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OHIO FIREFIGHTER LINE OF DUTY DEATH-SUCCUMBS TO HEART ATTACK AT FIRE SCENE LAST WEEK

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Friday, November 28, 2014  We regret to advise you that Western Holmes Fire District-Lakeville Station (Lakeville, Ohio) Firefighter Tom Rhamey has died in the Line of Duty. He had been in the surgical cardiovascular ICU unit at Akron City Summa Hospital. FF Rhamey, who had 55 years of service, was transported by Western Holmes EMS to Wooster Community Hospital November 18th, following that house fire in Shreve. From Wooster, he was taken by helicopter to Akron City. FF Rhamey had been responding well to treatments and doctors had been able to reduce his medication.
Sadly though, he passed away today.


FF Rhamey was the driver of the Lakeville tanker that responded to that house fire at 849 N. Main Street in Shreve on the 18th. A Vietnam veteran, Rhamey also served in the National Guard in its fire brigade. He was a longtime insurance salesperson and beloved veteran Firefighter.

VIDEO OF THE FIRE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmRmqm3N-_k&feature=youtu.be
FACEBOOK P... [ more ]

   


 

6 HURT IN MD AMBULANCE CRASH

Friday, November 28, 2014  Five people were taken to Meritus Medical Center and one person was transported to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore following a collision Thursday between an ambulance and a car in Hagerstown, authorities said.








After the 4:28 p.m. crash at the intersection of West Franklin and Jonathan streets, a Community Rescue Service ambulance could be seen facing west on West Franklin with damage to its front end.

The heavily-damaged two-door sedan appeared to have been struck on the passenger's side, and the driver's side was pushed into a traffic-light standard on the northwest corner of the intersection.


One person in the car was taken to the shock trauma center in Baltimore, a Hagerstown Police Department spokesman said later Thursday night.


Two people from the ambulance and three others from the car were taken to Meritus Medical Center, police said.... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER COLLAPSES, STRUCK BY BACKING FIRE APPARATUS-FRACTURED LEG

Friday, November 28, 2014   A Boca Raton Fire Officer is recovering after a ladder truck ran over his legs. The Captain appeared to faint and collapse at a scene early this morning.  Capt. Mike McBrien, 32, landed in the path of a firetruck which was backing up to leave the scene. He broke one leg and should be OK. The Captain was on a a fire alarm at a private residence at about 3 a.m. Thursday when the accident happened. 

     

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FIREFIGHTER CLOSE CALL IN MASSACHUSETTS-DRAGGED BY HOSE LINE BEING RUN OVER BY CIVILIAN

Thursday, November 27, 2014  A Chelsea firefighter is in the hospital and the cops are looking for a driver who fled the scene on Library Street after a Thanksgiving Day incident. The  CFD responded to a small oven fire in the area at about 1400. One firefighter was hooking up to a hydrant when a car drove over the hose.
The hose was jammed under the car, causing it to drag the firefighter to the ground. It isn’t clear how far the firefighter was dragged.
The firefighter hurt his knee and has some scrapes and bruises. He’s being treated at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Firefighters did not get a good look at the vehicle and police are still looking for the driver.

   


 

FIRE CHIEF PERSON OF INTEREST IN 1978 FATAL MOTEL FIRE IN NY

WHEC Video

Thursday, November 27, 2014  There are major developments in the investigation of the 1978 Holiday Inn fire in Greece. It was 36 years ago today that flames spread through the hotel, killing 10 guests.

The fire was ruled an arson and today, for the first time, police are telling News10NBC they have a suspect.

Chief Patrick Phelan tells our Brett Davidsen they hope to hand over their evidence to the District Attorney’s office in the next couple of months. Asked if that meant police have a suspect, Phelan said, “Yes. That would be correct.” Phelan would not identify the suspect in the case. “There’s identified investigative steps that have to be finished and that’s what they’re working on right now. And we hope to be able to do that relatively soon,” added Phelan.

Police re-launched the cold case investigation just over three years ago, putting together a task force of investigators from Greece, ATF and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Since then, th... [ more ]

   


 

VA APPARATUS STRUCK AT CRASH SCENE

Thursday, November 27, 2014  Police in Wythe County respond to a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 77 involving two tractor-trailers.

The crash happened around 11:25 a.m. in the southbound lanes near mile marker 27. It involved two tractor-trailers and three passenger vehicles.

According to the Virginia State Police, a 13-year old girl from Pennsylvania was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Witnesses say the "vehicles failed to brake in time and sparked the chain reaction crash." The 13-year old girl was a passenger in a Volkswagen Jetta. It suffered the most damage. Police say the driver rear-ended one tractor-trailer, spun around and was hit head-on by a second big rig. Three other people were treated for minor injuries at the scene. 

The southbound lanes were closed to traffic for about two hours.

Meanwhile in Carrol County, a Hillsville Fire Department vehicle was involved in a crash while on its way to an... [ more ]

   


 

LA FF INJURED IN MOBILE HOME FIRE

Thursday, November 27, 2014  A firefighter was injured early Thursday morning while battling a house fire in the 2700 block of Dunne Street in Sulphur, authorities said.

The Houston River Fire Department responded to a fire at a double wide mobile home around 1 a.m.

The home was under renovation and no one was inside at the time of the fire.

The firefighter was admitted to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries

   


 

ME ENGINE COMPANY STRUCK LEAVING SCENE IN SNOWSTORM

Thursday, November 27, 2014  A Monmouth fire truck leaving the scene of a car crash had another vehicle run into it on a snowy road on Wednesday afternoon.

Engine 84 was headed north on Pond Road  in Wales when a sport utility vehicle lost control, spun around and hit the front of it, Chief Dan Roy of the Monmouth Fire Department said. The driver saw the SUV lose control and had the pumper truck near a complete stop at the time the front bumper was struck.The crash occurred near the intersection of Bobcat Road and was reported around 3 p.m., Roy said. Pond Road is also known as Route 132.United Ambulance took two people in the vehicle to a Lewiston hospital, Roy said. They had non-life-threatening injuries.A third person in the vehicle was treated at the scene, Roy said.Monmouth firefighters were in Wales for a mutual aid call in which a vehicle  rolled over and people in it were unharmed.Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to pull the dented bumper off a tire so the truck was drivable, Roy ... [ more ]

   


 

SAN DIEGO FFs SURVIVE ROOF COLLAPSE

Thursday, November 27, 2014  A two-alarm blaze at an abandoned building in El Cerrito turned into a firefighter's worst nightmare Wednesday afternoon, when the roof collapsed with firefighters inside, an official said.

Fortunately, said San Diego Fire-Rescue Capt. Joe Amador, everyone got out unscathed.

"That's one of our big fears," said San Diego Fire-Rescue Capt. Joe Amador of roof collapses. "And when we put people on the roof, that's one of the most dangerous duties we give firefighters."

Smoke and fire were seen coming from the roof of a boarded up, two-story building on University Avenue near Chollas Parkway about 2:45 p.m., San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesman Lee Swanson said.

It took about an hour to put out most of the flames. No injuries were reported and no other buildings were damaged, Swanson said.

A stretch of University Avenue was closed while crews worked to mop up.

   


 

DETRIOT FFs INJURED - CITY RUNS OUT OF RIGS DURING BUSY 14 HOURS

Motorcitymukraker Archive photo by Steve Neavling

Motorcitymukraker Archive photo by Steve
      Neavling

Thursday, November 27, 2014  Motorcitymukraker.com – “It was a frigid, frustrating and overwhelming 14 hours for Detroit’s exhausted firefighters.
Between 2 p.m. and 4 a.m. Tuesday morning, three firefighters were injured, the city didn’t have enough rigs to respond to fires and wind knocked down hundreds of power lines.
The culprit – an ill-equipped fire department and strong winds that howled into the early morning.
During the 14-hour period, the understaffed fire department responded to more than 200 calls for fires, people trapped in cars and downed trees and power lines.
The department was so overwhelmed that some downed power lines sparked for up to 45 minutes before available fire rigs were available. Shortly before 4 p.m., firefighters were unable to save a burning house on the 14000 block of Ohio because there were no extra fire engines available. At about the same time, a fire engine malfunctioned at the scene of a commercial building fire at Alfred and Orleans.
Making matters... [ more ]

   


 

OHIO ENGINE SLIDES OFF ROAD RESPONDING TO CALL

Wednesday, November 26, 2014  This morning our engine co. 73 was responding to an emergency when a deer ran into the roadway in front of the engine. The engine operator in attempt to avoid a collision steered towards the right which ultimately dropped the right rear tires off the roadway onto a very soft berm. The engine was sucked into a rather deep ditch and struck a utility pole on the passenger side of the cab. The pole was completely sheared. Major damage to the cab occurred and intrusion into the officers side compartment occurred. The A post was roughly 12-14 inches away from the head rest of the officers seat. This  depicts how much intrusion was made into the cab space. The officer of the engine was transported to the hospital for an evaluation of some minor injuries. The engine driver and bucket firefighter were not injured. This is due in part to all firefighters wearing there seat belts. If it weren't for both front passengers and rear passenger wearing there seat belts there would most certai... [ more ]

     

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FFs GREETED BY EXPLODING FIREWORKS AT CANADIAN FIRE

Wednesday, November 26, 2014  Peterborough firefighters and police are investigating the cause of a Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 25) fire at the corner Rubidge and Sherbrooke streets.

The fire appears to have started in an apartment above a laundry mat. Witnesses say when firefighters broke down the door, they were greeted with exploding fireworks.

A woman — the lone occupant — was taken by paramedics to PRHC where she was treated for minor burns and smoke inhalation.

Damage is estimated at $8,000.

The cause is unknown but fire department officials... [ more ]

   


 

DUBLIN FF INJURED AT APARTMENT FIRE

Wednesday, November 26, 2014  A firefighter has been injured while battling a blaze at an apartment block in south Dublin.

The fire broke out at the Abbey Glenn apartments in Cabinteely at about 5.45am. Residents were evacuated from the complex.

A Dublin Fire Brigade spokesman said the initial report received was of a car having caught fire in an underground carpark.

The fire later spread and caused damage to a number of vehicles. The blaze was contained in the basement area but may have caused structural damage to the apartment block, he said.

The spokesman said four pump appliances were sent to the scene and that fire crews used breathing apparatus while tackling the flames.

A male fire fighte... [ more ]

   


 

FIRE DEPARTMENT CAPABILITY.....HOW DO YOU REALLY KNOW?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014  You don't have to go very far to find discussions related to fireground operations, tactics, command and control.

You also don't have to go far to find opinions on the above-which is a good thing. What is hard to find, at times, is actual fact. Fact about what might or could happen.


How do we really KNOW how, what, why or when our fire department may or may not act based upon the given circumstances.


How do you KNOW your first alarm assignments are adequate?
How do you KNOW your first alarm staffing matches the fire?
How do you KNOW how a line will be stretched?
How do you KNOW you will have adequate water supply?
How do you KNOW your officers are able to size up, in order to make the correct decisions?
How do you KNOW the members know what venting will-or will not do?


A departments leadership may "feel" that things will go a certain way-or even "know" based upon the last run. The issue is, quit... [ more ]

   


 

FL FF INJURED IN POLICE SHOOTING

Tuesday, November 25, 2014  A Bradenton firefighter and Iraq War Veteran has been identified as the man fatally shot by a police officer. 

The city of Bradenton Fire Department confirms that Donald "Donnie" Wendt was the man killed after a stand-off on the 3300 block of Oxford Drive, around 9:00 p.m. Sunday night.

Mr. Wendt joined the Bradenton Fire Department in 2003. He served a 13 month tour of duty in Iraq as a member of the Army Reserve, and was awarded a bronze star.

Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski says,  Wendt was in the front yard of the home, waving a gun around and threatening to kill himself and his sister.

Neighbors called 9-1-1 and an officer responded to the scene.

That officer called for SWAT to assist.

Chief Radzilowski says soon after SWAT arrived, Wendt walked out of the front door with two firearms.

He pointed one of those guns at the officers.

An officer shot and killed the ... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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