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Worcester, MA Firefighter Christopher Roy found dead after mayday

Statter 911 - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 09:41

Roy was trapped on second floor of 3-story building in 5-alarm fire

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 18:09

A fast-moving fire left one person dead Friday.

The Christiana Fire Company was called to the 1000 block of Old Forge Road in the Meadows of Wilton community just before 10 a.m. on December 7, 2018.

“When they arrived, they had flames shooting from the rear of the home,” Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio told WDEL “They got into the house, found one victim, removed the victim. Unfortunately that person was deceased.”

One firefighter suffered burns to his hand and head, he is in good condition at Christiana Hospital. A second firefighter suffered an ankle injury. No one else was hurt, according to Chionchio, who couldn’t yet say whether anyone else was inside the home.

Damage to the middle-of-the-row town home and adjacent homes was estimated at $200,000, Chionchio said.

“Definitely difficult, no matter what time of year, but it seems a little harder during this time with the holiday season” he said. “It’s tragic.”

The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office is working on the origin and cause of the fire currently.

WDEL has also reached out to the Christiana Fire Company for comment.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 17:09

A squatter was seriously injured when he jumped from a second-story window and a firefighter suffered a shoulder injury in a fire at a vacant downtown hotel early Saturday.

Las Vegas, Clark County and North Las Vegas firefighters responded to the vacant building at 232 S. Seventh St. after dispatchers received calls at 2:40 a.m. that smoke was coming from a two-story boarded up vacant motel.

When firefighters arrived, several squatters were seen running from the building. One of them jumped from a second-story window to the sidewalk below and was seriously injured. The person was transported to the trauma unit at University Medical Center. Police were told by squatters that left the building that there may have been additional people still inside the burning building. A second alarm was then requested to bring additional resources and personnel.

Firefighters had the fire under control in about 20 minutes. A quick search of the building found one other uninjured person inside the building.

One firefighter sustained a shoulder injury and was transported to at UMC.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The building, which had no active utilities connected, is being used by squatters according to people who work and live in the area. There have been fires at the property in the past. Fire crews were expected to remain on scene for several hours dousing any remaining hot spots to prevent a flare up of another fire.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 13:03

The Blissfield Township Fire Department caught on fire around 6:30 this morning.

According to the Blissfield Fire Chief Dale Fruchui, there was heavy smoke and fire in the attic and in the truck bay.

Riga, Palmyra, Deerfield and Madison Township Fire Departments were called to assist.

Three firefighters were transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation, but we’re told they’re okay.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

There is heavy damage to many of Blissfield’s rigs. So much so, they’re all out of service until further notice.

“I’m relying on neighboring departments to help us out,” Chief Fruchui said. “We’re going to be working on getting some of them back in service, trying to regroup and go from there.”

He hopes by the end of the day he’ll have at least one engine and one ambulance back in service, but until then he’s relying on neighboring departments to keep the community safe.

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News report: Virginia investigating white supremacist EMT

Statter 911 - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 13:02

Alex McNabb hosts a "popular neo-Nazi podcast"

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 06:45

An Atlantic City firefighter was injured when he fell through a hole on the second floor while fighting a fire inside a building near Texas Avenue School.
Flames were blowing out of three windows as firefighters who had just left a nearby call arrived to the 2600 block of Centennial Avenue at about 7 p.m., Chief Scott Evans said.
The fire started on the second floor, but had dropped down to the first before firefighters arrived. Evans believes that the fire was likely burning for a while before anyone was called. The home was vacant.
But the firefighters’ aggressive approach contained the flames to the building, saving three connected structures, Evans said.
It was under control within 45 minutes.
One family was displaced due the electricity being shut off and some smoke damage, he said.
Shaun Moore, who was acting captain for responding Engine 4, fell through a hole in the second floor, but was stopped by his air tank, Evans said.
Fellow firefighters then helped get him out.
Evans, who was with Moore at the hospital, said it appeared to be a knee injury. They were awaiting test results, but he believed the 12-year department veteran would be going home.
The cold weather made the conditions hazardous.
“It was slippery,” Evans said. “The water was freezing.”
He estimated more than $100,000 worth of damage, and said the building was likely a complete loos.
Three engines, a ladder company, one rescue and a chief responded, bringing 22 firefighters to the scene.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 19:32

A 2-year-old boy was killed and four other people — including two firefighters — were injured Friday in a fire on Detroit’s east side, officials said.

The fire happened around 1:15 a.m. on the 13000 block of Mackay Street. It’s near the border of Detroit and Hamtramck.

Nicole Taylor said her heart is broken for her little boy, Khamari Livingston, who was killed in the house fire at her boyfriend’s house. Her 3-year-old son, Ahmond Johnson, suffered from smoke inhalation.

Khamari Livingston (WDIV)

Taylor left the home to work her overnight shift at Cadillac Planting in Warren, police said. Two hours later, she got a call to get to Children’s Hospital.

“They let me to go see Ahmond,” Taylor said. “I kissed them. They led me to a room. I knew that Khamari wasn’t here.”

Ahmond is stable, police said.

Ahmond Johnson (WDIV)

Fire investigators believe the fire started near the dining room and kitchen area before quickly spreading upstairs.

Ahmond and Khamari were sleeping upstairs when the fire started. Taylor’s boyfriend tossed Ahmond out a window to safety, but no one would reach Khamari, according to authorities.

“He said my boyfriend told him to jump, then he went back in to get (Khamari) and flames started coming up,” Taylor said.

She said she lost another son a few years ago and Khamari was the gift that followed that storm. Now she’s going through heartbreak again.

“He helped me keep living on,” Taylor said.

A 20-year-old woman was pulled from the home by firefighters and is in critical condition, officials said.

Two Hamtramck firefighters suffered second-degree burns to their ears and faces when they and Detroit firefighters were pulling victims out of the fire, according to fire officials. The firefighters were treated and released from the hospital, officials said.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 18:35

Authorities say an Oklahoma City firefighter suffered a few injuries while battling a second fire at a vacant apartment building.

Overnight, firefighters were called to an apartment building near N.W. 23rd and Portland after flames were seen coming from the second story.

Crews were able to quickly get the fire under control, and no injuries occurred during the blaze.

On Friday morning, Oklahoma City firefighters were called back to the building for a second fire. While battling that blaze, investigators say a firefighter was injured.

Officials with the fire department tell News 4 that a firefighter fell through a second story floor due to damage from last night’s fire.

Authorities say suffered back and shoulder injuries, but is expected to recover.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 20:06

Crews are still at the scene of a fire that broke out at the Oman Temple Grenadier Club in Flint.

They were called to the 3500 block of Saginaw Street north of Pasadena around 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

Authorities say the fire started on the second floor.

The fire caused the club’s roof to collapse.

One firefighter had to be treated after receiving an electrical shock while working to put the fire out.

No other injuries were reported.

The Michigan State Police’s fire investigative unit is on their way.

No word yet on the cause.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 20:04

A fire destroyed a row home in Center City on Wednesday night and left a Philadelphia firefighter injured.

The fire erupted around 9:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of Pine Street.

Viewer video sent to Action News showed heavy flames shooting from a four-story home.

The firefighter was injured when an air conditioning unit fell and hit him on his head.

He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 20:01

An incendiary fire that is under investigation injured a Joplin resident on Wednesday night and caused minor injury to a firefighter in an explosion caused by the blaze.

Douglas Hull, 54, one of six residents at 301 S. Pearl Ave., was injured by burns and smoke inhalation and was taken to Freeman Hospital. He later transferred to a Springfield hospital burn unit, according to the Joplin Fire Department.

Captain Scott Hubler sustained a minor injury in the explosion when he was hit by a piece of shrapnel, according to Chief James Furgerson. He said Hubler was treated at the scene and returned to duty.

Firefighters responded at 6:25 p.m. and found the garage and rear of the two-story house heavily involved in flames. All of the residents had escaped the blaze.

Eight units and 18 firefighters brought the fire under control in about 60 minutes. They were on the scene a total of about 3 1/2 hours.

The chief said there is severe damage to the house, which will probably be a total loss. The residents are displaced and are receiving temporary housing assistance by the Red Cross.

The fire appears to be from an incendiary cause and is under investigation by Joplin police and the fire marshal, according to the chief. METS Ambulance assisted fire and police at the scene.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 19:59

A basement fire that sent smoke billowing through a single-family Glen Rock house Thursday night injured a borough firefighter, though not seriously, responders at the scene said.

Colleagues from several departments joined borough firefighters or provided backup to the South Maple Avenue blaze.

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FDNY chief relieved of duty after news report of power struggle at top of department

Statter 911 - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 12:39

News coverage pits Chief James Leonard against 1st Deputy Commissioner Laura Kavanagh

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Early video from Chicago house fire

Statter 911 - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:45

Fire Tuesday on South Kildare Avenue

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Firefighter Katie Dube Memorial Video

SCOnFire - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 11:20
  Dorchester County, SC – Members of the South Carolina fire service gathered on Monday, December 3 2018 to remember the life of a remarkable young woman who was killed on November 28th in a motor vehicle accident.   Video Credit: Colt Roy – Staff   (WCIV)  A Lowcountry hero was laid to rest ...

Baltimore firefighter investigated for violence against police Facebook comment

Statter 911 - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 09:51

Jamal Brown apologizes says his intent 'wasn't malicious'

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 21:00

A federal investigation reviewing the 2016 fatal shooting of a Maryland firefighter found that 911 public safety call takers did not warn first responders that the possibility of guns had been reported at the scene and that volunteer firefighters were not wearing a common uniform the night of the incident that made it clear who they were.

Those flaws and others contributed to the fatal shooting of Prince George’s County firefighter John “Skillet” Ulmschneider while he answered a 911 call to check on someone’s welfare, according to the fatality investigation report released last week by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

In light of the findings, federal investigators recommended police departments, not fire departments, handle initial calls for a welfare check. Investigators also recommended public safety agencies make sure first responders ask for and get important safety cautions — such as that weapons may be present at a scene — as they are dispatched.


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