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SOUTH CAROLINA FIREFIGHTERS BAN TOGETHER TO SUPPORT FIREFIGHTER WITH LEG INJURY

3 months 1 week ago
WASHINGTON, Beaufort County — A family of firefighters comes together for one of their own. Members of the Washington Fire Department gathered around Vidant Beaufort Hospital to cheer on their colleague who underwent reconstructive surgery on his leg. He was one of the two firefighters severely injured from a building collapsing on them while responding to […]
Brian Kazmierzak

4 CALIFORNIA FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT WILDLAND FIRE

3 months 1 week ago
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Four people fighting the KNP Complex Fire, one of the notable wildfires burning in the state, are recovering after they were injured after a tree fell and hit them. Officials with the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks said in a Facebook post that the group was working near the southern end of the KNP Complex Fire Thursday, […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 10/9

3 months 2 weeks ago
10/9/1911 First Fire Prevention Day was held marking the most intense day of fire during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. 10/9/1849 two Philadelphia, PA firefighters “died in the performance of their duties while fighting a fire.” 10/9/1950 a Milwaukee, WI firefighter “died after suffering a heart attack, while operating at a fire. The fire […]
Karl Thompson

LODD AFRICA: FIREFIGHTER DIES RESCUING 3 FROM WELL

3 months 2 weeks ago
By News Ghana Deputy Chief Fire Officer (DCFO), of the Central Region Fire Command, Mr. Julius Kuunuor, has described the fire officer who died after rescuing two others trapped in a well at Gomoa Obuasi as a hero who sacrificed his life to save others and deserved to be celebrated. ASO Joseph Baidoo with the […]
Rick Markley

ST LOUIS IS OVERHAULING ITS 911 SYSTEM TO FIX LONG HOLD TIMES

3 months 2 weeks ago
Later this month, St. Louis officials will begin the process of combining the city’s police, fire and EMS emergency operations into one call center. The plan seeks to address a shortage of dispatchers in the city and long hold times for people calling 911. St. Louis Mayor Tishuara Jones announced the plan in August. On […]
Barry Furey

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 10/8

3 months 2 weeks ago
10/8/1871 Great Chicago Fire started; 17,000 buildings were destroyed and over people left 250 dead. The conflagration burned from Sunday, October 8th to Tuesday, October 10th and destroyed four square miles of Chicago, driven by strong northwest winds. Rebuilding the city began almost immediately. The fire started at about 9:00 p.m. in the alley behind […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 10/7

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10/7/1979 the first Fire Fighters Memorial Sunday was held. 10/7/1908 a Buffalo, NY firefighter was operating at a fire at the Nowak Elevator on Broadway at the BeltLine Crossing. After battling the blaze for over 5 hours, a collapse suddenly occurred burying men from Engines 18 and 22 and Hook and Ladders 3, 5, & […]
Karl Thompson

CALIFORNIA FIREFIGHTERS BECOME TARGETS OF RETALIATION AFTER FINDING BACKPACK FULL OF GUNS

3 months 2 weeks ago
OAKLAND, Calif. – A fire station in the Oakland hills would seem to be an unlikely spot for a confrontation over guns, let alone one in which firefighters were threatened. “It’s unfortunate when violence or threats come home to us in the firehouse,” said Zac Unger, president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 55. It all […]
Brian Kazmierzak

DALLAS, TX FIREFIGHTER INJURED FALLING FROM LADDER DURING RESCUE

3 months 2 weeks ago
DALLAS – A Dallas firefighter was hurt while trying to rescue people in an apartment fire Tuesday morning. The fire happened at the Legends on Lake Highlands Apartments on East Lake Highlands Drive and Northwest Highway, not far from White Rock Lake. Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said once firefighters arrived they were told some residents were […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 10/6

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10/6/1893 a San Francisco, CA firefighter “was killed at the Saint Rose’s Academy fire, 1427 Golden Gate Avenue, when he was struck by a line from a hose while on a ladder and was hurled to the ground, receiving a fractured skull.” 10/6/1926 a Lynchburg, VA firefighter “died as a result of injuries caused by […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 10/5

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10/5/1894 six Detroit, MI firefighters “lost their lives while battling a fire at the Keenan & Jahn’s Furniture Store at 213-217 Woodward Avenue. The fire destroyed the furniture store, and after the four-story building was gutted the front and rear walls fell, killing the six men. The fire was discovered in the shipping room in […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 10/4

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10/4/1648 the first volunteer fire department was established in what will become New York City by Peter Stuyvesant. 10/4/1839 two Philadelphia, PA firefighters and five civilians were killed when “a fire destroyed 40 buildings and seriously damaged many others. The two firefighters were killed when they were caught under collapsing walls while operating at the […]
Karl Thompson
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