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FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY FOLLOWING A FIRE CALL-CONNECTICUT

Monday, February 8, 2016  We regret to pass on to you that James J. Butler, 50, the former Chief of the Derby Fire Department, who served as a Firefighter for more than 30 years died in the Line of Duty today, following a fire call.

Chief Butler also served as an Inspector with the Derby Fire Marshal’s Office. 

Our condolences to all those affected.



   


 

FIREFIGHTER STRUCK BY AMMO AT WORKING HOUSE FIRE

Sunday, February 7, 2016   A Gilbert (Arizona) Firefighter had a very personal close call this morning but escaped serious injury when live ammunition began discharging at a house fire. The well involved garage fire was reported at the house around 1000 hours this morning.  Ammunition could be heard going  off inside the home during the fire. One of the bullets from the fire hit a Gilbert firefighter in the face but the firefighter was wearing a helmet/PPE, so fortunately, he is expected to be okay.
They believe the fire may have started when a man inside the home was loading ammunition into a weapon, leading to some kind of explosion. 
Ya neva know whats burning in there. Anywhere. Be Careful. 


     

Courtesy Fox10

Courtesy Fox10



 

FIREFIGHTER STRUCK ON I-5

Sunday, February 7, 2016  Firefighter/paramedic Eric Oviedo is recovering in the hospital after a car hit him on the side of the road on I-5.He was responding to an accident after a woman hit a tree when Ford Econoline Van rear ended a Honda Civic, according to the Cosumnes Fire Department. The Honda lost control and hit Oviedo throwing him several feet.

“They were 50 to 60 feet off the roadway,” Tracey Hansen, Cosumnes Fire Chief, said. “Once that vehicle left the roadway and started sliding on wet green grass it came through the incident scene very very quickly.”

Oviedo has fractured ribs and a head injury. His colleagues say he's lucky to be alive....

“He's pretty banged up and bruised but I was able to speak to him this morning and he was in good spirits,” Hansen said. “We’re incredibly grateful.”

Everyone else on the scene was unharmed. The CHP is looking into what caused the van to hit the Honda.

“As the investigation proceeds w... [ more ]

   


 

2 APPARATUS CRASH IN SCOTLAND

Sunday, February 7, 2016   This is the scene of destruction after two fire engines came of the road and crashed.Five firefighters were injured and are being treated in hospital after following the incident.

Two of the eight crew members who were on board were more ]

   


 

2 PA FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT FIRE

WTAE Video

Sunday, February 7, 2016  A Brownsville man was injured in a Fayette County house fire early Saturday, a Fayette County dispatcher reports.The fire broke out in a single-family, two-story home in the 300 block of Catherine Avenue shortly after 8 a.m.

The homeowner suffered second-degree burns on his back trying to rescue pet reptiles and other animals in the house, South Brownsville Fire Department Asst. Chief Tracy Rummell said. The homeowner was transported to UPMC Mercy for treatment.

Two South Brownsville firefighters also suffered minor injuries. One firefighter was treated at Mon Valley Hospital and released, and the other was treated at the scene, Asst. Chief Rummell said.

The cause of the fire, which destroyed the home, hasn't been determined. 

   


 

LEXINGTON, KY FF - FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE

Saturday, February 6, 2016   With the upcoming Lexington Firefighter Appreciation day on Friday, firefighters are asking that you help out one of their own."It is absolutely a family, you're a fireman. It doesn't matter where you are at, you are still a fireman," said Captain Dustin Whited, with Station Eight of the Lexington Fire Department.

He said a member of this firefighting family, Matt Logsdon, is now battling cancer and fighting for his life.

"He's diagnosed with stage four cancer. It's in his liver, lungs and bone. And right now he's just trying to grasp the situation," said Whited.

Logsdon is a father of three and a former paramedic. He's been a member of the Lexington Fire Department for the past ten years, and he specializes in rescuing fellow firefighters. Just last Tuesday he fought two fires, while having no idea he was very sick. It wasn't until his fellow firefighters mentioned he looked ill, that he decided he should visit a doctor the next day.

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HOUSTON FF SHOCKED AT FIRE

ABC 13 Video

Saturday, February 6, 2016  A Houston firefighter is recovering after getting quite a shock while battling a fire in the Heights.

According to fire officials, the firefighter was inside of an apartment at 2121 Tannehill Drive where a heater caught fire. Fire officials say the firefighter was one of the first crew inside the apartment. He began tearing out sheet rock to get to the fire in the wall when he hit a 220 volt electric line. That live wire energized metal framing in the apartment before some of that framing hit the firefighter. He was shocked on the left side of his body and was taken to the hospital.
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NEW YORK FIREFIGHTERS "FLUSHED" WITH DISGUST!

Saturday, February 6, 2016  Six Mount Vernon firefighters were hospitalized this week because some claim the Firefighters have been negligently clogging the firehouse toilets. 
Last Sunday night the sewage lines backed up at Fire Station 1 at 470 E. Lincoln Ave., sending harmful fumes through the building, Deputy Fire Commissioner Ernie Richardson said. Six firefighters fell ill and were treated and released from a hospital that night.
Richardson said the Department of Public Works cleaned out the pipes and found the culprit: brown paper towels that are meant for drying your hands after washing them.
"The DPW pulled large amounts of brown papers towels out of those sewer pipes. The only way it gets in there is if guys are throwing it in there purposely. These guys have been told not to do it. That's the issue," said Richardson, a former union president.
DPW officials did not immediately return a request seeking comment.
Current union president Charles Ranken said he had not spok... [ more ]

   


 

3 INJURED IN ORLANDO APPARATUS WRECK

Friday, February 5, 2016   A fire truck heading to a call on Curry Ford Road crashed during rush hour.Three people are recovering from their injuries, WESH 2 News has learned.

"I thought it was the end of my life. I thought my life was over," said Brenda Gauvey, crash victim.

The Orlando fire truck ended up in the median. 

"I'm very upset," Gauvey said.

Gauvey received a dent and a scratch on her car and two other SUVs were damaged, with debris scattered across Curry Ford Road.

The Orlando Fire Department told WESH 2 News the fire truck was headed to a call when it collided with at least one of the vehicles.

At least three people were hospitalized with head and neck injuries, according to fire officials.

"I could see it coming like this. I was like this. Bracing myself," Gauvey said.

Gauvey said she was side-swiped by the fire truck after she saw it hit the other two vehicles.

"The fire truck was goin... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY FOLLOWING TRAINING-NORTH CAROLINA

Thursday, February 4, 2016   We regret to pass on to you that Firefighter James R. Varnell, 53, of the Bakertown VFD in Elm City NC, (east of Raleigh) died in the Line of Duty on 2-2-2016-Tuesday of this week.
Firefighter Varnell was at the fire station attending training. As Firefighter Varnell was preparing to depart, he became ill and fellow Firefighters quickly came to his aid with basic life support measures. As more assistance arrived, advanced life support was provided as Firefighter Varnell was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to a nature and cause of injury still to be determined. Our condolences to all those affected.

   


 

PGFD FF ESCAPES INJURY AFTER FALL THRU FLOOR AT HOUSE FIRE

Thursday, February 4, 2016  A Prince George’s County Firefighter escaped serious injuries after falling through a weakened floor of a burning Upper Marlboro house. On Wednesday, February 3, at around 5:45 pm, firefighters responded to the 10700 block of Waco Drive for a 911 report of a house fire. The Office of the Fire Marshal indicated that working smoke alarms alerted the occupants to the fire and they called 911.Upon arrival firefighters from the Croom Fire/EMS Station 845 were the first to arrive and encountered a 2-story single family home with light smoke showing. Ensuring all occupants were outside of the house firefighters made their way inside to search and extinguish the fire.

During their cause and origin investigation Fire Investigators determined the fire was located between the floor joists under the first floor and above the basement ceiling. As firefighters searched the first floor for the fire one member stepped onto a burned out weakened portion of the floor and fell through... [ more ]

   


 

NEWSPAPER SUES OHIO STATE FIRE MARSHAL FOR RELEASE OF LINE OF DUTY DEATH FIRE REPORT

Thursday, February 4, 2016  The Cincinnati Enquirer on Tuesday sued the Ohio State Fire Marshal for withholding records in its investigation into the Line of Duty Death of a Hamilton Firefighter.
In refusing to release the fire marshal's initial report, Assistant Ohio Attorney General Hilary Damaser said in an email investigators considered the fire a non-routine criminal matter "from their very first approach."
The Enquirer, in its lawsuit, called this revelation concerning. The fire has since been ruled arson.
"An investigator who commences the investigation with his mind already made up is derelict in his duty," The Enquirer wrote. "The investigators' apparent prejudices make the need for public access to the SFM Report, and resulting scrutiny, all the more pressing."
Firefighter Patrick Wolterman died Dec. 28 rushing into a home he believed might have been occupied.
While there is a $25,000 reward for information leading to a conviction, local and state officials have continuousl... [ more ]

   


 

OR FFs RESCUED BY COAST GUARD

Statter911 Video

Wednesday, February 3, 2016  Thanks to Dave Statter www.Statter911.com for the heads up on this story

On February 01, 2016 at approximately 2:50 PM four youths were climbing on the cape at Cape Kiwanda when MEGAN OWENS, age 17, from Marysville, Washington, fell off the rocks into an area commonly known as the Punch Bowl. OSP troopers responded along with Tillamook County Sheriff’s deputies, local fire/EMS and aircraft from the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

During the search, two members from the North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, who were searching the area on personal watercraft reportedly fell into the water as sea conditions began to worsen and were later rescued by the USCG Jayhawk aircraft crew. One responder was dropped off at the beach and the other was transferred to emergency medical services personnel in Lincoln City.

Aircraft from the USCG continued their search late into the night. OSP troopers and Tillamook County deputies remained on the beach until search crews ... [ more ]

   


 

GAS LEAK TURNS INTO EXPLOSION IN NY STATE

Wednesday, February 3, 2016  It took just minutes from the time Eugene Upshaw called 911 to report a gas leak for firefighters to get on scene. Two minutes later, the home just off of Lehigh Station Road in Henrietta erupted.
The explosion happened Tuesday morning on Buckley Lane.
Lieutenant Tom Hayes and Firefighter Tim Roberts were two of the first responders.
"Firefighter Roberts and I made our way up the driveway and at that time we could hear the free flow of the natural gas flowing from the gas line," says Hayes.
Chris Horvatits: "And as you're smelling that, are you thinking in your mind there's 100 percent chance this is going to explode -- we need to back away?
Hayes: "Not at that time. We're still trying to figure out where the actual source of the gas was."
Hayes continues, "We asked if everybody was out of the house. He said everybody was out. His wife was parked in a car on the street."
"The owner, Tim and myself started going back toward the fire engine," says Hayes. "At that ... [ more ]

     

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What's Killing Boston Firefighters?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 

The Boston Fire Department has identified cancer-causing sources and, as a result, fighting fires without wearing protective masks will no longer be tolerated. In addition, the department is working to eliminate cancer sources and improve overall conditions for firefighters.



   


 
 
 

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