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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 20:00

A Minnesota man is in custody after he assaulted firefighters trying to put out an RV fire, according to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.

39-year-old Jon Tuma reportedly struck two firefighters with a blunt object at the scene of an RV fire before running into a home on the property and allegedly setting it on fire.

With the house ablaze, Tuma then climbed onto the roof and began brandishing a knife.

According to KSTP, Tuma eventually jumped down and was apprehended by ACSO deputies, who took him to the hospital for evaluation.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 19:56

Two firefighters were injured battling a 2-alarm fire at a farm house in Florence Township.

The flames broke out on the first floor of a home at Clover Valley Farm at 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

Action News is told everyone inside got out safely.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries battling the blaze.

There was no immediate word what sparked the fire.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 19:52

Two Halifax regional firefighters were injured in a blaze Thursday night at a North Preston home when a stairwell inside the burning structure collapsed, plunging one man into the basement.

Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency crews were called to the fire on Simmonds Road at about 6:30 p.m.

“Most of the fire was located under the stairwell so it compromised the stairs — it burnt the stairs out. One firefighter fell through to the basement. [The other] went down and extricated him from the building,” said division commander Brad Connors.

The firefighters were taken to Dartmouth General Hospital and held overnight for observation, Connors said. Later Friday, Mayor Mike Savage said both had been released from hospital.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 19:49

Multiple firefighters were sent to the hospital after battling a large fire in Lawrence County.

It started around 11 a.m. Thursday at Fibertech Inc. which is a mulch company.

Authorities tell us eight firefighters went to the hospital for smoke inhalation and exposure to carbon monoxide. One of those firefighters was kept overnight. All are expected to fully recover.

Residents were asked to stay inside and a few were even evacuated. All evacuations at this point are voluntary as a precaution. Poison Control encourages any resident who was exposed or in the path of the plume and experiencing symptoms to contact their family physician as a precaution.



North Lawrence and Mitchell schools are closed and after school activities are canceled today because of the fire.

The wind has also been an obstacle, making the fire hard to put out, so officials plan to do an aerial water drop sometime today. The Indiana National Guard is assisting in putting out the fire.

According to Sheriff Mike Branham, this may continue to be a crash for a couple of days as reduced visibility from smoke continues to be a concern. INDOT has provided the county with warning signs to put out on roads for drivers, especially along SR37 for truckers passing through.

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1986 Chevrolet K30 Brush Truck For Sale

SCOnFire - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:51
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House Fire in the City of Goose Creek Thursday

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At least 7 hurt 4 Critical in Massive Fire at Carolina Forest Condo

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Firefighters rescue two victims from apartment fire in Beaufort County


Today is Friday the 13th of April, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 08:16

We close out this week with the following stories…

Have a great weekend, be safe out there!


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Lightning strike forces plane headed to Detroit Metro Airport to turn around

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 08:12

Bolt hits plane’s nose

By Jermont Terry – Reporter, Amber Ainsworth

ROMULUS, Mich. – A Delta flight on its way to Detroit Metro Airport was forced to turn back to Buffaloafter the plane was struck by lightning Thursday.

Planes are designed to withstand lightning, but the jolt still shook up the 60 passengers aboard flight 58-79.

“I closed my eyes and I saw this big flash and big pop at the same time, a big flash even with my eyes closed,” passenger Matt Gould said. “[I] open my eyes, everyone was looking around. We kind of had a feeling we were hit by lighting. We weren’t sure.”

The pilots knew right away what happened and they radioed air traffic control about what happened.

“We just had a severe lightning strike hit the nose,” a pilot said over the radio. “We’re going to have to return to Buffalo for now.”

Gould, an avid traveler, said fear came over him for a moment when the crew jumped into action and turned the flight around, but he said he was OK with the delay for safety’s sake.

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Cockpit smoke forces Delta flight from MSP to make emergency landing in Fargo

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 08:11

FARGO, N.D. — A Delta Air Lines flight headed from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Anchorage, Alaska, made an emergency landing at Fargo’s Hector International Airport on Thursday after reports of smoke in the cockpit.

The flight departed Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport at 5:55 p.m. and was carrying 189 passengers, according to Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of Fargo’s Municipal Airport Authority.

The Delta plane was flying over the Bismarck area when it was forced to turn around and fly to Fargo, Dobberstein said.

The plane was able to land safely at Hector at about 7:30 p.m., with firefighters greeting the plane when it touched down.

A flight from Minneapolis-St. Paul was to arrive in Fargo at 11 p.m. to pick up the stranded passengers and take them to their destination. Delta ordered pizza for the passengers during the wait.

Cockpit smoke forces Delta flight from MSP to make emergency landing in Fargo

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Small airplane made crash landing in field near New Braunfels airport

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 08:09

by SBG San Antonio

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – Two people were not injured after a small airplane made an emergency crash landing Thursday afternoon in a field near the New Braunfels Regional Airport.

Authorities were called to the regional airport on FM 758 at about 3 p.m. Thursday for reports of a small airplane making a crash landing in a field nearby. Emergency crews found a man and woman inside the plane that crashed at the 3000 block of Westmeyer Road in Guadalupe County.

The occupants told authorities the plane had mechanical problems during the flight. Neither person was injured in the crash, officials said.

The Texas Department of Public Safety and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 08:08

31 Years ago today: On 13 April 1987 a Burlington Air Express Boeing 707 descended into the ground while approaching Kansas City, killing all 4 occupants.

Date: Monday 13 April 1987 Time: 21:55 Type: Boeing 707-351C Operator: Burlington Air Express Registration: N144SP C/n / msn: 19209/510 First flight: 1966 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B Crew: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3 Passengers: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1 Total: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 5,5 km (3.4 mls) S of Kansas City International Airport, MO (MCI) (   United States of America) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Cargo Departure airport: Wichita-Mid-Continent Airport, KS (ICT/KICT), United States of America Destination airport: Kansas City International Airport, MO (MCI/KMCI), United States of America Flightnumber: 721

Buffalo Airways flight 721, a regularly scheduled cargo flight, was operating between Oklahoma City, OK, and Fort Wayne, IN (FWA), with en route stops at Wichita, KS (ICT), and Kansas City, MO (MCI). The flight to Wichita was routine. En route to Kansas City, the crew deviated from course to avoid thunderstorms, but the descent into the terminal area was routine. At 21:42 flight 721 contacted the TRACON arrival radar controller. The controller directed
the flight to turn to 060 degrees and told the flightcrew that they were being vectored to the ILS localizer for the ILS approach to runway 1.
About 21:47 while the airplane was descending through about 6,500 feet, the first officer, who had been flying the airplane, turned the controls over to
the captain. Buffalo Airways’ regulations required captains to make all the approaches and landings whenever the ceilings and visibilities were less than 400
feet and 1 mile, respectively. At 21:50, after several intermediate descent clearances, flight 721 was cleared to descend to 2,400 feet. At 21:51, the controller told flight 721 that it was “five miles from DOTTE (the LOM), turn left zero four zero, maintain two thousand four hundred until established, cleared ILS runway one approach.” The crew had completed the before-landing checklist, the landing gear was down and locked, and the flaps had been extended to 25 degrees, as required, for landing.
At 21:52:40, the local controller advised flight 721 that it was No. 2 to land and that the winds were zero four zero at eight knots, and that the RVR on runway 1 was more than 6,000 feet.
At 21:52:47, the first officer stated, “Localizer alive.” The first office reported the airplane’s altitude during the descent in 100-foot increments above “minimums (DH)” until the airplane reached the decision height.
At 21:53:07, the first officer called, “Marker inbound.” The flightcrew then received ATIS information “Sierra” which stated that the weather at the airport was in part: ceiling–100 feet, overcast; visibility 1/2 mile, fog; wind 40° at 8 knots. At 21:53:24, the captain remarked, “Already started the approach.”
At 21:53:32, 4 seconds after reporting that the airplane was 200 feet above minimums, the first officer told the local controller that, “Seven twenty-one is the marker inbound.” The local controller acknowledged receipt of the message. At 21:53:41, after receiving a low-altitude alert generated by the Automated Radar Tracking System III (ARTS III) computer’s Minimum Safe Altitude Warning (MSAW) function, the local controller warned flight 721 to “check altitude immediately should be two thousand four hundred, altimeter two nine six one.”
Flight 721 did not respond. However, the captain said “Call the radar (radio) altimeter please.” At 21:53:46, the first officer responded, “Okay, there’s twelve hundred on the (radio) altimeter.” At 21:53:50, the local controller again called the flight and warned, “I have a low altitude alert, climb and maintain two thousand four hundred.” Again, the flightcrew did not acknowledge receipt of the warning. At 21:53:51, a crewmember called out “pull it up,” and at 2153:52, the captain applied power followed almost simultaneously by sounds of initial impact.
Flight 721 struck the tops of trees on a 950-foot-high ridge about 3 nmi short of the approach end of runway 1. The airplane cut a relatively level 750- to 800-foot-long swath through the tree tops about 20 to 30 feet above the ground. The swath ended as the ridge and tree tops sloped downward. The airplane then rolled and turned to the right as it descended into the main impact area 2,000 feet beyond the initial impact site. All four occupants were killed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the captain’s intentional descent below the DH. Contributing to the accident was the breakdown in flightcrew coordination procedures which contributed to the failure of the captain and the first officer to detect that the airplane had not intercepted and was below the ILS glideslope. Also contributing to the accident was the failure, for unknown reasons, of the airplane’s GPWS to provide an unsafe deviation below the ILS glideslope warning.”

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Pre-arrival video from Plainfield, New jersey house fire

Statter 911 - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 06:53

Fire on Arlington Avenue

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 05:01

The Latest on the rupture of a barrel with radioactive material at a site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory (all times local):

5:05 p.m.

Federal officials say three firefighters got a small amount of radioactive material on their skin and were taken to medical facilities as a precaution after a barrel containing radioactive sludge ruptured at an Idaho Nuclear site.

The U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday that the 55-gallon (208-liter) barrel ruptured late Wednesday at the 890-square-mile (2,305-square-kilometer) site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory.

The firefighters who responded to the fire alarm triggered by the rupture extinguished the smoldering barrel and moved it away from a dozen others nearby.

They got some radioactive contamination on their skin, but emergency workers washed it away.

Energy Department spokeswoman Danielle Miller says the firefighters did not inhale any of the radioactive material. She says no contamination has been detected outside of the building where the rupture occurred.


2:15 p.m.

Federal officials say the first known rupture of a barrel containing radioactive sludge at an eastern Idaho nuclear site might not be the last.

That’s because secretive record keeping during the Cold War makes it hard for officials to now know the exact contents of similar barrels.

The U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday that the 55-gallon (208-liter) barrel ruptured late Wednesday at the 890-square-mile (2,305-square-kilometer) site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory.

Officials say crews responded to a containment structure at the Idaho Cleanup Project’s Radioactive Waste Management Complex.

Officials say no one was injured and there’s no threat to the public.

Experts say more barrels might contain a rupture-inducing mix of radioactive and other materials.

The barrels are from nuclear weapons production at the Rocky Flats Plant near Denver, Colorado.

10:20 a.m.

Federal officials say there are no injuries at a nuclear facility in eastern Idaho following the release of radioactive material from a ruptured 55-gallon (208-liter) barrel inside a containment structure.

The U.S. Department of Energy in a statement Thursday says the breach occurred late Wednesday at the 890-square-mile (2,305-square-kilometer) site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory.

Officials say the Idaho National Laboratory Fire Department responded to a fire alarm late Wednesday at the structure at the Idaho Cleanup Project’s Radioactive Waste Management Complex.

The agency says the facility is designed with high-efficiency filters and no contamination has been detected outside.

Workers have been preparing stored waste at the isolated desert site about 55 miles (89 kilometers) west of Idaho Falls for shipment to a storage facility in New Mexico.

7:58 a.m.

Federal officials say they’ve activated an Emergency Operations Center and crews are responding to a reported incident at a nuclear site in eastern Idaho.

The U.S. Department of Energy in a statement Thursday morning says it’s gathering information about the incident at the 890-square-mile (2,305-square-kilometer) site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory.

Officials haven’t released details about the type of incident reported at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex, where radioactive waste from around the country was buried for decades.

Workers have been digging up the waste at the isolated desert site for shipment to a storage facility in New Mexico.

Idaho National Laboratory Joint Information Center spokeswoman Laura Scheele says there’s no information about any injuries or possible radioactive contamination.

Officials say there is no risk to the public.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 06:35

An injured firefighter and a resident were rescued from a fire that ripped up the front of a three-story Union Street home Wednesday afternoon.

The firefighter, who was stuck on the roof, was rescued by the Rapid Intervention Crew from the Lake Hiawatha Fire Department.

“They did a great job,” Boonton Fire Department Chief Ed Robillard said. “They cut a hole in the roof, pulled him through, pulled him down three stories and out. He’s being evaluated at the hospital for severe fatigue, but as of now, it appears he will be alright.”

The female resident was evacuated out of the back of the home after attempting to get out through the front.

“She appears to be OK,” said Robillard, who was unsure whether she was removed by police or firefighters..

Fire fighters on the scene of a home fire on Union Street in Boonton. April 11, 2018 (Photo: William Westhoven)

Rocio Salinas, who lives a few doors down from the fire scene on Union Street, said she was outside walking with her children when they started to smell smoke.

“Then I saw a lot of smoke coming out of the windows,” she said. “Then the fire. Oh my God, the fire. First floor, second floor, then the third floor. I called 911 and in less than 30 seconds, they were here.”

Robillard said his department was called to the fire at 3:56 p.m. and called a second alarm when police confirmed it was an active fire.

The second alarm brought in additional support from Parsippany District 5, Mount Tabor, Boonton Township, Mountain Lakes, Montville and Morris Plains.

Neighbors witness a fire on Union Street in Boonton April 11, 2018 (Photo: Courtesy of Rocio Salinas)

Salinas did not know the occupants of the home. Several neighbors worried about a dog that lived in the home, but another neighbor said the dog was in a kennel.

Most of the damage was confined to the exterior of the home, which was deemed uninhabitable.

Robillard said the cause of the fire was undetermined and was being investigated by the Boonton Police Department.

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250 die in Algerian plane crash

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 05:37

Hamid Ould Ahmed

April 12 2018 2:30 AM

Witnesses said they had seen a wing catch fire shortly after the plane took off.More than 250 people were killed yesterday when a military plane crashed in a field near Algiers, the capital of Algeria.

Dozens of firefighters, rescuers and military officials worked around the blackened fuselage of the aircraft, which had been ripped open near its wings.

Bits of mangled and smouldering debris were scattered across the field near Boufarik airport, south-west of Algiers. Earlier TV images showed flames and smoke billowing from the site of the crash.

“At around 8am an Ilyushin model military transport plane crashed directly after take-off in an agricultural field that was clear of residents,” Major General Boualem Madi said.

A line of white body bags could be seen on the ground next to the wreck.

“After taking off, with the plane at a height of 150 metres I saw the fire on its wing. The pilot avoided crashing on the road when he changed the flight path to the field,” Abd El Karim, a witness, said.

A total of 257 people were killed, most of them military, the defence ministry said.

Ten crew and other people described as family members died, and a number of survivors were being treated at an army hospital, the ministry added.

Irish Independent

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Plane makes emergency landing

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 05:36

By Staff Reports

Two people suffered minor injuries after a plane made an emergency landing in a field east of Franklin.

Both the pilot and a passenger were able to walk away from the landing on Wednesday afternoon and their injuries were believed to be minor, with mainly cuts and bruises, Sheriff Doug Cox said.

The plane went down near County Road 525E and State Road 44, about half a mile east of the Interstate 65 exit onto King Street in Franklin, Cox said. The incident happened about 2 p.m.

The pilot was forced to land the plane, a single-engine aircraft, due to a fuel problem, Cox said.

Federal Aviation Administration officials were notified of the incident, he said.

Cox said it does not appear that the landing gear was used, but the plane landed on its belly and stayed upright. The matter is still under investigation.

This is the second time this year that a plane has made an emergency landing in a field east of Franklin. On Jan. 19, an aircraft began issuing a distress signal then landed in a farm field southeast of the city. The aircraft wasn’t damaged and the pilot resumed his flight shortly after landing, but the incident prompted an emergency response because the aircraft was issuing a distress signal from the air.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 05:34

38 Years ago today: On 12 April 1980 a Transbrasil Boeing 727 crashed on approach to Florianopolis, Brazil, killing 55 out of 58 occupants.

Date: Saturday 12 April 1980 Time: 20:38 Type: Boeing 727-27C Operator: Transbrasil Registration: PT-TYS C/n / msn: 19111/297 First flight: 1966-07-01 (13 years 10 months) Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7 Crew: Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8 Passengers: Fatalities: 47 / Occupants: 50 Total: Fatalities: 55 / Occupants: 58 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: 24 km (15 mls) from Florianópolis-Hercilio Luz International Airport, SC (FLN) (   Brazil) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: São Paulo-Congonhas Airport, SP (CGH/SBSP), Brazil Destination airport: Florianópolis-Hercilio Luz International Airport, SC (FLN/SBFL), Brazil Flightnumber: 303

The Boeing was off course during an instrument approach to Florianopolis and struck a hill. The aircraft was flown by an inspector pilot on a training mission. A severe thunderstorm was active in the area.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSES: Misjudged speed and distance, inadequate flight supervision, failure to initiate a go-around and improper operation of the engines.

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