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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 […]
November 1, 2018

Aggressive Trauma Treatment Performed at Mass Shooting

In the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history, a 46-year-old man stormed into a synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh armed with handguns and a semi-automatic rifle and opened fire on the congregation, killing 11 people. After the incident, anti-Semitic posts […]
October 25, 2018

Nation on Alert after IEDs Mailed to Political Figures

Over the last two days, at least 10 devices were discovered in mail sent to eight targets, mostly prominent political leaders, in New York, Florida, Delaware, Los Angeles and the Washington, D.C. area. Suspicious packages were sent to former President Obama, former Secretary of State Clinton, […]
October 25, 2018

S3, E35 Double Jeopardy at a Bronx Fire with FDNY Lt. Michael Ciampo

During the early morning hours on September 17, 2016, Bronx Box 2759 was transmitted for a commercial occupancy fire. While entering the occupancy and on their initial size-up, no units had encountered any signage for steel plating and were surprised to find it both on the […]
October 18, 2018

Polio-like Illness that Targets Kids Spreads to 22 States

The CDC has confirmed 62 cases (and 127 reports overall) across the U.S. of a rare, and currently undiagnosed, neurological condition called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), which is similar to polio’s signs and symptoms. AFM affects the nervous system, such as parts of the spinal cord, […]
January 17, 2019

Americans Among the Dead in Attack Claimed by ISIS

American soldiers and military contractors were among the dead in two deadly explosive attacks. ISIS claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that targeted a popular market place in the city of Manbij, Syria. Manbij a heavily disputed city in northern Syria is currently under protection of […]
January 15, 2019

Heads-up Tactics at High-Rise Apartment Fire

This FDNY Pro Talk with Battalion Chief Brian O’Donnell was recorded for the 2018 FDNY Symposium with support from the FDNY Foundation and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. In this Talk, Chief O’Donnell reviewed Department operations at a Brooklyn high-rise multiple dwelling fire with victims. About […]
January 10, 2019

High-Visibility Protests Continue in France

A wave of protests that began in November 2018 over increased fuel taxes, known as the yellow vest (“gilets jaunes”) movement has spread across France, and to other countries, as well. This past week, cities across France had a total of 50,000 protestors, which ranged in […]
January 3, 2019

Explosion at ConEd Substation Casts Light on Response to Electrical Stations

Despite many claims, and jokes, that an intense blue light over Astoria, Queens was the sign of an alien invasion, the cause was more terrestrial as a ConEd transformer at one its substations exploded. There were “scattered” power outages, some subway trains were temporarily stalled and […]
December 27, 2018

Indonesia Tsunami Death Toll Surpasses 400

At least 430 people were killed Saturday when a tsunami swept through the Sunda Strait in Indonesia, leaving about 1,500 injured and almost 22,000 displaced in villages on the Java and Sumatra coasts. Some affected areas have not been reached yet. Indonesian rescuers are using heavy […]
December 21, 2018

The FDNY Naloxone Leave Behind Program

Paramedic David Cadogan, Station 19 in the South Bronx, has seen a lot of overdoses in his 18 years of working in that borough. “When I first started, the opioid epidemic was loosely confined to urban areas because it was more accessible to get heroin there […]
December 21, 2018

Nerve Agents, Part 2–Medical Management

The very first FDNY CFR (Protocol 300) and BLS (Protocol 400) REMAC protocols are for the treatment of patients suffering from nerve agent exposure. Without a doubt, these medical treatments are “low frequency, but high stakes.” These protocols can be used only after a “class order” […]
December 21, 2018

Q&A with EMTs Antonette Bovell and Diana Boone on the Benefits of Local Outreach

It’s that time of year when you look around and see the bright lights and holiday decorations, people are smiling and children are anticipating the arrival of Santa. Stories of good cheer abound and I recently caught wind of one that focuses on two EMTs at […]