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2 CA FFs RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL AFTER MAYDAY

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015  Two of the three firefighters who were injured while battling a house fire in Sacramento were released from UC Davis Medical Center.The Sacramento City Fire Department identified the firefighters as Capt. Gary Pimentel, Adam McKahan and Alex Galang. On Tuesday, Pimentel and McKahan were released from the medical center and will continue their rehabilitation at home. The fire gutted a two-story home on the 5200 block of 22nd Avenue in Sacramento's Colonial Heights neighborhood.

Neighbor Clyde Childers said he heard a loud boom, then saw flames shooting from underneath the house. "The fire started from the basement, down in that first hole down there," said Childers as he pointed to a basement window. "And as you can see, it took the whole house." 

   


 

3 FFs INJURED IN NC APPARATUS DOWN EMBANKMENT

Wednesday, January 14, 2015  Three Firefighters have been injured when a fire engine went down an embankment in Mountain Home, NC this morning due to icy roads.  Here are some photos of the incident.  More posted as available

     



 

ORNAGE RURAL FD, NC - APPARATUS OVERTURNED

Wednesday, January 14, 2015  Another apparatus crash this morning in NC - this one is from the Orange Rural FD.  Once again icy roads were at play and members where injured.


     



 

SAN JOSE FF INJURED AT HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT FIRE BY BOOBY TRAP

NBCBayArea.com

Wednesday, January 14, 2015  A firefighter putting out a blaze at a San Jose homeless encampment fell into what authorities say was a dangerous booby trap lined with spikes.The firefighter was not hurt when he fell Sunday morning at the camp just east of Communications Hill, but authorities say the apparent trap was dangerous and could have injured someone. Officials also say the trap was not aimed at firefighters.

"Our guess is it had been there for sometime," San Jose Fire Capt. Mike Van Elgort says. "Maybe as a means of defense of on encampment to another."

And that's exactly what a homeless man named Johnny, who lives not far from Communications Hill, told NBC Bay Area on Tuesday.
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"It's a trap, they fall down," he said. "You hurt them before they hurt you."

The booby trap, a 2-foot-by-2-foot hole with wooden spikes sticking out of the bottom, was covered by a burlap sack and dirt, so the firefighter had no idea what ... [ more ]

   


 

SOURCES: RADIOS DID NOT WORK IN DC METRO FATAL FIRE

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015  Two sources with knowledge of Monday's smoke incident on Metro tell FOX 5 that firefighter radios did not work inside the smoky tunnel near the L'Enfant Plaza station. Those sources tell FOX 5 antennas inside tunnel were not working and had not been for several days. Because of that outage, they say firefighters used line of sight communication in the tunnel and cell phones to get information out.

Sources also say the first-arriving firefighters said exhaust fans inside the L'Enfant Plaza station were not immediately operational. 

   


 

FIREFIGHTERS SAVE THE LIFE OF ONE OF THEIR OWN-THE DRIVER OF THEIR APPARATUS

Saginaw Fire Department Lt. Christopher McGowan, left, and firefighter Brandon Hausbeck saved the life of a fellow firefighter last week when they were returning from the scene of a fire. The driver of their truck had a heart attack and they were able to park the truck, remove the driver from the cab, perform CPR and shock him with a defibrillator before a police officer transported him to Covenant Healthcare hospital a few blocks away. (Jeff Schrier | MLive.com)

Saginaw Fire Department Lt. Christopher
      McGowan, left, and firefighter Brandon
      Hausbeck saved the life of a fellow
      firefighter last week when they were
      returning from the scene of a fire. The
      driver of their truck had a heart attack
      and they were able to park the truck,
      remove the driver from the cab, perform
      CPR and shock him with a defibrillator
      before a police officer transported him
      to Covenant Healthcare hospital a few
      blocks away. (Jeff Schrier | MLive.com)

Monday, January 12, 2015  While riding back to the station after fighting a suspected arson on the city's East Side, two Saginaw firefighters noticed something wrong. Their fire engine, stopped at a red light, began to roll forward before the light had changed.

That's when Lt. Christopher McGowan, 37, and firefighter Brandon Hausbeck, 24, realized their driver was unconscious. The two men sprang into action, stopping the truck and saving their fellow firefighter, who was suffering a cardiac emergency.


The incident happened on the morning of Thursday, Jan. 8, at the intersection of Genesee and Michigan, as the fire engine was returning to station No. 2 on Gratiot. The engine was dispatched to help battle a blaze at 1328 Essling. 

McGowan pulled the emergency brake and got the driver out and onto the ground, checking for a pulse and removed the driver's shirt. The firefighters — both trained EMTs — hooked an Automated External Defibrillator (AED... [ more ]

   


 

UPDATE: FIREFIGHTERS BURNED/INJURED IN SACRAMENTO MAYDAY

Monday, January 12, 2015   Three firefighters were injured in a fire that broke out early this morning at a home in South Sacramento. FD spokesman Roberto Padilla said three firefighters were transported to the hospital – one for smoke inhalation and two with burns suffered while battling a basement fire at a residence in the 5200 block of 22nd Avenue.
The department identified the firefighters as Capt. Gary Pimentel, firefighter Adam McKahan and probationary firefighter Alex Galang. It is believed that McKahan and Galang were the most seriously injured.

“We did have a May Day (call) go out,” said Padilla of the 6:23 a.m. Monday fire in the Colonial Heights neighborhood. Fire still burned an hour after the blaze was first reported in the two-story residence.

When crews arrived to the burning building, smoke was pouring from the basement of the home. Firefighters began to attack the blaze and shortly after that the 6:34 a.m. May Day announcement was made, signifying ... [ more ]

     

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FIREFIGHTERS INJURED-SERIOUS-IN CALIFORNIA

Monday, January 12, 2015   At least one firefighter became trapped in the basement of a home on fire in South Sacramento Monday morning. In total, three firefighters were injured while battling this blaze.Around 6:30 in the morning, neighbors called after seeing smoke coming from a home along 22nd Avenue.

Multiple crews of Sacramento City firefighters responded to the home, which quickly became engulfed in flames.

The homeowners were not there at the time of the fire.

Two of the injured firefighters were taken to the hospital for treatment, at least one has serious injuries.





     



 

FIREFIGHTER ACCIDENTLY SHOOTS HIMSELF IN THE FIRE HOUSE

Monday, January 12, 2015   A Cambridge fire captain was hospitalized this week and is now on sick leave after he accidentally shot himself in a fire station, officials said.The captain, whose name was not released, was in a stairwell of the East Cambridge fire station at 175 Cambridge St. on an administrative task Tuesday when he was removing a personal firearm and holster from his jacket pocket in an attempt to attach it to his belt, according to Assistant Chief Gerard E. Mahoney. The gun, which he was licensed to carry, accidentally fired, hitting the captain in his hip area. The incident is under investigation by the Cambridge police and the Cambridge Personnel Department, he said.

“He should not have had it in the firehouse,” Mahoney said, adding that the incident was an accident.

The captain, who has been on the force for close to 30 years, has not been disciplined for the incident, according to the assistant chief. He is using sick days for recovery, and was hospital... [ more ]

   


 

4 COPS (TYPICAL BLUE CANARIES) AND A FF OVERCOME BY CO IN LA

Sunday, January 11, 2015  Four Los Angeles police officers and a firefighter were overcome by carbon monoxide early Friday when they rescued a man who was attempting suicide inside a boutique car dealership.A relative of the man called police about 4 a.m. and alerted them that he might try and take his own life, officials said. Officers and firefighters rushed to Exclusive Motorcars in the 10500 block of West Pico Boulevard on the Westside, where the man had apparently started at least three cars in the showroom to fill it with exhaust fumes, CBS2 reported.

The man was passed out on the floor when officers arrived, the station reported.

Police were able to rescue the man before he could succumb but four officers and one firefighter were overcome by the fumes in the process, officials said. The four officers were treated at a hospital and released, said Sgt. Peter Kim.

The firefighter was also treated and is in fair condition, said LAFD spokesman Erik Scott. The man who was re... [ more ]

   


 

MI FF SUFFERS CO POISONING AT COMMERCIAL FIRE

Sunday, January 11, 2015    Delaware Township firefighter was hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning after a fire of unknown origin broke out at Kolar Bros. Construction, Inc. early Thursday morning.According to Minden City Fire Chief Zach Kramer, firefighters were called to the corner of Palms Road and Ridge Road around 1:30 a.m., when owners Bob and Lisa Kolar were awoken by the blaze and called it in. By that time, the company's main building was fully engulfed, and the fire wound up completely destroying the building and all of its contents, including multiple skid steers and forklifts, tools, equipment, a tractor and a pickup.

Kramer said around 40 firefighters battled high winds and freezing temperatures until around 9 a.m., using over 100,000 gallons of water in the process. Delaware Township, Deckerville and Sherman Township fire departments were on scene providing full assists, and construction equipment had to be used to break through the ice of a nearby pond to get water ... [ more ]

   


 

MONTANA FIRE CHIEF DIES LEAVING BEHIND A LEGACY OF SERVICE

Sunday, January 11, 2015  Helena and East Helena communities are mourning the loss of a friend and true public servant after Eastgate Fire Chief Ken Mergenthaler died Thursday.Reports indicate that Mergenthaler died Thursday at his home.

According to Lewis & Clark County Coroner Mickey Nelson, the cause of death was a heart attack.

Mergenthaler served with the Eastgate Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years. He served as Fire Chief for 25 of those years.

Under his leadership, Eastgate expanded from a department that provides fire protection for the East Gate subdivision to a regional firefighting force that includes its own ladder truck.

Mergenthaler was also the driving force behind Montana Mutual Aid; the compact where a Montana fire department can get help from other departments around the state with a single phone call.

Chief Mergenthaler leaves behind a fire department in shock.

Tri-Lakes Fire Department Chief Bob Drake says, "He's th... [ more ]

   


 

COLORADO SPRINGS AERIAL FLIPS ON ICY ROAD

Sunday, January 11, 2015  No injuries have been reported after a fire engine flipped on its side in a front yard in Colorado Springs, after it slid into a curb.The firefighters were on their way to a fire in a residential neighborhood when the accident happened Saturday morning. The Colorado Springs Fire Department says the icy roads caused the truck to slide into the curb and topple over.

According to KRDO-TV, the accident happened just after 6 a.m., near the intersection of Rice Drive and Mt. Werner Circle on the south side of Colorado Springs.

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/icy-roads-blamed-after-fire-engine-flips-over-in-colorado-springs-yard?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter 

   


 

Firefighter Struck-Critical in NY

Sunday, January 11, 2015  This morning, a member of the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department (Orange County, NY, about an hour north of NYC) was struck by avehicle while directing traffic in front of their firehouse on Route 17k.
Firefighter Charlie Wallace was assisting an engine company that was responding to a mutual aid standby call-when he was struck.
As of 1800 this evening, Wallace remains in critical condition at Westchester Medical Center-where he was taken by medevac. Charlie has been a member of Montgomery for over 40 years and is also the current Chairman of the board of Commissioners. We'll post updates as they become available. KTIYP's


   


 

APPARATUS STRUCK ON THE INTERSTATE IN MA

Friday, January 9, 2015   A car slammed into a Hanover fire truck on Route 3 southbound Friday afternoon.The fire truck was responding to a car accident on the highway just south of Route 53 when the crash occurred. According to Hanover Fire, the fire truck driver and the two occupants in the car were transported to South Shore Hospital.

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/01/09/car-crashes-into-fire-truck-in-hanover/

   


 
 
 

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