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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 02/09/2019 - 19:20

Josh Montague and Rebecca Budnick realize it could have been a lot worse — the fire in the home on North Stepney Road this week could have been roaring — but that didn’t make it any less scary when Montague fell into a hole in the steps and couldn’t get out.

He didn’t know what was below him in the basement, he wasn’t completely sure the fire was out and he was afraid something might spark it back up again.

Even with Budnick holding on to him, the assistant chief of Aberdeen Fire Department couldn’t pull himself up, and if he fell, Budnick was going to fall, too.

Montague sounded a mayday call and within minutes he was pulled to safety early Monday morning by members of Aberdeen’s Rapid Intervention Team.

For both of them, though, those few minutes felt like an eternity, they said Wednesday afternoon at Aberdeen Fire Department, two days after their harrowing experience.

“It was definitely a scary experience. I hope we never have to experience it again,” said Montague, 30, who works for Baltimore County Fire Department at Station 15 in Eastview.

Montague and Budnick were among the volunteers who responded to the fire just before 3 a.m. Monday in the 1300 block of North Stepney Road in Aberdeen.

When they arrived, the fire was through the roof. Ninety minutes later, the fire was contained, but firefighters still weren’t sure no one was in the house — there was a car in the driveway, an indication someone could be inside.

Montague was inside the housing “hitting what fire was left” when Budnick and another firefighter came into the room he was in.

Because the two are relatively new firefighters, Montague, who’s been with Aberdeen for 11 years, was trying to point things out to them, make it a learning experience.

Montague could see fire still burning in the basement and after feeling around, found steps and decided he would go down and put it out.

He gave Budnick a piece of webbing which she clipped to his breathing apparatus, in case he were to fall it would give her something to help her hold on to him.

Montague did what he was supposed to do, feeling around and kicking the floor to make sure it was sturdy before he moved downstairs. He got to a landing and when he shifted his weight, “the floor went out from under me,” Montague said.

He caught a step and part of the landing. With Budnick pulling on him, Montague was able to get up to chest high on the landing — but that’s as far as he got.

“I glanced below me to make sure there was no fire,” Montague said. “My biggest fear was my legs would burn up.”

When it first happened, Montague said he started to panic and remove his gear, “but something stopped me” and he kept it on.

Budnick and Montague tried to figure out how to get Montague out, but realized they couldn’t. Budnick couldn’t reach her radio, though, because she was using both hands to hold her partner.

“I called a mayday, because I couldn’t get myself up any further, and [Budnick] couldn’t pull me up,” he said. “If I fell though, then she was coming down with me.”

Budnick remembers reassuring Montague.

“I told him ‘I’ve got you, you’re not going to fall. If you fall, we’re both going down,’ ” she said.

Within minutes of Montague’s mayday call, members of the Rapid Intervention Team were in the basement and pulling himto safety.

Before the intervention team arrived, thoughts raced through both of their heads.

“A lot of things flashed in my mind really quick, my family, kids, that I could get hurt on this fire,” Montague said.

“It felt like forever,” he said.

“It happened so quickly, but it took forever,” Budnick said.

She wasn’t sure what had happened once the RIT members got to Montague.

“All of a sudden, he was gone. One minute we were hand in hand, the next minute I couldn’t hear him, feel him,” Budnick said. “I thought he had fallen, I started to panic, to freak out.”

As she quickly exited the house, someone told her Montague was safe.

“It made me feel better knowing he was alive,” Budnick said.

It isn’t often Montague, as the assistant chief, is inside fighting fires. He’s usually outside directing the crews.

“He and I are pretty good friends. He’s one of the people in the department I look up to most and I learned a lot from him — things I know to do I learned from him over the years,” Budnick said.

Montague, as the veteran firefighter, wanted to make sure Budnick, who’s been with Aberdeen for five years, was OK.

Both have replayed the ordeal over and over in their heads.

“I’ve spent Monday and Tuesday thinking about it, how it could have ended very differently, or if we were in a different part of the house where there was active fire,” said Budnick, who manages Spa on the Boulevard in Abingdon. “I thought about how we didn’t get to say goodbye to our loved ones, that my husband was at work.”

Montague wondered if he did something stupid or made a wrong decision that put them in danger. But they both realize they relied on their training did the right things and Montague is “wholeheartedly grateful” for the rescue team members and everyone else who was there.

“I’m grateful it wasn’t worse, I know it could have been,” Montague said. “I hear similar stories of firefighters falling through floors who aren’t here to tell it, others are telling it for them.”

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Firefighter with Down syndrome quits Illinois department over bullying

Statter 911 - Sat, 02/09/2019 - 11:19

Sandoval department previously made news for allowing Jason Eagan to be a member

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 10:22

By Ramon Antonio Vargas, The Advocate:

Colleagues of a Jefferson Parish firefighter who was badly burned while responding to a blaze at an Old Metairie condominium complex over the weekend are optimistic that he will fully regain the ability to see and speak.

Daniel Zeigler, who suffered extensive burns after falling through the roof of a burning building Saturday evening, can move his extremities and can respond to questions by writing notes on a pad and pencil. But his eyes are still too swollen for him to see fully, said the chief of his fire department, Dave Tibbetts.

Zeigler also has been on a ventilator that has prevented him from talking, said Tibbetts, who leads the East Bank Consolidated Fire Protection District.

But Tibbetts said he is hopeful Zeigler will soon be removed from the ventilator, and there is reason to believe he will be able to fully see again as the swelling around his eyes subsides.

Read the full story here.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 09:47

By Karen Ann Cullotta, Chicago Tribune:

A Lake County judge ruled Tuesday that the family of a 51-year-old Buffalo Grove firefighter who died of colon cancer last year should receive a full pension benefit, upholding an earlier decision by a local review board that his fatal cancer was caused in the line of duty.

Lake County Circuit Court Judge Diane Winter’s ruling, which some said likely will be appealed, comes after Buffalo Grove officials announced last summer that they were challenging a decision made earlier in 2018 by the Buffalo Grove Fire Department Pension Board that the family of firefighter Kevin Hauber should receive a full line-of-duty death pension.

Hauber, a veteran firefighter and paramedic in Buffalo Grove, died in January 2018, roughly four years after being diagnosed with colon cancer.

Inside a courtroom that attracted dozens of suburban firefighters and onlookers, Winter said the court’s role was “not to re-weigh the evidence” already reviewed by the pension board.

Read the full story here.

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Today is Friday the 8th of February, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 09:15

We close this week with these stories…

I just discovered the first article this morning. It pertains to GPS jamming in specific areas of the U.S. Keep an eye on DEVS systems, and if your department operates an aviation SAR unit, ensure your pilots are aware of this issue!

Have a good weekend and be safe out there!


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ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 09:08


By Dan Namowitz

GPS air navigation may be unreliable or unavailable in a vast swath of airspace in the eastern U.S. and the Caribbean during a military exercise involving GPS jamming between Feb. 6 and 10. 

GPS-based services including Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), the Ground Based Augmentation System, and the Wide Area Augmentation System could also be lost in a radius extending several hundred miles from the offshore operation’s center, the FAA said. 

AOPA has pressed officials to address well documented flight-safety concerns raised by the large-scale national security exercises in which GPS signals are degraded to test defense systems and preparedness. Official responsiveness has languished, however, and AOPA considers the February event’s scope “unacceptably widespread and potentially hazardous,” said Rune Duke, AOPA senior director of airspace, air traffic and aviation security.

The FAA posted a flight advisory that gives the schedule of the tests that could degrade GPS from the Caribbean and Florida north to Pennsylvania, and as far west as eastern Louisiana, while a strike force is conducting a training operation off the Georgia coast. Notices to airmen have been issued for airspace in eight of the FAA’s Air Route Traffic Control Centers.

AOPA estimates that more than 2,000 airports—home bases to more than 28,600 aircraft—are located within the area’s lowest airspace contour.

Advocating for safety

AOPA has been working on multiple fronts to place greater focus on the safety of civil aviation during the proliferation of GPS-interference testing events. The tests, mostly staged in western states, have resulted in a growing number of pilot complaints—a problem expected to magnify as more general aviation pilots transition to GPS-based navigation. The number of jamming events and their locations are increasing.

The issue has struggled for traction with the FAA. A safety panel held in September 2018 ended with the FAA deadlocked on a path forward. In November 2018, AOPA reported on instances of aircraft losing GPS navigation signals during testing—and in several cases, veering off course. Instances have been documented in which air traffic control temporarily lost the tracks of ADS-B Out-equipped aircraft.

In a vivid example of direct hazard to aircraft control in April 2016, an Embraer Phenom 300 business jet entered a Dutch roll and an emergency descent after its yaw damper disengaged; the aircraft’s dual attitude and heading reference systems had reacted differently to the GPS signal outage. This issue was subsequently corrected for this aircraft.

AOPA is aware of hundreds of reports of interference to aircraft during events for which notams were issued, and the FAA has collected many more in the last year. In one example that came to AOPA’s attention, an aircraft lost navigation capability and did not regain it until after landing. During a GPS-interference event in Alaska, an aircraft departed an airport under IFR and lost GPS on the initial climb. Other reports have highlighted aircraft veering off course and heading toward active military airspace. The wide range of reports makes clear that interference affects aircraft differently, and recovery may not occur immediately after the aircraft exits the jammed area.

Pilot concern is mounting. In a January 2019 AOPA survey, more than 64 percent of 1,239 pilots who responded noted concern about the impact of interference on their use of GPS and ADS-B.  (In some cases, pilots who reported experiencing signal degradation said ATC had been unaware the jamming was occurring.)

Meanwhile, the aviation community awaits the FAA’s response to 25 recommendations presented in March 2018 by an RTCA working group, co-chaired by AOPA, and approved by the RTCA tactical operations committee. The recommendations range from improving the preflight resources available to pilots to clarifying FAA guidance on reporting GPS anomalies.

“AOPA is very concerned that government officials have not addressed the known safety issues,” Duke said. “The interference events are important to the military and our national defense, and the FAA must assure that flight safety is not compromised. We have worked collaboratively with industry, the FAA, and the Department of Defense to find solutions, but we have yet to see action.”

‘Stop buzzer’

Pilots who encounter hazardous interruption of GPS navigation or who have flight-control issues should be aware that they can say the phrase “Stop buzzer” to air traffic control, which initiates the process of interrupting the testing to restore navigation signal reception, Duke said.

During previous GPS-interference events, pilots declared emergencies, but the jamming continued because ATC did not understand that the emergency was related to the GPS interference. According to the Pilot/Controller Glossary, “stop buzzer” is a term used by ATC to request suspension of “electronic attack activity.” Pilots should only use the phrase when communicating with ATC, or over the emergency frequency 121.5 MHz, if a safety-of-flight issue is encountered during a known GPS interference event. Using this unique phrase when experiencing an unsafe condition related to GPS interference will ensure that ATC and the military react appropriately by stopping the jamming, Duke said.

“Pilots should only say ‘stop buzzer’ when something unsafe is occurring that warrants declaring an emergency. They should make sure ATC knows that the emergency is GPS-related and that halting the GPS interference will resolve the emergency,” he said.

The FAA encouraged pilots to report GPS anomalies in accordance with Aeronautical Information Manualparagraphs 1-1-13 and 5-3-3. AOPA encourages pilots to document any effects of GPS-interference testing on their aircraft by filing a report using the FAA’s GPS Anomaly Reporting Form.


Terrified passenger tells how flight was forced to make emergency landing after cabin filled with smoke

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 09:05

The FlyBe plane from Manchester to Luxembourg was diverted to Birmingham Airport

By Damon Wilkinson & Katy Hallam

A plane was forced to make an emergency landing after the cabin filled with smoke.

Terrified passengers on the Flybe flight from Manchester to Luxembourg say they saw a bright flash from one of its engines shortly before the plane, a propeller-driven Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, was diverted to Birmingham.

It landed ‘awkwardly’ on one engine on Thursday afternoon, CoventryLive reports.

Mo Millward, who was onboard the flight which was carrying 40 passengers, tweeted from the plane saying how those on board had been ‘panicking’ as they ‘didn’t know what was wrong’.

She said they ‘shut an engine down’.

The fire brigade then checked the plane for any damage, later tweeted that the brigade had ‘found something leaking’.

Other passengers praised the pilot and crew on board for their response.

Flight tracking website showed the flight circled over Stafford at about 2.30pm and then circled over Lichfield and Wolverhampton about 15 minutes later before landing at Birmingham at about 3pm.

A spokesman for Flybe said the safety of its passengers was first priority.

A statement issued by the company said: “Flybe can confirm that flight BE1265 from Manchester – Luxembourg diverted to Birmingham following a technical fault with one of the aircraft’s engines.

“The fault caused an oil leak which led to a small amount of smoke to be visible in the cabin.

“The pilot and crew took the recommended action and landed the aeroplane safely at Birmingham airport.

“There was no adverse reaction in the cabin and the crew’s actions have been praised by passengers who were on board.

“All 40 passengers disembarked as normal when the aircraft arrived on stand and have been re-accommodated on alternative aircraft to complete their travel to Luxembourg.

“Flybe wishes to commend the actions of the pilot and crew for maintaining calm throughout and apologises for any inconvenience caused.

“The safety of passengers and crew is Flybe’s number one priority.”

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Divers Discover Bodies In Aircraft Recovered From The Ocean In Northeast FL

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 09:02

Plane Had Gone Down December 20th With Two People On Board

A plane that went down in the Atlantic Ocean off the northeast Florida coast December 20th has been recovered by local authorities.

The wreckage of the PA-46 Malibu located by side-scan sonar in about 40 feet of water off Little Talbot Island just north of Jacksonville. It was floated to the surface by Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office divers and towed to a Coast Guard station on the St. Johns River Wednesday. Two bodies were found in the wreckage of the airplane.

Television station WJXT reported at the time of the accident that Peter Renzulli, 51, of Bridgewater, and his 18-year-old son Daniel were traveling from Orlando to New Jersey where they lived when the accident occurred in December. Peter Renzulli had just completed 30 hours of advanced instruction in the Malibu, and was returning home. The Coast Guard and other agencies conducted a search for the aircraft, but it was suspended after about 56 hours in which some 1,400 square miles were searched.

Aviation attorney Ed Booth told WJXT this week that he believes Renzulli disregarded a forecast of bad weather on his route of flight, and had limited experience in the airplane. Booth said the return flight from Orlando to New Jersey was reportedly his first flight without an instructor on board.

The NTSB has not yet released a preliminary report on the accident, in part due to the partial government shutdown.

(Image from file)

FMI: Source report

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Discovery of German WWII bombs shuts down Rome airport

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 09:00

The stunning discovery of three Nazi bombs have forced one of Italy’s busiest airports to close, with army experts called in to deal with the 150kg of explosives.

By Lauren McMah

Rome’s Ciampino international airport has been temporarily shut down after maintenance work uncovered large German bombs from WWII.

The operator of the airport said the three bombs, which have a combined weight of 150kg, were found on Thursday morning local time during maintenance work on the airport tarmac.

The discovery prompted the airport, which is Rome’s secondary international airport, to be evacuated with all flights suspended as army experts were called in to diffuse and safely remove the bombs.

Some confused passengers said they were initially not told the reason for the evacuation but witnesses said there was no panic.

“I was eating my lunch inside the main building when the restaurant manager said everyone had to leave,” Donato Eramo, a rescue helicopter technician at the airport, told The Local.

“People just left their food and went outside. There was no panic.

“Our helicopters are grounded too. We can’t go out for rescue.”

Some flights to Ciampino would be diverted to Rome’s larger Fiumicino Airport. The airport has since reopened.

A map posted on Twitter by Desk Aeronautico, which is a source of government news used by Italian pilots, shows the area of the airport that was affected.

Rome was bombed more than 1100 times by Allies forces in 1943 and again by Nazi forces as they retreated in 1944, ABC News reported citing an article in the journal of the American Military Institute.

It’s the second time in a year WWII-era bombs have caused a scare in Italy.

In March last year, about 23,000 people were evacuated in the central Italian town of Fano after the discovery of a British-made bomb officials feared might accidentally explode.

Authorities safely removed the one-metre-long device which weighed a whopping 225kg.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 08:58

30 Years ago today: On 8 February 1989 an Independent Air Boeing 707 crashed into Pico Alto, Azores, killing all 144 occupants.

Date: Wednesday 8 February 1989 Time: 14:08 Type: Boeing 707-331B Operator: Independent Air Registration: N7231T C/n / msn: 19572/687 First flight: 1968 Total airframe hrs: 44755 Cycles: 12589 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B (HK) Crew: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7 Passengers: Fatalities: 137 / Occupants: 137 Total: Fatalities: 144 / Occupants: 144 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 7 km (4.4 mls) E of Santa Maria-Vila do Porto Airport, Azores (SMA) (   Portugal) Crash site elevation: 547 m (1795 feet) amsl Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Int’l Non Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Bergamo-Orio Al Serio Airport (BGY/LIME), Italy Destination airport: Santa Maria-Vila do Porto Airport, Azores (SMA/LPAZ), Portugal Flightnumber: 1851

Independent Air flight IDN1851, a Boeing 707, departed Bergamo, Italy (BGY) at 10:04 UTC for a flight to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (PUJ) via Santa Maria, Azores (SMA).
At 13:56:47 Santa Maria Tower cleared the flight to descend to 3000 feet for a runway 19 ILS approach: “Independent Air one eight five one roger reclear to three thousand feet on QNH one zero two seven and runway will be one niner.” In that transmission, the trainee controller had transmitted an incorrect QNH that was 9 hPa too high. The actual QNH was 1018.7 hPa.
After a brief pause the message resumed at 13:56:59: “expect ILS approach runway one niner report reaching three thousand.” This transmission was not recorded on the voice recorder of Flight 1851, probably because the first officer keyed his mike and read back: “We’re recleared to 2,000 feet and ah … .” The first officer paused from 13:57:02 to 13:57:04, then unkeyed the mike momentarily. This transmission was not recorded on the ATS tapes.
In the cockpit, the first officer questioned aloud the QNH value, but the captain agreed that the first officer had correctly understood the controller.
After being cleared for the ILS approach the crew failed to accomplish an approach briefing, which would have included a review of the approach plate and minimum safe altitude. If the approach plate had been properly studied, they would have noticed that the minimum safe altitude was 3,000 feet and not 2,000 feet, as it had been understood, and they would have noticed the existence and elevation of Pico Alto.
At 14:06, the flight was 7.5 nm from the point of impact, and beginning to level at 2,000 feet (610 meters) in light turbulence at 250 KIAS. At 14:07, the flight was over Santa Barbara and entering clouds at approximately 700 feet (213 meters) AGL in heavy turbulence at 223 KIAS. At 14:07:52, the captain said, “Can’t keep this SOB thing straight up and down”. At approximately 14:08, the radio altimeter began to whine, followed by the GPWS alarm as the aircraft began to climb because of turbulence, but there was no reaction on the part of the flight crew. At 14:08:12, the aircraft was level when it impacted a mountain ridge of Pico Alto. It collided with a rock wall on the side of a road at the mountain top at an altitude of approximately 1,795 feet (547 meters) AMSL

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The Board of Inquiry understands that the accident was due to the non-observance by the crew of established operating procedures, which led to the deliberate descent of the aircraft to 2000ft in violation the minimum sector altitude of 3000ft, published in the appropriate aeronautical charts and cleared by the Santa Maria Aerodrome Control Tower.
Other factors:
1) Transmission by the Santa Maria Aerodrome Control Tower of a QNH value 9 hPa higher than the actual value, which put the aircraft at an actual altitude 240ft below that indicated on board.;
2) Deficient communications technique on the part of the co-pilot, who started reading back the Tower’s clearance to descend to 3000ft before the Tower completed its transmission, causing a communications overlap.;
3) Violation by the Aerodrome Control Tower of established procedures by not requiring a complete read back of the descent clearance.;
4) Non-adherence by the crew to the operating procedures published in the appropriate company manuals, namely with respect to cockpit discipline, approach briefing , repeating aloud descent clearances, and informal conversations in the cockpit below 10000ft.;
5) General crew apathy in dealing with the mistakes they made relating tot the minimum sector altitude, which was known by at least one of the crew members, and to the ground proximity alarms.;
6) Non-adherence to standard phraseology both by the crew and by Air Traffic Control in some of the air-ground communications.;
7) Limited experience of the crew, especially the co-pilot, in international flights.;
8) Deficient crew training, namely concerning the GPWS as it did not include emergency manoeuvres to avoid collision into terrain.;
9) Use of a route which was not authorized in the AIP Portugal.;
10) The operational flight plan, whose final destination was not the SMA beacon, was not developed in accordance with the AIP Portugal.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 08:22

A Mid-South volunteer fire department is working to repair a tanker truck after someone stole the truck batteries.

The Hardin County Fire Department learned two batteries were stolen from a tanker when firefighters tried to respond to a call on Tuesday.

The volunteer firefighters got a 911 call for a house fire, and when they got to the fire station they realized someone had broken in.

Video shows the thieves cutting a hole into the side of the building.

Fire Chief Melvin Martin says the crew could not respond to the fire.

It turns out that fire was at the home of one of their own.

Other responding crews were able to put the fire out.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 08:15

A person was injured Thursday afternoon after a city fire truck and a motorcycle collided in Allentown, police said.

The crash happened on American Parkway at Front Street shortly after 3 p.m., on the bridge, Allentown police Capt.Charles Roca said.

The motorcycle’s driver sustained moderate injuries and was taken to an area hospital.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 08:11

The Freeport Fire Department says a firefighter was injured while battling a fire on Thursday morning.

It happened around 6 a.m. at the 800 block of Locust Ave. Officials say they saw heavy fire showing from a 2 story duplex when they arrived on scene. First responders tried to enter the building to fight the fire, but had to exit due to the conditions.

Back-up was called to the scene and a total of 25 firefighters were used to put the fire out after 2 hours. Officials say the firefighter hurt suffered a minor injury. No civilians were injured, but one person is being assisted by Red Cross for living arrangements.

Two cats were rescued in the fire, but one cat did die.

Damage is estimated at $60,000 and the fire is currently under investigation.

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Bacon County Fire Ruled Arson; Reward Being Offered

Bacon County Fire Ruled Arson; Reward Being Offered
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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 16:10

New York State Police tell 7 Eyewitness News they have arrested a person for allegedly throwing coffee on a 68 year-old woman working as a volunteer fire officer in Niagara County.

They identified him as Luis Molina-Roman, 31, of Lockport. Troopers said he was very cooperative and was apologetic during the arrest.

Molina-Roman was charged with governmental obstruction and harassment in the second.

“When someone does something like that and we find out, the state police are going to track that person down and make the arrest,” said Trooper James O’Callaghan. “This is something that’s inappropriate and something we will not tolerate.”

According to investigators, volunteers with the Rapids Fire Company were helping direct traffic near the scene of a crash Monday night on Old Beattie Road in Lockport.

At one point, one of the volunteers asked the driver of a vehicle not to go down the road because it was closed. That’s when, according to troopers, Molina-Roman threw coffee at the volunteer from the passenger seat.

The Rapids Fire Company Chief says the volunteer officer was not burned.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 16:07

A 21-year-old woman and her dog died and five firefighters were injured in a blaze in a Staten Island house early Thursday, officials said.

The fire broke out just before 6 a.m. in a wood-framed home on Hatfield Place near Crittenden Place in Elm Park. The woman and her dog were alone in the house at the time.

The victim, who was found unconscious, was rushed to Richmond University Medical Center, where she died.

The fire does not appear to be suspicious, a FDNY spokesman said.

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Today is Thursday the 7th of February, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 05:58

Here are the stories for today…

Of note, take a look at the story of a Texas firefighter with job related cancer is being sued by Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool.

Be safe out there!


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Pilot, passenger hurt in plane crash at Aurora Airport

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 05:52

by KATU Staff

AURORA, Ore. – A pilot and passenger suffered some minor injuries Wednesday when their plane went down at the Aurora Airport.

Initial reports state the pilot was trying to land the Piper Malibu Mirage aircraft at about 3:30 p.m. when they struck a radio antenna, sending the plane to the ground.

Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene to investigate. They are coordinating with the Federal Aviation Administration.

The pilot and passenger’s names will be withheld until the investigation is complete.

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Five people hospitalised after flight makes emergency landing in Shannon

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 05:50

By Patrick Flynn

A holiday jet has made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport this evening after the crew reported smoke in the cockpit over the Atlantic.

Five people were taken to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.

It is understood they include four cabin crew members and a passenger who were reported to be suffering from smoke inhalation.

Condor flight DE-2116 was travelling from Frankfurt, Germany to Cancun in Mexico with 337 passengers and crew on board.

The flight was about two hours west of Ireland when the crew issued a May-Day radio distress call and made a U-turn.

It is understood the crew reported they had detected smoke in the cockpit and requested clearance to turn around and divert to Shannon.

On the ground, airport authorities implemented Shannon Airport’s emergency plan which also involved alerting the National Ambulance Service, local authority fire service and An Garda.

Three units of Clare County Fire and Rescue Service were dispatched to the airport from Shannon Town.

Additional units from Ennis were also mobilised to the airport. The National Ambulance Service sent a number of resources including ambulances and advanced paramedic response vehicles.

The flight landed safely at 7.13pm and was pursued along the runway by crash crews.

The aircraft taxied to the apron close to the terminal building where fire crews used thermal imaging cameras to search for hotspots in the fuselage.

A further inspection was carried out internally however it’s understood that no evidence of fire was found.

The passengers are expected to be taken to local hotels overnight while the aircraft will remain grounded while engineers work to establish the origin of the smoke.

The flight is expected to resume tomorrow.

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Texas city’s insurer files lawsuit against firefighter with cancer

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 05:48

Unbeknownst to the city of Mission, a lawsuit was filed on its behalf against a firefighter who was awarded workers’ compensation after being diagnosed with cancer

By Molly Smith
The Monitor

MISSION, Texas — Unbeknownst to the city of Mission, the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool filed a lawsuit on its behalf against a city firefighter who was awarded workers’ compensation after being diagnosed with cancer.

The Jan. 25 lawsuit, which was served to firefighter Homer Salinas on Jan. 29, asks a district judge to review the Texas Department of Insurance’s decision to award Salinas workers’ compensation to cover his kidney cancer treatment. That compensation would be covered by the TML risk pool, the city’s insurance carrier, and amounts to more than $50,000.

Salinas, who first joined the Mission Fire Department in 2002, was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma in 2017.

The city’s insurer initially denied Salinas’ claim for workers’ compensation, prompting him to appeal. Last October, an administrative law judge for the Texas Department of Insurance ruled in Salinas’ favor, that his cancer was sustained on the job. The department’s appeals panel subsequently upheld the ruling in December.

In a news release Friday, which was sent shortly after the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters called the lawsuit “a cynical, gutless attack on Homer” in a news release of its own, the city said it was not notified in advance of the insurer’s intention to file the lawsuit on behalf of Mission.

The TML risk pool has discretion to sue in the city’s name as part of an inter-local agreement between the municipality and the insurer.

“ I have always been a pro employee person and my position has always been that we need to back up Homer,” Mayor Armando O’Caña said in the release. “I don’t understand how TMLIRP could file this lawsuit and make us a joint party, but we will continue to stand by our firefighter.”

The city’s news release noted the lawsuit is not seeking repayment of any benefits Salinas has already received, adding the mayor and city council “are exploring all options available to rectify the situation.”

The Mission City Commission will hold a special meeting Wednesday to discuss the lawsuit with interim City Attorney Randy Perez.

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