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December 1, 2016

‘Black Friday’ Violence Comes a Day Early

The shopping frenzy that unfolds on the day after Thanksgiving was again marred by deadly violence this year, as two people were killed and another two were injured in shopping-related shootings in three different states…all before “Black Friday” even began. All three shootings occurred on Thanksgiving […]
November 30, 2016

#WednesdayWisdom from FDNY Pro Firefighter Anthony Caterino

This is certainly the case for FAST Unit Operations. Although our purpose as Firefighters is to save civilian lives and protect property, when a fellow Firefighter becomes the person in danger and in need of rescue, the FAST Unit procedures that we implement will aid in […]
November 28, 2016

Blog: Facebook Data Raises Flag, Responders Should take Note

The integrity of Facebook data came under scrutiny recently, both as it relates to user performance metrics, as well as the accuracy of its content. According to reports, an internal audit at Facebook uncovered inaccuracies in several key metrics designed to measure the impact of user content, […]
November 23, 2016

#WednesdayWisdom from FDNY Pro Deputy Chief Michael McLaughlin and Division Chief Christine Mazzola

Research indicates that effective routines shift activities in the brain from the active thinking areas, to the “auto-pilot” regions of the brain. This leaves the active thinking areas with more capability to process unique, non-routine information. Many of the Department’s protocols and procedures are intended to […]
November 21, 2016

Blog: Fire in a Tenement with a Penthouse Addition

This Blog post is written to recap a fire involving a penthouse added onto the roof of a non-fireproof multiple dwelling and discuss some unique challenges that this feature presented. We encourage readers to review the full article in WNYF’s second issue of 2010. Manhattan Box 1192 On […]
November 17, 2016

Blog: Wildfires in Southeast U.S. Cause Evacuations, Hospitalizations

More than 5,000 Firefighters are battling wildfires in the Southeast U.S. under severe drought conditions in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky and North Carolina. Wind-driven fires are racing up and down the unusually dry Appalachian Mountains, threatening hundreds of structures and causing extensive evacuations. More than 107,000 acres […]
November 17, 2016

S1, E12: Complex Firefighting Ops at a U-Shaped Multiple Dwelling with FDNY Deputy Chief Jay Jonas and FDNY Battalion Chief Brian Mulry

S1, E11 Firefighter Assist and Search Teams w FDNY Firefighter Anthony Caterino and FDNY Deputy Chief Jay Jonas
November 17, 2016

S1, E11 Firefighter Assist and Search Teams with FDNY Firefighter Anthony Caterino and FDNY Deputy Chief Jay Jonas

S1, E12: Complex Firefighting Ops at a U-Shaped Multiple Dwelling w FDNY Deputy Chief Jay Jonas and FDNY Battalion Chief Brian Mulry  
November 16, 2016

Blog: #WednesdayWisdom from FDNY Pro Deputy Chief John A. (Jay) Jonas

Other Random Thoughts on Search A primary search is more effective if a good size-up is performed. Where is the fire? Are there any fire escapes? What are the avenues of fire travel? What time of day is it? Is a search rope needed? What is […]
November 9, 2016

Blog: #WednesdayWisdom from FDNY Pro Dr. Tremaine Sayles

Diaphragmatic Breathing works to calm your body and ultimately bring you to a more peaceful state physically and mentally. They assist your parasympathetic nervous system by bringing you back to a place of homeostasis. What is Diaphragmatic Breathing? Breathing from your diaphragm oxygenates your blood, which […]
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 […]