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Helicopter video: Child dies in Chicago house fire

Statter 911 - 7 hours 2 min ago

Fire Friday morning in Englewood

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Today is Friday the 22nd of March, 2019

ARFF Working Group - 7 hours 45 min ago

Seldom have I started off with a fluke story like today’s lead, but I thought a little humor was in order.

We close out this tough week with the following stories…

Have a safe weekend!


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Wanna-be firefighter turned away from Deer Park fire scene

ARFF Working Group - 7 hours 48 min ago

He was wearing a shiny silver jumpsuit and a helmet rigged up with hoses leading to who knows what.

Author: Michelle Homer

DEER PARK, Texas — As if first responders didn’t have enough on their hands with the Deer Park fire, a wanna-be firefighter calling himself “Earthman” had to be turned away by police.

“Earthman” showed up with a garden hose on Day 3 and said he was ready to help fight the fire.

He was wearing a shiny silver jumpsuit and a helmet rigged up with other hoses leading to who knows what.

And did we mention the guy was barefoot when he walked to the scene from who knows where?

The photo came from photographer Jerry Hattan, a freelance journalist covering the fire for the national TV networks.

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Ultralight aircraft with 2 aboard crashes in North Kona

ARFF Working Group - 7 hours 59 min ago

By HNN Staff

HAWAII ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) – Emergency crews responded to a crash of an ultralight aircraft Wednesday morning.

The ultralight came down in North Kona just before 10 a.m. Two people were on board according to the FAA.

Fire officials say one person sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

An FAA spokesperson said the single-engine aircraft reportedly lost power before the crash while flying over the Kukio area, about six to seven miles from the airport it took off at.

The aircraft crashed upside down, coming to rest against an 1100 gallon propane tank.

Officials said there was no damage to the tank, and the person in the aircraft was able to exit the ultralight prior to the arrival of emergency crews.

The FAA is investigating.

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Plane crashes at City of Taylor airport

ARFF Working Group - 8 hours 5 min ago

by: Russell Falcon

TAYLOR, Texas (KXAN) — The City of Taylor Police Department responded to the crash of a single-engine airplane at the City of Taylor Municipal Airport on Thursday afternoon. 

According to a city release, pilot Jack Crabtree, 85, was trying to land his RV-4 airplane at the northwest runway of the airport when the aircraft landed nose-down. Crabtree — who was flying alone — was not injured and refused EMS treatment.

Airport Manager David Cornelius was notifed of the accident immediately and says it was fortunate the crash ended up being minor. Cornelius commented:

“While there was some damage to the airplane we are all grateful that the pilot was not injured in the accident”

The City of Taylor Municipal Airport is located at 303 Airport Road.

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Pilot killed in helicopter crash while laying power cables near South Australia mine

ARFF Working Group - 8 hours 10 min ago

By Edward Godfrey • Reporter

A 45-year-old pilot has died after the helicopter he was in crashed near Woomera, in South Australia’s far north. 

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority says the Queensland man was laying power cables not far from Oz Minerals’ Carrapateena copper-gold mine, when it crashed, around 10.30 this morning.

The man was working for ElectraNet, which confirmed the fatality in a statement a short time ago.

“ElectraNet is deeply saddened to confirm that a fatality has occurred this morning in an incident involving one of our contractors working on a project in the upper north of the state,” the statement said.

“Our thoughts are with the pilot’s family and colleagues at this time.”

“ElectraNet is cooperating with all relevant authorities investigating this incident. Major crash investigators from South Australia Police are currently on their way to the remote crash-site, 475 kilometres north of Adelaide.

Oz Minerals, which operates the nearby mine, has told Nine News it’s working to support Electranet staff.

The helicopter is believed to be a Eurocopter 350 model.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the incident.

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Two-person helicopter crashes in Marshall County, pilot walks away unharmed

ARFF Working Group - 8 hours 12 min ago

By Shelby Dowler

MARSHALL COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) – Tony Hawkins of Madill said he was putting out hay to feed his cows Wednesday afternoon when he saw a small two seat helicopter crash land in his field a few hundred yards away, near U.S. Highway 70 and Simpson Road, west of Madill. 

“(It) looked like he was coming in pretty fast,” Hawkins said. “Next thing you know, he hit and just flipped it over on its side.”

Hawkins said he was afraid for the pilot’s life and praying he was alright.

“I was really scared for him…because I didn’t know what to expect when I got here,” Hawkins said.

Austin Hawkins said he was in Madill when he saw the fire department and sheriff’s cars drive through town.

His fiancée called him about a helicopter that crashed near where they live.

“So I drove down here and, sure enough, there was a helicopter in the pasture,” Austin Hawkins said. “I actually live right over there, so right across the field. ‘Literally crashed in the back yard’ kind of deal.”

Marshall County Emergency Manager Robert Chaney said the pilot called in the crash, saying he was not hurt and did not want an ambulance.

Two fire engines were on scene.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol investigated the crash site.

The pilot did not want to be named but said a mechanical malfunction caused his R-22 Beta II helicopter to crash.

He was flying from Ardmore to Madill.

He said he has had his pilot’s license for many years and has been in crashes before.

His training on landing safely kicked in when he discovered something was wrong with the aircraft.

The pilot said he is thankful to have walked away without injury.

“It’s just a blessing that he could walk out of it,” Tony Hawkins said. “I’m happy for him, very happy for him.”

The pilot said the FAA will contact him Thursday morning on whether to investigate the crash further.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report In Texas Fatal Accident

ARFF Working Group - 8 hours 14 min ago

Finds Pilot Was Not Rated For The Type Of Aircraft He Was Flying

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident in Longview, TX that fatally injured the pilot of the aircraft and three passengers. According to the report, the Cessna T337C airplane was destroyed when it collided with trees and terrain during a descent near Longview, Texas.

The flight departed Lancaster Regional Airport (KLNC), near Lancaster, Texas, about 0930, and was en route to the Lakefront Airport, near New Orleans, Louisiana. 

An employee at LNC reported that about 0930 the pilot and 3 other people came to the airport. The pilot came inside and bought 1 quart of oil. He was in a good mood and told me that his daughter was from Houston and they were flying to Louisiana. The pilot then went out and did a long preflight (about 10 minutes) he put the oil in the front engine, and his son brought the empty bottle in to throw it away. Then they entered the airplane, started it up, and let it run for about 5 minutes. The airplane was taxied toward the south ramp out of sight. The self-serve fuel is located down that way and it was a long enough period of time for the pilot to service the airplane with fuel. After that, the airplane took off and flew away. The employee said that a severe thunderstorm went through about 0730-0830. At the time of departure, the thunderstorm had passed through and the weather present at LNC was “clear.”

A friend of the family later reported that the airplane was missing and an Alert Notice (ALNOT) was issued.

A witness was driving down a road to go hunting. While driving he noticed scattered trash along a clearway above an underground pipeline in a wooded area. He looked further at the trash and saw that it was an airplane crash. He subsequently called 9-1-1. The time was about 1900.

According to initial information from the FAA, the 51-year-old pilot held a private pilot certificate with a single engine land airplane rating. The pilot’s last aviation medical examination was dated August 8, 2018, when he applied for an FAA third-class medical certificate. The pilot reported on the application for that medical certificate that he had accumulated 1,200 hours of total flight time and 0 hours of flight time in the 6 months before the examination. The pilot’s logbook was found in the wreckage. The entry before the last entry was dated May 7, 2005. The last entry was dated August 23, 2018 and using flight time carried forward on the last page, the pilot’s total logged flight time was 250.9 hours.

N922EJ was a 1968 model Cessna T337C, twin-engine, push-pull configuration, high-wing, all-metal, retractable tricycle landing gear airplane, with serial number 337-0944. According to type certificate data sheet specifications, the airplane was powered by two 210-horsepower Continental model TSIO-360 reciprocating engines which each respectively drove a controllable-pitch, full feathering, two blade propeller. The airplane had a total fuel capacity of 92.8 gallons (92 gallons usable) distributed between two wing fuel tanks.

According to the prior owner of the airplane, it recently underwent an annual inspection shortly after the sale. He sold the airplane “in the fall” and that was the last time he flew it. The prior owner, in part, reported, “The plane performed perfectly. Total airframe time was about 1800 hrs motors were both about 600 hrs. Excellent flying airplane. Good radios and everything worked properly the last time I flew it.”

At 1025, the recorded weather at the East Texas Regional Airport (GGG), near Longview, Texas, was: Wind 220° at 18 knots gusting to 28 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; present weather light thunderstorms and rain; sky condition scattered clouds at 2,600 ft, broken clouds at 3,200 ft, broken clouds at 9,500 ft; temperature 23° C; dew point 19° C; altimeter 29.72 inches of mercury; remarks peak wind 220° 28 knots at 1022, distant lightning west – northeast, rain began at 1025, thunderstorm began at 1025.

The main wreckage, which consisted of the fragmented fuselage, empennage, inboard wings sections, and both engines that were found embedded about 6 to 8 feet below grade in wooded terrain about 62° and 10 nautical miles from GGG. One fuel tank was found fragmented near the main wreckage in the woods and one fuel tank was found in a clearway for an underground pipeline near the main wreckage. Highly fragmented sections of the fuselage, wings, and empennage were found in the woods widely distributed around the main wreckage. All separations in control cables exhibited a broom-straw appearance consistent with overload. All observed skin and structure separations exhibited an appearance consistent with overload.

A backhoe was used to raise the wreckage from below grade. Both engines did not exhibit any anomalies or damage that could not be associated with the ground impact. The rear propeller blades were attached to their hub and that hub remained attached to its propeller flange. However, the flange was separated from its engine crankshaft just forward of its flange. One blade exhibited leading edge nicks and the other blade exhibited S-shaped bending. The front propeller hub remained attached to its engine. However, the hub’s blades did not remain attached. One inboard section of a front propeller blade was recovered, and one outboard section of a front propeller blade was recovered. Those sections exhibited separations in overload and chordwise abrasion. The outboard section exhibited s-bending.

A section of outboard wing leading edge that housed landing lights was found about 072° and 1.7 nautical miles from the main wreckage.

The Harrison County Justice of the Peace was asked to perform an autopsy on the pilot and to take toxicological samples.

Radar data from the FAA was requested for plotting the flight’s recorded track and a weather study will be conducted to determine the weather along the recorded track.

(Source: NTSB. Image from file. Not accident airplane)


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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - 8 hours 16 min ago

27 Years ago today: On 22 March 1992 a USAir Fokker F-28 crashed on takeoff from New York-LaGuardia due to wing icing; killing 27 out of 51 occupants.

Date: Sunday 22 March 1992 Time: 21:35 Type: Fokker F-28 Fellowship 4000 Operator: USAir Registration: N485US C/n / msn: 11235 First flight: 1986-04-01 (6 years) Total airframe hrs: 12462 Cycles: 16280 Engines:Rolls-Royce Spey 555-15P Crew: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4 Passengers: Fatalities: 25 / Occupants: 47 Total: Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 51 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA) (   United States of America) Crash site elevation: 7 m (23 feet) amsl Phase: Takeoff (TOF) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA/KLGA), United States of America Destination airport: Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, OH (CLE/KCLE), United States of America Flightnumber: 405

USAir flight 405 was scheduled to depart Jacksonville, FL (JAX) at 16:35 but was given a ground delay because of poor weather in the New-York-LaGuardia (LGA) area and was further delayed in order to remove the baggage of a passenger who chose to deplane. The Fokker F-28 jet departed Jacksonville at 17:15 and was cleared into the LaGuardia area without significant additional delays. The first officer accomplished an ILS approach to LaGuardia’s runway 04 to minimums and initiated braking on the landing roll. Ramp congestion delayed taxiing to the parking gate. The airplane was parked at Gate 1 at approximately 19:49, 1 hour and 6 minutes behind schedule.
After the airplane was parked at Gate 1, the line mechanic who met the flight was advised by the captain that the aircraft was “good to go.” The captain left the cockpit and the first officer prepared for the next leg to Cleveland , OH (CLE) that had originally been scheduled to depart at 19:20. Snow was falling as the F-28 was prepared for departure.
The airplane was de-iced with Type I fluid with a 50/50 water/glycol mixture, using two trucks. After the de-icing, about 20:26, one of the trucks experienced mechanical problems and was immobilized behind the airplane, resulting in a pushback delay of about 20 minutes. The captain then requested a second de-icing of the airplane. The airplane was pushed away from the gate to facilitate de-icing by one de-icing truck. The second de-icing was completed at approximately 21:00. At 21:05:37, the first officer contacted the LaGuardia ground controller and requested taxi clearance. The airplane was cleared to taxi to runway 13. At 21:07:12, the flightcrew switched to the LaGuardia ground sequence controller, which they continued to monitor until changing to the tower frequency at 21:25:42.
The before-takeoff checklist was completed during the taxi. Engine anti-ice was selected for both engines during taxi. The captain announced that the flaps would remain up during taxi, and he placed an empty coffee cup on the flap handle as a reminder. The captain announced they would use US Air’s contaminated runway procedures that included the use of 18 degrees flaps. They would use a reduced V1 speed of 110 knots. The first officer used the ice (wing) inspection light to examine the right wing a couple of times. He did not see any contamination on the wing or on the black strip and therefore did not consider a third de-icing.
Flight 405 was cleared into the takeoff and hold position on runway 13 at 21:33:50. The airplane was cleared for takeoff at 21:34:51. The takeoff was initiated and the first officer made a callout of 80 knots, and, at 21:35:25, made a V1 callout. At 21:35:26, the first officer made a VR callout. Approximately 2.2 seconds after the VR callout, the nose landing gear left the ground. Approximately 4.8 seconds later, the sound of stick shaker began. Six stall warnings sounded. The airplane began rolling to the left. As the captain leveled the wings, they headed toward the blackness over the water. The crew used right rudder to maneuver the airplane back toward the ground and avoid the water. They continued to try to hold the nose up to impact in a flat attitude.
The airplane came to rest partially inverted at the edge of Flushing Bay, and parts of the fuselage and cockpit were submerged in water. After the airplane came to rest, several small residual fires broke out on the water and on the wreckage debris

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The failure of the airline industry and the Federal Aviation Administration to provide flight crews with procedures, requirements, and criteria compatible with departure delays in conditions conducive to airframe icing and the decision by the flight crew to take off without positive assurance that the airplane’s wings were free of ice accumulation after 35 minutes of exposure to precipitation following de-icing. The ice contamination on the wings resulted in an aerodynamic stall and loss of control after lift-off. Contributing to the cause of the accident were the inappropriate procedures used by, and inadequate coordination between, the flight crew that led to a takeoff rotation at a lower than prescribed air speed.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - 12 hours 9 min ago

3/22/1890 an Indianapolis, IN firefighter “died as a result of injuries he sustained in the building collapse at the bookstore on March 17th.”

3/22/1902 a Detroit, MI firefighter “died from injuries he sustained after having fallen through a roof and into the fire.”

3/22/1926 a Hartford, CT firefighter “died as a result of exposure suffered at an orphanage fire.”

3/22/1929 two Peoria, IL firefighter “died while battling a fire at the Peoria Market House on 123-127 South Washington Street at the corner of Washington and Fulton Streets. At 5:48 a.m., an alarm signaled the fire; on arrival the fire department they immediately called for a “33 All Hands” general alarm. It is believed that the fire started on the third-floor of the three-story brick and masonry building. The intense heat activated the sprinkler systems in the building, which prevented the flames from extending to surrounding exposures. In record time, the fire crews had hose lines snaking from every hydrant within a few hundred feet and as many as 15 streams of water were sent into the flames from every exterior vantage point. Three firefighters entered the structure, fighting their way through the dense smoke and intense heat, and began to direct a stream of water onto the seat of the fire on the level above them. They made their way up the stairs to the second floor to inspect the structure. After the evaluation, they reported that the building had suffered quite a bit of damage and could collapse at any moment. The three men remained inside the structure but moved back to a presumably safer position. Approximately five minutes later, they conduct a second evaluation of the second floor. One firefighter had just moved a few steps away from the other two when a loud, ominous crack was heard, and the floor began to fall upon his comrades. The valiant firefighters had no chance to escape and both men were buried in a tangled mess of broken timbers and falling bricks. Six other firefighters were slightly injured in the collapse. With increased intensity, the flames swept through the building, and the heat and smoke forced them to retreat from possible rescue efforts. At 4:00 p.m., almost eight hours after the collapse, the lifeless bodies of the two firefighters were excavated. They were still grasping the nozzle of the hose in the direction of the fire.”

3/22/1932 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter died in “a violent boiler explosion in the sub-cellar that caught the members of Engine 26, Ladder 21, and the 3rd Division Chief. He died of smoke inhalation and all the other firefighters were injured in the blast. It was believed that waste benzine had come in contact with the feed line at the boiler and caused the blast and resulting two-alarm fire.”

3/22/1954 a North Lincoln, Oregon firefighter died at “a structure fire at the Nelscott Sea Food Market. He collapsed on the scene while fighting a commercial kitchen fire. Firefighters on the scene immediately began resuscitation efforts. He was transported to North Lincoln Hospital in Wecoma but efforts at revival were unsuccessful.”

3/22/1970 a Buffalo, NY firefighter “died after suffering from respiratory distress. He and members of Engine 15 were battling a four-alarm fire at Brocks Super Duper at 286 Ontario St., on March 16th. He was overcome and collapsed at the scene. Companies were doing overhaul when he was discovered. He was transported to Kenmore Mercy Hospital where he later died.”

3/22/1973 a Los Angeles, CA firefighter “was killed instantly when the 40-foot crane struck him across the back and knocked him face-down in the mud during a 7:54 a.m. fire at the H and S salvage yard, 1261 N. Alameda St.”

3/22/2018 two York, PA firefighters “were killed from a collapse at the scene of a multi-alarm fire that began on March 21st. Fire crews were still on-scene putting out hot spots that were flaring up nearly twenty-four hours later. The two firefighters were transported to the hospital where they succumbed to their injuries. Two other firefighters injured in the collapse were reported to be in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries. Prior to the fire breaking out, the 150-year-old multi-story structure, known as the Weaver Organ and Piano building, was being renovated into apartments.”

3/22/2018 a Manhattan, NY (FDNY) firefighter was killed, and two other firefighters were seriously injured in a Harlem five-alarm fire that broke out in a former jazz club that was being used as a film set. “He was operating the fire hose nozzle in the basement of the building when fire conditions intensified, and he became separated from the other firefighters. The firefighter was removed from the structure and taken to Harlem hospital where he was declared deceased.”

3/22/1975 a fire at the Brown’s Ferry-1 reactor fire in Decatur, AL, started while workers were checking for an air leak with a lit candle and quickly spread to electrical cable seal and extended into the reactor building; “foamed plastic covered on both sides with two coats of a flame-retardant paint used as a firestop.” Built in 1966 on the Tennessee River it was the first nuclear plant to generate more than 1 gigaWatt of power.

3/22/2012 Jacksonville, AR a 31-year-old woman, 11-year-old boy, and 9, 7 and 4-year-old girls died from carbon monoxide poisoning as a result of a small kitchen fire in their house.

3/22/1972 a fire on the seventh-floor of the William Sloane House, a YMCA residence, on Thirty-fourth Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues in Manhattan’s (NY) west side left four elderly men dead from smoke inhalation.

3/22/1932 Dallas, TX the Hotel Elm, “a small second story establishment in the downtown district” fire killed four.

3/22/1916 Dodge City, KS area: prairie fires burn hundreds of miles of grass in western counties; “many houses have been caught in the fast-moving flames and pasture lands.”

3/22/1916 East Nashville, TN 35 residential blocks were destroyed by fire that started after “a ball of yarn, lighted and thrown by a boy into dry grass in a vacant lot.”

3/22/1916 Fairplay, Polk County, MO a forest fire driven by the high winds “resulted in much damage to property.”

3/22/1916 three buildings were destroyed by fire in Kansas City, KS that started about 3:00 a.m. in the rear of a grocery store at 1258 Kansas Avenue; high winds fanned the flames.

3/22/1916 Oshkosh, WI the Normal School central portion of the three-wing school was destroyed by fire.

3/22/1899 Pittsburgh, PA West Point Boiler Works explosion killed five around noon. “The boilers were inspected six months ago, and were thought to be in first class condition.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 18:00

KOMO News:

A 34-year-old man has been jailed on suspicion of arson after a brush fire in White Center spread to a nearby apartment building, damaging seven units and sending two firefighters to the hospital.

Fire crews responded around 3 p.m. Wednesday to the blaze on 14th Avenue SW that had quickly spread to the complex on 16th Avenue SW.

Crews were able to prevent the flames from spreading to other nearby units, like that of Cheyenne Thomen, who was home when she saw the fire outside her window.

“All of a sudden I heard this really loud explosion,” said Thomen. “I turned around and saw the field on fire and it was engulfing in flames.”

In all, three firefighters suffered minor injuries while fighting the fire. Two were taken to local hospitals to be checked out, while the third was treated at the scene, fire officials said.

Read the full story here.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 17:53

By Emily Bohatch, The State:

Two Columbia firefighters were hurt Thursday while battling a blaze at a home near Rockyford Lake, according to a Tweet from the local fire department.

Crews were working at a house fire on the 6100 block of Crabtree Road at about 3:30 p.m. when the firefighters were injured, according to the Tweets.

The first responders were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Tweets.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 17:52

The city’s fire department is testing out a new device that could help drivers using navigational apps steer clear of firetrucks responding to an emergency, helping improve safety for both drivers and firefighters.

The device, a small black box about four inches tall and wide, sends out alerts to drivers about the locations of the trucks to drivers using a navigation app called Waze. The company that makes the devise, Chicago-based Haas Alerts, hopes the alerts will eventually be incorporated into other navigational apps as well as heads-up driving displays in cars.

“People would be heading toward the emergency, unknowingly,” Quincy Fire Deputy Chief Joe Jackson said. “This allows people to avoid it.”

The department installed its first Haas Alerts device, which it is testing as part of a pilot program, on a city fire engine on Thursday. Jackson said that keeping people away from an emergency where fire crews are helps keep both first responders and drivers safe.

Haas Alert’s chief operating officer, Noah Levens, said the company hopes its technology will help prevent collisions between cars and both emergency vehicles and individual first responders.

Last month the International Association of Fire Chiefs highlighted the risk of firefighters and emergency medical technicians being hit by cars while on the job.

“With distracted driving, drivers under the influence, along with road and weather conditions and related traffic, firefighters are more at risk now than ever before, and unfortunately, numerous recent crashes back that up,” the organization’s president, Dan Eggleston, said in a statement.

Quincy Fire Department’s chief mechanic, Michael O’Connor, said he’s been looking into the Haas device for about six months to make sure it doesn’t interfere with other technology on the trucks.

“Anything we can do to make it safer for firefighters,” O’Connor said.

Jackson said the initial device was free for the department. He said the department will look into adding it to other trucks as the pilot develops.

The Haas pilot is part of an increasingly technology-focused approach to emergencies for the Quincy Fire Department. The Haas device sits on the dashboard of the truck, feet away from another new gadget: an infrared light on top of the cab.

The infrared light, which is also part of a pilot program, allows fire and police vehicles to manipulate traffic lights along their path to an emergency. A similar system has existed in the city for years, but it only allowed emergency responders to change traffic lights in their line of sight. The new wireless technology operates over cellular networks, allowing them to communicate with traffic lights farther away and preempt any red lights that could slow their paths.

The Quincy Fire Department also added iPads to all their vehicles at the start of 2018 equipped with a program called PublicEye. The program interfaces with Google Maps and helps guide firefighters to emergencies, using satellite imagery to show them what buildings look like before they arrive. Firefighters can also use PublicEye to see where the hundreds of fire hydrants are in the city, replacing old paper maps.

“It’s amazing how much technology there is on these trucks,” Jackson said.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 17:49

A car crashed into a fire engine early Wednesday in Hollywood, a union official said.

Anthony Vera, a spokesman for Hollywood Professional Firefighters, said Engine 45 was en route to a call when a car crashed into the back of the engine as it turned onto 56th Avenue. The engine was traveling with its lights and siren on.

Witnesses told firefighters that the car was traveling at a high rate of speed before the crash. The driver was not identified.

Vera said damage to the engine was so severe that it has been permanently incapaciated. Vera said equipment, including the pump panel and the apparatus were damaged in the crash.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:55

Several people were injured Wednesday night when a car collided with a fire truck.

Trooper said the driver of the car crossed the center line and hit a Riceville fire truck head-on. The crash happened about 7 p.m. on Riceville Road near McFalls Road in Swannanoa.

Authorities said the driver of the car, along with some of the firefighters, suffered minor injuries.
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6 Fire Stations Could Close Ahead of Houston Firefighter Layoffs

Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 11:03

Several fire stations may face closure following Prop B.

By Ted Oberg

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 12:17AM

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — As the city braces for as many as 375 Houston firefighter layoffs, a list of possible station closures has been prepared.

According to the firefighter’s union president Marty Lancton, six stations face potential closure. Two others would lose the aerial ladder to another location.

While it would save some money, the driving force according to ABC13 sources, would be the loss of people to staff the stations. Three hundred seventy-five firefighters is just under 10 percent of Houston’s uniformed fire service.

The stations on the list for possible closure are:

  • Station 41 – 805 Pearl
  • Station 57 – 13602 Memorial
  • Station 63 – 5626 Will Clayton Drive
  • Station 66 – 5800 Teague
  • Station 72 – 17401 Saturn Lane
  • Station 104 – 910 Forest Cove Drive

Station 20 and Station 7 may also remove their ladder trucks, but remain open.

The closure of these fire stations means longer response times to local calls of emergencies.

Through the mayor’s office, Fire Chief Sam Pena said there is no final list of closures.

Layoffs would go into effect at the beginning of July.

Sources tell ABC13 ambulances are not likely to be taken out of service, just relocated from the potentially closed stations.

Any negotiated implementation of Prop B could alter the necessity to close locations.

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Today is Thursday the 21st of March, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 08:58


Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, both blood and fire service, of one of our own in the ARFF community.

22 year veteran Firefighter Michael Bernstein, assigned to Engine 78 of the Philadelphia Fire Department passed away while on duty at his firehouse yesterday.

He is survived by his wife, three children, parents, and other family members.

May he Rest in Peace!

Here are the stories for today…



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Philadelphia firefighter based at airport dies after medical emergency

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 08:24

by Joseph A. Gambardello

A 46-year-old firefighter died Wednesday after suffering an unspecified medical emergency while on duty at Engine 78 at Philadelphia International Airport, officials said. 

Michael Bernstein, a 22-year Fire Department veteran, died after he was taken to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby Borough. He was found unconscious in a hallway after he didn’t arrive at his apparatus for dispatch to an airport terminal call, according to the Philadelphia Fire Fighters and Paramedics Union. CPR was started and Bernstein was then taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:50 a.m. Wednesday, the union said.

Further details about the circumstances of his death were not available. “The nature and cause of fatal injury are still to be determined,” the U.S. Fire Administration said.

Mayor Jim Kenney ordered city flags to be flown at half-staff for 30 days in memory of Bernstein, a Navy veteran.

“I’m deeply saddened by the death of Philadelphia Firefighter Michael Bernstein,” Kenney said in a statement. “We are humbled by his dedication, and we will always remember his sacrifice. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends, and fellow firefighters.”

Chellie Cameron, the airport’s CEO, also mourned Bernstein’s death.

“Each emergency responder stationed at the airport is a part of our family, and we stand by to support our colleagues during this time of loss,” Cameron said in a statement.

Deputy Chief Robert Corrigan, commander of Fire Department operations at the airport, said in a tweet that Bernstein’s colleagues were “devastated” by his death.

We are devastated by the loss of Mike. Would be grateful if you keep us in your prayers. @PhillyFireDept @IAFF22 @ThielAdam @PFDCraigMurphy @PHLAirport

Philadelphia Fire

The Philadelphia Fire Department is deeply saddened to announce the death of a firefighter at Engine 78. 

Across the Philadelphia region and elsewhere, the emergency-response community — from the Philadelphia firefighters union to other fire companies to volunteers who work with first responders — paid tribute to Bernstein.

“Rest Easy Brother,” the Second Alarmers, a volunteer group that provides beverages and other sustenance to firefighters and police officers at emergency sites, wrote on Twitter, adding that the group extended its “sincerest condolences to the Philadelphia Fire Department in your loss.”

During his two-decade career, Bernstein was assigned to several engines and ladders across Philadelphia, the Fire Department said. Survivors include his wife and three children, the department said.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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Pilot injured in glider crash in Coweta County

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 03/21/2019 - 08:14

By Zachary Hansen and Asia Simone Burns, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A man was injured after a glider crashed behind a residential area in Coweta County, authorities said.

Only the pilot was on board the ultralight plane when it went down near Meadow Lane on Wednesday, Coweta fire Chief Pat Wilson confirmed.

The 47-year-old man tried to land on his own private strip but hit a tree, Coweta sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Col. James Yarbrough told

The pilot was extricated from the plane. He is being airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center with head trauma and a likely broken leg, Yarbrough said.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the aircraft was an Apollo Aircraft Monsoon.

The FAA is investigating the cause of the crash.

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