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June 1, 2017

NOAA Predicts Above Average Hurricane Season

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted another above-normal hurricane season for the Atlantic Ocean in 2017, which always runs from June 1 through November 30. There is currently a 45-percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season, […]
May 26, 2017

S2, E18 Peer Support Groups with FDNY Captain Frank Leto

FDNY Captain Frank Leto describes how the FDNY Counseling Service Unit’s Peer Support Groups support all members with an array of services. Captain, and Executive Officer to the Fire Commissioner, Elizabeth Cascio hosts. S2, E18 Peer Support Groups w FDNY Captain Frank Leto
May 25, 2017

Manchester Arena Device Triggered Outside Security Perimeter

A man wearing a backpack detonated his homemade-explosive device Tuesday evening in the publically-accessible foyer area (outside security checkpoints) as concertgoers, mostly young girls, were leaving an Ariana Grande show at U.K.’s Manchester Arena, the largest indoor performance venue in Europe. Evidence includes backpack cloth, nuts […]
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 […]
December 21, 2017

Train Derailment in Northwest Injures Dozens

A street overpass derailed an Amtrak train about 50 miles south of Seattle, killing three people and injuring more than 100 others. The train was making its inaugural trip, using the Point Defiance bypass, from Seattle to Portland on the morning of Monday, December 18, 2017. […]
December 14, 2017

Suicide Bombing Attempt Foiled in NYC

During rush hour on Monday, December 11, 2017, an ISIS adherent tried to trigger his crudely-built improvised explosive device (IED) hidden under his clothing. The IED partially detonated, but did not explode in the busy pedestrian tunnel between the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Times Square […]
December 7, 2017

Southern California Wildfires Rage

Mother Nature has shown no mercy as four major wildfires continue to destroy homes and property throughout Southern California. Winds are forecasted to increase, which could spread existing flames and drive new fires. Fire officials believe the worst is yet to come and responders will have […]
November 30, 2017

Propaganda-Inspired Terror Plots Disrupted

Two men, aged 21 and 20, have been arrested this week in north London and Birmingham, and another 20-year-old was arrested separately in Australia ahead of significant plots to conduct terror attacks in these respective locations. Counterterrorism police in the U.K. believe they disrupted “well-advanced” plans […]
November 24, 2017

Mosque Attackers Gun Down Fleeing Worshipers and Responders

An ISIS affiliate in Egypt’s north Sanai region is suspected in a mosque massacre on Friday, November 24, 2017, which left at least 235 dead and 125 wounded. Early reports indicate that at least one bomb was detonated, and that worshippers were fired upon as they […]
November 16, 2017

Devastating Earthquakes Shake the Globe

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook the border region of Iran and Iraq in what is now the deadliest earthquake worldwide in 2017. It is estimated that 530-580 died and 7,460 were injured. Iran sits on a major fault line and has experienced a number of earthquakes. The […]
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 […]