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FIRE DEPARTMENT MOTORCYCLE CRASH WHILE RESPONDING (yeah-FD Motorcycle!)

Thursday, May 28, 2015  A Firefighter in South America suffered non-life-threatening injuries when his Fire Department motorcycle hit a car in Brasília, the capital city of Brazil, on Wednesday. The civilian car driver was not injured. The FF was responding to a car crash where a child was hit. The child was assisted by another emergency unit and taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Many Fire Departments in Brazil, especially in big cities, use motorcycles for the first response, to minimize the delay caused by traffic jams. While rare, these do exist in the USA as well-but is much more common overseas.

     



 

FIRE CHIEF PROVIDES DETAILS & FUNERAL INFO RE: OKLAHOMA FIRE CAPTAIN LINE OF DUTY DEATH

RIP CAPTAIN

RIP CAPTAIN

Thursday, May 28, 2015   Less than a day after personnel from more than 100 agencies and thousands of community members lined the streets to pay their respects to the family of Claremore Fire Department Capt. Jason Farley, one of the firefighters who tried to save him was readmitted to the hospital.Lt. Zane James had been released Monday in time to join the evening procession with Farley’s family from Tulsa International Airport to outside Verdigris High School. He had been hospitalized early Sunday after floodwater pulled him into a drainage pipe and ejected him into a fence, Claremore Fire Chief Sean Douglas said in a Tuesday news release.


Farley, a 19-year veteran of the department, fell into the area around a storm drain after rescuing Shannon Roberts and six small children from a duplex in Archer Court, which flooded during a fifth birthday sleepover party for Roberts’ daughter.


Roberts and her father, Steven Darnell, each called Farley a hero more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER LINE OF DUTY DEATH LEADS TO MULTIPLE LAWSUITS INCLUDING THE INCIDENT COMMANDER

Thursday, May 28, 2015  The mother of a Nutter Fort (West Virginia) Firefighter has sued five companies involved in working on two cell towers that collapsed killing two employees, as well as her son (in the Line of Duty) when he tried to help.


The lawsuit also names the Summit Park Volunteer Fire Department and its former chief, Brenda Fragmin, as defendants. It cites a NIOSH investigation that “identified an ineffective incident command on the part of Defendant Summit Park and Defendant Fragmin as one of the contributing factors.”

Garrett was killed when a second tower collapsed and part of it struck him after Fragmin had told him and other Nutter Fort volunteer firefighters to remove a worker who had been injured when the first, larger tower had fallen, the lawsuit asserts.
Companies named as defendants are S&S Communications Specialists Inc. of Oklahoma; SBA Communications Corp. of Florida; and three other out-of-state firms, FDH Inc., FDH Engineering Inc. an... [ more ]

     

NIOSH Photos

NIOSH Photos



 

FIRE APPARATUS ROLLOVER IN ARKANSAS

Thursday, May 28, 2015   Bryant (AR) Fire Department Sergeant Todd Crowson said their truck toppled over after the passenger side tires of the truck "caught in the road" while on Springhill Road.
According to Crowson, a large dump truck was passing the fire truck at the time of the accident, but it was not hit or involved.
He added that no one was hurt and the road is expected to be back open within 30 minutes from the time they get the truck on a wrecker.

   


 

FIREFIGHTER SERIOUSLY BURNED WHILE REFUELING CHAIN SAW

Thursday, May 28, 2015   A seasonal U.S. Forest Service firefighter is in critical but stable condition after suffering injuries Monday while working on a small fire on Mount Charleston.Josh Evans suffered second- and third-degree burns to his upper body in a flash fire that occurred while refueling a chainsaw.

Evans and his crew had been fighting a fire sparked by lightning in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area when the incident occurred.

Evans was airlifted to University Medical Center, where he is in the burn unit, officials said.

Another fire crew replaced Evans’ crew, and the fire was eventually contained, officials said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Josh and his family in this unfortunate situation. We appreciate our selfless firefighters who willingly face ongoing challenges in the interest of protecting life and property,” Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Supervisor Bill Dunkelberger said in a news release.

   


 

NJ FF BREAKS PELVIS IN FALL FROM ROOF AT FIRE

Tuesday, May 26, 2015   A borough firefighter was seriously injured Monday night when he fell off a roof while battling a fire and broke his pelvis, police said.At about 6 p.m., a police officer on patrol reported seeing smoke coming from a residence on Boonton Avenue so both police and the fire department responded to the scene, Butler Police Lt. Mike Moeller said.

Based on the preliminary investigation, a cigarette is believed to have accidentally sparked the blaze on the outside deck of the multi-family home, Moeller said.

Butler firefighter Al Marion was on the roof of the house using a fire hose when he lost his footing and fell about eight to 10 feet onto the ground, the police lieutenant said.

Marion was flown by medical helicopter to Morristown Medical Center due to the extent of his injuries, Moeller said. Based on the preliminary investigation, Marion fractured his pelvis and shattered one of his elbows, he said.

The fire was extinguished in about... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER IN TEXAS FALLS THRU ROOF AT FIRE

Tuesday, May 26, 2015  A firefighter with the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department was hurt while battling a house fire early Tuesday morning.Officials said the fire is believed to have been started by a lightning strike. The fire happened in the 17000 block of Fairgrove Park Drive.

Authorities said a mayday was called after the firefighter fell through the roof.

KPRC 2 is told the firefighter is conscious and will be transported to an area hospital. 

   


 

FIRE OFFICERS: WE MUST OWN THE FIREGROUND FROM THE START-BECAUSE WE OWN THE OUTCOME REGARDLESS. (Commentary)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015  Another fire we can learn from. Fire Officers must fully appreciate the fact that when making decisions, and especially when committing firefighters at a fire, that their decisions, orders and the FF's actions will directly impact the outcome. Seem simple? One would think. Watch the below video and ask yourself (and those at your firehouse kitchen table) the same question as if you were the boss. This building is vacant and has been for 3 years. Is there any reason that this would be anything other than a defensive fire? Can you think of any reason you would send your Firefighters to the roof on this fire? 
 
Does placing your firefighters (on the roof, near the hole already made by the fire) make sense when the apparatus that can supply the needed elevated stream sits there... not being used?
 
THE VIDEO:
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FATAL FIRE APPARATUS CRASH IN NEVADA

Monday, May 25, 2015  A man was killed after driving into the rear of a Las Vegas Fire & Rescue apparatus, The accident occurred around 11:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Boulder Highway and South Sandhill Road, according to Metro. The fire engine was turning right from Boulder to Sandhill when it was hit from the rear by a 2002 Chevrolet pickup. The truck had its lights and sirens on and after the accident. Firefighters worked on the pickup driver, a 28-year-old man from Las Vegas, before he was transported to Sunrise Hospital Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

No firefighters were injured. This is the 43rd traffic-related fatality in Metro’s jurisdiction this year. The accident is under investigation. 

   


 

ANOTHER FF DIES AFTER MASSIVE BLAZE IN INDIA

Monday, May 25, 2015  Chief fire officer of the Mumbai fire brigade, Sunil Nesarikar, died of multi-organ failure at the National Burns Centre on Sunday.Nesarikar sustained 50% burns while rescuing people during the blaze at Gokul Nivas in Kalbadevi two weeks ago. He was 51.

Nesarikar is the fourth senior fire official the department has lost to the Kalbadevi blaze. Deputy chief fire officer Sudhir Amin died on May 14, while assistant divisional officer SW Rane and station officer MN Desai died while battling the flames on May 9.

Hospital authorities said Nesarikar died around 3.30pm, after his organs stopped functioning. He is survived by his wife and son, an engineering student.

“We had conducted two surgeries and covered the burns on his legs with skin . We were supposed to cover the injuries on his hands in the next few days,” said Dr SM Keswani, medical director.

“He was put on dialysis and ventilation, so that he recovers. But his organs stopped ... [ more ]

   


 

UPDATE ON THE OKLAHOMA FIRE CAPTAIN WHO WAS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY LAST NIGHT

Monday, May 25, 2015   As posted earlier, Claremore Fire Department (Oklahoma) Captain Jason Farley lost his life in the Line of Duty while performing water rescues late last night and early this morning. Captain Farley, who had 19 years and 11 months on the job, was 46. He is survived by his wife and teenage daughter.

It should be noted that He was a 1994 graduate of the OSU School of Fire Protection  and Safety.  


WHAT HAPPENED:
Captain Farley was attempting to rescue a fellow firefighter who had fallen into a flooded storm drain just west of the city. They were involved with the rescue operation where water was rushing into a home during a young girl’s 5th birthday party. All of the children and one adult were rescued through a window but Farley was pushed into a storm drain where he drowned. “He’s our hero. That’s ... [ more ]

   


 

CANADIAN FIREFIGHTING PILOT DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY

Monday, May 25, 2015   A small aircraft used for fire suppression crashed Friday while operating at a wildfire near Cold Lake, killing the 38-year-old pilot and only person onboard. He was from Conair Aerial Firefighting, from Cranbrook, B.C. and had been fighting wild fires for four years.The crash happened on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range, about 100 kilometres east of Lac La Biche, around 1630 Hours.


This area is situated in Alberta's "Lakeland" district, 190 miles northeast of Edmonton, near the Alberta-Saskatchewan border. 


The plane was a single-pilot Air Tractor 802, known as a “Fire Boss.” The aircraft skims water off a lake to dump on wildfires. Crews in northern Alberta have been fighting wildfires for more than a week. On Friday, fire crews from Ontario arrived in Alberta to help in the fight. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP. 


   


 

OK FF KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY WAS LIVING HIS DREAM

Monday, May 25, 2015  Just before midnight Saturday, Claremore fire Capt. Jason Farley responded to a water rescue call at a home in the 600 block of Archer Court, where Shannon Roberts was playing host to six small children for her daughter's 5th birthday sleepover party.

The neighborhood, Claremore Battalion Chief Marty Osborne said Sunday afternoon, frequently floods during severe weather, but hadn't been visited often in recent years due to drought conditions in the state.

Farley, a 19-year veteran of the department, and other firefighters were checking homes on the street when they came across a ditch filled with water. Not realizing the water's depth, Farley stepped into the ditch, where he was immediately submerged outside Roberts' home.

"When he got down there, the flow of water was going into the drainage pipe at the bottom of the ditch and it immediately began to take Jason into the drainage pipe," Osborne said. "He was able to hold on and others came to his ai... [ more ]

   


 

MAINE FIREFIGHTER SUFFERS MEDICAL EMERGENCY/CRASHES APPARATUS

Sunday, May 24, 2015   A Sanford (Maine) Firefighter is in the hospital after suffering a medical issue while responding to a fire. The Sanford FD was called to Lyman for mutual aid at a structure fire Saturday afternoon. On the way, the driver of the department's squad truck suffered a medical issue and crashed the truck into a guardrail. No one else was involved in the crash. The driver was taken to Maine Medical Center where he is listed as stable. We wish the FF a quick recovery.

   


 

FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-ATTEMPTED RESCUE

Sunday, May 24, 2015  An Oklahoma Firefighter is dead, another injured, after they were swept down a storm drain during heavy rains in Claremore (NE of Tulsa).
Crews were called to several duplex units just off Archer Court near Highway 20 around 2230 hours last night, Saturday, to rescue around ten people who were stuck inside their homes by rising waters.
Around 2330, one of the Firefighters was swept into a storm drain. Reports are that the waters were so high, the firefighter likely never saw the storm drain that would soon sweep him to his death.
Another firefighter, Zane James, rushed to the first firefighter's aid, but would soon end up swept into the drain himself.
James was washed about 200 yards down the length of the drain, but suffered only minor injuries.
It took rescue crews about two hours to recover the LODD Firefighter's body.

The ten people flooded from their homes were sent to a nearby red cross shelter.

   


 
 
 

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