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BEWARE OF THE TRUSS! REMEMBERING THE FDNY WALDBAUMS FIRE & THE LINE OF DUTY DEATHS

Sunday, August 2, 2015   On August 2, 1978: 6 FDNY Firefighters were killed in the Line of Duty, and more than 35 injured, some seriously. Killed were covering Lt. James Cutillo 39, 33rd Battalion, Fr Charles Bouton 38, Ladder Co 156, Fr William O'Conner 29, Ladder Co 156, Fr James P McManus, 48, Ladder Co 153, Fr George Rice, 38, Ladder Co 153, Fr Harold F. Hastings, 40, Ladder Co 153. Story and VIDEO below.

While on the roof, with fire below, the roof collapsed, plunging 12 firefighters into the fire. The fire began in a hallway near the compressor room as crews were renovating the store, and quickly escalated to a fourth-alarm. Less than an hour after the fire was first reported, nearly 20 firefighters were on the roof when the central portion gave way.


Just prior to the collapse, Louise O'Conner, Wife of FF William O'Conner was at the scene of the fire with her 3 small children. While FF O'Conner was operating on the roof, he waved to his family, and then they waved ba... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER TRAPPED BY FIRE LODD CALIFORNIA UPDATE

RIP CAPTAIN (shown with his wife)

RIP CAPTAIN (shown with his wife)

Saturday, August 1, 2015   That Fire Captain killed at the wildfire in Northern California was scouting the area when he became trapped by the wind-stoked wildfire conditions.
U.S. Forest Service Firefighter Captain David Ruhl was driving down a Modoc National Forest road in a vehicle Thursday when the fire suddenly grew and trapped him as he was trying to develop a plan of attack.
Captain Ruhl, of Rapid City, South Dakota, had been on temporary assignment since June in California, where he was an assistant fire management officer for the Big Valley Ranger District of the Modoc National. He had volunteered for the California assignment.
While details are still incomplete, it appears that Captain Ruhl was one of several firefighters exploring the area when the small fire suddenly expanded. Crews fighting the now growing fire had lost communication with Ruhl on Thursday evening. His body was recovered yesterday.
The fire is now (Saturday) about 100 miles south of the Oregon border,... [ more ]

   


 

FATAL APPARATUS CRASH IN LOS ANGELES

Saturday, August 1, 2015   A 70-year-old man was killed Friday and a second person was injured in a two-vehicle collision in Agoura Hills involving a Los Angeles County Fire Department vehicle.The collision occurred about 5 p.m. on Mulholland Highway near Kanan Dume Road, according to a county fire department dispatcher.

The vehicle that collided with the fire department truck, described as a camp crew carrier, went off the side of the road and firefighters cut its roof off to free someone trapped inside, according to reports from the scene. It’s unclear if that was the deceased victim or the person who was injured.

A fire department dispatcher said the injured person was taken to a hospital for treatment, but that person’s gender, age and condition were not... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-FOUND AFTER LOST CONTACT AT CALIF WILDLAND FIRE

Saturday, August 1, 2015  We regret to advise of the Line of Duty Death of a US Forest Service Firefighter who died yesterday while responding to the Frog Fire within the Modoc National Forest outside of Alturas, CA. The fallen is David “Dave” Ruhl of Rapid City, South Dakota.

Dave was on temporary assignment to the Big Valley Ranger District of the Modoc National Forest in Adin, California, as an Assistant Fire Management Officer since June 14. Dave’s permanent position is Engine Captain on the Mystic Ranger District of the Black Hills National Forest in Rapid City.

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MI FF SUFFERS SMOKE INHALATION AT FIRE

Friday, July 31, 2015  A West Bloomfield firefighter suffered smoke inhalation while battling a fire in the 3800 block of Pinnock Avenue, near Green Lake Road and Upper Straits Boulevard, at around 1:20 a.m. July 30.The firefighter was transported to Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital for treatment, and as a precaution, he was then transferred to Detroit Receiving Hospital, according to a press release from the West Bloomfield Fire Department.

“He’s doing better. We’re expecting him to be discharged from Detroit Receiving this afternoon,” Fire Chief Greg Flynn said. “He was in good spirits when I left him this morning. … All was progressing well with his treatment. That’s all good news for us.”

Flynn declined to comment on what exactly caused the smoke inhalation; however, he said the entire incident is being reviewed through the department’s action review process to identify any training points to minimize risk to firefighters in the future.

“There is... [ more ]

   


 

FIRE APPARATUS CRASH: $15 MILLION SETTLEMENT-22 CLAIMS FILED

Friday, July 31, 2015  A 53-year-old father who lost his right leg after a crash sent a fire truck careening into a restaurant last year is poised to receive a $15 million settlement from Alhambra and Monterey Park, according to court documents.
As Kenneth Thai of Monterey Park waited to cross an intersection on April 16, 2014, an Alhambra fire ladder truck heading south on Garfield Avenue collided with a Monterey Park fire engine going east on Emerson Avenue.


Both emergency vehicles had lights and sirens activated and were responding to a house fire in Monterey Park.

Monterey Park’s fire engine veered onto the sidewalk, hit Thai, pushed him through the wall of Lu’s Dumpling House at 330 N. Garfield Ave. and left him pinned underneath the massive vehicle, according to court documents.

“Prior to this incident, I was healthy and had no physical limitations,” Thai said in a court declaration. “I spent weeks in the hospital and lost my right leg above t... [ more ]

   


 

READ THIS-FROM AN URBAN FIREFIGHTER AND THEN PLEASE SHARE IT, PASS IT ON, REPOST ETC.

Chief Sandy Davis

Chief Sandy Davis

Friday, July 31, 2015  Brother and Sisters, I know many of you personally, as I spent 12 years on the Board of Directors for FDSOA  www.fdsoa.org and I have spoken at conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada for many years. I count several of you as close personal friends.  Although I officially retired from the fire service several years ago I will never really retire from my passion for firefighter health and safety.
I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer just over two years ago. More likely than not my cancer is job related as my life style is not conducive to cancer and there is no history of cancer in my family. Over the past two years I have spent way more time in doctor’s offices, hospitals and cancer centers than you can imagine. I have been through radiation therapy, surgery and chemo therapy. I have a permanent colostomy and will be on some type of chemo therapy for the remainder of my life. But do not feel sorry for me; I have been and will continue to be significant ... [ more ]

   


 

3 FFs INJURED IN HOUSTON APT. FIRE

Thursday, July 30, 2015  Arson investigators have arrested a man for allegedly causing a massive fire that injured three firefighters and left dozens homeless Tuesday in northwest Houston, reports click2houston.com (http://bit.ly/1LRppUX)
Officials charged Danny Isidoro, 18, with reckless arson for allegedly sparking a fire that grew to four alarms and gutted four buildings at the Gentry House apartments in the 9000 block of Kempwood Drive.
Rhonda Hayes stopped by the complex to see the damage. Her apartment is among the 70 or so fire officials consider a total loss.
Firefighters responded to the fire around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. There was little time for residents to react as flames washed over four buildings within minutes.
Three firefighters were injured, including two who suffered from heat exhaustion.
"Fighting fires are already difficult enough with the gear and the heat of the fire," said Capt. Ruy Lozano.
But when you add a 100-degree day like Tuesday, it can get dangerous.
"That ... [ more ]

   


 

TEN INJURED IN YONKERS ENGINE/BUS COLLISION

Thursday, July 30, 2015  Ten people were injured after a fire engine collided with a casino shuttle bus Wednesday evening.Yonkers fire engine 313 crashed into the driver's side of an Empire City Casino bus around 6 p.m. at the intersection of Kimball and Yonkers avenues. Firefighters from station 13, just a few hundred feet from the intersection, were responding to a fire alarm at 41 Maple Place when their truck hit the bus, Yonkers Fire Commissioner John Darcy said.

There were six people on the bus and four firefighters on the truck at the time of the collision, Darcy said.

All 10 people were transported to local hospitals with varying degrees of injuries, Darcy said. The firefighters had neck and back injuries that were not life-threatening, he said, but he did not know the status of the bus passengers, who were taken to St. Joseph's Medical Center and Westchester Medical Center.

The crash blocked off part of the intersection, shutting down westbound traffic on Yonkers Ave... [ more ]

   


 

6 MN FFs BURNED BY HYDROFLURIC ACID

MYFOXTWINCITIES.com Video

Wednesday, July 29, 2015   tarted out as a business fire on Wednesday, but as Eden Prairie firefighters began taking off their gear, it all changed.“That’s when firefighters were experiencing tingling in their hands and arms, and also we had at least two firefighters developing rashes,” Eden Prairie Fire Chief George Esbensen said. “And that's just a very, very uncommon kind of occurrence.”

Esbensen believes six fighters were burned by hydrofluoric acid, a very dangerous chemical that burns through skin. Now, $100,000 worth of contaminated equipment is in quarantine -- hoses, tanks, plus fifteen sets of gear.

“Our hope is that we can figure out a way to bring this back, but we're not going to do that unless we have absolute guarantee that after we're done cleaning it, it's 100-percent safe to use for our firefighters,” Esbensen said.

Investigators were back on scene Thursday at the scene of the fire at SVT Associates, a high-tech manufacturer.  The chi... [ more ]

   


 

FIREHOUSE FIRE IN NY

Wednesday, July 29, 2015   The cause of a blaze that broke out at the Ionia Fire Department during the early morning hours is unknown as of press time. An automatic alarm at the volunteer station, located on County Road 14, came in at approximately 3 a.m.

"When the first members got here, there was quite a bit of smoke in the two bays where the doors come down, which is the original part of the building," said Chief Lynn Parrish, who has served as a chief of the volunteer department on and off for around 35 years. 

The original bays of the building were built in the 1950s. 

"It appears that it probably started up in the attic area in the top of the building," Parrish said, pointing out that the volunteer station handles about 60 to 70 fires a year.  

Volunteers at the department successfully salvaged all the trucks — three trucks are active, one is an antique. The plan is to store the saved trucks at neighboring fire departments until the... [ more ]

   


 

LODD MEDICAL: NC FF FOUND DEAD AT FIREHOUSE

WSOCTV Video

Wednesday, July 29, 2015  The U.S. Fire Administration reported that North Carolina Air National Guard Fire and Emergency Services Captain Hicks, 44, was found unresponsive in his fire department bunkroom several hours after responding to a mutual aid structure fire at 39025 Kemp Road, Albemarle.Captain Hicks was treated by fellow firefighters and other responders but was pronounced deceased at the firehouse. The nature and cause of fatal injury is still to be determ... [ more ]

   


 

FD 911 DISPATCHER HANGS UP ON CALLER DOING CPR

KOB Video

Wednesday, July 29, 2015   A dispatch worker for the Albuquerque Fire Department has been removed from the dispatch center and placed on administrative assignment after hanging up on a 911 caller who was trying to get paramedics to the scene in which Jaydon Chavez-Silver was shot and killed.Matthew Sanchez is accused of hanging up on the caller after she became agitated while talking to dispatch.

Sanchez hung up on her after she cursed on the phone while talking to him.

The partial transcript of the conversation can be see below: 

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MORONIC LIVE FIRE TRAINING IN PA

YouTube Video

Monday, July 27, 2015   And this folks is EXACTLY why NFPA 1403 Exists!

   


 

FF BURNED AT PA FIRE THAT DISPLACES 12

WNEP Video

Monday, July 27, 2015  A dozen people were forced out of their homes and a firefighter was injured when fire hit in Columbia County.

Crews were called to this double block home on West Front Street in Berwick at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

According to fire officials, the fire started at the home on the left and it is now unlivable.

The other side has smoke and water damage, but everyone managed to make it out safely.

Fire officials say one firefighter was taken to the hospital to be treated for burns. There is no word on his condition.

Fire officials believe the fire started upstairs at the home in Columbia County.

   


 
 
 

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