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Plane lands safely at T.F. Green after reported nose gear problem

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 08:24

By Jacqui Gomersall

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A plane landed safely at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick Sunday night.

53 people were on board the United Airlines flight from Chicago.

It was scheduled to land in Rhode Island, but had a reported problem with nose gear, according to Rhode Island Airport Corporation spokesman Bill Fischer.

We’re told, the plane landed without incident, but there was a steering issue once on the ground and it had to be towed to the gate.

The plane is now being inspected by mechanics.

Crews from the Warwick Fire Department had been staged at the airport, but were cleared once the plane landed, according to fire officials.

Plane lands safely at T.F. Green after reported nose gear problem


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WWII type aircraft makes hard landing in Columbia

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 08:23

WKRN web staff

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WKRN) – Crews responded after a World War II type aircraft made a hard landing in Columbia Friday afternoon.

Officials said the M62 experimental fixed-wing aircraft landed in a pasture near Iron Bridge Road.

News 2 has learned the pilot, who was the only person on-board at the time, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

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Ladner man receives Decoration for Bravery

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 08:21

Dave Willis / Delta Optimist

Ladner’s Tobias MacDonald received a Decoration for Bravery from the Governor General in Victoria Wednesday.

He was part of a group of people who helped pull two individuals from a crashed and burning Cessna airplane in Crawford Bay in 2014. One of the victims died from the crash.

“There were flames everywhere,” he recalled.

MacDonald, 42, was outside barbecuing when he heard the plane crash. The plane had crashed onto a golf course and was upside down and on fire while he and other rescuers worked to free the two people onboard.

“My biggest memory is one of the tires popped maybe a few feet from my head, from the flames. It went ‘BANG’ and scared the hell out of me,” he said.

MacDonald, who teaches cooking at Vancouver Community College, was in Crawford Bay, which is east of Nelson, for his mother’s memorial.

He received a medal and certificate at the ceremony in Victoria.

“It was a huge honour,” he said.

“Decorations for Bravery recognize people who risk their lives and choose to defy their own instinct of survival to try to save a loved one or a perfect stranger whose life is in immediate danger,” the Governor General’s website explains.

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Free skydives offered to firefighters, first responders in gratitude for work during Sonoma County wildfires

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 08:20

One after the other, Sonoma Valley Fire Captain Jim Kracke and firefighter Max Psaledakis hurled themselves out of a plane Sunday afternoon, 10,000 feet over Novato beneath clear blue spring skies.

Psaledakis, 18, nailed the landing. A perfect step one, step two, onto the landing area at Gnoss Field.

His dad, fellow Sonoma Valley firefighter George Psaledakis, yipped and hollered as he watched his son return to Earth, filming the landing on his smartphone before heading over to give the teen a hug.

Kracke looked on from down the field, rubbing his ankle. His landing came about a minute before, and wasn’t quite so picturesque.

A good sport about it nonetheless, within minutes he was back to cracking jokes, all three firefighters discussing whether Max Psaledakis, a senior at Sonoma Valley High School, should perhaps consider a career as a smokejumper, the highly trained wildland firefighters who parachute into remote areas.

The trio were at Gnoss Field Saturday as part of a thank you to first responders, put on by Skydive Golden Gate owners Michael and Kate Knight — grateful that firefighters saved their Sonoma home when the October wildfires threatened their neighborhood.

Tandem skydives with the year-old company are usually $199, plus an extra $120 for a video and picture package, but the Knights wanted to give them away to first responders for free.

“It’s all we have to give,” Kate Knight said.

In all, 23 first responders and family members signed up for the skydive sessions, put on all day by Skydive Golden Gate.

“I said to Max, ‘well, I’m 59, so I’ve kind of seen and done everything,’” George Psaledakis said. “I feel fulfilled in life, and I said there’s one more way to fulfill my life.”

The two Psaledakis men and Kracke were together on the initial call the night of Oct. 8, responding together to a fire reported on Nuns Canyon Road. The night spiraled from there.

“We get maybe one or two structure fires a year, and that night we had a choice,” George Psaledakis said. “We had to pick and choose which ones we thought we could save. It was crazy.”

“Four days straight, no sleep,” Kracke said.

Sunday was their first time skydiving, and other than Kracke’s slight misstep, all went according to plan.

As part of the day, Gnoss Field Community Association pilots offered up their planes to the first responders, too, giving aerial tours of the burn scars in Sonoma and Napa counties.

The Psaledakis men climbed onboard a Cirrus SR22 piloted by Novato resident Rick Beach. Why did Beach volunteer? “It’s payback,” he said.

Flying north along Highway 101, he punched in the GPS coordinates for Glen Ellen, where the Psaledakis men live. It would mark the end of a loop that took the firefighters over some of the most devastated parts of the North Bay, including Coffey Park, Mark West and Fountaingrove — their scraped lots and charred landscape clearly visible from the air.

“A lot of emotions,” George Psaledakis said, hovering over Fountaingrove. “It’s pretty sad. I had survivor’s guilt for a few weeks.”

As the plane neared their Glen Ellen home, Max Psaledakis pointed out one of the houses they saved that first night.

“Yeah, that’s our neighborhood,” George Psaledakis said. “We almost lost it.”

You can reach Staff Writer Christi Warren at 707-521-5205 or On Twitter @SeaWarren.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 08:18

37 Years ago today: On 26 March 1981 a LOT Polish Airlines Antonov 24 emergency landed near Redzikowo, Poland, following propeller blade separation; killing 1 out of 52 occupants.

Date: Thursday 26 March 1981 Type: Antonov 24B Operator: LOT Polskie Linie Lotnicze Registration: SP-LTU C/n / msn: 07306007 First flight: 1970 Crew: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5 Passengers: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 47 Total: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 52 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: near Slupsk-Redzikowo Airport (OSP) (   Poland) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Warszawa-Okecie Airport (WAW/EPWA), Poland Destination airport: Slupsk-Redzikowo Airport (OSP/EPSK), Poland

The Antonov crashed after the separation of a propeller.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 08:06

A firefighter was injured while fighting a blaze at a home on Claiborne Street in south Nashville early Monday morning.

The firefighter, who is said to have minor burns, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

There was no one living inside the home, but the flames started spreading to the house next door.

A man was inside the other home, and a neighbor helped get him outside to safety as crews fought to get the flames under control.

“It was intense. I was standing out here on the sidewalk a good 100 feet, and you can feel the heat from the billowing of the fire and the flames, and it was a vacant house, but it was amazing,” said neighbor Craig Hunner.

It’s unclear what sparked the blaze, as there was no electricity running to the home. Officials said they believe there may have been homeless people staying inside the house.

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Updated Details: York, PA Memorial Service

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 07:38

We want to clarify the memorial service for the Fallen York, PA Firefighters:


What: Memorial Service for Firefighters Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony

Where: York Expo Center – Memorial Hall, 334 Carlisle Ave., York

When: Wednesday, March 28 from 1 to 3 p.m.

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What is offensive about this picture? Or this video?

Statter 911 - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 16:18

I hear your complaints and here is my response

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 13:00

A Toronto firefighter who fell off a roof and as many as eight other people were injured in a fire that started in a semi-detached home in the Christie Pits area.

The fire started at 703 Dupont St.,  west of Christie St., at around 6 a.m. Sunday and spread to three other homes. Occupants of the dwellings managed to escape to safety.

Firefighters also saved a cat and her kittens from the flames.

The firefighter and three of the other injured people had to go to hospital for treatment. Toronto Fire reported the other injured people were assessed at the scene of the blaze.

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Fatal Baldwin County House Fire Ruled Accidental

Fatal Baldwin County House Fire Ruled Accidental
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Two West Virginia firefighters dead, 3 injured after rig flips

Statter 911 - Sat, 03/24/2018 - 19:30

Pratt Volunteer Fire Department was responding to serious crash on I-77 in Kanawha County

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 03/24/2018 - 18:46

The firehouse fire began in close proximity to a kitchen in the southeast corner of the building “but there is so much soot and smoke up there, we don’t want to place the origin at this time,” Alston said. “We’re going to let the state fire marshal do that for us.”

At 6:25 p.m., a fire officer reported the fire was extinguished.

No one was injured but damage to the firehouse was “quite extensive,” Alston said.

“We’ve called the state police in because it is a city building and we want an independent investigation,” Alston said as tired-looking, sooty firefighters from the Whitney Avenue Firehouse rolled up hoses and later milled around and waited for instructions after the fire.

“From the second floor, there’s a lot of smoke and water damage,” he said. “Upstairs, there’s smoke and water in the dormitories and living areas and there’s extensive damage going in toward this top corner over here.”

None of the apparatus that operates out of Whitney Avenue was damaged, Alston said. “We’re just losing the location at this time. We’re grateful that no one got hurt or injured, but it is a concern to us to get the station back up and running as quickly as possible.

“I know the firefighters are hurting — the firehouse, we spend more than a third of our lives in the firehouse,” he said. “It’s personal for us. So we’re going to be working with the firefighters while we clean up, investigate.

“We also have the state fire marshal here,” Alston said. “We also have the Building Department and we also have Engineering to assess the damage.

“It’s going to be a long process as they investigate and we clean up, allow the firefighters to get their personal belongings out and then we’ll have a cleanup company crew come in,” Alston said.

The Whitney Avenue Firehouse houses Engine 8 and Squad 1, Alston said.

For now, “We’re going to take the two companies” and base them out of nearby stations, he said.

“They’re not too far. Dixwell Station on Goffe Street, Engine 8 will ride out of there,” Alston said. Squad 1 “will ride out of Central Station which is on Grand Avenue, which is not far from this district, as well,” he said.

They’ll continue to respond to fires in the area they serve, Alston said.

As firefighters worked to put out the fire, police set up traffic points, closing down roads — including Whitney Avenue, one of the city’s major arteries, which was closed for at least two hours.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 03/24/2018 - 18:41

A two-alarm fire left one firefighter injured and damaged a store Friday night in New Castle, Delaware.

The blaze broke out shortly after 7 p.m. at the Dollar Tree in the Beaverbrook Plaza Shopping Center on South DuPont Highway.

It took firefighters more than an hour to bring the fire under control as thick smoke poured from the building.

One firefighter suffered minor injuries.

So far, there’s no word yet on a cause.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 03/24/2018 - 18:39

Fierce flames sent four firefighters to hospital after a fast-moving fire broke out in an East Harlem apartment building early Saturday morning.

The fire, at a four-story building on Second Avenue between 103th and 104th Streets, also left several people without a place to live. Four civilians suffered minor injuries.

It started in the ground floor deli. Firefighters said the windows were blown out upon their arrival and grew to four alarms.

“The fire got into those voids. It traveled all the way to the top floor and in above that into the cockloft area between the top floor and the roof, and made it very difficult to get ahead of and fight. It was a stubborn fire,” said Joseph Ferrante, FDNY deputy chief.

The Red Cross was on the scene helping those displaced. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 03/24/2018 - 18:33

Very bad news out Kanawha County (West Virginia-Charleston area) where 2 Firefighters have been killed and others are reported critical following a responding crash that happened around 1815 hours this evening.

The Pratt Volunteer Fire Department was turning out to a serious fatal crash on the WVA Turnpike when their apparatus rolled over.

5 Firefighters were on the rig, 2 were killed in Line of Duty and 3 others are injured-some reported to be critical.

Much more to follow.

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Fire in New Haven firehouse

Statter 911 - Sat, 03/24/2018 - 10:02

Fire Friday evening at quarters of Engine 8 and Squad 1

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