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TEXAS UNION CITES INSURANCE STUDY IN CALL FOR MORE FIREFIGHTERS

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The Fort Worth firefighters union is pointing to an insurance report that faulted the city for not having enough firefighters as it seeks to increase staffing. Nov. 8, 2021 By Harrison Mantas Source Fort Worth Star-Telegram Nov. 8—The Fort Worth firefighters union, in its effort to increase the department’s staffing, is pointing to a 4-year-old […]
Iggy

COVID-19, SHORT STAFF SWELLED CALIFORNIA INSPECTION BACKLOG

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COVID-19 restrictions and short staffing in the Fresno Fire Department’s inspection division have increased its backlog to over 4,700 buildings. Nov. 7, 2021 By Yesenia Amaro Source The Fresno Bee Nov. 7—A commercial structure at an agriculture manufacturing company that burned to the ground in mid-October in south Fresno was one of nearly 5,000 facilities […]
Iggy

SHORT STAFF LEADS TO ALABAMA FIRE DEPARTMENT BROWNOUTS

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Birmingham Fire & Rescue took two engines out of service Saturday due to a staffing shortage caused by “call-offs, COVID-19 and FMLA.” Nov. 7, 2021 By Carol Robinson Source al.com A shortage of Birmingham Fire and Rescue personnel led to a “brownout” Saturday, but fire officials said coverage for the city isn’t being hindered. A […]
Iggy

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/16

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11/16/1957 in Niagara Falls, NY an early morning apartment fire killed seventeen, including thirteen children, in a three-story frame tenement structure, known as the Moonglow Hotel. The run-down and condemned served as a makeshift home for two large families and two single men who lived at the property. When the fire department arrived, it was […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY – 11/15

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11/15/1942, six firefighters were killed and forty-three injured in the Luongo Restaurant fire, in East Boston. Many were trapped under debris for hours after a wall collapsed without warning and after the fire was declared under control. The “Old Armory” building stood in Maverick Square on Henry Street, near the subway station. “On November 15, […]
Karl Thompson

NH FIRE CAPTAIN BURNED IN HOUSE FIRE CONTINUES RECOVERY IN BOSTON

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MANCHESTER, N.H. — A New Hampshire fire captain who was severely burned in a massive fire last week continues to recover in a Boston hospital. Capt. Steve DesRuisseaux, of the Manchester Fire Department, was injured while rescuing people from a fire at a Dutton Street apartment building on Nov. 6. He was helping someone down a […]
Joe Knitter

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/14

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11/14/1927 a disastrous gas explosion killed twenty-eight people and injured over 100 in the Old Manchester District of Pittsburgh, PA. “The cause of the disaster was soon apparent, for, amid the ruins lay a twisted mass of steel, some of the supports of the giant gas tank, said to be the largest natural gas reservoir […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/13

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11/13/1877 the National Fireman’s Journal published the first issue with the mission to be “devoted to the interests of the firemen of the country.” Under the name Fire Engineering, the mission has only broadened and is now devoted to the interests of firefighters worldwide. 11/13/1904 a Chicago, IL firefighter “of Engine 10 was fatally injured […]
Karl Thompson

Maine Town Official Says Decision by Town May Have Contributed to Fire that Killed Boy

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PARIS, Maine —During a town meeting this week, Paris Selectboard Chair Christopher Summers said the town’s decision to eliminate per diem for firefighters four years ago might have played a role in last week’s fire that killed a 5-year-old boy. “There’s a kid that’s dead right now,” Summers said during the meeting. “They couldn’t enter […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/12

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11/12/1889 the Miami Hotel a 100 room, wooden building was destroyed by a fire that started from a gas stove and extended to Mrs. Maggie Knapp’s restaurant, the Greet store, a boarding house, the Miami Metropolis Building, and Joseph McDonald’s machine shops and stables in Miami, Florida. 11/12/1890 a Tampa, FL firefighter died in the […]
Karl Thompson

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA FIREFIGHTER DIES AT CRASH SCENE

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A Jacksonville Fire Rescue Firefighter died in the Line of Duty this morning as the Firefighter was working at the scene of a crash “involving a prolonged extrication.” It occurred during the extrication and paramedics began life-saving measures on the Firefighter who died at UF Health shortly after 2 a.m. This is the third Jacksonville […]
Brian Kazmierzak

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/11

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11/11/1918 Veteran’s Day, at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 World War I ends, with the Treaty of Versailles of 1919; a war that left nine million soldiers dead and 21 million wounded. The war started on June 28, 1914, after Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/10

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11/10/1898 two Cambridge, MA firefighters died “while operating at a fire in a meat company icehouse, he climbed a ladder and attempted to open a door. As he opened the door a blast of fire knocked him from the ladder to the pavement, where he died 15 minutes later. Another member of the Ladder 2 […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/9

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11/9/1872 eleven firefighters died during the Boston (MA) Conflagration that burned for 15 hours destroying around 800 buildings, and extended over 65 acres, from the Common, north from Summer Street to the waterfront. The fire began in a basement of a five-story dry goods store just after 7:00 p.m. A lack of water pressure prevented […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/8

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11/8/1879 was the first recorded use of a mechanical water tower in New York, NY. John Hogan and Abner Greenleaf developed a 50-foot mast water tower consisting of pipe sections raised manually by cranks capable of delivering a large-capacity elevated stream. 11/8/1865 a Manhattan, New York firefighter “died as a result of inhaling coal gas […]
Karl Thompson

Manchester Fire News Release

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Below is the news release just issued by the Manchester Fire Department regarding their injured firefighter and civilian saves. FIREFIGHTER INJURED DURING RESCUE OPERATIONS AT DUTTON STREET FIRE MANCHESTER – The City of Manchester Fire Department were dispatched to a building fire at 8-10 Dutton Street a 6-unit multi-famliy building at 6:08 pm last night. […]
Rick Markley

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/7

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11/7/1897 in St. Augustine, Florida the Hotel San Marco, one of the finest and most commodious hotel properties in this city, burned to the ground after an arsonist started a fire. The rope to the fire bell was cut causing a delay in sounding the alarm. The standpipe suction pipes had also been cut hampering […]
Karl Thompson

FIREFIGHTER HISTORY 11/6

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11/6/1896 the National Fire Protection Association was founded, Boston, MA with the mission “to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.” 11/6/1936 a Greeley, CO firefighter “died of the injuries he sustained after a fuel tank […]
Karl Thompson

MN MAN SETS GARAGE ON FIRE – CRASHES INTO RESPONDING FIRE TRUCK

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A man suspected of deliberately starting a garage fire at a home on the Iron Range fled the scene and crashed into a fire truck responding to the blaze. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office says a 36-year-old man from Embarrass, Minnesota, is in custody after the incident that was reported just after 7 p.m. […]
Brian Kazmierzak
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