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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 10:24

FAIR GROVE, Mo Two people are recovering tonight after a crash involving an Ebenezer fire truck that was responding to a call.
One man was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.
The Ebenezer fire truck was helping assist with a fire in Webster county, when they were told to help with a fire in northwest Greene county.
On the way, they were driving on highway CC in Fair Grove, when a man pulled out in front of them.

“A car pulled out in front of them and they hit them into, the vehicle that pulled out in front of them into another vehicle that was actually putting signs up against the guard rail. So a gentleman got pinned up against the guard rail and a pickup truck.” said Eric Higgins, the Fire Chief for the Fair Grove Fire Protection District.

The man hanging up the sign, Ronald McGilvray, was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.
The driver who pulled out in front of the fire truck, Dennis Hase, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
And despite the fire truck having its lights and sirens on, Hase still pulled out in front of it.

“There’s more cell phones, people are paying attention to phones, there’s more distractions on vehicles. But it’s not too bad of an issue but it’s getting there.” said Higgins.

The fire the truck was heading to was just west of Highway 13 on Farm Road 119.

“When our first units arrived here we had multiple vehicles involved, we also had a grass fire that was moving rather quickly. So they focused on the grass fire and the car fires.” said Micah Latch, Battalion Chief with the Ebenezer Fire Protection District.

Around four cars burned in the fire.
Eight crews worked to put the flames out, but had several challenges to deal with.

“Today our two biggest issues were just our limited resources and also just the terrain conditions out there today. Trucks were getting stuck today left and right and as quickly as we could pull them out they were getting stuck again.” said Latch.

The ground was soft due to the rain we have gotten from the past week, but the fire still burned strong.

“I was not aware of a high fire danger today. But any day has the potential to be a high fire danger day. It just takes that right ember in that right spot and you can end up with something like this very quickly.” said Latch.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 10:22

One firefighter was injured and several residents have been displaced following a large structure fire at a residential complex overnight.

Escambia County spokeswoman Kaycee Lagarde said the blaze was called in at 1:17 a.m. Friday in the 13400 block of Valerie Drive.

When firefighters arrived, the fire had spread to all three floors of the complex. It took crews more than an hour to bring it under control.

No one from the public was injured, but one firefighter was transported by EMS to Sacred Heart Hospital due to injuries.

More: Escambia County fire chief search narrowed down to 3 candidates

The condo where the fire started is a total loss and the attached condo is destroyed, according to the county.

The State Fire Marshal is investigating the blaze and the American Red Cross is providing assistance to residents.

Emma Kennedy can be reached a

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 10:21

Passionate. Happy. Selfless. Loving. Loyal.

Those were some of the words fellow firefighters and friends used to describe Richard “Rick” Garner Jr. — a Madison firefighter and paramedic who died suddenly Sunday after a 48-hour shift — at a memorial service Friday attended by hundreds of firefighters and police officers from across the state.

The former University of Wisconsin football player and five-year veteran of the Madison Fire Department collapsed after returning from Easter church services and lunch while visiting friends in Mount Pleasant, just hours after completing his shift, Fire Chief Steven Davis said.

Garner died four days before his 30th birthday.

Davis and others described Garner as a dedicated firefighter with a personality as big as his 6-foot-6 frame.

“It’s very rare in a department of our size … that you have someone who has an effect like (Garner) had in such a short amount of time,” said Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin president Mahlon Mitchell.

While the cause of Garner’s death is unclear, Davis said it is believed to have been due to an unknown medical condition. Because his death occurred within 24 hours of his shift ending, it is considered a death in the line of duty.

During his last shift from Friday to early Sunday, Garner responded to 19 calls, which Davis said likely contributed to his death.

While Davis said the number of calls is not unusual, the types of calls — which included a structure fire and child birth — were more stressful than a typical shift.

“They had a lot of high-trauma events,” Davis said. “You can have one call and if it’s stressful enough, it can do a lot of damage to the body.”

The department wasn’t aware of any underlying medical conditions and Garner didn’t report feeling ill during his shift, he said.

Davis said Garner was in good shape and had passed annual health exams and physical fitness exams every other year.

Garner’s death could lead to changes in the Fire Department’s policy to prevent future deaths, Davis said.

Once the department has more details, it will look at possible adjustments, Davis said, but did not specify what those changes could be.

“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us … on how we’re going to make sure this never repeats itself,” he said.

Davis said grief counselors have been made available to help other firefighters cope with Garner’s death.

A popular firefighter

At Friday’s memorial at the UW-Madison Field House, Garner was remembered as a great firefighter who was high-energy, popular and fun.

“Rick was a special kind of crazy,” said Madison firefighter and friend Brandon Jones. “It was his energy that allowed him to touch so many lives.”

Whether it was mentoring boys who hung around his fire station or checking up on patients as they recovered, Garner was committed to the job even when he wasn’t working, firefighter friends said.

“He had a passion for helping children in this community,” said Doug Johnson, a Madison firefighter and friend.

Family members, including Garner’s parents, Richard Garner Sr. and Lenell Mitchell-Garner, and brother and sister from his native California, attended the memorial.

Garner will be buried in California. He was not married and had no children.

To allow as many Madison firefighters to attend the memorial as possible, firefighters from departments as far away as Kenosha and Green Bay volunteered to respond to fire calls.

The memorial included remarks by Mayor Paul Soglin and Gov. Scott Walker.

Madison’s fire Engine 10 will be named after Garner and include a plaque honoring him.

“He absolutely loved this city and loved working for the Fire Department,” Davis said, adding that Garner was one of his first hires as fire chief.

“We have a department that’s grieving because Rick was a very popular person,” Davis said. “It’s rare in our business to have this big personality come on the scene that everybody loves.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 10:20

A group of firefighters rushed inside the smoldering bakery when a gust of wind slammed the door closed behind them.

Their fellow firefighters frantically tried to open the door, but the minutes ticked by while the acrid smell of the fire fell over the street, said Ruben Cruz, who watched the scene unfold early Saturday from his Southwest Side porch.

After about five minutes, they yanked open the door, and pulled two firefighters out of the building by their vests.

“They took off all their equipment,” Cruz said. “They made sure they were breathing.”

Three firefighters were burned in a blaze that started before 12:30 a.m. in the 3000 block of West 42nd Street in the Brighton Park neighborhood, according to Chicago Fire. It was struck out later Saturday morning.

Two firefighters were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and one to Stroger Hospital. All three were in good condition, authorities said.

Residents of the block said the one-story brick building was a bakery that supplied bread to other locations.

Abel Arroyo made sure to get his two dogs out of his home when he smelled smoke. He lives adjacent to the bakery.

“I knew I needed to get the whole family out,” he said.

He relocated to Cruz’s home, where their families stood on the porch and watched the crews douse the building.

“I’m glad they’re all safe,” Cruz said. “They’re all doing their jobs.”

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Helicopter video: Clubhouse fire in Fairfax County, Virginia

Statter 911 - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 10:18

Fire Friday night in Centreville

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Pre-arrival video from apartment fire in California

Statter 911 - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 09:56

Fire Wednesday on Scenic Drive in Modesto

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Today is Friday the 6th of April, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 08:15

We close out this week with the following stories…

Have a great weekend,

Be safe out there!


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Cargo plane crashes in Wau, crew survives

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 08:11

Crew members have survived a cargo plane crash that occurred in the town of Wau in South Sudan on Thursday afternoon, officials at the airport have confirmed.

Hakim, who works at the Wau airport, told Radio Tamazuj that the plane touched down on the runway but its landing gear failed, pointing out that the aircraft was travelling from Kuajok to the northern town of Wau.

“The plane did not burst into flames. The plane had landing gear problems only, so the crew members have been evacuated safely,” he said.

“The airplane was carrying medicines,” he explained

After the accident, he said, the UN peacekeepers hurried to the spot to remove the plane from the runway.

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Single-Engine Plane Crash at Livermore Municipal Airport

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 08:10

By Bay City News

A small private airplane sustained minor damage when it ran off the runway and tipped forward onto its nose after landing in Livermore Thursday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plane had just landed at Livermore Municipal Airport, listed at 680 Terminal Circle, although it was not immediately clear what time the landing occurred at.

The single-engine Cessna 172 had two people on board at the time, but FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said his agency has not yet received any report of injuries.

The incident is under investigation, Gregor said.

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Authorities ID pilot who crashed newly purchased aircraft

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 08:09


A man was taken to a Des Moines-area hospital Thursday afternoon after authorities said he crashed his newly purchased ultralight aircraft in rural north Polk County.

The accident happened around 4:15 p.m. near Northeast 104th Street near the town of Maxwell, about 1 mile south of the Story County border.

Capt. Jana Abens, with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, said the sole occupant of the plane, 43-year-old Jason Beckman, of Lake View, suffered leg injuries and what appeared to be minor lacerations to his harms. He was flown to the hospital for treatment. He is expected to survive.

Ruth Williams, who lives across the street, said she saw the events unfold.

“I saw the plane go down and then hit that tree down there and bang!” Williams said.

The plane took off from a grass airstrip and got a few hundred feet before going into the trees and crashing into the rural farmstead.

“I was hoping he wasn’t hurt,” Williams said.

Crews remained on scene Friday afternoon, combing through the mangled wreckage of the Quicksilver GT-400.

The owner of the private airstrip told KCCI that Beckman had just bought the aircraft Thursday and was flying it for the first time.

A classified ad shows what the plane looked like before the crash. The asking price is $6,500.

It is unclear what caused the plane to crash, but Williams said she has an idea: “I think the wind took it.”

An investigator with the Federal Aviation Administration said crews will be investigating the crash site Friday, and it could take up to six months for a full report to be released.

FAA records show the plane was still registered to the airstrip owner.


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47 people died 60 years ago in one of Michigan’s worst airplane accidents

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 08:06

By Jacob Hamilton

FREELAND, MI – On a cold, stormy Easter Sunday 60 years ago today, a midair malfunction took the lives of 47 passengers and crew as Capital Airlines Flight 67 crashed short of the runway at Tri-City Airport.

Friday, April 6, marks the 60th anniversary of Michigan’s third-deadliest plane crash at what is now known as MBS International Airport. Though the blame for the crash was first placed on pilot error, the report from the Civil Aeronautics Board – the predecessor to the FAA – was later revised to blame unforeseen icing, poor visibility and a failing stall warning indicator.

At 11:19 p.m., on April 6, 1958, the four-engine Vickers Viscount 745D was on its final approach to the airport from Flint — one leg of its regularly-scheduled journey from New York to Chicago. At an altitude of about 900 feet and about a half-mile from the airport, the plane banked to re-align itself with the runway then abruptly dove into the ground, crashing just 300 feet from the tarmac. 

Several witnesses watching the last arrival of the night reported seeing the lights of the plane as it neared the runway, then an explosion as the aircraft struck the ground. A number of secondary explosions followed as the aircraft’s fuel-filled wings erupted in flames. Emergency vehicles were delayed in putting out the fire when their tires became stuck in the rainy, mud-filled corn field where Flight 67 had crashed.

In total, 44 passengers and three crew members died. There were no survivors. According to the CAB report, the plane struck the ground with such force that its engines were found buried as deep as five feet and the nose section was crushed to a quarter of its original size. Emergency workers found the plane’s contents and bodies of passengers strewn across the field, with some still strapped into their seats.

Without the aid of modern black box recorders, the CAB tested what little equipment remained intact, reconstructed the accident and ran tests on identical aircraft in a wind tunnel to determine the cause of the accident. It was determined from similar near-accidents involving the same model that ice buildup on the control surfaces of Flight 67 caused the pilot to lose pitch control of the airplane, resulting in the vertical nose-down crash.

Neighbors and witnesses reported a gruesome scene as bodies were transported to a makeshift morgue at Dow Chemical’s hangar.

In a 2008 Saginaw News article, farmer Ronald F. Krause described the scene as responders brought bodies past his property at the southwest corner of the airport,

“Some of the bodies were badly burned. Others were just mangled,” Krause said. “It was a gruesome sight. I knew they were dead.”

Within five years of the crash, Tri-City Airport installed more modern safety and navigation equipment, including automatic runway lights. In the years since, air travel has become increasingly safe. In 1946, there were about 1,300 fatalities for every 100 million commercial airline passengers. For the period between 1997 and 2006, that figure had dropped to 8.9 deaths per 100 million passengers.

Essexville resident William D. Reid arranged for a marble slab memorial to the crash victims to be placed at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, 950 N. Center Road in Saginaw Township.

Only two aviation accidents claimed more lives in Michigan than Flight 67.

The 1950 dissapearance of Northwest Airlines Flight 2501 over Lake Michigan claimed 58 lives and was the worst commercial airliner accident in the U.S. at the time. Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashed on takeoff on Aug. 16, 1987 and claimed the lives of 148 of its 149 passengers, becoming the second-worst crash in the U.S. until that point.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 08:03

60 Years ago today: On 6 April 1958 a Captial Airlines Vickers Viscount crashed near Freeland, killing all 47 occupants.

Date: Sunday 6 April 1958 Time: 23:19 Type: Vickers 745D Viscount Operator: Capital Airlines Registration: N7437 C/n / msn: 135 First flight: 1956-08-24 (1 year 8 months) Engines:Rolls-Royce Dart 510 Crew: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3 Passengers: Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 44 Total: Fatalities: 47 / Occupants: 47 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 0,7 km (0.4 mls) SW from Freeland-Tri City Airport, MI (MBS) (   United States of America) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Flint-Bishop Airport, MI (FNT/KFNT), United States of America Destination airport: Freeland-Tri City Airport, MI (MBS/KMBS), United States of America Flightnumber: 67

Capital Airlines Flight 67 was scheduled between New York-LaGuardia Airport, and Chicago, Illinois, with intermediate stops at Detroit, Flint, Tri-City Airport (serving Saginaw, Bay City, snd Mi dland), Michigan. N7437, the aircraft to be used on this flight, was flown from Cleveland, Ohio, and, because of weather and field conditions at LaGuardia , was landed at Newark Airport, New Jersey. Accordingly, Flight 67 was rescheduled to originate at Newark instead of La Guardia.
The flight departed Newark at 19:16, 1 hour and 16 minutes late. The trip to Flint was routine; the aircraft landed there at 22:37. Flight 67 departed Flint for Tri-City Airport at 23:02 and was to be fown in accordance with an IFR clearance at a cruising altitude of 3600 feet.
While en route the flight called Saginaw ATCS (Air Traffic Communication Station) and was given the local 23:00 weather observation and the runway in use, No. 5. The Tri City Airport does not have a traffic control tower. The 23:00 Saginaw weather was reported as: Measured ceiling 900 feet , overcast; visibility 3 miles; light snow showers; temperature 34; dewpoint 33; wind north-northeast 18, peak gusts to 27 knots, altimeter 29.48.
At 23:16 Flight 67 advised Saginaw radio that it was over the airport. A short time later, ground witnesses observed the lights of the aircraft when it was on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern. The aircraft was seen to make a left turn onto base leg and at this time the landing lights of the aircraft were observed to come on. During this portion of the approach the aircraft was flying beneath the overcast, estimated to be 900 feet, and appeared to be descending. When turning on final, the aircraft flew a short distance beyond the extended centerline of the runway
and its bank was steepened considerably to effect realignment. The aircraft was observed to return to level flight and pitched steeply down. It impacted the ground and burst into flames.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “An undetected accretion of ice on the horizontal stabilizer which, in conjunction with specific airspeed and aircraft configuration, caused a loss of pitch control.”

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Orlando firefighter investigated for showing house fire rescue video to colleagues

Statter 911 - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 00:24

Orlando fired employee last year for sharing an audio recording from an EMS call

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Helmet-cam video from Oklahoma City house fire where infant was rescued

Statter 911 - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 15:47

Child found in playpen by firefighters is recovering

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Today is Thursday the 5th of April, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 07:52

Here are the stories for today…

Be safe out there!


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Embry-Riddle student pilot, instructor killed in plane crash, deputies say

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 07:51

Wing fell off plane before crash, witnesses say

By Emilee Speck – Digital journalist

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – An Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student pilot and an instructor were killed Wednesday when a small plane crashed near the Daytona Beach Flea and Farmers Market, officials with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said. 

The plane crashed at 9:54 a.m. near 1496 Tomoka Farms Road, deputies said. Witnesses said the plane lost a wing before crashing south of West International Speedway Boulevard.

“The wing fell off some 150 to 200 yards away from where the plane finally rests in this field behind us,” said Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood while standing in front of the wreckage Wednesday.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University officials said the two on board were a student pilot and an instructor.

“It is with profound sadness that I must inform you of an aircraft accident today that resulted in the loss of one of our student pilots as well as a passenger who was a designated pilot examiner with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration,” Dr. P. Barry Butler, ERA president, said in a statement. 

The two people were the only ones on board the Piper PA-28 Cherokee aircraft. They have not been identified.

National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration officials are en route to investigate the crash. Embry-Riddle officials said they are cooperating with authorities.

“The witnesses that we’re interviewing say this happened very quickly,” Chitwood said. “No distress call was sent out as we can tell right now.”

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Air Force Thunderbirds pilot killed in F-16 crash near Nellis AFB

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 07:47

By: Michelle Tan

A U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilot was killed Wednesday when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed over the Nevada Test and Training Range.

The incident happened around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday during a routine aerial demonstration training flight, Air Force officials said.

The identity of the pilot is being withheld for 24 hours while his family is notified.

An investigation is being conducted into the cause of the mishap.

The team’s participation at March Air Reserve Base’s “The March Field Air and Space Expo” has been canceled. It is unknown how this accident will impact the remainder of the 2018 Thunderbirds season, which is scheduled to run through early November, the Air Force said.

The Thunderbirds, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, is the Air Force’s premiere demonstration team, known for its exciting and sharply choreographed shows.

The team’s jets often fly only a few feet from wingtip to wingtip, performing seemingly impossibly precise skills and capabilities.

This was Nellis’ first crash since two back-to-back crashes at the Nevada Test and Training Range last September, one of which was fatal.

On Sept. 5, Lt. Col. Eric Shultz died when his plane crashed at the range. The Air Force has still not identified what Shultz was flying, but said it was assigned to Air Force Materiel Command. Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein later told it was not an F-35.

And one day later, two A-10C Warthogs from the 57th Wing at Nellis crashed during what was called a routine training mission at the Nevada Test and Training Range. Both pilots ejected safely.

Senior reporters Stephen Losey and Valerie Insinna contributed to this report.

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