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HELP NEEDED FOR THE FIREFIGHTERS THAT WERE BURNED LAST WEEK IN THE TOWER LADDER ELECTRICAL SHOCK INCIDENT, CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY

Thursday, August 28, 2014  The families of Campbellsville, Kentucky (FF's burned in tower ladder electric shock) Captain Tony Grider and Firefighter Alex Quinn want to express their appreciation for all the thoughts, prayers, calls, visits, messages of support, and department patches that have been received.  The outpouring of support has been more than overwhelming. 

The patches have been placed in each firefighter's room as visible signs of the support that has poured in.

 

--PLEASE SEND PATCHES:


Fire departments and fire/rescue/EMS companies wishing to send patches (two would be appreciated) can please send them to:

 

University of Louisville Hospital

c/o Burn Unit-Tony Grider and Alex Quinn

530 S. Jackson St

Louisville, KY 40202-1675

 

While other items have been offered, both families are asking that only patches be sent at this stage.more ]

   


 

MAYDAY AT OREGON FIRE FOLLOWING SMOKE EXPLOSION

KPTV Video

Wednesday, August 27, 2014  Firefighters had to call for help while putting out a fire at a commercial building in Oregon City Wednesday morning.

A passer-by called 911 to report the fire in a shopping center on Molalla Avenue near May Street just before 5 a.m.

Firefighters responding to the scene made a mayday call after a backdraft threw two crew members back about 10 feet. One firefighter was injured and taken to the hospital with minor burns.

Firefighters said they had the flames under control by 6:45. They said it appeared the fire started in the back of the building.

Investigators have not yet determined what caused the fire.

   


 

FF INJURED AT PA FIRE

Carmine S Video MCFDTV

Wednesday, August 27, 2014  A firefighter was taken to a hospital for heat-related injuries he suffered while battling a fire that damaged six homes in the borough Tuesday evening. It was just after 6 p.m. when firefighters were called for a structure fire to the rear of the 200 block of East Centre Street and met with heavy smoke and fire. Anthony Blackwell, Mahanoy City Fire Department administrative assistant and safety officer, said it is believed the fire originated to the rear of 223 and 225 E. Centre St. and spread from there. Fire damage was reported to an occupied building at 217 E. Centre St., with heavier fire damage to unoccupied homes at 219, 221, 223, 225 and 227 E. Centre St. Blackwell said two additional occupied homes at 229 and 231 E. Centre St. sustained some smoke and water damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation and Blackwell said a state police fire marshal will be called into assist. Blackwell said he did not know the identity of those living in the occupied buildings b... [ more ]

   


 

WHEELS FALLING OFF APPARATUS IN BALTIMORE

Tuesday, August 26, 2014  Photos of 2 recent issues in Baltimore of wheels falling off engine companies.


     



 

MEMPHIS FF INJURED AT HOUSE FIRE

Monday, August 25, 2014  One Memphis Firefighter was taken to Germantown Methodist Hospital in stable condition while fighting a house fire on the 4000 block of Kennibec Cove Saturday afternoon.

No civilians were injured in the fire, but the Red Cross provided assistance to the home's three adults and one child.

   


 

KY APPARATUS FALLS INTO SINK HOLE

Monday, August 25, 2014  The tables were turned for local firefighters Sunday who had to have their truck rescued after an accident.

Officials say a Summersville Fire Department truck pulled into a parking lot to turn around during a funeral procession in Greensburg, Kentucky.

When the truck made the turn, it fell through the basement of an auto parts store.

The parking lot was built over a former service station which is connected to the store.

Green County received an estimated 4 inches of rain Saturday night. Officials say the accident was non-rain related.

There were no injuries.

   


 

2 FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY-SOUTH AMERICA

Saturday, August 23, 2014  Yesterday, tragically, a ship carrying timber from the north and heading towards the port of Buenos Aires, caught fire and exploded twice near the city of Zárate, Buenos Aires Province in north, leaving two firefighters dead and 17 injured.
Yesterday  at 17:45 Urbana ship declared an emergency by a fire in the engine room which at first was controlled by his crew. Around an hour later there was the first explosion that caused a significant number of injuries among the crew, including the captain. "

At the time he began working staff Argentina Naval Prefecture, which unfortunately was involved in a second explosion 40 minutes later, a situation that may have occurred due to accumulation of gas and that cost the lives of two Firefighters-from extreme burns.
There are seven firefighters injured, two of which are serious with burns to face, arms and legs. 

At a time when the boat was at the dock to the actual top there was a second explosion, mu... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER DIES OF CANCER: Steve Skipton Was The Well-Known and Popular Co-Owner of SConFire.com

REST IN PEACE, Brother Steve.

REST IN PEACE, Brother Steve.

Saturday, August 23, 2014  It's with shock and deep regret that we pass on to you that a good friend of FFCC-and the fire service, FF/EMT Steve Skipton, lost his tough and extremely brave battle with cancer today. Steve gave so much of himself over the years to various communities as a member of the Goose Creek, SC FD and in NJ at the Bellmawr Park (NJ) Fire Department. He was a medic working EMS for UMDNJ both in Camden City and Newark. Steve volunteered to go to NY and spent countless days and weeks on site after 9/11 with the NJ EMS task force. Steve leaves behind his wife and four children...two boys , 19 and 23, and twin 7-year-old girls.
Condolences can be left on a Facebook Page that was established: Steve Skipton Sr. Support Group. If you want to help pleas or have any question feel free to contact.Jbrooke@phillyfirenews.com, or in SC area contact tpruitt@sconfire.com. RIP STEVE.

   


 

FIREFIGHTER DOWN IN IDAHO-FLOWN OUT AFTER REPORTED FALL OFF APPARATUS

Saturday, August 23, 2014  A volunteer Firefighter with the Deary Rural (Idaho) Fire Department was airlifted from Kendrick Grade near state Highway 3 to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center on Friday morning after being injured.
A spokesperson for the Deary department said no other information was being provided about the injured volunteer, citing his understanding of HIPAA privacy rules.
Initial reports stated that the volunteer was a man between the ages of 40 and 49, and that he fell off a vehicle.
According to Idaho State Lands, a fire was discovered in that area early Friday that burned about a tenth of an acre.
Two other small fires had occurred in the area as a result of the storm -- one west of Galloway Road between Deary and Kendrick, and the other near Harvard.
All three were contained by Friday afternoon, Svancara said.
"We got precipitation along with the lightning," said Jason Svancara, fire warden for the Idaho Department of Public Lands.
This helped keep the fi... [ more ]

   


 

APPARATUS ROLLOVER IN MO - FFs INJURED

Saturday, August 23, 2014  A red fire engine overturned this afternoon just north of Springfield city limit.

Two people who were inside the Ebenezer Fire truck suffered minor injuries, said Heath Dalton, assistant fire chief.

A third person in the truck was not injured, Dalton said.

No other vehicles were involved.

Dalton said the truck and crew were returning to the station from a car crash in Polk County.

He declined to comment on a cause of the rollover.

The accident happened about 5 p.m. on Greene County WW east of Missouri 13, according to Ozarks Traffic.

   


 

Kilgore Man Attacks the Kilgore Fire Department

Saturday, August 23, 2014  The Kilgore Police Department says at around 1 a.m. Saturday morning, the Kilgore Fire Department responded to a fire on the 1500 block of Peach Street. The house was fully engulfed and unoccupied. The fire was being extinguished when one of the firefighters saw 39-year-old Kenny Wayne Davlin carrying a gun behind his back. Police report that Davlin could've been intoxicated.  Police report that Kilgore Fire Marshal Brandon Bigos tried to take Davlin's gun, and take him into custody.  Davlin was able to escape and run inside of a house. Police report that Davlin came back outside with an AR-15 Rifle and pointed it at the firefighters working the fire scene. The firefighters took cover behind a Kilgore Fire Truck. Fire Marshal Bigos shot Davlin who was later transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center. His medical condition is unknown at this time. The Texas Rangers have taken over the investigation. 

Davlin has a long criminal history. Accordin... [ more ]

   


 

KY FF SUFFERED BURNS OVER 50% OF HIS BODY IN AERIAL INCIDENT

Saturday, August 23, 2014  Two central Kentucky firefighters are still hospitalized a day after they were shocked by a power line while helping out with an "ice bucket challenge."

Campbellsville Fire Capt. Tony Grider was in critical condition in the University of Louisville Medical Center's burn unit Friday afternoon, a hospital spokesman said. Simon Quinn was in fair condition there.

Both men were on the fire truck's ladder when it got too close to a power line after dumping water on Campbellsville University's marching band on Thursday in the charity stunt to raise awareness for the disease ALS.

Campbellsville Fire Chief Kyle Smith told WDRB-TV (http://bit.ly/1winyCW) on Friday that Grider suffered burns on 55 percent of his body and was sedated.

Two other firefighters were hurt, but they are out of the hospital.

Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette said the power line was never touched Thursday morning, but it carried such a high voltage that it w... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER STAFFING-IT'S NOT COMPLICATED: TOO FEW FIREFIGHTERS RESULT IN PREDICTABLE & PREVENTABLE RESULTS

Saturday, August 23, 2014  Lake County (Florida) Fire Rescue’s Station 20 in Umatilla is not staffed most of the time because firefighters are needed at other stations when firefighters are on leave.

But on Aug. 11 when a fire broke out in the Lakeside RV Park near the station, it happened to be staffed that day with two firefighters.Firefighters ended up rescuing an elderly woman from the mobile home, fire officials confirmed.
If firefighters had not been at the station, the next closest station would have had to respond, said Brian Gamble, vice president of the Professional Firefighters of Lake County.

“It would have added five to six minutes in response time,” he said. “A trailer burns quickly. It would have been a very different outcome: worse than it was.”

Gamble said there are not enough firefighters to adequately staff county fire stations like Station 20.

Gamble said the majority of the 24 fire stations are staffed only with two firefighters, ... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER SERIOUSLY BURNED ON A PROPANE BBQ RUN

Saturday, August 23, 2014  A St Louis (MO) received serious burns while removing a BBQ tank. The incident took place near the intersection of Missouri Avenue and Pestolozzi. Firefighters said they were initially called to a porch fire. However, as one member of the firefighter crew removed a propane tank, it ignited and sent flames into the firefighters face.

The firefighter suffered serious burns to his face and chest. He was taken to a nearby hospital and admitted to the burn unit. Captain Gregg Favre of the St. Louis Fire Department said the burns are not believed to be life threatening. However, he added that fire injuries are not immediately obvious and sometimes may cause lung damage. The firefighter was conscious and breathing at the scene.

   


 

WALL COLLAPSE INJURES CAMDEN FFs

CBS Philly Video

Friday, August 22, 2014  A firefighter and one other were injured during a two-alarm blaze that spread across two rowhomes in Camden, New Jersey Friday morning.

The fire broke out on the second floor of a vacant home around 4 a.m. on the 900 block of South 4th Street.

A firefighter was evaluated on the scene after a wall almost collapsed on him, but appears to be fine.

Another person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

   


 
 
 

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