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Saturday, July 4, 2015  2 EMS workers taken to Bellevue Hospital in serious condition after an ambulance accident in Downtown Brooklyn on Friday.The ambulance collided with an SUV just before 5:30 p.m at the intersection of Tillary and Adams Street as it was heading south off of the Brooklyn Bridge. The ambulance was responding to a motor vehicle accident at the time.

The EMTs were taken to Bellevue with serious, non-life threatening injuries. Two other people were taken to Long Island College Hospital with minor injuries.

The investigation is ongoing.

It is not clear whether the ambulance had sirens on at the time of the crash.




Saturday, July 4, 2015   A Holley-Navarre firefighter was injured Friday morning when he was stabbed by a fish.The firefighter was in Santa Rosa Sound about 10:30 a.m. practicing water rescues with other firefighters and lifeguards, according to Howie Rounsaville, battalion chief for the Holley-Navarre Fire Department.

They believe a personal watercraft used for the training startled a ballyhoo fish, which began to jump across the water and struck the firefighter in the back of the head.

The spiny snout of the fish stuck about 1½ inches deep in the crease where the head meets the neck, Rounsaville said.

The firefighter was taken to Gulf Breeze Baptist Hospital, where the snout was extracted from his neck.

He was expected to be back at work in a couple days, Rounsaville said.



Pilot Killed When Medical Helicopter Crashes in Colorado

Saturday, July 4, 2015   The pilot was killed and two other people were injured Friday when a medical helicopter exploded and burst into flames during takeoff near Frisco, about 70 miles west of Denver, according to fire officials. The two injured crew members, a paramedic and a hospital employee, were taken to Denver hospitals are are expected to survive their injuries, officials say.

The Flight for Life chopper was taking off from St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco when it began to spiral out of control and crash into the ground, witness Curt Weitkunat said.

Hospital officials say no patient was aboard the helicopter at the time of the explosion.

Weitkunat was at Adventure Park next to the hospital when the crash happened. He said the chopper was trying to gain altitude in windy conditions.

Lake Dillon fire crews arrived on scene and found the chopper fully engulfed in flames. A truck parked next to the crash scene was also on fire. No on... [ more ]



Firefighter Suffers Major Injuries, 2 Inmates Injured At Brush Fire

Saturday, July 4, 2015   A helicopter crew was on a medical mission Friday night. Their destination, Community Regional Medical Center in Downtown Fresno. Inside that chopper was a firefighter with major injuries.A Cal Fire chief says a tree fell on the three year veteran firefighter with Cal Fire as he battled a wildfire in the Tulare County foothills. The falling tree also injured two inmate firefighters.

There is no word tonight on what caused the tree to crash into those firefighters. The accident happened as they fought the wildfire at Case Mountain near Three Rivers.

Cal fire says the two -and-a-half acre fire is under control and there's no damage to any structures. A lightning strike is believed to have ignited the fire.




Saturday, July 4, 2015  Wednesday's explosion in West Point not only rocked the small community there, it put firefighters in an extremely dangerous situation.Investigators are saying a propane leak is what caused a huge explosion Wednesday afternoon inside a Sapp Bros. Petroleum facility.

"From front to back, side to side, all the way across the board, totally engulfed. So that just tells you how fast and how much heat and how much gas was in there," said Tom Stratman, West Point Fire Chief.

Stratman says the workers inside had less than a minute to get out, security video from nearby D&S Tires shows just how fast it all happened.

"The roof of the building came up six, eight, maybe ten feet in the center of it and then came down," he said.

With leaking propane fueling the blaze, he says, he stressed about what he and his crew should do next.

"I worried about if there was going to be any more explosions, I worried if there was anyone left inside,"... [ more ]




Thursday, July 2, 2015  Two people were killed and five others were taken to a hospital - including a firefighter - after an apartment fire in Old Louisville Thursday morning.Fire Chief Greg Frederick said other people might still be inside the three-story building in the 1100 block of South Second Street. WAVE 3 News' Katherine Kington reported at 10 a.m. that a crew is making its way to the top floor, where one or two more occupants might be. Another crew is ready to rush in in case the partially collapsed roof falls even more.

Frederick also said the injured firefighter had been trapped on the second floor. Fellow firefighters had to rescue him. Kington reported that he had already left the hospital after being evaluated.

Some of the victims jumped out of the building, while others were rescued.

A neighbor said one of the people killed had planned to move out of the building this weekend.

The fire was reported at 7:42 a.m. Its cause is not yet known.
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#BREAKING Several rescued from burning building, including firefighter. 1100 block of South 2nd St.

Posted by Derrick Rose News on Thursday, July 2, 2015

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Thursday, July 2, 2015  The Firefighter that suffered the cardiac arrest at the Tabernacle structure fire last week has returned home tonight. He still has some recovery ahead of him, but we are thrilled to have him back home. We thank you all again for your thoughts and prayers and ask that they continue as he continues on his road to recovery. 




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Thursday, July 2, 2015  They are used to battling fires, but some Portsmouth firefighters are battling something else, bed bugs.Deputy Fire Chief Jim Hoffler told 10 On Your Side command staff learned of the bugs Sunday. “Anything that affects our people is a concern for us,” he said.

Hoffler said a city-contracted exterminator found an adult and a nymph bed bug. One was found on a cloth recliner in fire station community TV room. The other was found on a mattress.

“So far it’s only been those two insects that they found, but we want to know if we have a bigger problem because our folks live here 24 hours at a time,” Deputy Chief Hoffler said. 



Texas Fire Official Refutes Injured Firefighter’s Claims

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Thursday, July 2, 2015  A Central Bell County Fire and Rescue official is refuting claims that a firefighter injured in a rollover accident involving a fire truck in April is destitute and living out of his car.Joseph Owsley, 22, told KWTX for a story on Sunday that he lost his job at a convenience store because of injuries he suffered in the rollover and is now homeless and living out of his car.

The story prompted a negative backlash against the volunteer fire department that an official says is unwarranted.

"They can't believe we're not helping them, and they don't know that because they don't know the full story," said Cassandra Morrow, president of the board of the Central Bell County Fire and Rescue.

Morrow says Owsley received $3,000 from a GoFundMe account set up by the department and a 100-Club of Central Texas donation.

Owsley, however, said Tuesday he's received only half of what the department claims.

Central Bell County Fire and Rescue rec... [ more ]



Major Fire at Genesis Rescue Systems, near Dayton, Ohio

WHIO Video

Wednesday, July 1, 2015  An industrial fire at Genesis Rescue Products rendered the building and its contents a total loss, Kettering Fire Chief Tom Butts said.
Heavy flames and smoke could be seen for miles
Cause of fire under investigation
Fire crews continue to put out hot spots Wednesday morning
The fire, believed to have started in the rear of the one-story facility in the 2700 block of Culver Avenue, is under investigation, Butts said, noting “we have no idea at this time why it started.”
He said there is “nothing suspicious whatsoever” about the fire that burned through most of the roof and caused a spare truck tire inside to explode. He declined to guess at estimating the dollar-figure loss.
Crews received the dispatch at 6:19 p.m. Tuesday and found heavy flames and smoke that could be seen for miles, Butts said. Fire officials spoke with the business owner, the chief said, who told them it was a normal business day and that all of the employees left at 5 p.m.
Genesis ma... [ more ]




Michael Clark, RIP BROTHER

Michael Clark, RIP BROTHER

Wednesday, July 1, 2015  Within just a few days-a fire department in West Virginia lost two members in off duty crashes. Another crash left a FF dead in the NE-leaving 3 little kids and a wife behind. The 2nd one, (in West Virginia) happened this morning at around 0300, killing 22 year old Firefighter Brandon Mooney.

22 years old. 

Mooney was driving a Jeep when he lost control, causing it to roll over several times before landing over a hillside. The Jeep went several hundred feet before stopping. All four of the people inside the vehicle were thrown from the Jeep. None of them were wearing seatbelts. Three women were taken to the hospital for treatment. No word on their conditions yet. Cops say alcoholic beverages were found in the vehicle and that may have been a factor in the crash.

Mooney is the second Firefighter the Glasgow Fire Department has lost in little over a week. On June 22, Firefighter Michael Clark, 21, died in a crash near Glasgow. His ... [ more ]



19 Hotshot Firefighters Wrongful-Death Lawsuit Settlement to Achieve Changes

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015  Hotshot widow Roxanne Warneke recalled being "enraged" when she first visited the site where her husband William Warneke died in June 2013 along with 18 of his fellow Granite Mountain Hotshots.The terrain of the Yarnell Hill wildfire came as a shock, Warneke said, because she knew that venturing down that rocky canyon went against everything her husband had been taught in his military and firefighting training.

She wanted answers.

Getting those answers was not easy, however, neither for Warneke nor for the other families.

Twelve of the families sued the state in June 2014 - in part to require more transparency in the investigation process.

Indeed, information was central to the list of 32 steps the Arizona State Forestry Division has promised to do as a part of a settlement of the wrongful death lawsuit that the 12 Hotshot families filed.

Parties on all sides appeared satisfied with the settlement, which, along with the list of ... [ more ]




Incident Commander Chris Wilcox briefs Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, center, on the Washington fire from a command post in the Gardnerville, Nevada, area on Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The lightning-caused fire near Markleeville, California, has grown to nearly 17,000 acres since Friday, June 26. Irene Davidson with the U.S. Forest Service is at left. CATHLEEN ALLISON/AP

Incident Commander Chris Wilcox briefs
      Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell,
      center, on the Washington fire from a
      command post in the Gardnerville,
      Nevada, area on Wednesday, June 24,
      2015. The lightning-caused fire near
      Markleeville, California, has grown to
      nearly 17,000 acres since Friday, June
      26. Irene Davidson with the U.S. Forest
      Service is at left. CATHLEEN ALLISON/AP

Wednesday, July 1, 2015  Two firefighters have suffered minor injuries in the Washington Fire near Markleeville, California, as efforts continue to contain the blaze, which has burned more than 17,700 acres of brush. Crews are continuing mop-up efforts on all fronts, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Genevieve Villemire. Two fire divisions have been combined on the west front, and the fire's southeast area is being attacked by air with six water-dropping helicopters, Villemire said.

The two firefighters who were hurt sustained knee injuries that were not serious, Villemire said.

Cooler temperatures, increased humidity and some light rain have helped reduce the intensity of the blaze. On Monday, nearly a quarter of an inch of rain fell in the northeast section of the fire, according to the National Weather Service. A 30 percent chance of rain with scattered thunderstorms was forecast for Tuesday.

The fire has resulted in 271 campers being evacuated, including those at the... [ more ]




Wednesday, July 1, 2015  A two-alarm fire spread quickly through a New Hampshire apartment building last night, leaving nine people homeless and the building condemned, according to the fire chief.

No one was hurt, but at one point, three firefighters were surrounded by flames on the second floor of the home, prompting one of them to declare a "Mayday," a call for help that firefighters make only when they feel their lives are in imminent danger.

"An experienced, seasoned Franklin Fire Department officer found the firefighters a way out of where they were, getting them out of the Mayday situation," said Fire Chief Kevin LaChapelle, declining to name the officer Tuesday night.

Police and firefighters were called to 40 School St., a 2-1/2-story apartment building in the streets behind the city's center, at 6:18 p.m. after several callers reported the building was on fire, according to police.

A neighbor who did not want to be identified said the street was quiet until... [ more ]




Monday, June 29, 2015  Six firefighters were injured while battling a fire at a single-story business in El Sereno Sunday.Crews were called to the scene at 4390 East Valley Boulevard, adjacent to the Metrolink railroad tracks just east of Soto Avenue, and several blocks from the County/USC Medical Center, around 11:30 a.m.

An intensive attack began, with more than 160 firefighters called to the scene.

A #LAFD spokesperson reported the fire was knocked down after two hours, 35 minutes.

Fire officials asked that train operations be halted on the San Bernardino Line Metrolink tracks during the firefight.

Smoke could be seen as far away as from West Los Angeles, according to City News Service. 



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