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Mobile Regional Airport gets new $5 million FAA grant

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 07:25

By Lawrence Specker

Mobile Regional Airport has received a federal grant of $5 million, with the money earmarked to pay for runway improvements and firefighting equipment.

The award puts Mobile Regional near the top in terms of money received from the Federal Aviation Administration this year, with only Huntsville International Airport receiving more.

According to information released Wednesday by the office of U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, the new grant of $4,894,290 will go toward the “rehabilitation” of runway 15/33 “to maintain the structural integrity of the pavement and to minimize foreign object debris.” It also will pay for a replacement aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle, and upgrades to the runway 15/33 lighting system.

The grant adds to $3,425,440 awarded in May for the same purposes, bringing the total awarded this year to Mobile Regional to $8,319,730.

Based on a year-to-date tally of FAA Airport Improvement Program grants, that appears to put Mobile Regional second behind Huntsville International Airport. The Huntsville facility received $6,495,151 in May, designated for the construction of a new taxiway, and $3,706,792 in July, for a new interactive training system and various other upgrades. Those two grants total $10,201,943.

Other top recipients in the state are Auburn University Regional Airport, which received $3.0 million for taxiway improvements and Montgomery Regional Airport, which received $3.6 million for fencing, access road and runway work. Airports in Alexander, Bay Minette, Dothan, Eufala and Fayette received grants of between $1.2 and $1.6 million each.

A request for comment from the Mobile Airport Authority was pending.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 07:23

6 Years ago today: On 7 September 2011 a YAK Service Yak-42 crashed on takeoff from Yaroslavl, Russia, carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team; killing 44 out of 45 occupants.

Date: Wednesday 7 September 2011 Time: 16:05 MSK Type: Yakovlev 42D Operator: YAK Service Registration: RA-42434 C/n / msn: 4520424305017 First flight: 1993 Total airframe hrs: 6482 Engines:Lotarev D-36 Crew: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 8 Passengers: Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 37 Total: Fatalities: 44 / Occupants: 45 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 1 km (0.6 mls) W of Yaroslavl-Tunoshna Airport (IAR) (   Russia) Phase: Initial climb (ICL) Nature: Int’l Non Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Yaroslavl-Tunoshna Airport (IAR/UUDL), Russia Destination airport: Minsk-1 International Airport (MHP/UMMM), Belarus Flightnumber: 9633

A Yakovlev 42 passenger plane, RA-42434, was destroyed when it crashed about 1 km from the runway of Yaroslavl Airport (IAR), Russia. Forty-three people were killed and two survived. The surviving passenger died on September 12 of his injuries.
The airplane carried members of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team for a match in Minsk.
The Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) reported that the flight was cleared for takeoff from runway 23. Before takeoff the crew selected flaps at 20 degrees (takeoff position) and the stabilizer at -8.7 degrees (nose up). A control check was performed. The runway length available for takeoff was 3000 metres and V1 speed was calculated to be 190 km/h. However, the correct V1 speed should have been 210 km/h.
Weather was fine with wind from 360 degrees at 3 m/sec., a visibility of 10 km, with significant stratocumulus clouds at a lower limit of 990 m. The temperature was +17.8 degrees C.
Takeoff was initiated at nominal engine thrust. At a speed of 185 km/h the nose wheel lifted off the runway but the pitch angle did not increase. After six seconds takeoff mode power was selected. However, the speed momentarily decreased. The crew used additional elevator and trimmed the stabilizer to 9.5 degrees nose up. The airplane still did not become airborne. It travelled past the end of the runway onto the grass, finally lifting off about 400 metres past the threshold.
The aircraft struck a localizer antenna and rapidly attained a 20 degrees nose-up attitude, reaching a height of 5-6 metres. The airplane then rolled left, struck the ground and broke up on the side of the Volga River.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: It was determined that:
– the crew calculated the V1 speed to be 190 km/h; however this was incorrect as it should have been 220 km/h;
– the copilot had medical issues, he had leg coordination disturbances and the deep sensibility disorders of lower extremities. The medicine Phenobarbital, which has a negative impact on the nervous system, was found in his blood which degraded his performance;
– while the captain had over 1300 hours of experience flying Yak-42 aircraft, he flew the smaller Yak-40 aircraft before that and had more experience in those aircraft. The same applied to the copilot. Both aircraft have a different method of braking and the captain or copilot (it could not be concluded who pushed the brakes) probably held his feet on the pedals during takeoff in a similar manner that he had used on the Yak-40. In the accident he inadvertently activated the brakes while pulling on the controls to lift the nose for takeoff.
The investigators established that there were at least four contributing factors, including a lack of pilot training, the absence of control over the crew’s preparation for flight, the pilots’ failure to follow standard takeoff procedures and poor coordination between the crew during the takeoff.

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9/11 Silent Walk Postponed Due To Hurricane Irma

SCOnFire - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 17:20
Charleston, SC – The 9/11 Silent Walk on the Arthur Ravenell Jr Bridge has been postponed due to the impending threat of Hurricane Irma. Citing the state of emergency the South Carolina is currently under and the majority of the participants likely being unable to attend in the event of a significant landfall, the call ...

Video: Woman escapes handcuffs & steals the police SUV in Texas

Statter 911 - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 07:25

Police give chase for 20 minutes at speed up to 100 mph

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Today is Wednesday the 6th of September, 2017

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 07:16

Here are the stories for your “Hump Day”…

Be safe out there!


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About Those Shirts…. (The Secret List)

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 07:14


So I spent the better part of today in the dentist chair-as he and his entire staff all entered my mouth at the same time, each with their own plans and particular interests. Kind of like a free for all fire that somehow actually got handled in spite of ourselves. Of course this time, I didn’t avoid rehab.

So when I barely got home after the entire cast of animaniacs departed my mouth, I received a wonderful message from Texas Fire Marshal, Chief Chris Conneally. He advised that they have been overwhelmed by the heartfelt outpouring of support of fire & EMS shirts.

At this current time their shipping arrivals dock is no longer a receiving dock but a packed & stacked port of blessings from firefighter’s and EMT’s all over North America and the world. Hundreds of boxes of thousands of “we have your back” fire shirts for Texas firefighters and their families are heading out this week to those who need them. Outstanding.

The Texas need has now been met so if you haven’t shipped your shirts yet, please hold off for right now and don’t send them.

Hopefully they won’t be needed-but unfortunately the next few days may require a new shipping location on those boxes.

Thanks to everyone for helping Texas fire and EMS folks and their families.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 9-5-2017-2027 hours

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Pilot killed in National Guard F-16 fighter jet crash in Arizona

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 07:13


SAFFORD, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a county sheriff says the pilot of an Arizona Air National Guard F-16 jet that crashed Tuesday afternoon was killed.

The Arizona Daily Star reports Graham County Sheriff P.J. Allred said the crash site is about 20 miles northwest of Safford. The F-16 was attached to the Arizona Air National Guard’s 162nd Wing at Tucson International Airport.

The crash was the second involving an F-16 Fighting Falcon flying from the 162nd Wing and the third F-16 crash in Arizona, since mid-2015.

The U.S. Air force has activated a team to investigate Tuesday’s crash.

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NTSB releases preliminary report in Charlottesville helicopter crash that killed two Virginia state troopers

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 07:12

By Lori Aratani

A helicopter carrying two Virginia state troopers, shook and then began to spin before it disappeared from view, witnesses told federal investigators looking into the cause of the crash that killed the two officers during last month’s white nationalists’ rally in Charlottesville.

According to a preliminary report released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates had just completed surveillance over downtown Charlottesville and were on their way to provide air support for the motorcade of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) when their helicopter disappeared from radar just before 5 p.m.

Witnesses said they saw the helicopter hovering before it began a “rolling oscillation” and began to spin. The aircraft then “descended in a 40-degree nose down attitude,” before it disappeared from view the report said. Security camera footage corroborated those accounts. Witnesses then reported seeing a plume of smoke from the crash site. An earlier NTSB report said there was no distress call prior to the crash.

While the preliminary report did not include a cause, investigators said there was no indication that the Aug. 12 crash was the result of a mid-air collision with another aircraft, animal or object. The helicopter left a debris field several hundred feet long to the west of the main wreckage. Some debris was found on the roof of a residence adjacent to where the helicopter came to rest, said investigators who interviewed more than three dozen witnesses. While all the main helicopter components were recovered at the site of the crash, most were damaged in the crash and during the post-crash fire, investigators said.

The Bell 407 helicopter had been in operation since 2000, according to aircraft maintenance records and had undergone its 100-hour inspection less than two weeks before the crash. While not noted in Tuesday’s preliminary report, the aircraft had previously crashed in 2010. No one was injured in that incident, but NTSB investigators said the probable cause was faulty maintenance by a shop that was not authorized to make repairs on that particular aircraft. An NTSB spokesman said it it not clear whether there is any connection between that crash and the one last month, but that it will be considered as part of the broader investigation.

“The Virginia State Police appreciates the professionalism and comprehensive investigative efforts of the NTSB during all aspects of this incident,” said spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

Both officers had flight experience and were  particularly close to the McAuliffe family. Cullen, 48, was commander of the state police aviation unit, had spent several years shepherding the governor around Virginia.

At his Cullen’s funeral, McAuliffe said he considered the trooper part of his family.

“Dorothy and I are heartbroken,” McAuliffe said. “It’ll never be the same when I step into that helicopter and not see Jay in that front right seat with Cullen on the back of his helmet.”

Bates, 40, served on the governor’s security detail and had only recently transferred to the aviation unit. The day before he died, Bates had contacted the governor about sending a care package to the McAuliffe’s oldest son, a Marine recently deployed to the Middle East.

The full investigation into the cause of the crash is expected to take 12 to 18 months.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 09/06/2017 - 07:10

32 Years ago today: On 6 September 1985 a Midwest Express DC-9-14 crashed shortly after takeoff from Milwaukee, WI following a catastrophic failure of the right engine; all 31 occupants.

Date: Friday 6 September 1985 Time: 15:21 Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-14 Operator: Midwest Express Registration: N100ME C/n / msn: 47309/393 First flight: 1968 Total airframe hrs: 31892 Cycles: 48903 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B Crew: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4 Passengers: Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 27 Total: Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 31 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 0,5 km (0.3 mls) SW of Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, WI (MKE) (   United States of America) Phase: Initial climb (ICL) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, WI (MKE/KMKE), United States of America Destination airport: Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA (ATL/KATL), United States of America Flightnumber: 105

Midwest Express Airlines Flight 206, DC-9 N100ME arrived at Milwaukee (MKE) at 13:15 on September 6, 1985. It departed Milwaukee at 13:36 and arrived in Madison at 13:55 after an uneventful flight. At Madison, N100ME was designated as flight 105 to Atlanta (ATL), with an intermediate stop in Milwaukee. Flight 105 departed Madison at 14:25 and arrived at Milwaukee, on time and without incident, at 14:41.
About 14:49, the first officer of flight 105 contacted Milwaukee Tower to request an instrument flight rule (IFR) clearance to Atlanta. The clearance was received. The Atlanta forecast included a 1,000-foot ceiling, visibility 2 miles, thunderstorms and rain showers.
At 15:12, the Before Engine Start Checklist was read and accomplished in accordance with Midwest Express operating procedures. Engine start was commenced at 15:14 and the After Start Checklist was accomplished. The first officer requested clearance to taxi to runway 19R for departure. About 15:17:50, the Taxi Checklist was completed, and the engine pressure ratio (EPR) and airspeed reference bugs were set to 1.91 and 133 knots, respectively. Both indications were correct for the departure conditions applicable to flight 105. At the conclusion of the Taxi Checklist, the captain advised the first officer “Standard briefing …” At 15:19:15, the first officer reported to the tower local controller, “Milwaukee, Midex 105, ready on 19R.” Flight 105 was cleared to “position and hold” on runway 19R. The captain called for the Before Takeoff Checklist, which was completed in accordance with the COM. Flight 105 was cleared for takeoff at 15:20:28; the first officer acknowledged the clearance. The captain operated the flight controls, and the first officer handled radio communications and other copilot responsibilities during the takeoff. The Midwest Express DC-9 Flight Operations Manual required the use of
standard noise abatement takeoff procedures during all line operations, unless precluded by safety considerations or special noise abatement procedures. At the time flight 105 departed, noise abatement procedures were in effect. Midwest Express also utilized “reduced thrust” takeoff procedures (at the captain’s discretion) to extend engine life. The flightcrew was complying with the reduced thrust and standard noise abatement takeoff procedures.
The takeoff roll and liftoff were normal, with liftoff occurring near the intersection of the midfield taxiway and runway 19R, about 4,200 feet from the start of the takeoff roll. Rotation to the takeoff attitude occurred at 140 knots. The DC-9 accelerated to 168 knots with a rate of climb of about 3,000 feet/minute, indicating a normal two-engine initial takeoff flightpath. At 15:21:26 N100ME was about 7,600 feet down the runway, reaching a height of 450 feet above the ground. At that moment there was a loud noise and a noticeable decrease in engine sound. The captain then remarked “What the # was that?” The first officer did not respond. At 15:21:29, the local controller transmitted, “Midex 105, turn left heading 175.” At the time of his transmission he observed smoke and flame emanating from the right airplane engine. The captain asked the first officer, “What do we got here, Bill?” The first officer did not respond to the captain but advised the local controller, “Midex 105, roger, we’ve got an emergency here.” Two seconds later, the captain said, “Here”; again there was no response. Neither pilot made the call outs for “Max Power” or “Ignition Override-Check Fuel System,” which were part of the Midwest Express “Engine Failure after V1” emergency procedure. Meanwhile the airplane began to deviate substantially to the right and the heading changed from 194 degrees to 260 degrees in eight seconds. The vertical acceleration dropped sharply to about 0.3 G and increased to a value of 1.8 G. At that point the airplane stalled. This accelerated stall occurred at a KIAS of about 156 kts.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The flight crew’s improper use of flight controls in response to the catastrophic failure of the right engine during a critical phase of flight, which led to an accelerated stall and loss of control of the airplane. Contributing to the loss of control was a lack of crew coordination in response to the emergency. The right engine failed from the rupture of the 9th to 10th stage removable sleeve spacer in the high pressure compressor because of the spacer’s vulnerability to cracks.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 19:45

A Baltimore County fire lieutenant was injured after being hit by a vehicle during the “Fill the Boot” charitable fundraising drive.

Authorities say this happened just after 11:15 a.m. Sunday, near Rossville Boulevard and Pulaski Highway.

Firefighters were out collecting money for Muscular Dystrophy Association’s “Fill the Boot’ campaign, when the fire lieutenant was struck by a vehicle. The victim was taken to a hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

No further details have been released about the wreck.

The Baltimore County Police Department is investigating the crash.

The “Fill the Boot” campaign will continue, though the fire chief reminds personnel to be safe while collecting

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 19:31

A Nashville Fire Department firefighter was hospitalized after battling a blaze at a home near Percy Priest Lake early Tuesday morning.

No one was inside the home on Timber Ridge Drive when it caught fire. Half of the house was destroyed.

(For more updates on this story and free news alerts for your neighborhood, sign up for your local Middle Tennessee Patch morning newsletter.)

The firefighter was taken to the hospital after he experienced problems with his breathing mask. He is expected to fully recover.

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Oh, it’s the old Tinder-date, poop-rescue scam

Statter 911 - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 17:01

If true, the firefighters have a story to tell

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Colleton County Ambulance Rear Ended At MVA

SCOnFire - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 15:33
WALTERBORO, S.C. (WCIV) — Four people are in a local hospital, including two Colleton County paramedics, following a wreck involving an ambulance Tuesday on Interstate 95 near Walterboro. Colleton County Fire-Rescue officials say an ambulance responding to another wreck was hit in the back by a moving van shortly before 3 p.m. The wreck happened on ...

Firefighter Quits After Saving Woman From Fire, States Chief’s Response Was “Sarcastic”

SCOnFire - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 13:37
Charleston, SC (WCIV) – A Charleston firefighter is speaking about why he quit the department after saving a woman’s life. He says he didn’t like the way he was treated by the chief after the large fire at a historic home on Smith Street in July. Fire crews from several departments rushed to the 3-alarm ...

Watch moment passenger plane catches FIRE mid-air and makes emergency landing

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 11:18

THIS is the shocking moment a passenger plane’s engine appeared to catch fire causing it to make an emergency landing.

The Japan Airlines Boeing 777, with 233 passengers and 15 crew onboard, was bound for New York when on takeoff the pilot reported a bird strike to an engine. 

Dramatic footage shows bright orange flames shooting from the left engine as the plane ascended from the runway.

Japan Airlines said the pilot requested an emergency landing just minutes after taking off from Haneda International Airport on Tuesday (September 5).

A JAL spokesman said: “It seems that a bird got sucked into the left engine when taking off.”

The pilot dumped the fuel to lessen its weight before safely returning to the airport.

A 57-year-old passenger said: “Right after taking off we heard five bangs and the plane shook, but all the passengers were calm.”

A school student, 17, added: “I was nervous at first but I’m glad we were able to come back safely.”

A land ministry official said that a grass field next to one of the four runways briefly caught fire after the plane took off but was soon extinguished.

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Plane makes hard landing in Santa Clara River bottom; no injuries reported

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 11:15

No injuries were reported after a small plane made a hard landing Monday in the Santa Clara River bottom near the Santa Paula airport, officials said. 

Crews with the Santa Paula and Ventura County fire department responded to the incident at 2:11 p.m. and was initially reported in the 800 block of East Santa Maria Street.

“We had a plane down in the river bottom,” said firefighter Andy VanSciver, a spokesman for the Santa Paula Fire Department. “We’re going to call it a hard landing.”

The engine of the small plane with two people on board started to sputter soon after take-off from the Santa Paula airport. It landed in heavy brush in the Santa Clara River bottom between the airport and the Mountain View Golf Course, VanSciver said.

A Ventura County sheriff’s helicopter landed near the crash site, where the plane was found upside down, and directed firefighters where to go. A road from the golf course led right up to the crash site, officials said.

Ventura County sheriff’s Capt. Denise Sliva said initial reports were that the plane hit a rut and flipped over when it landed. However, VanSciver said the people on board were not injured and walked out of the area, VanSciver said. Sliva said preliminary information about the people one board indicated they were a male and female.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Safety Transportation Board were notified of the incident and were called to the scene to investigate.

“We’re just waiting for NTSB to respond,” Sliva said of the deputies on scene.

Crews also checked for any flammable liquids or other hazardous substances that may have spilled in the river bottom. After a search of the site, it was determined that a hazardous materials team did not need to respond.

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Firefighters descend on Stansted Airport after West Atlantic plane fault

ARFF Working Group - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 11:06

By William_Mata1

A West Atlantic aeroplane made a emergency landing at Stansted Airport yesterday (Monday, September 4).

Essex firefighters sent multiple units to the scene around 6pm after the Carcassonne-bound flight suffered a technical fault.

West Atlantic, also knows as Atlantic Airlines, is a cargo airline which transports goods, often considered dangerous or radioactive.

A Stansted spokesman said: “A West Atlantic Boeing 737 cargo aircraft going to Carcassonne in France returned back to Stansted shortly after take-off yesterday for a safety inspection following a suspected technical fault.

“The plane landed safely at 5.42pm and as a precaution it was met by the on airport emergency services which were not required.”

Essex Fire and Rescue Service said only that the incident was a false alarm.

West Atlantic has not mentioned the incident on their website or Twitter page.


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