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Maryland fire chief warns firefighters about harassing custodians

Statter 911 - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 23:39

Montgomery County chief says harassment of Latina custodial workers will not be tolerated

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Fire on Plane Departing from John Wayne Airport Is Extinguished; ‘Few’ Minor Injuries Reported

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:42

A Southwest Airlines flight was departing for San Jose from John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana when a fire was reported aboard the plane on Monday night, an airport spokeswoman said.

The fire — which has since been put out — broke out on Southwest flight #2123, causing its emergency chutes to deploy, according to the airport. Evacuations slides were used to remove passengers and crew members from the plane, the airline said.

It was reported at about 7:30 p.m., Deanne Thompson, an airport spokeswoman, said.

“A few minor injuries” were reported by the airport in a tweet, although officials have not released further information about those — only saying no one was taken to a hospital for treatment.

No serious injuries were reported, according to a statement from Southwest Airlines.

The flight was carrying 139 passengers and 5 crew members, airport officials tweeted. An hour after the fire was first reported, Southwest Airlines was still working on getting those passengers onto other flights the same night, Thompson said.

However, as baggage for each passenger has to now be transferred onto other planes, Southwest has no exact time frame for when people would be ensured a replacement flight, she said.

In a statement, the airline said its employees in Orange County were “working diligently” to make accommodations for passengers.

“We regret any inconvenience the event has caused,” the airline statement read.

John Wayne Airport


Due to a fire believed to be in the auxiliary power unit, the SW crew decided to evacuate the plane. 139 passengers and 5 crew members. A few minor injuries and no one was transported. Fire is out.

John Wayne Airport tweeted that the fire had been put out just before 8:00 p.m.

John Wayne Airport


Southwest Airlines flight #2123 landed at John Wayne Airport. A fire was reported, chutes were deployed to evacuate passengers and crew members. Fire is out. Additional details pending.

At the time the fire broke out, the plane was pushing back from the gate, Thompson said. It was located in the auxiliary power unit, which is a small engine in the rear of the plane.

Soon after the fire was reported, the airline crew decided to evacuate passengers from the plane, the airport said in tweet.

By 8:35 p.m., the airport tweeted that operations across its facility were “back to normal.”

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One killed in small plane crash in Whatcom County

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:40

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – One person was killed when a small plane crashed in Whatcom County Monday night, according to the Sheriff’s office.

Crews received reports of an aircraft down around 10 p.m. in an area about five miles south of Bellingham International Airport.

The Sheriff’s office said the plane had lost radio contact with air traffic control.

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol helicopter found the wreckage in the Larabee State Park area near Chuckanut Mountain, using a signal from the plane’s last known location and direction of travel.

When firefighters arrived, they said there were trees down, but no fire.

One person was confirmed dead.

The Sheriff’s office said it’s believed the pilot was the only person on board, but is searching the area to make sure no one else was involved in the crash.

The Sheriff’s office said according to the plane’s owner, the single engine, fixed-wing plane was being flown from Snohomish County to Bellingham for maintenance.

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating, and the NTSB has been notified and is in route.

Investigators are still working to confirm the pilot’s identity and notify next of kin.

No word yet on what may have caused the crash.

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Elk fells helicopter in remote Wasatch County

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:38

By Annie Knox, KSL

FRUITLAND, Duchesne County — A pilot and passenger from Australia sustained only small cuts and bruises when an elk jumped and severed the tail rotor of their helicopter Monday evening near Currant Creek in Wasatch County. 

The pair was attempting to net the animal, Wasatch County Search and Rescue said on Facebook.

Few details were immediately released, and it was not clear how the elk fared. First responders from Fruitland evaluated the two aboard the helicopter.

“Not something you see every day when an Elk brings down a chopper,” the rescue group wrote in the Facebook post.

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources was investigating.

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Gyrocopter pilot hurt landing at Victoria airport; flights cancelled, delayed

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:36

A man was taken to hospital after an unconventional aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from Victoria International Airport Monday afternoon. The crash on the airport’s main runway caused some flights cancellation and delays. 

The aircraft, called an autogyro or gyrocopter, was 15 feet off the ground when it crashed at about 12:30 p.m., causing pieces of the aircraft to scatter across the runway, said Ken Gallant, the airport’s director of operations and safety.

“The pilot was departing when something happened to cause it to come back down to the ground,” he said.

The airport’s emergency response team, Sidney/North Saanich RCMP and North Saanich Fire responded. The pilot, the sole person on board, was taken to Victoria General Hospital with undetermined injuries.

The crash caused a small fuel spill which was contained with foam.

The pilot is from Greater Victoria and keeps the aircraft in a hangar at the airport, Gallant said.

An autogyro has an engine-powered propeller at the back and a free-spinning unpowered rotor on top. Both the windows of the aircraft were shattered and its front wheel collapsed.

The crash closed the airport’s primary runway, which resulted in two cancelled flights and several delays.

The aircraft was moved into a hangar at 2:30 p.m., which allowed the airport to resume normal operations.

The Transportation Safety Board was notified and the airport has passed all relevant information to the board for an investigation, Gallant said.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:34

63 Years ago today: On 13 February 1955 a Sabena Douglas DC-6 flew into a hill on a flight to Rome, Italy, killing all 29 occupants.

Date: Sunday 13 February 1955 Time: 18:53 UTC Type: Douglas DC-6 Operator: Sabena Registration: OO-SDB C/n / msn: 43063/60 First flight: 1947 Crew: Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8 Passengers: Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21 Total: Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 29 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Monte Terminillo (   Italy) Crash site elevation: 1700 m (5577 feet) amsl Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Brussel-Haren Airport, Belgium Destination airport: Roma-Ciampino Airport (CIA/LIRA), Italy

The Sabena DC-6 departed Brussels (BRU), Belgium at 16:17 GMT on a scheduled flight to Rome (CIA), Italy.
Contact with Ciampino ACC was initiated according to plan at 18:29 GMT, at which time the aircraft had passed over Florence at 17500 feet. At 18:48 Ciampino control asked the aircraft whether it had passed over Viterbo. Instead of answering this question directly, the crew inquired whether the Viterbo NDB was on full power. The controller replied that another aircraft had overflown the Viterbo NDB shortly before and had found it to be operating properly.
At 18:51 GMT the aircraft stated that it had passed over Viterbo NDB one minute previously and requested clearance to descend to 5500 feet ; this was granted . One minute later it inquired whether the Ciampino ILS were operating and received an affirmative reply. At 18:53, OO-SDB called Rome control but communication was suddenly cut off.
The airplane hit the slope of the Costone dell’Acquasanta at a height of 1700 metres.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The navigation was conducted without making use of all such radio aids as would have permitted checking, and consequently correcting the drift of the aircraft whereas the crew actually remained unaware of the drift. In fact, instead of making sure they were over the Viterbo beacon, they merely held that conviction, and therefore the approach procedure to the Rome terminal area (which prescribes overflight of the Viterbo beacon) was erroneously applied. The following contributing causes may be taken into consideration, 1) crosswind to the route stronger than forecast; 2) weather conditions particularly unfavourable to radio reception in MF.”

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Watch live: Briefing on death of Tennessee Firefighter Jason Dickey

Statter 911 - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:01

Lawrenceburg firefighter died in collapse during house fire overhaul

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One firefighter killed in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee house fire

Statter 911 - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 00:57

Collapse at house fire Monday night also injures two other firefighters

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 18:49

A fire department water tanker has flipped over in Tilton.

WAND was sent a photo that showed the truck on its side near Route 1 and Ross Lane. A witness told us the truck crashed with a car at an intersection.

We are working to learn what department the truck is from and whether anyone was injured.

The tanker was headed to an apartment fire in downtown Westville on State Street.

Roads are blocked off around the apartment building.

WAND is on the scene of the fire and will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.

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Child rapist/fire chief resigns after his story goes viral

Statter 911 - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 15:06

Roger Gilbert Jr had been a 25-year member of the Spartansburg, PA fire company

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First Rescue for City of Charleston Fire Department in 136 Year History to be built

SCOnFire - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 12:22
Source: Charleston Fire Department Facebook Page Coming soon – Rescue 101: For the first time in its 136-year history the Charleston Fire Department will have a heavy rescue truck in its inventory. The new vehicle will enter production at the Pierce fire apparatus plant in Wisconsin in May and will join the CFD fleet sometime ...


Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 10:36

A firefighter was went to hospital with an arm injury after battling an early-morning blaze that caused $100,000 in damage to a vacant home in downtown Hamilton.

The fire department responded to the blaze at 53 Cathcart St. just west of Wellington Street around 12:15 a.m. Monday to find heavy smoke.

The residents of the neighbouring semi-detached two-storey home were outside when firefighters arrived.

They searched the home and found a “well-involved” fire in the basement. Firefighters quickly put out the blaze but it went up to the second-floor attic through the wall.

The flames didn’t spread to neighbouring homes, however, fire department information Claudio Mostacci said in a news release.

No residents were injured, but a firefighter was sent to hospital with an arm injury received during an overhaul operation, Mostacci said. He has been released from hospital.

The dollar loss is expected to be $100,000, the fire department says.

“The cause of the fire was electrical and not considered suspicious.”

The vacant home had working smoke alarms. The neighbouring semi has some water damage but the residents have been able to return.

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Today is Monday the 12th of February, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 09:12

Here are the stories to start the new week…

Be safe out there!


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Workers Recover Black Boxes from Russian Plane Crash Site

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 09:11

Russian investigators quickly ruled out a terror attack but will not speculate on possible reasons for the crash.

By Associated Press And Vladimir Isachenkov

Feb 12, 2018

Tramping through snowy fields outside Moscow, emergency workers found both flight data recorders from a crashed Russian airliner as they searched Monday for debris and the remains of the 71 passengers and crew who died.

The An-148 twin-engine regional jet bound for Orsk in the southern Urals went down minutes after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport Sunday afternoon. All 65 passengers and 6 crew on board were killed.

Russian investigators quickly ruled out a terror attack but will not speculate on possible reasons for the crash.

Still the crash has re-ignited questions about the An-148, since the model’s safety record is spotty, with one previous crash and a series of major incidents in which pilots struggled to land safely. Saratov Airlines has grounded several other An-148s in its fleet pending the crash probe.

The Investigative Committee, Russia’s premier state investigative agency, said the plane was intact and there had been no fire on board before it hit the ground.

The plane’s fuel tanks exploded on impact, scattering debris across 30 hectares (74 acres) in deep snow, according to the Emergency Ministry, which used drones to direct the search.

Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich told a Cabinet meeting that emergency teams have found both flight data and cockpit conversation recorders, which are crucial for determining the crash’s cause.

Officials said the search for victims’ remains at the crash site will take a week. The 65 passengers ranged in age from 5 to 79, according to a list posted by the Russian Emergencies Ministry. Most victims were from Orsk, where the authorities declared an official day of mourning on Monday.

The plane was operated by Saratov Airlines, which said the plane had received proper maintenance and passed all the necessary checks before the flight. The plane was built in 2010 for a different airline that operated it for several years before putting it in storage. Saratov Airlines commissioned it last year.

The airline said the plane’s captain had more than 5,000 hours of flying time, 2,800 of them in an An-148. The other pilot had 812 hours of experience, largely in that model.

Despite Saratov Airlines’ move to ground its An-148s, another Russian operator of the plane, Angara, based in Irkutsk in eastern Siberia, said it will keep flying them. Russian government agencies that also operate the aircraft haven’t grounded them either.

The An-148 once was touted as an example of Russian-Ukrainian cooperation, but it fell into trouble as relations between the two neighbors unraveled following Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

It was developed by Ukraine’s Antonov company in the early 2000s. About 40 were built, most of them in Russia that manufactured the plane under license.

Along with several commercial carriers, the An-148 is operated by the Russian Defense Ministry and several other government agencies. Ukraine’s president has used the plane for some of his trips.

But the plane’s production in Russia was halted last year because of low demand and media reports indicated that some carriers, including the Saratov Airlines, were experiencing a shortage of spares. Some airlines reportedly had to cannibalize some of their planes to keep others airworthy.

Among the major problems, in March 2011 an An-148 crashed during a training flight in Russia, killing all six crew on board. Investigators blamed pilot error.

In 2010, another An-148 operated by a Russian carrier suffered a major failure of its control system but its crew managed to land safely.

Last September, a Saratov Airlines An-148 had one of its engines shut down minutes after takeoff, but landed safely. And in October, another An-148 that belonged to a different Russian carrier suffered an engine fire on takeoff but managed to land.

The last large airline crash in Russia occurred on Dec. 25, 2016, when a Tu-154 operated by the Russian Defense Ministry on its way to Syria crashed into the Black Sea minutes after takeoff from Sochi. All 92 people on board were killed.

The probe into that crash is still ongoing, but officials have indicated that a pilot error appeared to be the reason.

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Pilot and his family, including 9-year-old granddaughter, killed when small plane crashes near Agua Dulce

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 09:08

A small plane crashed in the rugged hills near Agua Dulce and the 14 Freeway in northern Los Angeles County on Sunday morning, killing all four on board, authorities said. 

The Cirrus VK-30 plane crashed near the intersection of Mesa Grande and Briggs roads on a hillside between the highway and Soledad Canyon Road, said Art Marrujo, Los Angeles County fire dispatch supervisor. The reports of the crash came in around 10:55 a.m., he said.

The pilot was identified by a family member as Thomas Hastings, 65, who was returning to his Winnetka home after a weekend trip to Las Vegas with his daughter Amber Hill, 27; her husband, Jacob Hill, 25; and her daughter, Madison Hastings Saxelby, 9.

“They do this trip every couple months,” said the pilot’s son Jake Hastings, 30. “A routine, normal thing.”

It should have been an hourlong flight. Hastings began to worry when he didn’t hear from his family an hour after they were due to arrive. He called his father and sister several times, but no one answered.

“I had an eerie feeling about it,” he said.

Soon after, Hastings saw photographs of the crash on the news, and he knew right away: it was his father’s plane. He recognized the Cirrus VK-30 — one of nine registered with the Federal Aviation Administration — as the one his father spent nearly a decade building in their garage.

He said the plane hit power lines before crashing about four miles from Agua Dulce Air Park. 

Thomas Hastings was an avid and experienced flier who obtained his pilot license before he could drive, at 15, with dreams of becoming a fighter pilot, his son said. He ended up working instead as a mechanical engineer and was about a year away from retiring from his job at Haas Automation.

Since he finished building the plane in 1999, Thomas Hastings “traveled all around the world,” his son said. The elder Hastings frequently volunteered for the Young Eagles program, which introduces youth to aviation with a free ride on an airplane.

“He’s given thousands and thousands of rides,” Jake Hastings said. “He just wants people to enjoy and love flying.”

He said his sister, Amber Hill, was a successful eyelash-extension artist who enjoyed family vacations with her husband and daughter. At school, his niece, Madison, was known as the “mad scientist,” a nickname she earned after making clay objects and edible slime concoctions.

“They love each other so much and had a great life,” Jake Hastings said.

Recently, the family took the plane to Big Bear to celebrate Christmas. Most Fridays for the last couple of years, the whole family gathered for dinner.

“I got a chance to have so many experiences with them,” he said.

The crash scene is being turned over to investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board. 

The NTSB said in a tweet that the plane was a VK-30, a fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft sold by Cirrus Aircraft in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a kit plane when the company was known as Cirrus Design.

The VK-30 plane is classified as an amateur-built aircraft by the Federal Aviation Administration, meaning that a “major portion” of the plan was fabricated and assembled by the owner for his or her own education or recreation.

The plane had undergone its annual inspection a month or so ago, the pilot’s son said.

Former U.S. astronaut Robert Overmyer was killed in a VK-30 kit plane in 1996, according to news reports from the time.

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PD: 3 people killed in helicopter crash near Grand Canyon; 4 injured

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 09:03 staff

GRAND CANYON WEST, AZ – Three people have been killed and four others are “level one trauma patients” after a helicopter crashed near the Grand Canyon Saturday afternoon, according to Hualapai Nation Police Chief Francis Bradley. 

Chief Bradley said a Papillon Airways aircraft carrying a pilot and six passengers crashed in the Quartermaster Canyon sometime around 5:20 p.m.

During a Sunday afternoon press conference, Chief Bradley confirmed that all six passengers were from the United Kingdom.

Authorities released the names of the victims who survived the crash Sunday night.

The pilot, 42-year-old Scott Booth and passengers, 29-year-old Ellie Milward, 32-year-old Jonathan Udall and 39-year-old Jennifer Barham were all flown to the University Medical Center in Las Vegas where they’re listed in critical condition.

The three people who died in the crash were identified by authorities as 27-year-old Becky Dobson, 32-year-old Jason Hill and 30-year-old Stuart Hill.

Dispatch received the emergency call regarding the crash at 5:31 p.m. Multiple agencies are assisting in the investigation.

Allen Kenitzer with the FAA Office of Communications confirmed in an email that the helicopter, a Eurocopter EC130, “crashed under unknown circumstances in the Grand Canyon.”

He said the helicopter was on a tour and the helicopter “sustained substantial damage.”

Bradley said rescue efforts were hindered by high winds, darkness and extremely rugged terrain where the crash is located. The recovery efforts wrapped up around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Bradly extended condolences to the family, friends, and relatives of the crash saying, “It’s a very tragic incident and I would like to personally commend the first responders who were involved in the recovery efforts.”

The only access to the crash site was by helicopter or on foot by hiking 20-miles. The pilot, who survived the accident, suffered injuries to at least “one of his limbs,” officials said. A second person suffered burn injuries and no information was provided regarding the two other patients.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating.

This is one of several incidents in the past two decades involving Las Vegas-based Papillon Airways, according to NTSB crash reports:

In 1999, a helicopter operated by the company hit a tree, killing the pilot and seriously injuring an instructor.

In 2001, six people, including the pilot, were killed in a crash. The tour had stopped at Quartermaster Canyon and was on its way back to Las Vegas, where the tour began when the helicopter crashed.

Isaac Braun, the father of the lone survivor of this crash, says this most recent incident gave him flashbacks.

“What happened with my daughter, it’s happening again,” said Braun.

In 2009, a helicopter with six passengers lost engine power after the pilot heard a “loud pop,” but no one was injured.

In 2014, a pilot was killed after he got out of a running helicopter to go to the bathroom and was struck by rotor blades.

On Sunday, the CEO of Papillon Airways released the following statement regarding the crash:

“It is with extreme sadness we extend our heartfelt sympathy to the families involved in this accident. Our top priority is the care and needs of our passengers and our staff. Family members seeking immediate assistance, please call 1-866-512-9121. We are cooperating fully with NTSB investigators and local authorities.” – Brenda Halvorson, Chief Executive Officer, Papillon Group

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Authorities investigating plane crash at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 08:59 staff 

MESA, AZ – Officials are investigating after a plane went down at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Saturday afternoon.

According to a Mesa Fire spokesman, a two-person plane crashed after its landing gear collapsed, causing the aircraft to skid off the runway.

The pilot was alone on the plane and no injuries were reported, officials said.

No additional information was immediately available.

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Air Force investigating F-16 Fighting Falcon incident

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 08:57

Joey Greaber

PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Air Force is investigating an incident that occurred involving an F-16 Fighting Falcon Sunday.

According to 1st Lt. Lacey L. Roberts, a Netherlands F-16 Fighting Falcon based out of the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing struck a cable near Black Canyon City at 10:00 a.m.

The pilot landed the aircraft safely at Sky Harbor Airport.

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