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YOU ACTUALLY WANT TO BE IN COMMAND? SERIOUSLY?!

Thursday, September 18, 2014  I remember years ago watching young firefighters in volunteer companies race to ride the front seat-after all, the radio, the sirens and the horns were the priority. In career departments, firefighters would want to "ride up" when the Lieutenant or captain had the day off, sometimes for the same reasons. I did both as many of you did-and do.

Be it the front seat or arriving in a car, the SUV or whatever, having command means you literally own that scene and you are responsible for everyone, everything and anything that can happen. It's no BS and serious, serious stuff. I'm not sure I can emphasize that any more than so many fire service writers have over so many years. 


The first interesting transformation happens (hopefully) when firefighters go from firefighter to company officer-and you have to deal with (as Chase Sargent says) the "Buddy to Boss" stuff. It's a big deal.


The next real interesting transformatio... [ more ]

   


 

IF YOU ARE A COMMAND OFFICERS-OR PLAN TO BE ONE. READ THIS: "INVESTIGATION SHOWS DALLAS FIREFIGHTER DIED DUE TO COMMANDERS DECISIONS, COMMUNICATIONS PROBLEMS"

Thursday, September 18, 2014  State and local investigative reports obtained today show that commanders’ decisions were largely to blame for the death of a Dallas firefighter last year. Dallas Fire-Rescue Chief Louie Bright III handed over two reports Wednesday to Wilson’s widow Jenny and her attorney Barry Hasten.

A State Fire Marshal report found that the department’s commanders failed to conduct proper risk assessment, supervise personnel adequately and make the right decisions about how to battle the blaze and whether to search the buildings.

The Dallas Fire-Rescue line-of-duty-death report makes similar conclusions and details confusion that night between commanders as the building burned. It also gives conflicting accounts on what the commander on scene,


 Deputy Chief Bobby Ross, told Wilson’s crew to do. The account of many firefighters on the scene, excluding Ross, matches what Wilson’s longtime friend Jim Crump, a retired Dallas firefighter, had s... [ more ]

   


 

FF SUFFERS MEDICAL EMERGENCY AT KY FIRE SCENE

Thursday, September 18, 2014  A Scott County firefighter is in stable condition after being taken from the scene of a fire for medical assistance. 



The identity of the firefighter was not released, but Brandon Remley, assistant director of the Georgetown-Scott County Emergency Medical Services, said the firefighter was hospitalized due to a medical emergency.

Scott County Fire Department Battalion Chief Justin Baker said the firefighter was treated for heat-related symptoms.  

The firefighter is in stable condition, Remley said. 

Crews were at the scene of the blaze at 105 Seahawk Trial for several hours battling the house fire. 

The fire was reported around noon Wednesday and it took crews 45 minutes to get the blaze under control. One side of the house was fully involved from the basement to the attic, Baker said.





   


 

FIREFIGHTER MAKES RESCUE-NOW FIGHTING FLESH EATING DISEASE

Thursday, September 18, 2014  A Firefighter was left battling to save his leg after an off-duty rescue saw him contract a vicious flesh-eating bacterial infection.
Ian Buckley, from Augusta, Georgia, was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis following a dramatic rescue in which he leapt into the Savannah River to save a woman and her four-year-old-son.
While hiking with friends at Sa­vannah Bluff Heritage Pre­serve Mr Buckley saw the mother and young boy stranded in a sunken kayak about 400 yards from the shore.
He waded out the free the kayak and bring the woman and her son back to safety, but as he battled the rapids Mr Buckley cut his leg on rocks below the water.

+3Ian Buckley from Augusta needed six operations to save his life and prevent him from losing leg
'She was just stuck. She needed help,' he told WRDW. 'Going across the rapids like that, it's slippery. You take a beating. I got knocked over a few times.
'All it did was scrape my shin, but I could feel the bruise. I... [ more ]

     



 

VIDEO OBTAINED OF CLEVELAND FIRE TRUCK CRASH

Thursday, September 18, 2014  19 Action News has obtained exclusive video of a Cleveland fire truck crashing into a pole.


The driver, firefighter Richard Nickerson, and his boss, Captain Ron Vargo, are both charged with falsification. Investigators say they lied about how the accident happened, and the video may help prove that.

Back in June, a ladder truck cut through a parking lot at East 116 and Buckeye. The video shows the truck driving straight into the light pole and knocking it over.

Records show the fire truck driver told investigators he had to swerve to miss another car trying to cut him off. Records also show the driver's boss backed up that story.

But as the truck hits the pole, the video does not show any other cars. You see an 18-wheeler turning around, but it is on the other side of a traffic island in the parking lot.

Despite the video, the firefighters are pleading not guilty in city court. And they've even given up their ... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-AUSTRALIA

Thursday, September 18, 2014  We regret to pass on to you that a Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteer Fire Officer has died on his way to a fire despite his brigade's desperate attempts to keep him alive on the roadside.
Deputy Captain Rudolph Peter Witton was on his way to a house fire at Loadstone, in northern NSW, with the Kyogle RFS team when he appeared to go into shock.
RFS Northern Rivers Superintendent Michael Brett said the volunteers pulled the truck over and hauled the man onto the roadside to help him.
"He was still breathing but was very pale," he told AAP.
"An ambulance came and he went into cardiac arrest."
Capt Witton, who has volunteered with the RFS in 1978, died a short time later in hospital.
"But unfortunately time was against them," Mr Brett said.
He leaves behind family in Kyogle.
"The volunteer had been attached to the Kyogle Rural Fire Service since 1978, selflessly dedicating his life to make sure the community was safe," NSW Emergency Services Minister... [ more ]

   


 

FF PINNED BETWEEN 2 VEHICLES AT CRASH SCENE

Thursday, September 18, 2014  An eastern Wake firefighter was injured early Wednesday responding to a vehicle accident in Knightdale, town officials said.

Emergency crews responded to a wreck near the intersection of Moon Valley Lane and Bethlehem Road in Knightdale at about 6:30 a.m. According to investigators, a car was hit as it was backing out of its driveway.

Firefighter William Boggs, who was responding to the wreck, suffered a broken leg when he became pinned between the two vehicles, state Highway Patrol officials said. Boggs was taken to WakeMed.

Minor injuries were reported in the wreck.


Read more at http://www.wral.com/firefighter-injured-responding-to-vehicle-wreck-in-knightdale/13990208/#Qs0yIXVYWwxSSHxo.99



   


 

When a Lesson Took a Dangerous Turn, a Room Full of Firefighters Couldn't Save Neal Smith

Penny Smith says she didn't know the full story behind her husband's death until the state and federal investigations.

Penny Smith says she didn't know the
      full story behind her husband's death
      until the state and federal
      investigations.

Thursday, September 18, 2014  Firefighter Neal Smith was almost out of the second floor of the six-story training tower when he became disoriented and fell to his knees.

Smith had excelled through the first day's exercises, and he was doing fine on day two. He was one of a few to clear a bunker with air left in his tank; others quickly depleted their supply as instructors, perched above the rafters, threw firecrackers and lassoed the trainees' air tanks with bungee cords. And now he was making his way through four floors of the tower until he reached the room where the mission was a right-hand victim search: Trainees had to slide beneath a plywood plank screwed to the entryway 30 inches above the floor and conduct a counter-clockwise sweep of the room while keeping their right hands on a wall. Visibility was impaired by a fog machine and by a web of fire hoses and landscaping timbers hanging above a floor littered with golf balls and marbles.

Weighed down by 75 pounds wo... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER KILLED & OTHER INJURED IN NORTH CAROLINA APPARATUS CRASH

Tuesday, September 16, 2014  We regret to advise you that a Justice FD Firefighter was killed and another was injured in the Line of Duty late afternoon after the fire apparatus they were in overturned in Louisburg, Franklin County, N.C. The Firefighter killed was a member of the Justice Fire Department. The truck involved was a tanker truck carrying water, and was responding to a call in Lake Royale, which is about four miles from the scene of the crash. Another firefighter was injured. There's no word on the extent of those injuries. Details about what happened weren't immediately clear, but the apparatus overturned sometime after 1700 on Sykes Road in Louisburg. We'll post more details as they are made available. Our condolences to all affected.



   


 

2 CAL FIRE APPARATUS DAMAGED IN CRASH

ABC30.com Video

Tuesday, September 16, 2014  Traffic along southbound Highway 41 was backed up for much of the afternoon from Shaw Avenue to near the Madera County line on Monday because of a crash involving two Cal Fire engines returning home from the Courtney Fire in Oakhurst.

A California Highway Patrol investigator says one fire truck was slowing for stopped traffic, but the second fire truck that was following was unable to stop in time and struck the rear end of a car. That car then smashed into the rear end of the first fire truck.

Three people inside the car received major injuries. Paramedics transported them to the hospital.

There were four crew members on each fire truck, and none of them was injured.


   


 

12 CA FFs DEPLOY FIRE SHELTERS AT CA WILDFIRE

Tuesday, September 16, 2014  A crew of 12 California firefighters — identified only as a captain and an inmate crew — deployed their fire shelters Monday when flames overran their position on the King Fire, officials said.

The incident 60 miles east of Sacramento marked the largest shelter deployment since 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots used their shelters in the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona.




Unlike in Arizona, all 12 California firefighters survived. Officials from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection did not immediately return calls Monday afternoon, but Wildfire Today editor Bill Gabbert listened to radio traffic during the afternoon. His account paints a flurry of activity starting at 1 p.m., when the crew deployed their shelters.

Aft... [ more ]

     



 

GA FF RECOVERING FROM FLESH EATING BACTERIA AFTER RIVER RESCUE

Augusta Chronicle

Tuesday, September 16, 2014  While hiking with friends at Sa­vannah Bluff Heritage Pre­serve in North Augusta on Aug. 31, Ian Buckley saw what appeared to be a head in the water. He quickly realized it was a woman standing waist-deep in the Savannah River, close to the Georgia bank.

“After a few minutes, I figured she was holding a dog or a baby,” he said.

She appeared to be in trouble, so the Augusta Fire De­part­ment captain sprung into action, wading about 300 yards across the rapids to get to her, bouncing off rocks and scraping his shin.

The woman had a 4-year-old and a sunken kayak. Buck­ley worked to free the kayak, then helped the woman and the child to safety. As they moved on downriver, Buckley stumbled back across the river.

He never imagined the incident would land him in the hospital for a week, or that he’d find himself battling necrotizing fasciitis, the same infection that gained attention in 2012 when it cost Georgia resi... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER TRAPPED IN RUSSIA

Russia FF Trapped

Monday, September 15, 2014  No further details on this video from Russia.


   


 

MAYDAY IN ELKTON, MD

Monday, September 15, 2014  Thanks to Dave Statter (www.Statter911.com) for sharing this story with us.


Fireground audio above followed by helmet-cam video as a mayday occurred following a chimney collapse this morning (Monday) during a duplex fire in Elkton, Maryland (Cecil County). Here’s the description with the video posted by Rising Sun Fire:

0353 hours, box 305 was struck for 109 Osage Street in Elkton, MD. CFCRS units brought E813 and Truck 8 to the scene. The fire went to 2 alarms and it involved a multi story duplex with hoarding conditions. 

The Cecil Whig reportsmore ]

     

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OH FIRE APPARATUS CRASH - 1 FF INJURED

Monday, September 15, 2014  One firefighter was hurt when a fire truck crashed in Clermont County on Monday.


The crash happened near the intersection of Jackson Pike and Riggs Lane around 10 a.m.

Troopers said the truck's driver was eastbound, returning to the station from ladder training, when he moved right to give an oncoming vehicle more room.


In a curve, the truck's right wheels went off the side of the road, and the driver overcorrected, troopers said.

The truck then cross the center line, ran off the left side of the road and overturned. A firefighter in the truck suffered minor injuries.

Troopers said normally the truck wouldn't have been on Jackson Pike for a non-emergency run, but a section of U.S. 50 is closed for work, forcing a detour.

The truck, valued at $350,000, is insured, the fire... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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