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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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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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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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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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 14:50

An East Fork firefighter has been taken to California for a burn injury suffered while extinguishing a hay truck early Monday morning.

East Fork firefighters responded to the 4 a.m. fire at Highway 88 in front of Douglas High School.

“First arriving units found a tractor trailer with two full trailers of hay fully involved in fire that was spreading to the attached load of hay,” East Fork Deputy Chief Dave Fogerson said on Monday. “The fire was quickly knocked down and the threat to any nearby exposures was eliminated.”

The driver of the truck was able to escape the vehicle.

Workers were still on scene cleaning up the wreckage and unloading the hay at 9 a.m. Monday.

The fire affected the Monday commute and arrival of students at Douglas High School.


Fogerson said high school administrators coordinated the parking areas to help students get parked.

The injured firefighter was taken for treatment locally and has been transferred to the University of California, Davis, Burn Center with nonlife-threatening injuries. Fogerson said the firefighter had a circumferential burn to his left leg.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 17:58

A firefighter suffered minor injuries while fighting a garage fire in the Broad Brook section of East Windsor on Sunday.

Crews responded to a fire on Cemetery Rd on Sunday evening.

Upon arrival, firefighters reported heavy fire on the 2nd floor on the one-and-a-half story garage.

Crews said three lines were put into operation and the fire was knocked down within 25 minutes.

Crews from Warehouse Point, South Windsor Fire Department, Ellington Fire, Somers Fire, and Enfield Fire Departments assisted.

The Fire Marshal is working to determine the cause and origin of the fire

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Fire starts in home with no working smoke alarms, family dog credited with coming to the rescue

NFPA - Safety Source - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 15:42
The Boulder County Sheriff’s office in Colorado is crediting “Sam,” a 14-year-old dachshund, with saving a family from what could have been a tragedy. Problems started for the family on a recent evening when the power shut off in
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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 15:20

Two firefighters are recovering after fighting a massive fire on Saturday afternoon.

It started on Wilcox Street near Belmont just before 2 p.m. on the west side.

24-Hour News 8’s Brad Maushart was on the scene.

Indianapolis Fire Department says a vacant home caught fire, and the flames spread to the homes on each side of it.

The people who lived in those two homes evacuated safely. Nine people in all were displaced by the fire, and IFD was working to find them shelter.

It took crews about an hour to get the fire under control.

Two firefighters were taken to the hospital — one for a steam burn to the hand, the other for a shoulder injury. They were both treated and released.

Damages to the homes are estimated at $350,000.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 15:17

A Buffalo firefighter was taken to a local hospital by ambulance early Monday morning, after fighting a fire inside a vacant building at Jefferson Avenue and Carlton Street.

The intersection was shut down around 4:30 a.m. as firefighters worked on the blaze. It’s close to the Jefferson Avenue exit off the Kensington Expressway.

Division Chief Peter Kertzie tells 7 Eyewitness News firefighters found two separate fire sources inside the building, on the second floor and attic. This opens up the possibility that the fire was started intentionally.

Kertzie says the firefighter who was taken to the hospital had overexerted himself while working on the fire in the attic. He was taken out of the building on a stretcher after reporting that he felt dizzy. He was loaded into an AMR ambulance and taken to a local hospital.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No one else was injured.

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Lynnway Auto Auction to Correct Hazards, Implement Safety Measures, And Pay Penalties in U.S. Department of Labor Settlement

OSHA - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 07:00
April 9, 2018 Lynnway Auto Auction to Correct Hazards, Implement Safety Measures, And Pay Penalties in U.S. Department of Labor Settlement
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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 04/08/2018 - 18:15

Several Tulsa firefighters are OK after a crash Saturday morning on the northwest side of downtown Tulsa.

TFD said they were alerted at the Station 2 firehouse about chain reaction crash in the southbound lanes of the L.L. Tisdale Expressway to the IDL and Highway 412 westbound on ramps.

When TFD responded, they said firefighters started working on getting a patient out of a white pickup.

Firefighters said two cars then hit the fire engine causing front and rear damage.

TFD said two people were taken to the hospital, but again no firefighters were hurt.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 04/08/2018 - 16:46

A Yakima firefighter injured in an April 1 house fire has been released from the hospital.

Lt. Cody Burton was hurt when he fell through a floor at a house fire on 1510 Cornell Ave., Yakima fire officials said. Burton, who was treated for five broken ribs and a punctured lung, will be recovering at home, Capt. Jeff Pfaff said in a news release.

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The fire was the second one at the vacant home in two days, and has been deemed suspicious by fire officials. A third fire that damaged part of a fourplex at 1113 Jefferson Ave. at 9 a.m. Saturday. That fire started outside the building and damaged two units, displacing 10 people, according to the fire department.

Fire officials said that fire was suspicious and is being investigated.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 10:24

FAIR GROVE, Mo Two people are recovering tonight after a crash involving an Ebenezer fire truck that was responding to a call.
One man was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.
The Ebenezer fire truck was helping assist with a fire in Webster county, when they were told to help with a fire in northwest Greene county.
On the way, they were driving on highway CC in Fair Grove, when a man pulled out in front of them.

“A car pulled out in front of them and they hit them into, the vehicle that pulled out in front of them into another vehicle that was actually putting signs up against the guard rail. So a gentleman got pinned up against the guard rail and a pickup truck.” said Eric Higgins, the Fire Chief for the Fair Grove Fire Protection District.

The man hanging up the sign, Ronald McGilvray, was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.
The driver who pulled out in front of the fire truck, Dennis Hase, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
And despite the fire truck having its lights and sirens on, Hase still pulled out in front of it.

“There’s more cell phones, people are paying attention to phones, there’s more distractions on vehicles. But it’s not too bad of an issue but it’s getting there.” said Higgins.

The fire the truck was heading to was just west of Highway 13 on Farm Road 119.

“When our first units arrived here we had multiple vehicles involved, we also had a grass fire that was moving rather quickly. So they focused on the grass fire and the car fires.” said Micah Latch, Battalion Chief with the Ebenezer Fire Protection District.

Around four cars burned in the fire.
Eight crews worked to put the flames out, but had several challenges to deal with.

“Today our two biggest issues were just our limited resources and also just the terrain conditions out there today. Trucks were getting stuck today left and right and as quickly as we could pull them out they were getting stuck again.” said Latch.

The ground was soft due to the rain we have gotten from the past week, but the fire still burned strong.

“I was not aware of a high fire danger today. But any day has the potential to be a high fire danger day. It just takes that right ember in that right spot and you can end up with something like this very quickly.” said Latch.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 10:22

One firefighter was injured and several residents have been displaced following a large structure fire at a residential complex overnight.

Escambia County spokeswoman Kaycee Lagarde said the blaze was called in at 1:17 a.m. Friday in the 13400 block of Valerie Drive.

When firefighters arrived, the fire had spread to all three floors of the complex. It took crews more than an hour to bring it under control.

No one from the public was injured, but one firefighter was transported by EMS to Sacred Heart Hospital due to injuries.

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The condo where the fire started is a total loss and the attached condo is destroyed, according to the county.

The State Fire Marshal is investigating the blaze and the American Red Cross is providing assistance to residents.

Emma Kennedy can be reached a

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 10:21

Passionate. Happy. Selfless. Loving. Loyal.

Those were some of the words fellow firefighters and friends used to describe Richard “Rick” Garner Jr. — a Madison firefighter and paramedic who died suddenly Sunday after a 48-hour shift — at a memorial service Friday attended by hundreds of firefighters and police officers from across the state.

The former University of Wisconsin football player and five-year veteran of the Madison Fire Department collapsed after returning from Easter church services and lunch while visiting friends in Mount Pleasant, just hours after completing his shift, Fire Chief Steven Davis said.

Garner died four days before his 30th birthday.

Davis and others described Garner as a dedicated firefighter with a personality as big as his 6-foot-6 frame.

“It’s very rare in a department of our size … that you have someone who has an effect like (Garner) had in such a short amount of time,” said Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin president Mahlon Mitchell.

While the cause of Garner’s death is unclear, Davis said it is believed to have been due to an unknown medical condition. Because his death occurred within 24 hours of his shift ending, it is considered a death in the line of duty.

During his last shift from Friday to early Sunday, Garner responded to 19 calls, which Davis said likely contributed to his death.

While Davis said the number of calls is not unusual, the types of calls — which included a structure fire and child birth — were more stressful than a typical shift.

“They had a lot of high-trauma events,” Davis said. “You can have one call and if it’s stressful enough, it can do a lot of damage to the body.”

The department wasn’t aware of any underlying medical conditions and Garner didn’t report feeling ill during his shift, he said.

Davis said Garner was in good shape and had passed annual health exams and physical fitness exams every other year.

Garner’s death could lead to changes in the Fire Department’s policy to prevent future deaths, Davis said.

Once the department has more details, it will look at possible adjustments, Davis said, but did not specify what those changes could be.

“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us … on how we’re going to make sure this never repeats itself,” he said.

Davis said grief counselors have been made available to help other firefighters cope with Garner’s death.

A popular firefighter

At Friday’s memorial at the UW-Madison Field House, Garner was remembered as a great firefighter who was high-energy, popular and fun.

“Rick was a special kind of crazy,” said Madison firefighter and friend Brandon Jones. “It was his energy that allowed him to touch so many lives.”

Whether it was mentoring boys who hung around his fire station or checking up on patients as they recovered, Garner was committed to the job even when he wasn’t working, firefighter friends said.

“He had a passion for helping children in this community,” said Doug Johnson, a Madison firefighter and friend.

Family members, including Garner’s parents, Richard Garner Sr. and Lenell Mitchell-Garner, and brother and sister from his native California, attended the memorial.

Garner will be buried in California. He was not married and had no children.

To allow as many Madison firefighters to attend the memorial as possible, firefighters from departments as far away as Kenosha and Green Bay volunteered to respond to fire calls.

The memorial included remarks by Mayor Paul Soglin and Gov. Scott Walker.

Madison’s fire Engine 10 will be named after Garner and include a plaque honoring him.

“He absolutely loved this city and loved working for the Fire Department,” Davis said, adding that Garner was one of his first hires as fire chief.

“We have a department that’s grieving because Rick was a very popular person,” Davis said. “It’s rare in our business to have this big personality come on the scene that everybody loves.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 10:20

A group of firefighters rushed inside the smoldering bakery when a gust of wind slammed the door closed behind them.

Their fellow firefighters frantically tried to open the door, but the minutes ticked by while the acrid smell of the fire fell over the street, said Ruben Cruz, who watched the scene unfold early Saturday from his Southwest Side porch.

After about five minutes, they yanked open the door, and pulled two firefighters out of the building by their vests.

“They took off all their equipment,” Cruz said. “They made sure they were breathing.”

Three firefighters were burned in a blaze that started before 12:30 a.m. in the 3000 block of West 42nd Street in the Brighton Park neighborhood, according to Chicago Fire. It was struck out later Saturday morning.

Two firefighters were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and one to Stroger Hospital. All three were in good condition, authorities said.

Residents of the block said the one-story brick building was a bakery that supplied bread to other locations.

Abel Arroyo made sure to get his two dogs out of his home when he smelled smoke. He lives adjacent to the bakery.

“I knew I needed to get the whole family out,” he said.

He relocated to Cruz’s home, where their families stood on the porch and watched the crews douse the building.

“I’m glad they’re all safe,” Cruz said. “They’re all doing their jobs.”

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U.S. Department of Labor Seeks to Prevent Georgia Roadway Worksite Injuries Through Safety Stand-Down Events

OSHA - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 07:00
April 6, 2018  U.S. Department of Labor Seeks to Prevent Georgia Roadway Worksite Injuries Through Safety Stand-Down Events
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Grain-Handling Industry and Safety Professionals Announce ‘Stand-Up for Grain Engulfment Prevention Week,’ April 9-13

OSHA - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 07:00
April 5, 2018 Grain-Handling Industry and Safety Professionals Announce ‘Stand-Up for Grain Engulfment Prevention Week,’ April 9-13
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