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February 9, 2017

Texas Couple Attempted Police Ambush Primed by Fire

A married couple in San Angelo, Texas was arrested after an armed confrontation with police in front of their burning house in what was later revealed as a plot to ambush responding officers. The perilous incident began when the 67-year-old husband first called a local television […]
February 8, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pro Doctor Dianne Acuna

First responders are taught the many signs and symptoms of a heart attack, including the common symptoms of chest pain. However, the “Hollywood heart attack”–where the patient grabs his/her chest and falls to the ground–is not always the case. Subtle symptoms, such as chest pulling, chest […]
February 2, 2017

Hostage Standoff in Delaware Prison Results in C.O.’s Death

Delaware State police stormed a section of the state’s largest prison for men, after a day-long standoff, rescuing an uninjured female staff member, but also finding Sgt. Steven Floyd, a 16-year-veteran of the Delaware Department of Correction, deceased. The hostage siege began at about 10:30 on […]
February 1, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pros Lieutenant Thomas S. Tanzosh and Firefighter James Carino

It wasn’t too long ago that fitness for first responders seemed to be based on the old adage, “Lift things up, put them down” and run slowly and for long periods of time until your shins fell off. There is no denying the efficacy of this […]
January 26, 2017

Boston Police Targeted in Propane-Fueled Explosion

A police cruiser was deliberately targeted in an attack involving a homemade improvised incendiary device (IID) outside a police station in South Boston last Friday morning. It was roughly 8:15 am when an officer noticed a fire burning beside a parked cruiser, which was quickly moved […]
January 25, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pros Deputy Chief Nicholas Corrado and Battalion Chief Frank Leeb

When multiple alarms are required, the number of Firefighters and units on-scene increases and greatly adds to the complexity of the roll call. Fires in high-rise structures, subways or fire and emergency scenes that cover a wide area also make the emergency roll call more complicated […]
January 19, 2017

The ‘Paperfuge’ That Diagnoses Malaria

Inspired by spinning toys (Twirly Whirlies, Whirgigs, etc.), researchers at Stanford University have created an inexpensive paper centrifuge that can separate malaria parasites from samples of blood. The breakthrough will allow malaria diagnoses in areas that do not have electricity or access to commercial centrifuges. Malaria, […]
January 18, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pro Lieutenant Robert Wilson

Is the line in a spot where it is likely to get stuck if it is advanced? Is it positioned directly beneath a fire escape drop ladder? Is it beneath a window air conditioner or large pane of glass? If so, take the appropriate action. Additional […]
January 12, 2017

Facebook ‘Safety Check’ Made U.S. Debut in 2016

After rolling out its Safety Check accountability tool during the Nepal earthquake in April 2015, Facebook has widened the service to include any number of natural disasters, and since Paris in November 2015, it now includes terrorist attacks. The tool does more than allow people to […]
January 12, 2017

S2, E14 Mental Toughness on the Battlefield and the Fireground with FDNY Firefighter and US Marine Corps Major Jason Brezler

FDNY Firefighter and US Marine Corps Major Jason Brezler describes the FDNY’s new Mental Performance Initiative by detailing his experiences on the battlefield in the Middle East and on the fireground here in New York City. Lieutenant Jon Paul Augier hosts. S2, E14 Mental Toughness on […]
August 8, 2017

From the Editor’s Desk, 2nd/2017 WNYF

Hope you are enjoying the 2nd/2017 issue of WNYF. I’ve been fortunate to keep my string going of introducing a brand-new author for each issue. This second issue for 2017 features three new writers: Battalion Chief Thomas Lapolla and Lieutenant John V. Kazan, who write about […]
August 8, 2017

From the Editor’s Desk, 2nd/2017 Pro EMS

The 2nd/2017 issue of Pro EMS offers columns and feature articles that take up where we left off with the first issue of the year. It is chock-full of interesting and enlightening material, with a bonus special section by FDNY Press Secretary Frank Dwyer that provides […]
August 3, 2017

Sydney Raids Disrupt Airplane Plot

Australian police made four arrests in raids across Sydney late Saturday over what Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull termed a terrorist plot to “bring down an airplane.” Police describe the plot as “sophisticated and elaborate” and believe it was helped along by Islamic State operatives in Syria. […]
July 27, 2017

Dozens Suffer Terrible Outcome of Human Trafficking

Eight people were found dead in a San Antonio Walmart parking lot and another thirty suffering serious injuries as a result of being packed into a locked box trailer for more than twelve hours on Saturday in a smuggling attempt from across the Rio Grande in […]
July 25, 2017

S2, E20 Maximizing Resources During MCIs with FDNY Captain Charles Fraser

FDNY Captain Charles Fraser details how to maximize and expand your resources for a mass casualty incident. Lieutenant Farooq Muhammad hosts. S2, E20 Maximizing Resources During MCIs w FDNY Captain Charles Fraser
July 20, 2017

Responders In Pa. Hospitalized after Carfentanil Exposure

Four members of service from Newtown, Pa. were hospitalized earlier this month after being exposed to the highly potent heroin derivative carfentanil while operating at a cardiac arrest response outside of Philadelphia. The three EMTs and one firefighter were exposed to the substance from the victim’s […]
July 13, 2017

Military Plane Crashes in Mississippi

A KC-130 military plane carrying 15 Marines and one sailor, traveling from North Carolina to California, crashed in rural Mississippi, killing all aboard. The crash caused a debris field at least three miles long, and local fire crews required 9,000 of foam to extinguish the fires. […]
July 6, 2017

Dismissed Bronx Doctor Turns Active Shooter

A former Bronx-Lebanon Hospital doctor hiding an AR-15 under a white lab coat opened fire inside the medical center — killing one doctor and injuring six other people before killing himself. According to law enforcement, the suspect started a fire at the nurse’s station but the […]