Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 20:43

Just before noon a Joplin Fire Truck and a bicycle, operated by an adult male, collided at E 7th and Murphy Blvd.

Joplin Police Department Capt Trevor Duncan tells us, “We are investigating a [Joplin] fire truck vs bicycle [crash].”

The 49 year old male was transported to an area hospital.

“The person on the bicycle has non-life threatening injuries.”

We asked if either driver was ticketed and we were told this is an investigation like any other and they will have more details when they are available.

Chief Jim Furgerson of the Joplin Fire Department returned our call from his home this afternoon and he told us it is currently under investigation and he will have more information likely tomorrow.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 08:03

Shelby County Emergency Management Coordinator Alexander Londo said Saturday, that a 9-1-1 call was received at around 2:40-p.m. Saturday at the Shelby County EMA 911 center. The call was with regard to a combine & field fire near Highway 37 and Hazel Road.

Units from Earling Fire and Shelby County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched with mutual aid from Defiance & Irwin fire. Shortly after Earling fire arrived on scene a medical incident occurred.  Additional assistance was requested from Medivac & Harlan Police Department.

Harlan Fire and Rescue member Bruce Blum said in a social media post, that a firefighter was lost in the line of duty. No further information is available at this time.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 10/21/2018 - 08:00

For the first time, all four LaGrange firefighters who were nearly killed fighting a fire on Labor Day are speaking about what happened.

Their recovery has been slow, but steady.

“I’m doing very well,” said Firefighter Jordan Avera on Friday, and his fellow firefighters sitting with him said the same about the progress of their own recovery.

On September 3, Avera, Lt. Josh Williams, Firefighter Pete Trujillo, Lt. Jonathan Williamson, along with other firefighters were called to a home on Revis Street just before 3 a.m.

The firefighters said that soon after they put out the fire in the back of the house, thinking they had everything under control, they suddenly felt a blast of heat, and fire burst through from the attic, and “flashed” through the main floor, nearly engulfing them all in an instant.

RELATED | LaGrange firefighter hurt in Labor Day fire undergoes sixth surgery for burn injuries

Lt. Jonathan Williamson, Firefighter Jordan Avera, Firefighter Pete Trujillo, Lt. Josha Williams

Those seconds, they thought, might be their last.

“Things that go through your head when you think you might die is–you can’t explain it,” said Trujillo. “Family, friends, so I don’t want to have to think about it again, to be honest.”

That terrifying moment is still fresh in their memories.

“The room flashed. Knocked us down to our hands,” said Williamson. ““And everything kind of went pitch black, really quickly.”

They could not find a way out.

MORE | Firefighters suffer severe burns during LaGrange house fire; department asks for prayers

“There was a wall of fire basically in the front door,” he said.

Suddenly, somehow, they were able to find windows, and jumped through them, saving each other after saving the family inside of the home, but they were all severely burned. They have all gone through surgeries and skin grafts and now wear bandages on their hands, arms, legs, shoulders and torsos. They have physicial therapy and occupational therapy several days a week.

Lt. Williams spent the longest recovering in hospitals — 40 days. He was released on October 9. .

Community fundraisers have been helping support them and their families during their recovery.

“The love and support that has poured out from everybody, it’s just been unreal and it’s been a blessing,” Trujillo said.

“It was scary and we’re lucky to be alive, but in the moment, we were just doing what we were trained to do,” Williamson said.

Even after this experience, they have a goal–to get back on the engine, back to full duty, responding to emergencies again.

READ | Stronger than flames: Firefighter recounts blaze that injured four of his own

Photos: LaGrange Fire severely injures 4 firefighters Previous

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 10/20/2018 - 06:32

 One firefighter was injured and at least one cat died during a raging fire at a double-block home early Friday, according to firefighters.

The fire at 303-304 Farrell St. was reported around 6:50 a.m. and crews arrived to find the upper portion of the right half fully involved in flames, Plains Twp. Fire Department Capt. Michael Van Luvender said.

The fire began on the first floor and went up through the walls into the attic of the home, where it then spread to both sides of the property and caused the roof to collapse, he said.

With the homeowner safely outside, crews began trying to protect a nearby home that was under threat from the intense heat of the fire, he said. That structure sustained a broken window and some minor heat damage, he said.

Because of the intensity of the blaze, township firefighters joined by crews from Jenkins Twp. and Kingston fought it from the outside, Van Luvender said.

One firefighter suffered minor electrical burns to his hands when a power line came down on the hose he was holding, Van Luvender said. The firefighter was taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

One dog and one cat escaped the fire, but at least one other cat was killed.

Three people who lived on the left side of the building — including the owner — were displaced by the fire. The right side, where the fire originated, was unoccupied and undergoing renovations, Van Luvender said.

He said the fire did not appear suspicious, but that the cause was not yet known. A state police fire marshal was investigating.

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OSHA and Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Form Alliance to Protect Employee Safety and Health

OSHA - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 07:00
October 19, 2018 Contact:  Office of Communications Phone: 202-693-1999       
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U.S Department of Labor Cites Roofing Contractor After Accident at Florida Worksite

OSHA - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 07:00
October 19, 2018 U.S Department of Labor Cites Roofing Contractor After Accident at Florida Worksite
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U.S. Department of Labor and Colorado Contractors Host Trench Safety Summit

OSHA - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 07:00
October 19, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor and Colorado Contractors Host Trench Safety Summit
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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 05:37

We regret to pass on to you that Gulf County (Florida) Fire Coordinator Brad Price, 49, of Wewahitchka was helping clear debris from Hurricane Michael when a tree fell on his tractor. Price died at the scene.

Price also worked as Firefighter/Paramedic in Bay County and, in the past, worked for Lynn Haven Fire and Emergency Services.

He was known for his service to his community in Gulf County as well as coaching softball for many years.

More details to follow. Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 09:15

A Skaneateles fire truck was involved in a single-vehicle accident early Monday morning on Benson Road while responding to a reported residential fire.

There were no injuries when the fire truck ran off the road while responding to the call on Hencoop Road in the town of Skaneateles, according to Fire Chief Daniel S. Evans.

The accident occurred shortly after 7 a.m., Evans said.

Evans said the investigation into the accident and its cause is ongoing.

An insurance appraiser is evaluating the truck to determine what repairs are necessary, the chief said.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 09:09

The man who shot and killed himself Wednesday morning after a fire destroyed several homes in Springfield was 65-year-old Lance Taylor Jacobs, police said.

Lt. Scott McKee with Springfield police said at this time they believe Jacobs intentionally set his own house on fire and was out to kill first responders, but at this time they don’t know why.

No first responders or other residents were injured.

“Our interest is to try to identify what the motivation might have been beyond what is apparent, and in so doing, maybe determine if we can prevent something like from happening again,” McKee said.

Eugene Springfield Fire were called to a house fire at 536 Oakdale Avenue at about 3:54 a.m. Officials said when first responders arrived on scene, they came under gunfire from a shooter who was walking through the area with a shotgun.

RELATED: Police help put out fire after firefighters ambushed in Springfield

Mckee said bullets struck the windshield and front of a fire engine. Fire personnel evacuated and requested police assistance.

“The last thing you’re expecting when you roll in is to come under fire like that,” McKee said.

Springfield police arrived on scene by 4:02 a.m.

A SWAT team and detectives were also called as the suspect continued to fire at responding officers.

“We just came out and heard some noises,” neighbor Don Chaberlean said. “We came out to see a huge fire, and then the cops came out screaming for everybody to get back in the house because ammo’s going off.”

Before SWAT arrived, officers found Jacobs dead in a nearby yard.

Fire personnel then fought the house fire but it spread to nearby homes. Four homes caught fire: a duplex (536 and 542 Oakdale Ave.) and two single-family residences (518 and 530 Oakdale Ave.).

McKee said an incident like this brings police and firefighters closer.

“If there is a bright side to something like this, it’s that we learn,” McKee said. “We share a lot of the same territory. We certainly breathe the same air out in something like this, and we do what we can – try to grow closer together and work more together on stuff.”

At 6 a.m. the fires were under control, but the neighborhood streets were closed as part of a larger crime scene.

The Eugene Police Department and Lane County Sheriff’s Office assisted.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at 541-726-3721.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 09:06

 A fire in northeast Baltimore is still burning into Wednesday night, fire officials say.

Firefighters are containing the fires with heavy volumes of water, according to Baltimore Fire.

Seven firefighters and two others have been taken to local hospitals after being injured during a fire believed to be caused by a gas explosion Wednesday afternoon.

Fire crews responded just before 3:15 p.m. to an apartment fire in the 4400 block of Bowleys Ln.

Baltimore City Fire Chief Roman Clark confirmed that six firefighters were taken to burn centers and the other injured firefighter was taken to a trauma center.

Baltimore Fire continues to update the public with more information on the cause of the explosion.

They say that once firefighters got into the building an explosion occurred causing two firefights to fall through the floor to the basement and injure five others.

They were injured by a gas explosion that happened inside the apartment, however BGE said Wednesday that at this time there is no indication as to the specific cause of the fire.

“As a reminder it could involve faulty equipment inside the premises,” A BGE spokesperson said.

At least two local residents were also injured and taken to local hospitals, a third resident was also injured but details of their treatment is not known.

Clark said one may have jumped out of the window.

Firefighters are unable to get inside the apartment to shut the gas off, so they are waiting for BGE to turn off the gas, which they say will take two hours before they can reach the main to shut the gas.

Fire chief has confirmed a firefighter who was taken to shock trauma is now in stable condition. They are awaiting official word on the other six people.

“Two of our members were basically knocked into the basement of the building, immediately we called for a mayday,” said Fire Chief Roman Clark.

Baltimore Fire tweeted that it may take another four hours before they will be able to get the gas off. Units are remaining on the scene

Later Wednesday evening, there was word of one female firefighter transported to shock trauma who was in stable condition.

The remaining six are at the Burn Center in fair condition.

One resident was in critical condition at a hospital, while another was treated on the scene with minor injuries.

“I heard this big loud boom!” said Tavon Shieles, a neighbor.

Shieles was at an adjacent building shortly after the explosion.

“Terrifying. It was like a scene out of a movie,” Shieles said.

Harrie Fowlkes said she rushed to try to get others out.

“I smelled the smoke and then me and my landlord, she opened the door, we just started knocking on the door, knocking on people’s doors,” Fowlkes said.

Hours after the initial call, flames are still roaring at this apartment complex.

WJZ’s George Solis shared radio transmissions between fire personnel before and after the gas explosion.

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Resident Tavon Shieles was in a different building at the complex. He describes the scene moments before the explosion.

“Like a scene out of a movie”

George Solis


UPDATE: From @BaltimoreFire: Up date on the incident on Bowles lane the Fire Department was just informed that it may take another four hours before they will be able to get the gas shut off. Units will be remaining on the scene

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Mayor Catherine Pugh visited one of the injured firefighters.

“We’re really grateful, this could’ve been a lot worse,” Pugh said.

Amidst all the chaos Wednesday, a local couple helped the situation with an act of kindness.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 09:03

A man has been arrested after a firefighter was seriously injured during a fire in a marijuana grow house in the Bronx on Sunday night.

The fire started shortly before 9 p.m. on the third floor of the building on 1656 Mayflower Avenue in Pelham Bay.

The fire was in the cockloft, the area between the ceiling and the roof, but investigators will be looking at the grow house on the third floor.

Firefighter Thomas J. Corcoran was attempting to get to the roof to fight the flames when he fell 30 feet off an extension ladder, striking the pavement below.

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro reported Corcoran was in serious but stable condition and was conscious after the fall.

Corcoran, who is a married father of three with 12 years of experience, underwent surgery at Jacobi Hospital on Monday after suffering multiple broken bones.

“It’s a very dangerous job, I’ve said that over and over at these operations, and sometimes these things happen,” Nigro said. “This firefighter had quite a fall, and although he has serious injuries, we’re very happy that he survived this fall.”

The fire was placed under control and one other firefighter suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, but officers arrested a 50-year-old man who lives at the address later Monday afternoon.

Louis Roman is facing charges of assault and criminal possession of marijuana.

NYPD detectives remained on the scene Monday night, carrying out bags of evidence. Police believe Roman was acting alone.

Back in September 2016, a marijuana grow operation lead to the death of FDNY Battalion Chief Michael Fahy.

Fahy was struck by flying debris after a house being used for the operation exploded in the Bronx. Two men were sentenced to prison this past August for that incident.

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OSHA Launches Program to Target High Injury and Illness Rates

OSHA - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 07:00
October 17, 2018 Contact:  Office of Communications Phone: 202-693-1999
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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 07:52

“Very early in the operation, the Firefighter who was assigned to the roof position was climbing to the roof on a 35-foot extension ladder, apparently lost his footing, fell 30 feet to the pavement below. That Firefighter received serious injuries. He is stable right now. He is conscious. He’s a very lucky individual. He is a 38-year-old Firefighter, a married father of three, with 12 years experience in the Fire Department. One other Firefighter received a minor leg injury. This fire went to an all-hands fire on the third floor, it traveled into the area we call the cockloft, between the ceiling and the roof, and the occupancy was apparently being used as a marijuana grow house on the third floor. It is under investigation right now, we do not yet have the cause, but I’m certain we will have a cause very soon as our Fire Marshals complete their investigation. Once again, this Firefighter had quite a fall and although he has serious injuries, we’re very happy that he survived this fall,” says FDNY Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro from Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, where an FDNY Firefighter is in critical but stable condition after suffering a fall while operating at an all-hands fire at 1656 Mayflower Avenue.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 15:42

A firefighter nearly fell through a hole at a second-story apartment at 1500½ Erie Street while fighting a fire Friday that caused an estimated $35,000 in damage.

Three Racine Fire Department engines, a We Energies employee and several law enforcement vehicles responded to the fire, which was called in shortly after 5 p.m. Friday.

The second-story fire was extinguished quickly. “Moderate heat and heavy smoke conditions” were reported by the Racine Fire Department. However, the fire appeared to have created a hole in the floor, which a firefighter nearly fell through.

No injuries were reported but the Red Cross was called to assist a displaced resident.

The fire appeared to have been caused by an unattended electric space heater, fire officials said.

In a news release, RFD officials said: “This fire, the onset of cooler weather, and Fire Safety and Prevention Month provide an opportunity to remind everyone that space heaters should be used sparingly and always kept at least three feet from things that can burn. When you change the clocks, change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and then test them to ensure they are working properly.”

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Mission firefighter diagnosed with cancer wins long legal battle

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 17:32
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After a long legal battle, a judge ruled in favor of Homer Salinas – a Mission firefighter denied workmen’s compensation after he was diagnosed with kidney cancer.

“When I went ahead and submitted all the paperwork, the TML, which is the insurance carrier for the city, denied me,” Salinas said.

The city’s insurance carrier claimed that his diagnosis was unrelated to his work and refused to cover treatment costs, but Salinas appealed that decision last November and finally got the answer he’d been waiting for.

“We showed them that all the carcinogens, all the hazardous materials that I’ve been exposed to, all the number of calls,” said Salinas. “And the judge ruled in our favor – that our risk was higher than their risk they were trying to fight.”

But for Salinas and his legal team, the fight could continue.

“The city and TML can come back and appeal and they have until the end of the month to appeal,” said Salinas. “It’s great that he ruled in my favor, it’s a good step, it’s a big step, but it’s not all the way through – this job isn’t finished all the way through.”

His time in court, Salinas says, is a small price to pay for his fellow firefighters.

“All I want to do is just come back to work, and have things go back to normal but I’m always going to keep up the fight… to help my brothers and sisters,” said Salinas.

And as for Salinas’ health, that too, comes with good news.

“I came back to work, and I love it. I’m in remission now and I only go back for check-ups and right now we’re just going to take it one day at a time,” said Salinas.

It remains unknown whether or not there will be an appeal on the court’s ruling. All that’s left to do for Salinas is wait and see.

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Fire Prevention Week in Michigan!

NFPA - Safety Source - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 09:46
  Big, bold efforts were made in Michigan this week in effort to raise awareness for Fire Prevention Week, with an end-goal to affect the fire fatality rate that seems to be on the rise in Michigan.  A state-wide proclamation was signed by
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