Fire Service

GUN PULLED AT CRASH SCENE IN PA ON FIRE/EMS

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 17:38

At 2:28pm, members of the Franklin Fire Company were alerted for a motor vehicle accident at 1038 Lincoln Way West in Hamilton Township. Squad 41, Engine 43 and Chief 46 responded along with EMS units. Upon arrival, crews found a dump truck into the guardrail with a single occupant confined inside. As crews began the extrication, the patient pulled a pistol from his side. Engine 43’s driver called out that the patient had a gun and began attempting to secure the patient’s arm. Members operating outside the vehicle quickly jumped inside, restrained the patient and secured the weapon. The patient continued to punch, kick and spit on members until additional State Police arrived and helped with restraints. During the incident, the patient and members slid down the embankment. Members utilized a stokes basket and rope to get the patient back up to EMS units. No members were injured. Lincoln Way West is shut down for an extended period.

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DURHAM FIREFIGHTER SERIOUSLY INJURED ALONG WITH 15 OTHERS AND 1 FATALITY

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 14:37

A gas explosion killed 1 person and injured 17 others, including a Durham firefighter, in downtown Durham on Wednesday, the same day as the Bull City’s 150th birthday.

Durham Mayor Steve Schewel pointed out the irony during a news conference Wednesday afternoon, after calling the explosion and subsequent fire a “terrible tragedy.”

“I feel a real sense of loss and of grief,” he said. “It’s a very difficult day in that way. But I feel something else as well, and that is a tremendous sense of gratitude. I saw firefighters with their hoses…fighting that fire not knowing if there was another potential gas explosion.”

The explosion, which affected five buildings, happened shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday at 115 North Duke Street after a contractor hit a gas line.

That contractor was hired by Kaffeinate coffee shop and did receive the required permits before beginning work, according to North Carolina 811 Executive Director Louis Panzer. Panzer said an investigation into what happened will take place.

Officials said everyone known to be in the buildings has been accounted for.

What we know about the victims
– 1 dead
– 17 injured (6 critically, 1 at UNC burn center)
– 5 taken to Duke Regional Hospital; 7 taken to Duke University Hospital (others went to the hospital on their own)
– 1 Durham firefighter seriously injured
– 1 Dominion Energy employee

Search and rescue efforts

Officials said a search and rescue operation made up of a 35-member special task force is underway at the site of the explosion.

In total, five buildings were involved. Officials rescue crews should use cameras, K-9 officers and larger machinery to search those building over a period of a few days.

Officials will send out notices to residents and business owners to let them know when they can return to the area to retrieve property while search and cleanup efforts are underway.

What we know about the explosion

A gas leak was first reported to Durham officials around 9:30 a.m. Upon arrival, first responders requested back up from police and started to evacuate the building.

During evacuation efforts, an explosion occurred at 10:07 a.m. and affected five buildings.

Witnesses told ABC11 they smelled gas in the area before the explosion.

“I’ve never seen anything like it before,” Robin Jarvi said. “I was sitting at the traffic light…and I smelled heavy, heavy gas. There were people in the building. I saw a business owner put a sign that said ‘Business is closed for the day because of a gas leak.’ As soon as I went through the traffic light, the whole building exploded.”

Robin Jarvy was driving past the building when the explosion happened.

Dominion Energy said it shut off the flow of gas at approximately 11:10 a.m.

“All you see is just a cloud of smoke go up and then you the building just slowly crumble down and people scattering out of there,” Tyler Headrick, a construction worker who was working on a nearby church’s roof, told ABC11’s Tim Pulliam.

ABC11 Meteorologist Brittany Bell picked up smoke from the explosion on First Alert Doppler. She said wind in the area is blowing the smoke southwest toward Chapel Hill.

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DALLAS FIREFIGHTER BURNED AT APARTMENT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 14:34

A Dallas firefighter was hospitalized with minor burns after a blaze at a Far North Dallas apartment complex Wednesday morning.

Dallas Fire-Rescue was called to the fire at the Camden Addison Apartments in the 4200 block of Trinity Mills Road, between Midway Road and the Dallas North Tollway, around 10:45 a.m.

Smoke was coming out of a boiler-room closet when firefighters arrived, and they found a fire burning in ceiling space between the first-floor boiler room and a shop above it, Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze shortly after noon.

One firefighter suffered minor burns from falling debris and was hospitalized as a precaution. No other injuries were reported.

Trinity Mills was closed between Midway and the tollway as firefighters worked.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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6 INJURED IN FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEM ACTIVATION INCLUDING FIREFIGHTER AND COP

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 07:54

Six people, including two police officers and a firefighter, were taken to local hospitals following a gas station crash that activated the fire suppression system.

Officials said an elderly man accidentally backed his sedan into one of the pumps at the Prestige gas station at the intersection of Franklin and School streets in Quincy.

The elderly driver also struck a pedestrian and the falling gas pump landed on a blue SUV. The female driver of the SUV, the elderly driver and the man he hit were all treated for minor injuries.

Under protocol, the gas station activated the fire suppression system, which sprayed a chemical in the form of white powder.

Two police officers and a firefighter were also treated because they inhaled the white powder. They are all expected to be OK.

The fire chief said the crash resulted in no fire, explosions or serious injuries.

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Private plane goes off runway at McGhee-Tyson airport, no injuries reported

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 03:43

By: WATE 6 On Your Side staff

ALCOA, Tenn. (WATE) – Officials at McGhee-Tyson Airport in Alcoa confirmed a small plane crash on their runway Tuesday. 

According to a Federal Aviation Administration official, the landing gear on a Beechcraft King Air collapsed after the aircraft landed on Runway 23 at McGhee-Tyson Aiport around 11:15 a.m. The plane slid on the runway before coming to a stop in the grass.

The flight was arriving from Northwest Beaches International Airport in Panama City, Florida.

No injuries have been reported. Two people were on board.

The runway was closed for about 2 1/2 hours while crews work to remove the plane. It reopened just before 2 p.m.

This is a developing story.

At 11:02am: an Alert 2 was issued regarding a general aviation aircraft that reported landing gear issues. Upon landing, the aircraft slid into the grass off the runway edge. No injuries reported. Aircraft removal will result in a 2.5 hr runway closure.

— McGhee Tyson Airport (@FlyKnoxville) April 9, 2019

https://www.wate.com/news/local-news/private-plane-crashes-at-mcghee-tyson-airport-no-injuries-reported/1911380827

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Pilot Killed In Crop Duster Crash In Rural Cameron County

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 03:41

By TIM SULLIVAN

A Lasara man was the pilot who was killed when his crop duster crashed in a farm field in northwestern Cameron County Tuesday morning.

The Department of Public Safety has identified him as 77-year-old Bernard Rowland. The plane went down just west of I-69E near Orphanage Road at around 10:45. An FAA spokesman says the plane, an Air Tractor 502, struck some power lines just before it slammed into the ground. The FAA continues to investigate.

http://www.kurv.com/pilot-killed-in-small-plane-crash-in-rural-cameron-county/

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Fuel line damaged at Nashville International Airport, causes leak

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 03:38

The fuel line belongs to Colonial Pipeline

By: Kyle Davis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A fuel line near Nashville International Airport (BNA) was damaged Monday morning, causing a large fuel leak.

According to BNA, the pipeline was damaged by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) during road work near BNA Runway 2R/20L.

The damaged fuel line is operated by Colonial Pipeline. The line was shut down, and responders from Colonial were dispatched to the area.

It’s currently unclear what type of fuel it is that leaked, but the line that was damaged is an automotive fuel line that doesn’t feed into BNA. The affected Runway was also already closed for the day for scheduled maintenance. As such, at the time of this writing, no flights are impacted.

Colonial Pipeline is still working on the damaged line, and are releasing updates as they make progress.

https://www.newschannel5.com/news/fuel-line-damaged-at-nashville-international-airport-causing-leak?fbclid=IwAR20CDVJRpLMkXj8ECJXKmHqcPHLUXEF22ILrELYTvM7C4qOxIAAX_hoJDo

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 03:37

9 Years ago today: On 10 April 2010 a Polish Air Force Tupolev 154M crashed near Smolensk, Russia, killing all 96 on board, including Polish President Lech Kaczynski.

Date: Saturday 10 April 2010 Time: 10:41 Type: Tupolev Tu-154M Operator: Polish Air Force Registration: 101 C/n / msn: 90A837 First flight: 1990 Total airframe hrs: 5143 Cycles: 3899 Engines:Soloviev D-30KU-154-II Crew: Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8 Passengers: Fatalities: 88 / Occupants: 88 Total: Fatalities: 96 / Occupants: 96 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: ca 1 km E of Smolensk Air Base (   Russia) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Official state flight Departure airport: Warszawa-Okecie Airport (WAW/EPWA), Poland Destination airport: Smolensk Air Base (XUBS), Russia

Narrative:
A Tupolev 154M passenger jet, operated the Polish Air Force, was destroyed when it crashed on approach to Smolensk Air Base in poor visibility. All on board were killed in the accident, including Polish President Lech Kaczynski.
The airplane departed Warszawa-Okecie Airport (WAW), Poland at 07:27 local time, carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife, several Members of Parliament, President of the National Bank of Poland Slawomir Skrzypek, Chief of General Staff Franciszek Gagor, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrzej Kremer and a number of passengers and crew members.
During the flight the crew was in contact with air traffic controllers at Minsk, Moscow and Smolensk. The crew also was in contact with the crew of a Polish Air Force Yakovlev 40 passenger plane that had landed at Smolensk Air Base 90 minutes ahead of the Presidential flight.
At about 10:14 the flight descended through an altitude of 7500 m. Minsk Control radioed that the visibility at Smolensk Air Base was 400 m due to fog. The same conditions were transmitted to the crew when they contacted the controller at Smolensk. About 10:25 the pilot of the Yak-40 on the ground at Smolensk radioed that horizontal visibility was 400 m and vertical visibility about 50 m. Shortly afterwards they reported that an Ilyushin 76 transport plane had diverted to an alternate airfield after two attempts to land.
The crew continued preparations for an approach to runway 26 at the Smolensk Air Base. The cockpit door was open and during the approach there were two passengers present on the flight deck.
Meanwhile, visibility worsened to 200 m. This information was transmitted to the crew at 10:37. The crew requested permission to carry out a ‘trial’ approach to decision height (100 m) and asked the controller to expect a go around.
About 18 seconds before impact the terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) sounded: “Pull up”, followed by an aural warning: “TERRAIN AHEAD”. About 5 seconds before impact the autopilot and autothrottle were disconnected in order to execute a go around. The airplane contacted upsloping terrain at a distance of about 1100 meters from the runway and 40 m to the left of extended centreline. The aircraft height at that point was 15 m below the level of the runway threshold. The left wing struck a large tree causing the airplane to roll inverted. The Tu-154 crashed and broke up

Probable Cause:

The immediate cause of the accident was the failure of the crew to take a timely decision to proceed to an alternate airdrome although they were not once timely informed on the actual weather conditions at Smolensk “Severny” Airdrome that were significantly lower than the established airdrome minima; descent without visual contact with ground references to an altitude much lower than minimum descent altitude for go around (100 m) in order to establish visual flight as well as no reaction to the numerous TAWS warnings which led to controlled flight into terrain, aircraft destruction and death of the crew and passengers.

According to the conclusion made by the pilot-experts and aviation psychologists, the presence of the Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Air Forces in the cockpit until the collision exposed psychological pressure on the PIC’s decision to continue descent in the conditions of unjustified risk with a dominating aim of landing at any means.

Contributing factors to the accident were:
– long discussion of the Tu-154M crew with the Protocol Director and crew of the Polish Yak-40 concerning the information on the actual weather that was lower than the established minima and impossibility (according to the Tu-154M crew opinion) to land at the destination airdrome which increased the psychological stress of the crew and made the PIC experience psychological clash of motives: on the one hand he realized that landing in such conditions was unsafe, on the other hand he faced strong motivation to land exactly at the destination airdrome.
In case of proceeding to an alternate airdrome the PIC expected negative reaction from the Main Passenger;
– lack of compliance to the SOP and lack of CRM in the crew;
– a significant break in flights in complicated weather conditions (corresponding to his weather minima 60×800) that the PIC had had as well as his low experience in conducting non-precision approach;
– early transition by the navigator to the altitude callouts on the basis of the radio altimeter indications without considering the uneven terrain;
– conducting flight with engaged autopilot and autothrottle down to altitudes much lower than the minimum descent altitude which does not comply with the FCOM provisions;
– late start of final descent which resulted in increased vertical speed of descent the crew had to maintain.

The systematic causes of the accident involving the Tu-154M tail number 101 aircraft of the Republic of Poland were significant shortcomings in the organization of flight operations, flight crew preparation and arrangement of the VIP flight in the special air regiment.

In a separate investigation , the Polish Committee for Investigation of National Aviation Accidents concluded the following:

Cause of Accident:
The immediate cause of the accident was the descent below the minimum descent altitude at an excessive rate of descent in weather conditions which prevented visual contact with the ground, as well as a delayed execution of the go-around procedure. Those circumstances led to an impact on a terrain obstacle resulting in separation of a part of the left wing with aileron and consequently to the loss of aircraft control and eventual ground impact.

Circumstances Contributing to the Accident:
1) Failure to monitor altitude by means of a pressure altimeter during a non-precision approach;
2) failure by the crew to respond to the PULL UP warning generated by the TAWS;
3) attempt to execute the go-around maneuver under the control of ABSU (automatic go around);
4) Approach Control confirming to the crew the correct position of the airplane in relation to the RWY threshold, glide slope, and course which might have affirmed the crew’s belief that the approach was proceeding correctly although the airplane was actually outside the permissible deviation margin;
5) failure by LZC to inform the crew about descending below the glide slope and delayed issuance of the level-out command;
6) incorrect training of the Tu-154M flight crews in the 36 Regiment.

Conducive circumstances:
1) incorrect coordination of the crew’s work, which placed an excessive burden on the aircraft commander in the final phase of the flight;
2) insufficient flight preparation of the crew;
3) the crew‘s insufficient knowledge of the airplane’s systems and their limitations;
4) inadequate cross-monitoring among the crew members and failure to respond to the mistakes committed;
5) crew composition inadequate for the task;
6) ineffective immediate supervision of the 36 Regiment’s flight training process by the Air Force Command;
7) failure by the 36 Regiment to develop procedures governing the crew’s actions in the event of:
a) failure to meet the established approach criteria;
b) using radio altimeter for establishing alarm altitude values for various types of approach;
c) distribution of duties in a multi-crew flight.
8) sporadic performance of flight support duties by LZC over the last 12 months, in particular under difficult WC, and lack of practical experience as LZC at the SMOLENSK NORTH airfield.

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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/10

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 03:13

4/10/1882 a Cleveland, OH firefighter died as a result of inhaling sulfuric acid fumes while operating at a fire.

4/10/1904 a Galesburg, IL firefighter died “while fighting a fire that destroyed Galesburg High School. He was killed when the east wall of the school collapsed as he and two other firefighters were aiming a hose into the third floor of the burning structure. Although the school was a total loss, firefighters successfully contained the flames and protected nearby Knox College and a women’s seminary.”

4/10/1914 a Lafayette, IN firefighter “died of the injuries he sustained while operating at a fire at the Dreyfus Theatre, he went under a canopy to secure a hoseline. As he was doing so, a wall collapsed onto the canopy crushing him. He was removed but died approximately two hours later.”

4/10/1924 a Manhattan, NY (FDNY) firefighter Fireman Connolly died “as a result of injuries sustained the previous day, when he fell five floors down a shaft while operating at a three-alarm fire.”

4/10/1927 a Saint Paul, MN firefighter died while “fighting a fire on the 2nd floor at the Ramsey County Preventorium when the roof collapsed. He died from burns and injuries suffered after jumping through a 2nd floor window to escape the flames.”

4/10/1934 a Bronx, New York (FDNY) firefighter died of smoke inhalation while operating at a fire.

4/10/1945 an Independence, NJ firefighter “lost his life while trying to rescue a child during a mutual aid in a single-family dwelling fire located at 905 Thomas Avenue in Cinnaminson Township.”

4/10/1983 a Yonkers, NY firefighter died from asphyxiation at a structure fire at the Crest Manor Apartment’s located on 377 North Broadway. “While conducting a search for occupants on the 6th floor, he eventually ran out of air, and was forced to “buddy breathe” with a member of his crew. Despite all efforts, the two men became separated in the thick smoke while trying to evacuate, and the firefighter fell unconscious inside the building. He died shortly after he was located.”

4/10/1998 two Albert City, IA firefighters died after they were called for a tank on fire at a turkey farm. “Firefighters found flames shooting from the relief valve on the top of an 18,000-gallon propane tank. After only eight minutes, flames began to show from the bottom of the tank, and everyone started to leave the immediate area. Suddenly, the tank erupted in a massive explosion, flattening everyone near it. The two firefighters were killed instantly in the blast. Five other firefighters and a sheriff’s deputy were injured by the blast. The explosion also destroyed and/or heavily damaged four barns on the property.”

4/10/1965 Linda Darnell, an American film actress, died from burns she received in a house fire in Glenview, Illinois, early the day before. “She had been staying at the home of her former secretary and former agent. She was trapped on the second floor of the home by heat and smoke, as the fire had started in the living room. Darnell’s secretary stood on the window ledge, calling for help. She had lost track of Darnell and insisted the firefighters rescue her before she was taken from the window ledge. Darnell was found next to the burning living room sofa; she was transferred to the burn unit at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital with burns to 80% of her body.”

4/10/1917 Eddystone Ammunition Company explosion killed 133 in Eddystone, PA; 1,000 girls worked at their ammunition plant filling shells with gunpowder for the Russian army after President Wilson asked Congress to declare war April 6, 1917. It is rumored that Leon Trotsky ordered the plant sabotaged to prevent the shells from reaching the new democratic Russian government.

4/10/1845 Pittsburgh, PA conflagration a destroyed eleven-hundred houses after a fire broke out on the southeast corner of Ferry and Second Streets.

4/10/1834 a fire at the LaLaurie mansion in New Orleans, LA leads to the discovery of a torture chamber where slaves were brutalized.

4/10/2014 ten people were killed, and dozens injured when a chartered bus collided with a truck and burst into flames in Northern California near the town of Orland.

4/10/1992 a bus bombing in Sri Lanka killed twenty-five.

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OFFICIALS: THAI VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER DIED EN ROUTE TO AID WILDLAND FIRE EFFORTS

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 18:32

By Tossapoi Boonpat, Nation:
A 50-year-old motorcyclist, who died when he encountered an out-of-control forest fire on a dirt road in Mae Hong Son’s Khun Yuam district on Sunday afternoon, was not drunk as previously reported, officials said on Tuesday.

In fact he had been on his way to help the authorities put out the fire, not just returning to his farm, they explained.

On Sunday afternoon, police found Burin Thaweekijbowornkul’s lifeless body 10 metres from his toppled and burned-out motorcycle on the road at Mae Or (Moo 3) village in Tambon Mae Yuam Noi, where he came across the blaze, reportedly succumbed to smoke inhalation and died.

In previous Thai news reports, Burin was said to have to be in a drunken state after having drinks with friends before setting out on his journey, an account which his relatives and the local authorities have now dismissed.

Read the full story here.

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TEXAS VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER DIES OVERNIGHT AFTER FIGHTING GRASS FIRE PREVIOUS DAY

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 18:12

By Bill Hancock, Runnels County Register:

Ballinger lost part of its heart and soul on April 4th, 2019, when Juan Carlos Ruiz suddenly passed away overnight. Ruiz, 37, was born on October 28th, 1981 in Eden, Texas to Oscar and Norma (Mata) Ruiz. In 2000 he graduated from Paint Rock High School and married his wife, Saranada Boone, on August 13th, 2005. Together the couple had 3 children, Isabel, Juan and Jacob. One of his favorite activities was walking through the garden with his wife with is favorite flowers being pansies and zinnias.

Ruiz was superintendent of Ballinger’s water department, where he had worked for 13 years, and was known for his strong work ethic. Ruiz was also a valued member of the Ballinger Volunteer Fire Department for 7 years and perhaps one his greatest contributions was his quick wit, the ability to tell a joke and lighten a mood quickly. Ruiz was known for his mild temperament but mostly as a father with a strong love of his family.

Ruiz was a long-time, devoted member of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church. He was on the church council as well as on the Knights of Columbus council. He was named “Knight of the Year” for the Ballinger Council in 2017. He and his family were also named “Family of the Year” in 2017. Ruiz was a highly respected little league baseball coach and involved in other aspects of Ballinger’s youth sports.

Robert Langston, a lieutenant with the Ballinger Volunteer Fire Department spoke fondly of Ruiz, “He was a lot of things before he was a fire fighter. If there was a call he was there, if there was someone in need he was there. The fire department was just one side of him. He was a Catholic, a leader with the city, spent countless hours with Ballinger youth sports, and not to forget, being a husband, father, brother, uncle, etc.”

Read the full story here.

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2 BUFFALO FIREFIGHTERS INJURED IN OVERNIGHT GARAGE FIRES

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 16:15

Two New York firefighters were injured early Tuesday as crews tackled a string of at least five garage fires that authorities believe to be arson.

The fires happened around Buffalo’s Elmwood Village neighborhood, with firefighters responding to the first blaze just after midnight and the call for the fifth incident coming at about 3:30 a.m., WBEN-AM reports. Authorities estimate that the fires caused more than $800,000 in damage, and the Buffalo Fire Department said all the locations were large two-story garages.

An official at one of the fire scenes told WKBW-TV that the two firefighters suffered minor injuries. Details on how they were hurt were not given.

A 20-year-old Buffalo man was taken into custody by police, and he faces 18 charges stemming from the fire fires, The Buffalo News reports. Police allege that the man traveled to each scene on a bicycle, and he was arrested in a garage in the area.

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FALL RIVER, MA FIRE CHIEF FALLS 10 FT – LANDS ON HIS FEET!

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 12:07

Fire Chief John Lynch plunged 10 feet through the second floor of 11 Palmer St. while investigating the aftermath of a fatal fire on Saturday, and landed square on his feet.

“It was dark in there and I went to look at the body and there was a hole, and I didn’t see it, and I just plunged right through,” Lynch said on Monday.

That Lynch walked away from the incident requiring six stitches and feeling a little sore is the only bright spot to the tragic fire early April 6 that killed 88-year-old Korean War veteran William Graham.

As is protocol for any fatal fire, Lynch was among the state and local fire officials called in to investigate.

Firefighters were called to the home at 4:33 a.m. They arrived three minutes later, at 4:36 a.m., and had the fire put down at 4:47 a.m. — in 11 minutes, according to Capt. Neil Furtado.

“They did a really good job knocking the fire down,” Lynch said.

Furtado said the fire broke out in the space between the ceiling of the first floor and the floor of the second floor. Investigators believe the fire may have been caused by the home’s electrical system.

According to the results of a preliminary investigation, the size of the electrical wiring in question may have been too small for the circuit breaker into which it fed, which might have prevented the breaker from tripping when it should have, according to Furtado.

“If you use an undersized wire and an oversized breaker, the breaker won’t pop,” Furtado said.

Officials believe the fire was accidental and is not suspicious, Furtado said. The home’s electric and second-story flooring appears to have been renovated recently, he said.

Investigators are looking into whether the renovations were done properly, according to Furtado.

Graham was unable to escape the fire and was found dead inside his second-floor apartment, according to the office of Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III.

The fire burned out wooden joists and severely weakened the floor, Lynch said. While surveying the second floor, Lynch stepped onto the damaged area and crashed through the floor.

“My first thought when I hit the ground (was) that this could be the end of my career, and that’s not the way I want to go out,” he said.

Thanks in part to “a good pair of boots” Lynch wore, the fire chief landed upright on his feet. He was taken for treatment at Rhode Island Hospital, where he received six stitches, and was released later on Saturday.

“I’m just a little sore. I did have some lacerations. Other than that I’m pretty lucky,” said Lynch, was back in the office on Monday morning. “If I landed another way I could have some serious injuries.”

One day after he was injured, Lynch was one of 1,050 people who participated in the 25th annual Thomas Giunta 5K Road Race Sunday. He walked the entire 3.1-mile race.

The race honors Fall River Officer Thomas Giunta, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on Aug. 24, 1994.

Lynch said he wanted his fellow first responders, many of whom also participated in the memorial road race, to know that he was all right.

“It felt good, it kept me limber,” he said.

Lynch’s quick rebound was no surprise to Furtado.

“I’ve known Chief Lynch since I’ve been on the department, 18 years, and he’s that guy. He’s a tough guy, old-school firefighter tough. That’s Chief Lynch in a nutshell,” said Furtado.

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Today is Tuesday the 9th of April, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 08:46

Here are the stories for today…

I’m heading to Indianapolis tomorrow for FDIC, so if your anywhere near booth 2207, stop by and say hello!

Be safe out there!

Tom

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The fireground selfie becomes an issue at Michigan fatal fire

Statter 911 - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 08:42

Selfie taken at deadly fire in Kalamazoo

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Crash landing at Melville Hall

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 08:35

Dominica News Online 

The news reaching DNO is that a plane has encountered some difficulty while landing at the Douglas-Charles airport in Melville Hall.

The information is that the plane’s landing gear may have collapsed.

A source at the airport told DNO that there were no severe injuries. However. one person is reported to have received a cut above one of his eyes and some others are complaining of chest pains.

DNO was also informed that the plane, a Sky Airline aircraft, was coming from Santo Dominigo.

We understand that the airport has since officially been  closed.

http://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/breaking-news-crash-landing-at-melville-hall/

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Airplane crash at Santa Fe airport kills 2

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 08:33

By Dillon Mullan | The New Mexican

The pilot of a single-engine plane and the aircraft’s only passenger died Monday following a crash at the Santa Fe Regional Airport, New Mexico State Police said.

A accident involving a single engine airplane claimed one life at the Santa Fe Regional Airport in Santa Fe, Monday April 8, 2019. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

The Associated Press, quoting a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman, reported the crash happened at about 3:40 p.m., and the plane was destroyed by fire. The plane was described as a light-sport aircraft.

Santa Fe Fire Department assistant chief Carlos Nava told The New Mexican that members of department’s crash rescue unit, which is stationed at the airport, responded to the incident, which occurred on airport property on a side runway just south of a National Guard complex.

The FAA is investigating the incident, according to state police, which has not identified the deceased.

The agency initially said on social media that the pilot was the only occupant of the aircraft. A spokesman later said a passenger was on board and also deceased.

Monday’s fatal crash is the second at the airport in the past five months. In late November, Larry Nelson of Wheat Ridge, Colo., crashed just short of the runway. He was making a trip from Arizona to Akron, Colo. Family members believe he was making an emergency diversion to the Santa Fe airport. Nelson was 73.

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Cathay Dragon flight makes safe emergency landing in Taiwan

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 08:31

AFP News

A Cathay Dragon flight from Taiwan to Hong Kong made an emergency landing on Monday after experiencing a “technical issue” shortly after take-off with sparks reported coming from one of the Airbus A330’s engine exhausts.

Cathay Pacific, the parent company of Cathay Dragon, said flight KA451 from Kaohsiung to Hong Kong made an “air return” and landed safely back at the southern Taiwanese city some 50 minutes after take off.

An official with Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) told AFP the emergency was caused by a “technical failure on one of the engines” and denied Taiwanese media reports of a bird strike.

The official, who declined to be named because he was not authorised to speak with media, added an investigation was underway.

Cathay said the safety of its 330 passengers and crew was “at no time” at risk and that a thorough inspection would be carried out of the aircraft.

“There was no indication of an engine fire on the aircraft, however, due to the technical issue, loud noises and sparks were reported coming from the engine exhaust prior to the engine being shut down as per operational procedures,” Cathay told AFP.

The Apple Daily newspaper cited local aviation officials as saying the plane’s right engine emitted smoke during take-off and that local residents nearby said they had heard an explosive sound.

Arrangements were being made to get passengers on new flights, the carrier said.

The emergency landing comes at a time of renewed concern over the safety of a popular passenger jet made by Airbus rival Boeing.

The US aviation giant’s 737 MAX model has experienced two deadly crashes in less than five months, forcing a worldwide grounding of the model.

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