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FF OK AFTER OH MAYDAY

Saturday, July 5, 2014  Firefighters are busy on the Fourth of July, but it's easy to forget the daily sacrifice they make just going to work every other day of the year.

One Hamilton firefighter had a close call Thursday that left him temporarily unable to walk.

"A good day is a day somebody doesn't die," said Hamilton firefighter Brandon Hudson. He sat out Friday's holiday festivities, but was still feeling fortunate.

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"Crutches are easy to deal with, so it could have been a whole lot worse," Hudson said.

Deputy Chief Jeff Shaw said Hudson and a captain were battling a fire at 956 Main St. in Hamilton.

The 16-year veteran firefighter, paramedic and father of five was up on the roof of the Chinese Lantern, trying to break out windows of the burning building next door, when one missed step almost cost him his life.

"Next thing I know is that I've fallen down in between the buildings on the roof," Hudson said. "I'm ... [ more ]

   


 

LESSONS OF BOWEN TRAGEDY SHARED AROUND THE NATION

Asheville firefighters drag a 215 pound dummy dressed as a fireman from a smoke filled building during a training exercise at the Buncombe County Fire Training facility in Woodfin. The deparatment has made changes to its approach to fighting fires, including using more firefighter teams to rescue firemen in trouble in burning buildings.(Photo: Bill Sanders, wsanders@citizen-times.com)

Asheville firefighters drag a 215 pound
      dummy dressed as a fireman from a smoke
      filled building during a training
      exercise at the Buncombe County Fire
      Training facility in Woodfin. The
      deparatment has made changes to its
      approach to fighting fires, including
      using more firefighter teams to rescue
      firemen in trouble in burning
      buildings.(Photo: Bill Sanders,
      wsanders@citizen-times.com)

Saturday, July 5, 2014  It takes a team, a big team, to save a firefighter. That lesson, learned amid tragedy, should make firefighters in Asheville and around the nation safer.

After Capt. Jeff Bowen died in a fire three years ago, the department decided to re-examine its procedures. “We looked hard at that incident — we beat the national average (rescue time), we got him out under the national average — so we were wondering, why? Why did it happen?” said Lt. Dustin Cooper, a close friend of Bowen’s.

One of the things the department learned was that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule of two firefighters outside monitoring two firefighters inside was grossly inadequate.

“We’ve found it takes 15-16 firefighters to rescue one downed firefighter,” Fire Chief Scott Burnette said. “That’s what really opened a lot of eyes in fire departments around the country.

“We’ve done a lot of research, and what we’ve foun... [ more ]

   


 

STOLEN GROUND ZERO FLAG RETURNED "I AM SORRY...I HAD NO IDEA"

Friday, July 4, 2014   I am so sorry. I had no idea. Those were the words written on a note that accompanied a neatly folded American flag that was left on a Huntington Station doorstep sometime overnight Thursday.
The flag, which flew over Ground Zero following 9/11, had beenstolen from a flagpole at the home of Melissa Ielpi-Brengel earlier this week.
Ielpi-Brengel's brother Jonathan Ielpi, a firefighter with FDNY Squad 288 in Queens, died on 9/11, and the flag was one of many given to 9/11 families to fly outside their homes between Memorial Day and July 4, and again on Sept. 11.

“The flag is very special to me, and my family, not only because it is an American flag, but also because of where the flag once flew,” Ielpi-Brengel said after it was stolen.
Ielpi-Brengel had said she was spreading the word on the flag theft in the hopes that its special meaning would get back to the thief, which clearly it did.

"I hope the person or people who took it learne... [ more ]

   


 

FATAL FIRE APPARATUS CRASH IN WASHINGTON

Friday, July 4, 2014  A 48-year-old man died this morning in a crash involving a North Kitsap (Washington State) Fire & Rescue apparatus.


Around 1100 hours this morning, an engine company was heading south on a roadway and attempted to turn left and collided with the driver of a 2006 Yamaha scooter.


The driver of the scooter was pronounced dead at the scene. The front left bumper and corner of the engine was damaged. It's not yet clear if the company was responding or who had the right of way.

   


 

FIREFIGHTERS IN ISRAEL SHOT AT WHILE OPERATING

Golan Heights

Golan Heights

Friday, July 4, 2014  With all the constant turmoil in the Middle East, we have to remember the role of Firefighters in the midst of the fighting. Israeli firefighters responding to a fire call on the Golan Heights last Sunday morning were fired upon by forces on the other side of the Syrian border.
No one was injured. Israel Defense Force soldiers removed the firefighters safely. 
The incident occurred in the area of Ein Zivan, a  village in the lower Golan Heights near the Syrian border. Firefighters were responding to a call to put out a small brush fire.
As the firefighters were working to put out the fire, gunshots were fired in their direction from the Syrian side of the border. Firefighters took cover, and IDF troops immediately arrived to evacuate them.
The firefighters were able to successfully douse the blaze before they were evacuated.
The incident was just the latest in a long series in which fire from the Syrian side of the border “leaked” into Israel as... [ more ]

   


 

MAYDAY IN OH

Friday, July 4, 2014  A Hamilton firefighter made a "mayday" call and had to be rescued Thursday night while battling a "very large fire" at a Main Street building.

Fire crews were called just before 9:15 p.m. to a fire that started in the back part of the building that houses the Chinese Lantern restaurant in the 900 block of Main Street on the city's west side, Deputy Fire Chief Troy Pugh said.

A firefighter was pulled out and was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries believed to be minor, Pugh said.

The back part of the two-story structure was destroyed. It was unoccupied, but there was a lot of debris inside, Pugh said.

Some adjacent buildings also sustained smoke damage from the blaze.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

- See more at: http://m.whio.com/news/news/local/firefighter-reportedly-hurt-hamilton-structure-fir/ngYwS/#sthash.QdBcsgxV.dpuf



   


 

UPDATE ON 7 FFs STRUCK BY LIGHTNING

Friday, July 4, 2014  Here is some information about the scene on East Mountain Road in Guilford, Vermont on July 2, 2014.


A storm was passing  over the area with heavy rain and wind. There had been thunder and lightning. A first alarm was toned for a structure fire at 1428 hours. Our engine 1 was enroute to an earlier call, an MVA, and was diverted to the fire. The building was a one and a half story wood frame with a metal roof. The first firefighter on the scene found heavy fire coming out both gable ends under the roof and struck a second alarm.


The house was near the top of the hill on a narrow, winding dirt road, with an 800 foot driveway in the middle of the woods. A delivery truck was broken down on the most direct road, causing the first and second-due engines to turn around and take a detour on a slightly longer route. All others were diverted.

The rain had let up during initial response, then it picked up an hour into the incident. At som... [ more ]

   


 

FIRE CHIEF CRITICALLY INJURED IN CALIFORNIA

Thursday, July 3, 2014   Murrieta (San Diego County, California) Fire Chief Matt Shobert was severely injured yesterday by a rock thrown from brush-clearing equipment. Shobert, who has served as chief of the Murrieta Fire Department since 2011 and was previously fire chief in Hemet, suffered severe trauma to his face. He was taken to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar Wednesday then flown to Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda. He underwent his first reconstructive surgery last night.WHAT HAPPENED: Maintenance crews were clearing brush yesterday morning and had called the Fire Department to make sure they weren’t at risk of starting a fire. A Firefighter, along with Chief Shobert, went to check on conditions there.
About 0900 hours, Chief Shobert was standing outside his SUV, a good distance from the nearest mower, when a large rock struck him in the face-witnesses thought he was shot.
When paramedics saw the ... [ more ]

   


 

MEMPHIS FF BURNED AT HOUSE FIRE

Thursday, July 3, 2014  A Memphis firefighter is recovering from second degree burns to his face, ears, and neck after a Tuesday night house fire.

The fire happened at a home in the 500 block of East Olive Avenue around 9:20 p.m. No one was home at the time and no one else was hurt.

Investigators say the blaze was intentionally set in multiple spots throughout the home.

No suspects have been identified at this time.


A witness, who did not want to be identified, told WMC Action News 5 he saw someone suspicious running from the scene.

"We heard a kaboom and then I start running. It was a guy he started running full speed past me. He ran straight past me and that's when I saw all the ambulances running past me. And then that's when I saw the house on fire," said the witness.

American Red Cross was called in to assist three people who lived in the home.

http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/25922951/memphis-firefighter-i... [ more ]

   


 

7 FFs STRUCK BY LIGHTNING IN VT

Wednesday, July 2, 2014  As many as seven firefighters were struck by lightning battling a fire in southern Vermont.


According to officials, New Hampshire fire departments are at the scene of a fire in Guilford, Vermont, where seven firefighters were hit by lightning.

Several ambulances were called to the scene to transport the firefighters to local hospitals.

All seven firefighters struck were doing OK Wednesday night, according to Brattleboro Hospital.

Officials said lightning was a possible cause of fire.


Read more: http://www.wcvb.com/news/seven-firefighters-struck-by-lightning-battling-fire/26768616#ixzz36M6rB1Lz




   


 

FIRE APPARATUS ROLLS WHILE RESPONDING IN INDIANA

Wednesday, July 2, 2014   A Center Township Volunteer Fire Department truck rolled over at about 1300 yesterday afternoon on U.S. 35. The engine company was responding to a  dwelling fire, when the side of the road gave way and the truck toppled over.
The house fire began in the basement and was detained. Power lines were down in multiple areas of the yard due to Monday night’s storms.
No one was injured during the truck rollover or fire.



   


 

SUTPHEN TAKES THE BLAME FOR PA LADDER FAILURE ACCORDING TO FIRE COMPANY

Wednesday, July 2, 2014  Officials at the Belle Valley Fire Department said improper cables installed on its tower truck during a rebuild two years ago are blamed for causing an accident with the rig's ladder that injured three firefighters on June 26.

The truck's manufacturer, Sutphen Corp. of Columbus, Ohio, has accepted responsibility and will pick up the truck today to make the necessary repairs at no cost to Belle Valley, department President Jeff Skonieczki said.

Two Belle Valley firefighters and a member of the Wattsburg Hose Co. were in the truck's bucket that was about 80 feet in the air outside of the Wattsburg Hose Co. station on June 26 when raising and lowering cables snapped and the ladder closed suddenly. The firefighters suffered neck, back and knee injuries, officials said.

The firefighters were taken to UPMC Hamot for treatment. The last was released from the hospital on Friday.

Sutphen Corp. officials are trying to determine exactly ... [ more ]

     



 

AMBUULANCE DRIVER NODS OFF BEFORE CRASH

CBS LA VIDEO

Wednesday, July 2, 2014  Jeff Johnson was on his way to work when his car broke down on I-5 near Griffith Park.

Stranded along the median, his car was slammed into by an ambulance.

CBS2′s Kristine Lazar reports why the ambulance didn’t stop: The driver was so tired that he might have fallen asleep at the wheel with a patient and a paramedic in the back.

Since the accident, Johnson has faced mounting medical bills from back surgery to correct damage done during the crash. He sued. And what he and his attorneys discovered in video taken from inside the ambulance’s cab shocked them.

In the minutes before the crash, the driver can be seen trying to stay awake.

Under California law, private ambulance more ]

   


 

FF SUFFERS LEG INJURY AT MA FIRE

Tuesday, July 1, 2014  A suspicious fire is under investigation after a four-alarm fire consumed two vacant buildings in Bridgewater and injured one firefighter early Tuesday.


The fire started just before 1 a.m. at 76 Broad St. and spread to an adjacent building, which is also vacant.


"The fire is suspicious at this time. We had several set fires in the building two weeks ago. And the crew was here doing a pre-planned walk through to keep our people safe," Bridgewater Fire Department Chief George Rogers said.

"I was working down the street and saw it. Everybody did. We were like, 'What's going on?'" said John Fritz.

A firefighter suffered a leg injury and was taken to Brockton Hospital. The fire threatened nearby homes and businesses.

"Because of the heat and everything they asked us to leave," neighbor Ken Sharland said.

Sharland's home buckled from the heat.

"Those buildings have been abandoned for a whi... [ more ]

   


 

RESPONDING APPARATUS ROLLOVER IN INDIANA

Tuesday, July 1, 2014  On the afternoon of 7/1/14 the Center Twp. IN Fire Department (LaPorte County) was responding to a house fire when this engine rolled over while enroute.  The crash occurred at 4591 N US Hwy 35.  There were no apparent injuries to the one firefighter on board according to eye witness reports.

     



 
 
 

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