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Firefighter Down-NY (The Secret List)
 All, Bad news from Nassau County, New York (Long Island) this morning. Initial reports are that there was a working house fire on Central Avenue in Woodmere, which is close to the Queens, NYC border. While operating at the fire, a Firefighter on mutual aid from nearby Inwood was a MAYDAY and removed with CPR in progress. That FF was transported with no further details at this time, other than he is now in extremely critical condition. We'll post more as it is made available. KTIYP's. Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On. BillyG The Secret List 12-19-2014-0600 www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com...

FIREFIGHTER DOWN-LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK
 Bad news from Nassau County, New York (Long Island) this morning. Initial reports are that there was a working house fire on Central Avenue in Woodmere, which is close to the Queens, NYC border. While operating at the fire, a Firefighter on mutual aid from nearby Inwood was a MAYDAY and removed with CPR in progress. That FF was transported with no further details at this time, other than he is now in extremely critical condition.We'll post more as it is made available. KTIYP's....

Hall Ambulance awards two men for courageous action during crash - California
BY RUTH BROWN The Bakersfield Californian rbrown@bakersfield.comThe collision left the ambulance on its roof.Paramedic Armando Lazaro, 33, and Kern County firefighter Adam Bickford, 32, were inside, also upside down, hanging by their seatbelts.After their Hall Ambulance paramedic supervisor's Suburban had stopped rolling, they were aware of broken glass and crumpled metal from three wrecked vehicles, and the sound of motorists along Highway 119 stopping and shouting. It was about 9:30 p.m. Nov. 15.For what happened next, the two Wednesday received awards for heroism and bravery at a morning ceremony outside Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. on O Street.Mayor Harvey Hall gave Bickford an award for exhibiting courage and bravery to assist others, regardless of his own injuries.Lazaro, was given the Star of Life medal for his actions, the highest field service award offered by Hall Ambulance Service.What Lazaro remembers was talking with Bickford about family and work as the two drove south from Bakersfield along Highway 119 back to Taft after finishing a medical aid transport.Bickford was just beginning his 36-hour shift; Lazaro was more than halfway through his 24-hour shift.As they reached Midway Road an alleged drunk driver in a northbound minivan veered left across the double yellow lines into opposing traffic.In front of the two men, a 1998 Toyota Corolla was sideswiped. Then the minivan plowed head-on into their Suburban.After extricating themselves and crawling over broken glass, the two immediately began providing aid to the drivers of the two other vehicles. The Toyota's driver, Santiago Torres, 20, of Taft, had suffered major injuries. Fermin Garcia, 19, of Taft, who was driving the minivan, was pinned inside. Lazaro radioed for help.A crowd of onlookers formed, and Lazaro remembers "it was starting to get hard to tell who was involved."But Lazaro, a paramedic for seven years, and Bickford, a two-year veteran, provided care for the injured men until more help arrived.It was only then both realized they were seriously injured."It's not until you started feeling a wet feeling that you realize it's your own blood dripping," Bickford said.Lazaro, 33, took the largest blow from the impact and had an open fracture to his left elbow. Wednesday, he wore a metal brace on his left arm. After surgery, he remains on paid administrative leave until his elbow is healed.Bickford was back to work after one day off.The Nov. 15 incident was Garcia's third driving under the influence arrest. He has one DUI conviction and two pending cases, said California Highway Patrol Officer Robert Rodriguez. Garcia had been released from jail for an alleged DUI only three weeks prior to the ambulance collision.The totaled orange, blue and white ambulance has been kept as a visual reminder of the dangers of drunk driving, said John Surface, vice president of corporate operations for Hall Ambulance.As Surface described the alleged DUI collision, he said he intentionally did not call it an "accident.""An accident is something that is not preventable," Surface said. "This crash was 100 percent preventable." ...

Ambulance Rolls Over While Responding to Rollover - Maine
Poor road conditions caused an ambulance from Greenville to roll over while on the way to a crash early Wednesday morning.It happened on the Rockwood Road just before 2 am.An ambulance from C.A. Dean Hospital in Greenville had been dispatched to a vehicle rollover near the intersection of the Rockwood Road and the Price Road.Weather conditions had created what dispatchers say was “a sheet of ice” on the roadway.The ambulance left the roadway, rolling to its roof.None of the crew was hurt.A second ambulance transported two people from the original crash scene. We do not know the extent of the injuries in that crash.Photos courtesy: Scooter’s Towing in Dover-Foxcroft&nb...

Pregnant mom injured in ambulance crash wants payback - Maryland
WASHINGTON — She was in one of the cars police say a Silver Spring man hitafter carjacking an ambulance last weekend. Now, a pregnant mother is demanding justice for her friend killed in theaccident on Greenbelt Road.Cheryl Linkins says Alvin Hargrave, 77, was a veteran and a school teacher. Hedied Sunday while running an errand with Linkins, a family friend.“I believe we were stopped at a red light,” says Linkins, 26, a patient atPrince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly. “I don’t remember the accident. I just remember getting up and I looked over and just seen Al laid on the steering wheel and the whole backseat was literally to the back of my head.”Before the accident, however, Linkins says she saw the ambulance trying to ram atow truck. Prince George’s County police say Sebastian Isaksen is facing charges after hecarjacked an ambulance on the Capital Beltway and slammed into slowly movingcars, including Hargrave’s.Linkins has fractures in her neck, hip and pelvis. While her unborn baby is OK,Linkins says she wants justice for her friend. â€œI want him to suffer,” she said of Isaksen. “It wouldn’t have been fair if hewould have died peacefully like Al. I want him to suffer.”WTOP’s John Aaron contributed to this report.&nb...

3 injured after police car and MEMS Ambulance crash - Arkansas
By Marine Glisovic, ReporterMAUMELLE (KATV) -Two emergency vehicles could be a total loss tonight, costing thousands of dollars in damages according to the director of MEMS.It was this morning, when a Maumelle Police officer and a MEMS Ambulance collided.The paramedic, caring for a patient in the back of the ambulance, is in serious condition tonight. Both the MEMS driver and police officer suffered minor injuries. The patient did not suffer further injuries from the crash according to MEMS Director, Jon Swanson's knowledge.It was around 8 Tuesday morning, at the intersection of Highway 100 and Edgewood Drive in Maumelle, when a MEMS Ambulance t-boned a Maumelle Police car traveling northbound on HWY 100.“He wanted to make a left hand turn onto Edgewood Drive, at that point he was commanded by the yield sign that's there, he did not yield to the ambulance that was coming northbound on Boulevard,” said Maumelle Police Spokesperson, Captain Jim Hansard.At the time, neither police nor ambulance had their lights or sirens on according to authorities.“There's a school down in that area and he was going to do his normal morning duties at the school zone, make sure kids get across the street...things like that...no emergency happened, he wasn't in a hurry,” added Hansard.Estimated damages from MEMS are worth up to $95,000. Swanson said they believe the truck could be a total loss, but the ambulance box can still be re-used. The cruiser also appears to be a total loss according to Hansard.Channel 7 did attempt to gather dash-cam video, but it was destroyed as a result of the crash according to Hansard.Arkansas State Police is currently investigating this crash. Maumelle Police do not believe the officer was distracted at the time, such as being on his cellphone.No word on if the officer will be ticketed.Hansard also told KATV, their officer has been released from the hospital, but no word on when he'll be going back to work. ...

Cruiser collides with ambulance, patient helps paramedic - Arkansas
MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) – An officer and ambulance involved accident happened in Maumelle early Tuesday morning.According to Lt. Jim Hansard with Maumelle Police Department, the accident happened near the intersection of Edgewood Drive and Highway 100 (Maumelle Boulevard). Apparently, the officer was trying to turn onto Pine Forrest Drive from Highway 100 when the cruiser collided with an ambulance traveling southbound.John Swanson with MEMS said one of the paramedics, who was in the back with the patient, has suffered serious injuries. The officer has minor injuries and is being treated. Apparently the ambulance was carrying a patient, but that person did not appear to be injured in the crash and got up from the gurney to help the paramedic.In photos shared by @THV11 follower Phillip Palmer, a police cruiser can be seen crumpled on one side with several emergency response vehicles surrounding it.Arkansas State Police are working the scene since a Maumelle officer was involved. ...

2 CLEVELAND FFs INJURED AT HOUSE FIRE
 The Cleveland Fire Department responded to a house fire at 16508 Southland Avenue on the city's west side on Wednesday night. Fire spokesman Larry Gray says that when fire crews arrived at the scene, they found a 67-year-old woman in the house. Crews were able to rescue her and revive her from respiratory arrest. She was then transported to MetroHealth Medical Center with unknown injuries.Gray also said two firefighters sustained minor injuries during the rescue. One suffered an ankle injury, while the other received a laceration to his hand. The fire is out and crews are working to clean up and begin the investigation. They will return to the scene on Thursday to investigate during daylight....

2 PA FFs INJURED IN GAS EXPLOSION
 Two city firefighters were taken to the hospital after a gas explosion at a Lancaster city home Wednesday night.Both were treated for first-degree burns to their head and face and then released. One returned to the fire scene while the other went home, according to Battalion Chief Jeffrey Oatman.A city fire marshal is investigating the incident after an apparent bullet hole was discovered in the gas meter, Oatman said.UGI officials took possession of the meter which will be examined.Fire crews were dispatched to 56 S. Franklin St. around 6:10 p.m. after a resident of the two-unit apartment building called 911 and said she "heard a bang," then detected a heavy odor of gas, Oatman said.The residents of the building were told to evacuate.Upon arrival, firefighters went to the basement of the building, where they discovered a heavy gas smell and active leak.As they attempted to turn off the gas, an explosion rocked the building, according to Oatman.The firefighters were knocked to the ground but were then able to exit on their own, he said.The blast blew out the first-floor windows of the structure and created a fireball, which traveled up to the first story through a hole in the floor.Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze.Three adults and two children who live in the building were displaced by the fire and were being assisted by the American Red Cross Wednesday night.Damage to the structure was set at $5,000, according to Oatman.Two dogs that were in the building were unharmed.Firefighters attempted to rescue the animals but backed off when the dogs showed aggression, Oatman said. When it was safe, police escorted the residents back inside to get their pets.According to county real estate records, the building is owned by Brian Nelson....

FF FALLS THROUGH FLOOR - RESCUED BY RIT
We were operating at a large residential structure. It was multi story with a walk out basement. After several minutes of firefighting the floor on the first floor gave way to fire and I fell into the basement which was involved in fire. I called a mayday and attempted to find my way out. After approximately 2 minutes rescuers were able to locate me and asset me out of the structure. I suffered 2 and 3 degree burns to my arms and hands. Watch you operation time. Insure fire is not burning in hidden areas. Have adequate/extra personnel on scene for large structures. Insure a RIT team is established. Insure all on scene personnel are well trained in firefighter safety and survival techniques. Watch PPV fan use. After fire is knocked down insure crews stay with the fire until kit is overhauled. &nb...

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