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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 19:02

By Fox8:

The massive fire that heavily damaged a 48-unit housing complex is under investigation.

Olmsted Falls Mayor James Graven said that 911 dispatchers received a call at 10:32 a.m. Thursday from a woman indicating her unit had caught on fire at Chandlers Lane Condominiums located in Sprague Road and Chandlers Lane area.

The call then disconnected, according to the mayor.

When firefighters arrived on scene the building was reportedly engulfed in flames.

Witnesses told Fox 8’s Matt Wright they heard an explosion shortly before the fire.

The mayor said that crews from Olmsted Falls and the surrounding areas responded to the fire.

One resident and two firefighters required medical treatment.  Mayor Graven did not reveal the condition of these individuals, however he said that the firefighters sustained their injuries while fighting the fire.

Read the full story here.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:43

GARDNER, Mass. — A fire chief was injured while providing mutual aid at a house fire Friday.

CBS Boston reported that firefighters were called a single-family house fire around noon. Fire Chief Richard Ares, 59, was hurt when he fell 6-to-8 feet from a deck onto pavement when a railing failed.

He was conscious and alert at the scene following the fall. He suffered a concussion and back injury. Officials have said his injuries are not life-threatening and he’s in stable condition.

Jim Ares, the fire chief’s son, tweeted that his father has “…Compression fractures in his lumbar spine. Again, he’s stable and doing well.”

An EMT was also treated for smoke inhalation at the fire. Fire officials are investigating the blaze.

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Raw video from DC 4-alarm fire with rescues at seniors apartment building

Statter 911 - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 22:55

Marines at nearby barracks rush to aid residents

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 20:39

Three firefighters were injured in a blaze that broke out at a warehouse in Boyle Heights on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The massive commercial fire in the 2800 block of East Pico Boulevard was reported around 12:46 p.m., fire officials said.

It took more than two hours and about 150 firefighters to put out the flames. The blaze had sent up a massive pillar of smoke that could be seen miles away.

Three firefighters battling the flames on the roof suffered some burns when the a portion of the roof gave way. At least one fell partially through the roof but managed to pull himself out with the help of the two others, officials said. The firefighters were able to escape from the damaged roof and were taken to a hospital.

Fire officials said contents inside the building appeared to have included clothing material. Property records show the commercial building was being used by a clothing wholesaler.

Officials said firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings.

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Video: 3-alarm house fire with evacuation order in New Jersey

Statter 911 - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 07:16

Fire Monday in Franklin Township

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 19:24

An Ithaca firefighter suffered a minor injury while fighting a garage fire in the 1100 block of Danby Road on Monday night and was treated at Cayuga Medical Center.

Tompkins County 911 took a call just after 10:00 pm from a woman stating that she could smell smoke and thought her garage was on fire.

Crews quickly deployed hose lines to extinguish the fire and ventilate smoke from inside.
The fire was contained to the garage.
All of the people living inside the home made it out safely, but firefighters did rescue a cat, that later died at the Cornell Companion Animal Hospital.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation

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Must see video: A fire-nado steals the hose

Statter 911 - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 00:49

Hose melts after being pulled in by vortex

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:05

A city firefighter’s decision to alert the state that volunteers are behind on mandated training prompted the fire chief to forbid the crew of 18 volunteers from rushing into burning buildings.

“The training will be upgraded,” Mayor Daniel Dwyer said. “We will do it in a couple of weeks.”

Dwyer said a “disgruntled” firefighter contacted the state’s Public Employees Safety Health Bureau to complain about the lack of training, which led to Chief Bill Hummel’s decision to sideline the volunteers.

The restriction put on the volunteers and not on the 12 paid firefighters reflects an ongoing battle between the volunteers and members of the paid firefighters’ union, said Michael Stammel, one of the volunteer firefighters and a Rensselaer County legislator.

Stammel said that the paid staff is trying to squeeze out the volunteers, an effort that escalated into a 2016 lawsuit filed by Rensselaer Professional Firefighters Local 2643 against the volunteers. The suit seeks to restore city funds to the paid staff that were for equipment and other things the volunteers needed.

Stammel said paid firefighters give short notice to volunteers about mandatory training.

“We are told the night before or the day of,” Stammel said. “Unless we are at the firehouse all the time, we usually can’t make it. Our training has been hit or miss. This has been going on for a while.”

He said that he and most of the other volunteer firefighters have not received annual training and tests, including hazardous-material and workplace-violence training as well as fitness tests, for years. Often, he said, training is done outside of the area.

“We shouldn’t have to go outside of the city to get the training,” Stammel said. “These trainings and tests are important.”

The restrictions on volunteers follows two major city fires, one at a housing development in April and one that killed a grandmother, mother and son in March.

The Commissioner of Public Works Dominic Tagliento said that all the volunteers will receive an eight-hour refresher course in two separate sections this week and next. They will then be allowed to go back inside burning buildings.

“It was a misunderstanding,” Tagliento said. “After they catch up, we will make sure the volunteers get training on a steady basis. But there was no time that anyone was at risk. These are highly trained firefighters who would do what they were trained to do.”

It’s not just training. Stammel said volunteers are supplied with subpar equipment, have no lockers at the firehouse and no keys to the firehouse. They are not alerted about a fire until the paid staff is notified, he said.

“We just want to be treated equally,” Stammel said. “Treated equally communication wise, equipment wise and respect wise. We are all employees of the city, even though we are not paid, we should be treated equally.”

Dwyer said the dispute between fire department factions has “been blown out of proportion.”

“We have fights,” Dwyer said. “It’s been handed over to the lawyers.”

Hummel did not return a call for comment.

“If a neighbor’s house is burning, you’re going to help no matter what the chief may say,” Stammel said. “It’s in our blood. It’s an obligation, not a job, to take care of our community.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:01

Nearly two dozen people were injured Monday after a 7-alarm fire erupted in a New York City parking garage, officials said.

More than 200 members of the FDNY were on scene of the blaze at the Kings Plaza Shopping Center in the borough of Brooklyn.

Three civilians and 18 firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The vehicles initially caught fire on the second floor inside the parking garage at around 8:30 a.m. It took till approximately noon to get the fire under control, NBC New York reported.

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New video from burning North Carolina firehouse

Statter 911 - Mon, 09/17/2018 - 11:24

Building & apparatus destroyed in Macclesford

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 15:13

A Guil-Rand firetruck overturned on Harlow Drive near NC 62 on Sunday.

It remains uncertain how the truck overturned. Nobody was seriously hurt, according to a tweet from Piedmont Triad Roads.

Guil-Rand firetruck overturns in Guilford County

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Video: North Carolina fire station burns

Statter 911 - Sun, 09/16/2018 - 13:42

Fire through roof, apparatus destroyed in Macclesfield

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Denver TV station apologizes for report saying EMS crew ignored call to help child

Statter 911 - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 14:37

KMGH-TV/Denver 7 says it was "incorrect for us to state that the initial crew ignored the request for assistance"

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 11:50

A former Yakima (WA) Firefighter says he was injured on the job because the city understaffs its fire companies.
The accusation is part of a damage claim the former firefighter, Jerry Elmo Jr., submitted earlier this summer, asking the city for $450,000 in damages related to the injury.

City spokesman Randy Beehler says the city doesn’t comment on pending claims or litigation.
Elmo, who was terminated in May for an inability to “perform the essential functions” of his job, lays out the circumstances surrounding his injury and the subsequent damage claim as follows:

In July 2015, Elmo and his crew responded to a fire in the 400 block of North Fifth Avenue after they had already helped put out a fire in the 600 block of Pleasant Avenue. The response came without rehabilitation — time to rest, cool down or get food and beverage, according to the claim.

While fighting the second fire, Elmo was thrown off balance and “experienced two pops” and pain in his hip and groin, which resulted in him being taken to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, according to the claim.
“My injury was a direct result of the city of Yakima’s negligence and intentional conduct. The city of Yakima intentionally understaffs its fire squads, creating dangerous conditions and fails to provide adequate opportunity for firefighters to rehabilitate,” he stated in the claim. “Despite having continuously worked for a long period, my squad and I were not given rehabilitation at any time that day.”

He was later terminated for his inability to do his job as a result of his injuries. The claim also contends the former firefighter was “prohibited” from performing light duty work because of the fire chief’s “personal vendetta against me.”
Elmo is requesting the city pay $450,000 for sick leave time, holiday time and lost wages, among other compensation.

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Early video: 1 dead, 10 injured after dozens of fires & explosions in Massachusetts

Statter 911 - Fri, 09/14/2018 - 00:30

Fires believed fed by over-pressurization of natural gas lines

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Pre-arrival video from Salt Spring Island, BC house fire

Statter 911 - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 11:36

Early video from Sunday house fire

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Texas Fire Chief Gives Preview of Federal Report On Firefighter’s Line of Duty Death

Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 09/13/2018 - 09:13

San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood offered his interpretation of a federal report to be released this week that examines the circumstances surrounding the Line of Duty death of firefighter Scott Deem.
He has seen a preliminary copy of the review that was conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, an institute within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He declined to provide a copy prior to its official release but pre-emptively gave an overview of its conclusions during an interview Monday with the Express-News.
Firefighter Scott Deem died last year in a horrific blaze at the Spartan Gym. (Photo/San Antonio Fire Dept.)
Hood said he was doing so to make sure reporters understood the nuance of a report that was not written for laypeople. Reporters from local TV and radio stations were not included in the meeting.

“It’s a training document, and so a reporter is going to look at that and they’re going to gloss over about the first two minutes,” Hood said. “That’s why I wanted to sit down with you and try to give you an opportunity to understand it, to get things right.”

According to Hood, the report identifies seven factors that contributed to Deem’s death during a fire last year at a Northwest strip mall. Two firefighters were injured, including one who was with Deem and is still recovering from severe burns.

Hood said one factor was strong winds that fueled the fire. Another was freelancing tactics, which refers to firefighters carrying out tasks without approval from the incident commander.

The report lists nearly 20 recommendations to prevent similar on-duty deaths. Hood said he agrees with the suggestions made in the review that focus on training and firefighting tactics. He emphasized that the department has taken steps to prevent similar on-duty injuries and fatalities, including the development of a training facility dedicated to the 31-year-old Deem.
The training facility has props, and firefighters go through exercises to escape from fake entrapments, entanglements and zero-visibility conditions.

“We are literally putting our money where our mouth is,” Hood said.

The report comes seven months after a Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office investigation identified 11 mistakes that were made as firefighters battled the massive blaze at the Ingram Square Shopping Center on May 18, 2017.

That investigation described Deem’s death as “preventable” and said the department lacked accountability.
He said at least one suggestion listed in the NIOSH report — that fire departments should provide all firefighters with radios and train them on their proper use — was not an issue in the fire.

“Everybody has radios. Everybody has mics,” Hood said. “We have all of that.”

“If you put radios in anything you write, then I’ve wasted my time,” Hood told reporters.
Hood briefed City Council members on the contents of the report during a meeting last week that was closed to the public, citing possible “legal issues.”

However, in Monday’s meeting with reporters he said there were no possible legal repercussions he was aware of.
“It was more to allow us to get that information out to council, but there are no regulating agencies that are going to sue us whatsoever,” Hood said. “The only reason we really put that there was to kind of slow down the press in terms of them lining up outside B session for us.”

The NIOSH investigation is a voluntary program that seeks to educate fire agencies and prevent similar firefighter injuries and deaths, not determine fault. It does not name of the deceased firefighter or the agency.

The fire department has a chance to review and revise the report prior to its official release.

Moving forward, Hood said the department needs to focus on learning from the mistakes and forgiving itself. He has said in the past that the real blame for the fire falls on the person who intentionally set the fire inside the Spartan Box gym, allegedly to get out of his lease.

Emond Javor Johnson, 39, the owner of the gym where the fire started, has been indicted on five felony charges, including arson and murder. He remains in jail as he awaits trial.


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Early video from a California house fire

Statter 911 - Wed, 09/12/2018 - 09:04

San Bernardino County firefighters handle fire in Victorville

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