March 1, 2016

The Department’s Leo Lowenstein Award Recognized Task Force for Developing Protocols for Response, Care and Transport of Ebola Virus Patients

In August 2014, Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro formed a task force, under the direction of Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Prezant, to develop protocols for response, care and transport of patients with Ebola virus. Beginning in September 2014, FDNY responded to numerous cases and performed […]
March 1, 2016

Why Emergency Medical Dispatchers Play a Key Role

Accurate triage is the most critical component of any Emergency Medical Service (EMS) system. Miscommunications can prove detrimental to a good patient outcome. The assignment receiving dispatcher gathers the caller’s information, which then is consolidated into a useful format for the responding units. At the FDNY […]
March 1, 2016

Step by Step: Donning and Doffing Procedures Utilized by FDNY Personnel

Reviewing the proper procedure for donning and doffing  infectious control ensembles is always a top priority for patient care providers. But, as the Department prepared for the potential spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the need to ensure health and safety of members could be […]
March 1, 2016

Special Apparatus: New FDNY Rescue Medic Ambulance

The citizens of New York City know that when they call 911, the best-trained, most diligent medical professionals will arrive at their door. It is due to the attentiveness and organization of the Bureau of Fleet Services that these trained professionals have the ability to reach […]
March 1, 2016

EMS Leader: Scene Management at New York City’s First Confirmed Case of Ebola

In October 2014, while operating as car 523, I was assigned to a multi-dwelling residence in Upper Manhattan, along with a Haz-Tac BLS, an ALS, one Conditions Officer and a Haz-Tac Officer. On arrival, I received a phone call from FDNY EMS Operations personnel, stating that […]
March 1, 2016

One on One: Dr. Dario Gonzalez on Being Dispatched to West Africa During Ebola Outbreak

I recently had the honor of conducting the first One on One interview for our new FDNY Pro Podcast with a colleague of mine. As our Office of Medical Affairs (OMA) physician, long-time FDNY employee Dr. Dario Gonzalez is responsible for medical protocols, training, field response […]
March 1, 2016

Preparing for Success: The What Ifs

Before anything else, preparation is the key to success. –Alexander Graham Bell, Inventor On October 23, 2014, local health officials identified the first case of Ebola in New York City. A physician working for Doctors Without Borders had returned from Guinea, where he had been treating […]
March 1, 2016

Safety First: Avoiding the Spread of Communicable Disease Starts with Personal Safety

The best and safest strategy for treating a patient suspected of having any communicable disease, but particularly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), is: Assure early identification of the infected patient. Assure proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Assure proper cleaning and decontamination. Patient Identification In New […]
March 1, 2016

FDNY Pro EMS: Commissioner’s Brief for 1/2016

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the inaugural edition of FDNY PRO EMS–the Department’s first ever magazine highlighting the medical training, dedication and preparedness of our Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics and EMS Officers. Published by the FDNY Foundation, FDNY PRO EMS will […]
March 1, 2016

Tiered Response: Preparing for Novelty

First responders are expected to have emergency response plans in place and periodically test these plans through exercises to ensure that the procedures work. But after years of preparedness, what happens when they are faced with an event that goes beyond specific plans? Are first responders […]
October 20, 2016

Blog: Keeping Members Safe at Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVAs)

Responding to motor vehicle accidents (MVAs), particularly on high-speed roadways, is a danger that emergency responders routinely face. This is not an area where anyone should be complacent. Constant vigilance on roadways must be maintained at all times. In an article Keeping Members Safe at MVAs […]
October 20, 2016

Blog: Plot Targeting Muslim Immigrants Foiled in Kansas

Three men were arrested on charges of domestic terrorism in Kansas this week when an FBI investigation foiled a plot to attack an apartment complex that predominately housed Somali-Muslim immigrants in the town of Garden City in the western part of the state. The men were […]
October 17, 2016

S1, E10 23rd Street Fire and its Lasting Impacts with FDNY Chief of Safety Allen Hay (Ret.)

S1, E10 23rd Street Fire and its Lasting Impacts w FDNY Chief of Safety Allen Hay (Retired)
October 17, 2016

S1, E9 23rd Street Fire Ops with FDNY Assistant Chief Edward Butler (Ret.) and FDNY Deputy Chief Vincent Dunn (Ret.)

S1, E9 23rd Street Fire Ops with FDNY Assistant Chief Edward Butler (Retired) and FDNY Deputy Chief Vincent Dunn (Retired)
October 13, 2016

Blog: Wrong-way Driver Kills 5 Teens, Steals Police Cruiser

A 36-year-old man driving north in the southbound lanes of I-89 in Vermont on Saturday, October 8, 2016, slammed into a car with five 15- and 16-year-old students, killing them all. While the first-arriving police officer attempted to extinguish the burning vehicle and extricate victims, the […]
October 6, 2016

Blog: Firefighter Assaulted at Tulsa Fire Operation

A house fire became the scene of an assault this week, when a man used a flashlight to violently beat a Firefighter who prevented him from re-entering a burning building during a fire operation in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Fellow Firefighters subdued and restrained the assailant, who was […]
October 4, 2016

FDNY Pro EMS: Commissioner’s Brief for 3/2016

Recently, I was asked: “What is different about this 15th anniversary of 9/11? Has anything changed”? Personally, I feel the same about it as I did last year and the year before and the year before that. I have stated previously that my internal calendar activates […]
October 4, 2016

Recalling 9/11: “Plane into World Trade Center”

I was promoted to Captain for FDNY EMS in August 2001. I went through a training class and was assigned to EMS Operations. My first day working at FDNY Headquarters in Brooklyn was September 4, 2001. I was working directly for the Chief of EMS, learning […]