Firefighter Close Calls - 6 hours 20 min ago

WILMINGTON, MA — Multiple departments responded to an early-morning fire at the Office Paper Recovery Systems recycling plant, Monday. According to Boston 25, one firefighter was injured. The injured firefighter was released from a local hospital.

Boston 25 reported that the building was substantially damaged, but no residential homes were affected. Read more.

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Firefighter Close Calls - 6 hours 22 min ago

A Jackson firefighter was taken to a hospital Tuesday after he was injured fighting a fire on Chestnut Street, authorities say.

The fire was reported about 3 a.m. at a home that firefighters said appeared to be vacant.

Investigators said firefighters were able to put the flames out at the back of the house within 15 minutes.

Fire Chief Cleotha Sanders said the firefighter was taken to a hospital where he was treated for an injured knee. Sanders said the firefighter is expected to make a full recovery.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Firefighter Close Calls - 6 hours 23 min ago

Two FDNY fire trucks crashed as they responded to a call in Brooklyn, seriously injuring a pedestrian — and also injuring 11 smoke eaters, authorities said.

The trucks were en route to a report of smoke in a Crown Heights building when they slammed into one another at the intersection of Rogers Avenue and Crown Street about 10 p.m., hitting several parked cars, police said.

One of the trucks ended up wedged on the sidewalk between a building a row of cars, photos from the scene show.

Two utility poles were also downed in the wreck.

Eleven firefighters suffered minor injuries in the crash, while one civilian was seriously injured and treated at a local hospital, the FDNY said.

The cause of the crash is being investigated, authorities said.


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Firefighter Close Calls - 6 hours 23 min ago

CLEARWATER, Fla. — A firefighter was transported to the hospital after a Clearwater business caught fire Tuesday night.

Clearwater Fire and Rescue responded to a call of a structure fire in the 500 block of South Missouri Avenue.

No one was inside but the flames spread quickly.

The firefighter was taken to Morton Plant Hospital and is expected to be released.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Dollar Tree Store For Exposing Athens, Georgia, Employees to Safety Hazards

OSHA - 12 hours 43 min ago
October 16, 2019 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Dollar Tree Store For Exposing Athens, Georgia, Employees to Safety Hazards
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Two Florida Roofing Companies For Exposing Employees to Fall and Other Hazards

OSHA - 12 hours 43 min ago
October 16, 2019 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Two Florida Roofing Companies For Exposing Employees to Fall and Other Hazards
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Firefighter Close Calls - 16 hours 24 min ago

10/16/1967 there was a loss of the five firefighters from Ridgefield, (NJ) several other firefighters were injured, one seriously at the Cardinal Lanes Bowling Alley in Cliffside Park, N.J. “The Cardinal Lanes Bowling Alley, located at 515 Anderson Ave. in Cliffside Park, N.J., was involved in a fire. Several crews from neighboring towns responded to the blaze, including five firefighters from the Ridgefield Fire Department, which was called on mutual aid. Several firefighters entered the building that day; tragically, the responding crew never made it back out…Because first-arriving units witnessed heavy smoke pouring out of all sides of the one-story building, mutual aid was requested from Ridgefield almost immediately. Engine 2, along with additional mutual aid, was dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, the crew stretched two hoselines to a rear door, and prepared to make entry; however, upon opening the door, there was an explosion that collapsed the roof. “We were pumping water through the door to spray the roof from inside,” said the sole survivor of the Ridgefield crew. “All of a sudden I saw a big gush of smoke backfire and come out of the building.” He shouted for others to get out. The force of the collapse threw him 25 feet, and caused a subsequent cinder-block wall collapse, at the rear of the building, which trapped about a dozen firefighters who had been working in the area. Other firefighters on scene attempted to dig out all the buried men. In addition to the loss of the five firefighters from Ridgefield, several other firefighters were injured, one seriously. Approximately 130 firefighters from eight towns battled the blaze, which was labeled as arson and totaled about $80,000 in losses.”

10/16/1940 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter died “while fighting a smoky fire in the rear hallway on the ground floor of a six-story tenement at 254 to 256 West 146th Street, after working for twenty minutes, he collapsed at 8 o’clock at night. He was taken to Harlem Hospital, where he died of carbon monoxide poisoning at 8:40.”

10/16/1949 two Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighters of the Fire Patrol “were backing out of a burning building involved in a two-alarm fire, the floors suddenly collapsed, trapping two members of Fire Patrol 3 who were spreading covers over the lunch counter on the first floor. It took firefighters over 15 hours to find the body of the first, and 24 hours to reach the second body.”

10/16/1979 a Miami, Dade County, FL firefighter “died while fighting a fire in South Dade County. He collapsed while handling the hose during a boat fire in Florida City. Because the fire involved no injuries, a rescue unit had been sent back to the station and had to be called back when he collapsed.”

10/16/2000 a Cape Charles, Virginia firefighter died while operating as “the backup person on a 2-½ inch line that was being operated on a well-involved three-story wood frame residence. He collapsed; medical care was immediately initiated by the firefighter that had been on the nozzle. He was treated by EMS personnel on the scene and transported to the hospital. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital. The fire was caused by arson.”

10/16/1987 Baby Jessica was rescued from a well in Midland, TX after 56 hours. Jessica Morales née McClure (born March 26, 1986) became famous at the age of 18 months after falling into a well. The story gained worldwide attention (leading to some criticism as a media circus).

10/16/1996 a stampede killed eighty-four and injured more than 100 at World Cup match in Guatemala City. Approximately 60,000 fans came to the stadium with a capacity of only 45,000 and push their way into the venue through a narrow passage. “Fights that broke out in the crowd exacerbated the situation, which ended in a panicked stampede.”

10/16/1996 a fire started around 11:13 a.m. at the Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, MA in a nurses’ lounge on the third floor near the ICU/CCU from a plastic hospital tray placed on top of a stove. Two sprinkler heads activated in the room of origin limiting the fire damage to that room and there were no injuries or fatalities. Forty patients were evacuated.

10/16/1991 gale-force winds were responsible for 92 separate wildland fires in Spokane, Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan, and Pend Orielle counties in Washington State. One hundred fourteen homes and numerous other structures were destroyed.

10/16/1986 around 7:29 p.m. about ½ mile outside of Woodruff, Utah, a semi-truck transporting 63 head of cattle crashed into piping for two stationary LP-Gas storage tanks holding 18,000 and 30,000 gallons of fuel and immediately started a fire with flame impingement on the tractor and the storage tanks. A BLEVE of the 18,000-gallon tank occurred about ½ hour after the accident, propelling pieces of the tank in all directions, the largest struck a building about 2,600 feet from its mounting. Fearing a second BLEVE, the town was evacuated, and let the tank continue to burn; by 5:30 a.m. the burning gas and of flame impingement decreased dramatically. At sunrise firefighters entered the area and extinguished the remaining secondary fires.

10/16/1953 Boston, MA the USS Leyte carrier explosion killed thirty-nine.

10/16/1907 a fire raged for two hours destroying two blocks of Plant City, FL. The fire origin is unknown. Flames were discovered in Herring dry goods store on the south side of the railroad and rapidly spread to other buildings

10/16/1937 Slippery Rock (PA) State Teachers’ College North Hall was destroyed by fire that started around 5:20 a.m.

10/16/1884 Montello, WI Opera House and Bank were destroyed by fire that started around 2:00 a.m.

10/16/1912 Fort Worth, TX the Broadway Baptist Church ceiling falls during a wedding, injuring twelve.

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Everyone Goes Home® Speak Up – Paul Melfi, State Fire Instructor, New York State Office of Prevention & Control

Everyone Goes Home - Tue, 10/15/2019 - 15:34

Fire Instructor Melfi’s life was changed in 2002 when he attended the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial weekend to honor a close friend who had died in the line-of-duty. Instructor Melfi, also the father of a firefighter, is acutely aware of the risks associated with the profession both he and his son have chosen. He urges all firefighters to cherish time with their families and talk to other firefighters to learn as much as possible. Instructor Melfi goes on to ask seasoned veterans to work with new firefighters and impart sound advice regarding safety—so everyone has the best chance of going home.

“I went to my first Memorial Service in 2002, realizing that if you’ve never been to a Memorial Service at the National Fire Academy, that changes your life.” – Paul Melfi Related:

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 10/15/2019 - 09:45

A San Antonio firefighter was struck by a car at a fire scene and critically injured early Tuesday.

Firefighters responded after 6:30 a.m. to reports of smoke at a hotel, the San Antonio Express-News reports. While working at the scene, one of the responding firefighters was hit by a car.

The firefighter was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Police arrested the driver, the Express-News added.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 10/15/2019 - 03:30

10/15/1962 a Manchester, NH firefighter died after he “led his company in stretching a line in on a fully involved garage fire, which was extending to a multi-family dwelling at 383 Laurel Street. He stated that he was going back to see what the delay was in getting water. After taking several steps, he collapsed. He was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”

10/15/1972 a Richmond Hills, Queens, New York (FDNY) firefighter “died as a result of injuries sustained October 10th, while operating at a three-alarm fire.”

10/15/1977 a Memphis, TN firefighter died “while making an interior attack on an arson fire in a vacant lounge. Firefighters were forced to retreat when there was a sudden building up of heat and smoke. The firefighter apparently became disoriented during the retreat and became trapped in a room. He was found a short time later by brother firefighters and removed from the building, but was already dead of smoke inhalation.”

10/15/1984 the U.S. Postal Service Headquarters Building in Washington, D.C. was heavily damaged by a fire; the top four floors received the most damage. More than 200 firefighters worked two hours to control the fire. “It caused an estimated $100 million in damages and injured twenty-five firefighters. District of Columbia law required sprinklers in very few buildings.”

10/15/1951 Milwaukee, WI: “A Hampton Avenue resident had written the Milwaukee County Journal complaining about the “oil saturated, open air cesspool” conditions of Lincoln Creek on the City’s far north side, deserted even by turtles. The pollution there was real, and was not a novelty… First one agency, then another shrugged and turned away from the problem. That’s about what happened during October 1951, when a tank leak at the Schroeder Oil Co. at 4823 N. Teutonia, sent 70,000 gallons of No. 2 fuel oil spilling into the storm sewers to eventually reach Lincoln Creek… Dwellers along its banks, near Green Bay and West Lawn Avenues, saw a thick blanket of oil building up on the sluggish stream, and their disgust turned to fear as the lack of current kept the slick from moving away, while civic leaders passed the buck… After four days of suspense, the inevitable happened. During the morning of October 15, one unthinking resident began burning rubbish along the creek bank. Suddenly the oily surface erupted in flames, sending great rolling clouds of greasy smoke throughout the crowded neighborhood. A box alarm was called at 11:44am. was followed at 11:50 with a second radioed in by 6th Battalion Chief Herman Schwengel. When he arrived at noon, Chief Wischer skipped the third and fourth alarms, to call for a fifth, later special calling two more engines. Twenty firefighters with more equipment came in from Whitefish Bay, and the Town of Milwaukee… Flames spread to trees and garages along the banks. But the greatest damage came from the smoke itself, which ruined the interiors of homes, over a wide area. Foam was used on the creek itself – two tons of it, the entire local supply. Seven hours after 170 firefighters had gotten the main fire out, crews were still spraying water and chemicals on the creek downstream trying to sweep the mess away, aided by opening of the Estabrook Park Damn… Despite the ensuing angry recriminations, however, little was done to cure the situation. In February 1954, two engine companies spent five hours dissipating another 500-foot oil slick in the same spot. It happened again in October, the oil traced to storm sewer outlets at 35th & Congress. In 1971, the problem still remained.”

10/15/1910 Grenfell, SK a prairie (forest) fire: “The loss to farmers will be heavy, especially in the matter of feed, as many stacks of hay were destroyed.”

10/15/1907 Fontanet, IN the Du Pont Powder Company explosion left thirty dead, one-hundred injured, and eight-hundred homeless. The first explosion occurred in the glazing mill followed by two other mills. “At 10:45, ninety minutes after the first explosion, the heat from the burning mills exploded the great powder magazine situated in a hollow several hundred yards from the mills. It contained many thousand kegs of powder and the concussion was even greater than those from the explosions of the mills.”

10/15/1872 Kingston, ON the propeller ship China burned and sank with “300 tons of pig-iron and a quantity of merchandise.”

10/15/1851 “between four and five o’clock on Sunday morning, a fire broke out in the storeroom adjoining the Phoenix Hotel, on River Street, Troy, (NY) but was subdued quickly upon the arrival of the firefighters. Before the conflagration was discovered, a dense volume of smoke had penetrated the upper rooms, nearly suffocating some forty German lodgers, who were asleep at the time.”

10/15/1909 Key West, FL Hurricane, a hurricane struck the southern coast of Florida; Martial law declared, and the Key West guards took charge of the city, U.S. Government dispatched troops.
10/15/1954 Hurricane Hazel hit the Carolinas to Ontario.

10/15/2017 Retired Phoenix (AZ) Fire Chief Alan Vincent Brunacini passed away.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 13:29

Lacretia Wimbley Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Oct 11, 2019 5:47 PM

“Members needed …” reads a billboard outside the Evergreen Volunteer fire station in Ross.

Out of nearly 200 volunteer fire departments in Allegheny County, many are facing a staffing “crisis,” according to Allegheny County executive candidate Matt Drozd, who on Friday called for county officials and local councils to take the issue more seriously.

“Some signs outside local fire departments don’t just say members wanted, they say members needed,” Mr. Drozd said. “You take all those volunteer fire departments across Allegheny County, and if we had to replace them, this would be a horrendous tax burden on the citizens of Allegheny County.”

During a press conference outside the Berkeley Hills fire station, also in Ross, the former Allegheny County councilman, alongside Berkeley Hills Fire Company president Curtis Kelly, described an ongoing decline in manpower at fire stations in Ross.

It’s a trend that began in the late ’80s, and affects the entire county as well as the state, they said. Mr. Drozd, a Republican, called on Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald to do more, but noted he isn’t “pointing the finger at him.” He said local communities can do more to help recruit and provide funding as well.

“They’re having difficulty in recruiting new membership,” Mr. Drozd said. “So I did some analysis [years ago while on council]. I said, do you realize, if we have to replace these volunteer fire departments, a small borough like Coraopolis would cost $2 million a year, which would break their bank. Now, you take that to Ross and all these fire departments here, you’re talking money that would probably be beyond what their budget is.”

The Berkeley Hills fire president on Thursday expressed the option that volunteer fire departments should consolidate.

“Everyday, somebody is unable to respond because they don’t have the men,” Mr. Kelly said. “We cover each other, obviously, and we’ve beefed up our alarms. But a first alarm can involve six to eight companies just to get the manpower here during the weekdays.”

He said staffers help handle more than just fires, which is what sets the volunteer services apart from paid firefighters.

“It’s floods, lines that are down, car accidents, hunting for missing people,” Mr. Kelly said. “We do other things that paid departments don’t. We do Halloween parades, we take Santa Claus around at Christmas time. We’re involved in the community.”

It costs Berkeley Hills roughly $250,000 a year to run the fire department, Mr. Kelly said. Equipment alone can add up to millions, and the time and effort it takes to raise money “just to keep our door open” is extensive, he said.

“This has now not just become a crisis financially, it’s becoming a crisis public safety wise,” said Mr. Drozd, who vowed to make the issue a priority if elected. “That’s why I’d hope that the constituents and people of Allegheny County would get behind volunteer firefighters and do something to help them — including the public. We can’t let it go further down the road where the crisis becomes a dilemma, a catastrophic dilemma. That’s what could happen.”

Mr. Fitzgerald said Friday the county executive office has no true authority regarding individual volunteer fire departments.

“It is a statewide issue that the state is taking a look at,” Mr. Fitzgerald said.

He acknowledged that the lack of staffing is an issue, and said some volunteer fire departments in the county don’t have funding at all.

“What we did do, around 10 to 12 years ago, was provide a certain amount of funding for volunteer firefighters who had put in so many years, to get free tuition at [Community College of Allegheny County] for a couple semesters,” he said. “We can encourage the fire departments to merge, or consolidate, but we can’t enforce anything. We want to continue those programs, however.”

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Firefighters ‘battling’ workman’s comp for cancer coverage, some dying while waiting

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 11:39

GOODYEAR, AZ (3TV/CBS 5)–Firefighters put their lives on the line every day for us. But experts say, it’s actually cancer that’s killing our first responders more often than fire.

There are laws in place to help them. But some firefighters say getting that support is proving to be a battle.

[WATCH: Firefighters ‘battling’ workman’s comp for cancer coverage]

Gilbert Aguirre is a Goodyear firefighter, he, along with two other firefighters all worked at the same station together and were all diagnosed with cancer.

One of them is no longer here to tell his story.

Legally they should be covered by workman’s comp but he says it’s not happening.

“It’s just been, it’s been heartbreaking,” said Aguirre, who has recently lost his best friend an brother in boots.

“I was diagnosed in June of 2015 and a few months later he was diagnosed of his cancer,” said Aguirre.

He’s talking about Austin Peck, who was also a Goodyear firefighter and lost that battle just a few weeks ago.

Now Gilbert is left fighting his own battle.

“The one thing I wasn’t expecting was and wasn’t prepared to go through battle-wise was dealing with workman’s comp.”

Since being diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia four year ago, he’s been fighting for coverage through Workman’s comp.

Workman’s comp is meant to cover job-related illnesses and injuries.

Aguirre’s cancer is presumed to be job-related under Arizona law.

But CopperPoint American Insurance which administers workman’s comp for the City of Goodyear, continues denying Aguirre’s claim

“I don’t know how they can sleep at night,” said Senator Paul Boyer.

Senator Boyer drafted House Bill 2161, the state’s law that includes cancer coverage for firefighters.

“It was one of the hardest fights I’ve ever had to fight at my time down here, but it was one of the most worthwhile fights because these are our heroes that are on the front-lines and they tell me it’s not a matter of if I get cancer but when and that’s sad to me,” said Boyer.

Aguirre’s fight is a common one for firefighters. It’s one Peck never won.

“The last few months that he [Peck] was alive he struggled a lot with just trying to get coverage insurance for him to get the treatments he still needed. He said that fighting the workman’s comp is way harder than fighting his cancer,” said Aguirre.

Aguirre has appealed all the way up to the Arizona Supreme Court, and won.

“But all that means is that I get to start the process over again.”

Arizona’s Family reached out to the City of Goodyear, they sent us the letter they recently sent to CopperPoint because they too had concerns, stating in part:

“…CopperPoint used the same doctor to conduct independent medical exams in two cases submitted by Goodyear employees that were denied for coverage. This same doctor has now testified he had never found a causal relationship between cancer and firefighting in any of his case reviews…

“…we are asking that this doctor not be used in Goodyear cases…”

We then reached out to CopperPoint which blamed their denials on how the law was written stating in part:

“The law addressing firefighter cancer claims contains very specific criteria that must be met in order for a cancer claim to be covered.”

“Gilbert meets all of those specifics of the law he should be covered,” said Senator Boyer.

Senator Boyer says CopperPoint is flat-out breaking the law.

“If you or I break the law there’s consequences, so how can they break the law and there be no consequences,” asked reporter LiAna Enriquez.

“Because they have the high priced attorneys that can skirt the law,” responded Senator Boyer.

Meanwhile these firefighters continue to put their lives on the line, expecting they’ll be covered if they get sick or injured.

But for some it’s not happening and while they’re waiting, some are dying.

“These insurance companies I promise you, they know if they drag it out long enough most firefighters are just gonna throw up their hands and say ‘I’ll accept whatever fate that I have’,” said Senator Boyer.

“Or die in the process,” asked reporter LiAna Enriquez.

“That’s right,” responded Senator Boyer.

For Aguirre, he says he’ll continue to fight…for his family, for his fellow brothers and sisters, and for the one’s, like Peck, who no longer can.

“We’re gonna do this together. I know cancer in the fire service is really big 70 percent of us will get a cancer so I know it will be an ongoing thing so I hope this whole thing makes it easier for the next person coming through with a cancer,” said Aguirre.

CopperPoint Insurance statement in full:

“CopperPoint does not discuss individual workers’ compensation claims but offers the following statement as to firefighter cancer

claims in general. CopperPoint treats all injured workers, including firefighters, with dignity and respect. We investigate the facts surrounding all claims (including those filed by firefighters) and apply Arizona’s workers’ compensation law to those facts on a case by case basis. CopperPoint has accepted the covered claims of firefighters and professionally manages these claims. We deny claims only when the facts of a particular case do not support a covered claim under the law. The law addressing firefighter cancer claims contains very specific criteria that must be met in order for a cancer claim to be covered. CopperPoint is actively working with legislators and stakeholders to identify solutions to address firefighter cancer claims.”

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Two new infographics give tips for landlords and renters of the vacation home away from home

NFPA - Safety Source - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 10:05
Millions of people across the world are renting or hosting peer-to-peer hospitality services, such as Airbnb and Vacation Rentals by Owner. According to property management experts, on any given night, two million people are staying in Airbnb rentals
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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 09:34

Four people—including two firefighters—were injured in a house fire Sunday afternoon in Newark, authorities said.

The blaze broke out in a two-story residence at 39 Sunset Avenue in the city’s Lower Vailsburg neighborhood around 12:35 p.m. and spread to the home next door, public safety officials said in a statement.

People were inside at the time of the fire, which was brought under control in about 20 minutes.

Two women were hospitalized with injuries, while two firefighters were treated for shoulder injuries.

The Red Cross of New Jersey helped provide eight people from two families with temporary housing and clothing, it said in a tweet.

The cause and origin of the fire remains under investigation, fire officials said.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 08:33

PEABODY, MASS. (WHDH) – A homeowner was hospitalized and a firefighter was injured battling a blaze at a home in Peabody Sunday evening, officials said.

Firefighters responding to reports of a blaze at Oak Avenue before 10 p.m. found a fire had started on the porch and spread to the back of the home.

A firefighter fell through the porch while battling the flames but was not taken to the hospital, according to fire officials.

The homeowner was taken to the hospital with a minor injury.

The cause remains under investigation.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 08:23
In Latimer County (Oklahoma), theBuffalo Valley Fire Firefighters were fighting a fire in a dwelling that was full of guns and ammunition. The fire caused the ammunition to start popping off, and a Firefighter was shot in the face and head area. The Firefighter was immediately treated and taken to a hospital in Tulsa. His condition has not been released. ALSO: The Fire Chief on scene started to have chest pains following the shooting – the Chief was also life flighted to Tulsa and is expected to survive.
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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 04:37

10/14/1909 a San Francisco, CA firefighter “was burned to death while working at the M. Friedman Company fire at 645-649 Brannan Street.”

10/14/1911 two District of Columbia, Washington DC, firefighters died while fighting a throughout the five-story brick Washington Tobacco Company building, at 618 Pennsylvania St NW. “An exterior attack was made on the fire, and the members of Engine 4 had positioned themselves on the roof of a one-story building at the rear of the four-alarm fire, with their hose lines. Suddenly, an explosion, possibly a backdraft, occurred, pushing the entire rear wall out onto the members of Engine 4. Before the men could run, tons of bricks and mortar rained down upon them, smashing the building to the ground. Firefighters began to dig furiously and found both firefighters dying under tons of burning rubble. They died before they could be removed.”

10/14/1921 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter “died from injuries he sustained after he was caught in a dwelling collapse at Ashton Road and Grant Avenue.”

10/14/1931 a Manhattan, New York (FDNY) firefighter “died as a result of critical burns sustained the previous day, when he was engulfed in flames after opening a skylight at a fire in a two-story garage at 106 West 123rd Street.”

10/14/1973 Chelsea, MA the second Great Chelsea conflagration started in part of the city that was known as the “Rag Shop District.” Eighteen blocks of the city were completely destroyed. At 3:56 p.m. a fire alarm was sounded at Third and Arlington Streets. Winds were gusting up to 35 mph and the fire quickly spread. “The fire was out of control due to high winds, and a lack of water from leaky ancient city water mains. Aid was called in from sixty-seven fire companies from eastern Massachusetts, and one from Hampton New Hampshire.”

10/14/1918 Moose Lake, Cloquet, MN forest fires may have killed up to a 1,000. “Officials in charge of relief work still are unable to make an accurate estimate of the material damage resulting from the fire. It was said, however, that in this district alone, fifty square miles have been stripped clean of timber, crops, livestock and human habitation.”

10/14/1913 a colliery (a coal mine and connected buildings) fire killed 439 in Mid-Glamorgan, Wales.

10/14/1908 Bizbee, AZ conflagration started in the rear of the Grand Hotel, on upper Main Street.

10/14/1907 a fire destroyed the Fremont Normal School in Fremont, NE. “President W. H. Clemmons of Fremont College, caused a stir in chapel this morning by announcing to the student body that he had secured almost positive proof that a student of the school started the fire.”

10/14/1890 Syracuse, NY Leland Hotel fire left twenty-five dead. “The fire is said to have started in the kitchen. The building was built two years ago at a cost of $150.00. It is six stories high and contains 400 rooms. It is impossible to learn how many guests were in the hotel at the time the fire broke out.”

10/14/1886 Eastport, ME conflagration: “At last accounts four sardine factories had been burned in addition to many stores and dwelling houses.”


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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 21:24

By The Tribune:

Five people, including a fireman, suffered from suffocation while one fire-fighter received injuries on his hand after a blaze broke out in a commercial building in Grant Road area here on Sunday, officials said.

The fire brigade got a call about the blaze in ‘Aditya Arcade’ building around 6 am following which its teams rushed to the spot.

As the blaze erupted, thick smoke engulfed the premises. Some of those present there complained of suffocation after they inhaled the smoke, a fire brigade official said.

The fire engulfed the ground and first floors of the building, he said, adding that 10 fire engines, 15 water tankers, 10 jumbo tankers, four quick response vehicles, a rescue van and two turn-table ladders were pressed into service.

“Five persons, including a fireman, suffered from suffocation, while one fireman received injuries on his hand during the rescue operation. All the six were rushed to hospitals,” he said.

Read the full story here.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 21:13

By Ann Maxon, Teipai Times:

The National Association for Firefighters’ Rights yesterday called for legislation requiring the government to investigate line-of-duty deaths.

The association staged a 24-hour sit-in outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei, which drew more than a dozen firefighters and labor rights advocates.

A total of 127 firefighters have died in the line of duty since the beginning of Taiwan’s firefighting service in 1952, but none of the deaths have been properly investigated, association secretary-general Chu Chih-yu (朱智宇) said.

“Were they killed by a faulty firefighting system, by poor equipment and unsafe strategies or the mismanagement of buildings and chemicals? What we would like is a chance to review the firefighting system,” he said.

While prosecutors are required to investigate fires, they are only responsible for determining the cause, and whether property owners or fire commanders should be held criminally liable for any casualties, association president Yang Shih-wei (楊適瑋) said.

Read the full story here.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 18:56

LAWRENCE (CBS) — A Lawrence Fire Department fire truck and a car collided in Lawrence Saturday morning. Crews responded to the intersection of Bailey and Phillips Streets around 10:40 a.m.

All three members of the fire department personnel in the truck were transported to Lawrence General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

The other driver was seriously injured and also taken to Lawrence General Hospital.

It is unclear what caused the crash. Police said the fire truck was headed to an emergency when the crash occurred.

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