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FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/27

2 months ago
On 4/27/1865 the SS Sultana boiler explosion and fire killed 1,547 in the Mississippi River just north of Memphis, Tennessee. Many of the victims were soldiers from the confederate prisoner of war camp at Andersonville, Georgia. The 260’ boat was authorized to carry 376 passengers and crew, when the Sultana left Vicksburg, it carried 2,100 […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/26

2 months ago
On 4/26/1903 two Portland, Maine firefighters died at “a spectacular lumberyard fire on a wharf that was threatening the entire waterfront as a stiff breeze off the harbor blew burning embers over the entire area. Second and third alarms were struck as flaming embers landed in other lumberyards and wharves to the east and west […]
Karl Thompson

Pay Attention: Lithium ION Batteries Are Everywhere (The Secret List)

2 months ago
All, If your department has not yet experienced a fire involving a lithium ION battery using device, it’s coming….but odd’s are you have. Yesterday, FDNY units fought a third alarm fire caused by a lithium-ion battery mobility device. The Department has recently issued Haz-Mat 20 – Lithium-Ion Battery Mobility Device Fires which we are passing on […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/25

2 months ago
On 4/25/1854 a fire in the William T. Jennings Building in Manhattan, New York (231 Broadway) claimed the lives of eleven firefighters. While battling the blaze the top floors, as well as a large iron safe, collapsed into the 2nd floor killing the firefighters. “A fire broke out at the large tailoring establishment of W.T. […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 2/24

2 months ago
On 4/24/1851 the first fire alarm signal system was installed in Boston, Massachusetts. The system had 40 manual crank street boxes on 3 box circuits with 19 alarm bells that were originally painted black. The concept was pioneered by Dr. William F. Channing and designed by Moses G. Farmer, a telegraphic engineer using closed electrically […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/23

2 months ago
On 4/23/1940 the Rhythm Club fire killed 207 (209) and injured more than 200 of the over 700 patrons listening to music in Natchez, Mississippi on Saint Catherine Street. The fire started around 11:45 p.m. in the hamburger stand next to the lobby of the one-story wood frame corrugated steel-clad 4,560 square foot (200’ long) […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/22

2 months 1 week ago
On 4/22/1869 a Baltimore, MD firefighter “died in agony as a result of painful injuries sustained in the wall collapse on April 17th. One leg was severely burned from his hip to his heel, and he suffered internal injuries. As firefighters reached him in the debris, he told them he was okay and to move […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/21

2 months 1 week ago
On 4/21/1930 the Ohio Penitentiary fire in Columbus, Ohio claimed the lives of 322 inmates after a candle ignited some oily rags left on the roof of the West Block. The fire was discovered just after prisoners were locked into their cells for the evening. Three prisoners, hoping to create a diversion to escape started […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/20

2 months 1 week ago
On 4/20/2010 the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred to as the BP oil spill or the Gulf of Mexico oil spill) and drilling rig explosion, killed eleven platform workers and injured seventeen others. The spill was finally stopped on 7/15/10 when the wellhead was capped, after releasing about 4.9 million barrels of crude oil. […]
Karl Thompson

3 OKLA. FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT CONDO FIRE

2 months 1 week ago
By Katelyn Ogle, KFOR: Several people are without a home Wednesday after flames tore through at least four condos in Bethany. Three firefighters were hurt while battling the blaze. The Bethany Fire Chief said one firefighter is recovering from heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation. Two others suffered unknown minor injuries. “We were able to see […]
Rick Markley

FIRE CAPTAIN DEATH WILL BE CONSIDERED WORK RELATED, LINE OF DUTY

2 months 1 week ago
The recent death of an Arlington (NY) Fire District captain who succumbed to cancer-related illnesses is being classified as a “Line of Duty Death” (LODD) by the Arlington Board of Fire Commissioners. Retired Captain Jeff Pells, a 36-year veteran of the Arlington Fire District died on January 23, 2022. Pells considered being a career firefighter his […]
Billy

BUFFALO FIREFIGHTER RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL AFTER ST. PADDY’S DAY BRAWL

2 months 1 week ago
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The off-duty Buffalo firefighter who was injured last month at The Blackthorn Restaurant & Pub following a St. Patrick’s Day parade has been released from the hospital, sources told News 4. Firefighter Derek Rose was treated in ECMC’s intensive care unit after a March 19 bar incident that resulted in a fellow […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FOUR PENNSLYVANIA FIREFIGHTERS BURNED AT HOUSE FIRE

2 months 1 week ago
An overnight, four-alarm fire killed one person and injured multiple firefighters in Mifflin County, news reports said. Four adults and two children were displaced after several homes caught fire around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday on Logan Street in Lewistown Borough, according to the Lewistown Sentinel. The person who was killed lived in one of the affected homes, ABC […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/19

2 months 1 week ago
On 4/19/2019 eight firefighters were injured in an explosion at an Arizona Public Service (APS) facility in Surprise. “Four Peoria, Arizona firefighters were the most seriously hurt, three flown to Maricopa County Medical Center’s burn unit in Phoenix. The fourth was taken to a West Valley hospital. Also, four other firefighters from the city of […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTERS OUT OF HOSPITAL AFTER ROLLOVER CRASH

2 months 1 week ago
By Alex Peebles, KHQ: CHATTAROY, Wash. -Two firefighters with Fire District 4 have been released from the hospital with minor injuries. “Firefighters are people just like everyone going up and down these highways in Spokane every day and you know things can happen at any point to anybody,” said Jared Harms, Fire District 4 Deputy […]
Rick Markley

3 FIREFIGHTERS HURT AT MASS. COMMERCIAL FIRE

2 months 1 week ago
By Nick Stoico, Boston Globe: Three firefighters were injured while responding to a fire at a commercial building in Brookline on Sunday, officials said. The fire was reported in a six-unit commercial building at 317 Washington St., a spokesperson for the Brookline Fire Department said. The fire originated in the basement and pushed heavy smoke […]
Rick Markley

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/18

2 months 1 week ago
On 4/18/1906 near San Francisco, California a magnitude (Mw) 7.8 earthquake occurred when the San Andreas Fault slipped over a segment about 275 miles long at 5:12 a.m. The subsequent fires killed 315+ and the fire ultimately destroyed over 500 city blocks and almost 30,000 buildings downtown. “Shaking was felt from Oregon to Los Angeles, […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/17

2 months 1 week ago
On 4/17/2013 a West, Texas one-story, 12,000 square-foot unprotected wood-frame fertilizer plant (storage and distribution) facility explosion and fire killed fifteen (ten first responders), injured more than 250, and damaged or destroyed more than 500 buildings within a 37-block area with a $100 million loss. There were no automatic detection or suppression systems in the […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/16

2 months 1 week ago
On 4/16/1947 the Texas City, Texas disaster killed 581 people including twenty-seven firefighters and 3,500 were injured when 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer aboard the SS Grandcamp exploded. Smoke was spotted from one of the cargo holds, fearing damaging the cargo the hold was secured attempting to smother the (oxidizer) fire, at 9:00 a.m. […]
Karl Thompson
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