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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 12/22

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12/22/1910 twenty-one Chicago, IL firefighters were killed in the six-story Chicago, IL Union Stockyards cold storage fire in a refrigerated warehouse building with wood interior walls and floors that were soaked in animal fat and grease. Several hundred cured hogs preserved with saltpeter (a strong oxidizer) filled the structure, numerous physical obstacles restricted the fire […]
Karl Thompson

NY MAN ARRESTED AFTER STEALING FIRE APPARATUS

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At approximately 11:40AM on December 16, 2021 the Utica Police Department was notified of the theft of Utica Fire Department vehicle Rescue 2.  Rescue 2 is a multi-purpose, multi-response vehicle employed by UFD.  Information was provided that the vehicle was stolen by an unknown individual while it was parked on the 500 block of Bleecker St. […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 12/21

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12/21/1882 a Buffalo, NY firefighter died from injuries he received at a fire at 337-339 Washington Street in the Buffalo Commercial Advertiser Printing Company. “The first alarm was turned in at 4:49 o’clock. The fast-moving fire devoured the top floors of the building quickly. Wind whipped flames threatened neighboring buildings as firefighters tried to stretch […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 12/20

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12/20/1922 the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) retired the last of the fire horses.  “Fire Commissioner Thomas J. Drennan, Brooklyn Borough President Edward Riegelmann, firefighters, and other city dignitaries gathered at Borough Hall to pay their final tribute to the fire horse. At 10:15 a.m. Assistant Fire Chief Joseph B. Martin tapped out the […]
Karl Thompson

VALLEY FIRE DEPARTMENTS LOOK TO CONSOLIDATE

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By Francis Scarcella Robert Inglis The Daily Item SUNBURY — The future of the Sunbury Fire Department will be decided in 2022 as city officials and all six fire departments anxiously await a detailed state report on potential consolidation. Efforts began years ago, fizzled out, but then in the summer the idea was revisited after […]
Iggy

MINNESOTA’S FIRST FIREFIGHTER COVID-19 DEATH

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UPSULA, Minn. (WCCO) – Hundreds throughout the state collectively mourned the loss of Upsala Fire Captain Brian Lange Saturday morning. Lange, who had been with the department for 23 years, passed away at age 55 on Dec. 11 from complications due to COVID-19. His death, ruled a line of duty death, marks the first for a […]
Brian Kazmierzak

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT LOOKING FOR MAN WHO SHOT UP KENTUCKY FIREHOUSE

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GRAVES COUNTY, KY — An 18-year-old Graves County man is accused of “shooting up the Fancy Farm Fire Department” on Saturday, about seven hours after a tornado caused devastating damage in the county, the Graves County Sheriff’s Office says. The sheriff’s office says it believes 18-year-old  Landon S. Thomas fired multiple gunshots into the Fancy Farm […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 12/19

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12/19/1892 four Albany, New York firefighters “died while operating at a mill fire when a 70-foot high brick wall fell on them. A dust explosion started a spectacular fire in the mill.” 12/19/1898 a Chicago, IL firefighter died from injuries he received “on December 15, 1898. Four members of the Chicago Fire Department were fatally […]
Karl Thompson

FIRE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS CONNECTICUT FACE SHORTAGE OF VOLUNTEERS

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by: Ken Houston Dec 15, 2021 SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Many fire departments around Connecticut face severe shortages within their ranks. Right now, volunteer departments are struggling the most. Volunteer firefighters make up more than 80% of the crews at 300 stations across the state, but that number is declining. “When I came through the […]
Iggy

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 12/18

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12/18/1964 a nursing home fire killed twenty in Fountaintown, Indiana in the Maples Convalescent Home around 3:00 a.m. after a nurse reportedly saw the fire in the kitchen and hallway. The fire moved very fast throughout the first floor. “Fourteen patients and three nurses survived, but a physician expressed fears that pneumonia could add to […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 12/17

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12/17/1953 in Chicago, IL the Reliance Hotel fire, 1702 West Madison, 3-11 alarm, left five firefighters and a civilian dead. “A discharged mental patient and five firefighters, including a battalion commander, were killed when the fire turned a 65-year-old Skid Row hotel into a crumbling death trap. The six dead were crushed beneath collapsing timbers […]
Karl Thompson

COLLEAGUES REMEMBER FALLEN MILWAUKEE BATTALION CHIEF

1 month 1 week ago
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — When you ask those who served with him during his 40-plus year career, they all have the same message: Battalion Chief Sean Slowey lived and breathed the Milwaukee Fire Department. “Not only was he a Battalion Chief on the Milwaukee Fire Department, he was a father and he was a brother […]
Joe Knitter

KANSAS CITY (KS) FF SUFFERS CRITICAL HEAD INJURY IN UNIDENTIFIED INCIDENT

1 month 1 week ago
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Kansas City, Kansas, firefighter is in critical condition after sustaining a head injury over the weekend. The incident happened around 10:45 a.m. Sunday while the firefighter’s crew was at 47th & Shawnee Drive in the Turner neighborhood. According to the department, other crews were dispatched to the incident. As of […]
Joe Knitter

FF SERIOUSLY INJURED IN POSSIBLE ARSON FIRE EXPECTED TO MAKE FULL RECOVERY – KANSAS

1 month 1 week ago
EMPORIA, Kan. (WIBW) – The identity of a firefighter seriously injured in the Merchant St. fire in Emporia on Sunday, Dec. 12, has been released. KVOE reports Emporia Fire Chief Jack Taylor said Tharon Mott, a firefighter with District 2 Allen-Admire, was taken to Newman Regional Health after he was seriously injured in the fire at a vacant apartment […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 12/16

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12/16/1835 at least 570 buildings were destroyed in the New York City Conflagration. This was much of the City’s business district included Coenties Slip and parts of Wall Street, Water Street, South Street, Exchange Street, William Street, Beaver Steet, and Stone Street “The whole city seemed an awful sheet of flame,” wrote George William Sheldon, […]
Karl Thompson

VOLUNTEER FD DESTROYED BY TORNADO, DONATIONS SOUGHT – KENTUCKY

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FULTON COUNTY, Ky. (WZTV) — Friday’s tornado outbreak flattened a volunteer fire department in Western Kentucky. Images capture part of the twister’s path of destruction and the devastation left behind. At around 9 p.m. Friday, the swarm of tornadoes ripped through Fulton County, knocking down the Cayce Volunteer Fire Department. All equipment and four fire trucks […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 12/15

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12/15/1972 an industrial plant fire at Koppers Steel killed nineteen in Weirton, WV about 9:44 a.m. after a series of explosions ripped through the coke plant. The plant on Brown Island in the middle of the Ohio River was testing a battery of coke ovens before the unit would go into production at the end […]
Karl Thompson

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS SET FOR VETERAN MILWAUKEE BATTALION CHIEF

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The Milwaukee Fire Department has announced the funeral arrangements for fallen Battalion Chief Sean Slowey, a 40+ year veteran of the department, who passed away this past Saturday after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer. Arrangements are as follows: LOCATION: Visitation & Service at the Wisconsin Center – 400 West Wisconsin Avenue DATE: Friday […]
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