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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/20

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On 5/20/1969 the amended Wash-Healey Act allows the adoption of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards by reference. The Walsh-Healey Act of 1936 allowed the Department of Labor to ban contract work done under hazardous conditions. Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the first woman Cabinet member created the Bureau […]
Karl Thompson

TWO FIREFIGHTERS INJURED IN TOWNHOUSE FIRE – ILLINOIS

1 month 1 week ago
Two Springfield firefighters were treated for injuries in a fire at a townhouse unit on Country Place on Tuesday afternoon. The fire had engulfed three of the four attached townhouses when fire crews were summoned just after 3 p.m. Fire Chief Brandon Blough said following Tuesday’s Springfield City Council meeting that he had visited both firefighters. One was […]
Joe Knitter

SEATTLE FIREFIGHTER HURT AT RAILCAR FIRE

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By KIRO7: A Seattle Fire Department firefighter was injured while fighting a train rail car fire Wednesday night. The fire broke out before 8:30 p.m. in the 8200 block of Airport Way South. The firefighter was taken to Harborview Medical Center in stable condition. Read the full story here.
Rick Markley

POWER LINE FALLS ON TX FIREFIGHTERS, 1 HURT

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By KLTV: The Smith County Fire Marshal’s office resumed their investigation this morning. Fire Marshal Jay Brooks said the cause is still undetermined. Crews had to stop last night due to the amount of heat in the home. Last night we received information that kids could have been in the home. “What we’ve since learned […]
Rick Markley

SIX INJURED, INCLUDING 3 FIREFIGHTERS, AS FIVE-ALARM FIRE CONSUMES MARINE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY – WISCONSIN

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EAGLE, Wis. — Six people were injured, including three firefighters, after a series of explosions set off a massive fire at a marine construction company in Eagle in Waukesha County Thursday morning. It happened at the Summerset Marine Construction in the small community of Eagle, about 35 miles southwest of Milwaukee. Watch drone video of […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/19

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On 5/19/1857 the first United States patent (No. 17,355) for an automatic fire alarm system was issued to William Channing and Moses Farmer for a municipal electric fire alarm system using call boxes with automatic signaling indicating a fire’s location in Boston, Massachusetts. “Samuel Morse invented the telegraph in 1837, and it didn’t take long […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/18

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On 5/18/1927 the Bath School disaster killed forty-five and injured fifty-eight people, 38 elementary school children, most children in the second to sixth grades, and 6 adults attending Bath Consolidated School in Bath Township, Michigan. Bath was a rural village about ten miles from Lansing, the state capital. About 314 students from around the region […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTERS SHOCKED BY LIVE WIRES AT HOUSE FIRE – NEW YORK

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Rochester, N.Y. — A house fire that injured a firefighter on the city’s northeast side is under investigation. Crews responded around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday to a home on Fifth Street and reported flames from the second story of a wood-frame home. Crews had to back off from their initial interior attack when several firefighters received electrical […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT APARTMENT COMPLEX FIRE – CALIFORNIA

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A fire broke out at a housing complex in San Jose Tuesday morning, leaving three people, including a firefighter, injured and three units with significant damage, according to the fire department. The fire along the 1500 block of Fitchville Avenue was reported just before 10 a.m., San Jose Fire Department Capt. Sean Lovens said. Arriving […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT HOUSE FIRE – CALIFORNIA

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A firefighter is expected to make a full recovery after being injured Monday while battling a blaze at a home in East Long Beach, authorities said. The fire broke out sometime around 5:45 p.m. in the 5600 block of Deborah Avenue, just north of the 405 Freeway near Bellflower Boulevard. When Long Beach fire personnel […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/17

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On 5/17/1923 a fire during closing day ceremonies at Grover Cleveland School in Sandy Mill, Kershaw County (Beulah) South Carolina left seventy-seven dead when “a lamp fell from the ceiling onto the stage of the second-floor hall where the play was being held causing the burning oil to ignite the straw and oilcloth used as […]
Karl Thompson

CLOSE CALL: FIREFIGHTERS INJURED WHEN OXYGEN CYLINDERS EXPLODE IN HOUSE FIRE – VIRGINIA

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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. – Two firefighters were hospitalized Friday while battling a fire in Pittsylvania County after oxygen tanks exploded in the flames. On Friday, crews were working to extinguish a fire coming from the basement of a single-story home. Officials later discovered the fire was coming from an explosion from multiple oxygen tanks that were […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/16

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On 5/16/1896 a Chicago, Illinois firefighter was electrocuted at a fire. On 5/16/1909 a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania firefighter died from injuries he sustained after falling from a fire escape at 831 Arch Street. On 5/16/1917 a Kansas City, Kansas firefighter “was killed when a wall had collapsed on him while he was operating at a fire […]
Karl Thompson

RETIRED BUFFALO FIRE COMMISSIONERS MOTHER SHOT & KILLED, AMONG THE MULTIPLE VICTIMS OF YESTERDAY’S MASS SHOOTING.

1 month 2 weeks ago
The mother of Former Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield was one of the 10 murder victim’s in Saturday’s mass shooting. The gunman opened fire at the Tops Friendly Markets store, killing 10 people and wounding 3. The commissioners mother, Ruth Whitfield, 86, was on her way home from visiting her husband in a nursing home […]
Billy

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/15

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May 15 of each year is “Peace Officers Memorial Day” and the week in which it falls is “Police Week.” President John F. Kennedy declared the first Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15, 1962, as a tribute to and in honor of peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, lost their lives or became […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/14

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On 5/14/1878 a New Haven, Connecticut firefighter died from the injuries he sustained after he had fallen from a roof. On 5/14/1911 a Chicago, Illinois firefighter died “while fighting an industrial fire at 2121 W. Rice Street. The fire originated at the rear of the Swanson Theater and was discovered at 4:30 p.m. Firefighters arrived […]
Karl Thompson

TWO FIREFIGHTERS INJURED IN HOUSE FIRE – WASHINGTON

1 month 2 weeks ago
Two firefighters were injured while responding to a residential fire that engulfed a North Whidbey home early Thursday morning. North Whidbey Fire and Rescue responded to a call about a house fire on Sunset Drive at 12:20 a.m. The agency was joined by Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue, the Oak Harbor Fire Department, the […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER INJURED IN HOUSE FIRE – OHIO

1 month 2 weeks ago
MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) – A massive house fire left a firefighter injured and a home destroyed in Miamisburg Thursday night. Around 10:45 pm, a passerby saw the S. Riverview Avenue home burning and called 911, Montgomery County Regional Dispatch said. Battalion Chief Mike Renk with the Miami Valley Fire District said that, when crews arrived, […]
Joe Knitter
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