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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 02/15/2019 - 03:46

2/15/1952 a Norwich, CT firefighter died from the injuries he sustained after having fallen from an aerial ladder while operating at a fire.

2/15/1952 an Ames, Iowa firefighter died after being coming trapped in a fire in a downtown print shop

2/15/1953 a Miami, Florida firefighter died at a fire in an automotive paint and body shop located at 1864 SW 8th Street. Several other Firefighters and bystanders were treated and transported. He collapsed while aiding overhaul (cleanup) operations after the fire was put out.

2/15/1953 an Atlanta, GA firefighter died “while directing operations at the multiple alarm at Seaboard Air Line Railroad Depot, the fire beneath the Spring Street viaduct, several firefighters were caught under a collapsed wall. All of them received severe injuries, one died instantly for the injuries he sustained.”

2/15/1989 a Johnstown, Pennsylvania firefighter “died when he came in contact with high tension electrical lines and was electrocuted. His air bottle came in contact with wires when he was climbing the ladder truck to rescue people from a burning apartment building.”

2/15/1999 the Sansom Church fire in Lake Worth, TX, an incendiary fire killed three firefighters on Roberts Cut Off Road near Cowden Street just before 11:00 a.m. A fire had started in a small 6-by-6-foot outbuilding and extended into the church from a strong approximately 30 mile-per-hour wind. Five firefighters entered church and began interior operations and pulling ceiling, while ventilation operations were started on the roof. Approximately 18 minutes after the initial call a large portion of the truss roof collapsed throwing one firefighter into the burning building and trapping the five firefighters inside the building, three were able to escape. “The building became fully involved within minutes and the entire fire ground operation went to the defensive mode.” “Unfortunately, a second PAR (count) showed that three firefighters were still missing. At this point, the building was too well involved for firefighters to enter, so they directed master streams into the building to knock down the flames. When this had been done, crews made a hole in the exterior wall where they thought the missing firefighters were. Two firefighters were found near this hole, and the third was found about 20 feet away. All three firefighters were removed from the building.”

2/15/2004 two Wood River, Nebraska firefighters died at a structure fire in a single-story residence. “Upon their arrival on the scene, firefighters discovered a working fire and received reports of a trapped occupant. The two firefighters advanced an attack line into the residence for search and rescue and fire control. During the search, the firefighters entered a room that had been added to the home. Without warning, the roof of the addition collapsed on the firefighters in a pancake-type collapse. Both firefighters were trapped in the collapse that occurred 17 minutes after they arrived on-scene. Firefighters were unable to see either firefighter under the collapsed roof, but PASS device alarms could be heard. The collapse was caused by multiple factors including a buildup of ice on the roof of the addition, an un-sloped roof on the addition, rusted fasteners used to attach the addition to the original structure, poor construction practices, and fire exposure. The occupant who was trapped in the structure died of smoke inhalation. The deceased occupant had been on oxygen for a medical condition, and the presence of supplemental oxygen supplies in the home was thought to have contributed to the intensity of the fire.”

2/15/2013 two Bryan, Texas firefighters died while fighting a fire at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Groesbeck Street. “At approximately 11:20 p.m. a passerby reported a structure fire in a in Bryan; the hall was not occupied at the time of the fire discovery. Bryan firefighters responded and initiated interior firefighting operations. During interior operations, one firefighter became separated from his crew and radioed for help. Three firefighters, who were assigned to the Rapid Intervention Team, attempted the rescue the missing firefighter. The fire progressed to flashover conditions and the fire enveloped the firefighters, causing fatal injuries to two.

2/15/2012 a rapidly developing fire started by an inmate in an overcrowded prison in Comayagua Honduras left 356 prisoners dead; most locked in their cells as rescuers desperately searched for keys.

2/15/1967 Texarkana, TX an ammunition depot explosion and fire killed eleven and injured fourteen after a 105mm shell blew up while workers loaded it with high explosive around at 10:30 p.m. and continued to burn fiercely until controlled about 12:15 a.m.

2/15/1927 San Pedro, CA an explosion and fire in the high school chemistry classroom injured fifteen students and two teachers.

2/15/1917 the three-story brick high school erected in 1888 in Athens, PA was destroyed by fire that started in a waste paper box in the basement; fire-fighting operations were handicapped by frozen hydrants.

2/15/1906 Geneva, Indiana a nitro glycerin explosion killed two workmen at the Hercules Torpedo Company who were engaged in unloading 1,500 quarts of nitro glycerin from a wagon. The blast created a hole in the ground 15 feet deep and 25 feet in diameter.

2/151894 Oneonta, NY a state Normal School was destroyed by fire. The brick normal school was opened in the fall of 1889 and had “350 normal students and 150 intermediate students” enrolled.

2/15/1858 Tamaqua, PA Mine accident and fire killed two and devastated the mine.

2/15/1898 an explosion of unknown origin sank the battleship USS Maine in Cuba’s Havana harbor, that killed 260 and lead to the outbreak of the Spanish-American War. “Agitated by the “yellow press” and American imperialists, demanded firm action. “Remember the Maine, to hell with Spain!” was the cry. On April 11, 1898, President McKinley asked the Congress for permission to use force in Cuba.” “In 1976, a team of American naval investigators concluded that the Maine explosion was likely caused by a fire that ignited its ammunition stocks, not by a Spanish mine or act of sabotage.”

2/15/1979 the first U.S. graduate Fire Protection Engineering program was started at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. A FPE uses science and technology to protect people & property from destructive fires by analyzing buildings usage, how fires start & grow, and effects of fire and smoke on people, buildings –


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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 18:27

By Billy Hobbs, Union-Recorder:

After 26 days in an Atlanta hospital fighting for his life, veteran firefighter John Richardson is finally back home.

And Richardson, his wife, Kimberly, and their daughter, Kayla, a senior at Baldwin High School, couldn’t be happier.

A full-time firefighter with the City of Social Circle and who works part-time as a volunteer firefighter with Baldwin County Fire Rescue, Richardson was critically injured last month in a fire truck crash in Social Circle.

After nearly a month of patient confinement in a hospital room and undergoing several surgeries, Richardson was discharged Wednesday from Grady Memorial Hospital. His wife was ecstatic about the news of her husband’s release and helped him pack his belongings and load them into their Dodge Ram pickup truck for their journey back home.

While the couple was in the midst of driving home, Baldwin County Fire Rescue Chief Steve Somers and several of his command staff and firefighters decided to surprise Richardson, driving to his home in firetrucks to officially welcome him back.

Read the full story here.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 15:00

Three firefighters were aboard a fire engine when it crashed into a ditch in Bonsall Thursday morning, Cal Fire officials said.

Video showed the Deer Springs Fire Department Engine 11 on its side in the ditch at N. Old Highway 395 between Gopher Canyon and Lilac roads around 6:15 a.m.

The firefighters were able to get out of the damaged truck on their own and were taken a hospital to be evaluated as a precaution, authorities said. They were later released from the hospital.

The cause of the crash was under investigation, according to Cal Fire Capt. Issac Sanchez.

The roads were slick in the area due to a winter storm moving through San Diego County. Motorists were urged to avoid Old Highway 395 between Circle R Drive and Camino Del Rey.

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Today is Thursday the 14th of February, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 09:46

Here are the stories for today…

Take a good look at the Moberly Airport fatality story, wear your PPE…

Be safe out there!


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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 09:44

Two people were injured when a home in the Nutbush area exploded after catching fire Wednesday evening.

“I was just four streets over doing my yard and I heard a loud boom and the next thing I know I hear fire trucks coming,” said Donnie Bishop.

Firefighters were already at the scene when the house exploded around 5 p.m.

Of the two people injured, firefighters said one went to the hospital while another left the scene. That man had serious facial and neck burns, said Lt. Robert Ilsley with the Memphis Fire Department.

“I can’t really confirm that this was their home that was on fire, but they were in the front yard trying to put it out with a garden hose when we got here,” Ilsley said.

Firefighters remained on the scene for hours after the explosion, knocking out bits of wall in search of any hidden fires. It took a lot of effort for them to even reach the inside of the house.

“We had to put out a lot of fire just to make entry and we still weren’t sure if we had a rescue or not,” Ilsley said.

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Video shows blast at North Memphis home

WARNING: Graphic WREG obtained video that shows an explosion at a home in the 1300 block of Maria in North Memphis. The fire department says two people were taken to the hospital with mid-level burns.

Posted by WREG News Channel 3 on Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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Extreme turbulence made plane nosedive twice and sent drink carts flying injuring five

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 09:42

By Richard Hartley-Parkinson

Five people were injured when their aeroplane suffered such severe turbulence it was forced to make an emergency landing. They were on a flight from Santa Ana, California, to Seattle, Washington, when things started getting bumpy at 34,000ft. A passenger on board said that the plane nosedived twice and pictures from the cabin show the chaotic aftermath.

Three people had to be taken to hospital when they landed at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Nevada, to be treated for their injuries on the Delta Airlines flight 5763. The cabin crew have been praised for their handling of the situation as video emerged of people looking dazed by what had happened. One woman had bruising to her elbow and had a napkin pressed against her head, which was bleeding. Passenger Dave Macias said: I’ve been on a lot of flights over the last year and a half and this was by far the wildest flight I’ve ever been on. ‘Thanks @delta and @#renoairport for making the best out of a horrible situation and getting us squared away as quick as possible.’

Passengers were given pizza and drinks while they waited for another flight. Reno-Tahoe spokesman Brian Kulpin said: ‘There were people who were shaken up, understandably.’ The airline said: ‘We apologize for this experience as we get customers to Seattle’.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 09:41

James Bulerin III has dreamt of following in his father’s footprints and becoming a city firefighter. But city officials have dashed those dreams because Bulerin has a medical marijuana card and tested positive for the drug. Recommended Video “The city has disqualified him from being a firefighter which is a clear violation of the state law,” said Bulerin’s lawyer, Thomas Bucci, who this week filed a discrimination lawsuit against the city on his client’s behalf. “As long as he is not using the drug during working hours, he can’t be denied an employment opportunity,” Bucci said. A hearing on the suit is scheduled for Feb. 21 in Superior Court here and, depending on a judge’s decision, the case could end up before the state Supreme Court — which has not yet reviewed the state’s medical marijuana law. Assistant City Attorney John Bohannon confirmed that he will argue the case for the city but declined comment until the hearing. On May 31, 2012, Connecticut became the 17th state in the country to approve medical marijuana when Gov. Dannell Malloy signed HB 5389, “An Act Concerning the Palliative Use of Marijuana,” or PUMA. Under the state law, “No employer may refuse to hire a person or may discharge, penalize (,) or threaten an employee solely on the basis of such person’s or employee’s status as a qualifying patient or primary caregiver.” “There is no exception for public safety positions,” Bucci said. And while the state’s highest court has yet to render an opinion on the law, Bucci said a federal judge has already upheld it. That case involved a Connecticut woman who used marijuana to treat PTSD. She received a job offer from a nursing home, but when she tested positive for cannabis on a pre-employment drug test, her job offer was rescinded. She then sued under PUMA. There are currently 27,340 patients in the state’s medical marijuana program, nine dispensing facilities and 30 conditions approved for medical marijuana. In his lawsuit, Bucci stats that Bulerin passed all the eligibility requirements to become a city firefighter but then volunteered that he has a medical marijuana card after a medical exam determined he had marijuana in his system. In a letter obtained by Hearst Connecticut Media to Bulerin on Jan. 23, City Personnel Director David Dunn states: “You were offered conditional employment as an entry level firefighter with the City of Bridgeport, contingent upon passing all pre-employment screens. This is to advise you that you tested positive for marijuana and this conditional offer is being rescinded effective immediately. You will not be moving forward in this process and your name has been removed from the eligibility list.” Bucci said his client has been using medical marijuana for six months. He would not disclose the condition Bulerin takes the marijuana for but said that condition would not affect his ability to serve as a firefighter. “The plaintiff did not lack any of the established qualification requirements for the position of firefighter in the Bridgeport Fire Department; the plaintiff is physically fit to effectively perform the duties of the position of firefighter,” the lawsuit states. “He has satisfied the physical requirements for the position and passed the physical agility component of the selection process; the plaintiff is not addicted to the habitual use of drugs or intoxicating liquors.” Bulerin’s father, James Bulerin Jr., became a city firefighter since 2009 after initially being rejected for having a minor criminal record.

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Strong winds likely a factor as plane hits jet bridge at Buffalo airport

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 09:38

By Keith McShea

No one was injured when a plane departing from Buffalo Niagara International Airport struck a jet bridge Wednesday morning, according to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

An NFTA official said “it appears the strong winds were a factor.”

59 mph wind was recorded early this morning at the airport.

Officials said United flight No. 1442 was set for departure, and while pushing out, the nose of the plane hit jet bridge No. 9. The jet bridge, or jetway, is the walkway that connects the terminal with airplanes. Officials said there were 158 on board with no injuries.

An investigation is ongoing, officials said.

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St. Louis man exposed to carbon monoxide at Moberly airport dies

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 09:36

By: Zachary Farwell

MOBERLY, Mo. – The Randolph County Coroner confirmed Wednesday morning that a man who was exposed to carbon monoxide at the airport in Moberly has died.

Coroner Don Barrett said his office was informed that Arron J. Herring, 29, of St. Louis, died at a hospital in Columbia on Saturday.

According to Barrett, the cause of death has been ruled as carbon monoxide poisoning.

Two other men found unresponsive inside a hangar at Omar R. Bradley Regional Airport were treated and released from the hospital.

A Moberly firefighter was also released after being treated for carbon monoxide exposure.

Investigators said last week the source of the carbon monoxide was a malfunctioning heater.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 09:34

29 Years ago today: On 14 February 1990 an Indian Airlines Airbus 320 crashed while approaching Bangalore, India, killing 92 out of 146 occupants.

Date: Wednesday 14 February 1990 Time: 13:03 Type: Airbus A320-231 Operator: Indian Airlines Registration: VT-EPN C/n / msn: 079 First flight: 1989 Engines:IAE V2500-A1 Crew: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 7 Passengers: Fatalities: 88 / Occupants: 139 Total: Fatalities: 92 / Occupants: 146 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 0,7 km (0.4 mls) W of Bangalore-Hindustan Airport (BLR) (   India) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Mumbai (Bombay) Airport (BOM/VABB), India Destination airport: Bangalore-Hindustan Airport (BLR/VOBG), India Flightnumber: 605

Flight IC605 took off from Mumbai (Bombay) at 11:58 for a flight to Bangalore (BLR). At 12:25 Bangalore approach was contacted and prevailing weather at Bangalore was passed on to the crew (wind variable 5 knots, visibility 10 km, clouds 2 octa 2000 feet, temp 27deg, QNH 1018). At 12:44 the aircraft was cleared to descend to FL110. Reaching FL110, vectors were given for a visual runway 09 approach. On final approach, the aircraft descended well below the normal approach profile and kept descending until it struck the boundaries of the Karnataka Golf Club (2300 feet short of the runway and 200 feet right of the extended centerline. The aircraft rolled for 80 feet and lifted off again for about 230 feet and came down again on the 17th green of the golf course. The landing gear wheels dug into the ground and the aircraft impacted a 12 feet high embankment, causing the gears and engines to be sheared off. The aircraft continued over the embankment and came to rest in a grassy, marshy and rocky area

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “Failure of the pilots to realize the gravity of the situation and respond immediately towards proper action of moving the throttles, even after the radio altitude call-outs of “Four hundred”, “Three hundred” and “Two hundred” feet, in spite of knowing that the plane was in idle/open descent mode. However, identification of the cause for the engagement of idle/open descent mode in short final approach during the crucial period of the flight is not possible.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 03:48

2/14/2000 Houston, TX two firefighters lost their lives in a McDonald’s restaurant arson fire at 12602 Bissonnet. The fire was reported at 4:30 a.m. Engine 76 was the first fire fighting unit on the scene 8 minutes later and reported 6-foot flames visible from the roof. The flames appeared as if they might be venting from an exhaust fan, possibly indicating a grease fire. The captain ordered his firefighters to advance an attack line into the interior of the structure for fire control. No fire was visible in the interior of the restaurant. The firefighters from Engine 76 were joined by other firefighters who also advanced attack lines to the interior. At 4:52 a.m., the incident commander ordered all firefighters out of the building in order to transition to a defensive attack mode. The flames visible from the roof had grown to 30 feet in height, and fire had become visible in the kitchen area of the restaurant. Moments later, the captain from Engine 76 concluded that his firefighters were missing and notified the incident commander. A second alarm was requested at 5:02 a.m. and rescue attempts were begun. A number of rescue attempts were made. At 5:27 a.m., the incident commander struck a third alarm. Shortly thereafter, a ladder company opened the rear door of the restaurant and made access to the back of the kitchen area. A PASS device had been heard alarming in the kitchen area, and a firefighter was able to see a downed firefighter as he looked into the back door. A firefighter was discovered with his facepiece in-place, his regulator not connected to the facepiece, and with his SCBA partially removed and entangled in wires. He was removed, treated at the scene, in the ambulance, and at the hospital. Despite these efforts, he was pronounced dead at the hospital. Given the amount of time that had passed and the likelihood that a second firefighter was buried in debris, the search effort transitioned into a recovery mode. The missing firefighter was found at approximately 7:13 a.m. within 6 feet of the rear door of the restaurant. She was entangled in wires and a pair of wire cutters were found near her body. She was wearing an SCBA but the status of her facepiece and regulator could not be determined. Both firefighters died of asphyxia due to smoke inhalation. The fire was intentionally set by a group of juveniles attempting to conceal a burglary attempt. Four individuals were convicted of crimes with sentences ranging from 2 to 35 years.”

2/14/1995 three Pittsburgh, PA firefighters died from asphyxiation when they ran out of air while operating a hose line in the basement, and three other firefighters were injured at the Bricelyn Street fire after becoming separated from other crews and the stairwell collapsed. “Investigations by the City of Pittsburgh and others after the fire indicated that problems with incident command and accountability were key factors contributing to the firefighters’ deaths. Other factors included a possible lack of crew integrity and a failure of the crew to take emergency survival actions that may have helped them escape. All of the deceased firefighters were wearing PASS devices that were found in the “off” position. The fire was incendiary, and a suspect was arrested.”

2/14/1962 two Chicago FD firefighters (chiefs) died at an apartment building fire on E. 70th Street. Chief Robert J. O’Brien, head of the fire prevention bureau, and Battalion Chief Thomas A. Hoff were killed when the fire-weakened building collapsed. “A fire was reported in the basement of the apartment building shortly after 11:00 a.m. Firefighters responded to the scene and successfully extinguished most of the flames. At approximately 12:35 p.m., while firefighters were searching the apartments for trapped victims, the roof of the building began to sag, and the west wall started to lean inward. Fire Commissioner Robert J. Quinn ordered all firefighters to evacuate the building, but the roof caved in before all of the firefighters could escape.” The story of Thomas Hoff, Bob, and his older brother Ray, served as the basis for the movie “Backdraft”

2/14/1958 six Manhattan, NY, firefighters died at the Wooster Street Collapse, Box 55-334, 137-9 Wooster Street, between West Houston and Prince Street. “Two-FDNY firefighters venting the roof, and four member of Fire Patrol # 1 placing salvage covers were buried alive when all floors and the roof suddenly collapsed in a burning six-story, 80×100 foot, heavy timber construction, loft building in “Hells’ hundred acres” lower Manhattan. The fire occurred at 10:15 p.m. in a baled paper storage building. The fire started on the first floor and traveled up the shaft to the top floor. Floors 2 to 6 and the roof collapsed in the one-hundred-year-old, commercial storage building that was constructed with cast iron columns on the lower floors supporting heavy timber, wood columns and wood girders on the upper floors. The age of the building, overloaded floors (heavy storage of large rolled paper), fire destruction, water weight from hose streams, failure of cast iron columns contributed to the collapse.

“Hells Hundred Acres: There is an area in lower Manhattan where so many firefighters have been killed battling fires it was named Hell’s Hundred Acres. This area contains century old buildings built around the time of the civil war. Rag storage, baled goods, paper rolls and heavy machinery overloaded the sagging floors of these hundred-year-old storage buildings. Creaking wooden stairs lead down to old stone walled sub cellars. During fires, floors firefighters water filled cellars drown firefighters; backdraft explosions blow firefighters out windows. Hells Hundred Acres is an area bounded by Chamber Street on the south, the Bowery on the east, West Broadway on the west and West 8th Street on the north. Today, this area has become a fashionable art district; the rag storage buildings have been replaced with wealthy artist residents. Many of the buildings are now renovated and sprinklered. But the buildings are the same deadly, century old, and structures. The wood timber floors rotting, brick mortar turning to sand, rusted old, iron fire escapes collapsing and cast-iron columns ready to shatter and cave in during a fire.”

2/14/1930 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter died of smoke inhalation while operating at a fire in an unoccupied candy stand at Coney Island.

2/14/1921 a Houston, Texas firefighter died, while operating at a building fire just north of downtown on Baker Street. “When the fire department arrived at the Texas Lamp and Oil Company, the large building was fully engulfed with flames. A second alarm was immediately sounded, and soon after that; a third alarm was requested. The lack of water supply in the area prompted the fire crews to drag hose line through a narrow alley way to reach the burning building. The victim, along with the other crew members, entered the alley way with two hose lines in order to gain access to the burning building. Meanwhile, another crew had opened a door on the other side of the building. This caused a backdraft and three barrels of denatured alcohol to explode, blowing out the wall bordering the alley trapping eight firefighters. The falling wall did not kill the victim; however, the heavy lamp oil smoke suffocated him. The cause of this fire that caused one hundred thousand dollars-worth of damage to three business was faulty electrical wiring.”

2/14/1909 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter died of injuries he received while working at a fire at the Standard Oil Company’s Pratt Oil Works plant when a wall had collapsed. He and four other firefighters were buried by the debris; he had been hit with a thick stone cornice which was mounted on the upper edge of the wall. The heavy stone, broke his back, and both legs. The other four firefighters were seriously injured but survived. “The complex was located on Kent Avenue from North 12th Street to Newtown Creek and along the East River. The fire building was two-stories high and measured 75 feet wide by 100 feet along the water with a 75 by 300-foot building and pier abutting it going into the East River. This building was used to pack cans of oil, naphtha and benzene, that were placed in cardboard boxes and shipped.”

2/14/1909 a Lockport, New York firefighter while operating at the fire was killed when he was caught under a collapsing stone wall. “A fire started in the boiler room of a factory and spread to the elevator shaft, rapidly sent flames throughout all six floors of the doomed factory. Poor water pressure greatly hampered firefighters, who could do little more than save the exposures.”

2/14/1908 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter “drowned at a three-alarm fire in a five-story brick loft building, when he walked through a trapdoor in the cellar and fell into the flooded sub-cellar.”

2/14/1852 a Boston, Massachusetts firefighter “died from injuries received on February 12, 1852, during a fire at Isaiah Howe’s building at 20 Kingston Street, Downtown, when he was caught under a wall that had collapsed. Several other department members were badly injured.

2/14/2015 Gogama, Ontario, 29 cars of a Canadian National oil train derail and a fire engulfs seven cars. No injuries are reported.

2/14/2014 a predawn fire in a north Minneapolis, MN in a102-year-old, two-plus story duplex killed five, including three children, and injured several others, of the fifteen residents. The fire is believed to have started on the second floor shortly after 5:00 a.m. “City records show an inspection report last summer called for repairs to smoke detectors in the unit, among other violations.”

2/14/2014 an eighth-floor apartment fire killed three young sisters, ages 8, 11 and 18, in Sevran, a northeastern suburb of Paris, France.

2/14/2010 a three-story apartment building fire in Cicero a suburban Chicago, IL left seven people dead including a newborn, a 3-year-old and four teenagers in the early morning around 6:30 a.m. “Two other buildings were damaged, including an adjacent house.”

2/14/2004 a collapse of sports and entertainment complex “Transvaal Park” (in the area Yasenevo) in the south-west of Moscow around 7:15 p.m. killed twenty-eight, including eight children, and injured 193 of the 400 people in the building.

2/14/1981 Stardust Cabaret discotheque fire killed forty-four and injured 214 of the about 841 people who were attending a disco night and a trade union function at the club in Dublin, Ireland. The fire started on a balcony outside the building, staff failed attempts to extinguish the fire and tried to contain it by closing the door. The guests in the nightclub were not informed, nor was an alarm sounded. The fire quickly spread into the main area of the club, immediately filling the room to with thick black smoke.

2/14/1953 Plains, TX a fire in a warehouse containing dynamite exploded that killed one, injured several, and heavily damaged nearby structures.

2/14/1945 the high school and all the contents in Haileybury, ON were destroyed by fire.

2/14/1918 an orphanage fire killed fifty-three children in Montreal, QB that started shortly after 8:00 p.m. on the fifth or top story of the west wing of the Grey Nunnery, on Guy and Dorchester Streets. The top floor was used as a dormitory for infants; the fire started near the tower, most likely from the electric wiring.

1909 Sea Breeze, FL the Clarendon Hotel was destroyed by fire; all 215 guests were able to escape. The fire originated in the coal bins under the kitchen around 5:30 a.m.

2/14/1898 forty were killed in Lynn Canal, AK when the Steamer Clara Nevada burned.

2/14/1890 Toronto (ON) the University was destroyed by fire just before 2,000 guests were scheduled to arrive for the annual conversazione. “The building was not supplied with enough gas jets so that on any special occasion it was necessary to light up with lamps. Two men were engaged in carrying up stairs six lighted lamps to be put in chandeliers, when the man on the lower end, fearing the lamps might fall let go his hold. The lamps fell and broke and the oil spread all over the stairs and down on the already heavily oiled floor.”

2/14/1929 The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, four men dressed as police officers enter gangster Bugs Moran’s headquarters on North Clark Street in Chicago, IL killing seven; Al Capone was blamed but never charged.

Happy Valentine’s Day
2/14/0278 A.D., Valentine, a priest in Rome under the rule of Emperor Claudius II, was execute. Claudius banned all marriages and engagements, believing that men were unwilling to join the army because of their strong ties to their wives and families. Valentine defied Claudius and performed marriages in secret ~ According to Greek mythology, Cupid actually had two kinds of arrows: gold for love and lead for hate ~Valentine’s Day also has roots in a pagan holiday that involved slapping women with strips of animal skins.

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Watch: Florida fire chief defends captain first on the scene of controversial fatal fire

Statter 911 - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 02:18

Polk County press conference did not provide a lot of clarity. 911 changes protocols.

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An Oklahoma City dispatcher shows us how the job should be done

Statter 911 - Thu, 02/14/2019 - 00:01

Multi-tasking call-taker/dispatcher wakes up elderly disabled woman to get her out of burning home

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 10:00

The Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award commemorates the life and career achievements of Deputy Chief Ray Downey, who lost his life while commanding rescue operations at the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. Deputy Chief Downey was chief of rescue operations and a 39-year veteran of the Fire Department of New York. He was the most highly decorated firefighter in the history of FDNY. Deputy Chief Downey commanded rescue operations at many difficult and complex disasters, including the Oklahoma City Bombing, the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing, and many natural disasters worldwide. Each year, the award is presented at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) International in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The recipient of this year’s award is Lieutenant Bradford T. Clark, of Hanover County (VA) Fire-EMS.  The award will be presented posthumously, with his wife Melanie Clark accepting the award.

FirefighterNation: Virginia Fire Lieutenant Killed in Collision

On October 11, 2018, Hanover Fire-EMS was managing heavy call volume because of the impacts of Tropical Storm Michael when Lieutenant Clark’s unit, Engine 6, was dispatched to an accident on the Interstate highway at 21:00.   As the crew was dismounting the apparatus to size up the incident, Lieutenant Clark observed a tractor trailer speeding toward the unit as he rounded the front of the engine.  Rather than using this moment to jump to safety, Lieutenant Clark yelled to warn his crew, allowing them a split-second notice to gain cover and brace for impact.  One firefighter who was riding behind Lieutenant Clark was reaching back into the jump seat to retrieve a medical bag when he heard Lieutenant Clark’s warning.  Sensing the impending impact, he dove headfirst back into the cab as the tractor trailer struck the rear of Engine 6.  That firefighter emerged from the wreckage without significant injuries and was able to begin treatment of his fellow firefighters.  The driver of the Engine 6 and other jump seat firefighter received significant life-threatening injuries as a result of the impact.

The impact of the tractor trailer drove the engine over the top of Lieutenant Clark, pinning him underneath the fire apparatus.  Crews worked to free him and begin treatment, but in spite of their best efforts, Lieutenant Clark was pronounced dead at the scene.

FirefighterNation: Tears and Laughter at Virginia Firefighter’s Funeral

Lieutenant Clark’s selfless actions resulted in the survival of the rest of his crew.  Lieutenant Clark used his last second to warn his crew, which gave them just enough warning to survive.  Lieutenant Clark’s actions exemplify the highest traditions and values of Chief Ray Downey and those firefighters who gave their lives on September 11, 2001.    As such, the 2019 Ray Downey Courage & Valor Award is presented to Lieutenant Bradford T. Clark, of Hanover (VA) Fire-EMS.

Melanie Clark will accept the award on Lieutenant Clark’s behalf during Opening Ceremony Day 1 of FDIC International on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The award includes the Courage & Valor Medal and a check for $35,000, on behalf of the Courage & Valor Foundation.

Donations to the Courage & Valor Foundation can be made at

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 09:59

A firefighter was rescued after falling through the floor of a burning home in East Price Hill Wednesday morning, according to the Cincinnati Fire Department.

The fire broke out at 2914 Glenway Avenue at about 6:30 a.m. Glenway Avenue is closed near Grand Avenue.

Firefighters issued a mayday call when part of the first floor collapsed into the basement, officials said. Medics evaluated the firefighter, and they did not transport him to the hospital.

The house was used for storage, and no one was living in the house at the time of the fire, firefighters said. Crews had a difficult time accessing the building due to the amount of storage and “deteriorating condition of the structure.”

Two dogs were inside the home at the time of the fire, but no one else was inside. One of the dogs died in the fire.

About 86 firefighters responded, and crews had the fire under control at about 7 a.m., Chief Potter said. Crews stayed on scene to treat hot spots.

Officials said the building will be torn down Wednesday due to the extent of fire damage and the previous condition of the building. The fire caused about $20,000 in damage, officials estimated.

Glenway Avenue was closed Wednesday morning while crews were on scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 09:57

Two firefighters were taken to the hospital after a fire truck caught fire inside the station in Mansfield.

Firefighters were hunkering down after returning from a call at around 11 p.m. Tuesday when smoke alarms and the smell of smoke alerted them to a fire on the first floor.

There were four firefighters in the building, and two were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. One was treated for an electrical burn. They were released Wednesday morning.

The fire was contained to the first floor and the damage is being assessed. The fire chief said trucks cost from $600,000 to $800,000.


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Plane Crashes in Makutano Forest in Londiani, Kericho

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 08:34


A plane, on Wednesday, crashed in Makutano Forest in Londiani, Kericho County killing five people on board 

Confirming the incident, Rift Valley Police Commander Edward Mwamburi disclosed that police and rescue teams were headed to the scene. 

First responders reported that five people were in the light aircraft that was flying from Maasai Mara Game Reserve en route to Lowdar.

Airwing Commander Rodgers Mbithi told journalists that all the occupants had succumbed in the crash.

The Cessna plane reportedly developed a mechanical problem before hitting a tree.

The incident comes days after two planes collided at JKIA during maintenance.

Luckily, no injuries were reported during the incident.

Photos shared on social media showed one aircraft with a damaged nose while the other had a damaged wing.

During the crash in Londiani, residents gathered at the scene to try to save the injured, but they weren’t successful.

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KLM aircraft slightly damaged by collision during taxiing

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 08:30

Two KLM aircraft hit each other on Wednesday morning while taxiing, confirms a Schiphol spokesman. 

The devices are slightly damaged. According to the spokesman no people were injured. The KLM spokeswoman  says that passengers have not been in danger for a moment.

Probably the collision does not lead to delays at the airport “The aircraft have already been towed away.”

Both aircraft were destined for the United States. One of the aircraft was on its way to Atlanta and the other was to leave for Los Angeles.

“We will think about the cause later, now it is only important to put the passengers on another plane as quickly as possible,” continued the KLM spokesman. “The aircraft are carefully checked and therefore remain on the ground for the time being.”

“For the people who were on their way to Atlanta, this has already happened, and we are still working to help the people who are going to Los Angeles.”

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NTSB: ‘Sharp left turn’ before fatal Ohio helicopter crash

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 02/13/2019 - 08:25



An Ohio medical helicopter on its way to pick up a hospital patient made “a sharp left turn” before a crash that killed three people including the pilot last month, according to a preliminary federal report.

The report released Monday by the National Transportation Safety Board said the Survival Flight helicopter, a Bell 407, made a turn to the right about 15 minutes after takeoff in suburban Columbus Jan. 29, followed by the left turn.

A Survival Flight operations control specialist observed the movements on flight tracking software, the report said.

The report said a “no-tracking alarm” activated after the left turn.

After the company lost track of the helicopter about 7:20 a.m., authorities located the wreckage nearly three hours later in rugged terrain in an area connected only by logging trails near the community of Zaleski, about 75 miles (121 kilometers) southeast of Columbus. Debris was scattered downslope over about 600 feet (183 meters).

The first rescuers on the scene detected a strong smell of fuel, the NTSB report said.

All three crew members were from Ohio: pilot Jennifer Topper, 34, of Sunbury and flight nurses Bradley Haynes, 48, of London and Rachel Cunningham, 33, of Galloway.

Two other air-medical companies opted not to accept the assignment over concerns about the weather that day.

Andy Arthurs, a Survival Flight vice president, declined comment while the investigation continues.

A follow-up report in six to nine months will include more details about the crash, with a final report several months after that to include the likely cause, NTSB spokesman Keith Holloway said Tuesday.

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