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July 27, 2016

Special Apparatus: FDNY’s Medical Evacuation Transportation Unit

Feature image caption:  The Medical Evacuation Transportation Unit (METU) gets its name from its primarily funded purpose, which is to perform as a mass evacuation vehicle for nursing homes and other medical facilities. The citizens and visitors of New York City call 911 for emergency medical […]
July 27, 2016

EMS Leader: Scene Management at Emergencies Involving Bariatric Patients

On a summer day, I was performing my routine field duties as a Deputy Chief, assigned to Car 521, and covering major incident response. While on duty, I was consulted via cell phone by Lieutenant Robert Walsh, who was operating as field supervisor, Unit C10. Lieutenant […]
July 27, 2016

One on One: EMTs Shaun Alexander and Khadijah Hall on Acting While Off-Duty

Acting while off-duty is not mandated by the Fire Department of the City of New York, but often, FDNY members step in and help when needed. Case in point, two of our EMTs–Shaun Alexander and Khadijah Hall–both with more than two decades on the job, stepped […]
July 27, 2016

Step by Step: Cyanokit Hydroxocobalamin

In New York City, EMS responds to numerous building fires each year. Many of these fires produce patients who require pre-hospital care. These patients include both civilians and first responders. They can sustain injuries that range anywhere from minor musculoskeletal trauma to cardiac arrest. A large […]
July 27, 2016

Preparing for Success: The Threat of Active Shooters

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles that will be devoted to active shooter threats. Responding to and mitigating an active shooter (AS) event will challenge the first responder. Such an incident presents a new level of threat and requires a combination […]
July 27, 2016

Call Review: Bicyclists Struck by Boat on a Busy Boulevard

The day was bright and sunny, with the temperature reaching 77 degrees Fahrenheit. It was a perfect day to be outdoors. But for FDNY ALS unit 23V (two-three Victor), it was just another day on the bus for Paramedics Desiree Corsello and Carmen Rosas. There was […]
July 27, 2016

Safety First: Safely Navigating the Streets of New York City

As FDNY EMS professionals, one of our most important responsibilities is safe emergency vehicle operation. At the FDNY Bureau of Training, EMS Academy, we take this responsibility very seriously in the form of our Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (EVOC). In this training course, the number one […]
July 27, 2016

FDNY Pro EMS: Commissioner’s Brief for 2/2016

A merger can be viewed in many ways. In business, where profits drive decisions, there are mergers for the strength and protection of diversification; for market-share growth; to eliminate competition; and/or for the synergy of increased performance and decreased costs. In 1996, the FDNY and NYC […]
July 27, 2016

Forging the Prestigious EMT-P Carlos Lillo/Lieutenant Ricardo Quinn Medal

With the remnants of Medal Day 2015 barely cleared away, a conversation about Medal Day 2016 began. It was 19 years after the merger between the FDNY and NYC*EMS, but only seven years since combining the Fire and EMS Medal Day ceremonies. The following observation was […]
July 27, 2016

Two Decades of FDNY EMS

Change in any organization is never easy and introducing new members into an already-established “family” can be met with angst on both sides (television series, such as The Brady Bunch, thrive on that concept). Change often is preceded by worries and gossip about what’s going to […]
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 […]