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So. Korea: 5 FF LODD-Helicopter Crash

Thursday, July 17, 2014  A firefighting helicopter crashed into a residential area of South Korea's southern city of Gwangju on Thursday, killing all five firefighters on board, officials said.

The chopper crashed into an uncrowded street near a huge apartment complex in the city's housing area of Gwangsan-gu around 10:50 a.m., they said.

A female high school student on the ground sustained a minor injury after getting hit by a fragment of the helicopter, the officials added.

The helicopter was returning to its headquarters in Gangneung, about 237 kilometers east of Seoul, after participating in search operations for 11 people still missing from the April 16 ferry disaster, they said.

The firefighting agency said the firefighters arrived aboard the helicopter at the ferry sinking site off the country's southwest coast on Monday.

According to witnesses, the helicopter caught fire in the air before nosediving into the street.

"A plum... [ more ]

     

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AUTISM AND FIRST RESPONDERS

Tuesday, July 15, 2014  Here is a great video on Autism and the First Responder


http://youtu.be/mnua3jeek30


Thanks to the Willow Grove Fire Company for putting this together.


   


 

FOUR FFs INJURED IN MA BY NITRIC ACID EXPOSURE

Monday, July 14, 2014  Four firefighters were hospitalized early this morning after inhaling nitric acid, a toxic and potentially explosive chemical, at a metal plating company in Lawrence, said acting Lawrence Deputy Fire Chief Jack Meaney.

The firefighters were treated at Lawrence General Hospital and released this afternoon, he said.

They responded to a report of a chemical release at 22 Ballard Road around 1:30 a.m., said firefighter Mike Forensi. The building is owned by N-Tek Inc., which was closed when the incident occurred.

A man who answered the phone at a number listed for N-Tek Inc declined to comment this afternoon.

The chemical release prompted firefighters and a state hazmat team to close down a section of Ballard Road near the building and evacuate two homes in Lawrence and one in Andover, Meaney said. The residents have since been allowed to return to their homes.

The hazmat team remains at the scene this afternoon t... [ more ]

   


 

UPDATE: Fire Chief, Firefighter Crash En Route to Fire Call

Monday, July 14, 2014  A fire chief and a volunteer firefighter were hospitalized after their cars collided en route to emergency call Sunday in North Bellmore, according to Nassau County Police.

Cops said a 34-year-old North Bellmore Fire Department chief was driving north on Newbridge Road in a chief's vehicle while responding to an emergency call. As he reached Belmond Avenue at 1:43 p.m., his vehicle collided with a 1997 Jeep Wrangler that was being driven by 27-year-old volunteer firefighter who was making a left turn and heading for the same call, cops said.

A Bellmore Fire Department ambulance responded to the scene and rushed both men to a nearby hospital.

The fire chief sustained knee and back injuries, police said. The firefighter, who was ejected from the Jeep, sustained head and neck injuries and was listed in "critical but stable condition," cops said.

Both vehicles were impounded for brake and safety i... [ more ]

   


 

MAN FACES CHARGES FOR THREATENING TO SHOOT MEDICAL HELO

Monday, July 14, 2014  A man faces multiple charges, including a felony, after threatening to shoot at the crew of a medical helicopter for flying too low over his property.

The incident happened at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Mercy West Hospital in Green Township.

Investigators say the crew of a UC Health Air Care helicopter was making a "routine patient transfer" from another hospital when Leonard Pflanz, 56, got out of his vehicle and began yelling at the pilot of the aircraft.

"Through the conversation he ended up making some threats to the pilot that he was going to shoot at the helicopter if he would land that low again over his house (on Philloret Drive), " said Cpl. Daniel Vath with Green Township Police Department.

Witnesses told officials from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office a similar account of what transpired.

The alleged threat grounded the helicopter for a time, keeping the crew from responding... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER RESPONDING TO QUARTERS EJECTED IN CRASH WITH CHIEFS RESPONDING TO WORKING FIRE SCENE-UPDATE

Monday, July 14, 2014  A Long Island Volunteer Fire Chief and a Volunteer Firefighter were hospitalized after their cars collided while both were turning out for a working fire in North Bellmore, Nassau County, Long Island, New York. The 34-year-old North Bellmore Fire Department Deputy Chief was driving north on Newbridge Road in a chief's vehicle while responding to the working fire. As he reached Belmond Avenue at 1343 hours., his vehicle collided with a 1997 Jeep Wrangler that was being driven by 27-year-old volunteer Firefighter who was making a left turn and heading to the firehouse.
The fire chief sustained knee and back injuries. The Firefighter, who was ejected from the Jeep, sustained head and neck injuries and was listed in "critical but stable condition. Both vehicles were impounded for brake and safety inspections. We wish both a successful recovery.
 

   


 

FIREFIGHTER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FIRE RESPONSE CRASH

Sunday, July 13, 2014  A Long Island (Nassau County, NY) volunteer Firefighter is in serious condition following a responding collision. Initial reports are that a Chief Officer in a marked vehicle and a Firefighter in a personal car collided with one another in North Bellmore, N.Y. this afternoon. Both were turning out to what was a working structural fire. Please keep the member, the families, the Chief and the North Bellmore members in your prayers. More to follow as it's released. 



   


 

2 EMS MEMBERS, 1 FF INJURED WHEN HAWAII

Sunday, July 13, 2014  Two EMS paramedics and a Honolulu firefighter had to be taken to the hospital to get treated for injuries due to a crash.

Around 10:30 this morning, the three emergency responders were in an ambulance helping a patient who had a medical emergency when the ambulance crashed on the Atkinson exit-ramp at Ala Moana Center.

One paramedic was seriously injured in the crash. The other paramedic and firefighter had only minor injuries.

The patient was taken to the hospital in another ambulance.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

   


 

HOARDING - A TRUE FIRE SERVICE ISSUE

Friday, July 11, 2014  Another danger lurked as fire and smoke swept through the upper floors of a Brooklyn public-housing high-rise: junk.

The 19th-floor apartment where the blaze started last weekend was piled with it, fire officials said, creating a minefield that's being looked at as a potential factor in the death of a New York City firefighter, the department's first in the line of duty in more than two years.

Lt. Gordon Ambelas' death July 5 came amid what some officials say is a nationwide uptick in fire calls complicated by clutter, conditions the FDNY code names "Collyer's Mansion" after the infamous 1947 case of two brothers found dead amid the floor-to-ceiling clutter in their Harlem brownstone.

The American Psychiatric Association estimates up to 5 percent of the population has a hoarding disorder, and firefighters are increasingly finding entryways, hallways and rooms blocked because of piles of stuff -- knickknacks, electronics, clothes, boxes,... [ more ]

   


 

COLORADO FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-COLLAPSES FOLLOWING RESCUE

Thursday, July 10, 2014  We regret to pass on to you that a Firefighter involved in a rescue of an injured hiker in Boulder County (Colorado) has died in the Line of Duty after collapsing on a trail.

The Indian Peaks Fire Department Firefighter was one of several members of different agencies who treated and evacuated a hiker who had a broken ankle near Brainard Lake yesterday afternoon. After a helicopter arrived to pick up the hiker, the unidentified Firefighter collapsed while descending the trail. Other rescuers immediately began CPR but the firefighter didn't respond.

We'll post more as it be come available. Our condolences to all



   


 

HAS THE RED RASH BEGUN IN MEMPHIS?

Thursday, July 10, 2014  With a slight uptick in Memphis Fire Department sick calls on Wednesday, rumors are swirling that firefighters may be joining a silent protest against city employee health care cuts.

Some question whether the proverbial "Red Rash" sickout has begun since the fire department had to put four trucks out of service Wednesday because 65 firefighters called out sick.

An additional 16 firefighters were already on long term sick leave.

The day before, three trucks were put out of service due to sick calls.

The fire department takes one truck out of service for every 24 firefighters who call out sick.

This comes as the number of police officers on sick leave began to recede on Wednesday.

"Blue Flu" sick calls peaked at 552 on Tuesday.

The mayor held a news conference Tuesday warning employees that the city would strictly uphold it's sick leave abuse policy.

Dozens of public safety workers and their famili... [ more ]

   


 

VOLUNTEER FFs INJURED IN TX APPARATUS ROLLOVER

Thursday, July 10, 2014  Two volunteer firefighters in Live Oak County were hospitalized Wednesday morning after the truck they were in rolled as they were turning about 4 a.m.

The firefighters — ages 75 and 68 — were driving to the station after battling a house fire when they rounded a corner on FM 534 near FM 1362 north of Orange Grove, said Fire Chief Lonnie Messer with Swinney Switch Fire Department.

The 75-year-old was taken by HALO-Flight to Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial and the 68-year-old was taken by ambulance to a Beeville hospital. Both were released before noon Wednesday with minor injuries, Messer said.

"The Lord was with them today," Messer said.

The 75-year-old has volunteered with the department about 15 years and the 68-year-old about two years, Messer said.

Messer estimated the truck sustained about $15,000 worth of damage.

   


 

SEATTLE PAYS OUT $495K TO FF WHO CLAIMS HEARING WAS DAMANAGED BY SIRENS

Wednesday, July 9, 2014  The City of Seattle has agreed to pay $495,000 to a veteran firefighter whose hearing was permanently damaged when a siren was activated inside a fire station while he was four feet from the engine. According to legal documents, Seattle Firefighter Rodney Bingham was preparing to board a fire engine at Station 41 in Ballard on Oct. 11, 2011, when the station’s captain, who was in the passenger seat, reached over and pressed the button for the siren and held it.

Department policy dictates that the siren is not to be activated while the engine is inside the station, according to Bingham’s attorney, Randolph Gordon.

Gordon said Bingham was to board the engine after the station’s doors were closed due to a malfunction with the door’s remote control. He said that his client was visible to the occupants of the engine when the siren was sounded.

An expert in acoustics tested the siren and determined that the sound pressure e... [ more ]

   


 

APPARATUS CRASH IN LOUISANA

Wednesday, July 9, 2014  A wreck involving a car and fire truck happened Tuesday afternoon in Erwinville. The accident occurred at U.S. 190 and Rougon Road while firefighters were responding to a call. The passenger was extricated from the truck and transported to a hospital. Officials say the injuries are not life threatening.

   


 

FF LODD-Texas

Wednesday, July 9, 2014  We regret to pass on reports that 21 year veteran HFD Firefighter Daniel Groover has died in the Line of Duty, following that 2-alarm Kingwood fire. These details are from the media and the Houston Firefighters Union.

Our most sincere condolences to all those affected.



     

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