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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 […]
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 […]
September 28, 2018

S3, E34 Points of Reflection with FDNY Chief of EMS James Booth

Chief James Booth is a 35-year veteran of the FDNY with experience responding to some of the most significant natural and manmade disasters to occur during his career. Chief Booth responded to the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 and the terrorist attacks on September 11th. He […]
September 27, 2018

Health Officials Brace for Flu Season

More people died of influenza in the U.S. last winter than during any other season in the last three decades, and health officials struggle to find the right message to improve vaccination rates. Last winter, 80,000 people died of the disease, and of those, 180 were […]
September 20, 2018

After Effects of Florence Linger in North Carolina

With many North Carolina rivers not expected to recede for several days after the record-breaking rainfall and flooding associated with Hurricane Florence last week, the death toll has increased to 37 and 10,000 people are living in shelters with countless others displaced. As of yesterday, N.C. […]
September 13, 2018

Florence Makes Path into the Carolinas

Hurricane Florence, now a Category 2 storm with winds around 100 mph, is currently 145 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, N.C., and is moving northwest at a steady 10 mph. The area of the storm is quite large with hurricane force winds extending about 80 miles from […]
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” […]
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 […]
December 20, 2018

Multiple Assaults on NYC EMTs in One Week

Three FDNY emergency medical personnel suffered serious injuries Wednesday when an emotionally disturbed man assaulted them as they responded to an emergency medical call in Brooklyn, said the Daily News. The incident came just a few days after two EMTs, responding to a call in Queens, […]
December 19, 2018

S3, E37 Pipeline to an FDNY Career with FDNY Assistant Commissioner Michele Maglione and EMT Denzel Adonis

The Fire Department of the City of New York is continually looking to advance the opportunities for young people to become part of the City’s Bravest. To help support this goal, the Department has created a Youth Workforce Development Initiative. To date, this initiative’s programs have […]
December 14, 2018

Fast-Moving, Four-Alarm Tenement Fire in East Harlem

The 6×9 tour of Friday, March 23, 2018, started out busily for units of the 3rd Division. Before 2200 hours, companies already had operated at a 10-77 at 115 Central Park West and a 10-75 at 348 East 81st Street. As it turned out, these fires […]