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December 8, 2016

Firefighter Shot in Post-Operations Ambush

A Youngstown, Ohio fire officer was shot in the leg as several rounds passed through the front door of his engine apparatus while the crew was taking up from a vacant house fire on Monday night. Members of Engine Co. 7 told police that they saw […]
December 8, 2016

FDNY Overcomes Water Loss at Manhattan Two-Alarm Fire

View the WNYF article linked below to read about this challenging incident, during which units overcame wind conditions and an out-of-service standpipe to extinguish a difficult fire. WNYF, 2nd/2011 issue: FDNY Overcomes Water Loss at Manhattan Two-Alarm Fire During the mid-afternoon on December 10, 2010, units […]
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  
June 8, 2017

Gunman Sets Manila Hotel on Fire, Dozens Killed by Smoke

A man with a gun stormed into a casino-hotel in Manila and set gambling tables and other combustibles on fire, which led to the death of 36 people, primarily from smoke inhalation and suffocation, as many of those victims were hiding from the gunfire. The attacker, […]
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 […]