Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Not Just Another "Fall" Call (The Secret List)

Sunday, November 2, 2014  Hey, Once in a while we share something that is not directly related to a firefighter close call. In this case, it personally struck home in three areas:


1-Our Fire-Medic crews respond to these types of runs day in and day out-as yours do.


2-My Mom "Mrs G" , who is 87, fell three times last week-once alone in her independent living apartment with very minor injuries-(she didn't want to worry anyone by pushing her "I've fallen and I can't get up" button)...and twice with one of us walking with her. She is fine...this time.


3-My father in Law "Mr H" died following a fall-he was fine, working in his yard, fell with a serious injury-died three weeks later-after 3 weeks in the hospital with, quite frankly, careless and poor care with a "he's old, he's had a good life" attitude. Seriously.

You probably have stories like that as well.


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APPARATUS CRASH IN KS

Sunday, November 2, 2014  Injuries were reported when an Overland Park fire truck collided with a car Saturday afternoon.

The crash happened in the intersection at 119th Street and Antioch Road about 3:45 p.m.

The fire department said the fire truck was responding to a call when the wreck happened.

Overland Park police said two firefighters and two people in the passenger car were taken to hospitals. Authorities said they are expected to recover.

The crash is under investigation.

Read more: http://www.kmbc.com/news/4-hurt-when-overland-park-fire-truck-car-collide/29482026#ixzz3HuZ1efvQ




   


 

APPARATUS CRASH IN CLARK, CO NV - 4 INJURED

Saturday, November 1, 2014  Four people were taken to University Medical Center after a Clark County Fire and Rescue vehicle and an SUV collided Friday morning near Blue Diamond Road and Durango Drive, according to Nevada Highway Patrol.

The paramedics vehicle had its lights and was responding to a call at the time, according to NHP. As it was heading through the intersection, a black Chevrolet Tahoe struck it on the right side around 10:08 a.m. The Tahoe was headed south on Durango.

Two paramedics were taken to UMC and are expected to be OK, NHP trooper Loy Hixson said. The male driver of the Tahoe suffered minor injuries, but a female passenger was in serious condition.

The paramedics were on their way to a reported house fire in the 9100 block of Dutch Oven Court, near El Capitan Way, according to Clark County spokesman Jeff Buchanan.

The crash briefly closed the intersection.


   


 

APPARATUS TOTALED IN MO AFTER STRIKING DEER

OzarkFirst.com Video
Saturday, November 1, 2014  A firefighter with the Logan-Rogersville Fire Department escaped injury early Friday, after his fire truck rolled over while trying to avoid hitting a deer.

Logan-Rogersville fire chief Richard Stirts tells KOLR10 News the firefighter was headed to a fire at the Buena Vista Ranch from Fire Station 4 on Highway B when a deer jumped out in front of the truck.

The truck, Brush Unit 422, rolled over in the collision, but the driver was wearing a seat belt and was no injured.

The number of car-deer collisions climb dramatically in the fall.  The Insurance Information Institute has tips to lessen the chances of it happening to you:


   


 

FIREFIGHTER FOUND DEAD AFTER AGILITY TEST-FUNERAL DETAILS & UPDATE

Saturday, November 1, 2014   Fern Creek, KY (Louisville area) Fire Major Malcolm Jenkins was found dead in his fire department vehicle hours after he failed to return home from a required department agility test Thursday morning. Jenkins, 53, died, in the Line of Duty, of a heart attack.
FUNERAL DETAILS: Visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Monday at Fern Creek Funeral Home. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Burnett Avenue Baptist Church.

Major Jenkins joined the department as a volunteer in 1983 and he most recently served as the Chief Training Officer. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, three daughters, two grandchildren along with the FCFD members.




   


 

Texas Releases Quadruple LODD Report

Friday, October 31, 2014  The Texas State Fire Marshal Office released their report today into the deadliest incident in the department's history. The May, 2013 fire at the Southwest Inn Motel killed Firefighters Anne Sullivan andRobert Garner, Engineer Operator Robert Bebee, and Senior Captain Matthew Renaud in the Line of Duty.
Here is the link to the report:

http://www.tdi.texas.gov/reports/fire/documents/fmloddhouston2013.pdf






     


 

PHILLY FF INJURED AT APT. FIRE

Friday, October 31, 2014  A firefighter and resident were injured in a massive apartment blaze in West Philadelphia late Thursday night.

The fire broke out around 11:45 p.m at the Chestnut Park apartments on the 100 block of 62nd Street.

Fire crews arrived to heavy flames shooting from the third floor of the 4-story building.

Crews quickly called for a second alarm. It took about an hour and twenty minutes to get the blaze under control.

The building was evacuated. 69 residents were taken by SEPTA to a Red Cross shelter at Sayre High School at 58th and Walnut Street.

Both the firefighter and resident were taken to the hospital for treatment.

They are in stable condition.

The fire marshal is working on finding out what sparked the blaze.


   


 

FIREFIGHTER DIES FOLLOWING TRAINING-NEW YORK

Friday, October 31, 2014   We regret to pass on to you that Donald “Pete” Martin, 84, with 53 years service died yesterday. A member of the Sanborn NY Fire Company, he was at the station for mandatory department training, Firefighter Martin fell ill and other firefighters subsequently took Firefighter Martin to his residence - where 911 was called after he became unresponsive. Firefighter Martin passed away from a nature and cause of injury still to be determined. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.






   


 

FF SUFFERS HAND BURNS IN HOUSTON

ABC13.com Video
Friday, October 31, 2014  One firefighter was injured battling a house fire in southeast Houston.

It happened around 3:00am this morning at a home on the 7700 block of Camwood at De Leon.

When firefighters arrived, smoke was coming from the two story home. As firefighters started putting out the fire, one firefighter received burns to one of his hands. He was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital and treated for his injures.

The firefighter will be released from Memorial Hermann Hospital today, but he won't be on active duty for a while. He's expected to make a full recovery. No one else was injured.

Investigators are still trying to determine if the fire was caused by an electrical problem or arson.


   


 

FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-KENTUCKY

Friday, October 31, 2014   It is with deep regret that we pass on to you the Line of Duty Death of a Fire Officer in Jefferson County, KY. Major Malcolm Jenkins of the Fern Creek Fire Department passed away yesterday from an apparent heart attack. www.ferncreekfire.com
We'll post more as it becomes available. RIP.
   


 

FIREFIGHTER SEVERELY BURNED AT WILDLAND FIRE-AUS

Friday, October 31, 2014  A volunteer Firefighter and a farmer are among three people burnt in an out-of-control bushfire tearing through farmland in South Australia’s mid-north yesterday afternoon.
The fire at Nantawarra, near Port Wakefield, is fast-moving southeast toward the townships of Whitwarta, Bowmans and Balaklava.
Local firies say there is a risk to lives and homes, and residents should only leave now if there’s a clear path to safety.
At 2.35pm local time, the blaze had burned through around 1400 ha of stubble with a large fire front approximately 10km away from Balaklava and 13km away from Port Wakefield.
A 35-year-old volunteer firefighter has been airlifted south to Adelaide for treatment to severe burns.
It’s being reported two other men – including a local farmer – have also been injured.
   


 

POWER LINE FALLS ON RIG AT NY HOUSE FIRE - TRAPPING DRIVER

Friday, October 31, 2014  A fire that caused heavy damage to an Edward Street home under renovation Wednesday morning also created some tense moments for firefighters when a power line fell on a responding ladder truck.

"The electric service to the building fell down right on top of the tower ladder, and it was a live wire so we had a driver trapped in the truck," Deputy Fire Chief Frank Sylvester said. "We couldn't move it and we had to be careful moving (hoses) because of the live electric wires."

After several tense moments, a crew from New York State Electric and Gas responded to remove the wire. The driver was not injured.

The fire started around 10 a.m. in a home under renovation at 21 Edward St.

Mayor Bill Hanauer said the homeowners "went out shopping and came back to find the fire."

He said one firefighter suffered a minor injury. It was unclear if the cause, while under investigation, was related to the renovation.

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2 MD FFs INJURED AT HOUSE FIRE

WJLA Video and Story
Friday, October 31, 2014  Two firefighters were injured battling a house fire in Charles County Tuesday morning.

The family escaped with no injuries, but the home in La Plata was destroyed. It was a major house fire that jolted some residents out of bed on Mallard Lane. For others it was a loud knock at the door. The home of the new family in the neighborhood was on fire.

Around 7:15 a.m. the Charles County Volunteer Fire Department got a call about the house fire in La Plata. Fifty-four firefighters fought the blaze for an hour as it quickly consumed the home. Linda Watson, a neighbor, rushed out of her home just as the fire spread from the kitchen to the rest of the house. That's when she thought the worst





   


 

FF FALLS OFF ROOF - ANOTHER BURNED AT ATLANTA FIRE

AJC.com Video
Friday, October 31, 2014  One firefighter fell 20 feet from a roof and another was burned Thursday morning while battling a blaze at a Buckhead apartment complex.

Firefighters were called to the two-alarm fire at the Victoria complex in the 3500 block of Roswell Road around 11 a.m.

Firefighter Spurgeon Putnam was injured when he fell 20 feet from a roof, fire department spokeswoman Janet Ward said. Firefighter Josh Martinson was burned on his shoulders. Both are from Station 21, Ward said.

“They were working on the roof during ventilation operations, and we don’t really know the details of what caused [Putnam] to fall,” Assistant Fire Chief Chris Wessels said. “As you can imagine, that’s one of the most dangerous things our guys do – wearing all that gear, the roof obviously has a steep angle to it. Fortunately, it looks like one of the vestibules broke his fall, so he didn’t fall straight to the ground, he kind of fell in two smaller falls.
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