Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 05:58

Chicago Fire Department diver died and two other divers were injured during a rescue attempt on the Chicago River Monday evening, officials said.

Juan Bucio, 46, was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital at 10:02 p.m. He became separated from his partner while trying to rescue someone from the Chicago River near where it crosses Ashland Avenue on Monday night.

Two other divers were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in good condition, according to the Fire Department. They have been released.

The fire department received a call around 7:50 p.m. after boaters saw a person jump into the water, according to José A. Santiago, the Fire Commissioner of the Chicago Fire Department.

During the search, Bucio became separated from his partner, Santiago said, and the team sent out a Mayday call.

“His partner turned around and he was missing,” he said. “It was that quick.”

Bucio went missing about 8:25 p.m. and Chicago Police Department Marine Unit divers pulled him from the water about 20 minutes later. The Chicago Police Department is still searching the water for the person that went into the water.

“We have a diver down, start making phone calls, let’s get people in, 10-4?” a Marine Unit supervisor asked over his radio.

“You sounded muffled,” an officer answered. “I can’t copy.”

“We have a possible diver down. Start calling people. Let’s get some people in.”

It’s not clear what time divers entered the water or how long they were in before the mayday. Fire department officials said the incident was still under investigation.

The call of a person in the water was near Canalport Riverwalk Park in an industrial area near the Bridgeport neighborhood on the South Side.

Crews could be seen pulling a person from a boat on a gurney as an ambulance waited on the shore nearby around 8:50 p.m.

“We got the diver out, he’s going to Stroger, critical,” a battalion chief said into his radio.

About a dozen police and fire vehicles were stationed at Stroger Hospital late Monday, and officials blocked off Ogden Avenue in front of the hospital for at least an hour.

A group of firefighters stood outside the emergency room while Chicago police officers lined the entrance to the hospital parking lot.

Firefighters and police officers gathered outside the Cook County medical examiner’s office late Monday and early Tuesday morning.

Two firetrucks parked facing each other on Leavitt Avenue and stretched their ladders up and over Harrison Street early Tuesday morning.

Firefighters from each rig used locking rings to secure and hang a flag over Harrison Street, as is customary for line of duty deaths.

Firetrucks and engines lined Harrison Street on the way to the morgue. Just after 1 a.m., two police SUVs led a procession from the hospital with Ambulance 65 carrying Bucio’s body.

As the ambulance and trailing SUVs turned left into the medical examiner’s office, the cars following in procession turned right.

Firefighters from Truck 7 folded the flag behind their rig just before 1:30 a.m. as fire crews and police officers that had lined the route returned to their firehouses and patrol districts.

Bucio is the 13th Chicago firefighter to die in the line of duty since 2000, according to data from the Illinois Fire Service Institute, and the first line of duty death since Daniel Capuano fell through an open elevator shaft at a vacant warehouse in December of 2015.

He joined the department in 2003, and became of a member of the dive team in 2007.

Bucio is survived by nine siblings, including a sister who is a member of the Chicago Police Department and a brother who is a member of the Chicago Fire Department.

He has two sons, 9 and 7.

Check back for updates.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 05/29/2018 - 05:55

Two firefighters were taken to a local hospital Monday afternoon to be treated for heat exhaustion after battling a two-alarm house fire in south St. Louis County.

The fire happened at the corner of Placid Avenue and Gentry Avenue in Lemay.

The family inside made it out with no reported injuries. Firefighters remained inside for a while looking for two small dogs, who did not make it out alive.

“When crews arrived on the scene, they saw heavy fire coming from the second floor of this house,” said Affton Assistant Fire Chief Ben Waser.

The heat outside became the biggest danger. One firefighter collapsed near a news crew. His fellow firefighters cooled him down and put him on a stretcher.

“As firefighters, we don’t want to come out,” Waser said. “And if I didn’t make them come out or we didn’t make them come out, you wouldn’t see anybody out here.”

“Inside our gear is a thermal layer, which normally is a good thing for us because it keeps the heat out. However, when it’s 100 or 90 some degrees out, that heat is trapped inside us.”

Some looked for other ways to cool down from wearing 60 pounds of gear, like wearing wet towels on their heads.

People passing by also pitched in, resident like Kim Horne.

“We just drove past and saw there was a fire and went to 7-Eleven and asked if we could donate some water and they did,” she said.

The outside heat alone brought this fire response to two alarms. Fire departments from Affton, Mehlville, St. Louis and Lemay responded, along with the St. Louis County Police Department.

A family member did not want to appear on camera, but said he was happy with the fire departments’ response but devastated by the loss of their two dogs. A third dog made it out alive.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 05/27/2018 - 15:08

A firefighter was injured while putting out a house fire early Sunday morning.

According to Chief Cleotha Sanders, the Jackson Fire Department responded to Hiawatha St. and Willow Street around 7:00 a.m.

The family was able to escape the home safely.

When fire fighters entered the home with hose lines, they began putting the flames out. One firefighter was injured when the roof collapsed.

He was alert and conscious but was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment.

The fire was put out and nobody else was injured.

A fire investigator is on scene working to figure out what caused the fire.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 05/27/2018 - 10:06
Seven firefighters have been injured trying to put out a massive blaze at Germany’s largest amusement park, police said on Sunday. The fire at Europa-Park started early Saturday evening in a storage facility before engulfing the Pirates of Batavia boat ride, completely destroying the attraction. It took some 250 firefighters until the next morning to extinguish the inferno, which sent huge columns of black smoke into the air. Dramatic images of the raging fire were widely captured by visitors to the theme park in Rust, southwestern Germany and shared on social media. Some 25,000 people had to be evacuated from the park, but none suffered any injuries.

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Twitter Ads info and privacy The local Offenburg police said in a statement that the blaze had left seven firefighters “lightly injured”, without giving details. All of them were able to leave hospital after receiving medical attention. Europa-park opened its doors as normal on Sunday, although large sections of the Dutch and Scandinavian-themed areas remain closed because of fire damage. Europa-park’s chief executive Michael Mack tweeted his thanks for the rescue services, saying Saturday had been “a sad day” for the park. The cause of the fire is still unknown. Police said some firefighters remained at the scene to carry out damping down operations and secure the area to allow experts to assess the damage. Founded in 1975, Europa-Park is Europe’s second-most popular amusement park after Disneyland, attracting some 5.7 million visitors last year.
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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 05/27/2018 - 07:33

Three firefighters were hurt battling a blaze at a home in Braddock on Saturday

A home on Summit Street went up in flames around 3:30 p.m.

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

Sources tell KDKA-TV that two firefighters overheated and one suffered a cut at the scene.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Sun, 05/27/2018 - 07:31

Firefighters needed medical treatment after a fire truck flipped while on the way to a fire.

Crews say it happened just before 9 a.m. Friday, when Pana firefighters left to help respond to Borgic Sow Farm outside of Nokomis. As they approached 13th Road from 19007 East in Montgomery County, a firefighter reported the truck jerked to the right.

The truck ended up going off the road on the north side and entering a deep ditch, where fire crews say it flipped on its passenger side. Firefighters inside, who had seat belts on, kicked out the front windshield in order to crawl out.

Firefighters say the driver had trouble keeping control of the fire truck after it made the jerking movement.

All three firefighters in the truck went to Pana Community Hospital with minor injuries.

“Chief Bland said he believes the good job by his driver, the fact that the guys had their seat belts on and the protective hand of God contributed to the only minor injuries,” Pana firefighters said in an email to area media.

Rose City Towing from Pana removed the fire truck from the ditch.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 09:14

A woman died Wednesday after she was wounded in a police-involved shooting along US-41 in Gurnee, officials said.

According to officials, officers responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle with a bullet hole in the door. Upon arrival, officers found the woman driving a car with an unconscious male occupant.

When paramedics arrived to assist the man, the woman fled authorities in the vehicle and crashed into a fire truck and drove into a tree-lined area, a Lake County Major Crimes Task Force spokesperson said.

After the crash, the woman fled on foot. Authorities eventually found her standing in the southbound lanes of US-41 near Grand Avenue, brandishing a long-barreled firearm, according to authorities.

Video from a witness showed the woman standing on the highway, holding the gun while surrounded by officers. Her behavior appeared to be erratic and she appeared to take pills at one point. Before she was shot, she pointed the weapon at police.

“Scary. Scary. I am scared. I’m still shaking. I almost faint,” said Dragica Pesic, Gurnee resident.

Police have not said where on the body the woman was shot.

The woman and man were transported to a local hospital, where the woman died. The man was treated and released.

“We have evidence technicians working,” said Sgt. Christopher Coveilli, Lake County Major Crimes Task Force. “They’re going to look at any potential video that may exist, if there’s squad car video, body worn camera video.”

Police shut down US-41 between Delaney Road and Washington Street for several hours for the investigation. Potential evidence, including at least six guns and a pill bottle, were lined up along the road.

Officials said the officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave pending investigation.

Police are investigating whether the incident might be related to an earlier barricade situation in nearby Antioch, or to a Monday bank robbery, also in Gurnee, committed by a man and woman armed with an AK-47.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 09:02

An investigation is underway after an overnight fire at a strip mall on Key Biscayne.

The several stores in the mall on Crandon Boulevard were damaged.

More than 30 firefighters battled the flames and tried to keep it from spreading to other buildings including a nearby post office.

One firefighter was hospitalized with minor injuries.

No word on what sparked the fire.

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U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Utility Construction Company For Exposing Employees to Cave-in Hazards

OSHA - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 07:00
May 24, 2018 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Florida Utility Construction Company For Exposing Employees to Cave-in Hazards
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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 06:28

Just before 8:30 p.m. crews in Muscatine arrived in the 1100 block of Kansas Street for a structure fire.

Responding crews found smoke and fire coming from inside a garage that was attached to a home. They also found smoke coming from the home. Officials say the fire spread to the second floor of the home. Crews were able to have the fire under control within an hour of arriving.

All occupants of the home were able to safely exit the home and the Red Cross is assisting the family.

Crews say the fire department remained on scene until the fire was out and made sure to monitor hidden fires. The fire was officially extinguished within three hours.

The home sustained approximately $50,000 in damages.

A firefighter sustained minor injuries when the ceiling collapsed on him while making the initial attack. There were no other reported injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Muscatine Fire Department was assisted by the Muscatine Police Department, the Fruitland Fire Department and the Wilton Fire Department. Approximately 26 fire fighters responded to the fire.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 05/24/2018 - 06:27

Two Chicago firefighters were taken to hospitals with minor injuries Wednesday after a staircase collapsed as they battled an extra-alarm fire at a West Rogers Park apartment building, authorities said.

A mayday response, which signals a firefighter has become trapped or lost in a fire, was called for a blaze in a 3-story brick apartment building in the 6100 block of North Hoyne Avenue, according to Chicago Fire Department officials.

Firefighters responded to a call about the fire just before 5 p.m. and learned from people on the scene that the fire started on the roof, where there was work being done, said fire department spokesman Larry Langford.

Five firefighters tried to carry a large hose to the third floor when a staircase couldn’t handle their weight, said Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner Tim Sampey.

“There was no indication that it would collapse in those early stages of the fire, but it did collapse,” he said. “Between themselves, the weight of the equipment and the weight of the water in the hose, that added to … the subsequent collapse.”

Two of the firefighters on the stairs made it onto a landing before the structure crumbled, Sampey said. Two firefighters fell and landed in the debris of the staircase while another hit the walls on his way down and landed on top of the rubble.

The fire was declared out by about 6 p.m., according to the department.

Jenni Hartman, 33, said she arrived home from work about 4:45 p.m. and saw neighbors standing outside and pointing at smoke on her building’s roof. She ran inside to grab her two Bichon Frise dogs, Izzie and Sasha. As she was gathering the dogs, she heard the roofers running to all the condos and banging on the door to make sure everyone was out.

“The smoke detectors hadn’t gone off yet,” she said.

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How to safeguard yourself from the risks of electrical shock drowning during summer months

NFPA - Safety Source - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 14:00
Since the early 2000s, the media has reported on  deaths from electric shock drowning (ESD), yet many people say they have never heard about this troubling trend. ESD can occur in swimming pools, hot tubs, spas, marinas, lakes and ponds, and it
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Iowa hosts 1st Annual Safety Summit

NFPA - Safety Source - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 10:07
May 17th marked the very first Fire Safety Summit in Ames, Iowa.  The Iowa State University campus provided a beautiful backdrop as over 60 attendees from across the state rolled in for a diverse line-up of topics on the agenda, including state
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