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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:36

The devastating multi-alarm blaze in Norristown over the weekend left two dozen residents without a home and landed one firefighter in the hospital, officials confirmed.

The incident occurred at the Montgomery Mills Apartment on Kelly Drive in the borough at around 2:27 p.m. Saturday.

The 7500 building of the complex took the brunt of the damage, officials said. Crews on the scene found heavy fire there, which rapidly spread to the 7400 building as well.

More than 200 firefighters responded to the scene to extinguish the blaze, which quickly grew to three-alarms. Crews fought through Saturday’s hot and humid conditions in heavy protective gear to control the fire and were able to prevent it from spreading further. One firefighter suffered from heat exhaustion, and was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

When all was said and done, the 7500 building was completely destroyed, while the 7400 building was severely damaged, authorities said. The 7300 building also suffered some lesser damage.

An investigation into the blaze is underway. A cause has not been announced.

Residents from 20 apartments – 24 individuals in total – were left without a home.

A GoFundMe campaign for one of the displaced residents, Lauren, has been launched. More than $6,000 had already been raised on her behalf as of Monday morning.

“Although she was able to come out unharmed she lost ALL of her personal belongings to the fire,” Joe Kekoanui wrote in the GoFundMe. The same is likely true of the rest of the displaced residents.

Officials said the Montgomery Mills management is working to find a place for the displaced residents to stay.

The Norristown Fire Department thanked all of the surrounding fire companies, along with North Penn Goodwill and Plymouth Community Ambulances, for assisting on the scene.

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Firefighter detects cancer early thanks to fire dept. screening

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 11:45
Spring Fire Department firefighter Matthew Corso was able to beat cancer four months into treatment after an abnormality was found on his LifeScan ultrasound

By FireRescue1 Staff

SPRING, Texas — A firefighter was able to detect his cancer early and beat it thanks to a screening conducted by the fire department.

In November 2016, Spring Fire Department firefighter Matthew Corso underwent a LifeScan ultrasound provided by the department, and an abnormality was found.

“She said cancer, I took that as a death sentence,” Corso said. “I didn’t know anyone that had beaten it.”

Corso underwent chemotherapy for four months with support and help from his colleagues.

“Everyday someone took me to chemo. A few of the guys put together a benefit for me and my family. They brought us meals,” Corso said. “They were willing to wait on us hand and foot.”

Corso was able to return to work April 2017 with a clean bill of health, and his wife, Stephanie, credits the early detection.

“On his last day of chemo the fire truck came and there were probably about 30 guys that rallied around us,” Stephanie said. “That early detection is key and that was what saved Matt’s life was going through these scans.”

The department has been conducting the LifeScan ultrasounds since 2016, and will hold their third session this fall. Corso said he hopes other firefighters will continue to benefit from the scans.

“During the test in 2017, a few other people found out about some serious health issues, so it’s not just me that it’s helping,” he said. “Now I get to use my story to help others overcome some of these issues. For less than the cost of a dress uniform to bury me in, the Spring Fire Department saved my life.”

Fighting Fires & CancerOur heroes here at the Spring Fire Department are our greatest asset, so we are #SpringFireProud to go the extra mile for their health. Spring Senior Captain Matt Corso’s story highlights one of our initiatives that is already saving lives.

Posted by Spring Fire Department on Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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Today is Monday the 18th of June, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:58

Here are the stories to start the new week…

Be safe out there!


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Fox Lake pilot injured in plane crash at Galt Airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:56

Pilot, 15-year-old passenger aboard aircraft that crashed at Galt Airport


A 42-year-old pilot from Fox Lake was injured in a plane crash Saturday morning.

The man and a 15-year-old from Plainfield were on a plane that crashed at Galt Airport in unincorporated Greenwood, according to the McHenry County Sheriff’s office.

The pilot was taken by Flight for Life to Advocate Condell Hospital in Libertyville with injuries that were not life-threatening. The passenger was checked by emergency medical staff on scene and released, police said.

It’s unknown why the twin-engine Air Cam aircraft crashed, FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro said in an email. He said the plane crashed during takeoff, and the FAA’s investigation of the crash could take a few weeks.

The Wonder Lake Fire Protection District, Hebron-Alden-Greenwood Fire Protection District, Woodstock Fire Rescue District, Mercy Health Field Physician and police were called to the scene at 10:36 a.m., according to the release.

The fixed-wing, multi-engine Johnson Air Cam that crashed is registered to Two If By Sea LLC in Wilmington, Delaware, according to FAA records.

The airport was hosting its annual Barnstormer’s Day 2018 Fly-in and Drive-in when the crash occurred. The event features an old-style fly-in with a pancake breakfast, displays of vintage aircraft and more.

Crystal Lake resident Travis Patenaude had been at the event taking photos and was in the parking area when the crash occurred. He went back to see what had happened.

“From what I heard, the plane had lifted off and either the wind caught it or it tried to bank and hit some bushes along the side of the runway and started to cartwheel,” he said. “It’s supposed to be a nice event with all the old-style planes and things. I was taking pictures at end of runway all morning, and when I went to switch lenses, that is when the plane crashed.”

Gait Airport is a private airport that offer hangars, aircraft maintenance, a flight school and discovery flights, according to its website.

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Plane takes an emergency landing in East Hartford

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:54

By Rebecca Cashman


Officials said a plane took an emergency landing near Pratt and Whitney in East Hartford on Saturday.

Officials said the plane landed just after 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

Two people were on board during the incident, and officials said neither individual suffered any injuries.

East Hartford Police Lieutenant Litwin told Channel 3 that the operators said the engine lost power en route to Massachusetts.

Lieutenant Litwin said the pilot took advantage of the runaway near Pratt and Whitney and came to a landing, and ultimately slid into the grass at the end of the runaway.

The East Hartford Fire Department is in charge of the scene and has notified the FAA.

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Small Plane Crash Lands in Baxter County Sunday Morning

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:53

By: Ben Gilber

BAXTER COUNTY, Ark. – A small single engine aircraft crash-landed at the Gaston’s Fly-In Landing Strip on Sunday at 10:15 a.m.

On board were three people, all from out of state. The co-pilot reported he sustained a minor injury. Neither the pilot nor the passenger were injured.

The pilot, Eric Neff, stated he was doing a fly over at Gaston’s to check the condition of the landing strip. The engine lost power after attempting to bank. Neff said he attempted to land on the field, but saw pedestrians were walking across the landing strip in the path of the plane.

The plane ultimately came down and landed on its belly in a hay field near the landing strip. The aircraft was a 1996 A-36 model single engine fixed-wing registered to Flygare LLC of Norfolk, Virginia.

The incident was referred to the FAA for investigation.

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Helicopter crashes after hitting power lines in Orondo

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:52


Fire crews from Orondo and Chelan, along with Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a helicopter crash in the area of Cascade Foothills in Orondo, about four miles south of Beebe Bridge.

When crews arrived they found a helicopter in the orchard sitting upright. The helicopter had heavy damage to the tail section and burn damage through the shell of the aircraft from impact with the high-tension electrical power lines.

The pilot told investigators she struck the high voltage power lines causing damage to the helicopter and bringing it to the ground. The high-tension power lines were broken and down on the ground.

Firefighters say the helicopter was in the area controlling moisture on cherry trees to prevent cherry damage from overnight rains. Cherries absorb moisture then split when exposed to warming sunlight.

There were no injuries, but there was damage to the orchard, power lines, and the helicopter. The crash caused a widespread power outage as well.

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Three Injured, Dog Missing in Erath County Plane Crash

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:50

The plane was headed from Dublin, Texas to Colorado

By Cody Lillich

Three people were taken to various hospitals after an airplane went down in Erath County.

The crash happened at about 9:45 a.m. Sunday near the Erath/Eastland County line.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a Cessna C210 crashed in the rural area after taking off from the airport in the town of Dublin and heading to Centennial Airport near Denver.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Dub Gillum said the plane stalled and tried to land in a sandy field between County Roads 360 and 362 when a wheel became stuck in the sand and the plane flipped.

The pilot reportedly went to seek help and was missing for a while before being located by first responders.

The pilot, identified as Russell Riggs, 62 of Sedalia, Colorado, was taken by ambulance to a Fort Worth hospital for observation.

Two female passengers, both from Colorado, were taken by medical helicopter to a Fort Worth Hospital.

The group had a dog on board the plane that remains missing following the crash. Sgt. Gillum said the missing dog is a boxer named Gizmo, described as being light brown with a white patch. It is believed Gizmo ran from the scene of the crash.

The Texas Department of Public Safety secured the crash scene while FAA investigators respond to investigate.

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Plane crash in New Kent County sends man to the hospital

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:48

By: Gretchen Ross

NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) –  Virginia State Police is investigating a plane crash in New Kent County. 

Troopers responded to 7050 Airport Road around 4:03 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

VSP said Cornelius Obrien, 61, of Mechanicsville, Va., was piloting a Cessna 172D single engine aircraft when he was trying to take off.

The plane was in the air for moments before it crashed into the woods.

Obrien was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Mechanical issues are being considered a factor into the cause of the crash.

The FAA and the NTSB have been notified.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Authorities: 2 dead in small plane crash on California road

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:46


HESPERIA, Calif. — Authorities say two people are dead after a plane crashed Friday just south of a Southern California airport.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and Hesperia Police say the plane crashed on a road and was on fire when deputies and first responders arrived shortly after 5 p.m. The plane crashed near the Hesperia Airport.

FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro tells The Daily Press that the plane was a Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft.

Authorities say a vehicle traveling on the road was struck and damaged by debris from the crash, but no one inside was injured.

Details on the plane’s departure site or its destination were unknown.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Hesperia is a high desert city about 35 miles (56 kilometers) north of downtown San Bernardino.

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Central Texas men killed in plane crash northwest of Abilene

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:43

By: Alyssa Goard and Rosemond Crown – Associated Press

ROTAN, Texas (KXAN/AP) — An Austin man and a Burnet man died after a plane crash in Fisher County outside Rotan Friday afternoon. The two were on an aerial photography mission in west Texas, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said the single-engine Cessna 172N plane struck power lines before crashing into the bottom of a canyon on a ranch northwest of Abilene.

The crash killed 33-year-old Dallas Lee McMahon of Austin and 38-year-old Jay Robert Leibson of Burnet. DPS said both men died at the scene. Their loved ones said they both died doing the work they loved: taking photos from the sky.

The bodies of both men were taken to Weathersby Funeral Home in Rotan, DPS said.

Fisher County Sheriff Alan Arnwine said it took authorities on an all-terrain vehicle nearly two hours to reach the site in a rugged area.

NTSB confirmed Leibson and McMahon’s plane departed from the airport in Spicewood, Texas, then landed safely and as planned in Midland. After the airplane departed from Midland, it flew up over Lubbock to get aerial photos. The plane was headed on its way back to Spicewood when it crashed near Rotan, about 100 miles southeast of Lubbock. Peter Knudson with the NTSB explained the plane struck powerlines that were 100 feet off the ground, coming to rest on steep, rugged terrain where it is still sitting. Knudson explained it will take work to remove the plane from that location, a task that is up to the insurance company to complete.

DPS reported that Leibson was the passenger and McMahon was the pilot when the plane crashed, but Leibson’s father Mark Leibson told KXAN that didn’t sound right, he believed that Jay was the pilot and the one who was always flying the plane while Dallas took photos. KXAN asked DPS again to confirm is Leibson was, in fact, the passenger,  and officials referred us to the original press release but noted that the information is preliminary and subject to change.

Mark Leibson said his son Jay Robert lived in Spicewood with his wife and young daughter. Mark explained that Jay had been working for Aerophoto for 5 years, flying for aerial photography missions, and before that he worked as a flight instructor. At Aerophoto, Jay would often take photos of construction projects that were in progress, Mark said.

In the last few weeks, Mark even flew with Jay and Dallas.

“One thing about Jay Bob and Dallas was they both loved their job, they couldn’t get enough of it,” Mark Leibson recalled. The crash meant that Father’s Day was full of heartache for Leibson’s family.

“He was a very very good son, I’m very proud of him. He’s my only son,” Mark Leibson said.

Mark said Jay expressed concerns about mechanical problems on each of the planes he used. Mark recalled his son telling him that he wasn’t able to use the plane he usually liked to because it had hit a bird which left him using an older plane.

Online FAA records show that the plane which crashed Friday was a 1977 Cessna that has certification to fly until 2021.

Dallas McMahon lived in Austin, and according to his website, he was an avid photographer and graphic designer.  A GoFundMe Page for McMahon describes him as “a brother, a son and a pillar to lean on in hard times.” Photos on his webpage show his love for photography and adventure.

The FAA and the NTSB are involved in this investigation, though the NTSB is leading it. Tony Molinaro with the FAA noted that all pilots are instructed to keep clear of potential obstacles such as power lines.

The NTSB sent one person out to Fisher County to investigate Saturday. He should have his notes completed by Monday. With this timeline, a preliminary report — laying out the key facts in the crash but not the cause — should be available online in the coming weeks.  It will take between 12 to 24 months to complete the actual investigation into the cause, the NTSB said. They noted that things like airplane records and maintenance will all be considered in the investigation.

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Small plane crash lands off McNeil Island

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:42


A small plane crash landed on a beach on the northern end of McNeil Island in Pierce County on Saturday.

The pilot was standing on the wing of the plane when he was rescued by Tacoma Police Department’s marine services unit.

A crew on a boat belonging to McNeil Island Fire Department checked out the 61-year-old pilot. He was unhurt.

The plane had about 35 gallons of fuel on board. The fuel was reported not to be leaking.

It’s unknown where the plane was headed or came from.

The single occupant plane is an experimental aircraft, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:04

More than 65 firefighters battled a blaze in Silver Spring, Md., late Sunday, but no one was seriously hurt, officials said.

The fire broke out in a two-story home in the 4400 block of Mahan Road near Charles Road in the Randolph Hills neighborhood.

A neighbor called 911 and alerted those inside of the fire. Four residents and two dogs escaped. One of the residents ran back into the house as firefighters were arriving, but crews got him out, according to Pete Piringer, a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire. It was not known why he ran back into the burning home.

One firefighter from Montgomery County suffered minor, non-life-threatening injuries.

The initial investigation found that the fire probably started in the attic and roof area. The cause of it was likely electrical, officials said. The case remains under investigation.

The estimated damage to the home was $250,000.

It was not known if the home had working smoke alarms.

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Charleston 9 Memorial 24 Hour Watch Assumed

SCOnFire - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 00:33
Charleston, SC – Eleven years after the Sofa Super Store tragedy claimed the lives of nine Charleston Firefighters, preparations for the annual memorial have started with a twenty-four-hour watch over the site. For the entire day, firefighters will rotate and take their turn standing guard at the flagpole at the site.   Photo Credit: Colt ...

Early video at two-alarm apartment fire in Pennsylvania

Statter 911 - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 23:59

Fire Friday afternoon in Blakely

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 20:31

A Knoxville Fire Department firefighter was hospitalized after suffering smoke inhalation while battling a warehouse fire in West Knox County Saturday evening.

According to KFD spokesperson Captain D.J. Corcoran, units were dispatched to 1737 Louisville Dr. at 8:27 p.m. Saturday amid reports of smoke showing from the Aquarium Life Support Systems building from a Knoxville Police Department officer.

While searching the building for smoke, units discovered a single set of stairs that led to the basement, from which the fire was emanating. One firefighter tripped and fell while attempting to enter the basement, knocking his mask off and allowing him to be overtaken by smoke.

The firefighter was rushed to the hospital, but was expected to recover.

Additional manpower was called for by a second alarm around 9:40 p.m. The cause of the fire was not known Sunday.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 07:18

Cincinnati police say someone shot at a Cincinnati Fire Department District Chief’s vehicle early Saturday morning.

Police say the shooting happening in the 3400 block of Beekman Avenue around midnight.

Multiple gunshots were heard when one round hit the back of the vehicle, police say. Police have no suspect information currently, but say a group of teenagers was seen running form the scene after the shots hit the vehicle.

The District Chief was not hurt during the shooting.

Every member of the fire department has been issued a bullet proof vest, but they only wear them on certain types of responses and driving back to the fire house after an entrapment call is not one of them, according to Assistant Fire Chief Tom Lakamp.

Lakamp said the District Chief was returning to quarters and “shortly after turning onto Beekman he heard multiple gun shots again and then the thud in the back of the vehicle.”

Police are investigating the shooting as a felonious assault and say information leading to an arrest can lead to a $1,000 reward.

“I do hope that somebody knows what’s going on and picks up the phone and calls the police and… take these guys off the street,” said Lakamp.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 07:16

Twenty firefighters were injured Saturday battling a blaze that engulfed four houses including a fire marshal’s on Staten Island.

The fire marshal and his family were not at home when the fire started around 7 p.m., according to WLNY. No residents were injured, officials said.

“Fortunately, his family and his baby were down at the Jersey Shore for the weekend, but he (has) … to come home and find that his house was destroyed,” James Leonard, chief of the department, told WLNY.

More than 250 firefighters responded to the scene, getting the flames under control despite a defective hydrant. Four firefighters suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries; 16 had minor injuries.

Arson investigators are looking into the cause but do not believe it to be suspicious.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 21:07

Update on injured fireman Tommy Propst(72)Tommy is home recovering from minor burns to his leg.He should be healed up and back to work by next tour.Tommy was detailed as the Pipeman on Wagon 3 at this fire.Several other members recieved minor burns during this mornings job on Emerald st.


6-16-18 The “B” Platoon working this 2nd alarm job in the Uptown with entrapment.The 300 block of Emerald st.Many injured,1 fatal,1 HBF Fireman in the Hospital with burn injuries.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 21:04

Five firefighters were rushed to the hospital after they were hurt battling a blaze in a Brooklyn brownstone overnight.

The fire broke out just before 4:00 am inside a home on 6th Avenue in Sunset Park.

Officials say the firefighters were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries and are expected to be okay.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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