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Today is Monday the 5th of February, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:23

Here are the stories to start the new week…

Be safe out there!


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Pilot tells tale of landing plane on Highway 126 outside Piru

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:21

A small plane landed safely on Highway 126 east of Piru Sunday afternoon after taking off from the Santa Paula Airport just two days after a small plane crashed while landing at the same facility.

No one was injured in either incident.

On Sunday, pilot and flight instructor Ted Ripp had taken off on his way home to the greater Los Angeles area. He planned to arrive at Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, north of Burbank.

Ripp and his passenger weren’t planning to go to a Super Bowl party. But NFL football’s biggest game of the year may have contributed to his uneventful landing shortly after 3 p.m.

Ripp’s two-seat Cessna 150 was cruising at around 3,000 feet when the engine started running roughly and the plane wouldn’t sustain altitude, Ripp said during an interview on the shoulder of the highway while awaiting his mechanic’s arrival.

After running through an emergency checklist, he and his passenger, Lisa, who declined to give her last name, determined an emergency landing was required.

Ripp had enough time in the air to try various tactics to restart the plane and to plan a landing and approach. While in the sky, Lisa helped scout potential landing sites.

Ripp maneuvered to land, heading into the wind, on the westbound lanes of the highway. The 1966-vintage plane was small enough that he didn’t have to worry about oncoming traffic.

“There were no cars conflicting at the time, and we landed uneventfully,” Ripp said.

He then maneuvered the single-engine plane off the roadway onto a shoulder, in front of a citrus orchard. The plane was undamaged.

Ripp said he has flown for 33 years and has never had a prior flight emergency.

“I knew he’d land the plane,” Lisa said.

Ventura County Fire Department crews initially responded to the scene.

Ripp’s mechanic, John Clausen, drove in to handle the plane’s transport.

The plane is too large to simply tow.

A California Highway Patrol officer at the scene said it was likely the plane would need to be drained and have the wings taken off so it could be transported.

The officer also said the light traffic during Sunday’s Super Bowl may have helped the plane make a safe landing.

“Everybody’s home right now,” he said of the clear roadway.

On Friday, two people walked away unharmed from a crash that left their plane upside down in the Santa Clara River bottom.That incident occurred during an attempted landing when the plane clipped an unoccupied helicopter and went down an embankment.

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Engine failure leads to plane landing in Butler County field

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:20


BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Officials in Butler County responded to an emergency landing Saturday.

They tell us Eisenhower Airport in Wichita got a mayday call after a plane suffered engine failure.

The call was then turned over to Butler County, where authorities found the pilot in a field at NE Flint Hills and NE 50th

They tell us no one was hurt during the incident and crews are working to get the plane in the air again.

Engine failure leads to plane landing in Butler County field

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Santa Paula plane crash leaves 2 uninjured

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:18

Two people walked away from a plane crash Friday morning at the Santa Paula Airport that left the aircraft upside-down in the dry Santa Clara River bottom. 

Santa Paula police and fire officials said a single-engine propeller plane, approaching the airport runway for a landing sometime after 11 a.m., went out of control and traveled south across the tarmac.

The aircraft clipped an unoccupied helicopter and went down an embankment, eventually coming to rest upside-down in the river bottom about 50 yards from the runway.

Santa Paula Police Department Detective Shane Norwood said people at the airport rushed to the scene to help the aircraft’s occupants.

“The pilot walked out under (her) own power,” Norwood said.

Norm Plott, assistant chief of the Santa Paula Fire Department, said the pilot and male occupant were uninjured, refused transport to a hospital and were released from the scene.

Plott said a Ventura County air unit was requested along with crash rescue crew out of the Camarillo. Those resources were canceled, however, as the occupants were safely out of the aircraft.

Pilots were initially told to avoid the airport during the response, but that advisory was lifted just before 12:15 p.m.

According to Norwood, the Santa Paula Police Department will be investigating the incident until Monday, when it will be handed off to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Federal Aviation Administration documents show the aircraft to be co-owned by two Ventura residents.

“I think the good thing is we didn’t have anyone injured,” Plott said.

“The biggest concern was to mitigate a small fuel spill into the river bottom.”

About 3 gallons of fuel went onto the river bottom before the spill was stopped by fire personnel.

Crews then prepared to flip the aircraft upright, attaching a cable to the tail end of the plane, pulling it end over end.

Plott said the plane would be loaded onto a vehicle and taken into a Santa Paula Airport hangar where it will await inspection by the NTSB.

Friday’s crash is one of a handful of Ventura County incidents investigated by the NTSB in the past year.

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Passengers construct makeshift breathing apparatus out of bits of oxygen masks to save woman’s life during mid-air plane drama

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:16

EXCLUSIVE: John Flanagan and Matthew Stevenson were 20 minutes into their JetBlue Flight 1721 from Orlando, USA, to Jamaica when an elderly woman went into ‘complete respiratory arrest’

By Rachael Burford

Two plane passengers saved a woman’s life by constructing a makeshift respiratory machine and pumping oxygen into her lungs for 45 minutes while the aircraft made an emergency landing. 

Anesthesiologists John Flanagan and Matthew Stevenson were 20 minutes into their flight when a fellow passenger began struggling to breathe.

When the elderly woman went into complete respiratory arrest and collapsed in the aisle, the doctors incredibly managed to make breathing apparatus using only what was available to them on board.

“The woman had a lung disease and when we got to the high altitude she just couldn’t breathe,” Mr Flanagan told

“We were asking the crew if they had anything we would usually use to help a person in respiratory arrest but they didn’t have a lot on the plane.

“They had masks (in the ceiling) but they were not the sort of masks you could use to help her.”

While Mr Flanagan tried to help the unconscious woman breathe on her own, Mr Stevenson went about making a respiratory machine.

The flight crew found a self-inflating bag and the doctors, from Jacksonville, Florida, managed to cut the tubing that holds the oxygen masks to the ceiling of the aircraft and attach it to one of the oxygen tanks on board.

“I was at her head while Matthew was cutting tubes and fitting things together,” said the dad-of-four.  

“There was a moment when we thought she might not make it but we managed to get her hooked up somehow and she started to come round a bit.”

The Jamaica-bound flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Fort Lauderdale Airport.

Photos, taken by Mr Flanagan’s wife Xenia, show the other passengers clinging onto the doctors as the aircraft descended in a bid stop them and their patient sliding down the aisle.

“As we got down to the slower altitude she started to look a lot better,” said Mr Flanagan. “I think if we hadn’t got down she would have died.”

Mr Flanagan’s ‘proud’ wife was with her husband on the January 6 JetBlue flight and described the event as ‘amazing and terrifying’.

She told “I was so touched to see so many kind people on board support my husband and his friend as they were helping that lady.

“You couldn’t really tell by the pics but there were people holding my husband and Matthew up so they wouldn’t slide down the aisle when we were landing.

“Everyone, including the crew were strapped in expect for them. John and Matthew feel humbled by everyone’s kind words. John saves lives every day, its his job. But it was terrifying and amazing for me.

“They were working on this lady for about 45 minutes, breathing for her. John and Matthew were so calm and didn’t panic.

“When we finally landed the woman was awake again. I hear the occasional story about what John does at work but my husband never takes credit for anything.

“It was beautiful to witness him working and saving a life. I’m so proud.”

After the plane landed, paramedics were called and the woman who collapsed taken to hospital.

The pilot was then cleared to continue the journey on to Jamaica.

When asked if the doctors got any special treatment on the second leg of their journey, Mrs Flanagan said: “They got a big round of applause and the crew offered us a free drink, which was great.” has contacted JetBlue for comment.

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Put That Bag Down: Flyers Ignoring Safety Pleas to Grab Luggage

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:13

By Alan Levin and Mary Schlangenstein

  • Investigators, unions and airlines say more needs to be done
  • Passengers grab luggage while evacuating burning airplanes

Flames of burning jet fuel licked the side of American Airlines Flight 383 after it screeched to a halt on a Chicago runway. As panicked passengers raced to the exits, one woman approached flight attendant Laurie Mandich lugging a large bag.

The 32-year airline veteran followed her training and told the passenger to drop it. The woman refused. When Mandich tried to take the bag away, the woman resisted.

The passenger “really made me mad,” Mandich later told U.S. investigators reviewing the Oct. 28, 2016 fire that destroyed a wide-body jet and injured more than 20 people. “She was taking up valuable time.”

Veteran aviation accident investigators were again left shaking their heads. Since 2015, the National Transportation Safety Board has investigated three other emergency airliner evacuations with issues that slowed passenger exits, including people taking their bags.

At a meeting Tuesday on the Chicago fire and its chaotic evacuation, the NTSB concluded that U.S. regulators’ actions to “mitigate this potential safety hazard have not been effective.” Nearly two decades after an NTSB study identified passengers carrying bags as the biggest impediment during emergency evacuations, the safety board calledon the Federal Aviation Administration to identify better ways to prevent the problem.

Earlier: NTSB Says Chaotic 2016 Evacuation of Jet Put Lives at Risk

The problem has vexed regulators because it involves human behavior, which is notoriously hard to fix. Among the solutions that have been suggested: beefed-up preflight instructions, additional training for the flight crew and overhead bins that can be automatically locked in an emergency.

Several airlines and labor unions representing flight crews also are calling for actions to stem the practice. American believes the issue “warrants additional industry attention, given the risks that non-compliant passengers pose to themselves and others by slowing the evacuation and, potentially, puncturing and deflating critical escape slides,” the company said in a submission to the NTSB. Some airlines, including carriers from outside the U.S., already have begun discussing the problem, Delta Air Lines Inc.said.

“It’s really hard to understand,” said Nora Marshal, an investigator with the NTSB for 28 years who retired as chief of its Human Performance and Survival Factors Division.

Related: Escape Chaos on Fiery American Airlines Jet Detailed by NTSB

Most, if not all, of the emergency evacuations that NTSB examined during Marshal’s tenure involved at least some passengers who tried to grab their belongings, she said.

“I would think that if there was visible fire, people would be less likely to take their stuff,” she said. “But apparently that is not the case.”

The problem crosses international borders. Scores of people aboard an Emirates Airline Ltd. jet that crashed onto a runway in Dubai on Aug. 3, 2016, can be seen in a videograbbing bags from the overhead bins even as a flight attendant yelled “leave everything.”

A 2015 safety notice issued by the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority said “significant numbers” of passengers had been taking luggage with them during emergencies. It called on airlines to consider making more stern warnings before each flight and beefing up training for flight attendants.

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safety study the NTSB compiled in 2000 found that 36 flight attendants interviewed after evacuations reported that passengers carrying bags were the biggest impediment. Almost half of passengers involved in evacuations who had carry-on bags, 208 out of 419 interviewed, admitted to trying to take items with them, the study said.

The FAA, which governs airline operations and sets aviation policy, has tried for years to educate passengers on the importance of leaving their bags behind, the agency said in an emailed statement. The message has been included in holiday travel advisories, press releases and a website with travel tips, the agency said.

It is evaluating the NTSB’s finding and recommendations, it said in a statement.

“It’s a huge problem,” said Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA union. In pre-flight briefings, some airlines require attendants to remind passengers not to retrieve bags in an emergency, yet it’s still ignored, Nelson said.

“We’ve seen it in every single emergency evacuation I can think of in the last 10 years,” she said.

The union, the largest representing flight attendants in the world, is calling for an industrywide effort with airlines, the labor force, airports and the FAA to seek solutions, she said. The AFA supports more consistent enforcement of size and weight of carry-on bags, limiting the number of bags allowed on board and increased passenger education, she said.

“There is clearly a need to evaluate and measure the effects of passengers who panic or otherwise try to take carry-on baggage while getting off an aircraft that is threatening their lives,” said Dennis Tajer, a spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association union at American.

The APA also supports additional actions, Tajer said. The fact that the problem has occurred so often before is evidence that the current system to educate passengers isn’t working, he said. “It’s a human event of survival, and non-compliance is not an option,” he said. “It means the difference between life and death and we take it just that seriously.”

“A lot of people ignore the safety briefing,” said Peter Goelz, the NTSB’s former managing director who is now an adviser to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, the union representing 26,000 American Airlines workers. “Flight attendants would be supportive of a stronger briefing and more emphasis on the entirety of it.”

Rather than relying on the uncertainty of trying to change human behavior, airlines and regulators should look at a technical solution, Richard Healing, a former NTSB member who now leads Air Safety Engineering LLC, said.

“The FAA should consider a requirement that during an emergency evacuation, overhead bins be locked as the first step in the process, instantly locked so people can’t jump up and get their stuff,” Healing said. He acknowledged the industry would likely oppose the costs of such technology.

It’s clear that the results of slowed evacuations can be deadly. After a British Airtours jet caught fire on the ground in Manchester, England, in 1985, 55 people died because they couldn’t exit the plane before being overcome by toxic smoke. Eleven people died within feet of an exit on a burning USAir plane in Los Angeles in 1991.

American Flight 383 — the subject of Tuesday’s hearing — had almost reached takeoff speed when an engine exploded, severing fuel lines and piercing the wing tank on the Boeing Co. 767-300. The resulting evacuation was flawed and highly chaotic, the NTSB concluded on Tuesday.

All seven flight attendants told investigators they saw passengers toting everything from purses to large suitcases.

“There needs to be something done with the bags,” flight attendant Christina Katz told investigators. “One passenger came running up the right aisle with a bag over his head. A flight attendant from the back was trying to get it away from him. The man kept yelling, ‘I’m taking it with me.’ ”

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Embry-Riddle Partners With Fire Chiefs For UAS Training

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:12

Offering Education, Training And Certification Opportunities To Emergency Responders

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide’s College of Aeronautics and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) are partnering to offer the fire service education, training and certification opportunities to assist fire departments in effectively implementing unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

UAS technologies offer a tremendous leap forward in capabilities for the fire service and emergency, including structural firefighting, wildland firefighting, rescue operations, hazardous materials response, emergency medical services and more.

“Not only do they give smaller departments the ability to have an aerial program without expensive aircraft, pilots and the maintenance associated with those assets, but the potential for entirely new strategies and tactics could change operations drastically,” said Chief Thomas Jenkins, IAFC president and chairman of the Board. “We are excited to partner with Embry-Riddle to provide critical education and training for fire departments everywhere.”

“As an academic curriculum collaborator with the IAFC, Embry-Riddle has the opportunity to provide UAS-related education, training and certification to enhance the culture of aviation safety for its members,” said Assistant Professor at Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s College of Aeronautics Dr. Joe Cerreta. “We are excited to support the IAFC’s commitment and need for the safe integration of UAS technology into its member organizations.”

Embry-Riddle will provide UAS-related education, training and certification activities such as information sessions, online courses, in-person courses, workshops, seminars/speakers, webinars and/or lunch and learn sessions.

(Source: ERAU news release. Image from file)


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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:11

58 Years ago today: On 5 February 1960 a Lloyd Aerro Boliviano DC-4 crashed near Laguna da Huanacota, Bolivia, killing all 59 occupants.

Date: Friday 5 February 1960 Time: 07:20 Type: Douglas DC-4 Operator: Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano – LAB Registration: CP-609 C/n / msn: 10510 First flight: 1945 Crew: Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4 Passengers: Fatalities: 55 / Occupants: 55 Total: Fatalities: 59 / Occupants: 59 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 15 km (9.4 mls) S of Cochabamba-J Wilsterman Airport (CBB) (   Bolivia) Crash site elevation: 2752 m (9029 feet) amsl Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Cochabamba-J Wilsterman Airport (CBB/SLCB), Bolivia Destination airport: La Paz-El Alto Airport (LPB/SLLP), Bolivia

The DC-4 crashed shortly after takeoff into Laguna Huañacota, a mountain lagoon. Reportedly one engine had caught fire. A two-year old girl survived the impact but died on the way to a hospital.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 06:54

A firefighter was hurt while battling a blaze in Jersey City Sunday morning.

The three-alarm fire began just before 8 a.m. on Myrtle Avenue, and amid the flames one firefighter fell about 10 feet.

“He wasn’t sure what happened. He said one minute he was on the second floor, the next minute he knew he was on the first floor,” says Jersey City Fire Department Chief Steven McGill.

McGill says he was with the injured firefighter during an X-ray, where doctors told him they don’t believe he has any broken bones.

The fire eventually bridged the alleyway to the home next door, causing fire damage there as well.

Everyone in the affected buildings made it out uninjured, but now 12 to 15 people are temporarily without a home.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 06:49

Police say two firefighters were reportedly injured battling a large house fire in Huntington Bay.

In pictures taken by a viewers, you can see flames consuming a home on Bay Drive West early Saturday morning.

Officials say two Halesite firefighters were taken to Huntington Hospital, according to Newsday. One of the firefighters suffered a burn.

No one else was inside the home except a dog. The dog did not survive.

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Early video & citizen commentary from Rome, New York house fire

Statter 911 - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 16:50

Fire on 4th Street Friday afternoon

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Video: 3-alarm fire in Paterson, New Jersey

Statter 911 - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 16:39

Fire early Sunday on Clinton Street

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 07:52

Thursday night, Bernalillo County firefighters were sent to house fire on the Pajarito Mesa, west of Albuquerque. According to court documents, 31-year-old Ruben Cuellar ignored commands to steer clear of the fire. BCFD says he lives nearby.

“When he first came up, they tried to just calm him down and stuff and eventually he just got to the point where they had to subdue the guy. He was going to hurt somebody or himself,” Bernalillo County Fire Department spokesperson Larry Gallegos said.

Cuellar allegedly dislocated a firefighter’s shoulder, punched another’s nose, and pushed a third in the chest. Fire crews held the man down until Bernalillo County Sheriff deputies arrived and arrested him. Ruben Cuellar is now in jail facing an aggravated battery on health care personnel charge.

Two people who were in the burning building were transported to a hospital for smoke inhalation. Two firefighters were also sent for minor injuries from the fight. BCFD says the building is a total loss.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 07:40

A vehicle fire that caught the building next to it on fire and spread so much that 77 NOFD personnel had to be called out late last night in New Orleans East is under investigation, New Orleans Fire Department spokesman Edwin Holmes said in a news release.

Holmes said the first call came in to the department at 12:25 a.m. reporting a vehicle fire, with multiple calls coming in minutes later saying the building in the 14400 block of Peltier Drive had caught fire as well.

When firefighters arrived, more calls came in of people trapped on the third and second floors apartments of the building — above the commercial area on the first floor.

Firefighters then began going door-to-door evacuating people, and called for a second alarm at 12:37 a.m. due to concern of surrounding buildings catching on fire and reports of people being trapped — six minutes after they arrived.

As firefighters began dealing with the blaze, they heard screams coming from one of the second story windows above a parking lot area.

When firefighters approached the window where they heard the screams, a woman threw her child down to firefighters below, who then raised a latter to rescue the remaining three people in the apartment. The two women and two children who had been in the apartment were sent to a hospital for smoke inhalation.

A third alarm was called at 1 a.m. with the fire still intensifying and starting to threaten another area of apartments.

After 26 NOFD units and 77 personnel had been called out in total, Holmes said the fire was finally brought under control at 3:09 a.m.

One firefighter was taken to a hospital after injuring his right shoulder. The injury is not life-threatening, Holmes said.

One of the women taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation also sustained a hip injury.

Residents have been allowed to re-enter their apartments, Holmes said.

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Close call: Hardware store collapse caught on video

Statter 911 - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 01:33

Fire Friday in Falls River, MA.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 21:24

A fire ripped through two homes in Brentwood on Thursday, killing one man and injuring two firefighters, officials said.

Officials received the report of the residential fire on Hillman Street shortly after 12:30 p.m., Allegheny County spokeswoman Amie Downs said.

Crews battled the two-alarm fire for more than two hours.

A man’s body was found in a garage between the two houses that caught fire, according to Matt Brown, the county’s chief of emergency services.

Two firefighters were treated for minor injuries such as dehydration and smoke inhalation. They were not hospitalized.

There were initial reports of an explosion, but officials said no explosion was confirmed Brown said.

Officials have not yet identified the man who died, pending notification of his family.

Gas company officials were on scene to ensure gas lines were secure, Brown said.

The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

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Today is Friday the 2nd of February, 2018

ARFF Working Group - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 08:14

We close out this week with the following stories…

Have a great weekend and be safe out there!


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