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FIRE CHIEF STRUCK ON THE HIGHWAY IN MI

Saturday, June 20, 2015  The Green Oak Township fire chief was struck by a vehicle Friday afternoon on northbound US-23 at 9 Mile Road (M-36).Chief Kevin Gentry was out assisting an accident when he was struck by a vehicle on highway. The Green Oak Township Fire Department says the chief suffered minor injuries and will be held overnight at the hospital.

No other injuries have been reported.

Gentry has been the township's fire chief for two weeks.

The northbound US-23 lanes were temporarily closed but have since reopened.  

   


 

MI DEPT. TO ADD RUMBLER SIRENS TO RIGS

Saturday, June 20, 2015   Four people were hospitalized Wednesday evening after the ambulance they were riding in was involved in a crash in Holland and rolled onto its side.The driver of the pickup truck that struck the AMR ambulance at the intersection of US-31 and 32nd Street told authorities he didn’t see or hear the ambulance coming, even though is lights and siren were activated because it was rushing a patient to the hospital.

The crash illustrates a common danger for emergency responders. A 2014 study from the Federal Emergency Management Agency found firefighters are more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash than while fighting a fire. Crashes were the leading... [ more ]

   


 

6 FFs INJURED AT CT HOUSE FIRE

Friday, June 19, 2015  Six firefighters were sent to Saint Mary's Hospital after fire broke out at a Waterbury home on Thursday morning.
Around 10 a.m., crews responded to the fire at 768 Pearl Lake Road and Battalion Chief Bob Stoeckert said the firefighters were putting on masks and getting ready to go inside when fire was blown down on them.
Some of the firefighters suffered minor burns and others were treated for heat exhaustion, but none of the injuries are life-threatening.
Some will be returning to work, but others are being placed off duty.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but authorities said it started toward the back of the home, which is now uninhabitable.
Joe Cegelka, a neighbor, rushed home after his wife heard the fire start and called him.
"I understand, from what my wife told me, it started in the garage and there was some cars stored back there. That's all I know," he said. 

   


 

Firefighter agency calls policy shift 'catastrophe waiting to happen'

Friday, June 19, 2015  A group that represents wildland firefighters believes a policy change at the highest levels of government could lead to slower response times for fires at national parks."It's a catastrophe waiting to happen," said the Casey Judd, president of the Federal Wildlife Fire Service Organization.


Team 10 first reported on the policy change last week after hearing from multiple sources that on-duty chiefs for the U.S. Forest Service could no longer take their duty vehicles home. Sources claim not having those command vehicles and the radios inside them means fire chiefs will take up to an hour longer to respond to fires, jeopardizing public safety.

Judd told Team 10 this is a huge problem across the state of California, especially in Southern California's Cleveland National Forest.

"You've got battalion chiefs that know that forest like the back of their hand," said Judd.

Judd explained that if those chiefs have to drive from their home to t... [ more ]

   


 

STUDY CONFIRMS AUSTRALIAN FF CANCER CLUSTER

Country Fire Authority firefighters training at Fiskville in 1979. A Monash University study has found a cancer cluster among those who worked at the facility full-time and were exposed to flammable chemicals, combustion, foams and recycled firewater.

Country Fire Authority firefighters
      training at Fiskville in 1979. A Monash
      University study has found a cancer
      cluster among those who worked at the
      facility full-time and were exposed to
      flammable chemicals, combustion, foams
      and recycled firewater.

Friday, June 19, 2015  Firefighters who worked at a Country Fire Authority facility in Victoria’s Ballarat region have a higher incidence of skin, testicular and brain cancers, a comprehensive study has found.The study, conducted by Monash University, examined cancer and death rates linked to the Fiskville site between 1971 and 1999. It found 69 cancers were among the 606 people who worked and trained there, resulting in 16 deaths.

Releasing the findings on Wednesday, the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, told reporters the research confirmed “beyond any reasonable doubt” that there was a statistically significant increase in cancers associated with firefighters who worked at the site.

“This is a very tragic report,” he said. “The evidence is becoming clearer and clearer each day that people have become sick because of this place. People have died because of this place.”

Researchers found a cancer cluster in the high-risk group, considered to be those who wo... [ more ]

   


 

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ARE YOU ATTENDING THE NY STATE ASSOCIATION OF FIRE CHIEFS CONFERENCE?

Thursday, June 18, 2015   Chiefs and Commissioners...for those of you attending the NY State Association of Fire Chiefs conference this week, take a minute to stop by booth 2134. Trust me on this. As you may know, the co-founder of Firefighter Close Calls with me is Gordon Graham. Gordon is a former commander of the California Highway Patrol and a highly respected risk management expert and attorney. In 2003 Gordon formed a company called Lexipol, which helps fire departments reduce the time, effort and money spent creating, maintaining and training against policy and procedure content. If your Department policies are out of date or non-existent or training your members on policy is essentially non-existent, please take a look at what Gordon has developed. Lexipol is a trusted and proven source for fire service policy content, with policies that conform to national best practices and federal/state law, reinforced by scenario-based training. The system allows you to customize th... [ more ]

     



 

FIREFIGHTERS ATTACKED BY MAN IN UNDERWEAR. MAN NOW SPENDING TIME WITH THE COPS

Thursday, June 18, 2015  A Toledo man is hospitalized today after he tried to get into an ambulance while only in his underwear and then assaulted two firefighters at a fire station in West Toledo, authorities said.
Toledo police Lt. Dan Gerken said Bradford Lewis, 35, of Nash Road, was shocked with a Taser during an attempt by police and firefighters to subdue him. Mr. Lewis was then taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, where his condition was unavailable, Lieutenant Gerken said.
Mr. Lewis is charged with aggravated burglary, two counts of assault on an officer, and resisting arrest, he said. Mr. Lewis is under police supervision.
Toledo Acting Fire Chief Karen Marquardt said Mr. Lewis tried to get into an ambulance at about 5 a.m. at Fire Station 23 on West Laskey Road near Douglas Road , at which time two firefighters in the vehicle resisted his attempt. The ambulance was backing up a driveway at the station, returning from a run, when the suspect opened the vehicle’s back d... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER WHO TRIGGERED DEADLY CRASH WILL STAND TRIAL

Thursday, June 18, 2015  An Australian Firefighter who did a U-turn in a tanker on a motorway triggering a fatal crash has been committed to stand trial for dangerous driving causing death.
Rural Fire Service volunteer Firefighter Ian Jeffrey Wells was driving on the F3, north of Sydney, on October 18, 2012 when he performed a U-turn and collided with a Toyota Corolla which was then struck by a Mazda.
Katina Mihailidis, 64, who was a passenger in the Corolla being driven by her husband Peter, then 73, was killed when the Mazda slammed into her side of the vehicle.
Mr Mihailidis was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Wells and his passenger Paul Barwick said they saw Mr Mihailidis' flash his high beam at them as they slowed to make the U-turn and presumed it indicated that he was letting them in front.
Following a committal hearing, however, Magistrate Jacqueline Milledge ruled that Wells should have stopped and given way.
“If the lights flashed they were misinterpreted ... [ more ]

   


 

FIRE DISPATCH CENTER HIT WITH TEN FIRE CODE VIOLATIONS FOLLOWING DISPATCH SYSTEM FAILURE

Thursday, June 18, 2015  A county-wide 911 system crash in Clermont County (Ohio) led to a fire marshal's investigation into multiple fire code violations at the county's 911 dispatch center. County officials are under a strict deadline to comply with the state's fire code or potentially face charges.Last Friday at 4:30 p.m., dispatchers and fire responders were unable to use the county's radio system after temperatures inside the communication tower building reached 148 degrees. The air conditioning system inside the building, which keeps the radio systems cool, quit working.

The county did not have a monitoring system in place, which would have detected an increase in temperatures. The two HVAC units that were in place to back up an HVAC failure were not working, according to Central Joint Fire-EMS District Chief Kevin Riley.

It took the county until 4:48 p.m. to get the 911 system back online, which Riley told FOX19, put all public safety workers at risk. "This radio system is every... [ more ]

   


 

The Prison Escape, The Firefighters & Mutual Aid (Please share, post etc)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015  Unless you have been in hiding or working on the Donald Trump Campaign, you are well aware of the Clinton Correctional Facility (New York) "great" escape that took place last week, June 6, when two inmates were discovered missing during a bed check at 0530 hours at the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility. The inmates both had been convicted of murder. Neither have been found yet and the story will make quite a movie. Hopefully, Hollywood will include the IMPACT this escape has had on one area fire department.  

SMALL TOWNS & "THE" FIREHOUSE
If you grew up in a relatively small town, you would definitely remember that the firehouse was the towns focal point, From being the social place to the place where that giant whistle, siren or horn would blow for a fire call-EVERYONE knew where the firehouse was. It was where parades started, boy and girls scouts had meetings, where people would go to vote-and just a really cool place. In our home town on Long ... [ more ]

     



 

Charleston Firefighter Shares PTSD Story

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 

Former Charleston firefighter shares story of PTSD after Sofa Super Store fire

Posted: Jun 16, 2015 3:28 PM CDT  Updated: Jun 16, 2015 5:04 PM CDT

CHARLESTON, SC - Thursday marks the eighth anniversary of the furniture store fire that killed nine Charleston firefighters.  One firefighter who survived the fire, and watched as the building collapse on his brothers, spent years fighting another battle against Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


Travis Howze says his nightmare began when he volunteered to recover the bodies. "It does make me proud to know that I volunteered to go in and bring them out,” Howze says, “although that one decision in my life haunts me more than anything.”

Nearly ei... [ more ]

   


 

TAKING TIME TO REMEMBER BOSTON AND CHARLESTON FIREFIGHTERS WHO WERE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY

Wednesday, June 17, 2015  Today and tomorrow are anniversaries of some of the largest loss of Firefighter lives in our history. The Boston Hotel Vendome fire was the worst firefighting tragedy in Boston history. 9 Boston Firefighters were killed when part of the building collapsed, June 17, 1972.
The fire was brought largely under control by 4:30pm. Several crews, including Boston Ladder 13 and Engines 22 and 32, remained on scene performing overhaul and cleanup. At 5:28pm, abruptly and without warning, all five floors of a 40 by 45 foot section at the southeast corner of the building collapsed, burying a ladder truck and 17 firefighters beneath a two-story pile of debris.

Occurring one day prior to the Father's Day, 8 Firefighters were injured, and 9 Firefighters lost their lives in the worst firefighting disaster in Boston history. The men who were killed were: Fire Fighter Thomas W. Beckwith, Fire Fighter Joseph E. Boucher, Lieutenant Thomas J. Carroll, Fire Fighter Char... [ more ]

     



 

PRISON SENTENCES IN THE DEATH OF 10 FIREFIGHTERS

Wednesday, June 17, 2015   A former executive was sentenced yesterday to nearly 13 years in prison after admitting he provided false performance specifications to win a firefighting contract for a helicopter that crashed on a 2008 forest fire in California, killing seven firefighters and two pilots.The deaths rank as the worst toll of working firefighters in a helicopter crash in U.S. history.
In passing sentence in U.S. District Court, Judge Ann Aiken scolded former Carson Helicopters vice president Steven Metheny for breaking every oath he had ever taken, from his time as an Eagle Scout growing up in Connecticut, to being a helicopter pilot for the National Guard in Connecticut and Oregon.


“In the end, you betrayed all your friends and family and the oaths you have taken,” she told Metheny, 45. “If you had been found out and no one died, I would impose the same sentence.”
Metheny had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, as well as making false st... [ more ]

   


 

DON'T BURN YOUR ONLY FIRE APPARATUS. PLEASE. DON'T. DO. THIS.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015  Nakuru County (East Africa) no longer has a firefighting engine, after the existing one was burned by angry residents yesterday. The engine was burnt to ashes by Salgaa residents after the crew attempted to put off a bonfire lit by protesters along the Nakuru-Eldoret highway.
Firefighter Julius Yeter said some protesters started stoning the fire engine before pouring gasoline on it and setting it ablaze.
The apparatus could not drive off since two trailers had blocked the engine, and the apparatus driver was hurt in the incident.
The protesters faulted the county government over inadequate parking lots at Salgaa, which they said were occupied by buses leaving no room for other motorists.
"We are tired of this county government and we shall not stop until our parking lot plight is addressed by governor Kinuthia Mbugua," said a resident, Peter Rotich.
Those bastards. No Parking Lots. And there ya have it.


   


 
 
 

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