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FDNY FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT BRONX FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 09:11

A firefighter has been taken to a hospital with a minor injury after a Bronx building blaze.

WABC says the fire broke out on the first floor of a building in the Melrose neighborhood around 5:15 a.m. Thursday.

The building houses a business on the first floor and has two floors of vacant apartments above.

The cause of the fire was not immediately determined.

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CAR STRIKES PARK LAFD ENGINE

Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 07:59

Two people were injured after a car collided with a parked fire truck in downtown Los Angeles, officials said.

The incident happened around 4:20 p.m. in the 500 block of East 7th Street.

The fire truck was parked at an incident when a vehicle crashed into it, officials said.

A man and woman, both in their 40s, were injured and transported to a local hospital.

No firefighters were injured.

The cause of the collision was under investigation.

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NASHVILLE FIREFIGHTER INJURED IN FALL THROUGH HOME AT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 06:38

A Nashville firefighter is recovering after a fall while fighting a blaze at an East Nashville home on Wednesday night.

The residents came home to see smoke coming out of their home on Startford Avenue and called 911.

Crews on the scene said a firefighters fell through the floor on the first level of the home and into the crawl space. That firefighter is expected to be okay.

No one else was hurt, but the homeowners did lose four pets in the fire.

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U.S. Department of Labor Orders Reinstatement of Massachusetts Pilot Who Lost Job after Reporting a Safety Concern

OSHA - Wed, 03/28/2018 - 07:00
March 28, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Orders Reinstatement of Massachusetts Pilot Who Lost Job after Reporting a Safety Concern
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CHARLOTTE FD ROLLOVER CRASH

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 14:31

A Charlotte Fire Department (CFD) vehicle was involved in a crash in south Charlotte Tuesday afternoon.

The wreck happened around 1:30 p.m. near the intersection of Tyvola Road and Old Pineville Road. It appeared the collision involved at least two vehicles – the CFD vehicle, which was overturned, and a black sedan, which had front-end damage.

Officials at the scene said that two of the three people in the CFD vehicle were taken to the hospital to be evaluated. Their names and the extent of their injuries has not been released.

The driver of the car, firefighters said, was not injured.

There is no word on what may have led to the crash or if any charges are being filed.

Traffic was backed up in the area while emergency crews worked at the scene.

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ATLANTIC CITY FIREFIGHTER BURNED IN FLASHOVER AT VACANT BUILDING FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 14:30

A flashover fire burned a city firefighter while battling a vacant building blaze early Monday morning, the fire chief said Tuesday.

Firefighter Frank Walsh was scheduled to be released from the hospital Tuesday following the fire in a vacant building at 504 N. Indiana Avenue early Monday morning, city Fire Chief Scott Evans told The Press of Atlantic City. A flashover occurs when the contents of the room ignite suddenly and simultaneously, causing the room to become engulfed ceiling to floor; Firefighters usually have only seconds to escape.

“This was a close call, no doubt,” Evans said.

Walsh, 40, of Ventnor, was fighting the fire at the entrance to the building when the flashover occurred, Evans said. Walsh began to extinguish the fire and suffered second-degree burns on his shoulder and first-degree burns on his arms.

“It sent a wave of heat right over him,” Evans said. Walsh, married and the father of a newborn, was the first firefighter on the line to try to put out the flames, Evans said.

“As he approached, the ball of heat and fire just rolled through the room. He wasn’t even in the building, his body was in front of the doorway, that’s how intense it was,” Evans said.

The fire was reported at 12:09 a.m. Monday, and firefighters were on the scene at 12:11 a.m. The fire was brought under control at 1:30 a.m., and firefighters remained on the scene until 2 a.m., Evans said.

The heat and flames were so intense they also damaged Walsh’s self-contained breathing apparatus, Evans said.

“Fabric melted, and there was damage to some hose. Some of the face piece cracked on his mask,” Evans said.

Evans said firefighters were hampered in attacking the fire because the building had been boarded up.

He said 22 firefighters from five city companies responded to the scene. The initial report of the fire came from a report of a smell of smoke in the neighborhood, Evans said.

Walsh was taken by ambulance to the Jefferson Burn Center in Philadelphia for treatment.

Evans said the fire is under investigation and the cause has not been determined, although there was no electricity or gas running to the building.

Walsh was “in good spirits” at the hospital Monday, Evans said, but was kept there overnight as a precaution.

“Even though firefighters take every safety precaution and use all our protective gear, this is still a very dangerous job,” Evans said.

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FDNY FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT BROOKLYN FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 14:26

A massive blaze consumed a Crown Heights townhouse and injured a firefighter early Monday morning, according to the FDNY.

The second-alarm fire first erupted at 1333 Prospect Place — between Schenectady and Utica avenues — just before midnight on Sunday, FDNY said.

The flames quickly spread throughout the three-story building and it took more than 100 firefighters to extinguish the blaze by 1 a.m., said FDNY.

One firefighter was injured and taken to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in stable condition, FDNY said.

There were no other injuries reported.

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W VA Apparatus Crash Update-Radio Traffic

Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 14:07

As a followup to the double fatal responding crash that killed Pratt (West Virginia) Ass’t Chief Michael Edwards and Lieutenant Tom Craigo. the most critically injured, Chief Tim Walker remains in ICU with serious head injuries and Firefighter Billy Hypes is also still in the ICU but is in stable condition.

Chief Edwards had 25 years of service as a Firefighter, and Lt. Craigo had about 15 years of service – both of these Firefighters killed are married and have children. Chief Edwards just got married approximately one week ago, Lt Craigo was just married in December.

They were wrapping up a training session Saturday with some younger firefighters when a call came in for a critical wrong way driver crash on the West Virginia Turnpike.

Chief Edwards and Lt Craigo responded in the front of the 5-person cab engine company while Fire Chief Timmy Walker, 42,, Firefighter Billy Hypes, 56, of Gallagher and Firefighter Kyle Jenkins, 17, jumped in the back. While responding, the apparatus left the road and violently struck a rock wall.

CAN YOU, YOUR DEPARTMENT OR FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION HELP?
A fund has been set up to help the families of the Firefighters in this crash. Right now they are only accepting checks made out to the Pratt Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 128, Pratt, W.Va. 25162.

HERE IS THE RADIO TRAFFIC:
(Keep in mind that they were responding to a separate multi-fatal crash so you will here some of that as well)
https://youtu.be/f0b8JpoTa8U

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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Massachusetts Contractor for Fall Hazards at New Hampshire Work Site

OSHA - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 07:00
March 27, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Massachusetts Contractor for Fall Hazards at New Hampshire Work Site
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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Communication Tower Contractor Following Three Fatalities at Miami Work Site

OSHA - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 07:00
March 27, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Communication Tower Contractor Following Three Fatalities at Miami Work Site
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DCFD ENGINE DID NOT HAVE MEMORY CARD IN DASH CAM FOR FATAL CRASH

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 18:03

A dashboard camera on the front of a fire truck that was involved in a deadly crash with another vehicle in Northeast D.C. earlier this month did not have a memory card and was not recording at the time of the collision, D.C. fire officials say.

On March 9, Engine 26 was responding to a call when it collided with a Honda Accord at the intersection of 12th Street and Rhode Island Avenue. The driver of the Accord, 31-year-old Deangelo Green, was killed. A pregnant woman standing on the sidewalk was also injured during the incident.

“Since the fatal accident on March 9, 2018, we have learned that there was not a memory card in Engine 26’s dashboard video camera,” the D.C. Fire and EMS Department said in a news release. “These cameras are designed to record real-time video of crashes or other incidents, but the use and functionality of the equipment has been unintentionally uneven over the years. Because of this, in January, the Department entered into a contract with a vendor to evaluate the condition of the dash-board cameras on all of our apparatus; this evaluation was ongoing when Engine 26 was involved in the accident. The purpose of the contract is to assess the video equipment and functionality in each engine, ladder truck and ambulance. The long-term goal is to ensure that each unit has a working, recording and retrievable video.”

Two sources familiar with apparatus for the fire department said many dash cameras in the fleet either do not record video or the footage cannot be downloaded.

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NASHVILLE FIREFIGHTER BURNED AT VACANT HOME FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 08:06

A firefighter was injured while fighting a blaze at a home on Claiborne Street in south Nashville early Monday morning.

The firefighter, who is said to have minor burns, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

There was no one living inside the home, but the flames started spreading to the house next door.

A man was inside the other home, and a neighbor helped get him outside to safety as crews fought to get the flames under control.

“It was intense. I was standing out here on the sidewalk a good 100 feet, and you can feel the heat from the billowing of the fire and the flames, and it was a vacant house, but it was amazing,” said neighbor Craig Hunner.

It’s unclear what sparked the blaze, as there was no electricity running to the home. Officials said they believe there may have been homeless people staying inside the house.

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Updated Details: York, PA Memorial Service

Firefighter Close Calls - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 07:38

We want to clarify the memorial service for the Fallen York, PA Firefighters:

 

What: Memorial Service for Firefighters Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony

Where: York Expo Center – Memorial Hall, 334 Carlisle Ave., York

When: Wednesday, March 28 from 1 to 3 p.m.

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TORONTO FIREFIGHTER FALLS OFF ROOF AT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 13:00

A Toronto firefighter who fell off a roof and as many as eight other people were injured in a fire that started in a semi-detached home in the Christie Pits area.

The fire started at 703 Dupont St.,  west of Christie St., at around 6 a.m. Sunday and spread to three other homes. Occupants of the dwellings managed to escape to safety.

Firefighters also saved a cat and her kittens from the flames.

The firefighter and three of the other injured people had to go to hospital for treatment. Toronto Fire reported the other injured people were assessed at the scene of the blaze.

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FACEValue: Truck driver crushed to death by steel coil

NIOSH FACE Reports - Sat, 03/24/2018 - 23:00
A 46-year-old truck driver was crushed to death by a steel coil.
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FIRE AT NEW HAVEN, CT FIREHOUSE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 03/24/2018 - 18:46

The firehouse fire began in close proximity to a kitchen in the southeast corner of the building “but there is so much soot and smoke up there, we don’t want to place the origin at this time,” Alston said. “We’re going to let the state fire marshal do that for us.”

At 6:25 p.m., a fire officer reported the fire was extinguished.

No one was injured but damage to the firehouse was “quite extensive,” Alston said.

“We’ve called the state police in because it is a city building and we want an independent investigation,” Alston said as tired-looking, sooty firefighters from the Whitney Avenue Firehouse rolled up hoses and later milled around and waited for instructions after the fire.

“From the second floor, there’s a lot of smoke and water damage,” he said. “Upstairs, there’s smoke and water in the dormitories and living areas and there’s extensive damage going in toward this top corner over here.”

None of the apparatus that operates out of Whitney Avenue was damaged, Alston said. “We’re just losing the location at this time. We’re grateful that no one got hurt or injured, but it is a concern to us to get the station back up and running as quickly as possible.

“I know the firefighters are hurting — the firehouse, we spend more than a third of our lives in the firehouse,” he said. “It’s personal for us. So we’re going to be working with the firefighters while we clean up, investigate.

“We also have the state fire marshal here,” Alston said. “We also have the Building Department and we also have Engineering to assess the damage.

“It’s going to be a long process as they investigate and we clean up, allow the firefighters to get their personal belongings out and then we’ll have a cleanup company crew come in,” Alston said.

The Whitney Avenue Firehouse houses Engine 8 and Squad 1, Alston said.

For now, “We’re going to take the two companies” and base them out of nearby stations, he said.

“They’re not too far. Dixwell Station on Goffe Street, Engine 8 will ride out of there,” Alston said. Squad 1 “will ride out of Central Station which is on Grand Avenue, which is not far from this district, as well,” he said.

They’ll continue to respond to fires in the area they serve, Alston said.

As firefighters worked to put out the fire, police set up traffic points, closing down roads — including Whitney Avenue, one of the city’s major arteries, which was closed for at least two hours.

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DE FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT DOLLAR TREE FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 03/24/2018 - 18:41

A two-alarm fire left one firefighter injured and damaged a store Friday night in New Castle, Delaware.

The blaze broke out shortly after 7 p.m. at the Dollar Tree in the Beaverbrook Plaza Shopping Center on South DuPont Highway.

It took firefighters more than an hour to bring the fire under control as thick smoke poured from the building.

One firefighter suffered minor injuries.

So far, there’s no word yet on a cause.

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4 FDNY FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT HARLEM APARTMENT FIRE

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 03/24/2018 - 18:39

Fierce flames sent four firefighters to hospital after a fast-moving fire broke out in an East Harlem apartment building early Saturday morning.

The fire, at a four-story building on Second Avenue between 103th and 104th Streets, also left several people without a place to live. Four civilians suffered minor injuries.

It started in the ground floor deli. Firefighters said the windows were blown out upon their arrival and grew to four alarms.

“The fire got into those voids. It traveled all the way to the top floor and in above that into the cockloft area between the top floor and the roof, and made it very difficult to get ahead of and fight. It was a stubborn fire,” said Joseph Ferrante, FDNY deputy chief.

The Red Cross was on the scene helping those displaced. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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2 FIREFIGHTERS KILLED, OTHERS CRITICAL IN WEST VIRGINIA FIRE APPARATUS CRASH

Firefighter Close Calls - Sat, 03/24/2018 - 18:33

Very bad news out Kanawha County (West Virginia-Charleston area) where 2 Firefighters have been killed and others are reported critical following a responding crash that happened around 1815 hours this evening.

The Pratt Volunteer Fire Department was turning out to a serious fatal crash on the WVA Turnpike when their apparatus rolled over.

5 Firefighters were on the rig, 2 were killed in Line of Duty and 3 others are injured-some reported to be critical.

Much more to follow.

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