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2 NYPD OFFICERS CRITICAL AFTER RIDING ELEVATOR TO FIRE FLOOR

Monday, April 7, 2014  Two New York City police officers were seriously injured Sunday in a fire in Brooklyn that officials have deemed suspicious.

It broke out in a high-rise building on Surf Avenue in Coney Island just before 12:30 p.m.

The New York City Fire Department says the fire was under control at 1:20 p.m.

Police say the two officers, 38-year-old Dennis Guerra and 36-year-old Rosa Rodriguez, were found unconscious in the hallway of the 13th floor.

Officials say the officers were the first to respond to the fire.

Firefighters brought the police officers to the main entrance, where EMS personnel treated them in front of the Coney Island housing development site #1B.

Police say the Rodriguez was initially transported, conscious, to Lutheran Medical Center and was later moved to NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

According to Police Commissioner William Bratton, Guerra was resuscitated in the field ... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER CLOSE CALLS "WTF" TIP OF THE DAY

Monday, April 7, 2014  DO NOT DO THIS!


   


 

INDIANA LADDER TRUCK FLIPS RETURNING FROM TRAINING

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Sunday, April 6, 2014  Heavy rain caused a fire truck to flip this afternoon in southern Vigo County.

It happened just before 1 p.m. on Carlisle Street.
   
Two Honey Creek firefighters were inside the truck at the time.
   
Neither was injured in the accident.
   
Officials say they were returning from a training exercise when the driver lost control.

"They were coming to this hill, they tried to slow down and the truck kind of shifted to the side of the road and got off into the soft ground which pulled it on into the ditch and onto its side," Monte Huges, the Honey Creek Fire Department Assistant Chief said.

No word yet on damage to the truck.
   
It was towed from the scene. 

   


 

3 FL FFs INJURED WHEN RIG STRUCK BY SEMI ON I95

Sunday, April 6, 2014  Three firefighters from Boynton Beach Fire Rescue were taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries after their truck was involved in a crash Saturday afternoon on Interstate 95, a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman said.

The firefighters were responding to a separate two-car crash that occurred shortly before 6 p.m. on southbound I-95, just north of the Boynton Beach Boulevard exit.

The injured firefighters were taken to Bethesda Hospital East.


Their truck was moving across lanes and trying to slow down when their fire truck was struck by a tractor trailer, said Sgt. Mark Wysocky, FHP spokesman.

The driver of the tractor trailer was not paying attention to the other traffic, Wysocky said. The crash is still under investigation, but it is likely that that driver will receive a traffic citation, he said.

The were no serious injuries in the initial crash, or to the driver of the tracto... [ more ]

   


 

NC FF THAT WAS STRUCK BY ENGINE LOSES LEG

Sunday, April 6, 2014  On Thursday, a North Carolina Firefighter was struck at the scene of a wildland fire. Due to smoke conditions, there was zero visibility as the Candor Firefighters (Montgomery County) arrived on the scene at 1414 hours - and were walking to the rear of the truck - when a passenger vehicle struck FF Earl Harrington.

The fire apparatus was pulled about halfway off the road, and when FF Harrington was struck, he was pinned underneath the fire apparatus. 

Initially, as Firefighters went to the rear of the truck - to put out traffic cones and get set up to fight the fire, a passing Jeep hit the rig, pinning FF Harrington between the vehicles. A second vehicle, also traveling eastbound on the two-lane rural road, then hit the Jeep. 

FF Harrington was flown out and taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. As a result of his injuries, his left leg had to be amputated. He is listed in stable condition with additional surgery anticipated.more ]

   


 

ARLINGTON TX ENGINE STRUCK BY DUI DRIVER - 3 FFs INJURED

Saturday, April 5, 2014  An Arlington fire truck was hit by a speeding SUV Saturday morning, injuring the the three people inside.

About 3 a.m., the driver of a black SUV slammed into the driver’s side of Engine 11 at a high speed totaling the truck and injuring two firefighters and a lieutenant, said department spokesman Lee Tovar.

The engine was blocking the scene of a vehicle rollover in the westbound lanes of the 2600 block of East Interstate 30 while personnel from another engine cared for the person involved in the accident.

The firefighters and lieutenant were able to get out of the cab and were transported to an area hospital. One person had an open head wound, the other two had minor injuries, Tovar said. All three were treated and released.

The driver, identified as 28-year-old Hugo Humberto Veloz, was also transported to the hospital and then released into police custody. He is being held in the Arlington City Jail and faces a charge of ... [ more ]

   


 

WEST VIRGINIA FIRE CHIEF DIES WHILE ASSISTING ON A PUBLIC SERVICE CALL

Saturday, April 5, 2014  A volunteer fire chief in Logan County has died, investigators with the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office said.

George Underwood, 64, was the longtime chief at the Lake Volunteer Fire Department in Logan County.

Assistant State Fire Marshal Jason Baltic said Underwood had received a call Thursday evening that a culvert was blocked along Craddock Run Road.

Underwood then took a tanker from the fire department and attempted to use a hose line to unblock the culvert when he apparently collapsed and died. He was alone at the time.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the incident to determine the details of Underwood's death, and to determine if it is a line-of-duty death.




     



 

BOSTON GLOBE: A thorough investigation is crucial to firefighters' safety

Friday, April 4, 2014  Bostonians are in awe of the physical courage shown by Boston Fire Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh Jr. and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, who died last week while fighting a nine-alarm blaze in a four-story rowhouse on Beacon Street. Now members of the Boston Fire Department must show an entirely different type of courage by looking unblinkingly at what roles — if any — the department’s own incident command structure, tactics, training, culture, communication system, or equipment may have played in the fatalities. Even more important, the department must invite independent investigators to do the same.

Firefighters are risk takers, by nature. But Boston firefighters are known to push the envelope in this area. That became clear last April when 13 deputy fire chiefs rebelled against former Fire Chief Steve Abraira who, among other things, wanted the department to embrace a national standard emphasizing that firefighter safety is “paramount’’ during a... [ more ]

   


 

MAYDAY IN NORTH LAS VEGAS

Friday, April 4, 2014  The City of North Las Vegas Fire Department responded to 3005 St. George Street this afternoon for a reported house fire.  The call came in at approximately

2:58 p.m., on Thursday, April 3, 2014.  Upon arrival at 3:05 p.m., crews found a single story, multi-family dwelling with smoke showing from the roof. Once crews gained entry into the house they reported heavy smoke and flames in the attic.  Outside crews made their way to the roof and attempted to cut a hole in order to search for the fire and release some of the heat and smoke.  Within seconds, the smoke turned into a raging fire coming through roof.  One of the firefighters fell into the roof with flames surrounding him.  A second firefighter also partially fell through the roof; once he regained his balance, he immediately reached into the roof, through the flames to grab his partner by his air pack and with one hand, pulled him from th... [ more ]

     



 

LAW SUIT FILED IN COLUMBIA, MO LODD

Thursday, April 3, 2014  A wrongful death lawsuit was filed against the UM Board of Curators on March 31, in response to a collapse left Columbia fireman Lt. Bruce Britt dead.

Leigh Britt, wife of late Bruce Britt, will be represented by Rick Barry of the Law Offices of Rick Barry, P.C. in St. Louis. Judge Christine Carpenter was assigned to the case. No hearing date has been set at this time.

UM System spokesman John Fougere confirmed that system administrators are aware of the suit that has been filed but was unavailable for additional comment.

http://www.themaneater.com/stories/2014/4/3/family-firefighter-killed-university-village-files/


   


 

FF STRUCK BY ENGINE AT WOODS FIRE IN NC

Thursday, April 3, 2014  A Candor Fire Department firefighter was seriously injured Thursday afternoon when he was struck by a vehicle.

Montgomery County Emergency Services Director Corey Roberts said firefighters were responding to an uncontrolled woods fire along Cole Road near Candor.

Due to smoke, there was zero visibility. Roberts said firefighters had just arrived on the scene at 2:14 p.m. and were walking to the rear of the truck when a passenger vehicle struck the firefighter.

The fire truck was pulled about halfway off the road, Roberts said. When the firefighter was struck, he was pinned underneath the fire truck.

The firefighter was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Roberts could not say if his injuries were life threatening but said he had severe trauma to his leg and called the injury “serious.”

The driver of the passenger vehicle was taken to Moore Regional Hospital for evaluation.

The firefighter’... [ more ]

   


 

PA FF INJURED BY HOSE COUPLING AT FIRE

Thursday, April 3, 2014  A Pioneer City firefighter was injured Thursday as crews battled a house fire at 204½ Gordon Ave.

Brian Chapman was hooking up a hose when the coupling broke and hit him in the face, Carbondale Fire Chief Chris Pezak said. Mr. Chapman was taken to Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton. He is in fair condition, hospital spokeswoman Westyn Hinchey said.

"It comes with the job," said firefighter Steve Wright, who saw Mr. Chapman get hit and was injured himself fighting a fire in December.

"You are eventually going to get hurt."

Firefighters met heavy smoke and flames when they arrived shortly after 10 a.m., Chief Pezak said. The fire appears to have started in a first floor bedroom and spread to the second floor.

State police fire marshal Russell Andress said the fire was accidental and electrical.

Firefighters had it under control within the hour, but not without injury. The coupling t... [ more ]

   


 

OH FF INJURED BY SEMI SUSPENSION AIR BAG EXPLOSION

Thursday, April 3, 2014  A suspension airbag exploded in a firefighter’s face sending him to the hospital Thursday.

The Piqua Daily Call reports the firefighter, who has not been identified, was on the scene of a truck fire when the incident occurred.

Firefighters were called to the scene at East Ash Street and Interstate 75 after a driver noticed a semi’s trailer brakes were on fire.

The firefighter was “knocked to the ground” in the explosion. Medics were called and the firefighter was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center.

http://wdtn.com/2014/04/03/piqua-firefighter-hurt-battling-blaze/


   


 

FIREFIGHTER BURNED - FLOWN OUT

Thursday, April 3, 2014  3 South Carolina Firefighters were injured late yesterday afternoon-with one being seriously burned. A resident who started the fire has also been charged in the incident with failure to notify forestry of a fire and not stopping it before it spread to other properties. The most seriously burned member, a Windy Hill Firefighter, is currently at Augusta Burn Center for injuries he suffered. That Firefighter, Jacob "Jake" DeLung of Windy Hill FD, suffered facial and neck burns, third to second degree burns, when he was in the mobile home that was burning and the floor collapse. As of this morning, doctors were cleaning his burns and he may require some skin grafts in several places. FF DeLung, who is the son of Windy Hill Fire Chief John Delung, called for help and other Firefighters were able to rescue him. He was taken to McLeod Hospital first and then airlifted. Not long after FF DeLung was hurt, West Florence FD's Anthony Fox had the home's front porch collapse under him. Fox ... [ more ]

   


 

2 PA FFs INJURED IN WALL COLLAPSE AT HOUSE FIRE

Thursday, April 3, 2014  Two firefighters are recovering after getting injured while battling an early morning fire so intense that it spread to a neighboring home.

Crews were called to the 1200 block of Victoria Avenue in New Kensington when a house caught fire around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. The homeowner jumped to escape the fast-moving flames.

VIDEO: Watch Amber Nicotra's report

"He jumped either from the porch or the window, I'm not exactly sure or exactly how that happened," said Ed Saliba Jr., First Assistant Chief for the city of New Kensington Bureau of Fire. "He got busted up pretty much from his fall because medics mentioned he was in severe pain."

SLIDESHOW: Photos of the New Kensington house fire

The injured man was taken to Allegheny Gene... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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