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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 08:55

55 Years ago today: On 12 February 1963 a Northwest Orient Boeing 720 crashed out of control into the Everglades, FL, killing all 43 occupants.

Date: Tuesday 12 February 1963 Time: 13:50 Type: Boeing 720-051B Operator: Northwest Orient Airlines Registration: N724US C/n / msn: 18354/224 First flight: 1962-04-17 (10 months) Total airframe hrs: 4685 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT3D-1 Crew: Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8 Passengers: Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 35 Total: Fatalities: 43 / Occupants: 43 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Everglades, FL (   United States of America) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: International Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America Destination airport: Chicago-O’Hare International Airport, IL (ORD/KORD), United States of America Flightnumber: 705

Narrative:
Northwest Flight 705 was a scheduled flight from Miami, FL (MIA) to Portland, OR (PDX) with intermediate stops at Chicago, IL (ORD), Spokane, WA (GEG) and Seattle, WA (SEA).
Prior to departing the ramp at 13:25, the crew asked the ground controller about the departure routes being utilized, and he replied that most flights were departing “… either through a southwest climb or a southeast climb and then back over the top of it… “. The flight departed Miami with an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) clearance at 13:35. A left turn was made after takeoff from runway 27L and circuitous routing was utilized, in conjunction with radar vectors from Miami Departure Control, to avoid areas of anticipated turbulence associated with thunderstorm activity. A similar departure pattern had been previously flown by another flight.
Subsequently, while maintaining 5,000 feet and a heading of 300 degrees, Flight 705 requested clearance to climb to a higher altitude. Following a discussion between the flight and the radar departure controller about the storm activity, and while clearance to climb was being coordinated with the Miami Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC), the flight advised “Ah-h we’re in the clear now. We can see it out ahead … looks pretty bad.” At 13:43, Flight 705 was cleared to climb to FL250. They responded, “OK ahhh, we’ll make a left turn about thirty degrees here and climb…” The controller asked if 270 degrees was their selected climbout heading, and they replied that this would take them “… out in the open again…” Accordingly, clearance was granted. Following some discussion about the severity of the turbulence, which was described as moderate to heavy, the flight advised, “OK, you better run the rest of them off the other way then.”
At 13:45 radar service was terminated and control of Flight 705 was transferred to Miami ARTCC. When the flight did not establish radio communication with ARTCC on the initial frequency, Departure Control provided a secondary frequency, and instructed the flight to turn to a heading of 360 degrees which was acknowledged. When Miami ARTCC requested position and altitude, the flight replied, “We’re just out of seventeen five (17,500 feet) and standby on the DME one.”
At 13:47:25 the altitude began increasing with a rate of climb gradually increasing to approximately 9,000 feet per minute at 13:47:38. Following this the rate of climb decreased through zero at 13:47:47 when the altitude peaked momentarily at 19,285 feet. During this climb the airspeed decreased from 270 to 215 knots and as the peak altitude was approached, the vertical accelerations changed rapidly from 1G to about -2G. In the next seven seconds the negative acceleration continued to increase at a slower rate, with rapid fluctuations, to a mean value of about -2.8G, while altitude was lost at an increasing rate. As the descent continued with rapidly increasing airspeed, the acceleration trace went from the high negative peak to 1.5G, where it reversed again.
Below 10,000 feet a severe in-flight breakup of the forward fuselage occurred. The main failures in both wings and horizontal stabilizers were in a downward direction, and virtually symmetrical. The forward fuselage broke upward and the vertical stabilizer failed to the left. All four engines generally separated upward and outboard. The debris fell in unpopulated area of the Everglades National Park, 37 miles west-southwest of Miami International Airport.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The unfavourable interaction of severe vertical air drafts and large longitudinal control displacements resulting in a longitudinal “upset” from which a successful recovery was not made.”

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ZA FIREFIGHTER ATTACKED AT FIRE THAT DESTROYED 95 HOMES

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 07:46

A firefighter was attacked in the early hours of Monday morning as he battled a blaze that razed 95 homes in an informal settlement in Hout Bay.

About 350 people were displaced by the fire at Mandela Park‚ said Cape Town Fire and Rescue spokesperson Theo Layne.

He said one of the firefighters helping to extinguish the blaze sustained injuries to his shoulder after being assaulted by a member of the community.

“Fire is now contained. 20 Firefighting vehicles (10 fire engines and 10 water tankers). More than 70 firefighters on scene. No injuries reported from the public‚” he said in an early morning text update.

“Cause of the fire not established as yet. Crew will remain on scene for some considerable time carrying out mopping up operations.”

The disaster risk management unit is due to assess the damage on Monday.

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FDNY ENGINE HITS BUILDING – 5 FIREFIGHTERS INJURED

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 07:44

Five firefighters were injured when their truck careened through the wall of a building while responding to a blaze in Queens Sunday night, according to FDNY officials.

Members of Engine Co. 303 were responding to a report of a fire when their truck struck the side of an auto-parts warehouse at Liberty Avenue and 150th Street in Jamaica, officials said.

The truck pierced the brick facade of the commercial warehouse, tearing a 12-foot gash in the structure.

Four of the five firefighters refused medical attention at the scene, while one was transported by EMS to North Shore University Medical Center in Manhasset.

No civilians were injured, according to fire officials.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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Community divided over PA fire chief who who raped a 4-year-old girl

Statter 911 - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 22:15

Spartansburg chief - a registered sex offender - still has support in the community

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FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT IL FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 09:29

A firefighter was injured and up to a dozen people were left homeless after fire ravaged an apartment building Saturday afternoon on Bloomington’s east side.

The cause of the fire at 1101 Gettysburg Drive has not yet been determined. The Bloomington Fire Department was still supervising the scene at 10 p.m. Saturday, but streets surrounding the area were reopened to traffic. BPD asked drivers to “avoid the immediate area … until the fire department has concluded their work.”

“The cold (weather) caused us to add resources. We are cycling guys because they’re wet and cold. We called in off-duty firefighters to cycle them so the others would have a chance to warm up,” said Bloomington Fire spokesman Stuart Blade

The two-story building with 12 units appeared to be a total loss and firefighters stayed away from part of the building that appeared to be on the verge of collapse by early evening.

Blade said firefighters rescued a cat from the building and two Connect Transit buses took residents to the nearby Red Cross office, where workers offered warm drinks and blankets while they collected family information.

Blade said the injured firefighter was treated at a local hospital, but his name and cause of his injury were not available.

Resident Derrick Dawson, who lived in No. 5, said he was in the kitchen making lunch for his kids when he smelled something burning. When he went outside, he saw smoke coming from an apartment door and yelled to get his wife and kids out. He said he saw flames “busting out of Apartment 10.”

The fire was reported about 3:20 p.m.

“We’re not sure how or where the fire started yet,” Blade said around 4:20 p.m. “At this point, we’re going for the defensive and taking an external attack. We started inside but then needed to pull back.”

East Empire Street was closed between Hershey and Prospect roads for most of the evening, and heavy smoke at times completely blocked visibility at the Empire-Prospect intersection.

The fire drew a crowd of residents and bystanders, with neighbors offering blankets and coats.

Firefighters from Bloomington and Normal used at least two ladder trucks in fighting the blaze, and broke windows on both floors to get at the fire and to vent smoke. Cold temperatures caused some of the water to freeze on the parking lot and sidewalks.

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FATAL APPARATUS CRASH IN CO

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 09:25

A driver died Friday night in northern Colorado in a collision with a Wellington Fire truck.

Wellington Fire Protection District Engine 1 was responding to an incident on I-25 when it “was struck by another vehicle” going north on the highway, according to the fire department.

No firefighters were injured. The highway was closed in both directions at Owl Canyon.

The fire department announced the driver’s death on Twitter at 8:52 p.m.

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Early video from two-alarm house fire in New Jersey

Statter 911 - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 02:26

Fire Saturday in Clifron

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BALTIMORE FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT 2 ALARM FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 18:51

A firefighter suffered non-life-threatening injuries while responding to a two-alarm fire in West Baltimore early Saturday morning, according to a Baltimore Fire Department tweet.

The firefighter was taken to Mercy Medical Center and treated for a knee injury before being released.

The fire, which occurred at about 3:30 a.m. on West Gilmor Street, was brought under control by the time of the tweet, at about 7:30.

No further details were available midday Saturday.

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He raped a 4-year-old girl and he’s a fire chief in Pennsylvania

Statter 911 - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 16:30

Chief of Spartansburg VFD making national news

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YONKERS NY TOWER LADDER STRIKES BUILDING

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 07:20

A Yonkers firetruck that was being maneuvered into a garage on Nepperhan Avenue slid on ice and crashed into the structure Wednesday.

The incident happened around 5 p.m. and left behind a gaping hole in the side of the garage.

“My best guess was the ice was the factor, but I would have to investigate it and talk to the driver and so forth,” says Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Fitzpatrick. “My best guess is that the inclement conditions led to the rig sliding backwards.”

No firefighters were injured.

Earlier in the day, slippery conditions also resulted in a massive chain-reaction crash involving two dozen vehicles on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.

Four people were hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening.

A woman got out of her car after a minor crash when officers say a tractor-trailer – unable to stop – crashed into her vehicle, pinning her against the guardrail and causing the pileup.

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Convicted firefighter arsonist gets a second chance at same Virginia department

Statter 911 - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 03:20

Volunteer arrested at age 19 is back on the department eleven-years-later

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2 CHICAGO FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT STILL AND BOX ALARM FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 16:27

Chicago fire officials said two firefighters sustained minor injuries while battling a still and box fire in the city’s Roseland neighborhood.

The fire department said a two and a half story building in the 11500-block of South Michigan Avenue caught fire Thursday evening. The building was occupied but no occupants were injured, officials said.

The fire department is investigating the cause and origin of the fire. One family was displaced, the fire department said.

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New report questions what Fairfax County fire chief did about complaints against investigator

Statter 911 - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 11:33

County executive now told to look into latest complaints about fire department

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MA FIREFIGHTERS THANKFUL FOR MAYDAY TRAINING HOURS BEFORE MAYDAY CALL

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:50

A scary situation for firefighters in Leominster when they became trapped in a building, but they credit training they’d received just hours earlier for getting them out alive.

The fire started around 2 a.m. Sunday on Mechanic Street in Leominster, but the problems for firefighters didn’t come until they thought they had the flames under control.

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“It just took a turn, it got really hot really fast,” firefighter Jonathan Williams said.

Williams and Lt. Marcel Cormier were inside checking for hot spots when the fire suddenly flashed back.

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“When everything turned red it felt like a hundred bees stinging your neck,” Cormier said.

Even through all of his gear, the heat was too much for him.

“It got to the point where I recognized things were starting to deteriorate significantly fast and bad,” he said.

The firefighters were ordered out of the building, but as he was leaving Cormier couldn’t find Williams. Thankfully, they had gone through mayday training earlier in the night.

“I got wedged in the door, debris fell behind the back and pinched me right in there,” Williams said.

Williams couldn’t reach is radio to call for help, but Cormier was already making the mayday call that firefighters dread.

“I can’t explain the pit in my stomach, the realization that I had just lost a member of my crew,” Cormier said.

Williams’ wife was listening to the scanners and heard the call, she rushed to the scene and found her husband had been able to fight his way free from the debris.

“You get that blast of adrenaline and you get yourself out of that situation in any way possible,” Williams said.

His helmet is burnt and cracked but he was unhurt and Williams said he’s grateful his lieutenant made that call.

“No matter how much you train, and we train a lot, when you’re in the real deal situation it still kind of sends a chill down your spine,” Williams said.

Cormier said many firefighters don’t like to make a mayday call because they don’t like to admit they may be in trouble, but he hopes that by sharing this story more will do so and more will come home to their loved ones at the end of their shift.

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SAN ANTONIO FD MAKE SEVERAL MISTAKES AT FIRE AT KILLED FF SCOTT DEEM

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:32

A state fire marshal’s review of the blaze that killed San Antonio firefighter Scott Deem found firefighters and commanders made several mistakes while fighting the major fire at Ingram Square Shopping Center.

San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said firefighters approached the blaze like a residential fire, rather than a commercial one, and failed to use a hose or rope when they entered the building to look for people possibly trapped inside.

That left firefighters without a water source, and could have left them stranded without a clear path to exit.

Later, as conditions grew worse to the point that no possible victims could have survived, the search-and-rescue operation continued, Hood said.

A firefighter who entered the building with several others that night pulled down ceiling tiles, bringing the fire down on him and Deem. That’s a tactic typically used to find the origin of the fire and not appropriate during a search-and-rescue mission, Hood said.

The official review was conducted by the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office with assistance from the Houston Fire Department, and the full report is expected to be available Friday. Hood provided an outline to reporters on Thursday in an effort to be transparent with the public, he said.

Hood admitted that mistakes were made by the department, but he stressed that the real blame falls on the person who set the fire in May. He said none of the missteps made by the department led to Deem’s death or the injury of two other firefighters.

He also stressed that commanders made the decision to go on the offensive based on limited information, not knowing the fire was intentionally set or that no one was in the building.

Still, the department vowed to improve training and update policy to prevent future line of duty deaths. Some changes have already been implemented.

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“There’s a void there that’s never going to be replaced,” Hood said. “We have to make sure we do justice to his loss.”

Deem, 31, had been with the San Antonio Fire Department for six years. He was married with two children. After his death, his wife gave birth to a third child named Aubrey Scott Deem.

Months after the fire, authorities arrested Emond Javor Johnson, 39, and charged him with one count of murder and four arson-related counts. They say Johnson used a disposable cigarette lighter to ignite a mixture of gasoline and oil spilled at the gym he owned, the Spartan Box, in order to get out of a newly signed lease.

Johnson remains in jail on a $1.63 million bail awaiting trial.

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REMEMBERING 6 FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN BOSTON 120 YEARS AGO

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:28

Six firefighters died 120 years ago this week in a relentless blaze at a mattress factory in the West End. There is no memorial to the men, but the tragedy is still remembered by Boston firefighters.

The fire started on the fourth floor of George W. Bent & Co. on Merrimac Street on Feb. 5, 1898, according to a Boston Globe article the next day. Ten firefighters were inside the building battling the fire when the roof suddenly collapsed on them, causing them to fall from the fourth floor to the basement, where they were buried under feathers and other cushioning materials.

Four escaped with burns and other injuries, but the others died. Four of them were found dead in the basement – Patrick Disken, John Mulhern, George Gottwald, and William Welch. District Fire Chief John Egan was pulled from the wreckage and died en route to the hospital, and Captain James Victory died at Massachusetts General Hospital shortly after the fire.

The Globe described the event as a “catastrophe.”

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“Their sufferings can only be imagined. When their bodies were taken out they were fair, showing that they had not been crushed or burned, but their features showed the stamp of agony,” the Globe reported.

The Globe started a charitable fund for the widows and children of the deceased firefighters, raising more than $4,300 in just a day following the fire. Today, that amount would be the equivalent of over $100,000.

Bill Noonan, a retired Boston firefighter, now dedicates hours to pouring over library archives in an attempt to document the department’s history for the Boston Fire Historical Society. He says more people should reflect on and remember the event and the men who perished.

“I don’t like to use the word ‘hero,’” Noonan said. “I think it’s overused. They were basically doing their jobs and they got caught in an unfortunate incident.”

The factory was the site of three previous fires in the two decades before. Repairs after those fires left the building with improper support beams that failed in the 1898 fire, the Globe reported.

“It must have been terrible,” Noonan said. “If you’re killed outright, it’s one thing, but if you’re trapped and you can’t get out – it must be like quicksand.”

An event like the Merrimac Street fire isn’t as likely to happen today, due to the availability of heavy machinery like cranes, Noonan said. He also noted improvements in the city building department’s ability to monitor renovations and ensure safety.

Noonan said the historical society has tried to work with the city to create memorials for firemen who have died in the line of duty, but nothing has come to fruition yet.

“Most people don’t seem to care or pay attention to it, but I think it should be remembered every year,” he said. “It was 120 years ago, but all those guys were married and had children.”

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NAPLES FL FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT APARTMENT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:26

A firefighter was injured and two cats were killed in a fire in Naples on Thursday evening.

The fire started burning in a four-unit apartment building on Curlew Avenue in Naples.

According to the Greater Naples Fire Department, one of their firefighters was injured when something fell on him while fighting the fire.

The fire chief said that the injured firefighter is in stable condition and is alert.

Two cats were also killed in the fire. There were no other injuries or deaths.

The GNFD was assisting the Naples Fire Department in fighting the fire.

Fire Chief Pete DiMaria said that the building is most likely a total loss, but it could have been worse.

“We certainly feel for them in the loss they’re faced with in the home, but we’re certainly happy there’s no loss of life here,” DiMaria said.

DiMaria also said that it took fire crews approximately an hour and 20 minutes to contain the fire, and thanks to a quick response time of about five minutes no other surrounding buildings were damaged.

The cause of the fire is not yet known and is under investigation.

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ZA FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT WILDFIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:24

Working on Fire crew member has been seriously injured while battling a blaze near George.

The fire broke out in the Kammanasie area on Thursday. It’s not yet been extinguished.

The Working on Fire crew member has been hospitalised after sustaining burns to his face and hands.

A fire truck has also been completely destroyed.

This is the second blow for Working on Fire in just a few days.

Earlier this week, assistant project manager Cedric Seokoma died while fighting a fire near Klapmuts.

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LA FIREFIGHTERS SUFFER INJURES AT HOUSE FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:23

Two firefighters suffered burn injuries in the two-and- a-half-hour battle against a greater alarm house fire in Bel Air and both were hospitalized in fair condition, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The blaze inside the 7,500-square foot home at 10835 Bellagio Road was first reported at 5:27 p.m., according to Amy Bastman of the Los Angeles Fire Department. A knockdown was declared at 8:01 p.m., Erik Scott of the LAFD said.

One firefighter suffered burns to his face and his hands. A second firefighter suffered burns to his ears, Scott said.

The department dispatched 107 firefighters to the scene, Scott said.

The house’s roof suffered a collapse, prompting firefighters to be pulled from the home and assume a defensive position attacking the blaze from outside the home, Scott said.

Firefighters kept the flames from spreading to an adjacent pool house, garage and nearby brush, Scott said.

The homeowners, children and their nanny were alerted to the fire by smoke alarms, Scott said. All of them made it out of the house unharmed.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by arson investigators, Scott said.

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Video: 3-alarm fatal NJ house fire with evacuation order

Statter 911 - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 09:14

Fire Wednesday in Ridgefield Park

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