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Six Firefighters Injured In Anderson County Fire Truck Crash

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014   A fire truck crash in Anderson County injured six firefighters Tuesday night, according to the fire department.Investigators said the fire truck was headed to a car crash on Puckett Road, when it crashed.

An eyewitness told ABC 36 News that he saw the fire truck run off the road, hit a tree, which caused part of the truck to cave-in.

The fire department confirmed that one firefighter had to be cut out of the wreckage. He was taken to UK Hospital in Lexington. He was conscious and talking, according to firefighters.

The other five firefighters who were hurt, were treated and released from UK Hospital, according to the fire department.

A Battalion Chief said it was an emotional night for the department.

"We're going to be here to support them. We ask the community to say a prayer for them and be there and support them through this incident. This is not just tonight. This is going to be for the next week or so, and month... [ more ]

   


 

4 FFs INJURED IN RIVERDALE IL MAYDAY

Wednesday, December 17, 2014   Fur firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries while battling an extra-alarm blaze at a condominium building Tuesday in Riverdale, officials said.
About 100 firefighters from departments all over the south suburbs responded to the fire in a three-story building within the Riverwood Condominiums at 137th Street and Stewart Avenue.

The Riverdale Fire Department's deputy chief, Art Schweitzer, said he doesn't know how the firefighters were hurt, but said they will be OK.

The injured firefighters were taken to Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey and MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, Schweitzer said. Two are with Riverdale Fire, one is a Calumet Park firefighter and the fourth is with Markham.

One civilian also complained of difficulty breathing, apparently because of asthma, Schweitzer said.

He also said Riverdale police officers knocked on the doors of other residents in the building, helping them evacuate safely.more ]

   


 

NJ FIREHOUSE FIRE

Tuesday, December 16, 2014   A fire in Elk Township on Monday night damaged the Ferrell Firehouse.The smell of smoke drifted more than a mile from the corner of Elk and Ellis Mill roads, and the night was lit up by engines from several neighboring communities.

Patrick Spring, mayor of the township and captain with the Ferrell Fire Co., said the flames started in the lounge of the firehouse at about 10:30 p.m. No one was in the building when the fire began.

Fire companies from neighboring towns, including Harrisonville, Clayton, Aura, Ewan and Monroeville, were on hand. By 10:50, the fire was under control, but not before the building's lounge and office were damaged. The truck bays and all vehicles inside were undamaged.

"There's nothing in that building we can't replace," Spring said. "We will rebuild."

Still, Spring said, the experience of having your own firehouse burn was a harrowing one.

"When it's your own house, it's a little different," h... [ more ]

     



 

OKC RIG STRUCK AT SCENE

Tuesday, December 16, 2014   Police said a car crashed into a fire truck that was on the scene of a multi-vehicle collision in southwest Oklahoma City, Monday morning.

According to Oklahoma City police, emergency crews responded to a three-vehicle collision at Interstate 44 and S.W. 149th Street. However, as crews worked to clear the scene of that collision, another car struck a fire truck.

Police said three people were injured in the original crash. They have been transported to the hospital.

Fire officials said no firefighters were injured in the second crash. But the fire truck sustained minor damage.

Both collisions are still under investigation.

   


 

CA FF INJURED BY FALLING ROOF

Tuesday, December 16, 2014   A firefighter is recovering after he was injured battling an overnight fire in Southeast Fresno.

The flames broke out shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday in a two-story townhouse in the area of Butler and Winery. Fresno Fire officials say a firefighter went into the house and was cutting a hole in the wall when the roof came down on top of the firefighter.

Authorities say the firefighter was t... [ more ]

   


 

NY FIRE POLICE OFFICER STRUCK

Monday, December 15, 2014   A Rombout fire police officer was injured at the scene of a two-car crash in Fishkill Sunday night, while he was responding to the accident, said Kevin Barry, public information officer for Rombout Fire Company.Two vehicles collided at the intersection of Routes 82 and 52 at 5:46 p.m., Barry said.

There were two passengers in each vehicle; three of the four were transported with non life-threatening injuries to MidHudson Regional Medical Center by Town of Wappinger ambulance and Mobile Life Support Services.

The Rombout fire police officer was arriving on the scene when he was rear-ended by another driver, an "inattentive motorist," who wasn't "paying attention," a common cause of firefighter and police injury at the scenes of accidents, Barry said.

The fire police officer was "not badly injured" and was also sent to MidHudson Regional for evaluation, Barry added.

Fire police are responsible for scene safety and traffic control.
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UPDATE: FATAL PG CO MD AMBULANCE CRASH

Monday, December 15, 2014  An ambulance crew was assaulted, their unit stolen and minutes later involved in a multi-vehicle crash involving a fatality. At about 5:30 pm, Sunday, December 14, Ambulance 811B was returning to their station after completing a patient transport. As they were travelling southbound on the Capitol Beltway (Route 495) they witnessed a passenger car leave the roadway near the interchange of I-95. The ambulance pulled to the shoulder with the crew of two firefighter/EMT’s exiting to check on the welfare of the occupant.

A series of events occurred quickly with both crew-members being assaulted by the driver of the very car they stopped to help. The suspect proceeded to drive away in their ambulance. The volunteer firefighter/EMTs were visibly shaken but not injured.

The stolen ambulance proceeded south on Route 495 and exited onto Kenilworth Avenue and than west on Greenbelt Road. Two blocks down Greenbelt Road and about 15 minutes after this incident start... [ more ]

     



 

FD Ambulance Car Jacked-Fatal Results

Monday, December 15, 2014   An ambulance from the Branchville VFD (Co. 11) in Prince Georges County (MD) was car (ambu) jacked earlier tonight resulting in what appears to be the death of an innocent civilian.

Around 1700, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department Ambulance 811 (of the Branchville firehouse) was carjacked by an EDP (emotionally disturbed person) who assaulted the crew. This occurred on the Capital Beltway near I-95 and Route 1.

Apparently, the ambulance had stopped on the beltway to assist at a crash they saw. Initial reports are that once they stopped, the person driving the crashed vehicle made a grab for the ambulance. After assaulting crew members, the alleged psycho then car (ambu) jacked the unit. Following that, as that person drove the stolen ambulance. the unit was then involved in a very serious crash in front of Joe’s Crab Shack at Greenbelt Road & 62nd Avenue. 

As of now reports are that there is one fatality and other inju... [ more ]

     



 

CLOSE CALL AT PA ATTEMPTED SUICIDE SCENE INVOLVING HAZ-MAT

Monday, December 15, 2014   Emergency workers responding to a suicide attempt in Palmer Township complained of fumes burning their eyes Sunday, which prompted a hazardous materials response, according to the township fire commissioner.Fire Commissioner Stephen Gallagher said the emergency workers arrived at 2:09 p.m. after receiving a call of a suicide at 2 Orchid Court. Gallagher said a woman in her 30s drank various household cleaners in order to kill herself.

Emergency workers felt burning in their eyes and called for a hazardous materials response at 2:15 p.m.

Local emergency workers initially entered the home to determine a baseline level of contamination, Gallagher said. A hazmat crew from Lehigh County came to check the toxicity of the air before letting anyone in the home.

Emergency workers had the cul de sac blocked off with traffic cones for about an hour. Two fire trucks and a Northampton County emergency response vehicle were on the scene Sunday afternoon.
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PG CO, MD - BREAKING NEWS - STOLEN MEDIC UNIT INVOLVED IN POTENTIALLY FATAL CRASH

Sunday, December 14, 2014   A Prince Georges CO MD Medic Unit from Branchville VFD was stolen this evening.  Reports are a female was in labor in the back of the medic unit and there was at least one trauma code on scene.  NO FIREFIGHTERS WERE INJURED.

The wreck occurred at Greenbelt Rd and 62 Ave.  Here are some photos from the scene. More on our home page as it becomes available.




     



 

2 OR FFs INJURED AT HOUSE FIRE

Sunday, December 14, 2014   Officials say two firefighters were injured early Sunday while fighting a blaze at a home in Eugene.Deputy Chief Randy DeWitt of the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department says one firefighter was taken to a local hospital with leg injuries, while the other was taken to another hospital with arm injuries.

The two-story home had been converted into four units and the people living there were out of the home when fire crews arrived just after 3 a.m.

Investigators were working Sunday to determine what caused the fire.

   


 

ONE FIRE DEPARTMENTS BATTLE WITH FIREFIGHTER CANCER

Sunday, December 14, 2014   Recently the San Antonio (TX) has experienced numerous members of the SAFD family being diagnosed with cancer. As a profession we are prepared to “risk a lot to save a lot” and often times we equate that principle to incident factors like structural stability, fire progression, and rescue prioritization. Little do we realize that there is another more insidious risk threatening our safety and that of our sisters and brothers.  We need to be aware of the hidden and always present threat we, as firefighters, face daily when we report for duty in the form of carcinogens.
BELOW is a video that the SAFD Cancer Task Force put together. We would like to thank the SAFD brothers who exhibited the courage to go on film and make this video, and its message, possible.  Special thanks also go out to Casey’s wife, Andrea, who supported this initiative and allowed us to share Casey’s story.

Please keep all fire service sisters and brothers who are ba... [ more ]

     

SFD Cancer Video



 

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Again-thanks to all those who have purchased the book-and to all the contrubutors to the book-we are raising some very substantial funds (over $20,000 from April to Sept!) to the two designated charities: NFFF & The Chief Ray Downey Scholarship.

   


 

FIREFIGHTER HERO? DO YOU KNOW A TRUE FIREGROUND HERO?

Chief Ray Downey-RIP

Chief Ray Downey-RIP

Sunday, December 14, 2014   It's that time of the year again. TIME FOR APPLICATION TO THE CHIEF RAY DOWNEY COURAGE AND VALOR AWARD
.....It is time for all of us to consider applicants for the CHIEF RAY DOWNEY COURAGE AND VALOR AWARD sponsored by FIRE ENGINEERING/FDIC.
A rescue on the fireground? A water rescue? An unusual run where THAT Firefighter made a difference-a truly once in a lifetime difference?
HERE are all the details and the HISTORY of this highly respected award:
http://www.courageandvalor.com/
HERE IS THE APPLICATION:
http://www.fireengineering.com/content/dam/fe/online-articles/documents/2014/2015-cnv-award.pdf

   


 

FIREFIGHTER SEEKS COVERAGE FOR MENTAL HEALTH INJURIES-MINNESOTA

Sunday, December 14, 2014  Jerry Hartsworm was the kind of firefighter who didn't wait for the alarm.

When he heard over his pager that the nearby Freeport Fire Department was responding to a barn fire, he jumped into his truck and headed to the Melrose fire station, knowing his department likely would be called to help.
What happened that day eight months ago left Hartsworm changed. His physical injuries healed, but the mental scars he suffered have left him tormented and unable to work. Adding to the pain is the legal battle he's faced to get the city's insurance carrier to cover his medical expenses and lost wages.
For Hartsworm, 50, who spent four years as a volunteer on the Melrose Fire Department, life has become a daily struggle.
 
"Every one of us, when that pager goes off, we know there's a possibility that we're going to die," he said. "And we accept the fact that we could die. But what I cannot accept is the fact that I'm discarded — that I didn't get ... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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