Tricks of the Trade

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 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 […]
May 31, 2019

Community Outreach through Hands-Only CPR Awareness

This FDNY Pro Talk with Lieutenant Jose M. Borrero was recorded for the 2018 FDNY Symposium with support from the FDNY Foundation and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. In this Talk, Lieutenant Borrero delivers a presentation on Community CPR. About the Presenter Lieutenant Jose M. Borrero […]
May 31, 2019

Compassion

These FDNY Photo Unit photos from the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s capture the compassion and kindness that FDNY members bring to their interactions with the citizens of New York City.
May 31, 2019

S4, E42 An Epidemic Hiding In Plain Sight with Lt. Andrew Kane and Dr. Robert Friedman

The misuse of prescription opioids is one of the most significant public health issues in our country. According to health officials, providing access to effective care may prevent misuse and the consequences—such as overdose. So to better comprehend substance abuse, in this episode, we’ll be hearing […]
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 […]