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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/13

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On 5/13/1985 the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania police aerial bombed Osage Avenue and MOVE, a radical cult group, that had assembled a large arsenal, left eleven people dead and 61 homes burned down. “At the MOVE headquarters, 6221 Osage Avenue, MOVE began assembling a cache of weapons and building bunkers in their row house; members set up […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/12

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On 5/12/1996 an accidental fire at the University of North Carolina Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house at approximately 6:00 a.m. killed five and injured three others. The three-story building with an unfinished attic and a walk-out basement, Type III (211) construction built in 1927 with masonry exterior bearing walls, wood frame interior walls covered with […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/11

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On 5/11/1985 a soccer stadium grandstand fire killed fifty-six in Bradford, England. Bradford was playing Lincoln City in the afternoon, near the end of the first half a fire broke out at one end of the main stands. Within minutes the fire spread up the wooden roof and quickly engulfed the fans underneath. “The official […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER INJURED BY FALLING DEBRIS AT HOUSE FIRE – WISCONSIN

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WAUWATOSA, Wis. — Wauwatosa firefighters responded to a house fire near North 76th and West Clarke streets. It started around 1:25 a.m. Tuesday and flames were seen shooting from the roof of the home as crews tried to put it out. One firefighter suffered minor injuries from falling debris. He was treated and expected to […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/10

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On 5/10/1918 a Detroit, Michigan firefighter died of complications of a pelvic fracture sustained when he fell through a roof at a fire scene. On 5/10/1935 a Chicago, Illinois firefighter of “Truck 39 was fatally injured when he responded to a fire at 1503 West Harrison Street. He was knocking on the doors of nearby […]
Karl Thompson

MINNESOTA MAN STEALS FIRE SUV – LEAVES PATH OF DESTRUCTION

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A Belle Plaine man has been charged with leaving a trail of destruction in Scott County, which included stealing a fire department vehicle and culminated with him breaking into a New Prague utilities building and start turning dials. Charges against Dwayne Roach, 59, state that he traveled in a stolen fire department vehicle to the […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/9

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On 5/9/1791 a “fire, which started in an Inn only two blocks from Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania quickly spread to several adjoining buildings. While operating at the blaze, twelve firefighters were killed when they were caught under the collapsing walls of a block of buildings. They were the first members of the department to […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER INJURED IN HOUSE FIRE – MASSACHUSETTS

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The Brockton Fire Department responded to a fire in Brockton, Massachusetts early Sunday morning. According to authorities, the fire at 129 Highland St. has now been extinguished. The home was unoccupied at the time of fire. One firefighter was transported to the hospital for evaluation, said officials. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER INJURED DURING RESCUE AT HOUSE FIRE – MARYLAND

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Firefighters found a man with gunshot injuries in a house that was on fire in Southwest Baltimore, according to authorities. Now, homicide detectives and arson investigators are looking for evidence of the grisly crime. Firefighters found him in the 300 block of Furrow Street and asked Baltimore police for assistance around 7:20 p.m., […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER FALLS THROUGH PORCH AT HOUSE FIRE – CONNECTICUT

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A firefighter is being treated after sustaining a non-life threatening injury while battling a blaze at a home in Windsor Locks. Fire crews said they responded to a structure fire on Cherry Street at approximately 3 p.m. Saturday. Responding firefighters said there was an active fire showing from the front porch and inside of the […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER INJURED IN CEILING COLLAPSE AT APARTMENT FIRE – NEW YORK

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Syracuse, N.Y. — A firefighter suffered minor injuries Saturday night after a section of ceiling from a burning apartment building collapsed on him, a deputy chief said. At 6:05 p.m., several 911 calls reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof of a building in the Remington Garden Apartments complex, Syracuse Fire Department Deputy […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/8

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Happy Mother’s Day, a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, and maternal bonds.  On 5/8/1930 the Armour meat processing plant gas explosion killed nineteen people in Saint Joseph, Missouri. “Several women were among the dead. With all the missing accounted for, the final death toll of the explosion that wrecked […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/7

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On 5/7/1890 the Chenango County Poorhouse in Norwich, New York fire left thirteen dead. “One of the worst fires in Chenango County occurred when the county asylum and home for the poor at Preston were burned. The buildings were situated on the county farm, on the east side of the road leading from Preston to […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTERS INJURED IN TWO-ALARM BLAZE – CONNECTICUT

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NEW LONDON, CT — Two firefighters, one with possible smoke inhalation, were taken to the hospital Thursday after responding to a two-alarm blaze at the Lighthouse Inn in New London, according to city officials and media reports. The call came in just before 2:40 p.m., New London firefighters confirmed. Located at 6 Guthrie Place, the historic Inn was […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/6

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On 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, New Jersey. 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 and was […]
Karl Thompson

CANADA: FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE FOR NATIONAL CANCER PRESUMPTION

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The Surrey Now-Leader: Jenn Dawkins remembers the spring day in 2016 when she joined four other female firefighters at British Columbia’s legislature to lobby for the inclusion of breast cancer as a presumed occupational illness covered by the province’s health and safety agency for workers. Dawkins was diagnosed with breast cancer three years later. “I […]
Rick Markley

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’s, 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

SEVERAL FIREFIGHTERS INJURED IN HOUSE FIRE – PENNSYLVANIA

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PORTLAND – Several firefighters were taken to an area hospital after knocking down flames at a northern Chautauqua County house fire on Wednesday afternoon; with investigators looking into a possible fentanyl exposure. Around 2:50 p.m. nearly a half-a-dozen fire departments were called to 6842 Webster Road in the Town of Portland for a reported fully engulfed […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 5/4

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Today is International Firefighters’ Day On 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. […]
Karl Thompson
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