Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 09:52

A St. Louis firefighter was injured while battling a late night blaze in North City.

The firefighter suffered a minor injury to the hand while at a two-alarm fire in the area Lillian and Kingshighway around 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Everyone inside of the building was able to get out safely.

No other details have been released.

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U.S. Department of Labor Finds Wisconsin Contractor Continues To Expose Roofers to Falls and Other Safety Hazards

OSHA - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 07:00
June 12, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Finds Wisconsin Contractor Continues To Expose Roofers to Falls and Other Safety Hazards
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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 20:27

A fire engine was knocked onto its right side in a traffic accident at about 1 p.m. Monday, the fire department said.

The accident happened at the intersection of Randol Mill Road and Handley-Ederville Road, fire Capt. Kyle Falkner said.

Four firefighters on the engine and the driver of the pickup truck that collided with the engine suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to area hospitals, Falkner said.

The truck was responding to a minor structure fire that another unit was able to extinguish without help, Falkner said.

It was turning in the intersection when a pickup entered the intersection at the same time, Falkner said. The fire engine’s driver tried unsuccessfully to swerve and avoid the collision, causing the engine to overturn.

Fort Worth police are investigating, Falkner said.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 11:35
 Fire crews from across northern Schuylkill County battled a fire in an abandoned home on Island Street in the Mahanoy Plane section of Gilberton this evening.

According to Gilberton fire marshal Barry Brassington, firefighters were dispatched at 6:51 for an abandoned home on fire at 116 Island Street in Mahanoy Plane, behind Mahanoy Plane Park.

Crews arrived to find the structure aflame, and a tanker task force was dispatched, as crews contended not only with the fire but with a tight space in the no-outlet neighborhood bounded by the Mahanoy Creek and Reading, Blue Mountain, and Northern Railroad.

KAYLEE LINDENMUTH / SENTINEL PHOTO – A home at 116 Island Street in the Mahanoy Plane section of Gilberton is aflame, as fire crews fight the fire on June 10, 2018.

​The fire was brought under control just before 8:30pm according to fire communications.

According to Brassington, one firefighter was injured, and the fire is currently under investigation.

Assisting firefighters from Gilberton’s Continental and Mahanoy Plane Fire Companies were firefighters from Shenandoah, Girardville, Mahanoy City, Fountain Springs, Frackville, Englewood, Fountain Springs, among others.

​Also assisting was Frackville police.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 10:05

A woman and a firefighter were hurt when flames broke out in a South Philadelphia home.

It happened around 4:30 a.m. Sunday on the 1800 block of South 22nd Street.

Officials say a 51-year-old woman and her adult children were asleep at the time the fire started. All of them were able to escape the home.

The woman, however, was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

A firefighter suffered a cut to the hand while battling the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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U.S. Department of Labor Issues Memorandum Outlining Enforcement of Silica Standard for General Industry and Maritime

OSHA - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 07:00
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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 05:57

-A Harrisburg fire truck responding to an emergency collided with a sport-utility vehicle at an intersection Thursday night in a crash that ensnared two other vehicles and sent nine people to area hospitals.

The crash at Cameron and Market streets occurred about 6:45 p.m.

Among the injured were three firefighters and a 5-year-old girl. All of the injuries are believed to be minor.

Police said City Tower One was eastbound on Market Street with lights and sirens activated when the northbound GMC Acadia struck the front of the truck.

The colliding vehicles then struck two other vehicles at the intersection.

Police said fire trucks generally have the right-of-way when headed to emergency calls. Drivers of emergency vehicles can proceed past red traffic signals after “slowing down as may be necessary for safe operation,” according to state law.

The details of the crash remain under investigation, said Battalion Chief Floyd Wise.

The damaged 2008 fire truck with a 75-foot ladder is among the oldest frontline rigs used by the city. It sustained damage to its front bumper, particularly at the front right corner, and will be out of service for a while for repairs.

In early December, the city’s newest fire truck was damaged when a minivan crashed into the parked wagon at South 25th and Market Streets. Firefighters were helping victims of an earlier accident when Wagon 4 was hit.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 05:55

A dog perished Thursday morning in a house fire in the 5700 block of West Elkhorn Drive in Boise, but the homeowners were uninjured, according to Boise Fire Department officials.

One firefighter was taken to the hospital to be treated for “heat-related issues” after the fire was out, according to Boise Fire.

The fire started around 11:30 a.m. and black smoke from the house was visible for miles. Multiple fire engines responded and quickly extinguished the blaze. Crews were beginning to clean up by 12:30 p.m., according to Boise Fire Department spokeswoman Char Jackson.

The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire and most of the damage was sustained by the garage and patio, said Boise Fire Capt. Dave Muir.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 18:27

firefighter recruit was injured after falling from a building at a New Haven training academy on Thursday.

New Haven Fire Department lieutenant confirmed to News 8 that a recruit from the Providence Fire Department Training Academy fell from a building while training at the New Haven Regional Fire Training Academy at 230 Ella T. Grasso Blvd.

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Providence officials have identified the firefighter recruit as Richard Brand.

According to spokeswoman, the recruit’s injuries are non-life threatening but sources say that he does have several broken bones and has been taken to Yale New Haven Hospital.

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News 8 was told by sources that recruits were training on the “antiquated” pompier ladder when the fall occurred. According to Providence Firefighters’ Union President Paul Doughty, Thursday was the first day that approximately 80 recruits were using the facility.

Officials say the incident did not involve the New Haven Fire Department or any of its personnel.

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U.S. Department of Labor Cites a Colorado Chemical Manufacturer

OSHA - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 07:00
June 7, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites a Colorado Chemical Manufacturer
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites a Colorado Chemical Manufacturer

OSHA - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 07:00
June 7, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites a Colorado Chemical Manufacturer
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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 20:16

A dog was rescued from a 2-alarm fire on Walnut Street Saturday.

According to Montclair Fire officials, at 1:34 PM, the Montclair Fire Department received a call reporting a house fire. Units from four other towns provided assistance to help bring it under control in nearly an hour.

Responding units arrived to find heavy fire venting out of the 2nd floor rear windows, fire officials reported.  Upon inspection, firefighters discovered that the residents were not home at the time of the fire and were able to rescue the family dog.

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Reported damages included the first-floor, which sustained smoke and water damage, the second-floor of the house, which sustained heavy fire, smoke and water damage, and the third-floor sustained fire and heavy smoke damage.

Deputy Chief Robert Duncan reported, “Substantial overhaul was necessary to ensure fire was extinguished in all walls and voids.”

Fire officials indicated that units from Bloomfield, Clifton, Cedar Grove and West Orange responded to assist.  Montclair Ambulance Unit also responded along with Montclair Police and Verona Rescue Squad.

MAU officials wrote on their Facebook page, “MAU provided some oxygen and an ACO from the Montclair Animal Shelter checked the pup out while awaiting the owners.”

“There was one firefighter injury,” added Duncan.  “There were no reported civilian injuries.”

The last units cleared the scene at 5:30pm.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 19:55

One person was killed and a firefighter was injured in a blaze at a home on Chicago’s Far South Side early Wednesday.

The fire broke out around 3:30 a.m. in the 11800 block of South Perry Avenue in the West Pullman neighborhood, according to fire officials.

Authorities said a 79-year-old man who was trapped inside the building looked conscious when first responders pulled him out, but he was taken to an area hospital where he later died.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality but family members identified him as Jimmy Shearrill.

“I’m mad. I’m sad. I want answers,” close family friend and next door neighbor Denise Leverette said of his death, adding that Shearrill was always “making sure all the kids are doing the right thing. Sitting on the porch. He always says, ‘Be smooth with your cool.'”

Relatives said he had difficulty walking after a hip replacement surgery.

Three other people were in the building at the time of the fire, according to Chicago Fire Department Deputy Dist. Chief Michael Carbone.

One adult jumped out of the building and two people self-evacuated, he said.

Roughly 120 firefighters were called to the blaze, which left one firefighter injured, authorities said.

That firefighter fell through the first floor into the basement, according to Carbone. He walked on his own to the ambulance and was taken to an area hospital where he was treated and released, officials said.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 19:52
A driver behind the wheel of a sedan slammed into the back of a fire truck in San Jose early Wednesday morning, narrowly missing a firefighter who was working outside of the rig, according to the city’s fire department.

Despite being temporarily trapped in the vehicle, the driver of the sedan was eventually extricated and taken to a local trauma center following the wreck, which happened around 3:30 a.m. in the area of Capitol Expressway and Tuers Road, San Jose Fire Department Deputy Chief Reggie Williams said. The firefighter who was almost struck managed to dive out of the way before the car whizzed by.

Fire crews working at the scene of a vegetation fire parked the fire truck in the far right lane of the roadway, Williams said. The firefighter who was nearly hit was resetting cones that had been knocked over by other drivers when they spotted the car driving at them. The firefighter leaped to safety as the sedan whizzed by and crashed into the truck.

The fire truck’s lights were on at the time of the crash, Williams said.

The driver’s condition was not immediately known, Williams said. The firefighters at the scene escaped physical harm, but Williams said they were “a bit shaken up.”

Officials are investigating to determine the cause of the crash.

Wednesday’s wreck marks the second time in roughly a month that a passing vehicle crashed into a San Jose fire rig, according to Williams.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 19:07

Two civilians were seriously injured and 10 firefighters suffered minor injuries in a blaze that engulfed an abandoned home in Queens early Monday, authorities said.

More than 100 smoke eaters responded to the two-story house on 41st Ave. near 147th St. in Flushing starting about 2 a.m., the FDNY said. The flames spread rapidly throughout the entire residence, according to FDNY Chief Brendan McSweeney, who was on scene.

Two civilians self-evacuated and were gone by the time FDNY arrived. They went to New York-Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Hospital, officials said.

FDNY officials said two squatters had been staying inside the residence but couldn’t confirm if they were the two civilians hurt. The house had been vacant since 2013, authorities said.

The firefighters had the flames under control in about two hours.

Fire marshals will investigate the cause of the fire.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 19:06

A firefighter was injured battling a blaze that broke out at a vacant church building in south Fort Worth on Sunday afternoon, according to reports.

The fire was reported at approximately 3:21 p.m. at a vacant church located at 5023 Stanley Avenue, near Seminary Hill Park in Fort Worth, according to the Fort Worth Fire Department. The blaze quickly escalated to two alarms, according to Kyle Clay, a spokesman for the Fort Worth Fire Department.

“A vacant lot fire at what used to be the Pinnacle Academy on James Avenue had heavy fire when we got out here. Fire through the roof,” said Clay.

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Clay said that Medstar was called about 20 minutes later to help the injured firefighter, who fell from a ladder while battling the blaze.

“It was just a fall,” said Clay. “The guy is not hurt or anything. He refused treatment at the scene.”

He said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fort Worth firefighters use several hoselines to battle a two-alarm church fire in a vacant building at the Pinnacle Church complex at 5023 Stanley Avenue Sunday, June 3, 2018. Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire coming from the second floor of the two-story building around 3 p.m. and were forced to battle the fire from outside. One firefighter suffered minor injuries and investigators were called to the scene. Peter Matthews Special to the Star-Telegram
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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 19:02

One firefighter was injured Sunday in a multiple-alarm fire in Upper Macungie Township that destroyed a garage and several cars while also damaging a home.

Crews were called to the 9300 block of Trexler Road around 3 p.m. They found a rear garage engulfed in flames and a fire that had spread to an attached home.

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While battling the blaze, a car in the rear of the home exploded, said Chief Steve Oplinger of Trexlertown 25. One firefighter, who was not identified, was injured on the scene and was taken to a nearby hospital, Oplinger said.

Two adults were home at the time of the fire, but both escaped safely. The Red Cross is providing assistance, he said.

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The cars in the rear of the home were destroyed, Oplinger said. Crews are still assessing any structural damage to the house, which was built in 1840, according to Lehigh County property records.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 18:59

A 19-year-old woman will serve up to 12 years in prison for a hit-and-run DUI crash that killed Harrisburg Bureau of Fire Lt. Dennis Devoe last year.

Khanyae Kendall, of Harrisburg, was ordered to serve 5 to 12 years in prison at sentencing Monday in Dauphin County Court.

She was found guilty in February of homicide by vehicle while DUI and homicide by vehicle. She also pleaded guilty to charges of theft, DUI, accidents involving death or personal injury, and summary traffic offenses.

Prosecutors said Kendall was high on PCP and driving a stolen car when she ran a stop sign and struck Devoe’s vehicle at the intersection of 14th and Walnut streets on March 10, 2017.

DeVoe, of Stewartstown, was a father of four and a 21-year veteran of the Bureau of Fire. He was on his way to a station to pick up his gear before heading to a house fire in the 2500 block of Lexington Street that claimed the lives of two young girls.

Investigators said the fire was caused by a recharging hoverboard.

Devoe had just returned from a funeral for a retired Harrisburg firefighter who died of cancer.

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More Canadian versions of NFPA educational materials are available

NFPA - Safety Source - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 09:38
Additional educational resources that include Canadian spellings and data are available for the Canadian fire service, public educators and consumers. Just in time for the warmer weather are Canadian versions of safety tips sheets on grilling,
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