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WICHITA, KANSAS FIREFIGHTER PASSES AWAY FROM COVID

3 weeks 1 day ago
WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – The Wichita Fire Department on Thursday announced the death of a veteran firefighter who’d been with the department for 17 years. Wichita firefighter Joshua Bruggeman was 46 years old. The WFD said he died Wednesday night, presumably from COVID-19 complications. The fire department said Bruggeman is survived by his wife and […]
Brian Kazmierzak

BALTIMORE CITY NEW YEAR’S STAFFING

3 weeks 2 days ago
Baltimore Firefighters IAFF 734 Due to staffing shortages, and the rise in Covid+ members, the following units are closed 7am 12/31 to 7am 1/1: 28% of engines E4 E6 E8 E21 E23(day) E27 E30 E35 E46 E55 12% of trucks T3 T18 39% of EMS units A3 M14 M15 M19 M20 M21 A22(night) A23 A24 […]
Iggy

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 12/31

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On 12/31/1986 the DuPont Plaza Hotel fire killed ninety-seven and injured 140 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The arson fire was started around 3:30 p.m. by three disgruntled employees, with cans of a flammable liquid used in chafing dishes in a storage room filled with furniture. The fire flashed over and extended up the grand […]
Karl Thompson

FF INJURED IN ROWHOUSE FIRE – CHICAGO

3 weeks 2 days ago
CHICAGO (CBS)– A firefighter was injured in a row house fire in Lincoln Park Thursday morning. Firefighters responded to the three-story house at 556 West Fullerton Parkway just before 6 a.m. Heavy smoke was seen coming from the back of the building. One firefighter was injured and was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in […]
Joe Knitter

STAFFING CHALLENGES AFFECT HOUSTON LADDER COMPANIES

3 weeks 3 days ago
Social media sources report that the Houston Fire Department placed up to 19 fire companies out of service to accommodate leaves and absences during the Christmas holiday. The deployment strategy reportedly focused on closing mostly ladder companies, affecting nearly 50% of the 38 such units on any single shift. A similar strategy was also apparently […]
Iggy

NY FIREFIGHTER HURT AT LARGE HOUSE FIRE

3 weeks 3 days ago
By CBS New York One firefighter and three other people were injured in a massive house fire in Massapequa Park, Long Island, on Tuesday. More than 75 firefighters from nine fire departments battled to control the fire on East Lake Avenue around 4:30 p.m. One person was in critical condition. The other two had minor injuries. […]
Rick Markley

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 12/30

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12/30/1903 a fire at the Iroquois Theater in Chicago, Illinois left 602 dead, during the standing room only holiday matinee musical “Mr. Blue Beard, Jr.” at 3:15 p.m. Late in the second act, an arc light shorted igniting a muslin curtain; fire quickly spread to the fly gallery above the stage. Exits were hard to […]
Karl Thompson

FF INJURED AT HOUSE FIRE – NEW JERSEY

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A Montclair firefighter was injured after responding to a fire that had spread into the walls of an Elizabeth Road home Tuesday, Dec. 28. The firefighter was treated and released by a local hospital, Deputy Fire Chief Robert Duncan said. The home’s resident had evacuated before the fire department arrived. No one but the firefighter […]
Joe Knitter

MAYOR DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY OVER STAFFING – CINCINNATI

3 weeks 4 days ago
Cincinnati mayor John Cranley has declared a state of emergency for the Cincinnati Fire Department due to staffing challenges caused by COVID-19. Cranley said the recent surge in COVID-19 cases has had a significant impact on the fire department’s staffing levels. The mayor said, if unaddressed, the staffing shortage would impact the department’s ability to […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 12/29

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12/29/1963 the Roosevelt Hotel fire in Jacksonville, Florida on Adams Street near Main Street left twenty-two dead, including a firefighter, and sixty-six injured of the 479 transient and 20 permanent guests. Flames, smoke, and toxic gases erupt from the main ballroom around 7:45 a.m. in the 12-story, 300 room-hotel, packed with 500 Gator Bowl spectators. […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 12/28

3 weeks 5 days ago
12/28/2014 a 6:00 a.m. three-alarm fire at Wedgwood Senior Living Apartments in an 11-story residential structure killed five and injured eighteen and forced ten other residents to be hospitalized. The 260,000 total square-foot building was built in 1965 at 6701 Blanco Road, in the northside suburb of Castle Hills outside of San Antonio, Texas. Firefighters […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 12/27

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12/27/1983 in Buffalo, New York a propane gas explosion leveled seven buildings, killed seven (five firefighters), and injured at least fifty people. The explosion occurred at a warehouse about 8:30 p.m. as firefighters were arriving on the scene to a reported liquid propane gas leak. The incident occurred at the site of a four-story warehouse […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 12/26

4 weeks ago
12/26/1811 the Richmond (Virginia) Theater fire killed seventy including the governor, George W. Smith. Many of the occupants were trampled in the panic. The fire began as an audience of about 600 watched “The Bleeding Nun” a short play. At the end of the first act, a chandelier ignited the scenery. The multi-story brick theatre […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 12/25

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MERRY CHRISTMAS December 25th is celebrated as Christmas, the day of Christ’s birth. Did you know, Protestant reformer Martin Luther (November 10, 1483 – February 18, 1546) wishing to replicate the wintertime sight of twinkling stars among the evergreens started a tradition of illuminating Christmas trees. Wax candles,  obviously a fire hazard, were extensively used […]
Karl Thompson

MAN DEAD AFTER CRASHING INTO ALABAMA RIG ON THE HIGHWAY

4 weeks 1 day ago
PERDIDO, Ala. (WALA) — A Louisiana man died Wednesday night when he crashed into a firetruck that had stopped on Interstate 65 in Baldwin County. It happened around 11:30 p.m. near Perdido. According to Alabama State Troopers, the truck from the Perdido Fire Department was stopped on the road with its lights and sirens on […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 12/24

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12/24/1924 a school fire in Babbs Switch, Kiowa County, Oklahoma killed thirty-five when the cotton-trimmed Santa Claus’ coat caught fire from a candle and quickly spread. The door opened inward trapping the panic-stricken crowd. “The windows were nailed down and there was no escape for twenty-five of the people who were virtually cremated.” “In the […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 12/23

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12/23/1882 a Buffalo, New York firefighter died while operating at a fire involving a printing house, he was killed when he was caught under a collapsing wall. 12/23/1895 a Little Rock, AR firefighter “died as a result of critical burns and severe head and internal injuries he sustained December 15th, when he and another firefighter […]
Karl Thompson

FF LOSES BATTLE WITH COVID – NEW JERSEY

1 month ago
A veteran Atlantic City has died after a battle with COVID-19. Anthony Carfagno, 58, died Tuesday. He started his career in 1998, and served for more than 23 years. Carfagno was a skilled firefighter and driver/operator assigned to Engine Company 3 of the Second Platoon. He was a fixture in the department and community, according […]
Joe Knitter
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