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2 CHICAGO FFs HOSPITALIZED AFTER MAYDAYS

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Monday, October 13, 2014  A tricky fire burning in Bridgeport trapped several Chicago firefighters and two of them ended up in the hospital Sunday afternoon.

CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole reports those firefighters are being observed after being trapped in two separate areas while barreling this blaze. Though fortunately there are no significant injuries to report crews say this was a nasty blaze to battle.

Crews described the fire as stubborn and unpredictable. The Bridgeport house fire started in a three flat and spread to two neighboring homes. Members of the Soto family arrived on scene to see their home engulfed in smoke and flames.

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CA Man Becomes Combative With Firefighters After Vehicle Crash

Saturday, October 11, 2014  At roughly 7:09 pm Friday, a man who crashed into a tree on E. 18th near Phillips Lane became combative with members of Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.

Antioch Police were called where they took the subject into custody and placed him in an American Medical Response Unit where he will be taken for a blood test. It appears no firefighters were injured in the exchange.

According to witnesses, the man was driving along E. 18th without headlights swerving in and out of lanes while even hopping the curb.

The vehicle was out of Oakley according to radio traffic. No further details were provided on scene.


   


 

CLOSE CALL IN HOUSTON LEADS TO MELTED HELMET

Friday, October 10, 2014  Houston firefighters battled a house fire on Garden St. near Fir Street in southeast Houston on Friday. No one was hurt, but there was a close call for one firefighter who briefly became trapped inside the front door.  Other fire fighters quickly pulled him to safety and no one was not injured. The firefighters was badly burned and  his helmet melted from the intense heat.

No one was home at the time the fire started. The homeowner, Alejandra Oliva, and her husband were both at work. Their two kids were in school. 

“My husband called me and said: ‘The house is on fire,’” she said to Local 2. 

The home is complete loss. Neighbors saw the flames just before noon and called 911. 

Investigators said something about this fire seemed unusual. They discovered a broken window in the back of the house and some blood on the ground nearby, like maybe someone had been trying to break in. 

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IL PUMP OPERATOR SUFFERS CARDIAC ARREST AT HOUSE FIRE

Friday, October 10, 2014  A firefighter from Unit #7 Fire Protection District Station 2, Benld, remains hospitalized at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, according to a press release issued by Chief Larry Norville. No one else was reported injured in the blaze, which was first reported on Sunday, October 5, at 11:08 p.m. in the 200 block of West Walnut in Benld.

The residence sustained heavy fire and smoke damage. Fire crews from Benld arrived on scene first and immediately dispatched Gillespie for additional equipment and manpower.

I am very proud of the way our guys responded


A pump operator from Benld’s department was found slumped at the controls at 11:23 p.m. The firefighter was unconscious, not breathing and had no pulse, the press release explained. An ambulance was dispatched and fellow firefighters initiated CPR. The patient was then defibrillated twice using an AED from one of the trucks on scene and following the second defibrillation, th... [ more ]

   


 

New Group Calling For New Investigation Into Dallas Firefighter’s Death

Thursday, October 9, 2014   The Dallas Fire Fighters’ Association is calling for a new investigation, because they believe at least one, or maybe several, Dallas firefighters may not be telling the truth about what happened on the morning Stan Wilson died.The veteran firefighter died when he and three others entered an apartment complex that collapsed in May 2013.

Dallas Fire Fighters’ Association President Doug Dickerson said members believe someone may have lied about who gave the order to send the crew into the building. He spoke to the CBS  I-Team following a two-hour special meeting where more than 100 firefighters gathered to discuss the report recently released ab... [ more ]

   


 

UPDATE: HARTFORD FF KEVIN BELL LODD

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Thursday, October 9, 2014  The Hartford firefighter who died in Tuesday night’s fire has been identified as Kevin Bell. The flag at the Blue Hills Fire Department in Hartford is flying at half staff to honor him, while down the block crews and the State Fire Marshall are investigating what caused the fire that killed the 48-year-old.

Mayor Pedro Segarra said Bell’s firefighter brothers who were injured included Jason Martinez, who was critically injured with burns over 10 percent of his body, and Colin McWeeny and Kevin Burke, who were treated for minor injures and released.

Martinez, 29, was taken to Bridgeport Hospital’s burn unit where he is in critical but stable condition. McWeeny, 34, and Burke, 51 were treated and released after receiving minor injuries. Martinez works on Tactical unit 1. McWeeny works on Engine 14, Burke on Engine Number 5.

Segarra said in a press conference that Bell, “is a hero.” Segarra said he spent ... [ more ]

   


 

CSB Recommends Safety Improvements to U.S. Department of Transportation Emergency Response Guidebook Widely Used by Firefighters

Thursday, October 9, 2014  The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is recommending critical safety improvements to the widely-used Emergency Response Guidebook published by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for emergency responders to use when confronting chemical fires, explosions and releases of hazardous materials. 

 
The CSB noted that while the manual is provided for responders to use in transportation incidents, CSB investigators have found over the years that the guidebook is often used by emergency responders – firefighters, medical technicians and police officers -- dealing with chemical accidents at fixed facilities.  However, the CSB found some of the directions given in the manual are vague.  The CSB document specifically cited guidebook changes needed for handling ammonium nitrate fires such as the one that led to a massive explosion at a fertilizer storage facility in W... [ more ]

   


 

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Thursday, October 9, 2014  All,

The Hartford, CT FF who died in the line of duty at a house fire earlier this week has been identified as 48y/o Kevin Lamont Bell was on the front lines Tuesday night and was among the first to enter the burning building, fire officials said. He's also the first Hartford firefighter to die fighting a fire in 40 years, according to state records.


“The Hartford Fire Department family has lost one of its own. Firefighter Kevin Bell represents and embodies the best in all of us,”  Hartford Fire Chief Carlos Huertas said during a news conference Wednesday afternoon. “He made the ultimate sacrifice without hesitation or reservation."

According to the Hartford Firefighters Association, Bell was criti... [ more ]

   


 

Mayday Called, Philadelphia Firefighter Injured in Fall

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014  Reports indicate a Philadelphia firefighter was injured after a near-miss on the fireground today.

Around 3 p.m. Eastern, several news sources Tweeted about a Mayday call in Philadelphia and a firefighter being removed after falling from the second floor to the first.

The local CBS affiliate reported that a firefighter was injured and transported during a building fire in the Tacony section of the city. It was not clear how badly the firefighter was injured.

   


 

UPDATE: FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-HARTFORD, CT-OTHERS INJURED

Wednesday, October 8, 2014  Hartford firefighter Kevin Bell was killed and three others were injured fighting a house fire on Blue Hills Avenue Tuesday night.

Bell, 48 and a member of the department for six years, came to firefighting relatively late in life, inspired by a relative, according to his father Manuel Gomes.

"He saw how [retired Hartford chief] Charlie [Teale] came up through the ranks and made chief," Gomes said Wednesday. "I would always see him talking to Charlie."

Gomes said Teale, who is his cousin, showed Bell how to apply for the academy, but left the rest to him.


"He mentored him but everything Kevin did he did for himself," Gomes said. "I was very proud of him"

Gomes said Bell was married to Wayatte Statham-Bell and had a daughter, Racquel.

One of the injured firefighters was burned over 10 percent of his body and was flown to the burn center at Bridgeport Hospital, but he is expected to survive, Mayor Pedro... [ more ]

     

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BROWNED OUT LADDER UNABLE TO RESPOND TO FATAL FIRE IN TN

Wednesday, October 8, 2014  The Memphis Fire Department has “browned out” some ladder trucks on certain days in order to cut the costs of service.

On Saturday in South Memphis, it cost an elderly woman with disabilities her life.

The family of Floree Hardy is wrestling with her sudden death.

"She was a nice lady, she had lots of friends," said 10-year-old Jeremy Hardy.

What's left of the 65 year-old stroke victim's motorized wheelchair sits outside the charred Raven Street house she shared with her daughter and two grandsons, including Jeremy.

They were able to save their lives early Saturday morning.

"They were just covered in smoke and stuff and," said Hardy's sister and neighbor. "I dialed 911, that's all we could do and the house was just burning up."

Hardy's family hopes smoke got to her before the flames did.

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FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-HARTFORD, CT-OTHERS INJURED

Tuesday, October 7, 2014  One Firefighter has died and three others were hurt, some critically in the Line of Duty, while operating at a dwelling fire a home in the North End of Hartford, Connecticut on tonight.
The injured Firefighters were rushed to Saint Francis Hospital for treatment, where one was pronounced dead.
The fallen Firefighter is a 48-year-old native Hartford resident who had served the fire department for six years.
A second injured firefighter was transferred to the Bridgeport Hospital Burn Unit with burns over 10 percent of his body-and he's expected to survive.
Two other firefighters remain in stable condition in Saint Francis Hospital.
The flames broke out at a two-story home at 598 Blue Hills Avenue around 1900. More to follow. RIP.

   


 

FIREFIGHTING AIRPLANE DOWN IN CALIFORNIA

Tuesday, October 7, 2014   This evening we can confirm that one of Cal-Fires S-2T air tankers has crashed near the location of the Dog Rock Fire burning near Yosemite National Park. Rescue personnel are at scene working their way through extremely difficult terrain to determine the condition of their pilot. We will continue to share information with you as its made available and confirmed. Please keep the Cal-Fire pilot in your thoughts and prayers.

     



 

FF CRITICAL IN HARTFORD/MISSING AIR TANKER IN CA

Tuesday, October 7, 2014  Media reports indicate that four firefighters were injured while trying to control a fire in Hartford Tuesday evening. Hartford PD confirm that the fire is located at 598 Blue Hills Avenue.Officials said four firefighters were injured. One firefighter is currently in critical condition and another firefighter has serious injuries and was transported to the Bridgeport Burn Unit. The injuries of the other two firefighters are not considered serious.  We will keep you advised as more becomes available on this story. 



CAL FIRE TANKER MISSING AT YOSEMITE FIRE  




This afternoon contact was lost with one of the CAL FIRE air tankers flying over a fire near Yosemite National Park. Emergency personnel are currently responding to the last known location of the aircraft. The airtanker was assigned to the Dog Rock Fire burning near Yosemite’s Arch Rock. The status of the aircraft and the pilot... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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