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PHILLY FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT ROW HOUSE FIRE

6ABC.com Video

Tuesday, July 21, 2015  A firefighter was injured in a fast-moving fire that damaged a row house in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia.The blaze broke out around 2:00 a.m. Tuesday on the 4600 block of Hurley Street.

Heavy flames were showing when firefighters arrived.

It took crews about twenty minutes to put the blaze under control.

Intense heat from the flames melted the siding on a neighboring house.

The firefighter was treated for a minor injury and is in stable condition.

Investigators are trying to determine what sparked the blaze. 

   


 

CINCINATTI FFs ON HIGH ALERT AFTER ATTACKS

Tuesday, July 21, 2015  Cincinnati Fire union officials are concerned after they say a firefighter was shot in the helmet while responding to a fire at Carplin Place and Harvey Avenue in Avondale early Sunday morning. Fire Union President Matt Alter said a firefighter was hit by a bullet while responding to a fire in Avondale early Sunday morning.
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Local 48 Union President Matt Alter said firefighters are certainly on higher alert after a number of attacks of first responders across the country.

"The firefighters understandably are pretty shaken up," said Alter.

Danger is inherently part of a firefighter's job, but Alter said the threat to his crew while they were putting out the blaze on Sunday at a vacant Avondale home was both unexpected and unacceptable.

"To target the firefighter is about as cowardly as it gets," Alter said.

He said firefighters on scene heard four to six shots.

"The firefighter that was standing next to h... [ more ]

   


 

NEW REPORT ON THE HOUSTON SW FIRE THAT KILLED 4 FIREFIGHTERS IN THE LINE OF DUTY

Tuesday, July 21, 2015  Today NIOSH released their report (below) on the May 31, 2013 SW Inn Fire that killed four Houston Fire Department members in the Line of Duty:-Captain Matthew Renaud, 35 years old.

-Engineer-Operator Robert Bebee, 41 years old.
-Firefighter Robert Garner, 29 years old.
-Firefighter Anne Sullivan, 24 years old
This fire also resulted in the career ending injuries of Captain Bill Dowling, and Firefighters Robert Yarborough and Anthony Livesay. 


On May 31, 2013, the above Firefighters were killed in the Line of Duty when the roof of that restaurant collapsed on them during fire operations. The roof collapsed 12 minutes after the first due engine had arrived on-scene and 15 minutes and 29 seconds after the initial dispatch. During the RIT operations, a secondary wall collapse occurred injuring several members of the rescue group. 


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CA FF RECOVERING FROM SEVERE BURNS AT WILDFIRE

Monday, July 20, 2015  Corona firefighter Roger Williams was extinguishing hot spots in a residential area scorched by the North Fire when the ground gave way and his leg slipped into a smoking pile of embers Saturday afternoon.
“I took a step and next thing I know I’m thigh-deep in this ash pit,” Williams said Sunday from his hospital bed. “I knew right away things weren’t going to go well.”
The Corona fire captain was wearing two layers of fire-resistant pants and immediately removed his leg, but the coals and super-heated air slipped into his pant leg and seared much of the skin between his ankle and hip.
The accident caused second-degree burns to 15 percent of his body.“It’s just one of those fluke things,” explained Capt. Jim Steiner, a long-time friend and coworker. “You can be walking all over and suddenly the ground just gives way. It could be a burned out stump or any number of things. You never know.”
An ambulance took Williams to Arrowhead Regional Medical Cent... [ more ]

   


 

BODY CAMERA OF SD FF BEING STABBED/ATTACKED

NBC San Diego

Monday, July 20, 2015  Jarring video showing a man stabbing two San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) firefighters was shown in a courtroom Friday during a preliminary hearing for the accused attacker.The short, 10-second clip – captured on a body camera worn by a security guard for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) – shows the chaotic moments when suspect Ryan Allen Jones, 34, lunged at firefighters Benjamin Vernon, 37, and his partner, Alex Wallbrett, 32, on June 24 in East Village in downtown San Diego.

Several other firefighters and security guards can be seen rushing to the aid of the wounded firefighters while a guard yells out, “Cover now! Cover now! Cover now!”
The violent encounter with Jones happened while Vernon and Wallbrett were on duty responding to a medical call at a public transit station in East Village.

When officials arrived at the transit stop, Jones allegedly tried to interfere as they worked. After officials pushed Jones away, he beca... [ more ]

   


 

Extreme Firefighter Close Call-Video

FF Down Video

Monday, July 20, 2015  This video is of an incident that happened about a year ago-but is excellent for all of our training. You'll see a relatively small dwelling with an obvious working fire in the rear. As companies were setting up, they found a stripped hydrant, the IC strikes the second right away, crews find a second source, companies go to work etc. 

The IC assigned a Captain to handle fire attack and the Captain did as ordered. As he approached the dwelling, San Bernadino Fire Captain Greg Gallagher was struck in the helmet by a powerline line but thankfully did not suffer any injury.

Take a look-another excellent training opportunity that we can all learn from.



   


 

2 FFs INJURED AT DE TOWN HOUSE FIRE

Monday, July 20, 2015  Two firefighters were injured late Sunday night as crews from 11 fire companies battled a town house fire in Pike Creek.The blaze, reported at 10:47 p.m., destroyed one home and damaged adjoining town houses with fire and smoke, said Robert L. Fox, chief deputy state fire marshal.

The loss of the home that burned – unoccupied at the time – was estimated at about $200,000, Fox said.

The injured firefighters were taken to Christiana Hospital, emergency dispatch officials said Monday morning. Details of their injuries, conditions and fire companies they serve were not immediately available.

The first crews to arrive from Mill Creek Fire Company found fire engulfing the mid-block home in the 4900 block of S. Raintree Court in the Pepper Ridge neighborhood off Mermaid Boulevard.

With a second alarm sounded, firefighters assisted from the Hockessin, Cranston Heights, Minquas of Newport, Christiana, Belvedere, Five Points, Wilmington Manor an... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER TRAINING CONFERENCE-BRAND NEW-EAST COAST/MID ATLANTIC AREA

Monday, July 20, 2015  There is a BRAND NEW Firefighters conference coming up next month in the Philly area that we wanted to pass on to you. It's looking pretty cool with 30+ training sessions and numerous exhibitors..

DATES: AUGUST 6, 7 and 8th, 2015
WHERE: VALLEY FORGE AREA (Right outside of Philly)
(PHL Airport: 33 miles, New York City: 110 miles, Washington DC: 149 miles)

=Internationally Known Instructors – REALISTIC-RELEVANT-CURRENT Topics.

=TRAINING SESSIONS: http://keystonefirefighterconference.com/friday-training-schedule/

=KEYNOTE by FDIC/Fire Engineering's Bobby Halton

=FIRE APPARATUS "Pride & Polish" Competition: 

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DENVER FALLEN FIREFIGHTER FUNERAL DETAILS

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RIP BROTHER

Monday, July 20, 2015   Funeral services will be held Tuesday for Denver Firefighter John Whelan, who died in the Line of Duty from the injuries he sustained after falling through a skylight during a June warehouse fire. Whelan died on Wednesday -- more than two weeks after the June 28 accident.

It will be held Tuesday at 0930 hours at Faith Bible Chapel, 6250 Wright St. --the funeral service will be followed by a procession past Denver Fire Station 8 at 1616 Park Ave., to Mount Olivet Cemetery, 12801 W. 44th Ave. in Wheat Ridge.
NOTE: The service and interment will not be open to the public, however all friends and uniformed first responders are welcome. Members of the public wishing to pay their respects are encouraged to line the processional route. He leaves behind his wife and young son.

   


 

STRAY BULLET STRIKES FIREFIGHTERS HELMET AT WORKING FIRE SCENE

Sunday, July 19, 2015  Sunday is a reflective day at the District 3 firehouse in Cincinnati, hours after a firefighter was hit by a bullet in the helmet while battling a fire in Avondale. 
CFD Captain McWilliams acknowledged that shootings are always in the back of firefighters' minds as they do their job.
"There are so many shootings going on," McWilliams said. "That thought is there. That possibility is always there. The areas that we work -- there's a lot of that going on."
McWilliams said firefighters usually do feel safe doing their job. Whenever there is an incident, police officers go into the building first.
That was not the case around midnight, when 55 firefighters responded to a structure fire in a vacant two-story building in the 500 block of Carplin Place. Shortly after their arrival, gunfire broke out in the area, grazing one firefighter's helmet and "narrowly missing several others," according to the fire department.
About four or five shots were heard at... [ more ]

   


 

MEMORIAL HELD FOR FF KILLED IN CRASH

Sunday, July 19, 2015  A memorial was held Saturday at the Arcata Community Center for U.S. Forest Service firefighter Dale Alexander Mendes of Willow Creek.Family and friends were joined by firefighters and police from multiple agencies to pay tribute to Mendes.

Mendes died in a traffic collision on July 9 after leaving work from the Salyer station. He and fellow firefighter Jason Fritz Price, Jr. were found in their vehicle submerged in the Trinity River near Kimtu Beach.

On Saturday, the day started with a procession in Willow Creek off of Highway 96 and ended at the Arcata Community Center. Mendes' brother Jeremiah drove Dale's Forest Service pickup as it was escorted by the California Highway Patrol.

During the memorial service, several people who knew Mendes from high school and work spoke about their favorite memory of him. Many remembered Mendes for his active role with wrestling students at Hoopa High School.

Keith Smith, the Superintendent of the Ukon... [ more ]

   


 

DRONES GROUND WILDFIRE AIRCRAFT AGAIN IN CA

Sunday, July 19, 2015  Of all the elements they must battle in a wildfire, firefighters face a new foe: drones operated by enthusiasts who presumably take close-up video of the disaster.Five such “unmanned aircraft systems” prevented California firefighters from dispatching helicopters with water buckets for up to 20 minutes over a wildfire that roared Friday onto a Los Angeles area freeway that leads to Las Vegas.

Helicopters couldn’t drop water because five drones hovered over the blaze, creating hazards in smoky winds for a deadly midair disaster, officials said.

The North Fire torched 20 vehicles on Interstate 15 and incited panic among motorists who fled on foot on the freeway Friday. The wildfire continued to burn uncontrollably Saturday, scorching 3,500 acres with only 5% containment in San Bernardino County, officials said.

Drones hovering over wildfires is a new trend in California, and on Saturday, fire officials condemned the operators of “hobby drones,... [ more ]

   


 

APPARATUS ROLLOVER IN KUALA LUMPUR

Saturday, July 18, 2015  A firefighter sustained minor injuries after the fire engine he was traveling in overturned near Desa Tun Razak, this morning.
During the 5.20am incident, the fire engine from Bandar Tun Razak fire station was rushing to an emergency fire location when it crashed into a road sign at a traffic light junction before the vehicle overturned.
A Fire and Rescue spokesman said another vehicle from Hang Tuah fire station with eight firefighters was dispatched to the scene to rescue the victim within 15 minutes.
The victim Masri Jamaluddin sustained minor injuries and has been sent to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital for treatment.
Only a few vehicles at the scene when the incident occurred this morning. 

   


 

PENNSYLVANIA FIRE POLICE OFFICER DIES FOLLOWING STRUCTURE FIRE

Saturday, July 18, 2015   We regret to advise you that Fire Police Officer Melissa “Missy” Doll, 41, died in the Line of Duty on July 16, 2015.As a member of the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department, Codorus, PA, Fire Police Officer Doll passed away from an apparent cardiac arrest on July 16 after responding to a mutual aid structure fire late the night before. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP.





   


 

MARYLAND PARAMEDIC / FIREFIGHTER SUCCUMBS

Saturday, July 18, 2015   It is with deep regret that we pass on the tragic death of Nick Hemingway. Nick was a Paramedic with Baltimore City FD and a volunteer FF with Bladensburg Co. 9 in Prince Georges County, MD.
Nick was hospitalized after a Cardiac Arrest late Tuesday afternoon while at work, as a Paramedic with the Baltimore City Fire Department. He had been feeling ill throughout the day. No further details are available at this time.

Please offer thoughts and Prayers to the Hemingway family, his girlfriend Natalie, the brothers and sisters of the Baltimore City Fire Department; Firefighters Local 734, Fire Officers Local 964, Prince George's County Firefighters Local 1619, Chillum Adelphia Fire Department Station 34 and the many other friends that Nick had.

Nick was assigned to Medic 11 as an Active Paramedic, working out of the Liberty Heights Fire Station. Nick graduated the Baltimore City academy in recruit class 14-02. He held membership in Burtonsville - Montgomery Co... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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