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May 4, 2017

Narcan Dosage ‘Ineffective’ on ‘Elephant Tranquilizer’ Overdoses in Northeast

Three recent deaths in New Hampshire have now been linked to carfentanil overdoses, a potent form of synthetic opioid typically used to tranquilize elephants and other large animals. Manufactured in Chinese medical labs, the drug is visually identical to fentanyl, but 100 times more potent so […]
April 28, 2017

An Enigma Wrapped in the Predictability of Weather Forecasts

Weather is not often associated with high predictability, but the consistency of when daily weather forecasts were released over secure channels gave British code breakers based out of Bletchley Park one of the tips they needed to break the Nazi Enigma cipher code (with total possible […]
April 28, 2017

S2, E17 Terrorism and Intelligence with FDNY Captain Chris Ward

FDNY Captain Chris Ward discusses the role that intelligence plays for first responders, including how the FDNY keeps terrorism awareness on the front lines through its weekly intelligence product, Watchline. Captain Sean Newman, of the FDNY Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness, hosts. S2, E17 Terrorism […]
April 13, 2017

Teacher and Student Killed in San Bernardino School Shooting

A murder-suicide took an additional victim—an 8-year-old boy—and additional meaning in as the attack took place in a San Bernardino elementary school classroom. A second male student was badly wounded, but recovering, and police believe they were both shot as bystanders and not specifically targeted, as […]
April 11, 2017

From the Editor’s Desk, 1st/2017 WNYF

I am on my 20th year of editing WNYF. Where did the time go? I am fortunate to have authors who write on a regular basis; FDNY members such as Assistant Chiefs Joseph W. Pfeifer and Ronald R. Spadafora, Deputy Chief John “Jay” Jonas and Firefighter […]
April 6, 2017

Intentional Fire Caused Georgia Interstate Collapse

Three people have been arrested in connection with a fire burning below an overpass section of I-85, north of Atlanta, last Thursday, including one man who talked of smoking crack when he set a chair on top of a shopping cart ablaze. That fire moved to […]
March 30, 2017

Parliament Attacker Used WhatsApp Two Minutes Before Rampage

Khalid Masood is certainly not the first terrorist to use the encrypted text phone application WhatsApp, which was linked to the Paris and San Bernardino attacks in 2015, among others, but this latest assault has brought renewed concerns to police, security and intelligence professionals on how […]
March 23, 2017

¿El Nino? Ushers in Rain, Calamity to Peru

Heavy rains associated with exceptionally warm water in the Pacific Ocean have brought some of the worst flooding in decades and mudslides along the arid landscape along coastal Peru. At least half of the country has been impacted, including Lima, which has been without power since […]
March 16, 2017

Interest in Daylight Savings Time Shifts

With 21 state legislatures debating whether to eliminate or change “spring forward,” along with countless slept deprived journalists and tweeters voicing their displeasure, one article wonders if DST is “running out of time.” The DST idea is that less energy is consumed if there is more […]
March 15, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pro Battalion Chief Kevin Harrison and Lieutenant Timothy Carroll

A key element for deploying resources is the establishment of a unified Command Post. In order for a comprehensive and uniform plan to be developed, all of the command elements must be co-allocated. By being in proximity, leaders are aware of each other’s issues and develop […]
October 19, 2017

Taliban Tactic Proves Deadly Impact 

At least 43 Afghan soldiers were killed and the “whole base” destroyed in the southern Kandahar Province after suicide bombers in two Humvees, packed with explosives, attacked in the predawn hours on Thursday, October 19, 2017. About the same number of police officers were killed in two similar […]
October 12, 2017

Destructive California Wildfires

Dozens of fires, fueled by high winds, have been burning out of control in northern California, with the clearest devastation centered in Sonoma and Napa counties, north of San Francisco. The fast moving fires offered residents and tourists little time to evacuate. In one illustrative case, multiple […]
October 5, 2017

Deadly Las Vegas Shooting at Concert

Soon after the gunman, perched from a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort, began raining bullets down on the densely-packed audience at a nighttime outdoor country music concert, an unarmed hotel security guard arrived on the floor, and was shot in […]
September 28, 2017

Damage in Puerto Rico Called ‘Apocalyptic’

After receiving the full brunt of Hurricane Maria’s winds, rain and storm surge last week, the entire island of Puerto Rico remains decimated with the vast majority of the population lacking electricity and many essential services. By some estimates, 80 percent of long-distance electrical transmission lines […]
September 22, 2017

S2, E22 The Chelsea Bombing: One Year Later with Chief Joseph D. Liselli

FDNY Chief Joseph D. Liselli recounts response measures and operations during the 2016 Chelsea bombing. Lieutenant Jon Paul Augier hosts. S2, E22 The Chelsea Bombing: One Year Later w Chief Joseph D. Liselli
September 21, 2017

London Commuters Escape Devastation As Bomb Mechanism Fails

A “bucket” bomb placed on a commuter train during rush hour last Friday morning, with a destructive potentially greater than that of the 2005 7/7 Underground bombs, apparently initiated, but failed to detonate. At least thirty people were injured due to the fireball that erupted in […]
September 14, 2017

Irma Puts Disaster Preparedness Cycle to the Test

Hurricane Irma took a path of destruction over several days through U.S. territories and states from the Virgin Islands through South Carolina, leaving dozens dead and untold damage behind. Local, state and federal agencies and officials are earning praise, however, in responding to the unprecedented and […]
September 12, 2017

The Value of “Plan B” at the Nomad Six-Alarm Fire

n the early-morning hours of October 30, 2016, Engine 1 and Ladder 24 transmitted the 10-75 for fire on the first floor at 9 West 29th Street, a five-story loft building in the trendy neighborhood of Nomad. This quintessential Manhattan neighborhood derives its name from being […]