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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.
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 […]