Tricks of the Trade

January 2, 2020

Forest Fire Leads to Destruction of 200 Homes in Chilean City

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Valparaiso firefighters worked to contain a fast-moving inferno that destroyed at least 200 homes and which the mayor described as intentionally set. The wildfire started on the outskirts of the city and spread due to strong winds and dry conditions […]
December 26, 2019

Alleged Arsonist Arrested for Dormitory Fires

A 33 year-old man allegedly kicked his way through a glass door early Friday morning at a Manhattan Jewish university residence hall and started three separate fires using matches meant for lighting a Hanukkah menorah as students were sleeping. Fire department officials said the blazes were […]
December 19, 2019

California Continues to Experience Attacks on Moving Vehicles

The California Highway Patrol has set up a task force to investigate a rash of attacks on moving vehicles on two freeways since February. At least 61 incidents have occurred on Highways 101 and 156 in Monterey County this year, including five in six minutes this […]
December 12, 2019

Hijacking of UPS Truck Ends in Shootout

A Florida man attempting to rob a jewelry store last week injured a worker there when the ricochet from a shot he fired hit her in the head. The man fled the store while being fired upon by the owner and an employee. During the escape, […]
December 6, 2019

S4, E49 FDNY Warm Zone Triage with Captain Gregg Brady

Incidents involving active shooters, violent extremists, barricade situations or other acts of aggressive deadly behaviors represent some of the most challenging responses to the first responder community. These types of responses test the capabilities of first responders—including mass-casualty care. The FDNY is the primary response agency […]
December 5, 2019

Worst Flu Season in Decade Hitting

Flu season is off to a rapid and deadly start according to reports coming in from states that are experiencing widespread activity, especially the South. The CDC’s Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report said five children died so far and the Arkansas Department of Health is reporting […]
November 28, 2019

Injuries after Chemical Plant Explosion in Texas

A plant that produces chemical and petroleum-based products exploded Thursday morning just after 1a.m. in Port Neches, Texas, injuring three workers–one of whom had to be air-lifted with serious burns, AP said. The blast blew out windows and doors on homes and apartments up to several […]
November 22, 2019

S4, E48 A Life of Service with FDNY Firefighter and USMC Captain Recordo Demetrius

As of October 2019, more than 1,300 members of the FDNY are veterans or military reservists. That includes Fire, EMS and civilians. As a paramilitary agency, the Department’s organizational structure, tactics, training and culture resembles that of the U.S. Armed Forces. In this episode, FDNY Firefighter […]
November 21, 2019

Multiple Shootings Continue to Plague the U.S.

News organizations this past week reported on numerous, and separate, shooting sprees in Fresno, Calif., Newark, N.J., San Diego, Philadelphia, Duncan, Okla., and Pleasantville, N.J. which have left a total of 15 dead and 19 injured. The San Diego murder/suicide involved children ages 3, 5, 9 […]
November 14, 2019

Deadly School Shooting in L.A. Area

At least one person is dead, and four others were severely wounded, after a suspect opened fire Thursday at a High School in Santa Clarita, California, about 40 miles north-northwest of Los Angeles. The gunman, who is reportedly a 15-year-old boy, was “in custody and being […]
June 7, 2016

Window Bars, Part III: High Railings and Window Cages

The urban landscape in New York City doesn’t provide much room for children to play. The days of yore–with images of kids playing stickball on City streets–are sadly becoming less and less frequent. The plain truth is that families simply spend more time indoors. The streets […]
December 1, 2015

Tricks of the Trade: The Hydrant Dewatering Device

It is 0300 hours on the coldest winter night you can remember and you are taking up from a multiple alarm. You are a conscientious, professional Firefighter and you have no plans to leave the fire scene until the barrel of the hydrant is pumped out […]
September 1, 2014

Tricks of the Trade: Window Bars, Part 1 by Captain Michael Doda and Lt. Thomas M. Carrera

There are several ways for the “outside team” to remove standard window bars from a fire building. Standard window bars are best described as solid stock bars–usually iron– mounted to cover a window. They most likely are fastened to the window frame or brickwork on the […]
June 1, 2014

Tricks of the Trade: Shove Tool by Captain Michael Doda

FDNY members and Firefighters from all around the country constantly repeat similar tasks during a regular work tour. Firefighters tend to run into the same problems during training and when they find something that works, they stick with it. There are certain items a ladder company […]
March 1, 2014

Tricks of the Trade: Gate-Opening Tool by Captain Carlos Vazquez

Building owners and superintendents have increased steps to prevent access, crime and vandalism to their property by installing steel gated doors. Normally, these doors lead to the rear and sides of multiple dwellings. With a much stronger presence of Fire Code enforcement, these gates usually are […]