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Saturday, April 12, 2014  A Hanover firefighter is in the hospital after he was injured battling a house fire Friday afternoon.

Officials told CBS 6 that crews were dispatched to the 9300 block of Studley Plantation Drive around 1:40 p.m.

When crews arrived on the scene, they found heavy fire coming from the brick home. While firefighters were battling the blaze, hundreds of rounds of ammunition inside the home detonated.

One firefighter suffered burns to his back and was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The house was a total loss. No one inside the home was injured.




Sgt. Frank Guinn, an Atlanta firefighter, died Friday when he was hit on his bicycle in New Orleans.

Sgt. Frank Guinn, an Atlanta
      firefighter, died Friday when he was hit
      on his bicycle in New Orleans.

Saturday, April 12, 2014  A City of Atlanta firefighter was killed Friday morning while training for a triathlon in New Orleans.

Sgt. Frank Guinn was riding his bicycle with two others, including his brother-in-law, when he was struck by a car, Janet Ward, spokeswoman for the Atlanta fire department, said Friday night. Guinn, 36, died at the scene of the wreck, which critically injured his brother-in-law, Ward said. The third cyclist was not injured.

The three bicyclists were training for the Ironman competition being held in New Orleans on Sunday at the time of the wreck. The wreck happened around 10:15 a.m., Central time, on the eastbound side of U.S. 90, New Orleans police said.

The driver of a white Chevrolet Cruze was travelling eastbound in the right lane when for reasons unknown, he rear-ended the cyclists who were also traveling eastbound, according to Officer Frank B. Robertson. The driver of the Chevrolet stopped at the scene of the wreck, which remaine... [ more ]




Friday, April 11, 2014  The NYPD has overhauled its "fire response" protocol - and is working on plans to provide basic fire training to officers in the wake of adeadly arson fire that killed a seven-year NYPD veteran and critically injured another officer. Hmmmm.

The Police Chief ordered new rules that went into effect immediately, including maintaining communication with fire dispatchers, taking the stairs whenever possible and being mindful of exits when responding to an emergency situation.

The NYPD confirmed the changes, originally reported by media but prior to the directive, there was no protocol for officers responding to a fire. One suggestion was that they await the FDNY, control the scene area, traffic and not operate in fire conditions. 

Additional training from the FDNY is also being "considered" — a "Fire 101" course that offers ins... [ more ]




Friday, April 11, 2014  UL FSRI is proud to announce the release of “Scientific Research for the Development of More Effective Tactics” – an online course that serves as a culmination of the full-scale field experiments performed on Governors Island by the Fire Department of New York, NIST and UL.  The interactive training takes learners through a research timeline of the previous fire dynamics research conducted by NIST and UL, all of the details that went into the tests, test results, and tactical considerations derived from the test results. This course brings science to the streets by examining two main groups of tactical considerations. The first group looks at the impact of controlling ventilation and flow paths. The second explores the use of exterior fire attack as a means to rapidly reduce the fire hazard inside the structure in order to facilitate interior fire operations.   Fires were conducted within numerous 3 story residential row houses with ignition oc... [ more ]




CBS LA Video

Friday, April 11, 2014  A man rescued an 18-year-old woman who was trapped inside a burning Reseda home on Thursday.

The incident happened around 12:45 p.m. at a one-story, single-family home in the 17000 block of Vanowen Street, according to Battalion Chief Stephen Ruda of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Edwin Hernandez told KCAL9’s Adrianna Weingold that he heard screaming and saw flames, broke a window with his bare hands and dragged his neighbor to safety.

“I just saw the fire and ran over there.  And she was banging on the window, and I got her out,” he said. “It was pretty hot. There was fire coming out of the windows and stuff. I hurt my hands in the process of getting her out, but that’s all right. I just got some cuts…better than the person dying.”

Two off-duty law enforcement officers also helped with the rescue.

Firefighters and animal control officers saved a litter of cats from the residence.

Ab... [ more ]



For BMW at East Boston fire scene, blocking hydrant proves costly

Friday, April 11, 2014 

At the most dangerous point during what became an eight-alarm fire in East Boston Wednesday night, Boston firefighters scrambling to get water to their colleagues ran into a barrier: Someone had parked a BMW coupe in front of the hydrant near the blaze.

So they punched out the windows, ran a 4-inch hose from the hydrant through the driver’s side window, through the passenger’s side window, and out to an engine waiting to pump water to firefighters directly engaged in quelling a powerful fire threatening the neighborhood.

“The general reaction is that some people find humor in it,’’ said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald. “But it’s really a serious situation. That water supply is the lifeblood of the engine company. The engine carries 750 gallons – and that could be gone in just two minutes. With that number of alarms, every hydrant is important.’’

“There is really not... [ more ]




Thursday, April 10, 2014   A Fire Lieutenant received minor injuries after the 2000 gallon tanker that he was driving rolled over onto its side early Wednesday morning.  While operating at a mutual aid wild land pasture fire in rural Wabaunsee County, KS (west of Topeka), a Lieutenant with Shawnee County Fire District #4 was moving the tanker to reestablish a water fill point to refill brush trucks that were bringing the fire under control.  On a narrow, gravel country rode under limited visibility nighttime conditions, the LT (who was headed south to turn his apparatus around at a cross road) met another tanker that was also directed to move his water fill point also.  Both apparatus were traveling at an estimated 10 mph when they met.  Both were attempting to give each other adequate room to pass on the narrow road.  The LT,... [ more ]




Thursday, April 10, 2014   DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- A firefighter suffered second-degree burns on his hands battling a blaze early Thursday morning.

It happened around 12:30 a.m. in the 2400 block of East Weaver Street.

The Durham Fire Department said two people in the home got out safely. It said firefighters the fire was extinguished quickly and contained to the front of the house where a porch was being constructed.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

The injured firefighter was treated at Duke University Medical Center.




Thursday, April 10, 2014   HALE — An early morning fire caused major damage to the Plainfield Township Fire Department building April 10 but caused no injuries as mutual aid from eight fire departments helped extinguish the blaze.

Captain Ed Lauria said the fire, which started around 2:30 a.m., was brought under control within two hours and the cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

He said no major firefighting apparatus was damaged by the fire and the department would be outsourcing locations to store fire trucks until repairs could be made. 

No estimates had been made yet as to how much damage was done.   




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.




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.




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 ]




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 ]



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