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NORTH CAROLINA EMT DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY

Wednesday, March 9, 2016   We regret to pass on that Gates County Rescue and EMS members are mourning the loss of one of their own. GCREMS staff member, Steven Toppin, 53, died in the line of duty yesterday.  EMT Toppin and his Paramedic partner responded to a 911 call where they were attending to a critical patient. EMT Toppin suddenly complained of shortness of breath and collapsed.  Paramedics rushed him to the hopsital where he was pronounced dead. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP. 

   


 

DETROIT FIRE DEPARTMENT EMT'S ATTACKED-AGAIN

Wednesday, March 9, 2016   A Detroit emergency medical technician was attacked on a run last night. The EMT was in stable condition at St. John Hospital after the attack with a department radio. Two EMTs were responding to a medical emergency in the 4600 block of Chatsworth on the city’s east side about 7:30 p.m. when “family members became unruly. They shattered a window in the rig, injuring one of the workers, she said.
Executive Fire Commissioner Eric Jones said the workers had been treating a patient with breathing difficulties then decided to transport that person to the hospital when someone attacked, “unprovoked, illegally.”
The injured worker, a five-year veteran, was expected to make a full recovery, Jones said. The incident came less than six months after a Detroit FD EMS paramedic and her partner were slashed with a box cutter Oct. 20 outside a homeless shelter.

   


 

EXPLOSION INJURES AT LEAST SEATTLE FIREFIGHTERS

Wednesday, March 9, 2016   Early this morning, there was an explosion at the scene of a reported gas leak that resulted in several Seattle Firefighters being injured. Initial reports are that they are stable with burns and abrasions.This is the 2nd "major" event in a week involving gas runs and Firefighters being injured with subsequent explosions. On May 4th, several Littlestown (PA) Firefighters (Alpha Fire Company) were flown out after being injured, but all are doing well.

THIS MORNING IN SEATTLE: Here are two links to some photos-we'll post more later. KTIYP's.

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Explosion-shakes-North-Seattle-6879044.php

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FOOL ME ONCE..... MICHIGAN FIREFIGHTERS FORCED TO FIGHT FOR WHAT IS THEIRS

Tuesday, March 8, 2016  FDNY Firefighters and others will join Michigan Firefighters at a rally in Lansing today as they push for cancer coverage that lawmakers promised them more than a year ago – but never delivered. Included in today's travels to Michigan is retired FDNY Firefighter Ray Pfeifer, who himself continues to battle cancer.

In 2014, the Michigan legislature created a worker’s comp fund for Firefighters who get job-related cancer. Governor Snyder signed it in January 2015, noting there was still no funding designated for the fund, and instructing lawmakers to find money for it.
But more than a year later, there’s still no money. So Firefighters are getting cancer, thinking they’re covered, only to find out they’re not.
Mark Docherty, President of the Michigan Professional Firefighters Union, IAFF, says 8 of his Firefighters have developed cancer since the legislature created the fund in December 2014.  
“They’ve not been... [ more ]

   


 

NEW JERSEY STATE TROOPER KILLED AT FIRE SCENE

Tuesday, March 8, 2016  Tragic news from NJ this morning as a New Jersey State Police trooper has died in the Line of Duty after being struck by a vehicle on Interstate 295 in Deptford. While not a fire/EMS service specific loss, an equally grim reminder of the risks we all share when working on roadways. 

NJ State Police Trooper Sean Cullen, 31, was pronounced dead about 0030 hours this morning at Cooper University Hospital in Camden.
Trooper Cullen had responded to a crash with fire on milepost 23.4 of southbound I-295. He was walking near the scene, which included a car fire and a response by several other emergency vehicles with flashing lights, when a vehicle struck him, state police said. The 22-year-old woman who was driving the vehicle stopped immediately and cooperated with investigators.

Trooper Cullen was rushed by helicopter to Cooper, where family and many fellow trooper and other law enforcement personnel held vigil late into the night but at 0030 ours... [ more ]

   


 

APPARATUS CRASH IN PA INJURES 2 FIREFIGHTERS

Monday, March 7, 2016   At just a year-and-a-half old, Fire Engine 61 is the newest in the Flint Fire Department's fleet, but look a little closer and you'll see it...

"The intake valve, we see rust around it. We also have rubber that seals [the valve]. Those are being destroyed by whatever is in the water," said Fire Chief David Cox Jr.

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FLINT WATER SO CORROSIVE - RIGS PUMPS DAMAGED

Monday, March 7, 2016   At just a year-and-a-half old, Fire Engine 61 is the newest in the Flint Fire Department's fleet, but look a little closer and you'll see it...

"The intake valve, we see rust around it. We also have rubber that seals [the valve]. Those are being destroyed by whatever is in the water," said Fire Chief David Cox Jr.

The damage was brought to his attention about a week ago by emergency equipment more ]

   


 

ILLINOIS POLICE OFFICER KILLED IN CRASH WITH RESPONDING AMBULANCE

Sunday, March 6, 2016   We regret to pass on to you that a South Jacksonville Police officer has died in the Line of Duty after being involved in a traffic crash during a call late last night.Officer Scot Fitzgerald was responding to an EMS call on Illinois Route 267 about 2100 hours when he pulled onto the shoulder and then made a U-turn while trying to find a reported medical emergency. As he started to turn, his car went into the path of the EMS ambulance responding to the same call.

Three persons on the ambulance were transported including EMS driver Brady S. Milnes, 21, and crew members Christopher Barfield, 44,  and Stacey Reyes, 40. We’ll post more on our home page later. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP.

   


 

MAINE FIRE CAPTAIN LODD-MEDICAL IN QUARTERS

Sunday, March 6, 2016   We regret to pass on to you that Captain Peter Larlee of the East Millinocket (Maine) has died in the Line of Duty. Within one hour of responding on a medical emergency run, Captain Larlee went into the fire department’s engine bay to fix a mud flap on an ambulance. Within two minutes of going into the bay and while on the bay floor, Larlee fell ill.  Captain Larlee was treated by fellow Firefighters and EMS, but passed away at the scene from injuries sustained. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP.

   


 

4 FIREFIGHTERS FLOWN OUT IN PA AFTER GAS EXPLOSION

PennLive Video

Friday, March 4, 2016   Four firefighters were injured in a house explosion in Littlestown, Adams County on Friday morning.It happened at 372 Lexington Way.

Officials say the residents called their gas company to notify them of an odor of gas before the fire broke out. They also notified the fire department.

When fire officials arrived on the scene, an explosion occurred inside the home, injuring at least two firefighters.

The fire is the fourth serious blaze in two weeks in Adams County.

Early Thursday morning, a Littlestown man was killed in a mobile home fire along Frederick Lane in Germany Township. Investigators said some aspects of the fire appeared to be suspicious. Police have not ye... [ more ]

   


 

KY FIREFIGHTER BURNED TRYING TO SAVE MAN WHO SET HIMSELF ON FIRE

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Thursday, March 3, 2016   A Lexington firefighter is recovering from burns after tackling a man who police say intentionally set himself on fire.Fire Major Joe Madden assisting a man who intentionally set himself on fire (WKYT I-Witness)

The dramatic event played out around 6 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Richmond Road and Fontaine Road.

Fire Major Joe Madden was in his vehicle at a traffic light when he saw the man running through the intersection.

“The flames went from a very small amount to completely involving his upper torso.” Madden continued saying, “I really didn’t have any plan because I didn’t have any equipment, being off-duty.”

While he didn’t have any gear, he had more than 20 years of experience with the Lexington Fire Department, so he jumped out of his car and ran to help.

“It was a stressful situation, that’s all I can say,” he said.

With a hand from other people who also rushed to help, Madde... [ more ]

   


 

UPDATE: NEW AUDIO – RAYTOWN, MO TRAPPED FIREFIGHTER MAYDAY CALLS

Thursday, March 3, 2016   For the first time Monday night, we are hearing the voice of a firefighter trapped inside a Raytown apartment fire that killed a boy and his grandmother.Five-year-old Jeremiah Roberts and his grandmother, Cherri Roberts, died soon after being rescued. The boy’s 18-month-old brother, Jabin Roberts, is still in the hospital three weeks later.

A newly released audio recording reveals the fire came close to claiming another life, that of firefighter Dave Andrews.

Andrews was on the second floor dousing the flames while his colleagues were one floor up trying to reach the trapped family.

“There’s a fire, a lot of smoke coming out from the building.”

That’s the call that brought firefighters to the Somerset Village Apartments. It came in at 2:21 a.m..

The first units arrived four-and-a-half minutes later.

“We’re attempting a search right now, multiple occupants on floor two.”

“We... [ more ]

   


 

CONDOLENCES TO THE JERSEY CITY FIRE DEPT

Thursday, March 3, 2016   Ira Rubin, a highly respected and beloved member of the Jersey City (NJ) Fire Department (Dispatcher 23) as well as the world famous Gong Club (rehab unit) passed away early today. Ira was a long time friend of ours at FFCC and known as an extremely giving and caring man. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP BrotherMORE ABOUT IRA:

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/04/25/nyregion/with-fire-in-their-eyes-buffs-find-passion-in-chasing-sirens-and-red-trucks.html

MORE ABOUT THE GONG CLUB:

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MAYDAY DURING RESCUE IN EAST ST. LOUIS

BND.com Video

Thursday, March 3, 2016   East St. Louis firefighters on Sunday saved an 82-year-old man from a blaze in his home.According to fire department reports, a call for help came at about 5 p.m. with reports that a home was in flames at 453 N. 14th St.

Firefighters rushed into the home to save the resident. While they were inside, a floor collapsed and temporarily trapped rescuers and the victim. A mayday call went out over firefighters’ radios during the tense scene. Firefighters were able to eventually work their way out of the burning structure with the man.

After rescuers got the victim into an ambulance, his heart stopped on the way to the hospital. He was revived and and taken to Touchette Hospital, where details about his condition were not available early Monday morning.

No information about the cause of the fire was immediately available.

Don Moore of East St. Louis identified the injured man as his uncle retired Rev. Henry Nicholson, a former pastor at ... [ more ]

   


 

UPDATE: LODD - PATRICK WOLTERMAN DIED OF SMOKE INHALATION

Thursday, March 3, 2016   Two months after Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman was killed in an arson fire, Butler County Coroner Lisa Mannix has ruled smoke inhalation as the cause of death, according to a coroner’s report obtained exclusively by the Journal-News.Mannix also officially ruled Wolterman’s death a homicide. While Hamilton police have already been investigating the case as a homicide, only the county coroner can make that official determination.

The coroner’s report states, “Patrick Wolterman, age 28 …. died on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015 at 2:26 a.m. at the Fort Hamilton Hospital Emergency Room. The coroner’s office was notified of the death at 2:50 a.m. by dispatcher of the Butler County Sheriff.”

The report submitted by Andy Willis, coroner’s investigator, says, “The story given to the Butler County Coroner’s Office at the hospital by the Hamilton Fire Department staff was decedent was firefighter on duty with Engine 25 responding to house fire at... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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