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SHOTS FIRED: Suspect Fires Upon First Responders After Crash

Monday, March 2, 2015  Highway 61, near Highway P, in St. Charles County has reopened after a crash victim committed suicide.According to the Wentzville Police Department, a man's vehicle ran off the road into a tree line after being involved in an accident. An off duty firefighter ran to the man's vehicle to help, but the man told the firefighter to leave.

As the firefighter was walking away, he heard a gunshot come from the vehicle and called police.

This story is developing and will be updated when more information is available.

   


 

COLORADO HOUSE COLLAPSES WHILE ON FIRE - FIREFIGHTERS INSIDE

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Sunday, March 1, 2015  A home caught fire on Saturday night at the 9700 block of Carr Circle in Westminster.While inside, the roof of the house collapsed and Westminster firefighters were vacated from the building, Diana Wilson told FOX31 Denver.

After nearly an hour of getting the fire under control, the fire was finally put out as of 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

The residents were not inside at the time of the fire. No firefighters or residents were harmed in this fire.

There is no confirmed cause of the fire, at this point.

   


 

CT FF IN BURN CENTER AFTER MAKING HEROIC RESCUE

Sunday, March 1, 2015  Firefighters rescued a man who had passed out in the midst of a raging fire on Dickerman Street late Saturday night.The rescued man, as well as a firefighter, ended up in the Connecticut Burn Center with serious injuries.

The fire call came in at 11:56 p.m. Saturday. It was the city’s fire of the day. (An earlier fire displaced 65 tenants of a group home on Howard Avenue; another minor fire occurred on Sheffield Avenue.)

Firefighters arrived at 64 Dickerman to find the two-story house in flames.

Three people lived in the 95-year-old house: A man occupied one floor, his ex-wife and child another.

The woman and child had made it out of the house. The man was still inside.

Battling flames and smoke, three firefighters from Engine 4 headed up the back staircase to look for him. One of the trio, Patrick Grant, worked the house to clear a path. The other two, Lt. Rob Celentano and Leon Brown, found the trapped man lying by a window ... [ more ]

   


 

ELDERLY LADY COLLIDES WITH FIRE APPARATUS IN WASHINGTON STATE

Saturday, February 28, 2015   Two people were taken to hospitals Wednesday when a passenger car and fire truck collided at an intersection in south Snohomish County.A Mountlake Terrace woman, 91, was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where she was listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit on Thursday. She was driving a 1990 Volvo.The firefighter driving the Snohomish County Fire District 1 Spartan pumper truck was transported to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. He is 54 and from Brier. He was treated and released. His three firefighter passengers were not injured but were given precautionary medical examinations.The fire truck was headed west on 228th Street SW in Mountlake Terrace with its emergency lights and sirens activated, according to a Washington State Patrol memo.The Volvo was southbound on 44th Avenue W when it entered the intersection against a red light and was struck by the fire truck, the State Patrol reported.Fire District 1 battalion chief Jerry She... [ more ]

   


 

Grand Jury Blasts Consolidated Dispatch Agency

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Saturday, February 28, 2015  A Leon County grand jury criticized the Consolidated Dispatch Agency in its performance in three high profile shootings.Grand jurors reviewed several calls from the Dan Markel murder case, the FSU Strozier Library shooting and the Caracus Court shoot-out.
The harshest criticism was aimed at dispatchers for the incident at Caracus Court, in which Sheriff Deputy Chris Smith was killed by gun-man Curtis Wade Holley.
"Had this information been relayed (critical officer safety information) , the first responders would have addressed the call very differently and the life of Deputy Smith likely would have been spared."
The grand jury blasted the CDA's handling of a Strozier Library victim's call. The wounded caller was placed on hold so that that person could be transferred to FSU dispatch.
"In reference to the Strozier Library incident, we find that the procedure allowed a victim who had been shot to be placed on hold while the call-taker tried to transfer the call, i... [ more ]

   


 

FIRE TRUCK STOLEN IN MICHIGAN

Saturday, February 28, 2015   A fire truck was stolen in Commerce Township on Friday. We're told a man took it from a station on Commerce Road. "The firefighter who discovered it missing put it over the air right away, we were very lucky to have our aviation unit close," said Sgt. Lloyd Lacey of the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.

The fire rescue truck was found at Huron Valley Hospital Friday afternoon.

Authorities could later be seen questioning someone and placing them in a squad car.

We're told the suspect is in his late 20s or early 30s and is likely to face charges for auto theft. 

     



 

DUMPSTER FIRE HAZARD: Four firefighters transported to hospital in NZ

Saturday, February 28, 2015  Four firefighters have been taken to hospital as a precaution after a shipping container containing insect repellent caught fire in west Auckland this afternoon.Northern Fire Communications shift manager Jaron Phillips said the insect repellent contained the chemical dimethyl phthalate, but it is not known whether the firefighters were affected by it or were suffering from heat exhaustion when they were taken by ambulance to North Shore Hospital.

Exposure to dimethyl phthalate can irritate the eyes, nose and throat, according to the United States' Environmental Protection Agency.

The shipping container caught fire after a controlled rubbish fire on Deacon Rd, in the suburb of Riverhead, went wrong about 3pm. No properties were at risk and more than two dozen firefighters had the fire under control by 6.30pm. 

   


 

FDNY Marks 40th Anniversary of Telephone Company Fire

Saturday, February 28, 2015  Active and retired FDNY members gathered at Headquarters on Feb. 27 to mark the 40th anniversary of the Telephone Company fire.“This fire reminds us all of the real dangers of the job,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, who was among the firefighters who responded to the fire.

Chief of Department James Leonard, whose father worked as a switch operator, said “I’ve never seen smoke like that, conditions were brutal. It tested the skills, training and ability of all members responding that day.”

The FDNY was called Second Avenue and 13th Street at 12:25 a.m. on Feb. 27, 1975.

The fire was at the New York Telephone Company’s main switching centers, housed in an 11-story building constructed in 1924. It started in a large cable vault located in the cellar that contained 488 telephone cables, with anywhere from 400 to 2,700 pairs of lines and covered in either lead or polyethylene.

Firefighters encountered numerous structural obst... [ more ]

     

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CLOSE CALL AT FDNY FIRE

Saturday, February 28, 2015  Things got a little hot for a probie in Brooklyn yesterday morning. Snyder Island E-310/L-174 responded 1st Due to a fire at 334 East 55 Street off Snyder Ave. The injuries sustained weren't serious, everyone eventually went home.

     



 

LADDER TRUCK INVOLVED IN FL CRASH

Friday, February 27, 2015  An Estero Fire Rescue truck on the way to a call collided with a car Friday morning.Firefighters say Ladder 41 had its lights & siren on when it was hit by a gold Lexus at the intersection of Three Oaks and Estero parkways just after 10 a.m.

No one was injured.

Firefighters gave the driver, who was cited by deputies for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, a ride home after their car was towed.

The engine was driven back to the station and will later be towed to a shop for repairs if needed.

   


 

WHY CANCER MAY BE THE GREATEST RISK TO OHIO FFs

Friday, February 27, 2015  Firefighters are there when we need them most. These brave men and women run into harm's way as we run from it.They accept that danger is a part of their job. But it's another killer that is taking down these everyday heroes: cancer.


Think about it. When a firefighter dies in the line of duty we pause to pay our respects. But hundreds of firefighters are dying each year from cancer.

"I tell people I didn't see my life flash behind me or before me. But I did see everything I wanted to do that I hadn't done yet," explains Steve Westcott, who fulfilled a lifelong dream when he became a firefighter in Perkins Township back in 2001.

Training prepared Steve for what could go wrong while responding to a fire or accident. Nothing could prepare him for the news he got after about seven years on the job.

westcott wedding
Steve and Aryn Westcott on their wedding day. Just six days earlier, Steve learned his cancer had returned. The couple canc... [ more ]

   


 

2 CANADIAN FFs INJURED IN ELECTRICAL EXPLOSION

Friday, February 27, 2015  A fire in an electrical room led to reports of an explosion at the Palermo Village Retirement Residence Thursday evening.Oakville firefighters arrived to find smoke in the electrical room and preparation was underway for an evacuation of residents for their safety, according to a tweet from Halton police.

Two firefighters received minor injuries and residents are reported safe.

The Oakville Fire Department responded to the Palermo Village Retirement home around 7:30 p.m., after receiving reports of smoke in the building's electrical room.

Halton police, as well as Halton EMS, converged on the scene.

Two firefighters received minor injuries. All residents in the home were said to be safe.

Power was out in the Bronte Road and Dundas Street area. 

   


 

HEAVY RESCUE INVOLVED IN CINCY CRASH

Friday, February 27, 2015  Cincinnati Fire Department’s Jennifer Spieser said a fire engine was involved in a crash in North Fairmount Thursday afternoon.Spieser said the heavy-rescue 14 fire engine crashed into a car at the intersection of Hopple and Beekman streets.The fire engine was responding to a fire on Westwood Northern Boulevard. Authorities said the truck had its lights on at the time of the crash.

Authorities said one person in his 80s was in the car and was taken to UC Medical Center for treatment. The severity of the victim's injuries was not immediately released.

Authorities said no one on the fire engine was hurt.

     



 

6 PA FFs INJURED IN LARGE HOUSE FIRE

Friday, February 27, 2015   Six firefighters were injured Sunday night while battling a 2-alarm house fire in the first block of Highland Hills Road.



Three of the injured firefighters were transported by ambulance to nearby hospitals, according to Kimberton Fire Company Deputy Chief Chuck Fields. One of the firefighters remained in the hospital Monday while awaiting surgery to repair multiple fractures in his lower leg and ankle, Fields said. The two other firefighters, one who reported chest pains and another who suffered burns on his upper back and neck, were released and were receiving treatment from their family physicians.





The fire broke out around 7:15 p.m. in the large two-story single-family home. Officials said the blaze started in the home’s lower level near a fireplace. First arriving units observed smoke showing from the home’s roof, but the flames quickly spread to consume the majority of the residence’s second floor and roof.more ]

   


 

SEVERAL FFs INJURED BATTLING MOUNT VERNON BLAZE

Friday, February 27, 2015  Several firefighters were injured battling a blaze that decimated a multifamily house in Mount Vernon on Thursday night.Fourteen people were displaced as the fire ravaged the home at 226 West Second Street, where firefighters from Mount Vernon, Eastchester and Pelham responded around 6 p.m. Firefighters worked for more than two hours to contain the flames, which destroyed the roof and second floor of the 2 1/2 story house.

Six firefighters were taken to Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital with minor injuries, Mount Vernon Fire Chief Al Everett said. He said none of the home’s occupants were injured.

Red Cross volunteers were on scene helping 11 adults and three children who were displaced, spokeswoman Carolyn Sherwin said.

“We’re meeting all of their emergency needs,” Sherwin said. “We have our health services volunteers providing support.”

Everett said the fire started in the rear of the house and that the cause is under investig... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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