Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 18:24

 An acting Toronto district fire chief rushed to hospital while crews were fighting a four-alarm blaze at an Etobicoke townhouse on Thursday night is “stable, conscious and talking,” officials say.

Andrew Galicam, who is a 31-year Toronto Fire Services veteran, suffered “a medical event at the scene not related to any traumatic occurrence involved with the actual fighting of the fire,” Capt. David Eckerman said Friday.

A total of 29 fire trucks were on scene of the blaze on Lake Shore Blvd. W. at Palace Pier Court around 6:30 p.m. when Galica collapsed.

“He was treated by firefighters, transferred to paramedics, who then made an emergency run to (St. Joseph’s) hospital, where he was met by two district chiefs, two deputy chiefs and the fire chief himself (Matthew Pegg) as well as his wife.”

Eckerman said any further information about what caused Galica to be taken to hospital is private.

The cause of the extensive fire — which displaced 19 people from eight townhouses — is still under investigation, but Eckerman said when firefighters arrived, smoke and flames were visible on the third-floor balcony of one suite.

“That’s not to say that it started there, that’s just to say that was our initial observation,” he said. “The fire got up to the roof in the attic, it travelled across that. How many units of the eight that were in that complex were affected, I can’t really say.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 08:13

Four firefighters suffered minor injuries Oct. 14 when a fire truck they were using to respond to a call slid off the road and into some trees just south of Interstate 94.

The crash occurred just before 2 a.m., the fire department and witnesses said, and caused some damage to the truck.

Town of Delafield Fire Chief Paul Kozlowski said the truck’s right front tire caught the edge of the roadway, across from Buck Rub Archery, N13 W28400 Silvernail Road, and ended up in a ditch.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 08:11

Welcome home Sgt. Kevin Van Dyke! 13 days after going into cardiac arrest while fighting a fire he has been discharged from Kennestone Hospital and escorted home by his crew. Many thanks to a Paulding County Sheriff, Metro Ambulance, Paulding County 911, and Dallas Police for their help with the escort.

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Fire Prevention Week theme featured in Virginia podcast

NFPA - Safety Source - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:09
A Virginia podcast producer came up with an innovative way to share this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme with his listeners. Alan Raflo integrated part of NFPA’s Fire Safety Video for Kids (Little Rosalie) into his Virginia Water Radio
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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:16

Three Indianapolis firefighters were slightly injured following a collision on the city’s north side between a dump truck and a fire engine.

The accident happened around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at W. 43rd St. and N. Capitol Ave.

The dump truck was headed south on Capitol. The fire engine was headed west on 43rd with its lights and sirens on.

The driver of the dump truck told investigators he heard the fire engine’s sirens but wasn’t sure where it was coming from.

Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department say the dump truck was stolen, the driver had a suspended license and an outstanding warrant for driving while suspended.

The three firefighters were taken to IU Methodist to be checked out.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:28

Montclair police are investigating an incident that occurred Monday when a Montclair firefighter’s hand was struck after he attempted to speak to a person erratically driving a car on Valley Road.

According to a report by Montclair Det. Lt. David O’ Dowd, at approximately 9:17 a.m., Montclair Fire Department members observed a vehicle driving erratically northbound on Valley Road.

O’Dowd stated in the report that the vehicle, operated by a 22-year-old Lanoka Harbor man, came to a stop in traffic outside the Montclair Fire House on Valley Road.

O’Dowd stated a firefighter exited a fire truck and attempted to speak with the driver of the vehicle, at which time the vehicle pulled away, causing the firefighter’s left hand to be struck by the vehicle mirror.

O’Dowd stated there were no injuries reported in this incident. This incident is under investigation.

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Charlotte Fire Department announces winners of Fire Prevention Week bulletin board contest

NFPA - Safety Source - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:29
Hidden Valley Elementary School won first place in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fire Prevention Week bulletin board contest. Third grade students throughout the Charlotte, North Carolina, school system were asked to create bulletin boards focusing
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Thank You From The Brunacini Family

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:29

Phoenix FD Deputy Chief Elizabeth Hendel, an IFSTA Executive Board member, just provided the following information to IFSTA Executive Director Mike Wieder-and we are passing it on to you:

Thank You From The Brunacini Family 

Our family is eternally grateful for a couple of things:

#1, The last service provided to Chief Brunacini was in his hometown of Phoenix, AZ.

#2, It was provided by the members of the Phoenix Fire Department.

Alan joined the Phoenix Department in 1958. Despite retiring over ten years ago, he always felt an unbreakable bond with all of the members of the department – past and present.

One of Big Al’s greatest gifts to our professional world was his laid back approach and fondness for Hawaiian shirts. He was not a fan of shiny dress uniform hardware or the bag pipes.

In this spirit we plan on replacing the funeral-parade-apparatus-muster with a memorial service in the next week or so for anyone wishing to say their final goodbyes.

Our family would also like to thank all of you for your outpouring of kindness and love.

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Birmingham Company Cited for Exposing Employees to Fall Hazards

OSHA - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 07:00
Oct. 17, 2017 Birmingham Company Cited for Exposing Employees to Fall Hazards
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Contractor Cited for Scaffold Hazards at Philadelphia Work Site

OSHA - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 07:00
Oct. 17, 2017 Contractor Cited for Scaffold Hazards at Philadelphia Work Site
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Statement from CSB Chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland on CSB Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Results

CSB News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 08:41
Statement from CSB Chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland
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CSB Releases New Safety Video into 2016 ExxonMobil Fire at Baton Rouge Refinery

CSB News - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 05:59
CSB Releases New Safety Video
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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 05:46

We regret to pass on that the Fire Chief of the Presho FD, SD died in the Line of Duty.

Presho Fire Chief Donny Manger died this weekend while operating at a structure fire. Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 19:48

Some of the newer members of the fire service may not have had a chance to meet, see or get to know Chief Bruno, who suddenly passed away this evening.

Please take time to enjoy this wonderful video from Fire Engineering:

Rest In Peace Chief Bruno
On behalf of our entire FireFighter & The Secret List Family.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 19:20

A firefighter fell through a staircase and landed in the basement of a burning house off Lalor Street early Thursday, fire officials said.

The firefighter was on the first crew climbing to the second floor with a hose at a house on Benton Road at about 3:10 a.m., fire spokesman Capt. Ferdinand Mather said.

The staircase collapsed and the firefighter plummeted to the basement, where he called a “mayday” on his radio.

Members of Engine 13 and Ladder 14 rescued the firefighter in minutes. He was not seriously injured, Mather said.

The home was unoccupied at the time and being renovated. No other injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire was under investigation later Thursday.

Mather said arriving firefighters found smoke and flames coming from the second floor. After the rescue, a fire chief ordered firefighters out of the house and to start fighting the fire from the outside, Mather said.

The fire grew to two alarms and flames shot from the roof before units from all eight Hamilton fire districts and a Trenton ladder company got it under control in about 20 minutes, Mather said.

Firefighters on Exeter Road. (Hamilton Township Professional Firefighters) 
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Missouri fire department and health organization celebrate Fire Prevention Week in a big way

NFPA - Safety Source - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 09:30
The Kirksville Fire Department in Kirksville, Missouri, along with the Northeast Missouri Health Council wanted to make sure the community didn’t miss this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!™ So
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Two firefighters and a civilian were

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 07:22

Two firefighters and a civilian were injured at a house fire in South Baltimore on Monday, according to city fire officials.

Chief Roman Clark, a fire department spokesman, said the non-life-threatening injuries occurred at a fire at a vacant home in the 4000 block of Fairhaven Ave., in the city’s Curtis Bay neighborhood.

Firefighters were called to the scene about 12:05 p.m., and the fire was placed under control about 1:50 p.m., Clark said.

Neither the civilian, a man, nor the firefighters were identified. They were all transported to local hospitals for treatment, Clark said.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 07:20

The house fire on Fernwald Drive caused damage estimated at more than $100,000 and destroyed four vehicles in the attached garage, said Deputy Chief Scott Dorsten, Beavercreek Twp. Fire Department.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury and one civilian was evaluated at the scene but did not require a trip to a hospital, Dorsten said.

He said the cause and origin of the fire remain under investigation. Flames burned through the home’s roof and destroyed the garage in addition to the vehicles.

Crews were dispatched on a report of a garage fire, Dorsten said, and the flames extended into the attic of the house.

Crews from Kettering and Sugarcreek Twp. assisted Beavercreek Twp. firefighters, the deputy chief said.

The residents will have to stay elsewhere because of the damage to the structure and its contents, which Dorsten estimated at $150,000 to $175,000 — not including the vehicles.

UPDATE @ 4:28 p.m.: 

No one was injured in the fire, the Beavercreek Twp. fire marshal said.

UPDATE @ 4:10 p.m.:

Flames have broken through the roof of a ranch-style home on Fernwald Drive.

There is heavy damage to the home. The garage and about half the house appear to have been destroyed.

Fire reported on Fernwald Drive in Beavercreek

There also is a pickup truck in the driveway that has been heavily damaged by fire.


A fire has been reported on Fernwald Drive this afternoon.

Initial reports indicated a garage was fully engulfed at the house in the 3900 block of Fernwald around 3:40 p.m.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 07:17

More than four months after a local firefighter died while battling a massive fire at a shopping center, Bexar County District Attorney confirmed police have arrested a suspect in the case.

Authorities say Emond J. Johnson is believed to be involved in setting the fire that killed firefighter Scott Deem and injured firefighters Brad Phipps and Robert Vasquez. According to the Bexar County Magistrate’s Office, Johnson is charged with murder, two counts of arson and bodily injury, two counts of arson, and one count of family assault.

According to police records, when confronted with video proof that he was at the gym near the time of the fire, Johnson admitted using his lighter to ignite a gasoline/oil mix in the back room of the gym.


When we were at the scene, Johnson said he owned the Spartan Box Gym in the shopping center. Police records show that he admitted getting eviction notices for the gym in the days leading up to the fire.

Watch his full interview here: Interview%20with%20Emond%20Johnson


According to his Facebook page, Johnson posted a GoFundMe to help rebuild his gym after the fire destroyed it.

The fire at the Ingram Square shopping center has remained under investigation since late May, although no information about the investigation was released before this week.

San Antonio Fire Department Chief Charles Hood said his department has changed the way they respond to fires following the tragedy.

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Pittsburgh Builder and OSHA Align to Promote Workplace Safety

OSHA - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 07:00
Oct. 13, 2017 Pittsburgh Builder and OSHA Align to Promote Workplace Safety
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