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12 FFs INJURED AT CHEMICAL FIRE IN WA STATE

Thursday, August 27, 2015  Nearly a day after a chemical fire broke out in a third-floor chemistry lab at Western Washington University, crews were still waiting to enter the building to figure out what happened.No one was injured when the fire erupted around 5:15 Tuesday evening, Aug. 25, but a dozen firefighters who were the first to enter the building were sent to the hospital that night after breathing in an unknown gas, said Rob Kintzele, assistant chief with Bellingham Fire Department.

When they arrived, they entered the building, and seeing no smoke, started walking down a hallway. Within a moment, they took a few breaths of a foul-tasting invisible gas and immediately turned around to get protective breathing equipment, Kintzele said.

“They thought they were well within a safe zone and found in just a quick moment that they were not” Kintzele said. “When the door got cracked, they noticed a foul taste and smell.”

The large number of chemicals inside the chemist... [ more ]

   


 

APPARATUS CRASH IN TX

Wednesday, August 26, 2015  A Lamesa woman sustained what were believed to be minor injuries and a city fire truck was damaged in a collision Monday afternoon a few miles south of Lamesa on State Highway 349.
Nora Hernandez, age 27, was taken by ambulance to Medical Arts Hospital following the collision which occurred about 12:26 p.m., according to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Billy Crow.
“As far as I know she was treated and released (at the hospital),” Trooper Crow said Wednesday morning, noting that Hernandez was undergoing x-rays when he checked on her at the hospital shortly after the accident.
“She said she felt fine but she had a headache.”
Charles Weaver, the 24-year-old driver of the Lamesa Fire Rescue pumper truck, and another firefighter in the truck both were uninjured.
The accident happened while the fire truck was en route to a fire in a vent at an oilfield tank battery near FM 2051 about seven miles west of the Friendship Community in sout... [ more ]

   


 

2 CHICAGO FFs INJURED AT MULTI-ALARM FIRE

Wednesday, August 26, 2015  Two Chicago firefighters were injured while battling an intense three-alarm fire that was sparked in a restaurant kitchen in Old Town.
At least one other person suffered injuries from the thick black smoke that billowed near Wells Street and North Avenue, according to fire media. Both firefighters were listed in stable condition.

The fire started in a storefront at 1612 N. Wells just south of The Second City comedy club. Adobo Grill restaurant occupies the first floor of the three-story building while apartments occupy the remaining two floors. At one point the out-of-control flames were shooting through the top of the building's nearly collapsed roof.
Upon further investigation, the Office of Fire Investigation identified an accident in Adobo Grill's first-floor kitchen as the cause of the fire. The flames then quickly traveled upwards through the restaurant's vents.

After trying to fight the flames for more than an hour, crews were still unable ... [ more ]

   


 

TRIPLE FIREFIGHTER LODD MEMORIAL SERVICE DETAILS

Wednesday, August 26, 2015   The memorial service for those three Firefighters who died in the Line of Duty while operating at the Okanogan Complex of wildfires will be held on Sunday in Wenatchee, Washington.

The service will begin at 1 p.m. at Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee.


Once family members and agency personnel have been seated, the public will be seated as space allows


Firefighters Tom Zbyszewski, 20, Richard Wheeler, 31, and Andrew Zajac, 26, died in the Line of Duty Wednesday when their fire apparatus crashed as they tried to escape the fast-growing wildfire and flames consumed their vehicle.


Firefighter Dan Lyon remains in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center with burns over 60 percent of his body. Three other Firefighters were treated and released from the hospital.

   


 

ST. LOUIS FF FALLS THROUGH FLOOR AT FIRE - WATCH THIS VIDEO!

STLFD Video

Wednesday, August 26, 2015  A firefighter was injured while fighting a house fire in the 4900 block of Nagel Avenue Monday.

The firefighter fell through the floor into the basement, according to the fire department. He was was treated at the scene and was not seriously injured.

The fire broke out in the basement of the home at about 11 a.m. It was a one-alarm fire.

   


 

Lone Survivor Holds Clues to Wash. Fatal Fire Truck Wreck

Tuesday, August 25, 2015   U.S. Forest Service officials said Sunday they don't yet know why three firefighters were killed and a fourth critically injured last week after they were involved in a vehicle accident while battling a blaze on a hillside near Twisp in Okanogan County.John Phipps, a Forest Service official leading the agency's investigation, said officials began conducting interviews about the incident Saturday and were planning to complete most of them Sunday.

Officials have said the vehicle accident may have prevented the firefighters from fleeing when the fast-moving wildfire turned on them near Woods Canyon Road.

The four men were in a small fire engine that Mike Williams, forest supervisor for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, described as a flatbed truck equipped with a water tank and hoses.

Speaking to reporters at a news conference in Wenatchee on Sunday afternoon, Phipps said there were no immediate witnesses to the vehicle leaving the road othe... [ more ]

   


 

COOL VIDEO ON SOMETHING THAT IS A THING OF THE PAST IN MOST CITIES

The Protectives!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015   While not a close call, every so often we chose to share something that we find cool.  This video is one of them.  It is of a volunteer salvage company in Rochester, NY called the PROTECTIVES - Check it out!

   


 

LONG ISLAND NY FF LODD

Monday, August 24, 2015   We regret to pass on that a volunteer Firefighter died in the Line of Duty Saturday an hour after responding on a commercial structure fire.

Former Chief/Active Firefighter Lawrence Sesso, 40, with the Sayville (Suffolk Co, L.I.N.Y.) Fire Department, suffered cardiac arrested on his way home from responding to a structure fire and participating in a fire department parade.

He was transported to a hospital but later succumbed to his injuries.

Sesso was Chief of Department from 2009-2011. It's the department's first line of duty death in 23 years.

Services will be at Raynor & D'Andrea in Sayville on Aug. 25 from 7-9:30 p.m. and on Aug. 26 from 2-4:30 p.m. and 7-9:30 p.m. Burial will be on Aug. 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Raynor & D'Andrea.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Sayville Fire Department made out to "In Memory of Lawrence G. Sesso." Our condolences to all those affected.
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FIREFIGHTER SHOT/KILLED IN TEXAS FIREHOUSE-Reported To Be Self Inflicted

Monday, August 24, 2015   A Katy (Texas) Fire Department firefighter was shot and killed last night. The firefighter suffered a reported self inflicted gunshot wound at the firehouse on Sunday evening.  He was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Medical Center. No further details surrounding the shooting were immediately available. More to follow. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP.



   


 

UPDATE: TIMELINE RELEASED ON WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER DEATHS IN WASHINGTON STATE

Monday, August 24, 2015  Complicated and changing weather conditions have made this fire dangerous and hard to fight and fire officials sayinto Wednesday's tragedy, described a chaotic scene.

"Everyone in that event was doing the best they could and if you have been in one of those environments it's a challenge," he said.

The Twisp River Fire reported around 12:30 and by about 3 p.m. it was showing increased activity amid shifting winds.

Just one hour later, firefighters were reporting fatalities and calling for a Life Flight helicopter.

That's all it took - one hour for the winds to shift 180 degrees and consume the three firefighters trying to escape in a small forest service engine.

Three firefighters inside the engine - Andrew Zajac, Richard Wheeler and Tom Zbyszewski - were killed.

A fourth person, Daniel Lyon, survived with burns to more than half his body.

Still in critical condition at Harborview, investigators believe he h... [ more ]

   


 

FF STRUCK BY PATROL CAR IN MD

Sunday, August 23, 2015  It started out as a routine accident investigation, then it became a chase, then a firefighter got hit by a patrol car.
That was the domino effect of events that unfolded beginning with a man who allegedly struck a parked car on Railroad Avenue.
John Lawrence Ball of Lynnewood Drive in St. Michaels allegedly ran into a parked car, pushed it against two other cars, damaging them, then turned his car over on its side on Railroad Avenue in St. Michaels.
When police arrived, they made sure no one was hurt, according to St. Michaels Police Chief Anthony Smith, then discovered that Ball had an outstanding warrant from the Department of Natural Resources for harvesting oysters when the season was closed.
They mentioned it to Ball, and he “fled the scene,” according to Chief Smith.
A St. Michaels police officer followed in pursuit in a patrol car, according to the chief.
“The officer inadvertently struck a firefighter,” he said.
The firefighter, whose name was n... [ more ]

   


 

PG CO FF INJURED AT TOWNHOUSE FIRE

Sunday, August 23, 2015  A Prince George’s County firefighter was injured Saturday in a two-alarm townhouse fire in Suitland, Maryland.The fire began around 11 a.m at a three-story residence on Apple Orchard Lane. Debris from the roof fell onto the firefighter, who had to be taken to University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

The firefighter, whose name was not released, is expected to survive.

A spokesman for the fire department said the fire caused $500,000 in damage to three town homes. The blaze appeared to be accidental and likely started on the back deck, fire officials said.

Meanwhile, another Prince George’s County firefighter was released from the hospital after being treated for serious burns from a fire on Thursday.

Zachary Proffen, 23, was burned as temperatures reached about 800 degrees at a burning apartment building in Laurel, Maryland.

It could be a while before he returns to duty. 

   


 

WA BURNED FF IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER SURGERY

Saturday, August 22, 2015  Daniel Lyon, injured in the Central Washington wildfires, has gone through surgery, but remains in critical condition.Susan Gregg, a spokeswoman for Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, says Daniel Lyon of Puyallup went through a surgery on Friday that sought to remove damaged tissue.

Gregg says Lyon remains in the Intensive Care Unit. She says he is unable to speak because he's on a respirator, but is able to respond when his parents and others speak to him.

Lyon, 25, was working his first season as a firefighter when the flames of a wildfire swept over him.

Approximately 60 percent of Lyon's body is burned, according Dr. Tam Pham of the University of Washington Medical Department.

Though he couldn't speak to his parents during their visit to Harborview on Thursday, his father, Daniel, said his son was aware they were at his bedside.

"He can't speak, he's on a ventilator," Lyon's father said. However, Lyon motioned that he kne... [ more ]

   


 

CHIEFS TRUCK STRIKES PATIENT AT SCENE

WINKNEWS Video

Saturday, August 22, 2015  Internal e-mails from Collier EMS say a patient on the ground was run over by the Immokalee Fire Chief’s truck.There were a total of 5 accounts written about what happened on August 14th, 2015 at 12:42pm. The crews were working a single car accident along SR 82 and Corkscrew. There were five people inside the car, one had been ejected. According to the email accounts, paramedics were loading up patients when they heard someone yell “stop”. Some turned to see a white truck rolling toward patient Eulalia Juan Pedro who was strapped to a backboard on the ground. The emails say the truck tire came to rest on the patients stomach stating “fire fighters were trying to push it back off the patient”. They added, “the truck was up against the pt abdomen and the pt head was under the front end of the truck.”

Immokalee Fire Chief Paul Anderson says the truck was his but maintains it was stopped before touching the patient. He says it slipped out of gear and started rol... [ more ]

   


 

FF SUFFERS SMOKE INHALATION AT FIRE IN TEXAS

Friday, August 21, 2015  A two-alarm fire along U.S. Highway 377 in Argyle on Wednesday afternoon left one firefighter hospitalized.
Argyle Fire Chief Mac Hohenberger said the plume of smoke from a second-story balcony at a professional office building could be seen from a mile away when the department was first dispatched at about 4 p.m.
The building was cleared of occupants, but one firefighter was injured.
Hohenberger could not release the firefighter’s name as of Thursday evening.
Hohenberger said the firefighter — an eight-year veteran with the department — suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to an area hospital where he remained as of Thursday afternoon.
“It’s possible there are burns to his trachea due to the inhalation,” he said. “I am not sure when he will be released.”
The quick response, with assistance from Denton, Justin and Flower Mound fire departments, saved the brick building from serious damage, said Hohenberger, adding that the fire was out by 4:20 p.... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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