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Fire Truck Drove Too Fast & Killed Man On His Way To Brother's Wedding, Lawsuit Says

Wednesday, November 25, 2015  The family of a man who was killed when his car was struck by a fire truck is suing L.A. County.
The widow and mother of Eric Stein, 36, have filed a suit against L.A. County and the fire truck's driver, Michael Aplanalp, according to City News Service.
The tragic incident took place on July 31, when Stein was driving along Mulholland Highway in Agoura Hills to a rehearsal dinner for his brother's wedding where he would have been the best man. Stein went to make a left turn on to Saddle Rock Ranch when an L.A. County fire truck passed him on the left and smashed into the driver's side of Stein's Ford Focus. Stein died at the scene and his wife, Knesia Rozen, was airlifted to a hospital.
The fire truck was a camp-crew vehicle transporting 13 female inmates from Malibu's Fire Camp 13, where inmates aid in fire-relief efforts. The truck had its lights and sirens on as they were on their way to battle a fire in Sherman Oaks.
Rozen and Stein's mother, Karen Kirn, have filed a... [ more ]




Wednesday, November 25, 2015  Two people have been killed in a bushfire burning out of control north of Adelaide.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has confirmed the deaths and says other people, including firefighters, have been injured.

The blaze has also destroyed homes and other buildings and has burnt through more than 85,000 hectares of cropping land.

The bushfire continues to burn on a 45-kilometre front, threatening a number of towns.

Earlier, two firefighters were reportedly taken to hospital with serious burns, and 7News reported that 11 people had been injured.

A number of homes and buildings have been destroyed, including a piggery, with damage assessment teams starting to move through the area to confirm losses.




Wednesday, November 25, 2015  Three people were injured in a collision between a fire engine and a SUV early Tuesday evening in McDavid.
The engine, with lights and sirens activated, departed the McDavid Station of Escambia Fire Rescue at 5:14 p.m. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 62-year old Gordon Janksy of Pensacola failed to stop his 2012 Chevrolet Traverse for the firetruck, driven by 32-year old Mark Carter of Century. Both vehicles came to rest in the parking lot of a convenience store across the road from the fire station.
Carter was transported by ambulance with a non-life threatening injury to West Florida Hospital where he was expected to be released. A second member of the fire department, 19-year old Jared Carnley of McDavid, was a passenger on the fire truck and was not injured.
A total of six individuals were in the SUV. Driver Gordon Janksy was not injured in the crash. His passenger, 61-year old Linda Jansky of Pensacola, was airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola in se... [ more ]




Tuesday, November 24, 2015  Boynton Beach (Florida) Firefighters have been told to get chest x-rays after a shocking discovery in the blood and lungs of two firefighters. Two BBFR station #3 firefighters had difficulty breathing discovered that feces and feathers were in their lungs after getting chest x-rays. After this discovery, the city moved the department to Station #5. Station #3 is undergoing extensive cleaning after dead mice were found in an air duct.

A city spokesperson says “No employees have missed any work, or been out sick as the result of what is happening at Station #3.”

Officials say the air ducts have been cleaned and the ceiling tiles replaced.

Over the next few days, air quality results at the station will be released.




Tuesday, November 24, 2015   Four firefighters have sued the Santa Clara (California) Waste Water Co. over injuries they said they sustained at the scene of a chemical explosion at the company's plant a year ago.
Santa Paula firefighters Matt May, Matt Lindsey and Milo Bustillos along with Ventura County firefighter Lucas Beller filed the suit last week, alleging negligence and misrepresentation.
They sustained serious pulmonary and other injuries based on assurances from employees that the facility near Santa Paula was safe to enter, the lawsuit says.
The Santa Paula firefighters went out on disability leave after the incident Nov. 18, 2014, and remain off work. They have declined to be interviewed.
Beller said Monday that he has returned to work and did not take any disability leave, declining additional comment until he speaks with his labor union.
The suit seeks general and punitive damages of an unspecified amount, plus payments for loss of earnings and medical costs.
A ... [ more ]



Firefighters: ‘Slow down’ near crash scenes Video

Tuesday, November 24, 2015  Blocking traffic as other emergency responders deal with a traffic accident isn’t the most exciting assignment for firefighters, but it’s a necessity — one that makes them sitting ducks when it comes to crashes.That was the case Saturday morning for the crew of the Grand Rapids Fire Department’s Ladder 3, which was called to a crash on I-196 near Lake Michigan Drive.

“We arrived on scene to be their blocker, just to protect them until our utility could get on scene, which is our dump truck with a trailer,” GRFD Lt. Matt Keusch explained.

But as Keusch and his crew sat in their truck, which was angled across westbound I-196, some drivers still weren’t paying attention.

Equipment Operator Justin Holmes saw one vehicle headed straight for the rig, despite the flashing lights and chevron safety stripes painted on the back. Holmes told Keusch and the rest of the crew to brace themselves as he put the truck in gear to try to get out of the ... [ more ]




Tuesday, November 24, 2015  A resident and two firefighters were injured during a house fire in Deptford Township.
The fire started at a home on the 1100 block of Lexington Drive Monday night. Fire crews were eventually able to bring the flames under control.A resident inside the home as well as two firefighters were hurt during the blaze. The resident was taken to the hospital. Officials have not yet revealed his or her condition. The two firefighters were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Officials continue to investigate the cause of the fire.

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UPDATE: Semi driver charged in Virginia I-85 fire apparatus crash that split the rig

Tuesday, November 24, 2015  A tractor-trailer driver from North Carolina is facing charges after a chain-reaction accident involving a firetruck and sheriff’s car on Interstate 85 in Dinwiddie County.Lonnie Mixter of High Point, N.C., was charged with reckless driving in the crash, which occurred about 1:30 a.m. Sunday when Mixter’s truck slammed into a firetruck that had responded to an earlier accident near the McKenney Highway exit on northbound I-85, said Sgt. Stephan M. Vick of the Virginia State Police.

Mixter did not slow down as he approached the scene, where the right lane was blocked, Vick said. Mixter’s tractor-trailer hit the firetruck, causing it to strike the Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s office vehicle.

Mixter’s semi then took out 204 feet of guardrail before overturning, Vick said.

Mixter was flown to VCU Medical Center with serious injuries after the crash.

A sheriff’s deputy and firefighter also were taken to the hospital. Their injuries we... [ more ]



VA APPARATUS STRUCK UPDATE: Dinwiddie first responders recall nearly being killed on the job

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015   We’re now hearing from the first responders who survived a frightening crash over the weekend.A Dinwiddie Sheriff’s Deputy and Firefighter were both nearly killed while on the job. Early Sunday morning, a tractor trailer collided with a fire truck parked on Interstate 85 near mile marker 43.

“I just happened to look up just in the nick of time to see this tractor trailer coming toward the back of the fire truck,” recounts Dinwiddie Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Fields. “It’s maybe 10 yards away at the most and I said ‘oh shoot, run.'”

“I ran,” says Dinwiddie firefighter Lamonte Fields. “And the next thing I remember is tripping over something and falling down and just praying that I wasn’t going to get hit.”

Both men can’t believe they are alive to even look at the aftermath of Sunday’s collision. The impact split a 51-thousand pound fire engine in half. But they both escaped with just scrapes and bruises... [ more ]




Tuesday, November 24, 2015  A San Angelo firefighter was taken into emergency surgery this morning after falling through a ceiling while fighting a house fire, according to a the City of San Angelo Public Information Office.Emergency dispatchers received a call of a fire at 2451 Baylor St. at 1:37 a.m. Monday. The first San Angelo Fire Department engine arrived at 1:42 a.m.

After the blaze was extinguished, the injured firefighter was cooling hotspots in the attic – to ensure the fire didn’t reignite – when he fell through the ceiling, landing one story below. The firefighter was wearing full bunker gear at the time.

An ambulance transported him to Shannon Medical Center, where he was taken into surgery at about 7 a.m. He was alert and able to move his extremities. He remained in surgery as of 8:30 a.m.

The firefighter's name has not been released at this time.



Safety Advisory: Translucent Corrugated Roof Panels May Contribute to Increased Fall Risk during Roof Operations

Monday, November 23, 2015   The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that all fire departments immediately take the following actions to reduce the risk of fire fighters being injured or killed while operating on roofs that contain translucent corrugated roof panels:

  • Ensure that all fire fighters, company officers and chief officers are aware of and are trained to recognize translucent corrugated roof panels.
  • Establish policies and procedures to ensure that fire fighters do not walk or stand on translucent corrugated roof panels.
  • Ensure fire fighters immediately inform the incident commander and other fire fighters when translucent corrugated roof panels are identified.
  • Ensure fire fighters follow safe roof operating practices including sounding the roof, having enough ladders for safe exi... [ more ]




Monday, November 23, 2015  Flames were ripping out of the top windows of a two-story home on Detroit’s west side when firefighters arrived at 7 a.m. Saturday.“I have a victim in the rear stairwell,” a firefighter radioed to the chief.

An 88-year-old woman was trapped on the burning stairwell of her house at 3000 Tyler near Lawton. As Sgt. Christian Spitzig tried to reach her, the porch collapsed.

“We got a man down, a firefighter, at the rear of the dwelling,” a firefighter radioed to the chief. “He’s going to have to be transported.”

Crushed beneath the collapse, Spitzig “directed our brothers to continue with the search,” Fire Commissioner Eric Jones said.

And they did, rescuing the woman before it was too late.

“I called Chris and he told me that he knew the porch was suspect but he was more concerned about rescuing the elderly citizen trapped inside,” the commissioner said.

“Chris disregarded his safety to rescue t... [ more ]




Monday, November 23, 2015  West Virginia State Police said they have yet to confirm that firefighters were the target of gunshots heard in McDowell County.The incident that happened in the early hours of Friday morning in Maybuery is still under investigation.

The state Fire Marshal's Office said firefighters were responding to two separate fires that were happening simultaneously when what appeared to be gunshots were heard.

The assistant state fire marshal and local law enforcement responded to the scene to provide security for the firefighters so they could continue to fight the flames, according to Lawrence Messina, assistant secretary of the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

The fires are considered suspicious.




Monday, November 23, 2015  From the Clinton Twp. MI FD-

Last night one of our trucks was rear ended while parked at a scene. The vehicle was parked with its emergency lights activated. Thankfully our members were in the house where the call was and not in or near the vehicle when it was struck. The driver of the pickup had some injuries. We would like to remind everyone to use caution while driving in changing road conditions. Also we ask that drivers slow down when approaching emergency vehicles.




Monday, November 23, 2015  On Saturday November 21, 2015 the Peotone, Illinois Fire Protection District responded to several accidents on I-57. While operating at 4 separate accidents, Squad 14 a 2009 Sutphen Rescue Pumper was struck by 2006 Chevrolet Malibu. The officer still in the cab of the vehicle was not injured, all other crew members took cover. The driver if the Chevrolet was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. All highway safety precautions were taken. Apparatus has been was taken out of service.



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