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CA FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 19:22

A firefighter was injured early Sunday battling a two-alarm fire that roared through a Martinez townhouse complex, heavily damaging four homes, authorities said.

Contra Costa County Fire Capt. Lisa Martinez said when crews arrived at around 4:15 a.m. flames and thick smoke was streaming out of the complex.

“Arriving units saw heavy smoke coming out of a 2-story, 8-unit townhouse complex,” she said. “They quickly called in a second alarm.”

The fire — at 455 Eastgate Lane — was finally tamed but not before it had forced the residents of the 8 units from the structure. They were able to escape the fire safely, Martinez said.

However, a firefighter injured his knee when he tumbled down a stairway. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Authorities said the fire was sparked by a pot left simmering on a stove and spread via an attic space into at least 2 other townhouses. All eight units suffered smoke or water damage and power, water and gas were shut off.

The Red Cross was assisting the residents displaced by the fire.

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Fire chiefs gone wild: A must read from Florida

Statter 911 - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 17:12

VFD money used for strip clubs & more -- allegations of arson

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Video: Texas firefighters hurt after rig overturns

Statter 911 - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 10:40

Crash during response in Tomball Saturday afternoon

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TX TOWER LADDER ROLLOVER – FIREFIGHTERS INJURED

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 07:48

Just before 5 pm Tomball firefighters were responding to an apartment fire on Lawrence Street in Tomball. Reports of fire with injuries. As the 2001 E-1 tower truck that was east bound on SH 99 feeder entered the intersection of Rocky Road and slammed into a Ford F-250 pickup. The driver of the firetruck lost control of the 39 ton truck, went between two traffic control poles and into a field. That is where it rolled over in the soft mud. Four firefighters were in the truck with seat belts and firefighting gear on. All were taken to Tomball Hospital as a precaution. One female firefighter is expected to remain overnight for observation. Two persons were in the pickup and both were transported also. The male passenger is also expected to remain for observation overnight. Harris County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash. There were no witnesses so they were having to interview those involved at the hospital. The intersection has very limited sight as the overpass for 99 and then a wall of trees along the west side of Rocky to the intersection.

FIREFIGHTERS ESCAPE SERIOUS INJURY AS FIRE TRUCK CRASHES AND ROLLS

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Arson Fire Damages Multiple Homes In Paulding County

Arson Fire Damages Multiple Homes In Paulding County
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5 ZA FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 11:27

Five firefighters are recovering at home after the first floor of a double-storey building collapsed while they were fighting a blaze which flared up in a derelict building in Central on Thursday night.

Victoria Street in Central was a hub of activity on Thursday night as residents rushed out of their homes to watch the double-storey building being engulfed in flames. The cause of the fire, which started at about 8:30pm, is not yet known.

The blaze saw five firemen temporarily trapped in the derelict building after the roof of the first floor collapsed close to them.

However, Nelson Mandela Bay fire chief André de Ridder said teamwork saw all five of the firemen escape with minor injuries before the blaze was extinguished about two hours later.

De Ridder said: “The firefighters were able to escape through the assistance of their team. All of them were treated and discharged from St George’s Hospital last [Thursday] night. They suffered minor injuries ranging from bruises, to cuts and minor burns.”

“Although firefighters are prepared to deal with extremely difficult conditions on a daily basis, it is important that we acknowledge their bravery.

“Despite the risk of personal injury, the team members ensured that injuries to their colleagues remained at a minimum by pulling each other from the still burning debris and rubble, which partially covered them.”

Victoria Street resident Ashley Boggenberg said the blaze had been extinguished as quickly as it started.

“The firefighters were excellent. They arrived and immediately began to fight the fire and bravely walked into the burning building to see if there was anyone trapped inside,” she said.

“I know there were people living in that building. But I guess they all made it out before the fire became too hectic and the roof collapsed. If it wasn’t for them [firefighters] who knows how far it would have spread.”

De Ridder said since the building was abandoned it was difficult to detail the cost of the damage, confirm ownership or provide the cause of the fire at this stage.

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5 FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT FIRE THAT DESTROYED 9 STRUCTURES IN MO

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 11:24

Five firefighters were injured and nine structures were damaged or destroyed in a fire that started Thursday afternoon (Feb. 15) and spread to 12 acres off Peter Moore Lane west of De Soto before it was put out several hours later, said Assistant Chief Tom Fitzgerald of the Rural De Soto Fire Protection District.

Three of the injured firefighters were treated at the scene and two were transported to Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Crystal City with non-life-threatening injuries, Fitzgerald said.

He said one of the firefighters who went to the hospital was a Mapaville firefighter who had an injured shoulder, and one was a De Soto Rural firefighter who was suffering from exhaustion and dehydration.

Of the nine structures affected by the fire, a barn and all of the outbuildings were destroyed, and two homes were damaged, Fitzgerald

In addition, numerous animals were killed in the blaze, he said.

Jefferson County 911 Dispatch began getting calls about the fire around 1 p.m., Fitzgerald said.

“People were seeing smoke but they didn’t know where it was coming from,” he said.

An off-duty firefighter followed the smoke and was the first one on the scene, about a half mile south of LaChance Vineyards, Fitzgerald said.

A barn was on fire and there were high winds, said Fitzgerald, who added that he checked the wind conditions on the way to the fire.

“It was at 14 miles per hour gusting to 29 miles per hour,” he said.

By the time Fitzgerald arrived at the scene, the brush fire encompassed about 8 or 9 acres, but spread to 12 acres before it was controlled, he said.

Some of the outbuildings that were destroyed were animal pens, and many animals perished in the fire, including 16 goats, chickens and geese, Fitzgerald said.

The two homes that were damaged can still be occupied, he said.

“The exterior of the homes caught on fire and our crews were able to stop the fire before it got inside the homes,” he said.

Firefighters from Jefferson County assisted with the call, and after “we exhausted all the resources in Jefferson County,” firefighters from the St. Louis metro area and neighboring counties responded to the fire, Fitzgerald said.

Firefighters from as far as Pattonville, Spanish Lake and St. Charles assisted, he added.

Rain eventually began to fall and helped the situation, he said.

Firefighters were on the scene until about 8:30 p.m., Fitzgerald said.

Investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office were expected to return to the scene today (Feb. 16) to see if they could determine the cause of the fire, he said.

“We do not believe it was suspicious,” Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald said someone may have had a fire outdoors and thought it was out but then it sparked back up and spread.

He said there was some indication that the barn that was destroyed had faulty wiring and maybe the fire started there.

Fitzgerald said people drove to the scene to see what was happening, causing traffic problems in the area and problems for firefighters.

“We need firefighters and firetrucks,” he said. “Please fight the urge to come and be nosy.”

Fitzgerald said the small amount of rain that fell on the county last night will not reverse the drought in the area. As a result of the drought, people are advised against burning brush or trash.

“People just don’t realize how long a pile of ash will stay hot,” he said.

The National Weather Service has forecast a moderate fire danger through April.

A fifth alarm was struck about 2:30 p.m. to bring in even more firefighters after another large brush fire encompassing about 10 acres was reported near Klondike and Knorpp Road in the De Soto area, Fitzgerald said.

The Saline Valley Fire Protection District was first on the scene to that fire. No homes were near that blaze, but firefighters had to work to protect a nearby communication tower, he said.

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Caught on video: Police officer saves house with green line

Statter 911 - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 10:54

Patio fire in Riverside, California

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Prince George’s County MD firefighter arrested for school fire & more

Statter 911 - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 18:45

Glen Dale probationary firefighter also accused of setting bridge and home on fire

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Fairfax County fire chief retires amid controversy

Statter 911 - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 15:51

Chief Richard Bowers to leave on April 30

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North Charleston Mourns Loss Of Two Officers In Unrelated Overnight MVAs

SCOnFire - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:00
North Charleston, SC – Last night two North Charleston Police Department officers were killed in unrelated MVAs which both involved reportedly intoxicated drivers.   SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) — A Charleston woman has been arrested and charged with felony DUI resulting in death after an off-duty North Charleston Police officer was killed in a two vehicle wreck on ...

Florida school shooting starts fire alarm controversy – plus a firefighter’s solution

Statter 911 - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 09:44

Ohio sheriff wants us to rethink fire drills while some fire officials have a different message

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Today is Friday the 16th of February, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 07:00

Here are the stories to close out the week…

Two stories of note. One, I received an article from my old union, Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2, yesterday and found it to be of interest, so I’m passing it on to you… Check out “San Diego’s Fire Chief Focuses on Clean Gear, Bodies to Cut Cancer Risk“, the other is about the State of Washington working on a bill that will restrict the sale of AFFF with PFAS. Take a read!

Have a great weekend and be safe out there!

Tom

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Washington State progresses Bill to ban PFAS used in AFFF and in personal protective equipment

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 06:56

Published:  13 February, 2018

If the Bill passes both chambers of the legislature, Washington would become the first US state to restrict the sale of fire-fighting foams with PFAS.

Titled, ‘An act relating to reducing the use of certain toxic chemicals in firefighting activities’, State Senate Bill 6413 aims to reduce the use of certain toxic chemicals in firefighting activities.

If the Bill passes its next hearing at the House of Representatives, it will prohibit the sale, manufacture, and distribution of fire-fighting foam that has perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFAS) intentionally added.

The Bill wants to prohibit the manufacture, sale and distribution of Class B firefighting foam that has PFAS chemical intentionally added, from July 1, 2020. The prohibition does not apply to the sale or use of Class B firefighting foam required by federal law for aircraft rescue and firefighting.

A manufacturer of Class B firefighting foam is required to provide written notice to persons selling the manufacturer’s products no less than one year prior to the prohibition. A manufacturer of Class B fire-fighting foam must recall and reimburse the retailer or any purchaser for the product.

The Bill also requires sellers of fire-fighting personal protective equipment (PPE) containing PFAS, to notify purchasers of the equipment by July 1, 2018, and makes a violation of the act subject to a civil penalty of US$5,000 for a first offense and up to US$10,000 for subsequent violations. The person or manufacturer selling fire-fighting PPE and the purchaser must keep the notice on file for at least three years.

PFAS are a class of man-made chemicals that are not found naturally in the environment. Molecules in all PFAS chemicals contain carbon and fluorine atoms and some also include oxygen, hydrogen, sulfur or nitrogen atoms. PFAS chemical molecules are differentiated from each other by chain length, or the number of carbon atoms, in the molecule.

PFAS chemicals have been widely used to make products stain-resistant, waterproof and non-stick. PFAS chemicals have been used in products that keep food from sticking to cookware; make upholstered furniture, carpets, and clothing resistant to soil, stains, and water; make shoes, clothes and mattresses more waterproof; keep food packaging from sticking to food; and help fight fires at airfields and other places where petroleum-product-based fires are a risk.

According the US Environmental Protection Agency, PFAS chemicals are very persistent in the environment and in the human body.

The Department of Ecology (Ecology) states that the toxicity of PFAS compounds varies. Studies in animals show that exposure to some PFAS can affect liver function, reproductive hormones, development of offspring, and mortality. However, PFAS toxicity in humans is less understood and exposure may be linked to high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, testicular cancer, kidney cancer, and pregnancy-induced hypertension.

PFAS-based class B firefighting foams have been used since the 1970s for vapour suppression, firefighting, and firefighting training at airports, refineries, bulk storage terminals and other facilities handling large volumes of flammable liquid petroleum or natural gas. PFAS chemicals are used in fire foam products because of their ability to produce a fast spreading foam. Potential sources of PFAS contamination related to fire-fighting foam use are found in Washington State airports, military sites, fire training centres, where foam has been used to extinguish petroleum fires.

http://www.hemmingfire.com/news/fullstory.php/aid/3063

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NTSB Release Preliminary Report On Indiana Accident

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 06:42

Board Employee Was Fatally Injured In The Accident

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident which fatally injured three people, including Paul Schuda, the director of the NTSB’s training center in Ashburn, VA. 

Schuda was a passenger on board the Cessna Cessna T210M airplane, N761YZ, which impacted trees and terrain following a reported loss of engine power near Oldenburg, Indiana. A postimpact fire ensued and the airplane was destroyed. The pilot and another passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was registered to N761YZ LLC and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The flight was operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan and originated from the Columbus Municipal Airport (KBAK), Columbus, Indiana, about 2039. The intended destination was the Frederick Municipal Airport (KFDK), Frederick, Maryland.

The flight initially departed the Charles B Wheeler Downtown Airport (KMKC), Kansas City, Missouri, about 1657, and landed at BAK about 1927. Airport records indicated that an individual associated with N761YZ purchased fuel from the self-service pump at 2032.

Air traffic control (ATC) data indicated that the accident flight departed from runway 23 at BAK. After takeoff, the airplane turned left and proceeded on an easterly course. The controller instructed the pilot to climb and maintain 11,000 feet mean sea level (msl). At 2052:00, the airplane reached an altitude of approximately 7,450 feet msl before it began a gradual descent. At 2052:30, the pilot transmitted “mayday, mayday, mayday.” He informed the controller that they were experiencing a “partial engine failure” and “needed to get down.” The airplane was about 26 miles east of BAK and approximately 4 miles southwest of the Batesville Airport (HLB) at that time. The pilot inquired about diverting to HLB. The controller confirmed that HLB was the closest airport, but also informed the pilot that the airport was listed as closed. The pilot subsequently over flew HLB about 4,000 feet msl, proceeded about 2 miles north, and executed a right 270-degree turn to a west heading. The final radar data point was recorded at 2057:28 and located about 1.5 miles northeast of the HLB runway 18 approach threshold. The altitude associated with the final data point was 1,050 feet msl.

The accident site was located in a wooded ravine about 0.65 mile northwest of the final radar data point, and about 1.44 miles north of the HLB runway 18 approach threshold, at an approximate elevation of 855 feet. The main wreckage came to rest about 202 feet northeast (316 degrees) from the initial tree strike. The main wreckage consisted of the fuselage, engine and right wing. The right-wing tip was separated and located in a tree about 35 feet above ground level near the initial tree strike. Fragments from the right aileron and right-wing flap were located on the ground near the initial tree strike. The left wing was separated and located about 60 feet from the main wreckage. The empennage and propeller were separated and located adjacent to each other, about 41 feet from the main wreckage.

The fuselage and right wing were damaged by the postimpact fire. The left wing and empennage exhibited sooting due to the fire. The right-wing tip, right aileron, and right flap fragments did not exhibit any fire damage or sooting. All flight control surfaces were present at the accident site. No anomalies with respect to a preimpact malfunction of the flight control system were observed. The engine remained attached to the firewall and the aft portion of the engine sustained fire damage. The propeller had separated at the engine crankshaft flange. A teardown examination of the engine revealed damage to the No. 4 cylinder and piston. Those components have been sent to the NTSB materials laboratory for further examination.

Federal Aviation Administration Notices to Airmen (NOTAM) data indicated that HLB was closed from December 6, 2017, until March 5, 2018. A representative of the airport reported that, because the airport was closed, no runway lighting was available.

(Source: NTSB. Image provided by the Indiana State Police)

FMI: app.ntsb.gov/pdfgenerator/ReportGeneratorFile.ashx?EventID=20171217X14131&AKey=1&RType=HTML&IType=FA

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NTSB Docket Reveals Details About Teterboro Learjet Accident

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 06:40

Co-Pilot Who Was Flying The Aircraft Lacked Required Experience, Board Says

The accident docket released last week by the NTSB about an accident involving a Learjet 35 which went down on approach at Teterboro airport last May shows that the co-pilot flying the aircraft was not qualified to act as pilot-in-command.

The report indicates that co-pilot Jeffrey Alino had not accumulated enough hours flying the Learjet 35A, and had not scored well during simulator training, before being hired in 2016 by Trans-Pacific Air Charter, according to a report from NorthJersey.com.

The NTSB determined that Alino had flown most of the leg from Philadelphia to Teterboro, but gave the airplane back to pilot William Ramsey seconds before the airplane stalled and impacted terrain in Carlsdtadt, NJ. The cockpit voice recorded captured audio indicating that Williams struggled to regain control of the aircraft, and that the two pilots recognized the stall but were unable to recover.

Both Williams and Alino were fatally injured in the accident. There were no passengers on board the aircraft.

FMI: Original report

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An Example of a Fire Department that really cares: San Diego’s Fire Chief Focuses on Clean Gear, Bodies to Cut Cancer Risk

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 06:39

KAREN KUCHER ON FEB 5, 2018

Feb. 05–Long before he became San Diego’s fire chief, Brian Fennessy would wear his crusty, soot-covered helmet like a badge, proof he worked at one of the city’s busiest fire stations. He thought it gave him credibility and earned him the respect of peers.

Now he knows his dirty gear harbored the toxins and carcinogens that haunt the scene of a fire — and that they might well revisit him in the future as cancer.

“I figure that’s what’s going to get me,” said Fennessy, who has been a firefighter since 1978. “When I worked for the Forest Service, man, we sprayed fuel breaks with chemicals that aren’t even allowed anymore. We inhaled that stuff; we were exposed to all kinds of bad stuff.

“I figure it is just a matter of time before I’m diagnosed.”

At many fire departments around the country, chiefs like Fennessy are working to change the culture of the fire service, encouraging firefighters to take steps to better protect themselves from dangerous fumes, smoke and soot.

Cancer is the leading cause of firefighter line-of-duty deaths in the U.S., according to the International Association of Fire Fighters. In the past five years, more than 60 percent of the names added to the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Wall in Colorado were cancer-related deaths, the organization says. The wall lists the names of more than 7,600 fallen firefighters.

Several studies looking at the association between firefighting and cancer have found higher rates of some types of cancers in firefighters compared with the general population, including cancers involving the respiratory, digestive and urinary systems.

The largest cancer study of U.S. firefighters to date, done by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, looked at the health records of 30,000 firefighters in three U.S. cities between 1950 and 2009. It found those firefighters had a modest increase in cancer diagnoses (a 9 percent increase) and cancer-related deaths (a 14 percent increase) compared with the general population.

Such research — along with repeatedly hearing of colleagues in the fire service being diagnosed with cancer –he called it a “drumbeat” of calls — prompted Fennessy to green-light his department’s cancer-prevention program just a few months after he was appointed San Diego’s chief in 2015.

In the 18 months since the effort began, program manager Kurtis Bennett said about a dozen employees have been diagnosed with cancer.

Fire officials say they want to see a “paradigm shift,” where firefighters will speak up if a colleague shows up wearing dirty gear.

“It’s not going to be the roof caving in on you, or falling off the ladder — that’s not going to be what kills you,” Fennessy said. “It is going to be cancer.”

Concerns about health risks aren’t new

Firefighters have long worried about how their jobs were affecting their health, although much of the early focus was on lung cancer and other respiratory ailments caused by breathing in smoke.

The dangers of soot were known way back in 1775 when it was linked to the first case of occupational cancer. A doctor noticed chimney sweeps in Britain were being stricken by a particular form of the disease.

In 1982, California became the first state in the country to adopt a presumptive law that makes it easier for firefighters to prove that their cancer is work-related, giving them access to workers’ compensation and survivor benefits for their families.

That law was prompted by the deaths in 1973 of two Whittier firefighters who responded to a hazmat incident and died of a rare form of cancer within weeks of each other six years later, said Carroll Wills of the California Professional Firefighters union.

Cancer awareness has become a priority for many firefighting agencies, addressed at professional conferences and by industry groups. A bill has twice been introduced in Congress that would create a voluntary national firefighter cancer registry, which officials say would track those diagnosed with the disease and assist future research efforts.

In 2013, the nonprofit Firefighter Cancer Support Network published an industry white paper, calling firefighter cancer “a looming personal catastrophe for each and every firefighter.” The group, which provides mentoring and assistance to firefighters who are diagnosed, declared cancer the most dangerous and unrecognized threat to the health and safety of the country’s firefighters.

The group offered tips to minimize exposure to cancer-causing substances; all of the suggestions were incorporated in San Diego’s cancer awareness and prevention program.

San Diego’s training kicks off with an emotional 8 1/2 -minute video that shares the stories of a dozen firefighters who have been diagnosed and treated for cancer. Bennett, who has trained all 900 of the department’s firefighters, said the room always gets quiet after the group watches the video.

In his sessions, Bennett warns firefighters that they can be exposed to a lifetime of toxins in a very compressed period of time, inhaling them or absorbing them into their skin.

“The key to reducing the incidence of cancer is changing our culture and changing what a professional firefighter looks like,” Bennett said. “For years, we esteemed the ‘smoke-eater’ look of soot-covered faces. That was, to some degree, killing us.”

San Diego’s fire stations are gradually being equipped with commercial-grade washing machines that can better clean dirty turnouts; they long have had equipment that vents diesel exhaust from firetrucks out of the buildings. Special wipes kept on engines allow firefighters in the field to clean their heads, necks, throats, underarms and hands before they get back to the station to shower.

Firefighters are issued two sets of protective pants and jackets so they always have access to clean ones. They are supposed to take off dirty gear as soon as possible and keep it away from where they sleep and out of personal vehicles.

Everyone has two protective hoods and captains carry spares so firefighters can change them out when they get wet or dirty.

Some departments are pursuing other methods in their quest to protect firefighters.

The Carlsbad Fire Department is outfitting four of its six stations with dry saunas and bicycles, known as chemical detox saunas. It is the second agency in California to purchase the units, said Mary Murphy, who manages emergency medical services for the department.

After a fire, Carlsbad’s firefighters will take a shower and then ride the bikes until they work up a good sweat. The idea is they’ll sweat heavy metals and other toxins out of their skin.

One firefighter who put a towel under the bike when he rode it after a fire told Murphy: “Whatever it was that came out of me was black and it was on the towel.”

Veteran firefighter Todd Bechtel, a captain in the Ocean Beach station, said he’s seeing younger colleagues embracing the safety recommendations as they go about their days. After a recent fire, everyone in his station grabbed clean turnouts before the next call.

“It’s a great program,” he said. “I believe in it. I follow it.”

Bechtel, a firefighter for 26 years, was diagnosed with prostate cancer a few years ago after a routine checkup. He underwent surgery and radiation, but recently learned his cancer has returned.

Like others, he would sleep with his pants next to his bunk, take off his mask as soon as flames were knocked down and wear his flash hood over and over without washing it. He wonders if the interrupted sleep cycles typical in a busy station and other stresses also played a role.

“When the question is asked of me, do I think it was work related, with all the stuff put in front of me, I can’t see how it wasn’t work related,” he said. “But you never know.”

Despite his concerns, for his part Fennessy said he wouldn’t discourage any of his three children if they wanted to become firefighters. But, he said, he would want them to be careful about which department they chose to work for.

“”Shame on the departments that aren’t paying attention to what’s going on in our business, in our profession right now,” he said. “I’d want my kids to be part of an organization that made taking care of their firefighters a priority.”

karen.kucher@sduniontribune.com

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 06:38

20 Years ago today: On 16 February 1998 a China Airlines Airbus A300 crashed while approaching Taipei, Taiwan, killing all 196 occupants and 7 on the ground.

Date: Monday 16 February 1998 Time: 20:05 Type: Airbus A300B4-622R Operator: China Airlines Registration: B-1814 C/n / msn: 578 First flight: 1990-10-16 (7 years 4 months) Total airframe hrs: 20193 Cycles: 8800 Engines:Pratt & Whitney PW4158 Crew: Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14 Passengers: Fatalities: 182 / Occupants: 182 Total: Fatalities: 196 / Occupants: 196 Ground casualties: Fatalities: 7 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Taipei-Chiang Kai Shek International Airport (TPE) (   Taiwan) Crash site elevation: 33 m (108 feet) amsl Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Denpasar-Ngurah Rai Bali International Airport (DPS/WADD), Indonesia Destination airport: Taipei-Chiang Kai Shek International Airport (TPE/RCTP), Taiwan Flightnumber: CI676

Narrative:
China Airlines flight 676 was destroyed when it stalled and impacted a residential area of Taipei during an attempted go around at Chiang Kai Shek Airport. All 196 on board and seven persons on the ground were killed.
The aircraft, an Airbus A300B4-622R, originated from Denpasar Airport, Indonesia and was bound for Taipei. The flight was cleared for an ILS/DME runway 05L approach to Taipei Chiang Kai Shek Airport in light rain and fog. The aircraft remained high on the approach. At 1,2nm short of the threshold, the altitude was 1515 feet, whereas it should have been at 500 feet at that point.
The flight crew selected full flaps. At 20:04:50 hours local time the autopilot was disconnected. Subsequently, as the aircraft crossed the runway threshold at 1475 feet, go around thrust was applied.
The aircraft rapidly pitched up, reaching +35° as it climbed trough 1723 feet at an airspeed of 134 knots. The gear had just been raised and the flaps set to 20 degrees.
At 20:05:16 the aircraft had reached 2327 feet at a +42.7° pitch. Nine seconds later the speed had fallen to 43 knots as the aircraft stalled. The aircraft nosed down with a 79° left bank. The flight crew was not able to regain control and the aircraft impacted the ground left of the runway. It hit a utility pole and a highway median and then skidded into several houses, surrounded by fish farms, rice paddies, factories and warehouses. A fire erupted.
Visibility at the time of the accident was 2400 feet, the runway 05L RVR (runway visual range) was 3900 feet, 300 feet broken ceiling, 3000 feet overcast.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The investigation team determined that the the following factors combination caused the accident:
1. during all the descent and the approach, the aircraft was higher than the normal path;
2. the crew coordination between the captain and the first officer was inadequate.
3. during 12 seconds, the crew did not counteract the pitch up tendency due to the thrust increase after go around, and then the reaction of the crew was not sufficient.
As a consequence the pitch up increased until the aircraft stalled.”

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Elderly Man Dies In Gordon County House Fire

Elderly Man Dies in Gordon County House Fire
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