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Three Injured, Dog Missing in Erath County Plane Crash

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:50

The plane was headed from Dublin, Texas to Colorado

By Cody Lillich

Three people were taken to various hospitals after an airplane went down in Erath County.

The crash happened at about 9:45 a.m. Sunday near the Erath/Eastland County line.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a Cessna C210 crashed in the rural area after taking off from the airport in the town of Dublin and heading to Centennial Airport near Denver.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Dub Gillum said the plane stalled and tried to land in a sandy field between County Roads 360 and 362 when a wheel became stuck in the sand and the plane flipped.

The pilot reportedly went to seek help and was missing for a while before being located by first responders.

The pilot, identified as Russell Riggs, 62 of Sedalia, Colorado, was taken by ambulance to a Fort Worth hospital for observation.

Two female passengers, both from Colorado, were taken by medical helicopter to a Fort Worth Hospital.

The group had a dog on board the plane that remains missing following the crash. Sgt. Gillum said the missing dog is a boxer named Gizmo, described as being light brown with a white patch. It is believed Gizmo ran from the scene of the crash.

The Texas Department of Public Safety secured the crash scene while FAA investigators respond to investigate.

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Plane crash in New Kent County sends man to the hospital

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:48

By: Gretchen Ross

NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) –  Virginia State Police is investigating a plane crash in New Kent County. 

Troopers responded to 7050 Airport Road around 4:03 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

VSP said Cornelius Obrien, 61, of Mechanicsville, Va., was piloting a Cessna 172D single engine aircraft when he was trying to take off.

The plane was in the air for moments before it crashed into the woods.

Obrien was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Mechanical issues are being considered a factor into the cause of the crash.

The FAA and the NTSB have been notified.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Authorities: 2 dead in small plane crash on California road

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:46


HESPERIA, Calif. — Authorities say two people are dead after a plane crashed Friday just south of a Southern California airport.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and Hesperia Police say the plane crashed on a road and was on fire when deputies and first responders arrived shortly after 5 p.m. The plane crashed near the Hesperia Airport.

FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro tells The Daily Press that the plane was a Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft.

Authorities say a vehicle traveling on the road was struck and damaged by debris from the crash, but no one inside was injured.

Details on the plane’s departure site or its destination were unknown.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Hesperia is a high desert city about 35 miles (56 kilometers) north of downtown San Bernardino.

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Central Texas men killed in plane crash northwest of Abilene

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:43

By: Alyssa Goard and Rosemond Crown – Associated Press

ROTAN, Texas (KXAN/AP) — An Austin man and a Burnet man died after a plane crash in Fisher County outside Rotan Friday afternoon. The two were on an aerial photography mission in west Texas, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said the single-engine Cessna 172N plane struck power lines before crashing into the bottom of a canyon on a ranch northwest of Abilene.

The crash killed 33-year-old Dallas Lee McMahon of Austin and 38-year-old Jay Robert Leibson of Burnet. DPS said both men died at the scene. Their loved ones said they both died doing the work they loved: taking photos from the sky.

The bodies of both men were taken to Weathersby Funeral Home in Rotan, DPS said.

Fisher County Sheriff Alan Arnwine said it took authorities on an all-terrain vehicle nearly two hours to reach the site in a rugged area.

NTSB confirmed Leibson and McMahon’s plane departed from the airport in Spicewood, Texas, then landed safely and as planned in Midland. After the airplane departed from Midland, it flew up over Lubbock to get aerial photos. The plane was headed on its way back to Spicewood when it crashed near Rotan, about 100 miles southeast of Lubbock. Peter Knudson with the NTSB explained the plane struck powerlines that were 100 feet off the ground, coming to rest on steep, rugged terrain where it is still sitting. Knudson explained it will take work to remove the plane from that location, a task that is up to the insurance company to complete.

DPS reported that Leibson was the passenger and McMahon was the pilot when the plane crashed, but Leibson’s father Mark Leibson told KXAN that didn’t sound right, he believed that Jay was the pilot and the one who was always flying the plane while Dallas took photos. KXAN asked DPS again to confirm is Leibson was, in fact, the passenger,  and officials referred us to the original press release but noted that the information is preliminary and subject to change.

Mark Leibson said his son Jay Robert lived in Spicewood with his wife and young daughter. Mark explained that Jay had been working for Aerophoto for 5 years, flying for aerial photography missions, and before that he worked as a flight instructor. At Aerophoto, Jay would often take photos of construction projects that were in progress, Mark said.

In the last few weeks, Mark even flew with Jay and Dallas.

“One thing about Jay Bob and Dallas was they both loved their job, they couldn’t get enough of it,” Mark Leibson recalled. The crash meant that Father’s Day was full of heartache for Leibson’s family.

“He was a very very good son, I’m very proud of him. He’s my only son,” Mark Leibson said.

Mark said Jay expressed concerns about mechanical problems on each of the planes he used. Mark recalled his son telling him that he wasn’t able to use the plane he usually liked to because it had hit a bird which left him using an older plane.

Online FAA records show that the plane which crashed Friday was a 1977 Cessna that has certification to fly until 2021.

Dallas McMahon lived in Austin, and according to his website, he was an avid photographer and graphic designer.  A GoFundMe Page for McMahon describes him as “a brother, a son and a pillar to lean on in hard times.” Photos on his webpage show his love for photography and adventure.

The FAA and the NTSB are involved in this investigation, though the NTSB is leading it. Tony Molinaro with the FAA noted that all pilots are instructed to keep clear of potential obstacles such as power lines.

The NTSB sent one person out to Fisher County to investigate Saturday. He should have his notes completed by Monday. With this timeline, a preliminary report — laying out the key facts in the crash but not the cause — should be available online in the coming weeks.  It will take between 12 to 24 months to complete the actual investigation into the cause, the NTSB said. They noted that things like airplane records and maintenance will all be considered in the investigation.

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Small plane crash lands off McNeil Island

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:42


A small plane crash landed on a beach on the northern end of McNeil Island in Pierce County on Saturday.

The pilot was standing on the wing of the plane when he was rescued by Tacoma Police Department’s marine services unit.

A crew on a boat belonging to McNeil Island Fire Department checked out the 61-year-old pilot. He was unhurt.

The plane had about 35 gallons of fuel on board. The fuel was reported not to be leaking.

It’s unknown where the plane was headed or came from.

The single occupant plane is an experimental aircraft, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:04

More than 65 firefighters battled a blaze in Silver Spring, Md., late Sunday, but no one was seriously hurt, officials said.

The fire broke out in a two-story home in the 4400 block of Mahan Road near Charles Road in the Randolph Hills neighborhood.

A neighbor called 911 and alerted those inside of the fire. Four residents and two dogs escaped. One of the residents ran back into the house as firefighters were arriving, but crews got him out, according to Pete Piringer, a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire. It was not known why he ran back into the burning home.

One firefighter from Montgomery County suffered minor, non-life-threatening injuries.

The initial investigation found that the fire probably started in the attic and roof area. The cause of it was likely electrical, officials said. The case remains under investigation.

The estimated damage to the home was $250,000.

It was not known if the home had working smoke alarms.

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Charleston 9 Memorial 24 Hour Watch Assumed

SCOnFire - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 00:33
Charleston, SC – Eleven years after the Sofa Super Store tragedy claimed the lives of nine Charleston Firefighters, preparations for the annual memorial have started with a twenty-four-hour watch over the site. For the entire day, firefighters will rotate and take their turn standing guard at the flagpole at the site.   Photo Credit: Colt ...

Early video at two-alarm apartment fire in Pennsylvania

Statter 911 - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 23:59

Fire Friday afternoon in Blakely

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 20:31

A Knoxville Fire Department firefighter was hospitalized after suffering smoke inhalation while battling a warehouse fire in West Knox County Saturday evening.

According to KFD spokesperson Captain D.J. Corcoran, units were dispatched to 1737 Louisville Dr. at 8:27 p.m. Saturday amid reports of smoke showing from the Aquarium Life Support Systems building from a Knoxville Police Department officer.

While searching the building for smoke, units discovered a single set of stairs that led to the basement, from which the fire was emanating. One firefighter tripped and fell while attempting to enter the basement, knocking his mask off and allowing him to be overtaken by smoke.

The firefighter was rushed to the hospital, but was expected to recover.

Additional manpower was called for by a second alarm around 9:40 p.m. The cause of the fire was not known Sunday.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 07:18

Cincinnati police say someone shot at a Cincinnati Fire Department District Chief’s vehicle early Saturday morning.

Police say the shooting happening in the 3400 block of Beekman Avenue around midnight.

Multiple gunshots were heard when one round hit the back of the vehicle, police say. Police have no suspect information currently, but say a group of teenagers was seen running form the scene after the shots hit the vehicle.

The District Chief was not hurt during the shooting.

Every member of the fire department has been issued a bullet proof vest, but they only wear them on certain types of responses and driving back to the fire house after an entrapment call is not one of them, according to Assistant Fire Chief Tom Lakamp.

Lakamp said the District Chief was returning to quarters and “shortly after turning onto Beekman he heard multiple gun shots again and then the thud in the back of the vehicle.”

Police are investigating the shooting as a felonious assault and say information leading to an arrest can lead to a $1,000 reward.

“I do hope that somebody knows what’s going on and picks up the phone and calls the police and… take these guys off the street,” said Lakamp.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 07:16

Twenty firefighters were injured Saturday battling a blaze that engulfed four houses including a fire marshal’s on Staten Island.

The fire marshal and his family were not at home when the fire started around 7 p.m., according to WLNY. No residents were injured, officials said.

“Fortunately, his family and his baby were down at the Jersey Shore for the weekend, but he (has) … to come home and find that his house was destroyed,” James Leonard, chief of the department, told WLNY.

More than 250 firefighters responded to the scene, getting the flames under control despite a defective hydrant. Four firefighters suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries; 16 had minor injuries.

Arson investigators are looking into the cause but do not believe it to be suspicious.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 21:07

Update on injured fireman Tommy Propst(72)Tommy is home recovering from minor burns to his leg.He should be healed up and back to work by next tour.Tommy was detailed as the Pipeman on Wagon 3 at this fire.Several other members recieved minor burns during this mornings job on Emerald st.


6-16-18 The “B” Platoon working this 2nd alarm job in the Uptown with entrapment.The 300 block of Emerald st.Many injured,1 fatal,1 HBF Fireman in the Hospital with burn injuries.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 21:04

Five firefighters were rushed to the hospital after they were hurt battling a blaze in a Brooklyn brownstone overnight.

The fire broke out just before 4:00 am inside a home on 6th Avenue in Sunset Park.

Officials say the firefighters were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries and are expected to be okay.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Report Sheds Light on DC Apparatus Striking FF

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 20:53

A DC Fire and EMS report says that improper positioning of equipment and a rookie’s inexperience were the biggest contributing factors in an apparatus incident that left a young firefighter with severe injuries in August 2017.

Probationary firefighter Dane Smothers Jr. was serving as a lineman (nozzle firefighter) during a Capitol Hill house fire on Aug. 2, 2017, when an arriving ladder truck struck him and temporarily pinned him against the rear of a parked engine.

The 29-year-old, who had been on the job for only a few months, wound up in critical condition in an ICU. He had multiple broken bones and underwent several surgeries that included the removal of a lung while also suffering permanent injuries, most notably to his left hand.

The incident report was released Friday and says that the way several pieces of apparatus were placed at the scene created “blind spots” that impeded operators from seeing Smothers, who had moved into a two-foot gap between the two vehicles as he ran an attack line. The ladder truck had briefly stopped but began moving again, striking Smothers as it continued turning into the scene.

“The recreation of the scene of the incident highlighted the fact that apparatus placement proved to be a mitigating factor. Blind spots were identified that would require the need for spotters to ensure that the apparatus was operating in safe manner,” the report says.

The ladder truck operator and the tillerman, who steers to back end of the apparatus, both told investigators they didn’t see Smothers after he exited the engine on the passenger side while the vehicle was connecting to a hydrant.

The findings also say Smothers had limited “situational awareness during apparatus placement” and a “lack of fireground experience.”

“The lack of real time experiences and decision-making processes on an active fireground limited the firefighter’s efforts to ensure personal safety concurrent with identification and mitigation of potential hazards on an incident,” the reports says.

Some of the recommendations from the report are as follows:

  • Amend operating guidelines for fires at unknown addresses, which will remove confusion for arriving apparatus and ensure proper and safe placement.
  • Since the drivers of both apparatus were not the regular drivers, implement training to better identify the most capable fill-in drivers when possible.
  • Ensure that all apparatus have functioning dash cameras after the cam on the arriving ladder truck that struck Smothers was not working.
  • Members directly involved in an incident resulting in serious injury should be removed from duty and sent to a mental health professional for counseling.
  • All members of the department would benefit from additional training that will enhance awareness, communication and performance on the fireground.

To read the 60-page report in its entirety, go here.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 20:49

A firefighter fell through the floor of a burning three-story building in downtown Atlanta, according to Atlanta Fire Rescue.

Crews responded to a fire in a building in the 200 block of Auburn Avenue about 10 a.m. Monday, Atlanta fire spokesman Sgt. Cortez Stafford.

The blaze produced smoke over the Downtown Connector before it was extinguished, the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center reported.

Officials are still putting out hot spots, prompting authorities to close Auburn Avenue between Fort Street and Piedmont Avenue, according to the Atlanta Police Department.

“Please avoid the area at this time,” the agency said in a tweet.

Atlanta Fire Rescue@ATLFireRescue

*VIDEO* @ATLFireRescue arrived to this 3 story building on Auburn Ave around approximately 10am. Here’s what it looked like during their initial entry into this stubborn 2 alarm . 1 FF was injured from a fall through the floor. Mayday was requested.

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According to Stafford, units were heading toward the exit of the building when the firefighter fell from the second floor to the first floor.

He attributed the fall to “a hole on the floor.”

The injured firefighter was alert and breathing when he was taken to a hospital, Stafford said. He is expected to be OK.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

“It’s unknown right now how the fire started, but we do feel like it started on the first floor,” Stafford said.

The first floor was occupied by a type of lounge or club, Stafford said. The name of the business was not known.

The second and third floors were vacant.

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Video: Bucket truck working on downed power line on I-95 in PA burns

Statter 911 - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 17:52

PECO truck fire at scene of downed power line on I-95 in Bensalem area

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Dressing the hydrant and an Acura at the same time

Statter 911 - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 16:07

Owner of car blocking hydrant during New Jersey house fire likely won't do this again

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News reports: Eight FDNY firefighters suspended over Medal Day fights

Statter 911 - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 12:23

News reports indicate there is more video for investigators

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Arrival video from Tulsa, Oklahoma house fire

Statter 911 - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 11:36

East Zion Street home burns on Wednesday

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Today is Friday the 15th of June, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 11:06

We close out this week with these stories…

Have a great weekend, be safe out there!


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