4.19.15 / 3:50PM / NEW SALEM, MA - COOLEYVILLE RD / BRUSH FIRE
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March 29, 2015
DETROIT, MI MCGRAW + CICOTTE BUILDING FIRE
FIREGROUNDIMAGES - Drone footage of heavy fire from a vacant commercial building on the corner of McGraw and Cicotte. The building already a loss, firefighters took a stand protecting the occupied exposures on the block.
ERVING MA PAPER MILL FIRE
4.12.15 / 12:25PM / ERVING, MA - ERVING PAPER MILL / BALE FIRE / REQ 2 ADDITIONAL ENGINES / MULTIPLE BALES ON FIRE / ORANGE ENROUTE
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You Owe Injured Fresno Firefighter A Beer. Yes, You!
Jon McDuffie - You owe injured Fresno Fire Captain Pete Dern a beer. Yes, you… and I’m not joking.
When a video went viral showing Captain Dern doing his job and jarringly falling into an inferno, his one moment of unintended sacrifice had a Butterfly Effect of change that is rarely seen. His accident is making a difference.
First, firefighters across the world are being challenged through social media to think first about his survival, the long road he faces to recovery, his family, and his brothers in IAFF Local 753. Every Monday Morning Quarterback attempting to critique Captain Dern’s tactics has been unceremoniously harpooned in social media. Having the eyes of our families and friends on us has forced us to realize something we should have already known: in the real world, accidents like this are a cause for rally, prayer and support first and foremost not judgment, what ifs, and disparaging remarks.
For that, you owe Pete Dern a beer. read more...
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NEW YORK EAST VILLAGE GAS EXPLOSION
April 3, 2015
East Village Gas Explosion Reveals Problems in City’s Inspection System
NYTimes.com - In the nearly eight months after utility workers found evidence of a leaking unauthorized tap on a gas line in an East Village building, the city never sent an inspector to make sure the dangerous activity had not recurred.
The reason, city officials say, was simple: They were never aware of any potential hazard.
Now, the building is gone — the site of a fiery explosion on March 26 that destroyed much of the block and left two men dead. The police and criminal prosecutors believe the blast may have been caused by the continued tapping of a gas line there.
But even without a definitive conclusion, the way in which an inappropriate and dangerous gas situation at 121 Second Avenue was handled has exposed what many consider to be a gap in the flow of information between the utility companies and the New York City Department of Buildings. The only notification about the leak discovered in August came a month later in a routine filing from Consolidated Edison, which was all the utility was required to share with the city. read more...
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One week ago, I took these photos. Lila and I spent the day at the sugarhouse for Sunday's boiling. It was a weekend like so many others in early spring, shared over generations, in both sides of my husband's family tree. I just happened to stop and take this photo of the sugarhouse itself last week, because I thought I might share it with students at school. I knew this weekend would be busy and I was feeling sad Lila and I would not have much time to spend sugaring.
This weekend, my boys headed to Conway on Saturday morning to spend the weekend doing sugaring projects. Even when the sap isn't running there are jobs to be done and plenty to keep the boys busy, so they were happy to go. I was committed to escorting Lila to a weekend of dance performances, and a plan to bring supper on Sunday afternoon when I would meet the boys, my husband and family at the sugarhouse with Lila.
Her show (Cinderella) on Sunday, was at 2 and I just got on the highway when my phone rang. A friend of my husband from the local fire dept was trying to reach him to see if he heard the news, a call had just come in for a fire at Boyden's Sugarhouse in Conway. My heart was racing as I tried to reach my husband. I didn't know till later his phone was hanging, in the pocket of his coat, on the mirror of his truck where he was splitting wood. Once off the highway, I pulled over to track down someone in town, and I heard the report, "fully involved structure fire."
Many thoughts came to mind. "Where are my boys?" I was not so much concerned they were in it, I was confident Howard and Jeanne would be sure they were safe, as I worried they were hysterically watching their beloved sugarhouse burn while adults bustled around them. I needed to get there. I also was alarmed to think of a fully involved blaze while my brother in law was boiling, is he ok? what happened? no way in hell he would let it go without a fight. . . over his dead body. . . when hell freezes over. . .
Little did I know he was inside at that moment about a foot or two from the flames with just a one inch pine wall between him and the blazing wood shed. He was holding fire from racing across the peak with a water hose, electric pump and his thumb and the very generous help of a passerby who grabbed the fire extinguishers and blasted them under the door at the fire on the otherside!
They attacked the fire from the door where Howard was holding off the fire, trying desparately to keep it back away from the main operation. Howard talks now about the minutes (which seemed like hours) he spent planning the attack, while awaiting the fire department's arrival. He is humbled by the respect of the department, who followed his plan without question though it has been years since he held the title of Captain on the department.
True to form. Howard was quick to see the bright side of the story. Despite the loss of one third of the structure, the main operation was saved, and no one was hurt! I was never so greatful to see anything as I was to see the building standing with family looking on when I arrived. To look at pictures of the building engulfed in flames, it is just amazing that it was not a total loss. It is a wonder to think about the man holding a garden hose, a passerby offering help, Jeanne and her helper (a cousin's daughter) hauling out anything they could grab to save it from what seemed both inevitable, and impossible at the same time. Quick response from the local volunteer FD was crucial and yet the whole stream of events came together to say, not this sugarhouse, not this time. . .
Howard had a quick positive response to inquiries of a workbee the next day. He began seeking out folks he knew had skills he needed, but little did he know how many would seek him out on this day of blue sky, bitter cold, and optimism. Out of the ashes they rose like a phoenix, a beautiful sight after the fire.
Friends... a community... working together... rewiring... rebuilding... creating... learning important lessons...
Contributing... and eating well... together... community... the phoenix... a productive day... coming together...
Howard and Jeanne... a new beginning... boiling again Thursday, March 26, 2015!
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