Pro EMS

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 […]
December 21, 2018

The FDNY Naloxone Leave Behind Program

Paramedic David Cadogan, Station 19 in the South Bronx, has seen a lot of overdoses in his 18 years of working in that borough. “When I first started, the opioid epidemic was loosely confined to urban areas because it was more accessible to get heroin there […]
December 21, 2018

Nerve Agents, Part 2–Medical Management

The very first FDNY CFR (Protocol 300) and BLS (Protocol 400) REMAC protocols are for the treatment of patients suffering from nerve agent exposure. Without a doubt, these medical treatments are “low frequency, but high stakes.” These protocols can be used only after a “class order” […]
December 21, 2018

Q&A with EMTs Antonette Bovell and Diana Boone on the Benefits of Local Outreach

It’s that time of year when you look around and see the bright lights and holiday decorations, people are smiling and children are anticipating the arrival of Santa. Stories of good cheer abound and I recently caught wind of one that focuses on two EMTs at […]
September 28, 2018

Responding ASAP

In May 2017, a speeding car plowed into pedestrians on the sidewalks in Times Square, killing one woman and injuring 22 others, four of them critically. “The Fire Commissioner felt that the Department needed an increased presence in the area because of the population, the vulnerability […]
September 28, 2018

Nerve Agents, Part 1–Properties and Clinical Effects

Chemicals have been used as tools of war (e.g., arrows dipped in poison) for thousands of years. However, many consider World War I to be the genesis of modern chemical warfare where various agents were used on a mass scale on the battlefields. Despite various international […]
December 28, 2017

FDNY’s Computerized Triage Software

The last time you received a software upgrade notification on your smartphone or computer, you probably paused and considered whether you wanted to undergo the hassle. Your phone would be shut down for a few minutes and when it restarted, applications would be different and you […]