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ASST FIRE CHIEF DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-COLLAPSES AT FIRE SCENE-ARKANSAS

Wednesday, October 1, 2014  We regret to advise you that  Dermott (Arkansas) Firefighter collapsed and died in the Line of Duty at a fire scene on Wednesday. Dermott Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief J.B. Hutton Jr. had been a firefighter in Dermott, since the mid ’60s.In recent years, the Chiefs duties were mainly driving the apparatus to fires, operating the controls, and sharing his experience with the younger firefighters on the scene. Wednesday afternoon, the Fire Department was called out to a tree fire that had spread into the woods, on HWY 165 South. Firefighters on the scene said that as the fire was almost extinguished, Chief Hutton reached down to pick up a hose line, then fell back, toward a fellow firefighter.

In spite of attempts by his personnel, he could not be saved. Our condolences to all affected. RIP

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FDNY APPARATUS STRUCK - NO MEMBERS INJURED

Wednesday, October 1, 2014  This incident occurred last night on the Cross Bronx Expressway. While operating at an accident scene out rig was struck. All members(except for the LCC) had dismounted the rig and were assisting EMS and PD at a minor accident when this occurred. The LCC was belted and not injured. The car never hit it's brakes(no skid marks) if not for proper rig placement this could have been a much different outcome.



     



 

FIRE LIEUTENANT STRUCK WHILE CHANGING TIRE-ENROUTE TO WORK

Lt Johns RIP

Lt Johns RIP

Tuesday, September 30, 2014  We regret to advise you that a veteran Fort Lauderdale firefighter commuting to work died this morning when he stopped to change a flat tire on the shoulder of Interstate 95 and a vehicle struck him.
Lt. Kevin K. Johns was headed in for duty when the accident happened just after 7 a.m. along I-95 South, near the Yamato Road exit, officials said. Johns, 48, was taken to Delray Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:09 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
He was a highly decorated lieutenant and 29-year veteran of the department.
Johns was preparing to change a flat tire and was standing at the right rear corner of his vehicle, situated on the shoulder of I-95, the Highway Patrol said.
The accident happened when the driver of a 2007 Hyundai Sonata tried to avoid rear-ending a 2011 Toyota RAV4, which had slowed for traffic ahead on southbound I-95, the Highway Patrol said.
The Hyundai veered to the right, but struck the right rear of the ... [ more ]

   


 

KY FF HURT IN BRIDGE COLLAPSE

Tuesday, September 30, 2014  Two Martin County firefighters believe they are lucky to be alive after the fire truck they were riding in fell through a bridge and into a creek.

Members of the Warfield Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire early Monday morning in the Pilgrim community, about 10 miles south of Warfield.

Rhonda Estepp and Gregory Alley were riding in the department's main fire engine when they tried to cross a bridge on Blackburn Cemetery Road.

"The next thing I know, the cab of the engine is tilting up into the air," Alley said. "It's a little blurry after that. I mostly remember red lights, hill side and then water rushing into the cab of the engine."

The bridge collapsed, sending the fire truck into the creek below.

Alley, the driver, helped Estepp escape while he remained trapped with the water rising rapidly.
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Manhattan Storefront Shatters When FDNY Truck Tire Blows

Monday, September 29, 2014  A tire from an FDNY truck blew suddenly Monday afternoon, and the pressure from the tire shattered a nearby storefront window on the Lower East Side, injuring several bystanders, officials say. 

The truck was in front of 160 Delancy St. when something caused the tire to blow, fire officials on the scene said. The pressure from the tire broke a nearby clothing store window, but the tire remained attached to the truck.

Three people were hurt, but refused medical treatment at the scene, officials said.

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LA PAYS MILLIONS AS POLICE AND FIRE INJURY CLAIMS RISE

Monday, September 29, 2014  Los Angeles Fire Capt. Daniel Costa liked to go all out on the racquetball court at the LAX fire station. A fellow firefighter described him as a "very competitive" player who "likes to win."

Costa seemed in fine form after five spirited games in the fall of 2011. So his supervisor was skeptical when Costa, then 53, said he'd hurt his knee on the court and needed time off, according to a report by investigators for the city attorney's office.

Costa was out on injury leave for a year, collecting his full salary, tax-free.

In 2009, he took a nearly year-long paid leave after a run-in at the fire station with subordinates he described as "bullies." He complained of chest pain, high blood pressure and other symptoms, state records show.

READ MORE AT: http://www.latimes.com/local/cityhall/la-me-sworn-injury-leave-20140928-story.html#page=1


   


 

FORMER CHIEFS OFFER OPINIONS IN DALLAS LODD

Stanley Wilson died fighting a May 20, 2013, condo fire.

Stanley Wilson died fighting a May 20,
      2013, condo fire.

Monday, September 29, 2014 


When Dallas firefighter Stanley Wilson died battling a condo blaze last year, everything fell apart — from the building where he was trapped to his commanders’ questionable orders.Miscues, miscommunication and missed opportunities contributed to Wilson’s death inside a far northeast Dallas apartment on May 20, 2013, according to two investigative reports released this month.

And now two former North Texas fire chiefs have expressed concerns about tactics like those described in the reports. The reports — one from the state fire marshal’s office, the other a Dallas Fire-Rescue line-of-duty death examination — lay much of the blame on a deputy chief in charge of the fire response, as well as on other commanders at the scene.

Silence persists among city officials. Fire Chief Louie Bright III has acknowledged that mistakes were made but refuses to take questions about the tragedy. He has said he has no plans to discip... [ more ]

   


 

2 FFs INJURED AT ALASKA CONDO FIRE

Monday, September 29, 2014  Two Anchorage firefighters were taken to a hospital Thursday with minor injuries suffered while battling a blaze in East Anchorage, said a fire department spokesman.

The flames ignited in a three-story condo at 6712 Lunar Drive, leased by oil and gas fiscal consultant Brad Keithley. Keithley recently gained attention after announcing he would spend $200,000 of his own money to influence state legislative races this fall.

Keithley said Thursday evening he was unsure where the flames started. He had been eating lunch while packing for a trip to California. Smoke detectors sounded inside his condo, though he thought they were just malfunctioning. Then a neighbor knocked on his door and told him that his home was on fire.

Fire crews dispatched to the condominium complex after a 911 call reported the flames at 1:47 p.m., said Al Tamagni, fire department spokesman.

Mike Davidson, a senior captain with the fire department, sai... [ more ]

   


 

3RD ALM IN PA - FF TOUCHES LINES WITH LADDER

Saturday, September 27, 2014  3rd Alarm with Special Call
525 North 1st Street
Shamokin, Pa

13:45 NCCC dispatched a 1st alarm for a working structure fire at 525 North 1st street, Shamokin.

Upon arrival of first in units the alarm was upgraded to a confirmed incident to 2nd then 3rd alarm with special calls for additional manpower.

Vinyl on neighboring structures melted due to the heat.

2 FF suffered minor injured while 1 required transport to an area Hospital for heat exhaustion, stated Jason Zimmerman, deputy chief of the Shamokin Fire Bureau.

The fire is believed to originated on exterior of "C" side of the structure.

     

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FIREFIGHTERS FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT TO SMOKE.....

Saturday, September 27, 2014  The Boca Raton (Palm Beach County) Firefighters' union wants the city to butt out of firefighters' smoking habits. After 24 years of contract prohibitions against firefighters using tobacco — on or off the job — Boca Raton's fire union wants to change the contract so they can light up without consequences. Currently, firefighters who use tobacco can be fired.


Union officials say they want to bring the firefighters' contract more in line with the requirements for firefighter certification under Florida law.


State law requires that new firefighter hires be tobacco-free for at least a year before hiring, but the law is silent on what happens after they're hired.


The Boca union's proposed change that would affect 186 unionized firefighters is among the outstanding issues that led the city last week to declare an impasse in its negotiations with Boca Raton's publicsafety unions.
John Luca, Boca's current fire union... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER INJURED LIGHTING BON FIRE IN W VA

Friday, September 26, 2014 

A Mineral Wells High School student and a Mineral Wells volunteer firefighter suffered minor burns Thursday after igniting the traditional Mineral Wells High School homecoming bonfire.







Both the student and the firefighter were treated for possible first-degree burns and released Thursday from Palo Pinto General Hospital, said Fire Chief Mike Pool. He added both may have had some second degree burns, but both were otherwise OK.

Pool said the injuries occurred when the bonfire was ignited in the high school parking lot.

He said the firefighter and the student ignited the fire.

“We don't know what they used [to ignite the fire],” he said.

He said it was very unfortunate anyone was injured, especially a civilian and student. No other injuries were reported.

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Firefighter Shares Personal Survival Story

Friday, September 26, 2014 

The Personal Survival page is dedicated to looking at ways to educate the fire service on mental health challenges. One method is to share success stories of those who have faced those challenges and come out even stronger. One such person is Matt Olson. Thanks to Matt for sharing this very personal story of challenges and insight gained.



 How did my career as a firefighter impact my marriage and my family? 

I was asked this question a short time ago by a good friend.  I hadn’t ever thought about it.  So I did.  Here are my thoughts.

I met my wife 22 years ago and instantly fell in love.  She was the fir... [ more ]

   


 

INMATE FF INJURED AT KING FIRE

Thursday, September 25, 2014  A firefighter was injured in the south zone of the King Fire Wednesday afternoon.

Cal Fire said the firefighter had to be lifted out of the area in a helicopter and was taken to Sutter Roseville Medical Center to get treatment.

California Department of Corrections spokesperson Bill Sessa said the firefighter was an inmate firefighter. He was hit by a tree limb while working on the fire line and suffered moderate injuries. Sessa said his condition has been stabilized and is expected to spend the night at the hospital.

Cal Fire Strike Team leader John Romero said the firefighter was assigned to his crew. The team was cutting line in the Stumpy Meadows area near Georgetown when the inmate firefighter was hurt.

"I was not on site when it happened. But I was there when he was hoisted into the helicopter out of the incident," said Romero. "He was alert and talking when he left."

Sessa said 955 inmates were working at the... [ more ]

   


 

3 RETIRED FDNY FFs DIE WITHIN HOURS OF 9-11 RELATED CANCER

Thursday, September 25, 2014  In a heartbreaking reminder that the Sept. 11 attacks are still claiming lives, three retired FDNY firefighters died on the same day from cancer contracted at Ground Zero.

Retired Lt. Howard (Howie) Bischoff and retired firefighters Robert Leaver and Daniel Heglund all died on Monday after suffering the ravages of 9/11-related illnesses.

Making the news even more poignant is the fact that Leaver and Bischoff grew up together in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and were lifelong best friends.

“I felt at least Robert and Howie went off to heaven together,” Leaver’s widow, Rosaria, told the Daily News.

FDNY Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro called the triple loss “a painful reminder that, 13 years later, we continue to pay a terrible price for the Department’s heroic efforts on September 11th.”

The deaths raise the tragic toll to 92 firefighters who have succumbed to illnesses stemming from sifting through the ... [ more ]

   


 

GUY STEALS FL SHIFT COMMANDER TRUCK - WRECKS IN CHASE

Thursday, September 25, 2014  Tampa Police say 29-year-John Edgerton of Tampa is the man who stole a Hillsborough County Fire Rescue vehicle and led Hillsborough County Sheriff deputies and TPD officers on a chase down Interstate 275 on Wednesday afternoon.

At 5 p.m. today, deputies responded to Nebraska Avenue and 139th in reference to a single vehicle crash where they say a vehicle driven by Edgerton struck a pole.

HCFR also responded to the scene. A Battalion Chief with the fire department arrived at the scene and Edgerton, jumped out of his vehicle and jumped into the fire dept. pickup truck  and fled the scene.

Police revealed the vehicle Edgerton was driving in the crash was stolen.

Deputies pursued the fire department vehicle driven by Edgerton at that point onto Southbound Interstate 275 and ended the pursuit in the area of Sligh Avenue where it was then picked up by TPD.

The vehicle continued on and crashed into another vehicle in t... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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