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2 WORKERS KILLED AT FIRE STATION CONSTRUCTION INCIDENT

Friday, February 19, 2016   A second worker has died from injuries sustained in the fatal construction accident at the site of the new Whippany Fire Department firehouse, authorities said.

A 10,000-pound generator being hoisted by a crane Thursday morning fell onto two workers at the Troy Hills Road site when a strap gave way, Hanover Township Mayor Ronald Francioli said.

A man in his 20s was pronounced dead at the scene, but a second man was taken to Morristown Medical Center in critical condition, the mayor said. The first worker killed in the accident was the son-in-law of the crane operator, he said.
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WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER APPARATUS CRASH IN OK

Friday, February 19, 2016  A Bartlesville woman has been arrested after her car hit a Bartlesville Fire Department pumper truck on its way back from a fire run Wednesday evening.

Arrested in the incident was Stephanie L. Robinson, 50, on charges of driving while under the influence of alcohol, transporting open alcoholic beverage and hit and run.

According to BFD Assistant Chief Bill Hollander, firefighters saw the woman driving erratically while they were returning from a fire around 10:51 p.m. in the area of Tuxedo Avenue and U.S. Highway 75.

“The guys saw it coming,” he said. “They stopped, hoping that she would go around them, but she hit the pumper truck.”

Bartlesville Police Department Capt. Jay Hastings said a witness saw the accident and reported it to dispatch.

“The witness said that a white Buick had struck a BFD truck and had driven off,” he said. “They said they were following the suspect and gave updates as to the location of th... [ more ]

   


 

POTENTIAL AIR QUALITY CONCERNS CLOSES FL FIREHOUSE

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Thursday, February 18, 2016    The Delray Beach Fire Chief has moved firefighters out of a station due to potential health concerns.Capt. Kevin Saxton says engineers doing an air quality test at the station last week found a potential issue with how two AC vents are connected.

He says a vent in the sleeping quarters is connected to a vent in the area where firefighters store their gear and equipment.

Studies have shown firefighters are at risk for cancer because of the chemicals they're exposed to in burning buildings. More research is being done about how equipment exposed to these chemicals may also pose a threat to firefighters.

Engineers will do more tests to determine how the vent connections may have impacted the air quality. Saxton says the department expects those results in seven to ten days. At that point, the department will decide how to move forward.

Meanwhile, some of the firefighters at Station 3, located at 651 Linton Blvd, are sleeping in a ... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER SAYS TRAINING SAVED HIS LIFE!

Thursday, February 18, 2016   
"Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!," shouted a firefighter last week on call in Roanoke County.It's a call you never want to hear.

"Active mayday on the fire ground, a firefighter fallen through the floor," said another firefighter.

But it happened to one Roanoke County firefighter last week.

"I fell through the second floor, through the first floor, and ended up hanging upside down from the basement ceiling," said Firefighter and Paramedic Robert Mauck.

"Hearing it, for me, when I heard it, it was very sickening feeling, because you know what's going on and you know the potential," said Battalion Chief of Training Randy Spence.

While the potential was there, Mauck walked away without serious injury.

"My mind never really had time to think. I relied solely on just the training that we're given and the training truly paid off in this instance," said Mauck.

Mauck says he knew exactly what to do. First, check ... [ more ]

   


 

LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST CHIEF WHO HIT 3 KIDS IN CROSSWALK

Thursday, February 18, 2016  A lawsuit has been filed against the director of New Brunswick’S fire department who admitted to careless driving after hitting three children walking in a crosswalk.Robert Rawls was fined $206 in 2014 stemming from the accident.

Rawls was driving a city-owned sport utility vehicle in May 2014, when he hit Jocelyn Pelaez, Arly Melquiadez and John Mejia. The children sustained broken bones.

The Home News Tribune reports that Pelaez filed a lawsuit last month accusing the city and school negligence.


The suit stays Rawls was involved in at least 18 accidents and charged with seven motor vehicle violations before the accident. Rawls is accused of driving carelessly.

Rawls wasn’t immediately available for comment.

A city spokeswoman says they won’t comment on pending litigation. 

   


 

STUDY FINDS LINK BETWEEN INSOMNIA AND DEPRESSION IN FIREFIGHTERS

Wednesday, February 17, 2016  A new study of firefighters suggests that insomnia and nightmares may increase the risk of depression by impairing the ability to access and leverage emotion regulation strategies effectively.Results show that a high percentage of participants reported clinically significant insomnia symptoms (52.7 percent), depression symptoms (39.6 percent) and nightmare problems (19.2 percent). Further analyses revealed that the indirect effects of overall emotion regulation difficulties were significant both for the relationship between insomnia and depression and nightmares and depression. Limited access to emotion regulation strategies - such as problem-solving skills and the ability to decrease negative emotions - emerged as the strongest, most significant indirect effect for both relationships.

"Our study findings suggest that firefighters with sleep difficulties are likely to experience greater struggles accessing strategies to regulate their emotions, especially when feeling ups... [ more ]

   


 

9 YONKERS FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT FIRE

Wednesday, February 17, 2016  Two families in Yonkers are homeless this morning, and nine firefighters were injured after an apartment fire overnight.

Fire officials say flames broke out around 1:30 a.m. today inside a first-floor apartment of a five-story building at 44 Park Ave.

Many residents had to flee the fire in their pajamas as over 30 firefighters took nearly an hour to get the flames under control. "It's a big building so we had a lot of people, basically every fire escape in the building we had someone coming down," say Yonkers Assistant Fire Chief Brian Travers.

Nine firefighters were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. One person who lived in the building also suffered minor injuries.

All but two families were allowed back in to their apartments. Red Cross is helping those four adults.

There is no word yet on the cause of the fire, which is under investigation. Fire officials say it does not appear to be suspicious. 

   


 

NJ FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT GARBAGE TRUCK BUILDING FIRE

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016   A firefighter was injured in Tuesday night's blaze that struck a recycling-transfer station building with as many as 10 trucks inside, according to New Jersey State Police.The fire was reported at 6:57 p.m. at Sanico Inc., 5 Hutchinson Station Road inmore ]

   


 

4 NJ FIREFIGHTERS INJURED IN HAZ-MAT EXPOSURE

Wednesday, February 17, 2016  Four firefighters were taken to the hospital after a hazmat incident at building on Federal Street Tuesday morning, according to a report by 6 ABC.
Emergency personnel were called to the building on the corner of 7th and Federal streets at about 9 a.m. Authorities said the firefighters were exposed to a hazmat leak while on the scene.
They were taken to Cooper University Hospital. The exposure does not appear to be life threatening, according to the report.utomatically shut down Sunday evening.

Authorities have not released further information on the leak, and the situation remains under investigation.

   


 

FIRE APPARATUS STRIKES CARS WHILE RESPONDING

Wednesday, February 17, 2016   Charlotte Fire officials said one of their trucks was involved in an accident at University City Boulevard and East W.T. Harris Boulevard Tuesday morning.

Officials said the crash happened around 11:30 a.m. when CFD ladder truck 40 was traveling westbound on W.T. Harris with its lights and sirens on when it came up on two vehicles.

   


 

SERIOUS FIRE APPARATUS DELIVERY CRASH IN DUTCHESS COUNTY, NY

Tuesday, February 16, 2016  A fire apparatus crashed on Interstate 84 East near Lime Kiln Road in Hopewell Junction this morning-in Dutchess County, north of NYC.
The apparatus was being delivered to the Islip Terrace FD in Suffolk County, Long Island, NY. There are reports that there are serious injuries-at least one was transported to nearby Danbury Hospital in Connecticut. 

     
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ONE DEAD AFTER CAR RUNS INTO CRASH SCENE IN VA - FIREFIGHTER/POLICE OFFICER INJURED

Tuesday, February 16, 2016  One person is dead and several others are injured, including a state trooper and firefighter, after a vehicle crashed into a crash scene on 288.State Police say they were called to a two-vehicle crash on 288 near Lucks Lane around 5:14 p.m. One person injured in that crash was transported from the scene with minor injuries.

While responding to that crash, another vehicle ran off the road, striking the trooper, one of the drivers and a passenger from the previous crash. One person was thrown into a nearby Chesterfield firefighter. The vehicle finally stopped when it hit a trooper vehicle.

The person thrown into the firefighter died at the scene.

The firefighter was transported to St. Francis for minor injuries. The state trooper and the other victim were transported to VCU Medical Center with serious injuries.

The accident has caused several other accidents in the area on 288S.

Northbound lanes are open. The southbound left ... [ more ]

   


 

HOUSTON FIREFIGHTERS: RADIOS COULD SLOW RESCUERS

Tuesday, February 16, 2016   A Channel 2 investigation has discovered areas of the city where fire department radios do not work properly due to coverage issues.The areas are called "dead zones" by firefighters who tell investigative reporter Jace Larson that they worry about their ability to communicate if they must rescue a citizen from a fire or other emergency.

[At 10: Where fire department radio dead zones exist]

"We’re having reports as far north as Kingwood all the way to the southwest," said retired Houston firefighter Brannon Hershey.

Hershey and other firefighters worry about the safety of their colleagues should one of them become trapped while fighting a fire.

Channel 2 is putting together an investigation to air Tuesday night at 10 p.m. In the story, Larson will show you specific areas where dead zones exist, including at a local hospital, and will show you what city leaders are doing to address the concerns of firefighters.

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JERSEY CITY APPARATUS INVOLVED IN CRASH

Tuesday, February 16, 2016   A fire truck responding to an emergency was struck when the driver of another vehicle failed to stop, according to a police report.At about 10:30 this morning, the fire truck was traveling north on Kennedy Boulevard with flashing lights on near Boyd Avenue, the report states. 

As the truck traveled through the intersection, a black Chevy Colbat traveling east on Boyd Avenue did not see the truck and slammed into the side of the vehicle, the report states. 

No one was injured, the report indicates, but the Chevy had to be towed from the scene. 

It was not immediately known what type of emergency the truck was responding to.  

   


 

APPARATUS STRUCK ON NEW YORK BRIDGE

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016  It was a scare for firefighters at the scene of an accident Sunday morning on Route 104 near the Irondequoit Bay Bridge after they were involved in a multi-car crash. Now first responders, and those who work on the road, are pleading for drivers to move over.The Ridge Culver Fire Department was helping at the scene of a separate accident when a car side-swiped the truck they were in, causing a chain reaction of crashes.

The Chief with the Ridge Culver Fire Department, Scott Zampatori, said they saw the car coming and jumped back in the truck.


"The driver noticed they were about to get hit. That driver told everybody, 'brace yourself, we're about it get hit.' The car that hit them, spun off another 20 yards across the expressway and came to rest against the center barrier where he was trapped," said Zampatori.

He added that the firefighters did everything right to ensure their safety.

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