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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 17:50

A fire of unknown cause destroyed an outer building containing family mementos. The fire spread through a fence and into the neighbors outer building. While firefighters were fighting the fire, that building collapsed barely missing several firefighters. A “PAR” (Personnel Accountability Report) was done and firefighters searched under the building for anyone who may have been inside. Both buildings were destroyed and MAST has been requested for an investigation into the cause of the fire.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 17:49

A frightening scene erupted in an area of Kenner and it was all caught on camera.

John Panzavecchia sent WDSU video of a vehicle fire that was reported on West Loyola Drive. The video starts out with the SUV slowly being engulfed in flames from the passenger side.

At one point, firefighters who were trying to extinguish the fire approached the SUV and then the flames suddenly engulfed them as well.

Fortunately, Kenner fire officials said none of the firefighters were hurt.

Officials believe the SUV’s gas tank ruptured, sparking the blaze.


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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 17:44
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The Walton County Fire Rescue E-19 emergency truck was involved, Battalion Chief Craig League said. It happened early Monday afternoon at U.S. 78 and Mount Vernon Road.

The fire truck was trying to reach a medical call on Mount Vernon Road.

League said four people in the car reported minor injuries but refused to go to the hospital.

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Arrival video from Phoenix house fire

Statter 911 - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 07:33

Fire Monday on Vogel Street

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 07:19

Two people were killed Monday in a fire on Detroit’s east side, according to officials.

Firefighters said there was no way for the victims to get out of the house when the fire started. The stairs were badly burned, and the bodies were found on the second floor.

Officials said the fire started around 7:30 a.m. Monday at the home on Cody Street near Joseph Campau Avenue at the Detroit-Hamtramck border.

A firefighter was also injured after the fire. Officials said he fell through the floor and injured his elbow. He was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital.

Firefighters used a ladder to enter the home through a second-story window because of the damage to the stairs.

Detroit police are investigating the fire.

Neighbors said they tried to get to the people inside.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 19:38

Clay Firefighters responded to a residential fire on Greenacre Street Saturday morning.

At approximately 7:50 a.m., fire crews from Clay Township were dispatched to 19500 Greenacre Street for a reported explosion with a structure on fire.

Witnesses reported hearing the blast from approximately a mile away.

Arriving firefighters worked quickly to put out the multi-story structure fire and contained the blaze within 15 minutes, officials say.

Clay Fire reports three firefighters suffered non-life threatening injuries in the fire fight.

The building suffered damage from the explosion but the fire was contained to the original structure, according to officials.

The cause of the fire and explosion are under investigation.

Corporal Boling with the St. Joseph County Police Department was the first emergency responder on scene.

The corporal entered the fiery structure where he located the occupant of the home who was trapped beneath debris resulting from the explosion.

Boling created a makeshift lever in order to free the trapped victim where both men made it out safely, officials say.

Boling and the 63-year-old victim suffered burn injuries and smoke inhalation. They were transported to Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 19:33

One fire fighter was injured and two buildings damaged after a fire at a local restaurant over the weekend.

According to the fire department, the fire started just before noon on Saturday at 126 Monroe Avenue which is Curry N Jerk Authentic Caribbean Cuisine.

By the time they arrived heavy smoke could be seen coming from the building.

Fire fighters said both the restaurant and the business next door -McEwen’s- sustained heavy smoke, water and fire damage.

One fire fighter was also transported to the hospital after sustaining an injury to his ankle. He’s expected to be okay.

Downtown fire damages two businesses, sends fire fighter to the hospital

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

Maybe they should take baked Alaska off the menu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Video: Houston Fire Department roof ops at house fire

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

Now you see the firefighter and now you don't

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Helmet-cam video from Durham, NC

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

Fire Saturday on Berkeley Street

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The door of the fire truck was ripped off.

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

The fire department is a separate entity from village government.

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

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

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

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

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Early video of Spokane, WA apartment fire

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

Fire Monday at 2nd Avenue and Pine Street

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

A few simple tests:

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

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

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

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

Are active members respected or are they taken for granted?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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