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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 […]
October 24, 2018

Making Your Position at Brooklyn Box 961

When I was a new Firefighter, I was trained by senior members who had a way of breaking things down to easily understood phrases. I still remember what they taught me to this day. Most of it can be summed up in one phrase: “Kid, if […]
October 18, 2018

Polio-like Illness that Targets Kids Spreads to 22 States

The CDC has confirmed 62 cases (and 127 reports overall) across the U.S. of a rare, and currently undiagnosed, neurological condition called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), which is similar to polio’s signs and symptoms. AFM affects the nervous system, such as parts of the spinal cord, […]
October 11, 2018

Election Day Bomb Suspect Arrested

A man from Tappan in Rockland County, N.Y. (about 20 miles north of NYC), reportedly upset with the U.S. election system, was arrested Tuesday during a raid by local police and FBI agents after it was revealed that he planned to build and then detonate a […]
October 4, 2018

Loud Sound Triggers Stampede at Central Park Concert

A loud sound near the stage of the Global Citizens Festival in Manhattan’s Central Park Saturday night was confused for gun fire, causing a stampede of concertgoers, who pushed over fences and barriers to escape the perceived danger. Police quickly identified the origin of the sound […]
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 […]
January 3, 2019

Explosion at ConEd Substation Casts Light on Response to Electrical Stations

Despite many claims, and jokes, that an intense blue light over Astoria, Queens was the sign of an alien invasion, the cause was more terrestrial as a ConEd transformer at one its substations exploded. There were “scattered” power outages, some subway trains were temporarily stalled and […]
December 27, 2018

Indonesia Tsunami Death Toll Surpasses 400

At least 430 people were killed Saturday when a tsunami swept through the Sunda Strait in Indonesia, leaving about 1,500 injured and almost 22,000 displaced in villages on the Java and Sumatra coasts. Some affected areas have not been reached yet. Indonesian rescuers are using heavy […]
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” […]