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12 RI FIREFIGHTERS TRANSPORTED AFTER HAZ-MAT FIRE AT JEWELERS

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 18:54

Cranston Fire Department is battling a 3-alarm fire as well as a hazmat situation on Monday.

Cranston Fire told ABC6 News, responders were dispatched to Gem-Craft Inc., on Elmwood Ave around 4:37 p.m.

Multiple firefighters were injured due to exposure to cyanide, nitric acid, and a long list of other hazardous chemicals, officials said.

Parts of Elmwood Ave are closed to traffic until further notice.

The scene is very active at this time.

No further information is available.

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Today is Monday the 29th of January, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 13:52

Sorry for the delay, flew down to beautiful, sunny, warm(er) Punta Gorda, Florida this morning and I’ve just gotten settled in…

Here are the stories to start the new week.

Be safe out there!

Tom

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RAAF Growler catches fire after takeoff incident during Exercise Red Flag

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 13:49

January 28, 2018 by australianaviation.com.au

An apparent engine failure has seen an RAAF EA-18G Growler catch fire after an aborted takeoff from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada on Saturday morning US time. 

“Defence can confirm an incident involving an EA-18G Growler at Nellis Air Force Base during Exercise Red Flag. Royal Australian Air Force personnel are safe and no serious injuries have been sustained,” a Department of Defence statement released shortly before midday on Sunday (Australian time) confirmed.

“Defence is currently working with the United States Air Force to investigate and will provide an update with further details once known.”

The Growler’s crew, comprising a pilot and an electronic warfare officer, were able to exit the jet on the ground without ejecting.

Images circulating on social media show the jet intact but evidently substantially damaged by fire. As investigations continue it can be expected that the aircraft’s condition will be assessed to see if it can be repaired or written off.

An earlier statement from the Nellis Air Force Base public affairs unit provided a little further detail.

“At approximately 10:45am [05.45 AEDT Sunday] this morning, a military aircraft experienced an incident during takeoff on the Nellis Air Force Base flight line,” the January 27 dated statement says.

“The aircraft was required to abort its takeoff and subsequently caught fire. However all personnel are safe. Emergency services are on scene. No serious injuries are reported.”

The aircraft was one of four RAAF Growlers from 6SQN as well an E-7A Wedgetail and an AP-3C Orion to have deployed to Nellis to participate in Exercise Red Flag 18-1, which officially began on Friday. 

Red Flag 18-1 is due to focus on high-intensity warfighting and Australia is just one of two US allies, alongside the UK, to participate in the exercise.

Australia has taken delivery of 12 EA-18G Growlers, with the RAAF the only operator outside the US Navy to have the advanced electronic warfare platform in service. The first aircraft were accepted into RAAF service in 2016 and all 12 jets were delivered to RAAF Base Amberley in mid-2017.

This is the RAAF Growler’s first Red Flag appearance.

“It’s the largest Red Flag ever with the largest number of participants, highlighting the balance of training efficiency with mission effectiveness,” Col Michael Mathes, 414th Combat Training Squadron commander, said of Red Flag 18-1 in an earlier statement.

“It’s the largest Red Flag ever with the largest number of participants, highlighting the balance of training efficiency with mission effectiveness.”

http://australianaviation.com.au/2018/01/raaf-growler-catches-fire-after-nellis-afb-takeoff-incident/

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Pilot found dead in central Indiana plane crash identified as Illinois man

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 13:46

One person died when a plane, reported missing late Saturday night, crashed in central Indiana, according to a statement from the Warren County (Indiana) sheriff’s office.

Officials in Illinois with the Vermilion County sheriff’s office notified their counterparts in Warren County around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night “of a possible downed plane in the area of CR 450 south and CR 400 west,” according to the statement from Warren County. Emergency workers from the county sheriff’s office, the Indiana State Police, the West Lebanon Fire Department and local volunteers all searched for six hours in “rugged terrain of trees, ravines and fences.”

The search was called off due to difficulty and resumed about 8 a.m. Sunday, officials said. Indiana State Police sent up a helicopter to get an aerial view, and after about 20 minutes, the downed plane was located, officials said.

“Search and rescue was guided into the location by the helicopter and arrived at the scene to find the pilot deceased. The pilot was the lone occupant,” wrote Sgt. Kim Riley of the Warren County sheriff’s office, in the statement.

Authorities on Sunday identified the pilot as George P. Irick Jr, 68, of Congerville, Ill.

Officials said the National Transportation Safety Board planned to arrive Monday and the Federal Aviation Administration had arrived Sunday.

Departments that assisted included Warren County sheriff’s department, West Lebanon Fire Department, Civil Air Patrol, Warren County EMS, American Red Cross and the Warren County coroner’s office. Warren County borders Illinois near Danville, with Bloomington and Champaign not far away.

Riley said the investigation will continue.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-pilot-dies-in-plane-crash-indiana-012818-story.html

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Helicopter carrying biology crew crashes, kills one near Pomeroy

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 13:44

By: Kelsie Morgan

POMEROY, Wash. – According to the Garfield County Sheriff’s office, a helicopter crashed between Meadow Creek road and Lower Deadman road around 2:00 p.m. Saturday with three people on board.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Chris Thorson tells KXLY the 369D helicopter, operated by Kiwi Air of Clarkston, was carrying a biology team, reportedly conducting big game surveys for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

According to WSP, one of the passengers died at the scene. There have been conflicting reports of that person’s identity, KXLY is working to confirm the name and age of the person who passed away.

The pilot, Blake Malo of Clarkston, and the other passenger, Garrett Bradshaw of Eagle Point, Oregon, were airlifted to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center.

It’s not known what caused the helicopter to go down.

The Washington State Patrol, Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board have taken over the investigation into the crash, which could take up to two years to complete.

https://www.kxly.com/news/local-news/helicopter-carrying-biology-crew-crashes-kills-one-near-pomeroy/692595926

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Plane flown by teen makes emergency landing on beach

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 13:42

By Stephanie Pagones and Natalie O’Neill

A small plane being flown by a 16-year-old pilot was forced to make an emergency landing on a Long Island beach Monday and flipped over — but miraculously, no one was injured, officials said.

The teen was aboard the four-seat Cessna 172 along with another 16-year-old and their flight instructor when there was a mechanical problem around 9:20 a.m. and the instructor was forced to land it at Robert Moses State Park, according to a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman and NBC New York.

As the plane touched down, one of its wings struck the ground, its wheels got stuck in the sand, and a gust of wind came along — all helping to overturn the aircraft just yards from the ocean, according to the FAA and New York state park officials.

The two teens, a boy and a girl, had taken off with their instructor from the island’s Republic Airport, said New York state parks spokesman George Gorman.

The teens were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for observation, but nobody was injured, according to the FAA.

The agency is investigating the emergency landing.

https://nypost.com/2018/01/29/teen-pilot-makes-emergency-landing-on-beach/

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Small plane makes emergency landing on busy Southern California freeway

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 13:40

By Jermaine Ong

(KGTV) – A small plane made an emergency landing on an Orange County freeway Sunday night, but no injuries were reported.

The landing happened in Costa Mesa at about 8 p.m. on northbound state Route 55, also known as the Costa Mesa Freeway.

Costa Mesa Fire & Rescue Department officials said the plane was on its way to John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana when it began experiencing engine problems.

KABC in Los Angeles reported the plane was on its way back to Orange County from San Diego when the issues occurred.

The plane, identified as a single-engine Beech G33, landed safely on SR-55 just before the Del Mar Avenue exit.

The two people inside the plane were not injured. No one on the ground was hurt and no damage was immediately reported.

Authorities noted that the pilot was considered “experienced.”

The incident forced the closure of several northbound lanes until just before midnight when the plane was towed away.

https://www.10news.com/news/u-s-world/small-plane-makes-emergency-landing-on-busy-southern-california-freeway

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Two people injured after single-engine airplane crashes in Meriden

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 13:38

BY CARMEN CHAU AND MATT MAHONEY

MERIDEN — Two people escaped with minor injuries after their plane crashed Saturday afternoon.

Police and EMS responded after a single-engine aircraft went down near 835 Hanover Road at about 4:15 p.m., just behind American Legion Post #45 and not far from Wilcox Technical High School.

According to officials, the airplane was in the vicinity of Meriden Markham Municipal Airport when it made an “unexpected landing,” and came crashing down.

Two victims, a pilot and passenger, were sent to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The 1967 Piper PA-28, manufactured over 50 years ago, is registered to a Wallingford man, although it is unclear if he was operating the plane at the time of the incident.

Several residents living in the area say they are always concerned about the potential for airplane crashes. The airport resides in close proximity to locations frequented by children, including a school, baseball fields, playgrounds and a go-kart track. Pilots tend to fly very low through the area, so they must take extreme care to avoid brushing or colliding with the abundance of thick, tall trees growing there.

“He was coming in low. I was like telling my girlfriend this guy is too low to be coming in. I figured he’d probably hit the school or something,” said Pat Charon of Meriden.

Mayor Kevin Scarpati said not far from Meriden Markham Municipal Airport where small planes are constantly seen taking off and landing, but he said for the plane to crash near a playground and a baseball field is unexpected.

Scarpati added the playground is typically filled with children and parents but with it being the winter now, no one was outside luckily.

“Pending on the weather and the wind, that type of thing will change the pattern at times but for decades, they’ve used these flight patterns. They’ve gone in, it all meets FAA regulations so by all means if there were problems, we would address it immediately,” said Scarpati.

Another neighbor on edge was April Legere; she said the planes fly closely to her home two to three times a day.

“Every once in awhile, I get the terrified feeling of them coming down and hitting our house or hitting neighbors’ houses,” said Legere of Meriden.

Sergeant Christopher Fry with the Meriden Police Department could not confirm the gender of the people inside the plane, but said the incident is not the worst he has seen.

“I think everyone’s lucky. It turned out pretty well in terms of the circumstances,” said Sergeant Fry.

Police said the FAA has been notified and will be leading the investigation to determine the cause of the crash. According to the FAA registry, the plane is registered under the name of someone from Wallingford. FOX61 has learned that the man the plane is registered to was involved in another plane crash in Virginia in July of last year. We have not yet been able to confirm whether that person was in the plane or not.

Two people injured after single-engine airplane crashes in Meriden

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Dana aircraft loses control, hits fence at Abuja airport with passengers on board

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 13:36

By John Owen Nwachukwu

A commercial aircraft belonging to Dana Air nearly crashed after hitting the fence of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Friday.

This is coming in less than 24 hours after a chartered aircraft lost its tyres and landing gear at the same airport.

The Dana plane with registration number 5 N-DEV from Port Harcourt, used its left wing to hit a fence while trying to park.

Punch quoted sources at the airport and passengers onboard the flight as saying that no injury was recorded while blaming the aircraft’s pilot for the incident.

The spokesperson for FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, confirmed the development to the newspaper, stating that the plane only hit a noise breaker stationed on the tarmac

She said, “There are these things we put on the air side that we call noise breakers to stop noise and exhaust from getting to people. It is not really a fence, but they are just there like pillars to reduce noise and fumes from exhaust pipes and the plane just scrapped it and continued on its way.

“So there is nothing to worry about the incident. It didn ’t affect the flight , the plane continued and it parked. It was the wing that scrapped the noise breaker and the plane continued until it parked.”

The spokesperson for Dana Air, Ezenwa Okwudili, also told Punch that the firm’s engineers were working on the aircraft to ascertain the extent of the damage on the plane.

He said, “It is the wing tip that was affected and our engineers are looking at it to determine the extent of the damage.

“They will work on it tonight (Friday night) and I don’t think the aircraft was parked where it will obstruct anything. It ’s a tip of the wing and not a serious issue.”

http://dailypost.ng/2018/01/27/dana-aircraft-loses-control-hits-fence-abuja-airport-passengers-board/

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Collision reported between airplane, helicopter at Northern Colorado Regional Airport; 1 injured

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 13:32

Blair Miller

LOVELAND, Colo. – First responders were at the scene of a collision between an airplane and helicopter at the Northern Colorado Regional Airport Friday at noon. 

Shawn Battmer, a spokeswoman for the airport, said there was one person in the airplane and one person in the helicopter, and that the collision happened on the runway.

The collision was between a Beechcraft Bonzanza airplane and a Robinson R44 helicopter. One of the pilots was transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

The collision happened shortly before noon Friday. The airport serves as a smaller port, mostly for small planes and helicopters. Battmer said neither pilot was based out of the Northern Colorado Regional Airport.

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/collision-reported-between-airplane-helicopter-at-northern-colorado-regional-airport-in-loveland

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 13:31

45 Years ago today: On 29 January 1973 an EgyptAir Ilyushin 18 crashed into mountains while approaching Nicosia, Cyprus; killing all 37 occupants.

Date: Monday 29 January 1973 Type: Ilyushin 18D Operator: EgyptAir Registration: SU-AOV C/n / msn: 188011003 First flight: 1968 Crew: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7 Passengers: Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 30 Total: Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 37 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: ca 16 km NNE of Nicosia Airport (NIC) (   Cyprus) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Egypt Destination airport: Nicosia Airport (NIC/LCNC), Cyprus Flightnumber: MS741

Narrative:
The Il-18 crashed into the Kyrenia Mountain range near the village of Karavas, at an altitude of 783 m (117 m below the crest) while on downwind on a nighttime approach to Nicosia runway 14.

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OH FIREFIGHTER FALLS OFF LADDER AT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:33

A West Milton firefighter is recovering Monday after falling off a ladder early in the morning.

He was helping battling a house fire on Iddings Road, where crews spend more than 6 hours trying to knock down the flames.

A married couple who lived at the residence woke up around midnight to the sound of smoke detectors. They were able to safely get out of the house, but by the time fire crews arrived, the building was engulfed.

West Milton Fire Chief Denny Frantz said it was the hardest fire he’s had to fight in his 49 years on the job.

“The house is pretty much totaled and most of the contents,” he said. “I understand he had some antiques. They were here the whole time. I can’t imagine the feeling of watching your house burn and not being able to do anything.”

So far, no cause has been released for the fire, and that firefighter is expected to be okay.

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Deadly Commerce House Fire Under Investigation

Deadly Commerce House Fire Under Investigation
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Must read: Patients caught in middle of Orange County, CA helicopter war

Statter 911 - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 22:18

Orange County Fire Authority and Sheriff's Department fight over patients at emergency scenes

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MS FIREFIGHTER INJURED – MASK FAILURE AT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 19:15

A volunteer firefighter was injured after a mask failure while fighting a house fire Sunday afternoon in Marion County.

First responders were called to the scene on Dry Branch Road just after 1:30 p.m. The home was fully engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived.

Investigators say the flames sparked in the kitchen and spread throughout the house. They are still investigating what exactly ignited the fire.

Officials say one person was home when the fire broke out, but they were able to escape with minor injuries.

We’re told the firefighter who was injured was treated at the scene and is in stable condition.

According to officials, this is not the first time firefighters have had complications with the masks, which are more than 17 years old, but this was the first time a firefighter was injured because of a failure.

The fire was worked by the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Station and the Hickory Grove Volunteer Fire Station.

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FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT AZ FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 19:11

A Buckeye  firefighter is being treated for burns after he was injured fighting a garage fire Sunday morning.

Buckeye Fire Capt. Tommy Taylor said the fire broke out around 7 a.m. in the garage area of a home near Lower Buckeye and Miller Road.

Taylor said the fire crews could see, “a large column of smoke coming from this area. The first on scene crews found a large amount of fire coming from the garage.”

The fire awoke a neighbor across the street, “I looked out that window and I saw the sunrise on the back of that truck and I said ‘that’s not right'” said Theresa Gautier. “We thought the cars were going to blow up.” Gautier continued, “That guy right there knocked on their door, woke them up and saved them.”

The fire reached areas of the attic in the home, but was extinguished quickly before doing any further damage, said Taylor.

Firefighters from the Buckeye Valley Fire District and Goodyear Fire Department were also called out to assist in putting out the fire.

One firefighter was burned on his ear and is undergoing treatment, said Taylor. The homeowners are being assisted by the local Red Cross.

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3 KS FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AFTER FLOOR COLLAPSE AT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 13:33

Three firefighters required hospital treatment overnight while battling a house fire.

They were called out to the fire just before 3:00am Sunday, at 7th Street Trafficway near Freeman Ave.   While crews were on the second floor of the home, it collapsed into the first floor.  Four firefighters fell to the first floor.  Two were taken to the hospital immediately from the fire scene, while a third was taken to the hospital some time later.

A cause for the fire has not been determined.  The home did not have working smoke detectors, and it’s possible the home was unoccupied.

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Pre-arrival video from North Carolina house fire

Statter 911 - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 01:44

Fire Saturday in the Mooresville area

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Caught on camera: Close call at Florida van fire

Statter 911 - Sat, 01/27/2018 - 01:03

Gasoline stored in back of van suddenly lights off

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Today is Friday the 26th of January, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 09:21

We close out this week with the following stories…

Have a great weekend, be safe out there!

Tom

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