A Close Call in PA this morning as a car slammed into a firehouse in Bucks County, setting the building on fire and killing the driver. According to Hilltown Fire Chief Jim Walter, the car went out of control at around 0430 hours outside Hilltown Firehouse #60 and the vehicle slammed into the firehouse, sparking a fire in the facility that went to a 2 banger. It took about an hour to get the fire under control but there were other injuries, and no Firefighters were in quarters at the time of the accident.
Here is their website: http://www.hilltownfirerescue.org/ and we have some pics on our home page.
NO SOLUTION TO BUDGET CUTS:
A firefighter angered about FDNY budget cuts was arrested for falsely reporting a fire at a public school on City Island in the Bronx-endangering his "own" firefighters. That was just one case as he reportedly went on a false alarm spree, pulling fire alarm boxes and calling 911 with false alarms. Nicholas Vrettos, 30, a six-year veteran of Ladder 53, made about a dozen false reports of fires on City Island. The "runs" came in within a 45-minute span on Dec. 4, the day FDNY Commish Nick Scoppetta announced $9 million in cutbacks. Vrettos, who joined in 2002, is charged with a felony count of falsely reporting an incident. The school 911 call followed an announcement that Ladder Company 53 on City Island, where Vrettos worked, was one of 4 firehouses that would be partly closed at night. If convicted, Vrettos faces up to seven years in prison. A firefighters’ union spokesman said that because Firefighter Vrettos was not on duty at the time of the call, he would not be represented by a union lawyer. Comm Scoppetta said his acts were “unforgivable.”… “Anyone who shows such blatant disregard for our firefighters’ time and the safety of the public should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Take Care-BE CAREFUL-Think.
The Secret List 12-12-08 / 0847 hours