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COVER-UP ACCUSATION IN THE LINE OF DUTY DEATH OF A TEXAS FIREFIGHTER

Friday, August 29, 2014  Five days after Dallas Firefighter Stan Wilson was killed in an apartment fire, the state fire marshal ruled the cause of the fire as undetermined, according to records obtained by media. Wilson's family and a retired firefighter have accused the department of delaying the release of the report because it would reveal serious mistakes made on the day that Wilson died.
Wilson was killed when a roof at the Hearthwood Condominiums fell on him and four other firefighters.
Retired firefighter Jim Crump says the firefighter was ordered by a deputy chief to go back into the collapsing building even though water cannons were still blasting the roof of the building. "If you are going to send somebody back in, first you have to turn off those big guns," Crump previously told the media.
The department has repeatedly refused to release any documents or recordings in connection with the case.

Yet more than 15 months later, Dallas Fire-Rescue continues to... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER SERIOUSLY INJURED AS FIRE APPARATUS OVERTURNS DURING WATER SHUTTLE IN WEST VIRGINIA

Friday, August 29, 2014  A Firefighter with the Milton (WV) Volunteer Fire Department received serious injuries this afternoon when his fire truck overturned.
Cabell County 911 received word of the crash at 1:57 p.m. Friday. It occurred in the 1800 block of Glenwood Road near Milton.
Authorities believe the truck and its lone occupant were returning to the scene of a morning structure fire at the time, according to Cabell County 911. The impact trapped the driver inside.
Those arriving at the scene described the firefighter as conscious and alert, although he suffered heavy bleeding.
Crews quickly freed the firefighter and transported him to a local hospital, according to Cabell County 911.
The fire occurred Friday morning along the Left Fork of Barker Ridge Road. Authorities believe the truck’s driver had returned to downtown to obtain more water before the crash occurred, according to Cabell County 911.

   


 

FIREFIGHTER FALLS THROUGH THE ROOF OF A COMMERCIAL BUILDING

Friday, August 29, 2014  Sacramento Metro (Calif) Firefighter was injured operating at a fire after he fell more than 20 feet this morning. Companies were working a heavy fire in a two-story building that started at about 10:15 a.m. on Auburn Boulevard.
Firefighters were on the roof when one of them fell through the roof and down to the ground, which was at least 20 feet below. According to crews, the firefighter was on fire when he fell, and they had to hose him down with water before he got out of the building.


Read more: http://www.kcra.com/news/local-news/news-sacramento/firefighter-falls-20-feet-battling-sac-building-fire/27793190#ixzz3BoSuZplg

   


 

A BAD JOB...A GOOD JOB...and "EMERGENCY"

Friday, August 29, 2014   With the 13th Anniversary of the attacks and murders on our Country-9/11/01-here are three films well worthy of of your time-and the time of anyone else you can pass this on to. With the very recent threats and proven behaviors of the IS/ISIS group, we (and all of our North American leaders) better remember every aspect and the pre-warnings of 9/11/01.(In case there are people in your lives that fail to remember-we have some reminders below)


Hopefully, by now, your department or company plans are set for honoring all those killed on 9/11. This year, 9/11 falls on a Thursday...two weeks from yesterday. 


"A BAD JOB"
Just days after September 11, 2001, the Environmental Protection Agency assured the public that there should be no concern about any health hazards associated with exposure to smoke and debris in lower Manhattan. They (the EPA and it's so called leadership) did a bad job...a HORR... [ more ]

   


 

FDNY COMMISSIONER ORDERS MASSIVE CLEAN UP AFTER MRSA CASES INCREASE AT FIRE ACADEMY

Friday, August 29, 2014   The FDNY commissioner has ordered a massive cleanup of the fire academy and its gear after more probationary firefighters were pulled from the class due to possible infection from the drug-resistant MRSA superbug, DNAinfo has learned.Commi... [ more ]

   


 

2 FFs SHOCKED AT WILDLAND FIRE IN CA

Friday, August 29, 2014  Two firefighters were hurt after being shocked by downed power lines while battling a brush fire near Corona on Thursday, officials said.

The fire was reported after 4 p.m. near Quebec Avenue and Hillside Street in unincorporated El Cerrito, near Corona, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. It was knocked down by 7 p.m.

Two structures were damaged in the blaze, and four cars were burned.

The firefighters were airlifted to a hospital after being shocked, Cal Fire Capt. Lucas Spelman said. Their condition w... [ more ]

   


 

HELP NEEDED FOR THE FIREFIGHTERS THAT WERE BURNED LAST WEEK IN THE TOWER LADDER ELECTRICAL SHOCK INCIDENT, CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY

Thursday, August 28, 2014  The families of Campbellsville, Kentucky (FF's burned in tower ladder electric shock) Captain Tony Grider and Firefighter Alex Quinn want to express their appreciation for all the thoughts, prayers, calls, visits, messages of support, and department patches that have been received.  The outpouring of support has been more than overwhelming. 

The patches have been placed in each firefighter's room as visible signs of the support that has poured in.

 

--PLEASE SEND PATCHES:


Fire departments and fire/rescue/EMS companies wishing to send patches (two would be appreciated) can please send them to:

 

University of Louisville Hospital

c/o Burn Unit-Tony Grider and Alex Quinn

530 S. Jackson St

Louisville, KY 40202-1675

 

While other items have been offered, both families are asking that only patches be sent at this stage.more ]

   


 

MAYDAY AT OREGON FIRE FOLLOWING SMOKE EXPLOSION

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014  Firefighters had to call for help while putting out a fire at a commercial building in Oregon City Wednesday morning.

A passer-by called 911 to report the fire in a shopping center on Molalla Avenue near May Street just before 5 a.m.

Firefighters responding to the scene made a mayday call after a backdraft threw two crew members back about 10 feet. One firefighter was injured and taken to the hospital with minor burns.

Firefighters said they had the flames under control by 6:45. They said it appeared the fire started in the back of the building.

Investigators have not yet determined what caused the fire.

   


 

FF INJURED AT PA FIRE

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014  A firefighter was taken to a hospital for heat-related injuries he suffered while battling a fire that damaged six homes in the borough Tuesday evening. It was just after 6 p.m. when firefighters were called for a structure fire to the rear of the 200 block of East Centre Street and met with heavy smoke and fire. Anthony Blackwell, Mahanoy City Fire Department administrative assistant and safety officer, said it is believed the fire originated to the rear of 223 and 225 E. Centre St. and spread from there. Fire damage was reported to an occupied building at 217 E. Centre St., with heavier fire damage to unoccupied homes at 219, 221, 223, 225 and 227 E. Centre St. Blackwell said two additional occupied homes at 229 and 231 E. Centre St. sustained some smoke and water damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation and Blackwell said a state police fire marshal will be called into assist. Blackwell said he did not know the identity of those living in the occupied buildings b... [ more ]

   


 

WHEELS FALLING OFF APPARATUS IN BALTIMORE

Tuesday, August 26, 2014  Photos of 2 recent issues in Baltimore of wheels falling off engine companies.


     



 

MEMPHIS FF INJURED AT HOUSE FIRE

Monday, August 25, 2014  One Memphis Firefighter was taken to Germantown Methodist Hospital in stable condition while fighting a house fire on the 4000 block of Kennibec Cove Saturday afternoon.

No civilians were injured in the fire, but the Red Cross provided assistance to the home's three adults and one child.

   


 

KY APPARATUS FALLS INTO SINK HOLE

Monday, August 25, 2014  The tables were turned for local firefighters Sunday who had to have their truck rescued after an accident.

Officials say a Summersville Fire Department truck pulled into a parking lot to turn around during a funeral procession in Greensburg, Kentucky.

When the truck made the turn, it fell through the basement of an auto parts store.

The parking lot was built over a former service station which is connected to the store.

Green County received an estimated 4 inches of rain Saturday night. Officials say the accident was non-rain related.

There were no injuries.

   


 

2 FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY-SOUTH AMERICA

Saturday, August 23, 2014  Yesterday, tragically, a ship carrying timber from the north and heading towards the port of Buenos Aires, caught fire and exploded twice near the city of Zárate, Buenos Aires Province in north, leaving two firefighters dead and 17 injured.
Yesterday  at 17:45 Urbana ship declared an emergency by a fire in the engine room which at first was controlled by his crew. Around an hour later there was the first explosion that caused a significant number of injuries among the crew, including the captain. "

At the time he began working staff Argentina Naval Prefecture, which unfortunately was involved in a second explosion 40 minutes later, a situation that may have occurred due to accumulation of gas and that cost the lives of two Firefighters-from extreme burns.
There are seven firefighters injured, two of which are serious with burns to face, arms and legs. 

At a time when the boat was at the dock to the actual top there was a second explosion, mu... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER DIES OF CANCER: Steve Skipton Was The Well-Known and Popular Co-Owner of SConFire.com

REST IN PEACE, Brother Steve.

REST IN PEACE, Brother Steve.

Saturday, August 23, 2014  It's with shock and deep regret that we pass on to you that a good friend of FFCC-and the fire service, FF/EMT Steve Skipton, lost his tough and extremely brave battle with cancer today. Steve gave so much of himself over the years to various communities as a member of the Goose Creek, SC FD and in NJ at the Bellmawr Park (NJ) Fire Department. He was a medic working EMS for UMDNJ both in Camden City and Newark. Steve volunteered to go to NY and spent countless days and weeks on site after 9/11 with the NJ EMS task force. Steve leaves behind his wife and four children...two boys , 19 and 23, and twin 7-year-old girls.
Condolences can be left on a Facebook Page that was established: Steve Skipton Sr. Support Group. If you want to help pleas or have any question feel free to contact.Jbrooke@phillyfirenews.com, or in SC area contact tpruitt@sconfire.com. RIP STEVE.

   


 

FIREFIGHTER DOWN IN IDAHO-FLOWN OUT AFTER REPORTED FALL OFF APPARATUS

Saturday, August 23, 2014  A volunteer Firefighter with the Deary Rural (Idaho) Fire Department was airlifted from Kendrick Grade near state Highway 3 to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center on Friday morning after being injured.
A spokesperson for the Deary department said no other information was being provided about the injured volunteer, citing his understanding of HIPAA privacy rules.
Initial reports stated that the volunteer was a man between the ages of 40 and 49, and that he fell off a vehicle.
According to Idaho State Lands, a fire was discovered in that area early Friday that burned about a tenth of an acre.
Two other small fires had occurred in the area as a result of the storm -- one west of Galloway Road between Deary and Kendrick, and the other near Harvard.
All three were contained by Friday afternoon, Svancara said.
"We got precipitation along with the lightning," said Jason Svancara, fire warden for the Idaho Department of Public Lands.
This helped keep the fi... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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