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UPDATE: 3 FIREFIGHTERS KILLED AFTER VEHICLE CRASH-OVERTAKEN BY WILDFIRE, OTHERS INJURED

Thursday, August 20, 2015   Updates this morning indicate that the three Firefighters who died in the Line of Duty yesterday fighting that wildfire near Twisp were engaged in initial attack operations and involved in a vehicle crash on Woods Canyon Road, when it is believed the fire overtook the vehicle, Other reports are that they were able to get out of the vehicle and deployed shelters but subsequently lost their lives.

They were part of the initial fire response to that wildfire that started shortly after noon up Woods Canyon Road, which is off Twisp River Road. That area is about 5 miles west of Twisp. 

Initial reports are that the wind suddenly shifted and the U.S. Forest Service Firefighters who were killed, became trapped as the Twisp River Fire turned back on them.

The... [ more ]

   


 

CHICAGO FF INJURED AT WEST SIDE FIRE

Thursday, August 20, 2015  Two people, including a Chicago firefighter, were injured in a fire Thursday morning in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side.Crews were called about 2:05 a.m. for reports of a fire at a building in the 600 block of North Springfield, Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief George Gurrola told a reporter at the scene.

Crews arrived to find flames on a stairway on the north side of the building and in an interior stairwell, Gurrola said.

The fire had been put out by 3:36 a.m., according to Fire Media Affairs. One of the building’s occupants, a woman, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital with a “minor injury,” according to fire officials.

Firefighters found her outside the building, Gurrola said.

A firefighter with a possible knee injury was also taken to Mount Sina, where his condition was stabilized, according to Gurrola.

Ten residents were displaced as a result of the fire, Gurrola said. No smoke detectors were fou... [ more ]

   


 

3 FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY .....OTHERS BURNED IN WASHINGTON STATE

Thursday, August 20, 2015   Officials in Okanogan County, Washington State are confirming that three Firefighters had died in the Line of Duty in the area of Twisp, WA-about 200 miles east of Seattle. Other Firefighters are reported to be burned as well, a few hours ago.

Okanogan Co. Sheriff Frank Rogers initially reported that several Firefighters were burned and transported from the scene and thought they had only suffered "non-life threatening injuries." But things turned out to be much, much worse. Things are exploding in Washington State right now. There are various reports of entire towns evacuations due to wildfires with limited resources.


“I was just told that three firefighters died while battling the Twisp fire and four were injured," said Gov. Jay Inslee in a press release. “My heart breaks over the loss of life."

The fire had burned 50 acres about 8 miles west of the town and was threatening 20 nearby buildings. Evacuations were ordered for the towns of Tw... [ more ]

   


 

2 INJURED IN ALABAMA FIRE APPARATUS CRASH

Wednesday, August 19, 2015  Two people were sent to the hospital after multiple vehicles, included a Birmingham fire truck, wrecked in Pratt City.It happened around 2 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of U.S. 78/Forestdale Blvd. and Tribly St.

As the fire truck was turning, another car made a turn at the intersection and struck the truck.

Moments after that, another car came through the intersection and hydroplaned, hitting another vehicle.

No one was hurt on the fire truck, but two people from the other vehicles were taken to a hospital for treatment. 

   


 

4 DIFFERENT VIEWS OF MIAMI APPARATUS CRASH

Youtube Video

Wednesday, August 19, 2015  Video has been release that shows four angles of the ambulance vs. fire apparatus crash that occurred in Miami, Florida last week. The three new angles reveal how the pumper that was responding rolled over and struck another vehicle, and also how the force of the impact caused the entire fire truck body to shift prior to rolling. 

   


 

6 FFs INJURED AT 2 FIRES IN PATTERSON

ABC7NY Video

Wednesday, August 19, 2015  Six firefighters were injured in two different but nearby house fires in Passaic County, New Jersey, that left dozens of people displaced. The first fire broke out at about 1 p.m. Wednesday on Godwin Avenue in Paterson. The fire started in one house and spread to four others. Firefighters said the homes are wood-framed structures and there's not much distance between the homes, so the fire was able to spread easily and quickly. At the same time firefighters were battling the first fire, a second fire broke out at three abandoned homes on Rosa Parks Avenue down the street. 

   


 

FF SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES IN BRAZIL

Wednesday, August 19, 2015  A FF was shot multiple times while responding to a medical emergency in a school in the city of Paranaíba, mid-west of Brazil. A man in a motorbike shot FF Fabrício de Lima Teixeira, 26 years old, in the face, arms and torso, before evading from the scene. The FF went through a surgery and is at the hospital in stable condition. The shooter was already identified and is being chased by police. The motivation of the crime is still unclear.

   


 

NJ FF BURNED AT HOUSE FIRE

Wednesday, August 19, 2015  A firefighter was injured battling a car fire that spread to a home Monday afternoon, police said.At about 2:30 p.m. Monday, police and firefighters responded to a Jacksonville Road home for multiple reports of a car fire, Capt. Christopher DePuyt said.

Upon arrival, the car, a Saturn Outlook parked in a driveway, was fully engulfed in flames and the fire had spread to the side of the nearby house, DePuyt said.

Police evacuated the home and the fire department extinguished the fire, DePuyt said.

One fireman from Pequannock Fire Co. 2 suffered burns to his neck and was taken to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston for treatment, DePuyt said.

The homeowner said she had arrived home after driving the Saturn and noticed a strange smell in the car. She then parked the car and entered the house, DePuyt said.

A short time later, a neighbor alerted the homeowner to the fire, DePuyt said.

The fire does not appear suspicio... [ more ]

   


 

VIDEO: FIREFIGHTERS SAFE AFTER EXPLOSION AT MARYLAND FIRE SCENE

Wednesday, August 19, 2015  Check out this video of Firefighters setting up a ladder pipe as an explosion of a diesel storage tank (BLEVE) occurred in Charles County, Maryland yesterday. It was at a barn fire in Dentsville and the video is by Deputy Chief Jeff Duer, Waldorf VFD. It shows the fire and the explosion at the 9000 block of Glock Place. 60 Firefighters from Charles and St. Mary’s counties along with members of the Amish community helped put out the fire. Firefighters in PPE were not injured. This is one of several fires that have occurred in that area recently. 

     

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INDIANAPOLIS FIRE DEPARTMENT TAKING STEPS TO REDUCE FIREFIGHTER CANCERS

Tuesday, August 18, 2015  Chief Ernest Malone is pleased to announce the official and full implementation - throughout IFD - of 11 recommendations as published by the non-profit Firefighter Cancer Support Network @FCSNnational - Cancer White Paper – “Taking Action Against Cancer in the Fire Service."

All IFD personnel have received the training and equipment recommended by the study as part of our ongoing effort to reduce the risk of firefighters exposure to deadly carcinogens. Providing IFD firefighters with the latest protective clothing and equipment and participating in initiatives such as the "Tobacco Free: IFD" (since 2001), ” Annual Physical and Wellness Evaluations through Public Safety Medical, full participation in the ‪#‎IAFFTen Cities Wellness Fitness Initiative (since 1997) and the Harvard Heart Study (2014) is evidence of the departments’ dedication to the health and safety of our members.

In 2014 the IFD conducted a required training class for all officer... [ more ]

     



 

FIRE CHIEF, 56, DIES AFTER HEROIC CANCER BATTLE

Tuesday, August 18, 2015  Valparaiso (IN) Fire Chief David Nondorf, 56, so sadly died yesterday after a battle with cancer."Dave Nondorf was the consummate fire chief," Mayor Jon Costas said. "He was highly respected all around the state for his dedication to the department and for his progressive leadership."

Nondorf was diagnosed in 2011 with bone cancer after stepping in a hole and feeling something pop in his knee during a fire call. He underwent three cycles of chemotherapy and the week before Thanksgiving that year he had surgery to remove the front part of his shin.

Nondorf seemed to be progressing well until a CAT scan in May of 2012 showed the cancer shifted to his left lung.

Nondorf told The Times in an interview a year later that doctors had given him 12 to 18 months to live.

Nondorf continued to work as long as possible. Costas said not only did Nondorf make sure the Fire Department was in good hands while fighting cancer, he also establi... [ more ]

     



 

CHINA'S UNTRAINED TEENAGE "MIGRANT WORKER" FIREFIGHTERS MAKE EMERGENCIES WORSE

Tuesday, August 18, 2015   More than 1,000 "firefighters" were dispatched after a series of massive explosions killed dozens and left hundreds injured in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin on Aug. 12. Tragically, some of these firefighters, which included contract workers just 17 years old, might have made the situation worse.


The culprit of the blasts is Ruihai International Logistics, which handlesmore ]

   


 

PA FIRE POLICE OFFICER STRUCK

NBC PHILLY

Tuesday, August 18, 2015  A fire police officer was struck by a vehicle in Gilbertsville, Montgomery County late Monday morning, officials said.
The ordeal began shortly after 11 a.m. as New Hanover Fire and Rescue, Gilbertsville Fire and Rescue and fire police units from both companies responded to the 1800 block of Swamp Pike for an elevator rescue.As the firefighters were clearing the call, Gilbertsville Fire Police Office James Scott, 65, was directing traffic on Swamp Pike when he was suddenly struck by a woman driving westbound.
Scott was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital where he is in stable but serious condition. Officials continue to investigate the accident.





   


 

TN FIRE CLOSE CALL - ROOF COLLAPSE

Tuesday, August 18, 2015   Two Knoxville firefighters escaped unharmed when a section of roof collapsed on them while battling an apartment fire just east of downtown Monday night.All of the tenants inside the 12-unit, three-story building at Green Hills Apartments, 1837 Riverside Drive, made it out safely when flames erupted from the top floor shortly after 7 p.m., Knoxville Fire Department Capt. D.J. Corcoran said.

Eleven of the units were rented, although it was not immediately known how many people were inside at the time.

Fire crews quickly converged on the building when the two firefighters radioed for help after the roof caved in.

"About 20 minutes into the fire we did have a ‘Mayday,' which is basically a call for help," Corcoran said. "We had some (firefighters) inside the building when the roof and ceiling collapsed on them.

"The Mayday was in effect for approximately 35-40 seconds until crews could get there to them and dislodge them from the debr... [ more ]

   


 

Privacy questioned as firefighters embrace helmet cameras

Tuesday, August 18, 2015   Wheaton Maryland Rescue Squad fire captains Adam St. John and Brett Russell call helmet-mounted cameras invaluable."I think it makes anybody that wears them a better firefighter," said St. John.

Video from St. John's helmet shows a house fire just days before Christmas in which Russell calls for help after falling through a floor.

"I looked down and I saw this glow of orange of the fire below me and my initial thought was, one, I'm in big trouble and two, I was convinced I was going to the burn center," said Russell.
With the house full of smoke, the video shows how hard it was to spot him, but the Christmas lights on Russell's decorated helmet pierced the darkness.

The video of Russell's rescue is now a teaching tool.

"Every time I watch it I can think about the timeline -- what I could have done differently to be able to help him find me faster than he did," said Russell.

The cameras are becoming increasingly popular ... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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