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September 19, 2019

Drone Strike on Saudi Oil Refinery Halts 6 Percent of Global Output

Earlier this week, a swarm of explosives-laden drones attacked two major oil plants in Saudi Arabia, which immediately froze about half the country’s crude oil production, representing about six percent of global output. The Iranian-backed Houthi rebel group in Yemen claimed responsibility in the latest escalation […]
September 12, 2019

Bill Passes House to Install CO Detectors in Federal Housing

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill this week that will require carbon monoxide detectors in federally-subsided public housing units. At least 13 people have died of CO poisoning in government housing since 2003. The bill would provide $300 million for detector installation, used to […]
September 5, 2019

Dorian Decimates Bahamas; Skirting Carolinas as a Category 3

As of Thursday early afternoon, Hurricane Dorian was 45 miles southeast of Charleston, S.C. (and 135 miles south-southeast of Wilmington, N.C.), moving north-northeast at eight mph. Sustained winds were holding at 115 mph and the storm has caused sporadic tornadoes. Winds remained at tropical-storm strength from […]
August 30, 2019

S4, E45 Remembering 9/11 with FDNY Chief of EMS Lillian Bonsignore

Lillian Bonsignore currently serves as the highest ranking officer in FDNY EMS. On 9/11, Chief Bonsignore didn’t hold an official leadership role, but she responded to the World Trade Center hoping to save lives. Having arrived after the first tower fell, Chief Bonsignore quickly realized that […]
August 29, 2019

Hurricane Dorian Tears Through Caribbean, Headed to Florida

Hurricane Dorian, the second named hurricane of 2019, is currently moving across the warm waters of the Caribbean, and regaining its strength. The tropical storm’s recent path skirted the Island of Puerto Rico but has directly hit the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, who are still […]
August 22, 2019

Destructive Force of Fire on Display

The Amazon Rain Forest is undergoing a significant increase in wildfire activity this year in comparison to this time, last year. A record 72,843 fires have been recorded so far this year, an increase of 80 percent, with 9000 new fires reported this past week alone. […]
August 15, 2019

Police Officers Shot in Philadelphia, Gunman Surrenders after Barricade

On Wednesday afternoon, a narcotics operation turned violent when a man opened fire on police officers, injuring six, before barricading himself back in the building. The standoff ended more than seven hours later when police fired tear gas into the structure and the man surrendered without […]
August 8, 2019

Deadly El Paso Walmart Mass Shooting

On Saturday morning, a 21-year old man drove approximately 600 miles to a Walmart in El Paso, Texas in order to kill as many as possible. The store was filled with shoppers preparing for back to school. The perpetrator initially entered the store to size up […]
August 1, 2019

57 Dead in Rio Prison Riot

Rival gangs were involved in a prison riot in the Northern Brazilian town of Altamira, where fire and smoke was used to trigger the initial chaos. The fire rapidly spread due to inmates being housed in converted temporary units while permanent structures were being built. The […]
July 31, 2019

S4, E44 Operations at Cellar Fires with FDNY Lieutenant Tim Klett

With limited access, egress and ventilation fighting cellar fires is one of the most challenging scenarios firefighters face. Not knowing what you might encounter behind the cellar door makes the advance down the cellar steps difficult and dangerous. FDNY Engine Officer, Lt. Tim Klett of Engine […]
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 […]