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LAFD FF SWEPT AWAY IN SWIFTWATER RESCUE ATTEMPT - VIDEO

CERT Video

Saturday, December 13, 2014  A couple clinging to trees in the middle of the rain-swollen Los Angeles River were helped to safety during a dangerous operation by a firefighter swift-water rescue team in the Atwater Village area Friday morning. Amid a continuing fierce rainstorm, rescuers were first called to the scene at 9:41 a.m., according to Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Both people were taken to a hospital in fair condition, Main said.About an hour later, a man was located and taken to safety. He told rescuers that his wife was caught in the trees amid the rushing water, and it took almost another hour for her to be transported across the river.

The rescue effort took place south of the Glendale Boulevard overpass (map) in an area where homeless encampments are set up amid trees on small islands in the middle of the normally shallow river.

“Very dangerous conditions here — the river was flowing at pretty high volume of water, and there was a gre... [ more ]

   


 

FF SUFFERS BROKEN FINGER FROM FLYING SHOCK AT FIRE SCENE

Friday, December 12, 2014   A firefighter’s ring finger on his right hand was broken by a motor part that became a projectile during a shop and storage building fire Thursday night in the Oakwoods community.

Michael Thornton, a Broadway Fire Department captain and Wilkes Emergency Medical Services paramedic, hadn’t been on the fire scene long and was standing outside the building when a hydraulic shock that had been removed from an all-terrain vehicle crashed through a wall and struck his finger.




Wilkes Emergency Medical Services was dispatched at 10:30 p.m. and transported Thornton to Wilkes Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Broadway Fire Chief Tracy Brooks said the spring apparently was propelled by pressure resulting from liquid gas in the shock being heated by the fire. The shock was about an inch in diameter.

He said it was an unusual accident and that Thornton was fortunate to not have been more seriously in... [ more ]

   


 

MARYLAND ENGINE BACKS INTO FIREHOUSE - MAJOR DAMAGE

Friday, December 12, 2014   An Anne Arundel County fire station suffered substantial damage when a pumper backed in to the building Thursday night.The accident happened around 10 p.m. when Engine 194 was returning to the Cape Saint Claire Fire Station.

"As they approached the station, the driver and officer in charge made the decision to back on to the front ramp, rather than placing firefighters on Cape St. Claire Road to spot the apparatus," Capt. Russ Davies said in a statement.

While backing the apparatus, the driver mistakenly believed he had the bay door lined up in his mirrors, Davies said. He was actually seeing two bay doors in his mirror.

As the pumper was backed in, it struck an exterior brick column between the two doors.

When the column was struck, it caused the lintel to collapse. That collapsed the two bay doors and the brickwork to the roofline crumbled. 

Davies said the damaged to Eng... [ more ]

   


 

FF SUFFERS CARDIAC EVENT AT MICHIGAN APARTMENT FIRE

Thursday, December 11, 2014   One firefighter was rushed to the hospital after he had a cardiac emergency battling a fire at an apartment complex in Van Buren Township on Wednesday. 
Officials say he will spend the night in the hospital and is expected to recover.
 
We're told firefighters from Van Buren along with Ypsilanti Township, Sumter Township and the cities of Romulus and Belleville all fought the fire.
 
It took about an hour to put out.
 
About 40 units were destroyed in the fire--and 52 residents were taken to the township hall where the Red Cross and Van Buren Public Safety chaplains were there to take care of them. 
 
Investigators say they are still looking into the cause of fire.


http://www.wxyz.com/news/firefighter-injured-in-van-buren-apartment-fire


   


 

Kansas City Fire Department Concern over Firefighter Suicides

Thursday, December 11, 2014 

 Concern Over Firefighter Suicides Prompts KCFD To Seek Resources, Help



By Esther Honig



Sirens flash and wail as the 17-ton fire engine barrels down Independence Avenue in Kansas City's Historic Northeast. The four firefighters on board gear up in their flame retardant boots and jackets as they rush to the scene of a call.

“After 25 years I’ve s... [ more ]

   


 

SIT THE F*CK DOWN

SIT DOWN

Wednesday, December 10, 2014   Well I guess that headline got your attention-good. It's supposed to. Offended? Not my intention but please get the f*ck over it and keep reading--what should be offensive is the following. Each year some Firefighters die in the Line of Duty because they had to, the conditions indicated the risk in saving a life was worth taking-and tragically they died. They are the great minority, the ones who die because there was a clear risk worth taking in attempting to save a life.

 

Nothing new-the majority of Line of Duty deaths prove (after the investigations) that they often could have been avoided...and we try to learn from all of them.

 

When I was a young Firefighter in the early 70's, one of the things I enjoyed most was standing up and looking forward (over the cab) when our apparatus responded. To me, it was the ultimate opportunity to see "what we had" (size up?) as we turned out. Back then we also used porto-powe... [ more ]

   


 

SIT THE F*CK DOWN

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014   Well I guess that headline got your attention-good. It's supposed to. Offended? Not my intention but please get the f*ck over it and keep reading--what should be offensive is the following. Each year some Firefighters die in the Line of Duty because they had to, the conditions indicated the risk in saving a life was worth taking-and tragically they died. They are the great minority, the ones who die because there was a clear risk worth taking in attempting to save a life.

 

Nothing new-the majority of Line of Duty deaths prove (after the investigations) that they often could have been avoided...and we try to learn from all of them.

 

When I was a young Firefighter in the early 70's, one of the things I enjoyed most was standing up and looking forward (over the cab) when our apparatus responded. To me, it was the ultimate opportunity to see "what we had" (size up?) as we turned out. Back then we also used porto-powe... [ more ]

   


 

"ALL OF THE RADIOS FAILED"

(SFFD Radios)

(SFFD Radios)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014  As you probably know, there were some close calls and Line of Duty deaths in recent years where radios -being used in fire environments (our environment) were part of the concern. In once again their attempt to separate fact from fiction and rumor, NIST did some scientific testing-with the cooperation and participation of fire service. 

These new test results* from the NIST confirm that portable radios used by firefighters absolutely can fail to operate properly within 15 minutes when exposed to temperatures that may be encountered during firefighting activities...and not just obvious failure.
We rely on the radios to report our location, our progress and our needs...often urgently. Performance problems with portable radios have definitely been identified by the NIOSH as contributing factors in some firefighter fatalities.

ALL PORTABLE FIRE RADIOS FAILED:
All seven of the firefighter portable radios tested by NIST failed to perform properly within 15 m... [ more ]

   


 

Maine Firefighter Suffers Spinal Injury During Training Drill

Wednesday, December 10, 2014   A Maine firefighter suffered a spinal injury during a training drill last week.Rockport Firefighter William "Billy" Smith suffered two lumbar fractures when he fell during a scenario,The Pen Bay Pilot reported.

Smith, also a local police officer, is being treated at Pen Bay Medical Center.

Smith's foot became caught up as he was making a controlled descent through a hole in the ceiling to the room below. 

Rockport Fire Chief Jason Peasley told the reporter that loaded down with 40-50 pounds of firefighting gear, and holding on to a charged line that acted like a rope to help him make the descent, Smith was unable to hold on while he worked to free his foot and lost his grip.

Smith fell about 4-feet, and landed ... [ more ]

   


 

CHICAGO LODD Update: Video Detail Dynamics of The Fire

NIST Herbie Johnson Video

Wednesday, December 10, 2014   Here is another opportunity for us to learn. A new NIST computer-modeling study of a 2012 Chicago house fire reveals the conditions that unleashed a surge of searing gases, leading to the death of a veteran Fire Captain.

NIST examined the fire dynamics of the incident at the request of the NIOSH and the Chicago Fire Department. Simulations conducted with NIST’s Fire Dynamics Simulator examined the fire’s temperature and pressure at various locations and the resulting flow path. With the agency’s Smokeview visualization software, NIST researchers also developed a graphical representation of the fire’s behavior and the conditions that firefighters likely experienced during the course of their interior operations.


The video simulation shows that fire in a covered back porch caused a closed steel-faced, wood-framed door to crumble, releasing pressure and causing hot gases to pour into the adjoining hallway where the victim and another fi... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER STRUCK & KILLED BY RESPONDING FIRE APPARATUS-AUSTRALIA

Wednesday, December 10, 2014  South Australia Country Fire Service volunteer Deputy Fire Officer Brian Johnston would have marked 50 years of fighting fires in 2015 — a great milestone cut short by a tragic accident yesterday afternoon.The 65-year-old, who was a member of the Millicent Brigade and Deputy Group Officer of Wattle Range, was killed in the Line of Duty when he was hit by another fire truck while preparing to fight a grass fire late yesterday afternoon.
DFO Johnston was standing behind the fire service utility truck he had responded in and was preparing to hit the fire when another truck responding to the fire crashed into him.
Mr Johnston is the second CFS volunteer Firefighter to be killed this year, after father-of-two Andrew Harrison was killed while fighting a fire at Nantawarra in October.
The incident happened in low visibility, due to smoke from the nearby fire Johnston was fighting.
He was struck by the other firefighting vehicle and he was standing next to his fire fighting ve... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER KILLED IN HORRIFIC RESPONDING CRASH-APPARATUS VS LOGGING TRUCK

Tuesday, December 9, 2014  We regret to pass on that a Firefighter from Savannah (Hardin County, Tennessee) was killed in the Line of Duty this morning while responding on a run. A truck driver was also killed. 4 year Veteran Firefighter Gus Losleben was airlifted to Memphis and later died. The head-on crash with the loaded log truck and a Hardin County Fire Department tanker happened around 1030 this morning as he was responding to a working dwelling fire.
Initial reports are that FF Losleben was headed west toward the two-story dwelling fire when the head-on with the eastbound log truck happened. The apparatus was "obliterated" as posted on our home page. Our condolences to all affected. More to follow.

   


 

FIREFIGHTER IDENTIFIED IN PHILLY - "she was decorated fiefighter who loved working in busy companies"

Tuesday, December 9, 2014  The Firefighter who gave her life in the Line of Duty is Joyce Craig Lewis, 36, who was a decorated 11-year veteran who loved working is busy companies and is the Philadelphia Fire Department's first female firefighter to be killed in the Line of Duty. She was married with a teenage son and 16-month-old daughter.

FF Lewis died during the rescue of an elderly woman. That resident was rescued from the home and is staying with neighbors. The fire was first reported at 0249 hours Tuesday in the 1600 block of Middleton Street. First arriving firefighters said there was fire visible, but soon realized the fire was in the basement.

Lewis was among the first crews on the scene. That group took a hose line into the basement to fight the fire, but blinding smoke tends to billow up a stairway in what is called a chimney effect.

As more companies arrived it was decided to use a second crew through a back door. The first group was withdrawing when something went ... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER & APPARATUS STRUCK AT CRASH SCENE-CRITICAL-OKLAHOMA

Tuesday, December 9, 2014  A Firefighter with the Limestone Fire Department in Owasso, Oklahoma was struck yesterday and is now reported to be in critical condition.The 43-year old Firefighter had been operating at a collision on a 5-lane highway (Highway 20), The conditions were a straight roadway, clear weather and little reason for them to not be seen, The Firefighter was getting back into the squad - which was being used for traffic control, when the squad was struck by a dually pickup at high speed. 
The Firefighter is in critical condition in St Johns Hospital in Tulsa. The hit was so hard that the fire vehicle has a bent frame, and may be totaled.

The driver of the civilian vehicle had no license and expired tags.
We will keep you advised. KTIYP's.


   


 

FF LODD-Trapped In Basement (The Secret List)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014   PHILADELPHIA FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTYFIRST WOMEN TO DIE IN THE LODD WITH THE PFD

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We regret to pass on that a 36-year-old Firefighter was killed in the Line of Duty in Philly early this morning. She was one of several firefighters who responded and operated in the West Oak Lane home, which was around 0315 Hours. While operating, she became trapped inside the home's basement and was rescued by other firefighters a short time later.

She was treated by the members and transported to Albert Einstein Medical Center where she was pronounced dead around 0400 hours.


The 11-year fire department veteran is from Engine 64, which is stationed in the city's Lawncrest neighborhood. She was moved to that company three years ago.

Her name is not yet released du... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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