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2 FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY-SAUDI ARABIA
Two Civil Defense fire officers died and six people were injured in a massive fire that gutted the Al-Bilad Mall (Nesto Supermarket) in Dammam. The two fire officers: Mohammed Al-Qahtani and Mubarak Al-Khalifa. The fire hit the mall, which spans 30,000 square meters, on Saturday morning. Shoppers ran out of the mall for safety. 20 firefighting companies took part in the operation to control the blaze. RIP....

CoxHealth ambulance crashes, hospital says everybody 'fine' - Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -CoxHealth says everyone is fine after one of its ambulances was involved in a crash in southeast Springfield.  Springfield police say the crash involved the ambulance and another vehicleat the intersection of National Avenue at Primrose Street about 8:30 p.m. Saturday.CoxHealth would not say how many people were involved in the crash.  Springfield police did not have the information available. ...

Three injured after car crashes into ambulance in South Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES >> A car crashed head-on into an ambulance in South Los Angeles, injuring two paramedics and the driver who crashed into them, a police sergeant said today.The head-on crash occurred at about 11:10 p.m. Saturday at 60th Street and Western Avenue, said Sgt. Rudy Alaniz of the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th Street Station.“All three victims had to be extricated,” Alaniz said. The injuries appeared to be minor but the three injured people were transported to hospitals to be checked over.The cause of the accident was under investigation, he said.&nb...

FUNERAL DETAILS & REQUEST FOR KENTUCKY FIRE CAPTAIN TONY GRIDER
Below is the information and fire service requests regarding the funeral/memorial services for Campbellsville (KY) Captain Tony Grider, as follows:Tuesday September 23, 2014 Visitation begins at 1:00PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIMEWednesday September 24, 2014 Funeral will begin at 11:00AM CENTRAL STANDARD TIMELocation:Columbia Christian Church206 Campbellsvile St.Columbia, KY 42728Burial will be at:Mount Pleasant United Methodist ChurchHwy 92Russell Springs, KY 42642Located in Russell County, KYNOTICE: Help is being requested to assist with Casket Guard/ Honor guard for both days!Please contact: Fire Service POC/PIO Shane Crutcher 270-268-0043Honor Guard/Casket Detail  Everette Roberts 270-300-4003Vehicle Logistics and route POC Byron Smith 270-307-3823...

KY FIRE CAPTAIN Funeral/Request, South Florida, ALIVE FF Training (The Secret List)
All, Below is the information and fire service requests regarding the funeral/memorial services for Campbellsville (KY) Captain Tony Grider, as follows:Tuesday September 23, 2014 Visitation begins at 1:00PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME Wednesday September 24, 2014 Funeral will begin at 11:00AM CENTRAL STANDARD TIMELocation: Columbia Christian Church 206 Campbellsvile St. Columbia, KY 42728Burial will be at: Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church Hwy 92 Russell Springs, KY 42642 Located in Russell County, KYNOTICE: Help is being requested to assist with Casket Guard/ Honor guard for both days! Please contact: Fire Service POC/PIO Shane Crutcher 270-268-0043 Honor Guard/Casket Detail  Everette Roberts 270-300-4003 Vehicle Logistics and route POC Byron Smith 270-307-3823 SOUTH FLORIDA FIREFIGHTER TRAINING: The annual Fort Lauderdale Firefighters Fire TRAINING Expo is coming up. Much of it is sold out but there are some excellent training opportunities that are still open.  CHECK IT OUT: http://fortlauderdalefireexpo.com/index.cfm?Section=1  ALIVE FIREFIGHTER TRAINING OPPORTUNITY Since 2013, approximately 50,000 firefighters from all 50 American states have used ALIVE training modules.   In this project, the team will create and distribute free software that fire departments can use to build their own interactive scenario-based educational modules. These modules can be tailored to their specific needs and shared with their own members or with the worldwide firefighting community. The software’s graphical user interface will allow instructors to add and synchronize videos, images, text, and narration to easily present the information and create scenarios that will visually engage the learner. Instructors will also be able to create pre-tests, post-tests, and surveys to analyze learning effectiveness, and students will be able to access these modules from anywhere in the world using their computer, smart-phone, or tablet.   The project link is: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/504929723/interactive-game-like-learning-software Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On. BillyG The Secret List 9/21/2014-2000 Hours www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com ...

2 FDNY FFs INJURED AT BROOKLYN APT FIRE
Two firefighters were injured wrestling a massive fire that ripped through three Brooklyn buildings Saturday, officials said. The blistering blaze broke out on the first floor of an abandoned building at 1138 Bushwick Ave. near Putnam Ave. in Bushwick at about 6 p.m. and quickly spread to the adjoining structures Taylor Winum, 25, said he’d only been living in a second-floor apartment next to the abandoned building for a week when a firefighter kicked in his door and told him to get out. “At least I’m alive,” he said, taking the night’s events in stride. “It’ll be a good bar story.” One of Winum’s neighbors had just stepped out for Chinese food when the fire broke out. He returned in less than 10 minutes and an hour later was still watching, dinner in his hand, as firefighters doused the blaze. “I’ve lost my appetite,” said Aidan O’Grady, 22. More than 130 smoke eaters fought the blaze, which was declared under control at about 7:30 p.m. Two firefighters were taken to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center with minor injuries. No other injuries were reported, officials said. FDNY Deputy Chief James Smithwick called the fire “suspicious” and said a handful of people seen outside the building when the fire broke out probably know what sparked it. ew York Daily News “The fire is being considered suspicious because of the amount of fire,” Smithwick said, noting the difficulties of putting out blazes in abandoned buildings. “The firemen did a tremendous job of containing [it].” FDNY fire marshals were working to determine the cause of the blaze Saturday night....

Ambulance involved in Holland area crash - Michigan
By John Tunison | jtunison@mlive.com GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Dispatchers say there were no reported serious injuries in a crash involving an ambulance at 120th Avenue and Riley Street in the Holland area.The crash happened at about 4:45 p.m. and involved an American Medical Response ambulance, according to police at the scene.An officer indicated that both ambulance medics were fine. It wasn't clear if anyone in the other vehicle was injured. ...

AR FF INJURED AT CAR FIRE
Just before 6:30 p.m. Saturday, September 20, a Lamar firefighter was injured while answering a call to duty. Happy CampersAt approximately 6:15 p.m. Lamar volunteer firefighters were called to respond to the area of Cabin Creek Avenue and Duff Road located in their fire district, on a report of a vehicle fire. Firefighters arrived on scene and found flames and heavy black smoke exiting a 1998-2000 model Dodge truck. Firefighters prepared to fight the vehicle blaze and Lamar Fire Chief Kavin McCarley prepared to join fellow firefighters as they began to extinguish the flames. It is believed that Chief McCarley was injured after he approached the burning vehicle with a fire hose in hand. As water was supplied to the hose, the force of the water exiting the hose knocked Chief McCarley to the ground, causing injuryImmediately following the incident, Johnson County EMS was requested to respond to the scene. After EMS personnel arrived on scene, Chief McCarley was transported to Johnson Regional Medical Center for evaluation and treatment of the injuries he sustained during the incident. The injuries sustained by Chief McCarley are unknown at this time, but as of 9 p.m. Saturday night, McCarley remained in the hospital at Clarksville. The fire consuming the Dodge was extinguished by firefighters and towed from the scene a short time later. ...

APPARATUS CRASH IN TX
A three vehicle accident Friday evening, involving a fire truck, sent three people to the hospital, and closed down a Denison intersection for a time. Troopers say a Denison fire engine was on an emergency call, headed west on FM 691 through the intersection, when it was hit by a white Tahoe headed south on FM 1417. The engine was forced into the eastbound lanes of 691 and hit a vehicle approaching the intersection. Two firefighters were taken to the hospital and released, and another person went to the hospital to be checked out. None of the injuries were life-threatening and troopers say alcohol was not involved. They say investigators will reconstruct the accident. Officials say the fire engine was severely damaged....

PA FFs FINGERS PINCHED IN AERIAL AT 3rd ALARM
3rd Alarm with Special Call 525 North 1st Street Shamokin, Pa 13:45 NCCC dispatched a 1st alarm for a working structure fire at 525 North 1st street, Shamokin. Upon arrival of first in units the alarm was upgraded to a confirmed incident to 2nd then 3rd alarm with special calls for additional manpower. Vinyl on neighboring structures melted due to the heat. 2 FF suffered minor injured while 1 required transport to an area Hospital for heat exhaustion, stated Jason Zimmerman, deputy chief of the Shamokin Fire Bureau. The other FF pinched his fingers in the runs of a ladder while it was being raised. The fire is believed to originated on exterior of \"C\" side of the structure. Helmet Cam by Anthony Bendele who authorized re posting via our site. arrival and roof ops video...

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