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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 […]
November 7, 2016

Blog: Stack Effect: Wind-Impacted Fires…Without the Wind

Air movement at fires, especially at fires in high-rise buildings, is an overriding concern to the Department. As we have seen repeatedly, conditions for members operating in the interior at wind-impacted fires can go from tenable to deadly in an instant. However, as explained in WNYF’s […]
November 4, 2016

Blog: Blast from the Past from Division 8, Staten Island

Ladder Company 76 was one of seven 1951 Ward LaFrance 750-gpm Quads in FDNY service. These were the only actual FDNY Quads, because they had a pump, booster tank and hose-carrying capacity, as well as a full complement of ground ladders and ladder company tools. The […]
November 3, 2016

Blog: The Phantom Menace of the Opera

A packed house at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City was forced to evacuate after a man was spotted sprinkling a suspicious powder into the orchestra pit during an intermission of a Saturday afternoon performance, raising concerns of possible terrorism and prompting a police response. […]
November 2, 2016

Blog: #WednesdayWisdom from FDNY Pro Battalion Chief James M. Canty

Cast-iron columns supporting the first floor may be found in the cellar of taxpayers. These columns are unpredictable and fail, on average, about 30 minutes in fire endurance tests. Here are some other safety considerations for Cellar Fires… When advancing a hose-line into a store cellar, […]
October 31, 2016

Green Energy: Part III–Firefighting Procedures and Fire Protection for Energy Storage Systems

his third and final article on energy storage systems (ESS) provides both firefighting and fire protection recommendations. It offers general guidelines, based upon research, comparative fire and emergency incidents, building inspections and dangers involving electricity and hazardous materials. Keep in mind that it is the responsibility […]
October 31, 2016

Auditory Exclusion and How the Sympathetic Response Affects Our Operational Performance on the Fireground

verybody goes. Phone alarm, residential. First-due engine, second-due truck, fire’s in a multiple dwelling! 5826 Eastern Parkway. Caller states fire top floor. When Firefighters hear these words from the housewatch, they can feel their bodies change instantly, due to the rush of adrenaline that now is […]
October 31, 2016

FDNY First on the Scene at Attempted Bank Robbery in Lower Manhattan

o matter how long you’ve been on the job, some runs stay with you longer than others. Some leave you feeling proud of what you accomplished; others weigh heavily on you. Sometimes, you get a run that reminds you that no matter how routine a call […]
October 31, 2016

Second Alarm at 171 Adelphi Street in Brooklyn

Located in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, 171 Adelphi Street is a four-story brownstone with a rear fire escape. The owner, who occupied both the first and second floor (parlor floor), smelled smoke and discovered a small flame at the bottom of the second- to […]
October 31, 2016

FDNY and its Use of Tethered Drones

he Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) is the largest Fire Department in the United States, protecting a land area of 305 square miles and a resident civilian population of 8.5 million. On a typical weekday, there can be as many as four […]
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 […]
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 […]