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UPDATE: Six Taiwan Firefighters Killed Reflect Insufficient Manpower, Equipment

Wednesday, January 21, 2015  A fire in a three-story bowling alley in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan has not only taken the lives of six young firefighters aged between 21 and 29 but has also exposed a long-term lack of manpower and equipment in the country's firefighting system."Please let us get back to real rescue missions," Yu Tsung-han (余宗翰), deputy chairman of the National Association for Firefighters' Rights, said in a post on his Facebook page after the tragedy a day earlier.

He complained that firefighters are too busy rescuing cats and dogs to do what they are actually trained for and to receive further training.

As long as the problem of manpower and equipment insufficiency is not resolved, there will be more "innocent brothers" sacrificed, said Yu, a firefighter in the Zhudong district of Hsinchu, a county that neighbors Taoyuan. Two of the six dead were his classmates.

Yu publicized data on his FB page Tuesday indicating that an increasing number of firefighters hav... [ more ]

   


 

VOLUNTEER FF RUNS OVER ANOTHER VOLUNTEER AT NY FIRE SCENE

Wednesday, January 21, 2015  A volunteer firefighter from the Cedarville Fire Department is accused of hitting another firefighter with his pickup truck.
25-year old Jared Thayer of Little Falls was responding to a structure fire on Jerusalem Hill Road in the Town of Litchfield.
Thayer told State Police there was heavy smoke and low visibility and he couldn’t avoid striking 61-year old Raymond Jones.
Jones was running towards the shoulder of the road, trying to get out of the way of Thayer’s vehicle
Jones, who’s also a member of the Cedarville Fire Department, was taken to the hospital with multiple fractures to his leg and arm
Thayer was issued a ticket for failure to reduce speed under special hazards.
The investigation is continuing.
Read More: Volunteer Firefighter Struck by Car in Herkimer County | http://wibx950.com/volunteer-firefighter-struck-by-car-in-herkimer-county/?trackback=tsmclip 

   


 

DCFD FF SERIOUSLY INJURED AT TRINADAD HOUSE FIRE

Wednesday, January 21, 2015   A District firefighter and a resident were injured Tuesday morning in fire that damaged at least one apartment in the Northeast Washington neighborhood of Trinidad, according to a fire department spokesman.The fire broke out shortly after 9 a.m. in the 1100 block of Oates Street NE, near Gallaudet University. Tim Wilson, a spokesman for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Service Department, said the firefighter and civilian suffered serious injuries.

The fire was in a rowhouse turned into apartments. Wilson said the apartment that burned was filled with debris and other items, in what looked like a hoarding situation.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/dc-firefighter-resident-seriously-injured-in-trinidad-blaze/2015/01/20/46b0d7f6-a0b8-11e4-9f89-561284a573f8_story.html

     



 

FIREFIGHTER MACED...WHILE HELPING A CITIZEN

Tuesday, January 20, 2015  A Wichita (KS) Firefighter was taken to a local hospital after he was maced while tending to an injured person Monday night.
Firefighters responding to a medical alarm in the 8100 block of East Harry shortly before 7:30 p.m. were met by a group of people in a parking lot who began to fight, 
While attempting to assist a person who was injured, a firefighter was sprayed with mace in the eyes and face by someone in the group. He was treated at the scene, but later taken to Wesley Medical Center for further evaluation.
The firefighter, who is 33, was later released from the hospital and is fine.

Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/news/local/article7697627.html#storylink=cpy

   


 

6 FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN TAIWAN- FIRE/COLLAPSE IN BOWLING ALLEY

Tuesday, January 20, 2015   We regret to pass on that 6 Firefighters were killed today as they operated at a fire that engulfed a bowling alley in northern Taiwan.

The men, all in their 20s, were trapped and killed in a "sudden burst of fire"which caused the partial collapse of the building in Taoyuan county.

Two of the Firefighters who died had graduated from the Academy only last year.

The fire broke out in the early morning hours when the venue was shut.

HERE IS MUCH MORE INCLUDING PHOTOS AND VIDEO:

http://m.scmp.com/news/china/article/1682795/six-firemen-killed-tackling-blaze-taiwan

     

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FIREFIGHTER LINE OF DUTY DEATH UPDATE: REWARD OFFERED - KENTUCKY

Tuesday, January 20, 2015   There's a new reward in the Line of Duty death of a McCreary (Kentucky) County Firefighter.
Whitley City Fire Lt. Arlie 'Pooh' Hill died in 2013, two months after rushing into a burning McCreary County home because he thought someone was inside. Investigators later found the fire to be arson.
In a Facebook post on today, Hill's brother and sister announced they're offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.



   


 

CLEVELAND FFs PREPARE TO HEAD TO COURT IN CRASH CASE

Monday, January 19, 2015   We're tracking new developments in a crash of a big fire truck that has the firefighters facing charges.The video showed one thing but statements of the firefighters seemingly said another. Now, they'll try to clear their names in a trial by jury.

Second firefighter in ladder truck crash case is arraigned

Cleveland firefighters accused of lying about what happened caught on camera are now saying prove it in front of jury. In June, a ladder truck drove through a parking lot at E. 116 and Buckeye, cutting through.

Records show the driver told investigators a car cut him off and he crashed into a pole. Then a boss backed him up on that story.

But Cleveland accident investigators found security video of that lot does not show a car cutting off the truck to make it hit the pole. So Richard Nickerson and Ron Vargo were charged with falsification. They've plead not guilty and had months of pretrial hearings. Now, they're asking for a jury t... [ more ]

   


 

FATAL APPARATUS CRASH IN HENRICO CO VA

Monday, January 19, 2015  A Fredericksburg man was killed after his car ran into a fire truck that was parked along Interstate 295 south at the I-64 interchange in eastern Henrico County Monday morning.

“A 2003 Pierce pumper truck (Henrico Fire Unit) was sitting in the left and center lane with lights activated when it was struck by a southbound 2013 Honda Civic,” Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Vick wrote in an email. “The driver of the Honda, Brad T. Cartwright, 31, of Fredericksburg, Va., died at the scene; he was not wearing a seat belt.”

Two Henrico firefighters, who were in the truck when it was hit, were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Vick added.

What happened?

Henrico Fire crews were initially called to I-295 at about 6:20 a.m. after a 2014 Dodge Caravan , headed north on I-295, ran off the side of the interstate and flipped down an embankment into White Oak Swap Creek.

“The driver of the Dodge, Bra... [ more ]

     

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VOLUNTEER FF INJURED IN RESPONDING POV CRASH

WHEC Video

Monday, January 19, 2015  Two people were injured when a vehicle went off the road and went down an embankment.We’re told one of the people involved in the crash is a Marbletown volunteer firefighter. We're told he was responding to a call around 9 a.m. when fire officials say he lost control of his vehicle, went over a guardrail on Welcher Road in Newark and dropped 40 feet.

The firefighter was flown to Strong Memorial Hospital. No word on his condition at this time.


   


 

HOARDING CONDITIONS AT MD FIRE THAT INJURES 5 FFs

Monday, January 19, 2015   Companies were dispatched for the reported dwelling fire. Chief 5 arrived with fire showing from the rear of a 1 story single family dwelling requesting the Working Fire Dispatch and two additional tankers. Chief 6 arrived establishing Command, Chief 5 was assigned operations. Interior crews reported a basement fire, with high heat on the first floor. As the crew on the first floor was making their way through the house, they reported “pack rat” conditions requesting a line to go to the rear and the roof to be opened.
Companies in the rear reported they were knocking the fire down from the rear. They had fire showing from the basement with extension to the rear deck that was well involved. As companies knocked the fire down in the basement and the roof got opened, companies operating on the 1st floor had fire above them in the attic and worked on pulling the ceiling.
The fire was placed under control within 45 minutes. Four firefighters were transported to the... [ more ]

     



 

WASHINGTONVILLE, NY APPARATUS CRASH

Monday, January 19, 2015  A WFD Engine was involved in an MVA this morning while responding to an MVA during the ice storm. All 6 firefighters were transported to a local hospital and released with minor injuries. 

     



 

ICE CAUSES NJ APPARATUS CRASH

Monday, January 19, 2015   Rain and ice caused a pileup of a dozen vehicles Sunday that damaged a fire engine on a New Jersey Turnpike overpass Sunday.The trouble began when firefighters and an EMS crew responded to a one-car accident on Route 42 in Bellmawr, Fire Chief Jim Burleigh said.

The responders blocked the road with a fire engine to protect workers at the scene, Burleigh said. As the EMS crew worked to treat the driver involved in the accident, another car slid on the ice and hit the fire engine.

That car was totaled, and the fire engine had extensive damage, Burleigh said. A firefighter in the driver's seat of the truck was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and was released Sunday afternoon.



The driver involved in the first accident was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Ten minutes after the car hit the fire truck, another car slid into Burleigh's car, which had been parked behind the fire engine.

And 15 m... [ more ]

   


 

2 PA FFs INJURED AT HOUSE FIRE

Sunday, January 18, 2015  Two Richland Township volunteer firefighters were burned while battling Friday night’s fire in Windber.They are home, fortunate to have escaped more serious injury, fire officials said on Saturday.

Richland fire Chief Robert Heffelfinger said the pair were on the second floor of a duplex at 1805 Graham Ave., searching for occupants.

“The call had come in with possible entrapment,” he said.

The structure was in the process of a “flashover,” making the room dangerously hot even with protective gear.

“They did go out the window, but had second-degree burns,” Heffelfinger said.

One man was treated and later released from Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, he said.

The second firefighter was transferred to West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he was treated and later released.

The chief described both men as younger firefighters.

They escaped “just in time,” Heffelfin... [ more ]

   


 

UPDATE: FIREFIGHTER CRUSHED IN FREAK ACCIDENT AT FIRE STATION

ABC13 Video

Sunday, January 18, 2015   Joey Spitzenberger was just starting his shift today with the Little York Volunteer Fire Department at the fire station where he began his firefighting career as a 12 year old junior volunteer.

Then, much like the people he's helped save from wrecked cars and burning buildings, the 23 year old firefighter was in need of saving himself.

He was sitting on the bumper of a fire truck in the... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER STRUCK BY DRIVERLESS VEHICLE IN NEW YORK

CBS6Albany.com

Sunday, January 18, 2015   State Police are investigating after an accident near the scene of a Saturday evening fire. Firefighters were called to a report of a chimney fire at a home on Route 27 when an official from the Churchtown Fire Department, attempting to shut down traffic, was injured. Officials at the scene say they believe his vehicle rolled over him. The official, a man in his 70's, was airlifted to Albany Medical Center with head injuires. Police are investigating.

Read More at: http://www.cbs6albany.com/news/features/top-story/stories/firefighter-at-scene-injured-unmanned-vehicle-22503.shtml

   


 
 
 

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