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Video: Mississippi church fire

Statter 911 - Sun, 01/20/2019 - 19:17

Clarke County fire on Saturday

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR PHOENIX FIREFIGHTER

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 01/20/2019 - 18:48

Services for fallen Phoenix Firefighter Rick Telles:

Wednesday January 23, 2019 at 10am: Christ Church of the Valley, 7007 W. Happy Valley Rd, Peoria AZ 85383

Internment immediately following (1pm estimation): Greenwood Memory Lawn at the Firefighters Bell-tower,719 N. 27th Ave, Phoenix Az. 85009

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TUCSON FIRE USES CLOUD-BASED TECH FOR CANCER PREVENTION EFFORTS

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 13:02

By Jim McKay, Emergency Management:

The revelations that firefighters face greater risk from developing certain cancers is alarming, and many departments are taking action to try to mitigate those risks. One is the Tucson, Ariz., Fire Department, which is both studying the risks and trying to mitigate them with the help of cloud technology.

Two recent studies of firefighters by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health concluded that firefighters face a 9 percent increase in diagnoses and a 14 percent increase in cancer-related deaths, compared to the general population of the U.S.

Fire departments are taking action by cleaning gear and washing down personnel after engaging fires, but keeping track of such actions and holding personnel accountable can be a challenge. The Tucson Fire Department is meeting that challenge with cloud-based technology created by PowerDMS.

Since 2016, Tucson Fire has been involved in the Fire Fighter Cancer Cohort Study funded by FEMA that tests firefighters to establish long-term efforts to mitigate the cancer risks to firefighters.

“The cancer studies have been a way for us to verify that when we do respond to fires, we are exposed to cancer-causing elements,” said Darin Wallentine, deputy chief of safety and wellness for Tucson Fire. He said the studies, which have involved analyzing urine, blood and buccal cells from incumbent firefighters and new recruits, have confirmed the risks of responding to fires.

Read the full story here.

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MO FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT VACANT BUILDING FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 08:33

One firefighter suffered minor injuries while fighting a blaze that broke out Friday morning inside a vacant building in Independence.

Independence fire officials said the fire was reported at 9:37 a.m. Friday in the 9000 block of East U.S. 40, just west of Blue Ridge Boulevard.

The vacant building was described as a “garage-like structure,” and was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

A section of U.S. 40 was shut down during the incident. Fire officials reported around 11 a.m. that the blaze was out. An investigator will begin working to determine a cause.

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2 IL FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT GOLF CLUBHOUSE FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 08:31

Owners of the Lacoma Golf Course in East Dubuque are looking at options to rebuild after a Thursday fire.

Below-freezing temperatures added extra challenges for the firefighters on scene. The cold being the cause of injury to one East Dubuque firefighter.

“She slipped on some ice that was formed from water runoff and hurt her arm, so we took her over to get checked out,” said Jim Heim, East Dubuque fire chief.

The winter fire destroyed part of the clubhouse at the Lacoma Golf Course. With its rolling hills, the golf course have been a family operated affair for decades.

Co-owner Sarah Cunningham said while they are thankful the fire didn’t claim any lives, it took away some memories.

“There’s some nostalgia but we’re, number one, grateful, incredibly grateful, that everybody got out. Even though this weather is not super cooperative, it is better to lose a part of your golf course in the winter than the summer,” said Cunningham.

Chief Heim said the remote location also presented a problem. The nearest fire hydrant was 2,000 feet away.

“When we get to this part of town, this area doesn’t have any fire hydrants so we had neighboring departments shuttling water in,” he said.

He said the other departments kept up with the demand for water, keeping any worries of having enough water at bay.

However, he said fires this time of year can be a challenge in themselves. Dropping temperatures mean freezing water. That, in turn, means freezing equipment.

“When you get the run off that you get from the water and with the cold freezing temperatures, it’s easier to freeze,” he said, “We were able to get the city crew up here to throw salt so we had most the areas covered that would help with the slip injuries.”

Cunningham said walking away from the golf course after such a tragedy would never be an option. She said they will rebuild in the near future, whether it be in the same building or a brand new one.

Another firefighter had minor injuries. Chief Heim said the firefighter suffered from minor smoke inhalation.

Both injured firefighters were taken to a nearby hospital where they were treated and released a short time afterward.

Two firefighters injured in fire at golf course

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SHARP-EYED FDNY FIRE INSPECTOR NOTICES UNSECURED PROPANE TANK HAZARD

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 08:30

A sharp-eyed FDNY fire inspector averted an explosive situation in Brooklyn on Friday night when he noticed a baker’s dozen of big propane tanks stored in the open at a construction site.

Jon Watson, an off-duty supervising fire prevention inspector who lives in Fort Greene, was headed to the bank when he noticed the tanks at 540 Fulton St., construction site of a 511-foot-tall, 40-story mixed use tower.

“I passed by and saw three propane tanks on the right side of the construction site,” Watson said. “I know they normally have to be stored in a cage.”

Watson looked to the left of the three tanks — “and I saw ten more.”

He called his colleagues at Engine 226 a few blocks away. They loaded the tanks onto a city truck and hauled them away.

Watson said summonses will be written to the contracting company. The site’s general contractor, identified on signage as Pav-Lak Contracting, could not be reached late Friday.

“They’re supposed to be stored when no construction is going on, so I called it in right away,” Watson said. “I knew it was a safety hazard. It’s right near two businesses. That’s quite a bit of propane.”

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/ny-metro-brooklyn-construction-propane-tank-20190119-story.html

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FIREFIGHTER RESPONDS TO HIS OWN HOUSE FIRE – SON BURNED IN GA

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 19:51

A fire destroyed the home of a Monroe County firefighter on Friday, authorities said.

County emergency officials said the firefighter responded to his own house fire in Bolingbroke. Investigators don’t yet know what started the incident.

The firefighter’s 12-year-old son was home and reportedly had to be treated for smoke inhalation. He was taken to a Navicent hospital in Macon and then a burn center in Augusta for his injuries.

Emergency authorities thanked the community for their prayers during this time:

Your continued thoughts and prayers for our firefighter and his family are appreciated, as well as for his son, as he recovers.

Monroe County Emergency Services are reportedly working with the affected family and their insurance company to find help.

Anyone in the community is also welcome to donate Visa and Walmart gift cards for the firefighter and his family for clothes and other necessities. People are asked to go to Fire Station Four in Bolingbroke between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The address for the fire station is 8037 Rivoli Rd. in Juliette.

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CANADIAN FIREFIGHTER INJURED IN EXPLOSION

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 19:48

Platoon captain Tim Light said the fire was started from a torch on the roof and the fire got into the sawdust insulation.

Light said the firefighter is in “satisfactory condition” right now. There was one person inside the building but excavated the building. The owner also lives in the back of the building on the main floor.

“There’s lots of smoke damage in the upper floor… there was a quite a bit of fire damage inside the walls,” he said, adding there is also water damage.

The fire was contained to the roof and the walls.

“You find a lot of sawdust installation in older buildings, “it’s just one of the factors we deal with in our area,” he said. “The fire can travel between the buildings.”

Five engines, one ladder and rescue truck were on scene. Original Joes was evacuated as there was only one fire wall between the gallery and the restaurant, Light said.

Light said the explosion happened because of the lack of oxygen the fire had.

“When you get a dirty fire like this, the combustion isn’t complete. It’s so smoky, there isn’t enough oxygen in the confined area and sometimes when air is let in really quickly, it tends to complete the combustion process in a violent manner.”

Update: 1 p.m.

The fire has been reported to be under control. Ducky Down Down Quilts Adriaan Boek whose store is located directly across the street from the gallery, said he saw the smoke billowing last few days.

With heavy smoke billowing out he heard an explosion.

A Kelowna firefighter was taken to KGH as a result. He was seen walking after being attended to by paramedics. The extent of his injuries is not yet known.

Update: 12:40 p.m.

Miranda Frasz, who works at Original Joes beside from the art gallery, smelled smoke at around 12:10 p.m., she said, before fire trucks arrived.

“We thought smoke was coming from our building,” she said.

There are six trucks at the scene.

Update: 12:20 p.m.

An explosion which occurred in the top section of the building blew back a firefighter fighting the structure fire. The firefighter was assisted by paramedics. He was later seen walking with paramedics and was sent to KGH.

Pandosy Street is currently closed in both directions. Flames and smoke can be seen from the top section of the building. Part of the roof was also blown off from the explosion.

Original:

Emergency crews are responding to reports of a structure fire at Pope’s Gallery of BC Art and Photography on Pandosy Street.

The fire has been reported in one of the apartments above the gallery. The incident was reported just before 12 p.m.

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GA FIRE APPARATUS CRASH – FIREFIGHTERS INJURED

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 16:25

The firefighting community is praying for two of their own Friday after a horrifying wreck in Walton County.

The crash happened along Hawkins Academy Road in between Social Circle Fairplay and Knox Chapel roads. Photos provided by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office shows Social Circle Fire Engine 6 apparatus ripped nearly apart and slammed into an embankment just after a curve on Hawkins Academy Road. Firefighting equipment littered the roadway and the top of the engine’s cab was torn off.

The details surrounding the crash were not immediately available and it was not clear if they were responding to a call. The firefighters’ names have not yet been released.

This is near the same location a Walton County Fire Department’s engine flipped on its side just a week earlier, also injuring two firefighters.

Response from firefighting agencies across the area were quick. On its Facebook page, the City of Monroe Fire Department wrote in part:

“Our prayers are with our friends and colleagues: the firefighters of the Social Circle Fire Department, as well as the families of those injured. During this time, we kindly ask that you pray for them as well.”

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CANADAIN FIREFIGHTER BURNED AT HOUSE FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 16:21

An overnight fire at a house in Cambridge has left a firefighter with second-degree burns.

Waterloo Regional Police say they were called to the fire at 51 Livingstone Cres., along with members of the Cambridge Fire Department and paramedic services, at around 8:30 p.m.

A member of the Cambridge Fire Department was injured battling the blaze.

All of the residents of the home and several neighbours were evacuated. They were taken to a Grand River Transit bus for shelter.

Police say the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office is now investigating the blaze.

 

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Alarming Rates of Cancer in the Fire Service

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 15:54

Alarming Rates of Cancer in the Fire Service

According to data from the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), cancer caused 70% of line-of-duty deaths for career firefighters in 2016. Firefighters have a 9% higher risk of being diagnosed with cancer than the general U.S. population and 14% higher risk of dying from cancer. It has surpassed heart attacks as the #1 death in firefighting.

What’s this have to do with ARFF you may ask?  Most ARFF components have a structural side to them. In addition, all the talk about AFFF and “PFOS” is raising concerns not only for groundwater contamination, but for firefighters who work in and around it. Have you used AFFF, on a call, or drills?   Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) is a long-chain perfluorinated compound (PFC) either present in legacy stocks of AFFF or a potential breakdown product of PFOS-based AFFF. Research has shown this causes liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancers. At the least it is a skin irritant and firefighters should always decon after any use with it.

Let’s move on to Composites in aircraft design.  These are highly carcinogenic as well. After an aircraft crash and damage caused to the composite materials, the binder and the matrix can be torn open, allowing the fibers to be dispersed at the accident site. These fibers have been known to cause respiratory illness (acute and chronic) and can manifest into lung cancer. Firefighters operating a known composite material aircraft incident must maintain use of SCBA at all times in and around the aircraft. Wind direction and air speed must be taken into consideration so ARFF responders, ARFF trucks, EMS personnel, patient treatment areas, staging, rehab sector, Command, and etc. are not positioned in the fiber dispersion zone. Composite materials are known to cause rapid onset of asthma. High levels of microfibers that make it to our lungs can attack and manifest into a mass or tumor and with long term exposures it can eventually lead to lung cancer.

So, what can we do?

Start by wearing proper PPE from the beginning of the call to the end…that includes overhaul. Being physically fit for duty.  Get your NFPA 1582 annual physical, early detection is key!

Here’s the top 12 best practice-

  1. Wear your PPE from start to finish. Yes, that means through overhaul phase.
  2. Conduct an on-site gross decon to get rid of contaminates.
  3. Use baby wipes (or other type wipe) to remove as much soot from head, jaw, throat, underarms, and hands as much as possible.
  4. Change your clothes and wash them immediately after fire.
  5. Clean your PPE, and exchange your hood or wash it.
  6. Do not store your gear in a closed-up car or in dorm rooms and living areas of the station.
  7. Take a shower immediately after the fire.
  8. Work out and sweat out the toxins after the fire.
  9. Decontaminate your apparatus, and equipment.
  10. Stop tobacco use and use sunscreen.
  11. Extract the Diesel fumes from your apparatus bay and don’t let them enter your living space.
  12. Document each and every possible toxic exposure.

July 9th 2018 President Donald Trump signed legislation requiring the CDC to set up a registry of fire fighters that will track links between their workplace exposures and cancer. NIOSH will take the lead in establishing the registry. This is for all Firefighters – Paid, Volunteer, ARFF, Structural.

Many states have presumptive cancer laws which shift the burden of proof from one party, in this case the firefighters, to those who would oppose in court. Presumption laws for firefighters with heart or lung diseases have been in place for many years, though cancer presumption laws have become more prominent within the last decade or so.

Firefighters face more risk of developing these cancers.

Type:                                                   Risk:

Testicular                                            102%

Multiple Myeloma                              53%

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma                51%

Skin Cancer                                         39%

Brain Cancer                                       32%

Prostate Cancer                                  22%

Stomach Colon                                    21%

Source: The Journal of Occupational Medicine

With these statistics, I’m sure we all personally know a firefighter who has been diagnosed with or even lost their battle with cancer. I strongly encourage each and every one to take the necessary precautions, so at the end of the shift you can return home safe to your loved ones.   I will leave you with a quote from Chief Alan V. Brunacini who said, “We used to take better care of our fire trucks than we did our people”.

About the author:   Elizabeth Hendel is a Deputy Fire Chief with the City of Phoenix Fire Department with 36 years of service. She has her Master’s Degree in Public Safety and Emergency Management. She is a AAAE Airport Master Firefighter and currently serves on the ARFFWG board as the Section 7 Director.  She also serves on the Executive Board for IFTSA and on the NFPA, ARFF technical committee.

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WILMINGTON WARNED 17 YEARS PRIOR TO LODD FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:30

The 1997 fire at the Delaware Trust building was a wake-up call.

Firefighters were confused about who was in charge and struggled to coordinate during the high-rise blaze that injured 15 of them at what is now the Residences at Rodney Square, federal investigators said in a report two years later.

The feds recommended additional training. They said Wilmington should utilize nearby training facilities, conduct exercises with county companies and “evaluate their in-service training program to ensure that it is adequately preparing fire fighters to respond to various incidents,” the report said.

“There were people going every which way,” then-fire union president Mike McNulty told The News Journal in 1999. “We were lucky we didn’t lose anyone.”

Nearly two decades later, the department wasn’t so lucky. A blaze on Sept. 24, 2016, in Canby Park took the lives of three Wilmington firefighters: Christopher Leach, Jerry Fickes and Ardythe Hope.

Buy PhotoFirefighters work at a rowhome fire on Lakeview Road in Canby Park on Sept. 23, 2016. Three firefighters would lose their lives in their effort to put out the blaze. (Photo: WILLIAM BRETZGER/THE NEWS JOURNAL)

A lack of training for firefighters and officers was cited among the factors that turned the fire fatal, federal investigators said in a November report.

The Wilmington Fire Department increased the quality and frequency of training after the Canby Park fire, firefighters said. But the two federal reports raise questions about why the changes didn’t happen sooner.

Even after a near catastrophe in 1997 and federal recommendations in 1999, the Wilmington Fire Department did not embark on a consistent effort to properly train its personnel until three firefighters died.

“It infuriates me”: Retired Wilmington firefighter speaks out against training and safety Jerry Habraken, The News Journal

“How do you defend that?” asked Bill Kirlin Jr., a retired Wilmington firefighter who was among the first responders at the Delaware Trust Building.

“Here we are with a paid, professional fire department with a 19-year spread from two different kinds of fires — but two major fires  — and all the same issues are still present with the two fires. It’s negligence. There’s no way around it.”

Most of Wilmington Fire Department’s training before and after the Delaware Trust fire was “company level” training, in which firefighters learn from their officers, Kirlin said.

The officers may or may not have nationally certified credentials because outside continuing education is not required.

The most recent federal report states that “instructor” and “officer” classes should be offered “on a rotating basis” but Wilmington has offered them rarely, if ever,  said Joe Leonetti, the fire union president.

Live burn training is supposed to occur at least once a year, according to the federal report on the 2016 fire, but Leonetti estimated Wilmington has done them only three times in five or six years.

There’s a significant difference between learning from an uncertified company officer and one certified by the Pro Board, the professional organization that trains instructors in national standards, according to Kirlin.

“It would be like a Cadillac compared to a Chevy,” he said.

Buy PhotoRetired Wilmington senior firefighter Bill Kirlin stands for a portrait in his home. Kirlin is a third generation Wilmington firefighter. (Photo: Jerry Habraken, The News Journal)

Firefighters must pass a written exam and physical agility test to graduate from the academy. One year later, Leonetti said they have to pass the physical test again. After that, Leonetti said training has been informal and/or optional.

“Once you get your Firefighter II certification, you have it,” Leonetti said. “So we have guys with 35 years who got Firefighter II 35 years ago, and that’s the last thing they did.”

For firefighters who want to further their education beyond what the city offers, Leonetti said employees often have to go on their own time with their own money.

“It’s tough seeing other departments really proactive with their training,” he said. “We need to get better at it. I just want my people to be able to go home at the end of the day.”

Wilmington officials declined to be interviewed, citing a pending lawsuit involving the Canby Park fire. John Rago, Mayor Mike Purzycki’s spokesman, said in a statement that the fire department pays for training that is “required” or “approved” by the department.

“If a firefighter requests training that is not required by the Department, and the Department approves the request, the Department will pay for the course but the firefighter must attend on his/her own time,” Rago said.

Rago provided a list of training Wilmington firefighters do, including structural live burns, mayday training and how to fight below-grade fires such as basement fires.

Since Fire Chief Michael Donohue took the helm months after the Canby Park fire, firefighters said there are more quality training opportunities.

The fire department said firefighters interested in receiving Pro Board training and certification were given the opportunity this past year. Fifty-five were certified in 2018 in the areas of rope rescue, confined space rescue and vehicle and advanced vehicle rescue.

Why didn’t Wilmington invest in more training?

The 1999 report should have dictated “major changes” within the fire department, but it did not, Kirlin said.

“Structure fire-wise, it was all company driven,” Kirlin said. “There was not a lot of Pro Board certified instruction given.”

The “out of control” blaze at the Delaware Trust building landed on the front page of The News Journal in April 1997. (Photo: News Journal archives)

The main reason for that is money, according to Al Huelsenbeck, a former deputy chief who retired in 2013.

“We were trying to keep our head above water,” said Huelsenbeck, who starting working for the Wilmington Fire Department in 1972. “The fire department costs money, and at that time in that administration, there wasn’t a lot.”

Huelsenbeck said that national training sessions aren’t a silver bullet. National training materials tend to be written for larger departments with optimal resources, he said.

There is no standard firefighting training policy in Delaware, according to the state’s Volunteer Firefighters Association.

Buy PhotoWarren Jones, executive manager of the Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association, speaks during the volunteer firefighters’ rally during the last day of the legislative session in Dover. (Photo: Jason Minto, The News Journal)

Warren Jones, executive manager of the volunteer association, said most, if not all, volunteer companies send their people to the Delaware Fire School, where they are trained in various forms of firefighting.

All require the basic class, like structural fire fighting and vehicle rescue, Jones said. After they complete those classes, they do periodic training in the individual fire companies.

“That is based on their own criteria and own issues at the time,” he said. “But they are always reviewing standard operating procedures and standard training procedure.”

Greenville, South Carolina Fire Chief Stephen Kovalcik, who leads a department in a city with 3,000 fewer residents than Wilmington, said it’s essential that firefighters stay sharp. His firefighters get annual refresher training.

“In the sports world, you play as you practice,” he said. “If you don’t practice, and it’s time for the game, how do you expect to maintain your skill set?”

Continuing education is especially important because firefighting evolves as building materials change and fires burn faster, Kovalcik said. But firefighting as a profession can be slow to adapt.

“There is a saying in the fire service. It’s 200 years of tradition unimpeded by progress,” he said.

Even in departments that have strong training programs and protocols, tragedies can happen, Kovalcik said. There is no such thing as a perfect fire response.

“It doesn’t happen,” he said. “It’s dang near impossible.”

How is fire training improving now?

Since Chief Michael Donohue took over in January 2017, Leonetti said the department holds mandatory training sessions on a new topic every month. The department under Donohue is also offering opportunities for members to obtain national certifications which were not offered previously and is planning to offer training for officers.

Leonetti believes those changes are a direct reaction to the Canby Park tragedy.

“We’re getting more training now than we ever got,” Leonetti said, but added more needs to be done.

Buy PhotoWilmington Fire Department’s 39th Recruit Academy does pushups at Station 3 during a stop on their 11-mile run on the last day of the academy. (Photo: Jennifer Corbett, The News Journal)

Leonetti said the union is working with the city to establish physical standards for firefighters. Currently, annual medical exams, which include a cardiac stress test, are optional. He said all firefighters aren’t necessarily in great shape.

“We had a guy that would come in, get on the treadmill and as soon as they went to kick it up, he’d be like, ‘No, this ride’s over,’” Leonetti said. “He died of a heart attack.”

Purzycki recently secured funding for exercise equipment for the fire department, Leonetti said. If the physicals become required, the union doesn’t want the system to be punitive.

“I don’t want to see anyone get in trouble because they got out of shape,” he said. “We could make it something for new guys that you have to keep up with this. But the guys that have 30 years aren’t going to be on board if you get in trouble.”

Longtime City Councilwoman Loretta Walsh, who chairs the council’s Public Safety Committee, declined to comment for this story.

Buy PhotoA year after the Canby Park fire that killed three firefighters, Wilmington Fire Chief Michael Donohue reflected on the event in an interview with The News Journal. (Photo: Jennifer Corbett, The News Journal)

The city declined to make Donohue available for an interview citing pending litigation, but a statement was issued on his behalf:

“The Wilmington Fire Department has continued to evolve its training protocols in order to ensure that all WFD firefighters are responsibly trained on an annual basis.  Throughout the year, the WFD offers multiple training events for its firefighters at the company and platoon levels, as well as department wide.

“In addition to annual mandatory training for all WFD firefighters in areas such as fire ground operations and fire behavior, the WFD also regularly offers company level training and officer level training in a wide variety of areas and disciplines.”

The pending litigation is a lawsuit filed by attorneys representing the estates of Leach, Fickes, Hope and three firefighters injured in the Canby Park fire.

Buy PhotoThe Wilmington Fire Department responds to a multi-residential structure fire with heavy smoke showing. (Photo: JOHN J. JANKOWSKI JR./SPECIAL TO THE NEWS JOURNAL)

Filed in August, the suit argues that a Wilmington cost-saving policy led to conditions that resulted in the deadly blaze.

The policy, which places a fire truck out of service to save on overtime expenses, was in place the morning of the Canby Park fire, which prevented more than 1,700 gallons of water from being doused on the house before the first floor collapsed, trapping firefighters, according to the lawsuit.

The rolling bypasses practice started under former Wilmington Mayor James Baker and was continued by his successor, former Mayor Dennis P. Williams.

It is still in use today.

Thomas S. Neuberger, whose law firm and that of Jacobs & Crumpler represent the firefighters, said the federal report has shown the Wilmington Fire Department did not have a standard operating procedure when it came to attacking fires in basements, which are common in many city homes.

“The city has failed to keep its firefighting skills up to date and this has cost it the lives of firefighters and others,” Neuberger said.

Buy PhotoFirst responders work the scene of a fire at a vacant home on the corner of North Van Buren and Pleasant Street in Wilmington. (Photo: Jerry Habraken, The News Journal)

Many Wilmington firefighters remain angry that Purzycki cut 16 firefighting positions from his budget during his first year in office. Besides concerns about slower response times and reduced manpower, Huelsenbeck said the loss of the positions makes it harder to train the people remaining.

“Having the luxury of being able to put companies out of service to have viable training, that’s a big issue throughout the fire service,” he said.

“Do I wish that I had better training? Yeah, I do. Do I wish my guys could’ve had better training? Sure. Was it always a reality or possibility? No. In my 40 years there, that fire department was cut by one third. The night I started there were 58 people on duty. Tonight, there are 34.”

Sometimes it’s as low as 30, according to Leonetti.

Kirlin said the department should continue to bolster training for all personnel despite the cost.

“You could say it’s going to cost three times the amount of money, but most firefighters are going to tell you we’re probably better off doing that,” he said. “The firefighters are going to be safer. The citizens are going to be safer.”

Contact Christina Jedra at cjedra@delawareonline.com, (302) 324-2837 or on Twitter @ChristinaJedra.

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FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT MICHIGAN STORE FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:27

A Colon firefighter was injured Thursday battling a fire at Kountry Corner Discount Store at 61727 Lepley Road.

Authorities said the owner of the business believes a wood-burning stove caused the fire, which destroyed the building and its contents.

The fire was reported just after 9 a.m. Flames were coming from the structure as first firefighters arrived.

Assisting Colon fwere departments from Burr Oak, Centreville, Mendon, Tri-Township and Bronson.

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Today is Friday the 18th of January, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 08:18

Here are the stories to close out this week…

Have a good weekend and be safe out there!

Tom

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DPS: One person killed after small plane crashes in Fredericksburg

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 08:15

by CBS Austin

One person is dead after a small plane crashed Thursday evening near the Hill Country town of Fredericksburg.

A photo taken by Erika Vela, a reporter for the Fredericksburg Standard – Radio, showed the damaged tail of the aircraft on the side of a rural road. It happened just before 5 p.m. on Kerr Road, Vela tweeted.

A spokesperson for the Department of Public safety said one person died in the crash.

Ian Gregor with the FAA said a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza crashed under unknown circumstances in a field one mile north of Gillespie County Airport. The aircraft burned after crashing. The pilot is believed to have been the only person on board.

Further details were not immediately available.

https://ktxs.com/news/texas/small-plane-crashes-in-fredericksburg

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Pilot Killed In Helicopter Crash In Almaty

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 08:13

A helicopter has crashed in Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty, killing a pilot, officials say. 

The Eurocopter EC-130 chopper fell on the yard of the Alatau spa complex on January 17, said a spokesman for the Kazakh Emergency Situations Agency.

The helicopter belonged to the Sky Service private company, and was on its way from Almaty’s Boraldai district to the Big Almaty Lake, which is located some 30 kilometers south of the city, spokesman Nursultan Nurakhmetov said.

The Civil Aviation Committee said the only person on board the aircraft, the 50-year-old pilot Valentin Shitov, died of his injuries during his transfer to hospital.

Based on reporting by Tengrinews, KazTAG, and Kazinform

https://www.rferl.org/a/pilot-killed-in-helicopter-crash-in-almaty/29716037.html

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Pilot in Kittitas County plane crash dies

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/18/2019 - 08:11

KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. — A farm owner called 911 to report a small plane had crashed into one of his fields just before 5 p.m. Thursday.

Law enforcement and medical personnel responded to the crash and discovered the sole occupant of the plane was deceased, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

The cause of both the crash and death are unknown at this time.

They do know, however, the pilot had appropriately communicated his take-off and direction when taking off from Bowers Field in Ellensburg a few minutes before the crash.

Undersheriff Myers expressed, on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office, “that our thoughts and prayers are with the pilot’s family, friends and the aviation community for their loss.”

https://komonews.com/news/local/only-occupant-in-kittitas-county-plane-crash-dies

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