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MANHOLE EXPLOSION LEAVES FFs INJURED

Friday, March 6, 2015  Three firefighters, a Con Edison worker and a National Grid worker were all injured Thursday night in two separate manhole explosions in Brooklyn.
Three FDNY firefighters were rushed to area hospitals after a manhole explosion and fire were reported at 9:54 p.m. at Broadway and Ralph Avenue in Brooklyn, officials told CBS2.
At least one firefighter was escorted by police to Kings County Hospital Center, officials said. The other two were also taken to unspecified hospitals.
The firefighters’ conditions were not immediately learned, but all were expected to survive.
The FDNY, National Grid and Con Edison remained on the scene late Thursday night.
In an earlier incident at 8:44 p.m., a Con Ed worker and a National Grid worker were injured while attending to a manhole fire at Nevins and Pacific streets in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
Their conditions were not immediately available.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/03/05/firefighter-injured-in-bushwick-brooklyn-... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MANHOLE FIRE/COVER EXPLOSION - FDNY

Friday, March 6, 2015   A firefighter was seriously injured when a manhole explosion launched the cover into his head in Brooklyn on Thursday night.Firefighters from Engine 222 were working on a manhole fire on Broadway at Lexington Ave. in Bushwick around 2200

when the cover blew and struck the Firefighter in the head.

The man was rushed to Kings County Hospital with a police escort, according to the sources. He had a massive head wound but was expected to survive.

   


 

FIREFIGHTER CRITICAL IN OHIO FIRE APPARATUS CRASH

Thursday, March 5, 2015  A Munson Township (Geauga County, Ohio, east of Cleveland) ladder truck was involved in a serious crash on its way to a house fire this afternoon.Two vehicles were going eastbound, when the first car spotted the fire apparatus and slowed to pull over. The second car did not slow down. It hit the back of the minivan and veered left of center, striking the fire truck head on.

The fire apparatus driver and the driver of another vehicle were taken to Hillcrest Hospital in critical condition. Two other firefighters were taken to University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. More to follow. KTIYP's.

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PHILLY LODD UPDATE: Was fire that killed Firefighter Joyce Craig ‘a perfect storm’ of errors?

Thursday, March 5, 2015  THREE MONTHS after Joyce Craig became Philly's first female firefighter to die on duty, three investigations into her death remain unresolved.That's because a series of errors occurred that morning, complicating investigators' probes, sources said.

Fire spokesman Clifford Gilliam declined to comment on the Dec. 9 fire in West Oak Lane that killed Craig, saying he couldn't talk about ongoing investigations.

But veteran firefighters described it as "a perfect storm of things that went wrong," including:

An inexperienced ladder crew took 18 minutes to respond.

The team with whom Craig entered the rowhouse got separated, leaving her alone inside.

Many of those on the scene were either young or recent transfers, including the firefighter assigned to fight the fire beside Craig.

The city Fire Marshal's Office, the Medical Examiner's Office and the federal National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health are investigati... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER CHAPLAIN-REST IN PEACE REV. KIRBY

RIP Rev Kirby

RIP Rev Kirby

Thursday, March 5, 2015  I've been really, really lucky in my career to get to know and work with some really cool FIRE CHAPLAINS. My favorite ones-actually, my favorite religious leaders-are the ones whose daily actions define their stated beliefs...it's a good way to be...for a Chaplain, or any of us. Actions not words. Good stuff.

If you have had a chance to read PASS IT ON, you read some great words from Chicago FD Chaplain Father Tom. He represents the good in fire chaplains. There for everyone.


Last week we lost a wonderful Fire Chaplain, Rev Richard (Dick) Kirby.


I first met Rev Kirby in the early 80's when he volunteered to help out as our Chaplain. Easily identified as that "little Irishman" who would always wear something such as a cloverleaf to proudly represent his heritage, and would greet people with: "Top o' the morning to you." ...to which I would always respond back to him "climb back into that #%$^! box of Lucky Charms cereal you came out of... [ more ]

   


 

FDNY FIREFIGHTERS THE LARGEST GROUP OF MARROW DONORS - AND HERE THEY GO AGAIN!

NY Daily News

NY Daily News

Wednesday, March 4, 2015   Michael McCauley had only been a firefighter for a few months when he saved a life — and he didn’t even have to run into a burning building to do it.
The 26-year-old Staten Island resident was told in 2013 that he was a match for a leukemia patient in desperate need of a bone-marrow transplant.
On Wednesday, he will finally meet the mystery recipient — Aaron Faulkner, a 33-year-old Iraq War veteran and father of two from Pittsburgh, at a special reception at FDNY headquarters in Brooklyn.
Faulkner went to college after serving in Iraq, and was studying to become a pastor when he started feeling tired, and thought he had mononucleosis when he got the diagnosis of leukemia.
“I went a long time without hearing anything,” said McCauley, who works out of Engine 242 in Bay Ridge. “I wasn’t sure whether or not it helped.”
Faulkner, a former Marine now studying to be a pastor, was a student at Geneva College in Pennsylvania when he started to... [ more ]

   


 

PHOTOS FROM BOSTON EMS SUV EXPLOSION

Wednesday, March 4, 2015  Submitted by one of the injured firefighters:

PPE-all of it-worn correctly prevented a tragedy from occurring as my partner was struck by flying metal debris at the helmet/ scba facepiece/ hood interface. Being "buttoned up" correctly was a difference maker. Training to attack well-involved motor vehicle fires at an angle, and with correct nozzle technique and in coordination with dry chemical application allowed us to continue the attack after the explosion, and safely extinguish the fire despite the injuries incurred.




     
The Boston EMS SUV just after the oxygen cylinder exploded in a downward direction compromising the vehicle fuel tank.

The Boston EMS SUV just after the oxygen
      cylinder exploded in a downward
      direction compromising the vehicle fuel
      tank.

The compromised aluminum "Jumbo" D oxygen tank.

The compromised aluminum "Jumbo" D
      oxygen tank.



 

PA FIREFIGHTER REMAINS CRITICAL AFTER FIRE COLLAPSE/MAYDAY

WJACTV Video

Wednesday, March 4, 2015  We’re learning more about the firefighter who is in the hospital after being injured while fighting a fire in Clearfield County. Firefighter Jeff Buck, 18, is in UPMC Altoona where he remains in critical condition after the porch roof collapsed while he was fighting the fire. Mayday in a distress call sent shockwaves through the entire first responder community after three firefighters from the Lawrence Township Fire Department were trapped under a collapsed porch during a three-alarm fire Tuesday in Clearfield. “The family is with the firefighter, along with a contingent from Station 5, Lawrence Township, where the firefighter was from,” Clearfield County director of Emergency Services Joe Bigar said. Two of the firefighters were treated and released, but Buck was rushed to UPMC Altoona. His injuries were so serious that officials called for a helicopter, but due to weather conditions they could not fly the man out. “He was stabilized and transported by ground,” said Biga... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AS EMS SUV EXPLODES-FIREFIGHTER CLOSE CALL

Tuesday, March 3, 2015  Two Quincy (MASSACHUSETTS) Firefighters were hurt in an explosion at a car fire this morning. The Firefighters responded to the ramp from I-93 north to the Furnace Brook Parkway around 0800 after a Boston EMS SUV caught fire. Moments later, the master O2 cylinder in the vehicle exploded and blew debris at the firefighters. Two of them were taken to Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary where they were treated for injuries.
Both are expected to be fine, according to the fire department.

     



 

9 SALT LAKE CITY FFs HOSPITALIZED AFTER FIREHOUSE FIRE

Tuesday, March 3, 2015  Nine firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation after a two-alarm blaze broke out in their west Salt Lake City station house.

Salt Lake City Fire Department spokesman Jasen Asay said two captains discovered the fire at 1:27 a.m. It was believed to have begun in a second-floor utility room of Station 2, located at 270 W. 300 North.

The Captains alerted their seven sleeping fire crew members. Together, they escaped the flames, moved a fire engine and truck from the station bay, and then began fighting the fire as additional crews were dispatched to the scene from other stations.

All nine members of Station 2's crew were taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, but no serious injuries were reported. 

     



 

UPDATE: FIREFIGHTERS DOWN IN PA-MAYDAY AT DWELLING FIRE

Tuesday, March 3, 2015  Following this mornings multi-alarm fire in Clearfield (Clearfield County, PA) - an 18 year old Lawrence Township Firefighter has been hospitalized in UPMC Altoona after being trapped in that dwelling in Clearfield Borough.
FF Jeffrey Buck was trapped after the porch roof collapsed. He was extricated from the dwelling and two others crawled to safety. Firefighters had to cut through the collapse to rescue the FF- and he was initially in traumatic arrest. 
FF Buck obviously sustained very serious injuries in the fire/collapse and remains hospitalized- - the other Firefighters were treated locally at Clearfield Penn Highlands Hospital and they have been released.

The adult residents and their pets escaped from the home-companies arrived with fire visible. The family children were not at home at the time of the fire.
EARLIER:

 Reports from Clearfield Borough (Clearfield County, PA) that a working dwelling fire turned real bad this morning... [ more ]

     



 

FF SUFFERS SMOKE INHALATION IN WV

Tuesday, March 3, 2015  We have news of a house fire in Raleigh County.According to Raleigh County Dispatch the call in of a house fire at 7:07 a.m. Monday morning at 144 Deweese Court Pemberton, West Virginia.

As of 9 o'clock Monday morning the fire was still active. Coal City Fire Department, Sophia Area and Sophia City Fire Department and Best Ambulance Service all responded.

A firefighter suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to the hospital for treatment.  

   


 

PENNSYLVANIA PARAMEDIC STRUCK AT SCENE-KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY

Monday, March 2, 2015   We regret to pass on to you that a Paramedic was killed in the Line of Duty while operating at the scene of a crash in Cambria County. It happened along Menoher Boulevard in Upper Yoder Township. 38-year-old West End Ambulance Paramedic Janice Livingston, of Johnstown was working the scene after two earlier crashes when a coal truck came around a curve on an icy road and essentially ran through the crash scene---PM Livingston died of multiple traumatic injuries.
Apparently there were three different crashes, and in the third one, Paramedic Livingston was killed in the Line of Duty when a coal truck slammed into her.
We'll post more as it becomes available. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.


     



 

SHOTS FIRED: Suspect Fires Upon First Responders After Crash

Monday, March 2, 2015  Highway 61, near Highway P, in St. Charles County has reopened after a crash victim committed suicide.According to the Wentzville Police Department, a man's vehicle ran off the road into a tree line after being involved in an accident. An off duty firefighter ran to the man's vehicle to help, but the man told the firefighter to leave.

As the firefighter was walking away, he heard a gunshot come from the vehicle and called police.

This story is developing and will be updated when more information is available.

   


 

COLORADO HOUSE COLLAPSES WHILE ON FIRE - FIREFIGHTERS INSIDE

KDVR Video

Sunday, March 1, 2015  A home caught fire on Saturday night at the 9700 block of Carr Circle in Westminster.While inside, the roof of the house collapsed and Westminster firefighters were vacated from the building, Diana Wilson told FOX31 Denver.

After nearly an hour of getting the fire under control, the fire was finally put out as of 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

The residents were not inside at the time of the fire. No firefighters or residents were harmed in this fire.

There is no confirmed cause of the fire, at this point.

   


 
 
 

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