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FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AS FIRE APPARATUS OVERTURNS IN TEXAS

Saturday, April 18, 2015   Five firefighters from the Central Bell Fire Rescue volunteer fire department have been transported to a Bell County hospital after their fire truck rolled over on FM 439 near Belton this evening.
The condition of the firefighters was not immediately available, but all were conscious. Belton firefighters responded to the crash to assist, where two civilians were also reported injured.
Central Bell County Fire Rescue is a volunteer fire department that operates out of Nolanville not far from Waco.

   


 

FIREFIGHTER FROM BURN VICTIM

Friday, April 17, 2015   An young man who suffered third-degree burns to 70 per cent of his body in a childhood accident has faced his fears by becoming a firefighter.
Terry McCarty was just six years old when he was engulfed with flames after his brothers filled a bowl with kerosene which was set alight and accidentally knocked on to him.
The 29-year-old, from Hawthorne, Nevada, endured 58 operations as well as cruel taunts from bullies who called him Freddy Krueger because of the scars on his face, body and arms.
But he was determined to overcome the harrowing experience that had crippled his confidence for years.

He was engulfed with flames after his brothers filled a bowl with kerosene which was set alight and accidentally knocked on to him
He said: 'After the accident I lived in a constant state of fear and uncertainty.
'I struggled to find work as an adult as people always told me I was a liability, and I had started to believe it.
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HEADING OUT TO FDIC? Here ya go........

Friday, April 17, 2015  The following is some stuff we'd like to pass on as you get ready to head to #FDIC. Firstly, THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME NON-PROFIT FDIC EVENTS, OPEN TO ALL. THESE ARE FUND RAISING SOCIAL EVENTS:
==="PASS IT ON" BOOK SIGNING.

Dozens of "PASS IT ON" Contributors in one spot!

PASS IT ON-If you have a copy of the book "Pass It On-What We Know, What We Want You To Know", there will be a "group book signing" with many of the books contributors at the:

FIRE ENGINEERING BOOTH ON FRIDAY FROM 1100-1200, be sure to come by.


REMEMBER that because of you-we have raised well over
$30,000.00 so far for the NFFF and the Chief Ray Downey Scholarship Program.If you don't have a copy of PASS IT ON yet, the FDIC bookstore is open throughout the week-cya there!



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TENN FF HIT IN HEAD BY GIANT CROSS

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Thursday, April 16, 2015  Investigators are working to determine the cause of an early morning fire that gutted the sanctuary of Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in West Knoxville on Sunday, hours ahead of the parish's planned Orthodox Easter services.Knoxville Fire Department Capt. D.J. Corcoran said arson has not been ruled out as the cause, but the majority of the fire damage is in the sanctuary and foyer where prayer candles say lit overnight.

They don't burn often, but when they do legacy churches can hurt or kill firefighters in many ways

One firefighter was briefly taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for a nonlife threatening injury when a large crucifix fell on his head, but has since been released, Corcoran said.

The west side of the church, which contains offices and classrooms, is not damaged and church members have been going inside. The sanctuary and foyer section of the church is salvageable, Corcoran said, but currently dangerous to enter.
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Widow of Dallas Firefighter Demands Changes, Mayor Promises Review

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Thursday, April 16, 2015   Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings promised late Tuesday to review demands from the widow of a fallen firefighter.Jenny Wilson called a press conference Tuesday afternoon, insisting on an independent investigation into her husband's death and changes in fire department policy.

Stanley Wilson, 51, a husband and father, died when a burning building collapsed on him while fighting a six-alarm fire at the Hearthwood Condominiums on Abrams Road in May 2013.



   


 

2 BOSTON JAKES INJURED AT 2nd ALARM

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015   An off-duty Boston cop raced into a smoke-filled building to warn residents about a blaze next door during a two-alarm fire in the North End yesterday.Police officer Shana Cottone said she was leaving Suffolk Superior Court when she spotted the smoke.

She radioed dispatch and told them about the blaze, and then drove over. She said a woman outside the building said there were people on the second and third floors.
“By the time I got there, there now was a good size fire going,” she said. “I ran up the stairs and I started kicking doors in. I had a big adrenaline rush, obviously. I kicked in the second-floor door and there was a guy in there with a dog, and his apartment was filled with smoke. I was like, ‘Get out of here. There’s a fire.’ The dog ran right out. The dog didn’t need to be told twice.”

The third floor she found no one, but she began to be overcome by the smoke and crawled on her stomach to the apartment shouting for people... [ more ]

   


 

2 TN FFs INJURED IN APPARATUS CRASH

Wednesday, April 15, 2015   Two firefighters received minor injuries after their truck ran off the road Tuesday evening in Harriman.A spokesman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol said the wreck happened a little before 6:00 p.m. in the 2700 block of Roane State Highway. THP says the truck was heading west on the highway when it ran off the road. The driver then over corrected and turned onto its top.

Travis May, 19 and Ty Puckett, 21, were both taken to the hospital with minor injuries. They were both said to be wearing their seatbelts.
According to Roane County 911 dispatchers, the truck belongs to the Midtown Volunteer Fire Department.

   


 

IS THE NFPA LISTENING TO FIREFIGHTERS?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015  It's not hard to find any of us being seemingly annoyed that the NFPA doesn't listen to what FIREFIGHTERS have to say. Actually, they do-and do more than ever-especially since input via the internet makes it easy for NFPA committees to truly represent what FIREFIGHTERS need...not just the few at a table. Surveys like this are a great way to insure that a truly diverse range of input is provided to the NFPA committees...hopefully all fire service related NFPA committees will follow this example regularly. 
THIS WILL TAKE YOU 2 MINUTES:
The NFPA committee on Structural Fire Protective Clothing (your bunker gear) is seeking input from firefighters-this wont take more than a moment-so let them know what you think. 

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VENTURA FIRE CAPTAIN SUFFERS MULTIPLE FRACTURES AFTER FALL

Tuesday, April 14, 2015  A 34-year veteran of the Ventura City Fire Department suffered multiple fractures after falling about 10 feet into a concrete culvert while responding to a fire Sunday near Highway 33, officials said.Capt. Myles Smith remained hospitalized Monday with serious injuries. Smith sustained multiple fractures to the right side of his body including his shoulder, arm, pelvis and femur.

"He's facing a fairly long road here," said Ventura Fire Marshal Brian Clark.

Smith has been a captain with the department for 22 years, Clark said.

The fire in the Ventura River bottom was reported at 2:36 p.m. It was burning on the side of the freeway near Stanley Avenue, officials said.

Ventura city and county fire departments responded.

Clark said Smith was injured about 20 minutes after the original call reporting the incident. Smith tumbled down an embankment and fell about 10 feet to the bottom of a concrete ditch, Clark said.

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UPDATE SD FIREFIGHTER LODD: As it happened: Firefighter, homeowner killed in Brandon fire

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015  Family, friends and firefighters are in mourning following a fatal house fire that claimed the lives of a homeowner and volunteer firefighter Sunday night in Brandon.

The fire was reported at 10:08 p.m. at 109 W. Fir St.

Brandon Fire Chief Gary Lembcke identified the victims as 47-year-old David Smith, who lived in the house, and Steven Ackerman, 38, a volunteer with Valley Springs Fire & Rescue.

Valley Springs firefighters were the first to arrive at the scene, according to Brandon Police Chief Dave Kull. By 10:10 p.m., heavy smoke was coming from the garage.

Smith was taken from the house about 10:35 p.m. and transported to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, where he was declared dead.

Two other people were reportedly in the home at the time the fire started. Kull said Smith's daughter heard the smoke alarms and went to get help from a neighbor, who called 911.

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FUNERAL DETAILS FOR CHIEF GLENN GAINES, DEPUTY UNITED STATES FIRE ADMINISTRATOR

Tuesday, April 14, 2015  The viewing for Chief Gaines will be held on Thursday, April 16th from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.and again from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the McLean Bible Church (8925 Leesburg Pike; Vienna, VA).  Funeral services for Chief Gaines will be held on Friday, April 17th at 11:00 a.m., also at the McLean Bible Church. 



   


 

FF SUFFERS ELECTRICAL SHOCK AT FIRE IN FL

Monday, April 13, 2015  Fire Rescue responded to Imperial Estates Mobile Home Park this morning, after report of a structure fire at 16377 Reuben Drive.Upon arrival, firefighters discovered the single wide mobile home fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters battled the blaze but the structure was a total loss.

There are reports that one firefighter was injured, after receiving an electric shock while battling the blaze. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment, where his condition is unknown. According to Chief Kevin Carroll, the injured firefighter appeared to be in stable condition while en route to the hospital.

There were no occupants inside the residence at the time of the fire and no reports of damage to other structures.

According to neighbors, the current occupant is incarcerated but we could not confirm that information.

The State Fire Marshall is on scene investigating the cause of the fire.

   


 

FIREFIGHTERS INJURED IN APPARATUS CRASH - ATLANTA, GEORGIA

Monday, April 13, 2015  Four Atlanta Fire Rescue Firefighters were hurt in an apparatus responding crash this morning. The crash happened on Jonesboro Road at McWilliam Road in southeast Atlanta at about 0930 hours.
The truck was responding to a fire on Jonesboro Road when it struck a car and then a tree.
Witnesses said the firetruck may have been trying to avoid a stopped MARTA bus.
Four firefighters were hurt, including one who was trapped in the fire truck.
All four were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The fire truck is a total loss.

   


 

FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-DWELLING FIRE

Monday, April 13, 2015  We regret to pass on to you that a Firefighter has been killed in the Line of Duty, and a resident is also dead after a house fire in Brandon (near Sioux Falls) last night.Initial reports are that the fire was reported at 2208 hours at 109 W. Fir St.
One resident was still inside the home.At 2210 hours, police reported heavy smoke from the garage and at 2235 hours: Firefighters brought a man out of the home. He was taken to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, where he was declared dead.
At 2241 hours all Firefighters were ordered to evacuate the structure and at 2301 hours one Valley Springs Volunteer Fire Department firefighter was reported missing after not responding to a roll call. The missing Firefighter was found dead in the basement of the home at around 0130 hours. The deceased homeowner is David Smith, 37.
Our condolences to all those affected-RIP.




   


 

CHIEF GLENN GAINES RIP "SUCH A GOOD GUY"

Monday, April 13, 2015  Like everyone that heard the news yesterday, we were shocked to hear that Chief Glenn Gaines (former Fairfax County, Virginia Fire Chief) and current Deputy United States Fire Administrator passed away very suddenly. He was outside mowing his lawn when he went down. Neighbors saw him and immediately called 9-1-1, and started CPR. Loudoun County Fire Rescue responded forthwith and attempted advanced life support measures but in spite of all these efforts, Glenn had passed away. 

It was such a privilege to be friends with this true gentleman, who was an absolute firefighters firefighter. We worked as fire service neighbors but also when he became involved at the Federal level. We also spent some social time together as well. This was one good guy.


He was definitely a "bridger" between "old school" and "new school". I'm not sure that "bridger" is a word-but he was able to respect and represent the old ways-wh... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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