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VETERAN WASH FF DIES AFTER DIVING ACCIDENT

RIP - DEANNA CARR

RIP - DEANNA CARR

Sunday, October 19, 2014  A 22-year veteran of the Bellevue Fire Department died Wednesday following a scuba diving accident last weekend.

Deanna Carr died Wednesday at Virginia Mason Hospital, where her fellow firefighters had maintained a vigil.

Carr was participating in a dive certification class at Mukilteo Dive Park last Sunday when she notified instructors underwater there was a problem and she was going to the surface.

She was helped to the beach, where she was alert and talking but she later lost consciousness and stopped breathing.

The Washington State Council of Fire Fighters said on their website that Carr did not regain consciousness after the accident.

Carr had been assigned to Engine 9/C Platoon for the last several years after serving at various other assignments over her career.

Family and fri... [ more ]

   


 

6 LONG BEACH CA FFs INJURED AT SEPERATE FIRES - 1 SERIOUSLY BURNED

Sunday, October 19, 2014  Six Long Beach firefighters were injured -- two of them requiring hospitalization -- as they battled two separate fires Saturday.

The first took place around 3:30 a.m. and caused extensive damage to the Long Beach Maytag Home Appliance Center at 967 E. Fourth St. as well as the adjacent Bond’s building, said Jake Heflin, spokesman for the fire department.

While fighting the blaze one firefighter received minor burns and was treated and released at the scene. Later that day, two other firefighters reported blistering on their ears related to the fire. They sought treatment.



No other person was hurt in the fire but one dog was killed and a second injured. Long Beach Animal Care and Control was called for the second dog. Both animals were inside the Maytag building, but Heflin said they did not belong to the owner of the business.

The second fire erupted around 1:45 p.m. when several motorists driving along th... [ more ]

   


 

FIRE APPARATUS RECALL AFTER MONTANA LODD

Sunday, October 19, 2014 

A new recall is issued by the maker of the fire apparatus chassis involved in that June crash that killed a Montana Fire Chief and a family of five. The recall of the double Cardan front drive shaft comes from Navistar which manufactures the International 4800 apparatus involved in the crash in June.

The recall was issued after the Montana Highway Patrol released their accident report. The recall is slightly different from previous recalls in that this one requires the part to be removed and replaced.

Navistar's communications director, Steve Schrier tells media that Navistar has not received their report, but issued the recall after conducting their own investigation. He says an investigation is often launched after consumer concerns about a possible defect. During their investigations they look at things such as warranty claims and gather data from field reports. If a defect is found, Navistar then issues a recall and notifies their custom... [ more ]

   


 

CLOSE CALL IN DETROIT - BRICK THROWN AT FIRE APPARATUS WINDOW

Friday, October 17, 2014  FROM FIREHOUSE.COM AND CAPT. DAVE!


I happened to be in Detroit last night and rather than documenting a fire or two or three in a blazing single family dwelling, I stumbled into something uniquely Detroit--a brick-pitching from above that fractured the windshield of Squad 3 and had it hit a bit a bit to the west, could have seriously injured the boss, Lt. Mike Nevin. 

The fire to which they were responding was minor, so after being released, they headed back to East Grand Boulevard with the Detroit Police to look at the situation.  

Officials surmised that persons unknown rained down projectiles for most of the night on unsuspecting motorists on East Grand Boulevard, driving by the old abandoned Packard automobile plant--a  hulking three square block rotting complex that is symbolic of all that is wrong with the Motor City.  

Around 4 a... [ more ]

   


 

CHICAGO FFs NOT FIT TESTED IN HEPA MASKS

Friday, October 17, 2014  Despite the burgeoning Ebola epidemic, the Chicago Fire Department has never “fit-tested” its 4,645 firefighters and paramedics to make certain that disposable face masks used to protect them from fluid transmissions are properly sealed.

The Massachusetts manufacturer of the N95 respirator recommends — and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration demands — that first responders be tested annually to make certain the mask fits tightly enough to filter out small particles.

The tighter the fit, the more resistant the mask is to bodily fluids, which is how Ebola is transmitted.

But until the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 sounded the alarm this week, the Fire Department had distributed masks without fit-testing any of its employees.

“I can’t say who dropped the ball, but we’re taking this very seriously. You have to have a solid seal to prevent permeation. This is an obvious concern to all first r... [ more ]

   


 

CANADIAN LODD REPORT: FF KILLED BY EXPLODING CARGO CONTAINER

Friday, October 17, 2014  A crew of firefighters responded to a fire at an industrial building. The crew had worked for about an hour and had the fire under control when there was a large explosion inside the closed metal shipping container next to the building. The explosion blew the container's doors off. One of the doors struck and killed a firefighter.

While there was no fuel stored in bulk inside the shipping container, the container's contents did include a collection of gas-powered tools. The fuel reservoirs of these tools held small amounts of gasoline. The container also held about a litre of another flammable liquid. Firefighters tried to keep the container cool and were aware of its contents, but did not recognize the explosive potential of such small amounts of flammable liquids.

Safe work practices:

  • Inform and instruct firefighters about the hazards of flammable liquids. Even very s... [ more ]

   


 

ENGINE VS AMBULANCE CRASH IN MOCO, MD

Thursday, October 16, 2014  A Montgomery County fire truck and ambulance crashed into each other while responding to a hazardous materials situation in Rockville, Maryland Thursday afternoon.

The crash occurred at Parkland Drive and Aspen Hill Road in Rockville


Several people were injured, though no other information was available. The road is closed during the investigation.





   


 

FF SUFFERS SERIOUS HAND INJURY AT STL FIRE

Thursday, October 16, 2014  One firefighter was injured Thursday fighting a two-alarm fire at a four-family home in the Shaw neighborhood Thursday morning.

The fire started at the home in the 3900 block of De Tonty Street around 11:30 a.m.

Firefighters say they had a "bad hydrant," meaning water pressure wasn't coming out of it. Trucks had to go to the other side of Interstate 44 to hook up to a working water supply to fight the fire in the two-story brick building. The fire started in the basement and heavily damaged the home.

Authorities say an elderly man was inside the home when the fire started. He smelled something electrical and called firefighters.

The St. Louis Fire Department said in a tweet one firefighter suffered a hand injury and was urgently transported to an area hospital.

   


 

AIR TANKERS WING MAY HAVE CLIPPED TREE PRIOR TO CRASH

Thursday, October 16, 2014  he wing of an air tanker that crashed while being used to fight a wildfire near Yosemite National Park last week may have struck a tree before going down, according to a report by federal investigators.

The S-2T tanker was destroyed on impact Oct. 7 when it went down near El Portal fighting the Dog Rock fire, killing veteran pilot Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt.


The report, released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday, describes an account from a controller airplane crew, which said the tanker may have struck a tree, causing its wing to separate before the crash.

Earlier that day, Hunt had departed an air base in Hollister. When he arrived at the fire, he made a drop and then headed to Columbia Airport in Tuolumne County to fill up on fire retardant.

Hunt returned to the fire and coordinated his next drop with an orbiting aerial controller while following a lead plane, which defines a route and drop point ahead of the... [ more ]

   


 

FFCC STAFF PARTICIPATES IN F.I.R.E. FROM KNOWLEDGE TO PRACTICE

Thursday, October 16, 2014  FirefighterCloseCalls.com Staff Members Brian Kazmierzak and Forest Reeder are in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for the next 10 days participating in F.I.R.E. - From Knowledge to Practice which is a grant from the Canadian Government also supported by US DHS and US DOD to develop a STANDARD fire behavior curriculum worldwide.This is an exciting project that will be built out by over 40 firefighters from throughout the world over the next 3 years.

   


 

PINK HEALS FIRE TRUCK FLIPS IN TX

Thursday, October 16, 2014  Victoria's pink firetruck, Debbie, is a little shaken up after a minor wreck Tuesday evening, but is eager to get back on the road.

Debbie was heading out of Port Lavaca toward the Victoria Chick-fil-A to help students on the Victoria East and West high school swim teams raise awareness about breast cancer.

The teams came together to raise money to give to school district employees facing cancer, said Victoria West Booster Club treasurer Tammy Murphy. They had planned to sell their Breaststroke 4 Hope T-shirts during Family Night at Chick-fil-A.

Debbie, unfortunately never made it to the event.

The pink firetruck was northbound on Farm-to-Market Road 1090 about 5:30 p.m., when she left the roadway in an attempt to avoid colliding with a vehicle, said Calhoun County Sheriff George Aleman. The truck hit some mud and tipped over.

The driver, Victoria firefighter Timothy Dodge was unharmed.

Debbie, however, s... [ more ]

   


 

5 FDNY FFs HURT IN BROOKLYN MAYDAY

7online.com Video

Thursday, October 16, 2014  Five firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling a two-alarm fire Wednesday morning at a building in Brooklyn.

The FDNY responded to the call at about 8:30 a.m. at 781 Washington Avenue, a 7-story residential building in Prospect Heights.

The fire was placed under control about 90 minutes later, with about 100 firefighters responding.

The blaze broke out on the fourth floor of the building.

One civilian was taken to Cornell Hospital for a minor injury.

Residents, many of them elderly, said that because there is no central fire alarm in the building, it was a miracle that they got out.

Conditions in a third floor hallway became unbearable in a matter of minutes.

"No alarm, the alarm don't ring, the alarm started ringing when everybody was out already," said resident Angelita Rivera.

"The hallway was literally, you could not see your hand in front of your face. Also very heavy heat conditions, they were faced with a... [ more ]

   


 

2 PHILLY FFs INJURED AT HOUSE FIRE

Tuesday, October 14, 2014  Two Philadelphia firefighters were hospitalized after fighting a fire in Tacony.

The blaze broke out before 4:30 a.m. Tuesday at a home in the 4700 block of Vista Street.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire and smoke coming from the 2-story row house.

It took them about 30 minutes to put the blaze under control.

Two firefighters were taken to Aria Health/Torresdale to be treated for heat exhaustion. Both were expected to be okay.

Fire officials say three homes were damaged.

Nine people have been displaced and are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.

Investigators are working to determine what sparked the blaze.

   


 

MCDFRS FF HOSPITALIZED AFTER APT FIRE

Tuesday, October 14, 2014  An overnight two-alarm fire in a Derwood apartment building has hospitalized a firefighter and two residents, one of whom suffered life-threatening injuries.

According to Pete Piringer, spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, firefighters responded to a building fire at the Mallard Cove apartments in the 8100 block of Needwood Road around 1:00 Tuesday morning. Once on scene crews found fire showing from a terrace level apartment of the three-story structure and received reports of people trapped inside. A second alarm response was requested as firefighters were able to rescue one of the residents.

   


 

2 CHICAGO FFs HOSPITALIZED AFTER MAYDAYS

CBS Chicago Video

Monday, October 13, 2014  A tricky fire burning in Bridgeport trapped several Chicago firefighters and two of them ended up in the hospital Sunday afternoon.

CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports those firefighters are being observed after being trapped in two separate areas while barreling this blaze. Though fortunately there are no significant injuries to report crews say this was a nasty blaze to battle.

Crews described the fire as stubborn and unpredictable. The Bridgeport house fire started in a three flat and spread to two neighboring homes. Members of the Soto family arrived on scene to see their home engulfed in smoke and flames.

“I spoke to everybody by more ]

   


 
 
 

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