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FF SUFFERS MEDICAL EMERGENCY AT KY FIRE SCENE

Thursday, September 18, 2014  A Scott County firefighter is in stable condition after being taken from the scene of a fire for medical assistance. 



The identity of the firefighter was not released, but Brandon Remley, assistant director of the Georgetown-Scott County Emergency Medical Services, said the firefighter was hospitalized due to a medical emergency.

Scott County Fire Department Battalion Chief Justin Baker said the firefighter was treated for heat-related symptoms.  

The firefighter is in stable condition, Remley said. 

Crews were at the scene of the blaze at 105 Seahawk Trial for several hours battling the house fire. 

The fire was reported around noon Wednesday and it took crews 45 minutes to get the blaze under control. One side of the house was fully involved from the basement to the attic, Baker said.





   


 

VIDEO OBTAINED OF CLEVELAND FIRE TRUCK CRASH

Thursday, September 18, 2014  19 Action News has obtained exclusive video of a Cleveland fire truck crashing into a pole.


The driver, firefighter Richard Nickerson, and his boss, Captain Ron Vargo, are both charged with falsification. Investigators say they lied about how the accident happened, and the video may help prove that.

Back in June, a ladder truck cut through a parking lot at East 116 and Buckeye. The video shows the truck driving straight into the light pole and knocking it over.

Records show the fire truck driver told investigators he had to swerve to miss another car trying to cut him off. Records also show the driver's boss backed up that story.

But as the truck hits the pole, the video does not show any other cars. You see an 18-wheeler turning around, but it is on the other side of a traffic island in the parking lot.

Despite the video, the firefighters are pleading not guilty in city court. And they've even given up their ... [ more ]

   


 

FF PINNED BETWEEN 2 VEHICLES AT CRASH SCENE

Thursday, September 18, 2014  An eastern Wake firefighter was injured early Wednesday responding to a vehicle accident in Knightdale, town officials said.

Emergency crews responded to a wreck near the intersection of Moon Valley Lane and Bethlehem Road in Knightdale at about 6:30 a.m. According to investigators, a car was hit as it was backing out of its driveway.

Firefighter William Boggs, who was responding to the wreck, suffered a broken leg when he became pinned between the two vehicles, state Highway Patrol officials said. Boggs was taken to WakeMed.

Minor injuries were reported in the wreck.


Read more at http://www.wral.com/firefighter-injured-responding-to-vehicle-wreck-in-knightdale/13990208/#Qs0yIXVYWwxSSHxo.99



   


 

When a Lesson Took a Dangerous Turn, a Room Full of Firefighters Couldn't Save Neal Smith

Penny Smith says she didn't know the full story behind her husband's death until the state and federal investigations.

Penny Smith says she didn't know the
      full story behind her husband's death
      until the state and federal
      investigations.

Thursday, September 18, 2014  Firefighter Neal Smith was almost out of the second floor of the six-story training tower when he became disoriented and fell to his knees.

Smith had excelled through the first day's exercises, and he was doing fine on day two. He was one of a few to clear a bunker with air left in his tank; others quickly depleted their supply as instructors, perched above the rafters, threw firecrackers and lassoed the trainees' air tanks with bungee cords. And now he was making his way through four floors of the tower until he reached the room where the mission was a right-hand victim search: Trainees had to slide beneath a plywood plank screwed to the entryway 30 inches above the floor and conduct a counter-clockwise sweep of the room while keeping their right hands on a wall. Visibility was impaired by a fog machine and by a web of fire hoses and landscaping timbers hanging above a floor littered with golf balls and marbles.

Weighed down by 75 pounds wo... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER KILLED & OTHER INJURED IN NORTH CAROLINA APPARATUS CRASH

Tuesday, September 16, 2014  We regret to advise you that a Justice FD Firefighter was killed and another was injured in the Line of Duty late afternoon after the fire apparatus they were in overturned in Louisburg, Franklin County, N.C. The Firefighter killed was a member of the Justice Fire Department. The truck involved was a tanker truck carrying water, and was responding to a call in Lake Royale, which is about four miles from the scene of the crash. Another firefighter was injured. There's no word on the extent of those injuries. Details about what happened weren't immediately clear, but the apparatus overturned sometime after 1700 on Sykes Road in Louisburg. We'll post more details as they are made available. Our condolences to all affected.



   


 

2 CAL FIRE APPARATUS DAMAGED IN CRASH

ABC30.com Video

Tuesday, September 16, 2014  Traffic along southbound Highway 41 was backed up for much of the afternoon from Shaw Avenue to near the Madera County line on Monday because of a crash involving two Cal Fire engines returning home from the Courtney Fire in Oakhurst.

A California Highway Patrol investigator says one fire truck was slowing for stopped traffic, but the second fire truck that was following was unable to stop in time and struck the rear end of a car. That car then smashed into the rear end of the first fire truck.

Three people inside the car received major injuries. Paramedics transported them to the hospital.

There were four crew members on each fire truck, and none of them was injured.


   


 

12 CA FFs DEPLOY FIRE SHELTERS AT CA WILDFIRE

Tuesday, September 16, 2014  A crew of 12 California firefighters — identified only as a captain and an inmate crew — deployed their fire shelters Monday when flames overran their position on the King Fire, officials said.

The incident 60 miles east of Sacramento marked the largest shelter deployment since 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots used their shelters in the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona.




Unlike in Arizona, all 12 California firefighters survived. Officials from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection did not immediately return calls Monday afternoon, but Wildfire Today editor Bill Gabbert listened to radio traffic during the afternoon. His account paints a flurry of activity starting at 1 p.m., when the crew deployed their shelters.

Aft... [ more ]

     



 

GA FF RECOVERING FROM FLESH EATING BACTERIA AFTER RIVER RESCUE

Augusta Chronicle

Tuesday, September 16, 2014  While hiking with friends at Sa­vannah Bluff Heritage Pre­serve in North Augusta on Aug. 31, Ian Buckley saw what appeared to be a head in the water. He quickly realized it was a woman standing waist-deep in the Savannah River, close to the Georgia bank.

“After a few minutes, I figured she was holding a dog or a baby,” he said.

She appeared to be in trouble, so the Augusta Fire De­part­ment captain sprung into action, wading about 300 yards across the rapids to get to her, bouncing off rocks and scraping his shin.

The woman had a 4-year-old and a sunken kayak. Buck­ley worked to free the kayak, then helped the woman and the child to safety. As they moved on downriver, Buckley stumbled back across the river.

He never imagined the incident would land him in the hospital for a week, or that he’d find himself battling necrotizing fasciitis, the same infection that gained attention in 2012 when it cost Georgia resi... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER TRAPPED IN RUSSIA

Russia FF Trapped

Monday, September 15, 2014  No further details on this video from Russia.


   


 

MAYDAY IN ELKTON, MD

Monday, September 15, 2014  Thanks to Dave Statter (www.Statter911.com) for sharing this story with us.


Fireground audio above followed by helmet-cam video as a mayday occurred following a chimney collapse this morning (Monday) during a duplex fire in Elkton, Maryland (Cecil County). Here’s the description with the video posted by Rising Sun Fire:

0353 hours, box 305 was struck for 109 Osage Street in Elkton, MD. CFCRS units brought E813 and Truck 8 to the scene. The fire went to 2 alarms and it involved a multi story duplex with hoarding conditions. 

The Cecil Whig reportsmore ]

     

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OH FIRE APPARATUS CRASH - 1 FF INJURED

Monday, September 15, 2014  One firefighter was hurt when a fire truck crashed in Clermont County on Monday.


The crash happened near the intersection of Jackson Pike and Riggs Lane around 10 a.m.

Troopers said the truck's driver was eastbound, returning to the station from ladder training, when he moved right to give an oncoming vehicle more room.


In a curve, the truck's right wheels went off the side of the road, and the driver overcorrected, troopers said.

The truck then cross the center line, ran off the left side of the road and overturned. A firefighter in the truck suffered minor injuries.

Troopers said normally the truck wouldn't have been on Jackson Pike for a non-emergency run, but a section of U.S. 50 is closed for work, forcing a detour.

The truck, valued at $350,000, is insured, the fire... [ more ]

   


 

FDNY FIREFIGHTER NEEDS YOUR HELP

Sunday, September 14, 2014  A friend of FirefighterCloseCalls FDNY FF Dan Heglund is facing the battle of his life (World Trade Center Disease) and some friends found a video of him in L-33 in 1989. They are trying to get people to like his FaceBook page to show him the love and support out there. PLEASE take time to go there, click etc:CLICK HERE:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dan-Heglund-FDNY-Ladder33Rescue4/1481519628769771?notif_t=page_invite_accepted


If the above doesn't work, here is the video: please like it, share on Facebook and generally get it out there so he knows we care.
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FIREFIGHTER KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY-GREECE-OFFICER LOST WHILE SEARCHING FOR FIRE VICTIM

Sunday, September 14, 2014  We regret to pass on to you the Line of Duty Death of Athens (Greece) Fire Sargent Mattheos  Mantzios, age 33.Companies were dispatched to a tool and plumbing supply equipment store-and were advised upon arrival that victims were trapped 2 floors above.
Firefighters found the first victim,  Sgt Mantzios reentered the building to search and remove the woman in the 2nd floor, over the fire. While searching, his low air alarm sounded and he then he became disoriented in the apartment-eventually running out of air. Reports are that he was calling for help for at least 7 minutes but members could not find him. 
We have posted some related photos of this incident on our home page. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.


     



 

NC DOES NOT TREAT CANCER AS A DISABILITY FOR FFs

Sunday, September 14, 2014   Larry “Butch” Cummings was retired from the Greensboro Fire Department when his 30 years of service caught up with him in the form of multiple myeloma, a cancer that afflicts firefighters at a rate 1.5 times greater than the general population.



On Oct. 11, his family will receive a Medal of Honor from the International Association of Fire Fighters because that union recognizes his cancer as a line-of-duty death. Cummings died in October 2012. He was 59.


Heart attacks are still the leading cause of death among firefighters, but they are being stalked by cancer — a slower, subtle killer that often strikes long after the firefighter has retired.


The agents of those deadly diseases can be found in the smoke swirling all around them, settling on their gear, soaking into their skin.


“We know that our men and women go into immediately dangerous environments,” Greensboro Fire Chief Gr... [ more ]

   


 

4 GERMAN FFs INJURED AT WAREHOUSE EXPLOSION

Sunday, September 14, 2014  Police say four firefighters have been injured, three of them seriously, in explosions as they tackled a blaze at warehouses in western Germany.

The fire in Hilden, near Cologne, broke out in the early hours of Sunday. Police said in a statement that the blaze expanded with "several detonations" after the firemen arrived at the scene.

They say that packaging, including paper and plastic, along with car tires, was stored at the site. Forty people were evacuated from nearby houses.

The fire was under control after about five hours. The cause was unclear.

   


 
 
 

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