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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 […]
March 9, 2017

Researchers Get Closer to Terrorism Minority Report

A doctoral student at SUNY Binghamton has created a model for predicting terrorist attacks based on the patterns of previous attacks, whose framework reportedly “can predict attack characteristics with a 90 percent accuracy.” The model, called the Networked Pattern Recognition Framework (NEPAR), is populated with data […]
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 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 […]