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FDNY FIREFIGHTER NEEDS YOUR HELP

Sunday, September 14, 2014  A friend of FirefighterCloseCalls FDNY FF Dan Heglund is facing the battle of his life (World Trade Center Disease) and some friends found a video of him in L-33 in 1989. They are trying to get people to like his FaceBook page to show him the love and support out there. PLEASE take time to go there, click etc:CLICK HERE:
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FIREFIGHTER KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY-GREECE-OFFICER LOST WHILE SEARCHING FOR FIRE VICTIM

Sunday, September 14, 2014  We regret to pass on to you the Line of Duty Death of Athens (Greece) Fire Sargent Mattheos  Mantzios, age 33.Companies were dispatched to a tool and plumbing supply equipment store-and were advised upon arrival that victims were trapped 2 floors above.
Firefighters found the first victim,  Sgt Mantzios reentered the building to search and remove the woman in the 2nd floor, over the fire. While searching, his low air alarm sounded and he then he became disoriented in the apartment-eventually running out of air. Reports are that he was calling for help for at least 7 minutes but members could not find him. 
We have posted some related photos of this incident on our home page. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.


     



 

NC DOES NOT TREAT CANCER AS A DISABILITY FOR FFs

Sunday, September 14, 2014   Larry “Butch” Cummings was retired from the Greensboro Fire Department when his 30 years of service caught up with him in the form of multiple myeloma, a cancer that afflicts firefighters at a rate 1.5 times greater than the general population.



On Oct. 11, his family will receive a Medal of Honor from the International Association of Fire Fighters because that union recognizes his cancer as a line-of-duty death. Cummings died in October 2012. He was 59.


Heart attacks are still the leading cause of death among firefighters, but they are being stalked by cancer — a slower, subtle killer that often strikes long after the firefighter has retired.


The agents of those deadly diseases can be found in the smoke swirling all around them, settling on their gear, soaking into their skin.


“We know that our men and women go into immediately dangerous environments,” Greensboro Fire Chief Gr... [ more ]

   


 

4 GERMAN FFs INJURED AT WAREHOUSE EXPLOSION

Sunday, September 14, 2014  Police say four firefighters have been injured, three of them seriously, in explosions as they tackled a blaze at warehouses in western Germany.

The fire in Hilden, near Cologne, broke out in the early hours of Sunday. Police said in a statement that the blaze expanded with "several detonations" after the firemen arrived at the scene.

They say that packaging, including paper and plastic, along with car tires, was stored at the site. Forty people were evacuated from nearby houses.

The fire was under control after about five hours. The cause was unclear.

   


 

TWO NEWARK FFs SUFFER SMOKE INHALATION AT FIRE

Sunday, September 14, 2014  Two firefighters who suffered from smoke inhalation after a Thursday night fire have been released from the hospital.

Assistant Fire Chief John Clouse, with the Newark Division of Fire, said firefighters Tim Cooperrider and Chris Ferris were released from Licking Memorial Hospital before midnight. The doctor ordered them to take a day off to rest but they should be back to work by Saturday, Clouse said.

The fire was reported at about 8:18 p.m. Thursday at an apartment complex located at 15 S. Third St., just 13 minutes after the firefighters were called to the same address for an unrelated medical run.

Cooperrider and Ferris were in the building when the fire alarm went off just two doors down from where they were, Clouse said. The two found smoke coming from a door on the second floor, he said, and entered the unlocked apartment to find the room filling up with smoke.

The firefighters could see something was on fire so they qu... [ more ]

   


 

AUSTRAILIAN FF INJURED AT GYM FIRE

Sunday, September 14, 2014  A firefighter has been injured battling a blaze that destroyed a vacant gym in Port Melbourne this morning.

The building on Waterfront Place was engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived around 2:00am (AEST).

Crews worked for two hours to control the blaze, with one officer receiving minor injuries.

Assistant chief fire officer Mark Swiney said the cause of the fire was suspicious.

"So we've got fire investigation crews having a look at the cause of the fire," he said.

"Crews will be out for most of the day looking at hot spots making sure the fire doesn't reignite."

The fire prompted a community warning from authorities due to the risk of asbestos dust.

"Luckily the wind was from the north so it was blowing smoke out into the bay so there was no impact on the community," Mr Swiney said.

"The only impact is that we have trucks blocking off the road so people need to stay clear of the area."more ]

   


 

GREEK FF DIES IN THE LOD ATTEMPTING RESCUE

Sunday, September 14, 2014  The fire service on Saturday was conducting an investigation into the circumstances that led to the death on Friday night of a firefighter and the woman he was trying to save.

Matthaios Mantzios, 33, was dispatched with his crew to extinguish a blaze in a plumbing appliance store on the ground floor of an apartment block in Palaio Faliro, on Athens’s southern coast.

The fire had spread up the building, enveloping the residents of the two apartments above.

A 44-year-old mother of two became trapped in the flames on the second floor when Mantzios entered the apartment in an attempt to rescue her.

Both died in their attempt to escape.

An elderly woman living on the first floor of the building was safely evacuated.

   


 

MI FF SHOCKED AT DOCTORS OFFICE FIRE ON ROOF

Sunday, September 14, 2014  An Allen Park Firefighter was injured Wednesday evening while attempting to vent the roof of a doctor's office that had caught fire on Southfield Road. Smoke and flames were visible on the roof of the building by the time firefighters arrived on scene around 6 p.m., said Allen Park Fire Chief Douglas LaFond. Both the Allen Park Fire Department and the Dearborn Fire Department responded to the fire. The firefighters who first arrived were able to extinguish the fire quickly. However, for some reason the building was electrically charged and one of the firefighters attempting to vent the roof with a metal tool received a shock of an unknown voltage after touching the tool to the metal flashing on the roof.

   


 

NFFF/CFSI Congressional Flag Ceremony Video

NFFF Video

Friday, September 12, 2014  This video is from the first ever NFFF/CFSI Congressional Flag Ceremony Wednesday where American flags that flew over the U.S. Capitol were officially transferred to NFFF for the survivors of the fallen firefighters who will be honored during Memorial Weekend in October.

   


 

Firefighter Runs to Honor 9-11 Heroes as well as to bring attention to Suicide Prevention Month

Friday, September 12, 2014 

By Anastasia Dawson | Tribune Staff
Published: September 11, 2014


CLEARWATER — Fire and Rescue Lt. Mark Wing cut a haunting figure Thursday morning, running across Clearwater Beach in full firefighter gear, hoisting an American flag high above his head in the morning humidity.

Around 9 a.m., Wing set out running from Fire Station 44 on Sand Key to Station 46 on Clearwater Beach to Station 49 by Clearwater Mall at U.S. 19 and Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard. His 11-mile journey, dubbed “11 on the 11th,” took more than four hours to complete, but ... [ more ]

   


 

Plympton-Wyoming Upset Over Firefighter Charge

Thursday, September 11, 2014  Plympton-Wyoming officials are expressing concern the OPP’s laying of a charge against a firefighter in a multi-vehicle crash last winter may be retribution for criticism about Hwy. 402.

The driver of one of two fire vehicles involved in the crash in whiteout conditions on a cement portion of the Hwy. 402 is now charged with careless driving.

Wyoming Volunteer Fire Chief Mike Vasey says their vehicles were travelling at 40 km/h when hit from behind.

Five firefighters were injured and the driver charged has been on disability from his regular job since the crash because of a shattered wrist.

“There were 15 vehicles involved and we were in the middle. How do you pick one driver out of that bunch? I don’t understand the reasoning. Somebody up the ladder has made this decision without knowing all of the facts, ” says Vasey.

Mayor Lonny Napper notes the charge wa... [ more ]

   


 

FATAL CRASH IN FL - YIELDING TO RESPONDING APPARATUS

Thursday, September 11, 2014  A semi driver killed Wednesday in a freak crash near St. Cloud — he was crushed when his load shifted while yielding to a fire truck — was identified today.

The 32-year-old driver, Glen Estien of Orlando, stopped his semi abruptly to yield to an Osceola County fire truck turning onto Narcoossee Road with its lights on and sirens blaring, said Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Kim Montes.

Witnesses told troopers the firetruck stopped at a stop sign on Yukon Street just before it turned onto Narcoossee Road.

When the semi driver hit the brakes, the steel beams he was carrying moved and crushed him, Montes said.



   


 

FDNY FF SHARES STRUGGLE WITH CANCER AFTER 9/11

PIX11.com

Thursday, September 11, 2014  “There is nobody that worked that pile that is not thinking in the back of their mind that the other shoe is going to fall and that you’re going to get sick.” For FDNY Firefighter Ray Pfeifer, that other shoe fell more than four years ago.

The 56-year-old Pfeifer became concerned when a sharp pain shot through his leg. Analysis by specialists revealed a baseball size tumor in his leg. Pfeifer’s body was comprised by an aggressive cancer. “I was given the last rites a couple of times.”

Pfeifer has been fortunate to elude what has taken so many of his fellow brothers. “I have thirteen more years than my friends, I’m a very lucky man. My friends were murdered on 9/11, from the 12th on, from that day on, I’m still here, I’m very lucky. I got to watch my kids grow up.”

However, sometime in the not so distant future, Pfiefer will unfortunately join many of the same brothers he shared sorrow and sweat with for days on en... [ more ]

   


 

9/11 First Responder: ‘Invisible Diseases’ Are Killing Us

Thursday, September 11, 2014  Thirteen years after the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York City, thousands of first responders continue to struggle with health problems, some which are just being diagnosed.

Respiratory illnesses like asthma and sinusitis are common among those who participated in the World Trade Center recovery efforts. And studies show that the incidence of cancers for 9/11 first responders are 15 percent higher than the general population.Thyroid cancer was 239 percent higher.

John Feal was severely injured on the Ground Zero site when an 8,000 pound steel beam crushed his foot.

He started the FealGood Foundation, which advocates for physically and emotionally injured first responders and helps them get compensation.

Feal tells Here &Now’s Jeremy Hobson that he believes post-traumatic stres... [ more ]

   


 

UPDATE: INJURED CAMPBELLSVILLE FFs IMPROVING

Thursday, September 11, 2014  The conditions of two hospitalized firefighters are improving.

That's the word from Campbellsville's Fire Chief as two firefighters remain hospitalized.

Captain Tony Grider and Firefighter Alex Quinn were in a fire truck when the department was helping with an ice bucket challenge at Campbellsville University.

Electricity arced from nearby powerlines, shocking both men.

In a short statement, Fire Chief Kyle Smith said that Quinn's condition is improving and that he's now in good spirits.

Captain G... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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