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March 1, 2016

An Inside Look at How Ebola was Stopped in its Tracks in New York City

When Haz-Tac EMS Paramedic Winsley Julien first got the call on October 23, 2014, that a patient in Hamilton Heights very likely had Ebola, the 15-year EMS veteran  said he started to get a little nervous. “I took a deep breath, but then I knew we […]
March 1, 2016

The 10-12 for 1/2016

EMS Division 1 Retirements/Terminal Leave Division 1–EMT Martin Fernandez (RCC), appointed 09/12/1988. Station 16–Lt. Pamela Hehn, appointed 08/13/1984. Station 16–Lt. Eartha Sedeniussen, appointed 07/01/1991. Station 16– December. Captain Cuevas and EMTs from Station 16 met with the children of P.S. 197 (Pre-K) for a show and […]
March 1, 2016

Registration Open for 2016 FDNY Medical Special Operations Conference

The FDNY and the FDNY Foundation are proud to host the fourth annual FDNY Medical Special Operations Conference (MSOC) April 29 to May 1. The MSOC is the leading conference in medical special operations and has become a recognized platform for medical personnel from around the […]
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 […]
October 31, 2016

All Hands for 2nd/2016 WNYF

Division 1 By FF Rocky Raimondi, E-15 L-20: Hello again from Hell’s Hundred and Eight Acres…The honeymoon is still going strong, no matter how many holes you guys keep drilling in the walls. Can’t imagine why the voice alarm isn’t working…Five dollar can’t wait for May […]
October 31, 2016

Back to Basics: Building Characteristics

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of columns, focusing on various firematic “Back to Basics” topics to prevent FDNY members from becoming complacent. On the fireground, complacency can kill. he FDNY constantly is adapting to the changing dynamics of the emergencies to which […]
October 31, 2016

Learn From History: 23 Rutgers Street, Manhattan

n December 27, 1995, a cold, winter night with temperatures hovering around 15 degrees Fahrenheit FDNY units were sent to Manhattan Box 0217 at 0357 hours for a reported structural fire at 23 Rutgers Street. The report stated that people were trapped. A 10-75 was transmitted […]
October 31, 2016

Safety First: Sizing Up the Taxpayer

axpayers present many unique safety considerations and challenging firefighting hazards. One of the greatest challenges is maintaining a safety mind-set. Size-up starts at the receipt of the alarm. However, for this exercise, size-up starts when you examine the photos. They are frozen moments in time and […]
October 31, 2016

Mega-High-Rise Buildings in Manhattan: One57

ne57 a Midtown Manhattan “mega high-rise,” towering 75 stories high (90 marketing floors), was completed in 2014. It stands at 1,005 feet tall, making it the tallest mixed occupancy building in the western hemisphere and currently the seventh tallest in New York City. The building has […]
October 27, 2016

Blog: Response and Mitigation Tested at London Tube, Airport

Response and Mitigation Tested at London Tube, Airport – The London Underground’s North Greenwich station was evacuated on October 20th after a passenger discovered a suspicious object. After an investigation, Metropolitan Police determined that a controlled explosion was necessary, fearing the device, which included wires and […]
October 26, 2016

Blog: #WednesdayWisdom from FDNY Pro Dr. Bradley Kaufman

Welcome to the inaugural #WednesdayWisdom post for 10/26/16! In this new weekly blog feature, FDNY members share information for first responders to get all of us thinking (and talking) about health and safety. Infection control procedures should always be undertaken by first responders, including aggressive handwashing […]
October 24, 2016

Lessons Learned/Reinforced from a Fast-Moving Row Frame Fire in Brooklyn

On February 14, 2016, at 2222 hours, units were dispatched to UCT/911, Box 0086, for a house fire at 49 Diamond Street in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn. This fire ultimately went to a fourth alarm and took just more than three hours to be brought […]