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LAYOFFS & CLOSINGS IN FALL RIVER, MASS

Monday, July 7, 2014  FALL RIVER, MA- 35 firefighter positions were originally on the chopping block in Fall River. Six senior firefighters chose to retire so that six younger men could keep their jobs.

Still, bittersweet because 29 are losing their jobs come July 11th.

Olga Scanlon lives in Fall River. She said, "It’s a troubling situation and unfortunately things couldn't be handled any differently than it is."

The fire department is funded by a federal grant that just expired.  Firefighters say they've known for a while the layoffs were coming and wish the city would have found the money to keep them employed.

Neighbors have been showing support over the last year with these "Keep Fall River Safe,” signs but they are saddened by the news.

"The city had a few years to resolve all of this you know, to come to a conclusion and really nothing was done so they found themselves in a bind. Now we lose some firemen so it is too bad," said Fall River res... [ more ]

   


 

FIRE DEPARTMENT LIFEGUARD LODD-DURING RESCUE

Monday, July 7, 2014  A 15-year veteran Newport Beach (California) Fire Dept. Lifeguard had died in the Line of Duty attempting to rescue a swimmer in distress yesterday.
Rescue boats and search helicopters spent nearly three hours looking for 32-year-old Ben Carlson, before he was found around 2000 hours.
The other Lifeguards on the scene attempted to rescue Lifeguard Carlson, but were unable to find him because of the turbulent water and up to 10- to 12-foot surf.
The male swimmer Carlson was attempting to save made it to shore safely, according to Poster. Witnesses say Carlson went under after getting struck by a large wave and never came back up.
This is the first time the city of Newport Beach has lost one of its lifeguards in the line of duty.
Lifeguards made hundreds of rescues over the weekend due to strong dangerous rip currents and large waves, and warned swimmers who were getting in too deep. It was a preemptive warning designed to save lives after the National Weather ... [ more ]

   


 

OH FFs INJURED AT HOUSE FIRE - 1 SERIOUS

Monday, July 7, 2014  Three firefighters were injured while battling a West Chester house fire.

The fire broke out at about 4 a.m. Monday at a home in the 6600 block of Apache Way.

Two people were in the home at the time and were able to escape but a dog at the home died.

Fire crews said the fire started in the garage.

Two firefighters were treated at the scene and the other was taken to an area hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Officials later said the firefighter who was seriously injured suffered those injuries during a fall.

Fire officials said they take these situations very seriously and focus on saving lives and protecting property.

"It's a challenge sometimes, but in West Chester we're lucky to have resources and substantial crews on the scene so we're able to replace down crewman,” Capt. Kelly Mayer said.

No other details have been released.

   


 

'Collyers conditions,' cited in FDNY Lt. Gordon Ambelas' death, a hazard for firefighters

This photo shows the interior of the Harlem brownstone where brothers Homer and Langley Collyer were found dead in 1947. Firefighters now use the term "Collyers' Mansion" to describe a residence so cluttered that the piles of debris pose a danger to emergency responders. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)

This photo shows the interior of the
      Harlem brownstone where brothers Homer
      and Langley Collyer were found dead in
      1947. Firefighters now use the term
      "Collyers' Mansion" to describe a
      residence so cluttered that the piles of
      debris pose a danger to emergency
      responders. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
      Commons)

Monday, July 7, 2014  When FDNY officials referred to the "Collyers conditions" found inside the Brooklyn apartment where Lt. Gordon M. Ambelas died Saturday night, they were using a shorthand that date backs to the 1940s.

A "Collyers' Mansion," in firefighter lingo, is a dangerously cluttered house, packed with anything from stacks of newspapers to boxes to junk and collectibles.

It's a historical reference to Homer and Langley Collyer, two brothers found dead in 1947 amid more than 100 tons of collectibles, furniture, newspapers and junk in their Harlem brownstone, which they had booby-trapped.

Their lives, and deaths, have passed into the folklore of New York City - Homer's body was found first, on March 21, 1947, Langley's second, on April 8, 1947, about 10 feet away from his brother.
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FALLEN FDNY FF RECENTLY HONORED FOR RESCUE

Lt. Ambelase (right, with plaque), Mendy (boy), Rabbi David Niederman (second from left), and Abraham Gotlieb, the father. Photo courtesy of UJO of Williamsburg

Lt. Ambelase (right, with plaque), Mendy
      (boy), Rabbi David Niederman (second
      from left), and Abraham Gotlieb, the
      father. Photo courtesy of UJO of
      Williamsburg

Monday, July 7, 2014  n June 26th, Lieutenant Firefight Gordon Ambelas and his company (along with two others) were honored by FDNY Commissioner Nigro, Rabbi David Niederman of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn, and a family extremely grateful for the FDNY saving the life of their young son, who had been trapped in a role-up gate.

Less than 10 days later, the community was shocked to learn that Lt. Ambelas passed away.

“This tragic story shows the dangers the lieutenant and all FDNY members put themselves in, willingly and knowingly, to save others. They are really the bravest,” said Rabbi Niederman.

On Saturday evening, Ambelas led his members into a two-alarm fire at a 19th floor apartment at 75 Wilson Street in South Williamsburg, searching for anyone who may have been trapped inside. While performing this dangerous work, the Lieutenant became trapped in the fire, and suffered life threatening injuries. He wa... [ more ]

   


 

MD FF INJURED AT FIRE BY BUG BOMB

Sunday, July 6, 2014  A small fire caused a host of problems Saturday afternoon for first responders in Annapolis.


Officials said flames set off a chemical reaction.
It happened inside a home in the 200 block of Hilltop Lane.

Fire department officials said the flames caused a fogger containing insecticide to explode, injuring a firefighter, two police officers and a civilian.

The firefighter suffered the worst injuries and was taken to the hospital with respiratory problems

Read more: http://www.wbaltv.com/news/bug-bomb-injures-1-firefighter-2-police-officers/26812756#ixzz36itTPSF8



   


 

FIREBOAT SINKS IN SOUTHERN MD

Sunday, July 6, 2014  Thanks to  Dave Statter - www.Statter911.com for sharing this story


Not a lot of details yet except on the Facebook page of Sandy Walker. It appears some time late Saturday night the boat belonging to the North Beach VFD in Calvert County, Maryland sank in front of the Rod ‘N’ Reel restaurant on the Chesapeake Bay. The boat was recovered and is now on land. Below is some of the recovery operation.

     

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FDNY LIEUT DIES AFTER BECOMING TRAPPED IN BLDG FIRE

Sunday, July 6, 2014  An FDNY Lieutenant recently hailed as a hero for saving a 7-year-old Williamsburg (Brooklyn) boy has now been killed in the Line of Duty last night fighting a fire in a Brooklyn high-rise.

Lt. Gordon Matthew Ambelas, 40, a 14-year veteran of the FDNY, was searching for victims as he and members of Ladder 119 beat back fire on the 19th floor of the Independence Towers on Wilson St. at about 2110 hours.

Lt. Ambelas got trapped in the fire in an apartment. While he was removed following maydays and rescue, he succumbed to multiple injuries. More to follow. RIP. Our condolences to all affected.

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FIREFIGHTER DOWN IN BROOKLYN - MAYDAYS TRANSMITTED - FDNY

Saturday, July 5, 2014  Maydays transmitted at the working fire with a report of 1 Firefighter down at a high rise multi-family dwelling building at 75 Wilson St in Brooklyn this evening. Div 11 (Deputy Chief) reports that 1 Firefighter was removed to Woodhull hospital in cardiac arrest. More to follow. Keep them in your prayers.

   


 

FF OK AFTER OH MAYDAY

Saturday, July 5, 2014  Firefighters are busy on the Fourth of July, but it's easy to forget the daily sacrifice they make just going to work every other day of the year.

One Hamilton firefighter had a close call Thursday that left him temporarily unable to walk.

"A good day is a day somebody doesn't die," said Hamilton firefighter Brandon Hudson. He sat out Friday's holiday festivities, but was still feeling fortunate.

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"Crutches are easy to deal with, so it could have been a whole lot worse," Hudson said.

Deputy Chief Jeff Shaw said Hudson and a captain were battling a fire at 956 Main St. in Hamilton.

The 16-year veteran firefighter, paramedic and father of five was up on the roof of the Chinese Lantern, trying to break out windows of the burning building next door, when one missed step almost cost him his life.

"Next thing I know is that I've fallen down in between the buildings on the roof," Hudson said. "I'm ... [ more ]

   


 

LESSONS OF BOWEN TRAGEDY SHARED AROUND THE NATION

Asheville firefighters drag a 215 pound dummy dressed as a fireman from a smoke filled building during a training exercise at the Buncombe County Fire Training facility in Woodfin. The deparatment has made changes to its approach to fighting fires, including using more firefighter teams to rescue firemen in trouble in burning buildings.(Photo: Bill Sanders, wsanders@citizen-times.com)

Asheville firefighters drag a 215 pound
      dummy dressed as a fireman from a smoke
      filled building during a training
      exercise at the Buncombe County Fire
      Training facility in Woodfin. The
      deparatment has made changes to its
      approach to fighting fires, including
      using more firefighter teams to rescue
      firemen in trouble in burning
      buildings.(Photo: Bill Sanders,
      wsanders@citizen-times.com)

Saturday, July 5, 2014  It takes a team, a big team, to save a firefighter. That lesson, learned amid tragedy, should make firefighters in Asheville and around the nation safer.

After Capt. Jeff Bowen died in a fire three years ago, the department decided to re-examine its procedures. “We looked hard at that incident — we beat the national average (rescue time), we got him out under the national average — so we were wondering, why? Why did it happen?” said Lt. Dustin Cooper, a close friend of Bowen’s.

One of the things the department learned was that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule of two firefighters outside monitoring two firefighters inside was grossly inadequate.

“We’ve found it takes 15-16 firefighters to rescue one downed firefighter,” Fire Chief Scott Burnette said. “That’s what really opened a lot of eyes in fire departments around the country.

“We’ve done a lot of research, and what we’ve foun... [ more ]

   


 

STOLEN GROUND ZERO FLAG RETURNED "I AM SORRY...I HAD NO IDEA"

Friday, July 4, 2014   I am so sorry. I had no idea. Those were the words written on a note that accompanied a neatly folded American flag that was left on a Huntington Station doorstep sometime overnight Thursday.
The flag, which flew over Ground Zero following 9/11, had beenstolen from a flagpole at the home of Melissa Ielpi-Brengel earlier this week.
Ielpi-Brengel's brother Jonathan Ielpi, a firefighter with FDNY Squad 288 in Queens, died on 9/11, and the flag was one of many given to 9/11 families to fly outside their homes between Memorial Day and July 4, and again on Sept. 11.

“The flag is very special to me, and my family, not only because it is an American flag, but also because of where the flag once flew,” Ielpi-Brengel said after it was stolen.
Ielpi-Brengel had said she was spreading the word on the flag theft in the hopes that its special meaning would get back to the thief, which clearly it did.

"I hope the person or people who took it learne... [ more ]

   


 

FATAL FIRE APPARATUS CRASH IN WASHINGTON

Friday, July 4, 2014  A 48-year-old man died this morning in a crash involving a North Kitsap (Washington State) Fire & Rescue apparatus.


Around 1100 hours this morning, an engine company was heading south on a roadway and attempted to turn left and collided with the driver of a 2006 Yamaha scooter.


The driver of the scooter was pronounced dead at the scene. The front left bumper and corner of the engine was damaged. It's not yet clear if the company was responding or who had the right of way.

   


 

FIREFIGHTERS IN ISRAEL SHOT AT WHILE OPERATING

Golan Heights

Golan Heights

Friday, July 4, 2014  With all the constant turmoil in the Middle East, we have to remember the role of Firefighters in the midst of the fighting. Israeli firefighters responding to a fire call on the Golan Heights last Sunday morning were fired upon by forces on the other side of the Syrian border.
No one was injured. Israel Defense Force soldiers removed the firefighters safely. 
The incident occurred in the area of Ein Zivan, a  village in the lower Golan Heights near the Syrian border. Firefighters were responding to a call to put out a small brush fire.
As the firefighters were working to put out the fire, gunshots were fired in their direction from the Syrian side of the border. Firefighters took cover, and IDF troops immediately arrived to evacuate them.
The firefighters were able to successfully douse the blaze before they were evacuated.
The incident was just the latest in a long series in which fire from the Syrian side of the border “leaked” into Israel as... [ more ]

   


 

MAYDAY IN OH

Friday, July 4, 2014  A Hamilton firefighter made a "mayday" call and had to be rescued Thursday night while battling a "very large fire" at a Main Street building.

Fire crews were called just before 9:15 p.m. to a fire that started in the back part of the building that houses the Chinese Lantern restaurant in the 900 block of Main Street on the city's west side, Deputy Fire Chief Troy Pugh said.

A firefighter was pulled out and was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries believed to be minor, Pugh said.

The back part of the two-story structure was destroyed. It was unoccupied, but there was a lot of debris inside, Pugh said.

Some adjacent buildings also sustained smoke damage from the blaze.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

- See more at: http://m.whio.com/news/news/local/firefighter-reportedly-hurt-hamilton-structure-fir/ngYwS/#sthash.QdBcsgxV.dpuf



   


 
 
 

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