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JERSEY CITY FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 06:54

A firefighter was hurt while battling a blaze in Jersey City Sunday morning.

The three-alarm fire began just before 8 a.m. on Myrtle Avenue, and amid the flames one firefighter fell about 10 feet.

“He wasn’t sure what happened. He said one minute he was on the second floor, the next minute he knew he was on the first floor,” says Jersey City Fire Department Chief Steven McGill.

McGill says he was with the injured firefighter during an X-ray, where doctors told him they don’t believe he has any broken bones.

The fire eventually bridged the alleyway to the home next door, causing fire damage there as well.

Everyone in the affected buildings made it out uninjured, but now 12 to 15 people are temporarily without a home.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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2 NJ FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT HOUSE FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 06:49

Police say two firefighters were reportedly injured battling a large house fire in Huntington Bay.

In pictures taken by a viewers, you can see flames consuming a home on Bay Drive West early Saturday morning.

Officials say two Halesite firefighters were taken to Huntington Hospital, according to Newsday. One of the firefighters suffered a burn.

No one else was inside the home except a dog. The dog did not survive.

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U.S. Department of Labor and Southern Illinois Joint Apprenticeship Program Partner to Protect Construction Employees

OSHA - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 06:00
Feb. 5, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor and Southern Illinois Joint Apprenticeship Program Partner to Protect Construction Employees
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Colorado Nursing Home For Workplace Violence Hazards

OSHA - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 06:00
Feb. 5, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Colorado Nursing Home For Workplace Violence Hazards
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NM FIREFIGHTERS ATTACKED AT FIRE SCENE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 07:52

Thursday night, Bernalillo County firefighters were sent to house fire on the Pajarito Mesa, west of Albuquerque. According to court documents, 31-year-old Ruben Cuellar ignored commands to steer clear of the fire. BCFD says he lives nearby.

“When he first came up, they tried to just calm him down and stuff and eventually he just got to the point where they had to subdue the guy. He was going to hurt somebody or himself,” Bernalillo County Fire Department spokesperson Larry Gallegos said.

Cuellar allegedly dislocated a firefighter’s shoulder, punched another’s nose, and pushed a third in the chest. Fire crews held the man down until Bernalillo County Sheriff deputies arrived and arrested him. Ruben Cuellar is now in jail facing an aggravated battery on health care personnel charge.

Two people who were in the burning building were transported to a hospital for smoke inhalation. Two firefighters were also sent for minor injuries from the fight. BCFD says the building is a total loss.

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NEW ORLEANS FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT APARTMENT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 07:40

A vehicle fire that caught the building next to it on fire and spread so much that 77 NOFD personnel had to be called out late last night in New Orleans East is under investigation, New Orleans Fire Department spokesman Edwin Holmes said in a news release.

Holmes said the first call came in to the department at 12:25 a.m. reporting a vehicle fire, with multiple calls coming in minutes later saying the building in the 14400 block of Peltier Drive had caught fire as well.

When firefighters arrived, more calls came in of people trapped on the third and second floors apartments of the building — above the commercial area on the first floor.

Firefighters then began going door-to-door evacuating people, and called for a second alarm at 12:37 a.m. due to concern of surrounding buildings catching on fire and reports of people being trapped — six minutes after they arrived.

As firefighters began dealing with the blaze, they heard screams coming from one of the second story windows above a parking lot area.

When firefighters approached the window where they heard the screams, a woman threw her child down to firefighters below, who then raised a latter to rescue the remaining three people in the apartment. The two women and two children who had been in the apartment were sent to a hospital for smoke inhalation.

A third alarm was called at 1 a.m. with the fire still intensifying and starting to threaten another area of apartments.

After 26 NOFD units and 77 personnel had been called out in total, Holmes said the fire was finally brought under control at 3:09 a.m.

One firefighter was taken to a hospital after injuring his right shoulder. The injury is not life-threatening, Holmes said.

One of the women taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation also sustained a hip injury.

Residents have been allowed to re-enter their apartments, Holmes said.

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2 PA FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT FATAL FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 21:24

A fire ripped through two homes in Brentwood on Thursday, killing one man and injuring two firefighters, officials said.

Officials received the report of the residential fire on Hillman Street shortly after 12:30 p.m., Allegheny County spokeswoman Amie Downs said.

Crews battled the two-alarm fire for more than two hours.

A man’s body was found in a garage between the two houses that caught fire, according to Matt Brown, the county’s chief of emergency services.

Two firefighters were treated for minor injuries such as dehydration and smoke inhalation. They were not hospitalized.

There were initial reports of an explosion, but officials said no explosion was confirmed Brown said.

Officials have not yet identified the man who died, pending notification of his family.

Gas company officials were on scene to ensure gas lines were secure, Brown said.

The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

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The Great Burger Debate: Goes Viral!

NFPA - Safety Source - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 10:14
I have always been a connoisseur of food growing up in a family of cooks who owned a local diner.  At home we would always have a hamburger as a weekend treat fresh off the grill. This week a new commercial started circulating that talks about the
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It’s Time for a Hero Campaign Marks Burn Awareness Week

Everyone Goes Home - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 08:32

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is proud to join The Phoenix Society during Burn Awareness Week 2018 to empower burn survivors, to show burn survivors as positive role models, and to raise awareness and acceptance by sharing the real-life stories of those recovering from a burn injury.

In the movies we watch, characters with burn scars share the same damaging stereotypes. They are evil, ashamed of their scars, masked, alone…and these are just a few examples! We see the same stories over and over again, but how often do we pause to think of the impact they have on real people with scars?

As young burn survivors look for role models in movies and TV, they find only villains, vigilantes, and victims with scars like theirs. They don’t see burn survivors save the day, make friends, or fall in love. So we think it’s time for a better story. It’s time for a hero.

Campaign Goals
  1. EMPOWER SURVIVORS by celebrating the strength of real-world survivors and providing tools to fight for better media representation.
  2. BUILD ACCEPTANCE by showing the real stories behind burn scars and decreasing stigma against burn survivors.
  3. INCREASE AWARENESS by calling attention to negative stereotypes and their impact on those recovering from a burn injury.
Spread the Word Here’s how you can help bring awareness to this issue and join the fight for better representation:
  • Visit Phoenix Society’s website to learn more about media representation and its impact on burn survivors.
  • Follow Phoenix Society on Facebook to share stories, graphics, and videos throughout Burn Awareness Week.
  • Attend Phoenix Society’s Grand Rapids panel, It’s Time For A Hero: Scars in Pop Culture. You can join us in person or via Facebook Live.
  • Join the conversation by posting a message about media representation of burn scars on your own channels. Tag Phoenix Society so we can share with our followers.
  • If you’d like to do a fundraiser or employee engagement campaign during Burn Awareness Week, contact Phoenix Society for more information.

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OSHA and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals Form Alliance to Provide Safety and Health Information to Certification Holders

OSHA - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 06:00
February 2, 2018 OSHA and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals Form Alliance to Provide Safety and Health Information to Certification Holders
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Think fire safety on Super Bowl Sunday

NFPA - Safety Source - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 15:27
There’s a good chance that this Sunday’s square-off between the Philadelphia Eagles and the reigning NFL champs, the New England Patriots, will be the most-watched Super Bowl of all time. Last year 113.7 million people watched in combined
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Everyone Goes Home® Program Wants Your SOPs

Everyone Goes Home - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 15:06

The Everyone Goes Home® Program collecting information about SOPs on the following topics to highlight best practices. What are your department’s SOPs for:
• Cancer Reduction
• Violent Incidents
• Mental Health
• Response Policies

If you have information to share on these, or any other relevant topics facing today’s fire service, please email them to sops@everyonegoeshome.com.

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RI FIREFIGHTERS RECALL BEING TRAPPED AT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 12:12

Weeks after a tragic fire on Bowdoin Street in Providence, a firefighter who was trapped inside a burning building is speaking to Eyewitness News.

In the early morning hours of Jan. 6, more than 100 firefighters filled Bowdoin Street as they battled flames that extended to several homes. Providence firefighters Dan Rinaldi and Jay LaSalle had just finished a check inside one of the homes, so they decided to head into another.

“When you looked at this house, you knew there was a little bit of fire in the roof, but we do this every single day,” Rinaldi said.

Rinaldi and LaSalle refilled their air supplies and went inside. But not too long after, the pair says something collapsed and everything went haywire.

LaSalle’s first thought: “Where’s Danny?”

“I got down and crawled over to him, and that’s when he told me he was trapped,” LaSalle said. “His radio was broken and I had to call mayday.”

Rinaldi said he was crushed by bricks and shingles, realizing the top of the building had collapsed on top of him. Because his radio was broken, LaSalle had to make the Mayday call — standing about 15 feet away from Rinaldi, who couldn’t move.

The pair tells us 14 seconds passed between the time the roof collapsed on Rinaldi and when LaSalle made the call. It would be another 30 minutes before Rinaldi was freed from the fire. So, he began thinking and making plans.

“I think it was a realistic conclusion to come to thinking that there may be nobody coming to get you at this point,” Rinaldi said.

“When I got on [the force] 12 years ago, Danny was one of the senior guys. A mentor. Someone to look up to. Now he’s a good friend. He’s someone I work with regularly. I’m thinking I’m watching him die.”

LaSalle stayed by Rinaldi’s side for as long as he could, hoping to not have to leave his friend and colleague. He helped put out the fire that was burning Rinaldi’s leg, and then LaSalle directed the other firefighters up to the second floor to free him. Eventually, LaSalle’s air supply ran out.

“Standing in that stairwell, I’m thinking about Danny,” he said. “When I got on [the force] 12 years ago, Danny was one of the senior guys. A mentor. Someone to look up to. Now he’s a good friend. He’s someone I work with regularly. I’m thinking I’m watching him die.”

Luckily, Rinaldi had been conserving his air while he laid on the second floor trapped by bricks and shingles. Using the jaws of life, Rinaldi was eventually freed. He is now temporarily out of work as he continues to recover from the burns and trauma from the collapse he suffered that night. But, he and LaSalle remain thankful for the team effort that saved him.

“He’s out because of the guys and ladies that you work with,” LaSalle explained. “Because they did their job beyond expectations to get him out. Gives you confidence going into those situations that you have a great group of people you work with that you can rely on.”

Rinaldi calls this entire situation a near-miss for the Providence Fire Department, but a tragedy for the community who lost a member during that terrifying fire.

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Recent fire in New Jersey likely caused by burning candles

NFPA - Safety Source - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 09:43
Burning candles in an apartment building bedroom in Princeton, New Jersey, was likely the cause of a recent fire that killed one person and displaced more than 30 people. According to news reports, Princeton Police Chief Nicholas K. Sutter stated,
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BOSIE FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 20:50

Two firefighters were injured as they worked to put out an early-morning fire at a Garden City facility Wednesday.

Boise Fire was called out at 5:30 a.m. to a commercial laundry facility in the 5200 block of North Sawyer Avenue. Crews arrived on scene to see smoke coming from the building.

Officials say the building’s sprinkler system slowed the spread of the fire, and firefighters were able to get it under control in 20 to 30 minutes.

One firefighter suffered an ankle injury, and another had a back injury, Boise Fire said.

Although flames scorched a wall, the business will remain open. The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental.

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FIRE AT UNIV. OF DELAWARE INJURES 2 FIREFIGHTERS

Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 20:47

A firefighter was injured while battling a fire at the University of Delaware.

The fire broke out around 8 p.m. Tuesday in a university maintenance building on the 200 block of Academy Street in Newark.

The injured firefighter was taken to Christiana Hospital for treatment.

There’s no word on his injury, or what might have sparked the fire.

UD’s Environmental Health and Safety has begun clearing smoke damage from the building, which will remain closed for an indefinite period, the university said in a statement. Staff working in the building will be assigned to temporary space.

The Delaware state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Alabama Framing Company For Safety Hazards

OSHA - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 06:00
Jan. 31, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Alabama Framing Company For Safety Hazards
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Kansas Aircraft Manufacturer For Exposing Employees to a Known Carcinogen

OSHA - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 06:00
Jan. 31, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Kansas Aircraft Manufacturer For Exposing Employees to a Known Carcinogen
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