Safety

INDIANA FIREFIGHTER STRUCK AND KILLED BY ANOTHER FIREFIGHTER WHO WAS INTOXICATED

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 09:52
Daviess County:  A volunteer firefighter was killed at the scene of a crash Friday nightafter being run over by another responding firefighter. At 9:55 PM Friday night, a crash with injury was reported along Old Highway 50 (County Road 100 South), just west of County Road 800 East.  Deputies from the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department and three firefighters from the Montgomery and Cannelburg Fire Departments had arrived at the scene.  The three firefighters had arrived in their personal vehicles. A fourth responding firefighter, 26-year-old Colby Blake of Cannelburg, was traveling east in his 2006 Dodge Ram truck.  While approaching the scene, Blake struck the rear of another Dodge Ram truck parked by a firefighter along the south side of the road.  Blake’s Dodge continued east, striking a 2013 Ford Fusion parked by 27-year-old Kendall Murphy of Montgomery.  Murphy, a firefighter who had responded to the scene, was standing outside of his Ford, and was struck by Blake’s Dodge as it continued east. Blake crashed into a third firefighter’s vehicle after striking Murphy, a 2007 Ford F350 truck, before coming to a stop. Murphy suffered numerous injuries after being struck.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Daviess County Coroner. Blake was uninjured in the crash; however, after further investigation, was found to be operating while intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of 0.21%. Blake has been preliminarily charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Death and Reckless Driving.  He is being held in the Daviess County Security Center, with formal charges to be filed by the Daviess County Prosecutor’s Office. This crash remains under investigation by Indiana State Police crash reconstructionists. Investigating Officers:  Trooper Josh Greer, Master Trooper Randy Huddleston, Trooper Ross Johnson, and Trooper Nathanial Kern

Arrested and Charges:
Colby Blake, 26
Cannelburg, IN
– Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated Causing Death, Level 4 Felony
– Reckless Driving, Class A Misdemeanor

Categories: Fire Service, Safety

U.K. FIREFIGHTER GAVE NO SIGNS BEFORE SUICIDE

Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 15:08

By Michael Yong, The Bristol Post

A dedicated firefighter who was “a good man” and “always had a smile” gave no indication he was going to kill himself.

Mark Hattersley was only 36 years old when he took his own life in his loft at home on Saturday August 12.

Based at Bedminster fire station, the popular man was a member of the station’s Blue Watch at the time of his death. He had been in the fire service for 13 years.

He had showed no signs of wanting to take his own life, even going to the World Athletics Championship in London with his father-in-law just days before.

An inquest at Avon Coroners Court heard Mr Hattersley was found hanged at his Brislington home around 2pm on the day of his death.

Read the full story here.

Categories: Fire Service, Safety

OSHA Issues Final Rule Setting Compliance Date for Crane Operator Certification Requirements

OSHA - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:00
November 9, 2017 OSHA Issues Final Rule Setting Compliance Date for Crane Operator Certification Requirements
Categories: Safety

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Lynnway Auto Auction For Exposing Employees to Numerous Hazards

OSHA - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:00
Nov. 9, 2017 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Lynnway Auto Auction For Exposing Employees to Numerous Hazards
Categories: Safety

U.S. Department of Labor Again Cites Three Queens Supermarkets For Safety Violations

OSHA - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:00
Nov. 9, 2017 U.S. Department of Labor Again Cites Three Queens Supermarkets For Safety Violations
Categories: Safety

APPARATUS CRASH IN VERMONT

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 06:21

Williamstown firefighters responded to an accident Tuesday involving one of their own trucks.

It happened on Pleasant Street. Officials say one of the department’s firetrucks went off the shoulder of the road when it was trying to make way for another car on the narrow road. It rolled over the steep embankment onto its side.

Firefighters worked with two wreckers for about two hours to get the truck back on the road.

Nobody was hurt, but officials fear damage to the truck could be extensive. An insurance adjuster is expected to take a look on Wednesday

Categories: Fire Service, Safety

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Contractors in Montana Following Severe Burns

OSHA - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 06:00
Nov. 8, 2017 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Contractors in Montana Following Severe Burns
Categories: Safety

Missouri Podiatry Clinic Cited for Improper Handling of Medical Waste

OSHA - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 06:00
Nov. 8, 2017 Missouri Podiatry Clinic Cited for Improper Handling of Medical Waste
Categories: Safety

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Farmers Cooperative After Worker Entrapped in Grain Bin

OSHA - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 06:00
Nov. 8, 2017 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Farmers Cooperative After Worker Entrapped in Grain Bin
Categories: Safety

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Bimbo Bakeries USA For Multiple Workplace Hazards

OSHA - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 06:00
Nov. 8, 2017 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Bimbo Bakeries USA For Multiple Workplace Hazards
Categories: Safety

DC FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT APARTMENT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 19:42

A firefighter is being taken to the hospital, according to officials, after a blaze broke out in an apartment in Northeast DC Tuesday afternoon.

That firefighter has non-life-threatening injuries, officials say, and no one else was hurt.

According to officials, the fire broke out on the second floor of a two-story apartment building in the 600 block of 14th Place in Northeast.

DC Fire and EMS @dcfireems

Update 600 Blk 14th Pl. NE. 1 FF tx non life threatening injs. Hvy fire 2nd Flr & attic knocked down. No civilian injs. Checking

Categories: Fire Service, Safety

KENTLAND RESCUE-ENGINE 33 STRUCK AT SCENE – NO FIREFIGHTERS INJURED

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 18:06

– Earlier today, Rescue Engine 33 responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a police department unit on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Upon arrival, Rescue Engine 33 positioned on the roadway as to provide barrier protection for Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement Officials. Moments later, a civilian vehicle crashed into the rear, driver side corner at a high rate of speed. None of the members of Rescue Engine 33 were injured.

In the recent past, other fire department vehicles have been struck while providing barrier protection on high speed roadways. Today’s incident reinforces the fact that barrier protection is of the utmost importance for the safety of our members and the citizens we serve.

Categories: Fire Service, Safety

Fire and life safety education is a lifelong passion for retired fire marshal

NFPA - Safety Source - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 10:34
Moving to an assisted living facility was not the end of a chapter for retired Raleigh Fire Marshal BT Fowler. The transition provided him with a whole new audience for his older adult fire and life safety presentations. Years ago, before NFPA introduced
Categories: Safety

Torrington mourns death of Deputy Fire Chief Christopher Pepler

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 08:42
Torrington mourns death of Deputy Fire Chief Christopher Pepler
Photo: Register Citizen File Photo /Hearst Connecticut Media Torrington Deputy Fire Chief Christopher Pepler died on Wednesday at the age of 43.

TORRINGTON — City residents are mourning the death and celebrating the life of Deputy Fire Chief Christopher Pepler.

Pepler, 43, was a Torrington native and came to his vocation at an early age, he told The Register Citizen in a 2013 interview when he was promoted to deputy fire chief. He died Wednesday morning of cardiac arrest, and had also been battling cancer.

“My goal since I was 4 years old, in Torrington, was to be a firefighter,” Pepler said in 2013. “The fire department came to my school in kindergarten and I had my picture on the front page of the Register in 1978 squirting the hose and I said to my parents that I want to be a firefighter, no different than anybody else, only I stuck with it.”

Pepler volunteered with the Torringford Fire Department at age 15, then with the Harwinton West Side Department, and was hired by the Torrington Fire Department in 1999.

The Torrington Fire Department and Local 1567 IAFF marked his passing on Facebook Wednesday, as did members of the city community and those who knew him around the country.

“Chris had a passion for training and was fortunate to travel extensively training others in Connecticut and across North America,” fire officials wrote on Facebook. “Chris became involved as an instructor at the Wolcott Regional Fire School, where he served as an Assistant Director of Training for the School. Chris has taught many classes and has touched many lives, not only in Connecticut, but also across North America elevating the level of service provided in the Fire Service today.”

Frank Hudak of Local 1567 posted a note in remembrance of Pepler on the union’s Facebook page. Pepler served as the president of the union for five years before being appointed Deputy Chief.

Hudak, a retired captain with the Torrington Fire Department, said Pepler grew up with his three sons, as they lived on the same block.

“I saw his interest in the fire service when he was 8-9 years old, and he never stopped trying to be a better firefighter,” said Hudak. “Well Chief you did it, you earned all the respect and honor being shown to you, you fought the great fight right to the end. Your love of the Lord, your beautiful family, the fire service, and love for all your fellow firefighters is now being returned to you. RIP D/Chief, you did good, and you will be missed.”

Torrington Fire Chief Gary Brunoli said Pepler’s concern for the city was paramount in the department’s decision-making, and that he worked to ensure the department and others across the country were well-trained.

“It’s going to be a big loss for the city, for the department,” said Brunoli.

Mayor Elinor Carbone expressed her sadness at the news in a note to city staff Wednesday morning.

“It is with the greatest of sadness that I deliver to you today the heartbreaking news of the death of our colleague and friend, Deputy Fire Chief, Christopher Pepler,” said Carbone. “I’ve been informed that Chris died early this morning after a most dignified and courageous battle with cancer.”

“Chris was an extraordinary person. His dedication and commitment to the Torrington Fire Department and the City of Torrington has been integral to the safety of our citizens,” Carbone said. “This is truly a great loss to our community as a whole. Everyone whose life he touched will profoundly miss him.”

The chance to be a part of his home community came easily to Pepler, he said in 2013.

“I love Torrington,” said Pepler. “I love knowing everybody. Everywhere I go somewhere, my wife often gets frustrated, what took you so long? I always bump into somebody and I’ve got the gift of gab so I have no problem talking to people.”

“He was the beloved husband of Lori (Bevivino) Pepler for eighteen years and father and best friend of Nathan Pepler,” according to his obituary.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 78 Litchfield Rd., Harwinton. Family members and friends are asked to meet at the church.

Instead of flowers, well-wishers are asked to consider memorial contributions to the Nathan Pepler Education Fund, c/o Torrington Savings Bank, P. O. Box 478, 129 Main St., Torrington, CT, according to the obituary.

Reach Ben Lambert at william.lambert@hearstmediact.com.

 

Categories: Fire Service, Safety

VIDEO CAPTURES FALL OF KC FIREFIGHTER FROM THE ROOF

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 07:48

A house fire near 39th Street and Flora Avenue sent two people — the homeowner and a firefighter — to the hospital Monday afternoon.

The bulk of the damage took place on the second floor of the KCMO home. Neighbor Gerald Williams caught it all on his smartphone.

“I seen a blazing fire coming out of the top of the roof,” Williams said. “I saw a lot of smoke.”

Williams reacted almost immediately. Three generations lived in the house on Flora Avenue. Williams tried to help at least one of those generations — the two-year-old granddaughter.

“I got her from her mother,” he said. “I saw her. She was breaking down in tears, so I went over, got her and brought her over here with me. I seen the grandmother sitting on the steps, looking like she was gasping for air.”

View image on Twitter

The woman was taken to the hospital along with a firefighter who fell off the rooftop while trying to stop the flames from spreading. Williams also captured that on video. You can watch that dramatic moment in the video player above.

Thankfully, both the woman and the firefighter are expected to be okay.

Firefighters say they are preparing for the cold season — what they sometimes refer to as their busy season.

“When it starts getting cold outside, we get into our ‘fire season’ if you will,” Battalion Chief James Garrett said. “We start getting a lot more fires — especially this time of year. People do some unconventional things to stay warm.”

Investigators have not yet determined what caused the fire, but it certainly has Williams wondering about winter — and fire.

“I didn’t think a fire could do that much damage; I ain’t never seen one in action, but I see it now,” he said.

The Kansas City Fire Department says the average cost of fighting a house fire varies, but it gave some rough estimates.

Roughly 30 firefighters respond to every working house fire, which is when heavy smoke or flames are showing. The average salary for a firefighter is $25 an hour. That makes the cost more than $2,500 in labor alone.

Roughly five or six engines respond to every working house fire and will idle for hours, burning diesel fuel. Additionally, there is the added expense of water to fight the fire. If an ambulance is involved, each house fire can add up to close to $4,000.

And the busy season is just beginning.

Categories: Fire Service, Safety

U.S. Department of Labor Resumes Regular Enforcement in Florida and Georgia

OSHA - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 06:00
Nov. 7, 2017 U.S. Department of Labor Resumes Regular Enforcement in Florida and Georgia
Categories: Safety

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Georgia Parts Manufacturer After Injuries Reveal Hazards

OSHA - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 06:00
Nov. 7, 2017 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Georgia Parts Manufacturer After Injuries Reveal Hazards
Categories: Safety

2 FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT NEW ZEALAND FIRE/EXPLOSION

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 10:46

Two firefighters have been injured after an explosion during a house fire in South Auckland today.

A Fire and Emergency spokesperson confirmed to 1 NEWS the pair were battling a house fire in Mangere.

The firefighters were treated by St John staff at the scene on Henwood Road after an explosion at the back of the house while they were fighting the blaze.

The spokesperson says the firefighters are okay and that the fire has been contained.

Fire received the call to the property just after 5:00pm.

Categories: Fire Service, Safety

3 FDNY FIREFIGHTERS AT 3RD ALARM APARTMENT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 10:44

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries Sunday when an extra-alarm fire ripped through multiple apartments in the Bronx.

The fire broke out Sunday afternoon at 4769 White Plains Rd. in the Wakefield section of the Bronx, according to the FDNY.

The blaze was raised to three alarms. It started in a sixth-floor apartment and spread to a total of about four apartments, the FDNY told CBS2’s Ali Bauman.

The residents of the apartment where the fire started were home at the time and evacuated, officials said.

Categories: Fire Service, Safety

FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT CANADIAN FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 10:42

A firefighter was taken to hospital with a minor injury as the result of an apartment fire early Sunday morning.

Fire crews responded to a call at around 2:07 a.m., at the Lyndhurst apartment block in the 100 block of Balmoral Street, north of Broadway, where officials said they found fire venting out a window from a third floor suite of the three-storey apartment building.

Crews worked to extinguish the blaze from the third storey hallway before it could spread beyond the suite it originated in. The suite was searched and no occupants were found. All occupants of the apartment building were evacuated and placed on Winnipeg Transit buses.

There was extensive damage to the suite with smoke and water damage to the rest of the building. The cause is under investigation.

Categories: Fire Service, Safety

Pages

Subscribe to Volunteer Mobile Emergency Response Unit -- rehabsector.org aggregator - Safety