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FFS AND COPS DRIVING MORE DISTRACTED THAN EVER

Monday, October 6, 2014  Distracted drivers of emergency vehicles were to blame in collisions that killed three Southland residents and injured about 140 others in California over the last two years, according to a state database and local reporting.

These drivers of police cars, fire trucks and ambulances caused at least 180 traffic collisions in the state last year — or about one every other day — up from 165 collisions in 2012, according to data from the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System that is run by the California Highway Patrol.



In fact, the number of collisions involving distracted emergency vehicle drivers on public roads who were at-fault increased by 122 percent over the last decade coinciding with a meteoric rise in technology.

“Black-and-whites now are equipped with more equipment that affords faster and more accurate information to officers but at the same time provides a certain degree of distraction while driving,... [ more ]

   


 

AERIAL INTO POWER LINES DURING TRUCK CHECKS IN CA

Monday, October 6, 2014  SYNOPSIS

On the morning of Sunday October 5, 2014, the Operator of Tuck 16, standing on the turntable, was preforming his morning readiness check of the aerial and during his check the ladder was rotated to the right, and extended over the power lines that are in adjacent lot north of the fire station.  The upper fly/egress section of the ladder was above the power lines, when without warning, the 60Kv line arched to the tip of the truck, creating a loud explosion and knocking the power out to the fire station. 

The operator was uninjured but transported to the ER as a precaution for medical check out and evaluation. 

NARRATIVE

At approximately 0930 hours, the Operator of Truck 16 pulled the truck on the front ramp to conduct his routine morning checks of the vehicle and part of the check including flying the aerial.

As required by standard procedure, the jack pads, which where the aluminum style, we... [ more ]

     



 

MD TILLER LADDER CATCHES FIRE RESPONDING TO FIRE

Monday, October 6, 2014  A fire truck responding to a fire in downtown Silver Spring Monday afternoon caught on fire, Montgomery County Fire said.

The fire truck was responding to a one-alarm fire in the 8200 block of Georgia Avenue, authorities said.

No injuries have been reported, Montgomery County Fire said.

     



 

RESPONDING APPARATUS CRASH IN DELAWARE

Sunday, October 5, 2014  A Delaware fire truck crashed on the way to a large barn fire in Leipsic, Kent County. The fire broke out at approximately 0430 hrs today on the 1800 block of East Denney's Road. Several tanker trucks carrying water were called to the scene due to a lack of fire hydrants in the area. The fire truck, which is just one of two in the Leipsic Fire Company, flipped while headed to the blaze. The driver of the fire truck, 72-year-old John Burkett, was transported to Kent General Hospital where he was examined and released. Four firefighters on board the truck were uninjured in the incident.

   


 

ALBANY, NY PLAN WOULD CLOSE DOWN LADDER COMPANY

CBS Albany Video

Sunday, October 5, 2014  There is controversy days after Albany's mayor rolled out the city's budget plan. The issue is over how the city plans to meet roughly $176 million in demands. “When we get [an] alarm of fire we dispatch three engine companies, two ladder companies, the heavy rescue and a paramedic rig and the battalion chief,” Albany Fire Chief Warren Abriel said. But firefighters could soon be dealing with a smaller pool of apparatus. The budget looks to close Ladder No. 1, which Mayor Kathy Sheehan says will save the city $1.2 million in overtime costs without laying anyone off. Abriel says the change will not necessarily affect response time but he admits it may require Albany to ask for more mutual aid. “We wouldn't have the buffer with the extra ladder truck,” Abriel said. Still, Abriel says it's the best option the department has in terms of closing a $1.3 million budget gap. “Not any chief or any city official would want to take a company out of service,” Abriel sa... [ more ]

   


 

Seven 911 Dispatchers Transported To Area Hospitals from Northwest Central Dispatch System After Spark, Extinguishing Agent Discharged, Arlington Heights

Arlington Cardinal Video

Sunday, October 5, 2014  Arlington Heights police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 3:19 PM Saturday to an activated fire or smoke alarm at Northwest Central Dispatch System 9-1-1 Center 1975 East Davis Street Arlington Heights, IL. Police and firefighter/paramedics next received a report that some evacuation was taking place

For at least three minutes Northwest Central Dispatch System did not respond to radio traffic from Arlington Heights fire units responding to the scene.

Fire units reported that a police squad car was blocking access to the scene.

Some type of spark in electrical or electronic equipment arced when power was turned on. The spark apparently set off an FM-200 automatic fire extinguishing system.

Firefighters checked on air quality in the center, but did not report any fire or explosion.

Three Arlington Heights rescue ambulances responded to the 911 dispatch center. Six or seven dispatch center personnel were tr... [ more ]

   


 

FDNY LADDER STRIKES PEDESTRIAN

Saturday, October 4, 2014  A woman was injured when she was hit by an FDNY fire truck Friday.

The 86-year-old was walking in Midwood Friday afternoon when Ladder 156 hit her, 7Online.com reported.

Ladder 156 was headed to a fire with its lights and sirens at the time of the incident, according to 7Online.com.

The woman was transported to the hospital.

FDNY and NYPD are investigation, PIX11.com reported.

   


 

FATAL EMS HELICOPTER CRASH IN TEXAS

Saturday, October 4, 2014  Reports are that one person is dead and three others were injured in an air ambulance helicopter crash Saturday morning in Wichita Falls, Texas.The helicopter was on a flight from Oklahoma to United Regional Hospital in Wichita Falls when it crashed while approaching the hospital. The Bell 206 Long Ranger helicopter crashed just west of Wichita Falls downtown. The helicopter had a crew of three and one patient. They had picked up the patient in Oklahoma and was flying to the hospital when it went down. 


The Air Evac Lifestream helicopter is based near the hospital according to Wichita Falls police. We'll post more when we have it. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.

   


 

CA FFs FIND BOOBY TRAPPED GROW OPERATION

Friday, October 3, 2014  Vallejo firefighters found a large marijuana grow Thursday night inside a burning commercial building at 615 Florida St.

Fire crews responded to the blaze at about 6:45 p.m. to find smoke coming out of all sides of the building as well as the roof, Vallejo Fire Battalion Chief Cliff Campbell said. As crews entered they came across tripwires attached to pepper spray burglar devices and smoke bombs as well as a large number of marijuana plants and indoor-growing equipment, Campbell said.

A bomb squad was called to the scene to investigate the tripwires after crews knocked down the fire.

Campbell said crews found documents inside the building indicating that the grow belonged to a medical marijuana cooperative. He said he didn't know which cooperative was involved and the documents had been turned over to the Vallejo police for further investigation.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

"Typically when you de... [ more ]

   


 

3 BUFFALO FFs, 1 COP INJURED AT FIRE

YouTube Video

Friday, October 3, 2014  Three firefighters and a police officer were injured in a Grant Street fire that fire officials said was one of several suspicious blazes that kept firefighters busy early this morning.

None of the injuries was serious, but Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield said investigators will be examining the fires that hit several properties along Grant Street from West Ferry to Forest between 4:30 and 6:40 a.m. today.

Two police officers were the first to respond to the most serious fire at 472 Grant St., where a deli and grocery are located.

Officer Nicholas Militello and Lt. Rick Lark kicked down a door next to the deli entrance, alerting the resident, Omar Mohamed, of a second floor apartment, who then escaped with the officers.

The call to the fire department came in at 6:40 a.m., and at last nine fire vehicles responded. At one point, heavy smoke poured from the top story as firefighters used picks to vent the roof.

T... [ more ]

   


 

6 MONTREAL FFs FIRED FOR ROLE IN PENSION PROTEST

Thursday, October 2, 2014  The City of Montreal has fired six firefighters for their role in a violent protest at city hall in August.

Hundreds of municipal workers stormed city hall on Aug. 18, trashing council chambers and interrupting a meeting to protest Bill 3 — the province's proposed pension reform legislation. 

   


 

NM FFs FIGHT AT CRASH SCENE

KOAT Video

Thursday, October 2, 2014  Fire officials are investigating why two firefighters recently got into a physical altercation at the scene of a rollover accident.

“It’s bad. I can’t sugarcoat it. It’s bad,” Albuquerque Fire Department Chief David Downey said. “It's embarrassing and unprofessional. I can't say anything else about it. It's not a behavior we would ever condone.”

Officials are looking into whether or not the firefighters got into the scuffle before the people injured in the rollover were treated, KOAT reported.

“If all of the patient care had not been done and patient care was compromised, that makes a bad situation worse,” Chief Downey said.

Chief Downey said the incident is rare for the department.

“The only time I remember something like this occurring on an incident was almost 15 to 20 years ago,... [ more ]

   


 

SJFD Response Times Not Meeting County Requirements: Report

NBCBayArea.com Video

Thursday, October 2, 2014  A new report given to the San Jose City Council shows the fire department’s medical emergency response times are still below standards.

Those times breach the SJFD’s contract with Santa Clara County to respond to medical calls. The contract requires firefighters to respond to those calls in less than eight minutes, 90 percent of the time.


The report shows the standard wa... [ more ]

   


 

ASST FIRE CHIEF DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-COLLAPSES AT FIRE SCENE-ARKANSAS

Wednesday, October 1, 2014  We regret to advise you that  Dermott (Arkansas) Firefighter collapsed and died in the Line of Duty at a fire scene on Wednesday. Dermott Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief J.B. Hutton Jr. had been a firefighter in Dermott, since the mid ’60s.In recent years, the Chiefs duties were mainly driving the apparatus to fires, operating the controls, and sharing his experience with the younger firefighters on the scene. Wednesday afternoon, the Fire Department was called out to a tree fire that had spread into the woods, on HWY 165 South. Firefighters on the scene said that as the fire was almost extinguished, Chief Hutton reached down to pick up a hose line, then fell back, toward a fellow firefighter.

In spite of attempts by his personnel, he could not be saved. Our condolences to all affected. RIP

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FDNY APPARATUS STRUCK - NO MEMBERS INJURED

Wednesday, October 1, 2014  This incident occurred last night on the Cross Bronx Expressway. While operating at an accident scene out rig was struck. All members(except for the LCC) had dismounted the rig and were assisting EMS and PD at a minor accident when this occurred. The LCC was belted and not injured. The car never hit it's brakes(no skid marks) if not for proper rig placement this could have been a much different outcome.



     



 
 
 

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