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Sunday, August 17, 2014  Cincinnati Fire Lt. David Herth describes the Queen City Barrel blaze as "one of the most exciting fires" he has fought in his more than 26 years with the CFD.The five-alarm fire had towering flames, billowing smoke and a fireball that just barely missed some of his colleagues.
But Herth has more than dramatic stories to tell from that day a decade ago.
He also has concerns about the long-term health impacts of fighting a fire without knowing exactly what hazards he was exposed to on Aug. 19, 2004.
"I don't think there was any fear of what was burning at the time," said Herth, who is now 52 and still stationed at the Lower Price Hill firehouse not far from where Queen City Barrel once stood. "But after you think about it, what kind of chemicals were in those barrels? That weighed on your mind after the fact."

Two firefighters who were there have since retired with different neurological problems. One had symptoms that mimicked ALS with muscle weakness across his... [ more ]

   


 

Fire Truck, NJ Transit Bus Involved In Camden Car Accident

Sunday, August 17, 2014  A car crashed into a fire truck then a New Jersey Transit Bus in Camden Saturday night.

This happened just after 9 p.m. at Broadway and Ferry Avenue in Camden County.

There were 10 total people on board the bus at the time of the accident who all suffered injuries, none believed to be serious.

The driver of the car was taken to Cooper Hospital. Their condition is not known at this time.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation

   


 

TX FIRE CHIEFS CAR STRUCK BY DRUNK DRIVER

Sunday, August 17, 2014  About 11:45 Friday night a motorcycle southbound on Interstate 45 at Cypresswood hit the curb, lost control and crashed. The driver was transported to the hospital by Cypress Creek EMS. As Harris County deputies were working that crash, a vehicle broke down on the entrance ramp to the freeway. The driver of that vehicle got out and attempted to push it by hand. That’s when another vehicle attempted to enter the freeway. That vehicle did not see the disabled vehicle and driver pushing it and slammed into them. The driver who was pushing the vehicle was transported to the hospital in serious condition.

With the freeway now closed down to one lane, a drunk driver drove up onto the scene and slammed into the rear of the Spring Fire Chief’s new Dodge Charger. That crash pushed the chiefs vehicle into the rear of a Cypress Creek EMS ambulance parked on the scene.

That driver was arrested by Harris County Sheriff’s Department deputies and transport... [ more ]

     



 

LODD IN AUSTRAILIA - WALL COLLAPSE

Sunday, August 17, 2014  Investigators are looking at whether a blaze at a NSW country pub that led to the death of a firefighter was suspicious.

Daniel Howard, 37, was on Sunday morning killed after a wall of the Occidental Hotel in Cobar, west of Dubbo, collapsed onto him and a fellow firefighter.

"Both men were taken to Cobar Hospital, however, (Mr Howard) died a short time later," police said.

"The other man was treated for a broken arm."

Emergency services found the pub well alight when they arrived just before 8am (AEST) and about an hour later it was brought under control.

But when Mr Howard, a full-time electrician who worked weekends with Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW), and a colleague were near the severely damaged building they were hit by a falling wall.

A crime scene has been established and detectives are preparing a ... [ more ]

     

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MOTORCYCLIST CRITICAL AFTER CRASH WITH APPARATUS IN PA

Saturday, August 16, 2014  A Berks County man was thrown from his motorcycle early Friday when it collided with a firetruck on Old Route 100 and was hospitalized in critical condition.

Jarad Kulp, 31, of Bechtelsville was flown by helicopter to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest after the 12:30 a.m. accident near Robin Hill Road in Washington Township, Berks County.
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State police at Reading said Kulp was pulling out from a parking lot to turn left onto northbound Old Route 100 when his motorcycle was hit by the truck, identified in other news media reports as an Eastern Berks Fire Department firetruck.

The fire department was called about 9:10 p.m. Thursday for a garage fire on Treichler Road in District Township and was at the scene until after midnight.

State police did not identify the truck as a fire vehicle in their news release or i... [ more ]

   


 

CANADIAN EMS LINE OF DUTY DEATH-AIRCRAFT DOWN

Saturday, August 16, 2014  We regret to pass on that a Pilot and a Paramedic were killed in the Line of Duty today when their small chartered plane crashed on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada

Ambulance New Brunswick (ANB) said the Atlantic Charters flight carrying four people crashed in a wooded area near the airport shortly after 0500 hours.

A second pilot and a registered nurse survived the crash.

ANB confirmed the paramedic who died in the Line of Duty was William Mallock. He had almost 20 years of service.



   


 

FIREHOUSE FIRE IN PA

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Saturday, August 16, 2014  Fire crews battled a three alarm fire at the Friendship Hose Company  in Sunbury.   The fierce fire destroyed the fire house.  Several major roads in the area are also closed while crews clean up the scene.
   The fire started around 6:30 Friday morning on 10th Street in Sunbury.  It started in the kitchen and quickly spread throughout the building.
    Fire crews were able to remove their equipment in time but they say the building is in ruins.
Fortunately no injuries are reported and the fire company is keeping their equipment with other area fire departments until they can fire out a plan.
State Police are investigating but they say the fire is not suspicious...
 
Sunbury Riverfest is still scheduled to take place this weekend...but there are several detours in place 
Parts of Route 61 are closed in and around the area so leave a little extra time for those traffic pattern changes...
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NEBRASKA FIREFIGHTER LODD CRASH WHILE RESPONDING POSSIBLE MEDICAL EVENT

Friday, August 15, 2014  A Fairbury (NE) Firefighter has died in the Line if Duty three days after suffering injuries when his pickup struck a tree.

56-year-old Darrell Parker died yesterday after being injured in the Sunday crash. Parker was on his way to the Fairbury Rural Fire Department to for a fire call in the county when his pickup drove off the roadway, went through a pasture and struck a tree.   Parker was found unresponsive in the driver’s seat. 

Police officers performed C-P-R at the scene and paramedics then took over care for Parker.  He was taken to Jefferson Community Hospital and later transferred by medical helicopter to the Bryan LGH West Campus in Lincoln.

Authorities suspected a medical problem may have led to the crash.  Parker was a member of the Fairbury Rural Fire Department for 27 years and became the department’s certified chaplain, this past year.



   


 

TWO GREAT MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR VIDEOS - MUST WATCH

Friday, August 15, 2014  The International Society of Fire Service Instructors, in partnership with friends at Blue Card Command, Honeywell First Responder Products, Scott Health and Safety, the IAFC Volunteer and Combination Officers Section, and the IAFC Safety, Health & Survival Section is proud to announce the Principles of Modern Fire Attack SLICE-RS Training Video.


This much anticipated training video is a culmination of years of fire research.  It outlines new tactical operations plans that incorporate the latest fire dynamic research from UL FSRI and NIST and introduces SLICE-RS to the fire community. 

Copies of this video can also be obtained by contacting the ISFSI at www.isfsi.org

In addition, the Indiana State Fire Mars... [ more ]

     

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FIREHOUSE FIRE ON ISLAND IN NY

Thursday, August 14, 2014  A large fire and explosion destroyed a prominent building on the island late Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

The blaze destroyed the Guzzle building, near the intersection of St. Lawrence Avenue and Rainbow Street East, which housed multiple businesses along with the Thousand Island Park Fire Station for the Wellesley Island Fire Department, according to a witness at the scene.

The Jefferson County dispatch said the initial fire and explosion call came in at about 11:48 p.m. Wednesday.

Calls to multiple fire departments along the river at the time of the fire were unsuccessful early Thursday morning.

Joseph Palmer, a visitor from Fairfield, Conn., who is staying about 100 yards from the site of the fire, said the fire appeared to start on the upper level of the building, causing the second floor of the structure to come down within 20 minutes.

He said he also heard loud booming noises from the bay areas of the b... [ more ]

   


 

LOG ROLLS DOWN STEEP HILL - INJURING FFs IN WASH

Thursday, August 14, 2014  wo firefighters from Arizona were injured Wednesday at the South Cle Elum Ridge fire.

Officials said a large log came down a steep hill and hit the two firefighters. They both suffered injuries to their lower legs.

They were taken to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition. No further information was released.

The South Cle Elum Ridge fire is 894 acres and 15% contained. It is burning a heavily forested area with steep slopes, trees, and debris and rocks that can break loose and roll downhill.

Rain and cooler temperatures allowed crews to work directly on the fire’s edge.

The fire started August 7th. Investigators believe lightning likely sparked this fire.

   


 

PROBIES CONTRACT MRSA AT FDNY RANDALLS ISLAND

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014  Several probationary firefighters at the FDNY Academy have contracted a serious drug-resistant bacterial infection and at least one has had to be hospitalized, according to officials.

The students from the current class, which began in July, were pulled from the academy after the first case of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, was reported last week, according to the FDNY.

At least one trainee in the class was hospitalized as a result of the infection but has since been released, according to a source.

An official with the FDNY said "less than 10" probationaries were removed and placed on medical leave, and of those "several" had confirmed cases of MRSA.

Some of the students who have been placed on medical leave did not have a confirmed diagnosis but were removed for precautionary reasons, the official said.

In the wake of the infe... [ more ]

   


 

MAYDAY IN CHICAGO - FF OUT OF AIR

Wednesday, August 13, 2014  A woman was injured and a firefighter ran out of air in a fire in a South Loop apartment building Wednesday morning.

Fire trucks and ambulances descended upon the area around 7:47 a.m. Wednesday morning after a fire was started in a third-floor apartment in a building in the 1100 block of South Plymouth Court, said District Chief Steve Chikerotis.

"During the process of putting out the fire and the searches, one of our firefighters ran out of air and was a little disorientated, which can happen, and guys quickly got him to a window and in a short period of time were able to get him out of the apartment. He was treated and he's fine," Chikerotis said, adding the firefighter refused medical attention at the scene.

A "pretty decent"-size fire was discovered in Apartment 303, which firefighters were able to contain inside the apartment. The occupant of the apartment was transferred to an area hospital in good condition, Chikerotis said.
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INDIANA FF INJURED AT APT. FIRE

Wednesday, August 13, 2014  Officials in Jeffersonville are investigating a fire in the 800 block of Howard Avenue Monday night.

Firefighters said the fire broke out at the Executive House Apartments just before 10 p.m.

Officials said a ceiling collapsed while crews were battling the blaze and a firefighter was injured. The firefighter was transported to University of Louisville hospital via a police escort.

"It really hits home when it's one of your own. It's part of the job, but we try to do our best to stay safe," Bruce Deark, Jeffersonville Fire Department deputy chief, said.

An elderly man and two women were also taken to the hospital for observation, firefighters said.

Several residents were displaced because of the fire.

"We got a lot of residents that live inside this building. They're going to be displaced, don't know what we're going to do. Probably lost everything we owned in this fire. Don't know what we're going to do," resi... [ more ]

   


 

SC APPARATUS/LOG TRUCK COLLIDE - THEN STRIKES HOUSE

Wednesday, August 13, 2014  One person has been taken to a hospital after a fire truck struck a house in Florence County.

The Howe Springs Fire Department was responding to a crash on Highway 52, Billy Dillon, with the confirmed, when the fire truck collided with a log truck on the bend of Howe Springs Road.

When the crash happened, the fire truck struck a home where a person lived.

South Carolina Troopers are on the scene and have opened investigation, as protocol.

   


 
 
 

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