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LEXINGTON, KY FF - FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE

Saturday, February 6, 2016   With the upcoming Lexington Firefighter Appreciation day on Friday, firefighters are asking that you help out one of their own."It is absolutely a family, you're a fireman. It doesn't matter where you are at, you are still a fireman," said Captain Dustin Whited, with Station Eight of the Lexington Fire Department.

He said a member of this firefighting family, Matt Logsdon, is now battling cancer and fighting for his life.

"He's diagnosed with stage four cancer. It's in his liver, lungs and bone. And right now he's just trying to grasp the situation," said Whited.

Logsdon is a father of three and a former paramedic. He's been a member of the Lexington Fire Department for the past ten years, and he specializes in rescuing fellow firefighters. Just last Tuesday he fought two fires, while having no idea he was very sick. It wasn't until his fellow firefighters mentioned he looked ill, that he decided he should visit a doctor the next day.

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HOUSTON FF SHOCKED AT FIRE

ABC 13 Video

Saturday, February 6, 2016  A Houston firefighter is recovering after getting quite a shock while battling a fire in the Heights.

According to fire officials, the firefighter was inside of an apartment at 2121 Tannehill Drive where a heater caught fire. Fire officials say the firefighter was one of the first crew inside the apartment. He began tearing out sheet rock to get to the fire in the wall when he hit a 220 volt electric line. That live wire energized metal framing in the apartment before some of that framing hit the firefighter. He was shocked on the left side of his body and was taken to the hospital.
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NEW YORK FIREFIGHTERS "FLUSHED" WITH DISGUST!

Saturday, February 6, 2016  Six Mount Vernon firefighters were hospitalized this week because some claim the Firefighters have been negligently clogging the firehouse toilets. 
Last Sunday night the sewage lines backed up at Fire Station 1 at 470 E. Lincoln Ave., sending harmful fumes through the building, Deputy Fire Commissioner Ernie Richardson said. Six firefighters fell ill and were treated and released from a hospital that night.
Richardson said the Department of Public Works cleaned out the pipes and found the culprit: brown paper towels that are meant for drying your hands after washing them.
"The DPW pulled large amounts of brown papers towels out of those sewer pipes. The only way it gets in there is if guys are throwing it in there purposely. These guys have been told not to do it. That's the issue," said Richardson, a former union president.
DPW officials did not immediately return a request seeking comment.
Current union president Charles Ranken said he had not spok... [ more ]

   


 

3 INJURED IN ORLANDO APPARATUS WRECK

Friday, February 5, 2016   A fire truck heading to a call on Curry Ford Road crashed during rush hour.Three people are recovering from their injuries, WESH 2 News has learned.

"I thought it was the end of my life. I thought my life was over," said Brenda Gauvey, crash victim.

The Orlando fire truck ended up in the median. 

"I'm very upset," Gauvey said.

Gauvey received a dent and a scratch on her car and two other SUVs were damaged, with debris scattered across Curry Ford Road.

The Orlando Fire Department told WESH 2 News the fire truck was headed to a call when it collided with at least one of the vehicles.

At least three people were hospitalized with head and neck injuries, according to fire officials.

"I could see it coming like this. I was like this. Bracing myself," Gauvey said.

Gauvey said she was side-swiped by the fire truck after she saw it hit the other two vehicles.

"The fire truck was goin... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY FOLLOWING TRAINING-NORTH CAROLINA

Thursday, February 4, 2016   We regret to pass on to you that Firefighter James R. Varnell, 53, of the Bakertown VFD in Elm City NC, (east of Raleigh) died in the Line of Duty on 2-2-2016-Tuesday of this week.
Firefighter Varnell was at the fire station attending training. As Firefighter Varnell was preparing to depart, he became ill and fellow Firefighters quickly came to his aid with basic life support measures. As more assistance arrived, advanced life support was provided as Firefighter Varnell was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to a nature and cause of injury still to be determined. Our condolences to all those affected.

   


 

PGFD FF ESCAPES INJURY AFTER FALL THRU FLOOR AT HOUSE FIRE

Thursday, February 4, 2016  A Prince George’s County Firefighter escaped serious injuries after falling through a weakened floor of a burning Upper Marlboro house. On Wednesday, February 3, at around 5:45 pm, firefighters responded to the 10700 block of Waco Drive for a 911 report of a house fire. The Office of the Fire Marshal indicated that working smoke alarms alerted the occupants to the fire and they called 911.Upon arrival firefighters from the Croom Fire/EMS Station 845 were the first to arrive and encountered a 2-story single family home with light smoke showing. Ensuring all occupants were outside of the house firefighters made their way inside to search and extinguish the fire.

During their cause and origin investigation Fire Investigators determined the fire was located between the floor joists under the first floor and above the basement ceiling. As firefighters searched the first floor for the fire one member stepped onto a burned out weakened portion of the floor and fell through... [ more ]

   


 

NEWSPAPER SUES OHIO STATE FIRE MARSHAL FOR RELEASE OF LINE OF DUTY DEATH FIRE REPORT

Thursday, February 4, 2016  The Cincinnati Enquirer on Tuesday sued the Ohio State Fire Marshal for withholding records in its investigation into the Line of Duty Death of a Hamilton Firefighter.
In refusing to release the fire marshal's initial report, Assistant Ohio Attorney General Hilary Damaser said in an email investigators considered the fire a non-routine criminal matter "from their very first approach."
The Enquirer, in its lawsuit, called this revelation concerning. The fire has since been ruled arson.
"An investigator who commences the investigation with his mind already made up is derelict in his duty," The Enquirer wrote. "The investigators' apparent prejudices make the need for public access to the SFM Report, and resulting scrutiny, all the more pressing."
Firefighter Patrick Wolterman died Dec. 28 rushing into a home he believed might have been occupied.
While there is a $25,000 reward for information leading to a conviction, local and state officials have continuousl... [ more ]

   


 

OR FFs RESCUED BY COAST GUARD

Statter911 Video

Wednesday, February 3, 2016  Thanks to Dave Statter www.Statter911.com for the heads up on this story

On February 01, 2016 at approximately 2:50 PM four youths were climbing on the cape at Cape Kiwanda when MEGAN OWENS, age 17, from Marysville, Washington, fell off the rocks into an area commonly known as the Punch Bowl. OSP troopers responded along with Tillamook County Sheriff’s deputies, local fire/EMS and aircraft from the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

During the search, two members from the North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, who were searching the area on personal watercraft reportedly fell into the water as sea conditions began to worsen and were later rescued by the USCG Jayhawk aircraft crew. One responder was dropped off at the beach and the other was transferred to emergency medical services personnel in Lincoln City.

Aircraft from the USCG continued their search late into the night. OSP troopers and Tillamook County deputies remained on the beach until search crews ... [ more ]

   


 

GAS LEAK TURNS INTO EXPLOSION IN NY STATE

Wednesday, February 3, 2016  It took just minutes from the time Eugene Upshaw called 911 to report a gas leak for firefighters to get on scene. Two minutes later, the home just off of Lehigh Station Road in Henrietta erupted.
The explosion happened Tuesday morning on Buckley Lane.
Lieutenant Tom Hayes and Firefighter Tim Roberts were two of the first responders.
"Firefighter Roberts and I made our way up the driveway and at that time we could hear the free flow of the natural gas flowing from the gas line," says Hayes.
Chris Horvatits: "And as you're smelling that, are you thinking in your mind there's 100 percent chance this is going to explode -- we need to back away?
Hayes: "Not at that time. We're still trying to figure out where the actual source of the gas was."
Hayes continues, "We asked if everybody was out of the house. He said everybody was out. His wife was parked in a car on the street."
"The owner, Tim and myself started going back toward the fire engine," says Hayes. "At that ... [ more ]

     

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What's Killing Boston Firefighters?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 

The Boston Fire Department has identified cancer-causing sources and, as a result, fighting fires without wearing protective masks will no longer be tolerated. In addition, the department is working to eliminate cancer sources and improve overall conditions for firefighters.



   


 

PATIENT JUMPS OUT OF MOVING AMBULANCE-STRUCK AND KILLED BY HIT AND RUN DRIVER

Wednesday, February 3, 2016  A mentally ill man en route to a Long Island (NY) hospital unfastened himself from a stretcher, opened the back door of an ambulance, jumped out and was fatally struck by another vehicle, whose driver fled the scene, cops said.Frank Ligrnetta, 51, of Bay Shore, was being driven Monday evening from Stony Brook University Hospital to Brunswick Hospital Center, a psychiatric facility in Amityville, according to Suffolk County police. 

He was sitting on the stretcher and was properly strapped in the rear, where an attendant sat in a jump seat, cops said.

A dark-colored sedan also traveling south on busy Nicolls Road in Holtsville at about 7 p.m. hit Ligrnetta, who was declared dead at the scene.

“This individual exited the vehicle as the ambulance was moving,” said acting Police Commissioner Tim Sini. “He hit the ground. He was never standing, and he was run over shortly thereafter.”

It was unclear why Ligrnetta jumped out.
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SECOND SET OF GEAR CAN HELP FIREFIGHTERS AVOID CANCER

Wednesday, February 3, 2016   Some research over the past few years has started to show a link between fighting fires, and an increased rate of cancer. Firefighters in Schenectady are encouraged to clean their gear after fires, to keep them free of contaminants. But that cleaning process takes hours and when a fire call comes in, firefighters have to go."It's not uncommon for us to have two structure fires in one shift," said Schenectady Fire Chief Ray Senecal.

Chief Senecal said that just about a year ago, the city spent about a quarter million dollars to buy all firefighters a second set of gear. One to wear when the other is dirty or in the wash.

"The potential is there to be exposed to a wide range of toxins. We want to make sure we minimize where employees have the ability to be contaminated," said Mayor Gary McCarthy.

Monday, Schenectady firefighters received a second safety hood, the protective gear that directly covers a firefighters face, head and neck.

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NEW VIDEO: MULTI-LODD EXPLOSION / RECREATION FROM WEST, TEXAS

Tuesday, February 2, 2016   Please take time to watch and pass on this brand new 12 minute video. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) created this excellent video following the April 17, 2013, fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas.  

As you will recall, it resulted in 15 fatalities (see LODD's below), more than 260 injuries, and widespread community damage. The deadly fire and explosion occurred when about thirty tons of fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate exploded after being heated by a fire at the storage and distribution facility.

 

The CSB’s newly released 12-minute safety video entitled, “Dangerously Close: Explosion in West, Texas,” includes a 3D animation of the fire and explosion 

 

WATCH THE VIDEO:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdDuHxwD5R4

 

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Oromocto Fire department tackles mental illness

Deputy Chief Richard Cummings says a number of members of the fire department are accessing the mental health services provided. (Catherine Harrop/CBC)

Deputy Chief Richard Cummings says a
      number of members of the fire department
      are accessing the mental health services
      provided. (Catherine Harrop/CBC)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016  The Oromocto Fire Department's willingness to tackle mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, came at a high price.The suicide of a volunteer fighter and former military sergeant, Paul Martin, in 2011 sent a shock wave through the department.  

Then, more recently, one of the department's full-time members almost succeeded in taking his life. 

Lt. Jerry Poirier is a broad-shouldered, calm-looking firefighter but, just over a year ago, he was falling apart. 


"It culminated into me ultimately breaking.""I just existed. My thoughts weren't clear, my work wasn't efficient, I wasn't myself. I was just here physically, but mentally, I was on the moon," Poirier says.

Poirier says he had come through a year and half of hyper-vigilance, caused when he resuscitated his six-month-old son who suddenly stopped breathing one night.

He wasn't sleeping for fear some... [ more ]

   


 

Phoenix Fire Department sees an alarming trend in suicides

Fox 10 Phoenix Video

Tuesday, February 2, 2016  Firefighters train to be physically strong and more recently, Phoenix firefighters are also getting new training on how to be mentally strong, as well."In 2010, we had four suicides in a really short period of time," said Phoenix Fire Capt. Ray Maione said.

Since then, Capt. Ray Maione says more than eight more of his brothers went on to end their own lives. Coping with the nature of their jobs, the sheer volume of calls, the high stress and lack of sleep all take its toll.

"When the average citizen is sleeping, we're up dealing with all kinds of problems," Capt. Maione said. "You can go from a fire to saving a baby in a house, to a baby drowning, to an older person having a heart attack. You never know what you're going to see on a daily basis."

It's not something firefighters can easily talk about, let alone admit is a problem.

"In the past, it's always been something you just kept pushing to the side," Capt. Maione said. "Now, we train ... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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