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RESPONDING ENGINE VS TILLER CRASH IN CA

Thursday, April 10, 2014  Two Daly City firefighters were hospitalized Wednesday morning after two fire trucks collided on their way to a call, officials said.

Emergency crews responded about 9:30 a.m. to the crash in the 1100 block of Brunswick Street, North County Fire Inspector Klaus Zolinskis said. The two injured firefighters were transported to an area hospital, where they are in stable condition.

At least one parked car sustained significant damage.

By midafternoon, the accident scene was still blocked off to residents.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known and remains under investigation, Zolinskis said. The stretch of Brunswick Street was closed throughout Wednesday morning while crews cleared the damaged rigs from the residential neighborhood. Traffic was cleared to move through the neighborhood about 1 p.m.



   


 

PA WOMEN HOSPITALIZED AFTER RESPONDING ENGINE CRASH

Thursday, April 10, 2014  A 29-year-old Coatesville woman was sent to a hospital Monday morning with back pain after her Jeep swerved into the side of a fire truck on its way to an apartment fire.

Erin Griffy of the 100 block of Harlan Drive was traveling eastbound in her 2012 Jeep Patriot on Lincoln Highway at around 10:30 a.m. when a fire truck came up behind her with its lights and sirens on, police said. Griffy, who was traveling alone, switched lanes to get out of the way but, for unknown reasons, swerved back into the front passenger side of the truck as it passed, police said.

As of Monday afternoon, the police had not been able to question Griffy and did not know her condition or which hospital examined her.

The crash occurred near the 600 block of Lincoln Highway, police said.


The Sadsburyville Fire Company truck was one of several responding to a low level fire in a r... [ more ]

   


 

Remembering a Heroic Firefighter (The Secret List)

Thursday, April 10, 2014  All,

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the Line of Duty Death of New Jersey Firefighter/Foreman Kevin Apuzzio...who gave his life while attempting to save the life of a trapped civilian. Below are the factual details from the Incident Commander....Chief Danny Krushinski of the East Franklin (NJ) FD :

"....On April 11th, 2006, many of our lives changed in a heartbeat, especially the life of 21 year old Firefighter Kevin Apuzzio. Kevin stood courageous on the front lawn of 36 Whittier Avenue and said "Chief, what do you need my crew and I to do?" I Said "Kevin, go in ...and get her." While it only seems like yesterday, to me it is still clear as day. With a house full of heavy smoke and an elderly women confirmed trapped, Kevin (and crew) did not hesitate and attempted to rescue her. I knew when the floor collapsed and my Firefighters fell into that basement -literally just feet from removing her out the front door, f... [ more ]

   


 

Six Firefighters, One Resident Injured In N.J. Deck Collapse

Thursday, April 10, 2014  Six firefighters and a resident were injured when a deck collapsed in New Jersey.

The incident occurred around 9 p.m. Tuesday when firefighters responded to a chimney fire at a home on Jan Court in Montvale.

The firefighters and a resident were standing on the deck when it gave way.

One firefighter suffered a broken foot, another has a serious ankle injury, CBS 2 reported.

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/04/09/six-firefighters-one-resident-injured-in-n-j-deck-collapse/


   


 

TORONTO CAPTAIN MAKES AMAZING GRAB

CBC Video

Thursday, April 10, 2014  wo Toronto firefighters were injured when a floor collapsed during a fire in a townhouse on Perth Avenue Wednesday morning.

The firefighters were injured while tackling the blaze at 417 Perth Ave., near Dupont and Dundas Streets. One of the firefighters injured her leg, and the other was treated for smoke inhalation.

The firefighters were working inside the building and fell into the basement when the ground floor collapsed, Toronto Fire said.

The captain was one of the firefighters who fell, but was not injured. He was able to hang onto the first floor and then helped the other two climb up, using his body as a ladder.

A mayday call was sent out, but the alert ended once the firefighters got out of the home.

The fire broke out in the basement of a townhouse on Perth Avenue shortly before 8 a.m., and residents were evacuated from neighbouring homes as a precaution.

At one point, 13 fire trucks... [ more ]

   


 

NY FIRE UPDATE: POLICE OFFICER LODD

Wednesday, April 9, 2014  One of the officers who was critically hurt in a Coney Island blaze that police said was started when a 16-year-old boy lit a mattress on fire in the hallway of a building, has died.

NYPD Housing Officer Dennis Guerra, a 38-year-old married father of four, died shortly before 7 a.m. at Montifiore Hospital, police said. Guerra had more than seven years on the job.

His colleague, 36-year-old Rosa Rodriguez, is at the burn unit at Weill Cornell Medical Center. Rodriguez is a single mother of four kids and a four-year veteran of the NYPD Housing Bureau.

"We pray that every young person who hears of the tragic passing of hero police officer Dennis Guerra and of the suffering of officer Rosa Rodriguez and their families, learns that there deadly consequences that result from foolish actions," PBA president Patrick Lynch said in a statement. "We must learn from this tragedy so that their sacrifices will not have been made in ... [ more ]

   


 

LOSS OF SAFER FUNDING AFFECTS FLINT MICHIGAN

Tuesday, April 8, 2014  FEMA's denial of a third round of federal fire department funding is a "major disappointment" says Mayor Dayne Walling, who vowed the city would continue to seek other grant sources.

The city announced Monday, April 7, that the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the city's $7.9 million SAFER grant request.

"It's a major disappointment to lose the SAFER grant," Walling said. "But the planning (has) to be with the fire department on a reduced force."

The grant would have provided funding for 39 firefighters. The city has said previously that the loss of the grant could lead to the layoff of 19 firefighters as it is forced to supplement the lost funding with $4.1 million over the next two years with money from a five-... [ more ]

   


 

2 FFs INJURED AT LONG ISLAND FIRE

Tuesday, April 8, 2014  Two firefighters had minor injuries battling a blaze at a commercial building early Monday in Port Washington, fire officials said.

Several fire departments, including Port Washington, responded to the fire at 2 Haven Ave. at about 12:08 a.m., according to Brian Waterson, assistant fire chief for the Port Washington department.

Waterson said the building, primarily office space, was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

The cause of the fire, according to the Nassau County fire marshal, was an electrical issue on the second floor, Waterson said. "When we arrived on the scene, there was extensive smoke on the second floor and fire in the ceiling on the whole side of the building," Waterson said.

Two firefighters with minor injuries -- one for smoke inhalation, the second for hypertension -- were treated and ... [ more ]

   


 

NIOSH EYES PROBE OF BOSTON DOUBLE LODD

Tuesday, April 8, 2014  The same federal agency that blamed poor Boston Fire Department policies for the deaths of two firefighters in a 2007 restaurant blaze is considering a probe into the Back Bay fire that killed Lt. Edward J. Walsh Jr. and firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, the Herald has learned.A spokeswoman for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health said the agency is “currently reviewing the incident and in communication with the Boston Fire Department, and will make a final decision on whether we will investigate.”

The NIOSH spokeswoman declined to say when the agency — an arm of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — will make its decision.

Boston Fire spokesman Steve MacDonald said the department is “in the preliminary stages of having NIOSH come in to investigate the fatal fire.”

“We’ve had them in, in the past, and we welcome them again,” he said.

An internal panel of Boston fire officials al... [ more ]

   


 

2 INDIAN FFS INJURED AT FACTORY FIRE

Monday, April 7, 2014  A major fire in a private company in sector 3 of IMT Maneser, Gurgaon, on Sunday left two fire fighters injured.


The district fire service control room received a call at around 11am informing them about a massive blaze in a commercial refrigerator manufacturing company, Frego Glass India Pvt Ltd.


Though fire engines reached the accident spot in no time, they were unable to douse the flames or bring them under control till late in the evening.




Hospitalised: Two firemen have been injured attending a fire in Gurgaon (File picture)




"Infrastructure and machinery worth crores of rupees were gutted in the fire in the factory, but no employee was injured, a company official said.


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2 NYPD OFFICERS CRITICAL AFTER RIDING ELEVATOR TO FIRE FLOOR

Monday, April 7, 2014  Two New York City police officers were seriously injured Sunday in a fire in Brooklyn that officials have deemed suspicious.

It broke out in a high-rise building on Surf Avenue in Coney Island just before 12:30 p.m.

The New York City Fire Department says the fire was under control at 1:20 p.m.

Police say the two officers, 38-year-old Dennis Guerra and 36-year-old Rosa Rodriguez, were found unconscious in the hallway of the 13th floor.

Officials say the officers were the first to respond to the fire.

Firefighters brought the police officers to the main entrance, where EMS personnel treated them in front of the Coney Island housing development site #1B.

Police say the Rodriguez was initially transported, conscious, to Lutheran Medical Center and was later moved to NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

According to Police Commissioner William Bratton, Guerra was resuscitated in the field ... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER CLOSE CALLS "WTF" TIP OF THE DAY

Monday, April 7, 2014  DO NOT DO THIS!


   


 

INDIANA LADDER TRUCK FLIPS RETURNING FROM TRAINING

MyWabashValley.com Video

Sunday, April 6, 2014  Heavy rain caused a fire truck to flip this afternoon in southern Vigo County.

It happened just before 1 p.m. on Carlisle Street.
   
Two Honey Creek firefighters were inside the truck at the time.
   
Neither was injured in the accident.
   
Officials say they were returning from a training exercise when the driver lost control.

"They were coming to this hill, they tried to slow down and the truck kind of shifted to the side of the road and got off into the soft ground which pulled it on into the ditch and onto its side," Monte Huges, the Honey Creek Fire Department Assistant Chief said.

No word yet on damage to the truck.
   
It was towed from the scene. 

   


 

3 FL FFs INJURED WHEN RIG STRUCK BY SEMI ON I95

Sunday, April 6, 2014  Three firefighters from Boynton Beach Fire Rescue were taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries after their truck was involved in a crash Saturday afternoon on Interstate 95, a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman said.

The firefighters were responding to a separate two-car crash that occurred shortly before 6 p.m. on southbound I-95, just north of the Boynton Beach Boulevard exit.

The injured firefighters were taken to Bethesda Hospital East.


Their truck was moving across lanes and trying to slow down when their fire truck was struck by a tractor trailer, said Sgt. Mark Wysocky, FHP spokesman.

The driver of the tractor trailer was not paying attention to the other traffic, Wysocky said. The crash is still under investigation, but it is likely that that driver will receive a traffic citation, he said.

The were no serious injuries in the initial crash, or to the driver of the tracto... [ more ]

   


 

NC FF THAT WAS STRUCK BY ENGINE LOSES LEG

Sunday, April 6, 2014  On Thursday, a North Carolina Firefighter was struck at the scene of a wildland fire. Due to smoke conditions, there was zero visibility as the Candor Firefighters (Montgomery County) arrived on the scene at 1414 hours - and were walking to the rear of the truck - when a passenger vehicle struck FF Earl Harrington.

The fire apparatus was pulled about halfway off the road, and when FF Harrington was struck, he was pinned underneath the fire apparatus. 

Initially, as Firefighters went to the rear of the truck - to put out traffic cones and get set up to fight the fire, a passing Jeep hit the rig, pinning FF Harrington between the vehicles. A second vehicle, also traveling eastbound on the two-lane rural road, then hit the Jeep. 

FF Harrington was flown out and taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. As a result of his injuries, his left leg had to be amputated. He is listed in stable condition with additional surgery anticipated.more ]

   


 
 
 

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