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August 16, 2018

Ramming Attack near U.K. Parliament

A Sudanese-British man deliberately drove his vehicle into a small group of cyclists, who suffered minor injuries, in London’s Parliament Square, and was stopped by a barrier as he sped towards the U.K.’s seat of government. The suspect, who is not believed to be known to […]
August 9, 2018

Death Toll Rises after Earthquake

At least 259 people are now confirmed dead after a 7.0 earthquake rocked the island of Lombok in Indonesia on Sunday. The earthquake, which followed a 6.4 quake about a week ago, has displaced 156,000 people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes. Most fatalities were […]
August 2, 2018

California Wildfires

The Carr Fire near Redding, California has burned more than 116,000 acres and destroyed over 1,000 homes, and is now considered the 7th worst in state history, but the worst statistic is that six people have died due to these blazes, including two firefighters. One firefighter, […]
July 30, 2018

S3, E32 Routine Chemical Exposures in the EMS Workplace with FDNY Lt. Robert Carlo

Pre-hospital care providers face many potential job hazards, including exposure to and handling of hazardous chemical substances. In this episode, FDNY EMS Lieutenant Robert Carlo discusses the types of chemical exposures Department Emergency Medical Services members are exposed to, how to identify the symptoms of a […]
July 26, 2018

Duck Boat Capsizes, Claims Lives 

An amphibious excursion vehicle, commonly called a duck boat, capsized in choppy waters on Table Rock Lake last Thursday, bordering Arkansas and Missouri, claiming the lives of 17 people (nine from one family) among 29 passengers and two crew members. The boat was faced with 73 […]
July 19, 2018

Flash Flooding Causes Evacuation in Grand Canyon

Heavy rains last week funneled into the Havasupai Falls area of the Grand Canyon, forcing tourists to seek high ground as rivers swelled. As the campground is ten miles from roads, the evacuation of 200 people was problematic. Tribal members, who run the reservation, shuttled stranded […]
July 12, 2018

Apps Used to Target Phones

Custom-built apps were available in Google Store that were designed to target Israeli military members’ phones was successfully identified and removed in “Operation Broken Heart” by Israeli intelligence. The nefarious apps included Golden Cup, referring to the World Cup, and Wink Chat and Glance Love applications. […]
July 10, 2018

How FDNY addressed maydays at an explosion and collapse on Manhattan’s Second Avenue

July 5, 2018

Texas TV Station Threat Derailed

A Texas man was arrested in North Carolina for violent threats against a local television station in Bryan, Texas. According to a federal indictment, the suspect made several threats over the phone, triggering interstate communications threat charges. His tirades and violence are nothing new, as he […]
June 28, 2018

Firefighter Fatally Shot at Fire Scene

A Captain for the Long Beach Fire Department in California was fatally shot Tuesday at the scene of a fire on the second floor of a senior housing residence in an 11-story building. Fire crews, responding to fire alarm and sprinkler activations, as well as reports […]
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, […]
October 11, 2018

Election Day Bomb Suspect Arrested

A man from Tappan in Rockland County, N.Y. (about 20 miles north of NYC), reportedly upset with the U.S. election system, was arrested Tuesday during a raid by local police and FBI agents after it was revealed that he planned to build and then detonate a […]
October 4, 2018

Loud Sound Triggers Stampede at Central Park Concert

A loud sound near the stage of the Global Citizens Festival in Manhattan’s Central Park Saturday night was confused for gun fire, causing a stampede of concertgoers, who pushed over fences and barriers to escape the perceived danger. Police quickly identified the origin of the sound […]
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 […]