Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 21:00

A federal investigation reviewing the 2016 fatal shooting of a Maryland firefighter found that 911 public safety call takers did not warn first responders that the possibility of guns had been reported at the scene and that volunteer firefighters were not wearing a common uniform the night of the incident that made it clear who they were.

Those flaws and others contributed to the fatal shooting of Prince George’s County firefighter John “Skillet” Ulmschneider while he answered a 911 call to check on someone’s welfare, according to the fatality investigation report released last week by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

In light of the findings, federal investigators recommended police departments, not fire departments, handle initial calls for a welfare check. Investigators also recommended public safety agencies make sure first responders ask for and get important safety cautions — such as that weapons may be present at a scene — as they are dispatched.


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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 20:52

A vehicle hit a fire truck at the scene of a crash in Vandalia Tuesday morning.

The initial crash happened around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday in the northbound lanes of I-75, just south of U.S. 40.

Authorities say a pickup truck rear-ended a car. No one was injured in that crash.

Crews arrived, with a fire truck blocking the right lane of traffic on I-75 NB.

While the fire truck was parked to block that lane, a vehicle sideswiped the fire truck. There were some firefighters in the truck when it was hit.

No one was injured in that crash.

Authorities continue to block the right lane of I-75 NB to investigate the crashes and eventually clear the scene.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 09:48

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was seriously injured while investigating a crash along Interstate 95.

Lt. Alvaro Feola said Trooper Mithil Patel was standing near the northbound lanes early Monday when he was struck by a car.

Video recorded by WPEC, the CBS affiliate for Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, captured the entire incident. It shows Patel speaking with another man on the side of I-95 when a black Audi spun out of control and started barreling toward them.

Patel can be seen pushing the man, whose back was facing I-95, out of the way before he was struck. The impact sent him flying into the air and landing on the ground.

Several workers who were cleaning the debris from the previous crash rushed to help Patel.

Feola said Patel was taken as a “trauma alert” to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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U.S. Department of Labor Returns to Normal Enforcement In Northern Mariana Islands Following Typhoon Yutu

OSHA - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 06:00
December 4, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Returns to Normal Enforcement In Northern Mariana Islands Following Typhoon Yutu
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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 12:47

Officials say a firefighter was hospitalized after falling through the floor while battling an apartment fire. Four other residents also had to be taken to the hospital.

It happened at the Polo Club Apartments at 414 Ashley Creek Ct. off Hambrick Road.

According to Capt. Dion Bentley with the DeKalb County Fire Department, fire crews responded to the call around 8 p.m. after getting reports of the fire with a possible entrapment.

When firefighters got to the scene, the breezeways of several units were already consumed by heavy smoke and 30-foot flames, cutting off exits for families trying to get out. Bentley said one person was forced to jump from the second floor of one of the units in order to escape. Shannon Fikes said she had just gotten home after working a 10-hour shift and was sleeping when she woke up to the scary scene.

“I had laid down and I heard a lot of commotion, and I went to open the door and all I saw was flames,” Fikes said.

In an instant, Fikes said she knew she had no choice but to close the door, run to the patio balcony and jump from the burning building into the bushes below in her bare feet.

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“I just knew I had to get out,” she said. “I just had to get out of there, because I didn’t want to die that way.”

“I just thank God my daughter wasn’t there,” Fikes added, noting that it would have been difficult for the teen to escape because she was on crutches from a previous injury.

But she said she and her daughter Makayla lost everything – and doesn’t have renter’s insurance.

“I just thank God that we have our life. That’s more important than material things,” Fikes said.

Bentley said once fire crews got there, they immediately worked to confirm all 18 units were empty of residents before they started working to contain the flames. It was during those moments when one of the firefighters fell through the floor of one of the units, triggering a “mayday” call. Crews were able to get to the injured firefighter in less than a minute.

“Luckily, he did just have an ankle sprain,” Bentley said. “So, he is OK, and is being transported to the hospital.”

Four other tenants had to be transported to the hospital for minor injuries, like smoke inhalation.

At least 30 people were displaced as a result of the fire, which burned through 19 units. The Red Cross is responding to offer help to those displaced.

The official cause of the fire is still under investigation, though some residents told 11Alive that they believe a generator being used at one of the units was the source of the fire.

DeKalb Fire Department posted pictures from when the building was fully engulfed in flames on their Facebook page.

The pictures show how large and destructive the fire was at it’s peak.

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NFFF Asks Your Support to Improve Firefighter Cardiac Health

Everyone Goes Home - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 07:45

As you know, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) has taken a leadership role in supporting cardiovascular research and devising programs to help decrease the toll of cardiac disease in the fire service. We are collaborating with leading researchers from Skidmore College’s First Responder Health and Safety Lab on this pressing issue. Dr. Denise Smith and her team are conducting a brief survey to better understand the incidence of various cardiovascular conditions in the fire service. This is an important step to understanding the problem so we can better target screening and treatment programs in the future.

Please take a few minutes (about 5 min) to read the project description and complete the survey using the link below. Also, to help us compare firefighters to the general population, please share the link with a friend or family member who is not in the fire service and ask them to complete the survey. The collected responses will be anonymous. The link and consent form are the only official materials from the study. Also, please feel free to forward this to all firefighters in your circle of influence. The more participation we have, the better the results. As always, your support of the NFFF and of firefighter health and safety is deeply appreciated.

If you have any questions or concerns about the study, please contact Katie Vanchiere. Help Improve Firefighter Cardiac Health – Take the Survey

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 19:47

One man is dead and three firefighters hurt after flames destroyed a home in Lackawanna County.

Firefighters say both they and family members tried to get the man out of the home but to no avail.

Flames broke out just before 1 p.m. Saturday at the home on Main Street in Dalton.

The Lackawanna County coroner tells Newswatch 16 a 31-year-old man was killed in the fire.

Dalton’s assistant fire chief says when crews arrived, the house was already full of flames. They believe the fire started near the home’s gas meter. That was followed by an explosion.

The coroner says the victim had medical problems that confined him to a bed. First his family, then firefighters made attempts to get him out of the burning home, but the fire spread too quickly.

Three firefighters were taken to the hospital. There is no word on their conditions.

A state police fire marshal has been called in to investigate the fire.

A spokesperson for the American Red Cross says the organization is helping four people who need food, clothing, and somewhere to stay.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 18:23

A group of Dallas firefighters who rescued other firefighters during the devastating condo fire earlier this week are now sharing their incredible story of what happened.

Everyone survived the 4-alarm fire in northeast Dallas Tuesday morning. That includes the three firefighters who got trapped when a ceiling collapsed on them.

“We are very fortunate to still have three firefighters with us and not talking about funeral arrangements,” said Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesperson Jason Evans.

The trapped firefighters put out a mayday call and members of a Dallas Fire-Rescue rapid intervention team went in and rescued them.

Members of the team said they had been on the scene for about two minutes and hadn’t even fully walked around the building when they heard the mayday call.

Team members respond to every two-alarm fire in Dallas, but mayday calls from firefighters are very rare.

Capt. Keith Massingill said he’s been on the department for 20 years and this was the first time he performed a mayday rescue. He said his daily training just kicked in.

“As soon as we heard the mayday go out, we activated what we call our rapid intervention team. This is a team of 10 people. They were set up and staged and so as soon as we heard it, myself and Lt. Hooker came back to their location and basically just made sure everyone had heard it, knew we had three firemen missing and basically said, ‘Let’s go,” Capt. Massingill said. “That’s where you fall back on your training. Let’s go. Everybody knows what to do.”

The rapid intervention team climbed a ladder to the second floor. The third floor had collapsed on one side, and the fire was burning directly above them.

“There was fire coming down the top of the hallway so we went below it,” recalled Massingill. “We did take a charged hose line so Jon was able to keep the fire pushed back.”

“You have a lot of heat and smoke where you can’t see anything,” said firefighter Jon Keller. “You put your hand right here and you can’t see it.”

The rescue took less than 10 minutes.

“They were so hot that they were forced to the ground. Face masks were blacked out from the heat, singed,” said firefighter Josh Mihalyi. “They had no orientation to where they were whatsoever.”

“Being in that situation is very hard emotionally. So going through thinking that last couple of minutes your alive is really hard,” Keeler said. “So you have the physical aspect and the mental aspect. They were pretty spent when we were able to get them out.”

Capt. Massingill is a third generation Dallas firefighter.

“I’m super proud. All I can say is everything went right,” he said. “That’s because we train hard and what God wanted to happen that day.”

The firefighters attributed their success to cooperation and an air supply that allowed them to continue breathing after they went into the building.

Although every firefighter is equipped to help, what separates this team from the others is the fact that they have the availability, training and resource to perform these rescues. More and more departments across the country are beginning to establish such teams.

It took about 100 firefighters to put out this fire at the Cambridge Park Condominiums on Audelia Road in Dallas. About 60 families were displaced and the building was destroyed.

DFR is crediting the work of the rapid intervention team for the fact that no one died in what could’ve been much worse.

The dictionary defines a hero as “one who shows great courage.” But the firefighters don’t think the term applies to them.

“I just say I’m doing my job,” Keeler said.

All three firefighters were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and minor injuries. They have all three been released are doing well.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 18:21

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of an early-morning blaze that tore through the Travel Inn, leaving three people – including a firefighter – hurt.

Fort Wayne fire crews arrived at the hotel at 2712 Coliseum Blvd. W., about 1:10 a.m. Friday and found flames overwhelming a room, according to the fire department.

A man at the location escaped the room, but paramedics took him to a hospital in serious condition with burns on his back. A firefighter needed hospitalization for minor injuries as well, officials said.

Another guest at the lodge was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

Firefighters said the blaze, which was under control in 20 minutes, caused heavy damage to the room and nearby rooms in the two-story building as well.

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Mid-Atlantic Safety Summit draws large audience!

NFPA - Safety Source - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 15:52
Over 200 public education and community risk reduction specialists from 14 states gathered in Edison, New Jersey this week to hear from a variety of subject matter experts from across nine states at the Mid-Atlantic Safety Summit.  Topics
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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 09:04

One man died and four firefighters were sent to the hospital after a wrong way crash Friday night.

The accident happened just before 3 a.m. on the southbound I-5 near SR-94 causing several lanes to close according to CHP.

The firefighters involved in the wrong way accident were released from the hospital.

CHP officers are investigating the crash.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 08:14

No one was hurt when a tanker headed to a barn fire in Burdett failed to negotiate a turn and rolled on its side Wednesday night.

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According to the television station WENY, the fire truck owned by the Watkins Glen Fire Department was being operated by a 35 year veteran of the department.

Firefighters were headed to a barn fire with flames through the roof on Dolphsburg Road, Burdett, the television station reported. In addition to the driver, there were four other firefighters in the apparatus, the station reported.

The unit was on State Route 79 attempting to make turn onto County Road 9 when the apparatus went into a ditch and ended up on its side. The station also reported snow reduced visibility at the time of the crash.

WENY reported the occupants of the overturned tanker were helped out of the apparatus by members of the Montour Falls Fire Department and members of the Schuyler County Ambulance assessed all the firefighters and determined they were unharmed and released.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, the station reported.

As for the barn, filled with hay bales, was a complete loss as firefighters brought in an excavator to tear remnants that were still burning.

The cause of the barn fire is under investigation.   

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 20:35

Four firefighters were injured Thursday morning when a car spun out and struck their fire engine while they were at the scene of a previous multi-vehicle crash, officials said.

According to the Ontario Fire Department, the second collision happened shortly before 10 a.m. on the 15 Freeway near the 10 Freeway interchange.

The injured firefighters were transported to a hospital with non-serious injuries.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 20:33

A San Bernardino County firefighter was taken to a hospital after he suffered an electric shock while battling a house fire in San Bernardino Thursday morning, officials said.

The firefighter suffered minor injuries and was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center as a precaution, said Eric Sherwin, a Fire Department spokesman.

Firefighters were called to the 800 block of West Campus Way for a structure fire just after 10:30 a.m. After the fire was brought under control, crews realized the firefighter had come in contact with an electrical line. Officers were investigating whether the building was a possible marijuana-grow house, police said.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 19:43

We regret to pass on that a Firefighter was killed in the Line of Duty and another Firefighter received burn injuries while trying to fight a restaurant fire in India earlier today.

The area fire brigade got a call around 0100 hours for a fire at the restaurant in an area called Kalyan township, in the Aadharwadi fire station response area, who turned out with 6 Firefighters.

While they were operating, an explosion took place at the restaurant, killing Firefighter Amle (age 57) immediately. Another Firefighter received serious burn injuries in the mishap and was admitted to a nearby hospital.

The other Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control. Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace.

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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Property Maintenance Company After Employee Suffers Burn Injuries

OSHA - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 06:00
November 29, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Property Maintenance Company After Employee Suffers Burn Injuries
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U.S. Department of Labor Announces Initiative to Increase Awareness Of Trenching and Excavation Hazards and Solutions

OSHA - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 06:00
November 28, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Announces Initiative to Increase Awareness Of Trenching and Excavation Hazards and Solutions
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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 21:25

An elaborate break has occurred at the Six Nations Fire & Emergency Services Fire Station #3 (Ontario, Canada) with thieves cutting through a security fence, breaking through a double cinderblock concrete wall located on the rear of the fire station and they bypassed the security system.

Once inside, the thieves stole all of the equipment from 2 fire apparatus and attempted to steal the fire trucks damaging them significantly in the process.

Early estimates are that $200,000+ dollars of damage and theft has occurred as a result.

Until such time that they can get the station and trucks repaired and the highly specialized equipment replaced, they will not be able to reopen and respond from Fire Station #3, causing significant delay to that area.


If you seen, heard or know anything (such as perhaps, seeing used fire equipment being posted for sale on social media)  please notify the Six Nations Police at 519 445 2811.

Although they appreciate the kind offers to fundraise or create a go fund me to assist us with replacing equipment they assure everyone that they will be able to independently recover from this incident.


If you would like to make a donation for the previously planned Stuff a Fire Truck Xmas Toy Drive this Saturday from 10am-3pm – (which has been impacted by the theft) please contact Six Nations Fire at:

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 21:09

A fire broke out Tuesday morning at a condo building in far northeast Dallas, leading to multiple evacuations and injuring three firefighters who were briefly trapped.

The fire started around 9:15 a.m. at the Cambridge Park Condominiums in the 11400 block of Audelia Road, Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said.

Heavy smoke poured from the three-story building, and flames shot through the roof, officials said. It took about 100 firefighters four hours to extinguish the four-alarm blaze.


Yolando Ocampo had no idea there was a fire and just escaped unscathed, her face caked in soot from the smoke.

“When I opened the door, it was black,”  she told KDFW-TV (Fox 4). “I was super scared. I’m still, like, trembling.”

At one point, a “mayday” call went out because three firefighters found themselves trapped on the second floor after a floor collapsed. They were rescued and evaluated by medical personnel, Evans said.

Their injuries were not life-threatening, and they were “expected to be okay,” he added. Two of the three were discharged from the hospital Tuesday afternoon, while the third remained for observation.

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