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TX FIRE APPARATUS STRUCK ON THE HIGHWAY

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 10:38

A Terrell Fire Department engine was struck on Interstate 20 Friday night while working a separate crash.

Firefighters were working a crash on Interstate 30 near mile marker 498, with the engine positioned to block for emergency responders, when it was struck by another vehicle.

Two members of the Terrell Fire Department were in the engine when it was struck and were uninjured, according to fire officials.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the engine was transported to an area hospital with unknown injuries.

“This is another opportunity to remind you to pay attention to emergency vehicles on the roadway,” read a statement on the department’s Facebook Page. “Slow down and change lanes while emergency vehicles are stopped on the roadway.”

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Video: Workshop fire with guest house exposure in Adams County, PA

Statter 911 - Sat, 01/20/2018 - 09:01

Guest house damaged. Garage/workshop destroyed in Friday fire

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Today is Friday the 20th of January, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:24

Yep, I know it’s late, but better late than never.

Here are the stories to close out this week…

Have a great weekend, be safe out there!

Tom

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Mexican cargo plane suffers gear collapse at airport

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:20

By Mark Reagan, Staff writer

Brownsville/South Padre Island Airport Director Bryant Walker said the gear collapsed on a Mexican cargo plane Thursday while mechanics were testing an engine on a ramp.

At the time of what the Federal Aviation Administration is classifying as an incident, two people were on the aircraft and neither sustained injuries, FAA Spokesman Lynn Lunsford said Thursday night.

Lunsford said the plane was never intended to fly Thursday and it was just undergoing maintenance.

A large crack could be seen separating the cockpit from the plane’s body and the propellers were destroyed.

Walker said there were no fuel spills greater than one gallon and no fire, though the Brownsville Fire Department did respond.

The plane is a Convair CV-580F operated by Air Tribe, an International Mexican Air Carrier that is based in Guadalajara and Queretaro, Mexico, according to data from the Aviation Safety Network.

The plane’s first flight was in 1953, according to the Aviation Safety Network.

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/local/gear-collapse-damages-plane-at-brownsville-airport/article_80738f16-fcc1-11e7-93ad-e76b4e667135.html

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‘Watching my family burn’: Woman frantic after copter crash

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:19

RATON, N.M. (AP) — Andra Cobb was frantic when she called for help, telling an emergency operator that a helicopter she was riding in with her father, longtime partner and others had crashed in a remote part of New Mexico and that she was watching her “family burn.”

Police released 911 recordings Friday from the crash near the Colorado-New Mexico line that killed five people, including Zimbabwean opposition leader Roy Bennett, and his wife, Heather. Cobb, 39, was the sole survivor, escaping with broken bones before the helicopter burst into flames.

Her father, Paul Cobb, the co-pilot, and her longtime partner, Charles Burnett III, a Texas-based investor who owned the ranch where the group of friends was headed, also were killed in the crash Wednesday, along with pilot Jamie Coleman Dodd.

“I’m watching my family burn in a fire,” Andra Cobb screamed on the call. “I don’t know what to do. There’s a big fire. I’m covered in gasoline.”

Dodd also was able to call 911 before he died, telling authorities immediately after the crash that there were three victims and three survivors — him, Andra Cobb and Roy Bennett, who was suffering from a head wound as authorities tried to determine their location.

Officials launched a search but said the response was slow because of the rugged terrain and lack of access. Andra Cobb remained on the call for about an hour as she waited for authorities to arrive.

Bennett’s death was met with an outpouring of grief in Zimbabwe. A white man who spoke fluent Shona and drew the wrath of former President Robert Mugabe, Bennett had won a devoted following of black Zimbabweans for passionately advocating political change.

Bennett, treasurer-general of the Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change opposition party, previously survived a traumatic year in jail and death threats over his work.

He and his wife had traveled to New Mexico to spend their holiday with their friend Burnett, friends and family said. The wealthy businessman was described as a fun-loving person who enjoyed entertaining, at times extravagantly.

Burnett’s friends Dodd and Cobb were experienced aviators who would not have taken unnecessary risks in the helicopter, according to the investor’s personal lawyer, Martyn Hill. Hill and Cobb’s wife, Martha, said the co-pilot had survived being shot down while flying a helicopter in the Vietnam War.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Despite frigid temperatures, there was no indication of bad weather that night.

Engulfed in flames, the wreckage of the helicopter registered to an aviation company linked to Burnett was eventually found by authorities, who said it had sparked a grass fire.

Dodd, the pilot, said on his call that he had a broken pelvis and was trying to move away from the blaze.

Andra Cobb said the helicopter had been in the air for just three to five minutes after taking off from the airport in the small community of Raton. In the call, she can be heard weeping and telling Bennett to breathe.

“I’m very, very cold,” she tells the 911 operator.

‘Watching my family burn’: Woman frantic after copter crash

 

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Cable crew busted trying to sneak fake bomb into airport

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:17

By Laura Italiano

Seven members of a cable TV crew were arrested at Newark Airport on Thursday after trying to film themselves passing a fake explosive device through a security checkpoint and onto a plane, according to reports.

The crew was working for the cable network CNBC, according to nj.com.

The fake explosive device was in a carry-on bag and never made it past security, Transportation Security Administration spokesman Michael McCarthy said.

“They failed, were caught and were arrested on multiple charges,” he said, without elaborating on the charges.

The crew members could also be assessed civil penalties in the tens of thousands of dollars, he said.

A law enforcement source told nj.com that the fake explosive consisted of a piece of PVC pipe with wires sticking out of it.

Another source told the website that the crew was employed by Endemol Shine Group, a Dutch production company that contracts with CNBC. Endemol also produces “MasterChef” and “The Biggest Loser.”

“We are looking into the details of what happened as a matter of priority and are in contact with relevant authorities on the ground,” a spokesperson for Endemol Shine North America told nj.com.

“We sincerely apologize for any disruption caused.”

https://nypost.com/2018/01/19/cable-crew-caught-trying-to-sneak-in-fake-bomb-at-newark-airport/

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:16

58 Years ago today: On 19 January 1960 a SAS Caravelle crashed while approaching Ankara Airport, Turkey; all 42 on board were killed.

Date: Tuesday 19 January 1960 Time: 18:47 Type: Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle I Operator: Scandinavian Airlines System – SAS Registration: OY-KRB C/n / msn: 14 First flight: 1959 Engines:Rolls-Royce Avon 522 Crew: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7 Passengers: Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 35 Total: Fatalities: 42 / Occupants: 42 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: ca 10 km SW of Ankara-Esenboga Airport (ESB) (   Turkey) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Istanbul-Yesilköy Airport (IST/LTBA), Turkey Destination airport: Ankara-Esenboga Airport (ESB/LTAC), Turkey Flightnumber: 871

Narrative:
SAS Flight SK871 to Ankara (ESB) was uneventful until the approach. The flight was taken over by Ankara Control at reporting point Göynük, at 18:26 UTC. The aircraft arrived over Ankara range station at 18:41 at FL135 descending to FL120 in accordance with the clearance given. It changed over to the tower frequency and received further let-down and approach instructions. The crew acknowledged receipt of the instructions and the flight reported Ankara range station inbound at 18:45 at an altitude of 6500 feet descending.
At 18:47 the aircraft struck the ground at an elevation of 3500 feet (1067 m), between Ankara range and the Airport. Apparently, after reporting it continued on a heading of 031 degrees, descending to the impact point.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The accident occurred because of an unintentional descent below the authorized minimum flight altitude during final approach to Esenboga Airport. The reason for this descent could not be ascertained due to lack of conclusive evidence.”

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FIREFIGHTER INJURED IN INDIA

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:49

Mumbai: A fire broke out on the fourth floor of Navrang Studio in Lower Parel on Friday. There were no casualties. During the operation, fireman Dinesh Patil slipped and sustained a minor injury to his hand. He was taken to Nair Hospital.

The Worli fire station responded to the call at 1.01 a.m. Eight fire engines and seven jumbo tankers reached the spot by 1.17 a.m. Fire officers declared it level III at 1.51 a.m.. The blaze was confined to the north portion of the floor, and was extinguished at 5.34 a.m..

The building has been abandoned for the last three years. “The narrow access road made it difficult for fire engines to enter,” Chief Fire Officer Prabhat Rahangdale said.

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PA FIREFIGHTER INJURED AFTER WOMAN RUNS OVER HOSE

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:48

A firefighter suffered head trauma after a woman drove over a fire hose while Palmyra Fire Department was dispatched to the scene of a reported fire last week, police said.

The department was dispatched at 4 p.m. Jan. 9 to 1300 Park Drive in North Londonderry Township for a report of a fire, township police said. According to emergency dispatch logs, the call was dispatched as a multiple-dwelling oven fire.

A fire hose was laid in the parking lot of the apartment complex as part of the fire department’s response, police said.

More: Two historic South Lebanon fire companies merge, claim no change to service

Karissa Morder, 21, of Palmyra, was leaving the complex and ran over the fire hose, which cause her vehicle to drag the fire hose coupling, police said. As a result, the fire hose moved and knocked two firefighters to the ground.

One of the unnamed firefighters sustained head trauma and was transported to the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, police said.

That firefighter fell backwards when the hose moved and struck his head on asphalt, and was unconscious for five minutes, Palmyra Citizens Fire Company Chief Dave Dugan said. He suffered both head and back injuries. The other firefighter fell forward, landed on his shoulder, and was treated at the scene.

Dugan emphasized that it is both illegal and dangerous to drive over a fire hose.

The hose in this case was not filed with water, but if it was, driving over it could cause it to puncture or become ruptured, he said. That could both damage your vehicle and eliminate the water supply for a firefighter fighting an active fire.

“People just need to realize the severity of what can happen just by simply driving over a hose,” Dugan said. “Something so innocent can lead to something very severe.”

If there is a fire hose blocking your lane of travel, you should find an alternative route, or, if that isn’t possible, approach a firefighter on-scene, he said.

Police said the incident on Jan. 9 also caused damages of $2,119.36 for the replacement of the fire hose and damage caused to a fire truck.

Morder was charged with recklessly endangering another person, accidents involving damage to attended vehicle or property, and unauthorized driving over a fire hose, police said.

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Daughter claims NYPD left her mother to die in smoke filled high-rise hallway

Statter 911 - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 14:32

Daughter says she begged NYPD to let them shelter in place

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LANSING FIREFIGHTER UNIJURED AFTER FALL THROUGH FLOOR AT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 10:27

The Lansing Fire Department responded and crews were able to contain the fire to one apartment.

But, while inside battling the flames, one of their own took an unlucky step, falling through the second floor.

The fire captain says the firefighter isn’t hurt but they sent him to a local hospital as a precaution.

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Video & FDNY radio traffic from Brooklyn 3rd alarm

Statter 911 - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:42

Eight businesses damaged in fire Thursday morning

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Commissioner Donates Smoke Alarms To Savannah Citizens

Commissioner Donates Smoke Alarms To Savannah Citizens
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Today is Thursday the 19th of January, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:27

It’s after midnight here in London, England and I’m just now getting out the “Morning Report” (yes it’s late, no I’m not drunk)

A big thank you and congratulations to Simon Petts and his Airport Fire Officers Association team for putting on a stellar 2018 Annual Conference. It’s been a great week of sessions and interactions with ARFF professionals from this side of the Atlantic. I look forward to doing it again in 2019!

Now here are today’s stories…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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Key Zimbabwean opposition leader among 5 killed in New Mexico helicopter crash

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:11

Key Zimbabwean opposition leader Roy Bennett was one of five people killed after a helicopter crashed in a mountainous region of New Mexico, police said Thursday.

One other person “sustained serious injuries,” New Mexico state police said in a statement. The private Huey UH-1, which had six people on board, crashed Wednesday evening about 15 miles east of Raton, located near the Colorado state line.

Bennett, 60, had been a member of the British South Africa Police and the House of Assembly of Zimbabwe. As the treasurer for the Movement for Democratic Change party, he drew the ire of ousted leader Robert Mugabe.

Bennett’s wife, Heather, 55, also was among the dead. They were said to be traveling to a friend’s ranch.

New Mexico Police Department received a call around 6:00 p.m. from one of the victims in the crash who reportedly said three passengers were injured and three were unaccounted for at the time.

After arriving on the scene, officials immediately declared three of the individuals dead. Two other males were in critical condition. One died later on the scene and the other died en route to the hospital, a press release by the New Mexico State Police said.

Andra Cobb, the only survivor, lost her father, co-pilot Paul Cobb, 67, and her longtime boyfriend Charles Ryland Burnett, 61, in the crash.

According to Andra Cobb’s mother, Martha, the helicopter was headed to Burnette’s ranch. She also said they befriended the Bennetts while traveling together on cruises.

Jamie Coleman Dodd, 57, the pilot, also died in the crash.

“FAA will arrive [Thursday] to investigate cause of the crash. #NMSP officers still working to gain information,” police tweeted.

It’s unclear what caused the crash.

Huey helicopters are flown for individuals, businesses and government agencies.

Raton is 175 miles northeast of Albuquerque.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/01/18/new-mexico-helicopter-crash-leaves-5-dead-1-injured-police-say.html

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Hydraulics Leak Forces Delta Airlines Plane To Make Emergency Landing At LAX

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:02

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A Delta Airlines plane made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport this afternoon due to a major hydraulics leak in one of the aircraft’s engines, according to CBS2’s Stu Mundel.

Once the plane was on the ground, the engine was cooled with all passengers and crew still on board.

Crews moved the aircraft away from the terminals and deplaned in a specialized area.

The flight number as well as the destination of the aircraft were unknown at the time of this report.

Hydraulics Leak Forces Delta Airlines Plane To Make Emergency Landing At LAX

 

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Terrifying plane passengers are told to brace for emergency landing

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 18:01

Steve Ramsthel filmed the dramatic scene unfold onboard the American Airlines flight from Phoenix to Dallas on Wednesday.

In the footage, a cabin crew member can be heard giving instructions with nerves in his voice. He says: ‘You will be needed to sit in a brace position for landing… You will be given instructions on when to brace. ‘In an event of an actual evacuation, please locate the exit nearest to you, keeping in mind that it may be behind you. Listen to the instructions given to you by your crew.

‘If there is heavy smoke, bend over, cover your nose and mouth and stay low the ground as you evacuate. When the aircraft stops, please remain in a brace position until you are told to evacuate.’ Suddenly, several cabin crew members give the order. They can be heard shouting ‘brace!’ and ‘keep your head down!’. The plane comes to a stop in a matter of seconds.

Shortly after landing, the first officer is heard speaking in an incredibly calm manner. He says: ‘Please remain seated while we take a look at the issue we have up here in the cockpit. No need for alarm, just remain calm, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we know more. Thank you.’

http://metro.co.uk/2018/01/18/terrifying-plane-passengers-told-brace-emergency-landing-7240766/

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Small plane makes hard landing in parking lot of Santa’s Village in Skyforest; no major injuries

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:59

By STEPHEN RAMIREZ

A small plane carrying four people crashed Wednesday morning in the parking lot of Santa’s Village in Skyforest, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said.

A small plane carrying four people crashed in the parking lot of Skypark at Santa’s Village in Skyforest, Calif. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. All passengers on board were able to get out of the aircraft unassisted, and sustained minor injuries. (Photo by Rachel Luna, The Sun/SCNG)

The plane, which the Federal Aviation Association registry identifies as a Mooney M20E, crashed about 11:30 a.m., fire department spokesman Eric Sherwin said. All four people — a pilot and three passengers — walked away with minor to moderate injuries.

The plane made a “hard emergency landing for unknown reasons,” said Ian Gregor, FAA Public Affairs manager.

The FAA registry lists the plane’s owner as Tangobravo Consulting LLC, of Redlands.

Santa’s Village employee Auguste Seja said he saw glimpses of the plane before the crash.

Then “I heard a really loud terrible noise in the parking lot and I ran out here and saw a plane on its belly,” he said.

No other information was available.

https://www.sbsun.com/2018/01/17/small-plane-crashes-in-parking-lot-of-santas-villege-in-sky-forest-no-major-injuries/

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:56

30 Years ago today: On 18 January 1988 a CAAC Ilyushin 18 crashed in flames near Chonqing, China, killing all 108 occupants.

Date: Monday 18 January 1988 Time: 22:17 Type: Ilyushin 18D Operator: China Southwest Airlines Registration: B-222 C/n / msn: 187009901 First flight: 1967 Engines:Ivchenko AI-20M Crew: Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10 Passengers: Fatalities: 98 / Occupants: 98 Total: Fatalities: 108 / Occupants: 108 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: ca 32 km SW of Chongqing Airport (CKG) (   China) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Beijing-Capital Airport (PEK/ZBAA), China Destination airport: Chongqing-Jiangbei International Airport (CKG/ZUCK), China Flightnumber: 4146

Narrative:
The no. 4 engine right starter generator became so hot that the feathering oil tube was burnt. The oil tube burst upon feathering of the prop and the engine caught fire. The pylon burned and the engine separated. Severe vibrations caused the no. 1 prop to feather. The Il-18 lost control and crashed.

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