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With support from the FDNY Foundation, men and women of the FDNY share stories from the field, best practices and lessons learned. The mission of all uniformed personnel who participate in the podcast is to help save lives and offer resources to their peers in the public safety community. Listen to the podcast here or subscribe through the iTunes podcast app or Google Play. The podcast's first season was launched in 2016.

Latest Episodes

February 28, 2018

S3, E27 Inside the FDNY Fitness Unit with Captain Thomas Tanzosh

Given the rigorous demands of first responders’ jobs and increased risk for cardiac events, finding a fitness routine that works is critical. In this episode, the head of the FDNY Fitness Unit, Captain Thomas Tanzosh, gives listeners an inside look at how the FDNY trains its […]
January 25, 2018

S3, E26 The FDNY Medical Special Operations Conference (MSOC) with Dr. Doug Isaacs and Paramedic Juan Henriquez

The FDNY, in partnership with the FDNY Foundation, is proud to have spearheaded the annual Medical Special Operations Conference (MSOC). MSOC continues to be the conference that military, federal, state and local emergency medical responders attend to share their experiences, best practices, and ideas. In this […]
December 28, 2017

S2, E25 A Critical Link in the Chain of Survival with Deputy Chief James Darnowski

The chain of survival is a series of steps, which give a victim of cardiac arrest the best chance of survival. Early CPR is an important link in this chain, but far too often it is administered too late, or not at all. FDNY Deputy Chief […]
November 16, 2017

S2, E24 Evolution of HazMat with Battalion Chief Robert Ingram and Firefighter Joseph Iovino

FDNY Battalion Chief Robert Ingram and Firefighter Joseph Iovino, both founding members of HazMat Company 1, discuss their unit’s origins, specialized training and protocol, and role in modern day disaster response. They examine major incidents they’ve personally been involved in, and discuss what it takes to be […]
October 25, 2017

S2, E23 Leading the Invisible with Deputy Assistant Chief Lillian Bonsignore

FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief Lillian Bonsignore discusses the qualities of a successful leader, recognizing that rank doesn’t necessarily translate to success in leadership. Guidelines and protocols are in place to guide us, but it’s important to be able to adapt and overcome difficulties in dynamic situations. […]

Podcast Team



Podcast Team Bios

Elizabeth Cascio

Chief of Staff

Chief of Staff Elizabeth Cascio began her career with New York City EMS in 1984 and has been with FDNY since the 1996 merger. She was promoted to Chief of Staff in 2018. Prior, she served as Executive Officer to the Fire Commissioner–the first woman and EMS Officer to do so in Department history. She began her career as an EMT in Brooklyn, later serving as a 911 Medical Dispatcher and as program coordinator for the EMS Cadet Program. In 1994, she helped develop and implement the FDNY CFR training program, teaching Firefighters to respond to medical emergencies.

Sean Newman


Captain Sean Newman began his career with FDNY in 1996 and is a charter member of Department’s Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness. He currently works in CTDP’s intelligence branch, where he specializes in counterterrorism, weaponized fire and policy-level analysis. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and international studies from Stony Brook University graduating with honors in 2011 from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) at the Naval Postgraduate School with a master’s degree in security studies.

Farooq Muhammad


Captain Farooq Muhammad joined FDNY EMS in 1996. He began his career as an EMT and moved up the ranks to Paramedic, Lieutenant and Captain. In 2011, he joined the Department’s internal training and information program, DiamondPlate, representing the EMS Academy. He has received awards for his role in producing videos on Intranasal Naloxone and Ebola Preparedness. On the web, he is known for YouTube music videos, highlighting the EMS and Fire professions.