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February 15, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pro Firefighter Felix Manjarrez

Mind-set, posture and breathing exercises aid in the advancement of tactical breathing. These three elements require practice and consistency. Once you are thrust into a stressful environment, you can take that second to pause, take a “tactical breath” to re-center and reset yourself and then you […]
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 […]
September 12, 2017

The Value of “Plan B” at the Nomad Six-Alarm Fire

n the early-morning hours of October 30, 2016, Engine 1 and Ladder 24 transmitted the 10-75 for fire on the first floor at 9 West 29th Street, a five-story loft building in the trendy neighborhood of Nomad. This quintessential Manhattan neighborhood derives its name from being […]
September 7, 2017

Irma Tears through Leeward Islands, Headed to Florida

Hurricane Irma, tied for second as the strongest cyclone to ever form in the Atlantic Ocean, has already ravaged islands in the Caribbean Sea as it bears down on southern Florida, including the highly-vulnerable Keys. Some islands in the Caribbean, such as Burbuda, Anguilla and Saint […]
August 31, 2017

Harvey Aftermath: Rescue Operations

It was reported Wednesday that 13,000 people were rescued from flooding in Houston, and surrounding cities, by firefighters, police officers, U.S. Coast Guard personnel and other responders, as well as many Good Samaritans using their own watercraft and large vehicles, amid record flooding caused by Hurricane […]
August 31, 2017

S2, E21 The Right Tools for the Job with FDNY Lieutenant Yonatan Klein

FDNY Lieutenant Klein discusses how the FDNY researches, develops and selects the best tools and equipment for members. Lieutenant Farooq Muhammad hosts. S2, E21 The Right Tools for the Job w FDNY Lieutenant Yonatan Klein
August 24, 2017

Rotterdam Concert Cancelled, Terror Averted

The U.S. band, the Allah-Las, was scheduled to play a venue in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam Wednesday night, but based on a terror tip from Spanish authorities, the gig was cancelled and those who had already arrived at the converted grain silo at the […]
August 17, 2017

Pedestrians Killed in Terrorist Vehicle Ramming on Busy Barcelona Promenade

In yet another terrorist ramming attack, a van mowed down people for at least 1,000 feet (2-3 city blocks) Thursday afternoon on one of Barcelona’s busiest pedestrian walkways, La Rambla street. Based on early reporting, 12 people are dead and 80 are injured (at least 10 […]
August 10, 2017

Early-Morning IED Shakes Worshipers at Minnesota Mosque

A small but “sophisticated” improvised explosive device (IED) was set off in the imam’s office through a broken window in a Bloomington, Minn. mosque on the morning of Saturday, August 5, 2017. About a dozen people were in a nearby room for morning prayers at the […]
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 […]