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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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 06/03/2018 - 14:07

Two firefighters and two other people were taken to the hospital after, officials said, a driver ran a red light and struck a Hallandale Beach (near Fort Lauderdale) Fire Rescue truck, Saturday afternoon. The crash took place at the intersection of Federal Highway and Southeast Third Street, right in front of the entrance to Gulfstream Park. The fire apparatus involved was en route to another call at the time of the crash. Paramedics took the victims, including the driver of the civilian car involved, to Memorial Regional Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 06/02/2018 - 15:35

No information was available Friday afternoon on the cause or origin of an early-morning fire at a building that housed Decatur Golf Carts on Modaus Road Southwest, according to Decatur Fire Chief Tony Grande.

“It’s likely a total loss,” Grande said. “There’s a lot of destruction there.”

“I don’t have an exact count” of the carts destroyed by the fire, said Zach Johnson, the general manager of the business. “It’s probably close to 70.” About 40 customers’ carts were lost, according to Johnson.

Johnson’s father, Jimmy Johnson, is the owner of the business.

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Plans are to reopen in a new location, “hopefully in a couple of months,” Zach Johnson said.

“We’re a custom-build shop. We do sales, service, upgrades, add-ons,” he said. “We do a little bit of everything.”

The business is an authorized dealer for Yamaha Golf Car.

Four firefighters were taken to Decatur Morgan Hospital to be treated for heat exhaustion, and all were discharged, Grande said.

The building, with a metal roof and sides, didn’t collapse, Grande said, but was weakened and had started sagging. In all, six firetrucks responded to the fire, he said.

The business at 3030 Modaus Road S.W. is near the new Austin High.

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U.S. Department of Labor Cites New Jersey Renewable Energy Company Following Fatality at New Hampshire Power Plant

OSHA - Fri, 06/01/2018 - 07:00
June 1, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites New Jersey Renewable Energy Company Following Fatality at New Hampshire Power Plant
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Dashcam Video: Indiana Fire Apparatus Head On Crash With Car

Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 19:56

Wayne Township (Indiana) Engine 84 was involved in a head on collision on Country Club Rd north of 21st St Wednesday afternoon. The engine was responding on a medical run when a southbound vehicle crossed over and struck the Engine. The driver of the car was trapped but slightly injured. He was transported to the hospital in good condition. None of the 4 Firefighters onboard were injured. This is the 2nd WTFD vehicle to be struck head on in a little over a month.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 09:16

A local fire chief is facing criticism after a video of him getting into a fight during a fire was posted online. The video is 10 minutes long and takes place during a fire call outside Winchester.

The video shows Winchester Fire Chief Jim Bodenheimer pushing landowner Bill Gardner twice and eventually shooting him with a hose.

The fire department called the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to come investigate the incident. Sheriff Jeff Herrig told KSNT News that they took statements from both sides and those statements have been passed on to the county attorney’s office.

Gardner was burning trash without a permit and he says he was written a citation. He admits he could’ve been more respectful when talking to Bodenheimer, but he says he expected more restraint from a public official.

Bodenheimer told KSNT News he doesn’t think the video tells the whole story, but he’s embarrassed by his actions.

He says they are changing fire department policy to make sure this never happens again. First, he says no firefighter will ever arrive on a fire call alone for now on. He also says if a firefighter gets too upset that person will be told to leave the scene instead of escalating the situation.

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U.S. Department of Labor Publishes Proposed Extension of Some Beryllium Standard Compliance Dates

OSHA - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 07:00
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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 05/31/2018 - 06:08

A Fairfax man in custody after a five-hour standoff on a fire truck in Burke.

It began around 8:30 Tuesday evening when police received a report of a man using an axe and a chainsaw to cut down a tree, which he then set on fire. Officers say that 43-year-old Wesam Hashish was also cursing and screaming at people in the 10000 block of Wavell Road.

Shortly after police and firefighters arrived Hashish jumped onto a Fairfax County Fire Rescue ladder truck and refused to come down. There he stayed for five hours. Police report during that time Hashish exposed himself, tried to assault officers and even picked up a ladder from the fire truck and threw it at them.

During the standoff people living nearby were asked to stay in their houses and keep away from windows and doors.

Around 2 a.m Wednesday, officers use a Taser and pepper spray to subdue Hashish  A police K9 assisted in the arrest.  Hashish was medically cleared at a hospital and then taken to the Adult Detention Center. He was charged with felony attempted assault on a law enforcement officer, indecent exposure, unlawfully climbing onto a fire truck, interfering or tampering with firefighting equipment, and threats to bomb.  He’s being held without bond.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 20:19

From our friend Dave Statter at

Firefighter Justin Costa is reported in fair condition in the burn unit at UC Davis Medical Center after being injured during a fire Monday at Hardester’s Market in Middletown, California. Lake County News reports Costa is a “paid call firefighter with the South Lake County Fire Protection District and also a Cal Fire employee.”

According to news reports, California Highway Patrol Officer Geno Cortez helped bring Firefighter Costa to safety. The interview with Officer Cortez is in the video above. Raw video from the fire is below from Cole Euken, David The Computer Guy and Quest for Details.


Firefighters arrived at the scene and began battling the flames.

“You could see one of the firefighters get thrown back, then he got on his feet, started screaming something,” Cortez said. “You could tell he was pointing inside that there was another firefighter in there.”

Cortez radioed for help and jumped into action.

“Shortly after that, about another minute in, I see the other firefighter jump out,” he said. “You could tell that he had been in the fire, his whole uniform was charred — and you know, smoky like he had been in the fire. You could hear him screaming, but I couldn’t tell what he was saying. At this point, I walked over in a hurry.”

Cortez said he didn’t know Costa, but he could tell he was in pain. Cortez and another firefighter then pulled Costa to safety.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 20:17

A Milwaukee firefighter was injured while battling a blaze near 20th and Purdue Streets Wednesday evening. The fire was reported around 5:30 p.m.

The exact injuries the firefighter sustained were not disclosed but they were taken to Froedtert Hospital.

The floor was confined to the second floor of the building. Six people were displaced and able to find housing with relatives.

Cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 16:18

A fire destroyed furniture at the site of a storage area on Carpenter Avenue in Newburgh on Wednesday morning, according to assistant Fire Chief John Ryan.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Ryan said. The site was formerly a lumber yard.

“There were some cabinets and furniture, we had two sheds that were destroyed,” Ryan said. “There was a lot of fire on arrival. We had to cut the gate to get in.”

There were no fatalities, though one firefighter sustained a second-degree burn, Ryan said.

He added that the Newburgh Fire Department responded to the fire at 10:40 a.m., and an initial water pressure issue caused responders to call for backup. Ryan said the scene was cleared by 2:15 p.m.

“It was a second alarm at first, but we had a problem with the water, so we went to a third alarm for additional manpower,” Ryan said. “We were battling the water and the wind.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 14:58

Korshe Carter wasn’t concerned when a fire alarm blared Wednesday morning at Oakley Square Apartments where she lives with her 2-year-old daughter. Just two days ago someone pulled a fire alarm, she said.

But when the 26-year-old saw black smoke in the complex after her cousin woke her, she went outside with dozens of other residents, some still in pajamas, and waited for the fire department in the parking lot.

“I was scared because I feel like this was a repeat of 10 years ago,” Carter said, noting a fire about a decade ago ruined some of her valuables.

Carter, who has lived there since 1994, said she was hoping her designer bags in her apartment weren’t damaged.

Chicago Fire District Chief Dan Cunningham spoke to reporters after the fire, in the seven-story complex in the 2300 block of West Jackson Boulevard, was extinguished.

Shortly after 9:55 a.m., first responders spotted smoke on the fifth floor of the complex’s 2325 building and found fire in the trash chute and in the trash room on the main floor, Cunningham said. Fire was also found on the sixth and seventh floor of the building.

Firefighters rescued two residents who were in wheelchairs but there were no other calls for distress, Cunningham said.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital. One had a twisted knee and the other had “what appeared to be” heat exhaustion.

“The fire was extinguished very rapidly,” Cunningham said.

Chicago fire spokesman Larry Langford said it was a “routine fire” that was most likely caused by someone but was probably accidental. However, it is still being investigated, he said. No residents were displaced from their home.

“It has happened before,” Langford said of fires at the building. “The residents have experience with it.”

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