July 22, 2014
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Tower Ladder Failure-FF's Hurt At Training (The Secret List)
Hey, It appears that there has been another tower ladder failure. 3 Hall County (Georgia) Firefighters were injured this afternoon during training. Initial reports are that there was some type of mechanical failure involving a tower ladder (possible free fall of the device) at their training facility-and that the injuries may be serious. Medevac helicopters were on scene. HERE are photos from the scene:  http://tinyurl.com/k7xxdld We'll post more as it becomes available. PKTIYP's. Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On. BillyG The Secret List 7/22/2014-1656 Hours www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com ...

hree Hall County firefighters were injured at a fire training Tuesday and are being taken to nearby hospitals.According to the Hall County Fire Department, there was some type of mechanical failure involving a ladder truck at their training facility.SKYFOX 5 captured images of the scene.There is no word on the condition of the injured firefighters at this time.FOX 5 will continue to update this developing sto...

This is the terrifying moment a burning car careered towards a hot dog stall in a firefighting display gone wrong.The scrap car was set alight as part of a demonstration at Somerset Steam and Country Show, with a team of firefighters on hand to extinguish it.Fortunately, the blue Ford Escort fire was extinguished without the food stall catching fireFirefighters and show officials tried in vain to hold back the blue Ford Escort car as the 50-strong crowd watched on in horror.The burning motor finally came to a stop on the tow hitch of the catering unit, which had been evacuated moments before.Had the car not been stopped by the food truck it would have kept rolling into the funfair behind where dozens of families were enjoying the rides. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2699025/Moment-burning-car-careered-hot-dog-stand-firefighting-display-went-badly-wrong-steam-fair-sparking-real-life-emergency.html#ixzz389pV1ien...

Investigators are working to learn what caused a motorcycle and a truck to collide on a Cambria County roadway Monday afternoon. The accident between the motorcycle and tri-axle truck happened just before 4 p.m. along Route 271 near the Pike Road intersection in the Mundys Corner area of Jackson Township, according to Cambria County emergency dispatch. Officials said the person riding the motorcycle was transported to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center for treatment of injuries. The extent of those injuries was not known. A state police accident reconstruction team was called in to investigate the crash. The names of involved in the crash were not immediately released. The truck driver was not injured. Crews closed Route 271 between Pike Road and the Route 22 interchange to allow for the investigation. About an hour after the accident, Jackson Township Fire Police members were directing traffic near the Pike Road intersection when one of the fire police members was struck by a passing motorist. The firefighter was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center for treatment. The extent of his injuries was not known. There was no immediate information about the vehicle that struck the firefighter or if that person was stopped by police. Read More at: http://www.wjactv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/truck-motorcycle-collide-firefighter-struck-vehicle-cambria-co-3330.shtml...

A New Brunswick man is facing impaired driving charges after allegedly crashing his pickup truck into the Nackawic Fire Department, sparking a fire in the building. Police and fire crews responded to the fire around 7:30 a.m. Monday. “I noticed the guy sort of driving weird so I seen him pull into the fire hall and then all I hear is a ‘bang’ and a cloud of smoke come up,” says witness Matt McBride.The Nackawic Fire Department has been badly damaged by fire after a truck crashed into the building Monday morning. McBride says he had just arrived at work, located down the street from the fire hall. He says the fire was raging by the time he arrived on scene. “I showed up and there’s probably 15-foot flames,” he says. “The whole front of the fire hall was basically on fire.” Firefighters were on scene almost immediately. They scrambled to save their equipment but when the garage doors failed to open, they crashed their fire trucks through them. One firefighter sustained minor injuries. “He drove right into the fire hall and it was burning hard,” says Nackawic Fire Capt. Leo Lanteigne. “I told the guy that’s in the hospital right now, run in and get that truck out, number four, so we have one.” Three of the department’s four trucks, and much of its equipment, sustained significant damage in the fire. "We were just here Saturday having a fireman's breakfast and they put a lot of work into raising money to replace equipment and here we go, in one fell swoop, a tremendous amount of equipment is already gone," says Tobique-Mactaquac MP Mike Allen. Despite the losses, the department remains operational. Two trucks are now on loan from other departments. “We’ve been given two trucks to go with the one that we have that’s still operational and we’re looking at getting set up in the former DNR building over in the Industrial Park,” says Nackawic Fire Chief William Hopkins. “They have a garage over there and an office so we should be able to set up over there.” The driver of the pickup truck, a 56-year-old Nackawic man, was arrested outside the fire hall. Police say he is facing impaired driving charges in connection with the incident.Read more: http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/n-b-man-faces-impaired-driving-charge-after-fire-department-damaged-by-fire-1.1923845#ixzz389q4Flst...

Braden Leonard was riding his mountain bike at Ballard Park not far from his home here in Newport when he fell into some thorns.What happened after that is incredible.A rare infection claimed his right hand and nearly killed him.“I consider myself pretty lucky. Some say you have a great attitude. Well, I had a 30 percent chance of survival when I started out at the hospital,” Leonard told NBC 10.Lucky says the man who now does not have a right hand.It was amputated when a flesh eating bacteria invaded his body six weeks ago.How did he get such an infection?When he fell off his bike, a thorn punctured his palm. “The thorn was the insertion point for the bacteria,” he would later learn.That was June 4th.The next afternoon, his hand started to swell and hurt.He went to the hospital.“If I had taken a nap rather than go in when I did, if I had waited till morning to see if it got any better, it probably would have killed me.”And it was still a close call.Braden was in the hospital 10 days, in a medically induced coma about half that time.Doctors amputated his hand to stop the potentially lethal bacteria as it threatened the rest of his body.But now, you don't hear much negativity from Braden.And he attributes his attitude in part to his job.Braden is usually responding to emergencies, helping people in distress, as a lieutenant on the Johnston Fire Department rescue squad.“I definitely think my background desensitized me to certain things and I've been able to process this a little more easily than someone without my background would.”He's now back to cycling after making some modifications to his bike.And Braden wants to return to work, too, hoping a prosthetic can get him back to full duty as a Johnston firefighter.“Especially after all the support and everything. It almost strengthened that bond, that brotherhood you hear about and everything. That support. I was crying at the hospital.”Friends are planning a fundraiser for Braden later this month....

CHICAGO --A Chicago Fire Department ambulance was involved in a crash on the city's Far Northwest Side. Two people were injured and transferred to local hospitals. Their injuries are not life threatening.The ambulance collided with an SUV just before 4 p.m. Friday. Officials have not released any details as to what led to the crash, nor said if a patient was in the ambulance.&nb...

Gang threatens to kill Jersey City police, EMTs
JERSEY CITY — First responders throughout New Jersey are on high alert after a gang threated to shoot more police and EMTs to avenge a Bloods member who was shot dead after he killed a rookie officer.An internal New Jersey State Police advisory warns that members of the gang may target EMTs in an effort to draw a response from officers.  The Bloods threated to “kill a Jersey City cop and not stop until the National Guard is called in,” the New York Post reports. â€œIn addition to shooting a police officer, members of the BLOODS will attack and shoot Jersey City EMTs, because they know the police officers will respond immediately to their backup,” the advisory says.The threat was made in response to the shooting of Lawrence Campbell, who shot and killed Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago in a drugstore parking lot around 4 a.m. Sunday.Police were warned that gang members may be traveling from other states to New Jersey to carry out the threat.The advisory was leaked when a police officer posted the alert on a Facebook page, nj.comreports. Mayor Steve Fulop said on a Geraldo Rivera’s WABC radio show that he will face disciplinary action."The police department gets tons of threats and 99.9 percent are not substantiated and not credible. However, we take it seriously," Fulop said.However, Jersey City Public Safety Director Jim Shea said he believes the threat was taken out of context."What happened here is one member of our force put the threat out on social media,” he said, “where it was viewed by people who do not have the context to view it and judge it for what it is and they took it at face value.”Bloods gunman Campbell killed rookie officer Santiago as he was responding to a report of an armed robbery at Walgreens. Instead of robbing the store, he lay in wait for police, telling a witness to watch the news because he was “going to be famous” the Associated Press reports.Campbell, 27, shot Santiago in the head shortly after he and his partner arrived. Other officers returned fire at Campbell, killing him.  ...

CareFlight crash in New Mexico kills 3
SANTA FE, N.M. — A helicopter owned by Bullhead City-based TriState CareFlight LLC crashed in eastern New Mexico early Thursday morning, killing three crew members.The Santa Fe-based medical helicopter crashed at 2:48 a.m. in rugged, isolated terrain, New Mexico state police said.Lynn Lunsford, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the helicopter registered to TriState CareFlight was carrying a pilot and two crew members when it went down near Newkirk.Identities of the victims have not been officially released but one was reportedly identified as Rebecca Serkey, 36, a paramedic who had been a member of the CareFlight team for two years. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.The helicopter, an Agusta A109E Rotorcraft, was flying from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe to Tucumcari to pick up a patient when it disappeared from radar at 2:48 a.m.It went down near Newkirk along Interstate 40 about 135 miles east of Albuquerque and about 30 miles from Tucumcari.Ranch workers found the wreckage on the rocky, northern side of a mesa after authorities called and asked them to look around the area.“It crashed and burned,” said ranch manager Phil Bidegain. “No survivors. ... Everything burned except for the very end of the tail.”Bidegain said a ranch cowboy he called to help him look for the craft told him he was awakened by a sound but went back to sleep because he didn’t know what it was.“When he got up he could see the flames,” Bidegain said.Hospital spokesman Arturo Delgado confirmed all three people on board were killed. Their identities were not immediately released, but he said the crew was well-known at the hospital.“These crew members were our colleagues, our friends and our neighbors,” the hospital said in statement. “Our hearts, and our prayers, go out to the loved ones of these extraordinary individuals, who were committed to saving lives every single day.”The Federal Aviation Administration said the cause of the crash wasn’t known, although the National Weather Service said there were low clouds and gusty winds in the area at the time.“The combination ... likely led at least in part to that crash,” said Brian Guyer, a meteorologist at the NWS in Albuquerque.The flight crew did not issue any sort of emergency call suggesting the aircraft was in trouble, Lunsford said.John Cole, marketing director for TriState CareFlight, said that while the helicopter was based in Santa Fe he didn’t know where the crew members had their homes. He said TriState has 25 bases in four states — 12 in New Mexico, including Santa Fe.Cole said the pilot had more than 10 years of experience flying both private and military aircraft. He said medical emergency pilots usually do not file flight plans — nor does the Federal Aviation Administration require them to — but all of TriState’s pilots are familiar with the regions in which they fly.Cole said the helicopter was dispatched from Santa Fe because the aircraft that usually serves the Tucumcari hospital was responding to another call. Cole said a helicopter from another flight service provided transportation for the patient at Tucumcari.&nb...

Pickup Truck Crashes Into Ambulance - Texas
Two paramedics needed help themselves Friday morning after a pickup crashed into their ambulance.It happened just before 1 a.m. along south RL Thornton Freeway near Beckley.The CareFlite ambulance was traveling southbound at a normal speed without lights and sirens when it was hit from behind by a pickup truck.The ambulance spun several times and went off the highway while the pickup crashed into the center wall.The medics suffered minor injuries and are expected to be okay. The pickup driver was not hurt.Dallas County sheriff's deputies took the pickup driver into custody and are investigating if he was impaired.Southbound lanes of RL Thornton Freeway were closed for about 30 minutes for the crash investigation and cleanup.&nb...

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