Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 10:10

Firefighters in Newark who were rushing to a fire and were on the way to help others were in need of some rescuing of their own.

The fire truck collided with a GMC Acadia and a Camry as it was traveling westbound on Orange Street near Clifton Ave. The truck completely flipped around, crushing the other two cars.

However, it was happened next that reminds you of what firefighters are trained for. Witnesses say the firefighter in the front, trapped inside, banged up from the collision jumped into action.

“He was injured, had blood by his arm, he hopped out the window of the truck, and landed on the car and started helping the people that were injured in the SUV,” Jeff O’Connor said.

“It was a quick hop out the window like he was MacGyver,” added Denise Morales.

Witnesses say first responders had to rip the doors off the SUV to free two men inside. Shaken up and dazed, they were rushed to the hospital. Officials say two firefighters were also hurt.

The driver of the Camry appeared to be okay. The Camry was a part of a scary moment later in the night – when it was moved from the fire truck, the truck started rolling down the street with no one behind the wheel. A firefighter was able to jump inside and pull the brakes, just feet from causing more damage.

There were still a lot of unanswered questions on Saturday night. The extent of the injuries is not yet known. It is also not known which vehicle had the light, or which vehicle caused the collision.

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FACEValue: Construction worker dies in trench collapse

NIOSH FACE Reports - Sat, 06/24/2017 - 23:00
A 19-year-old construction worker died in a trench collapse.
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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:31

Over 160 firefighters battled a 4-alarm fire at a home in the Bronx section of New York City that spread to three other buildings before it was brought under control. Eight firefirefighters were hurt, one seriously. One civilian was also hurt.


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US Labor Department’s OSHA publishes proposed rule on beryllium exposure

OSHA - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 07:00
June 23, 2017
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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 06:22

A lighting strike during Monday’s storms ignited a blaze at a home on Lynbrook Road in which two City of Poughkeepsie firefighters were injured.

Firefighters responded to the home around 4:11 p.m., after the strike started a fire in the upper part of the home, said Fire Chief Mark Johnson said.

As firefighters worked to douse the fire, two firefighters were injured including one with a shoulder injury and other who “had the ceiling come down on top of him,” Johnson said.

Both were treated at the hospital and released. Johnson said the firefighter who had the roof collapse on him is “pretty beat up.”

The residents were able to get out of the home without injury, Johnson said.

The home sustained a good amount of fire and smoke damage on the upper floor and attic area and is not habitable at this time, he added.

Firefighters had the blaze under control within 25 minutes with help from the Arlington Fire District and Mobile Life Services.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 19:41

A South Bend Fire Department fire truck caught fire at Station 4 early Wednesday.

South Bend fire Capt. Gerard Ellis said the fire at Station 4, 220 N. Olive St., was reported around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The fire was contained to the interior of Engine 4, Ellis said. There was no fire damage to the station, however, the smell of smoke did fill the building, which was still being ventilated this morning.

Ellis said one firefighter was taken to the hospital as a precaution for treatment of smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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NFPA and ESFI work to reduce fatalities caused by electric shock drowning (ESD) in pools and at marinas

NFPA - Safety Source - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:11
  Since the early 2000s, the media has reported on a number of deaths from electric shock drowning (ESD). What is ESD? If you haven't heard about it before, you're not alone. Unfortunately, ESD is not well known. ESD occurs when faulty wiring sends
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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:54

Good afternoon baseball fans and a special tip of the cap to Bud, Lou and Chief T for their inspiration.

Welcome to Stadium City, home of the major league Stadium City Firefighters. Today, we are bringing you an exclusive home plate seat while the team’s owner, Sally Mayor, introduces the new head coach, John T. Chief, to the team members.

“Welcome, Coach Chief. Thank you for agreeing to guide our team through the playoffs and the series against our old, arch rival team, the Uncontrolled Blazes. This rivalry has existed for a long time here in Stadium City and the teams have faced each other many times over the years.

The Firefighters have a long and proud tradition of excellence and our team has acquired some unique and unusual names. Allow me to introduce the players.

On the bases, we have Engine 1 on first base, Engine 2 on second base, and Engine 3 on third-base. Right field is Ladder 1, center field is Ladder 2, and left field is Ladder 3. Our pitcher is Res Q. Squad and our catcher is Battalion Chief.  Shortstop is Engine 6. We used to have two additional players, Engine 4 and Engine 5, but we had to lay them off during the most recent budget crisis and during the previous budget crisis before that.

Our team is chronically short of money and it gets worse when federal grants expire. But it is the players own fault for wanting to be paid what we promised to pay them.  While our ticket sales are brisk, a large percentage of the tickets are given away free to fans who cannot afford to buy them. The stadium is full but we can’t pay the mortgage.  We have tried to raise the ticket prices for those who can afford to pay for them, but strangely enough, the higher the ticket prices go, the more tickets we give away. We will be hiring a consultant to look into this.

Most of the time, when we cannot meet the payroll, we put fewer players on the field.  We do this by citing extensive and irrelevant statistical data and then applying unscientific political analysis. For example, Ladder 1, in right field, does not play most of the time because most of our opposition team is right-handed. Fewer hits go to right field, so why keep a player there every game? On the other hand, Engine 6, the shortstop, also doesn’t play frequently because that area of the playing field has a higher concentration of players between Engine 2, Engine 3, and Ladder 3. Also, we expect our pitcher, Res Q. Squad to run all over the field because the pitcher’s mound is centrally located.

Our former coach, Coach Brown Out, felt that we should rotate the players who do not play each game. While that has the appearance of being fair to the players, it really masks that the full team is not on the field.  It becomes difficult to play the game on days when the pitcher, the catcher, or a baseman are uncovered. On those days, we move a player from another position to the critical position even if the player is unfamiliar with playing that position.

Although our team is well-trained, each player has a different level of skill and experience. It is often a challenge to choose which rookie to put in a particular key position because it always disrupts the teams effectiveness. Our catcher, Battalion Chief, has it really difficult because he never knows if he throws the ball to a particular part of the field whether that position will be filled for that game. Acting catchers have it even worse because they don’t play the position every game.

Our players are very dedicated. While they may have all started with two good arms and two good legs, because of the extra running and fielding that they have to do to cover for other positions, they tend to suffer sprains and strains with greater frequency. Because we cannot replace them, they often will play with only three good limbs. They compensate for this by having more players run after the ball on the field with every play.  Unfortunately, that leaves bases uncovered so it is more difficult to throw runners out.  Now Coach, before you tell me this makes it impossible to play the game, allow me to point out that we have four squads of players, equally short staffed.  This means that every inning is played by a different squad, each unique in their own ways.

Most coaches dislike playing a game with four different squads, each with their own levels of experience and ability. We have tried reducing the number of squads, we have tried having squads play multiple consecutive innings, and we allow players to play on multiple squads, but the players’ performance always diminishes. They start to complain about not having enough time with their families but we cannot allow them to have visitors at the stadium.

We do cooperate with other teams and sometimes we send players to assist at their games at other stadiums. Sometimes we ask other teams to help us at our games, but it takes a while for them to get here and find their way around.

The opposing team, Uncontrolled Blazes, hits their fireballs all over the field. Even shorthanded, we are well equipped with properly sized mitts, to field the fireballs. However as the owner, I was concerned that the players still had time to stand around between plays. To make it more interesting and productive, we now allow spectators to throw ping-pong balls, which we call EMS balls, randomly throughout the playing field and at any time during the game. Each player is expected to field EMS ping-pong balls in their big heavy mitts between batters, on the field and when at bat. The team is always looking forward to the end of the inning.

The Uncontrolled Blazes are always trying to change the game to their advantage. They have managed to reduce the distance between bases, allow the manufacture of composite bats, and used new materials to hit hotter fireballs that are more difficult to catch. We have tried to ‘level the playing field’ by requiring that the games be played on wet turf, since that slows the other teams advantages.  However, whenever we attempt to change that one rule in our favor, the Uncontrolled Blazes have their supporters lobby the league owners to reject the wetting sprinklers.

Our one hope for having a chance to win games fairly, is to have everyone play according to the rules. To enforce the rules, we have Umpire Marshals. However, they are the first ones to be laid off and are usually let go to keep more players on the field.  A game without Umpire Marshals is like a ghost ship on its final voyage.

Let’s watch a typical play. At bat for the Uncontrolled Blazes is Homer. Pitching today is third base, Engine 3, covering for pitcher, Res Q. Squad. Here’s the pitch, Homer swings, and it’s a long fly fireball to right field where Ladder 1 is out of the game tonight. First base, Engine 1 is chasing the fireball because center field, Ladder 2, has a mitt full of ping-pong balls and second base, Engine 2, is moving slowly because of a sprained ankle. First base, Engine 1, fields the ball and throws it to Engine 2, who cannot reach first base in time for the out. Left field, Ladder 3, is moving to cover shortstop, Engine 6, who is also not playing today.  Acting pitcher, Engine 3, will move back towards her regular assignment after dropping off her ping-pong ball. Catcher, Battalion Chief has just requested the neighboring team to send a couple of players, but they are in the middle of their own triple play third alarm at their own game.

There is a better chance when the team gets to bat because they’ll have players on the bench resting.  We haven’t taken the benches away yet.  If they are playing injured or tired, (or both), we call that running short.  We can’t run with less than six players because then we could have three on base, two out, and one at bat. Imagine being on base and being next at bat.  It’s gotten close, but it hasn’t happened yet.

Fortunately, the team loves to play the game.  Look at how many hopefuls come to the tryouts.  The Uncontrolled Blazes are always ready to play especially when the umpire Marshals aren’t around.

Well Coach Chief, I hope that you are up to the job. We will get you more flashlights for night games if we get a federal grant but you will have to buy your own batteries. Now get out there and win us the pennant.  Make it happen!”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 22:47
We regret to pass on to you that Firefighter’s with Mayview Fire Protection District (located approximately 45 miles east of Kansas City, MO) were operating earlier this evening at a scene where two Firefighters were struck by a vehicle. One Firefighter has been killed in the Line of Duty and another is reported to be in critical condition. More to follow. Our condolences to all. KTITP’s. More to follow.
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Missouri citations highlight importance of vigilance in preventing trench cave-ins, protecting workers

OSHA - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 07:00
June 19, 2017 Missouri citations highlight importance of vigilance in preventing trench cave-ins, protecting workers
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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 10:21

Three firefighters were injured after a fire truck overturned in Nutley Saturday night, according to a spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

The prosecutor’s office was responding to investigate, agency spokeswoman Katherine Carter said late Saturday. The extent of the injuries was not immediately clear.

The township fire department ladder truck was on its side on Chestnut Street, on a small bridge near Park Drive, as of 10:45 p.m. The incident occurred a short distance from the Nutley fire headquarters.

Police closed Chestnut Street at Passaic Avenue. Authorities could not immediately provide more information late Saturday.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 09:46

Las Vegas Fire Rescue says that a firefighter was taken to the hospital after a vacant house fire at 2109 Ash Avenue, near Stewart and Eastern Avenues.

Investigators say the fire was in the rear of the 1-story vacant/boarded up home. There were no other injuries reported.

A firefighter was taken to the hospital after a medical issue during the fire. It was said to be precautionary.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 09:42

A firefighter was hospitalized and another was treated for heat exhaustion after they responded to a two-alarm fire in Largo on Saturday.

The fire broke out at a cabinet shop at 1920 Lake Ave S., which is connected to other businesses.

Multiple agencies from Pinellas County, including 60 personnel responded to the fire at 12:30 pm. Two of the firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion. One of those firefighters was transported to a nearby hospital. Their conditions remain unknown.

We’ve learned that cracks in the building’s foundation have made it more difficult for crews to battle the fire. They’re still on the scene putting out the flames.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 09:40

Authorities say a firefighter suffered a burn and a dog is missing after a first-alarm house fire in Chandler.

The Chandler Fire Department was called to the area of Pecos Road and 124th Street after receiving reports of a fire at a home less than a block from the fire station.

Fire crews quickly extinguished the blaze but a section of the roof collapsed during the incident, officials said.

According to a Chandler Fire spokesperson, the homeowner suffered slight smoke inhalation but is expected to be OK.

A firefighter suffered a minor burn injury to his or her wrist during the incident.

The dog escaped during the fire and has not been located.

No word as to how the fire started, but an investigation is ongoing.

Pecos Road is closed eastbound and 124th Street is completely shut down. Drivers are urged to avoid the area until further notice.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 09:39

A rattlesnake bit a firefighter in Julian Friday, according to a Cal Fire spokesman.

Captain Isaac Sanchez said the firefighter was bitten in the hand at the La Cima Conservation Camp.

The training area on Sunrise Highway is used by inmate firefighters.

The injured firefighter was flown from the camp for treatment.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 09:38

A Kansas City firefighter is awake from a coma after suffering a heat stroke, and doctors are trying to determine if energy drinks may have played a part in his condition.

The Kansas City Fire Department says he was participating in a training exercise last Saturday, June 10, when he suffered a heat stroke. He was taken to the hospital and was in a coma until Saturday morning, June 17.

“While we remain concerned, the family, KCFD, and Local 42 are pleased to report that he has made substantial progress and communicating fully with family,” the fire department said. “We are all extremely relieved with his recovery.”

Where it happened and what station he works at is unknown at this time. The fire department said that the firefighter may have consumed some energy drinks.

“Despite monitoring heat conditions and taking regular breaks for hydration, the firefighter collapsed shortly after noon,” the fire department said.

Temperatures last weekend were in the upper 80s and low 90’s. The training exercise was two hours long and “was a routine, hands-on operation utilizing a vacant home that did not involve fire.”

“While this was a routine training exercise, it has caused us to reevaluate our temperature restrictions for outdoor training activity,” the fire department said. “We are actively investigating all aspects of this situation in order to ensure the safety of personnel.”

Dr. Steven Owens, a cardiologist at the University of Kansas Health System, says a young healthy person with a heat-related illness can usually recover with hydration and cooling.

Owens says it is extremely dangerous for older people and people with a chronic illness.

“The caffeine in an energy drink is actually in a little bit of a diuretic. In other words, it actually causes you to lose fluid a little faster than you would otherwise so you are really working against yourself if you’re just trying to stay hydrated with an energy drink,” he said.

Owens says to remember to limit your time in the sun, wear light-colored loose clothes if possible and drink water and sports drinks.



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NFPA & Arkansas Fire Marshals host First Fire Safety Summit

NFPA - Safety Source - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 14:01
April showers bring May flowers but they also brought a new Fire safety summits to Arkansas.  Over 60 firefighters attended two fire safety summits to learn about how to make Arkansas safer. NFPA hosted the first fire safety summit to bring
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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 08:54

It is with a very heavy heart that we inform you that the Fire Service profession & FireFighterCloseCalls/The Secret List has lost a friend in the Line of Duty.

At approximately 2230 hours last night (Wednesday) Comstock Township (Kalamazoo County) Fire Chief Ed Switalski was struck and killed in the Line of Duty while he worked at a crash scene on I-94. Chief Switalski was standing at the rear of his command vehicle returning equipment to service when another vehicle entered the scene striking the Chief and the rear of his vehicle.

Comstock Firefighters and the entire EMS system did their very best to save his life but his injures were just too severe to survive. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Comstock Fire had followed all best practices yet the driver somehow made it around a blocking engine.

It should be noted that this “stretch” of I-94 has a long history of tragic outcomes.

While you will read more in the coming days, Chief Switalski, was a true hero and beloved friend to the Illinois, Michigan and US fire service. Among many accomplishments, he received the medal of valor for his actions involving the Line of Duty death of a firefighter as a member of the Pleasantview FPD, IL in 1989.

We will post additional updates as soon as they are available.

Our sincere condolences to all involved and especially his wife Holly and his daughters Emily and Allison along with the Comstock Firefighters.

NOTE: There is NO COST, FREE certified online training for all Firefighters and EMT’s – this is another reminder of the importance of that training. Please take advantage of this program.

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