Firefighter Close Calls - 6 hours 17 min ago

Two firefighters are expected to recover from injuries they sustained while fighting a fire caused by lightning.

Crews in Palmyra were dispatched at 6:23 p.m. Friday to the 200 block of Parliament Drive for a reported fire, CBS21 reports.

Officials believe a lightning strike sparked a fire in the attic of the residence. Two people inside of the residence were able to get out safely, according to the report.

Two firefighters were spraying the house from the inside when ceiling came down on top of them.

The firefighters were taken to a local hospital for treatment, Deputy Fire Chief Travis Duncan with Palmyra Fire Company told CBS21.

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Firefighter Close Calls - 16 hours 25 min ago

While our firefighters were battling a house fire on Peacock Street in The city this morning, a Fire Police Officer was struck by a hit and run vehicle while directing traffic near Woody’s Bar. It’s tough to get volunteers these days, then situations like these happen, which aren’t often, but when they do, they are unfortunate. This specific member is a long time member of the department, and you can often find him down cleaning the fire trucks, and volunteering countless hours at various organizations throughout the city. So let’s give back and try and find the guy who left our member lying in the street after he struck him. See below.

**Additional details released by Pottsville PD**

The victim informed Police that a male had been operating a black Kia vehicle while the fire policeman had been diverting traffic from the scene of an earlier fire in the 500 block of Peacock Street. The driver cursed at the fire policeman, ignored his instructions, and then drove around the volunteer. Once the vehicle driver realized the street was blocked off he attempted to turn around and the fire policeman called for assistance in detaining the vehicle operator. The driver then stopped the Kia in front of the fire policeman before accelerating and striking him with the front driver’s side of the vehicle, knocking the victim to the ground before fleeing the scene eastbound on Peacock Street. Additional witnesses noted that the driver had been wearing some type of red attire on his head at the time of the incident.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with surveillance camera footage of the general area at the time of the incident or any other information to help identify the vehicle and/or driver is asked to call the Pottsville Bureau of Police at 570-622-1234 or 570-628-3792

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 08:12

A firefighter suffered minor injuries after falling into an empty swimming pool while fighting a house fire near San Gabriel early Thursday,  Aug. 16.

Vanessa Lozano, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said “an accidental chemical reaction between a chemical and combustible rag” started the fire in the 7000 block of La Presa Drive, which is in an unincorporated county area.

She didn’t know what chemical was involved. Firefighters responded at 1:15 a.m.

A firefighter, while going across a narrow walkway, fell into the empty pool. He was taken to a hospital; Lozano didn’t know his condition.

Marvin Lim, another department spokesman, said the fire was knocked down at 1:34 a.m. A damage estimate was not available yet.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 08:07

Two fire vehicles fighting the North Eden Wildfire were destroyed today by wind-driven flames. A heavy engine from Woodruff Fire Department and a light engine from the State Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands responded to the fire’s west flank. One engine experienced a mechanical problem and as both crews tried to make the vehicle mobile again, flames quickly moved toward the scene cutting off their escape route. The group of three firefighters was forced to leave the vehicles and escape into the black. No injuries were reported.

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Wasps nest puts family at peril by causing carbon monoxide buildup

NFPA - Safety Source - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 07:06
Wasps put a family at risk in Bellevue, Washington recently. Firefighters were called to the home because the carbon monoxide alarms were sounding. The home registered elevated levels of carbon monoxide. Firefighters discovered that wasps built a nest in
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FDSOA Announces New Safety Forum Scholarship

Everyone Goes Home - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:55

The Fire Department Safety Officers Association is pleased to introduce the FDSOA Safety Forum Scholarship, sponsored by Dave Dodson, fire service author, lecturer and trainer.
The FDSOA Safety Forum Scholarship includes registration to the Safety Forum, one pre-Forum seminar (Incident Safety Officer or Health Safety Officer), airfare or mileage, and lodging.

Dodson proposed the scholarship program to create a way to introduce new safety officers to the educational opportunities at the FDSOA Safety Forum.

“I’ve been very fortunate in my fire service life and feel it is time to pay it forward,” said Dodson. “Many individuals have influenced and assisted me along the way, so now it is my turn to assist others.”

Dodson is a 40-year fire service veteran, serving up to the position of Battalion Chief. His Art of Reading Smoke class has been presented to over 70,000 firefighters in the USA and Canada. He recently completed a ground-breaking project with John Mittendorf – The Art of Reading Buildings (Fire Engineering Books and Video). Dave’s best-seller, Fire Department Incident Safety Officer the updated 3rd edition released in 2015.

Dodson is a charter member of FDSOA and served on the founding Board of Directors as Vice President. He became President in 1992. In 2017, he was presented with the first annual Lifetime Service Award by the FDSOA Board of Directors.

Criteria for the scholarship application includes current uniformed member with a minimum two years’ experience in a fire or emergency services organization and never attended an FDSOA Safety Forum in the past or in the past five years. Department approval for attendance must accompany the application. The application is available at

Rich Marinucci, FDSOA Executive Director, said, “As one of the founding members of the FDSOA, Dave has always been a huge proponent of preparing safety officers. He has showed that again by presenting a great opportunity for a safety offer to attend the Safety Forum, someone who would not have had the chance at the experience.”

The 2019 FDSOA Safety Forum will be held January 23-24 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort I-Drive, Orlando, Florida. Prior to the Safety Forum, the two-day Incident Safety Officer Academy and the Health & Safety Officer Academy will be held on January 21-22.

Concurrently, the FDSOA Apparatus Specification and Maintenance Symposium is January 21-23, 2019. Pre-conference programs are scheduled for Sunday, January 20th and a new post-conference, hands-on aerial maintenance program is scheduled for Wednesday, January 23rd.

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U.S. Department of Labor Joins Partnership to Promote Worker Safety During Construction of Georgia Development Project

OSHA - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 07:00
August 16, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Joins Partnership to Promote Worker Safety During Construction of Georgia Development Project
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Tool Manufacturer After Employee Suffers Amputation

OSHA - Thu, 08/16/2018 - 07:00
August 16, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Tool Manufacturer After Employee Suffers Amputation
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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 17:33

Two Arizona firefighters are recovering today after they were involved in a single-vehicle accident on the way home from their fire assignment in California.

On Monday, August 13th, the two firefighters, from Elephant Head Volunteer Fire Department, were headed back to Arizona from the Carr Fire when their engine blew a tire and rolled along U.S. Highway 95 outside of Hawthorne, Nevada.

The men had to be extricated from the engine and then airlifted to a Nevada hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Both have since been released. The two firefighters were the only ones on the engine at the time of the accident.

The Department of Forestry and Fire Management is working with the Nevada Highway Patrol and sent a safety investigation team to Nevada.

“Considering the seriousness of the accident, we are very lucky these men were able to be released from the hospital so quickly. As firefighters, we are always on the road, and driving is one of the most dangerous parts of our jobs. We cannot stress driver safety enough. Thankfully, these men will both make full recoveries,” said State Forester Jeff Whitney.

Nearly 400 Arizona firefighters are working on fires across the west. The majority are assigned to fires in California. 

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:03

A driver had to be pulled from his vehicle early Wednesday after he crashed it into a fire truck, according to an official with the Houston Fire Department.

The crash happened about 3 a.m. in northeast Houston, near  Little York and Maple Leaf.

Car strikes HFD truck backing into station

Media: Metro Video

A pumper truck was backing into a fire station, lights flashing, when the driver tried to go around it at a high rate of speed, said HFD District Chief Eric Hutzley.

The traffic signal outside the station was flashing a red light, but firefighters who witnessed the crash said the driver “didn’t even hit the brakes,” Hutzley said.

The black Chevrolet Impala drove up under the truck, he said. The vehicle was crushed and the driver’s leg was trapped under the dash, so firefighters had to use tools to open the door and pull him from the car.

One firefighter was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, Hutzley said. The driver was also transported to a hospital in stable condition.

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Floods Trap NY Firefighters During Rescues

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 14:00

An upstate fire department got trapped rescuing 50 people from flood waters in southern Seneca County, Gov. Cuomo said Tuesday morning.

State officials are scrambling to rescue the stranded firefighters and residents in the town of Lodi who stayed in their homes during the heavy rainstorm that began Monday.

“We have to send people on boats going through debris, and there’s a sea of debris,” Cuomo told reporters. “It looks like a garbage heap floating in the water.”

“So now it’s a very complicated, dangerous situation, frankly,” he said standing by a closed-off street.

Cuomo — who raced to the area to survey the damage — urged residents living in a region that tends to flood to leave their homes.

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“It only gets worse,” he said. “The ground is saturated. More rain is coming. And it makes a bad situation worse.”

No major injuries have been reported.

The trapped residents will be moved to a shelter at Ovid Federated Church.

Earlier Tuesday, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office issued a no-unnecessary-travel alert Tuesday morning after roads flooded in four towns between Seneca and Cayuga lakes. County officials declared a state of emergency in the towns of Covert, Lodi, Ovid and Romulus.

The National Weather Service said up to 5 inches of rain fell in that area, prompting a flash flood alert advising residents to seek higher ground.

The weather service has issued flash flood warnings for parts of the Finger Lakes and New York’s Southern Tier and bordering Pennsylvania counties, along with flash flood watches for upstate counties from central New York to New England.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:50

A pilot of a plane fighting wildfires survived after the plane crashed in northeast Washington on Tuesday.

Washington Department of Natural Resources officials said the crash happened Tuesday afternoon. Officials said the aircraft experienced an unknown problem and issued a “MayDay” call asking for immediate help.

The pilot had to make a forced landing on a logging road. KXLY-TV reports that the pilot survived the crash and crawled to a nearby road to get help. He was later transported to the hospital.

In this photo released by The Eastern Area Incident Management Team, a Fire Boss plane, top left, a fixed wing aircraft used in wild land fire suppression, continues to battle a wildfire in eastern Washington state Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. (Eastern Area IMT via AP)

According to reports, it was one of five FireBoss planes battling the Horns Mountain fire Tuesday.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:48

MIRAMAR, Fla. – Rescue crews freed three Miramar firefighters late Monday after they became trapped when a live power line fell on their fire engine, authorities said.

Jose A. Gregorisch, a spokesman for the Miramar Fire-Rescue Department, said the fire engine struck a low-hanging power line in the 9000 block of Miramar Parkway as the engine left the station on a call.

A car had crashed into a utility pole moments before and damaged the power line, Gregorisch said.

One of the firefighters suffered minor injuries but was not hurt by the power line, Gregorisch said. The power line also cracked the windshield of the fire engine.

Paramedics took the firefighter to a local hospital.

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Experts Agree National Standards for Fire Service Emergency Response Policies Will Improve Firefighters Safety

Everyone Goes Home - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 08:30
Download the Report: Advocating for a National Emergency Response Policy

Every fire department throughout the country encounters unique opportunities and challenges to serving their communities. While these approaches can be distinctive hallmarks and a source of pride from a cultural perspective, they can limit effectiveness and potentially endanger firefighters and citizens.

In May 2018, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) gathered 30 fire service subject matter experts to evaluate and discuss Firefighter Life Safety Initiative #11: National standards for emergency response policies should be developed and championed. They reviewed the history on the initiative as well as relevant reports from agencies that have implemented successful programs.

In the end, the attendees unanimously supported the development of national response policy standards. This recommendation upholds the belief that such standards will help reduce firefighter injuries and preventable fatalities. A copy of the full report can be accessed here.

“The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is very pleased with the recommendation of this esteemed group,” said Chief Ronald J. Siarnicki, Executive Director of the Foundation. “As an organization, we believe that implementing such standards and protocols will help the nation’s fire service make inroads in reducing the number of firefighter injuries and deaths that occur each year.”

Funding for the meeting was made possible through the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. It was hosted by Columbus (OH) International Association of Fire Fighters Local 67 at the local’s headquarters.

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Sign up today for webinar on the ABCs of educational messaging

NFPA - Safety Source - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 07:08
How do fire departments fit effective messaging into a tweet, infographic, press release, or advertisement? NFPA Regional Education Specialist Meredith Hawes explains in the webinar, “The ABCs of Educational Messaging.” This timely webinar,
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NFPA Educational Messages Desk Reference expands safety messaging

NFPA - Safety Source - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 07:08
The just released 2018 edition of the NFPA Educational Messages Desk Reference for the Fire Service and Fire and Life Safety Educators includes a new chapter devoted to messaging on safety from wildfires. The chapter includes three
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Construction Company After Employee Suffers Serious Laceration

OSHA - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 07:00
August 14, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Construction Company After Employee Suffers Serious Laceration
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CAL FIREFIGHTER LODD-At The Mendocino Complex Fire (The Secret List)

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 05:10


The Secret List

More bad news as late last night CalFire advised that a Firefighter died in the Line of Duty, fighting the massive Mendocino Complex fires that have burned 336,399 acres in the state and forced mandatory evacuations. The Firefighter was not immediately identified as the next-of-kin was being notified.

Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 8-14-2018, 0335 hrs

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August issue of Safety Source includes Fire Prevention Week news and details on delivery of Domino’s pizza along with fire safety messaging

NFPA - Safety Source - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 13:28
The August issue of Safety Source, NFPA’s public education newsletter, is now available. In this issue you will find: All the resources you’ll need to raise awareness on fire and life safety during Fire Prevention Week Details on the
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