Check out:Forget?  NEVER! 9-11-01 Check out:  Facebook.com Check out our site sponsor:  GordonGraham.Com

Submit Your Close Call / Near Miss

LODD STATS
Yearly Totals
YearTotals
201435
2013101
201283
201181
201087
200993
2008118
2007118
2006107
2005115
"In Memory Of" Click this patch
Email BillyG
info@
firefighterclosecalls.com


Email Weekly Drill
Suggestions to

Drills@firefighter
closecalls.com
Click Here for The 9/11 Widows' and Victims' Families Association
Click Here: Skyscraper Safety Campaign
 
 
 

NY WOMAN CONVICTED OF BUYING GUNS USED TO KILL FFs

WIVB Video

Wednesday, April 16, 2014  A woman charged with buying guns for a convicted felon who later used them to kill two volunteer firefighters in an ambush was convicted Tuesday of falsifying business records.

A state Supreme Court jury in Rochester found 25-year-old Dawn Nguyen, of the town of Greece, guilty because she lied when she said on a gun purchase form that she was buying the weapons for her own use. She also faces federal charges.

Prosecutors say Nguyen bought a semi-automatic rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun at a Gander Mountain store in 2010 for her neighbor William Spengler Jr., who was prohibited from owning weapon because of his felony record. Spengler had been released from prison in 1996 after serving 17 years for killing his grandmother with a hammer.

Spengler set fire to his Webster home early on the morning of Dec. 24, 2012, then shot at responding firefighters, killing Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka and wounding Joseph Hofstetter and Ted Sca... [ more ]

   


 

VA FF SERIOUSLY INJURED AT LARGE MARSH FIRE

Wednesday, April 16, 2014  A Saxis firefighter was seriously injured and another was treated for smoke inhalation while fighting a fire that burned around 3,000 acres of marsh and woodland in northwest Accomack County on Sunday.

Saxis Fire Chief Coley Beasley sustained first degree burns to the face and second degree burns to the hands and arms fighting the blaze, which took crews more than 12 hours to contain.

Beasley was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center and transferred to the John Hopkins Burn Center in Baltimore, Md.

He was released Tuesday and is recovering at home, Saxis Volunteer Fire and Rescue President Aubrey Justice said.

The blaze, which was reported to the Eastern Shore of Virginia 911 Center at 11:19 a.m. April 13, began as a small brush fire along Saxis Road near Sanford. Pushed by strong winds, it spread northeast to Shad Landing Road before firefighters were able to bring it under control, C. Ray Pruitt of the Accomack Count... [ more ]

   


 

NJ APPARATUS CRASH - DRUNK FF DRIVER

Wednesday, April 16, 2014  An Elmwood Park fire captain had a blood alcohol content 2½ times the legal limit when he crashed a firetruck while returning from a call over the weekend, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has learned.


Russell Fenn IV, 37, was “visibly swaying” after the engine slammed into several utility poles on East 54th Street and Molnar Drive around 1:15 a.m. Sunday, Bergen County Police Department Capt. James Mullin told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this afternoon.

Another firefighter in the rig had to be taken to Hackensack University Medical Center with what appeared to be minor injuries, he said. The engine was taken out of service — leaving borough firefighters one short in battling a blaze at a Route 46 hotel this afternoon (SEE: Firefighters find rooms empty after hotel fire).

... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER LINE OF DUTY DEATH LAWSUIT FILED

RIP

RIP

Wednesday, April 16, 2014  Idaho officials have filed a lawsuit against a timber company and its contractor contending they're responsible for a wildfire that killed a 20-year-old Forest Service firefighter and burned more than 300 acres in northern Idaho.
The state filed the lawsuit Monday in 2nd District Court seeking an unspecified amount in monetary damages for costs in fighting the fire. Firefighter Anne Veseth of Moscow died Aug. 12, 2012, after being struck and killed by a falling tree while fighting the Steep Corner Fire near Orofino.

   


 

TX MAN ARRESTED FOR SHOOTING AT FFs

KXAN.com Video

Tuesday, April 15, 2014  A man was arrested Monday after firing at firefighters responding to a nearby blaze, Kyle police said. Kyle firefighters responded to a shed fire at 390 Buggy Whip Drive in the Sunset Ridge Trailer Park about 1 a.m. After putting out the flames, the firefighters heard at least one gunshot and then a bullet impact a wall behind them.

Police officers arrived on scene and determined the shot had come from a home in the vicinity.

During their investigation, officers found Jason Montalvo, 18, asleep in his bed with a rifle by his side. After waking Montalvo, he became combative and refused commands to surrender his f... [ more ]

   


 

APPARATUS CRASH RESPONDING IN TX

Tuesday, April 15, 2014  Two fire trucks collided Monday morning while responding to a fire on the West Side and two firefighters were taken to the hospital.The crash occurred in the 2200 block of S. Zarzamora near U.S. 90 at around 11:05 a.m. and the two firefighters were not seriously injured but were taken to the hospital for cautionary reasons, said SAFD Fire Chief Charles Hood.

“We are very, very happy there weren't more serious injuries,” Hood said.

Engine 33 was coming down an exit ramp when it collided with Ladder 8 while responding to a call for a structure fire and possible electrocution, he said.

All firefighters in the vehi... [ more ]

   


 

FIRE DEPARTMENT AMBULANCE STRIKES LOW OVERPASS-MEMBERS INJURED

Tuesday, April 15, 2014  A Hempstead (Long Island, NY) Volunteer FD Rescue Squad Ambulance struck a low overpass today, injuring several members. The ambulance, returning from the hospital, struck the bridge-3 members were injured but all were NLT

   


 

FF BURNED AT PA HOUSE FIRE

FOX43.com Video

Monday, April 14, 2014  A huge house fire in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County on Sunday evening injured one firefighter. It broke out on the 3500 block of Elmerton Avenue just after 6 p.m.
The firefighter is being treated for minor burns.
The house is a total loss with about $100,000 in damage. According to the fire marshal, the house was being remodeled and no one was living inside, although the owner stopped by to check on the progress. When he opened the front door, flames shot out and burned him, but he refused treatment.
The fire had already ripped through the home when fire crews arrived and flames started again at the chimney.
“Progress Fire Company was the first on the scene. They had a well-involved structure to the point where the second floor had already collapsed into the first floor,” says George Drees, Susquehanna Township Fire Marshal.
There’s no word on the cause yet and the damage was too extensive for fire officials to narrow down an area of origin ... [ more ]

   


 

MI FFs INJURED AT BARN FIRE - ONE FLOWN OUT

Livingston Daily Video

Monday, April 14, 2014  A barn caught fire on Oak Grove Road north of Barron Road in Howell Township after 4 p.m. today. Firefighters from the Howell Area Fire Department, Brighton Area Fire Department and Fowlerville Fire Department as well as Livingston County EMS personnel responded to the scene.

The road was blocked off while firefighters battled the blaze. Large amounts of black smoke and flames came from the roof of the building.

It is unknown if anyone was inside. Two firefighters were injured while fighting the fire, one transported by helicopter to the hospital.

Check Tuesday's Daily Press & Argus and livingstondaily.com for updates.




   


 

KEARNEY, NE FD PASSING IT ON - SCBA MAZE PROP

Monday, April 14, 2014  Attached you will find a power point presentation that was created to describe the Modular SCBA Maze that the Kearney Volunteer Fire Department constructed.




The maze is modular in design which means that the modules (obstacles) can be relocated in the maze to discourage fire fighters from attempting to memorize the maze lay out.  Many of the modules are also adjustable to accommodate fire fighters of various sizes and abilities.  The response our department has received on this maze is positive and everyone states they have never seen anything like this before.

The intent of the presentation is to enable other departments to utilize our design to improve their departments training.  The presentation shows them how to replicate the maze for their use.



     


 

2 ATL FFs KILLED WITHIN 24hrs

Monday, April 14, 2014  Flags flew at half-staff at fire stations around the city Saturday as the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department mourned the loss of two firemen — one a newlywed, the other a father of triplets — who died within 24 hours of each other.

Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin J. Cochran said Saturday the department is reeling over the deaths of Jermaine Hall and Sgt. Frank Guinn, who passed away due to separate, off-duty accidents. Coincidentally, the two men described as “up-and-coming leaders of the department” worked on the same shift, though at separate stations, and their shifts were on duty when the news came of their accidents and subsequent deaths.more ]

   


 

MAYBE THE BIGGEST WTF EVER - GRIEVENCE OVER GARAGE DOOR OPENER

Monday, April 14, 2014  The City of Lockport and its firefighters’ union, which have had a prickly relationship for months, now are at odds over who should be able to use garage door openers to let the trucks in and out.

The union has filed a grievance over the installation of garage door openers in all Fire Department vehicles, claiming that the rules surrounding the openers violate their contract.

The city went to court Friday to seek a ruling that the Lockport Professional Fire Fighters Association’s rejected grievance can’t be taken to state arbitration.

The court paperwork the city filed over the signature of Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey sought to paint as ridiculous the dispute over how and by whom the overhead doors to the firehouse are to be opened.

“It is utterly incomprehensible to the reasonable taxpayer and the city as to why Local 963 has chosen to waste valuable city resources and thousands of dollars in potential arbitration fees, r... [ more ]

   


 

2 RIGS BURN UP IN NJ FIRE

Sunday, April 13, 2014  Vehicles from two area fire companies were destroyed in a large brush fire that was battled for nearly four hours Sunday on the city’s west side.

There were, however, no reported firefighter injuries.

The vehicles burned were brush trucks from the Pennsville and Elsinboro fire companies.

Firefighters were inside the fire area when the wind suddenly shifted.

“The men were able to get out but the vehicles weren’t,” said Salem City Councilman Charles Hassler who was on the scene. 


The remains of the two brush trucks lost by area fire companies are seen in the area along Grieves Parkway in Salem City which burned Sunday afternoon.Staff Photo by Bill Gallo Jr. 


The blaze began around 1 p.m. on the south side of  the intersection of Grieves Parkway and Tilbury Road. ... [ more ]

   


 

7 FDNY FFs INJURED AT STATEN ISLAND FIRE

SILIVE Video

Sunday, April 13, 2014  Seven firefighters suffered minor injuries battling a three-alarm blaze on Pitney Avenue in Charleston on Friday morning.

One civilian refused medical attention at the scene, according to an FDNY spokeswoman.

Four of seven attached homes were damaged, the spokeswoman said. She said the fire began at 106 Pitney Avenue, a three-story, non-fireproof building.

The fire was called in at 7:40 a.m. and went to three alarms at 7:55 a.m., the spokeswoman said. It was brought under control at 8:48 a.m.



Division 8 Deputy Chief Dave Smith said 138 firefighters comprising 33 units responded to the scene. He said the fire was advanced when firefighters arrived and it took numerous lines to contain it.

Lauren Schuhmann fled from her home at 108 Pitney Ave. with her two children, 8-month-old, Joseph, and 3-year-old... [ more ]

   


 

STUDY FINDS FFs HAVE NARROWER ARTERIES THAN MOST

Sunday, April 13, 2014  Burning buildings might not be the only risks that firefighters face. They also appear to be more likely than their peers in other professions to have prematurely narrowed arteries, increasing their risk for strokes and heart attacks, according to a new study.

In fact, 22 percent of a group of 77 firefighters studied by researchers at the University of Kansas averaged 39 years old but had the blood vessels of 52-year-olds because of significant plaque buildup in their carotid arteries.

"These men, as young as they are, for some reason have a high rate of early development of vascular disease, asymptomatic as it is," said Dr. Patrick Moriarty, director of the Atherosclerosis and LDL Apheresis Center at the University of Kansas Medical Center and the study's lead researcher. "What it means is that we have to find a way to make their job have less risk potential in terms of less cardiovascular risk."

The findings were presented March ... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

Search for news stories :

Select Year Select Month
Select Category Enter Keyword
 
Recent Issue of Secret List
 

YOU NEED THIS BOOK!
(Trust Us)

400+ PAGES.
90+ CONTRIBUTORS!
100% of the royalties from the sales of "PASS IT ON" will be donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Chief Ray Downey Scholarship Fund.
CLICK ABOVE TO ORDER YOUR COPIES TODAY!
 
 

Posters
Click to Print