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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 […]
April 19, 2018

Plane Engine Shatters Midflight

About 20 minutes after leaving New York’s LaGuardia airport late Tuesday morning, one of two engines on a Southwest Airlines plane broke apart midflight, sending metal shards into one of the windows, which broke. The rapid depressurization of the plane (characterized by violent outward airflow) sucked […]
April 12, 2018

911 Ransomware Attack

Late last month, the Baltimore 911 system was targeted by a ransomware attack that temporarily shut down its automated dispatch system, forcing dispatchers to route calls manually for 17 hours while the affected servers were isolated and cleansed of malware. “We were able to successfully isolate […]
April 10, 2018

Answering the Call

FDNY photographers capture portraits of some of the highly-trained women who help answer the tremendous, and growing, number of emergency medical calls the Department responds to each year.
April 5, 2018

“Nightmare” Scenario for Healthcare

A study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention has determined more than 200 cases in 2017 of a “nightmare bacteria.” This particular pathogen is resistant to even last resort antibiotics. The resistant pathogen has been found in healthcare facilities that use […]
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 […]
September 6, 2018

Plane with Sick Passengers Lands in JFK

An Emirates flight out of Dubai touched down at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens Wednesday with an undetermined number of sick passengers, causing a quarantine and an emergency response. A total of 10 patients, including passengers and crew members, were eventually transported to a […]
August 30, 2018

Fire on Liberty Island Causes Evacuation

At least 3,000 people had to be evacuated from Liberty Island Monday after a fire broke out at a construction site, involving three propane gas tanks (100 lbs. each). Two fires boats were dispatched and the first-arriving boat stretched a hand-line. FDNY land units quickly followed, […]