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October 26, 2017

The Day After Sandy in Southeast Queens

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, EMT Odelmo Paltooram captured scenes of utter devastation in FDNY EMS Division 4 which includes the neighborhoods of Breezy Point, Rockaway Park, Arverne and Far Rockaway, some of the most impacted communities in the region.
October 25, 2017

S2, E23 Leading the Invisible with FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Lillian Bonsignore

FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Lillian Bonsignore discusses the qualities of a successful leader, recognizing that rank doesn’t necessarily translate to success in leadership. Guidelines and protocols are in place to guide us, but it’s important to be able to adapt and overcome difficulties in dynamic situations. […]
October 24, 2017

10-86 at a Bulk Fuel Yard in Brooklyn

Bulk fuel plants are found in every borough of New York City and used primarily to store products such as gasoline, oil, ethanol, LPG and CNG. Using ships, railway or pipeline, each fuel type and plant brings its own unique challenges regarding how the product is […]
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 […]
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 […]
March 29, 2018

Suspicious Packages Sent to Capital Region

Packages containing very crude explosive devices were intercepted at mail facilities outside of eleven military bases and intelligence agencies in Washington, D.C. earlier this week, leading to the arrest of a 43-year-old man from Everett, Washington. The suspect was already known to laws enforcement and many […]
March 28, 2018

S3, E28 Train Brave with FDNY Rescue Paramedics Silvana Uzcategui and Krista O’Dea

In 2017, for the first time ever at the FDNY Academy, the majority of Rescue Paramedic trainees were women. Rescue Paramedics bring advanced pre-hospital care to any civilian or member of service in a precarious position while extrication procedures take place. Members selected for this program […]
March 22, 2018

Bomber’s Reign Ends Abruptly

The gripping fear cast over Austin, Texas at the hands of a serial bomber was resolved on Wednesday when the 23-year-old man responsible for six devices, which killed two and injured several others, detonated a seventh bomb while inside a vehicle at roadside in Round Rock […]
March 15, 2018

Lengthy Commutes Take a Toll

Some New Yorkers say that commutes and mass transit reliability seem to be getting worse. For some, the longer travel times can even affect their health. “Being trapped like that can cause an acute stress disorder. People can develop panic attacks, flashbacks, and severe sleep disturbances,” […]