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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 ]

   


 

FIRE APPARATUS RECALL AFTER MONTANA LODD

Sunday, October 19, 2014 

A new recall is issued by the maker of the fire apparatus chassis involved in that June crash that killed a Montana Fire Chief and a family of five. The recall of the double Cardan front drive shaft comes from Navistar which manufactures the International 4800 apparatus involved in the crash in June.

The recall was issued after the Montana Highway Patrol released their accident report. The recall is slightly different from previous recalls in that this one requires the part to be removed and replaced.

Navistar's communications director, Steve Schrier tells media that Navistar has not received their report, but issued the recall after conducting their own investigation. He says an investigation is often launched after consumer concerns about a possible defect. During their investigations they look at things such as warranty claims and gather data from field reports. If a defect is found, Navistar then issues a recall and notifies their custom... [ more ]

   


 

CLOSE CALL IN DETROIT - BRICK THROWN AT FIRE APPARATUS WINDOW

Friday, October 17, 2014  FROM FIREHOUSE.COM AND CAPT. DAVE!


I happened to be in Detroit last night and rather than documenting a fire or two or three in a blazing single family dwelling, I stumbled into something uniquely Detroit--a brick-pitching from above that fractured the windshield of Squad 3 and had it hit a bit a bit to the west, could have seriously injured the boss, Lt. Mike Nevin. 

The fire to which they were responding was minor, so after being released, they headed back to East Grand Boulevard with the Detroit Police to look at the situation.  

Officials surmised that persons unknown rained down projectiles for most of the night on unsuspecting motorists on East Grand Boulevard, driving by the old abandoned Packard automobile plant--a  hulking three square block rotting complex that is symbolic of all that is wrong with the Motor City.  

Around 4 a... [ more ]

   


 

CHICAGO FFs NOT FIT TESTED IN HEPA MASKS

Friday, October 17, 2014  Despite the burgeoning Ebola epidemic, the Chicago Fire Department has never “fit-tested” its 4,645 firefighters and paramedics to make certain that disposable face masks used to protect them from fluid transmissions are properly sealed.

The Massachusetts manufacturer of the N95 respirator recommends — and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration demands — that first responders be tested annually to make certain the mask fits tightly enough to filter out small particles.

The tighter the fit, the more resistant the mask is to bodily fluids, which is how Ebola is transmitted.

But until the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 sounded the alarm this week, the Fire Department had distributed masks without fit-testing any of its employees.

“I can’t say who dropped the ball, but we’re taking this very seriously. You have to have a solid seal to prevent permeation. This is an obvious concern to all first r... [ more ]

   


 

CANADIAN LODD REPORT: FF KILLED BY EXPLODING CARGO CONTAINER

Friday, October 17, 2014  A crew of firefighters responded to a fire at an industrial building. The crew had worked for about an hour and had the fire under control when there was a large explosion inside the closed metal shipping container next to the building. The explosion blew the container's doors off. One of the doors struck and killed a firefighter.

While there was no fuel stored in bulk inside the shipping container, the container's contents did include a collection of gas-powered tools. The fuel reservoirs of these tools held small amounts of gasoline. The container also held about a litre of another flammable liquid. Firefighters tried to keep the container cool and were aware of its contents, but did not recognize the explosive potential of such small amounts of flammable liquids.

Safe work practices:

  • Inform and instruct firefighters about the hazards of flammable liquids. Even very s... [ more ]

   


 

ENGINE VS AMBULANCE CRASH IN MOCO, MD

Thursday, October 16, 2014  A Montgomery County fire truck and ambulance crashed into each other while responding to a hazardous materials situation in Rockville, Maryland Thursday afternoon.

The crash occurred at Parkland Drive and Aspen Hill Road in Rockville


Several people were injured, though no other information was available. The road is closed during the investigation.





   


 

FF SUFFERS SERIOUS HAND INJURY AT STL FIRE

Thursday, October 16, 2014  One firefighter was injured Thursday fighting a two-alarm fire at a four-family home in the Shaw neighborhood Thursday morning.

The fire started at the home in the 3900 block of De Tonty Street around 11:30 a.m.

Firefighters say they had a "bad hydrant," meaning water pressure wasn't coming out of it. Trucks had to go to the other side of Interstate 44 to hook up to a working water supply to fight the fire in the two-story brick building. The fire started in the basement and heavily damaged the home.

Authorities say an elderly man was inside the home when the fire started. He smelled something electrical and called firefighters.

The St. Louis Fire Department said in a tweet one firefighter suffered a hand injury and was urgently transported to an area hospital.

   


 

AIR TANKERS WING MAY HAVE CLIPPED TREE PRIOR TO CRASH

Thursday, October 16, 2014  he wing of an air tanker that crashed while being used to fight a wildfire near Yosemite National Park last week may have struck a tree before going down, according to a report by federal investigators.

The S-2T tanker was destroyed on impact Oct. 7 when it went down near El Portal fighting the Dog Rock fire, killing veteran pilot Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt.


The report, released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday, describes an account from a controller airplane crew, which said the tanker may have struck a tree, causing its wing to separate before the crash.

Earlier that day, Hunt had departed an air base in Hollister. When he arrived at the fire, he made a drop and then headed to Columbia Airport in Tuolumne County to fill up on fire retardant.

Hunt returned to the fire and coordinated his next drop with an orbiting aerial controller while following a lead plane, which defines a route and drop point ahead of the... [ more ]

   


 

FFCC STAFF PARTICIPATES IN F.I.R.E. FROM KNOWLEDGE TO PRACTICE

Thursday, October 16, 2014  FirefighterCloseCalls.com Staff Members Brian Kazmierzak and Forest Reeder are in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for the next 10 days participating in F.I.R.E. - From Knowledge to Practice which is a grant from the Canadian Government also supported by US DHS and US DOD to develop a STANDARD fire behavior curriculum worldwide.This is an exciting project that will be built out by over 40 firefighters from throughout the world over the next 3 years.

   


 
 
 

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