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CANADIAN FIREFIGHTER IN FALL OFF LADDER AT TRAINING

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 19:27

Peel paramedics are tending to a Mississauga firefighter who fell off a ladder during a training exercise Friday, April 13.

Training exercises were taking place at the Garry Morden Centre on Ninth Line south of Steeles Avenue in Mississauga when the firefighter fell around 3:25 p.m.

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5 FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT PA BRUSH FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 19:26

Firefighters were treated by medical crews after a large brush fire near Horseshoe Curve in Altoona Saturday.

That fire first broke out alongside Veterans Memorial Highway at noon and scorched part of the hillside on the right as you drive toward Horseshoe Curve.
It took several crews more than 4 hours to get those flames under control.

We’re told as many as 5 firefighters had to be treated for heat exhaustion, but no serious injuries have been reported. Power was out for just over 200 people in Blair County.

No word yet on what sparked that blaze

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2 MN FIREFIGHTERS ASSAULTED AT RV FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 20:00

A Minnesota man is in custody after he assaulted firefighters trying to put out an RV fire, according to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.

39-year-old Jon Tuma reportedly struck two firefighters with a blunt object at the scene of an RV fire before running into a home on the property and allegedly setting it on fire.

With the house ablaze, Tuma then climbed onto the roof and began brandishing a knife.

According to KSTP, Tuma eventually jumped down and was apprehended by ACSO deputies, who took him to the hospital for evaluation.

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2 NJ FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT FARMHOUSE FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 19:56

Two firefighters were injured battling a 2-alarm fire at a farm house in Florence Township.

The flames broke out on the first floor of a home at Clover Valley Farm at 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

Action News is told everyone inside got out safely.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries battling the blaze.

There was no immediate word what sparked the fire.

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2 CANADIAN FIREFIGHTERS INJURED IN STAIR COLLAPSE

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 19:52

Two Halifax regional firefighters were injured in a blaze Thursday night at a North Preston home when a stairwell inside the burning structure collapsed, plunging one man into the basement.

Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency crews were called to the fire on Simmonds Road at about 6:30 p.m.

“Most of the fire was located under the stairwell so it compromised the stairs — it burnt the stairs out. One firefighter fell through to the basement. [The other] went down and extricated him from the building,” said division commander Brad Connors.

The firefighters were taken to Dartmouth General Hospital and held overnight for observation, Connors said. Later Friday, Mayor Mike Savage said both had been released from hospital.

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INDIANA MULCH FIRE SENDS 8 FIREFIGHTERS TO HOSPITAL – YES, 8!

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 19:49

Multiple firefighters were sent to the hospital after battling a large fire in Lawrence County.

It started around 11 a.m. Thursday at Fibertech Inc. which is a mulch company.

Authorities tell us eight firefighters went to the hospital for smoke inhalation and exposure to carbon monoxide. One of those firefighters was kept overnight. All are expected to fully recover.

Residents were asked to stay inside and a few were even evacuated. All evacuations at this point are voluntary as a precaution. Poison Control encourages any resident who was exposed or in the path of the plume and experiencing symptoms to contact their family physician as a precaution.

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North Lawrence and Mitchell schools are closed and after school activities are canceled today because of the fire.

The wind has also been an obstacle, making the fire hard to put out, so officials plan to do an aerial water drop sometime today. The Indiana National Guard is assisting in putting out the fire.

According to Sheriff Mike Branham, this may continue to be a crash for a couple of days as reduced visibility from smoke continues to be a concern. INDOT has provided the county with warning signs to put out on roads for drivers, especially along SR37 for truckers passing through.

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Take the International First Responder Seatbelt Pledge

Everyone Goes Home - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:55

In 2006, the National Fire Service Seatbelt Pledge was created, after the tragic death of Firefighter Brian Hutton who died after falling from his fire truck on the way to a call. Dr. Burton Clark, a distinguished member of the fire service and training specialist at the National Fire Academy, was compelled to challenge firefighters to improve their personal safety by wearing their seatbelts. With website and administrative support from TrainingDivision.com and Firehouse.com, the National Fire Service Seatbelt Pledge was introduced to the American Fire Service. This initiative is currently being managed by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Everyone Goes Home® program.

For more information on the International First Responder Seatbelt Pledge, the Everyone Goes Home® program, or the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation please go to www.everyonegoeshome.com.

Take the International First Responder Seatbelt Pledge

 

Seatbelt Pledge Compliant *Award criteria: Platinum= over 100% I Gold= 90% to 100% I Silver= 80% to 89% I Bronze= 70% to 79% Name of Department, Class or Person Seatbelt
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Name
Pledge Administrator City,
State
Award
Status
Westerville Division of Fire Westerville 112-2 Unit Rick Best Westerville, OH Gold Amarillo Fire Department Amarillo Fire Department Wesley Hall Amarillo, TX Platinum New Jersey Forest Fire Service New Jersey Forest Fire Service – Division A Eric Weber Andover, NJ Gold Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Seat Belt Pledge 2017 Jason Haynes Palm Harbor, FL Gold City of Mt Morris Fire Department City of Mt Morris Fire Department 9/12/17 Michael Vogt Mt. Morris, MI Silver Mount Horeb Fire Department Mount Horeb Fire Department Seatbelt Pledge Jenny Minter Mount Horeb, WI Silver Williston Fire Department Williston Fire Department Seatbelt Pledge Robert Kiser Williston, ND Bronze Plumas Eureka Fire Department Plumas Eureka Fire Department 2017 Tom Forster Blairsden, CA Bronze Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. Wise Ave Volunteer Fire Company Adam Polomski Dundalk, MD Platinum

 

Seatbelt Success Story

“This year as part of our annual wildland fire safety refresher training (RT-130) we decided to discuss seatbelt use and safety as a module; particularly because of motor vehicle accidents being the number two cause of line of duty deaths for firefighters. As an addition, we decided to sign the Seatbelt Pledge as a group. As of today, 246 members of our crew, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service – Division A (North Region) have signed the pledge which exemplifies the level of commitment for safety of our crew operating in the field.”

This story was provided by Section Forest Firewarden Eric Weber from the New Jersey Forest Fire Service.

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

OSHA - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 07:00
April 13, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Finds Ohio Contractor Continues To Expose Roofers to Falls and Other Safety Hazards
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3 IDAHO FIREFIGHTERS EXPOSED TO RADIOACTIVE SLUDGE

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 05:01

The Latest on the rupture of a barrel with radioactive material at a site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory (all times local):

5:05 p.m.

Federal officials say three firefighters got a small amount of radioactive material on their skin and were taken to medical facilities as a precaution after a barrel containing radioactive sludge ruptured at an Idaho Nuclear site.

The U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday that the 55-gallon (208-liter) barrel ruptured late Wednesday at the 890-square-mile (2,305-square-kilometer) site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory.

The firefighters who responded to the fire alarm triggered by the rupture extinguished the smoldering barrel and moved it away from a dozen others nearby.

They got some radioactive contamination on their skin, but emergency workers washed it away.

Energy Department spokeswoman Danielle Miller says the firefighters did not inhale any of the radioactive material. She says no contamination has been detected outside of the building where the rupture occurred.

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2:15 p.m.

Federal officials say the first known rupture of a barrel containing radioactive sludge at an eastern Idaho nuclear site might not be the last.

That’s because secretive record keeping during the Cold War makes it hard for officials to now know the exact contents of similar barrels.

The U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday that the 55-gallon (208-liter) barrel ruptured late Wednesday at the 890-square-mile (2,305-square-kilometer) site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory.

Officials say crews responded to a containment structure at the Idaho Cleanup Project’s Radioactive Waste Management Complex.

Officials say no one was injured and there’s no threat to the public.

Experts say more barrels might contain a rupture-inducing mix of radioactive and other materials.

The barrels are from nuclear weapons production at the Rocky Flats Plant near Denver, Colorado.

10:20 a.m.

Federal officials say there are no injuries at a nuclear facility in eastern Idaho following the release of radioactive material from a ruptured 55-gallon (208-liter) barrel inside a containment structure.

The U.S. Department of Energy in a statement Thursday says the breach occurred late Wednesday at the 890-square-mile (2,305-square-kilometer) site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory.

Officials say the Idaho National Laboratory Fire Department responded to a fire alarm late Wednesday at the structure at the Idaho Cleanup Project’s Radioactive Waste Management Complex.

The agency says the facility is designed with high-efficiency filters and no contamination has been detected outside.

Workers have been preparing stored waste at the isolated desert site about 55 miles (89 kilometers) west of Idaho Falls for shipment to a storage facility in New Mexico.

7:58 a.m.

Federal officials say they’ve activated an Emergency Operations Center and crews are responding to a reported incident at a nuclear site in eastern Idaho.

The U.S. Department of Energy in a statement Thursday morning says it’s gathering information about the incident at the 890-square-mile (2,305-square-kilometer) site that includes the Idaho National Laboratory.

Officials haven’t released details about the type of incident reported at the Radioactive Waste Management Complex, where radioactive waste from around the country was buried for decades.

Workers have been digging up the waste at the isolated desert site for shipment to a storage facility in New Mexico.

Idaho National Laboratory Joint Information Center spokeswoman Laura Scheele says there’s no information about any injuries or possible radioactive contamination.

Officials say there is no risk to the public.

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Arkansas Fire Marshals Host Second Fire Safety Summit

NFPA - Safety Source - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 13:19
  April showers brought more than May flowers in Arkansas this month. Over 60 fire marshals from across Arkansas attended the second Fire Safety Summit hosted in Jacksonville, AR.  With a high rate of fire deaths in this rural state, fire
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites New Jersey Plastics Manufacturer For Workplace Safety Failures, Proposes Penalties of $435,679

OSHA - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 07:00
April 12, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites New Jersey Plastics Manufacturer For Workplace Safety Failures, Proposes Penalties of $435,679
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NJ FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT HOUSE FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 06:35

An injured firefighter and a resident were rescued from a fire that ripped up the front of a three-story Union Street home Wednesday afternoon.

The firefighter, who was stuck on the roof, was rescued by the Rapid Intervention Crew from the Lake Hiawatha Fire Department.

“They did a great job,” Boonton Fire Department Chief Ed Robillard said. “They cut a hole in the roof, pulled him through, pulled him down three stories and out. He’s being evaluated at the hospital for severe fatigue, but as of now, it appears he will be alright.”

The female resident was evacuated out of the back of the home after attempting to get out through the front.

“She appears to be OK,” said Robillard, who was unsure whether she was removed by police or firefighters..

Fire fighters on the scene of a home fire on Union Street in Boonton. April 11, 2018 (Photo: William Westhoven)

Rocio Salinas, who lives a few doors down from the fire scene on Union Street, said she was outside walking with her children when they started to smell smoke.

“Then I saw a lot of smoke coming out of the windows,” she said. “Then the fire. Oh my God, the fire. First floor, second floor, then the third floor. I called 911 and in less than 30 seconds, they were here.”

Robillard said his department was called to the fire at 3:56 p.m. and called a second alarm when police confirmed it was an active fire.

The second alarm brought in additional support from Parsippany District 5, Mount Tabor, Boonton Township, Mountain Lakes, Montville and Morris Plains.

Neighbors witness a fire on Union Street in Boonton April 11, 2018 (Photo: Courtesy of Rocio Salinas)

Salinas did not know the occupants of the home. Several neighbors worried about a dog that lived in the home, but another neighbor said the dog was in a kennel.

Most of the damage was confined to the exterior of the home, which was deemed uninhabitable.

Robillard said the cause of the fire was undetermined and was being investigated by the Boonton Police Department.

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2 FDNY FIREFIGHTERS INJURED IN BROOKLYN

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 20:43

Three people were injured when a four-alarm fire tore through a home in Brooklyn Wednesday afternoon.

The flames broke out at a home on 63rd Street in Bensonhurst around 3:15 p.m.

Plumes of smoke could be seen for miles.

Two firefighters and one resident were hurt. Thankfully, the injuries are said to be minor.

A fire truck headed to the scene was involved in a minor accident at East 7th Street and Avenue K in Midwood.

Both the fire truck and the other vehicle involved in the crash ended up going through some hedges and onto a person’s lawn.

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MO APPARATUS CRASH

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 17:42

The Missouri Highway Patrol is investigating a crash in Fair Grove involving three vehicles, including a fire truck.

The crash happened at U.S. 65 and Highway CC around the noon-hour.

Investigators say the driver of a pickup failed to yield, crashing into an Ebenezer Fire Department truck. The pickup then slide into another vehicle, pinning a man standing on the side of the road. He suffered serious injuries. The driver of the pickup suffered minor injuries.

Investigators tell us the fire truck was heading to a grass fire off of Morgan Lane. Firefighters evacuated homes in that area because of the fire. Fair Grove, Ebenezer, Willard, Walnut Grove and Ash Grove responded.

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Firefighters in Michigan install carbon monoxide alarms for residents

NFPA - Safety Source - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 09:25
Saginaw firefighters are working to make the city safer, one home at a time. According to television station ABC12, FEMA recently awarded the fire department a grant to purchase 1,300 carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. Firefighters have been installing them.
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PA FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 06:19

According to Lancaster County Dispatch, crews are battling a fire at the Eden Resorts and Suites in Manheim Township.

The call came in at 9:30 PM at 222 Eden Road. Dispatch says that one of the villas at the resort is fully engulfed in flames.

According to Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal, one firefighter sustained minor injuries and has been transported to a local hospital. There are no other injuries being reported at this time.

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BOSTON FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 04/11/2018 - 06:16

A firefighter was injured while working to extinguish a fire in Roxbury early Wednesday morning, according to officials.

Crews were called to 41 Walnut St. around 2 a.m. to investigate reports of a fire inside a carriage house.

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It took crews more than an hour to knock down the flames, and a firefighter was injured.

The injuries were described as minor by officials.

The two-story building sits behind a few vacant homes.

No other injuries were reported.

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FORMER SF FIREFIGHTER GETS PROBATION AFTER DRUNKEN ON-DUTY CRASH

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 16:55

The long-tangled case against a San Francisco firefighter accused of drunkenly plowing his fire rig into a motorcyclist in the city’s South of Market neighborhood — only to then run to a nearby bar to chug water — ended in a guilty plea on a significantly lesser charge, prosecutors said Monday.

Michael Quinn, who resigned from the San Francisco Fire Department after the 2013 crash, pleaded guilty Friday to one misdemeanor count of delaying an arrest and was sentenced to two years probation, bringing an end to an unusual saga.

A grand jury indicted Quinn, 47, in 2014 on three felony counts of drunken driving, but more than a year later a San Francisco judge tossed key evidence, including Breathalyzer and blood tests, hobbling the prosecution’s case.

District Attorney George Gascón, nevertheless, opted to pursue charges after the judge’s ruling.

The episode began around 11:30 p.m. on June 29, 2013, when Quinn, a 20-year department veteran, slammed his rig into motorcyclist Jack Frazier at Fifth and Howard streets. Frazier was thrown into a nearby fire hydrant and suffered serious injuries to his ribs, hip and ankle.

Frazier, who was under the influence of marijuana, had a green light but was required to yield to emergency vehicles. The San Francisco city attorney’s office and Board of Supervisors in 2016 agreed to pay Frazier nearly $5 million to settle his civil case against the city.

Video evidence of the crash was played for the grand jury and showed Quinn’s truck blowing through a red light at the intersection at 25 mph. Department rules require fire rigs to slow down as a precaution.

Quinn left the scene half an hour after the wreck and was captured on video chugging nearly four pitchers of water at the nearby Chieftain pub. A fellow firefighter reported that he’d seen Quinn vomit into a trash can, prosecutors said.

What’s more, prosecutors said, Quinn didn’t return to his nearby fire station for nearly two hours.

Once back at the station, he submitted to three Breathalyzer tests, all of which showed he was over the legal limit. Police arrested Quinn and drew his blood at 6 a.m. the next morning. The test showed his blood alcohol content was .11 — still over the .08 legal driving limit.

Prosecutors estimated Quinn’s blood alcohol level at the time of the crash could have been as high as .31 percent.

The case against him began to fall apart when San Francisco Superior Court Judge Kay Tsenin dismissed the Breathalyzer tests as unreliable, because the Fire Department did not properly calibrate its equipment. As a result, there wasn’t enough evidence for police to arrest Quinn, Tsenin ruled, and the blood evidence collected by police was also tossed. Prosecutors appealed the ruling but lost.

Several firefighters, including two assistant chiefs, were suspended by Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White for mishandling the incident.

Quinn’s attorney, James Bustamante, did not immediately return phone calls. Officials with the San Francisco Fire Department said they could not comment on the case.

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GUNSHOTS STRIKE ELIZABETH FIRE HEADQUARTERS

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 16:29

Police in Elizabeth are on the scene of a shooting that erupted just outside the Elizabeth Fire Department Headquarters Monday morning.

According to preliminary reports, the incident happened sometime before 10 a.m. in the 100 block of Irvington Avenue where reports of shots fired sent police officers to the scene.

Responding officers arrived to find the headquarters’ bay door struck by at least five to six bullets while at least two additional bullets struck a fire truck and a vehicle but none of the firefighters were hurt.

Police said the male victim was in the area when he was allegedly approached by an armed black male. As the victim fled, the suspect fired at him. The victim’s pant leg was grazed but he was not wounded, police added.

The suspect was reportedly last seen fleeing towards Parker Road and Irvington Avenue.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information can call Detective Thomas Kozur at ‪908-558-2048‬.

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