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PA FIREFIGHTER REMAINS CRITICAL AFTER FIRE COLLAPSE/MAYDAY

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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

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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.

   


 

CT FF IN BURN CENTER AFTER MAKING HEROIC RESCUE

Sunday, March 1, 2015  Firefighters rescued a man who had passed out in the midst of a raging fire on Dickerman Street late Saturday night.The rescued man, as well as a firefighter, ended up in the Connecticut Burn Center with serious injuries.

The fire call came in at 11:56 p.m. Saturday. It was the city’s fire of the day. (An earlier fire displaced 65 tenants of a group home on Howard Avenue; another minor fire occurred on Sheffield Avenue.)

Firefighters arrived at 64 Dickerman to find the two-story house in flames.

Three people lived in the 95-year-old house: A man occupied one floor, his ex-wife and child another.

The woman and child had made it out of the house. The man was still inside.

Battling flames and smoke, three firefighters from Engine 4 headed up the back staircase to look for him. One of the trio, Patrick Grant, worked the house to clear a path. The other two, Lt. Rob Celentano and Leon Brown, found the trapped man lying by a window ... [ more ]

   


 

ELDERLY LADY COLLIDES WITH FIRE APPARATUS IN WASHINGTON STATE

Saturday, February 28, 2015   Two people were taken to hospitals Wednesday when a passenger car and fire truck collided at an intersection in south Snohomish County.A Mountlake Terrace woman, 91, was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where she was listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit on Thursday. She was driving a 1990 Volvo.The firefighter driving the Snohomish County Fire District 1 Spartan pumper truck was transported to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. He is 54 and from Brier. He was treated and released. His three firefighter passengers were not injured but were given precautionary medical examinations.The fire truck was headed west on 228th Street SW in Mountlake Terrace with its emergency lights and sirens activated, according to a Washington State Patrol memo.The Volvo was southbound on 44th Avenue W when it entered the intersection against a red light and was struck by the fire truck, the State Patrol reported.Fire District 1 battalion chief Jerry She... [ more ]

   


 

Grand Jury Blasts Consolidated Dispatch Agency

WCTV Video

Saturday, February 28, 2015  A Leon County grand jury criticized the Consolidated Dispatch Agency in its performance in three high profile shootings.Grand jurors reviewed several calls from the Dan Markel murder case, the FSU Strozier Library shooting and the Caracus Court shoot-out.
The harshest criticism was aimed at dispatchers for the incident at Caracus Court, in which Sheriff Deputy Chris Smith was killed by gun-man Curtis Wade Holley.
"Had this information been relayed (critical officer safety information) , the first responders would have addressed the call very differently and the life of Deputy Smith likely would have been spared."
The grand jury blasted the CDA's handling of a Strozier Library victim's call. The wounded caller was placed on hold so that that person could be transferred to FSU dispatch.
"In reference to the Strozier Library incident, we find that the procedure allowed a victim who had been shot to be placed on hold while the call-taker tried to transfer the call, i... [ more ]

   


 

FIRE TRUCK STOLEN IN MICHIGAN

Saturday, February 28, 2015   A fire truck was stolen in Commerce Township on Friday. We're told a man took it from a station on Commerce Road. "The firefighter who discovered it missing put it over the air right away, we were very lucky to have our aviation unit close," said Sgt. Lloyd Lacey of the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.

The fire rescue truck was found at Huron Valley Hospital Friday afternoon.

Authorities could later be seen questioning someone and placing them in a squad car.

We're told the suspect is in his late 20s or early 30s and is likely to face charges for auto theft. 

     



 

DUMPSTER FIRE HAZARD: Four firefighters transported to hospital in NZ

Saturday, February 28, 2015  Four firefighters have been taken to hospital as a precaution after a shipping container containing insect repellent caught fire in west Auckland this afternoon.Northern Fire Communications shift manager Jaron Phillips said the insect repellent contained the chemical dimethyl phthalate, but it is not known whether the firefighters were affected by it or were suffering from heat exhaustion when they were taken by ambulance to North Shore Hospital.

Exposure to dimethyl phthalate can irritate the eyes, nose and throat, according to the United States' Environmental Protection Agency.

The shipping container caught fire after a controlled rubbish fire on Deacon Rd, in the suburb of Riverhead, went wrong about 3pm. No properties were at risk and more than two dozen firefighters had the fire under control by 6.30pm. 

   


 

FDNY Marks 40th Anniversary of Telephone Company Fire

Saturday, February 28, 2015  Active and retired FDNY members gathered at Headquarters on Feb. 27 to mark the 40th anniversary of the Telephone Company fire.“This fire reminds us all of the real dangers of the job,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, who was among the firefighters who responded to the fire.

Chief of Department James Leonard, whose father worked as a switch operator, said “I’ve never seen smoke like that, conditions were brutal. It tested the skills, training and ability of all members responding that day.”

The FDNY was called Second Avenue and 13th Street at 12:25 a.m. on Feb. 27, 1975.

The fire was at the New York Telephone Company’s main switching centers, housed in an 11-story building constructed in 1924. It started in a large cable vault located in the cellar that contained 488 telephone cables, with anywhere from 400 to 2,700 pairs of lines and covered in either lead or polyethylene.

Firefighters encountered numerous structural obst... [ more ]

     

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CLOSE CALL AT FDNY FIRE

Saturday, February 28, 2015  Things got a little hot for a probie in Brooklyn yesterday morning. Snyder Island E-310/L-174 responded 1st Due to a fire at 334 East 55 Street off Snyder Ave. The injuries sustained weren't serious, everyone eventually went home.

     



 
 
 

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