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3 FFs INJURED - 2 CRITICAL AFTER FIRE IN INDIA

Saturday, May 9, 2015   Three firemen were injured, two of them seriously, in a fire in an underrenovation building in congested Kalbadevi in south Mumbai on Saturday evening. Two senior fire officers were still trapped in the collapsed building till late on Saturday, authorities said. 
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Sudhir Amin suffered 90 per cent burns and was first taken to Bombay Hospital and later to Airoli Burns Centre in Navi Mumbai. Chief Fire Officer Sunil Nesrikar sustained 40 per cent burns and he too has been admitted the Airoli Burns Centre. Dr Vinay Jacob, a plastic surgeon with Bombay Hospital, said Amin's respiratory tract was completely damaged. 

According to eyewitnesses Amin and Nesrikar were trapped under the debris when the burning building collapsed. Officials said Assistant Divisional Fire Officer SW Rane and Byculla station house officer MN desai were trapped in the debris 

Four residents of the building too sustained injuries and were discharged af... [ more ]

   


 

IL GROCERY STORE FIRE INJURES 4 FFs

Saturday, May 9, 2015    Three firefighters were sent to the hospital Thursday while fighting the fire that destroyed Girard's only grocery store.The flames, which drew 17 fire trucks from five departments, likely stemmed from an electrical fire that started about 4 p.m. in the older part of the County Market along Illinois 4.Three firefighters were taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield during the roughly seven-hour battle, said John Earley, the Girard emergency manager and president of the Girard Fire Protection District. One had burns from his ears to his neck, and two suffered from heat exhaustion. Two were released Thursday night, and the third was scheduled for release Friday morning. Another had a cut on his face but returned to fighting the fire after treatment on scene. Five store employees were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene, Earley said, but none of them required hospitalization.more ]

   


 

MAYDAY VIDEO FROM LANSING, MI

MayDay Video

Saturday, May 9, 2015   Lansing MI, Fire Fighter MAYDAY Rescue caught on video (several angles) 
On Friday March 20, 2015 at 5:58 am the Lansing Fire Department responded with 3 Engine companies, 2 Truck companies, 2 Battalion Chiefs, and 1 Medic unit (25 personnel total) to a residential structure fire. During the initial attack the nozzle man, after sounding the floor, crawled on to a wood living room floor and subsequently fell thru the collapsed floor into the basement. Fire was visible across the basement ceiling at times and the smoke conditions were heavy. A MAYDAY was called by the nozzle man’s company officer and Rapid Intervention was immediately deployed. A two part rescue attempt incurred. Attempts were made to rescue the firefighter thru the hole (made while falling into the basement) and via interior basement stairwell. Fortunately the fire fighter was not seriously injured (mod... [ more ]

   


 

3 NY STATE FFs INJURED AT BRUSH FIRE

WBNG Video

Saturday, May 9, 2015    A massive brush fire in Chenango County tore through almost 20 acres of forest Thursday evening.A call came in for mutual aid to Cross Road in the town of German at approximately 3 p.m.

Initial reports claimed flames as high as 15 feet were making their way through a pine forest at Red Brook State Forest.

Greene EMS, Chenango County Emergency Services Bureau of Fire and forest rangers were called in to assist. 17 fire departments from multiple counties were also on scene to help fight the blaze.

An Albany State Police helicopter was flown in to monitor the progression of the fire, and track how far it was spreading.

Officials said the fire is under control, but there are still hotspots.

According to fire officials, three firefighters were injured while fighting the flames. Two were treated for heat exhaustion and one for asthma-related injuries.

   


 

NYPD COMMISSIONER STOPS-AND THANKS FDNY FIREFIGHTERS:

YouTube Video

Friday, May 8, 2015   Here is a video worth watching-as NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton Stops, In The Procession With Fallen Police Officer Brian Moore, To Thank The FDNY Members Who Were Out, Saluting The Fallen P.O.

   


 

A FIRE MUTUAL AID P!SSING CONTEST

Friday, May 8, 2015   Here's a followup to the audio we sent out last weekend following that fire in Highland Park, MI.  As you'll recall, fire was rolling through the second floor of an occupied house when Highland Park Firefighters arrived. The call didn't go thru Detroit Fire Communications, who dispatches for HP, so the HP crew told the DFD Dispatcher they were responding.

 

Doing her job, the DFD dispatcher asked the HPFD officer "Do you want the box?" meaning do you want a full first alarm that includes automatic aid from the DFD?

 

Nope-they decided they would give it their best, without adequate staffing, equipment, command and control. Listen for yourself on the video link below. 

 

The result: because the commanding officer decided to go it alone, an NTS decision (non thinking syndrome) that risked the lives of the HP Firefighters and allowed the house to burn for more than fo... [ more ]

     

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FF FALLS THROUGH FLOOR AT FIRE IN TN

Thursday, May 7, 2015  One firefighter was taken to the hospital after being injured while battling a fire at the Kimball Cabana Apartments in the 1200 block of Haynes Street.MFD was called to the fire around 2 a.m. Wednesday. The fire damaged four apartments. Fire officials say the apartments were vacant.

The injured firefighter was taken to Methodist University Hospital.

Lt. Wayne Cooke says the firefighter injured his knee. It is believed he fell through a floor of an apartment.
Fire investigators say the fire was intentionally set in one of the apartments.

   


 

CA FF SUFFERS FACIAL BURNS AFTER SEMI FIRE

Thursday, May 7, 2015   A captain with the Stockton Fire Department sustained minor facial burns while fighting a big rig fire that proved difficult to extinguish following a collision that snarled traffic Wednesday on Interstate-5 and the Crosstown Freeway, officials said.
A 2005 Freightliner and a 2000 Chevy S10 pickup collided about 10:25 a.m. while both vehicles were traveling south on I-5 just south of the Crosstown Freeway interchange about 10:25 a.m., blocking the middle two lanes, the California Highway Patrol said.
The Freightliner was driven by Kamaljat Singh, 39, of Kentfield, Wash., the Highway Patrol said. The S10 was driven by Joseph Aguilar, 19, of Manteca, officers said. Neither driver was reported injured.
Moments after the crash, the Freightliner and the S10 burst into flames, sending thick black smoke billowing into the air west of downtown Stockton. Jeff Whitlock, a spokesman for the Fire Department, said it took more than two hours for firefighters to extinguish the flam... [ more ]

   


 

13 NJ FFs INJURED IN CHEMICAL FIRE

Thursday, May 7, 2015  Thirteen firefighters were taken to area hospitals for treatment Wednesday after fighting a garage fire in Hamilton that contained chlorine, fire officials said.The 2:45 p.m. fire ripped through two large garages in the 2000 block of South Broad Street, gutting the buildings and at destroying two vehicles parked inside one of the garages, firefighters and witnesses said.

One of the garages contained a container of chlorine, the kind used in backyard pools, and when it burned it caused a gas that caused several firefighters to suffer respiratory injuries, fire officials said.

At about 3:15 p.m., as an odor of a chemical hung in the air, fire officials and Hamilton police officers moved onlookers out of the immediate block, saying the fumes from the chlorine would be harmful to inhale.

And the numerous firefighters who responded were moved a block away and emergency medical officials started setting up a decontamination process for the firefighters, so... [ more ]

   


 

DCFD FIRE OFFICER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY

Wednesday, May 6, 2015  DC Fire & EMS Department Lt. Kevin McRae died in the Line of Duty this morning. 
Lt. McRae was in charge of first due Engine 6 at a two-alarm high-rise fire in the 1200 block of 7th Street, NW. After exiting the building, Lt. McRae collapsed and went into cardiac arrest. CPR was started immediately. Lt. McRae was pronounced dead at the Washington Hospital. Center. A second firefighter was treated and released from the hospital.

Lt. McRae was 44 and is survived by his wife, three children and his mother. The last line-of-duty-death for the DC Fire and EMS Department was Lt. McRae’s cousin, Technician James McRae III, who died on July 7, 2007. James McRae was tillerman at Truck 12 when he complained of shortness of breath while in quarters and died later that day.

Lt. Kevin McRae is the 100th DC firefighter to die in the line-of-duty. He joined the department as a cadet on July 31, 1989.

DaveS has much more on this tragic loss at www... [ more ]

   


 

Ohio Fire Station Destroyed By Fire

Wednesday, May 6, 2015   A fire Sunday night destroyed the Florence Township Fire Department.Reports came in around 6:30 p.m. about a fire at 201 S. Michigan Street in Edon.

All of the department’s fire equipment was destroyed and Edon Police Chief Tom Szymczak said the building had major damage. No firefighters or personnel were in the volunteer fire house when the fire started.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

The department is meeting on Monday to figure out what they are going to do until the department is rebuilt. In the meantime, other departments in the area will take over responding to incidents in Florence Township.

A GoFundMe account has already been set up in the department’s name to help cover the costs of replacing equipment.

The fire department covers the Village of Edon, Blakeslee, Florence Township, and the Ohio Turnpike.

   


 

TAKE TIME TO LISTEN TO THIS WORKING FIRE RADIO TRAFFIC

Tuesday, May 5, 2015  Take a moment and listen to this fire ground audio from a fire a few days ago in Highland Park, MI. According to the person who sent it to us, Highland Park is completely surrounded by Detroit and as of the first of this year, is dispatched by Detroit FD and is part of an automatic mutual aid system whereby Detroit sends a Chief, an Engine or Two and a Rescue Squad on box alarms (structure fires) in Highland Park. The submitter of this heard this live and could not believe what was happening. The Firefighters of Highland Park have some significant challenges.......

Apparently, Highland Park received the call directly and responded with a reported 7 Firefighters on scene without the automatic aid-after the DFD dispatcher asked if they wanted the full assignment. 

   


 

FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-HOUSE FIRE-POUGHKEEPSIE, NY

Tuesday, May 5, 2015  We regret to pass on to you that a Poughkeepsie Firefighter has died in the Line of Duty from cardiac-related issues he experienced while fighting that fatal house fire yesterday.
Firefighter Timothy Gunther, 54, was a 21-year veteran of the fire department. One occupant of the building, a man, was found deceased upstairs in a closet. The victim apparently died of smoke inhalation.





HERE are more details:
VIDEO:

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/central-dutchess/2015/05/04/structure-fire-church-street-pok/26868613/

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2015/05/05/city-announce-condition-hospitalized-firefighters/26925613/





   


 

FIREFIGHTER EXTREMELY CRITICAL FOLLOWING HOUSE FIRE WITH OCCUPANTS

Tuesday, May 5, 2015   One man died, five people are homeless and three firefighters were injured, 1 in very critical condition, after a fast-moving fire engulfed a home on Church Street in the City of Poughkeepsie, NY-north of NYC yesterday. 
The victim apparently died of smoke inhalation. Three firefighters were injured in the attempt to rescue the victim, Chief Mark Johnson said. One was seriously hurt and was admitted yesterday to Vassar Brothers Medical Center, City of Poughkeepsie.
The other two firefighters suffered an injured shoulder and an injured back and were taken to hospitals for examination or treatment.
City firefighters responded to an alarm at 10:58 a.m., called in by several neighbors, and found heavy fire, Johnson said.

PFD Firefighters found one occupant, a man, deceased upstairs in a closet.
The Fire Chief speculated that the smoke and heat from the first-floor fire rose to the upstairs and may have impaired the man's ability to get around.
... [ more ]

   


 

THE FIRE: "If I Coulda Gotten In-I Woulda Gotten In!"

Tuesday, May 5, 2015   There are lots of discussions these days about firefighting...some of it good, some of it head scratching. But that's OK, lets keep talking-and learning from facts, experiences and each other. 

But while we are talking, we need to not lose focus of the fact that there are "those fires" where we must decide immediately what to do. And unless you really are not "into the job" (career, volunteer-whatever, as JohnS says) - you have, in the back of your mind, the understanding that the "next" fire may be THE FIRE. It's why we plan, train and train. And train. 


When we get to THE FIRE, we must rapidly size up, looking at the conditions, the needs and our immediately available resources. 


There was a horrible dwelling fire in Baldwinsville, New York last Sunday that I wanna pass on to you. It was THE FIRE to the members of this FD.


2-year-old Nora Lamirande was napping inside her upstairs bedroom Sunday while h... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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