Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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FF STRUCK ON THE ROADWAY IN NC

Tuesday, October 28, 2014  Wallace officials tell us a firefighter was hit by a vehicle while controlling traffic on Monday evening.

The fire department says James Morrison of Wallace Volunteer Fire Department was hit while directing traffic around an 18-wheeler and van crash on Highway 41.

He was in front of the Food Lion when he was hit. We do not have the identity of the driver.

Officials say charges will likely be filed in the day ahead.

They tell us Morrison was brought to the hospital with non-life threatening head and knee injuries. No word on his status this morning.


   


 

DENNIS SMITH REMEMBERS CHIEF HARVEY EISNER & FH'S BRUCE BOWLING

Monday, October 27, 2014  As the fire service mourns the sudden loss of fire service icon, friend and Brother, Chief Harvey Eisner, I thought you would find comfort and a bit of enjoyment (as I have) learning how "it" all started-meaning Firehouse Magazine...and so much that followed that.

At the risk of thinking that some of our younger Secret List members don't know who Dennis Smith is, I'll give you a very quick briefing.


Dennis is a retired firefighter from FDNY. He is best known for writing the best selling memoir Report from Engine Co. 82, a chronicle of his career as a firefighter with the New York City Fire Department in a South Bronx firehouse - the worlds busiest - during the late 1960s and into the 1970s. (Note-if you don't have "Report from Eng Co 82" in your personal library-get it. Seriously. Get it. $14.00 Here is a link ) http://www.fire-police-ems.com/books/br1001.shtml
Dennis also founded Firehouse magazine in 1976. While the editor and publisher of Fi... [ more ]
   


 

LAFD Battles Blaze at Venice Storage Facility; Injuring 8 Firefighters

FireLensMan Video
Monday, October 27, 2014  Los Angeles firefighters relentlessly battled an extremely hot and stubborn major emergency blaze Saturday night at a Venice public storage facility, that led to the injury of eight LAFD responders.

At 7:37 PM on October 25, 2014, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a structure fire at Extra Space Storage, located at 658 Venice Blvd. They found a two-story 80,874 square foot storage facility with smoke on the second floor.

Several interior storage units were well involved in fire, and flames spread rapidly as the intense heat and thick smoke banked down to floor level. Firefighters battled until they were low on air, and had to exit to get new air-bottles, then rejoined the fight. Waves of additional firefighters were continuously assigned through the night to battle the intense and challenging fire.

The building's metal roof made it difficult to vertically ventilate with saws to allow heat and smoke to release. Firefighters b... [ more ]
   


 

FIRE CHIEF HOSPITALIZED AFTER FREAK ACCIDENT

Ozark First Video
Sunday, October 26, 2014  The chief of the Camdenton Fire Protection Department is recovering at Columbia hospital after sustaining injuries in a freak accident Friday afternoon.

According to the fire department, a vehicle drove into the fire department’s business office and pinned Fire Chief Drew Stark between his desk and the vehicle.

Stark was taken to the Camdenton Ambulance Base, where he was life-flighted to the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia.

The driver of the vehicle was transported to Lake Regional Hospital.

The extent of Stark’s injuries was not reported, but the department released the following statement on their Facebook page Saturday morning:

“As of late last night it is reported that Chief Stark's injuries are not as serious as previously thought, however they are still evaluating him. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.”


   


 

2 IFD FFs SUFFER BURNS TO EARS AT FIRE

Sunday, October 26, 2014  Two firefighters were hurt during a fire at a townhome on the city’s east side Sunday morning.

Firefighters arrived at 4038 Brentwood Drive, near 42nd Street and Post Road, to find heavy smoke and fire coming from the two-story townhome. It took about 40 minutes to get the fire under control.

A family of three was displaced and the Red Cross is working to find shelter for them, according to IFD.

Fire officials said despite wearing full protective gear, two firefighters burned their ears and were taken to Eskenazi Health.

The cause of the fire was electrical and it was ruled accidental, according to firefighters.

Damage is estimated at $70,000.


   


 

CHIEF HARVEY EISNER - RIP

Sunday, October 26, 2014 



   


 

CANADIAN LODD - SHIPPING CONTAINER EXPLOSION - RULED ACCIDENTIAL

Sunday, October 26, 2014  The death of an Enderby firefighter in the line of duty in December 2011 has officially been classified as accidental.

In a four-page report, coroner Margaret Janzen said the death of Daniel Joseph Botkin, 25, was caused by blunt force trauma to the head and chest.

Janzen said Botkin died instantly after being struck by a metal door, the result of an explosion of a shipping container during a fire which broke out in the early morning hours of Dec. 29, 2011 at a log home construction site on the outskirts of Enderby.

Enderby Fire Department responded to the call shortly before 4 a.m. and discovered a modular trailer on the southside of the facility engulfed in flames, and that the roof of the main building had also caught fire.

An eight-foot-by-40-foot shipping container was located on the southeast side of the main building, containing chainsaws and a pressure washer. There was no fuel stored in the container but there was a ... [ more ]
   


 

FF KILLS PIT BULL AFTER BEING ATTACKED AT FIRE

Saturday, October 25, 2014  Two pit bulls escaped from their yard in Ben Lomond, attacked neighbors, and charged at a firefighter, officials said.

VIDEO: Watch the story here

The dogs, named Nani and Poppa, lived with a family in a house on the 8000 block of Glen Arbor Road.

Neighbor Alex Lackides said he witnessed Wednesday afternoon's attack.


"I heard my neighbor's daughter scream and start to cry. I stopped what I was doing, ran out with a stick, and sure enough she had been bitten on the knee and bitten on the elbow. The dog was roaming around challenging anything and everything," Lackides said.


Jared Kropp tried to get the pit bulls off the street but he was also attacked.

"It definitely was a little shocking. I got bit by two dogs at the same time," Kropp said.

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REPORT RELEASED ABOUT 3 FFs TRAPPED AT BEAVER FIRE

WildlandFireLLC Video
Friday, October 24, 2014  A facilitated learning analysis has been released about the entrapment of three firefighters August 11, 2014 on the Beaver Fire northwest of Yreka, California.

Entrapped that day were a Dozer Operator (DZOP), a Heavy Equipment Boss (HEQB), and a Heavy Equipment Boss Trainee (HEQBt). They all got inside fire shelters in a small deployment site that was not large enough to qualify as a safety zone. Their injuries included some first and second degree burns, but overnight hospitalization was not required.

The dozer operator’s story in his own words:

By the time I got off the dozer, the fire had closed in on two sides—and was closing in on my third and fourth sides. I worked as long as I could to get us more protection. I intended to push up more berms. Embers were falling everywhere. I spent too much time getting dug in. I backed the cat i... [ more ]
   


 

FUNERAL DETAILS FOR HARVEY EISNER

Friday, October 24, 2014  Details for Chief Eisner: This coming Sunday morning

Oct 26th, 2014

10am viewing

11am service then to Mount Hope Cemetery Hastings on the Hudson NY exit 13 off Saw Mill Parkway.





Funeral home GPS address:

16 Arcadian Ave Paramus NJ;

Physical address:

West Rt 4 Paramus, NJ

http://www.schoemschapel.com/






   


 

FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY WHILE TURNING OUT TO A BUILDING FIRE

Friday, October 24, 2014  We regret to pass on to you that a 26-year-old female Firefighter died in the Line of Duty this morning in Fulton Township, Lancaster County, PA. A volunteer firefighter who had a baby about a month ago died Friday morning in Fulton Township. Christi Rodgers, 26, was a volunteer firefighter with the Robert Fulton Fire Company in Wakefield, Assistant Chief Dan Appel said. She was was home when her pager went off to respond to the house fire at 394 Pilottown Road. While turning out, she went into cardiac arrest and was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The fire was dispatched around 0453 Hours-it is near the Maryland border.
“The two-story dwelling was fully involved when we got there,” Assistant Chief Dan Appel
said. “Flames were 40 feet in the air.” About 50 firefighters from Lancaster, Chester in PA, and Harford and Cecil counties in Maryland worked together to put out the blaze.
It was declared under control around 6:45 a.m. Ou... [ more ]
   


 

CHIEF HARVEY EISNER - RIP

Rest In Peace, Our Brother
Rest In Peace, Our Brother
Friday, October 24, 2014   It is with profound regret that we pass on shocking news to you---we have been advised that Firehouse Magazine Editor In Chief Emeritus, Former Tenafly NJ Fire Chief and Hon FDNY Assistant Chief Harvey Eisner has passed away from a heart attack.

We will provide additional information on this huge loss to the nation and worlds fire service. Quite honestly, there is not a single Firefighter on the streets today that Harvey didn't positively influence in his teachings, writings and amazing photography. Harvey was a dear friend to us and so many and a true Brother to all in the fire service.

Much more to follow about this man whose life was always a... [ more ]
   


 

MAN SETS FIRE TO HIS APT. - ATTACKS FFs WHEN THEY ARRIVE

Thursday, October 23, 2014  A construction worker set fire to his Richland apartment and attacked firefighters when they showed up to put the small blaze out, according to police.

Nelson Aguayo, 21, allegedly assaulted four Richland firefighters Saturday at his apartment on the 2500 block of Duportail Street, police said

He was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of arson, assault and resisting arrest.

Firefighters spotted smoke coming from Aguayo’s apartment about 3:50 p.m. and went inside to investigate, police said. Aguayo then reportedly attacked the crew and had to be restrained by multiple firefighters.

Police arrived and arrested Aguyao inside of the apartment, authorities said. He continued to fight with officers and was booked into jail after being medically cleared.

It appears Aguyao set a pile of clothes on fire inside the apartment and tried to stop firefighters from putting it o... [ more ]
   

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