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Two Firefighters Injured After Fighting Back To Back Fires

SCOnFire - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 19:40
GREENVILLE CO., S.C. (WSPA) – Two firefighters were hospitalized after battling a house fire in Greenville County. The fire started around 1 p.m. Tuesday on Leone Avenue. One firefighter from Parker Fire Department and another from Duncan Chapel Fire Department were taken to the hospital for heat-related issues and dehydration, according to Parker Fire Chief ...

Video: LAFD firefighter orders man to shut down camera at EMS scene

Statter 911 - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 16:14

LAPD sergeant saves the day for everyone

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Munster class highlights cancer rates in firefighters

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 14:19

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MUNSTER — Joe Martin and Ryan Cusack shared story after story and statistic after statistic with fellow firefighters Tuesday night with one shared goal: To scare colleagues into changing old habits and thinking about their occupation’s greatest threat — cancer.

They cited a 2013 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health study that analyzed cancer in firefighters across three large U.S. cities — Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco. The study, in part, found a higher rate of mesothelioma, with researchers concluding the findings were likely associated with asbestos exposure.

“It’s San Francisco, Philly, Chicago, where there are a lot of older houses, right? But those houses on Ridge Road, they’re pretty old, right? Guess what they got? Asbestos. The old farm homes in Griffith. Guess what they got? Asbestos,” said Martin, 32, a veteran Griffith firefighter and lead instructor for the Lake County Recruit Firefighter Academy. “It’s in Munster. It’s in Griffith. It’s wherever you are.”

Martin and Cusack led Tuesday night’s Firefighter Cancer Support Network class at the Munster Center For Visual & Performing Arts designed to educate firefighters about the health risks they face on the job along with practical tips that can minimize exposure to cancer-causing contaminants.

Munster Fire Chief Dave Pelc, whose department hosted the event, said there are several ways departments can invest in the safety of fire crews.

Some are inexpensive, such as providing wipes to quickly clean down after responding to a call. Others cost more, such as equipment purchases.

“It used to be, years ago, you would just leave your gear in the car and go on home,” said Pelc, a 46-year veteran firefighter. “Now, we’re cleaning up (after a fire), wiping down with wipes, rinsing our gear, not bringing it into the firehouse.”

The class focused on education and changes that departments can make in terms of training, operations and equipment to reduce exposures to carcinogens and work hazards.

Cusack, a lieutenant and paramedic with the Crown Point Fire Department, said departments need to take even routine “food-on-the-stove” calls and minor vehicle fires more seriously.

“Why are we risking our health, our retirement, our family’s future? Why are we risking it for a car fire?” Cusack said. “We have all this incredible equipment. Our departments apply for grants, tens of thousands of dollars, just to put an air pack on our back. And we’re not even using it.”

U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, was on hand to discuss the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2017, which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month. It’s now in the Senate for consideration.

The bill, if it turns into law, would provide federal funding to help protect firefighters, and require the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create and maintain a registry of firefighters diagnosed with cancer.

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City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal FD With Single Family Dwelling Fire

SCOnFire - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 21:00
Beaufort/Port Royal, SC – Firefighters with the City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department, the Burton Fire District, and personnel from the Beaufort Police Department and Beaufort County EMS responded to a report of a structure fire on Rodgers Dr. in Beaufort SC, at approximately 1900 hrs. on Sunday, September 17, 2017. First arriving ...

Duke Life Flight Memorial Service Live Stream

SCOnFire - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 20:46
  The Memorial Service for the Duke Life Flight Crew and Patient that perished in the September 8th accident will be live streamed tomorrow, Wednesday, September 19th starting at 1:00 pm. We have included the live feed link directly in the story to help make it easier to find. The National Transportation Safety Board released the ...

Caught on camera: Car punctures supply line at Indianapolis fire

Statter 911 - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 16:39

Police called after LDH busted by car

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FIREFIGHTER SUFFERS HEAT INJURY AT INTENSE COMMERCIAL FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 08:44

One firefighter suffered a heat-related injury fighting a large commercial building fire that housed three businesses and three apartments Monday in Zionsville, Indiana. Several fire departments were called for aid.

One Pike Township firefighter was taken to an area hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, according to WTHR.

Mayor Tim Haak told WTHR, “We’re very fortunate” to not have had more injuries in such an intense fire.” Firefighters kept the blaze from spreading to nearby buildings.

Fire officials believe the fire began in a first-floor restaurant at about 4 a.m. There were no other injuries reported.

Image: WTHR.

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Today is Tuesday the 19th of September, 2017

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 08:23

Well yesterday was one hell of a day! Thanks to all that have stopped and congratulated me on being selected as an ARFF Working Group “Legend”, I am thankful and honored!

Congratulations also to my friend Bill Hutfilz on his ARFF Working Group “Honorary Member” Award, love ya Brother!

Now on with the news…

Here are the stories for today;

Be safe out there!

Tom

 

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Small plane lands on Sand Key beach

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 07:23

CLEARWATER (FOX 13) – A small kit-built plane made an emergency landing along the white sands of Clearwater Beach this afternoon.

The Czech Sport Aircraft Zenith STOL CH 701 single-engine plane, described as “experimental” by police, experienced mechanical problems and was forced to land on the beach along Sand Key.

Two people were on board.  Neither were hurt.

Police said the FAA had been notified.

“Not every day you see a plane on the beach at Sand Key,” Clearwater police tweeted.

The FAA database shows the plane is registered to a company called Pragway U.S., based out of Delaware.

http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/small-plane-lands-on-sand-key-beach

 

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Plane crashes into catering truck on Manchester Airport tarmac leaving its wing embedded in the trailer

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 07:15

The aircraft was being towed in preparation for take-off when it struck the truck 

PASSENGERS were jolted in their seats when the aircraft they were in crashed into a catering truck at Manchester Airport this morning.

The wing of the Aurigny flight GR673, bound for Guernsey, became embedded in the vehicle’s side as it was towed through Terminal 1 at around 9.50am.

Pictures from the scene show airport crews working to free the tip of the plane’s wing, which was lodged into the rear of the truck.

All 60 passengers and crew on board the ATR 72 Twin Turboprop were unharmed by the impact, which happened when the aircraft was pulled back from its stand.

A replacement aircraft was arranged to take holidaymakers to Guernsey and they were made to wait back inside the terminal building.

Airport officials said engineers were deployed to investigate the incident.

Passenger Scott Grayson, 49, snapped pictures of the stuck plane as he disembarked.

Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, the property developer from Marple, Cheshire, said: “As we pushed back we heard a thud. I just thought, ‘What’s that?’ ”

“We looked out and saw the wing embedded into the side of the truck. The captain came on and confirmed what had happened.

“The pilot and the two girls working on board were very switched on. There were quite a few old people on board, and they were just putting their minds at rest. 

“It was nothing to do with the airline. It was just one of those things. It was just a bad day at the office for the guy who was pushing us back from the stand. He must have been holding his head his hands.

“The airport fire service were there within about 60 seconds. They were very quick.”

Malcolm Coupar, Aurigny’s commercial director, said: “There is an investigation following an incident involving one of our aircraft and a catering truck.

“Whilst an investigation is under way, there’s nothing to add. The main thing is that nobody was hurt.

“We are sending a team of engineers to look into the damage caused to the aircraft.”

A Manchester Airport spokesman said: “We can confirm that an aircraft has come into contact with a vehicle on push back.

“The incident is minor with no injuries, and we are investigating with our third-party partners involved.

“The incident has caused no impact to flights, and anyone with specific queries should contact the airline directly.”

Plane crashes into catering truck on Manchester Airport tarmac leaving its wing embedded in the trailer

 

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FAA using outdated information on aircraft evacuations, report says

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 07:11

by Robert Curley

Tests on whether passengers can safely exit an aircraft in an emergency have failed to account for the ever-shrinking size of airline seat space, posing a potential safety risk, according to a report by the Daily Beast.

According to an investigation by Daily Beast reporters, the tests conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are outdated and do not account for either the smaller seating configuration in coach (economy) or the larger size of the average airline passenger in the US.

The report adds that modern coach seating also does not meet FAA standards for safe seating of flight attendants in emergency situations.

Reporters based their conclusions on a review of more than 900 pages of federal airline documents and regulations.

The FAA and aircraft manufacturer Boeing have conducted emergency-egress testing using tighter seating configurations, but refused to make their data public, the Daily Beast reported.

Some of the findings reflect charges made in a lawsuit filed by the airline passenger group Flyers Rights, which has asked the federal courts to compel the FAA to review and update its safety protocols involving seating.

A judge in that case agreed that there was “a plausible life-and-death safety concern” and ordered the FAA to respond to the group’s petition. The judge also rejected the agency’s contention that seat dimensions were unimportant to testing emergency evacuations.

FAA using outdated information on aircraft evacuations, report says

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 07:09

28 Years ago today: On 19 September 1989 a UTA DC-10-30 crashed in the Ténéré desert, Niger after a bomb exploded in the cargo hold, all 171 on board were killed.

Date: Tuesday 19 September 1989 Time: 13:59 Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 Operator: Union de Transports Aériens – UTA Registration: N54629 C/n / msn: 46852/125 First flight: 1973 Total airframe hrs: 60276 Cycles: 14777 Engines:General Electric CF6-50C2R Crew: Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14 Passengers: Fatalities: 156 / Occupants: 156 Total: Fatalities: 170 / Occupants: 170 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Ténéré desert (   Niger) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: N’Djamena Airport (NDJ/FTTJ), Chad Destination airport: Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG/LFPG), France Flightnumber: UT772

Narrative:
The DC-10 was operating as UTA Flight 772 on the Brazzaville-N’Djamena-Paris route. The aircraft took off from N’Djamena at 13:13 and climbed to a cruising altitude of FL350. At 13:59 an explosion on board caused the aircraft to crash into the desert. The explosive device was located at location 13R in the cargo hold. The device was most probably hidden in baggage, placed aboard at Brazzaville. Possible groups responsible for the explosion are the Islamic Jihad group (demanding the freedom of a Shi’ite Muslim in Israel) or the Secret Chadian Resistance. Co-incidental on March 10, 1984 another UTA aircraft was destroyed when a bomb exploded; in this case the bomb exploded during embarkation at N’Djamena.

Probable Cause:

CONCLUSIONS: ”
– DC-10 flight UTA 772, Brazzaville N’Djamena – Paris, was destroyed by an explosion on 19 September 1989, forty-six minutes after take-off from N’Djamena, while cruising at flight level 350 in totally normal conditions.
– That destruction was due to an explosive charge placed in a container in location 13-R in the forward cargo hold.
– The Investigation Commission assert that the most plausible hypothesis is that the explosive charge was inside baggage loaded at Brazzaville Airport.
– Observations made shortly after the accident on Brazzaville Airport made it clear that, at that time, the airport security measures in force were not in accordance with the ICAO standards and recommended practices (Annex 17 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation and Civil Aviation Security
Manual (DOC 8973)).”

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Ohio firefighter who posted he would save dog over black man has resigned

Statter 911 - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 00:23

Racist posts from firefighter have been viewed around the world

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Caught on camera: Buses collide in Queens killing 3, injuring more than dozen

Statter 911 - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 12:50

Buses collide Monday morning sending one into storefront

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Today is Monday the 18th of September, 2017 – Day 1 of the ARFFWG 28th Annual Conference

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 09:07

Day one of the greatest gathering of ARFF professionals in the world… 

Great to see old friends here in Louisville, looking forward to a great conference!

Here are the stories from over the weekend.

If you’re at the conference and want to say hello, stop by Booth 36, I’ll be here all week…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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