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Firefighter Close Calls - 2 hours 11 min ago


FDNY Firefighter Keith Young, 53, whose culinary skills brought him TV accolades as the beloved “Firehouse Chef” has died, the latest victim of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

On Saturday, he lost his battle with 9/11 WTC-related illness.Young, 53, joined the FDNY in November 1998 and retired in September 2016. He worked on rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. While stationed at Ladder 156 in Midwood, he turned the firehouse kitchen into a neatly organized culinary workshop — lining up racks of spices and seasoning, with rows of knives underneath.

Young’s 24-year-old daughter, Kaley, opened up about her dad’s illness on social media.“It’s definitely not easy seeing your dad fight cancer, but the amount of strength he has is so admirable,” she wrote March 3. “This is a time in my life that makes me appreciate every moment that I have with the people that I love even more/

FDNY Firefighter Thomas Phelan, 45, who heroically aided in the evacuation of hundreds of people in Lower Manhattan on Sept. 11, 2001 as the deadliest terror attack in U.S. history unfolded, has died.

Thomas Phelan, 45, of Brooklyn, died on Friday, from cancer linked to the toxic fumes at Ground Zero. Phelan was actually working as a Statue of Liberty ferry Captain on Sept. 11 when “he helped evacuate lower Manhattan & rescue many people to the other side of the river while also providing supplies and shuttling rescue workers.

He joined the FDNY in May 2003, where he was assigned to Engine Co. 55 and Phelan later joined Marine 9 in Staten Island, where he worked as a pilot. Phelan’s death came a day after two other FDNY firefighters — Lt. Christopher J. Raguso and Fire Marshal Christopher T. Zanetis — died in a U.S. Air Force helicopter crash in western Iraq.

Our condolences to all those affected as WTC continues to kill FDNY, NYPD, PAPD, EMS and other emergency and related personnel.

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Today is Monday the 19th of March, 2018

ARFF Working Group - 14 hours 49 min ago

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend!

We start this new week off with the following stories;

Be safe out there!


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10 dead after plane crashes into house in Plaridel, Bulacan

ARFF Working Group - 14 hours 50 min ago

By CNN Philippines Staff

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 17) — Ten people, including three minors, were killed after a small plane crashed into a residential area in Plaridel, Bulacan on Saturday. 

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said a six-seater Piper PA-23 Apache aircraft operated by Lite Air Express bound for Laoag, Ilocos Norte crashed upon takeoff from Plaridel Airport at 11:21 a.m.

At around 5 p.m., the Plaridel police said they have retrieved 10 bodies from the site of the crash in Barangay Lumang Bayan.

All five people onboard the plane died in the crash:

  • Capt. Ruel M. Meloria (Pilot)
  • Romeo H. Huenda (Chief Mechanic)
  • Alicia N. Necesario (Passenger)
  • Maria Vera F. Pagaduan (Passenger)
  • Nelson T. Melgar (Passenger)

The five other casualties belonged to a family living in the house the plane crashed into.

The local social welfare office identified them as Rissa Dela Rosa, the mother, and her children John Noel Dela Rosa, 17, Timothy Noel, 10, and Krissa, 7. The grandmother, Luisa Santos, 75, also died from the incident.

Noel dela Rosa said his wife and three children were having lunch when the incident happened.

He was at work, and rushed home after hearing the news.

Dela Rosa’s other son was at school when the crash happened.

The community airport, used by aviation schools for training, is surrounded by residential houses.

CAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio told CNN Philippines the aircraft underwent safety check and the airport is functioning well.

However, residents told the police they heard strange noises coming from the plane.

“Pa-take off yung plane, papunta ng Laoag, pag take off niya, hindi naka-take off tapos bumagsak. Nakikita natin it is about 50 meters from the runway doon sa bahay na binagsakan,” Plaridel police chief Julio Lizardo said.

(Translation: The plane was about to take off for Laoag. It wasn’t able to take off and it crashed. It was about 50 meters from the runway when it crashed on the house.)

The CAAP said all aircraft operated by Lite Air Express are grounded, pending the result of the investigation.

“CAAP is doing its best to make all our airports safe and secure…The Plaridel Airport is designed only for small aircraft and for flying schools,” Apolonio said.

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2 planes collide on tarmac at Palatka airport

ARFF Working Group - 14 hours 52 min ago

Former Jaguar piloting one of planes involved

By Chris Parenteau – Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – No one was hurt when two planes collided on the tarmac Friday morning at the Palatka Municipal Airport, authorities said.

The collision occurred shortly before 11 a.m. at the airport on Reid Street.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, both planes were descending at the same time when the plane piloted by former Jaguar Robert Meier hit the top rear of the second aircraft.

Putnam County Sheriff Homer “Gator” DeLoach said there were no injuries reported at the scene, but the collision did result in a fuel leak.

Former Jaguars tight end Kyle Brady, who owns a stake in one of the planes involved, said the Palatka airport does not have a control tower, meaning pilots communicate with one another over the radio and use their own senses to avoid crashes.

Cary Green, a pilot who frequently flies out of the airport, said it’s always up to the pilots to know when it’s safe to land or take off.

“We are talking to one another, but there isn’t even a requirement at non-towered airports to have a radio,” he said. “You can come in here and there are aircraft that don’t have electrical systems, but operate in and out of this place. So you just have to watch for other aircraft.”

Green did not wish to speculate about what happened, but said it can be difficult to see other aircraft when piloting a low-wing plane. “You just have to be aware of what you can’t see,” he said.

One of the planes involved is registered to a B & S Aviation Enterprises, an Atlantic Beach-based firm. It belongs to Brady and two co-owners, one of whom was piloting the aircraft at the time of the incident.

The other plane is registered to Aerosim Academy, a flight school in Sanford. Troopers identified the pilot of that plane as a 29-year-old Deland man and the passenger as a 28-year-old Sanford man.

Green said there tend to be a lot of training flights through the Palatka airport because access is easier without a tower.

“Traffic can vary quite a bit,” he said. “On a typical day, it can be very quiet, but within an hour we can get quite a few training aircraft.”

The collision is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration. The agency will determine who, if anyone was at fault, and what penalties might be meted out as a result.

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Small burning plane crashes into the Yuba River

ARFF Working Group - 14 hours 54 min ago


A small plane crashed in the Yuba River near Marysville Sunday morning, the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department reported. 

The pilot, Timothy Bennett, was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Around 9 a.m. Sunday morning, someone shooting on private property near the river heard a small explosion and then spotted a plane on fire falling from the sky. The plane had been circling the area prior to the crash, the witness said.

The witness called the Sheriff’s Deartment to report the crash into the river west of Sycamore Ranch in Browns Valley, the department said in a press release.

The plane was in about 3 feet of water in a side channel of the Yuba River when officers arrived on scene. Bennett, 66, had climbed out of the cockpit and was sitting on top of the aircraft, which was a Piper Cub plane. Often painted chrome yellow, Piper Cubs are popular lightweight aircraft.

Bennett had taken off from the Lincoln airport and was reportedly on a recreational flight to take in the scenery.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter crew brought Bennett to shore and he was then taken by ambulance to a Sacramento-area hospital, the Sheriff’s Department said.

The initial investigation found that Bennett’s plane struck power lines in the area and knocked out power to about 16 homes. PG&E responded to the scene and was working on repairs as of 1 p.m. Sunday. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash and Yuba County officials are working on moving the plane, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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Brake failure sees plane crash into gate near Duncan; nobody injured

ARFF Working Group - 14 hours 55 min ago

Rescue crews headed to the scene at private airfield at Stamps and Henderson Roads.


Undercarriage brake failure appears to be the cause of a plane crash at the Quamichan Lake (Raven Field) Airport near Duncan.

The pilot was able to walk away with no major injuries, according to flying enthusiast John Howroyd, the property’s owner.

Neighbours had wondered if Howroyd had been behind the controls but he confirmed he was not.

“It was a friend of mine that was landing here and one of the undercarriage brakes failed and it just swung the airplane sideways and unfortunately mangled with my gate,” he explained. “We had a problem there but we’ve got it all cleared up.”

Howroyd noted the plane had already landed and was not travelling very quickly at the time of impact.

“One of the carriage brakes failed. We don’t have a video running or anything to see exactly what happened but that’s what it looks like happened,” he said. “When the undercarriage brake failed it dropped the left-hand wing onto the grass and that was enough to pull the airplane to the left and into the gate.”

North Cowichan’s South End firefighters responded to the incident shortly after 10 a.m. Friday morning.

RCMP and the BC Ambulance Service also attended.

The Quamichan Lake (Raven Field) Airport is a private airport located at the end of Henderson Road off Stamps road, just north of Quamichan Lake.

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Plane carrying UPS packages crashes at Hastings airport

ARFF Working Group - 14 hours 57 min ago

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) – A twin-engine plane battling high-winds crash landed at the Hastings airport Friday morning. 

Hastings Police said the Air Ameriflight plane was carrying UPS packages. The crash was reported at 7:49 Friday morning. Neither the pilot nor a passenger in the plane were injured.

Hastings Police said the pilot was flying in from the southwest and skidded off one runway, across another runway and stopped just off the second runway. The plane’s front landing gear broke off. The plane came to rest nose down.

When rescue workers arrived at the scene, they saw smoke coming from the plane’s engine compartment, but saw no visible flames.

The names of the pilot and passenger were not available.

Online records from the FlightAware tracking service indicate that the flight took off from Omaha shortly before 7:00 Friday morning. Online FAA records show that the plane was a multi-engine turbo-prop Beech C-99 registered to UAS Transervices of Boca Raton, FL.

As of Friday morning the Hastings airport was closed and authorities were waiting for Federal Aviation Administration investigators to arrive.

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Small plane crashes in Shelburne Vt. yard

ARFF Working Group - 14 hours 59 min ago

SHELBURNE, Vt. (WCAX) A small plane crashed in Shelburne Friday. It happened on Dorset Street right in someone’s yard.

Police say the pilot was the only one onboard the plane and he was not injured. He was able to get out of the plane on his own. He was identified as Ryan Carraway, 24, of Jacksonville, Florida.

The 911 call came in at about 2:40 p.m. from an area resident reporting that a small plane had gone down.

Police say Carraway was flying the Cessna 210M to the Burlington airport when it had an engine failure. Carraway was able to bring the plane down in a field to avoid injuring himself or anyone else.

The plane has extensive damage.

Police say Carraway was working for GV AIR INC out of Florida performing air surveying.

Multiple agencies responded to the scene, including Shelburne Police, Rescue, Vermont State Police and the VTANG Fire Department. The incident is still under investigation.

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Plane successfully crash-lands at Vernal Regional Airport

ARFF Working Group - 15 hours 35 sec ago

by Ryan Collins

At 5:27 p.m. a twin propeller plane successfully crash-landed at the Vernal Regional airport. First responders and the Uintah County Sheriff’s office, along with ambulances, assembled prior to the landing as the plane circled for over an hour before attempting the crash landing.

It appeared the front landing gear of the plane was damaged, as it was not fully extended while the plane did several flybys.

The plane finally touched down, spanning the length of the runway, before dipping over the edge of the runway.

Cheers went out as the crash-landing resulted in minor damage to the plane and no known injuries were sustained.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - 15 hours 1 min ago

2 Years ago today: On 19 March 2016 a flydubai Boeing 737-800 crashed during a go around at Rostov Airport, Russia; all 62 on board were killed.

Date: Saturday 19 March 2016 Time: 03:41 Type: Boeing 737-8KN (WL) Operator: flydubai Registration: A6-FDN C/n / msn: 40241/3517 First flight: 2010-12-21 (5 years 3 months) Total airframe hrs: 21252 Cycles: 9420 Engines:CFMI CFM56-7B27 Crew: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7 Passengers: Fatalities: 55 / Occupants: 55 Total: Fatalities: 62 / Occupants: 62 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Rostov Airport (ROV) (   Russia) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Dubai Airport (DXB/OMDB), United Arab Emirates Destination airport: Rostov Airport (ROV/URRR), Russia Flightnumber: FZ981

A Boeing 737-800 aircraft, operated by flydubai as Flight FZ981 from Dubai, impacted airport terrain during a second approach attempt in bad weather to Rostov-On-Don Airport in Southern Russia. The airplane was destroyed and the 55 passengers and 7 crew fatally injured.
Flight 981 departed Dubai at 18:37 hours UTC on March 18.
A preliminary flight data analysis revealed that the crew was performing a manual approach to runway 22 with the autopilot disconnected . Weather conditions were poor with a cloud base at 630 meters, wind 230 degrees at 13 meters per second, maximum 18 meters per second, light rain shower, mist, severe turbulence and moderate windshear.
At 22:42 UTC (01:42 local time) in the course of the initial approach at a height of 340 meters (1115 feet), the flight received a windshear alert. The flight crew decided to go around and then continued to a holding pattern waiting for improved weather conditions.
The flight left the holding pattern at 00:28 UTC (03:28 LT) and descended towards Rostov for another attempted approach to runway 22.
As the crew were proceeding with another manual approach, they decided to go around again at a height of 220 meters (721 feet), 4,5 km before the runway. They initiated a climb with a vertical speed of up to 20 m/s and setting the engines to maximum takeoff/go-around (TOGA) thrust.
One of the probable causes of the go-around decision could have been the 20-knot increase of indicated speed to as much as 176 knots within 3 seconds, which might have been an indication of a windshear.
In the course of the go-around the crew set flaps to 15° and retracted the landing gear.
At the height of 1900 ft (approx. 600 m) after reaching the pitch angle of 18° the pilot flying pushed on the control column, which led to a decrease in vertical acceleration of up to 0.5, increase in forward speed and, consequently, automatic retraction of flaps from 15° to 10° at a speed of over 200 knots.
The short-term decrease in engine thrust within 3 seconds resulted in decreasing speed and flaps extension to 15°, although the following crew inputs to regain maximum takeoff/go-around thrust led to speed increase and reiterated automatic flaps retraction to 10°. The flaps remained in the latter configuration until the impact.
The pilot flying, by pulling up the control column, continued climbing with a vertical speed of as much as 16 m/s.
At a height of 900 m there was a simultaneous control column nose down input and stabilizer nose down deflection from -2,5 deg (6,5 units) to +2,5 deg (1,5 units). The FDR recorded a nose down stabilizer input from the stabilizer trim switch of the control wheel lasting 12 seconds, while the CVR record contains a specific noise of rotation of the trim wheels located on both sides of the central pedestal. As a result the aircraft, having climbed to about 1000 m, turned into descent with a negative vertical acceleration of -1g. The following crew recovery actions did not allow to avoid an impact with the ground.
The aircraft hit the runway about 120 m from the threshold with a speed of over 600 km/h and over 50 degrees nose down pitch.

Timeline of events (times in UTC):
17:45 FZ981 scheduled time of departure
18:22 FZ981 pushed back from Stand E18 at Dubai Airport
18:37 FZ981 commences takeoff from runway 30R at Dubai Airport
19:14 FZ981 reaches cruising altitude of FL360
22:16 FZ981 commences descent from FL360
22:20 FZ981 scheduled time of arrival
22:23 S71159 (an Airbus A319 from Moscow-Domodedovo) lands after its first approach to runway 22
22:28 U62758 (an Airbus A320 from Khudzhand) lands after its first approach to runway 22
22:39 FZ981 commences final approach to runway 22 at Rostov Airport
22:42 FZ981 aborts first approach at 1725 ft, 6.7 km short of the runway
22:49 FZ981 reaches 8000 feet and heads towards the northeast of the airport
22:54 SU1166 (a Sukhoi Superjet 100-95B from Moscow-Sheremetyevo) aborts the first approach to runway 22
23:07 SU1166 aborts the second approach to runway 22
23:17 SU1166 aborts the third approach to runway 22
23:20 SU1166 diverts towards Krasnodar
23:20 FZ982 scheduled time of return flight back to Dubai
23:27 FZ981 enters holding pattern at 15000 feet to the southeast of the airport
00:28 FZ981 leaves the holding pattern and descends for a second approach
00:36 FZ981 intercepts the runway 22 localizer at 10 NM from the runway
00:40 FZ981 aborts second approach at 721 ft, 4 km short of the runway
00:41 FZ981 impacts airport terrain after a steep descent from 900 m.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 19:54

A firefighter was hurt at the scene of a brush fire in Lycoming County and had to be flown to the hospital.

It happened around 3:30 p.m. Sunday along Spook Hollow Road in Hepburn Township, that’s just north of Williamsport.

According to the fire chief, the female firefighter was struck by a vehicle.

No other details have been released at this time.

Another person at the scene had to be taken to the hospital for breathing in too much smoke.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 13:24

Five people were hospitalized with minor injuries after a minivan slammed into a fire truck in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa Saturday night, officials said.

The incident occurred near the intersection of 19th Street and Hanna Avenue.

Officials told News Channel 8’s Gabrielle Shirley they believe the van failed to stop at a stop sign and ran into a fire truck that was returning from a call. The impact sent the fire truck into a tree, and then into a power pole, downing power lines in the area and causing electricity to briefly go out.

Three firefighters were taken to the hospital and two of the three passengers in the minivan were also hospitalized to treat minor injuries. Officials said everyone is expected to be okay.

The area near the intersection will be closed for a few hours as crews repair the live lines on the ground.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 13:22

Tulsa fire fighters spend the overnight hours Sunday morning battling a large condominium fire in South Tulsa. The blaze was in a complex near 81st and South Yale.

A Tulsa fire fighter was taken to the hospital after a section of ceiling collapsed on him while battling the blaze. He is expected to recover.

The fire department says six units were damaged by the fire. The cause is under investigation.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 13:21

Two firefighters suffered burns while battling a small wildfire being called the Laguna Fire near Yuma on Friday.

The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management says one firefighter suffered second and third degree burns, while the other suffered first degree (less severe) burns.

The fire started around 2 p.m. on Thursday and grew to eight acres before progress was stopped. The firefighters suffered their burns Friday while working to put out hot spots of the fire.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 13:20

A Phoenixville fire police officer was hit by a car while directing traffic at an accident scene on Bridge Street (Route 29) near Jacobs Street in Upper Providence Monday afternoon.

Fire police still at the crash scene said the volunteer was struck by a hit-run vehicle and was taken to Phoenixville Hospital with knee and Leg injuries. Upper Providence police say the initial accident happened around 11 a.m. when the driver of a flatbed tractor-trailer carrying a load of siding had to hit the brakes to avoid a collision with another truck going under the railroad bridge at the narrow curve in front of Black Rock Volunteer Fire Company.

The siding shifted off the skids, with some falling off the truck onto the roadway. Bridge Street is Route 29 in that area and the road was closed for more than six hours while police investigated and workers cleaned debris from the road.

Police at the scene said they were still looking for the the hit-run vehicle that struck the fire policeman.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 19:38

Firefighters responding to a structure fire in Walton County early Thursday morning arrived to find a home partially engulfed in flames.

According to a press release from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Walton County Fire Rescue crews were dispatched at 2:54 a.m. to 960 State Line Road in Paxton in reference to a residential fire.

Firefighters and paramedics arrived within minutes to find part of the home fully engulfed in flames, the press release stated.

The press release said that the caller stated that she woke up in the middle of the night and saw flames on the ceiling of her bedroom.

Photo: Firefighters Battling Paxton House Fire Source: Walton County Sheriff’s Office

According to the press release, both residents made it out of the home safely and no one was injured.

Further details of the press release state that the residents were able to save one of their two family dogs, but Walton County Fire Rescue firefighters were unable to save the second dog.

Walton County Fire Rescue (WCFR), Florala Fire Department and Lockhart Volunteer Fire Department crews battled the fire for over an hour and a half before it was contained and cleared the scene just before 9:00 a.m., according to the press release.

Photo: Firefighters Battling Paxton House Fire Source: Walton County Sheriff’s Office

The press release also stated that one WCFR firefighter suffered minor injuries while fighting the blaze and was transported and released from a local hospital.

Electrical issues are believed to be the cause of the fire, the press release stated.

The American Red Cross was called out to assist the residents of the severely damaged home.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 12:38

A driver intentionally and repeatedly crashed into a fire station in Kalamazoo County Tuesday night, according to Schoolcraft Police.

Oil stains on the street show the driver crashed, reversed and hit the gas, not once but three times.

“He did it with purpose, definitely,” said Battalion Chief Shawn Westfall.

According to police, the driver, a 59-year-old man from Grand Rapids, is still hospitalized with minor injuries. His name is not being released at this time because no charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing.

“We don’t have any clue why he did what he did,” Westfall said.

Tire tracks inside the garage show the crash pushed a parked SUV several feet. Then the red Jeep plowed into the front of the Fire Chief’s office.

“Pulled back out of there, lined up again, came in through the larger door, hit our tanker,” Westfall said.

Two garage doors and two vehicles were also damaged, cost estimated are still being totaled.

The biggest blow to the fire station is its water tanker trunk, knocked out of service in a rural area, where fire hydrants are hard to come by.

The only firefighter inside the station at the time of the crash, Jacob Boven, didn’t hear anything from the workout room until the emergency call went out over the radio.

A crash reported at the South Kalamazoo County Fire Station 1 in Schoolcraft sent firefighters rushing to their own department.

Westfall said, “It was a little different for my guys coming responding to the station that we usually pull vehicles out of to help people and it was actually inside our station.”

Although confused by what happened, Boven grabbed his gear and began to evaluate the suspect’s injuries.

Boven said care came first, then questions, but the driver did not offer any explanation.

Boven said, “He wasn’t talking to me, he wouldn’t talk to me.”

Firefighters at the scene say they didn’t not recognize the man from Grand Rapids.

Westfall said, “I personally don’t think it was an attack on this fire department I think it was an act of anger.”

The station in Schoolcraft get help from neighboring departments to respond to calls as they await repairs.

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