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MAYDAY IN COLUMBUS

Sunday, April 26, 2015  Two Columbus firefighters are safe after issuing a mayday call while fighting a West Columbus fire.It happened in the 3200 block of Medoma Drive around 2:30 p.m.

Firefighters said the heat from the fire was so intense that two of the firefighters needed help.

One knocked out a back window and waited for help to arrive while the other was able to get outside on his own.

Firefighters were then able to extinguish the flames safely.

A dog was killed in the fire. No one else was home at the time.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

   


 

LA FF BURNED DURING RESCUE ATTEMPT AT FATAL FIRE

Sunday, April 26, 2015  Firefighters tried in vain to save a badly burned man from a burning tire shop Saturday in a fire that may have been started by Molotov cocktails, authorities said.
Two other bodies were later found at the scene, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.The burning man was trapped behind a locked industrial fence and trying to escape, but he was overcome by the flames before firefighters could break through to him, according to Los Angeles County Fire and Sheriff's department officials.
"By the time they got into the location, the male had already started to go the other way and ran further into the location, where he succumbed to the flames," said Lt. Victor Lewandowski, with the sheriff's department.

A firefighter's face was burned trying to rescue the man, a fire official said. Lewandowski said he would be OK after being taken to a hospital.
"He was making a heroic effort to cut the lock," fire inspector Chris read said.

The two-alarm bl... [ more ]

   


 

ENGINE CO. RESPONDING ROLLOVER CRASH IN PG CO MD

Sunday, April 26, 2015  Seven firefighters in Prince George's County were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after their firetruck overturned while responding to a fire Sunday morning.

According to the Prince George's County Fire Department, a truck assigned to the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department overturned at the intersection of Branch Avenue and Curtis Drive in Hillcrest Heights.

Morningside says the firefighters are all out of the hospital.

There were no civilian injuries in the accident.

PGFD have not said what caused the firetruck to overturn.

     



 

ANOTHER PG CO APPARATUS CRASH - THIS TIME A RESCUE SQUAD

Sunday, April 26, 2015  Responding PGFD Squad 806 involved in PIA at 202/Arena Dr. One FF and civilian driver transported for evaluation.

   


 

WEAR YOUR SEATBELT FROM DRIVE TO SURVIVE

Sunday, April 26, 2015   I just read an article about a firefighter who fell out of a truck while it was responding to a call. The incident itself is disturbing on many levels, but what disturbed me more was the comments and discussions that were generated on social media in reference to the use of seatbelts.

Let’s get one thing straight. For anyone who defends the NON-USE of seatbelts, you’re an idiot. Yes…I said it…an idiot. The fire service has tried to gently get you fools to wear your seatbelt for years now, but that approach just isn’t working. So here you go…you’re an idiot.

Now, allow me to immediately put to rest the comments that are about to manifest themselves under this post. I’ve been a firefighter for 25 years. I’ve served as nozzleman, Captain, Battalion and Assistant Chief. I’ve driven to fires, I’ve fought fires and believe it or not, I figured out how to put my airpack and my seatbelt on at the same time. It’s not rocket science.
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FIRE APPARATUS ROLLOVER IN BRAZIL

Saturday, April 25, 2015  Around 4 a.m. today, a fire apparatus responding to an emergency, rolled over and fell in a creek in the city of Salvador, Northeast of Brazil. Police informed that the truck was cut by other vehicle causing the driver to lose control. The crew of five firefighters suffered minor injuries. 

   


 

VIDEO RAISES QUESTIONS - FIREFIGHTER vs. FLAMETHROWER

YouTube Video

Saturday, April 25, 2015   In this video, a person who appears to be a firefighter uses a shielded firehose to battle a high-powered flamethrower. At 13 seconds, you can take a moment to watch the entire thing without feeling as if part of your day has been lost to the latest scrimmage in the timeless war of the elements.Now I'll be fielding questions, because surely you have many:

Is that a firefighter or merely someone who has acquired a firefighter uniform?

An excellent query. As you might know, going head to head with a flamethrower isn't standard firefighter behavior. I have firefighters in my family, so I can say confidently that many if not most firefighters prefer to use their free time watching sporting events, grilling red meats, and pontooning with some fairly priced cool brews. So, my guess is this is not a professional firefighter.

Are you sure?

There are a few additional context clues that have me thinking, "This is either a very bad firefighter ... [ more ]

   


 

INDIANA APPARATUS CRASH

Saturday, April 25, 2015  Only minor injuries were reported after a fire engine was involved in a crash in Bartholomew County Wednesday morning.It happened around 8:15 a.m. on County Road 550 West near County Road 225 South. Officials say a Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputy was following a Harrison Township Fire engine to a medic call. Both vehicles were heading southbound on CR 550 W when they approached a northbound truck pulling a trailer near CR 225 S.

Officials say the fire engine had to pull over to avoid the truck and trailer. The right side wheels of the fire truck went off the roadway and hit a Duke Energy utility pole.

A volunteer firefighter suffered minor cuts from glass when the fire engine’s windshields broke. He was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital. Other volunteer firefighters on board were not hurt. 

     



 

3 FFs INJURED AT NJ FIRE

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Saturday, April 25, 2015   Three firefighters were hurt battling a blaze on Friday afternoon in Medford Lakes, New Jersey.

The two-alarm fire broke out in the 100 block of Mohawk Trail. It was reported around 2:30 p.m.

Those firefighters were taken to local hospitals for treatment of minor injuries.
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2 INDIANA FFs INJURED AT HOUSE FIRE

Saturday, April 25, 2015  Two firefighters were hurt responding to a vacant house fire in Gibson County Friday morning.The fire broke out just before 3:00 a.m. in the 11000 block of Oak Street in Oakland City.

The chief tells 14NEWS the fire started in the back of house, and crews were able to knock it down quickly.

The two emergency responders, who were injured when a hose burst, were treated on the scene.

We're told the fire is being considered suspicious because the utilities were shut off.

The state fire marshal will be investigating. 

   


 

ONE MONTH LATER AFTER CINCY LODD - QUESTIONS REMAIN

Saturday, April 25, 2015  As investigators continue to search for answers a month after beloved Cincinnati firefighter Daryl Gordon fell into an elevator shaft and died, this much is certain:•Firefighters rarely die in elevator-related incidents.

•The type of elevator in the Madisonville apartment building is outdated and may be unlike any other style the veteran firefighter had ever encountered.

Not much else is known about the March 26 incident. A federal investigation may not be finished until early next year, and city and local fire union officials say they're waiting for the results to determine whether to call for banning so-called "swing-door" elevators and if firefighters need to change the way they work in and around elevators.

A report specifically detailing the cause of the fire at the five-floor apartment building on Dahlgren Street could be released next week, but it's believed the fire did not originate or spread to the elevator shaft.

Several nat... [ more ]

   


 

BUFFALO FFs ENCOUNTER KNIFE WIELDING WOMAN

Saturday, April 25, 2015  Three firefighters are recovering from non-life threatening injuries after being confronted Friday by a woman with a knife inside a burning home on Glenwood Avenue in Buffalo.According to Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield, crews responded around 1 p.m. Friday to 210 Glenwood Avenue, at the corner of Waverly Street. Whitfield said that there appeared to be some kind of issue between the woman and a man, who family members said is the homeowner.

"She told my brother that she was not going back to jail, that she was going to finish him off, and you see this right here, what's going on," said Marvin Blakely, the victim's brother.

Blakely said family members arrived quickly after he took a panicked call from his mother.

"There was black smoke coming out of the house," said Larusha Blakely, victim's niece. "Our main concern was-where was my uncle?"

Whitfield said that crews found two lawnmowers outside on fire, and several fires burning insid... [ more ]

   


 

PA FF INJURED AT FIRE

Saturday, April 25, 2015  A McKeesport firefighter was hospitalized with minor injuries sustained while battling a blaze in the city Thursday afternoon.
Fire Deputy Chief Don Sabol said the firefighter, who was not identified, was transported by McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service to UPMC McKeesport.
The Allegheny County Fire Marshal is investigating the two-alarm fire at 565 Palm St.
Firefighters from Glassport, White Oak and McKeesport responded to the scene at 3:25 and had the fire under control by 3:58.
Sabol said the homeowner was at the house when the fire started, possibly on the back porch. He got out safely.
Sabol said crews from the city's Station No. 2 along Eden Park Boulevard could see the smoke from their building.
The back porch was engulfed when firefighters arrived, Sabol said.
Sabol said the fire mostly was contained to the outside. The interior sustained heavy smoke and water damage.
McKeesport police responded to the scene.
Read more: http://triblive.com/neighbo... [ more ]

   


 

DCFD EMS SUPERVISOR-SHOTS FIRED

Friday, April 24, 2015   Shots were fired at a DFCD EMS supervisor as he was following a vehicle involved in a gun battle on Thursday night, April 23rd.
The saga began around midnight when the captain on duty in EMS 2 witnessed 2 vehicles exchanging gunfire at 4th and Morse Streets NE.
He notified police and starting following one of the vehicles that fled the scene. At 4th and K Streets NE, someone in the car began shooting at the EMS vehicle.
A subsequent police chase ensue... [ more ]

   


 

OH FF INJURED IN WALL COLLAPSE

Thursday, April 23, 2015   A Marion firefighter was seriously injured last night battling a blaze in the city’s downtown.The firefighter was hurt in the lower leg while combatting the fire on N. Vine Street, a Marion dispatcher said.

The firefighter’s injury came when a brick wall collapsed, WBNS-TV reported.

The injured firefighter was transported to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in Columbus.

The blaze affected a brick building and an adjacent house. WBNS-TV reported the brick building was vacant, and that the residents of the house were not at home when the fire erupted.

   


 
 
 

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