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September 28, 2018

Responding ASAP

In May 2017, a speeding car plowed into pedestrians on the sidewalks in Times Square, killing one woman and injuring 22 others, four of them critically. “The Fire Commissioner felt that the Department needed an increased presence in the area because of the population, the vulnerability […]
September 28, 2018

Nerve Agents, Part 1–Properties and Clinical Effects

Chemicals have been used as tools of war (e.g., arrows dipped in poison) for thousands of years. However, many consider World War I to be the genesis of modern chemical warfare where various agents were used on a mass scale on the battlefields. Despite various international […]
September 28, 2018

S3, E34 Points of Reflection with FDNY Chief of EMS James Booth

Chief James Booth is a 35-year veteran of the FDNY with experience responding to some of the most significant natural and manmade disasters to occur during his career. Chief Booth responded to the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 and the terrorist attacks on September 11th. He […]
September 27, 2018

Health Officials Brace for Flu Season

More people died of influenza in the U.S. last winter than during any other season in the last three decades, and health officials struggle to find the right message to improve vaccination rates. Last winter, 80,000 people died of the disease, and of those, 180 were […]
September 20, 2018

After Effects of Florence Linger in North Carolina

With many North Carolina rivers not expected to recede for several days after the record-breaking rainfall and flooding associated with Hurricane Florence last week, the death toll has increased to 37 and 10,000 people are living in shelters with countless others displaced. As of yesterday, N.C. […]
September 13, 2018

Florence Makes Path into the Carolinas

Hurricane Florence, now a Category 2 storm with winds around 100 mph, is currently 145 miles east-southeast of Wilmington, N.C., and is moving northwest at a steady 10 mph. The area of the storm is quite large with hurricane force winds extending about 80 miles from […]
September 6, 2018

Plane with Sick Passengers Lands in JFK

An Emirates flight out of Dubai touched down at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens Wednesday with an undetermined number of sick passengers, causing a quarantine and an emergency response. A total of 10 patients, including passengers and crew members, were eventually transported to a […]
August 30, 2018

Fire on Liberty Island Causes Evacuation

At least 3,000 people had to be evacuated from Liberty Island Monday after a fire broke out at a construction site, involving three propane gas tanks (100 lbs. each). Two fires boats were dispatched and the first-arriving boat stretched a hand-line. FDNY land units quickly followed, […]
August 28, 2018

S3, E33 Recalling Waldbaum’s, 1978 with FDNY Captain Howard Venetsky (Ret.)

On August 2, 1978, twelve FDNY Firefighters plunged into a burning Waldbaum’s Supermarket when the bowstring truss roof collapsed at the center of the store. Six of the Firefighters made the Supreme Sacrifice. In this episode, retired FDNY Captain Howard Venetsky, who was working in Rescue […]
August 23, 2018

Ebola Enters Congo War Zone

The Ministry of Health in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared a new outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in North Kivu Province, World Health Organization (WHO) said, indicating the first time Ebola was found in an active conflict zone. As of Tuesday’s tally, 61 people […]
December 14, 2018

Command and Control Policy Proves Essential at Queens Recycling Plant Fire

In the early afternoon of March 16, 2018, units in Queens responded to reports of fire in a commercial building. When Engine 301 arrived, members were met by self-evacuated personnel of the Royal Recycling Plant, who provided guidance to the fire location. Engine 301 and Ladder […]
December 13, 2018

Gunman Attacks France’s Largest Christmas Market

A gunman opened fire in the picturesque city of Strasbourg Tuesday night, killing three people and wounding a 13 more through gunshots and stab wounds. The suspect continued to terrorize other shoppers and tourists before fleeing in a taxi. The assailant, previously flagged by authorities as […]
December 6, 2018

Ebola Outbreak in Congo Becomes 2nd Largest in History

With 420 cases and 240 deaths, the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the second worst on record but still less than the 2014-2016 West Africa pandemic that killed 11,000 people. Even with experimental vaccines and treatments, disease transmissions have doubled since […]
November 29, 2018

Overdose Deaths Set Record Last Year

New numbers Thursday from CDC show that drug overdoses killed more than 70,000 Americans in 2017, which is a new record. The increase was spurred by a 45-percent jump in overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. This fentanyl crisis has contributed to reductions in […]
November 29, 2018

S3, E36 FDNY Apparatus Positioning with Battalion Chief Christopher Eysser and Lieutenant Ray McCormack

Frequent drilling and communication prior to arrival at a fire is critical to proper apparatus positioning. Veteran FDNY members, Battalion Chief Christopher Eysser and Lt. Ray McCormack discuss efficient and effective placement techniques of the FDNY’s fleet that can elevate performance on the fireground and even […]
November 22, 2018

Gunman Kills Three at Chicago Hospital 

A Chicago police officer, an emergency room physician, and a pharmacy resident were shot and killed during an active-shooter incident at Mercy Hospital in Chicago Monday. The assailant shot the doctor in the parking lot and then entered the hospital, followed by law enforcement. Inside, he […]
November 15, 2018

Camp Wildfire Becomes Deadliest, Most Destructive in California History

The death toll for northern California’s Camp Fire rose to 56 on Thursday as authorities continue to search for the 130 people still unaccounted for, many whom are senior citizens. It is estimated that over 7,000 homes and buildings have been destroyed, and the town of […]
November 8, 2018

Gunman Opens Fire in California Bar

A gunman clad in all black and wearing a hoodie entered the front entrance of the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (about 40 miles west of L.A.) Wednesday evening and began a shooting rampage that left 12 dead, including a Ventura County Sheriff’s […]