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December 13, 2018

Gunman Attacks France’s Largest Christmas Market

A gunman opened fire in the picturesque city of Strasbourg Tuesday night, killing three people and wounding a 13 more through gunshots and stab wounds. The suspect continued to terrorize other shoppers and tourists before fleeing in a taxi. The assailant, previously flagged by authorities as […]
December 6, 2018

Ebola Outbreak in Congo Becomes 2nd Largest in History

With 420 cases and 240 deaths, the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the second worst on record but still less than the 2014-2016 West Africa pandemic that killed 11,000 people. Even with experimental vaccines and treatments, disease transmissions have doubled since […]
November 29, 2018

Overdose Deaths Set Record Last Year

New numbers Thursday from CDC show that drug overdoses killed more than 70,000 Americans in 2017, which is a new record. The increase was spurred by a 45-percent jump in overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. This fentanyl crisis has contributed to reductions in […]
November 29, 2018

S3, E36 FDNY Apparatus Positioning with Battalion Chief Christopher Eysser and Lieutenant Ray McCormack

Frequent drilling and communication prior to arrival at a fire is critical to proper apparatus positioning. Veteran FDNY members, Battalion Chief Christopher Eysser and Lt. Ray McCormack discuss efficient and effective placement techniques of the FDNY’s fleet that can elevate performance on the fireground and even […]
November 22, 2018

Gunman Kills Three at Chicago Hospital 

A Chicago police officer, an emergency room physician, and a pharmacy resident were shot and killed during an active-shooter incident at Mercy Hospital in Chicago Monday. The assailant shot the doctor in the parking lot and then entered the hospital, followed by law enforcement. Inside, he […]
November 15, 2018

Camp Wildfire Becomes Deadliest, Most Destructive in California History

The death toll for northern California’s Camp Fire rose to 56 on Thursday as authorities continue to search for the 130 people still unaccounted for, many whom are senior citizens. It is estimated that over 7,000 homes and buildings have been destroyed, and the town of […]
November 8, 2018

Gunman Opens Fire in California Bar

A gunman clad in all black and wearing a hoodie entered the front entrance of the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (about 40 miles west of L.A.) Wednesday evening and began a shooting rampage that left 12 dead, including a Ventura County Sheriff’s […]
November 1, 2018

Aggressive Trauma Treatment Performed at Mass Shooting

In the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history, a 46-year-old man stormed into a synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh armed with handguns and a semi-automatic rifle and opened fire on the congregation, killing 11 people. After the incident, anti-Semitic posts […]
October 25, 2018

Nation on Alert after IEDs Mailed to Political Figures

Over the last two days, at least 10 devices were discovered in mail sent to eight targets, mostly prominent political leaders, in New York, Florida, Delaware, Los Angeles and the Washington, D.C. area. Suspicious packages were sent to former President Obama, former Secretary of State Clinton, […]
October 25, 2018

S3, E35 Double Jeopardy at a Bronx Fire with FDNY Lt. Michael Ciampo

During the early morning hours on September 17, 2016, Bronx Box 2759 was transmitted for a commercial occupancy fire. While entering the occupancy and on their initial size-up, no units had encountered any signage for steel plating and were surprised to find it both on the […]
February 14, 2019

Dozens Die in Fires in India and Brazil

A Tuesday morning fire in the hotel Arpit Palace, located in Deli, India, an area popular with tourists for its budget hotels and shopping, led to the deaths of seventeen people, police said. Additionally, a dormitory fire at the youth training complex of a Brazilian soccer […]
February 7, 2019

Fire Used As a Weapon in Nigeria and Beyond

In what looks to be the standard operating procedure for Boko Haram, the militants targeted a small, poorly defended village along the Cameroon border on Monday morning. The fighters approached the north-eastern Nigerian border town of Rann quickly in gun trucks and motorcycles, causing panic and […]
January 31, 2019

U.S. Midwest Freezes While Australia Swelters

While Australia battles record-smashing heat, interminable drought and deadly bushfires, the U.S. is in the grip of an intense cold snap, with temperatures plunging to historic lows. Last week, Adelaide broke the record for the world’s hottest city at 46.6C (115.16F) as the American Midwest is […]
January 31, 2019

S4, E38 The Benefits of Teaming up with FDNY Firefighters and Athletes David Guilford and Michael Reno

Training for an athletic event with a team brings lots of benefits, including improved performance and accountability. Even when participants compete as individuals, the opportunity to connect with others is there. In this episode, FDNY Firefighters David Guilford and Michael Reno talk about their involvement with […]
January 24, 2019

Complex Attack Targets Afghanistan Intel Base

This past Monday, as United States officials were gathering to meet with the Taliban in Doha Qatar to discuss a peace treaty, the insurgent group was executing a deadly attack in Maidan Shahr, Afghanistan killing as many as 100 people. The complex attack against the secure […]
January 17, 2019

Americans Among the Dead in Attack Claimed by ISIS

American soldiers and military contractors were among the dead in two deadly explosive attacks. ISIS claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that targeted a popular market place in the city of Manbij, Syria. Manbij a heavily disputed city in northern Syria is currently under protection of […]
January 15, 2019

Heads-up Tactics at High-Rise Apartment Fire

This FDNY Pro Talk with Battalion Chief Brian O’Donnell was recorded for the 2018 FDNY Symposium with support from the FDNY Foundation and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. In this Talk, Chief O’Donnell reviewed Department operations at a Brooklyn high-rise multiple dwelling fire with victims. About […]
January 10, 2019

High-Visibility Protests Continue in France

A wave of protests that began in November 2018 over increased fuel taxes, known as the yellow vest (“gilets jaunes”) movement has spread across France, and to other countries, as well. This past week, cities across France had a total of 50,000 protestors, which ranged in […]