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FF INJURED IN FALL FROM ROOF AT HOUSE FIRE – CHICAGO

2 months 2 weeks ago
A Chicago firefighter was injured Friday evening after falling off the roof of a two-and-a-half story building in the city’s West Englewood neighborhood, according to officials. Fire officials said the firefighter was combating a blaze at 6234 South Paulina Street when he fell. The firefighter was transported to the University of Chicago Medical Center in […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/15

2 months 2 weeks ago
On 4/15/2013 during the Boston Marathon bombings, two pressure-cooker bombs exploded at 2:49 p.m. killing three people and injuring 264. “The bombs exploded about 13 seconds and 210 yards apart, near the finish line on Boylston Street. The 117th annual Boston Marathon was run on Patriots’ Day, April 15, 2013. The first exploded outside Marathon […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/14

2 months 2 weeks ago
On 4/14/1857 “A fire, starting in a row of five-story brick warehouses, in Baltimore, Maryland, quickly engulfed the entire row of buildings. Despite the heroic efforts of firefighters to stop the spread of the flames, the fire continued around the corner and engulfed a complex of four-story brick warehouses. The entire block was destroyed. As […]
Karl Thompson

JANUARY LODD OF THREE BALTIMORE FFs RULED HOMICIDE – PERSON OF INTEREST IDENTIFIED

2 months 2 weeks ago
The deaths of three Baltimore firefighters in a January blaze have been classified as homicides, police said, after investigators determined the fire was “incendiary.” The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Wednesday declared the fire incendiary, a definition that includes fires intentionally set as well as fires that were not intentionally set but resulted directly […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/13

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On 4/13/1970 the oxygen tank onboard Apollo 13 exploded 200,000 miles from Earth during the third manned lunar landing mission. Mission Commander Lovell reported to mission control: “Houston, we’ve had a problem here,” On 4/13/1918 a fire in the State Hospital (for the insane) left thirty-eight boys from ages 10 to 15 dead, the fire […]
Karl Thompson

CLOSE CALL FOR PHOENIX FF TRAPPED IN HOUSE FIRE – ARIZONA

2 months 2 weeks ago
PHOENIX – A firefighter battling a house fire in north Phoenix had to be rescued after getting trapped inside the home. According to Capt. Evan Gammage with Phoenix Fire, crews responded on April 12 to the scene near Dixileta Drive and Tatum Boulevard after receiving reports of flames coming from a home. “Due to a change in interior conditions, a shift […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/12

2 months 2 weeks ago
On 4/12/1908 nearly half the city, 18 blocks, was destroyed in the 1st Great Chelsea (Massachusetts) fire (the 2nd conflagration occurs on 10/14/1973) that left twelve dead, eighty-five missing and presumed dead, and more than 17,000 homeless that started at the Boston Blacking Company on West 3rd Street, a company that made shoes and shoe […]
Karl Thompson

NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATORS WEEK APRIL 10 – 16

2 months 2 weeks ago
This week is National Telecommunicators Week, as established by an act of Congress. Every year more than 240,000,000 9-1-1 calls are answered, and millions of dispatches conducted by these trained individuals. Remember them this week by letting them know how much they are appreciated.
Barry Furey

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/11

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On 4/11/1996 a fire at the terminal of the Düsseldorf (Germany) Airport killed seventeen, hospitalized sixty-two people, and burned for six hours. Various sources report between 62 and 88 people were injured. The fire started in a void space above the ground floor ceiling and spread to many areas on the first, second, and third […]
Karl Thompson

FF INJURED BY CEILING COLLAPSE AT HOUSE FIRE – OHIO

2 months 2 weeks ago
NEW CARLISLE, Ohio (WKEF) — A firefighter was injured after a portion of a ceiling fell on him during a fire at a home in New Carlisle on Sunday. The fire happened at a home on Bowser Drive around 9:30 a.m. Bethel Township Fire Chief Jacob King told Dayton 24/7 Now, firefighters got on scene […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/10

2 months 2 weeks ago
On 4/10/1882 a Cleveland, Ohio firefighter died as a result of inhaling sulfuric acid fumes while operating at a fire. On 4/10/1904 a Galesburg, Illinois firefighter died “while fighting a fire that destroyed Galesburg High School. He was killed when the east wall of the school collapsed as he and two other firefighters were aiming […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/9

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On 4/9/1866 the first meeting of the National Board of Fire Underwriters occurred to work for fire prevention and loss control; in the 1960s the National Board of Fire Underwriters merged into the American Insurance Association and in 1971 they form the Insurance Service Office (ISO). “The National Board of Fire Underwriters was a group […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/8

2 months 3 weeks ago
On 4/8/1766 one of the 1st fire escapes was patented; it was a wicker basket on a pulley and chain. On 4/8/1858 a Toronto, Ontario, Canada firefighter died “after a major fire was brought under control on Adelaide Street, he along with other members of Engine 6 were standing on the sidewalk directing streams, when […]
Karl Thompson

TWO FFs INJURED IN FIVE-ALARM SENIOR LIVING FACILITY FIRE – DALLAS

2 months 3 weeks ago
DALLAS — Two Dallas firefighters have been taken to the hospital, as crews continue to battle a 5-alarm fire at a senior living facility Thursday evening, officials say. Just after 6:30 p.m., Dallas Fire-Rescue crews responded to call for an “automatic fire alarm” at the Lakeland Hills Senior Living Facility in the 3300 block of […]
Joe Knitter

TWO FFs, ONE OCCUPANT BURNED IN HOUSE FIRE – TEXAS

2 months 3 weeks ago
NOONDAY, Texas (KETK) – A house fire caused three injuries Thursday morning in Noonday. According to the Smith County Fire Marshal’s office, units from Noonday, Flint-Gresham, and Dixie were called to the 14000 block of County Road 1237 in Noonday around 3:30 a.m. “They were met with heavy smoke from the front of the house […]
Joe Knitter

ACTING CHIEF FROM ALABAMA LINE OF DUTY DEATH – GRASS FIRE

2 months 3 weeks ago
On Thursday, March 3, 2022, Acting Chief Freddy C. Reeves of the Ward Volunteer Fire Department, was attempting to put out a grass fire when his pants caught fire and he was injured. When other firefighters arrived on the scene, they helped in fighting the fire. Acting Chief Reeves then drove approximately 5 miles and […]
Brian Kazmierzak

ALABAMA FIRE CHIEF LODD – MEDICAL EMERGENCY WHILE ON DUTY

2 months 3 weeks ago
McAdory Fire District Fire Chief Jeff Wyatt, 49, died of a massive heart attack on April 4, 2022, at home after working a shift at the fire station. While working at the firehouse, Wyatt complained of difficulty breathing to his colleagues. When he arrived home after his shift he went upstairs and set his briefcase […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 4/7

2 months 3 weeks ago
On 4/7/1982 just after midnight, seven people died in a fire after a drunk driver hit the wall of the Caldecott Tunnel (then-northernmost) bore, on State Route 24 between Oakland and Orinda in California. This is one of the few major tunnel fires involving gasoline, a cargo considered to be highly flammable. The tunnel complex […]
Karl Thompson

2 OKLA. FIREFIGHTERS HURT IN RIG ROLLOVER

2 months 3 weeks ago
By Cat Keenan, KAMR/KCIT: According to an announcement from the Booker Fire Department on social media late Tuesday night, two Balko, Oklahoma volunteer firefighters were injured during a crash involving a firetruck rollover. “Please pray for these men and their families,” wrote the Booker Fire Department in its announcement on the accident, “and be on […]
Rick Markley
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