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5 FFs HURT IN OVERNIGHT BUFFALO FIRE

Monday, September 22, 2014  Buffalo Firefighters are working to figure out what sparked a late-night fire that injured five of their own.

It started around 11 p.m. Saturday at a home on Lovering Avenue in North Buffalo.

Fire crews on the scene say they believe it started on the porch but quickly spread to the rest of the home due to the wind.

Everyone living inside made it out safely.

Four of the injured firefighters were taken to ECMC. Another was treated at the scene. Their conditions are unknown at this time.

   


 

CLAIM: CHANGES IN CHICAGO FD EMS PUTS LIVES OF EMS PERSONNEL AND THE PUBLIC AT RISK

Monday, September 22, 2014  On the eve of a dramatic upgrade in CFD ambulance service, the Chicago Fire Department is making changes that, union leaders warn, could put the lives of paramedics and the public in danger.
Self-contained breathing apparatus are being removed from all 75 Chicago ambulances. In addition, roughly 70 paramedics graduating from the fire academy on Sunday will not be issued fire helmets, boots and protective clothing, known as bunker gear, that are standard issue for firefighters.

Without breathing masks and oxygen tanks, veteran paramedic Pat Fitzmaurice said paramedics will no longer be able to go into a burning high-rise--or subway after a derailment, collision or explosion--to rescue victims or firefighters in distress.
It also means that, instead of being right in front of a fire scene or in close proximity to a chemical spill, they may be staged a block away, Fitzmaurice said. That could add seconds and even minutes to the time it takes to rescue an... [ more ]

   


 

BRAZIL FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-TRAINING

Monday, September 22, 2014   On Saturday (20th), a FF died in the Line of Duty during a dive training in the city of Presidente  Figueiredo, in the Amazon region of Brazil. FF Israel Aidem Pereira, 40 years old, was on a wreck diving in a lake, when he lost communication. He was found irresponsive at a depth of 25 meters and brought to surface by other FF. He received CPR and was taken to the hospital, but did not survive. RIP.http://new.d24am.com/noticias/amazonas/soldado-corpo-bombeiros-morre-afogado-teste-mergulho-embalbina/120301


   


 

2 FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY-SAUDI ARABIA

Monday, September 22, 2014  Two Civil Defense fire officers died and six people were injured in a massive fire that gutted the Al-Bilad Mall (Nesto Supermarket) in Dammam. The two fire officers: Mohammed Al-Qahtani and Mubarak Al-Khalifa. The fire hit the mall, which spans 30,000 square meters, on Saturday morning. Shoppers ran out of the mall for safety. 20 firefighting companies took part in the operation to control the blaze. RIP.

   


 

FUNERAL DETAILS & REQUEST FOR KENTUCKY FIRE CAPTAIN TONY GRIDER

R.I.P.

R.I.P.

Sunday, September 21, 2014  Below is the information and fire service requests regarding the funeral/memorial services for Campbellsville (KY) Captain Tony Grider, as follows:
Tuesday September 23, 2014 Visitation begins at 1:00PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME

Wednesday September 24, 2014 Funeral will begin at 11:00AM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME

Location:
Columbia Christian Church
206 Campbellsvile St.
Columbia, KY 42728

Burial will be at:
Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church
Hwy 92
Russell Springs, KY 42642

Located in Russell County, KY

NOTICE: Help is being requested to assist with Casket Guard/ Honor guard for both days!
Please contact: Fire Service POC/PIO Shane Crutcher 270-268-0043
Honor Guard/Casket Detail  Everette Roberts 270-300-4003
Vehicle Logistics and route POC Byron Smith 270-307-3823





   


 

2 FDNY FFs INJURED AT BROOKLYN APT FIRE

Sunday, September 21, 2014  Two firefighters were injured wrestling a massive fire that ripped through three Brooklyn buildings Saturday, officials said.

The blistering blaze broke out on the first floor of an abandoned building at 1138 Bushwick Ave. near Putnam Ave. in Bushwick at about 6 p.m. and quickly spread to the adjoining structures




Taylor Winum, 25, said he’d only been living in a second-floor apartment next to the abandoned building for a week when a firefighter kicked in his door and told him to get out.

“At least I’m alive,” he said, taking the night’s events in stride. “It’ll be a good bar story.”

One of Winum’s neighbors had just stepped out for Chinese food when the fire broke out. He returned in less than 10 minutes and an hour later was still watching, dinner in his hand, as firefighters doused the blaze.

“I’ve lost my appetite,” said Aidan O... [ more ]

   


 

AR FF INJURED AT CAR FIRE

Sunday, September 21, 2014  Just before 6:30 p.m. Saturday, September 20, a Lamar firefighter was injured while answering a call to duty.
Happy Campers

At approximately 6:15 p.m. Lamar volunteer firefighters were called to respond to the area of Cabin Creek Avenue and Duff Road located in their fire district, on a report of a vehicle fire.

Firefighters arrived on scene and found flames and heavy black smoke exiting a 1998-2000 model Dodge truck. Firefighters prepared to fight the vehicle blaze and Lamar Fire Chief Kavin McCarley prepared to join fellow firefighters as they began to extinguish the flames. It is believed that Chief McCarley was injured after he approached the burning vehicle with a fire hose in hand. As water was supplied to the hose, the force of the water exiting the hose knocked Chief McCarley to the ground, causing injury

Immediately following the incident, Johnson County EMS was requested to respond to the scene. After EMS personnel arrived on scene, Ch... [ more ]

   


 

APPARATUS CRASH IN TX

Sunday, September 21, 2014  A three vehicle accident Friday evening, involving a fire truck, sent three people to the hospital, and closed down a Denison intersection for a time.

Troopers say a Denison fire engine was on an emergency call, headed west on FM 691 through the intersection, when it was hit by a white Tahoe headed south on FM 1417.

The engine was forced into the eastbound lanes of 691 and hit a vehicle approaching the intersection.

Two firefighters were taken to the hospital and released, and another person went to the hospital to be checked out.

None of the injuries were life-threatening and troopers say alcohol was not involved.

They say investigators will reconstruct the accident.

Officials say the fire engine was severely damaged.

   


 

PA FFs FINGERS PINCHED IN AERIAL AT 3rd ALARM

Saturday, September 20, 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 other FF pinched his fingers in the runs of a ladder while it was being raised. The fire is believed to originated on exterior of "C" side of the structure. Helmet Cam by Anthony Bendele who authorized re posting via our site. arrival and roof ops video

     

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FIRE CAPTAIN DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY FOLLOWING TOWER LADDER ELECTRIC SHOCK FOR "ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE"

Saturday, September 20, 2014  We regret to pass on to you that Campbellsville (KY) Fire Department Capt. Tony Grider, 41, who has been in very critical condition at University of Louisville Hospital, has died in the Line of Duty.As you know, he was the most seriously injured Firefighter when electricity from a high-voltage line arced onto the boom of the tower ladder they were using in the student fundraising event at Campbellsville University, several weeks ago.

3 other Firefighters suffered electrical shocks but were released after being treated.

 
The firefighters were helping students in the marching band raise money for ALS. When the bucket was lowered, it got too close to a high-power electrical line overhead. Current from the line arced, striking the bucket holding 2 Firefighters.

The other two firefighters suffered shocks when they took control of the ladder from below, but weren't seriously injured. The accident knocked out electrical power in parts of two c... [ more ]

   


 

2 FFs INJURED AT PHILLY 4 ALARM VACANT WAREHOUSE FIRE

CBSPHL Video

Friday, September 19, 2014  Crews battled a four-alarm fire in the Kensington section of Philadelphia that broke out in a warehouse early this morning, injuring three people.

The fire began about 2:30am at a vacant warehouse at American and York Streets. The blaze then spread to a neighboring paper storage company.

SEE: Photos From The Scene

The fire was placed under control just after 4 a.m., but heavy smoke lingered in the area long beyond then.

“We went to 4-alarms, which is about 33 pieces of apparatus, 120 firefighters,” Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer said.



Local
4-Alarm Fire Engulfs Warehouse In Kensington; 3 Injured
... [ more ]

   


 

FF SHOCKED AT PA FIRE

Friday, September 19, 2014  A Pittsburgh firefighter was shocked by an electrical wire that fell during a fire Friday afternoon in Wilkinsburg.


A Pittsburgh firefighter is shocked by a falling electrical wire while battling a house fire in Wilkinsburg.

Pittsburgh public safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said the firefighter was taken to UPMC Presbyterian hospital and is in stable condition.

The one-alarm fire was reported just before 1 p.m. at a home in the 1600 block of Maplewood Avenue.

The Red Cross was assisting one adult and three children who were displaced as a result.

No other injuries were reported.


Read more: http://www.wtae.com/news/firefighter-shocked-by-electrical-wire-at-wilkinsbu... [ more ]

   


 

RIT Rescues Firefighter in West Hollywood (CA) Fire

Friday, September 19, 2014  Firefighters knocked down a dramatic blaze that burned two floors of a luxury condominium building in West Hollywood just north of the Sunset Strip on Thursday afternoon.

The fire was reported at Horn Plaza (map), which is near Sunset Boulevard, shortly before 4 p.m., Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervisor Art Marrujo said.

The blaze burned the second and third floors of the building and prompted a third-alarm response, according to tweets from the Fire Department.

“This building is … at the top of a steep hill. Very difficult getting here,” said fire Capt. Brian Jordan. “Some of the fire engines are parking down on Sunset Boulevard, and they had to hike up this hill with 100 pounds of gear.”

The blaze was declared knocked down at approximately 4:45 p.m., Marrujo said.

The fire also charred a portion of the outside of the building.

One firefighter received an injury of an unknown nature, Marrujo said.... [ more ]

   


 

RESPONDING FIRE CHIEF CRASH IN NEW YORK

Friday, September 19, 2014  Various people were injured when an upstate NY fire chief responding to a fire alarm at the Terrific Northern Mall rear-ended a vehicle, Moyers Corners Fire Chief Michael Brown, 39, of Liverpool, was driving a Ford Explorer north in the left lane of Morgan Road with his emergency lights and sirens on, the sheriff's office said. He was responding to a fire alarm at Macy's in the Fantastic Northern Mall.Tyler Hallock, 17, of Liverpool, was stopped in a Toyota in the left lane of Morgan Road. He was waiting to make a left turn onto Forestbrook Drive, the sheriff's office mentioned.The Explorer rear-ended the Toyota and each autos ended up in the ditch on the east side of the road, the sheriff's office said.Hallock and his front passenger, Halie Rawlins, 17, of Liverpool, complained of back discomfort just after the crash. Hallock's backseat passenger, Anthony Austin, 17, of North Syracuse, suffered head and back injuries. Brown suffered a lot of scrapes and bruises.The sher... [ more ]

   


 

YOU ACTUALLY WANT TO BE IN COMMAND? SERIOUSLY?!

Thursday, September 18, 2014  I remember years ago watching young firefighters in volunteer companies race to ride the front seat-after all, the radio, the sirens and the horns were the priority. In career departments, firefighters would want to "ride up" when the Lieutenant or captain had the day off, sometimes for the same reasons. I did both as many of you did-and do.

Be it the front seat or arriving in a car, the SUV or whatever, having command means you literally own that scene and you are responsible for everyone, everything and anything that can happen. It's no BS and serious, serious stuff. I'm not sure I can emphasize that any more than so many fire service writers have over so many years. 


The first interesting transformation happens (hopefully) when firefighters go from firefighter to company officer-and you have to deal with (as Chase Sargent says) the "Buddy to Boss" stuff. It's a big deal.


The next real interesting transformatio... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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