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MAYDAY/FF INJURED AT PA PIZZA PLACE FIRE

Thursday, October 30, 2014  Two firefighters were blown down a flight of stairs Wednesday during a blaze at the Pizza Joe's building in Nazareth, borough Mayor Carl Strye Jr. said.

The pair entered the structure before water arrived when, Strye explained, the fire "flashed over" and one responder suffered burns to his forearm.

The blaze at the Pizza Joe's Italian Restaurant building was reported just after 10:30 a.m. and was extinguished by noon. Everyone who was in the 550 S. Main St. building when the fire started, left safely, Strye said.

Vigilance Hose Co. No. 1 in Nazareth led the effort to save the building and it was assisted by several other nearby companies.

The restaurant is on the first floor and much of the fire appeared to ... [ more ]

     

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FIRE CAPTAIN DIES DURING TRAINING

RIP

RIP

Thursday, October 30, 2014  We regret to pass on to you that a 13-year veteran New Orleans Fire Captain died Sunday (Oct. 26) while training in New Mexico.Capt. Troy Magee fell ill while taking part in a training course in Albuquerque. The NOFD has not advised the nature of the course, or his illness.

Magee received Mayor Mitch Landrieu's Outstanding Employee award just this past June, after he rescued a car crash victim while off duty on Interstate 10 near Baton Rouge.

Captain Magee's body will arrive at Louis Armstrong airport tonight, where it will be escorted by police and fire department personnel to a funeral home. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

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DAMAGE CLAIMS FILED AGAINST CITY OF PASADENA IN DOUBLE APPARTUS CRASH

Wednesday, October 29, 2014  Two people injured when a Monterey Park fire engine collided with an Alhambra fire ladder truck have filed a pair of damage claims against the city of Pasadena.

Kenneth Thai, 52, lost most of his right leg when Monterey Park’s engine ricocheted off Alhambra’s truck and pushed him into Lu Dumpling House. The heavy vehicle pinned him to the ground and caused him to sustain a traumatic brain injury, severe facial fracture and deformity, genital injury and deformity, and broken bones, according to his claim.



Xu Yang, a 23-year-old waiter who lives in San Bernardino, sustained a severe back injury, his claim alleges.

“It is understood that the city (of Pasadena is) the owner and/or operated the dispatch center that dispatched the colliding fire trucks,” the claim says. “The city is … liable for their own failure to exercise due care and … for the failure of their employees.”

Attorney Carrington Snyder... [ more ]

   


 

FF SERIOUS AFTER 75' FALL FROM CLIFF AT WVA BRUSH FIRE

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014  A firefighter had to be rescued after falling nearly 75 feet down a cliff in the National Park area of Harpers Ferry Tuesday night while battling a large brush fire.

Rescue crews were able to reach the firefighter and begin treating him.

Bradley Fritts, the incident commander with the Bakerton Fire Company, said the scene was clear enough to turn over to the National Park Service on Wednesday morning.

The firefighter who fell was taken to Winchester Medical Center for further treatment. Fritts said the injured firefigher will stay there until Friday.

Crews from Jefferson, Washington, Frederick and Loundon Counties also responded.

   


 

MAN ATTACKS FFs/EMTS IN AZ

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014  A 30-year-old West Valley man faces aggravated-assault charges after authorities say he punched a pair of Glendale firefighters during a medical call Sunday, but witnesses said the firefighters used excessive force in restraining him, according to officials.

An internal investigation is underway and could be completed as soon as today, said Glendale Fire spokesman Michael Young.

Firefighters had James Murillo on a gurney after he suffered a seizure from overdosing on prescription medication and were moving him toward the ambulance when the incident occurred, according to court records. While on the gurney, police say Murillo punched his father and then turned his rage toward firefighters when they told him to stop, punching both firefighters multiple times in the face and upper body, according to authorities.

   


 

LODD UPDATE: OTHER CT FF BURNED IN SAME FIRE IS ON THE MEND

Jason Martinez, 29

Jason Martinez, 29

Wednesday, October 29, 2014  Jason Martinez, 29, who was in critical condition for weeks after sustaining burns to more than 10 percent of his body in a Hartford fire on Oct. 7, is starting to heal.

Martinez’s family said in a statement on the firefighter union’s Facebook page that he is “up and able to move around and is busy working on his recover.”



Another firefighter, Kevin Bell, was killed in the fire on Blue Hills Avenue.

Martinez is a dedicated firefighter, and in 2011 Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra praised him and six others for extraordinary acts during a fire on Cleveland Avenue in Hartford’s Northeast end.

   


 

FF STRUCK ON THE ROADWAY IN NC

Tuesday, October 28, 2014  Wallace officials tell us a firefighter was hit by a vehicle while controlling traffic on Monday evening.

The fire department says James Morrison of Wallace Volunteer Fire Department was hit while directing traffic around an 18-wheeler and van crash on Highway 41.

He was in front of the Food Lion when he was hit. We do not have the identity of the driver.

Officials say charges will likely be filed in the day ahead.

They tell us Morrison was brought to the hospital with non-life threatening head and knee injuries. No word on his status this morning.

   


 

DENNIS SMITH REMEMBERS CHIEF HARVEY EISNER & FH'S BRUCE BOWLING

Monday, October 27, 2014  As the fire service mourns the sudden loss of fire service icon, friend and Brother, Chief Harvey Eisner, I thought you would find comfort and a bit of enjoyment (as I have) learning how "it" all started-meaning Firehouse Magazine...and so much that followed that.

At the risk of thinking that some of our younger Secret List members don't know who Dennis Smith is, I'll give you a very quick briefing.


Dennis is a retired firefighter from FDNY. He is best known for writing the best selling memoir Report from Engine Co. 82, a chronicle of his career as a firefighter with the New York City Fire Department in a South Bronx firehouse - the worlds busiest - during the late 1960s and into the 1970s. (Note-if you don't have "Report from Eng Co 82" in your personal library-get it. Seriously. Get it. $14.00 Here is a link ) http://www.fire-police-ems.com/books/br1001.shtml
Dennis also founded Firehouse magazine in 1976. While the editor and publisher of Fi... [ more ]

   


 

LAFD Battles Blaze at Venice Storage Facility; Injuring 8 Firefighters

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Monday, October 27, 2014  Los Angeles firefighters relentlessly battled an extremely hot and stubborn major emergency blaze Saturday night at a Venice public storage facility, that led to the injury of eight LAFD responders.

At 7:37 PM on October 25, 2014, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a structure fire at Extra Space Storage, located at 658 Venice Blvd. They found a two-story 80,874 square foot storage facility with smoke on the second floor.

Several interior storage units were well involved in fire, and flames spread rapidly as the intense heat and thick smoke banked down to floor level. Firefighters battled until they were low on air, and had to exit to get new air-bottles, then rejoined the fight. Waves of additional firefighters were continuously assigned through the night to battle the intense and challenging fire.

The building's metal roof made it difficult to vertically ventilate with saws to allow heat and smoke to release. Firefighters b... [ more ]

   


 

FIRE CHIEF HOSPITALIZED AFTER FREAK ACCIDENT

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Sunday, October 26, 2014  The chief of the Camdenton Fire Protection Department is recovering at Columbia hospital after sustaining injuries in a freak accident Friday afternoon.

According to the fire department, a vehicle drove into the fire department’s business office and pinned Fire Chief Drew Stark between his desk and the vehicle.

Stark was taken to the Camdenton Ambulance Base, where he was life-flighted to the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia.

The driver of the vehicle was transported to Lake Regional Hospital.

The extent of Stark’s injuries was not reported, but the department released the following statement on their Facebook page Saturday morning:

“As of late last night it is reported that Chief Stark's injuries are not as serious as previously thought, however they are still evaluating him. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.”

   


 

2 IFD FFs SUFFER BURNS TO EARS AT FIRE

Sunday, October 26, 2014  Two firefighters were hurt during a fire at a townhome on the city’s east side Sunday morning.

Firefighters arrived at 4038 Brentwood Drive, near 42nd Street and Post Road, to find heavy smoke and fire coming from the two-story townhome. It took about 40 minutes to get the fire under control.

A family of three was displaced and the Red Cross is working to find shelter for them, according to IFD.

Fire officials said despite wearing full protective gear, two firefighters burned their ears and were taken to Eskenazi Health.

The cause of the fire was electrical and it was ruled accidental, according to firefighters.

Damage is estimated at $70,000.

   


 

CHIEF HARVEY EISNER - RIP

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CANADIAN LODD - SHIPPING CONTAINER EXPLOSION - RULED ACCIDENTIAL

Sunday, October 26, 2014  The death of an Enderby firefighter in the line of duty in December 2011 has officially been classified as accidental.

In a four-page report, coroner Margaret Janzen said the death of Daniel Joseph Botkin, 25, was caused by blunt force trauma to the head and chest.

Janzen said Botkin died instantly after being struck by a metal door, the result of an explosion of a shipping container during a fire which broke out in the early morning hours of Dec. 29, 2011 at a log home construction site on the outskirts of Enderby.

Enderby Fire Department responded to the call shortly before 4 a.m. and discovered a modular trailer on the southside of the facility engulfed in flames, and that the roof of the main building had also caught fire.

An eight-foot-by-40-foot shipping container was located on the southeast side of the main building, containing chainsaws and a pressure washer. There was no fuel stored in the container but there was a ... [ more ]

   


 

FF KILLS PIT BULL AFTER BEING ATTACKED AT FIRE

Saturday, October 25, 2014  Two pit bulls escaped from their yard in Ben Lomond, attacked neighbors, and charged at a firefighter, officials said.

VIDEO: Watch the story here

The dogs, named Nani and Poppa, lived with a family in a house on the 8000 block of Glen Arbor Road.

Neighbor Alex Lackides said he witnessed Wednesday afternoon's attack.


"I heard my neighbor's daughter scream and start to cry. I stopped what I was doing, ran out with a stick, and sure enough she had been bitten on the knee and bitten on the elbow. The dog was roaming around challenging anything and everything," Lackides said.


Jared Kropp tried to get the pit bulls off the street but he was also attacked. 

"It definitely was a little shocking. I got bit by two dogs at the same time," Kropp said.

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REPORT RELEASED ABOUT 3 FFs TRAPPED AT BEAVER FIRE

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Friday, October 24, 2014  A facilitated learning analysis has been released about the entrapment of three firefighters August 11, 2014 on the Beaver Fire northwest of Yreka, California.

Entrapped that day were a Dozer Operator (DZOP), a Heavy Equipment Boss (HEQB), and a Heavy Equipment Boss Trainee (HEQBt). They all got inside fire shelters in a small deployment site that was not large enough to qualify as a safety zone. Their injuries included some first and second degree burns, but overnight hospitalization was not required.

The dozer operator’s story in his own words:

By the time I got off the dozer, the fire had closed in on two sides—and was closing in on my third and fourth sides. I worked as long as I could to get us more protection. I intended to push up more berms. Embers were falling everywhere. I spent too much time getting dug in. I backed the cat i... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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