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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/7

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5/7/1898 a Columbus, OH firefighter died as a result of injuries he sustained while operating at a fire involving a schoolhouse. 5/7/1917 a Springfield, IL firefighter “died while fighting a residential fire at the intersection of Seventh Street and South Grand Avenue. As firefighters were wrapping up firefighting operations. He climbed a ladder to enter […]
Karl Thompson

REDDING FIRE STATIONS TO BE FULLY STAFFED YEAR-ROUND BY JUNE

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by Kassandra Gutierrez Monday, May 3rd 2021 REDDING, Calif. — It’s a historic moment for the Redding Fire Department, as their fire engines will be fully staffed year-round for the first time ever, since 1896. Fire Chief L. G. Wade explains need for firefighters in a 1972 newspaper article Now, instead of two firefighters each […]
Iggy

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/6

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5/6/1937 the zeppelin Hindenburg, the pride of Nazi Germany, fire killed thirty-six and the zeppelin industry, at the Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, NJ. The 804’ long by 135’ diameter 247,100 pounds airship originally intended to be filled with helium was filled with 7,000,000 ft³ flammable hydrogen gas in 16 cells was destroyed in 34 […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/5

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5/5/1947 “We must use all our experience, knowledge, and organizational facilities to solve our fire problems.” – President Harry S. Truman, address to the Conference on Fire Prevention. “The serious losses in life and property resulting annually from fires cause me deep concern. I am sure that such unnecessary waste can be reduced. The substantial […]
Karl Thompson

America Burning was published on 5/4/1973

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Today is the anniversary of the release of America Burning 5/4/1973 America Burning was published by the National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control. “The report evaluated the fire loss in the United States and to make recommendations to reduce loss and increase the safety of citizens and firefighting personnel. The report concluded that fire […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/4

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5/4/1973 the National Commission on Fire Prevention and Control published America Burning identifying “the Nation’s fire problem is the indifference with which Americans confront the subject. Destructive fire takes a huge toll on lives, injuries, and property losses, yet there is no need to accept those losses with resignation. There are many measures that can […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/3

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5/3/1869 a Baltimore, MD firefighter died from injuries he received on “April 17, 1869, at a 3-story brick building fire that was through the roof. He noticed the high brick chimney shaking and ordered the firefighters to get out. Within minutes the chimney fell pulling the front wall with it, crashing down on the men […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/2

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Arson Awareness Week 2021 (May 2-8) highlights critical actions that first responders must take to help ensure a safe response to arson fires during civil unrest incidents. The dangers involved during a civil unrest incident put everyone’s life in peril. Innocent bystanders, occupants, first responders, and those committing these acts all have a chance to […]
Karl Thompson

UPDATE: 2nd SUSPECT ARRESTED IN FEBRUARY FIRE THAT INJURED FOUR FIREFIGHTERS – MARYLAND

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NORTH EAST, Md. (WJZ) — A second suspect was arrested in an Elkton arson that injured Cecil County firefighters back in February. The state fire marshal’s office announced Saturday 38-year-old Jessica Shires allegedly conspired with Dwight Holmes Jr. to intentionally start a fire within the Lakeside Mobile Home Park in North East in early February. Shires, of […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/1

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5/1/1856 a Philadelphia, PA firefighter died “while operating at a fire, which destroyed many buildings. He was killed, and numerous other firefighters were injured, when they were caught under a collapsing wall.” 5/1/1906 a Mobile, AL firefighter died at a fire in the J.H. Glennon house at 965 Palmetto Street; it is believed he received […]
Karl Thompson

MARYLAND MAN FACING ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES FOR FIRE THAT INJURED FOUR FIREFIGHTERS

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Deputy Maryland State Fire Marshals have charged a Cecil County man with multiple arson-related charges after determining he was responsible for intentionally setting a North East home on fire which injured four firefighters, officials said Thursday. Authorities said Dwight Heath Holmes, Jr., 32, of Elkton, was arrested on 15 charges, including Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, […]
Brian Kazmierzak

5 MARYLAND FIREFIGHTERS CHARGED IN FIREFIGHTER ARSON CASE

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (7News) — A neighbor still has video on his cell phone of the house across the street on fire. It was January 16, 2020. The man doesn’t want to be identified but says the 2 a.m. fire was frightening. “It was massive,” he recalls. “It burned for a couple hours. After putting it […]
Brian Kazmierzak

INFANT KILLED, FIREFIGHTER BURNED IN HOUSE FIRE – SOUTH CAROLINA

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An infant died in a house fire on Arch Street in Spartanburg Friday morning, according to the Spartanburg City Professional Firefighters Association. The Spartanburg Fire Department tweeted at 9:31 a.m. that firefighters responded to a residential structure fire with entrapment at 425 Arch St. On arrival, crews attempted to rescue an infant still trapped in […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/30

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4/30/1924 a Chicago, IL firefighter died of asphyxiation while operating at a fire. 4/30/1951 a Cambridge, MA firefighter died “while operating on mutual aid at a tissue warehouse fire in Somerville.” 4/30/2005 an Andover, Iowa firefighter who “was employed at a farm where he found an unconscious co-worker in a manure pit on April 16, […]
Karl Thompson

THREE N.Y. FIREFIGHTERS HURT RESCUING WOMAN FROM HOUSE FIRE

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By WSYR-TV According to the Syracuse Fire Department, firefighters responded to a house fire with concerns of a person trapped inside at 4:41 p.m. on Garfield Avenue in Syracuse Wednesday. The first units arrived at the 2.5-story wood frame house and discovered heavy smoke and fire in the attic area. After a few minutes of […]
Rick Markley

N.C. INSURANCE COMMISSION TRACKS FIREFIGHTER CANCER CASES

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By Jennifer Emert, WLOS Over the years, materials used to build houses and other buildings have changed, with some of those materials containing carcinogens that firefighters and first responders inhale when responding to calls and cleaning up after the fire is out. The result, officials say, has been higher rates of certain types of cancer […]
Rick Markley

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/29

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4/29/1986 the Los Angeles Central Library fire destroyed more than $2 million to the structure and $20 million to the contents. The fire required 60 fire companies, 9 rescue ambulances, 2 helicopters, 40 command officers, and over 350 firefighters, approximately 45% of the LAFD. A smoke detector activated at 10:52 a.m. and the fire was […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/28

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4/28/1873 two Iowa City, IA firefighters “died of the injuries they sustained after a wall had collapsed while they were operating at a fire at Market Hall, at the corner of Dubuque Street and Iowa Avenue.” 4/28/1903 a Portland, Maine firefighter “died as a result of being badly burned two days earlier at a General […]
Karl Thompson
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