Aeromedical/Aviation

Fire Chief Posts Racial Slur Over Steelers’ National Anthem No Show

Flightsafetynet.com - Tue, 09/26/2017 - 12:07

WASHINGTON CO, PA – Muse, Pennsylvania Fire Department Chief Paul “Smitty” Smith expressed his frustration on facebook over Mike Tomlin’s decision to have his team sit out the national anthem.

According to Channel 11 News, several Washington county fire fighters contacted them saying they weren’t comfortable with a comment made by the Cecil fire chief on Facebook during Sunday’s Steelers game.

Chief Paul Smith was commenting on a post about the Steelers’ decision not to participate in the national anthem on the field and wrote:

“Tomlin just added himself to the list of no good n-words. Yes I said it.”

Smith is captain of Cecil Township Volunteer Fire Department Number 2 in Muse. He is currently out of the country on vacation, but said he regrets the statement.

“I am embarrassed at this. I want to apologize. I was frustrated and angry at the Steelers not standing for the anthem. … This had nothing to do with my fire department. I regret what I said.”

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FDNY EMT Honored 20 Years After Death

Flightsafetynet.com - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 16:31
—Tracy Lee was 17 months into her EMT position when she contracted HIV in the line of duty.

NEW YORK — The first Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) to contract HIV while treating a patient in New York City was honored 20 years after her death.

According to FOX News, Tracy Lee was 17 months into her EMT position when she contracted HIV from a patient who was bleeding to death. The station reported that a memorial stone marker was placed outside an East Harlem EMS station for EMT Lee.

Lee’s glove was ripped when she was pulling a man into a hallway for treatment, and her blood mixed with his. She tested positive for HIV in May 1994.

“I was 31 when she died,” Lee’s widower, Victor Lee, said. “When you’re that age, you think you’re invincible. We were going to grow old together and have kids.”

Lee’s request to have her diagnosis listed as a line-of-duty illness was denied, but Lee continued to work in the offices of the FDNY until she died in Sept. 1997. The next year, New York passed a law requiring HIV contracted on the job to automatically be designated as a line-of-duty injury for responders.

“I still think about her every day,” retired EMS Lt. and Lee’s co-worker Adelaide Connaughton said. “I can’t believe it’s been 20 years. It seems like yesterday.”

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Why EMS Stands for The Flag

Flightsafetynet.com - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 10:58
—And why NFL stars should get off their knees.

 

America is the best country in the world.

“Proud to be an American” is more than a catchy slogan.

It’s our way of life.

If you or someone you love serves our country in the armed forces, you get my instant respect and gratitude. No discussion or debate required.

And here’s the best part: I believe most Americans share this viewpoint. Most Americans respect and appreciate those who serve now, and those who served our country in the past.

Why NFL Stars Should Get Off Their Knees

Why should National Football League (NFL) players get off their knees and stand for the national anthem?

Because standing is about respect.

Standing for the national anthem is about showing respect for those who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives for this country. It’s really that simple.

Stand to show respect.

NFL players who kneel before football games do so to draw attention to racism in America. But they disrespect everyone who ever served in uniform by doing so.

NFL players don’t see it that way, because they don’t really see anything through the same lens as regular people. NFL players believe in their cause and believe it’s their right to kneel if they choose.

And you know what? They’re absolutely right. It is their right to kneel.

The constitution and first amendment guarantees this right to every American. The irony is the service men and women who died to give them this right — is the group they’re disrespecting the most, by kneeling. That’s the rub, or at least part of it.

The bigger rub is how NFL players are completely out of touch with average Americans. How NFL players believe their opinions are somehow more valuable than the average American’s opinion.

Newsflash: the average American thinks football players should stick to playing football. The average American thinks NFL players are overpaid and out of touch with reality. The average American thinks kneeling during the national anthem (for almost any reason) is unpatriotic.

But none of that explains why kneeling during the national anthem is stupid.

Why Kneeling is Stupid

Is shining a spotlight on racism important?

Yes, of course.

But bringing attention to racism by disrespecting every American who ever served or died for our country, is a stupid way to do it.

But don’t take my word for it. How do you know kneeling during the national anthem is a stupid way to draw attention to racism? Easy answer. The NFL already proved it.

Colin Kaepernick, a free agent quarterback famous for kneeling before football games, can no longer find work in the NFL.

Why can’t Colin Kaepernick find work? Why won’t an NFL team hire him?

The answer has nothing to do with Colin’s skills as a quarterback. The answer is that Colin Kaepernick is damaged goods. No team will take him because of all the bad publicity that comes with hiring him.

The Cleveland Browns also proved how stupid it is to kneel during the national anthem. You can read how Paramedic and Police unions boycotted the Cleveland Browns opener for kneeling during the national anthem.

Watch the NFL Take a Stand This Week

If you’re bothered by all of this, stand-by for a little poetic justice to come your way this week.

The Pittsburgh Steelers forced the issue center stage.

The entire Pittsburgh Steelers team, except for Alejandro Villanueva, ex-Army Ranger, stayed in the locker room for the national anthem before their game with Chicago.

The backlash was quick and severe.

The American public is irritated and threatening to boycott the NFL. Now the NFL commissioner and team owners really have no choice but to start talking about the issue publicly. Even the president commented about the owner’s lack of control over the situation.

Stand-by to see the NFL commissioner and team owners ‘patriotism’ shine through like no other week this season. Now that their revenue is threatened, you’ll see a whole new appreciation for those who served.

Why EMS Stands for The Flag

It’s easy for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to stand for the flag.

Why?

Because EMSers are patriots. EMSers live in the real world. EMSers work hard for a lot less money and appreciation than the average NFL player.

But those aren’t the only reasons.

EMSers identify with our service men and women.

EMS is different than serving in the military, but it is about service.

Service is the bond the two communities share.

It’s time for NFL players to stand with EMS and their fellow Americans. It’s time to give respect to those who made the ultimate sacrifice and paid for our freedoms and privileges with their lives.

What do you think? Should NFL players stand for the national anthem? Is it disrespectful not to stand? Leave a comment below. It’s important and we appreciate your input.

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Today is Monday the 25th of September, 2017

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 09:10

Trying to get back in the swing of things after last weeks festivities!

Here are the stories to get the new week started..

Be safe out there!

Tom

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Friends mourn Wyoming men killed in Saturday plane crash near Thief River Falls

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 09:01

By Janelle Vonasek

THIEF RIVER FALLS — Employees of Mountain West Motors Inc. in Rawlins, Wyo., gathered Saturday afternoon at the outdoor sports store to mourn the loss of their co-workers and friends.

Three men were killed shortly before 8 a.m. when their small Cessna 182 airplane crashed in a stubble wheat field outside Thief River Falls.

The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office identified the men as Moy Wing, 69, Brian Duke, 27, and Zach Ostertag, 26, all of Rawlins.

Social media indicated both Duke and Ostertag were mechanics at Mountain West, but the Herald was unable to verify if Wing also was employed there.

“We’re a small town in Wyoming, and everybody’s devastated right now,” said a Mountain West employee who spoke briefly to the Herald.  “We’re just all finding out. It just happened this morning. We’re honestly all in shock right now.”

A Facebook post from Ostertag dated Wednesday announced “3 more days, I’m ready to go home.” He replied to a friend’s post that he was training for “Arctic Cat and Textron snow and dirt machines.”

Arctic Cat Inc., a major manufacturer of snowmobiles, ATVs and other off-road vehicles, is located in Thief River Falls.

The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release it received a 911 call shortly before 8 a.m. that a plane was down near the intersection of Center Avenue Northeast and 130th Street Northeast, an area southwest of town and about 2½ miles west of the Thief River Falls Regional Airport.

Emergency responders found the three men dead at the scene, the news release said.

A stretch of gravel road at 130th Street was blocked off yet Saturday afternoon as about a half-dozen uniformed officers and others continued to investigate the scene. From a distance, wreckage appeared to cross the roadway with debris scattered about 100 yards into the field.

Elizabeth Cory, a public affairs spokeswoman with the Federal Aviation Administration, said the crash is being investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board. No updates would be available until next week, she said, adding that investigations can take several months to more than a year to complete.

The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Thief River Falls Police Department, St. Hilaire Fire and First Responders, Thief River Falls Area Ambulance, Thief River Falls Fire Department and Minnesota State Patrol all responded to the crash.

http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/4332827-friends-mourn-wyoming-men-killed-saturday-plane-crash-near-thief-river-falls

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Two people die in aircraft accident at Camden airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 08:59

Two people have been killed in the crash of a small airplane at the Camden Municipal Airport, according to Ouachita County Sheriff David Norwood.

The accident happened about 6:45 p.m. Sunday near the north end of the north-south runway at the facility off U.S. 79. There was a fire at the crash site.

“Sadly there was a fatal plane crash earlier this evening at the Camden Airport. While the plane was not local, the pilot was well known to the pilots who fly out of here. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families involved,” said a statement on the airport’s Facebook page.

The airport, called Harrell Field, has one 6,500-foot runway.

The last fatal airplane crash in the Camden area happened on August 5, 1992, when a pilot flying a new Beechcraft Bonanza from Tulsa, OK, to Jackson, MS ran into a thunderstorm. The aircraft broke up in flight and wreckage was scattered over a two-mile area north of the airport.

http://www.magnoliareporter.com/news_and_business/ouachita_county/article_3c1fa55c-a19a-11e7-8dbf-ebc3cc1e637e.html

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Light aircraft skids off runway at Kuching International Airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 08:57

KUCHING: A light aircraft carrying six passengers from Mukah, including a Sarawak minister, skidded at the Kuching International Airport upon landing on Sunday evening.

State Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah was among the passengers on board the plane.
All passengers and crew escaped unhurt in the 6pm incident that forced the airport to suspend operations when the Hornbill Skyways Beechcraft 20 skidded to a spot approximately 500m from the airport’s Fire and Rescue control tower.

Fire and Rescue Department response teams from the Tabuan Jaya and Batu Lintang stations some 10km away were immediately dispatched to the scene and arrived within 15 minutes.

According to the Tabuan Jaya Fire and Rescue operations chief, the Beechcraft 20 belonging to Hornbill Skyways Sdn Bhd was flying from Mukah to Kuching.

“All six passengers and crew including the pilot managed to get off the plane and they are all safe,” he said.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd senior manager Mohd Nadzim Hashim said work to remove the aircraft is estimated to take about two hours before normal operations at the airport can be resumed.

At press time, the airport has yet to disclose how many flights were affected, although it is understood that the affected flights would be diverted to Sibu airport.

“Praise God that all of us are safe. The journey from Mukah was fine until it was time for landing,” said Fatimah.

The Dalat assemblyman was in Mukah to officiate at several events, including a mini regatta at Kampung Balan, the opening of the waterfront and cement walkway.

She was also in Mukah to visit her constituents in Kampung Tanam and Kampung Terus before attending a religious talk for students at Masjid Nur Muslihin.

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/09/24/aircraft-with-six-passengers-skids-off-kuching-international-airport-runway/

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Neighbors Save Pilot Being Choked by Seat Belt After Small Plane Crashes Into Whitpain Township Yard

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 08:54

“I heard gurgling in a bush and we found where the pilot was,” one neighbor said

By Vince Lattanzio

A pilot had to be cut from the wreckage of a home-built aircraft after the plane crashed into the front yard of a Whitpain Township, Pennsylvania, home Sunday afternoon, officials and witnesses said.

The single-engine VariEze-style plane went down just after 5 p.m. along Meade Road, police said.

Witnesses and police said the plane lost altitude shortly after takeoff and hit several trees before breaking apart on the front lawn of a home.

A pair of neighbors — Douglas DiSandro and Brian McShain — rushed to the wreckage and started searching for the pilot.

“I heard gurgling in a bush and we found where the pilot was,” DiSandro said.

When they got into the bush, they found the pilot being choked by the plane’s seat belt. The men lifted his body to relieve the pressure on his neck until another person brought scissors to cut him free.

“He relieved the pressure on his neck and he started gasping again,” DiSando said.

Paramedics took the pilot, who has not yet been identified, to Penn Presbyterian Trauma Center in Philadelphia. Police said his injuries didn’t appear to be life-threatening, but a condition was not available.

The development where the crash happened is 1½ miles from Wings Field, a small airport where the plane took off from Sunday afternoon.

Wreckage was strewn across the lawn and garden of 25 Meade Road. It appears the house was spared from being hit. There was a person inside the home when the crash happened.

“We’re very fortunate that nobody got hurt on this scene. It’s amazing,” Whitpain Twp. Police Chief Kenneth Lawson said.

VariEze aircraft debuted in the 1970s and are a cheaper alternative to other popular small aircraft like Cessna or Piper, according to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The planes are typically made of composite foam and fiberglass, the museum said.

The National Transportation Safety Board will visit the crash site Monday to launch an investigation.

Read more: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Pilot-Choked-by-Seatbelt-When-Small-Plane-Crashes-Into-Whitpain-Township-Yard-447480633.html#ixzz4thCHoDGG

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Two people sent to hospital after helicopter crash in Santa Barbara

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 08:46

Two people were injured in a small helicopter crash at the Santa Barbara Airport Sunday morning.

According to the Santa Barbara City Fire Department Facebook page, the incident happened at 9:30 a.m., down in the slough just west of runway 15 right.

Minor to moderate injuries were reported. Additional information and identities on the two hurt were not made immediately available.

Santa Barbara City and Santa Barbara County Fire responded to the incident.

Events leading up to the crash are unknown at this time.

http://www.ksby.com/story/36439992/two-people-sent-to-hospital-after-helicopter-crash-in-santa-barbara

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Plane crashes in Darlington County, one person receives minor injuries

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 08:41

By Adrianna Seals

DOVESVILLE, SC (WBTW) – The Darlington County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed a plane has crashed in Darlington County.

According to Lt. Kilgo with the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office, the plane went down off of Dovesville Highway around 2 p.m. Sunday.

There was only one person in the plane, who received only minor injuries.

The plane is a small, privately-owned aircraft.

Darlington County Sheriff’s have reached out the FAA about this incident.

Plane crashes in Darlington County, one person receives minor injuries

 

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Power glider crashes into fence of Newberg home

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 08:39

NEWBERG, OR (KPTV) –

A pilot received minor injuries after the power glider he was operating crashed into a fence in Newberg.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue said the incident happened Saturday afternoon in a residential area.

The homeowner was home at the time and called 911.

The pilot of the power glider walked away with just minor injuries. No one on the ground was injured.

http://www.kptv.com/story/36437678/power-glider-crashes-into-fence-of-newberg-home

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Plane collides with helicopter at Clearwater Airpark

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 08:36

By WFLA Web Staff

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — At least two people were injured when a helicopter collided with a plane that was making an emergency landing at Clearwater Airpark, according to Clearwater police and firefighters.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the helicopter, a Robinson R22 was hovering as the Piper PA-28 aircraft was landing on Runway 34. A collision occurred and the plane carrying two passengers flipped over.

Only the pilot was on the helicopter when he hit the plane. Officials said two people were left with minor injuries, but their names and current conditions are unknown.

The Clearwater Fire Department is on the scene cleaning up a fuel leak. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Plane collides with helicopter at Clearwater Airpark

 

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Plane Lands On Its Nose At Danbury Airport

ARFF Working Group - Mon, 09/25/2017 - 08:34

UPDATED : DANBURY, Conn. — Danbury police and firefighters responded to a report of a plane making a “rough landing” at Danbury Municipal Airport on Friday morning.

When Danbury fire units arrived after 10:30 a.m. Friday, they found a single-engine Cessna 180 airplane nose down on Runway 35, Assistant Fire Chief Mark Omasta said in a statement.

The pilot, Jeffrey Butler, was the only person on board at the time, and he was not injured while attempting a landing, Omasta said.

The Fire Department used its Ladder Tower to assist with righting the aircraft, which was nose down on the runway, he said.

The plane was then towed off the runway. The airport was shut down for a brief time to allow emergency vehicles to access the Cessna aircraft and reopened soon after.

The plane is registered to Butler and is based at Reliant Air in Danbury.

This incident is being investigated by the FAA’s Flight Standards District Office out of Windsor Locks.

http://danbury.dailyvoice.com/police-fire/plane-lands-on-its-nose-at-danbury-airport/722257/

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