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MI RIG STRUCK AT CRASH SCENE

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 08/07/2018 - 06:40

A Bridgeport Township fire crew escaped injury when their truck got rear-ended at the scene of a crash on I-75 Monday afternoon.

The yellow engine with all of its warning lights activated was sitting in the emergency lane in the median outside the travel lanes on the southbound when an SUV drove into the back.

Fire Chief Pat Nelson was in the truck that got hit. Neither he, the other firefighter traveling with him nor the woman who rear-ended them received any injuries.

He chalked up the crash to another illustration of how motorists are not obeying Michigan’s move-over law.

“People aren’t moving over,” Nelson said. “The move over law doesn’t seem to mean anything to people.”

Under Michigan law, motorists are required to move over when approaching any emergency vehicle, giving at least a one-lane buffer. When that is not practical, drivers have to slow down to a safe speed.

Nelson pointed out the fire truck was off the road and as far out of the travel lanes as possible helping with a crash on the northbound side of the freeway.

“We were stopped, our air brakes were set and a vehicle — an SUV-type vehicle — struck the back of our fire apparatus,” he said. “All of our lights were operating. We were off the road way at that point.”

The fire truck was damaged, including a ladder that will have to be replaced.

“She said her brakes failed, but again we were outside of the traffic lane in the emergency lane, so I’m not sure where she was traveling,” Nelson said.

While that driver didn’t move over, Nelson said several other drivers also weren’t obeying the move over one lane law for emergency responders.

“It took about 10 minutes before traffic was cleared enough for me to exit the apparatus out of the passenger side,” Nelson said.

The accident happened just yards from where tow truck driver Tom Tripp was killed earlier this year, hit by a drunk driver as he was loading a car on a flat bed truck. A memorial has been set up near the crash site.

Nelson said distracted driving is making the roads dangerous for everyone.

“You see overheads on a fire truck or an emergency vehicle, it’s going somewhere and its going to be stopping,” he said. “Move over, get out of the way, give us some space.”

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ROLLING GUN BATTLE SENDS ST. LOUIS FIREFIGHTERS RUNNING FOR COVER

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 14:18

One man is critically injured after a rolling gun battle erupted outside a St. Louis firehouse, forcing firefighters to scramble for cover.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that no firefighters were injured in the shootings around 7 a.m. Monday. The lone gunshot victim was found outside the firehouse and medics ran to help him.

Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson says a dozen firefighters were at Engine House No. 32 when occupants of two cars began shooting at each other.

Firefighters closed the garage door at the front of the firehouse, but not before two people ran in claiming they had been shot. It turned out they had not been shot.

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So…Who IS FIT To Fight Fires?

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 14:16

I was over 300 lbs for many years and felt just fine-(no physicals back then)-until any fire run where I actually had to climb a story or two with a line. I am pretty sure I went thru an SCBA in 3-4 minutes…something like that…and it happened a lot.

 

I think those “ran out of SCBA air much quicker than I should have” events, as well being the Dad to some very young kids at the time, made me think about my weight, fitness and ability to do the job…and to be able/unable to support the others on that hose line.

 

Many firefighters struggle to get and stay fit, while some departments struggle to hold firefighters accountable to basic fitness levels. It’s a very real issue-career and volunteer-just look around.

So who is responsible for fitness?

The Firefighter?

The fire department?

The North American Junk Food Association?

La-Z-Boy Inc?

Hmmmm.

SO what are some realistic suggestions, ideas and solutions for individual Firefighters and departments, so we can realistically begin to tackle the fitness issue?

 

Once again Gordon Graham’s folks at LEXIPOL are hosting a one hour, no cost fire service webinar. Join me with these fire folks who will discuss the unique fitness (eating, exercise etc) needs of all Firefighters, how to design workouts for maximum effectiveness, and how to instill a positive “attitude” of simply being healthy and able to do the job throughout your department.

You’ll learn: 
·        What current health and fitness components are most important for firefighters and why
·        Key elements to build into your workouts…be it walking or a full workout
·        The importance of making fitness a fire department priority, and tips for motivating and supporting all firefighters to improve their ability to BE A FIREFIGHTER.

Please join:
-FF Aaron Zamzow-Firefighter/Training Officer-Madison (WI) Fire Department – Owner of Fire Rescue Fitness.
-Deputy Chief Dan Kerrigan-East Whiteland (PA) Township – Author of the book:

FF Functional Fitness.
-Dr. Sara Jahnke, Ph.D.-Director, Center for Fire, Rescue and EMS Health Research-
National Development and Research Institutes.

Register today!
The webinar will be held Wednesday, August 22 at 1 pm ET/10 am PT. Registration is free.
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REGISTER:  https://info.lexipol.com/webinar-firefighter-fitness-tsl

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2 FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT IOWA BUILDING FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 13:48

The Tama building is considered a total loss according to Burlington Fire Battalion Chief Bruce Workman.

Two firefighters were transported to an area hospital due to injuries received while fighting the fire. Both have since been released and their injuries are not considered life threatening.

Firefighters remain on scene applying water to hot spots and smoldering embers. Primary high power lines were struck during the blaze. Alliant Energy is still working to restore power to downtown Burlington.

The fire was called in by a citizen who saw the flames from three blocks away. Six departments and fifty-three firefighters battled the blaze.

UPDATE 8/5/18 9:00 a.m.: Fire crews continue to battle smoke and flames at the Tama building in Burlington as of 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

The fire chief says the fire started in the Eastman building and then spread to the Chittenden. Parts of both buildings have collapsed. The east side of the Eastman building and north side of Chittenden building both saw partial collapses as of 9:00 a.m. Fire crews are concerned both buildings could collapse and are asking people to keep their distance.

Neighbors say they watched the flames all night and heard parts of the building collapse.

“We gathered on the balcony and watched and they said,’get all your cars because we don’t know how secure the building is,’ and then at about 6 this morning we heard a rumble and the whole back end of the building came down,” said Mark Renteria.

Renteria says he was planning to open a wine bar and grocery store on the bottom floor of the building. The Tama building was undergoing a $12 million renovation to also include 48 loft style apartments.

The Tama building previously caught fire in 2009.

ORIGINAL 8/5/18 4:45 a.m.: Fire crews remained on scene as of 4:45 a.m. Sunday after a fire broke out overnight in the Tama building.

Burlington Police say at least four neighboring fire departments are on scene assisting – Fort Madison, West Burlington, Danville and Mt. Pleasant.

Police say the call came in at 10:54 p.m. Saturday night, Aug. 4. The Tama building is located on 3rd Street and Jefferson Street.

The building is currently being renovated into apartments. Police say no one lives there currently, but a woman had to be rescued from the third floor. Fire crews were able to get her out using an aerial truck. She was not injured, according to Burlington Police.

No injuries have been reported.

Burlington Police also say part of the west wall collapsed.

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U.S. Department of Labor Cites El Paso Construction Company For Trenching and Excavation Safety Hazards

OSHA - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 07:00
August 6, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites El Paso Construction Company For Trenching and Excavation Safety Hazards
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Construction Company After Fatal Trenching Incident

OSHA - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 07:00
August 6, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Construction Company After Fatal Trenching Incident
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Tennessee Contractor After Two Employees Burned at Nuclear Power Plant

OSHA - Mon, 08/06/2018 - 07:00
August 6, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Tennessee Contractor After Two Employees Burned at Nuclear Power Plant
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Illinois Manufacturer For Health and Safety Violations

OSHA - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 07:00
August 3, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Illinois Manufacturer For Health and Safety Violations
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Texas Dollar Tree Store For Exposing Employees to Safety Hazards

OSHA - Fri, 08/03/2018 - 07:00
August 3, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Texas Dollar Tree Store For Exposing Employees to Safety Hazards
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Manufacturer For Exposing Employees to Excessive Noise and Other Hazards

OSHA - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 07:00
August 2, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Manufacturer For Exposing Employees to Excessive Noise and Other Hazards
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Recycling Company for Safety Violations

OSHA - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 07:00
August 2, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Recycling Company for Safety Violations
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Idaho Lumber Company For Exposing Employees to Safety Hazards

OSHA - Thu, 08/02/2018 - 07:00
August 2, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Idaho Lumber Company For Exposing Employees to Safety Hazards
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Paving Company After Employee Sustains Fatal Injuries

OSHA - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 07:00
Aug. 1, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Paving Company After Employee Sustains Fatal Injuries
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PA SQUAD TRUCK STRUCK WHILE BLOCKING

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 12:18

No firefighters were injured in a Monday afternoon crash, west of Flintstone, after a car collided with a piece of fire apparatus providing incident scene blocking, according to officials.

“No one was in the squad when the car struck the (apparatus),” Bedford Road Volunteer Fire Department Chief Eddie Collins said. “We had the shoulder and slow lane blocked for two separate incidents while (Flintstone Ambulance) was obtaining a patient refusal.”

Incident scene blocking is a term used when a large fire apparatus is used to protect the scene from dangers, for example, vehicles operated by distracted drivers that may not see first responders working alongside the road.

“This is why (incident) scene blocking is so important,” Collins said.

Units from Baltimore Pike and Orleans Volunteer Fire Departments, ambulances from Bowman’s Addition, Flintstone and Cumberland, Allegany County Department of Emergency Services and Maryland State Police responded to the 2:10 p.m. collision.

Collins said that a sedan got into the fast lane, slowed down and came to a stop.

“A dump truck that was following behind, rear-ended the sedan, pushing them into the squad,” Collins said. “Two patients were in the sedan and were assisted out of the vehicle by my crew.”

Two patients were transported to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center with minor injuries, according to Todd Bowman, public information officer for Allegany County Department of Emergency Services.

This crash was part of a series of crashes that started during a downpour of rain at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday, Bowman said. Units were originally dispatched to I-68 near mile marker 50 for a reported crash. First arriving EMS units corrected the incident to mile marker 53, just east of the Street Road bridge.

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Summer safety fun with Miranda Park's Parties

NFPA - Safety Source - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 09:32
  The Maranda's Park Parties are a familiar and treasured summer event in West Michigan, bringing 24 years of fun in the form or entertainment, attractions, food, and tons of prizes to local communities.  One of the greatest assets in the
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Oregon Shipbuilder For Serious and Willful Safety Violations

OSHA - Tue, 07/31/2018 - 07:00
July 31, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Oregon Shipbuilder For Serious and Willful Safety Violations
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RIG REAR ENDED AT WI CRASH SCENE

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 20:30

After a crash on Sunday night that left 3 people injured firefighters and lawmakers want accident scenes to be treated like construction zones with stiffer penalties.

The Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department said a 48-year-old man was seriously injured after rear ending a fire truck Sunday night.

According to a news release, the crash happened around 8 p.m. on Highway 10 near Morgan Drive near Waupaca. Investigators said the fire truck did have its lights activated.

Two fire department employees suffered minor injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

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VIDEO SHOWS FDNY ENGINE SLAMMING CAR IN BROOKLYN AT INTERSECTION

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 10:44

Dramatic surveillance video shows an FDNY truck slamming into a vehicle at a Brooklyn intersection while racing to an emergency, and residents say it’s another example of why speed bumps are necessary there.

The video shows a white sedan T-boning a fire engine at the corner of Midwood and Bedford in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens Wednesday afternoon while the truck was responding to a call.

The video shows another FDNY truck pulling up shortly afterward to attend to the driver who was slammed in the crash. It’s not clear how badly the driver was injured, and the FDNY did not immediately respond to News 4’s request for comment.

Resident Josh Kohnfelder said he does not blame the fire department for doing its job, but there’s a speeding problem at that intersection. He and other neighbors have demanded speed bumps, and were told it’s not possible.

“The DOT’s been saying that it’s an emergency route to the fire department and they cannot put any speed bumps here,” he said, adding the street has now become known for speeding drivers.

Neighbors say they don’t want to make it harder for firefighters to do their job but they also want a solution.

Dramatic surveillance video shows an FDNY truck slamming into a vehicle at a Brooklyn intersection while racing to an emergency, and residents say it’s another example of why speed bumps are necessary there. (Published Thursday, July 26, 2018)

“It’s devastating to think that my kids play out here, and people drive that way,” said Kohnfelder. “It’s pretty uncomfortable.”

Lauree Johnson said, “Maybe we can do something, put up a sign — ‘Children at play, please go slow.’ Something to deter them from moving at the clip that they are.”

The DOT told News 4 that it’s looking into the issue. Usually, a study is needed before speed bumps are installed, and that can take up to two years.

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APPARATUS BATTERY EXPLODES – INJURING NY FIREFIGHTER

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 07/30/2018 - 08:27

A Sawkill Fire Department firefighter is expected to make a full recovery after he inhaled toxic fumes after a fire engine battery exploded at the fire station at 896 Sawkill Road, according to department chief David Hoffman.

Hoffman said 35-year-old Captain Mike Williams was starting a fire truck inside the fire station at 10:45 a.m. Saturday as firefighters were preparing to go to the Ulster County Volunteer Firefighters Association Parade in the town of Ulster when the battery exploded, sparking a fire.

Williams inhaled the fumes from the explosion and he was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla in critical condition, Hoffman said.

Hoffman said the fire was quickly put out. Firefighters from the city of Kingston hazardous materials team were called in to assist with containing and cleaning up the battery acid.

Hoffman said Williams condition quickly improved to stable and he was expected to released from the hospital in a few days.

Williams has been a member of the department for more than 10 years, and is also a Mobile Life Support Services paramedic, Hoffman added.

Hoffman said the fire engine will be inspected by a mechanic on Monday.

While the truck is out for repairs, Ulster Hose Fire Company No. 5 is covering with one mutual-aid engine, Hoffman said.

Hoffman said the department’s vehicles are regularly inspected by mechanics and this was a “really rare occurrence.”

Firefighters from Ulster Hose Company No. 5, Ruby, East Kingston, and Woodstock Company No. 4 also assisted at the scene.

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