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MAYDAY IN MARYLAND

Tuesday, February 17, 2015  A fire that originated in a garage at a Lusby residence damaged it and injured two firefighters, state investigators reported.According to Deputy State Fire Marshal Bruce Bouch, the blaze occurred late Sunday evening, Feb. 15 at a home on Preston Lane. Bouch said a propane space heater ignited combustible materials in the garage, sparking the fire which resulted in $100,000 damage.

Two firefighters sustained minor injuries. One of the injured was treated at the scene while a second was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital with burns on his neck. He was treated and subsequently released. Bouch said he did not know the firefighters’ companies. Several firefighters from Calvert and St. Mary’s counties were dispatched to the late evening blaze.

Bouch said the home’s occupant was temporarily displaced.

A full report on the incident and investigation is expected later. 

   


 

FIREFIGHTERS INJURED IN TEXAS FIRE APPARATUS CRASH

Tuesday, February 17, 2015  Mount Calm Firefighters were rushing to assist with a brush fire in Hubbard when in an instant they went from answering a call to being the ones calling for help Saturday afternoon. One of their fire trucks slammed into the back of their tanker spilling hundreds of gallons of water.

Mount Calm Fire Chief says it was a scary situation. 

"When I saw the two guys when I came out of the truck, like I said, I had such an adrenaline flow," says Stuckly. "When I saw the whole front of the truck and the cab like that, I immediately thought we had at least one dead fireman."

Thankfully that wasn't the case. Several Hubbard crews rushed from the brush fire to free the two firefighters trapped inside their truck.

Chief Milton Stuckly says he's grateful for the other departments help.

“It's nice to know down here where we live in the south end of Hill County that you got Hubbard and Penelope that were there when we needed them," says Stuckly. ... [ more ]

   


 

ARREST MADE IN FIREFIGHTER LODD, They Need $1.29 (The Secret List)

Monday, February 16, 2015   All,A man has been charged in a deadly hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of Firefighter Kenny Stanton, 52, in Anderson County, South Carolina, last night around 2100 hours.
Stanton, a former Marine and current cub-scout master was a volunteer Firefighter at Sandy Springs Fire Department. FF Stanton was assisting with a wreck that had already occurred when he was struck by a vehicle.
ARREST: 64-year-old Charles Pickens was driving a 2004 Chevy Suburban that hit Stanton.
Pickens  went around emergency equipment and struck Stanton in the roadway--and then Pickens 
drove away from the scene.
Cops tracked down Pickens at his home a short time later.
Pickens was charged with felony driving under the influence resulting in death and leaving the scene of an accident and is currently being held in the Anderson County Detention Center as is expected to face a judge this afternoon. Updates are at more ]

   


 

UPDATE: ARREST MADE IN SC FIREFIGHTER STRUCK BY CAR LODD

Monday, February 16, 2015   A man has been charged in a deadly hit-and-run crash that claimed the life of a volunteer firefighter in Anderson County last night.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol responded to the fatal crash on US-76 at Sandy Springs Road about 2100 hours.m
Firefighter Kenneth Stanton of Pendleton, 52, was transported to the hospital for injuries suffered in the wreck.
FF Stanton suffered head trauma and succumbed to injuries in the hospital shortly thereafter.
Stanton was a volunteer firefighter at Sandy Springs Fire Department. He said Stanton was assisting with a wreck that had already occurred when he was struck by a vehicle.
ARRESTED: Troopers said 64-year-old Charles Pickens was driving the 2004 Chevy Suburban that hit Stanton.
Troopers said Pickens went around emergency equipment and struck Stanton in the roadway.
Pickens then drove away from the scene, troopers said.
Investigators tracked down Pickens at his home a short time later.
Pickens was... [ more ]

     

RIP

RIP



 

FF IN INDIA BURNED AT BUSH FIRE

Monday, February 16, 2015   A fireman was injured and rail traffic affected for over an hour when a dried up thicket along the railway tracks near Varkala caught fire on Sunday.
Fireman Mukesh Kumar (33) of Varkala fire station suffered burns on his hands when he fell on molten plastic while trying to douse the fire. He was sent home after treatment at a nearby hospital.

Though the reason for the blaze was not immediately known, unconfirmed reports said someone had tossed lit footwear on to the dry grass.

The fire, noticed on the thicket on the western side of the tracks at Kallumalakunnu near Venniyodu, was noticed around 11am. Two fire tenders from Varkala and Attingal took over an hour to douse the fire that destroyed the clump running for about 1.5km along the tracks.

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CHIEFS BUGGY STRUCK ON THE HIGHWAY IN CT

Monday, February 16, 2015    An emergency response vehicle was struck in the rear by a high-speeding car on Saturday, Feb. 14 while parked on the left shoulder to provide assistance to a car stuck on a guard rail.The emergency response vehicle, a 2009 Chevrolet Suburban, had just come from assisting on a car accident on Route 2 East, exit 5b with three other emergency response vehicles, and had stopped on the way back to the fire station upon discovering another accident at exit 5a.  The accident in question was a car stuck on the center median guard rail separating east bound and west bound traffic.  The emergency response vehicle, occupied by the Deputy Chief and the apparatus operator, parked on the left should with all warning devices activated.

After checking on the driver in the car stuck on the guard rail, the apparatus operator was returning to the emergency response vehicle when it was rear-ended by a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed.

The Deputy Chie... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER STRUCK AND KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY - SOUTH CAROLINA

Monday, February 16, 2015   We regret to pass on to you that a Kenneth Stanton, a Firefighter in Sandy Springs (Anderson County) was struck and killed in the Line of Duty this evening, Sunday.Initial reports are that the crash, on US-17, occurred at around 2100 hours. Stanton, 52, was operating at the scene of a previous crash when he struck by a vehicle. The former Marine and now volunteer Firefighter was immediately treated and transported but succumbed to his injuries. This incident may also be a hit and run-that's not yet been confirmed.
We will have much more-also please follow www.SConFIRE.com for additional details. 
Our condolences to all those affected.




     

FF STANTON, RIP

FF STANTON, RIP



 

FIREFIGHTER/EMT's STRUCK ON INTERSTATE-SERIOUSLY INJURED

Sunday, February 15, 2015  At just after midnight this morning, units from (Montgomery County, Maryland) stations 710, 711, and 726 were operating on the inner loop of I-495 just past River Road.

As the crew from Ambulance 711 was assessing the occupants sitting in a car along the right shoulder before the primary accident scene, ambulance crew, the original vehicle , and the ambulance  was stuck by a pickup.

This impact injured two (2) of the four (4) members of Ambulance 711’s crews and entrapped the original occupants sitting in the car.

Additional resources were called and  patient care was initiated. The  two injured members of Ambulance 711’s crew received serious injuries and were transported to Suburban Hospital trauma center with serious life threatening injuries. The other two crew members where un-injured.

The original three occupants of the car had to be extricated from the vehicle and all three were taken to Medstar trauma center. More to ... [ more ]

     



 

FIREFIGHTER SERIOUSLY HURT IN HAWAII

Saturday, February 14, 2015   A firefighter with the Honolulu Fire Department was seriously injured Friday when when a strong gust of wind nearly blew him off a roof he was repairing in Kaneohe."We were dispatched to Kanaka Street to address a blown roof here," said Honolulu Fire Capt. Stewart Williams of the Kalihi Kai fire station. "My firefighters along with several other crews from the area were in the process of addressing the roof when unfortunately a firefighter got injured."

A high gust of wind lifted a tarp on the roof, which then threw the firefighter into the air. He was then slammed hard onto the roof.

Fire crews stopped work on the roof to tend to his injuries. A large group of firefighters carried him to a waiting ambulance, which transported him to the Queen's Medical Center in serious condition with hip and back injuries.

As portions of Oahu and Kauai remain under a High Wind Warning, reports of road debris, power outages, and blown roofs came in from vario... [ more ]

   


 

Firefighter’s mother: “He was such an inspiration”

Lt. Randy Parker is seen in a 2004 Macon-Bibb County Fire Department file photo.

Lt. Randy Parker is seen in a 2004
      Macon-Bibb County Fire Department file
      photo.

Saturday, February 14, 2015   Randy Parker was just three days old when his mother was told to prepare for his death. Gwen Dixon had given birth to a 3 pound 5 ounce boy, two months early, at Robins Air Force Base Hospital.

His weight dropped to 2 pounds 15 ounces. Doctors gave up hope.

“To live, he has to learn to breathe,” they told her.

He continually stopped drawing breath in those early days, too premature for his lungs to function instinctively.

She prayed fervently.

“I’ve always called him my miracle baby,” Dixon said Friday. “After I got off my knees, he never stopped breathing again.”

In 1992, Parker had another close call when he was hit by a vehicle while out jogging.

“He has been close to death twice before and by God’s grace, he pulled through,” she said.

Wednesday night, Parker drew his final breath while serving his community.

He led the charge into a burn... [ more ]

   


 

APPARATUS ROLLOVER IN VA

Saturday, February 14, 2015  Four firefighters were sent to a local hospital when their fire truck flipped over while taking a corner at the intersection of Benchmark and Mine roads in Spotsylvania County.
Sources say the injuries to the Sposylvania volunteer firefighters were not serious.


     



 

VALENTINES DAY LODD's: Pittsburgh & Houston, Macon-Bibb: INSPIRATION (The Secret List)

Saturday, February 14, 2015  REMEMBERING THE PITTSBURGH BUREAU OF FIRE & HOUSTON FD VALENTINES DAY LODD'S PITTSBURGH, PA:
Shortly after midnight on February 14, 1995, 20 years ago today, 3 Pittsburgh Firefighters were killed in the Line of Duty in a single family dwelling fire after a building collapse. Captain Thomas Brooks, Firefighter Patricia Conroy and Firefighter Marc Kolenda became separated from their crew when the stairwell collapsed. 

This loss really catapulted the issues related to firefighters trapped and firefighter rescue throughout North America. 
There were numerous factors that lead to the tragic deaths of these 3 Firefighters-factors that we should be well educated in. RIP.
Need a drill subject this week? No better way to honor the Fallen Firefighters.
Here ya go:
HERE is the USFA Report: http://www.interfire.org/res_file/pdf/Tr-078.pdf
 
HOUSTON, TX: 
Firef... [ more ]

   


 

RESCUE TRUCK ROLLS OVER IN VIRGINIA

Saturday, February 14, 2015  Four Firefighters were sent to a local hospital when their fire truck flipped over while taking a corner at the intersection of Benchmark and Mine roads in Spotsylvania County. The injuries to the Spotsylvania volunteer firefighters were not serious.

   


 

UPDATE: Fire Chief Survives Fire Truck Explosion

Friday, February 13, 2015   The chief of the Bristow Fire Department is in the hospital with serious injuries, after an accident in the last place any firefighter would expect to get hurt.

Chief David McSpadden was hurt when a truck he was working on at the fire station exploded on Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

"He's extremely lucky. As far as I'm concerned, somebody was really watching over him," said his son, Matt McSpadden.

Being the chief's son and a former firefighter himself, Matt, knows the risks and always knew a call saying something had happened to his dad could come at any time.

"You expect this stuff to happen on fires," Matt said. "You don't expect it happen in the station."

Chief McSpadden was working on a tanker truck Tuesday afternoon when the explosion happened. The 1984 former military truck was donated to the department about a year ago and firefighters have been trying to get it up and running ever since.

"He smelled batt... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER RECALLS HIS CLOSE CALL---A BRUSH WITH DEATH IN LONDON, ONTARIO, CANADA

Friday, February 13, 2015   A little farther and Firefighter Phill King wouldn’t have been around to tell this story. A few seconds more and the London fire captain and his crew might have lost their lives at a fire last weekend.
“In a matter of minutes it (changed) from a very average fire. It went from good to bad very quickly,” King said Thursday, perched on the bumper of the fire engine that took him to the fire on Clarence St. on Feb. 7.
Beside him, his safety helmet is melted from the intensity of the blaze. It was knocked off his head for seconds during the intense fire, searing the top of his head.
The helmet used to be a bright red — it’s now charred black. So are the helmets of two of his crew members who were inside the home with him.
“If we’d been three feet closer to that room, survival would not have been an option,” he said.
When King and his crew — Matt Lane, Jason Lundy and Scott FitzGerald — got to the call, there didn’t appear to be smoke comin... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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