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FF BITTEN BY BEAR IN ALASKA

Wednesday, June 24, 2015  A firefighter battling a blaze in the Chugach National Forest is being treated for minor injuries after a run-in with a bear Monday night, fire officials said Tuesday.The man was bitten by the bear as he fought the Juneau Lake Fire, according to a statement posted on the Alaska Wildland Fire Information blog. The 573-acre lightning-caused fire, which started June 16, is about 35 percent contained; an online fire report Monday night lists “the remote access for incoming crews” as a key challenge in fighting it.

“Due to the remote location of the encounter, the most direct transport was a LifeMed helicopter which airlifted the firefighter from the Juneau Lake site to a hospital in Anchorage,” fire officials wrote in a statement on the incident. “The firefighter walked from the encounter site to the helicopter and is undergoing standard treatment for animal bites.”

Jean Goad, a spokeswoman with the incident management team handling the fire, didn’t i... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER DOWN IN NJ-CPR

Wednesday, June 24, 2015  This afternoon in New Jersey, a Firefighter went down and suffered cardiac arrest while operating at a fire. The Medford Township Firefighter is recovering now, after he was hospitalized while fighting that house fire in Tabernacle.
The  Firefighter suffered cardiac arrest and was transported to Deboarah Heart and Lung Hospital, where he remains hospitalized.
According to Union Fire Company #1's Facebook page, the Firefighter had responded to the scene on Sooy Place Road in the township this morning after spending hours responding to multiple calls related to the severe thunderstorms that battered South Jersey on Tuesday night.  KTIYP's
https://www.facebook.com/UnionFireCo?fref=ts

   


 

FIREFIGHTERS OPINIONS NEEDED: 90 Seconds of Questions About Firefighting Hoods

Wednesday, June 24, 2015  Every once in a while, we are asked to help gather FIREFIGHTER opinions. This one is about YOUR FIREFIGHTING HOOD-asking some important questions. This will take you about 90 seconds so tell'm what you think in 90 seconds: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MSQWJTG  ...and PLEASE share this with other FIREFIGHTERS.

   


 

FIREFIGHTERS STABBED ON AN EMS RUN IN SAN DIEGO

Wednesday, June 24, 2015  Two firefighters responding to a medical call in the East Village section of San Diego (California) were stabbed this  afternoon, and the person suspected of attacking them was taken into custody. Cops say the incident happened at about 4:10 p.m. in the 600 block of Park Boulevard but what led to the stabbing and the extent of the firefighters' injuries is unknown. They were taken to UC San Diego Medical Center. KTIYP's.


   


 

UPDATE: NH FFs RECOVERING AFTER RESCUE

Tuesday, June 23, 2015  Two firefighters are at home recovering from second-degree burns they suffered while rescuing a woman from her burning home Monday.A third firefighter, who suffered bumps and bruises when he and the victim tumbled off a ladder, is expected back at Station 5 on Webster Street Thursday for his normal shift.

Lynn Marshall-Rene, 47, suffered second-degree burns to more than 30 percent of her body when her nightgown caught fire in the two-alarm, Monday morning fire.

She had fled to the second-story porch of her 357-259 Walnut St. home to escape the blaze but, when she didn't close the door, flames followed, burning her, according to Manchester Fire Chief James Burkush.

She initially was taken to Elliot Hospital but was transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where on Tuesday she remained hospitalized.

Burkush said firefighters Carl Milliard, who suffered significant burns to his face, ears, nose and hands, and Lt. Michael Smith... [ more ]

   


 

FORT WORTH ENGINE STRUCK BY DUI DRIVER

Tuesday, June 23, 2015  A 24-year-old wrong-way driver is suspected of being drunk when he crashed into a Fort Worth fire truck Sunday, pushing the truck into a 180-degree spin, authorities said Monday.Firefighters from Fire Station 3 in Polytechnic Heights, responding to a medical call, were northbound in the 2300 block of Miller Avenue at 11:34 p.m. Sunday when the fire truck driver saw a vehicle traveling southbound at a “high rate of speed,” said firefighter Kyle Clay, a department spokesman.

Daniel Espana, 24, of Haltom City is suspected of driving drunk Sunday, June 21, 2015, when he crashed into the side of a Fort Worth fire truck. He faces a DWI. In his picture, bruising from his seat belt can be seen.

Clay said the driver drifted into the wrong lane, and the fire truck driver swerved to “avoid a head-on collision.” But the man crashed into the side of the 44,000-pound fire truck, sending it spinning 180 degrees.

Four firefighters were on the truck, Clay sa... [ more ]

   


 

3 MANCHESTER FFs INJURED AT FIRE WITH RESCUE

Monday, June 22, 2015  Three firefighters were injured while trying to rescue a woman from a burning house in Manchester, New Hampshire.One of the firefighters was brought to a hospital's the intensive care unit to be treated for face and hand burns.

A second firefighter has minor burns. The third hurt his leg. Those two firefighters have been treated and released.

The homeowner suffered severe burns and has been taken to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Her husband said she suffers from burns underneath her arms and possibly more serious burns. She is expected to at least survive.

The fire was started by a stove left on at 2 a.m. by the woman's husband who left after making hot dogs.

He said they are in the process of moving and he left to get laundry from the other house when he must have accidentally left the stove on.

The woman awoke to the smell of smoke and went on to the porch in an attempt to escape the flames.

The door ... [ more ]

   


 

NY FF IN COMA AFTER COLLAPSING AT FIRE SCENE

Monday, June 22, 2015  A Walden firefighter was in a medically induced coma after he collapsed while fighting a fire in the village Saturday night.The five-alarm blaze brought 10 fire departments and 100 firefighters to the scene from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

According to New York City Fire Wire, Firefighter Craig Buccieri, a retired New York City fireman, collapsed and went into cardiac arrest at the scene and was revived by medics en route to the hospital.

During the height of the fire, flames shot through of the roof of the three-story building that houses a restaurant on the street level and seven apartments on the two floors above.

Fire Chief Frederick Williams said there was some difficulty in fighting the blaze that apparently started on the roof and extended to the cock loft below.

“Just because it is in an older building, it’s plaster construction, so it takes more to get through that to get to the fire because we really have no access to the ... [ more ]

   


 

FIREHOUSE FIRE IN PA

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Sunday, June 21, 2015  A fire destroyed the Groveton Fire Hall in Robinson Twp and sent two to the hospital early Sunday morning.
The fire was reported shortly after midnight Sunday at the fire hall located in the 4000 block of Hayes Avenue.Channel 11 News has received reports that the fire company was able to get one engine out, but other vehicles were still inside and were destroyed by the flames.
According to a GoFundMe page for the fire department, the department lost an air rescue truck, a squad truck, a UTV, a new swift water rescue boat, swift water gear, and fire fighting gear.
Ken Kisow, Groveton fire chief, told Channel 11 News that the estimated cost of damages is over $500,000.
The blaze started when an ATV caught fire and the flames spread throughout the building, Kisow said. 

   


 

PHILLY TILLER STRUCK WHILE BLOCKING BY SEMI

Sunday, June 21, 2015  A fire truck that was assisting at an accident scene in Philadelphia Saturday morning was struck by a tractor-trailer.
The crash happened at about 3:30 a.m. at Ridge Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard.According to fire officials, the fire truck was blocking the intersection because of an earlier accident between a car and a motorcycle.
While parked, a tractor-trailer struck the fire truck and a SUV.
A female in the SUV was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
No firefighters were injured.
The motorcyclist involved in the initial accident ran away from the scene, police said.
Both crashes remain under investigation.


Read more: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Fire-Truck-Philadelphia-Ridge-Avenue-Roosevelt-Boulevard-Tractor-Trailer-308630221.html#ixzz3dhisoOS8
 

   


 

GREEN BAY FF LODD - MEDICAL

Sunday, June 21, 2015  Green Bay Metro Fire Department Lt. Michael Miller was found dead at a station house early Saturday morning.A press released indicated that Miller passed away in his sleep at approximately 4 a.m. while working his shift.

Green Bay Fire Department spokesman Lt. Nick Craig said Miller, 45, was an 18-year veteran of the department.

International Association of Fire Fighters Local 141 President Chad Bronkhorst confirmed Miller's death, but wouldn't comment Saturday afternoon.

A Facebook post on the Green Bay Metro Fire Fighters page indicated firefighters discovered an unresponsive Miller early Saturday while he was at Station 3, 885 Shawano Ave.

"Lt. Miller was always one to put others in front of himself, both as a firefighter and a Paramedic and used his witty humor to put a smile on any face," the post reads. "Please keep Lieutenant Miller's family in your thoughts and prayers."

Tributes to Mitchell, known as "Peanut," poured in... [ more ]

   


 

FIRE CHIEF STRUCK ON THE HIGHWAY IN MI

Saturday, June 20, 2015  The Green Oak Township fire chief was struck by a vehicle Friday afternoon on northbound US-23 at 9 Mile Road (M-36).Chief Kevin Gentry was out assisting an accident when he was struck by a vehicle on highway. The Green Oak Township Fire Department says the chief suffered minor injuries and will be held overnight at the hospital.

No other injuries have been reported.

Gentry has been the township's fire chief for two weeks.

The northbound US-23 lanes were temporarily closed but have since reopened.  

   


 

MI DEPT. TO ADD RUMBLER SIRENS TO RIGS

Saturday, June 20, 2015   Four people were hospitalized Wednesday evening after the ambulance they were riding in was involved in a crash in Holland and rolled onto its side.The driver of the pickup truck that struck the AMR ambulance at the intersection of US-31 and 32nd Street told authorities he didn’t see or hear the ambulance coming, even though is lights and siren were activated because it was rushing a patient to the hospital.

The crash illustrates a common danger for emergency responders. A 2014 study from the Federal Emergency Management Agency found firefighters are more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash than while fighting a fire. Crashes were the leading... [ more ]

   


 

6 FFs INJURED AT CT HOUSE FIRE

Friday, June 19, 2015  Six firefighters were sent to Saint Mary's Hospital after fire broke out at a Waterbury home on Thursday morning.
Around 10 a.m., crews responded to the fire at 768 Pearl Lake Road and Battalion Chief Bob Stoeckert said the firefighters were putting on masks and getting ready to go inside when fire was blown down on them.
Some of the firefighters suffered minor burns and others were treated for heat exhaustion, but none of the injuries are life-threatening.
Some will be returning to work, but others are being placed off duty.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but authorities said it started toward the back of the home, which is now uninhabitable.
Joe Cegelka, a neighbor, rushed home after his wife heard the fire start and called him.
"I understand, from what my wife told me, it started in the garage and there was some cars stored back there. That's all I know," he said. 

   


 

Firefighter agency calls policy shift 'catastrophe waiting to happen'

Friday, June 19, 2015  A group that represents wildland firefighters believes a policy change at the highest levels of government could lead to slower response times for fires at national parks."It's a catastrophe waiting to happen," said the Casey Judd, president of the Federal Wildlife Fire Service Organization.


Team 10 first reported on the policy change last week after hearing from multiple sources that on-duty chiefs for the U.S. Forest Service could no longer take their duty vehicles home. Sources claim not having those command vehicles and the radios inside them means fire chiefs will take up to an hour longer to respond to fires, jeopardizing public safety.

Judd told Team 10 this is a huge problem across the state of California, especially in Southern California's Cleveland National Forest.

"You've got battalion chiefs that know that forest like the back of their hand," said Judd.

Judd explained that if those chiefs have to drive from their home to t... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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