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Small plane runs off runway in Pembroke Pines

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 07:52

By Amanda Batchelor

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – A small plane ran off a runway Friday in Pembroke Pines, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Salac said in an email.

Salac said the single-engine Piper PA-28 ran off the end of Runway 1R at North Perry Airport at 12:05 p.m.

She said the aircraft had departed the airport via another runway, the pilot declared an emergency and the plane returned to land.

Sky 10 was above the scene as a fire rescue truck was parked near the plane in a grassy area near the runway.

It’s unclear what led to the emergency or whether anyone was injured.

The plane is registered to Aero Lease and Trading LLC in Corona, California.

The FAA is investigating the incident.

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At opposite ends of their careers 2 firefighters arrested for drunken attacks on police

Statter 911 - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 07:50

Off-duty, each rammed police vehicles - one in Massachusetts and one in Maryland

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Plane Suffers Significant Damage After Emergency Landing

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 07:50

(BEDFORD) – On Friday, an incident took place at the Virgil I Grissom Municipal Airport that left the Beechcraft aircraft significantly damaged.

A door had come open while taking off and the pilot, David Ford of Bedford, circled around back to the airport to make an emergency landing, authorities said.

Authorities said the pilot was unsure if the landing gear to the plane was down when he landed and it was not. The plane took significant damage to the under carriage.

The Shawswick Fire Department was dispatched at 10:37 a.m. and arrived seven minutes after. The Bedford Fire Department arrived at the same time.

When Ford was determined to be uninjured, the Bedford Fire Department left the scene.

McIntyre Brothers Construction arrived at the scene with a crane to lift the plane on to its wheels and return the plane to the hangar.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be on scene today to conduct their investigation.

The Indiana State Police, Lawrence County Sherrif’s Department, Shawswick Fire Department and the Bedford Fire Department all assisted at the scene.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 07:48

49 Years ago today: On 2 April 1969 a LOT Antonov 24 struck a mountain near Krakow, Poland; killing all 53 occupants.

Date: Wednesday 2 April 1969 Time: 16:08 Type: Antonov 24B Operator: LOT Polskie Linie Lotnicze Registration: SP-LTF C/n / msn: 67302406 First flight: 1966 Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5 Passengers: Fatalities: 48 / Occupants: 48 Total: Fatalities: 53 / Occupants: 53 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: near Zawoja (   Poland) Crash site elevation: 1200 m (3937 feet) amsl Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Warszawa-Okecie Airport (WAW/EPWA), Poland Destination airport: Kraków-J. Paul II Balice International Airport (KRK/EPKK), Poland Flightnumber: 165

The Antonov struck Polica Mountain at an altitude of 1200 m (150 m below the summit) during a snowstorm.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 04/01/2018 - 09:12

On Saturday evening, a firefighter was injured during a working fire at a two-story dwelling located on 1600 Montpelier Street.

Fire officials say the firefighter has non-life threatening injuries.

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Early video & radio traffic from Philadelphia house fire

Statter 911 - Sat, 03/31/2018 - 08:26

Fire early Saturday on West Clearfield Street

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 17:30

Two firefighters suffered burn injuries while responding to a fire at a vacant home on Belair Road in northeast Baltimore Wednesday afternoon.

The injuries were reportedly “very, very minor.”

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Today is Friday the 30th of March, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 07:17

Here are the stories to close out this week…

Have a great weekend and be safe out there!


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Passengers escape as hot air balloon crashes, catches fire in Cave Creek

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 07:15


Authorities say a hot air balloon carrying 13 people crashed and caught fire Wednesday morning in the desert outside Phoenix, igniting a small brush fire but causing no injuries. 

Phoenix fire Capt. Jake Van Hook says it started “only a small amount of fire,” which crews quickly extinguished.

A witness video shows flames and a large plume of black smoke in an area of dry brush as several people on a dirt path look on.

The crash occurred just before 8:30 a.m. in the area of  36th Street and Carefree Highway in Cave Creek, just north of the Phoenix metro area, according to Maricopa County Sheriff’s officials.

Preliminary reports from the National Transportation Safety Board say it appears the incident started when a tree branch punctured the balloon’s colorful outer covering, known as the “envelope.”

“That branch caught fire,” NTSB spokesman Chris O’Neil said.

O’Neil said all 13 people safely evacuated the balloon’s basket, which then caught fire. The group attempted to put out the blaze with fire extinguishers, but it consumed the basket.

The NTSB and the Federal Aviation Administration are both investigating. It’s not yet clear if the pilot was trying to land when the puncture occurred.

“The sequence (of events) and the mechanics will become clearer as we go on,” O’Neil said. “It’s fortunate that no one was hurt.”

No injuries were reported to the 13 people on board and no other information was immediately available, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.

A phone message from The Associated Press left with the company the operated the hot air balloon tour,  Hot Air Expeditions in Phoenix, was not immediately returned, but the company issued a statement Thursday afternoon.

According to that statement, the fire started after the balloon had landed and the passengers had left the basket.

The company said the pilot, who has more than 30 years of experience, was landing after a “standard, safe hot air balloon flight.”

“The landing, which was also a safe, calm, and routine landing, was facilitated as well,” the statement explained. “The balloon landed in a desert area, near a tree. … Once all passengers had exited the hot air balloon, it was observed that a branch of the nearby tree had caught fire, which was in turn touching the envelope of the hot air balloon, causing the hot air balloon envelope to catch fire, ultimately followed by the hot air balloon basket.”

Taking issue with the description of the incident as a crash, Hot Air Expeditions said its passengers were not “in harms way prior to, during, or after the incident, and were all in good spirits.”

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Pilot kisses tarmac after emergency landing at Pembroke Pines airport

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 07:12

A pilot kissed the tarmac after safely landing a small airplane with landing gear troubles Thursday at North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines.

The nose gear of a Piper PA-28 collapsed as the aircraft landed around 9 a.m. on a runway, said the Federal Aviation Administration, which will investigate.

There were two men aboard.

The plane is operated by Wayman Aviation, a flight school at the airfield.

WSVN-Ch. 7 helicopter filmed the dramatic flight and tricky landing. According to the station, the helicopter followed the Piper for about an hour, letting the crew know when its gear was raised and lowered as it did touch and go maneuvers until it eventually landed safely.

Video of the Piper’s final approach to the runway showed the passenger holding his hands up in front of his face as the pilot steered to a safe stop. The men were able to toss their flight bags to the ground, get out of the disabled, single-engine plane and walk away from it.

The Piper’s pilot raised his baseball cap in an apparent salute to the chopper pilot before falling to his knees and brushing the runway with his lips.

Fire trucks could be seen racing to the plane, but it did not catch fire, according to Pembroke Pines police.

The plane is owned by Father & Daughter Aviation, LLC, in Sunny Isles Beach and leased to Wayman Aviation, according to Eddy Luy, vice president of the flight school.

He said the pilot is a master certified flight instructor who has been with the company for five or six years and was giving a lesson to a commercial pilot who is training to become an instructor.

“They were having trouble with the nose landing gear, which they reported to the tower,” Luy said. “They did a fantastic job, all the way into the landing. It was a nice, safe controlled emergency landing. Everyone is safe and unharmed.”

Luy declined to release the pilots’ names, citing company policy after incidents.

The helicopter helped the Piper and communicated with it by radio, Luy said.

“This is exactly what training is for, 90 percent is for emergency procedures, the ‘what ifs,’” Luy said. “On an airplane with retractable gear, three green lights tell you if the gears are down and locked. One of the lights didn’t go on. The helicopter told them the gear was down, and they figured out it was not locked.”

Luy said the emergency landing “appears to be a mechanical failure, but it’s still under investigation. The plane has been with us a long time, we know it thoroughly. You fly enough hours, eventually something is going to happen.”

He said the Piper “absolutely was recently serviced,” but he didn’t have that date at hand.

It was the second time in eight months this Piper has made an emergency landing.

In July, 2017, the aircraft was “substantially damaged” after the engine lost power and the pilot was forced to stop on a levee near Pembroke Pines in the Everglades, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report.

That emergency also happened during a Wayman Aviation flight lesson. The instructor and pilot-rated student walked away unscathed that day, too.

“It was an interesting phenomenon called carburetor icing, that usually happens when the dew point is high, the ambient air temperature drops, and it restricts air flow into the engine,” Luy said. “They put the airplane down, we recovered it and it was by and large in good shape.”

The right main landing gear collapsed and a right fuel tank was punctured, according to the NTSB’s report. Luy said there was also damage to the fuselage, which he said was repaired.

“It was not the same landing gear involved in today’s incident,” Luy said.

After last summer’s crash and repairs, Luy said, “We put it back in service. Our school is very well known for doing a high level of maintenance, good quality maintenance.”

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Former fire chiefs: Ford Airport slow to react to PFAS foam

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 07:11

By: Ken Kolker, Target 8 investigator

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Former airport fire chiefs are questioning why the Gerald R. Ford International Airport didn’t act sooner to investigate the PFAS-tainted firefighting foam they say they used there.

Ford Airport CEO James Gill said he became aware of the potential for PFAS contamination a year ago as news of polluted Air Force bases started to spread.

“So we’ve been looking into it over the last year. We’re really trying to recreate that history we don’t have,” Gill said.

Among the questions, he said: How much they used, where they used it, and which way the water flows.

Three former Ford airport fire chiefs, all tracked down by Target 8, said they haven’t heard from airport officials. They were in charge of buying and using the foam.

The airport had yet to contact the state’s Department of Environmental Quality, which oversees such investigations.

Longtime airport board member Ted Vonk said he knew nothing about the PFAS potential.

“It’s brand new to me,” Vonk told Target 8. “It hasn’t come up to the board members yet, so it is new to me. But as of the other problems around the airport, we get a handle on it and we’re going to take care of it.” 


The former airport fire chiefs told Target 8 they used AFFF firefighting foam at the Ford for decades, starting in the late 1970s, mostly for training — all required by the FAA. They say thousands of gallons drained untreated into the ground. The training ended in about 2000, but PFAS, a likely carcinogen, can stick around for a long time in the environment and in the human body.

“When the airport has the knowledge that know it’s a hazard, it wasn’t at the time, now it’s a hazard and now you need to be proactive,” said Glen Lathers, airport fire chief from 1979 to 1989.

It’s the same PFAS-tainted foam, the former chiefs said, that contaminated Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda and other bases around the country.

“They need to identify the plume, if there is one, and they need to immediately need to advise the people downstream to stop drinking the water,” Lathers said.

“If it was my well, and I was downstream from it, I would be very, very concerned,” said Bryan Kimble, fire chief from 2004 to 2010. “I would want somebody to be responsible for it.”


Then there’s the mysterious foam discovered by Target 8 on Wednesday on a stream near the airport. The stream leads to the Thornapple River.

The bright, white foam piled up at the end of a culvert that carries the stream under Oak Tree Drive SE.  Bubbles clung to a log above the water.

Target 8 reported it to the DEQ. The DEQ said it plans to investigate whether it’s the same kind of PFAS foam found on a lake and stream near Wurtsmith Air Force Base.

“Certainly we’d be anxious to hear what the state has to say as well,” said Gill, the airport CEO.


Some airport neighbors said they had no idea about the potential for PFAS. They called for well testing.

“The only way to find out if that’s true or not is to actually test them,” said Raul Alvarez, who lives on Forest Valley Drive SE. “To me, it just makes sense. It’s just logical that that’s the step you take.”

Alvarez’s family is among more than 400 in the neighborhood wedged between the airport and the Thornapple River.

“It’s a family-friendly community, lots of kids,” he said. “There’s no sidewalks and no one has ever wanted them because it’s just friendly and people just enjoy it, so it would affect a lot of families and it would affect kids, and that’s probably one of the worst things we can do.”

Most are on well water.

“It’s unfortunate given what we’ve seen not only in Flint but closer to home here in Rockford,” he said. “I’d hate for that to happen to any other residents in the community.”

Scott Rissi, president of the Thornapple River Association, remembers seeing the black smoke from the practice fires at the airport years ago. He lives on the east side of the river, across from the airport.

“If I lived in that area (on the west bank of the Thornapple), I would have my well checked,” Rissi said. “I know that the water runs in that direction, the groundwater’s running in that direction, and if there’s problems there, expose them, bring light to them.”

The DEQ told Target 8 that it planned to work with the airport.

“We do not yet have any information regarding the use of PFAS containing firefighting foam at the Gerald R. Ford airport, but we are available to provide technical support to assist the airport to investigate any potential ground water contamination in the area,” DEQ spokesman Scott Dean said in a written statement.

Cascade Township Supervisor Rob Beahan said it was the first he’s heard of the possibility of PFAS contamination at the airport.

“We have reached out to the airport and to county and state officials to begin to gather information,” he said in a statement released to Target 8 on Wednesday.

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Michigan fire marshal wants data on PFAS-laden firefighting foam

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 07:07

Updated Mar 28

By John Tunison

LANSING — The state fire marshal wants Michigan fire departments to report their use and disposal of a chemical-laden firefighting foam that has contaminated state groundwater.

The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) announced the survey effort on Wednesday, March 28.

State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer wants to know how much Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) is, or was, in use around the state and develop a strategy for its disposal, the state says.

The foam is known to contaminate groundwater with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances called PFAS or PFCs. The chemistry, invented by 3M, is the chemical backbone for AFFF foam.

The state fire marshal has never tracked used of the foam before.

Exposure to PFAS has been linked in human studies to certain cancers, thyroid malfunction and other diseases.

“The feedback we receive from our fire departments will be critical as MPART continues to develop detailed protocols to address this critical issue,” said Sehlmeyer.

“I encourage everyone in the fire service community to participate in the survey and provide their best practices on the safe disposal of firefighting foam containing PFAS.”

Sehlmeyer plans to survey more than 1,000 fire departments across Michigan to see how much PFAS-laden foam is still being used and how fire departments are handling foam runoff. The foam was widely used at military bases and airports as a means to quash jet fuel fires.

Foam-related PFAS plumes have contaminated drinking water supplies near the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, the former K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base near Marquette and the Camp Grayling Michigan National Guard base.

There are 15 communities in Michigan with known PFAS plumes. At least eight of them are attributable to firefighting foam.

In Kent County, PFAS has already shown-up in hundreds of private wells and the municipal systems in Plainfield Township and Sparta.

Wolverine World Wide is being sued by hundreds of local residents and the state of Michigan over the contamination of Rockford and Belmont area groundwater, which families allege has diminished property values and damaged their health.

Wolverine used another PFAS-laden 3M product, Scotchgard, to waterproof shoes at the company’s former Rockford tannery.

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SLC Airport fire training facility will close in June

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 07:06


SALT LAKE CITY — A training facility used by thousands of firefighters to prepare for an aviation disaster will close at the end of June.

The Salt Lake City International Airport confirmed on Thursday it intended to close its Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Training Center, located just west of the terminals. The facility has been open since 1997, providing a realistic experience for firefighters from across the country—and other places.

“Guys from Antarctica, that’s probably the furthest away we’ve seen,” said Ron Buckmiller, an aircraft rescue firefighter with the Salt Lake City Fire Department.

The ARFF training center has a replica aircraft where firefighters can train for anything from a small cigarette fire in a lavatory to a full-on disaster.

“It’s trying to create a realistic scenario to help these firefighters get better,” said Buckmiller.

When the aircraft is lit up for training, it startles passengers and locals alike, who call 911 and local news stations to report a plane crash.

“We do get occasional calls or emails asking if there’s a plane on fire,” said airport spokeswoman Nancy Volmer. “We always assure our passengers, ‘No, it’s not. It’s training.'”

The facility’s closure in June is because of budget reasons, Volmer said. It would cost millions to upgrade and keep up.

“It would be about $2 million and that would only get us through three to five years, and then we’d have to make another substantial investment in the facility,” said Volmer. “As much as we hated to do it, we had to close the facility.”

Salt Lake City International Airport said it is not connected to a multi-billion dollar project underway to build a new terminal and concourses, slated to open in 2020. No firefighters will lose their jobs, but Salt Lake City firefighters will have to now travel out-of-state for their annual training.

Volmer said it was possible a few years from now that the Salt Lake City International Airport could budget for a new ARFF facility.

SLC Airport fire training facility will close in June

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 07:04

51 Years ago today: On 30 March 1967 a Delta Air Lines Douglas DC-8-51 lost control during a two engines out approach to New Orleans; killing all 6 training crewmembers and 13 people on the ground.

Date: Thursday 30 March 1967 Time: 00:50 Type: Douglas DC-8-51 Operator: Delta Air Lines Registration: N802E C/n / msn: 45409/19 First flight: 1959 Total airframe hrs: 23391 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT3D-1 Crew: Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6 Passengers: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0 Total: Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6 Ground casualties: Fatalities: 13 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: New Orleans, LA (   United States of America) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Training Departure airport: New Orleans International Airport, LA (MSY/KMSY), United States of America Destination airport: New Orleans International Airport, LA (MSY/KMSY), United States of America Flightnumber: DL9877

Delta Air Lines DC-8-51 N802E was scheduled as Flight 9877, to provide crew training for a captain-trainee and a flight engineer-trainee. In addition the flight engineer-instructor was being given a routine proficiency check.
At 23:14 a weather briefing was given to the instructor pilot, indicating, “… the only significant weather was a restriction in visibility which was expected to reduce to about two miles in fog and smoke near 0600…”.
The flight departed the ramp at 00:40 with the captain-trainee in the left seat and the check captain in the right seat. At 00:43 the crew advised the tower they were ready for takeoff and would “…like to circle and land on one (runway 1).” The tower controller then cleared them as requested. The aircraft was observed to make what appeared to be a normal takeoff and departure. At 00:47 the crew reported on base leg for runway 1, and the controller cleared the flight to land. A subsequent discussion revealed that they would execute a simulated two-engine out approach, execute a full stop landing and then takeoff on runway 19.
The tower controller observed Flight 9877 in a shallow left turn on what appeared to be a normal final approach. The degree of bank increased to approximately 60 degrees or greater when the aircraft hit the power lines approximately 2,300 feet short and 1,100 feet west of the runway threshold. The DC-8 crashed into a residential area, destroying several homes and a motel complex.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “Improper supervision by the instructor, and the improper use of flight and power controls by both instructor and the Captain-trainee during a simulated two-engine out landing approach, which resulted in a loss of control.”

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DNA’s a match – Investigators have charged masturbating Utica firefighter

Statter 911 - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 00:59

Richard Forte had been the only one on his shift who refused to provide a DNA sample

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Union County House Fire Ruled Arson; Reward Offered

Union County House Fire Ruled Arson; Reward Offered
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Structure Fires In Monore County Ruled Arson

Structure Fires In Monore County Ruled Arson
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Sign in front of burned out DC home tells the story

Statter 911 - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 10:03

The best kind of success story from the Nation's Capital

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 09:11

A firefighter has been taken to a hospital with a minor injury after a Bronx building blaze.

WABC says the fire broke out on the first floor of a building in the Melrose neighborhood around 5:15 a.m. Thursday.

The building houses a business on the first floor and has two floors of vacant apartments above.

The cause of the fire was not immediately determined.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 07:59

Two people were injured after a car collided with a parked fire truck in downtown Los Angeles, officials said.

The incident happened around 4:20 p.m. in the 500 block of East 7th Street.

The fire truck was parked at an incident when a vehicle crashed into it, officials said.

A man and woman, both in their 40s, were injured and transported to a local hospital.

No firefighters were injured.

The cause of the collision was under investigation.

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