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VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS WANTED! Wait…Are You Sure…?

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 21:39

VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS WANTED! Wait…Are You Sure…?

I’m not sure that Paul Combs has ever raised such an important issue more accurately than in his attached drawing. The traditional “hit the tones and see who shows up” volunteer fire (and EMS) service is in measurable trouble. Volunteer leaders owe it to those who dial 911 to address the problems & propose changes.

A few simple tests:

Do all the dispatched apparatus get out with training/qualified, able and adequate staffing in a time that is defined as appropriate – based on nationally proven & recognized standards and best practices?

What is best for those in the community  when they have a fire or emergency?

Does the volunteer fire/EMS department genuinely welcome new members?

Is there a clear and written policy on exactly how new members are brought in, mentored and guided?

Are active members respected or are they taken for granted?

Are the needs of today’s active members met by the leadership in order for them to serve?

Is the volunteer department leadership living in the “good old days” but not recognizing or understanding that, quite frankly, times have changed?

Do a few people “dominate” the volunteer department to the point where it’s driving many active members away?

With time so precious to everyone these days, are volunteer firefighter & EMS members time understood and respected?

This is a very emotional and tough issue that is ignored in far too many areas. It’s always best to truly examine the problem and make needed changes internally — rather than to be forced to change due to external forces, be it politically, legally, emotionally or in the media.

Change is never easy-trust me-I get it as much as anyone else. I fight change that I don’t like everyday. However, when an oath is taken to “protect & serve” – it’s about protecting and serving… based upon the needs of those needing the protection and the service…not necessarily what’s best for those sworn to serve.

When asked the question: “what’s best for the public based upon the communities fiscal ability?” …the answers are usually very clear. When a volunteer organization is willing to consider and make change based upon what’s clear, that organization hasn’t lost focus on what they are there for.

There are many successful volunteer organizations that have made proactive change to best serve their community. There are also volunteer organizations who that didn’t change and are now a memory.

Check out Paul’s phenomenal art work-and critical message.

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DISCIPLINE AFTER WA DEPARTMENT USES DEAD BODY FOR TRAINING

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 07:09

One Bellingham Fire Department veteran officer retired and another resigned after an investigation revealed a deceased patient in July was taken to Fire Station 1 to await pick up from a funeral home and several department members, including a division chief and EMS captains, practiced multiple intubations on the body, according to information provided by City of Bellingham Communications Director Vanessa Blackburn.

“In early August, I first learned of an incident at Bellingham Fire Department Station 1 during which department personnel successively performed a medical procedure, endotracheal intubation, on a deceased person,” Bellingham Fire Chief Bill Newbold said in a prepared statement in response to questions from The Bellingham Herald. “This incident was neither normal nor acceptable.

“The chief officer directing this activity was immediately placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a complete and thorough investigation. The investigation confirmed to me that the actions of the personnel involved were unacceptable and constitute serious misconduct.”

According to Blackburn, the chief officer directing the activity wrongly believed that the situation was an appropriate training opportunity.

Bellingham Fire personnel did not seek nor did they receive permission to perform the procedure from the deceased’s family, Blackburn said, and direction was only provided by the chief officer present.

“That direction was inappropriate and inconsistent with our expectations of chief officers,” Blackburn said.

Two office staff personnel also were involved in the incident, Blackburn said.

“These actions stand to violate the trust between our department and the community we serve, which we have earned through over a century of exemplary service,” Newbold said. “Going forward, the firefighters, paramedics and staff of the Bellingham Fire Department will continue to work hard in service to our community.

“Our professional, well-trained personnel constantly endeavor to be responsible stewards of the public’s trust, and we are working to repair any breach of this trust through review of appropriate policies and procedures and to ensure all our employees’ actions are in alignment with our mission.”

In addition to the two officers who are no longer with the department, Blackburn said the remainder of the staff involved received suspension without pay or letters in their personnel files, depending on their involvement.

Names of the officers involved were not released, though the officer who retired had been with the department 28 years and the officer who resigned was a 23-year veteran of the department.

“I was very disturbed when I found out about the incident and appreciate that Fire Chief Bill Newbold responded swiftly to the allegations of misconduct by our personnel,” Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville said in a prepared statement. “We took it very seriously, taking the steps to make sure that the people who were responsible have been held accountable.

“What happened was wrong and I want to assure the community that it won’t happen again. I am confident that Chief Newbold will take the appropriate measures to continue providing our community the high level of Fire and EMS service you expect.”

Read more here: https://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article218955030.html#storylink=cpy
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FIRE TRUCK CRASH ENROUTE TO WORKING FIRE IN PA

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 07:07

A Fountain Hill house was damaged Monday night by a fire that chased out its residents and neighbors, according to emergency radio reports.

The fire was reported 10:45 p.m. at the rear 722 N. Clewell St., at Clewell Street. A second alarm dispatched extra firefighters to the scene.

There were no reports of injuries at the house, but one person was reported injured in the collision of a Nancy Run firetruck and a private vehicle on Stefko Boulevard and East Market Street in Bethlehem.

One person suffered a back injury in the crash, fire officials radioed. An ambulance was dispatched.

http://www.mcall.com/news/police/mc-pol-fountain-hill-house-blaze-firetruck-crash-20180924-story.html

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FIRE TRUCK CRASH ENROUTE TO WORKING FIRE IN PA

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 07:05

A Fountain Hill house was damaged Monday night by a fire that chased out its residents and neighbors, according to emergency radio reports.

The fire was reported 10:45 p.m. at the rear 722 N. Clewell St., at Clewell Street. A second alarm dispatched extra firefighters to the scene.

There were no reports of injuries at the house, but one person was reported injured in the collision of a Nancy Run firetruck and a private vehicle on Stefko Boulevard and East Market Street in Bethlehem.

One person suffered a back injury in the crash, fire officials radioed. An ambulance was dispatched.

http://www.mcall.com/news/police/mc-pol-fountain-hill-house-blaze-firetruck-crash-20180924-story.html

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2 BALTIMORE RIGS STRUCK BY FLYING MANHOLE COVERS, MEDIC INJURED

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 07:03

The Baltimore Fire Department says that a medic was injured and two firetrucks were damaged after four manholes exploded in Downtown Baltimore, on Monday evening.

According to officials, the manholes exploded after an underground electrical fire. A manhole cover struck a medic and the medic was taken to a hospital for non life threatening injuries.

People were also evacuated at the scene and told to avoid North Charles Street and Lexington Street due to fire activity and road closures.

Baltimore Gas & Electric was called to the scene to cut electric and crews used a compound to smother the fire. Officials also say that they are no longer using the compound and are letting the fire burn out, while monitoring.

BGE said later it did not identify any issues with its equipment.

https://foxbaltimore.com/news/local/traffic-alert-fire-activity-on-north-charles-street-lexington-street-in-baltimore

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On Week 4 of National Preparedness Month, communities are encouraged to save for an emergency

NFPA - Safety Source - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 07:00
On this final week of National Preparedness Month, the Department of Homeland Security encourages everyone to save for an emergency, stating that maintaining emergency savings, financial planning, and completing an emergency financial first aid kit are
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Metal Forging Company, Proposes $225,046 in Penalties

OSHA - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 07:00
September 25, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Metal Forging Company, Proposes $225,046 in Penalties
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U.S. Department of Labor Launches Regional Emphasis Program Focused on Reducing Employee Exposure to Ammonium

OSHA - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 07:00
September 25, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Launches Regional Emphasis Program Focused on Reducing Employee Exposure to Ammonium
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2 FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT CA GRASS FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 13:19

Two firefighters were injured tonight battling a grass fire that consumed more than 30 acres in the hills near Quimby Road on San Jose’s eastern edge. The fire was reported at 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon by multiple callers including flight tower personnel at Reid Hillview Airport about three miles to the east, said San Jose Fire Capt. Brad Cloutier.

Twenty-seven engines, five brush patrols and three aircraft from San Jose Fire, Cal Fire and Santa Clara County Fire fought the blaze, which was under control as of 8:30 p.m. tonight, Cloutier said. Two firefighters helping fight the “Quimby Fire” suffered minor injuries today and were taken to local hospitals for treatment, Cloutier said. He did not know what their specific injuries are, or how they occurred.

No one else was injured in the fire, and no structures were damaged, said Cloutier, who couldn’t provide an exact acreage total tonight.

https://patch.com/california/campbell/two-firefighters-injured-battling-quimby-blaze

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DENVER AERIAL GETS TRAPPED IN SINK HOLE!

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 10:55

The back end of a Denver Fire Department truck got stuck in a sinkhole early Sunday morning.

It happened just after 6 a.m. at South Zuni Street and West Louisiana Avenue when a fire crew was headed to a reported water main break.

“We had several crews members out walking the street. While the engineer was driving the rig, he got into this area, felt like he hit a speed bump, stopped to see what was going on and that’s when the back end sunk,” shift commander Bob Kmak said.

Between the 12-inch water main break and the sunken truck, residents found themselves scrambling to make sense of the scene.

“I woke up, my daughter screaming up the stairs that her bedroom was flooding. And I ran downstairs thinking it was just sewer line, but water was spraying up from my floor drain,” said Frank Flores, who said he didn’t see the sunken firetruck until he looked outside.

“It was exciting. Pretty quiet neighborhood.”

The $1 million truck continued to sink into the hole as asphalt buckled and water streamed down the street.

“That truck weighs about 90,000 to 100,000 pounds,” Kmak said.

A giant crane was brought in and crews worked through the afternoon to haul the truck out of the hole.

The truck weighs about 100,000 pounds so the road continued to collapse until crews were able to use the crane and pull it up and out.

The truck was lifted out of the sinkhole Sunday afternoon. Zuni Street reopened overnight Monday.

Denver firetruck gets stuck in sinkhole at water main break

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MIMICHIGAN FIREFIGHTER, 62, LODD – MEDICAL FOLLOWING NUMEROUS RUNS

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 08:56

62 YO Memphis (rural area north of Detroit) Michigan Firefighter Bob Phillips (37 years of service) was found deceased at his home by his wife at approx. 0630. She called 911, Memphis FD responded and he was pronounced on scene. FF Phillips responded to 3 incidents yesterday.

 

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WOMAN GIVEN 74 YEARS FOR STARTING LODD DEATH FIRE IN KC

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 09/23/2018 - 05:40

A 46-year-old woman who set a fire that resulted in the deaths of two Kansas City firefighters has been sentenced to 74 years in prison.

Thu Hong Nguyen was sentenced Friday for second-degree murder, arson and assault. She was convicted in July of setting a fire to her nail salon in October 2015.

Firefighters Larry Leggio and John Mesh died when a wall near the salon collapsed on them. Two other firefighters were seriously wounded.

Ngyuen’s sentencing was briefly delayed Friday when she began having breathing problems during victim impact statements. Emergency responders came to the courthouse to treat her and the sentencing eventually was completed.

Prosecutors say Nguyen had a history of burning businesses for insurance money. Nguyen was convicted of arson for a 2013 fire at a previous nail salon.

 

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FACEValue: Landscaper dies after auger entanglement

NIOSH FACE Reports - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 23:00
A landscaper died after entering the hopper of a bark blower truck and becoming entangled in its rotating auger system.
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HOUSTON APPEARS TO BE WILLING TO BACK OFF ON LODD LAWSUIT

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 09/22/2018 - 18:22

The city of Houston now appears to be willing to release more than $1 million in liens, without stipulation, held against the estates of Houston firefighters who perished in the 2013Southwest Inn fire.

Four firefighters — Robert Bebee, Anne Sullivan, Robert Garner and Matthew Renaud — died at the scene of a five-alarm fire on the Southwest Freeway near Hillcroft. Capt. Bill Dowline died from his injuries in 2017.

MORE HEADLINES The fight over liens filed in connection to Southwest Inn fire Southwest Inn fire: Lawsuit filed over liens filed to recoup medical care costs

“Initially, there was the $20,000 lien that each family was being charged to have their loved one transferred from site of fire to the coroner’s office,” Mary Sullivan, Anne Sullivan’s mother, said.

Sullivan said that lien at first appeared to have been released by the city, but later grew to $189,000.

“I called the city. I called, like, five times because I wanted a breakdown, but they would never return my calls,” Sullivan said.

In July, Mayor Sylvester Turner told Channel 2 reporter Phil Archer that he had not authorized the city attorney to seek collection of the funds.

But after a lot of back-and-forth, the liens were never technically released.

The families then filed a civil lawsuit that aimed to settle the matter.

On Friday, in District Court, the city appeared willing to abandon liens, without stipulation. After an inquiry by Channel 2, Alan Bernstein, the Director of communication for the mayor, wrote the following:

“As City Attorney Ron Lewis indicated in court today, there is a deal in progress that may resolve the matter involving the liens the city filed under a previous mayor against the defendants. The defendants are businesses and others sued by the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs are firefighters injured in, and survivors of those killed in, the Southwest Inn fire. In other words, the city never sought money from firefighters and firefighter families. And under Mayor Turner the city never pursued the liens.”

On Friday, the deal did not yet have any signed paperwork behind it, but Mary Sullivan considered the matter resolved.

“It’s allowing us to have some sort of closure in terms of our loved ones’ estates,” Sullivan said.

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SEVERAL FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT PA HOUSE FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:09

Several firefighters were injured in a multi-house fire Wednesday night.

It happened on the 100 block of East Sixth Avenue in Altoona just after 6:00 p.m.

Altoona Fire Chief Timothy Hileman says the fire started in the first floor of one of the houses before spreading to two other homes.

Nearly 25 firefighters were called to the two-alarm fire, and one of the homes was saved, officials say.

Hileman says that the houses were occupied at the time of the fire, but everyone made it out safely.

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VIDEO: TWO OHIO FIREFIGHTERS HURT AT 48-UNIT HOUSING BLAZE

Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 19:02

By Fox8:

The massive fire that heavily damaged a 48-unit housing complex is under investigation.

Olmsted Falls Mayor James Graven said that 911 dispatchers received a call at 10:32 a.m. Thursday from a woman indicating her unit had caught on fire at Chandlers Lane Condominiums located in Sprague Road and Chandlers Lane area.

The call then disconnected, according to the mayor.

When firefighters arrived on scene the building was reportedly engulfed in flames.

Witnesses told Fox 8’s Matt Wright they heard an explosion shortly before the fire.

The mayor said that crews from Olmsted Falls and the surrounding areas responded to the fire.

One resident and two firefighters required medical treatment.  Mayor Graven did not reveal the condition of these individuals, however he said that the firefighters sustained their injuries while fighting the fire.

Read the full story here.

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MA FIRE CHIEF SUFFERS CONCUSION AFTER FALL AT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 12:43

GARDNER, Mass. — A fire chief was injured while providing mutual aid at a house fire Friday.

CBS Boston reported that firefighters were called a single-family house fire around noon. Fire Chief Richard Ares, 59, was hurt when he fell 6-to-8 feet from a deck onto pavement when a railing failed.

He was conscious and alert at the scene following the fall. He suffered a concussion and back injury. Officials have said his injuries are not life-threatening and he’s in stable condition.

Jim Ares, the fire chief’s son, tweeted that his father has “…Compression fractures in his lumbar spine. Again, he’s stable and doing well.”

An EMT was also treated for smoke inhalation at the fire. Fire officials are investigating the blaze.

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September issue of Safety Source includes Fire Prevention Week news and strategies for keeping college students safe

NFPA - Safety Source - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:06
https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/FPW/Educate/FPW18Checklist.ashx The September issue of Safety Source, NFPA’s public education newsletter, is now available. In this issue you will find: A new Fire Prevention Week™ video to add to your
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Country Club for Safety Hazards

OSHA - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 07:00
September 20, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Country Club for Safety Hazards
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3 LAFD FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT FIRE – ROOF COLLAPSE

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 20:39

Three firefighters were injured in a blaze that broke out at a warehouse in Boyle Heights on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The massive commercial fire in the 2800 block of East Pico Boulevard was reported around 12:46 p.m., fire officials said.

It took more than two hours and about 150 firefighters to put out the flames. The blaze had sent up a massive pillar of smoke that could be seen miles away.

Three firefighters battling the flames on the roof suffered some burns when the a portion of the roof gave way. At least one fell partially through the roof but managed to pull himself out with the help of the two others, officials said. The firefighters were able to escape from the damaged roof and were taken to a hospital.

Fire officials said contents inside the building appeared to have included clothing material. Property records show the commercial building was being used by a clothing wholesaler.

Officials said firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-boyle-heights-warehouse-fire-20180919-story.html

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