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MAYDAY IN GREENBAY – NO INJURIES

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 19:02

Tense moments for two Green Bay Metro firefighters when a ceiling partially collapsed on them during a fire at a duplex on Green Bay’s west side. No one was hurt.

Fire crews responded to 1505 Beech Tree Drive at about 5:40 a.m., where they found fire coming from the duplex’s right side garage. They say the fire started in that garage and spread to the home.

Everyone living there was outside of the duplex when crews arrived.

A mayday call was made when the ceiling collapsed on firefighters during the overhaul effort and looking for hot spots.

“We have a mayday procedure in place. The firefighters know at any moment if they even feel they are in danger, they are to call a mayday. We don’t want them to wait. We want the mayday called early and before they get too far into danger,” Battalion Chief Ray Fuiten said.

They were able to free themselves.

“They were able to self-rescue out windows and doors. All firefighters were safe and no injuries were reported,” said Fuiten. “It’s a scary situation. That’s why we train.”

“We always have a team standing outside called the Rapid Intervention Team, or the RIT team, and they’re there for that purpose. If there’s a situation like this we deploy the RIT team in the rescue of any trapped or downed firefighters,” Assistant Fire Chief Rob Goplin said. “They will do certain ancillary duties outside the structure, but nothing that they couldn’t drop immediately if they had to go inside and rescue other firefighters.”

Cars parked in the right side garage were destroyed.

The left side of the residence sustained water damage.

A total of seven people were displaced from the duplex, including a family of four. The American Red Cross is helping everyone.

The Green Bay Metro Fire Department is investigating the exact cause of the fire.

The fire damage is estimated at $100,000.

A GoFundMe account has been started for the family displaced by the fire. Click here to donate.

https://www.wbay.com/content/news/Green-Bay-firefighters-at-scene-of-duplex-fire-502767381.html

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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Missouri Demolition Company

OSHA - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 06:00
December 13, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Missouri Demolition Company
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OKOLONA, MS FIRE TRUCK OVERTURNS EN ROUTE TO MOBILE HOUSE FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 18:00

An Okolona firefighter is said to be in stable condition after a fire truck overturned as it was responding to a mobile house fire Tuesday evening.

The firefighter, Jawaan Hunter, was taken to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after the accident, Chickasaw County Fire Coordinator Jonathan Blankenship.

Hunter is in stable condition.

The accident happened on County Road 406 when a deer ran onto the road and in front of the fire truck, according to the Blankenship.

Those in the fire truck were en route to a mobile house fire on County Road 402 in the Buena Vista community.

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Update Re: Antarctica Fire Department (The Secret List)

Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 17:32

All,

The fire equipment related fatalities in Antarctica this week, while tragic and of close personal and professional relationship to members of their Fire Department, were actually technicians who performed maintenance on installed fire protection systems, and were not specifically members of the fire department itself. The term “technician” was confusing in the info provided. They have received an outpouring of support from fire departments all across the world and appreciate the caring and concern.

Regardless, we offer our sincere condolences to all those affected. Rest In peace.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 12/13/2018-1745 Hours

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com

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2 LONG ISLAND FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT FATAL HOUSE FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 06:41

One person was killed and two firefighters were injured in a massive fire that tore through a home on Long Island late Tuesday.

The flames broke out just before 11 p.m. inside the home on Oregon Avenue in Medford.

The blaze spread quickly and caused part of the house to collapse.

After the fire was extinguished, the body of an adult male was located inside.

The man, identified by his daughter and neighbors as Neil Storan, was the sole resident of the home.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, and the Suffolk County Medical Examiner will determine the exact cause.

He has two daughters, ages 16 and 11.

“He was just a good neighbor,” neighbor Gail Vocht said. “We went to one another’s barbecues. It’s horrible to think he died like that.

Neighbor Vanessa Pavon said she was close to Storan and considered him like a brother. She said she spoke to him just hours before the fire broke out, when he called Pavon asking about where he should pick up some pizza.

“We didn’t expect that to happen last night,” Pavon said.

The two firefighters were transported to Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue for treatment of minor injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but at this point, it is not considered suspicious.

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WATCH: FDNY BACKDRAFT CAUGHT ON VIDEO

Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 06:38

Tense moments at a 5th alarm fire this morning as you will see on the below video.

The row of stores fire came in around 0200 on Queens Blvd in the Sunnyside area of Queens. 7 FDNY Firefighters received NLT injuries.

 

WATCH THIS VIDEO OF THE SMOKE EXPLOSION:

https://youtu.be/66z7YVwE7n8

 

The video was taken by a friend of TSL & FFCC, fire photographer JJ Ramos who has caught numerous incidents over the years.

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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Missouri Demolition Company

OSHA - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 06:00
December 13, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Missouri Demolition Company
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Roofing Contractor For Repeatedly Exposing Employees to Fall Hazards

OSHA - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 06:00
December 13, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Roofing Contractor For Repeatedly Exposing Employees to Fall Hazards
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Georgia Auto Parts Distributor For Fire, Electric Shock, and Struck-By Hazards

OSHA - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 06:00
December 12, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Georgia Auto Parts Distributor For Fire, Electric Shock, and Struck-By Hazards
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LACK OF SITUATIONAL AWARENESS AND TRAINING LEAD TO MAINE LADDER TRUCK IN WIRES

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 19:58

Firefighters weren’t paying attention and hadn’t been properly trained when a brand new $1.1 million fire truck was seriously damaged and put out of service during a training exercise in October, according to a report released Friday.

Fire Chief James Wilson has been directed to immediately establish new standard operating guidelines that also were found lacking after the truck’s 107-foot aerial ladder hit an overhead power line, sending an electrical current that destroyed the truck’s complex wiring systems and sparked a fire on the right front tire.

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The South Portland Fire Department’s new ladder truck, right, has been out of service since the October incident and officials have yet to determine whether the million-dollar truck is a total loss. South Portland Fire Department Facebook photo

Under the new guidelines, during any truck training sessions or equipment evaluations, firefighters will be expected to designate a spotter and conduct an “environmental assessment” to note any obstructions in the area that might injure people or damage equipment, City Manager Scott Morelli said.

“While we were extremely fortunate that none of our firefighters were injured from this incident, we may not be so lucky next time,” he said. “To help ensure there is no next time, this report highlights areas we can learn from and improve upon so we can better protect our employees, our equipment and members of the public.”

Morelli said it has yet to be determined whether the ladder truck is a total loss, how much of the damage will be covered by the city’s insurance policy and whether disciplinary action might be taken against the firefighters who were involved in the incident.

“We appreciate the public’s continued patience while these outside entities work to ascertain the damage incurred by the vehicle and what the city’s insurer will cover,” Morelli said.

The investigation was conducted by Louis Cavallaro, the city’s safety coordinator, and Stephanie Weaver, the city’s human resources director. Morelli issued Cavallaro’s report with the names of city employees redacted. By law, names of city employees who may be sanctioned or disciplined are not public until a final written decision regarding discipline has been rendered.

According to the report, the city received the Pierce-brand ladder truck on Oct. 4 and held several training sessions on Oct. 15-18 and 23-26. It was put into service on Oct. 28 as Ladder 45 at the Cash Corner Fire Station on Route 1, near the Broadway intersection.

The incident happened two days later, shortly after 10:30 a.m., during an in-service training session behind the fire station. Firefighters were extending the ladder outward and down when a computer display screen suddenly went blank and flashed a warning message that communication had been lost to the ladder controls.

Firefighters looked toward Skillings Street and noticed the ladder had made direct contact with the highest primary wire, which carries electricity for Center Maine Power Co., the report said.

“We’re in the wires!” shouted one firefighter, who also heard crackling throughout the truck and noticed black smoke billowing from the right front tire. The firefighters fled the truck within seconds to avoid being electrocuted.

Cavallaro concluded that the incident was caused by “a lack of appropriate situational awareness by certain personnel” and “a training deficit of not highlighting the need for a spotter” while operating the ladder for nonemergency uses.

The truck has been out of service since the incident, so the fire department continues to use its 1996 Pierce ladder truck for emergency calls requiring aerial equipment, Morelli said.

Representatives of the city’s insurer, Maine Municipal Association Risk Management Services, are expected to inspect the truck next week to determine the extent of damage and how much will be covered.

Morelli said the truck’s policy provides as much as $1,064,000 in replacement coverage with $1,000 deductible, so there will be enough money to repair or replace the vehicle if it’s declared a total loss.

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VOLUNTEER STRUCK WHILE RESPONDING – HIT AND RUN

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 19:55

A volunteer fireman suffered minor injuries after being hit by a truck while he was responding to a fire early Saturday in the Dundee area.

The firefighter, 28, was released after treatment at Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital in Dover, according to Sgt. Robert Simone of the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Troopers from the highway patrol and deputies from the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office were unable to find the truck that left the scene of the crash, which was reported at 12:40 a.m. The collision occurred while the truck was northbound on state Route 93.

The suspect vehicle is a white Ford F-250, according to the sheriff’s department.

The firefighter was riding to the fire station to respond to a fire reported at 9107 Trail Bottom Road NW.

https://www.timesreporter.com/news/20181208/truck-leaves-scene-after-hitting-volunteer-firefighter-on-way-to-station

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U.S. Department of Labor Proposes to Revise Beryllium Standard for General Industry

OSHA - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 06:00
December 10, 2018 Contact: Office of Communications Phone: 202-693-1999
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WI FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT HOUSE FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 15:02

One firefighter was injured after a fire broke out inside a home near Whitnall and Pine Ave. on Milwaukee’s south side early Sunday, Dec. 9.

According to officials, a chimney fire extended into the surrounding walls of the home. The family was able to make it outside of the home before the fire crew arrived.

One firefighter suffered a cut and was transported, treated and released from a hospital. No other injuries were reported.

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CA FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 12/09/2018 - 12:29

A fire believed to have started with a wood-burning stove destroyed a house in the Mendocino coast community of Caspar late Friday night, displacing a man and a woman who lived there and likely killing two kittens that could not be found in the escape, officials and neighbors said.

The couple were aided by two neighbors who came to their rescue before the pair realized how serious the blaze in their two-story house had become.

The woman, who relies on a wheelchair, was still in the house as flames engulfed the top floor and her partner searched frantically for the kittens, having let the two parent cats out already, the neighbors said.

“It was a hairy situation,” said Ritchie Goswell. “But everything turned out OK.”

The fire broke out shortly before 11 p.m. Friday, likely because of flammable materials left too close to the wood stove or because of something that caught fire in the chimney, Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department personnel said Saturday. The flames spread quickly within the South Caspar Drive structure, which was engulfed in flames by the time crews got to the scene.

In the meantime, Marni Doyle Johnson, a neighbor, went out behind her house to turn off her Christmas lights and saw a red glow in the sky. She and her husband were displaced by the 2015 Valley fire in Lake County, “so we’re a little sensitive about fire,” she said.

She called 911 and started driving toward the glow, honking her horn and yelling at neighbors to get their garden hoses primed. When she saw Goswell running in the street, she picked him up and drove him the rest of the way to the scene.

Goswell, 73, has been undergoing cancer treatment for the past eight months and said he’s lost about 70 pounds. “But I still know my strength,” he said, so he didn’t hesitate about running into a burning house.

Johnson, 48, was a firefighter in Marin County about 20 years ago, but back then “I had fire equipment on, safety gear, a hose and a captain telling me what to do — not just running in and grabbing someone in a fully engulfed house.”

But the female occupant, whose full name wasn’t known by the neighbors, did not want to leave, and her partner was desperate to find the kittens before leaving, Goswell and Johnson said.

They were able eventually to part carry, part drag her out, and help her partner escape before the house crashed in on itself, Goswell said.

He hopes to do some fundraising to help the couple out.

“I feel so bad for them,” Johnson said, “because they of course lost everything. It was a scary situation.”

The fire drew 16 volunteer Mendocino firefighters with three engines, two water tenders and a rescue truck, in addition to three Cal Fire engines. Water tenders from fire agencies in Albion and Fort Bragg also helped shuttle water to the scene, Mendocino Fire engineer and spokeswoman officer Sally Swan said.

The structure was a total loss, and a local Red Cross volunteer was called to assist the displaced couple with lodging, Swan said.

A firefighter broke his arm in the effort to control the flames and overhaul the scene to prevent reignition of the fire, officials said. Swan declined to release the firefighter’s name or the name of the house’s occupants.

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2 DE FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT VACANT TOWNHOUSE FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 18:09

A fast-moving fire left one person dead Friday.

The Christiana Fire Company was called to the 1000 block of Old Forge Road in the Meadows of Wilton community just before 10 a.m. on December 7, 2018.

“When they arrived, they had flames shooting from the rear of the home,” Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio told WDEL “They got into the house, found one victim, removed the victim. Unfortunately that person was deceased.”

One firefighter suffered burns to his hand and head, he is in good condition at Christiana Hospital. A second firefighter suffered an ankle injury. No one else was hurt, according to Chionchio, who couldn’t yet say whether anyone else was inside the home.

Damage to the middle-of-the-row town home and adjacent homes was estimated at $200,000, Chionchio said.

“Definitely difficult, no matter what time of year, but it seems a little harder during this time with the holiday season” he said. “It’s tragic.”

The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office is working on the origin and cause of the fire currently.

WDEL has also reached out to the Christiana Fire Company for comment.

https://www.wdel.com/news/video-person-dead-firefighters-hurt-in-wilton-area-town-home/article_6539a6bc-fa50-11e8-9613-b36bd88b84f7.html

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FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT LAS VEGAS VACANT HOTEL FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 17:09

A squatter was seriously injured when he jumped from a second-story window and a firefighter suffered a shoulder injury in a fire at a vacant downtown hotel early Saturday.

Las Vegas, Clark County and North Las Vegas firefighters responded to the vacant building at 232 S. Seventh St. after dispatchers received calls at 2:40 a.m. that smoke was coming from a two-story boarded up vacant motel.

When firefighters arrived, several squatters were seen running from the building. One of them jumped from a second-story window to the sidewalk below and was seriously injured. The person was transported to the trauma unit at University Medical Center. Police were told by squatters that left the building that there may have been additional people still inside the burning building. A second alarm was then requested to bring additional resources and personnel.

Firefighters had the fire under control in about 20 minutes. A quick search of the building found one other uninjured person inside the building.

One firefighter sustained a shoulder injury and was transported to at UMC.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The building, which had no active utilities connected, is being used by squatters according to people who work and live in the area. There have been fires at the property in the past. Fire crews were expected to remain on scene for several hours dousing any remaining hot spots to prevent a flare up of another fire.

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FIREHOUSE FIRE IN MICHIGAN

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 13:03

The Blissfield Township Fire Department caught on fire around 6:30 this morning.

According to the Blissfield Fire Chief Dale Fruchui, there was heavy smoke and fire in the attic and in the truck bay.

Riga, Palmyra, Deerfield and Madison Township Fire Departments were called to assist.

Three firefighters were transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation, but we’re told they’re okay.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

There is heavy damage to many of Blissfield’s rigs. So much so, they’re all out of service until further notice.

“I’m relying on neighboring departments to help us out,” Chief Fruchui said. “We’re going to be working on getting some of them back in service, trying to regroup and go from there.”

He hopes by the end of the day he’ll have at least one engine and one ambulance back in service, but until then he’s relying on neighboring departments to keep the community safe.

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NJ FIREFIGHTER FALLS THRU FLOOR – SUFFERS INJURIES AT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 12/08/2018 - 06:45

An Atlantic City firefighter was injured when he fell through a hole on the second floor while fighting a fire inside a building near Texas Avenue School.
Flames were blowing out of three windows as firefighters who had just left a nearby call arrived to the 2600 block of Centennial Avenue at about 7 p.m., Chief Scott Evans said.
The fire started on the second floor, but had dropped down to the first before firefighters arrived. Evans believes that the fire was likely burning for a while before anyone was called. The home was vacant.
But the firefighters’ aggressive approach contained the flames to the building, saving three connected structures, Evans said.
It was under control within 45 minutes.
One family was displaced due the electricity being shut off and some smoke damage, he said.
Shaun Moore, who was acting captain for responding Engine 4, fell through a hole in the second floor, but was stopped by his air tank, Evans said.
Fellow firefighters then helped get him out.
Evans, who was with Moore at the hospital, said it appeared to be a knee injury. They were awaiting test results, but he believed the 12-year department veteran would be going home.
The cold weather made the conditions hazardous.
“It was slippery,” Evans said. “The water was freezing.”
He estimated more than $100,000 worth of damage, and said the building was likely a complete loos.
Three engines, a ladder company, one rescue and a chief responded, bringing 22 firefighters to the scene.

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2 MICHIGAN FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT FATAL FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 19:32

A 2-year-old boy was killed and four other people — including two firefighters — were injured Friday in a fire on Detroit’s east side, officials said.

The fire happened around 1:15 a.m. on the 13000 block of Mackay Street. It’s near the border of Detroit and Hamtramck.

Nicole Taylor said her heart is broken for her little boy, Khamari Livingston, who was killed in the house fire at her boyfriend’s house. Her 3-year-old son, Ahmond Johnson, suffered from smoke inhalation.

Khamari Livingston (WDIV)

Taylor left the home to work her overnight shift at Cadillac Planting in Warren, police said. Two hours later, she got a call to get to Children’s Hospital.

“They let me to go see Ahmond,” Taylor said. “I kissed them. They led me to a room. I knew that Khamari wasn’t here.”

Ahmond is stable, police said.

Ahmond Johnson (WDIV)

Fire investigators believe the fire started near the dining room and kitchen area before quickly spreading upstairs.

Ahmond and Khamari were sleeping upstairs when the fire started. Taylor’s boyfriend tossed Ahmond out a window to safety, but no one would reach Khamari, according to authorities.

“He said my boyfriend told him to jump, then he went back in to get (Khamari) and flames started coming up,” Taylor said.

She said she lost another son a few years ago and Khamari was the gift that followed that storm. Now she’s going through heartbreak again.

“He helped me keep living on,” Taylor said.

A 20-year-old woman was pulled from the home by firefighters and is in critical condition, officials said.

Two Hamtramck firefighters suffered second-degree burns to their ears and faces when they and Detroit firefighters were pulling victims out of the fire, according to fire officials. The firefighters were treated and released from the hospital, officials said.

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