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THE FIREFIGHTER CANCER CRISIS - AND THE COST

Tuesday, March 1, 2016  With firefighters facing growing cancer risks, London (Ontario) is spending nearly $10 million to help pay for the looming health crisis.

The City of London (Ontario, Canada) workplace injury fund has jumped to $46.8 million from $37 million, largely because the city now has to pay for increased compensation for cancer victims, says a report headed to a city hall committee Monday.

“It’s devastating. Science has shown us that rates of cancer in firefighters are higher than the general population, because of our jobs,” said Jason Timlick, president of the London Professional Firefighters Association, the department’s union. “It is great politicians are acting on this.”

The report on “unfunded liability” going to the city council committee says the city will see a jump of more than 10 per cent in the fund, from $101.2 million in 2013 to $113.4 million in 2014.

Unfunded liability is money the city ... [ more ]

     



 

3 FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AFTER TULSA, OK BALCONY COLLAPSE AT FIRE

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Sunday, February 28, 2016  The balcony collapse occurs at the 0:42 second mark. It appears they were conducting overhaul and the second floor balcony fell apart and struck three firefighters. We don’t have much information on this video, it sounds like three firefighters had minor injuries. We hope for a quick and speedy recovery.

According to the Tulsa Fire Department, three firemen were burned while trying to fight the fire at Deerfield Estates apartment complex. Two of the firefighters were injured when a balcony fell on top of them. The other firefighter was hurt when an apartment ceiling collapsed on top of him. They are being treated at local hospitals and are expected to recover.

12 families have been displaced as 12 apartment units were damaged. Eight of those 12 units are a total loss.

   


 

FIREFIGHTER ATTACKED BY SQUATTER IN OR

Sunday, February 28, 2016  At first, it seemed to be a typical run: Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) firefighters responded to the report of a house fire at 1831 SE 148th Avenue.Indeed, there was smoke showing from the manufactured home, when the crew of PF&R Powellhurst Station, riding Engine 29, pulled up.


As they walked around the structure doing their “size-up” – an initial evaluation of the situation – they didn’t see any house fire in progress.

“The house wasn’t on fire,” said PF&R Public Information Officer Lt. Rich Tyler.


“There was a fire in the fireplace inside the house,” Tyler told East Portland News. “The odd part of this call was that this house is a boarded up home,... [ more ]

   


 

TXS FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT FIRE THAT INJURED 8

Sunday, February 28, 2016   A house fire in North Austin displaced a family of eight on Thursday morning, Austin firefighters said.A smoke alarm woke up the family -- four adults and four young children -- and they were able to get out unharmed, fire Division Chief Palmer Buck said. A firefighter injured his back while working at the scene and was taken to the hospital in good condition. Buck declined to say how the firefighter was injured.

Firefighters responded just before 5 a.m. to a fire in the 2400 block of Blalock Drive, Buck said. They arrived in about three minutes and saw heavy fire coming from the garage and two cars.

Buck said firefighters should be able to determine a cause later Thursday.

The fire destroyed the home's attached garage and damaged the attic as well as the two cars, he said.

The American Red Cross will be assisting the displaced family, fire officials said.

Resident Susan Delara said she doesn't know what could have caused ... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER CRITICAL AFTER BEING STRUCK BY FIRE APPARATUS (Oklahoma)

Sunday, February 28, 2016  A Ponca City Firefighter is in critical condition with leg injuries after accidentally getting run over by a brush truck. Lt. Lyle Crandall was responding to reports of a grass fire at the time of the accident which reportedly happened at quarters. Lt. Crandall sustained a traumatic injury to his left foot and leg as well as his right leg. He received immediate treatment at the scene, was taken by ambulance to a local hospital and was then flown to OU Medical Center. KHIYP's. Updates to follow. 


   


 

FIRE CHIEFS BUGGY BURNS ON LONG ISLAND (New York)

Sunday, February 28, 2016   Cutchogue Fire Department Chief Bill Brewer’s department vehicle caught fire in the driveway of his Cutchogue home Saturday morning. 

Chief Brewer was not home at the time and there were no injuries, according to 1st Assistant Chief Larry Behr.

The vehicle, a Chevrolet Tahoe, appeared to be destroyed by the engine fire. The vehicle was not operating when the fire started, Mr. Behr said.

“His kids were home and they looked out and the thing was on fire,” Mr. Behr said. The car hasn’t been driven since Friday, he added.

Southold Town police said the cause of the fire does not appear suspicious. Mr. Behr said the vehicle was “brand new,” but did not specify the vehicle’s year.

Police responded to the scene at about 10:30 a.m. and the fire was already too big to contain with a fire extinguisher. The Cutchogue Fire Department responded to the house at Silver Coat Road off Route 48 and quickly p... [ more ]

     



 

FIRE DEPARTMENT EMS CRASH IN BALTIMORE COUNTY INJURES CREW AND CIVILIANS

Sunday, February 28, 2016  Multiple people were injured after a Baltimore County volunteer fire department medic unit was involved in a crash with a sport utility vehicle Saturday evening.

The crash happened at about 8 p.m. at the intersection of Wise Avenue and Lynch Road

Four medical crew members, along with four civilians, including two children, were injured in the crash. The unit was from the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Department.

One of the injured medical crew members was flown to Shock Trauma with serious, non-life-threatening injuries.

     



 

FIREFIGHTER DOWN-NJ FIRE CHIEF DOWN WHILE IN COMMAND/IMMEDIATE CPR AND LIFE SUPPORT SAVES HIS LIFE

Sunday, February 28, 2016   The fire chief in a community on the Jersey Shore suffered a heart attack Saturday while his crew fought a roaring fire in a large home. Fire Chief Larry Gilman collapsed as firefighters battled the blaze at the residence on Channel Drive in Mantoloking, a spokeswoman said. He was revived and taken to a local hospital, where he was said to be recovering.

   


 

FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY DUE TO TRAUMA AT CALIFORNIA FIRE SCENE

Friday, February 26, 2016   We regret to pass on that the 22-year-old Southern California inmate Firefighter who was critically injured yesterday has now died in the Line of Duty after being struck by that falling boulder while working the brush fire in Malibu.Firefighter Shawna Lynn Jones was part of a hand crew working in a steep ravine on Thursday when the boulder rolled down a hill.
The young Firefighter sustained major head injuries and was airlifted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where she was listed in critical condition. She was later taken off life support and her organs were donated, keeping with her family's wishes.
Jones was a Los Angeles County inmate and joined the firefighting program in August 2015.
She was assigned to the Malibu Camp, which is jointly operated with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, and is one of three that houses a total of 195 female firefighters.
Jones was the third inmate firefighter to die on the fire line since the program starte... [ more ]

     



 

FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT TN HOUSE FIRE

Friday, February 26, 2016  A Tullahoma firefighter was injured early Thursday while battling a house fire on Decherd Street.
According to Fire Chief Richard Shasteen, there was light smoke showing when the firefighters first arrived at the scene.
The small smoldering fire located in the attic appeared to have been burning for some time. According to the city officials, the smoldering fire had burned long enough to weaken the ceiling joist and as firefighters entered the attic, a 24 year veteran firefighter of the department fell through the attic to the first floor injuring his shoulder and back. Fellow firefighters were able to remove him from the scene. According to the fire chief, he “was conscious at the time the Coffee County Ambulance transported him to Tennova Healthcare Harton.” He was then flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he is undergoing treatment.
The firefighters were able to bring the fire under control. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but appears to ... [ more ]

   


 

TEXAS VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER IN LEGAL TROUBLE AFTER 2014 RESPONDING CRASH

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Friday, February 26, 2016  A Burton Volunteer Firefighter is in legal trouble after he caused a car crash two years ago.Brian Chenault was heading to direct traffic near the scene of an accident in 2014 when he caused the second crash.

News 3 looks at why his fellow firefighters want the case dismissed, but the D.A. says he was being reckless.

Burton Volunteer Firefighters are coming to the defense of fellow fireman Brian Chenault.

"He'll do anything for anybody at anytime anything to his capability," said Brian Vavrecka, a fellow firefighter who has been friends with Brian since high school.

"None of us would be trying to cause harm to anyone intentionally or unintentionally I mean it was an accident is what it was," he said.

In April 2014, Chenault was on his way to volunteer assisting with traffic at F-M 1948 and 390 in Washington County following a wreck on U.S. 290 that shut down the highway.

"He was passing in a passing zone when somebody... [ more ]

   


 

SETTLEMENT REACHED IN MULTI-FATAL RESPONDING FIRE APPARATUS CRASH

Friday, February 26, 2016  A settlement has been reached in a landmark civil case stemming from a 2008 firetruck crash that killed a city man and his stepgrandson.
The case was resolved late Friday afternoon in Stark County Common Pleas Court but is subject to approval by the probate court, said attorney Edmond J. Mack of Tzangas Plakas Mannos Ltd., the law firm representing the family. Approval could take several weeks to a few months, he said. Mack would not disclose the settlement amount.
City Law Director Pericles Stergios also would not reveal the figure. Records show the case has not yet been filed in probate court.
Nearly eight years ago, city firefighters were responding to a call when the firetruck, traveling eastbound on Walnut Road SE with its lights and sirens on, struck a van at Johnson Avenue SE. The driver, Ronald Anderson, 72, died in the crash along with his stepgrandson, four-year-old Javarre Tate, a passenger in the van.
Mack spoke on behalf of the Anderson family.
“Our cli... [ more ]

   


 

FIREHOUSE FIRE IN IL

Friday, February 26, 2016  Clad in blue jeans and hooded sweatshirts, Stockton firefighters today battled a blaze that hit them where they live.A witness reported seeing smoke coming from the village’s fire station around 11 a.m. Within minutes, volunteer firefighters were on scene and emergency responders from nearby agencies had been called to help save the headquarters of the Stockton Fire Department.

No one was injured, according to Fire Chief Randy Baysinger. But the fire likely caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to firefighting equipment.

The flames took an emotional toll as well, he said.

“It was pretty overwhelming,” Baysinger said. “It is an emotional experience. It is a second home.”

A woman walking her dog first noticed the smoke, according to the Rev. Mike Morrissey, of nearby Holy Cross Catholic Church. She ran to the church and shouted for someone to call police, he said.

The fire likely was caused by an electrical m... [ more ]

   


 

APPARATUS CRASH IN PA

Thursday, February 25, 2016  An engine of the Hazle Township Volunteer Fire Co. and a car sustained damage after a crash this afternoon at Harwood Road and Route 924.
A blue car with an air bag deployed and damage to the front, passenger side stopped on the grass median facing north.
A rollback truck from Falzone Towing arrived to remove the car at approximately 1:15.
The fire engine stopped in the intersection about 150 yards away from the car.
Firefighters and state police officers looked at the front wheel of the truck’s driver’s side.


   


 

FIREFIGHTER BATTLES PTSD AFTER EXPLOSION

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Thursday, February 25, 2016   OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- It was all hands on deck for a two-alarm fire that injured seven in late January.

"We got very lucky," said Mike Terrell, one of the firefighters that was hurt that day. "We could have had five firefighters and a civilian dead like that." he said as he snapped his fingers.

He's referring to a massive fire at the Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak & Cutler Funeral Home in Omaha. Terrell was inside the building when there was a major explosion.

Terrell was part of a two-man team. His crew's job was to turn off the gas line to the building that was inside.

While Terrell was inside he encountered the owner of the funeral home, and was trying to get him out when an explosion went off inside.

"Last thing I remember is trying to reach out with my right hand to shield Mr. Cutler from getting hurt," he said.

Terrell came to on his stomach; he dragged him... [ more ]

   


 
 
 

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