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May 18, 2017

Hospital Computer Systems Targeted as Part of Global Ransomware Attack

The biggest ransomware attack on record locked out at least 200,000 computers in 100 countries, and included healthcare systems in the U.K., China, and Indonesia. Of the 248 “trusts” (geographic or specialty functions) in the British National Health Service (NHS), 48 were affected by the attack, […]
May 11, 2017

Rare, but Serious, Tick-borne Disease Spreading in NE, Great Lakes Regions

A deadly virus spread through tick bites called Powassan, which is still very rare, is spreading in the Northeast, including New York state, and in parts of the Great Lakes region. Powassan, also called POW, causes encephalitis (brain inflammation) in some, is fatal in about 15 […]
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 […]
November 16, 2017

S2, E24 Evolution of FDNY HazMat with Battalion Chief Robert Ingram and Firefighter Joseph Iovino

FDNY Battalion Chief Robert Ingram and Firefighter Joseph Iovino, both founding members of HazMat Company 1, discuss their unit’s origins, specialized training and protocol, and role in modern day disaster response. They examine major incidents they’ve personally been involved in, and discuss what it takes to be […]
November 9, 2017

Shooter Slaughters Defenseless Congregation

A 26-year-old man with a history of violence and mental problems stormed into the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Spring, Texas last Sunday and opened fire with an assault rifle, killing 26 people ranging in age from young children to seniors. The shooter entered the church […]
November 2, 2017

Deadly NYC Vehicle Ramming

A 29-year-old Uzbekistan national living in N.J. drove into a busy bike path along West Street in Manhattan with his rented flatbed truck and proceeded to mow down cyclists and pedestrians for three-quarters of a mile, killing eight and injuring 12. The vehicle rampage, which began […]
October 26, 2017

FBI Foils Bomb Attempt

An ISIS sympathizer was arrested on Friday as he entered the Dolphin Mall in Sweetwater, Fla., in order to plant a bomb that he believed would detonate during the Black Friday shopping day. The suspect, who acted alone, was in communication with an FBI confidential informant, […]
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 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 […]