Tricks of the Trade

May 23, 2019

Central U.S. Slammed by Tornado Outbreak

Almost a week of severe weather has battered the central U.S. Since Friday, 170 tornadoes have touched down and about 30 of those have occurred in the last 24 hours–with one hitting Jefferson City, the state capital of Missouri. Along with tornadoes, these powerful storms are […]
May 16, 2019

Mosques, Churches continue to be Targets of Terrorism

This week saw a variety of attacks against religious locations across the globe. In two separate attacks in Pakistan, local police were targeted as they provided protection to local mosques during the Muslim holy days of Ramadan. In Quetta, Pakistan, an improvised explosive device (IED) attached […]
May 9, 2019

Baltimore Government Targeted in Ransomware Attack

Baltimore city officials shut down the majority of its computer servers Tuesday “out of an abundance of caution” after a ransomware attack disrupted emails, phone lines, and online bill payments. The culprit appears to be the same ransomware that infected Greenville, N.C. last month. Unlike the […]
May 2, 2019

Multiple Shootings Occur across the Country

Gunmen opened fire this week at several large gatherings in different parts of the country, resulting in multiple deaths and injuries. Tuesday evening, a former student used a handgun to kill two and injure four at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte campus. On early Sunday […]
April 30, 2019

S4, E41 World Trade Center Construction and Design Features with Lt. John Amsterdam

Construction at the World Trade Center site showcases some of the most forward-thinking building and fire prevention features ever designed and implemented. In this episode, Lt. John Amsterdam of Ladder 10 talks about some of these features which are featured in two WNYF articles, 01/2017 “An […]
April 25, 2019

Coordinated Attacks on Easter Ravage Sri Lanka

On Easter morning, suicide bombers carried out attacks involving at least eight separate locations across the country that included three churches, three hotels, a housing complex and a zoo, killing 350 people and wounding 500. Five of those attacks occurred in Colombo, the island nation’s most […]
April 18, 2019

Notre Dame Damaged in Massive Fire

Minutes before the last mass of the day at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, one the most recognizable churches in the world, was about to end Monday evening, a fire alarm went off, but the most vulnerable part of the structure, the attic space filled […]
April 11, 2019

Firefighters Injured in North Carolina Gas Explosion

One person was killed and nine firefighters were injured at a natural gas explosion in a two-story building in Durham, N.C. When the explosion occurred, around ten people were inside a first-floor coffee shop (the owner was the one fatality), and local firefighters were credited with […]
April 4, 2019

Chemical Plant Explosion in Texas

At least one person was killed and at least two seriously injured after an explosion and fire Tuesday at an antifreeze products plant in Crosby, Texas, near Houston. The dense, black plume of smoke from the plant led to shelter-in-place procedures for schools and residences within […]
March 31, 2019

Strength

These FDNY Photo Unit photos from the 1950’s and 1960’s showcase the high-level of strength routinely demonstrated at incidents throughout New York City.
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 […]