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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.

... [ more ]

     

NBCNewYork.com Video



 

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.

Exact details of what happened to cause the injuries were not released pending a fact-finding mission ... [ more ]

   


 

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 ]

   


 

QUADRUPLE LODD FOLLOWUP:City Council members hear the mayday call of doomed firefighters

KHOU Video

Wednesday, September 24, 2014  They are the words no firefighter ever wants to hear - through heavy breathing inside an air mask, it is clear something is very wrong, "Mayday! The roof is down and Station 51 is inside!"

Not just fire fighters from one station, but two.

"That is the radio communications that began what was the worst day in the Houston Fire Department," said Assistant Chief Richard Mann to Houston City Councilors.

It was not the fire that was unusual, it was the outcome.

"15 minutes and 29 seconds. We look back at that and we say how could this happen in 15 minutes and 29 seconds. That is the time from when we received the 9-11 call and we lost four firefighters," said Chief Mann as he began his presentation.

In the months since that deadly day, the Houston Fire Department has produced its own report into the fire at the Southwest Inn.

Council member Brenda Starling heard about that for the first time in this hearing, "I ... [ more ]

   


 

MEMPHIS FF INJURED IN CEILING COLLAPSE AT APT. FIRE

Wednesday, September 24, 2014  A fire was reported at the Hickory Point Apartments around 11:30 a.m.

Memphis Fire Department says one unit caused the fire and smoke damage in at least three other units.

A Memphis firefighter was injured when a ceiling collapsed on him.

He was transported in non-critical condition to an area hospital for possible neck and back injuries.

No word on how the fire was started.

   


 

FIREFIGHTERS KNIFE SEVERES RESCUE ROPE DURING TRAINING-OTHER FIREFIGHTER CRITICALLY INJURED-GERMANY

Wednesday, September 24, 2014  There was a serious and highly unusual mis-hap involving firefighters in Germany on Tuesday. In the training incident, a 52-year-old firefighter was seriously injured during a high rise rescue exercise, as the members rappelled from their hose tower. The issue is that two safety ropes were actually cut and the firefighter fell from the second floor. He was taken to hospital with serious injuries. After an emergency surgery he is expected to survive. A knife, being carried or attached to one of the firefighters may have inadvertently severed the safety ropes. 

The investigation has shown that the rope/cables have been cut with a "clean cut". 
The fire fighters involved in the training are currently on leave from service and receiving PTSD counseling. 

The evidence indicates that four men were involved in the high-altitude rescue exercise. One of the men, who later became injured, hung on climbing ropes attached to the outer wall of the on-s... [ more ]

   


 

2 FFS INJURED IN NY PAPER FACTORY FIRE

Buffalo News Video

Tuesday, September 23, 2014  Firefighters from as far away as Akron helped battle a blaze fueled by high winds at the Greenpac/Norampac facility in the city Saturday afternoon.

The fire broke out at about 2:30 p.m. at the adjoining plants on Packard Road and Royal Avenue, which make corrugated board and lightweight liner board. Flames shot from at least one building, as well as from stacked bundles of paper material located outdoors. As many as 50 bundles were burning near the time the fire started, according to a fire dispatcher.

Some areas were still burning into the evening, and the fire had yet to be declared under control.

When the fire broke out, Niagara Falls firefighters called in all personnel and then asked for assistance from neighboring departments. Some companies, including Wolcottsville, brought in tanker trucks to carry more water to the scene.

Assisting departments came from neighboring municipalities, including Wheatfield, Lewiston, ... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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