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...
FDNY 95' Tower Ladder Backing Into The Station
Video Acepilot2k7 - New York City Fire Department Tower Ladder 85, "The Monster Truck", returning to the station In Staten Island.
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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9 sources of firefighter stress
Firefighting was crowned most-stressful job; understanding what makes it so is key to reducing that stress
FireRescue1.com - When I read the recent article that declared firefighting to be the most stressful job in the United States, I remembered a conversation I had long ago with a friend who was a paramedic with the private ambulance service in town.
We were talking about stress, and he said, "I don't know why everyone always talks about going on calls as being stressful. That's the fun part of the job. Dealing with company managers, that's the stressful part of the job."
He was only partly kidding. Of course there are emergency calls that cause stress for first responders. All firefighters have at least one story about a call that really got to them. But firefighters are also often in a better position to deal with that kind of job stress as they have a built-in support group among their crew, where they can talk things out, make rude jokes, and find ways to move on.
This is not to say that firefighters don't suffer from stress. They do, but the sources of stress go far beyond just the occasional disturbing emergency response.
Based on years of working with fire departments across the country and many hours of conversation with firefighters of all ranks, I offer a list of some of the other sources of stress firefighters face. read more...
WATERBURY, CT THOMASTON AVE FIRE
Rescue9photography.com - Waterbury firefighters responded to Thomaston avenue just after 1:00PM on Saturday, February 28th for a reported structure fire. Engine's 6, 7, 8, Rescue Engine 1, Trucks 1, 2, Car 5 and Battalion 2 were dispatched and while enroute saw a large header of smoke that could be seen from all over the city. On arrival the crew on Rescue Engine 1 reported heavy smoke showing from the third floor of a three story wood multiple family dwelling. Car 5 immediately called for an additional engine company (Engine 2) to assist crews.
Firefighters used ladder trucks to gain access to the third floor and roof area. While ventilation and a search of the building for occupants was underway, three lines were stretched into the structure to fight the fire.
All occupants were accounted for and it took firefighters about an hour to bring the blaze under control. This would be the fourth fire in just over a week for the firefighters in the brass city. The fire is under investigation by the fire marshal. see more photos...
CLEAN YOUR GEAR
Firefighter hoods leading to cancer
WTNH.com - Firefighters wear hoods that are meant to protect them in fires, but these tools could be hurting crews long after the flames are out. “Unfortunately, our culture was the more soot you had on you, it was almost a badge of honor,” said retired Waterbury firefighter Dan Huften. He says his white firefighter hood would often turn black. Huften retired from the Waterbury Fire Department from a back injury and was then diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer. read more...
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This aerial February 17, 2015 file photo photo made available by the Office of the Governor of West Virginia shows a derailed train in Mount Carbon, WVa. As investigators in West Virginia and Ontario pick through the wreckage from the latest pair of oil train derailments to result in massive fires, U.S. transportation officials predict many more catastrophic wrecks involving flammable fuels in coming years absent new regulations. | Photo Office of the Governor of West Virginia, Steven Wayne Rotsch
Fuel Trains Could Derail Up To 10 Times A Year Over Next Two Decades, Feds Predict
HuffingtonPost.com | Billings, Mont. (AP) - The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S.
The projection comes from a previously unreported analysis by the Department of Transportation that reviewed the risks of moving vast quantities of both fuels across the nation and through major cities. The study completed last July took on new relevance this week after a train loaded with crude derailed in West Virginia, sparked a spectacular fire and forced the evacuation of hundreds of families.
Basic Survival Skills and the Probationary Firefighter
FIREHOUSE.com - Soon, the newest members of our service will be turned loose from the relative safety of the training academy to their new assignments. Once assigned to a company, there are no more “built-in safeties.” There is no place for errors to be corrected by an instructor and one wrong move may very well be the new member’s last. There’s a very real need for every firefighter, from the newest member to the most senior member to be fully competent in the basics of firefighter survival.
This series of articles addresses the very basics from three different aspects:
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Conn. firefighter died after SCBA ran out of air
FireRescue1.com - The office of the chief state medical examiner ruled Thursday that Hartford firefighter Kevin Bell died because his tank ran out of air while he was fighting a house fire on Blue Hills Avenue. read more...
So you want to restore a fire truck
FireRescue1.com - A perfectly restored fire truck is the envy of many a fire departments, here's what you need to know to take an old rig from rust bucket to beauty queen. read more...
Worcester Fire Chief Gerard Dio to retire
Telegram.com - Fire Chief Gerard A. Dio plans to retire by the end of the year. City Manager Edward Augustus said Chief Dio, 61, has notified him that he will step down after 35 years with the department —including 15 years as chief. read more...
FL Polk Fire cutting costs with only 2 firefighters per engine
WFLA.com - With a nearly $500,000 overage in the overtime budget for the first quarter, Polk County is making big changes at several of its fire departments. Instead of calling in a firefighters and paying them overtime when another is sick or on vacation, the county is going to leave the spot open. That means some stations could have as few as two firefighters on an engine. read more...
What the Fire Service Can Learn From Brian Williams’ Suspension
FireCritic.com - Firefighters are storytellers. We have witnessed and been a part of some amazing incidents that are hardly believable when telling someone who isn’t in public safety. They simply wouldn’t understand without Hollywood effects and blowing everything out of proportion. The truth is that our stories don’t need the Hollywood hype to make them interesting, they need that to help others understand them. We know the ins and outs of what we do and simply need the context and details to understand a good story.
HEALTH + PREPAREDNESS
What is the superbug that has killed 3 people?
Lawsuits filed against hospital where CRE spread
ABC15.com - What is the "superbug" that has now killed three people, and how did it become a threat? This week, North Carolina officials reported a person there died after being infected by the same nightmare bacteria that killed two in Los Angeles, Calif. A spokesperson for the Carolinas HealthCare System said 18 people there have been infected, and 15 of those were admitted with the superbug, while three acquired it at the hospital, according to CNN. read more...
CDC’s CHEMPACK Program
CDC.gov - It’s a terrifying but plausible scenario. You’re in an enclosed crowded place—perhaps a subway or a mall—and a terrorist organization releases lethal quantities of a nerve agent such as sarin into the air. The gas sends your nervous system into overdrive. You begin having convulsions. EMTs rush to the scene while you go into respiratory failure. If they have nerve agent antidotes with them, you may have a greater chance of living. If they don’t, you may be more likely to die. Will you survive? Thanks to CDC’s Strategic National Stockpile CHEMPACK program, the answer is more likely to be yes. read more...
Measles Outbreak: Protect Your Child
CDC.gov - In the United States, we are currently experiencing a large, multi-state outbreak of measles linked to an amusement park in California. Measles is a highly contagious disease. It can be serious for your young children. Protect your children by making sure they get MMR vaccine according to CDC's recommended schedule. read more...
Study finds firefighters more likely to get two types of cancer
WildFireToday.com - According to a recently published study, firefighters in three major municipal fire departments were more likely to be diagnosed with lung cancer and leukaemia than the general population.
Researchers examined the firefighting exposure and medical histories of 20,000 firefighters with over 1,300 cancer-related deaths and 2,600 cancer incidence cases in Chicago, Philadelphia, and San Francisco who were on duty between the years 1950 and 2009. This was one of the largest studies of its kind, and was the first to relate the time elapsed during fire runs to cancer risk. read more...
PALMER MA I90 VEHICLE INTO WATER
2.16.15 / 7:11AM / PALMER, MA - I90 WB (61.8MM) / MVC / VEHICLE OVER BRIDGE INTO QUABOG RIVER / UNKNOWN PI
UMass student sues Amherst police officers who arrested him for videotaping officers at Blarney Blowout (video)
MassLIVE.com - A lawyer for University of Massachusetts Amherst student Thomas Donovan on Tuesday filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court against Amherst police officers, charging they assaulted and falsely arrested him for videotaping police during the Blarney Blowout last March. read more...
UMass Amherst to ban guests during Blarney Blowout weekend
BostonGlobe.com - The University of Massachusetts Amherst will ban students from hosting outside guests for an entire weekend next month when a set of annual off-campus parties blamed for violent, drunken disturbances in the past is expected to unfold. read more...
February 13, 2015
Giant Toxic Cloud Hangs Over Spanish Town After Explosion
BBC.com - A massive orange cloud forced tens of thousands of people inside after an accident at a Spanish chemical factory. Three people were injured when products at a factory in the town of Igualda in north east Spain became mixed on Thursday. More than 60,000 people in Igualda and four nearby towns were told to stay indoors with the windows shut. Footage from locals captures the cloud, which included nitric acid and ferric chloride, causing the cloud's bright colour. read more...
Greenfield Fire Chief Robert Strahan chats with Governor Charlie Baker at right, while Angus "Terry" Dun and Shelburne Control supervisor Butch Garrity talk to Lt. Governor Karen Polito at Hanscom Air Force Base Wednesday. The three are members of the Northwestern Mass. Incident Management Team, which was called in by MEMA to help remove snow from the Boston area | Photo by Massachusetts State Police Colonel Tim Alben
The snow must go on... lots of trucks
February 13, 2015 | By DAVID RAINVILLE | Recorder Staff
Recorder.com | GREENFIELD - The local fire chief, along with emergency responders from across western Massachusetts, have packed their bags and headed east to help the Boston area get rid of the snow that’s buried it this month. While recent storms have dumped about 2 feet of snow on Franklin County, Boston and nearby communities have gotten more than 6 feet. The Northwestern Mass. Incident Management Team was asked by the state to help coordinate the multi-state assistance. They’ve been dispatching dozens of trucks and heavy equipment from a staging area in the MassPort side of Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford. While the snow in Franklin County has been inconvenient for many, the snowfall in Boston has been incapacitating, even shutting down the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority’s train and bus service. “(In Shelburne) it snowed about 4 1/ 2 inches Saturday night into Sunday, and my son (in Boston) told me they had a fresh 31 inches of snow when it finished,” said Angus “Terry” Dun, deputy leader of the Northwestern Mass. Incident Management Team. read more...
Fatal apartment fire in Palmer caused by candle; victim identified as 53-year-old resident
February 13, 2015 at 2:11 PM | By Patrick Johnson | firstname.lastname@example.org | Follow on Twitter
MassLIVE.com | PALMER - The fire that killed a 53-year old woman and displaced 33 residents from 20-unit apartment at 1047 Pleasant St. was started by a candle in the basement apartment of the woman who died, according to officials. In a joint statement issued by Hampden County District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni, state Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, Palmer Fire Chief Alan J. Roy, and Police Chief John J. Janulewicz, the deceased was identified as Christine Grinaski, a resident of 1047 Pleasant St. Grinaski, who lived in a basement studio apartment, never made it outside after being overcome by smoke, according to the statement. read more...
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Palmer, MA - One person was killed and three others were hospitalized after a fire broke out late Monday afternoon at a three-story apartment building on Pleasant Street. read more...
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