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CAMDEN, NJ RESPONDING APPARATUS CRASH

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 04/07/2019 - 14:26

A crew of Camden firefighters on their way to a fire never made it.

Their truck was rolling with lights and sirens on when it collided with a car.

It happened at Haddon Avenue and Federal Street, just a few blocks from the fire.

Officials said there were no injuries but the truck has extensive damage.

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FIREFIGHTER SUFFERS MINOR INJURY AT N.J. HOUSE FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 04/07/2019 - 13:15

By Cathy Goetz, Tap Into Belmar/Lake Como:

An early-morning house fire today at 1708 B Street left two residents hospitalized and a firefighter injured, according to officials.

The Belmar police and fire departments responded to the fire call at 1:40 a.m. on April 6 to find heavy smoke coming from the rear of the building. Three residents were evacuated from the burning structure — one was transported to St. Barnabas Burn Center in Livingston for treatment of undisclosed injuries and another to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for smoke inhalation. An unidentified firefighter was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The second-alarm fire was quickly extinguished by companies operating on scene — led by the Belmar Fire Department and assisted by fire departments from Avon-by-the-Sea, Spring Lake, Sea Girt, Neptune City and Wall’s Glendola Fire Company, according to Belmar Fire Marshal Ryan Dullea. The Spring Lake Heights Fire Department provided station coverage while units operated at the scene.

Read the full story here.

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DETROIT FIREFIGHTER HURTS BACK AT ARSON FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 04/07/2019 - 12:40

By Jermont Terry, ClickOnDetroit:

A fire that started in a vacant building spread to a family’s nearby home in Detroit.

The fire happened on Gilbert Street, just north of I-94. A firefighter injured his back fighting the fire, but he is expected to be OK.

The Rangel family is still cleaning up from the damage the fire did to their home. George Rangel discovered the vacant home next to theirs on fire and rushed inside to get his parents’ attention.

The fire moved swiftly and forced a neighbor to grab a hose, trying to help. Detroit fire crews worked hard to get it under control.

Read the full story here.

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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/7

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 04/07/2019 - 04:11

4/7/1871 an Albany, New York firefighter “was killed while operating at a major fire.”

4/7/1913 a Chicago, IL firefighter “died after falling from a ladder at the Armour Beef House at 43rd & Packers.”

4/7/1924 a Los Angeles, CA firefighter died at a second-alarm-fire at 1320 South Main Street. “Truck 5 was ordered to the roof to start ventilation of the three-story commercial building. The firefighter stepped on a flush mounted glass skylight and fell three floors. He died the following day of head injuries.”

4/7/1926 a Portland, OR firefighter “died after extinguishing a roof fire at 848 Clackamas Street. He climbed down the ladder to the ground and was seized and died a few minutes later in his Lieutenant’s arms.”

4/7/1955 a Ketchikan, Alaska firefighter was killed “fighting a fire in the basement repair shop of the Smith Electric Company in Ketchikan. Three other firefighters and police officers were overcome by smoke and gases but were revived shortly after. The victim, who was wearing a Scott Air Pak, had been in the fire building for an estimated 20 minutes before he was rescued and brought outside.

4/7/1963 a Newark, NJ firefighter died at a two-alarm fire on South 12th Street. “He suffered from smoke inhalation while fighting a structural fire. He was treated and taken home, where he later collapsed.”

4/7/1969 a Waco, TX firefighter died “while operating at a smoldering silo filled with sawdust at 2420 Jackson Avenue. A collapse occurred burying him and another firefighter. Despite the efforts of other firefighters in digging the men out, he died from suffocation.”

4/7/2000 a Winterset, Iowa firefighter died from multiple blunt trauma after a fuel tank exploded. “A fire started when salvage workers ignited grass and nearby wood as they worked to dismantle two old, rusting 12,000-gallon elevated fuel storage tanks. The grass fire was extinguished, and the salvage workers decided to use a blowtorch to cut a small hole near the drain of the tank that had already been pulled to the ground. The hole was intended to allow the attachment of a tow chain, which would be used to pull the tank to a salvage yard. As the hole was being made with a blowtorch, the tank emitted a hissing sound and suddenly exploded. The firefighter was killed instantly when he was struck by flying debris. The top of the tank, which was torn away in the explosion and weighed over 900 pounds, flew over 114 feet before coming to rest. A salvage worker was also killed, eight firefighters and a civilian received injuries. Analysis of the tank contents revealed that the tank contained residual gasoline and other petroleum products.”

4/7/2012 Decaturville, TN firefighter “died from injuries sustained when the roof of a burning bar and grill collapsed on him. Two other firefighters on the interior attack team were injured but according to reports were pushed outside of the structure by the victim just before the collapse. The roof of the restaurant collapsed, firefighters were not able to rescue him.”

4/7/2010 four children and one adult died in a Sulphur Well, KY pre-dawn mobile home fire that destroyed or damaged three manufactured homes.

4/7/1926 a 900-acre forest fire in San Luis Obispo, CA killed two.

4/7/1920 the 265 room Lincoln Hotel in Seattle, WA was destroyed by fire that killed three and injured five people shortly after midnight. “The fire spread rapidly, smoke filling the building and causing a panic among the guests who rushed to the elevators only to find them jammed at the second floor. The stairways were filled with smoke and the guests were forced to return to their rooms, from which they were rescued by firefighters with ropes and scaling ladders.”

4/7/1895 Clark & Wheeler’s Electrical Works was destroyed by fire in Newark, NJ; the 300’ by 10’ brick building was burned to the ground.

4/71893 Delaware, OH a fire at Insane Asylum caused panic, but no one died.

4/71854 the Steamer Gazelle exploded in Canemah, OR, left twenty-five dead and injured twenty-five.

4/7/1976 the first U.S./Japan Fire Research/Safety Panel met in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

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FIREFIGHTER HURT IN 10-FOOT FALL THROUGH FLOOR AT MASS. HOUSE FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 04/06/2019 - 21:03

WCVB:

A man was killed and a firefighter was seriously hurt Saturday morning in a house fire in Fall River, firefighters said.

The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office has identified the victim as 88-year-old William Graham, of Fall River.

Firefighters responded at around 4:30 a.m. to 11 Palmer St. for a reported fire in a single-family home at that address.

Although firefighters were able to knock down the flames within 15 minutes, Graham was unable to escape and died in the blaze, according to officials.

Graham’s close friend and caretaker told Newscenter 5’s Josh Brogadir that Graham was a veteran and lived at the home for about 10 years on his own.

Read the full story here.

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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/6

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 04/06/2019 - 04:39

4/6/1990 at 3:08 a.m. a fire in the lobby of the Fontana Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida spread smoke to the second and third stories through a utility shaft, normal cracks and voids in the structure that resulted in the deaths of nine patrons and extensive damage to the building. The fire originated in a crawl space above a storage room that extended to combustible ceiling tiles and other combustible materials in a lobby area. First-in fire units found the lobby area heavily involved. “More than 90 percent of the building population survived; some observers suggest that retroactive application of the Life Safety Code® contributed to the large number of survivors in this fire.” “This is especially remarkable when the general construction of the building, advanced age of the majority of guests, and the time of alarm are considered. Well-constructed stair towers contributed to the evacuation of guests in the building.”

4/6/1904 three York, PA (Vigilant Fire Company) firefighters died “while operating at a major fire involving a carriage works, they were killed when they were caught under a collapsing wall.”

4/6/1912 a Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter “died as a result of severe head injuries sustained April 3rd, when he and three other firefighters were blown off a second-floor fire escape by a backdraft while operating at a three-alarm factory fire.”

4/6/1940 a Los Angeles, CA firefighter died in a confined space rescue attempt. “The firefighter responded with Rescue 66 to 128th at Figueroa where two young men had been overcome by gas fumes in a gas trap. Without consideration of personal risk, he at once donned a gas mask and descended into the pit. He became fouled in the pipes in the pit and was overcome by the fumes. A firefighter, in charge of Rescue 66, immediately put on the other mask and went in and dislodged his body from the pipes so it could be taken to the surface. All efforts to revive him failed.”

4/6/1955 two Chicago, IL “firefighters died during a 2-11 commercial fire on Madison Street. They were both overcome by smoke in a rear storeroom of a Walgreens Drugstore. They were transported to Presbyterian Hospital and were both pronounced dead on arrival.”

4/6/1961 a Kern County, CA firefighter “died from burns he sustained while battling a blaze in a house fire.”

4/6/1999 two Morehead, Kentucky firefighters died while operating at a wildland fire in the Daniel Boone National Forest near Cranston, Kentucky. “They were part of a seven-person team that was constructing a fire line in hardwood leaf litter on the forest floor. They were using a rake and a gasoline powered leaf blower to construct the line, they were in the lead. As the fire line was being constructed, spot fires were breaking over the fire line and several members of the team doubled back to control the spot fires. The two firefighters continued to construct fire line. The fire was growing in intensity and the wind was picking-up. The crew leader gave the order for all firefighters to pull back. They acknowledged the order and indicated that they would pull back. Shortly, another radio transmission was received from indicating that they were burned, or on fire. Evidence suggests that the two tried to outrun the fire uphill but were slowed by terrain. It appeared as if the firefighters attempted to run back through the fire to reach the burned area. At some point, they succumbed to the flames and collapsed. The cause of death for both firefighters was listed as asphyxia due to environmental oxygen deprivation, smoke inhalation, and acute carbon monoxide poisoning. Neither firefighter was equipped with a fire shelter.”

4/6/2010 two Hampshire, UK firefighters “died from exposure to intense heat as they fought what began as a minor flat fire on the ninth floor of the tower block in Church Street, Shirley. The fire started due to a curtain being left hanging over a light fitting and how the residents tried to tackle the fire with a bottle of Dr. Pepper. As two teams made first access to the burning flat, they were caught in a “sudden massive escalation and trapped. Two other firefighters were “just about able” to exit the flat despite being in “pain and physical distress”. The conditions were so bad that it took a further three quarters of an hour before the two St Mary’s Red Watch firefighters were found unconscious on the floor.”

4/6/2013 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter died as part a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) company at a 3-alarm structure fire. “Upon their arrival on the scene, he and his crew staged their equipment near the command post. The Incident Commander (IC) placed Ladder 27 in service and ordered the team to the roof of an adjacent structure to perform ventilation functions. He reported heavy smoke conditions in the exposure. As he approached the adjacent roof, he fell approximately 20 feet onto the roof of the fire building and then later fell through the roof into the fire building. Other firefighters reported his fall. A rescue operation was begun immediately. Firefighters breached a brick wall to gain access to his location. He was removed from the structure and transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”

4/6/1944 a Wichita, Kansas firefighter “lost his life when he was shot while making a fire inspection. A detective said firefighter and an Assistant had gone to a tailoring shop to order the man to eliminate fire hazards. The Tailor had shot at both firefighters, and then shot himself through the head.”

4/6/1970 an Evansville, IN firefighter “died after becoming ill while conducting a routine fire inspection.”

4/6/2015 a four-alarm fire destroyed or damaged dozens of small businesses at the Jacksonville, FL Pecan Park Flea & Farmers’ Market off Interstate 95 that started around 10:17 p.m.

4/6/1968 Marting Arms sporting goods store explosion and fire killed forty-one in Richmond, IN. Flames damaged five other buildings. Gunpowder apparently exploded in the basement of the sporting goods store.

4/6/1938 Center Hotel fire in Chicago, IL left seven dead. “Trapped as they slept, seven men perished early today when fire swept through the upper floors of a low rate men’s hotel in an impoverished section, ten blocks west of the
“loop” district.”

4/6/1929 the Kirkwood Hotel fire in Des Moines, IA killed five and hospitalized twelve of the 125 to 150 occupants shortly after 3:00 a.m. “Constructed before the civil war, the hotel at the corner of Fourth and Walnut Streets was one of the oldest in the state.”

4/6/1907 one patient died in a fire at the South Windham, CT Grand View Sanitarium in a “three-story frame structure, formerly used as a summer hotel, but of late years conducted as a private hotel, for dipsomaniacs. There were sixteen patients in the house and several of them had to be removed by force.”

4/6/1896 a fire at the Washburg & Moen Manufacturing Company’s plant in the Quinsigamond village of Worcester, MA leaves 200 unemployed.

4/6/1891 Albany, NY Telephone Exchange fire started around 12:55 p.m. on the fifth-floor of the block between 467 and 472 Broadway; “flames broke through the roof and front of the building.”

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TWO ALA. FIREFIGHTERS HOSPITALIZED WITH SECOND-DEGREE BURNS

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 16:59

By Dixon Hayes, WBRC:

Two Gadsden firefighters were sent to the hospital after a house fire in East Gadsden.

Chief Stephen Carroll says two firefighters received what he called second degree burns, likely caused by steam rising from the water being used to put out the fire.

It’s not known if anyone was home at South Ninth Street and Elm Street as the fire had spread to the attic.

Read the full story here.
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N.C. FIREFIGHTER HIT BY VEHICLE WHILE DIRECTING TRAFFIC

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 16:56

By Donnie Douglas, Robersonian:

A Fairmont volunteer firefighter was injured Thursday when he was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic on N.C. 41, but his injuries are not serious.

Terry Gibson, Fairmont Rural Fire Department chief, was working a house fire when he heard about the accident and rushed to Southeastern Regional Medical Center. He identified the injured firefighter as James Thompson.

“He’s OK,” said Gibson, who has been the department’s chief since 2008. “He just going to be a little sore for a while.”

Gibson said he didn’t know how long Thompson has been a volunteer firefighter, but said he already was a member of the department when he joined 21 years ago.

Read the full story here.

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Video: Wind driven house fire on Long Island

Statter 911 - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 10:42

Thursday fire in Brentwood, NY

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Today is Friday the 5th of April, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 10:28

We close out this week with these stories..

Everyone have a great weekend!

Tom

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FAA: Helicopter had possible mechanical problems days before deadly crash-landing

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 10:26

By Catherine Hawley, Natalia Verdina, FOX 13 News

TAMPA, Fla. (FOX 13) – The helicopter involved in a crash-landing that resulted in the death of a motorist Thursday had possible mechanical problems days before, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. 

Officials with the FAA confirmed it is investigating a reported possible mechanical problem with the Robinson R44 helicopter that took place March 31. At the time, the pilot was the only person onboard the aircraft. It landed safely in Lutz just before 11 a.m.

Thursday just before 3 p.m., however, the aircraft had to be crash-landed on 50th Street in the Palm River area after it suffered a “catastrophic engine failure,” according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

When the chopper hit the pavement, it skidded several dozen yards.

“If this had been on grass he would have probably stopped right where he landed,” NTSB Air Safety Investigator Dan Boggs said. “He really did about the best job you could do in this situation.”

A portion of the aircraft’s rotor broke off and flew into the window of a passing pickup truck, killing the passenger and injuring the driver. The passenger was the father of the driver. The deceased was identified as 70-year-old Deodat Persaud Gangapersaud, of Plant City.

The helicopter’s pilot, identified as 39-year-old Bryan Messick, and his passenger were not seriously injured, but the sheriff’s office said the pilot of the aircraft was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

Traffic along both 50th Street and Palm River Road was blocked and may be for several hours, troopers added.

The NTSB arrived at the scene of Thursday’s crash in Tampa and was investigating the circumstances.

http://www.fox13news.com/news/local-news/tampa-helicopter-crash?fbclid=IwAR3TV6rgEF0PyotZjpYoUINQJTR2SI1jQ4eS1fRya2mRlFeko27bcbEIFi4

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UNITED FLIGHT DIVERTS TO DALLAS AFTER COCKPIT SCREENS MALFUNCTION

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 10:24

By MATTHEW

A United Express flight bound for Houston diverted to Dallas after two pivotal cockpit screens shut down without warning and could not be restored.

United flight 4390, a CRJ-200 operated by SkyWest, departed from Knoxville, Tennessee on time yesterday evening at 7:34 PM. It would bound for Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

About 90 minutes into the flight, the captain announced the plane would be making an unscheduled stop in Dallas due to technical difficulties. Passengers were likely never in danger thanks to the swift and decisive act of the Captain onboard.

Upon landing in Dallas (DFW), the captain explained to passengers what had just occurred:

So you may be able to see we lost two of our screens. Now, if we kept flying, we’d lose them all, eventually, because there’s not enough cooling. There is tremendous heat behind those screens.”

If we had continued, eventually, I’d be flying blind. So, that’s why we are in Dallas right now. It is unlikely this aircraft is going anywhere tonight.

Indeed, the aircraft did remain in Dallas overnight and passengers were rebooked on other flights to their final destination. The flight is scheduled to continue to Dallas today at noon CT.

CONCLUSION

Pilots are trained to “fly blind” if they must. Even if all the cockpit screens had shut down, I am confident the flight deck crew could have landed that plane safely. Thankfully, that was not necessary.

https://liveandletsfly.boardingarea.com/2019/04/05/united-dallas-crj-200-diversion/

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 10:22

28 Years ago today: On 5 April 1991 an Atlantic Southeast Embraer 120 Brasilia crashed near Brunswick, GA, U.S.A. following a loss of control, killing all 23 occupants.

Date: Friday 5 April 1991 Time: 14:51 Type: Embraer EMB-120RT Brasilia Operated by: Atlantic Southeast Airlines – ASA On behalf of: Delta Connection Registration: N270AS C/n / msn: 120218 First flight: 1990 Total airframe hrs: 816 Cycles: 845 Engines:Pratt & Whitney Canada PW118 Crew: Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3 Passengers: Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20 Total: Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 23 Aircraft damage: Destroyed Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 3 km (1.9 mls) W of Brunswick-Glynco Jetport, GA (BQK) (   United States of America) Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA (ATL/KATL), United States of America Destination airport: Brunswick-Glynco Jetport, GA (BQK/KBQK), United States of America Flightnumber: 2311

Narrative:
Flight 2311 was scheduled initially for airplane N228AS to depart at 13:24 EST. Because of mechanical problems an airplane change was made to N270AS. The flight departed Atlanta at 13:47 and arrived in the Brunswick area about 14:44. At 14:48 the flight was cleared for a visual approach to runway 07. The Embraer had just turned from base leg to final approach when the aircraft was seen to pitch up about 5deg and roll to the left until the wings were vertical. The airplane then nosed down into the ground, 9975 feet short of the runway

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The loss of control in flight as a result of a malfunction of the left engine propeller control unit which allowed the propeller blade angles to go below the flight idle position. Contributing to the accident was the deficient design of the propeller control unit by Hamilton Standard and the approval of the design by the Federal Aviation Administration. The design did not correctly evaluate the failure mode that occurred during this flight, which resulted in an uncommanded and uncorrectable movement of the blades of the airplane’s left propeller below the flight idle position.”

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Mesa firefighter dies of cancer developed from job, authorities say

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 10:05
(Facebook/Mesa Police Department)

PHOENIX — A Mesa firefighter died of cancer that she developed while on the job, the department announced Thursday.

Nikki Sullivan, 45, died Wednesday “after a courageous and tough fight with cancer,” a Facebook post read.

“This is an emotionally challenging time and it is crucial that we care and support each other,” the post continued.

“We appreciate the outpouring of support to Nikki’s family and her extended fire department family.”

Dale Crogen, a Mesa fire captain and union leader, told KTAR News 92.3 FM that Sullivan had been fighting a form of breast cancer called adenocarcinoma for about six years.

“Nikki’s is considered a line-of-duty death and job-related,” Crogen said.

Adenocarcinoma is a type of cancer that forms in the glands and can spread.

Sullivan was hired in 2001. She medically retired in 2016 as a result of the cancer diagnosis.

United Phoenix Firefighters, a union that represents first responders in the Valley, also said Sullivan died of “occupational cancer.”

“Another beloved sister has been taken from us far too soon by an occupational cancer,” the union said in a Thursday post.

“Rest easy Nikki, you will be greatly missed.”

In January, a Phoenix firefighter died after battling an aggressive form of cancer that he contracted from his job.

Rick Telles died “in the presence of his closest loved ones,” according to a Facebook post from the United Phoenix Firefighters.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Ali Vetnar contributed to this report.

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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/5

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 03:43

4/5/1967 a day before a sprinkler system was to be installed a fire in a dorm at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) killed eight students and a professor in the two-story block building originally constructed as a motel in the 50’s. The fire originated in the furnace room, heavy, black toxic smoke from vinyl and foam rubber upholstered furniture from the basement lounge filled the upper floors.

4/5/1923 a Hot Springs, AR firefighter was killed by falling debris while operating at a fire at the Arlington Hotel.

4/5/1971 a Bridgewater Township, NJ firefighter “died in a New York hospital as a result of critical second and third-degree burns over most of his body sustained February 16th, when he was engulfed in a fireball after the gas tank of a burning car exploded.”

4/5/1975 a Paterson, NJ firefighter died “while making an interior attack on a general-alarm fire involving a church. He was killed, and five other firefighters were injured, when the roof collapsed into the building, pushing the walls out into the street.”

4/5/1976 a Raritan Township, NJ firefighter died while working “a minor brush fire that was started when a storm blew down a service line in a wooded area. As he entered the area to help fight the fire, he was electrocuted when he came in contact with the downed wire.”

4/5/1985 a Philadelphia, PA Firefighter “suffered a fatal heart attack while operating at a fire in a grain elevator.”

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EIGHT FIREFIGHTERS HURT IN FATAL MD. FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 13:16

By Moriah Balingit, Washington Post:

A massive blaze ripped through a row of townhomes in Chesapeake Beach, Md., Wednesday afternoon, killing two people and injuring eight firefighters.

Someone from inside the townhouse called 9-1-1 to report that it had caught fire at around 4:15 p.m., Maryland State Fire Marshal Brian Geraci said.

Firefighters arrived on the scene and encountered “heavy fire conditions,” Geraci said. They immediately summoned backup from nearby fire departments, reaching out to units as far away as Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties. The blaze was under control about an hour later.

Geraci said the fast-moving blaze tore through neighboring townhomes, destroying five of them and damaging several others. In the aftermath of the fire, firefighters recovered two bodies that are being sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore to be examined and identified.

Read the full story here.

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Today is Thursday the 4th of April, 2019

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 10:18

Here are the stories for today…

Be safe out there!

Tom

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Belfast International Airport easyJet incident sparks urgent investigation

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 10:17

The airport is operating as normal following the incident

By Sarah Scott

An urgent investigation has been launched following an incident involving an easyJet plane at Belfast International Airport .

An emergency response was sparked on Wednesday afternoon after a flight due to fly to Malaga was damaged.

A spokeswoman for easyJet confirmed the flight had been delayed due to damage. 

“easyJet can confirm that flight EZY6755 from Belfast to Malaga has been delayed as a result of damage sustained from a pushback tug,” she said.

“All passengers disembarked normally. They have been provided with refreshment vouchers and support from our ground staff in Belfast Airport.

“A replacement crew will operate the flight to Malaga on a replacement aircraft shortly.

“We apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused.

“The safety of our passengers and crew is easyJet’s highest priority and we have launched an urgent investigation with our ground handling provider at Belfast Airport.”

A spokeswoman for the airport added: “We can confirm we are dealing with a ground incident involving an aircraft, passengers disembarked as normal and have returned to the departure lounge. The airport remains open and operational.”

A spokesman for the NI Ambulance Service said: “The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 15.34 on Wednesday 03 April 2019, following reports of an incident at Belfast International Airport NIAS despatched one Rapid Response Paramedic and one Officer to the scene. Incident is still ongoing.”

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene as part of normal procedures but their services were not needed and it was left in the hands of the airport fire service.

The PSNI were also aware of the incident.

https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/belfast-international-airport-eastjet-incident-16072637

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Plane crashes in Illinois River near Morris, fire chief says

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 10:11

Both passenger, pilot found alive

By Morris Herald-News

MORRIS – The Morris Fire Department was on the scene of a plane crash Wednesday afternoon.

A small plane crashed about 2 p.m. Wednesday into the Illinois River about three miles upstream from William G. Stratton State Park, Morris Fire Chief Tracey Steffes said. Emergency personnel located both the plane’s pilot and a passenger about 30 minutes later.

According to scanner traffic, the pilot suffered a head injury but was alert and conscious. He was found near the Dresden Nuclear Power Station. Both pilot and passenger refused treatment.

The plane was reportedly upside-down in the river. The crash occurred upstream from emergency crews’ staging area at Stratton Park, near Heidecke Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, according to scanner traffic.

Morris and Coal City firefighters, as well as Illinois State Police, were on the scene. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources had also been called along with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Coast Guard.

Several area agencies had received reports earlier of a plane doing “touch and goes” in Heidecke Lake and flying low over the area, although Steffes could not confirm if it was the same aircraft. The plane in the water had pontoon flotation devices on the bottom, Steffes confirmed.

Steffes said that fire department boats moved the aircraft out of the river channel, but the pilot would need to make arrangements to salvage the craft from the river.

https://www.morrisherald-news.com/2019/04/03/breaking-plane-crashes-in-illinois-river-near-morris-fire-chief-says/atq2ylb/

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