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FIREFIGHTERS: A SINCERE THANK YOU

Friday, November 14, 2014  Our sincere thanks to each of you who have purchased the book "PASS IT ON-What We Know, What We Want You To Know" Thanks to you, last month I sent checks to the Chief Ray Downey Scholarship Fund and the Nat'l Fallen Firefighters Foundation for $20,000.00---the book has only been out since April-but you folks "out there" have made it a best seller, made it possible to raise some serious bucks for these two important charities and have made a difference. And have, by reading the book, learned from and about some of the absolute best people in our business. Thanks so much also to each of the 99 fire service and related contributors for making this possible! WITH THE HOLIDAYS COMING, PLEASE CONSIDER "PASS IT ON-What We Know, What We Want You To Know" as a gift for your friends, family, brother/sister firefighters.

Chiefs-have a few training or related bucks left at the end of the fiscal year? Consider PASS IT ON for your Fire Officers and Firefighters.

We've a... [ more ]

   


 

DISPATCHER PUT BALT. SAFETY OFFICER BACK IN QUARTERS - DELAYING FINDING HIM MISSING AT SCENE

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Friday, November 14, 2014  New information on the death of a Baltimore City firefighter found dead in a vacant home hours after being dispatched to a scene.

Rochelle Ritchie looks into the action of a dispatcher that may have kept the safety officer from being found sooner.

The death of Baltimore City fire safety officer Lt. James Bethea remains a mystery after he was found dead in the basement of a vacant home just hours after responding to a fire next door.

WJZ has learned the actions taken by a dispatcher may have resulted in the 40-year veteran not being found sooner.

According to fire officials, Lt. Bethea was still showing on scene at dispatch headquarters. That’s when a dispatcher decided to place him back in station, indicating he had returned. That is typically done by the firefighters and safety officers themselves.

“That is not something that is normal. And that is something we are inve... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER STAFFING - ANOTHER BATTLE

Friday, November 14, 2014  A bill being debated in the Illinois Legislature over firefighters has many Illinois Mayors up-in-arms. Some say the bill would create an added burden on taxpayers, while firefighters claim it wouldn't.  When it comes to fighting fires, firefighters say having enough people on hand is critically important. But, how many are really needed, and who gets the final word in that debate? It's a question that has city leaders and firefighters unions often at odds--and at the heart of a new bill being debated on the State Senate floor. Right now, the law allows firefighters unions to discuss wages, hours, and work conditions.  The new bill adds staffing numbers or "manning" to the table as well.

"A law to step forward and say you're going to do this whether you can afford it or not--that's something we can't stand for," states Mayor Greg Brotherton of Taylorville, Illinois.

The Mayor of Taylorville's point has been echoed by other Mayors, and it doesn't sit w... [ more ]

   


 

Probe Shows Hose Failures Not Uncommon

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Friday, November 14, 2014  Attack hoses hauled into buildings are failing, and killing firefighters.

Boston Firefighter Michael Kennedy carried a hose into a burning building earlier this year, but it failed after it was burned through. 

Kennedy and fellow firefighter Lt. Ed Walsh died in the basement after frantically calling for water, a WCVB investigative report showed.

"Engine 33, mayday. Charge Engine 33’s line now. It’s getting hot down here."

The voices of Engine 33’s Walsh and Ladder 15’s Kennedy were silenced forever, the reporter wrote.

Kennedy's mother, Kathy Crosby-Bell said the fact that they were calling for water is infuriating, sad and tragic.

"When I look at the firefighters and realize this can happen to any one of them, we need to do so... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTERS BURNED IN ARIZONA

Friday, November 14, 2014  The Phoenix Fire Department says two of its firefighters were burned while responding to a fire at an abandoned house Wednesday night.

It happened in the area of 47th Avenue and Bethany Home Road in Glendale, near the Phoenix border.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they began searching the home to see if anyone was inside.

The Glendale Fire Department said the two Phoenix firefighters might have been burned in a flashover or by steam after putting water on the flames. The fire is still under investigation.

"Some conditions changed and they got burned pretty significantly tonight," said Phoenix Fire Capt. Mike Billingsley. "It got hot really fast."

They were transported to the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center.

According to the Phoenix Fire Department, one firefighter has first- and second-degree burns on 15 percent of his body, including his legs, torso, arms and hands. The other fi... [ more ]

     

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ANOTHER FIRE DEPT. OPS FOR BULLET PROOF VESTS

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Friday, November 14, 2014  They’ve been prepared to work in commercial fire, house fire and car fire. Within the next few weeks, firefighting crews in Fairfield, Calif., can add a new category to that list — gunfire.

In what Fairfield Fire Department officials say is a response to recent events across the country, firefighters in the Northern California city will soon begin wearing bulletproof vests on certain types of calls in which first responders are at risk of being harmed through physical violence, such as active shooter situations.
We're not going to have to use them very often. For sure during any stabbing, shooting or call asking us to stage. Where anyone's indicated they want to hurt themselves. - Matt Luckenbach, battalion chief

After the Los Angeles riots in 1992, several cities including Monrovia, Downey and Santa Ana purchased vests for their firefighters. L.A. city firefighters also have access to bulletproof vests.

Fairfield crews are expected to begin w... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTERS & SLEEP DISORDERS-A CONCERNING "PARTNERSHIP"

Thursday, November 13, 2014  Sleep disorders are independent risk factors for heart attacks and motor vehicle crashes, which are the two leading causes of death for firefighters in the United States. In a national sample of almost 7,000 firefighters, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) examined the prevalence of common sleep disorders and their association with adverse health and safety outcomes and found that sleep disorders are highly prevalent, and associated with substantially increased risk of motor vehicle crashes and cardio-metabolic diseases among firefighters.Findings of the study, led by Laura K. Barger, PhD, associate physiologist in BWH's Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders, are published in theJournal of Clinical Sleep Medicine on November 13, 2014.

"Our findings demonstrate the impact of common sleep disorders on firefighter  and safety, and th... [ more ]

   


 

FIRE OFFICER FOUND DEAD AT SCENE HOURS AFTER FIRE-FELL INTO STRUCTURE-BALTIMORE CITY

Wednesday, November 12, 2014   It is with deep regret that we pass on to you that a Baltimore City veteran FD Safety Officer Lt James Bethea was found dead today at the scene of a fire that occurred last night. He apparently fell down 8' while performing his job.

The Safety Officer car had been in front of 708 E. North Ave since the fire last night. Initial reports are that Lt Bethea had gone to check exposures for safety concerns and while doing so, fell 8' into the abandoned structure-remaining there unnoticed initially. 
 
An off duty Firefighter reported seeing the SO 2 vehicle on the block. Assistance was sent and the members searched and found him gone in the basement of the delta exposure. Our condolences to all affacted. Much more to follow. RIP.




   


 

FIRE APPARATUS ROLLS....WITHOUT CREW

Monday, November 10, 2014   An investigation is underway to determine how a parked fire truck crashed into a light pole and a car in Phoenix, AZ Sunday night. The fire engine responded to a medical call at an apartment complex at Missouri and 17th avenues around 7 p.m.

Capt. Mark Vanacore with the Phoenix Fire Department said all crew members had exited the fire truck and were in the complex when they heard a crash.

They returned to find the truck had hit a light pole and a parked car. The pole fell on the unoccupied vehicle.

Vanacore said no one was injured during the incident.

At this time, it is not known why the engine left its parked position and crashed.

Phoenix police are investigating to determine exactly what happened.

Read more: http://www.azfamily.com/news/Phoenix-fire-truck-crashes-into-light-pole-car-282149441.html#ixzz3Ih8DjaQV

   


 

DRIVER RUNS STOP SIGN - CRASHES INTO FD AMBULANCE IN WA

Monday, November 10, 2014  An 18-year-old woman driving a Jeep ran a stop sign in Shoreline and crashed into a Shoreline Fire Department aid car, injuring three firefighters.

The three firefighters have non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to the hospital, according to Shoreline firefighters. The accident happened at Northeast 185th Street and 5th Avenue Northeast.

The driver of the Jeep and her passenger were uninjured, firefighters said. Police at the scene said the driver would be ticketed.

Firefighters said the aid car was seriously damaged and even caught fire after the crash. The small electrical fire was quickly extinguished.






   


 

PHOENIX ENGINE RUNS AWAY - STRIKING CAR AND POLE

Monday, November 10, 2014  An investigation is underway to determine how a parked fire truck crashed into a light pole and a car in Phoenix Sunday night.

The fire engine responded to a medical call at an apartment complex at Missouri and 17th avenues around 7 p.m.

Capt. Mark Vanacore with the Phoenix Fire Department said all crew members had exited the fire truck and were in the complex when they heard a crash.

They returned to find the truck had hit a light pole and a parked car. The pole fell on the unoccupied vehicle.

Vanacore said no one was injured during the incident.

At this time, it is not known why the engine left its parked position and crashed.

Phoenix police are investigating to determine exactly what happened.


Read more: http://www.azfamily.com/news/Phoenix-fire-truck-crashes-into-light-po... [ more ]

   


 

APPARATUS ROLLOVER IN FL

Monday, November 10, 2014  A brush truck from the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District was damaged and a firefighter injured when the truck lost control on wet pavement and flipped over Sunday morning in Lehigh Acres.Assistant Fire Chief Ken Craft said the vehicle was on a run to check an illegal burn when the crash happened at 15th Street and Leonard Boulevard shortly before noon.

The firefighter suffered bumps and bruises and was treated and released at Lee Memorial Hospital, Craft said.

The Florida Highway Patrol and the fire district are investigating.

   


 

APPARATUS CRASH IN BRAZIL

Monday, November 10, 2014  On Saturday afternoon, a fire apparatus overturned and crashed into a restaurant in Copacabana neighborhood, in the city of Rio de Janeiro.  The crew was responding to a dumpster fire, when they were allegedly cut by a taxi, what caused the driver to lose control of the truck. Four FFs and a civilian were injured and taken to the hospital.



   


 

WORCESTER MA FFs NARROWLY ESCAPE BACKDRAFT

Monday, November 10, 2014  Worcester officials say several city firefighters somehow escaped serious injury during a large blaze when a backdraft explosion blew out part of the upper floors of an apartment building.

City officials say the firefighters were climbing a stairway to the top floor of the four-story building early Saturday morning when they were knocked down the steps by the explosion, which sent debris flying from the top floors across Lafayette Street.

All the residents of the building got out safely, and none of the firefighters was seriously hurt. Officials say 17 residents including five children were displaced from their homes.

The American Red Cross was called in to help the residents with housing and other needs.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

   


 

FIREFIGHTER FILES SUIT AGAINST SCBA MANUFACTURER

Sunday, November 9, 2014  A Eugene, Orgeon Firefighter has filed a $600,000 lawsuit against the maker and seller of a city-purchased air mask that allegedly broke during a training exercise and caused him a serious ear injury.David Pickett, 35, claims in the suit filed Wednesday in Lane County Circuit Court that he and other firefighters were testing recently purchased MSA Firehawk M7 air masks when the accident happened on Dec. 19, 2012.
The suit claims that Pickett had placed the mask on his head and was pressurizing the system when an air line running between an air tank and the mask “became violently detached  ...  resulting in an explosion next to (his) right ear.”
As a result of the device’s failure, Pickett suffered hearing loss, tinnitus, debilitating headaches and a loss of balance, according to the suit.
He now wears a hearing aid in his right ear, the lawsuit asserts.
Pickett claims that the mask’s air line was not designed or manufactured to allow it to withstand the a... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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