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News report: Houston police officer drowns in floodwaters

Statter 911 - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 10:46

Veteran officer was trying to get to work

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Today is Tuesday the 29th of August, 2017

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 08:59

Here are the stories for today…

Be safe out there!


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Officials: Plane headed for Cobb County crashes in southeast Ga. killing all aboard

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 08:58

ELLABELL, Ga. — 11Alive has learned that a small airplane headed to metro Atlanta has crashed killing all aboard. 

Officials tell 11Alive sister-station WSAV that the aircraft went down in the area of Ellabell, Georgia – a small town about 25 miles west of Savannah, Georgia. That’s where a Coast Guard helicopter found the wreckage.

It was apparently the Coast Guard that first received a beacon signal around 9 a.m. – about the same time that air traffic control lost contact with a tan and white Bonanza aircraft at about 300 feet.

A total of three people were on the flight at the time it crashed, WSAV reports. They also added that it was heading to an airport in Cobb County.

So far, authorities have identified the passengers as 42-year-old William Cocke and 39-year-old Catherine Cocke – both of Savannah, Georgia. The pilot has not been identified.

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FAA investigating Harvest plane crash

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 08:56


Emergency personnel responded to multiple emergency calls reported a plane crash in Harvest Monday morning. 

The plane went down near a residential area on Harvest Rd. around 11 a.m.

“I heard it. It sounded like a clap of thunder. I came out a few minutes later and there he was, right there,” said Crystal Harrison, a nearby resident who witnessed the crash.

“He said his engine had given out. He was circling, and all of a sudden, he just crashed.”

A spokesperson with the FAA confirmed the pilot was not seriously injured in the crash. There were no other passengers on board.

“He put us on a wrong road for probably a minute, otherwise we’d probably would’ve been in the path and so it glided out in clear place where it landed where it didn’t hit anybody, so definitely there was probably God in the mix today,” said Marsha Folks, another witness who lives in the area.

The pilot was en route from Philadelphia to Huntsville International Airport.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time, but the FAA is on the way from Birmingham to investigate.

According to the plane’s registry, it’s a fixed wing, single-engine turboprop aircraft.

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2 men hurt in plane crash in Jackson Co., IL

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 08:53


Two men were hurt in a plane crash in Jackson County, Illinois on Monday, Aug. 28. 

According to Captain Michael O’Leary with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, someone from the Southern Illinois Airport Tower called the department at 9:10 a.m. to report an aircraft that was in distress about seven miles south of the airport.

Just moments later, 911 calls started coming in about a plane crash in an orchard near Grammer Road south of Murphysboro.

The plane crashed near Kite Hill Vineyard. The plane hit a tree when it went down.

The two men inside the cockpit had major injuries. They were both flown to area hospitals by helicopter.

Witnesses said people who saw the plane go down jumped into action to help the two men who were on board the plane. One of those witnesses, Ashley Clerk, recalls her experience of the crash.

“We were out here working,” Clerk said. “And all of a sudden we seen a plane flying around and he just kinda came down real low…almost looked like he was doing a stunt….turned on his side, came back up like he was going to do a figure eight and he just lost it over the tree line right there and just crashed. We took off running as hard as we could, all of us. every one of us out here.”

The names and condition of the two men involved are not being released. Investigators believe they were both from out of state. Online records show the plane is registered in Oklahoma.

“It was definitely scary. It was something out of a movie, really. One of the gentlemans head was gashed open across the top…one of them had a wound there above his eye,” Clerk said. “You can definitely tell they need medical help immediately. If you see something go wrong, help! that’s the main thing. help people! get out there and do something. Don’t let people suffer.”

No one on the ground was hurt.

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration are on the scene.

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Small Plane Destroyed, 2 Injured In Crash Near Gaylord

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 08:51

BAGLEY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – Authorities say a small plane with two people aboard has crashed near Gaylord in northern Michigan.

A shocking photo posted by the Petoskey News-Review from the scene in Bagley Township, near the Michaywé Pines golf course, showed the Cessna 180 crushed and in pieces.

As bad as it appeared, officials told the newspaper the plane’s pilot and a passenger were both alert and speaking when found by emergency personnel. Both were taken away on stretchers to Otsego Memorial Hospital where their conditions were not immediately known.

According to witnesses, the plane hit some trees before landing upside down in a field south of Gaylord about 1 p.m. Monday.
Jerry Peck, who owns a storage building nearby, said he “heard the sputtering and sputting and then a hellacious crash noise.”

The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately known. The names of those injured were not released.

Small Plane Destroyed, 2 Injured In Crash Near Gaylord

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Disaster drill at Griffith-Merrillville Airport trains first responders

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 08:48

GRIFFITH — As the two-engine King Air 350 airplanes with 13 people aboard came in for a landing Sunday morning at the Griffith-Merrillville Airport, the craft hit a deer, skidded off the end of the runway and burst into flames, spilling 100 gallons of fuel on the ground.

Two joggers on the nearby bike trail ran to help pull people of the burning airplane and were among those severely injured.

It was all part of the first disaster drill staged at the airport to simulate an aircraft crash with multiple injuries and a hazardous material spill and to serve as a training exercise.

“The drill simulates an aircraft incident response between the Griffith Fire Department and 16 other municipal departments or county and district-level entities,” said Griffith Fire Department Lt. Joe Martin, who helped organize the drill with Gary Fire Battalion Chief Mark A. Terry.

Griffith-Merrillville Airport serves as a “reliever airport” for Midway and the Gary Airport and handles a range of aircraft, Martin said.

“As firefighters, we train for what we are going to encounter,” said Martin about the drill that included establishment of an incident command, triaging and removal of victims, decontamination of victims and firefighters exposed to the fuel and containing the hazardous material.

Griffith Fire Chief Roy Schoon served as the incident commander for the drill which utilized the mutual aid box alarm system.

In addition to Griffith Fire and Police Departments, others responding to the disaster drill included Fire Department personnel from Crown Point, Gary, Lake Ridge, Lincoln Township, Lowell, Munster and Schererville. Other participants in the drill included members of the Indiana District 1 Mass Casualty Incident Team, the District 1 Emergency Management Agency, the Lake County Hazmat unit and the Lake County Central Consolidated Dispatch.

Elite Ambulance Service and Prompt Ambulance Service provided EMT services and the simulated transport of victims. Students from Griffith High School and Griffith Middle School played the victims and will each receive four hours of community service credit for participating.

Fire suppression and triage of victims were two major components of the drill, Martin said.

“After triaging, the victims are identified by specific colors. Black is dead. Red is critically injured. Yellow is needs immediate care and green are the walking wounded,” he said.

“We had panicky, excited victims with blood splatters all over them,” Martin said about the simulation. Moans and screams could be heard as emergency personnel responded to the mock victims.

According to the simulation, victims with burns were to be flown by helicopter to burn centers in the Chicago area. Ambulances were to take the most critically injured victims to the trauma center at Methodist Northlake campus in Gary and to Franciscan St. Anthony Hospital in Crown Point, Martin said.

“Minor injuries were to go to Munster Community Hospital, Franciscan St. Margaret and St. Mary Medical,” he said.

As Terry monitored the drill, firefighters outfitted in full gear with air tanks continued to search the grassy field where the simulated airplane crash took place.

“We sent out a team to search for the black box,” Terry said about the flight data recorder. “We haven’t found it yet.”

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Bill Missal, coordinator for the Lake County Chiefs Association for HAZMAT said the drill provided an opportunity to set up a decontamination tent and to practice responding to a hazardous material spill.

“There are three areas, a hot zone, a warm zone and a cold zone. Everyone in the hot zone has to be decontaminated,” Missal said.

To contain the spill, the firefighters who are part of the 18-member county HAZMAT team set out oil absorbent booms, said Jack Eskridge of HAZMAT logistics. 

“We set out the booms so the jet fuel doesn’t get into the waterways. All the waterways flow north and has to be stopped before it could reach Lake Michigan,” Eskridge said. “We would also contact the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.”

Martin and Terry said the drill revealed some situations that could lead to procedural changes.

For example, students who played the victims said when Schoon arrived to set up the incident command post they thought first responders would be tending them immediately.

“We thought, ‘Yeah we’re saved’,” said one of the students.

Terry said one solution to that would be for the incident commander “to get on a speaker to tell victims help will be here soon.”

“We’ve learned from you,” Terry told the students at the end of the drill.

The students also said they learned a great deal from the experience.

Griffith seventh-grader Mason Gerloff-Rex, 12, said the drill “shows you how stressful this is for responders and victims. It could be a whole lot of casualties.”

Julianne Long, a junior at Griffith High School, played the co-pilot of the plane.

“It was very cool to see how stressful and chaotic a mass casualty incident can be. It was very hard not to help yourself,” said the 16-year old whose mock injuries included a fractured femur, abdominal bleeding and a head injury.

Touching the fake blood on her leg, 16-year old Griffith junior Lauren Atkinson said, ‘It’s so sticky.”

“It was interesting to go through what firefighters went through and then the EMT’s went through,” she said. “The ambulance ride was really cool.”

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Denver Fire Station Achieves LEED Gold Status

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 08:46

Denver International Airport announced that Fire Station 35, its newest on-airport facility, has earned LEED Gold certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.

The fire station features an advanced energy-efficient design and construction that utilized more than 50 percent Forest Stewardship Council certified wood. The structure also contains water systems designed to save 40 percent of total indoor potable water usage compared with a typical building of similar size and use.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 08:45

69 Years ago today: On 29 August 1948 a Northwest Martin 2-0-2 crashed near Winona, killing all 37 on board (first major Martin 2-0-2 crash)

Date: Sunday 29 August 1948 Time: 17:05 Type: Martin 2-0-2 Operator: Northwest Airlines Registration: NC93044 C/n / msn: 9165 First flight: 1947 Total airframe hrs: 1321 Engines:Pratt & Whitney R-2800-CA18 Crew: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4 Passengers: Fatalities: 33 / Occupants: 33 Total: Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 37 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: 6,6 km (4.1 mls) NW of Winona, WI (   United States of America) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Chicago (unknown airport), IL, United States of America Destination airport: Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MN (MSP/KMSP), United States of America Flightnumber: 421

Northwest Airlines’ Flight 421 departed from Chicago for Minneapolis at 15:50. At 16:55 the flight reported over La Crosse, 125 miles southeast of Minneapolis, and was at that time cleared to start an en route descent from its cruising altitude of 8,000 feet. Four minutes later the flight reported passing through the 7,000-foot altitude level. The flight proceeded in the direction of Winona where it encountered a thunderstorm. Flight 421 was seen flying below the overcast. As it passed over Winona, the aircraft appeared to enter the roll cloud or the leading edge of the thunderstorm at which time it was lost from view. Seconds later parts of the airplane were observed falling. It was later found that the flight had crashed approximately 4 miles northwest of Winona on a bluff on the east side of the Mississippi River.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The loss of the outer panel of the left wing which separated from the aircraft as a result of a fatigue crack in the left front outer panel attachment fitting which had been induced by a faulty design of that fitting, the fatigue crack having been aggravated by severe turbulence encountered in the thunderstorm.”

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UPDATE: Baltimore changes policy after first arriving engine ordered to leave working fire

Statter 911 - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 00:29

Engine 31 Captain John Parker speaks out in TV interview about his frustration

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