BROOKLYN

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 24, 2019

Lightning-Induced Brooklyn Cockloft Fire = Prompt FDNY Response

Tuesday, August 7, 2018, was the fourth day in a row of 90 plus degrees in New York City. As is often the case during heat waves, heavy thunderstorms developed later in the day. Around 1930 hours, the temperature was still 94 degrees and storms started […]
March 21, 2019

Brooklyn’s Malbone Street Wreck—100 Years Later

On November 1, 2018, the FDNY commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Malbone Street wreck, which occurred on the Brighton Beach line of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit system in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. It was a dreadful subway crash that left almost 100 dead […]
December 14, 2018

FDNY Supports USMC Aviation in Brooklyn

On Saturday, May 26, 2018, the United States Marine Corps staged a demonstration day in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. As part of the USMC event, four rotary-winged aircraft landed in the park for a static display open to the public. In support of this display, FDNY resources […]
October 24, 2018

Making Your Position at Brooklyn Box 961

When I was a new Firefighter, I was trained by senior members who had a way of breaking things down to easily understood phrases. I still remember what they taught me to this day. Most of it can be summed up in one phrase: “Kid, if […]
October 24, 2017

10-86 at a Bulk Fuel Yard in Brooklyn

Bulk fuel plants are found in every borough of New York City and used primarily to store products such as gasoline, oil, ethanol, LPG and CNG. Using ships, railway or pipeline, each fuel type and plant brings its own unique challenges regarding how the product is […]
October 31, 2016

Second Alarm at 171 Adelphi Street in Brooklyn

Located in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, 171 Adelphi Street is a four-story brownstone with a rear fire escape. The owner, who occupied both the first and second floor (parlor floor), smelled smoke and discovered a small flame at the bottom of the second- to […]
October 24, 2016

Lessons Learned/Reinforced from a Fast-Moving Row Frame Fire in Brooklyn

On February 14, 2016, at 2222 hours, units were dispatched to UCT/911, Box 0086, for a house fire at 49 Diamond Street in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn. This fire ultimately went to a fourth alarm and took just more than three hours to be brought […]
October 24, 2016

Back-Stretch: The Key to Overcoming a Fast-Moving Brooklyn Second Alarm

Gentlemen, I thought we’d be fighting this fire down the block when I got here. Command Chief, Assistant Chief James Daly, from his opening comments at the After Action Review (AAR) on Brooklyn Box 22-1274. At approximately 1250 hours on March 26, 2016, the Brooklyn dispatcher […]