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Firefighter Close Calls - 40 min 46 sec ago

NEW YORK — Firefighters evacuated three floors of an Upper East Side hospital following a chemical spill Wednesday, officials said.

The firefighters were dispatched to the Fifth Ave. side of Mount Sinai School of Medicine near E. 101st St. about 10:30 a.m. after a report of a chemical spill on the 19th floor.

Firefighters evacuated three floors of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine following a chemical spill. (Photo/Wikipedia)

The FDNY ordered an evacuation of the 18th, 19th and 20th floors as a precaution. About 150 people were removed from the building.

The spilled substance was sodium tert-butoxide, a hazardous and flammable substance used in chemical testing, officials said.

A firefighter was taken to an area hospital with a minor injury after responding to the spill.

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Firefighter Close Calls - 42 min 4 sec ago

FARMINGTON — As the investigation into what caused a deadly explosion Monday at the LEAP central office building on Route 2 continued Wednesday, three firefighters remained in critical condition and one was released from the hospital.

Fire Rescue Chief Terry Bell, 62, Capt. Scott Baxter, 37, and his father, firefighter Theodore “Ted” Baxter, 64, were being treated at Maine Medical Center in Portland, according to information provided by the hospital.

Capt. Scott Baxter Town of Farmington photo

Capt. Michael Bell, 68, was killed in the blast that flattened the building and damaged 11 nearby mobile homes. Six firefighters and the maintenance supervisor were injured. In addition to Terry Bell and the Baxters, the injured are Capt. Timothy “TD” Hardy, 40, firefighter Joseph Hastings, 24, Chief Deputy S. Clyde Ross and maintenance supervisor Larry Lord.

According to posts on Facebook by relatives, Hardy has been moved out of the Intensive Care Unit at Maine Med.

Capt. Timothy “TD” Hardy Town of Farmington photo

“We can’t begin to thank EVERYONE enough for the kind words, support in many ways and phenomenal care all around,” Hardy’s wife, Bett, wrote in an update. “Please keep your thoughts and prayers with the Bell families, Baxter family, the Lord family and all the other responders as they fight and heal physically and emotionally. The communities’ support means more than we could ever express — thank you all and please keep that positive energy coming.”

Lord, who got employees out of the building before the 8:28 a.m. blast apparently caused by a propane leak, remained in critical condition Wednesday morning at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Hastings was released from Maine Medical Center on Wednesday, according to a message on Facebook. He was escorted into town by a procession of firetrucks and emergency vehicles.

“Right now I will not need skin grafts and we’re hoping my ear drums will heal up in time without surgery,” Hastings wrote. “Thank you all for the outpouring of good wishes and messages. Please know that as much as I wish I just can’t respond to every message. TD (Hardy) is currently moved into my room as a bunk mate so we’re keeping each other in good spirits. To the firefighter family near and far — Thank you all.”

Hastings added, “The Baxters and Bells still need your full support as they are not out of the woods yet. Thank you all and much love.”

Ross was treated at a local hospital Monday and released.

Deputy Chief Clyde Ross Town of Farmington photo

Firefighters responded to a report of a smell of propane at the building at about 8:07 a.m. Monday. They were in the building when the explosion occurred minutes later.

The Maine Department of Transportation reopened Route 2 at the site of the blast Tuesday night and utility workers were fixing power and cable lines Wednesday in front of the site at 313 Farmington Falls Road (Route 2).

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Firefighter Close Calls - 44 min 30 sec ago

Three firefighters suffered injuries while battling a blaze at a Montebello bakery on Thursday evening, authorities said.

The fire was first reported about 7:55 p.m. at Bimbo Bakery, 480 Vail Ave., according to a dispatcher at the Verdugo Fire Communications Center. Firefighters declared it extinguished within the hour.

Between 30 and 50 employees who were inside the 100-foot-by-100-foot building when it caught fire managed to get out before firefighters arrived, Montebello Fire Department Battalion Chief Alan Wilkes said.

“First responding units reported smoke inside the warehouse area,” he said. It was soon determined that the fire centered at a hopper used in the bakery, and the flames were confined to that area.

One firefighters suffered a minor electrical shock, while another suffered a soft-tissue injury and another was treated for exhaustion, Wilkes said. All three were expected to return to duty in short order.

Aerial footage from Sky5 showed firefighters attending to one of their own, who could be seen walking.

Montebello Fire Department Battalion Chief Alan Wilkes said.

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Today is Friday the 20th of September, 2019

ARFF Working Group - 3 hours 18 min ago

We close out the week with these stories…

Have a safe weekend!


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1 dead, 1 critically injured after small plane crashes into Torrance building shortly after takeoff

ARFF Working Group - 3 hours 20 min ago

What caused the crash was not immediately known, but witnesses on the ground said they could see and hear signs of trouble.


A small plane crashed into a building shortly after taking off from Torrance Municipal Airport about noon on Thursday, killing one person and critically injuring another.

A Cessna plane crashed into a shopping center near the Torrance airport on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. (Photo by Jonathan L Androwski )

The crash was a mile east of the airport near Crenshaw Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway.

The plane slammed into the backside of a strip mall in the 25300 block of Crenshaw Boulevard at the north end of a shopping center that includes restaurants, a salon and a cellphone store. The single-engine Cessna 177 landed on top of the California Pizza Kitchen and Joey’s Smokin’ BBQ.

The aircraft appeared to have gone through the roof and into a covered patio seating area, said Assistant Torrance Fire Chief Robert Millea. Fire officials rushed to cover a fuel leak with a blanket of foam.

Police officers were able to help both occupants out of the plane, but one man succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, Torrance Police Sgt. Alexander Martinez said. It wasn’t disclosed if he was the pilot.

The other person was transported to a hospital in critical condition, authorities said.

There were no reports of anyone on the ground getting hurt.

Radio communication prior to the Cessna’s takeoff from Zamperini Field suggested that its pilot only intended to fly a one-mile radius lap at low altitude around the airport. Minutes later, another pilot contacted air traffic controllers to report that it had gone down.

Torrance resident Tina Schneider, who works in the building next to the crash, saw the plane fall.

At first, she said, she saw it take off. Then it made a U-turn, appearing to try to return to the airport.

“You could hear the plane was having problems,” said Schneider, 47, who works at DaVita, a dialysis center.

She heard the plane backfire three times. Then Schneider watched the plane hit the building.

“There was a guy, hanging upside down and dangling,” she said. “He was alive, stuck in his (seatbelts).

Officials pushed her and others back. “Gasoline was all pouring out,” she said. “Then they cut (the man) out of his straps and pulled him to the side.”

A Cessna plane crashed into a business on the Crenshaw side of the Rolling Hills Plaza in Torrance on Thursday, September 19, 2019. The crash resulted in one fatality and one critically injured. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

Officials have not said what may have precipitated the crash. It’s unclear if the pilot radioed in a distress call before hitting the ground. It  likely will take a day or two to remove the plane and investigate further.

The pilot’s identity has not been released.

Omid Taheri, 32, saw the crash from the Acura South Bay dealership across the street, where he’s a sales associate.

“I just saw the plane looking like it was trying to get altitude,” he said. “Then it turned sideways and to the right and then took a nosedive straight down.”

Taheri didn’t notice any smoke coming from the plane as it went down, but Hasan Roberson, a sales manager, said it sounded like the engine was sputtering.

There was no explosion or visible fire when the plane hit the building, Taheri said.

Jacob Poon of Long Beach was in the middle of cutting a client’s hair at neighboring Victor Anthony’s Hair Studio when the building began shaking.

He and his coworkers thought the building had just been struck by a car.

“We’re lucky the building didn’t catch on fire,” said Poon, 66.  “It was a real Godsend that we are safe, because you could expect a fire from an airplane crash.”

Officials arrived minutes later and evacuated the building, he said.

Jesse Ortiz, who’s worked in an office building near where the plane crashed for 14 years, said he also heard the engine sputtering prior to the crash.

A Cessna plane crashed into a business on the Crenshaw side of the Rolling Hills Plaza in Torrance on Thursday, September 19, 2019. The crash resulted in one fatality and one critically injured. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

He saw first responders trying to help.

“There were four or five police officers – they were pushing the fuselage to get the guy out, because the plane’s nose was down,” Ortiz said.

He saw officials remove one person, a man who looked like he was in his late 50s or early 60s, from the wreckage with blood all over his face.

“He was non-responsive,” Ortiz said.

Torrance resident Amir Amini, 41, owner of Kabab Curry Cuisine of India, also was working at the time of the crash. His restaurant is part of the same building.

Once he heard there was a plane crash, he rushed to all of the other businesses in the building and alerted them to shut off their gas in case of a fire.

“It’s dangerous,” Amini said. “He was just 5 to 10 feet away from the electric and gas line.”

As eyewitnesses spoke to a reporter, small planes continued to fly overhead and come in for landings at the nearby airport

As of about 3:15 p.m., all lanes of north and southbound Crenshaw Boulevard were open to traffic from PCH to Skypark Drive. Eastbound Airport Drive remained closed at Crenshaw Boulevard, and authorities asked that people avoid the area.

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Plane crash lands in Calhoun County, both people inside safe

ARFF Working Group - 3 hours 24 min ago

CALHOUN COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Two people walked away from a plane crash in Calhoun County on Thursday.

The plane landed in a cotton field near the Calhoun County airport.

The pilot’s wife tells us her husband and a friend were flying from Fairhope, Alabama. The pilot says the engine quit, forcing him and his passenger to land about a mile west of the airport.

Calhoun County Sheriff’s Deputies say the plane crash-landed around 11:40 a.m. Thursday. Most of the afternoon was spent clearing brush away to get the plane out of the cotton field. Heavy equipment was used to remove parts of a fence on the property the plane was on.

“Somebody’d seen a plane and it looked like flames had come off of it so we went to the airport to check to see if we had a, you know a crash landing and fortunately they landed out here in this cotton field, no injuries, plane had minor damage,” Calhoun County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Mayo said.

Deputies tell us they had a helicopter in the air that helped them spot the plane.

Both people inside the plane at the time of the crash are safe.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report From Nevada Fatal Accident

ARFF Working Group - 3 hours 26 min ago

Plane Went Down Shortly After Departure From Henderson Executive Airport

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident which occurred September 7 involving a Beechcraft C24R (Sierra) which fatally injured two people and seriously injured two others aboard the aircraft. 

According to the report, the aircraft impacted a divided roadway during a return to the airport shortly after takeoff, about a 1/4 mile from the departure end of runway 17R at the Henderson Executive Airport (KHND), Las Vegas, Nevada. The pilot receiving instruction and the flight instructor were fatally injured and the two passengers had serious injuries. The airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to a So Cal Leasing LLC, and operated by the California Flight Academy as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the cross-country flight. The flight was destined for Gillespie Field Airport (KSEE), San Diego/El Cajon, California.

An eyewitness that was located at the north end of the airport, was monitoring the tower frequency with a handheld radio. He saw the accident airplane taxi near his location and perform a run-up; all while the passenger door was open. The airplane’s engine sounded normal during the run-up and the left entry door was closed prior to obtaining takeoff clearance and entering the runway. The eyewitness reported that the airplane appeared to roll down the runway about 500-600 ft with about 50% power, before full power was applied and lifting off the runway. The airplane climbed to about 50 to 100 ft above ground level and appeared to struggle to gain altitude; climbing a few feet and then descending. The eyewitness heard the pilot on his radio report to the tower that a door had opened and requested to return to land. The airplane then appeared to climb about another 50 to 100 ft, and then initiated a left turn. Subsequently, the airplane entered a nose down left bank and impacted the terrain.

According to the operator, the accident airplane was used as an instructional flight and to transport a mechanic and an additional pilot from KSEE to KHND to repair and return a company airplane back to KSEE. When the other company airplane could not be repaired, all four then planned to return in the accident airplane that morning. When the first flight was unsuccessful at getting over the mountains during departure, a second attempt to depart KHND was performed later that night.

Airport employees reported that the accident airplane arrived at KHND around 0800 and parked at the transient parking for about 1-1/2 hours. A fuel request came in and the airplane was refueled to about 1.5 inches from the fueling ports, a little more than halfway up the fuel tank tabs. A total of 23 gallons of fuel was added to the airplane. Shortly after refueling, four individuals were aboard the airplane when it departed HND and returned minutes later to the transient parking area. An occupant on that flight stated to one of the airport employees that it was too hot and that the airplane couldn’t climb to get around the mountains.

Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane impacted a divided roadway, slid through a steel barrier fence, and came to rest in a culvert drainage area. The empennage separated from the main wreckage just aft of the baggage door area and was found adjacent to the culvert entrance. The main wreckage was partially consumed by post-impact fire. The cabin area and the wing’s inboard sections, including the wing fuel tanks were mostly consumed by post-impact fire. The wreckage was relocated to a secured facility for further examination.

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

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - 3 hours 28 min ago

30 Years ago today: On 20 September 1989 a US Air Boeing 737-401 went off the runway at New York-La Guardia (LGA) after an attempted takeoff with a mistrimmed rudder and late rejection of the takeoff; two passengers were killed.

Date: Wednesday 20 September 1989 Time: 23:21 Type: Boeing 737-401 Operator: USAir Registration: N416US C/n / msn: 23884/1643 First flight: 1988-12-09 (10 months) Total airframe hrs: 2235 Cycles: 1730 Engines:CFMI CFM56-3B2 Crew: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6 Passengers: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 57 Total: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 63 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: Charlotte-Douglas Airport, NC (CLT/KCLT), United States of America Flightnumber: US5050

A USAir Boeing 737-401, registration N416US, was scheduled to departe from Baltimore/Washington (BWI) as flight 1846 at 15:10, but air traffic inbound to New York-LaGuardia (LGA) delayed the takeoff until 19:35. Holding on the taxiway at BWI for 1.5 hours required the flight to return to the terminal area for fuel. The Boeing 737-400 left BWI uneventfully and arrived at LGA’s Gate 15 at 20:40.
Weather and air traffic in the LGA terminal area had caused cancellations and delayed most flights for several hours. The USAir dispatcher decided to cancel the Norfolk leg of Flight 1846, unload the passengers, and send the flight to Charlotte (CLT) without passengers. Several minutes later, the dispatcher told the captain that his airplane would not be flown empty but would carry passengers to Charlotte as USAir flight 5050. This seemed to upset the captain. He expressed concern for the passengers because more delays would cause him and the first officer to exceed crew duty time limitations before the end of the trip. While passengers were boarding, the captain visited USAir’s ground movement control tower to ask about how decisions were made about flights and passengers.
The captain returned to the cockpit as the last of the passengers were boarding, and the entry door was closed. After the jetway was retracted, the passenger service representative told the captain through the open cockpit window that he wanted to open the door again to board more passengers. The captain refused, and flight 5050 left Gate 15 at 22:52.
The 737 taxied out to runway 31. Two minutes after push-back, the ground controller told the crew to hold short of taxiway Golf Golf. However, the captain failed to hold short of that taxiway and received modified taxi instructions from the ground controller at 22:56. The captain then briefed takeoff speeds as V1: 125 knots, VR: 128 knots, and V2: 139 knots. The first officer was to be the flying pilot. He was conducting his first nonsupervised line takeoff in a Boeing 737.
About 2 minutes later, the first officer announced “stabilizer and trim” as part of the before-takeoff checklist. The captain responded with “set” and then corrected himself by saying: “Stabilizer trim, I forgot the answer. Set for takeoff.” 
Flight 5050 was cleared into position to hold at the end of the runway at 23:18:26 and received takeoff clearance at 23:20:05. The first officer pressed the autothrottle disengage and then pressed the TO/GA button, but noted no throttle movement. He then advanced the throttles manually to a “rough” takeoff-power setting. The captain then said: “Okay, that’s the wrong button pushed” and 9 seconds later said: “All right, I’ll set your power.” During the takeoff roll the airplane began tracking to the left. The captain initially used the nosewheel steering tiller to maintain directional control. About 18 seconds after beginning the roll a “bang” was heard followed shortly by a loud rumble, which was due to the cocked nosewheel as a result of using the nosewheel steering during the takeoff roll. At 23:20:53, the captain said “got the steering.” The captain later testified that he had said, “You’ve got the steering.” The first officer testified that he thought the captain had said: “I’ve got the steering.” When the first officer heard the captain, he said “Watch it then” and began releasing force on the right rudder pedal but kept his hands on the yoke in anticipation of the V1 and rotation callouts.
At 23:20:58.1, the captain said: “Let’s take it back then” which he later testified meant that he was aborting the takeoff. According to the captain, he rejected the takeoff because of the continuing left drift and the rumbling noise. He used differential braking and nose wheel steering to return toward the centerline and stop. The throttle levers were brought back to their idle stops at 23:20:58.4. The indicated airspeed at that time was 130 knots. Increasing engine sound indicating employment of reverse thrust was heard on the CVR almost 9 seconds after the abort maneuver began. The airplane did not stop on the runway but crossed the end of the runway at 34 knots ground speed. The aircraft dropped onto the wooden approach light pier, which collapsed causing the aircraft break in three and drop into 7-12 m deep East River. The accident was not survivable for the occupants of seats 21A and 21B because of the massive upward crush of the cabin floor

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The captain’s failure to exercise his command authority in a timely manner to reject the take-off or take sufficient control to continue the take-off, which was initiated with a mistrimmed rudder. Also causal was the captain’s failure to detect the mistrimmed rudder before the take-off was attempted.”
Board member Jim Burnett filed the following concurring and dissenting statement: “Although I concur with the probable cause as adopted as far as it goes, I would have added the following as a contributing factor: Contributing to the cause of the accident was the failure of USAir to provide an adequately experienced and seasoned flight crew.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 09/19/2019 - 20:01

Officials say a firefighter was injured while battling a raging fire at a West Babylon home early Thursday morning.

Police say the fire started around 12:15 a.m. on Raider Street.

Three departments responded to the fire. News 12 is told one firefighter suffered a minor injury.

No other injuries were reported.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 09/19/2019 - 20:01

A firefighter received a minor injury battling a blaze in a home that was allegedly illegally occupied in Westchester.

The fire at 10 Baldwin Place, was detected around 3:08 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18, when a Yonkers police officer detected an odor of smoke and requested firefighters to the area to investigate, said Yonkers Fire Deputy Chief Of Personnel Daniel P. Flynn.

After finding the fire at the vacant, wood two-story home at 10 Baldwin Place, firefighters encountered a heavy volume of fire on the second floor, Flynn said.

Two hose lines were stretched into the building and the fire was extinguished by the approximately 50 firefighters on the scene.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury during the incident, Flynn said.

The building appeared to be illegally occupied and the fire may have been set by squatters, he added.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

After the fire, the department’s Fire Investigation Unit along with Yonkers Police interviewed a person with burn injuries at St. Joseph’s Hospital that may be connected with the case

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 09/19/2019 - 19:59

ISTANBUL – A huge fire broke out at a chemicals factory in Istanbul on Wednesday, injuring two fire fighters.

Flames broke out at a factory in a local Leather Organized Industrial Zone in Tuzla district on the Asian side of the province. Its source is yet to be determined.

Several firefighters were injured trying to put out the blaze, which spread to vehicles in the parking lot of the factory.

A 138-strong firefighter team backed by 48 fire trucks has been tackling the fire, Ali Karahan, head of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Firefighting Division told Anadolu Agency.

Efforts to extinguish the flame are underway while an investigation into the cause is ongoing.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 09/19/2019 - 19:58

HOUSTON, TEXAS – A Little York firefighter is being transported to an area hospital after reportedly being electrocuted during a water rescue.

This scene is unfolding near Aldine Mail Route and W Hardy in Northwest Harris County.

Sources tell us that a firefighter with the Little York Fire Department was in the process of a water rescue when the first responder was electrocuted by some type of electrical wires lines hidden under water.

The firefighter is being transported via ground ambulance as helicopters were not able to fly due to weather. There are conflicting reports of the firefighters medical status.

A spokesperson for the department says that no other information is available at this time.

This is a breaking news story. We will post updates as they become available.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 09/19/2019 - 19:55

FARMINGTON, Maine (WABI) – One of the injured Farmington firefighters was sent home Wednesday, but four others remain at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Hospital officials say Captain Timothy Hardy’s condition is now considered satisfactory.

But Fire Chief Terry Bell, the brother of Captain Michael Bell who was killed in the blast, remains in critical condition.

Captain Scott Baxter and his father, firefighter Theodore Baxter, also are still critical.

Firefighter Joseph Hastings was released from the hospital late Wednesday afternoon.

A procession of fire trucks and state police cruisers escorted him from Maine Medical Center to Farmington Fire Department.

A group of colleagues, family and community members gathered and cheered for him as he arrived.

Fire officials say it’s good to have him home

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 09/19/2019 - 19:53

On Thursday, September 19, 2019, at approximately 1:00 a.m., firefighters from Solomons, Prince Frederick, Huntingtown, St. Leonard, Hollywood, and Bay District responded to the Tidewater Dental of Lusby at 10025 HG Trueman Road in Lusby, for the reported structure fire.

The call was originally dispatched as a structure fire due to a tree on fire near the structure. A short time later the 911 caller said they think the building was on fire, but didn’t know what was on fire and was uncooperative with the 911 call taker.

Crews arrived on the scene to find a two and a half story structure with fire showing from the first and second floor with the fire threatening another structure. Firefighters immediately requested a second alarm and shortly after, units advised they had explosions inside the structure.

Incident command ordered all firefighters to evacuate the structure after a mayday was called shortly after 1:22 a.m., the firefighter made it out of the structure safely and emergency medical personnel was requested for the firefighter from the Solomons Volunteer Fire Department.

It is unknown if any other injuries were reported, or if any firefighters were taken to an area hospital.

The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal responded to the scene to investigate the fire.

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Early video from Pennsylvania house fire

Statter 911 - Thu, 09/19/2019 - 11:05

Fire Tuesday morning in Allegheny Township

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 09/19/2019 - 09:04

No one was injured when a car slammed into a fire truck in Hartford late Tuesday morning.

The crash happened about 11:30 a.m. in front of Hartford Public High School, 55 Forest St. Firefighters and police said they were at the school for a medical call.

While the car had serious front-end damage, damage to the truck was minimal.

A car struck the back of this firetruck in front of Hartford Public Tuesday (Sept. 17, 2019), but no one was injured. (Photo by Christine Dempsey/Hartford Courant)

There was an initial report that the car had been racing another vehicle, but the young adult driver denied that he had been racing, first responders said.

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Pilot left dangling from electric cables after ejecting from fighter jet

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 09/19/2019 - 09:03

By Paul Harper

A pilot was left dangling on a high-voltage electricity line in France after his fighter jet crashed into a home today.

The F-16 pilot, from the Belgian army, was left hanging from the line by his parachute in the town of Pluvigner in Brittany after ejecting from the aircraft. 

No injuries have been reported but surrounding homes were evacuated as emergency workers rushed to help the pilot down.

Dozens of firefighters and police were called to the site to free the trapped pilot who was eventually safely untangled after the power in the lines was cut.

He has now been taken to a nearby hospital for medical checks, officials said.

A co-pilot was rescued after he successfully ejected from the jet, authorities added.

The plane ripped the roof of the home it crashed into clean off but miraculously, no-one inside was hurt.

One of the plane’s wings sliced the roof and front of the house before plunging into a neighbouring farm’s field.

Ludovic Kauffer, who lives in the house, was at work at the time but his parents and wife were at home and described to him the ‘booms’ of the crash.

He said:  ‘My wife was in the house and she heard a huge explosion, followed by a second, she went out into the garden and saw the plane on fire. 

‘We can say it’s a miracle, the wing of the plane tore off some of the roof on the north side of our house, the damage is impressive.

‘The trees and the shed were on fire when my wife was evacuated.

‘The pilots would have managed to eject the plane before the crash.’

It is understood the pilots were heading to a naval air base in France when the jet went down.

It was not armed with weapons at the time of the crash, local media report.

A national police spokeswoman said no injuries have been reported among residents in the area.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 09/19/2019 - 09:03

ST. LOUIS – A fire broke out Tuesday night in the O’Fallons Park neighborhood just after 830p.m. The fire was mostly confined the second story of home in 2100 block of Alice in north St. Louis.

The fire was knocked down quickly by fire crews on scene.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury when he was cut on the cheek while opening a window.  He was transported to the hospital for treatment.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 09/19/2019 - 09:00

Crews responding to a truck fire near the Siskiyou Pass Tuesday night already had rain and darkness to deal with. Their near miss with a semi truck driving past the scene didn’t help matters.

Jackson County Fire District 5 responded to the blaze at 7:17 p.m., according to 911 dispatch records. Firefighters and apparatus arrived at the scene, located on Interstate 5 near milepost 6, at about 7:30 p.m., according to Capt. Aaron Bustard.

A Ford F-350 pulling a small bulldozer on a trailer experienced a mechanical issue while driving up toward the Siskiyou Summit and caught fire, Bustard said.

“It was kind of in a bad area, one of the corners,” Bustard said. “Rainy, a little bit foggy. Just typical weather for this time of year.”

The vehicle and trailer came to a stop partially in a traffic lane, he added.

“So we had to pull past it to get on the uphill side,” Bustard said. “Sometimes with the fluids and all that can come out, we don’t want to be on the downhill side.”

A battalion chief from Ashland Fire & Rescue arrived on scene and parked off the freeway prior to the blaze so he could attempt to warn passing vehicles of the upcoming trouble. While firefighters were pulling out fire hoses to fight the fire, a semi traveling past got right next to the flames.

“Ran over our hose line, almost struck me,” Bustard said, adding another semi almost ran into the burning vehicle.

No one was injured and no drivers received citations for not following the Move Over Law, according to Oregon State Police. The law requires motorists to move over when approaching police, fire or emergency vehicles, a vehicle that is stopped and displaying hazard lights, or a person is “indicating distress by using emergency flares or posting emergency signs,” according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

“We try to mark it, try to get things moving over,” Bustard said. “But on the other side of it, we have to take care of the emergency, too.”

Crews had the fire out in about 10 minutes and had cleared the scene by about 8 p.m.

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