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FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-FOUND AFTER LOST CONTACT AT CALIF WILDLAND FIRE

Saturday, August 1, 2015  We regret to advise of the Line of Duty Death of a US Forest Service Firefighter who died yesterday while responding to the Frog Fire within the Modoc National Forest outside of Alturas, CA. The fallen is David “Dave” Ruhl of Rapid City, South Dakota.

Dave was on temporary assignment to the Big Valley Ranger District of the Modoc National Forest in Adin, California, as an Assistant Fire Management Officer since June 14. Dave’s permanent position is Engine Captain on the Mystic Ranger District of the Black Hills National Forest in Rapid City.

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MI FF SUFFERS SMOKE INHALATION AT FIRE

Friday, July 31, 2015  A West Bloomfield firefighter suffered smoke inhalation while battling a fire in the 3800 block of Pinnock Avenue, near Green Lake Road and Upper Straits Boulevard, at around 1:20 a.m. July 30.The firefighter was transported to Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital for treatment, and as a precaution, he was then transferred to Detroit Receiving Hospital, according to a press release from the West Bloomfield Fire Department.

“He’s doing better. We’re expecting him to be discharged from Detroit Receiving this afternoon,” Fire Chief Greg Flynn said. “He was in good spirits when I left him this morning. … All was progressing well with his treatment. That’s all good news for us.”

Flynn declined to comment on what exactly caused the smoke inhalation; however, he said the entire incident is being reviewed through the department’s action review process to identify any training points to minimize risk to firefighters in the future.

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FIRE APPARATUS CRASH: $15 MILLION SETTLEMENT-22 CLAIMS FILED

Friday, July 31, 2015  A 53-year-old father who lost his right leg after a crash sent a fire truck careening into a restaurant last year is poised to receive a $15 million settlement from Alhambra and Monterey Park, according to court documents.
As Kenneth Thai of Monterey Park waited to cross an intersection on April 16, 2014, an Alhambra fire ladder truck heading south on Garfield Avenue collided with a Monterey Park fire engine going east on Emerson Avenue.


Both emergency vehicles had lights and sirens activated and were responding to a house fire in Monterey Park.

Monterey Park’s fire engine veered onto the sidewalk, hit Thai, pushed him through the wall of Lu’s Dumpling House at 330 N. Garfield Ave. and left him pinned underneath the massive vehicle, according to court documents.

“Prior to this incident, I was healthy and had no physical limitations,” Thai said in a court declaration. “I spent weeks in the hospital and lost my right leg above t... [ more ]

   


 

READ THIS-FROM AN URBAN FIREFIGHTER AND THEN PLEASE SHARE IT, PASS IT ON, REPOST ETC.

Chief Sandy Davis

Chief Sandy Davis

Friday, July 31, 2015  Brother and Sisters, I know many of you personally, as I spent 12 years on the Board of Directors for FDSOA  www.fdsoa.org and I have spoken at conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada for many years. I count several of you as close personal friends.  Although I officially retired from the fire service several years ago I will never really retire from my passion for firefighter health and safety.
I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer just over two years ago. More likely than not my cancer is job related as my life style is not conducive to cancer and there is no history of cancer in my family. Over the past two years I have spent way more time in doctor’s offices, hospitals and cancer centers than you can imagine. I have been through radiation therapy, surgery and chemo therapy. I have a permanent colostomy and will be on some type of chemo therapy for the remainder of my life. But do not feel sorry for me; I have been and will continue to be significant ... [ more ]

   


 

3 FFs INJURED IN HOUSTON APT. FIRE

Thursday, July 30, 2015  Arson investigators have arrested a man for allegedly causing a massive fire that injured three firefighters and left dozens homeless Tuesday in northwest Houston, reports click2houston.com (http://bit.ly/1LRppUX)
Officials charged Danny Isidoro, 18, with reckless arson for allegedly sparking a fire that grew to four alarms and gutted four buildings at the Gentry House apartments in the 9000 block of Kempwood Drive.
Rhonda Hayes stopped by the complex to see the damage. Her apartment is among the 70 or so fire officials consider a total loss.
Firefighters responded to the fire around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. There was little time for residents to react as flames washed over four buildings within minutes.
Three firefighters were injured, including two who suffered from heat exhaustion.
"Fighting fires are already difficult enough with the gear and the heat of the fire," said Capt. Ruy Lozano.
But when you add a 100-degree day like Tuesday, it can get dangerous.
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TEN INJURED IN YONKERS ENGINE/BUS COLLISION

Thursday, July 30, 2015  Ten people were injured after a fire engine collided with a casino shuttle bus Wednesday evening.Yonkers fire engine 313 crashed into the driver's side of an Empire City Casino bus around 6 p.m. at the intersection of Kimball and Yonkers avenues. Firefighters from station 13, just a few hundred feet from the intersection, were responding to a fire alarm at 41 Maple Place when their truck hit the bus, Yonkers Fire Commissioner John Darcy said.

There were six people on the bus and four firefighters on the truck at the time of the collision, Darcy said.

All 10 people were transported to local hospitals with varying degrees of injuries, Darcy said. The firefighters had neck and back injuries that were not life-threatening, he said, but he did not know the status of the bus passengers, who were taken to St. Joseph's Medical Center and Westchester Medical Center.

The crash blocked off part of the intersection, shutting down westbound traffic on Yonkers Ave... [ more ]

   


 

6 MN FFs BURNED BY HYDROFLURIC ACID

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015   tarted out as a business fire on Wednesday, but as Eden Prairie firefighters began taking off their gear, it all changed.“That’s when firefighters were experiencing tingling in their hands and arms, and also we had at least two firefighters developing rashes,” Eden Prairie Fire Chief George Esbensen said. “And that's just a very, very uncommon kind of occurrence.”

Esbensen believes six fighters were burned by hydrofluoric acid, a very dangerous chemical that burns through skin. Now, $100,000 worth of contaminated equipment is in quarantine -- hoses, tanks, plus fifteen sets of gear.

“Our hope is that we can figure out a way to bring this back, but we're not going to do that unless we have absolute guarantee that after we're done cleaning it, it's 100-percent safe to use for our firefighters,” Esbensen said.

Investigators were back on scene Thursday at the scene of the fire at SVT Associates, a high-tech manufacturer.  The chi... [ more ]

   


 

FIREHOUSE FIRE IN NY

Wednesday, July 29, 2015   The cause of a blaze that broke out at the Ionia Fire Department during the early morning hours is unknown as of press time. An automatic alarm at the volunteer station, located on County Road 14, came in at approximately 3 a.m.

"When the first members got here, there was quite a bit of smoke in the two bays where the doors come down, which is the original part of the building," said Chief Lynn Parrish, who has served as a chief of the volunteer department on and off for around 35 years. 

The original bays of the building were built in the 1950s. 

"It appears that it probably started up in the attic area in the top of the building," Parrish said, pointing out that the volunteer station handles about 60 to 70 fires a year.  

Volunteers at the department successfully salvaged all the trucks — three trucks are active, one is an antique. The plan is to store the saved trucks at neighboring fire departments until the... [ more ]

   


 

LODD MEDICAL: NC FF FOUND DEAD AT FIREHOUSE

WSOCTV Video

Wednesday, July 29, 2015  The U.S. Fire Administration reported that North Carolina Air National Guard Fire and Emergency Services Captain Hicks, 44, was found unresponsive in his fire department bunkroom several hours after responding to a mutual aid structure fire at 39025 Kemp Road, Albemarle.Captain Hicks was treated by fellow firefighters and other responders but was pronounced deceased at the firehouse. The nature and cause of fatal injury is still to be determ... [ more ]

   


 

FD 911 DISPATCHER HANGS UP ON CALLER DOING CPR

KOB Video

Wednesday, July 29, 2015   A dispatch worker for the Albuquerque Fire Department has been removed from the dispatch center and placed on administrative assignment after hanging up on a 911 caller who was trying to get paramedics to the scene in which Jaydon Chavez-Silver was shot and killed.Matthew Sanchez is accused of hanging up on the caller after she became agitated while talking to dispatch.

Sanchez hung up on her after she cursed on the phone while talking to him.

The partial transcript of the conversation can be see below: 

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MORONIC LIVE FIRE TRAINING IN PA

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Monday, July 27, 2015   And this folks is EXACTLY why NFPA 1403 Exists!

   


 

FF BURNED AT PA FIRE THAT DISPLACES 12

WNEP Video

Monday, July 27, 2015  A dozen people were forced out of their homes and a firefighter was injured when fire hit in Columbia County.

Crews were called to this double block home on West Front Street in Berwick at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

According to fire officials, the fire started at the home on the left and it is now unlivable.

The other side has smoke and water damage, but everyone managed to make it out safely.

Fire officials say one firefighter was taken to the hospital to be treated for burns. There is no word on his condition.

Fire officials believe the fire started upstairs at the home in Columbia County.

   


 

FLORIDA APPARATUS CRASH SENDS 8 TO HOSITAL

Monday, July 27, 2015  Eight people were injured in a crash involving a Brevard County Fire Rescue truck and a car Friday night, Brevard County officials said.
The crash happened just before 10:30 p.m. on Stadium Parkway and Viera Boulevard in Melbourne.
Two of the people injured were firefighters, officials said.
The firefighters and four other patients were taken to a nearby hospital via ambulance, while the two remaining patients had to be airlifted.
Officials said six people were in the car.
The fire truck was seen in the middle of an intersection surrounded by other emergency vehicles.
The firefighters were on their way back to the station after responding to a call.
No other information has been released. 

   


 

4 FFs BURNED AT CA WILDFIRE

Monday, July 27, 2015  Four firefighters suffered burns Sunday and were airlifted from a growing blaze in the Sierra foothills, the first injuries in a tough weekend for fire crews across California.
As firefighters wrestled some wildfires under control, other fires closed roads and forced evacuations.
The four injured firefighters were battling the Lowell Fire, which erupted Saturday afternoon west of Alta in Nevada County. The wildfire scorched 1,500 acres by Sunday evening and was threatening 1,800 buildings.The California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention, also known as Cal Fire, released few details about the injured firefighters but said they were being evaluated by paramedics. Many nearby residents had already been told to leave the area, with an evacuation center established at Nevada Union High

The wildfire’s cause remained unknown. Officials first said they were looking for a white Jeep Wrangler without a top that reportedly had been seen in the area when the fire sta... [ more ]

   


 

7 NJ FFs TREATED AFTER FIRE

Monday, July 27, 2015  Dozens of people were displaced in a fire Sunday involving at least three apartment buildings, authorities confirmed. Fire heavily damaged a building in the 600 block of 10th Street as well as two adjoining buildings on Central Avenue, said Chief Frank Montagne of North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue. Another home on 10th Street was damaged by smoke.

Officer Frank Depinto and his partner Jose Ascencio of the Union City Police Department were on patrol around 4:45 p.m. when they encountered a "wall of smoke" on Central Avenue, Depinto said. A neighbor said a column of smoke from the blaze was visible from the New Jersey Turnpike.

Depinto and Ascencio helped occupants out of the 10th Street addresses, while arriving firefighters assisted other residents, some of whom were unaware of the fire, Depinto said.

Five North Hudson firefighters were treated for dehydration and another two firefighters, from Jersey City, were injured when a banister gave way... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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