April 27, 2015
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Teen struck by ambulance in serious condition; investigation underway - West Virginia
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. — A 16-year-old hit by an ambulance while crossing the street by his home is in serious condition.CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. — A 16-year-old hit by an ambulance while crossing the street by his home is in serious condition.An investigation is underway as to how Anthony Clark Jr., 16 and a sophomore at Huntington High School, was struck by the emergency vehicle around 6 p.m. Thursday while crossing the Route 2, WSAZ reports.Steve Murray of Cabell County EMS told WSAZ the ambulance has lights and sirens on, and was transporting a patient to the hospital. Clark’s father said witnesses reported not hearing a siren.“The ambulance just showed up out of nowhere, hauling [expletive] down Route 2 and nailed him head on, knocked him about 20 feet,” he said.He said his son parks his vehicle across the road from their home and crosses the street on a regular basis. He knows the dangers of the road, and it wouldn’t make sense for him to try to cross if he heard a siren, he said.Murray said the department is waiting to receive a report from West Virginia State Police, and it will be reviewed by their safety committee....

Driver slams into ambulance after running red light -Houston
HOUSTON – An accident involving an ambulance led to one driver being transported to the hospital Friday night.A woman was exiting Highway 288 at Holcombe Boulevard around 10 when she ran a red light and crashed into the back of an ambulance. The ambulance was transporting a patient, who was not injured during the crash.The woman who caused the crash was transported to the hospital with minor injuries, and Houston police are investigating whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.The paramedic in the passenger seat of the ambulance was treated for minor injuries at a hospital after he hit his head during the crash. The driver of the ambulance was not injured....

Texas man steals ambulance; arrested after police chase
By Marisa BreeseHOUSTON — A man led officers on a chase in a stolen ambulance Tuesday night, according to Houston police.Police received a report that the ambulance had been stolen from the East Houston Regional Medical Center off the East Freeway around 11 p.m.Officers used GPS to locate the ambulance nearby on Normandy Street, north of the East Freeway....

D.C. EMS supervisor shot at during gunfight
WASHINGTON D.C. — District of Columbia police are looking for people who shot at an EMS supervisor who happened upon a gunfight.The shooting happened early Friday when police say people in two cars were shooting at each other near 4th and Morse Streets northeast and an EMS supervisor began to follow one car.Police say the people in the car fired at the EMS vehicle, but no one inside was hurt. The car later crashed into another car near the 1200 block of I Street southeast and the people inside fled....

3 injured when car crashes into ambulance in Peabody - Massachusetts
PEABODY, Mass. - Three people are recovering after a car collided with an ambulance in Peabody on Saturday night. Police responded to the crash on the southbound side of Route 128 at Lowell Street. Two passengers in the car and one EMT were injured in the crash, but those injuries are considered non-life-threatening.The highway was closed for about a half hour while crews worked to clean up the scene. ...

A firefighter was injured while battling a serious blaze Saturday night at a west suburban candle manufacturing business.An automatic fire alarm went off at about 6:55 p.m. at Candle Corporation of America, 601 Kingsland Drive, according to a statement from the Batavia Fire Department.Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy fire and smoke in the manufacturing area, the fire department said. It was difficult to extinguish the blaze right away because of the long distance from the outside to the “seat of the fire,” as well as layout of large equipment and zero visibility conditions, the fire department said.The fire was extinguished about a half-hour later. Part of the roof collapsed, and the building has been significantly damaged, the fire department said.The firefighter who was hurt was taken to a hospital with minor injuries and had been released by Sunday morning. “Several” others were monitored at the scene for signs of exhaustion, the fire department said.The cause of the fire is being investigated....

A member of Alabama’s Etowah County Rescue Squad was killed during a search late yesterday (Saturday) morning for a missing kayaker in Big Wills Creek in Gadsden. The member has been identified as 46-year-old Vicky Ryan. Ryan died and three others were injured after their two rescue boats went over a dam and capsized. The accident happened while a reporter from WCFT-TV was interviewing Etowah County Rescue Squad Captain Mike Bettis and they suddenly heard screaming.  ...

LODD During Search/Rescue, Apparatus Crashes, Lame Excuses? Drive To Survive (The Secret List)
 ALABAMA RESCUE SQUAD MEMBER KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY The Secret List www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com An Etowah County (NE of Birmingham) Rescue Squad member has died in the Line of Duty as a result of injuries during a search for a missing kayaker in an Etowah County creek. Squad Member Vicky Ryan, 46, died last night at Riverview Regional Medical Center. Ryan, along with three rescue squad coworkers, was injured when two boats capsized during a search on Big Wills Creek. WHAT HAPPENED? A 25-year-old man was out kayaking with family members about 1107 hours yesterday (Saturday) in Big Wills Creek when he was swept into the water. The man went missing near an old low head dam that was once used to pump water into the Gulf States steel mill nearby. The Etowah County Rescue Squad began a search, and employed two rescue boats. One of the boats got too close to the dam and was swept over the side. The second boat soon followed and nine Rescue Squad workers were cast into the creek. Members of the Gadsden Fire Department and the Etowah County Sheriff's Office assisted in rescue efforts. One other worker was taken to Riverview, and two more to Gadsden Regional Medical Center. Fire medics have still not located the missing kayaker. Members will maintain a presence in the area overnight and resume searching tomorrow, but will not attempt any more recovery efforts tonight. Water levels were already high at the creek because of spring rains, which also made the current especially dangerous. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP.     TWO APPARATUS CRASHES IN MARYLAND Last night there were two apparatus crashes in Prince Georges County, MD. The first one, early this morning, involved an overturned engine company (827) out of the Morningside firehouse. A bit later, heavy rescue squad (806) out of the Spingdale firehouse collided with a passenger car at Route 202 and Arena Drive in Largo. One Firefighter and a civilian suffered NLT injuries. We have some photos on our home page. They'll be more details posted HERE: http://pgfdpio.blogspot.com/     LAME APPARATUS EXCUSES We wanted to share these dead on comments with you from an old friend of FFCC, veteran Firefighter and Police officer Chris Daly, from www.DriveToSurvive.org  Check it out:   I just read an article about a firefighter who fell out of a truck while it was responding to a call. The incident itself is disturbing on many levels, but what disturbed me more was the comments and discussions that were generated on social media in reference to the use of seatbelts. Let’s get one thing straight. For anyone who defends the NON-USE of seatbelts, you’re an idiot. Yes…I said it…an idiot. The fire service has tried to gently get you fools to wear your seatbelt for years now, but that approach just isn’t working. So here you go…you’re an idiot. Now, allow me to immediately put to rest the comments that are about to manifest themselves under this post. I’ve been a firefighter for 25 years. I’ve served as nozzleman, Captain, Battalion and Assistant Chief. I’ve driven to fires, I’ve fought fires and believe it or not, I figured out how to put my airpack and my seatbelt on at the same time. It’s not rocket science. I’ve also spent 18 years as a police officer, reconstructing thousands of serious and fatal vehicle crashes, some of which involved emergency vehicles. I have a Master’s Degree in Safety, having worked for several years in the private industry conducting OSHA-type safety audits. And I’ve testified in real-life court trials as an expert witness on the proper operation of an emergency vehicle. In addition, I’ve taught the “DRIVE TO SURVIVE” emergency vehicle crash awareness seminar over 350 times to over 15,000 firefighters and emergency responders across the country. So to those of you who feel the need to troll the web saying that firefighters can’t pack up and wear seatbelts at the same time, and anyone who says otherwise doesn’t know what they’re talking about…see above. You’re an idiot. If you can’t put your seatbelt on around your gear, buy seatbelt extenders. They’re easy to find. If you can’t put your airpack on with your seatbelt on, practice. Or wait until you arrive. If it takes you longer than 15 seconds to sling a pack on your back as you hop out of the truck, you should probably revisit the fire school. If you’re jumping off the truck with a fogged up mask to save a ½ second running to the front door, you’re missing the big picture. Calm down, take a deep breath and size-up the building before you put your mask on. That’s what real firemen do. Not keyboard warriors who graduated high school two years ago and have melted “NO FEAR” stickers on their helmets from crawling around a concrete fire school. I especially love the comments that say NFPA doesn’t require drivers to make sure everyone has their belt on. I won’t bore you with all the details because I’m pretty sure the guys who say this sort of thing have already stormed away from the keyboard or put down the smart phone by now, but let’s just look at one of several standards that address this fact: NFPA 1500 (6)(2)(5) – Drivers shall not move fire apparatus until all persons on the vehicle are seated and secured with seatbelts in approved riding positions, other than as specifically allowed in this chapter (there are no exemption provided anywhere in the chapter). NFPA 1500 (6)(3)(2) – Seat belts shall not be released or loosened for any purpose while the vehicle is in motion, including the donning of respiratory protection equipment or protective clothing. NFPA 1451 (8)(2)(7) – Drivers/Operators shall not move fire department vehicles until all persons on the vehicle are seated and secured with seat belts in approved riding positions, other than as specifically allowed in (8)(3)(3) (which addresses patient care in an ambulance). So there you have it, NFPA makes it pretty clear that if you don’t have your seatbelt on, the truck shouldn’t move. If you claim the truck doesn’t have seatbelts, the truck shouldn’t be in service. I don’t care if it’s a “loaner” truck, a reserve piece, or heaven forbid, a first out rig. If your fire truck doesn’t have seatbelts, put it out of service. You can’t do the job. Sorry. Tell your city hall dwellers to get off their wallets and install some seatbelts. I’m pretty sure a bake sale or a boot drive would cover the cost in a few hours. For those who think there are exemptions to the vehicle code regarding this matter, I can tell you this… no exemption in the vehicle code is going to help you as you fly out the window at 45 MPH. For those who may be making reference to the incident that generated this rant, I can tell you that unless you are a rural postal carrier in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, you have no exemption for wearing your seatbelt. Last I checked, fire trucks don’t carry mail. So…if your nose is out of joint…good. I made my point. Yes, I’m sure your grandfather told you about his best friend Larry who would be dead today if he had been wearing that pesky seatbelt, but those instances are few and far between. There are tens of thousands more people who would be alive today if they had worn their seatbelts. Stop making excuses, suck it up and make sure you go home to your family. Peace. Thanks Chris. Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On. BillyG The Secret List 4/26/2015-1200 Hours www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com   ...

Two Columbus firefighters are safe after issuing a mayday call while fighting a West Columbus fire.It happened in the 3200 block of Medoma Drive around 2:30 p.m.Firefighters said the heat from the fire was so intense that two of the firefighters needed help.One knocked out a back window and waited for help to arrive while the other was able to get outside on his own.Firefighters were then able to extinguish the flames safely.A dog was killed in the fire. No one else was home at the time.The cause of the fire is still under investigation....

Firefighters tried in vain to save a badly burned man from a burning tire shop Saturday in a fire that may have been started by Molotov cocktails, authorities said.Two other bodies were later found at the scene, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.The burning man was trapped behind a locked industrial fence and trying to escape, but he was overcome by the flames before firefighters could break through to him, according to Los Angeles County Fire and Sheriff's department officials."By the time they got into the location, the male had already started to go the other way and ran further into the location, where he succumbed to the flames," said Lt. Victor Lewandowski, with the sheriff's department.A firefighter's face was burned trying to rescue the man, a fire official said. Lewandowski said he would be OK after being taken to a hospital."He was making a heroic effort to cut the lock," fire inspector Chris read said.The two-alarm blaze broke out at a single story tire shop on the 1200 block of North Santa Anita Avenue at around 5:30 a.m., a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman said.The person who called 911 said Molotov cocktails were thrown at the business, a tire shop. Witnesses saw a white pickup truck leaving the area when the fire was started, but detectives had no information about suspects.Firefighters managed to extinguish the flames at 6:26 a.m. They rescued a dog from the business.The name of the first deceased person to be found was not being released. There was no immediate information about the other two bodies found....

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