Fire Service

FDNY SEE’S SPIKE IN FIREFIGHTERS INJURED WHILE COOKING????

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 18:13

Maybe they should take baked Alaska off the menu.

More firefighters are getting burned – thanks in part to a 32 percent spike in cooking injuries in firehouse kitchens.

Overall, there were 247 firefighter burns in fiscal year 2018, a 22 percent increase from 2017, according to the latest Mayor’s Management Report.

Forty-one of the 2018 burns were from cooking, up from 31 the year before.

Another 41 occurred during facility and equipment maintenance, training, non-fire emergencies or an unspecified “other” incident.

In response to the bump in burns, the FDNY gave firefighters tips on how to avoid injuries in the kitchen and with equipment in firehouses.

“We have a web-based training platform which describes/details safe practices in the workplace,” FDNY spokesman Frank Gribbon said. “We also have Safety Bulletins that have been discussed/shared with members regarding safe operations both in and outside quarters.”

Preparing food is the leading cause of fire injuries and home fires, and unattended cooking is responsible for a third of these blazes, according to an FDNY flier on kitchen safety.

The FDNY recommends cooks pay attention to the food, wear short or tight-fitting sleeves so they don’t ignite, keep a “pot lid handy to smother a pan fire” and stay in the kitchen. “Stand by your pan!” the FDNY says.

Overall firefighter injuries are up since 2017, from 9,643 to 9,789 last fiscal year. The total number of injuries increased 13 percent in the last five years, while firefighter burns jumped 33 percent during the same time, according to city figures.

https://nypost.com/2018/09/29/more-firefighters-are-burning-themselves-while-cooking/?utm_campaign=iosapp&utm_source=message_app

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Video: Houston Fire Department roof ops at house fire

Statter 911 - Sun, 09/30/2018 - 23:45

Now you see the firefighter and now you don't

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Helmet-cam video from Durham, NC

Statter 911 - Sun, 09/30/2018 - 23:38

Fire Saturday on Berkeley Street

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IDAHO FIREFIGHTER FALLS THRU FLOOR AT HOUSE FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 09/30/2018 - 07:56

A city firefighter escaped injury when he fell through the floor of a burning Pocatello home on Saturday morning.

The responding fireman, whose name has not yet been released, entered the burning home on North Seventh Avenue to battle the fire and the floor collapsed under him, according to the Pocatello Fire Department. He miraculously was not injured and was rescued from the hole in the floor by another firefighter, the Fire Department reported.

Fire officials said the fireman did not realize when he entered the house that the floorboards had been weakened by the fire.

A neighboring resident reported the fire at the single story house in the 400 block of North Seventh near City Hall around 9:40 a.m. Saturday. The fire did not result in any injuries and fire officials said it was accidental in nature.

No one was home at the residence when the fire ignited, authorities said.

The Fire Department reported at 10:30 a.m. Saturday that the fire was under control and firefighters were in the process of extinguishing the few remaining hot spots.

Fire officials said the fire started in the home’s kitchen area and was caused by an electrical issue. The flames quickly spread to the home’s basement and attic.

Firefighters said the early 1900s home was extremely well built and this made it tougher to fight the fire. Cutting through the roof to access the flames burning in the attic, for example, was very difficult, firefighters said.

The Fire Department said that although the house suffered smoke and fire damage, the residence is salvageable.

The home’s owner Frank Rosa of Pocatello was at the scene watching firefighters battle the blaze. He said he rents the home to another man, who left for work on Saturday morning prior to the fire igniting.

Rosa said he has insurance to repair the damage to the home.

Fire officials said the fire damage has made the home uninhabitable until repairs can be made.

Rosa said he’s in the process of finding another place for his renter to reside until then.

Police shut down the 400 block of North Seventh while firefighters were battling the fire and the street was not reopened until around 4:45 p.m. Saturday when firefighters left the scene.

Firefighters were likely able to save the house and keep the flames from spreading to the rest of the neighborhood because their response time to the blaze after receiving the call was less than three minutes.

https://www.idahostatejournal.com/news/local/pocatello-firefighter-falls-through-floor-of-burning-home/article_25caf8e8-731d-542a-8002-91c33d57d2ed.html

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MILWAUKEE, WI HAZ-MAT RIG CATCHES FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 09/29/2018 - 21:02
A Milwaukee Fire Department Hazardous Materials Response Team truck caught fire on Friday afternoon, Sept. 28. Officials tell FOX6 News, the truck had been at City Hall dealing with a suspicious package incident. Afterwards, it suffered from “hot brakes” near 21st and Canal. The trailer portion of the truck caught fire.” Continue Reading Here

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APPARATUS CREASH WITH EJECTION IN OHIO

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 12:19

A fire truck hit a tanker truck on U.S. Route 36 just east of state Route 258 around 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to Sgt. William Bower of the State Highway Patrol.

The firefighter driving the Newcomerstown Fire Department truck, Heather Stein-Wells, 42, was ejected from the truck. She suffered a broken hand, scrapes and required stitches at Coshocton Regional Medical Center.

Fire Chief Robert McGarry, who was in the front passenger seat, also suffered minor injuries, which he described as bruising and strained muscles. He was treated at Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital.

McGarry said he and Stein-Wells were released from the hospitals after treatment.

Bower said the accident occurred as the eastbound fire truck tried to turn left from the right lane toward a crossover, hitting the tanker truck that was in the left eastbound lane.

The Newcomerstown Fire Department truck then hit an embankment and fence, according to Lt. Mark Glennon, of the highway patrol.

The door of the fire truck was ripped off.

McGarry said the 1997 Pierce-Arrow fire engine is a total loss. The fire department has insurance.

The fire department is a separate entity from village government.

The department’s remaining apparatus includes another fire engine, a ladder truck and a rescue truck, according to McGarry.

No citation has been issued as a result of the collision, which occurred on a non-emergency trip. Bower said the final crash report will be reviewed with the prosecutor.

Wells told the highway patrol that she put on her seat belt, but might not have fastened it completely, Glennon said.

The driver of the tanker truck, from Akron, was not injured, Bower said. There were no leaks from the tanker.

http://www.timesreporter.com/news/20180927/newcomerstown-fire-engine-totaled-wednesday-in-crash-on-us-route-36

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Early video of Spokane, WA apartment fire

Statter 911 - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 10:02

Fire Monday at 2nd Avenue and Pine Street

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VA FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT HOUSE FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 21:44

Richmond Fire says one of their firefighters was injured after responding to a house fire Wednesday morning.

Crews were called to the house, located on Seminary Avenue near Overbrook Road on the city’s northside, just after 8:30 a.m.

Richmond Fire said a firefighter slipped and fell off a ladder. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover. No other injuries were reported, as residents were not home at the time of the fire.

Investigators are still on the scene working to determine what caused the blaze, which sparked on the second floor.

https://www.wric.com/news/local-news/richmond/firefighter-injured-in-north-richmond-house-fire/1476560861

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VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS WANTED! Wait…Are You Sure…?

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 21:39

VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS WANTED! Wait…Are You Sure…?

I’m not sure that Paul Combs has ever raised such an important issue more accurately than in his attached drawing. The traditional “hit the tones and see who shows up” volunteer fire (and EMS) service is in measurable trouble. Volunteer leaders owe it to those who dial 911 to address the problems & propose changes.

A few simple tests:

Do all the dispatched apparatus get out with training/qualified, able and adequate staffing in a time that is defined as appropriate – based on nationally proven & recognized standards and best practices?

What is best for those in the community  when they have a fire or emergency?

Does the volunteer fire/EMS department genuinely welcome new members?

Is there a clear and written policy on exactly how new members are brought in, mentored and guided?

Are active members respected or are they taken for granted?

Are the needs of today’s active members met by the leadership in order for them to serve?

Is the volunteer department leadership living in the “good old days” but not recognizing or understanding that, quite frankly, times have changed?

Do a few people “dominate” the volunteer department to the point where it’s driving many active members away?

With time so precious to everyone these days, are volunteer firefighter & EMS members time understood and respected?

This is a very emotional and tough issue that is ignored in far too many areas. It’s always best to truly examine the problem and make needed changes internally — rather than to be forced to change due to external forces, be it politically, legally, emotionally or in the media.

Change is never easy-trust me-I get it as much as anyone else. I fight change that I don’t like everyday. However, when an oath is taken to “protect & serve” – it’s about protecting and serving… based upon the needs of those needing the protection and the service…not necessarily what’s best for those sworn to serve.

When asked the question: “what’s best for the public based upon the communities fiscal ability?” …the answers are usually very clear. When a volunteer organization is willing to consider and make change based upon what’s clear, that organization hasn’t lost focus on what they are there for.

There are many successful volunteer organizations that have made proactive change to best serve their community. There are also volunteer organizations who that didn’t change and are now a memory.

Check out Paul’s phenomenal art work-and critical message.

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Hanahan Fire Department Places New E-ONE Pumper In Service

SCOnFire - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 11:57
Hanahan, SC – Today marked a milestone for the Hanahan Fire Department as they placed a 2018 E-One Typhoon custom pumper in service. This pumper is the first completely custom ordered apparatus in the department’s history. Sporting a unique grey over red paint scheme, it was purpose designed from the ground up to meet the ...

Did bureaucratic delay inside Orlando Fire fail victims of Pulse nightclub shooting?

Statter 911 - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 08:58

Could 16 people have been saved with policy & gear that allowed a faster FD response?

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Jobs lost over practicing intubation on body at fire station

Statter 911 - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 08:25

Bellingham, WA firefighters practiced while waiting for funeral home to pick up body

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Video & radio traffic: FDNY 3-alarm house fire with mayday & 7 firefighters hurt

Statter 911 - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 07:26

Fire Monday in Brooklyn leaves two civilians with serious injuries

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DISCIPLINE AFTER WA DEPARTMENT USES DEAD BODY FOR TRAINING

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 07:09

One Bellingham Fire Department veteran officer retired and another resigned after an investigation revealed a deceased patient in July was taken to Fire Station 1 to await pick up from a funeral home and several department members, including a division chief and EMS captains, practiced multiple intubations on the body, according to information provided by City of Bellingham Communications Director Vanessa Blackburn.

“In early August, I first learned of an incident at Bellingham Fire Department Station 1 during which department personnel successively performed a medical procedure, endotracheal intubation, on a deceased person,” Bellingham Fire Chief Bill Newbold said in a prepared statement in response to questions from The Bellingham Herald. “This incident was neither normal nor acceptable.

“The chief officer directing this activity was immediately placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a complete and thorough investigation. The investigation confirmed to me that the actions of the personnel involved were unacceptable and constitute serious misconduct.”

According to Blackburn, the chief officer directing the activity wrongly believed that the situation was an appropriate training opportunity.

Bellingham Fire personnel did not seek nor did they receive permission to perform the procedure from the deceased’s family, Blackburn said, and direction was only provided by the chief officer present.

“That direction was inappropriate and inconsistent with our expectations of chief officers,” Blackburn said.

Two office staff personnel also were involved in the incident, Blackburn said.

“These actions stand to violate the trust between our department and the community we serve, which we have earned through over a century of exemplary service,” Newbold said. “Going forward, the firefighters, paramedics and staff of the Bellingham Fire Department will continue to work hard in service to our community.

“Our professional, well-trained personnel constantly endeavor to be responsible stewards of the public’s trust, and we are working to repair any breach of this trust through review of appropriate policies and procedures and to ensure all our employees’ actions are in alignment with our mission.”

In addition to the two officers who are no longer with the department, Blackburn said the remainder of the staff involved received suspension without pay or letters in their personnel files, depending on their involvement.

Names of the officers involved were not released, though the officer who retired had been with the department 28 years and the officer who resigned was a 23-year veteran of the department.

“I was very disturbed when I found out about the incident and appreciate that Fire Chief Bill Newbold responded swiftly to the allegations of misconduct by our personnel,” Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville said in a prepared statement. “We took it very seriously, taking the steps to make sure that the people who were responsible have been held accountable.

“What happened was wrong and I want to assure the community that it won’t happen again. I am confident that Chief Newbold will take the appropriate measures to continue providing our community the high level of Fire and EMS service you expect.”

Read more here: https://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article218955030.html#storylink=cpy
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FIRE TRUCK CRASH ENROUTE TO WORKING FIRE IN PA

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 07:07

A Fountain Hill house was damaged Monday night by a fire that chased out its residents and neighbors, according to emergency radio reports.

The fire was reported 10:45 p.m. at the rear 722 N. Clewell St., at Clewell Street. A second alarm dispatched extra firefighters to the scene.

There were no reports of injuries at the house, but one person was reported injured in the collision of a Nancy Run firetruck and a private vehicle on Stefko Boulevard and East Market Street in Bethlehem.

One person suffered a back injury in the crash, fire officials radioed. An ambulance was dispatched.

http://www.mcall.com/news/police/mc-pol-fountain-hill-house-blaze-firetruck-crash-20180924-story.html

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FIRE TRUCK CRASH ENROUTE TO WORKING FIRE IN PA

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 07:05

A Fountain Hill house was damaged Monday night by a fire that chased out its residents and neighbors, according to emergency radio reports.

The fire was reported 10:45 p.m. at the rear 722 N. Clewell St., at Clewell Street. A second alarm dispatched extra firefighters to the scene.

There were no reports of injuries at the house, but one person was reported injured in the collision of a Nancy Run firetruck and a private vehicle on Stefko Boulevard and East Market Street in Bethlehem.

One person suffered a back injury in the crash, fire officials radioed. An ambulance was dispatched.

http://www.mcall.com/news/police/mc-pol-fountain-hill-house-blaze-firetruck-crash-20180924-story.html

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2 BALTIMORE RIGS STRUCK BY FLYING MANHOLE COVERS, MEDIC INJURED

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 07:03

The Baltimore Fire Department says that a medic was injured and two firetrucks were damaged after four manholes exploded in Downtown Baltimore, on Monday evening.

According to officials, the manholes exploded after an underground electrical fire. A manhole cover struck a medic and the medic was taken to a hospital for non life threatening injuries.

People were also evacuated at the scene and told to avoid North Charles Street and Lexington Street due to fire activity and road closures.

Baltimore Gas & Electric was called to the scene to cut electric and crews used a compound to smother the fire. Officials also say that they are no longer using the compound and are letting the fire burn out, while monitoring.

BGE said later it did not identify any issues with its equipment.

https://foxbaltimore.com/news/local/traffic-alert-fire-activity-on-north-charles-street-lexington-street-in-baltimore

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