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June 14, 2018

Ricin Attack Thwarted

A 29-year-old Tunisian man was arrested in Cologne, Germany on Wednesday after a raid on his apartment revealed a homemade ricin lab, which authorities believe was to be used in an unspecified Islamist-inspired attack. Police and Fire hazmat teams set up a laboratory and mitigation operation […]
June 7, 2018

Dangers to All Sides

Fifteen people were killed this week in Nicaragua in anti-government protests, raising the total over six weeks to 100. The deputy police director said the latest deaths were a “product of the actions of delinquent groups who operate wearing masks.” Both demonstrators and police have been […]
May 31, 2018

S3, E30 Reduce Your Risk Initiative with FDNY Deputy Chief Joseph Jardin

The FDNY’s Reduce Your Risk project was established in 2017 by the Department’s Contamination Reduction Workgroup to increase awareness of the cancer risk faced by Firefighters and promote the proactive measures that should be taken to combat this deadly, but frequently, avoidable occupational hazard. FDNY Deputy […]
May 31, 2018

Arson Evident in Cali

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) released surveillance video of an apparent arsonist in the act this week in conjunction with a statement that an April 24, 2017 fire in a large apartment building under construction in Concord, California was arson. The video shows […]
May 24, 2018

Overdoses of “Bad Batch” of K2 Marijuana Grows

One particular batch of synthetic marijuana (K2) reportedly sold from a Brooklyn deli, and possibly other locations, has sickened more than 80 people so far. There have been 15 arrests as authorities investigate the scope of this latest series of overdoses, which NYC health officials are calling the […]
May 17, 2018

Congo Ebola Outbreak 

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which has claimed at least 23 lives, has now spread from the sparsely-populated countryside to Mbandaka, a city of about one million inhabitants. “This is a major development in the outbreak,” said a World Health Organization (WHO) official. […]
May 10, 2018

FBI Releases Study on Active Shooter Incidents

A recent report released by the FBI, titled “Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2016 and 2017,” reveals that both active shooter incidents and casualty counts continue to climb. The 30 incidents in 2017 eclipsed a previous high (26) from 2010, and the death […]
May 3, 2018

Tragedy Called ‘Freak Accident’

An 85-year-old woman was killed and her 90-year-old husband critically injured when a mishap at a Brooklyn car wash escalated into a shocking series of collisions. Apparently, the couple’s car was impacted by an SUV exiting the car wash from the line behind their car. As […]
April 30, 2018

S3, E29 Annual Medicals—A Lasting Impact with FDNY Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kerry Kelly

On March 16, 2018, FDNY Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kerry Kelly retired after 37 years of dedicated service. The FDNY has set the standard for monitoring the health and well-being of its members and Dr. Kelly was instrumental in getting that done. Dr. Kelly began the FDNY […]
April 26, 2018

Toronto Vehicle Ramming 

In an unmistakably intentional act, a 25-year-old Canadian man ran down two dozen people with a rented van on a Toronto sidewalk, killing ten. When the deadly rampage was finished, the subject exited the vehicle and took an aggressive stance against a responding police officer, telling him […]
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 […]