LATEST 7:46 PM: Suspect dead. Four firefighters & police officer minor injuries. Superficial wounds to firefighters from flash-bang. Officer shot in hand or arm. Police moved in because they thought firefighters were in danger.
Police say firefighters will be back home with their families tonight. Below is the initial radio traffic from Engine 10.
Video by: bobbybushae. Video info: On Saturday morning, March 30, 2013 just before 7 am, Clifton Park & Halfmoon Ambulance was dispatched to a medical emergency on the Southbound shoulder of the I-87 Interstate just above a major bridge. An ambulance returning from a local hospital was in the vicinity and first responded to the call, pulling well off shoulder behind the vehicle involved. A bystander vehicle was already blocking one lane of traffic. The crew donned ANSI vests and approached the patient in the vehicle. A police patrol arrived several minutes later, parking adjacent to ambulance in the slow lane to block traffic which had narrowed to two lanes. A Fire Chief arrived shortly thereafter, pulling to the front of the other vehicles. While the crew was assessing patient and the police officer was approaching, a vehicle moving at a high rate of speed lost control, skidded sideways, narrowly missing the ambulance and crashing into the police vehicle, pushing it towards crew. There were no injuries to crew, patient or police officer and no damage to the ambulance. The ambulance originally dispatched to call arrived moments after impact and both crews treated the original patient and driver of the out of control vehicle (who had been talking on her cell phone). Video captured on the ambulance drive cam (attached) powerfully illustrates the dangers we face daily. See more at www.FirefighterCloseCalls.com
Earlier in the week, I posted a terrifying video of Dayton Captain Barry Cron being struck during an incident on the interstate. Captain Cron lived through the horrific event and is now speaking about the incident. View earlier coverage here. Additional coverage here and here.
Video by: WKEFandWRGT. Video info: DAYTON — Dayton Fire Capt. Barry Cron is in serious condition today after a spectacular series of crashes early this morning on a bridge along U.S. 35 near Gettysburg Avenue.Dash cam video shows a pickup truck crash into another vehicle that had already crashed. Cron approached the truck, which ended up overturned on its passenger side, when another first responder yelled at him to get back because of another vehicle that had lost control and was about to hit the truck.Cron tried to get away from the crash but the impact pushed the truck into Cron, which threw him onto the nearby guardrail.We will have much more about this developing story, including the road conditions and how the city had treated the roads. Check back online and and watch ABC 22 News tonight at 6 and FOX 45 News at 6:30.
I know I am a little late on this one, but non-the-less it is a great video(s). This video will probably be utilized in training for years to come. The fire occurred at 600 Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. in Harrison.More coverage by STATter911.com here.
Five firefighters were hurt in a terrifying explosion and extra-alarm blaze in Harrison, N.J., Sunday afternoon.
.. when the fire was at its height, a dangerous backdraft was caught on video, CBS 2’s Steve Langford reported. Backdrafts are an explosive phenomenon, and they are one of the worst things that can go wrong in a firefight.
One of those badly hurt when the backdraft erupted was a battalion chief.
“When that glass blew out, he got it all in his face and his body,” said Harrison fire Capt. Robert Gillen. “He was bleeding profusely.”
This morning, my department’s training Lieutenant called me. He was looking for the video that he and I watched along with the rest of our recruit school 14 years ago today on our first day with the department. He wasn’t quite sure on the title of it, and unfortunately I can’t remember it at all. So I did what I always do…I asked you guys over on the Fire Critic Facebook Page…and as always, you guys came through for me. No matter the question, I can always rely on the knowledge and experience of the 20k+ friends, fans, Brothers and Sisters on the page to help me out. After all, contrary to popular belief I do not know everything.
Artwork by FireMedicArt.com (D. Fitch)
Our next recruit school begins on Monday, and the Lt. is looking for that video or another to show the recruits on the first day. I believe the one he is looking for is titled “To Hell and Back” and that is what he thought to, but he couldn’t find it. I believe that is the name of it, but I couldn’t find it online anywhere. I am guessing we have a copy at the training center.
Below are just some of the videos that were recommended by the FB Brothers. I will add that this article was a quick idea I had after all of the great examples shared…and then I sat down and watched all of the videos, one by one. I was holding it together until the Pipes started playing on the Kyle Wilson Tribute video…then I lost it.
Feel free to share more in the comments below.
Fire Fighter Anthem – This One’s For The Firefighters
The full details of what happened and to who are still coming in. Firefighters were injured in a 4 alarm fire at Penn Lumber this evening in Baltimore City. The fire began at Penn Lumber in the 600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue around 5:40 p.m. today. The fire quickly spread to other nearby buildings.
The first responding firefighters entered the building but moments later, the incident commander determined it was unsafe and ordered the evacuation. As they were leaving, the building collapsed, briefly trapping five firefighters. They were injured but none had life-threatening injuries. They’ve been taken to Shock Trauma.
Five firefighters were taken to local hospitals with injuries.
Two firefighters who entered the burning structure at 2249 W. Walnut St. suffered burns and were treated and released from St. Luke’s Hospital-Allentown. Two other firefighters were injured when an exterior wall partially collapsed on them, and one firefighter slipped on the ice rushing to their aid.
Capt. John Christopher said those three firefighters are being treated at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest and are expected to be released.
A Siberian firefighter, in the city of Magadan, trying to reach people trapped in a building is sent tumbling down the ladder after being hit by a chunk of snow falling from the roof while smoke is coming out of the windows. Thankfully, the firefighters were able to save a child, carrying the kid down the ladder. Emergency officials say no one was hurt.
Firefighters responded to an occupied structure fire (occupant was out on arrival) to find a working fire in a one story frame house. While making an interior attack, the conditions deteriorated and the roof began to collapse. Firefighters were ordered to evacuate and upon exiting, the roof truss hit the last firefighters SCBA as he exited. The fire was eventually put under control and no firefighters suffered any injuries. Video was filmed with the Fire Cam 1080 Fire Helmet Camera from www.firevideo.net .
Watch this RV fire caught on video. What do you see? What do you hear?
What do you expect will happen?
Flammable gas, liquid, heavy fire involvement, exposures… With all of that stuff going on working against the firefighters, they do an excellent job of keeping the fire from spreading to the exposures!
The fire is from April, 2012 but I hadn’t seen it before.
First of all because a firefighter was injured in the fire and rescued by other firefighters and two police officers. Officers Richie Conti and Jamie Bucker entered the building to help rescue New Castle Fire Lt. John Onufrak Sr.
It’s a sign of the times: Onlookers to the blaze that gutted the Black Whale building downtown take photos and video to save and share.Gary Church from http://www.ncnewsonline.com
Secondly, it is a “close call” because of the alley way they have to operate in to rescue their comrade and the condition of the building with the exterior wall pushing out.
The fire occurred in New Castle, PA at a building that once housed the bar Black Whale. The bar had been closed down in the 1970′s.
The videographer somewhat realizes what is going on and is amazed by what he sees.
From the crowd in video 3: “They got him out…(cheers)…that was some real hero stuff man”
One thing that caught my eye was the photo to the right taken by a NCNewsonline photographer. The photog notes that the sign of the times is people taking photos and video to share. I believe the videos below might be from one of the men in the front taking video with their phones.
Thanks to one of our readers (there are only a few), we have the following link to go with the story. One thing the story leaves out is if it was a female driver or not as the video title would lead you to believe. It occurred in Moseley, Birmingham. Thanks Tony!
I do not have much information on this video, nor do I know when it occurred. I believe it occurred in Russia. However, I was on the edge of my seat as this firefighter was rescued at the last possible moment as he hung outside the 4th or 5th floor of this high rise and fire burned around him. Just before he is rescued by the aerial you can see his gear on fire. Seconds later, the window he was hanging from is fully engulfed in fire. The end of the video says 2006, so it could be pretty old but still worth a look. I apologize if you all have seen it already. I have seen a couple videos…but not this one so I thought it was worthy of sharing.
This is definitely a CLOSE CALL!
The translation of the title is Fire in Kvartire. I couldn’t find anymore information, nor do I know where that is.
The video is apparently available for training purposes. The translation of the description on youtube is:
A series of films for training to prepare personnel of fire protection.
A similar occurrence happened to a firefighter in my department. He went down in a fire, was revived on scene, in the ambulance, and again at the hospital. He is back on duty and works at my station on another shift. We are happy to have gotten him back.
The exact details to what happened to this Tulsa Firefighter haven’t been disclosed. Read below and then listen to the audio.
This video is from the Chicago Fire Department and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. It provides insight to some of what Chicago’s firefighters have been through dealing with Line of Duty Deaths (LODD’s), close calls, continuing to learn, and adjusting to change.
I challenge you to watch this entire video. Then share the video with your Brother and Sister Firefighters.
YOU HAVE TO LEARN.
You have to train.
You have to be ready.
Wear your seatbelts.
Understand what you are doing and why you are doing it.
Some of the topics include seatbelt usage, situational awareness, health and wellness, calling a MAYDAY, PPE, and much more.
If you think you got some good reason for not wearing this or for not doing things the right way write it down. Because I need to read that to your widow. Cause I’m not going to know what to say. You say it for me. – Chicago Chief of Training Peter VanDorpe
If this video doesn’t make you sit and think about your job and how you do it, you just don’t get it.
Sincere thanks to CFD Commissioner Bob Hoff, the Chicago Fire Department, Chicago IAFF Local 2, and the entire crew at the NFFF especially Rob Maloney, director of this video, for a spectacular job.
Below is the amazing video of an FDNY Firefighter from Rescue 2 bailing out of a window onto an aerial ladder. The firefighter is in flames as he gets out of the building and another firefighter helps put out the flames. Check out STATter911.com for more details on this fire. In total, 5 firefighters were injured in this fire with some experiencing severe burns.
Captain Willie Wines Jr. sits at the table and talks shop with the firefighters of FDNY Rescue 2
Captain Wines, Zach Green, and I also recently visited Rescue 2 and other FDNY firehouses. You can view images here.
I do not know if any of the men we met during our trip were injured in this fire and it really doesn’t matter. I do hope our injured brothers heal quickly so they can get back on the rig to fight the next fire.
FDNY Firefighters rescued one of their own earlier, pulling him “on fire” from a Brooklyn brownstone. As members searched the Crown Heights dwelling for victims, the top floor of the 3 story dwelling on Prospect Place apparently flashed, trapping at least one Rescue 2 Firefighter inside. An aerial ladder was raised to the third floor window and another Firefighter at the top of the ladder helped get him out. The FF was burning and the FF on the ladder hit him on his back to knock down the fire.
Here is a video with some more information and a clearer look at the fire
Watch at :15 for when a firefighter walks right under the front porch and wires begin arching just above him. That is a “Close Call” if you ask me!
Description: December 16, 2011 (/GPTV) — The Ventura County Fire Department responded to calls around 10:20 p.m. Friday night of a vehicle on fire on a driveway of a home in the 2400 block of Cedarwood Circle in Simi Valley. Upon arrival, the vehicle fire had extended into the garage and home. It took firefighters about 20 minutes to knockdown the blaze. No word yet on the cause.
Two Lowell, Massachusetts firefighters had to be rescued by other firefighters when they began running out of air in the basement of a church fire. The firefighters outside quickly removed a window grate and removed both firefighters.
The fire occured at the Ste. Marie’s Church, part of Holy Family Parish and firefighters were trying to keep the fire from spreading to the basement.
“They were running low on air and they couldn’t find their way out,” Lemire said.
Firefighters from Engine 6, designated as a rapid-intervention team, rushed into the building, located their colleagues and pulled them out to safety. One engine at all fires is designated as RIT, and has no job at the fire except to be prepared if other firefighters get in trouble.
Several things caught my eye in this video. Early on in the video, an acetylene tank off gases due to the fire just as firefighters open the door to the building. The firefighters quickly back up and regroup.
This acetylene tank raises the biggest question though. If indeed it only off gased due to the heat and did not rupture, shouldn’t they have trained a hoseline on it to keep it cool. It is obvious that they don’t have enough water for the fire, they could at least keep the tank from rupturing if it hadn’t already.
Let’s be clear, these guys didn’t have a chance with the 1 3/4″ line they had in their hand. Our department would have hit this with 2 1/2″ lines and aerial deck guns, although the outcome might have been similar if we showed up with the same amount of fire. The building had fire end to end, it just needed some more oxygen. That being said, we have a municipal water system with hydrants everywhere…they might not. They might have been working off of tank water and water shuttles. It is hard to tell.
I would have picked a solid tip nozzle.
One thing is for sure, they should have opened that door sooner to get to work. After they do, they would have had a better futile effort by keeping the water stream trained on the interior of the structure.
It was a goner, that is for sure. As always, it is hard to determine the capabilities of the fire department and their resources just by one video.
Keep in mind that these questions are for thought provoking conversation.
What we can do is sit back and watch the video and think about how we might have done things in our department. How our resources, manpower, water capabilities, and other contributing factors might have played out if this fire was in our area. That is what these videos are great for.
Moscow, Idaho firefighters work hard to get a handle on this house fire. The fire apparently started in the garage and spread to the house. At least one vehicle burned as well. As firefighters try to get under the hood to silence the horn, the passenger side airbag explodes.
Close call? I think so. I think the firefighters do to as they quickly step back and rethink their attack on the never-ending horn.
The close call happens at 4:45 into the video.
We have all probably been there…I was thinking they should cut it off as the video was playing.
The fire occurred yesterday on July 4th around noon in Moscow, Idaho.
Bedford Communications alerted Companies 7 (Huddleston-1st due), 8 (Moneta-2nd due), and 1 (Bedford-RIT) to 2548 Bethesda Drive for a report of smoke coming from the eves of a private dwelling. Ladder 1 (with six) responded to fill the RIT assignment but once on scene quickly went to work as the Search Group and Vent Group because of a lack of manpower. Division 1 located and extinguished fire in the walls on the first floor and requested that command assign an attic division to check for extension above.