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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/24

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11/24/1848 a Toronto, Ontario, Canada firefighter “died from injuries he received while operating a fire in a block of stores on King Street just east of Church Street. The fire had started in Mr. Webb’s shoe store and spread. He was struck in the head and lost a lot of blood. After medical attention, he […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/23

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11/23/1963 Golden Age nursing home of Fitchville, OH fire killed sixty-three and injured twenty-five. Most were over 60 years old and many were invalids, in the 60-year-old former Norwood Chronic Hospital as a 4:45 a.m. flash fire spread rapidly through the building. Firefighters were unable to rescue those trapped. The news of the fire was […]
Karl Thompson

UK: 1972 FORGOTTEN LODD FIREFIGHTER IS HONORED

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By Manchester Evening News He had joined the fire service after already serving his country in war. On April 25th 1972 he was just three days away from retiring after a distinguished career had seen him rise through the ranks to Station Officer. On that day, when the call went up for Manchester crews to […]
Rick Markley

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/22

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11/22/1919 the Ville Platte, LA Dance Hall fire left fifteen seriously injured and twenty-five dead; many crushed by the mass panic as nearly 3,000 people, mostly women and children, attempted to escape the oil stove explosion and ensuing fire from the 2nd floor of the Deville Building, most of the exits were blocked. 11/22/1886 a […]
Karl Thompson

SOUTH DAKOTA – MAYDAY DECLARED AT RURAL TODD COUNTY STRUCTURE FIRE

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At approximately 9:23 AM on Thursday, November 18th, 2021, Mission Volunteer Fire & Rescue was dispatched for a report of a structure fire in the Hidden Timber area in southeastern Todd County after a homeowner reported that their house was on fire. The first units arrived and found a working structure fire in a residential […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/21

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11/21/1980 the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino fire in Las Vegas, NV killed eighty-four and injured 650 people, most from smoke inhalation, of the approximately 5,000 people that were staying in the 26-story 2,000 room luxury resort hotel and casino. About 7:00 a.m. a fire started in the “Deli” restaurant. Cause by an electrical ground […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/20

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11/20/1992 a fire broke out in Windsor Castle in the county of Berkshire, the second largest inhabited castle in the world and one of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth II. The castle suffered extensive damage and was fully repaired within the next few years for £36.5 million. The fire began in the Queen’s Private […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/19

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11/19/1901 a Trenton, New Jersey firefighter “was killed in a collapse while operating at a factory fire.” 11/19/1943 a Richmond, IN firefighter died “while fighting a basement fire in a residence at 200 Northwest J. Street, he became overcome by smoke. He was transported to Reid Memorial Hospital where he later died.” 11/19/1975 a Queens, […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/18

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11/18/1963 an arson fire in Atlantic City, NJ at the Surfside Hotel killed twenty-five in a frame hotel for elderly guests that spread to a row of closed hotels near the Atlantic City boardwalk. Five hotel buildings and one rooming house were destroyed, four other buildings damaged; five of the 30 guests at the Surfside […]
Karl Thompson

2 DENVER FIREFIGHTERS HURT AT MULTI-BUILDING BLAZE

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By Oscar Contreras, The Denver Channel A large plume of black smoke that could be seen from miles away in Denver Tuesday stemmed from a fire that damaged six buildings just south of I-70 and York Street and injured two firefighters. Denver Fire officials responded to the second alarm fire at 4236 York Street shortly […]
Rick Markley

LODD: TEXAS FIREFIGHTER DIES FROM ON-SCENE HEART ATTACK

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By KLTV A firefighter with the Tri-Lakes Volunteer Fire Department died Friday while responding to a call. According to Titus County Judge Brian Lee, Ross Estabrooks experienced a heart attack while responding to a “very low level” fire at a 300-foot tiny house Friday night in the Nortex District. Estabrooks experienced the heart attack at […]
Rick Markley

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/17

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11/17/1986 the Learn Not to Burn® Foundation was incorporated in Quincy, MA. A fire safety education program, available to elementary school children, the NFPA curriculum, includes activities to teach fire safety behaviors for children to understand and remember. The program is credited with saving many lives. 11/17/1885 three Baltimore City (MD) firefighters died at a […]
Karl Thompson

POLK FIRE RESCUE STAFFING CRISIS CAUSED ‘DOWNGRADES IN SERVICE’ HALLOWEEN WEEKEND, UNION SAYS

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by: Staci DaSilva Nov 2, 2021 POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Halloween weekend saw “major downgrades in service” due to incomplete crews and staffing shortages at Polk County Fire Rescue, according to the union representing 650 firefighters. “We had some staffing shortages. We are in a staffing crisis as it is,” said Vernon Austin, grievance […]
Iggy

COVID POLICY FORCES TUCSON FIRE STATION TO CLOSE, RESPONSE UNITS SHUT DOWN

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11.8.2021 The Tucson Fire Fighters Association says one city fire station (Fire Station 6) is shuttered and numerous units are out of service due to staffing shortages brought on by the city’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. The city mandates firefighters get vaccinated or face suspension and ultimately termination on December 1. Even before that deadline, […]
Iggy

DES MOINES FACES FIREFIGHTER SHORTAGE

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Jason Clayworth A shortage of firefighters is costing Des Moines thousands of dollars in weekly overtime, fire chief John TeKippe told Axios this week. Why it matters: The shortage keeps at least two of the department’s 23 fire vehicles, like trucks or ambulances, grounded at any given time. • That includes one at a brand-new […]
Iggy

BUDGET INCREASE BOOSTS OHIO FIRE DEPARTMENT STAFFING

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Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has allocated over $660 million for public safety needs, including adding 125 firefighters to the Division of Fire. Nov. 10, 2021 Source Firehouse.com News Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther and city leaders announced plans Tuesday to allocate more than $660 million to address public safety needs. Under Mayor Ginther’s proposed 2022 operating […]
Iggy

COVID OVERTIME COSTS FOR LAFD EXCEED $22M

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The LAFD has spent over $22.5 million on overtime related to COVID-19, and much of it has been to fill shifts for members who fell ill or had to quarantine. Nov. 10, 2021 By Kevin Rector Source Los Angeles Times The Los Angeles Fire Department has spent more than $22.5 million on overtime related to […]
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