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LAWSUIT CLAIMS TRAINING GAP IN CRASH WHERE FIREFIGHTER LOST HIS LEGS

Monday, August 11, 2014  The Ohio Firefighter who lost both legs when one tanker truck rolled into another at a house fire fought by several neighboring departments says the Jefferson Township-Bellville Fire Department failed to provide enough safety training to its volunteers.
The Fifth District Court of Appeals will be asked Thursday to decide whether a Richland County judge made a legally sound ruling when he released Jefferson Township-Bellville Fire Department fire Chief Craig Roberts and Jefferson township trustees from liability in a pending lawsuit.


Josef "Joe" Tadijanac, a Washington Township volunteer firefighter, was stationed at the rear of a Troy Township Fire Department tanker, at a mutual aid house fire at 3695 St. James Road on June 24, 2012, when a tanker belonging to Jefferson Township-Bellville Fire Department rolled forward. Tadijanac, who suffered crushing injuries, had to have both legs amputated and is now legally blind.


He brought a lawsui... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTERS INJURED IN RESPONDING TILLER LADDER CRASH

Sunday, August 10, 2014   A Vallejo (Calif) Fire Department ladder truck crashed and rolled on Sonoma Boulevard, a collision that involved at least three cars, and sent six people to hospitals with non life-threatening injuries. It happened at about 1800 last night as the vehicle was responding, with lights and siren blaring, to a kitchen fire.

Witnesses said the truck rollled two times, and crushed a GMC Yukon, which landed upside down, trapping the man driving. 

It took more than a half hour to free him from his SUV, and he was airlifted to John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek, where he was reported in serious but stable condition. Witnesses said he was talking and moving, when he was extricated from his vehicle.

The four firefighters on the truck, suffered NLT injuries. The rig, which ended up twisted on its side, the rear cab completely destroyed. The firefighters who were in the rig got out and started treat... [ more ]

   


 

FFs INJURED IN MT. VERNON

Saturday, August 9, 2014  en people from two families were displaced by a three-alarm fire at 3 Willow Place on Thursday afternoon.

The fire in the multifamily home was reported around 12:30 p.m.

The house is considered a total loss.

No residents were injured, but five firefighters — four from Mount Vernon and one from Pelham — were transported to the emergency room. Mount Vernon Fire Chief Al Everett said their injuries were not severe.

He said the fire started in the kitchen but the cause remains unknown.

"We made an aggressive interior attack, but the fire had advanced far beyond our expectations," Everett said.

Every available Mount Vernon firefighter on duty responded to the blaze, with mutual aid from surrounding departments, including Pelham, Pelham Manor and Yonkers.

Louis Antunez, 22, was sleeping in his first-floor bedroom Thursday when his dog, Lulu, a rat-terrier mix, began barking.

"I woke up and I ... [ more ]

   


 

OFF-DUTY FF FROM PHOENIX KILLED IN CLIMBING ACCIDENT

Gary Johnstone - RIP

Gary Johnstone - RIP

Saturday, August 9, 2014  Officials say an off-duty firefighter was killed in a rappelling accident Friday morning on Camelback Mountain.

The firefighter, Gary Johnstone, was one of three men who had fallen about 30 feet while rappelling near the Echo Canyon trail.

Earlier, a Phoenix Fire spokesman said two men were taken to a hospital with critical injuries. A third man had minor injuries.


Firefighters climbed about 200 yards above the Echo Canyon trailhead in response to the call of three injured people around 7 a.m., according to Phoenix Fire Capt. Benjamin Santillan.

Aerial footage showed the injured men wearing harnesses and ropes used for rock climbing.

Firefighters had moved all three men down the mountain by 8 a.m.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2014/08/08/camelback-mountain-rescue-abrk/13770781/


   


 

FIRE APPARATUS CRASH vs MOTORCYCLE - ONE CRITICAL

Saturday, August 9, 2014  A West Haven man is in critical but stable condition after his motorcycle and a city Fire Department truck collided at the intersection of Woolsey and James streets Thursday evening.

The motorcyclist was identified as Casper Amodio Jr., 53, of Brown Street, said police spokesman Officer David Hartman.

Engine 10 out of the Lombard Street station was responding to a medical call on Woolsey Street when it and the motorcycle collided at about 5:35 p.m., said Fire Chief Allyn Wright.

Police are in the process of reconstructing the accident, Hartman said. That will include the determination of the motorcycle's speed.

"Interviews with the firefighters indicated they didn't even see the motorcycle coming," Hartman said.

There was a long skid mark on the asphalt that lined up with the motorcycle's path of travel.

"We have nothing to indicate at all that the operator of the fire truck did anything wrong," Hartman sa... [ more ]

   


 

3 FFs HURT AT WILDFIRE

Saturday, August 9, 2014  Three firefighters have been injured and six structures have burned in a 46,000-acre blaze near Lewiston.

Fire spokeswoman Jill Cobb says one firefighter received a 3-inch gash on his right leg from a chain saw and required stiches. Another firefighter suffered heat related problems and a third sustained a scratched cornea.

The fire grew to 76 square miles Friday, but Cobb says an 8-mile fire line built on the north side of the Big Cougar Fire appears to be holding.

Cobb says at least 200 homes are near the fire and residents have been told to evacuate or be ready to evacuate.

About 450 firefighters plus aircraft are battling the blaze bordered by the Snake and Salmon rivers. Firefighters reached 15 percent containment Friday.

On Thursday, crews put the communities around Waha and Redbird on a Stage 2 Evacuation notice. It means homeowners need to be ready to leave at any moment as 250 firefighters work to stop the ... [ more ]

   


 

8 FIREFIGHTERS BURNED HAVE BEEN RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL

Saturday, August 9, 2014  The 8 Firefighters who suffered burn injuries while battling The Lodge Fire in northern California were released from a hospital today.
The firefighters were battling a fire that was triggered by lightening in Mendocino County and has caused the evacuation of 58 homes, said Lynne Tolmachoff, spokeswoman California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The fire, which is still burning, is in a heavily timbered, rugged area 160 miles north of San Francisco, according to a state’s Cal Fire website.
The firefighters – three of whom are from Santa Clara County and five are inmates from an area minimum security prison – suffered 1st and 2nd degree burns on various parts of their bodies and were airlifted to a hospital at the University of California, Davis, on Friday, Tolmachoff said.

Nearly 2,000 people are working to contain the blaze, which has scorched more than 7,100 acres and is 30 percent contained, according to the Cal Fire website. The fire ... [ more ]

   


 

8 FIREFIGHTERS BURNED SERIOUSLY

Saturday, August 9, 2014   Last evening, eight (8) Firefighters, three (3) Santa Clara County Firefighters and five (5) CAL FIRE/CDCR inmate Firefighters, received burn injuries while fighting the Lodge fire in Mendocino County. All were medivaced and transported to the regional burn center at UC Davis. Initial reports indicate their burn injuries are serious, but are not life threatening.
We'll keep you advised-KTIYP's

   


 

CANADIAN FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-COLLAPSES WHILE OPERATING ON FIRE CALL-ANOTHER "FAMILY" LODD

Friday, August 8, 2014   It's with regret that we pass on that a volunteer Firefighter died in the Line of Duty from a cardiac arrest while operating at a vehicle fire yesterday.Lac Ste. Anne County-Sangudo (Alberta, Canada) Firefighter Donald Bamber, 58, was among the firefighters responding to the vehicle fire on Highway 43 and Range Road 72 at about 9:30 on Aug. 6.

Bamber was transferring water between tanker trucks when “he suffered a medical emergency which resulted in fatal cardiac arrest.” Emergency crews did CPR at the scene, and EMS did their best, but Bamber could not be revived and was pronounced dead in the hospital.

Bamber has been a member of the Lac Ste. Anne County Fire Services District 4 (Sangudo) since May 2013, 

As we saw in other LODD's this week (Indiana and Kentucky) - in this case his son and son-in-law are also members of the same fire department.

Our condolences to all affected. RIP.

   


 

KY LODD UPDATE: LODD FIREFIGHTER IS THE SON OF THE INJURED FIREFIGHTER

Wednesday, August 6, 2014  As an update to this mornings Firefighter Line of Duty crash death in Kentucky, the Firefighter killed was the 26 year old son of the other Firefighter who was injured----his Mom. His 43 year old Mom is expected to recover from her injuries. Reports are that they were blocking the scene and a commercial vehicle somehow ended up striking the members.

As in so many fire departments, many are related family members serving their communities.

In this case, the Glendale Chief is the Uncle to the Fallen Firefighter and the Chiefs Sister is the injured member.
Other members of the family are members of the Glendale VFD-and we also on scene and witnessed this horrific incident.
We'll keep you posted. KTIYP's.

   


 

FIREFIGHTER STRUCK , KILLED, 2nd FF CRITICAL IN KENTUCKY

Wednesday, August 6, 2014   We regret to advise you that a Firefighter from Glendale (KY) was killed in the Line of Duty this mornings. The crash involved a tractor-trailer and a Glendale VFD fire apparatus on Interstate 65 in central Kentucky. The crash happened around 0400 in Hardin County near mile 91. Another Firefighter was critically injured. Initial reports indicate they were operating at a car fire when the incident occurred.Much more details to follow. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.

   


 

FIREFIGHTER KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY-FIRE & COLLAPSE-INDIANA

Wednesday, August 6, 2014  We regret to advise you of the Line of Duty Death of New Carlisle (LaPorte County) Assistant Fire Chief Jamie Middlebrook.Late last night, area fire companies (not far from South Bend, IN on US 20) responded to a commercial building fire. At some point, as Chief Middlebrook and another Firefighter were setting up a portable ground monitor within a section of the structure, and while inside, there as a catastrophic collapse of the building..
One Firefighter was rescued from the fire and taken to a local hospital (treated and released with a leg fracture) however Chief Middlebrook could not be saved. The fire occurred at K-Fex, a septic pumping business. There are reports that there had been explosions at the fire prior to the collapse.
Chief Middlebrook was a career EMT for New Carlisle EMS. He leaves behind his wife, Julie and his Father Robert-who is a 40 years member and past Chief of the department.
Our condolences to the family of Chief Middlebrook as wel... [ more ]

   


 

KY FIREHOUSE A TOTAL LOSS AFTER FIRE

Tuesday, August 5, 2014  A devastating fire leveled a volunteer fire house on the border of Shelby and Spencer counties in Mount Eden.

The fire began around 5 a.m. at the Mount Eden Volunteer Fire Department at 260 Van Buren Road near Taylorsville Lake.

Breaking news report from WLKY NewsChopper Pilot Bill DeReamer

Millions of dollars in equipment was lost as the building was declared a total lost after the blaze.

Residents and firefighters are trying figure out how to pick up and move forward.

Mt. Eden resident Betty Kerns called 911 when she saw the flames and contacted her firefighter son-in-law who lives next door.

"It gradually started spreading across the roof," Kerns said.

Lt. John Butler said it's something he still can’t believe.

"To hear the tones go off and they're dispat... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER LINE OF DUTY DEATH FOLLOWUP-COMPANY CITED IN PHONE TOWER COLLAPSE

Tuesday, August 5, 2014  Following the collapse of a Clarksburg communication tower in February 2014 that seriously injured two and claimed the lives of two employees and a volunteer firefighter, S and S Communication Specialists Inc. has been cited for two serious workplace safety violations. The citations issued to the Hulbert, Oklahoma-based company follow an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.S and S Communication Specialists was contracted to perform structural modifications to an existing cellular communication tower. The modifications included replacing diagonal bracing and installing leg stiffeners and new guy wires on the structure. The tower collapsed while the employees were removing diagonal bracing.

"These deaths are a painful reminder of the dangers associated with communication towers, and are at the root of more ]

   


 

DRUNK DRIVER STRIKES FIREHOUSE ON LONG ISLAND-DRIVER FOUND WITH A PYTHON AROUND HER NECK. YEAH, REALLY.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014  A woman who crashed her car through the front garage door of a firehouse, slamming into two fire trucks parked inside, was arrested and charged with drunken driving and drug possession Monday evening, police said, after surprised firefighters removed a stolen python from around the woman's neck.
Sarah Espinosa, 22, of 38 S. Main Ave., Albany, was arrested after crashing into the New Hyde Park Fire Department Headquarters on Jericho Turnpike just after 1900.
She was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving, driving while intoxicated, unlawful possession of marijuana and petit larceny.
Espinosa was taken to a hospital where she was treated and released and then arrested. No firefighters were injured in the accident.
Police said Espinosa was driving her 2010 Toyota Prius westbound on Jericho Turnpike, when she crossed the median, crashed into a Nissan Maxima -- then smashed through the front door of the firehouse, striking the two fire t... [ more ]

     



 
 
 

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