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NJ FF BREAKS PELVIS IN FALL FROM ROOF AT FIRE

Tuesday, May 26, 2015   A borough firefighter was seriously injured Monday night when he fell off a roof while battling a fire and broke his pelvis, police said.At about 6 p.m., a police officer on patrol reported seeing smoke coming from a residence on Boonton Avenue so both police and the fire department responded to the scene, Butler Police Lt. Mike Moeller said.

Based on the preliminary investigation, a cigarette is believed to have accidentally sparked the blaze on the outside deck of the multi-family home, Moeller said.

Butler firefighter Al Marion was on the roof of the house using a fire hose when he lost his footing and fell about eight to 10 feet onto the ground, the police lieutenant said.

Marion was flown by medical helicopter to Morristown Medical Center due to the extent of his injuries, Moeller said. Based on the preliminary investigation, Marion fractured his pelvis and shattered one of his elbows, he said.

The fire was extinguished in about... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER IN TEXAS FALLS THRU ROOF AT FIRE

Tuesday, May 26, 2015  A firefighter with the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department was hurt while battling a house fire early Tuesday morning.Officials said the fire is believed to have been started by a lightning strike. The fire happened in the 17000 block of Fairgrove Park Drive.

Authorities said a mayday was called after the firefighter fell through the roof.

KPRC 2 is told the firefighter is conscious and will be transported to an area hospital. 

   


 

FIRE OFFICERS: WE MUST OWN THE FIREGROUND FROM THE START-BECAUSE WE OWN THE OUTCOME REGARDLESS. (Commentary)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015  Another fire we can learn from. Fire Officers must fully appreciate the fact that when making decisions, and especially when committing firefighters at a fire, that their decisions, orders and the FF's actions will directly impact the outcome. Seem simple? One would think. Watch the below video and ask yourself (and those at your firehouse kitchen table) the same question as if you were the boss. This building is vacant and has been for 3 years. Is there any reason that this would be anything other than a defensive fire? Can you think of any reason you would send your Firefighters to the roof on this fire? 
 
Does placing your firefighters (on the roof, near the hole already made by the fire) make sense when the apparatus that can supply the needed elevated stream sits there... not being used?
 
THE VIDEO:
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FATAL FIRE APPARATUS CRASH IN NEVADA

Monday, May 25, 2015  A man was killed after driving into the rear of a Las Vegas Fire & Rescue apparatus, The accident occurred around 11:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Boulder Highway and South Sandhill Road, according to Metro. The fire engine was turning right from Boulder to Sandhill when it was hit from the rear by a 2002 Chevrolet pickup. The truck had its lights and sirens on and after the accident. Firefighters worked on the pickup driver, a 28-year-old man from Las Vegas, before he was transported to Sunrise Hospital Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

No firefighters were injured. This is the 43rd traffic-related fatality in Metro’s jurisdiction this year. The accident is under investigation. 

   


 

ANOTHER FF DIES AFTER MASSIVE BLAZE IN INDIA

Monday, May 25, 2015  Chief fire officer of the Mumbai fire brigade, Sunil Nesarikar, died of multi-organ failure at the National Burns Centre on Sunday.Nesarikar sustained 50% burns while rescuing people during the blaze at Gokul Nivas in Kalbadevi two weeks ago. He was 51.

Nesarikar is the fourth senior fire official the department has lost to the Kalbadevi blaze. Deputy chief fire officer Sudhir Amin died on May 14, while assistant divisional officer SW Rane and station officer MN Desai died while battling the flames on May 9.

Hospital authorities said Nesarikar died around 3.30pm, after his organs stopped functioning. He is survived by his wife and son, an engineering student.

“We had conducted two surgeries and covered the burns on his legs with skin . We were supposed to cover the injuries on his hands in the next few days,” said Dr SM Keswani, medical director.

“He was put on dialysis and ventilation, so that he recovers. But his organs stopped ... [ more ]

   


 

UPDATE ON THE OKLAHOMA FIRE CAPTAIN WHO WAS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY LAST NIGHT

Monday, May 25, 2015   As posted earlier, Claremore Fire Department (Oklahoma) Captain Jason Farley lost his life in the Line of Duty while performing water rescues late last night and early this morning. Captain Farley, who had 19 years and 11 months on the job, was 46. He is survived by his wife and teenage daughter.

It should be noted that He was a 1994 graduate of the OSU School of Fire Protection  and Safety.  


WHAT HAPPENED:
Captain Farley was attempting to rescue a fellow firefighter who had fallen into a flooded storm drain just west of the city. They were involved with the rescue operation where water was rushing into a home during a young girl’s 5th birthday party. All of the children and one adult were rescued through a window but Farley was pushed into a storm drain where he drowned. “He’s our hero. That’s ... [ more ]

   


 

CANADIAN FIREFIGHTING PILOT DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY

Monday, May 25, 2015   A small aircraft used for fire suppression crashed Friday while operating at a wildfire near Cold Lake, killing the 38-year-old pilot and only person onboard. He was from Conair Aerial Firefighting, from Cranbrook, B.C. and had been fighting wild fires for four years.The crash happened on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range, about 100 kilometres east of Lac La Biche, around 1630 Hours.


This area is situated in Alberta's "Lakeland" district, 190 miles northeast of Edmonton, near the Alberta-Saskatchewan border. 


The plane was a single-pilot Air Tractor 802, known as a “Fire Boss.” The aircraft skims water off a lake to dump on wildfires. Crews in northern Alberta have been fighting wildfires for more than a week. On Friday, fire crews from Ontario arrived in Alberta to help in the fight. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP. 


   


 

OK FF KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY WAS LIVING HIS DREAM

Monday, May 25, 2015  Just before midnight Saturday, Claremore fire Capt. Jason Farley responded to a water rescue call at a home in the 600 block of Archer Court, where Shannon Roberts was playing host to six small children for her daughter's 5th birthday sleepover party.

The neighborhood, Claremore Battalion Chief Marty Osborne said Sunday afternoon, frequently floods during severe weather, but hadn't been visited often in recent years due to drought conditions in the state.

Farley, a 19-year veteran of the department, and other firefighters were checking homes on the street when they came across a ditch filled with water. Not realizing the water's depth, Farley stepped into the ditch, where he was immediately submerged outside Roberts' home.

"When he got down there, the flow of water was going into the drainage pipe at the bottom of the ditch and it immediately began to take Jason into the drainage pipe," Osborne said. "He was able to hold on and others came to his ai... [ more ]

   


 

MAINE FIREFIGHTER SUFFERS MEDICAL EMERGENCY/CRASHES APPARATUS

Sunday, May 24, 2015   A Sanford (Maine) Firefighter is in the hospital after suffering a medical issue while responding to a fire. The Sanford FD was called to Lyman for mutual aid at a structure fire Saturday afternoon. On the way, the driver of the department's squad truck suffered a medical issue and crashed the truck into a guardrail. No one else was involved in the crash. The driver was taken to Maine Medical Center where he is listed as stable. We wish the FF a quick recovery.

   


 

FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-ATTEMPTED RESCUE

Sunday, May 24, 2015  An Oklahoma Firefighter is dead, another injured, after they were swept down a storm drain during heavy rains in Claremore (NE of Tulsa).
Crews were called to several duplex units just off Archer Court near Highway 20 around 2230 hours last night, Saturday, to rescue around ten people who were stuck inside their homes by rising waters.
Around 2330, one of the Firefighters was swept into a storm drain. Reports are that the waters were so high, the firefighter likely never saw the storm drain that would soon sweep him to his death.
Another firefighter, Zane James, rushed to the first firefighter's aid, but would soon end up swept into the drain himself.
James was washed about 200 yards down the length of the drain, but suffered only minor injuries.
It took rescue crews about two hours to recover the LODD Firefighter's body.

The ten people flooded from their homes were sent to a nearby red cross shelter.

   


 

CT FF INJURED WHEN LEG GOES THROUGH FLOOR AT FIRE

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Sunday, May 24, 2015  A firefighter battling a blaze on Cabot Street in Hartford sent out a call for help Friday morning after his leg went through the floor.
"We've got a firefighter down on the first floor," a member of the fire department can be heard saying over the scanner. "Mayday on the first floor."
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Officials said firefighters on scene were able to rescue their colleague after he became trapped in the multi-family home at 20 Cabot Street.
"Firefighter's been freed. We're making our way out," the transmission continues.Kesha Coleman, who fled her smoky third-floor apartment, saw the injured firefighter emerge from the building.
"They moved fast. They were doing their job and they got him on a stretcher and got him to the ambulance," Coleman recalled.

Hartford Fire Chief Carlos Huertas said the firefighter was taken to Hartford Hospital for a medical evaluation. He suffered only minor injuries and no other residents we... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER IN SERIOUS CRASH WHILE ENROUTE TO TRAINING

Sunday, May 24, 2015  A NC volunteer firefighter is undergoing surgery Thursday.
Officials said one of the two drivers involved in a head-on collision in Lincoln County was a volunteer firefighter.
Crews with North Brook Volunteer Fire Department responded to the crash on NC 27 in Vale around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Firefighters realized the driver of the truck was one of their own, Ricky Tallent, 35, of Vale.Tallent was traveling to the department to attend a training class when a woman who was driving an SUV crossed the center line, causing a head-on collision, North Carolina Highway Patrol investigators said.

There were two cars in front of her and the woman swerved around a box truck and hit a white truck, traveling in the opposite direction, troopers said.

Firefighters used the Jaws of Life and worked for nearly one hour to free Tallent and the woman driving the SUV.

Tallent suffered broken bones but was expected to survive when he was airlifted to Carolinas ... [ more ]

   


 

WHOA! SO HOW'D THAT HAPPEN?!

Friday, May 22, 2015  Columbus, Ohio fire officials are trying to sort out how and why a firefighter caused $255,000 worth of damage to a new fire engine by scraping it under a Downtown billboard.
Firefighter Brian Murphy said he was trying to drive to other firefighters and paramedics who were helping a patient in a nearby alley when he turned into a parking lot near the corner of Main and Third streets in early March, according to his accident review by the Columbus Fire Division.
Murphy told investigators he didn’t notice any “reflective tape or warning sign of low clearance" on the sign when he tried to drive underneath and into a surface parking lot about 8 p.m.
“I did not see the sign, and I stopped as soon as I heard the spotlights breaking,” he said to investigators.
The sign was clearly lit, according to pictures from the crash. The billboard is about the size of a semi-truck.
The collision ripped lights off the engine, damaged a water pump and hose, dented the... [ more ]

   


 

FIRE APPARATUS STRUCK IN MICHIGAN BY "HABITUAL DRUNK"

Friday, May 22, 2015   Investigators are trying to figure out if a man may have been impaired during a rear-end collision with a Grand Rapids fire truck overnight.
It happened just before 1 a.m. Friday near the corner of Burton Street and the East Beltline Ave. SE while firefighters were on the scene of another crash.
A fire department battalion chief says the man, who is being called "a habitual drunk driver," drove through cones and into the back of a truck, which had its emergency lights flashing.
He was taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries. But no firefighters were hurt in the crash.
"It was kind of a close call for some of our people here," says Battalion Chief Dan Stoddard. "We were very fortunate that no one was hurt. we actually had a firefighter who had to run towards the woods because there as the car was coming in."
The people involved in the original accident were not badly hurt.

   


 

FIREFIGHTER CLOSE CALL IN L.A. COUNTY-FIREFIGHTERS FALL INTO ROOF WHILE ATTEMPTING VENTILATION

Friday, May 22, 2015   Four firefighters were injured after they fell through a roof while battling a three-alarm fire at an abandoned casino in LA County late last night..

The fire at the Club Caribe Casino ignited around 11:30 p.m. Thursday on the 7600 block of Atlantic Avenue.

The firefighters were on the roof to cut a hole for ventilation when it gave way. They fell through and had to be rescued by fellow firefighters.

Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said the roof collapsed like a slide, and the firefighters slid down. This minimized the firefighters' injuries, but the incident was still very intense.

"It's very terrifying. These are guys that I've worked with day in and day out. This is actually my old crew here, so I know all the gentlemen involved in this incident," said Chris Reade with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. "When you're up on that rooftop and you start hearing creaking from that wood, I can't imagine. It's never happened... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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