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ARIZ. FIREFIGHTER SUFFERS MINOR HEAD INJURY FIGHTING BRUSH FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - 4 hours 12 min ago

By 3TV/CBS5:

A firefighter has been injured battling a brush fire north of Phoenix.

The injury is minor, according to Capt. Kenny Overton of the Phoenix Fire Department, explaining that the Daisy Mountain firefighter fell and hit his head. He reportedly was in stable condition when he was taken to the hospital.

The three-alarm New River Fire broke out around 2 p.m. near New River and Saddle Mountain roads, east of Lake Pleasant.

Nearly 100 firefighters responded to the scene.

Read the full story here.

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ROOF COLLAPSE SENDS 2 FIREFIGHTERS TO HOSPITAL AT ILLEGAL BURN

Firefighter Close Calls - 4 hours 18 min ago

By Emily Weaver, The Daily Record:

Two long-serving firefighters of the Erwin Fire Department were sent to Betsy Johnson Hospital after a roof collapsed in a structure fire they were fighting late Wednesday afternoon.

Assistant Chief John Wilkins of the Erwin Fire Department says the rear of a home in the 1000 block of Antioch Church Road was fully-involved when they arrived on scene along with the Dunn Fire Department.

Firefighters were attacking the blaze when a roof collapsed pushing two of them back. The two were sent to the hospital as a precaution, but are expected to be OK, Wilkins said.

The firefighters were not identified at the scene.

Harnett County Fire Marshal Rodney Daniels said that the home was unoccupied at the time of the blaze, but it was undergoing renovation.

He said that an illegal burn of construction materials outside the home sparked the fire.

Read the full story here.

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Helping Fire Departments Plan for a Smarter and Safer Future

Everyone Goes Home - 7 hours 44 min ago

What is a ‘Smart City’? According to Wikipedia, it’s an “area that uses different types of electronic Internet of things sensors to collect data and then use these data to manage assets and resources efficiently.” Smart technologies are now being planned into every aspect of the urban environment, and that trend is now trickling down into communities of every size.

To help fire departments plan for a smarter – and safer – future, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is hosting the first ever Fire Service Innovation in Safety Symposium on September 24 – 26. It will be held in Philadelphia, an emerging hub of technology and innovation, and will be hosted by Philadelphia Fire Commissioner and OEM Director Adam Thiel. This event will provide fire service personnel, city managers, and interested stakeholders with a unique opportunity to:

  • Hear innovators and change agents from other industries share success stories that can be directly applied to the fire service.
  • See what’s on the horizon for smart technologies that will impact firefighters and fire departments in the near future.
  • Provide input to guide their fire service organizations in taking a leadership role in the “Smart Cities” movement.

The Symposium agenda features some of the most innovative minds in the fire service, technology, urban planning, medicine, and other fields. Here are some highlights:

Keynote Speaker Dr. Stephen Klasko Watch More Dr. Klasko, President of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, is a transformative leader and advocate for innovation. His track record of success at creating and implementing programs that are shaping the future of healthcare and higher education earned him a place among Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2018. Dr. Klasko is also ranked #2 on Modern Healthcare’s list of Most Influential People in Healthcare.

He and his team have disrupted the medical education system to train creative, team-oriented, and empathetic physicians. They have embraced telemedicine to improve accessibility to care as well as the physician-patient experience. Dr. Klasko acknowledges that, “Information is everything,” and has advanced the use of data analytics and mathematical modeling to reduce the unpredictability of medical treatments and to improve and measure outcomes. It will take innovative and entrepreneurial individuals like Dr. Klasko to reimagine the fire service of tomorrow and recreate ways to identify and develop future leaders.

Christopher Molaro Chris Molaro is an Army veteran who served as a captain deploying in support of combat operations to Iraq in 2011 and was awarded a Bronze Star. He is the founder and CEO of NeuroFlow, a leader in digital mental health technology and analytics now used by hundreds of clinics and hospitals to coordinate behavioral health care improving access and engagement – a problem Chris witnessed when serving in the Army. In 2018, the company was named a top mental health company by MedTech Boston and most innovative technology by the 2018 Psych Congress. Stephen Kerber As Director, Steve Kerber has built UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (UL FSRI) into the national leader in fire service research in the areas of ventilation, structural collapse, and fire dynamics. In addition to presenting at the Symposium, UL FSRI is hosting an open house at their Delaware County Emergency Services Training Center facility on Friday, September 27th from 9 am to 12 pm. Register for the Fire Service Innovation in Safety Symposium

Support for the Fire Service Innovation in Safety Symposium is provided through a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Fire Prevention & Safety grant, and by our generous sponsors. To find out ways your company can support this event, please visit our event page.

For more information or questions, please contact Tricia Sanborn.

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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 8/22

Firefighter Close Calls - 11 hours 47 min ago

8/22/1887 a Baltimore, Maryland firefighter “died after suffering a nervous breakdown at a candy factory fire on February 26, 1887, when he thought the members of his crew were killed in a building collapse. After the fire his health continued to decline.”

8/22/1932 a Portland, ME firefighter died while fighting a fire in the “attic of a 2-½-story frame house heavily involved in fire on arrival. As the members of Ladder 5 were venting the roof when the firefighter stepped back and dropped his tool. He suddenly grabbed his chest, let out a groan, and fell to a one-story roof below at the rear of the house. He was removed from the roof, placed him into an ambulance, and he was taken to a hospital two blocks away, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. His death was caused by overexertion and heat, while working on the roof of the building on that two-alarm fire at Box 814, at # 2b Monroe Place.”

8/22/1949 a Michigan City, IN firefighter “was overcome by smoke while operating at a fire in a furniture factory. He died a short time later. Three other firefighters were also injured.”

8/22/1953 a Harrisburg, PA firefighter died while operating at junkyard warehouse fire. “On arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke coming from a three-story junkyard warehouse. A general-alarm was quickly sounded as flames spread rapidly throughout the building. Firefighters mounted a massive exterior attack on the fire and surrounded the building with fire streams. As the streams began to show their effect on the fire, the rear wall of the building collapsed without warning, burying seventeen firefighters under tons of rubble who were operating hose lines from a railroad siding. The firefighter was killed instantly in the collapse and the other sixteen men were all seriously injured.

8/22/1957 four Miller, South Dakota firefighters “were killed while operating at an oil tank fire, and the tank exploded.”

8/22/1975 an Arcadia, CA firefighter “died of extensive burns suffered when the roof of a burning building at 333 N. Santa Anita Avenue, collapsed beneath him.”

8/22/1993 a Hampton, NH Fire Inspector “died following an injury suffered while investigating a fire in 1989.”

8/22/1985 Manchester, England a British Airtour, Flight 28M, a Boeing 737 aborted due to engine failure and fire on take-off. As the plane stopped on a taxiway, the crew discovered that the No. 1 engine was on fire and fuel spilling from the port wing that extended into the passenger cabin, releasing toxic smoke causing the deaths of fifty-three passengers and two cabin crew, forty-eight from smoke inhalation; seventy-eight passengers and four crew escaped.

8/22/1913 Binghamton, NY Clothing Company factory fire killed thirty-five, minutes before 3:00 a.m. The fire alarm sounded, thinking it was a drill most girls settled back to work, 2 minutes later they were dying as flames and smoke cutoff attempts to escape down a single stairway and two narrow fire ladders. In less 18 minutes the four story “approved construction” factory walls and roof collapsed.

8/22/1909 Wadsworth, Nevada the Catholic Church a frame building was destroyed by fire.

8/22/1909 Decatur, IL commercial district conflagration: twenty buildings were destroyed and twelve damaged around 1:00 a.m.

8/22/1888 Menasha, WI a fire and explosion in a three-story paper mill killed eighteen and severely injured seven. “While the burning structure was surrounded by a crowd of spectators the battery of boilers exploded.” The fire started around midnight and around 1:30 a.m. while the building was a mass of flames, the explosion occurred without warning.

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APPARATUS DRIVER AT FAULT IN PA HIT AND RUN – BUT PD WON’T CITE HIM

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 15:40

SHAMOKIN — The driver of a fire engine that struck two parked vehicles while responding to Saturday’s fire on North Market Street won’t be cited for the accident, according to Police Chief Darwin Tobias III.

Tobias said Ronald Coroniti was driving Engine 2 for Anthracite Steam Fire Co. along Bear Valley Avenue when he accidentally side-swiped a 2011 Dodge Durango owned by Stephanie Eckbold and a 1973 Chevrolet Nova owned by Richard Eckbold Jr.

Bear Valley Avenue is located west and downhill of the fire scene at 634 S. Market St. Tobias said firefighters had connected the engine to a hydrant and Coroniti was driving the engine to lay a supply line.

“It was in the middle of an emergency. He’s at fault but it’s the middle of an emergency,” Tobias said. “It happens.”

The incident occurred at 5:22 a.m. Tobias said Coroniti self-reported the incident immediately to fire command. Fire Chief Jack Williams Jr. said when Coroniti reported the incident to him, he called the 911 non-emergency line to make police aware.

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2 PA FIREFIGHTERS TREATED FOR HEAT EXHAUSTION AFTER FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 15:16

Two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion after battling a fire that damaged a restaurant and apartments in Lebanon County, according to a fire chief.

The fire at the Corvette Grille in the 200 block of West Main Street in Annville was reported around 8:15 a.m. Wednesday. Firefighters said they found flames and smoke in the kitchen when they arrived, and the fire spread upstairs into vacant apartments.

“(There was) a lot of smoke, and then flames started going up through the roof. It was bad very quickly,” said Carl Martz, a resident.

The Annville fire chief said no one was inside the building, there was excessive smoke damage to an adjoining apartment building. Ten residents were displaced and are being helped by the Red Cross.

Damage is estimated at $350,000.

Jeff Dunn, the owner of the Corvette Grille, said he plans to rebuild.

“We will rebuild and come back bigger and stronger than ever. The community outreach has been unbelievable, and that’s why we love small-town America, and it’s one of the reasons I chose to come here. We’re just thankful that everybody’s safe and healthy, and that’s honestly the most important thing for me at this time,” Dunn said.

A Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal said the cause of the fire is not determined and not suspicious.

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RESPONDING APPARATUS CRASH WITH INJURIES IN RENO, NV

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 15:06

Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a fire truck versus vehicle crash in the area of Las Brisas Boulevard and McCarran Boulevard in northwest Reno.

It happened Tuesday, August 20, 2019 around 6:45PM.

Northbound lanes of West McCarran at 7th Street are shut down to Las Brisas Boulevard for an extended period of time while investigators gather information to recreate the crash. There is no estimated time for the road to reopen, according to NHP public information officer, Trooper Hannah DeGoey.

Four people inside the fire truck were taken to Renown Regional Medical Center with unknown injuries.

The driver of a Ford Mustang who was involved in the crash was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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PA ENGINE COMPANY INVOLVED IN RESPONDING CRASH WITH INJURIES

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 14:55

Two traffic crashes 15 minutes and five miles apart on Monday morning left one driver injured and three trucks heavily damaged, the most serious of them a fire engine and rescue truck from the Cherryhill Township Volunteer Fire Company.

The firetruck went out of control heading east on Route 422 near the entrance to Yellow Creek State Park as volunteers answered an emergency call to help in Strongstown at the intersection of Routes 422 and 403, where a coal truck and a box truck had collided.

Three firefighters on Engine 242 — driver Dennis Walk, 33, of Clymer, and passengers Bryan Mason, 22, and Brian Keith, 35, both of Penn Run — had been strapped into their seats and freed themselves from the battered truck after it crashed through the guardrail and went over an embankment, according to reports.

Cherryhill Township Fire Chief Jody Rainey said the firefighters were sent to Indiana Regional Medical Center for checkups as a precaution. The driver was given a mandated alcohol and drug screening, he said.

State police said Richard Park, 52, of Home, the driver of an International Harvester Utility truck, was treated by Citizens’ Ambulance Service paramedics for a suspected minor injury at the scene of the earlier crash. Troopers from Indiana reported Anthony Laughard, 37, of Armagh, the driver of a Peterbilt Glider truck, was unhurt.

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The combination of the accidents, reported at 10:29 and 10:43 a.m., slowed traffic on the highway, the main route between Indiana and Ebensburg, for hours.

Heavy-duty wreckers cleared wreckage from both scenes. The firetruck, the last of the vehicles removed, was towed away at 3:20 p.m. by a truck from Mike’s Auto & Towing, of Clymer, and deposited at the Cherryhill Township fire station in Penn Run.

Rainey said the truck, which served as the No. 1 unit for rescue missions, was heavily damaged. An insurance inspection was expected today.

“We will have a conversation with the insurance adjuster and my suspicion is that it is totaled, but I’ll let the insurance adjuster make determination,” Rainey said this morning.

The inspection, he said, would include evaluating the tools and accessories on the truck that can be salvaged for continued use. Most, he expected, would be OK.

Rainey said the department’s fleet of trucks, all built and equipped as hybrids for purpose, are suited to respond to all emergency calls despite the loss of Engine 242.

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“We are fully equipped and our state of readiness really hasn’t changed,” Rainey said. “We’re able to handle our alarms. But as a precaution, we have put in a temporary order at dispatch center to have next due mutual aid company dispatched for any rescue or suppression call we may have, for the short term, until we can assess our truck and portable equipment.”

He said the fire department carries replacement value insurance coverage on its trucks.

Other fire departments in the region had offered their resources to back up the Cherryhill Township fire crew, and Rainey said the department appreciated the response.

“Vehicles are built every day, and we can replace a vehicle. But we can’t replace people. We’re thankful and grateful that no one was injured,” Rainey said. “We appreciate the support we’ve gotten from agencies and community.”

Pine Township, Indiana and Brush Valley fire departments and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation assisted at the crash scenes.

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CT FIREFIGTER KNOCKED OUT BY FALLING CEILING

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 09:19

NORWALK, CT—A firefighter was injured after a lightning strike sparked a fire that heavily damaged a Richlee Road house late Monday afternoon.

The two occupants of the home, two dogs and a cat were unharmed in the blaze, fire officials said.

The firefighter was hurt when sections of the ceiling fell on him knocking him temporarily unconscious. Firefighters that were in the immediate area helped remove the firefighter out of the house

He was later transported to Norwalk Hospital by paramedics, that responded to the scene. The firefighter was undergoing tests and was in “good spirits,” at Norwalk Hospital, the department said.

 

Firefighters responded to a reported lightning strike to a home at 1 Richlee Road, Monday at 4:50 pm.

While responding, the call was upgraded to a working structure fire, with the occupant leaving the home with his two dogs.

“Upon arrival at the split level ranch style home, heavy fire was engulfing the rear corner and had worked its way into the interior, of the home,” the department posted on its Facebook page.

“Firefighters made entry through the front door to fight the fire that had engulfed the kitchen, dining room and living room. At the same time firefighters contended with a 120-gallon propane tank against the rear of the home, that was blowing off pressure with a 40-foot fireball.

“Fire crews cooled the propane tank to prevent a failure, until the contents were completely expelled through the relief valve.”

The fire was placed under control at 5:25 p.m. with firefighters leaving the scene by 7 p.m.

The Red Cross responded and made arrangements for the two adult occupants of the home along with their 2 dogs and cat that was found by firefighters in a downstairs laundry room unharmed.

The house was posted unfit for occupancy and Fire Inspector Kosmas Kalmanidis is investigating the exact cause of the blaze.

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NY FIREFIGHTER STRUCK DIRECTING TRAFFIC – HIT AND RUN

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 09:16

A volunteer firefighter who was directing traffic at an accident scene Sunday at Tonawanda Creek and Minnick roads in Lockport was seriously injured after being struck by a hit-and-run vehicle, according to the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies are seeking assistance in locating the vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The firefighter, from Rapids Volunteer Fire Company, was directing traffic about 9:40 p.m. Sunday on Tonawanda Creek Road following a motor vehicle accident, the Sheriff’s Office said. He was wearing a reflective vest and had a lighted wand, as well a blue light that illuminated the side of his truck.

The vehicle that struck the firefighter is described as a newer white Dodge 1500 pickup with black pin-striping about 1½ inches wide on the side, running from the front to the rear of the vehicle just above the door handle. The pickup, which was headed west on Tonawanda Creek Road, slowed, but did not stop, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The truck may have front end or side damage.

The firefighter was taken to Erie County Medical Center.

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FIREFIGHTERS INJURED, RIG DESTROYED AT TX WILDFIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 09:15

MCLEAN, Texas (KFDA) – Two McLean firefighters were injured and a truck damaged in a range fire over the weekend.

The fire started on Friday evening around 10:00 p.m. after a lightning strike. The fire was contained but reignited on Saturday afternoon around 1:00 p.m.

Two volunteer firefighters were in a smaller brush fire truck taking care of the blaze when the wind picked up and changed the direction of the fire.

The truck was engulfed with flames, and the two men had to evacuate the truck as it burned.

“One had burns on his elbows and across his forehead and was released from Northwest Texas Hospital. The other has burns on his hands, neck, face and ears,” said Mclean Fire Chief David Tolleson. “They took him to Lubbock and he was released Sunday morning.”

The Mclean Fire Department hopes to do a fundraiser here in the near future to benefit the firefighters and the community.

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BURNED BUFFALO FIREFIGHTER SUES AFTER BEING LEFT ALONE IN ATTIC

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 09:13

Eric Whitehead credits his fellow firefighters for saving his life when they pulled him from the attic of a burning house in January.

“I just knew my brothers were there,” Whitehead told The Buffalo News in a February phone interview from the burn unit at Erie County Medical Center, where he recountedhow they picked up his 5-foot-11 inch frame and carried him down two-and-a-half flights to safety.

But in a lawsuit filed Aug. 7 against the Buffalo Fire Department, Whitehead says he was put in danger—blinded by smoke and steam—after a fellow Engine 21 firefighter evacuated the house without him. Isolated and disoriented in the attic, Whitehead was unable to press the “man down” button on his radio. So he removed his gloves in a final attempt to operate his radio, resulting in severe burns to both hands, according to a report from the state Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau.

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Whitehead sued the fire department for “negligence, carelessness and recklessness” and violating its procedures and practices when fighting the fire at 82 Butler Ave.

The results of the state bureau’s investigation of the Jan. 10 fire will likely be a factor in his civil case. The bureau cited the fire department for three violations, calling two of them “serious” and the other “non-serious”:

  • The department did not identify or consider the atmosphere of the whole house to be “immediately dangerous to life and health” before deducing the fire’s location. Firefighters entered the house with appropriate personal protective equipment, but they didn’t use their self-contained breathing apparatus until they climbed to the second story and determined the source of the fire was in the attic.
  • Inside the house, at least two firefighters entered atmosphere that was “dangerous to life and health” and did not remain in visual or voice contact with one another at all times. Firefighter accountability was compromised during the interior firefighting operations.
  • Several supplementary records for a firefighter injury or illness between 2016 and 2018 did not have complete descriptions, considered a non-serious violation.

A city spokesman declined to comment, citing the pending litigation.

Whitehead spent six weeks in the burn unit. He underwent several surgeries on his hands, and two more are scheduled, one for each hand, said lawyer Charles Desmond II, who is representing Whitehead in the civil case.

Whitehead’s firefighting career is in jeopardy.

“It probably will be over,” Desmond said.

His hands “keep curling up” because of the skin and tissue loss,” Desmond said.

Whitehead is not happy about what happened, but he has no hard feelings toward the firefighter he was separated from, his lawyer said.

Inside the house

On the night of Jan. 10, Whitehead was the acting officer in charge for Engine 21 when the call came in at 8:30 p.m.

The initial call indicated that there were people in the house and that the fire was visible from the street, according to the 911 recordings turned over to a Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau inspector.

A timeline in the bureau’s report details what firefighters and their superiors did in the 15 minutes from when Engine 21 arrived on the scene to the “mayday” call for Whitehead.

8:31: In addition to Engine 21, two other engine companies, three ladder trucks and Rescue 1 are dispatched to 82 Butler Ave. with battalion and division chiefs and training, safety and hazmat officers.

8:33: Engine 21 reports being on the scene, seeing smoke and “laying down line.”

8:34: Ladder 6 reports smoke showing from the second floor and that everyone has been evacuated from the house.

8:36: Engine 21 calls for the hose line to be charged.

8:37: Rescue 1 reports to the battalion chief that the fire is in the second floor ceiling with heavy fire in the attic.

8:39: Rescue 1 calls for a second line to combat the fire in the attic.

8:40: Engine 33 brings second line up the rear stairwell.

8:43: Engine 37 is ordered to take third line through front door to the second floor.

8:44: Call is made to battalion chief to have attic window vented.

8:45: Conditions are still very smoky in attic; third line called to be charged.

8:47: Three lines are in and the smoke is “lightening.”

8:48: A “mayday” call comes over the radio for a downed firefighter. Whitehead is located.

8:51: Firefighters move Whitehead to the second floor, request oxygen and medical support.

8:54: The downed firefighter is removed from building down the front stairs.

In his News interview in February, Whitehead said he didn’t see any smoke on the second floor, but “we could see it coming from the attic.”

As he approached the fire, Whitehead was working near another firefighter, the “attack man,” helping with the hose line, according to his lawsuit.

Buffalo’s fire engine companies work in four-person crews: driver, hook-up, officer and attack. The firefighters in the attack and officer assignments hold the primary roles in battling an interior structure fire. The attack position handles the nozzle of the hose line and the officer, in close proximity, provides assistance.

It was not possible to determine the location of the fire from outside the two-story, two-family home with shared stairwells in the front and back. The attic was not designated for occupancy.

Afterward, firefighters unanimously said in interviews and depositions that they faced extreme heat in the attic during the initial stages of the firefighting operation, according to the state report.

One of the Engine 21 firefighters began to run low on air, according to the state report.

“The attack member was forced to exit the attic in an effort of self-preservation. The attack member became slightly disoriented during his evacuation but was able to relocate the attic stairs and exit the structure.”

Whitehead “remained in the attic as the sole member of the Engine 21 team,” the report said.

Engine 33 firefighters were behind him on the stairwell.

Around the time the Engine 21 attack member left the house, Whitehead was struck by an unknown object, either a fellow firefighter or debris, and he lost contact with the hose line under his control and became disoriented.

The Engine 33 attack member also left the attic due to low air supply and extreme heat, the report said.

“Though the officer of Engine 33, members of Rescue 1 and members of Ladder 6 were inside the structure, the Engine 21 officer became isolated and was unable to exit the attic,” according to the state report.

Whitehead was forced to take a prone position and tried to call for rescue using the “man down” button on his radio. But he couldn’t manipulate the button, according to the report. So he removed his gloves, leading to the burns on his hands.

Buffalo firefighters have personal alert safety systems (PASS alarms) in their self-contained breathing apparatus, and the alarm emits a loud audible beacon when the unit remains still for a period of time. The alarm can also be activated manually.

Whitehead’s PASS alarm was not activated, “as efforts of self-preservation would have resulted in enough movement to prevent the automatic engagement of the alarm,” according to the report.

Running low on air, Whitehead awaited rescue as he heard other firefighters on the roof and closing in on him in the attic. He was able to make contact with another firefighter, “possibly with his leg while calling for help, and a “mayday” was called over the radio” by a member of Rescue 1, the report said.

Whitehead was taken to the hospital for severe burns.

The Engine 21 firefighter serving in the attack role was also taken to ECMC and admitted for first- and second-degree burns on the bulk of his upper torso, the state report said.

Four other firefighters were sent to the hospital, including the attack and officer members of Engine 33 – the company operating the second line in the attic during the most extreme conditions of the fire – and were treated and released.

“I knew I was hurt bad”

Whitehead’s lawsuit contains some of the same language found in the state report.

His court papers, for example, say he remained in the attic “as the sole member of the Engine 21 team” when the other firefighter evacuated the house.

In the attic, he was “struck by an unknown object, lost contact with the Engine 21 hose line and was caused to become disoriented,” according to the lawsuit.

In his February interview with The News, Whitehead said he didn’t recall everything that happened inside the Butler Avenue attic.

He remembered a lot of smoke and intense heat.

“I was fighting the fire and something hit me,” Whitehead told The News. “When it hit me I lost my helmet and my hose line.”

Whitehead said he became disoriented. He couldn’t find his hose. He couldn’t see.

Whitehead suffered third-degree burns – the most serious kind – to his hands. The damage extended into the tissue of his hands.

He told The News in February that he didn’t dare look at his hands once outside the house.

“I didn’t want to see,” Whitehead said in the interview. “I didn’t look at them. I knew I was hurt bad.”

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PA FIREFIGHTER TREATED AFTER ELECTRICAL SHOCK AT FIREHOUSE

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 09:09

TURTLE CREEK, Pa. (KDKA) – One firefighter was taken to the hospital after the ladder he was on touched a power line.

Four firefighters were on an extension ladder doing some cleaning when the incident occurred Tuesday evening.

While bringing the ladder off the building, the men made contact with the electrical line.

There was a loud bang and all four firefighters were shocked.

They were examined by EMS.

One man was transported to the hospital with minor burns to his eyes, and he’s expected to be okay

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3 FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT CHICAGO HEIGHTS GLASS FACTORY FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 09:08

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) — Three firefighters were injured while battling a fire Tuesday at a glass factory in south suburban Chicago Heights.

Crews were called about 11:30 a.m. to reports of smoke at Gerresheimer Glass at 111 Arnold St., Chicago Heights Fire Dept. Chief Jeffrey Springer said in a statement. Upon arrival, firefighters saw smoke coming from the doors and windows.

Several other fire department companies were called to help extinguish the fire, Springer said. The fire was caused from a leak in the furnace structure which causes discharge from it.

Three firefighters were injured at the fire and were taken to hospitals, Springer said. Two of them were treated and released, and the third was held for observation.

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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 8/21

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 08/21/2019 - 03:39

8/21/1846 two Philadelphia, PA firefighters died while operating “at a fire in at the George L. Broome & Company, sugar refinery. Firefighters found the eight-story building heavily involved in fire. The fire had started in the engine room of the building and rapidly spread throughout the upper floors. The streets around the building were very narrow and firefighters worked under extremely perilous conditions to stop the spread of the fire. Suddenly, the walls of the building began to collapse. On the Quarry Street side, one of the collapsing walls crushed the apparatus of the Reliance Engine Company and buried 27 men of the Perseverance Hose and the Fairmont Engine Companies. The two firefighters were crushed to death in the collapse and many others were seriously injured.”

8/21/1923 a Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York (FDNY) firefighter died while fighting “heavy fire showing from the basement of a three-story brick hall, which was used as a political meeting hall. The fire had started in piles of feathers that the butcher, whose shop was located on the first floor, had stored in the basement, and rapidly spread upwards through the building. Three-alarms were sounded, and firefighters went to work attacking the blaze. As it appeared that the fire was under control, exterior lines were shut down and an interior attack was begun to extinguish any remaining pockets of fire. Suddenly, there was a puff of smoke and the roof collapsed into the building. This in turn pushed the front wall out onto firefighters who were working below. The members of Engine 230 were operating a line on the second-floor and were buried under tons of bricks and timbers when the roof went in. Fearing that numerous firefighters were trapped in the rubble, a fourth-alarm was struck to assist in rescue operations. Firefighters, police officers, and civilians alike worked with their bare hands digging out men who were buried in the collapse. When one of the firefighters was found, he was still clutching the nozzle in his hands. He was removed to a waiting ambulance and died at the hospital without ever regaining consciousness. The other firefighter’s body was so severely mangled that he could only be identified by pieces of his clothing. A total of forty-nine other firefighters were injured, including two chief officers, suffering injuries ranging from skull fractures to broken arms and legs. Twenty-five were given emergency treatment at the scene and then rushed to area hospitals via taxicabs and ambulances. The remainder were treated at the scene and remained on duty.

8/21/1981 two Dallas, TX firefighter were “killed while searching for occupants in a house under construction when a portion of the roof collapsed trapping them. The second firefighter died from the injuries he sustained that day, on September 1, 1981.” “Both firefighters would don their gear and board the rig to meet a three-alarm blaze at a 10,000 square foot residence near the intersection of Preston and Arapaho roads. The fire, which took 45 firefighters more than two hours to extinguish, started accidentally in the newly constructed home of a prominent Dallas developer. Both firefighters were searching for occupants in the partially furnished house when a portion of the roof collapsed and blocked the route by which they had entered. It is thought that a “backdraft,” a burst of fire caused when flammable gases in the smoke ignite, also made escape impossible. Both heroes were found near a picture window in the dining area, where they apparently were attempting to escape–victims of smoke inhalation. The window, made of double-paned tempered glass, was unbreakable.”

8/21/1986 the eruption of lethal gas (carbon dioxide) from Lake Nyos, a crater lake, about a mile square located in a remote mountain in Cameroon, Central Africa, killed nearly 2,000 people and wipes out four villages. “Lake Nyos and Lake Monoun are both crater lakes about a mile square located in remote mountain areas of northwest Cameroon, dominated by rock cliffs and lush vegetation.”

8/21/1967 liquid propylene tank truck crashed and exploded that killed twelve in Martelange, Belgium. “Propene, also known as propylene or methylethylene, is an unsaturated organic compound having the chemical formula C3H6. It has one double bond, and is the second simplest member of the alkene class of hydrocarbons.”

8/21/1941 Missoula, MT a fire destroyed the grandstand of the Western Montana Fair, a livestock building, 21 automobiles, and the tepee village of the Flathead Indian tribe; “no lives were lost, although the grandstand was packed when the alarm was sounded.”

8/21/1883 Rochester, Minnesota a very severe tornado raged through Rochester during the night, twenty-four died and fifty or more were injured in town. A passenger train on the Rochester & Northern road was blown from the track and one-hundred were killed and wounded.

 

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