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FIGHT IN THE FIREHOUSE - HARTFORD CT

Sunday, December 7, 2014   Two Hartford firefighters were involved in an altercation at a fire house on Saturday. 

At about 1:40 p.m. Hartford police officers were dispatched to the fire house at 25 Blue Hills Avenue for a report of a fight between two Hartford Fire Department lieutenants. 

According to police, the incident involves a reported fight between the two lieutenants at a fire located at 16 Chatham Street. The fire was reported at 11:56 a.m. on Saturday. 

Police said that both lieutenants, and a witness who is a Hartford Fire Department employee, were interviewed. Neither of the lieutenants wanted to press charges. 
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FIREFIGHTER LODD UPDATE: MORE ISSUES IN HARTFORD CT ARE RAISED

Saturday, December 6, 2014   As the investigation into the Line of Duty Death of HFD Firefighter Kevin Bell enters its third month, there is more about what transpired at Engine 16, where he worked, in the days leading up to the fatal fire.An email was sent from Hartford Fire Lt. John Nolan to Hartford Fire Chief Carlos Huertas outlining safety concerns just two days before the fire.
There are reports that firefighters at Engine Company 16 have been without a thermal imaging camera for months--and they did not have one at the time of the fatal fire...and the equipment issues were not new. Much more to come as this tragic loss in investigated. 
HERE IS MORE:
http://wtnh.com/2014/12/05/email-days-before-firefighter-kevin-b... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER DOWN FOLLOWUP: Seven Years = A Life Completely Changed

DFD FF Brendan Milewski

DFD FF Brendan Milewski

Saturday, December 6, 2014   A Detroit man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in a fire that paralyzed a Firefighter. If you have seen the movie DETROIT BURN, you know the Firefighter: Brendan Milewski.
Criminal Calvin Jones got the punishment this week in Ann Arbor federal court. He struck a plea deal in and the seven-year sentence was the recommendation of prosecutors and Jones’ attorney
DFD Firefighter Brendan Milewski was paralyzed operating at that fire at a commercial building in Detroit in 2010. Many other DFD Firefighters were injured.
Jones filled plastic bottles with gasoline for co-defendant Samson Wright who will go to trial next year.
Wright and Jones set the fire at that Metro PCS store on Detroit’s east side in 2010. As Firefighters operated, the ceiling and roof of the second floor burned completely through. The second story wall of the structure collapsed on seven Firefighters who were attempting to fight the fire. Four firefighters were for... [ more ]

   


 

FF LODD UPDATE: EMAIL DAYS BEFORE KEVIN BELL'S DEATH OUTLINE SAFETY CONCERNS

WTNH Video

Saturday, December 6, 2014   As the investigation into the death of Firefighter Kevin Bell enters its third month, we’re learning more about what transpired at Engine Company 16, where he worked, in the days leading up to the fatal fire.Through the Freedom of Information Act, News 8 has obtained an email from Hartford Fire Lt. John Nolan to Hartford Fire Chief Carlos Huertas outlining safety concerns just two days before the fire.

Department of Fire Service
Quarters of Engine Co. 16


October 5, 2014

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LODD: KOREAN FF INJURED IN GAS EXPLOSION DIES

Friday, December 5, 2014   Leung Kwok-kei, a firefighter who was severely hurt in a gas explosion on Nov. 22, died from his injuries at Princess Margaret Hospital yesterday evening.Leung, aged 49, and a 29-year veteran of the Fire Services, is survived by his wife and his 17-year-old daughter. He was Mong Kok Fire Station’s principal fireman, the highest ranking for a firefighter.

The explosion was set off by a suicide attempt in a Shek Kip Mei... [ more ]

   


 

VOLUNTEER FF KILLED AT SOUTH AFRICAN BRUSH FIRE

Friday, December 5, 2014   The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management has confirmed one of its volunteers has died while battling a fire in the Kommetjie area in the Western Cape. 

It's understood the man had a heart attack on Wednesday night.

Disaster Risk Management’s Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said, “The 44-year-old man from Ocean View suddenly collapsed and two off-duty medical doctors i... [ more ]

   


 

WA FFs BRUSH WITH DEATH IS A PLEA TO ALL DRIVERS

KOMO News

Friday, December 5, 2014   He remembers hearing a boom. He remembers the blood gushing from his face.

Fellow firefighters had to tell him what happened in between those two memories of the accident.

"That's when they told me I flew eight feet in the air, and fifteen feet over onto the freeway," said Tukwila firefighter Greg Hansen.

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3 FFs INJURED IN LEXINGTON KY FLASHOVER

Thursday, December 4, 2014   Three firefighters received minor injuries while battling a fire in Lexington.The fire happened at a home on Delmont Drive near Versailles Road on Thursday afternoon. Lexington Fire officials tell LEX 18 that three of their firefighters received minor injuries during a flashover.

A flashover occurs when everything in the room reaches combustion temperature at the same time and catches the the contents of that room on fire. The firefighters were in the front yard at the time of the combustion.

One firefighter received first degree burns to his hand.

     

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APPARATUS CRASH IN AUSTRAILIA

Thursday, December 4, 2014   Firefighters have escaped injury after a fire truck crashed in Maddington, bringing down powerlines.Police said the fire tender struck a power pole in Olga Road at 11.38am, but no one was injured.

The cause of the crash is yet to be determined, the police spokesman said.

An hour after the crash, a Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokesman told Fairfax Media details about the crash had not been confirmed and would not provide further comment.

He could not say if anyone had been injured or detail how the crash happened.

   


 

FIRE CHIEF (Ret) STABLE, STEP SON CRITICAL FROM THEIR DWELLING FIRE-NEW JERSEY

Camden City Fire Chief (Ret) Joseph Marini

Camden City Fire Chief (Ret) Joseph
      Marini

Thursday, December 4, 2014  Retired Camden City NJ Fire Chief and his step-son were both injured in a house fire in Mt. Ephraim, New Jersey. Firefighters were called to the 100 block of Third Avenue in Mt. Ephraim at 9:55 a.m. his morning.
The home is owned by retired Camden City Fire Chief Joseph Marini. He suffered from smoke inhalation and is listed in stable condition. Marini's stepson, Matt, however, was taken to the Temple University Hospital Burn Center where he is listed in critical condition.
Matt was doing work in the basement when a fire ignited. He was burned badly and Marini tried to help but the flames moved too fast. Marini was able to escape but when firefighters arrived they had to pull Matt to safety. Crews declared the fire under control at 10:20 a.m. According to Camden County Chief Fire Marshal Paul Sandrock, the cause of the fire appears to be accidental but remains under investigation.

   


 

DALLAS FFs INJURED IN SMOKE EXLOSION

Fox4News Video

Wednesday, December 3, 2014   Two firefighters suffered burns battling a late night house fire in Dallas.

   


 

ERIE POLICE OFFICER ON ADMIN LEAVE HITS FIRE TRUCK - ACCUSED OF DUI

Wednesday, December 3, 2014   Erie police say one of their officers, charged with DUI last week, was on administrative leave for another off-duty incident, that's currently under investigation.
This comes as a veteran officer is placed on administrative leave Tuesday, for a deadly traffic accident the same day. 
     
Erie police Rookie officer 28-year-old Gabriel Carducci was arrested Thanksgiving morning and charged with DUI. 
Erie police say around 5 a.m., he slammed into the back of an Erie fire department truck as it was backing into the fire station in the 1700 block of west 26th street.
That accident caused thousands of dollars in damage to the rescue truck. 
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FIREFIGHTER COMMITS SUICIDE IN MASSACHUSETTS - PREVIOUSLY ACCUSED OF A CRIME

RIP

RIP

Wednesday, December 3, 2014   A Springfield (MA) Firefighter accused of sexual assault died in an apparent suicide days after his arraignment. Hampden County District Attorney James Orenstein told the media that Luis Rodriguez, 38, was arraigned Wednesday, November 26 in Palmer District Court. He denied charges of rape and indecent assault and battery on a person over 14.
Orenstein confirmed, according to East Longmeadow Officer Terri Shaw’s police report, that a 34-year-old woman told police she met Rodriguez via Facebook and that they first met at the Eastern Avenue fire station where Rodriguez worked.
The victim said that on November 20, after a night drinking with friends, Rodriguez put the woman to bed, sexually assaulted her, and attempted to have sex with her, according to the police report confirmed by Orenstein. The woman said she repeatedly told Rodriguez to stop. According to the report, the woman reported the alleged assault on November 23.
State Police Media Relatio... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER LODD: MYRTLE BEACH FIRE LIEUTENANT LODD-IN QUARTERS

Wednesday, December 3, 2014   It is with deep regret that we pass this on from the Myrtle Beach Fire Department announcing the passing of Fire Lieutenant John Burns (1964 – 2014).  Lieutenant Burns died while on duty (12/3/2014) of what appears to be natural causes.  John began his 26 year career with the Myrtle Beach Fire Department in July 1988.  John received many accolades throughout his firefighting service, he was an active member of the Pee Dee Regional Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR), United States Air Force Veteran, and a SC State Certified Fire Instructor.  Lt Burns was a devoted friend and co-worker. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.  Our condolences to all those affected.

   


 

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Issues Report on Firefighter's Suicide

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 

NFFF Issues New Report to Address Suicide Among Firefighters



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