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UPDATE: OSCEOLA CO. FL APPARATUS STRUCK BY SEMI

Thursday, July 23, 2015     Rescue workers are calling it a “close call” in Osceola County when a semi-truck smashed into a fire truck on the side of the turnpike last Saturday (PHOTO/Staff Sandra Osborne).

By Sandra Osborne, Anchor/Reporter
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 4:55 PM

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4 FDNY FFs INJURED AT STATEN ISLAND MOTEL FIRE

Wednesday, July 22, 2015  A civilian and four firefighters suffered minor injuries in a fire that burned through the Midland Motor Inn early Wednesday morning.About 33 units and 138 firefighters and EMS responded to the blaze that was called at 1:07 a.m. for the 3-story hotel at 630 Midland Ave. The fire was brought under control at 3:05 a.m., according to a spokesman for the FDNY/EMS.

EMS treated a civilian at the scene who declined further medical attention, but four firefighters were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, the spokesman said.

An employee who declined to give his name said that the fire started in a second floor room occupied by two women. He speculated that a lit cigarette was the cause.

The employee said he grabbed a fire extinguisher and tried to put out the blaze himself, but that the flames spread too fast. He pulled a fire alarm and then ran through the building knocking on doors to make sure that everybody was evacuating.

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NJ FIRE APPARATUS CRASH

Wednesday, July 22, 2015  A Collings Lakes Fire Department engine was struck by a vehicle Tuesday afternoon along Route 54 in Buena Borough, State Police said.
The accident occurred at about 1:15 p.m., authorities said.
A pickup truck with a mechanical failure swerved and struck the fire truck, which was parked near the roadway by a fire hydrant at the old Library restaurant site, State Police said.
No injuries were reported, State Police said.
No further information was available Tuesday evening about the pickup’s driver.
Buena Police, Buena EMS and State Police responded to the scene. Both vehicles were towed, and Route 54 was closed temporarily, State Police said. 

   


 

FF INJURED AT NEW ZEALAND CAR FIRE

Wednesday, July 22, 2015  A firefighter injured in a fall while battling a blaze in the New Plymouth suburb of Merrilands on Tuesday night is recovering at home.The fire brigade was alerted to a car on fire in the driveway of a Kinross Dr house about 9.30pm.

The street was blocked off as firefighters extinguished the flames at the property which was down a right of way. Neighbours watched in their pyjamas, as fire crews worked.

Senior station officer Dave Utumapu said a second fire engine was called when the crew arrived and found the fire posed a threat to a nearby house.

"The first truck on the scene has had to work really hard to prevent it spreading into the house," he said.

A firefighter slipped on the driveway while laying out hose, injuring his knee. He was taken to Taranaki Base Hospital by St John ambulance for treatment and was then discharged.

Utumapu said safety was paramount.

"It's something we take very seriously, we pride oursel... [ more ]

   


 

FL ENGINE STRUCK ON THE INTERSTATE

Wednesday, July 22, 2015   Osceola County, FL E-57 on the FL Turnpike MM219 TT vs. Fire engine. No injuries.

     



 

32 FFs INJURED AT PEEKSKILL NY FIRE

Wednesday, July 22, 2015  Angelo Zapatanga awoke to the piercing sound of screaming on Monday night.It sounded like someone was fighting, he said Tuesday afternoon through a translator, Nestor Rivera. Zapatanga peered out his second-floor window at 141 Fremont Street and saw smoke. A lot of smoke.

Zapatanga escaped safely as flames engulfed the 20-family apartment building, displacing more than 100 people.

The blaze injured 32 firefighters, including eight treated at the hospital, mostly for heat exhaustion, authorities said.

Firefighters returned to the building Tuesday afternoon to douse hot spots.

"It was insane," Rivera said outside the building on Tuesday afternoon.

Rivera, a Peekskill resident, was there to help his brother-in-law, Juan Chuquisala, collect belongings from his second-floor apartment. Rivera said he raced to the scene Monday night.

"The flames were crazy," he said. "I'm surprised it was this bad. But I guess the fire start... [ more ]

   


 

Several Problems Identified in Houston Fire Tragedy

Wednesday, July 22, 2015  HOUSTON (Houston Chronicle) - A federal analysis of a May 2013 fire at the Southwest Inn that killed four Houston firefighters is in "alignment" with earlier local and state reports that cited communication failures and tactics used at the scene of the blaze, Houston Fire Department officials said Monday.The recently released report, from the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, is intended "to educate not just the Houston Fire Department, but the entire American fire service," HFD officials said in a statement.

The federal investigators noted several factors that contributed to the fire and subsequent loss of life. The fire smoldered for three hours before it was reported to the Houston Fire Department. The construction of the building, heavy winds, personnel accountability, communication problems and a lack of an adequate fire sprinkler system also played a part.

The Houston Professional Firefighters Association said concerns remain ab... [ more ]

   


 

PHILLY FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT ROW HOUSE FIRE

6ABC.com Video

Tuesday, July 21, 2015  A firefighter was injured in a fast-moving fire that damaged a row house in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia.The blaze broke out around 2:00 a.m. Tuesday on the 4600 block of Hurley Street.

Heavy flames were showing when firefighters arrived.

It took crews about twenty minutes to put the blaze under control.

Intense heat from the flames melted the siding on a neighboring house.

The firefighter was treated for a minor injury and is in stable condition.

Investigators are trying to determine what sparked the blaze. 

   


 

CINCINATTI FFs ON HIGH ALERT AFTER ATTACKS

Tuesday, July 21, 2015  Cincinnati Fire union officials are concerned after they say a firefighter was shot in the helmet while responding to a fire at Carplin Place and Harvey Avenue in Avondale early Sunday morning. Fire Union President Matt Alter said a firefighter was hit by a bullet while responding to a fire in Avondale early Sunday morning.
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Local 48 Union President Matt Alter said firefighters are certainly on higher alert after a number of attacks of first responders across the country.

"The firefighters understandably are pretty shaken up," said Alter.

Danger is inherently part of a firefighter's job, but Alter said the threat to his crew while they were putting out the blaze on Sunday at a vacant Avondale home was both unexpected and unacceptable.

"To target the firefighter is about as cowardly as it gets," Alter said.

He said firefighters on scene heard four to six shots.

"The firefighter that was standing next to h... [ more ]

   


 

NEW REPORT ON THE HOUSTON SW FIRE THAT KILLED 4 FIREFIGHTERS IN THE LINE OF DUTY

Tuesday, July 21, 2015  Today NIOSH released their report (below) on the May 31, 2013 SW Inn Fire that killed four Houston Fire Department members in the Line of Duty:-Captain Matthew Renaud, 35 years old.

-Engineer-Operator Robert Bebee, 41 years old.
-Firefighter Robert Garner, 29 years old.
-Firefighter Anne Sullivan, 24 years old
This fire also resulted in the career ending injuries of Captain Bill Dowling, and Firefighters Robert Yarborough and Anthony Livesay. 


On May 31, 2013, the above Firefighters were killed in the Line of Duty when the roof of that restaurant collapsed on them during fire operations. The roof collapsed 12 minutes after the first due engine had arrived on-scene and 15 minutes and 29 seconds after the initial dispatch. During the RIT operations, a secondary wall collapse occurred injuring several members of the rescue group. 


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CA FF RECOVERING FROM SEVERE BURNS AT WILDFIRE

Monday, July 20, 2015  Corona firefighter Roger Williams was extinguishing hot spots in a residential area scorched by the North Fire when the ground gave way and his leg slipped into a smoking pile of embers Saturday afternoon.
“I took a step and next thing I know I’m thigh-deep in this ash pit,” Williams said Sunday from his hospital bed. “I knew right away things weren’t going to go well.”
The Corona fire captain was wearing two layers of fire-resistant pants and immediately removed his leg, but the coals and super-heated air slipped into his pant leg and seared much of the skin between his ankle and hip.
The accident caused second-degree burns to 15 percent of his body.“It’s just one of those fluke things,” explained Capt. Jim Steiner, a long-time friend and coworker. “You can be walking all over and suddenly the ground just gives way. It could be a burned out stump or any number of things. You never know.”
An ambulance took Williams to Arrowhead Regional Medical Cent... [ more ]

   


 

BODY CAMERA OF SD FF BEING STABBED/ATTACKED

NBC San Diego

Monday, July 20, 2015  Jarring video showing a man stabbing two San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) firefighters was shown in a courtroom Friday during a preliminary hearing for the accused attacker.The short, 10-second clip – captured on a body camera worn by a security guard for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) – shows the chaotic moments when suspect Ryan Allen Jones, 34, lunged at firefighters Benjamin Vernon, 37, and his partner, Alex Wallbrett, 32, on June 24 in East Village in downtown San Diego.

Several other firefighters and security guards can be seen rushing to the aid of the wounded firefighters while a guard yells out, “Cover now! Cover now! Cover now!”
The violent encounter with Jones happened while Vernon and Wallbrett were on duty responding to a medical call at a public transit station in East Village.

When officials arrived at the transit stop, Jones allegedly tried to interfere as they worked. After officials pushed Jones away, he beca... [ more ]

   


 

Extreme Firefighter Close Call-Video

FF Down Video

Monday, July 20, 2015  This video is of an incident that happened about a year ago-but is excellent for all of our training. You'll see a relatively small dwelling with an obvious working fire in the rear. As companies were setting up, they found a stripped hydrant, the IC strikes the second right away, crews find a second source, companies go to work etc. 

The IC assigned a Captain to handle fire attack and the Captain did as ordered. As he approached the dwelling, San Bernadino Fire Captain Greg Gallagher was struck in the helmet by a powerline line but thankfully did not suffer any injury.

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2 FFs INJURED AT DE TOWN HOUSE FIRE

Monday, July 20, 2015  Two firefighters were injured late Sunday night as crews from 11 fire companies battled a town house fire in Pike Creek.The blaze, reported at 10:47 p.m., destroyed one home and damaged adjoining town houses with fire and smoke, said Robert L. Fox, chief deputy state fire marshal.

The loss of the home that burned – unoccupied at the time – was estimated at about $200,000, Fox said.

The injured firefighters were taken to Christiana Hospital, emergency dispatch officials said Monday morning. Details of their injuries, conditions and fire companies they serve were not immediately available.

The first crews to arrive from Mill Creek Fire Company found fire engulfing the mid-block home in the 4900 block of S. Raintree Court in the Pepper Ridge neighborhood off Mermaid Boulevard.

With a second alarm sounded, firefighters assisted from the Hockessin, Cranston Heights, Minquas of Newport, Christiana, Belvedere, Five Points, Wilmington Manor an... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER TRAINING CONFERENCE-BRAND NEW-EAST COAST/MID ATLANTIC AREA

Monday, July 20, 2015  There is a BRAND NEW Firefighters conference coming up next month in the Philly area that we wanted to pass on to you. It's looking pretty cool with 30+ training sessions and numerous exhibitors..

DATES: AUGUST 6, 7 and 8th, 2015
WHERE: VALLEY FORGE AREA (Right outside of Philly)
(PHL Airport: 33 miles, New York City: 110 miles, Washington DC: 149 miles)

=Internationally Known Instructors – REALISTIC-RELEVANT-CURRENT Topics.

=TRAINING SESSIONS: http://keystonefirefighterconference.com/friday-training-schedule/

=KEYNOTE by FDIC/Fire Engineering's Bobby Halton

=FIRE APPARATUS "Pride & Polish" Competition: 

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