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 […]
March 1, 2016

Retracing Ebola’s Deadly Path

The 2014/2015 Ebola epidemic, which is thought to have started in Guinea in March of 2014, affected several West African countries and infected more than 28,500 people, with nearly 11,500 of those dying, to date. This Ebola epidemic (the 26th outbreak in history) has been the […]
March 1, 2016

Inside Access: Valet Doffing/Decontamination Procedures for Ebola

In the summer of 2014, there wasn’t much information available in the United States regarding the proper doffing and equipment decontamination procedures for handling patients potentially infected with the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Subsequent to the cross contamination and exposure of a registered nurse who treated […]
March 1, 2016

Building Blocks for Accomplishing Our Mission

In August 2014, months before FDNY successfully transported its first Ebola patient, it was my responsibility as FDNY’s Chief Medical Officer and Special Advisor to the Fire Commissioner on Health Policy, to provide the Department with advice on what was needed to safely respond to, stabilize […]
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 […]
October 24, 2016

Back-Stretch: The Key to Overcoming a Fast-Moving Brooklyn Second Alarm

Gentlemen, I thought we’d be fighting this fire down the block when I got here. Command Chief, Assistant Chief James Daly, from his opening comments at the After Action Review (AAR) on Brooklyn Box 22-1274. At approximately 1250 hours on March 26, 2016, the Brooklyn dispatcher […]
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)