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FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY WHILE TURNING OUT TO A BUILDING FIRE

Friday, October 24, 2014  We regret to pass on to you that a 26-year-old female Firefighter died in the Line of Duty this morning in Fulton Township, Lancaster County, PA. A volunteer firefighter who had a baby about a month ago died Friday morning in Fulton Township. Christi Rodgers, 26, was a volunteer firefighter with the Robert Fulton Fire Company in Wakefield, Assistant Chief Dan Appel said. She was was home when her pager went off to respond to the house fire at 394 Pilottown Road. While turning out, she went into cardiac arrest and was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The fire was dispatched around 0453 Hours-it is near the Maryland border.
“The two-story dwelling was fully involved when we got there,” Assistant Chief Dan Appel
said. “Flames were 40 feet in the air.” About 50 firefighters from Lancaster, Chester in PA, and Harford and Cecil counties in Maryland worked together to put out the blaze.
It was declared under control around 6:45 a.m. Ou... [ more ]

   


 

CHIEF HARVEY EISNER - RIP

Rest In Peace, Our Brother

Rest In Peace, Our Brother

Friday, October 24, 2014   It is with profound regret that we pass on shocking news to you---we have been advised that Firehouse Magazine Editor In Chief Emeritus, Former Tenafly NJ Fire Chief and Hon FDNY Assistant Chief Harvey Eisner has passed away from a heart attack.

We will provide additional information on this huge loss to the nation and worlds fire service. Quite honestly, there is not a single Firefighter on the streets today that Harvey didn't positively influence in his teachings, writings and amazing photography. Harvey was a dear friend to us and so many and a true Brother to all in the fire service.

Much more to follow about this man whose life was always a... [ more ]

   


 

MAN SETS FIRE TO HIS APT. - ATTACKS FFs WHEN THEY ARRIVE

Thursday, October 23, 2014  A construction worker set fire to his Richland apartment and attacked firefighters when they showed up to put the small blaze out, according to police.

Nelson Aguayo, 21, allegedly assaulted four Richland firefighters Saturday at his apartment on the 2500 block of Duportail Street, police said

He was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of arson, assault and resisting arrest.

Firefighters spotted smoke coming from Aguayo’s apartment about 3:50 p.m. and went inside to investigate, police said. Aguayo then reportedly attacked the crew and had to be restrained by multiple firefighters.

Police arrived and arrested Aguyao inside of the apartment, authorities said. He continued to fight with officers and was booked into jail after being medically cleared.

It appears Aguyao set a pile of clothes on fire inside the apartment and tried to stop firefighters from putting it o... [ more ]

   


 

7 FDNY FFs SICKENED BY HAZ-MAT FUMES AT FACTORY FIRE

Thursday, October 23, 2014  Fire officials say that seven firefighters were overcome by potentially hazardous fumes from an unknown substance during a blaze at an abandoned factory in Brooklyn early Thursday.

The substance in a kiln stove caught fire in the two-story factory on Belmont Avenue in East New York at about 1:15 a.m., according to the FDNY.

Firefighters arrived on scene a ... [ more ]

   


 

3 KILLED IN W. VA. FIRE APPARATUS CRASH -FF's SERIOUSLY INJURED

Thursday, October 23, 2014  Three Morgantown residents were killed when their vehicle was hit by a fire truck Tuesday night.

Joseph Kuzinar, 75; Linda Diane Kuzinar, 65; and Jessica L. Paczal, 38, died in the wreck at the intersection of U.S. 250 and 4-H Camp Road near Philippi, according to a news release from State Police.

Around 9 p.m., their 2010 Honda CR-V pulled out in front of a Philippi Fire Department truck, which was responding to a fire and had its lights and siren on, according to State Police. Five members of the fire department were taken to Broaddus Hospital for evaluation and later released.

- See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20141022/GZ01/141029673#sthash.WvXjLpUX.dpuf



     

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UPDATE: TOLEDO MAN DIES AFTER BEING STRUCK BY HOUSE

Thursday, October 23, 2014  A Toledo man who was struck by a hose that came loose from a passing fire engine died today in Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center.

A ruling on the cause of death is pending test results and a review of hospital records, said Dr. James Patrick, Lucas County Coroner.

“The trauma he had was not something that in and of itself would be totally responsible for his death,’’ Dr. Patrick said.

Lonnie Holmes, 59, was riding his bicycle on Hawley Street near Indiana Avenue about 4:15 p.m. Saturday when the hose struck him and at least three vehicles. Mr. Holmes told Toledo police that he was hit by the hose, wrapped up, and thrown to the ground before he could do anything. His tibia and fibula were fractured, Dr. Patrick said.

The fire engine was responding to an emergency and had its lights and sirens on, police said.


Read more at http://www.toledoblade.com/Police-Fire/2014/10/22/Man-dies-in-freak-hose-accident.html#... [ more ]

   


 

UPDATE: DETROIT FF JUMPED FROM TOWER LADDER BUCKET

Wednesday, October 22, 2014  A Detroit firefighter was knocked unconscious this morning after he jumped from a 40-foot-high aerial ladder bucket as part of the Fisher Body plant collapsed, authorities say.

Arson investigators are on the scene as the fire continues to burn on the second floor of the large, vacant industrial building at Harper and Hastings, northwest of the I-94 and I-75 intersection.

"He initially was knocked unconscious," said second deputy Detroit fire commissioner Craig Dougherty. "After a bit, he came to and he knew who he was, and he knew where he was."

The firefighter, who has about 10 years of experience, was in the bucket with another firefighter, spraying flames into the second floor on the southeast side of the plant, Dougherty said. The second firefighter remained in the bucket and was uninjured, he said.

Mike Malewski, who works across the street, said he was indoors when he heard the "big boom" outside.

"They were s... [ more ]

     

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DETRIOT FF INJURED - FALL FROM TOWER LADDER BUCKET

Wednesday, October 22, 2014  A firefighter has been injured on the job on Detroit's east side. 

The fire crew was battling a blaze at the old Fisher Body plant at Harper and Piquette.

The view from SkyFOX showed a firefighter up in the ladder bucket around 8 a.m. Wednesday when part of the building began to collapse. That's when the firefighter fell from the bucket. 

Sources tell Fox 2 the firefighter fell 50-60 feet. How he fell is unclear at this time. Sources say the firefighter may have jumped, though, when he saw the building begin to collapse. 

The firefighter has... [ more ]

     



 

FIREFIGHTERS DOWNED BY FUMES IN MAINE

Tuesday, October 21, 2014  8 Firefighters and one state trooper were treated at a hospital after a fire at a camp in eastern Maine. Investigators say the first responders at the blaze in Prentiss late Saturday night and into Sunday morning were overcome by noxious fumes. They were all treated and released. People were in the home at the time but had escaped by the time firefighters arrived. Police at first feared the there was a meth lab in the home, but that turned out not to be the case. The fire started in the kitchen but the exact cause and the source of the irritating fumes remains under investigation.

   


 

HOSE FALLS OFF TOLEDO ENGINE COMPANY - STRIKING BICYCLIST AND CARS

Monday, October 20, 2014  One person was hurt when a Toledo Fire truck lost a hose while driving on an emergency run. The 150 foot attack hose somehow became loose and struck three cars and a bicyclist 4:30pm on Hawley near Indiana.

Fire officials say Engine 9 was rushing to a house fire with its lights and sirens on when the hose became loose and trailed behind.

The hose wrapped under three cars southbound cars and it also yanked off a bicycle tire off its frame, throwing the man to the ground.

The bicyclist was a Toledo man in his 50's. He was taken to the hospital with scrapes and a broken leg.


"It may have hit a bump down the road here and lost one of its attack lines came off the back," said Battalion Chief Bryce Blair. "Unfortunately the hose appears to have hit a bicyclist, that wrapped the bike and brought the bicyclist to the ground."

Drivers tell us they could not believe what had happened.
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CRASH KILLS FIRE CHIEF/POLICE OFFICER IN ALTON, MO RESPONDING TO FIRE

Monday, October 20, 2014  An Alton police officer who is also a firefighter died after a crash on Monday.  Eddie Johnson Jr., 45, was on his way to a house fire six miles west of Alton when he lost control, went off the left side of the highway, hit a driveway approach, and rolled his police cruiser several times.  He was ejected from the vehicle.

The crash was on U.S. 160 about five miles west of Alton.  An ambulance took the officer to the hospital in West Plains but he did not survive.  State troopers think Johnson was not wearing his safety belt.

The Alton Fire Department was responding with other area fire departments to a house fire at an area known locally as Royal Oak.   The fire destroyed the home.

Besides being a full-time police officer and volunteer fire chief, Johnson also was an Oregon County reserve sheriff's deputy.  He'd been fire chief since 2010 and worked in the Alton Police Department for nine years.... [ more ]

   


 

IAFF/IAFF EBOLA TRAINING INFO

Monday, October 20, 2014  The IAFF has released the below video of interest to all fire fighters and EMS personnel related to Ebola education and response.
 

Take a moment to watch and learn from this excellent presentation----and note the recommended SAFETY STAND DOWN:

http://youtu.be/4cL-BZw6u3E
 

WATCH the Stand Down statement video from the IAFF GP:
 

http://youtu.be/4AFtdMYI6tk
 

Check out www.IAFF.org for more.
 

Additionally, the IAFC has provided an excellent resource page:
 

http://www.iafc.org/ebola



The IAFC has formed an Ebola Task Force to pro... [ more ]

     

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WACK JOB STEALS AMBULANCE IN - ENGINE COMPANY PURSUES

Monday, October 20, 2014  A man undergoing treatment for hallucination inside a Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance in downtown Los Angeles stole the emergency vehicle Sunday night, forcing two firefighter paramedics to jump out and an engine company to pursue.

The firefighters were treating a patient at about 7 p.m. at Alameda and 3rd streets, when he pulled out his IV and ran out of the ambulance. The man reappeared a short time later, jumped into the ambulance and began driving away. The two firefighter paramedics quickly jumped out.

As per protocol, the ambulance was left running.

The engine company followed the ambulance until LAPD officers arrived and took over the pursuit. About five minutes later, the ambulance crashed into a minivan at Union Place and Beverly Boulevard in the Rampart area of Los Angeles.

The two people in the minivan suffered minor injuries. No firefighters were injured or involved in the crash, fire officials said.

"Initially it... [ more ]

   


 

VETERAN WASH FF DIES AFTER DIVING ACCIDENT

RIP - DEANNA CARR

RIP - DEANNA CARR

Sunday, October 19, 2014  A 22-year veteran of the Bellevue Fire Department died Wednesday following a scuba diving accident last weekend.

Deanna Carr died Wednesday at Virginia Mason Hospital, where her fellow firefighters had maintained a vigil.

Carr was participating in a dive certification class at Mukilteo Dive Park last Sunday when she notified instructors underwater there was a problem and she was going to the surface.

She was helped to the beach, where she was alert and talking but she later lost consciousness and stopped breathing.

The Washington State Council of Fire Fighters said on their website that Carr did not regain consciousness after the accident.

Carr had been assigned to Engine 9/C Platoon for the last several years after serving at various other assignments over her career.

Family and fri... [ more ]

   


 

6 LONG BEACH CA FFs INJURED AT SEPERATE FIRES - 1 SERIOUSLY BURNED

Sunday, October 19, 2014  Six Long Beach firefighters were injured -- two of them requiring hospitalization -- as they battled two separate fires Saturday.

The first took place around 3:30 a.m. and caused extensive damage to the Long Beach Maytag Home Appliance Center at 967 E. Fourth St. as well as the adjacent Bond’s building, said Jake Heflin, spokesman for the fire department.

While fighting the blaze one firefighter received minor burns and was treated and released at the scene. Later that day, two other firefighters reported blistering on their ears related to the fire. They sought treatment.



No other person was hurt in the fire but one dog was killed and a second injured. Long Beach Animal Care and Control was called for the second dog. Both animals were inside the Maytag building, but Heflin said they did not belong to the owner of the business.

The second fire erupted around 1:45 p.m. when several motorists driving along th... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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