Tricks of the Trade

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 […]
November 7, 2019

Three Italian Firefighters Killed in Building Explosion

Emergency personnel responded to a report of an explosion at a vacant farm in the northern Italian province of Alessandria Tuesday. While they were attempting to put out a fire in an unoccupied building due to the detonation, a second, stronger blast occurred, collapsing the building […]
October 31, 2019

World’s Most Wanted Terrorist Dies in U.S. Army Special Forces Raid

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the ISIS terrorist group, detonated a suicide vest killing himself in a tunnel below his compound, as U.S. troops carried out a two-hour nighttime raid to capture him. Baghdadi was identified through DNA, which matched a sample taken after his […]
October 30, 2019

S4, E47 Unusual Fire Escapes at Bronx Fire with FDNY Lieutenant Michael Ciampo

Encountering unusual circumstances on the fireground is a frequent experience for veteran Bronx Lieutenant Mike Ciampo. But, in his nearly three decades of experience with the Department he had never encountered this type of unusual fire escape. In the early hours of September 9, 2018, a […]
October 24, 2019

Stolen Ambulance Used by Neo-Nazi in Oslo Ramming

A man with links to the Neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement on Tuesday hijacked an ambulance at gunpoint–with three medical personnel in the back–before using the vehicle to ram at least three people (a woman and two babies), in Oslo, Norway. Another ambulance attempted to stop the […]
October 23, 2019

Broadway Gas Explosion

The long Thanksgiving holiday weekend was coming to a close when Division 3 units were reminded that no alarm can be considered routine. An initial smoke investigation eventually revealed a gas leak, which led to a serious explosion. Only the aggressive actions taken by FDNY units […]
October 17, 2019

Rebels Abduct Firefighters in Myanmar

Eighteen firefighter recruits and a deputy station chief were among the 31 bus passengers abducted by armed members of the Arakan Army, an insurgent group in Myanmar. The deputy director of the fire service said the firefighters were mistakenly abducted because the AA believed them to […]
October 10, 2019

Two Fatally Shot Near Synagogue in Germany on Yom Kippur

Two people were killed after shootings near a synagogue in Halle, Germany this Wednesday on Yom Kippur—the holiest day in Judaism. One woman was killed on the street as a gunman, described as a neo-Nazi loner, opened fire. Security measures, including bolted doors, prevented the attacker […]
October 3, 2019

NYC Prepares for ‘Joker’ Film Launch

Consistent with beefed-up security nationwide, NYPD dispatched a number of its officers to protect an early screening of “Joker” Wednesday night at Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. K-9 units and counterterrorism teams roamed the area around Tully Hall to ensure that the […]
September 30, 2019

S4, E46 FDNY Drones and Robotics with Battalion Chief Anthony Pascocello and Captain Michael Leo

On March 6, 2017, the FDNY launched its first ever tethered drone to respond to a fire in a 6-story building on Crotona Park North in the Bronx. It was a ground-breaking moment. After September 11, 2001, the need for enhanced situational awareness of the incident […]
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 […]