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October 4, 2016

Inside Look: The FDNY EMS Pipes and Drums–It’s a Story About Duty, Honor and Tradition

EMTs, Paramedics and Firefighters are part of a service that is unlike any other. The successful outcome of a situation is not the result of an individual’s actions, but rather the actions and cooperation of a team.  Perhaps nowhere else outside of the military does this […]
October 4, 2016

One on One: Recalling 9/11 and the Importance of Capturing Firsthand Accounts

At the time, I thought I would remember every single thing about the response and recovery effort at the World Trade Center. But now, 15 years later, as I look back to that period for this issue of Pro EMS, I suddenly realized that I can’t […]
October 4, 2016

Special Apparatus: FDNY Gators

In 1999, as part of the preparation for the anticipated larger than usual Millennium New Year’s Eve gathering in Times Square and the possibility of City-wide Y2K computer and system failures, the City purchased several Gator carts from the John Deere Co. These six-wheel, diesel-powered, off-road […]
October 4, 2016

EMS Leader: Improving Individual Performance and Organizational Effectiveness Through Mental Preparedness

The FDNY is one of the nation’s premier emergency service agencies. The Department’s procedures and protocols influence practices throughout the country. Major emergencies in the City are observed and studied throughout the emergency management industry. However, the most critical factor in determining the success of a […]
October 4, 2016

Step by Step: Storage and Donning Turnout Gear and Air-Purifying Respirators (APR)

FDNY Emergency Medical Service personnel are at constant risk for injury and exposure to chemical and biological hazardous materials due to the nature and scope of the assignments to which they respond. Properly using the personal protective equipment (PPE), in conjunction with Body Substance Isolation (BSI), […]
October 4, 2016

Call Review: Keys to Resilience for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Rescuers on a lifesaving mission must be able to perform their duties with the highest level of determination and professionalism on every call. How, then, can emergency medical professionals better prepare for their careers, given the traumatic circumstances they inevitably will encounter? Trauma is an emotional […]
October 4, 2016

Safety First: Protecting Our Own: An Evolution of FDNY EMS Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

EMS call volumes continuously have increased over the years, while the types of operational hazards in the workplace have become more comprehensive and complex. This growth in both call volume and hazard types has caused a drastic change in how agencies approach the need for EMS […]
October 4, 2016

The 10-12 for 3/2016

Division 1 By Paramedic William Meringolo So far, we are celebrating several births: Paramedic Chunghing Sham, Station 16, on the birth of his son, Alexander; EMT Orlando Palma, Station 16, on the birth of his daughter; as well as EMTs David Heffernan, Station 08, and Filomena […]
October 3, 2016

S1, E8 Medical Oversight During 9/11 Response, Rescue and Recovery Effort with Chief Medical Director Doctor Glenn Asaeda

S1, E8 Medical Oversight During 9/11 Response, Rescue and Recovery Effort w Chief Medical Director Doctor Glenn Asaeda
October 3, 2016

S1, E7 EMS Ops Before, During and After the Collapse of the WTC with FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Janice Olszewski

S1, E7 EMS Ops Before, During and After the Collapse of the WTC with FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Janice Olszewski
January 11, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pro Lieutenant Farooq H. Muhammad

Key points to remember during patient care… Tourniquets used in high-threat environments, such as active shooter incidents, should be placed high and tight; can be placed over clothes, but not bulky items, such as wallets. Tourniquets used in safe environments should be placed at least two […]
January 5, 2017

Pesticide Use Turns to Haz-Mat Tragedy for Texas Family

Ten members of an Amarillo, Texas family were overcome by toxic fumes in their home very early on Monday morning in an accident involving a pesticide used to rid the location of mice. When Firefighters arrived, several family members in the mobile home were sick and […]
January 4, 2017

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pro Deputy Chief Cesar A. Escobar

Reviewing the dispatch data, identifying potential issues with access and egress of the location, discussing the call type and other dispatch information with your partner and having an initial plan of action should be done on every emergency response. Although at times the information obtained in […]
December 29, 2016

Riots Break Out in 15 Shopping Malls on Boxing Day

On the day after Christmas, the post-holiday crowds can make a shopping mall seem more like a battleground, but the chaos that ensued this December 26th was extreme by any standard. Massive brawls broke out at 15 malls in over a dozen different states on Monday, […]
December 22, 2016

Man Sickened by Fumes in Home Prompts Arrest, Terror Investigation

A 60-year-old man in New Port Richey, Florida was transported to the hospital early Wednesday morning following an earlier confrontation and scuffle with his 21-year-old son over a noxious odor in the house. After the son left to accompany his father in transport, the mother called relatives […]
December 21, 2016

S1, E13: Saved by the Department He Served with FDNY Firefighter Kenny Ruane (Ret.)

S1, E13: Saved by the Department He Served w FDNY Firefighter Kenny Ruane (Retired)
December 15, 2016

Roof Collapses on Crowded Nigerian Church

A church packed with worshipers and government officials for the ordination of a local bishop became a disaster scene in Nigeria this week when the roof collapsed during the ceremony, leaving a large, but uncertain number of bodies among the wreckage. While official reports place the […]
December 14, 2016

#WednesdayWisdom from…FDNY Pro Firefighter Peter Kenney

Rig placement can set the tone at a fire. The importance of the first-arriving companies positioning their rigs correctly cannot be over-emphasized. Communication plays a significant role in this. With proper training and planning, members should anticipate and be prepared for what “could happen” when positioning […]