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WHOA! SO HOW'D THAT HAPPEN?!

Friday, May 22, 2015  Columbus, Ohio fire officials are trying to sort out how and why a firefighter caused $255,000 worth of damage to a new fire engine by scraping it under a Downtown billboard.
Firefighter Brian Murphy said he was trying to drive to other firefighters and paramedics who were helping a patient in a nearby alley when he turned into a parking lot near the corner of Main and Third streets in early March, according to his accident review by the Columbus Fire Division.
Murphy told investigators he didn’t notice any “reflective tape or warning sign of low clearance" on the sign when he tried to drive underneath and into a surface parking lot about 8 p.m.
“I did not see the sign, and I stopped as soon as I heard the spotlights breaking,” he said to investigators.
The sign was clearly lit, according to pictures from the crash. The billboard is about the size of a semi-truck.
The collision ripped lights off the engine, damaged a water pump and hose, dented the... [ more ]

   


 

FIRE APPARATUS STRUCK IN MICHIGAN BY "HABITUAL DRUNK"

Friday, May 22, 2015   Investigators are trying to figure out if a man may have been impaired during a rear-end collision with a Grand Rapids fire truck overnight.
It happened just before 1 a.m. Friday near the corner of Burton Street and the East Beltline Ave. SE while firefighters were on the scene of another crash.
A fire department battalion chief says the man, who is being called "a habitual drunk driver," drove through cones and into the back of a truck, which had its emergency lights flashing.
He was taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries. But no firefighters were hurt in the crash.
"It was kind of a close call for some of our people here," says Battalion Chief Dan Stoddard. "We were very fortunate that no one was hurt. we actually had a firefighter who had to run towards the woods because there as the car was coming in."
The people involved in the original accident were not badly hurt.

   


 

FIREFIGHTER CLOSE CALL IN L.A. COUNTY-FIREFIGHTERS FALL INTO ROOF WHILE ATTEMPTING VENTILATION

Friday, May 22, 2015   Four firefighters were injured after they fell through a roof while battling a three-alarm fire at an abandoned casino in LA County late last night..

The fire at the Club Caribe Casino ignited around 11:30 p.m. Thursday on the 7600 block of Atlantic Avenue.

The firefighters were on the roof to cut a hole for ventilation when it gave way. They fell through and had to be rescued by fellow firefighters.

Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said the roof collapsed like a slide, and the firefighters slid down. This minimized the firefighters' injuries, but the incident was still very intense.

"It's very terrifying. These are guys that I've worked with day in and day out. This is actually my old crew here, so I know all the gentlemen involved in this incident," said Chris Reade with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. "When you're up on that rooftop and you start hearing creaking from that wood, I can't imagine. It's never happened... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER CAUTION: First of its kind drug lab found inside a home

NewsNet5 Video

Wednesday, May 20, 2015  A welfare check of a 4-year-old girl in Akron led to a chemical drug lab that is likely the first of its kind in the state of Ohio, according to Akron police.Police responded to 760 Silvercrest Avenue in Akron's Kenmore neighborhood to check on a 4-year-old girl around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Once at the home, officers could smell marijuana from outside in the driveway. According to Lieutenant Brian Simcox, when the officers approached the home a woman came to the door and told them they would need a search warrant to enter the home and check for the girl.

Police went to a judge who signed the search warrant and they entered the home around 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Once inside the home police immediately found a large amount of chemicals and equipment used in chemical drug manufacturing. Simcox said that he and other veteran officers could not identify the chemicals and had to call a BCI chemist to help with processing the scene.

Most of the chemicals are ... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTERS DOWN/ELECTROCUTED-CITIZEN DEAD AT EMS RESCUE RESPONSE-EXTREME CLOSE CALL

Tuesday, May 19, 2015   In Ottawa County (western MI, west of Grand Rapids) a 43-year-old man was reported unresponsive in the front yard of his home early this evening.

5 Firefighters from Crockery Township arrived on the scene and started to help the man. Not realizing he had been electrocuted and thinking he had a heart problem, they tried CPR and then used an automated external defibrillator (AED).


While the Firefighters were working, one of them got too close to the still-charged telehandler (a portable mobile boom device) and was shocked. He fell into another Firefighter, who was also shocked. They suffered electric shock, as the forks on the machine were fully extended and in contact with an overhead power line.


EXTREME CLOSE CALL: The initial shock caused the first Firefighter--a 38-year-old four-year veteran, to be electrocuted and to go into cardiac arrest, but other Firefighters with an AED were able to regain a pulse.

The seco... [ more ]

   


 

IS FDNY FF A COWARD? HIS COLLEAGUES THINK SO

Monday, May 18, 2015  He’s a firefighter in name only.
Michael D. Johnson won’t fight fires. Instead he stays on the sidelines as his Engine Co. 257 colleagues rush into burning buildings, FDNY insiders told The Post.
Nicknamed “Tragic Johnson” by rank and file, he’s managed to evade the smoke and flames several times since joining the Canarsie, Brooklyn, firehouse last year, sources confirmed.
“To have a guy that you know to be afraid is not going to be there for you when you need him to be — it’s frightening,” said one FDNY source.
The latest fright unfolded April 2 at a three-alarm blaze on East 78th Street, when Johnson’s irked captain radioed a “mayday” after discovering Johnson was AWOL, sources said. He had been assigned as “backup” to the nozzle man carrying the hose into the burning two-story building.
That left just two firefighters — the first and a third — to haul the heavy hose up a long staircase and spray water on the flames.
A photo obtain... [ more ]

     

Johnson (whose head is seen above the car roof) stands on the sidelines while his fellow firefighters battle flames

Johnson (whose head is seen above the
      car roof) stands on the sidelines while
      his fellow firefighters battle flames



 

CHICAGO AMBULANCE STRUCK BY BULLET WHILE TRANSPORTING PT.

Monday, May 18, 2015  Somebody fired a gun into an ambulance while paramedics were treating a patient Sunday evening in the
Englewood neighborhood, according to police and fire department officials.
At 5:35 p.m., paramedics were sent to the 5600 block of South Bishop Street for a traffic crash. But when they got
there, they found an ambulance with its driver's side front window shattered, said Will Knight, a spokesman for
the Chicago Fire Department.
“A large caliber slug was noted on the floor inside the cab,’’ Knight said in an emailed statement.
The shooting happened as two paramedics inside the ambulance, which was not involved in a crash, were treating
a person who suffered shortness of breath, Knight said.
No one was shot, he said.
Police are investigating the incident 

   


 

The Link Has Been Repaired (The Secret List)

Sunday, May 17, 2015   NOTE-THE LINK BELOW SHOULD BE WORKING NOW....IT HAD GONE DOWN ON FRIDAY AFTER WE SENT THE ORIGINAL SECRET LIST RELATED TO PROPER RECOGNITION.


THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE!

....AND PLEASE SUBMIT SOME GOOD FIRE-FOLKS AND/OR FD's FOR WELL DESERVED RECOGNITION RELATED TO FIREFIGHTER SURVIVAL-Thanks!




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Proper Recognition

Each year the Safety Health and Survival Section of the IAFC presents awards that recognize certain people and certain fire departments for doing good stuff.

 

THIS is a chance for YOU to submit information on firefighters and officers and/or departments to be recognized in 4 different categories - all related to Firefighter Safety, Health and Survival.

 

DO YOU KNOW:

 

1-A Fire Chief That Sets The Example?

 

2-A Fire Depa... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER RECOGNITION (The Below Link Has Been Repaired)

Sunday, May 17, 2015  NOTE-THE LINK BELOW SHOULD BE WORKING NOW....IT HAD GONE DOWN ON FRIDAY AFTER WE SENT THE ORIGINAL SECRET LIST RELATED TO PROPER RECOGNITION.

THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE!....AND PLEASE SUBMIT SOME GOOD FIRE-FOLKS AND/OR FD's FOR WELL DESERVED RECOGNITION RELATED TO FIREFIGHTER SURVIVAL-Thanks!

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Proper Recognition

Each year the Safety Health and Survival Section of the IAFC presents awards that recognize certain people and certain fire departments for doing good stuff.


THIS is a chance for YOU to submit information on firefighters and officers and/or departments&... [ more ]

   


 

2 FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY IN JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA-TRAPPED IN THE BASEMENT OF A BUILDING FIRE

Sunday, May 17, 2015   We regret to pass on to you that 2 Firefighters were killed in the Line of Duty early this morning after being found in the basement of a 7 story mixed use building. Initially, when EMS arrived to assist, they found 1 Firefighter having been removed, already being treated for smoke inhalation-but 2 other Firefighters were still trapped in the building. At approximately 0100 hours a Firefighter was brought out by other members. He had no signs of life and despite all their efforts they were unable to revive him. At approximately 0300 hours another Firefighter was brought from the building who was declared dead on the scene. Four other firefighters were treated on the scene for various injuries and transported to the hospital.Our condolences to all those affected. RIP.


     



 

AMBULANCE STRUCK BY WRONG WAY DRIVER IN PA - AMAZING VIDEO

Saturday, May 16, 2015  The footage is stunning.
The dash-cam mounted in the White Rose Ambulance transport shows the dark highway, illuminated by the vehicle's headlights. Seconds into the video, a pair of headlights appear to be cresting a hill ahead.

The headlights are in the wrong lane, heading straight for the ambulance.

You hear the crash and the ambulance veers off the road.

A member of the ambulance crew says, "Oh my God!"

Another voice pipes in, "Are you OK?"

And the response is "Oh my God!"

The patient being transported in the ambulance was OK, ambulance company officials said. White Rose was performing a routine transport, returning the patient to Manor Care-Dallastown from York Hospital, when the crash occurred. She was checked out at York Hospital and then transported to the nursing home, officials said. The two crew members, a driver and an attendant, were injured, suffering what the ambulance company described as "non-life-... [ more ]

     

Drive Cam Video



 

NC FF INJURED AT HOUSE FIRE

WSOCTV Video

Saturday, May 16, 2015  A firefighter was injured at a house fire on Burke Lane in Matthews, officials said.
A van on the property caught on fire and spread into the home’s attic, the Matthews fire chief said.
James Garris, who is a volunteer Lieutenant with the Matthews Fire Department, fell through the attic and was unconscious when pulled from the home.
The firefighter then had a seizure and was taken to the hospital, the chief said.
Garris was later alert and is expected to survive.
The homeowner who saw the fire and called 911. The homeowner and his son were able to escape without injuries.
Multiple fire departments and MEDIC are at the fire that started at about 8:30 p.m. 

   


 

CAL-FIRE BC STRUCK ASSISTING MOTORIST

Saturday, May 16, 2015  A Cal Fire battalion chief was hospitalized after being hit by a vehicle while helping a stranded motorist near Temecula, fire officials say.
Battalion Chief Casey Hartman came across a stranded motorist about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14, along Borel Road near Warren Road, CHP officials said.
The vehicle was partially blocking the eastbound lane, so the battalion chief positioned his marked Cal Fire pickup truck behind the vehicle and activated the amber warning lights, CHP officials said in a news release.
As the battalion chief was helping the person, 36-year-old Nuevo resident Ciria Flores was driving westbound on Borel at an unsafe speed in the rain. As she approached the scene, she lost control of her vehicle and smashed into Hartman’s truck, the release said.
The truck skid into Hartman, knocking him to the ground and injuring his leg. Flores’ vehicle then spun out of control and went into a ditch, officials said.
Paramedics took Hartman to a hospital with mo... [ more ]

   


 

FIRE APPARATUS ROLLOVER IN INDIANA

WLFI Video

Friday, May 15, 2015   A narrow driveway may be to blame for a fire truck that rolled over in Montgomery County Thursday afternoon.The incident happened near the intersection of County Road E. 500 North and County Road N. 590 East, near Darlington, Ind.

A fire tanker loaded with water was heading to a call. The truck was trying to make it up a driveway, when the road gave way and the truck rolled over.

Deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said one firefighter had a minor cut on his arm. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation is ongoing.

   


 

MISSISSIPPI FIRE CAPTAIN COLLAPSES WHILE EXERCISING AN HOUR AFTER RESPONDING ON A RUN

RIP CAPTAIN

RIP CAPTAIN

Friday, May 15, 2015   A longtime Philadelphia (Mississippi) Fire Captain, Dwight Greer, 44,who had a big personality and loved his job, collapsed and died last Wednesday night an hour after responding to a run. Despite the best efforts of his personnel, he could not be revived. He died on May 6, 2015.

Fire Capt. Greer, 44, was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1937 hours. Services have already been conducted. He was not married and had no children.

As the PFD Chief Pierce Clark stated that he had "seen men go above and beyond to help a total stranger many times putting their self in harms way, but last night watching my men work on one of their own was the hardest thing I have been part of and hope to never see it again. RIP Captain Dwight Greer." Greer had a big personality and was a just a gentle giant.
Our condolences to all affected. RIP.

   


 
 
 

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