BAY RIDGE (WPIX) – A four-alarm fire erupted in Brooklyn late Wednesday night, injuring 12 firefighters and two residents.
At about 11:45pm, firefighters responded to blaze at 6805 Third Avenue in Bay Ridge. There was soon heavy fire on each of floor of the four-story mixed occupancy apartment building and conditions quickly escalated to four-alarms.
All occupants either self-evacuated or assisted out of the building via fire escapes, according to FDNY Deputy Chief James Leonard.
“I thought it was something small, that we were going to leave and we were going to come right back. I didn’t think it was this [serious],” said evacuated resident Rebecca Rivera.
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Below I have attached a perfect example of exposure control. A fire threatens a barn/garage structure and firefighters are quick to wet it down to prevent the spread of fire and protect the structure. This is a textbook example of how to focus on what is worth saving and how putting the wet stuff on the red stuff isn’t always the first thing that needs to be done. Firefighters place a handline in service directing the stream on the exposure while the pile of debris burns. Once firefighters are able to get more lines into place, the fire is extinguished. Great job guys!
So what if they weren’t protecting a million dollar mansion, property is property and property saved is a job well done. If the first hoseline was directed on the fire itself, the exposure might have caught fire creating a bigger problem and extending the fire damage to a building that should have been saved.
Info from the video:
The Dallas Center Fire Department responded to a structure fire Wednesday, July 29. A refuse fire was threatening to burn down a nearby barn; firefighters were able to save the barn.
This might become an ongoing column by The Fire Critic, we will see how it goes.
Today, I offer you a critique of FireEngineering.com. Fire Engineering has become a favorite of a lot of the go getters in the fire service. While FireEngineering.com my not compete with Firehouse.com, Fire Engineering magazine spanks Firehouse magazine in my mind. I might not be able to pinpoint it, but it seems as though Fire Engineering has better articles with more depth for the veteran firefighter.
Basically, if I want to read great articles on the Fire Service and our jobs I flip through the Fire Engineering rag. If I want to check out fires I go to Firehouse.com. However, I go to Firehouse.com only after I have checked out the State Fire News sites here and the other blogs etc. here.
I am digressing. The main point of this post was not an in-depth comparison of Firehouse and Fire Engineering. Actually, I started this post because of a HUGE issue I see with FireEngineering.com. I go to the site everyday, and every day I see the same damn thing. The home web page above the fold never changes. “Above the Fold” is a newspaper term for the top of the front page which you see while the newspaper is folded. The term loosely relates to websites in that “above the fold” would be what you see when you arrive at a website without browsing. The next image is what you see. Follow along though because you will have to scroll down to see the rest of the issue and my way of easily fixing it.
Below is my proposed solution to the issue. Move the more dynamic parts of the site up to the top so when people visit daily they see that stuff has changed and are interested in scrolling down to see what else has changed.
Did you know there are numerous dedicated web sites and/or blogs for Fire News by State. Some of these sites are updated daily, others are hit or miss. Check out the links below for the respective State Fire news. Feel free to let us know if we are missing any. Also check out the Public Safety News Network for these links and more.
I noticed that several State news websites have been taken offline for whatever reason. Be sure to support your State’s Fire News website. Most of the webmasters do it for the enjoyment and not for the money!
If you think you might want to start a site like one of these I suggest you visit a couple of them and email the webmaster to ask what it takes. Some of these sites were set up using templates available over the internet, others cost a lot of money to have a professional build them. Yet others were built by the webmasters themselves. I have had communications with several of them in the past and they are more than willing to help answer any questions you might have. A good start would be contacting Jeff Harkey (FireNews.Net), Grant Mishoe (SCOnFire.com), or Rhett Fleitz (VAFireNews.com), I am sure they would be happy to help!
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This is a pretty decent video of a house fire in Sacramento, California. You watch it and let me know if you noticed what I did. Below are some observations (not trying to armchair quarterback) from the video.
- There was early (in the video) collapse of the ceiling in the garage. Two firefighters were working inside the garage when it happened. Neither were injured.
- The firefighter on the far right with the hoseline had one thing on his mind…saving that corner of the garage.
- I could not tell if other hoselines were in place. The angle of the video does not offer a decent view of the main body of the house so it is hard to tell if it was saved or not.
- A firefighter is seen on the side of the fire engine messing around with an airpack. I wonder what the hell was wrong with it. At around 2:30 he is seen messing with the pack already on his back. At 4:23 he gives up and lets another firefighter mess with it. The airpack is finally put back on at 5:16. I would have just grabbed another pack!
- The guy videoing has a great remark about how he and his neighbor “Barbara” will have to look at this burned out house for a while.
- As reported by another neighbor, an exposure was saved that had began to catch fire. I believe this was the house on the right.
- The guy videoing thought that the PASS alarm was actually a smoke detector and remarked at how it was great that it was still working.
Two-Alarm House Fire Destroys Antelope Home
Firefighters battled a two-alarm house fire in Antelope that destroyed one home and threatened four neighboring residences.
Sacramento Metro firefighters say the home on the 3900 block of Balverne Court in Antelope was ‘well involved’.
There were 34 firefighters used to battle the blaze, and command staff contained the fire in 22 minutes.
There were no injuries to the firefighters or civilians.
The cause of the fire is listed as undetermined at this time, according to the Sacramento Metro Fire Dept.
The damage is estimated at $300,000.
Luckily no one was in the wrong place at the wrong time. CCTV captured footage of a house exploding in Florence, Kentucky. There isn’t any sound, so we still haven’t answered that age old question “If a house blows up and no one is around…does it make any noise?”
Check out the video then a qoute from the story here.
FLORENCE, KY — Fire crews in Florence, Kentucky spent much of Sunday afternoon examining a home heavily damaged by a gas explosion.
Firefighters said they were called about 3:25 p.m., when an explosion reported at the vacant home.
Commanders said the leak was blowing into a nearby doctor’s office when firefighters arrived, and both buildings sustained serious damage.
“The first suspicion is going to be natural gas. There’s a natural gas leak somewhere in the building. What caused the leak, why the building exploded, at this time those are the things we need to investigate,” said Florence Fire Chief Marc Mumech.
Number 5 is alive! Number 5 is alive!
Don’t worry, you won’t have to worry about some robot showing up and snatching the nozzle out of your hand anytime soon. Actually, these robots have been used 10 times and are specifically called in for fires involving acetylene gas cylinders.
However it would be nice for a robot to show up and exchange bottles, do salvage, and maybe even the medical stuff too on the fire scene.
Take a look at the link with video to show how they work below.
A team of fire-fighting robots has been unveiled by defence contractor QinetiQ at a demonstration in London.
The display showcased a quartet of robots aimed at tackling the particular risk of fires involving cylinders of the industrial gas acetylene.
The robots range from a nimble, stair-climbing reconnaissance unit to a diesel-powered robot with a large claw.
The two-year project is funded by Network Rail, the Highways Agency and Transport for London.
259 cars were involved in a huge motor vehicle collision on the German Autobahn. Technically there isn’t a speed limit on the road, but there are sections which have restrictions. Maybe that is why we have speed limits in the States. 259 cars is a lot of vehicles. An incident of that magnitude should definitely be handled as a mass causality incident. Think about it. If every car held an average of two passengers, that is over 500 potential victims.
Guys, I hate when this happens. Maybe it has never happened to you and for that I am truly sorry. This station is right up the street from me, this is the DD shift! Sorry, I couldn’t resist!
It seems to me that all the decent fire service writers focus too much on “talking on the radio”. It is important, but so are some other things. Today, The Fire Critic will start an ongoing in-depth look at the Engine Operator. This will be the first topic of many, so buckle your seat belts and take a look.
In this first post on the Engine Operator, we will look at what you need to know. This will basically serve as an outline for more in-depth posts on the Engine Operator.
I know in my department we have a lot of guys who think that if they can drive the engine to the grocery store then they are good to go. This is so very far from the truth. We need to make sure that drivers are taught and learn what they need to know.
Here is a rundown of the basics that every engine operator should know and should review periodically to stay in top form for when the bells hit:
- Policies – every engine operator should know and understand their individual departments policies on response for emergencies and what is expected of you once you arrive on scene.
- Laws - you should have a thorough knowledge of Local, State, and Federal laws governing emergency response as well as just driving in general.
- Safety – Usually the safety I am referring to is covered in the Policies and Law, however you must know how to operate apparatus safely including stopping at all red lights and wearing your seat belts!
- Territory – You may be all set up to fight the big one, but that isn’t going to matter if you are stuck in the bay looking through a map book or driving around guessing how to get to that column of smoke on the horizon. Be sure you have a great map book and focus on memorizing your territory as soon as possible.
- Knowing your Engine – You have to know your engine inside and out. Check fluid levels, tire pressure, ensure there is water in the tank, and make sure it has enough fuel.
- Equipment - You need to know what equipment is on your engine, where it belongs, and how to use it. This includes hose, nozzles, saws, tools, appliances, EMS supplies, radios, and everything else which can be used on your engine.
- Apparatus Response – We will go in depth at how to get from point A to point B quickly, efficiently, and safely.
- Apparatus Placement - Once you get to the address where do you park and when do you set your parking brake. This only takes a second but if you get it wrong can really mess up an emergency scene.
- Pump Operations – Intake - 500 gallons is probably the most common amount of water carried on fire engines. Whether you have less or more you will have to ensure that you can get more water. This means hooking up to a hydrant!
- Pump Operations – Discharge – Once you get good you will know how to generalize your pump pressures and then follow up by making sure you are right. Until then you will have to rely on quickly doing the math in your head to get water flowing. I am talking about friction loss, nozzle pressures, and discharge pressures among other things.
- Taking up after the call – Everything you need to think about once you are ready to get back in service for the next “big one”.
- Troubleshooting - Now that you have everything set perfectly you must know how to troubleshoot in the event of pressure loss, water loss, pressure spike, equipment failure, etc.
Once we get a little deeper into the topic, I will be discussing several other issues and ideas. Things like:
- What to do once the pump is set
- What to do to help out the manpower deficient crew
- What to do if you witness an unsafe practice while operating on the outside
- What to do if you need help and no one is around
- Radio communications with the pump operator
- Helping your Officer make the right decisions
- Hose lays
The Kitchen Table blog is a place for the growing online firefighting community to get the daily buzz. As the firehouse kitchen table is where firefighters in a station gather, The Kitchen Table blog brings firefighters together for a global conversation.
A lot of the writers also have their own websites and/or write for other websites like Firehouse.com or FirefighterNation.com. Check them out.
A 23 year old used a tracking beacon in a life or death search to save his father. The two were skiing in the Canterbury region on the South Island of New Zealand when they were overtaken by an avalanche. Once the avalanche stopped, Gus Castran freed himself from snow up to his waste and used a tracking beacon to find his father who was trapped deep in the snow. Unfortunately, one other man perished in the avalanche.
A MELBOURNE man trapped under almost 2m of ice by a New Zealand avalanche was rescued by his desperate son who dug him out with his bare hands.
South Yarra real estate agent John Castran has told family he used his tongue to push snow away from his mouth as he ran out of oxygen.
Mr Castran, 52, an experienced skier said he would have died if his 23-year-old son Gus had not found him, the Herald Sun reports.
The Fire Critic first reported this incident here. Apparently, some newer footage has been released on the incident included below. I noticed some interesting things in the video, the most interesting being the car sitting on its side. It appears as though firefighters turned a car over to provide space for a ladder truck to set up its outriggers. There is a report here of an extended amount of time getting to the people trapped on the upper floors. I doubt it took that long, but I am sure that it took a little while to get up to them after setting everything up.
A brigade spokesman said that they had sent eighteen fire engines and nine rescue units. One firefighter was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion.
“We gained access to the building as soon as we got there,” he said. “The time it took to reach the top of the building was simply the result of the firefighting operation. They progressed as quickly as they could.”
Here is a video to help all you crusty old firemen explain to the newest generation how it used to be (somewhat) and how fortunate the new generation should be. The insight is comical, yet very true. Eat your heart out! While I don’t think this will close the generational gap, it might help relate how things were in a comical but not too over the top way. Luckily it does not include walking to school barefoot in the snow uphill both ways! Humor from Louis CK on Conan.
FC Note: The original video was removed by youtube…however I prevailed and found it somewhere else!!!!
Firefighters continued to battle a four-alarm structure fire at the Columbus Food manufacturing plant in South San Francisco Thursday morning.
The fire was first was reported at a warehouse at 465 Cabot Road just after 2 a.m., the dispatcher said. Crews from the numerous mutual aid fire departments responded, including Foster City, Daly City, South San Francisco, San Mateo and Burlingame.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Officials in Atlantic City are investigating an alleged sex scandal involving three firefighters.
A source tells Fox 29 News that a mother of a teenage girl found a cell phone picture of her daughter wearing firefighter turnout gear. She called authorities and that’s what sparked the investigation. It has not been revealed whether the girl was completely dressed in the photo or what she was doing.
Guys, Guys, Guys haven’t we learned anything at all? If these allegations are true, this is a perfect way of losing pay and/or your job! There is no reason at all why these accusations should have been made. DO NOT get yourself into these types of situations.
You have got to be kidding me! Actually no, this is for real. This story occurred in Australia. The report is from CNN.com.
Police had received a report that the man and some others were sniffing glue, Munnee said.
At the sight of the arriving officers, the man ran out of the house with a container of gasoline and a cigarette lighter, police said.
When he ignored the officer’s command to stop, the officer fired his Taser stun gun — and the man “caught Talight,” Munnee said.
WTF? To add insult to injury, while the police officer was trying to put the man out a woman was throwing rocks at him (at the cop). The officer was treated for burns and cuts from the rocks. It just doesn’t pay does it? That is why I am a firefighter and not a cop!
Apparently this has happened before in Texas.
This house fire was reported on the Raleigh/Wake Firefighting Blog recently. The fire now has video to go with it on youtube. Firefighters definitely had their hands full on this fire.
The 2,900-square-foot home was listed for sale for approximately $239,900 on the National Association of Realtors’ Web site. The property was first listed for sale in October 2008.
The Fire Critic says hmmmmmmm. House for sale for a while and then burns…..interesting. This report states it is a “suspicious” fire.
Six luxury boats have been destroyed by fire at a Sydney marina. The boats have burned in a domino effect after one boat caught fire while being worked on. During a scramble to move the boats on fire to open water a couple more caught fire. Part of the marina was reportedly damaged by fire as well.
A police spokesman said early investigations suggest someone was working on their boat when it caught alight while moored near Beaconsfield Street, Newport, about 2.30pm (AEST).
The flames spread to two other boats which were moored nearby, police said.
Two of the burning craft were dragged to sand bars and extinguished, but one drifted to the nearby Sirsi Marina, and set another two boats alight, a police spokesman said.
I found this neat product on a fire blog (the Danville Firefighters Blog). The product is basically bedding to go. A gourmet sleeping bag. First Alarm Roll-out bedding has been such a recent hit that they have sold out of many of their stock. Don’t worry though guys, they still have pink! Check out their website here for more information on the bedding and then enjoy the video below giving you an in service lesson on the bedding. Don’t worry, you can get Medic con-ed hours for this. The train-the-trainer class should be out soon.
There is one unique thing about motorcycles. They will get you “there” quicker than most other things. Where is “there” you might ask? “There” is the scene of the crash. Certain injury and maybe even death may soon follow. There are two reasons why I don’t have a motorcycle. One, I cannot afford it and two, up to this point I have enjoyed life walking on two legs.
For your enjoyment I offer you a motorcycle crash compilation. You will notice one thing, these guys take it to an all new level.
I don’t know about you but I think this video is pretty darn cool. If I were a wildland firefighter I might think it were that much more special. The plane is a Lockheed L-188 Electra. The video below is from a fire reported here.
There is bonus footage of this beast here after a reload.
This is a reminder to all you twitter users out there that The Fire Critic uses Twitter. On top of feeding the RSS feed from this blog, I find to twitter about other information too. I have found the site (twitter) to be fairly informative if you narrow the people you follow to what you want to read about. Check out The Fire Critic on Twitter here.
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Good Monday Morning everyone. Today I bring you an Around the World Fire Report. This is not a normal column by The Fire Critic, but you will see it time to time.
California - Calif. fire burns 2,000 acres, forces evacuation
A lightning-sparked wildfire in the Inyo National Forest near Bishop surged to 2,000 acres on Sunday and forced the evacuation of a small community and several campgrounds, authorities said.
Australia - ‘Military can help more with bushfires’
THE military should be better used in future bushfire disasters, the head of Victoria’s bushfire recovery says.
Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority chief Christine Nixon says the army is equipped to help out quickly in recovery efforts, but was not used enough during the February fires.
“I’d get more of the army in,” Ms Nixon told the Emergency Management Conference when asked about future bushfire seasons.
Australia - Seven police hurt in woman’s fire rescue
A WOMAN is in intensive care with burns and smoke inhalation and seven police were taken to hospital after a dramatic fire rescue in Sydney’s inner west.
Responding to calls from concerned locals, police forced their way into the 39-year-old woman’s burning unit in Newtown at 11.20pm (AEST) on yesterday and pulled her out unconscious.
“When they arrived at her address on Susan St they found her unit well-alight,” police said.
Canada - Residents flee wildfires in Canada
North Carolina - North Carolina Judge Drowns While Rescuing Son in River
The Charlotte Observer reported Monday that Burke County District Court Judge John Mull of Drexel drowned Sunday evening in the Catawba River. Sheriff John McDevitt says Mull had jumped into the river to help his 17-year-old son who was experiencing cramps.