ability to respond not only to a terrorist attack, but to […]
December 1, 2013

Safety and Inspection Services Command

In the aftermath of 9/11, every FDNY Bureau and unit was impacted in some way. Changes were made to strategies and tactics to address terrorist events, an emergency with which the FDNY had little experience. Because the Department lost 343 members, Safety took on even more […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of Training

Chief of Department Edward S. Kilduff stated, “Since September 11th, 2001, training is the foundation for our success.” FDNY’s preparedness and readiness to address any situation we are called upon to manage is a result of the daily training and critiques that occur during each tour. […]
December 1, 2013

Bureau of Operations

The Bureau of Operations has undertaken many new initiatives, programs and procedures during the past 12 years. In order to rebuild the New York City Fire Department from both the tragic losses experienced on September 11, 2001, and the unusually high retirement rate of its most […]
December 1, 2013

A State of Preparedness

I  believe it is always important to reflect on how far the Department has come since September 11th, so that we can understand the strong position we are in right now as a major contributor to the well-being and public safety of New York City. The […]