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Video: Boston tower ladder collapses at fire

Statter 911 - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 22:12

No injuries reported after collapse Wednesday night

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 20:43

Three people were injured when a four-alarm fire tore through a home in Brooklyn Wednesday afternoon.

The flames broke out at a home on 63rd Street in Bensonhurst around 3:15 p.m.

Plumes of smoke could be seen for miles.

Two firefighters and one resident were hurt. Thankfully, the injuries are said to be minor.

A fire truck headed to the scene was involved in a minor accident at East 7th Street and Avenue K in Midwood.

Both the fire truck and the other vehicle involved in the crash ended up going through some hedges and onto a person’s lawn.

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One Facebook post causes Ohio firefighter to lose jobs with two departments

Statter 911 - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 18:19

Facebook post described as "racially insensitive".

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 17:42

The Missouri Highway Patrol is investigating a crash in Fair Grove involving three vehicles, including a fire truck.

The crash happened at U.S. 65 and Highway CC around the noon-hour.

Investigators say the driver of a pickup failed to yield, crashing into an Ebenezer Fire Department truck. The pickup then slide into another vehicle, pinning a man standing on the side of the road. He suffered serious injuries. The driver of the pickup suffered minor injuries.

Investigators tell us the fire truck was heading to a grass fire off of Morgan Lane. Firefighters evacuated homes in that area because of the fire. Fair Grove, Ebenezer, Willard, Walnut Grove and Ash Grove responded.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 06:19

According to Lancaster County Dispatch, crews are battling a fire at the Eden Resorts and Suites in Manheim Township.

The call came in at 9:30 PM at 222 Eden Road. Dispatch says that one of the villas at the resort is fully engulfed in flames.

According to Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal, one firefighter sustained minor injuries and has been transported to a local hospital. There are no other injuries being reported at this time.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 06:16

A firefighter was injured while working to extinguish a fire in Roxbury early Wednesday morning, according to officials.

Crews were called to 41 Walnut St. around 2 a.m. to investigate reports of a fire inside a carriage house.

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It took crews more than an hour to knock down the flames, and a firefighter was injured.

The injuries were described as minor by officials.

The two-story building sits behind a few vacant homes.

No other injuries were reported.

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Algeria plane crash: At least 105 dead after military plane ‘carrying 200 soldiers’ crashes

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 04:57

A source claims there were no survivors when the plane crashed into a field near Boufarik military airport, according to reports

At least 105 people are dead after an Algerian military plane carrying more than 200 soldiers crashed just minutes after take-off, according to reports.

The transport plane crashed into a field near the Boufarik military airport near the capital Algiers and burst into flames just before 8am local time on Wednesday.

One report, quoting a military source, said there were no survivors.

Footage posted online showed a huge plume of smoke rising into the air above the site of the air disaster.

Reports said the aircraft was a Russian-made Ilyushin transport plane that crashed shortly after taking off on a flight bound for Bechar in the south-west of the North African country.

Dozens of emergency response vehicles, including at least 14 ambulances, were sent to the scene in Blida province in northern Algeria, ALG 24 reported. 

The report said 200 soldiers were on board the plane for a scheduled hour-long flight.

It said at least 105 people were dead.

A military source told Al Arabiya News Channel that there were no survivors.

Algeria’s Air Force has seen a number of tragedies in recent years.

In February 2014, 76 people were killed when a US-built Lockheed C-130H Hercules transport plane crashed in a mountainous area near Ain Kercha, south of Constantine Airport.

There was just one survivor on the plane which was carrying military families from Tamanrasset to Constantine, according to the Aviation Safety Network.

In November 2012, all six crew and passengers were killed when a Spanish-built CASA C-295M plane crashed into a hillside near Saint-Germain-du-Teil, France.

Five crew members and 10 people on the ground died when a C-130H Hercules’ engine caught fire and the plane crashed into houses on the outskirts of nearby Blida in June 2003.

The plane had taken off from the military airport in Boufarik moments earlier. 

The Algerian Air Force’s fleet includes Ilyushin Il-78 refuelling aircraft and Ilyushin Il-76 tactical airlift (transport) planes, in addition to other planes and helicopters built in Russia, the US or Europe.

Wednesday’s mass tragedy was one of two fatal crashes involving military aircraft.

In Serbia, an Air Force pilot was killed and a second was injured when a Yugoslav-era Soko G-4 Super Galeb fighter jet crashed near Kovacica, Blic reported.

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NTSB faults pilots, FAA and Hageland in 2016 crash that killed 3

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 04:55

Author: Alex DeMarban

The probable cause of a fatal plane crash near Togiak in 2016 was a crew decision not to divert as bad weather closed in, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

The pilots were flying under visual flight rules into deteriorating visibility, in conditions that require instruments, the board said. They had likely switched off an important warning system that would have alerted them when they began to fly too low, the board said.

The board also said the airline, Hageland Aviation, doing business at the time of the crash as aircraft operator Ravn Connect, and the Federal Aviation Administration didn’t ensure the pilots received proper training.

“This crash involved a well-equipped airplane with not one but two professional pilots on board,” NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said. “But the many layers of protection against controlled flight into terrain failed to protect the pilots and their passenger.”

Among several recommendations, the board called on the FAA to address the lack of technology at many remote airports that makes it impossible for pilots to fly well above mountains using instrument panels. Instead, pilots are often forced to rely on sight and sometimes fly low beneath clouds.

“Until we make those (infrastructure) changes, we are just biting around the fringes,” Sumwalt said.

The crash of the Cessna 208B Caravan happened in the Ahklun Mountains on Oct. 2, 2016, a dozen miles northwest of Togiak. The plane was traveling from Quinhagak when it slammed into a mountainside about 200 feet below the 2,500-foot summit.

Ravn Air Group chief executive Dave Pflieger said in a statement that the company is working “to ensure that an event like this never happens again.”

A new leadership team at the company has increased investment into safety, pilot training and information sharing with other carriers and the FAA, the statement said.

“Our goal with these efforts is to not only prevent future commercial aircraft accidents, but also improve overall aviation safety in Alaska,” Pflieger said.

The crash killed pilots Timothy Cline, 48, of Homer, and Drew Welty, 29, of Anchorage, as well as passenger Louie John, a fisherman from Manokotak.

An NTSB goal in its investigation was highlighting the problem of Alaska crashes involving “controlled flight into terrain,” when a pilot operating an airworthy airplane crashes into the ground or some other obstacle, often in poor weather. Forty people died in 36 such aircraft accidents in Alaska between 2008 and 2016, the board said.

The board also investigated five accidents and one runway excursion involving Hageland Aviation, including an incident in 2013 when a Hageland crash killed four people near St. Marys.

Contributing factors in the crash near Togiak included a Hageland procedure allowing pilots to shut off a warning system that notified them when they flew within 700 feet of terrain.

Sumwalt said such low flying is a necessity in Alaska if clouds are low, but the warning systems create a nuisance and complacency as they repeatedly sound alarms.

“I don’t think the pilots had a choice (but to shut off the warnings) without going crazy and listening to that thing,” Sumwalt said. “They had to inhibit that.”

The problem has been a factor in other Alaska crashes, he pointed out, including the June 2015 crash of a Promech Air flightseeing floatplane that killed nine people near Ketchikan.

Another contributing factor was insufficient training for the pilots to reduce the risk of controlled-flight crashes, the board said.

Hageland had offered the pilots training to avoid controlled-flight crashes based on the guidance of the Medallion Foundation, a nonprofit partnership between the FAA and industry focused on improving aviation safety in Alaska.

But the training was outdated and did not address the specific risks Hageland pilots face while flying under visual flight rules in Alaska’s mountainous terrain, board officials said.

The board issued five new recommendations for the FAA, including that the agency address the limitations of terrain-warning systems. It issued two recommendations to the Medallion Foundation and one to Hageland to address training and improve procedures.

The three-member board approved Sumwalt’s recommendation that the FAA install communications and weather equipment to allow more pilots to fly by instruments.

“If these recommendations can be implemented, and we are going to push for that, they will go a big way toward improving safety in the state of Alaska,” said Sumwalt.

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Your FD’s So Called “Culture”…(The Secret List)

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 04:53


This is a no cost opportunity for fire department leadership to look within their own department to answer the question…


Drexel University*, has announced the availability of FOCUS: the Fire Service Organizational Culture of Safety survey. The FOCUS survey was developed through a FEMA AFG Grant and over 130 fire departments helped develop this tool.

Now through a partnership with FDSOA, FIRST will administer the validated FOCUS survey on a first-come, first-served basis to 500 fire departments — career and volunteer. Additional fire departments will be placed on a waitlist and served as resources allow.

 FOCUS is a tool that can predict firefighter injuries and organizational outcomes, such as burnout, job satisfaction, and work engagement. FOCUS administration will provide your fire department with objective data to assess your safety culture. There is NO COST to the participating fire departments.

At completion, your fire department will receive: 

·       Customized data showing your safety culture at both the department and station levels
·       A comparative analysis of your safety culture to other similar departments who have participated
·       Objective evidence to inform safety related policy decisions

PLEASE NOTE: Only one entry per fire department will be accepted (i.e. Chief, Commissioner, Safety Officer). In addition, FIRST strongly encourages departments to involve their IAFF Local, as applicable.

Andrea Davis or Lauren Shepler, 267-359-6059, 336-309- 1411

FIRST website:

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 4/10/2018-2030 Hours

* The Center for Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends (FIRST)


REMINDER—-Can You Help?

2018 is the 20th Anniversary of The Secret List. We are doing a t-shirt fundraiser where 100% of the profits will be split 50/50 between the FirefighterCancerSupport Network and The Ray Pfeifer Memorial Foundation.

Please help us raise the needed dollars for these two very important charities.

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Tenn. EMS providers start petition to ban 24-hour shifts

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 04:51

A petition urging Governor Bill Haslam to create legislation preventing workers’ fatigue has reached over 3,000 signatures

By EMS1 Staff

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A petition was created in the hopes of persuading the governor to create legislation banning 24-hour EMS shifts.

The petition argues that EMS providers are not getting enough rest to be “adequately prepared mentally, physically and emotionally” to treat patients with the current shift lengths.

“Increases in call volumes over the last two decades coupled with the ‘Laissez-faire’ status, that allows for both public and private ambulance services to run both emergency and non-emergency calls when many of the employees have not slept, and in some cases, have not stopped treating patients for 24-plus hours, has created a paradigm of prehospital care that is damaging to the provider, the public and the patients,” the petition reads.

The petition added that the EMS providers are also responsible for the safety of the patient while driving an ambulance, but “doing so while barely able to keep one’s eyes open is comparable and at times worse than driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.”

“Currently, EMS organizations are excluded from restrictions placed on the number of hours that an individual can drive,” the petition said. “In an effort to reduce costs, most private services operate with one EMT and one paramedic. Because paramedics have a larger scope of practice, this creates a dilemma where the EMT may have to drive 100 percent of the time.”

The petition concludes by calling upon Governor Bill Haslam to:

  • Legislate stricter definitions of emergency, non-emergency to prevent administrative manipulation of the intent of the law.
  • Legally protect providers’ right to refuse calls if they feel they are too exhausted to adequately provide care as is common practice in air medical industries.
  • Provide stricter oversight by independent agencies to the working conditions of prehospital providers.
  • Diversify the flow of income to ambulance services by allowing EMS organizations to bill for preventive care services provided in home and to pressure Medicare, and private insurance companies to reimburse for services other than transport.

The petition currently has over 3,000 signatures. To sign, click here.[cub_id]

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 04:49

66 Years ago today: On 11 April 1952 a PanAm Douglas DC-4 crashed into the sea after takeoff from San Juan, killing 52 out of 69 occupants.

Date: Friday 11 April 1952 Time: 12:20 AST Type: Douglas DC-4 Operator: Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) Registration: N88899 C/n / msn: 10503 First flight: 1945 Total airframe hrs: 20835 Engines:Pratt & Whitney R-2000 Crew: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5 Passengers: Fatalities: 52 / Occupants: 64 Total: Fatalities: 52 / Occupants: 69 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: 18 km (11.3 mls) NW off San Juan-Isla Grande Airport (SIG) (   Puerto Rico) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: San Juan-Isla Grande Airport (SIG/TJIG), Puerto Rico Destination airport: New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY (IDL/KIDL), United States of America Flightnumber: PA526A

The aircraft, named “Clipper Endeavour” took off from San Juan at 12:11 for a flight to New York when the no. 3 engine failed. The prop was feathered at 350 feet and the crew elected to return to San Juan. The aircraft reached an altitude of 550 feet but the no. 4 engine ran roughly and height couldn’t be maintained. To avoid a possible forced landing in a congested area or on coral reef, the aircraft was ditched 11 miles NW of San Juan Airport, 4,5 miles offshore. The rear fuselage broke off behind the bulkhead aft of the main cabin. The plane sank in about 3 minutes.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “a) The company’s inadequate maintenance in not changing the No. 3 engine which resulted in its failure immediately subsequent to take-off, and b) The persistent action of the captain in attempting to re-establish a climb, without using all available power, following the critical loss of power to another engine. This resulted in a nose-high attitude, progressive loss of airspeed and the settling of the aircraft at too low an altitude to effect recovery,”

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Video: Tulsa house fire with evacuation order

Statter 911 - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 21:08

April 2 house fire

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Arrival video: Fatal rowhouse fire in Jeannette, Pennsylvania

Statter 911 - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 17:16

Fire Monday afternoon killed one woman and injured another

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 16:55

The long-tangled case against a San Francisco firefighter accused of drunkenly plowing his fire rig into a motorcyclist in the city’s South of Market neighborhood — only to then run to a nearby bar to chug water — ended in a guilty plea on a significantly lesser charge, prosecutors said Monday.

Michael Quinn, who resigned from the San Francisco Fire Department after the 2013 crash, pleaded guilty Friday to one misdemeanor count of delaying an arrest and was sentenced to two years probation, bringing an end to an unusual saga.

A grand jury indicted Quinn, 47, in 2014 on three felony counts of drunken driving, but more than a year later a San Francisco judge tossed key evidence, including Breathalyzer and blood tests, hobbling the prosecution’s case.

District Attorney George Gascón, nevertheless, opted to pursue charges after the judge’s ruling.

The episode began around 11:30 p.m. on June 29, 2013, when Quinn, a 20-year department veteran, slammed his rig into motorcyclist Jack Frazier at Fifth and Howard streets. Frazier was thrown into a nearby fire hydrant and suffered serious injuries to his ribs, hip and ankle.

Frazier, who was under the influence of marijuana, had a green light but was required to yield to emergency vehicles. The San Francisco city attorney’s office and Board of Supervisors in 2016 agreed to pay Frazier nearly $5 million to settle his civil case against the city.

Video evidence of the crash was played for the grand jury and showed Quinn’s truck blowing through a red light at the intersection at 25 mph. Department rules require fire rigs to slow down as a precaution.

Quinn left the scene half an hour after the wreck and was captured on video chugging nearly four pitchers of water at the nearby Chieftain pub. A fellow firefighter reported that he’d seen Quinn vomit into a trash can, prosecutors said.

What’s more, prosecutors said, Quinn didn’t return to his nearby fire station for nearly two hours.

Once back at the station, he submitted to three Breathalyzer tests, all of which showed he was over the legal limit. Police arrested Quinn and drew his blood at 6 a.m. the next morning. The test showed his blood alcohol content was .11 — still over the .08 legal driving limit.

Prosecutors estimated Quinn’s blood alcohol level at the time of the crash could have been as high as .31 percent.

The case against him began to fall apart when San Francisco Superior Court Judge Kay Tsenin dismissed the Breathalyzer tests as unreliable, because the Fire Department did not properly calibrate its equipment. As a result, there wasn’t enough evidence for police to arrest Quinn, Tsenin ruled, and the blood evidence collected by police was also tossed. Prosecutors appealed the ruling but lost.

Several firefighters, including two assistant chiefs, were suspended by Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White for mishandling the incident.

Quinn’s attorney, James Bustamante, did not immediately return phone calls. Officials with the San Francisco Fire Department said they could not comment on the case.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 16:29

Police in Elizabeth are on the scene of a shooting that erupted just outside the Elizabeth Fire Department Headquarters Monday morning.

According to preliminary reports, the incident happened sometime before 10 a.m. in the 100 block of Irvington Avenue where reports of shots fired sent police officers to the scene.

Responding officers arrived to find the headquarters’ bay door struck by at least five to six bullets while at least two additional bullets struck a fire truck and a vehicle but none of the firefighters were hurt.

Police said the male victim was in the area when he was allegedly approached by an armed black male. As the victim fled, the suspect fired at him. The victim’s pant leg was grazed but he was not wounded, police added.

The suspect was reportedly last seen fleeing towards Parker Road and Irvington Avenue.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information can call Detective Thomas Kozur at ‪908-558-2048‬.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 14:50

An East Fork firefighter has been taken to California for a burn injury suffered while extinguishing a hay truck early Monday morning.

East Fork firefighters responded to the 4 a.m. fire at Highway 88 in front of Douglas High School.

“First arriving units found a tractor trailer with two full trailers of hay fully involved in fire that was spreading to the attached load of hay,” East Fork Deputy Chief Dave Fogerson said on Monday. “The fire was quickly knocked down and the threat to any nearby exposures was eliminated.”

The driver of the truck was able to escape the vehicle.

Workers were still on scene cleaning up the wreckage and unloading the hay at 9 a.m. Monday.

The fire affected the Monday commute and arrival of students at Douglas High School.


Fogerson said high school administrators coordinated the parking areas to help students get parked.

The injured firefighter was taken for treatment locally and has been transferred to the University of California, Davis, Burn Center with nonlife-threatening injuries. Fogerson said the firefighter had a circumferential burn to his left leg.

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Today is Tuesday the 10th of April, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 11:51

Here are today’s stories…

Take a good look at the article titled “New evidence in lawsuit filed by family of 4 firefighters who died in Southwest Inn fire”. Use the links provided to get a look at the reports from this fire. Learn something that might save your life some day!

Be safe out there!


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6 killed in plane crash at famed golf course in Arizona

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 11:47


Six people died after their small plane crashed at the TPC Scottsdale Champions Course in Arizona on Monday, killing everyone on board, police said.

Emergency crews responded to the fiery crash site, located just north of the Scottsdale Airport, at around 9 p.m. on Monday, authorities said.

The aircraft, a Piper PA24, crashed and caught fire just after takeoff from Scottsdale Airport, FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said in a statement.

“At this point in the investigation we can confirm that the flight originated from the Scottsdale airport and crashed shortly after takeoff,” the department said in a statement. “None of the six passengers aboard the aircraft survived.”

The department said it would withhold the identities of the victims until next-of-kin notifications are complete.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident.

The golf course was designed by Randy Heckenkemper, and is the sister course of the Stadium Course, where the PGA holds one of its most-popular annual tournaments.

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Toddler hit by oxygen tank on American Airlines flight at DFW Airport

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 11:45


American Airlines is investigating after a 1-year-old boy was hit in the head by an oxygen tank that fell from the ceiling during a flight to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.

According to the toddler’s mother, 33-year-old Jennifer Zanone of Denver, the incident occurred on American Airlines flight AA126 traveling from Hong Kong to DFW around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Zanone said that upon landing, an entire ceiling panel, including a tank full of oxygen, fell onto the head of her son, who was sitting on her lap in seat 35L. She said they were directed to wait for a gate agent to document the incident but that no one appeared.

“We stood there waiting for an agent and our stroller until the captain himself walked off the flight and apologized to us,” said Zanone. “After leaving the gate area, we went to the next customer service area to try to report the incident and were given the runaround for an hour and a half. While the apologies were appreciated, documentation of the incident would have been preferred.”

In an email statement, American Airlines stated that its flight attendants offered to request medical personnel upon arrival but that the request was declined by Zanone.

“American’s primary concern is for the Zanone family and their young child. Our customer relations team has spoken with Mrs. Zanone to offer additional support and obtain details of what transpired at Dallas/Fort Worth yesterday. Customers trust us to take care of them and we take that responsibility seriously,” the statement said.

Zanone said she did decline medical assistance but grew frustrated by what she perceived as a lack of response by the airline after arrival.

“We were offered medical assistance immediately following the incident and we did decline because I didn’t know what the medic could do on site with a jet-lagged, exhausted child, so I chose to monitor himself until I could get him back to his own doctor,” said Zanone.

She said after she posted an image of the fallen ceiling panel to Twitter, the airline responded to her on social media.

“They called me this morning (Sunday) simply saying that they would email me more info. I have not received any emails at this time so I am not certain what additional assistance we were offered,” said Zanone.

In the email statement, the airline said that the aircraft was inspected and repaired by its DFW Tech Ops team. The plane was put back in service on Saturday night.

“Our Dallas/Fort Worth and Tech Ops teams are also working to gather more information and facts surrounding this unfortunate incident,” the statement said.

Zanone has returned home to Denver, and she said her son appears to be OK. She said she has not filed a lawsuit against the airline and is hoping to get a resolution worked out soon.

“He is acting himself today,” Zanone said. “All I want is for documentation of the incident, which the flight attendant assured me would be performed.”

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