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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 […]
July 10, 2018

How FDNY addressed maydays at an explosion and collapse on Manhattan’s Second Avenue

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 […]
July 27, 2016

EMS Leader: Scene Management at Emergencies Involving Bariatric Patients

On a summer day, I was performing my routine field duties as a Deputy Chief, assigned to Car 521, and covering major incident response. While on duty, I was consulted via cell phone by Lieutenant Robert Walsh, who was operating as field supervisor, Unit C10. Lieutenant […]
July 27, 2016

One on One: EMTs Shaun Alexander and Khadijah Hall on Acting While Off-Duty

Acting while off-duty is not mandated by the Fire Department of the City of New York, but often, FDNY members step in and help when needed. Case in point, two of our EMTs–Shaun Alexander and Khadijah Hall–both with more than two decades on the job, stepped […]
July 27, 2016

Step by Step: Cyanokit Hydroxocobalamin

In New York City, EMS responds to numerous building fires each year. Many of these fires produce patients who require pre-hospital care. These patients include both civilians and first responders. They can sustain injuries that range anywhere from minor musculoskeletal trauma to cardiac arrest. A large […]
July 27, 2016

Call Review: Bicyclists Struck by Boat on a Busy Boulevard

The day was bright and sunny, with the temperature reaching 77 degrees Fahrenheit. It was a perfect day to be outdoors. But for FDNY ALS unit 23V (two-three Victor), it was just another day on the bus for Paramedics Desiree Corsello and Carmen Rosas. There was […]