Monday, November 5, 2012
A Korean Firefighter was killed while trying to extinguish a
fire at a warehouse in Incheon, Saturday. Firefighter Kim Young-soo, who
was killed in the Line of Duty Friday, who was operating at the fire
but two hours after the operation, it was discovered that Kim was
unaccounted for, prompting an immediate search that lasted for five hours. His
corpse was later found in the second basement floor at about 2:52 a.m. The
second basement floor was large and the smoke was very thick. He had a 40
minute SCBA but was unable to find the exit due to the maze-like structure
of the warehouse and in the process suffocated to death. The 54-year-old
veteran firefighter joined the service in 1988. He leaves behind his wife. RIP.
2 Firefighters in Dignes-Le-Bains, France were killed in the
Line of Duty Saturday night at a single family dwelling fire. The fire started
at a wood stove and spread into the dwelling and companies were dispatched
at 2010 hours and the first arriving units found fire showing. The
first line into the fire was operated by FF Yann Simeone, 16, and a
senior career firefighter Michael Baghioni, 35, who were both equipped with
SCBA's. They were searching, looking for the 2
occupants believed to be inside when a "violent thermal event"
occurred that took them down and required a RIT recovery. They were
brought out with CPR in progress and taken to the hospital where life saving
measures were performed without success.
16 Year Old Firefighter Simeone had been a junior
Firefighter for three years, training to achieve regular Firefighter status
which he reached this past June. When he hit his 16th birthday last month
he became eligible for full duty as a paid-on-call Firefighter. Saturday
night's run was his first working fire. The two residents had
self-evacuated safely. The Chief says that it is too soon to determine if the
event was a flashover or some other event. A full investigation was begun this
morning and about 40 firefighters were eventually on the scene and had the fire
out in about 2 hours.
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