Any IAFF Locals and individuals wishing to send floral arrangements are asked to send them toReliant Stadium, 8400 Kirby Drive; Houston, Texas 77054
The Public Memorial Service will be held at Reliant Stadium, Wednesday, June 5 at 1000 hours(10:00 A.M.). All uniformed fire department personnel participating in the Wednesday memorial procession must be at Reliant Stadium no later than 7:00 a.m. Please enter the stadium area from Fannin at the Naomi entrance. Park in front of Reliant Arena in the “maroon” lot. From there, firefighters are asked to proceed on foot to the “blue” parking lot to form march. March will start promptly at 8:00 a.m.
The Procession Route for the Wednesday march will begin in the “blue” lot at Reliant Stadium, then proceed on the westbound 610 feeder road to Kirby, then north on Kirby to McNee Road, and then turning right into the north side of the Reliant complex.
Funeral Services for the fallen have been scheduled. The families have requested that all funeral services be kept private (family and HFD personnel only). Members are encouraged to watch their HFD and personal e-mail accounts for details.
Fire Fighters and family coming from out of town are encouraged to contact the following hotels for special rates:
Marriott – Medical Center
$109.00 (Government) Rate
$75.00 Rate: “Hero”
Holiday Inn – Houston Reliant Park
$109.00 (Government) Rate: “Houston Firefighters Local 341″ (32 rooms available)
Contact: Tye Hochstrasser or Maggie Cruz
Crowne Plaza - Houston
$79.00 Rate (includes Breakfast): “Local 341″
Contact: Jerry Mathers
713-748-3221 or 1-800 number through web site
Wyndham – Medical Center
Contact: Mary Jane Manshouri
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.
Lemire said neither firefighter was injured. From the Lowell Sun
On Saturday, Chicago firefighters battled an extra alarm fire at the New Life Temple Church of God in Chirst around 6 am. On Sunday, Chicago firefighters battled a house fire with a mayday after a firefighter was briefly trapped in a collapsed stairwell. Audio below.
Two people, a woman and her grandson were injured along with a firefighter who was trapped in a stairwell after it collapsed prompting a mayday. The firefighter was only trapped briefly and the firefighter was not transported to the hospital.
News coverage here
Update: Funeral Arrangements:
Viewings will be held Saturday and Sunday from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at the Ruhl Armory on York Rd. in Towson
His funeral will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.
Interment will follow at Dulaney Memorial Gardens.
Firefighter Mark Falkenhan was overcome in flashover conditions on the third floor at a 4 alarm fire in Baltimore County. He was rescued by fellow firefighters and died at the hospital. Firefighters rescued two occupants during the fire.
Mark Falkenhan was a firefighter, a paramedic, a husband, and a father.
The Essex-Middle River Patch offers an excellent view of Mark’s life in an article titled “Great Firefighter, Great Husband, Great Father”.
If you don’t do anything else, read the article here!
It is clear that Mark was a role model.
Mark left his job with Baltimore County Fire to work for the U.S. Secret Service. He remained a volunteer firefighter with the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company in Baltimore County.
Shorlty after he graduated from Mount Carmel High School in 1986, Falkenhan joined the Middle River Volunteer Ambulance & Rescue Co. He rose to the rank of chief and is a lifetime member.
Falkenhan then joined the Baltimore County Fire Department as an emergency medical technician in 1990.
He married Gladys on Nov. 11, 1993, and became an EMT-Paramedic the following year. He served at various stations across the county before retiring in 2006 to accept a job with the U.S. Secret Service.
Most firefighters will learn something from every Line of Duty Death. Those lessons are typically learned once the reports are published and the findings are disseminated. It is already clear to me that Mark’s death, the 10th LODD this year, already has a positive message. Live, Learn, and Love… both in our families at the firehouse and more importantly at home.
Mark was 43 years old.
More coverage and links:
- Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company
- Baltimore County Volunteer Fireman’s Association
- Baltimore County Press Release on the incident
- USFA Release on Mark Falkenhan
- Firefighter Close Calls
Below is the Press Release for the fire that claimed Mark Falkenhan’s life from Baltimore County (more…)
Update: 10:19 pm EST: Fallen Firefighter Identified. Firefighter Mark Falkenhan, 43, died after being injured at a 4 alarm apartment fire in Baltimore County. Falkenhan had retired from Baltimore County as paramedic about five years ago and went to work for U.S. Secret Service and was a volunteer for Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company. Falkenhan was married and had two children.
All apologies for errors in information last night. I had misspelled the firefighters last name.
Update: 9:31 pm EST: There are confirmed reports that a Firefighter from the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Department has died as a result of injuries from this fire in Baltimore County.
The firefighter was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Towson, where he later died.
Update: 9:14 pm EST: There isn’t a lot of news on this fire yet…details are still emerging.
Four Alarms have been sounded for a fire at the Crossing apartment complex at 30 Dowling Circle in Baltimore County. The call came in around 7pm tonight.
A firefighter and two others have been transported to area hospitals for injuries sustained in the fire.
The firefighter was rescued by other firefighters after transmitting a Mayday.
More Coverage links direct to the story:
- Firefighter Nation
- CBS Baltimore
- ABC 2
- Baltimore Sun
- Fox 45 Baltimore
Here is a quick and glimpse of the scene via youtube
More video from earlier
Three Buffalo firefighters fell through the floor of a burning vacant house in the city’s East Delavan-Fillmore section Wednesday night, and two of them were injured and taken to the hospital, fire officials reported.
The injuries in the blaze at 145 Mohican Ave. were described by fire officials at the scene as “non-life-threatening.” The nature of the fire is being described as “suspicious.”
Firefighters responded to a call at 8:13 p.m. and arrived to find flames on the first and second floors at the front of the 2 1/2-story house.
An Evanston firefighter remained hospitalized Saturday night after crews battled a Christmas morning fire that ravaged two homes and three garages in the northern suburb.
Two other firefighters were also injured in the blaze on the 1800 block of Laurel that broke out at 5:07 a.m.
Evanston Fire Battalion Chief Don Kunita said emergency crews arrived at the scene three minutes later and found a fire that was “getting big rapidly.’’
Toward the end of the battle against the fire, a “Mayday” was called when one firefighter had trouble breathing.
“He obviously needed help. We got him out of there,’’ Kunita said. The firefighter, a 25-year veteran of the department, was taken to Evanston Hospital, where he was in good condition Saturday night.
December 24, 2010:
FireTruckBlog.com (info and photos source) has a decent write-up with pictures.
Suddenly the captain in front dropped into the basement through a large hole in the floor. He was suspended by his shoulders on electrical wires, the only thing that prevented him from dropping fully into the basement. His partner was directly behind him and instantly transmitted a MAYDAY to Command.
The handline crew on the other side of the wall was now able to see just his head above floor level.
Video and Audio: LODD: Two Chicago Firefighters Killed after Mayday and Collapse in Chicago Building Fire1 comment
Two firefighters died after a wall collapsed during a 3-11 alarm fire at an abandoned South Side commercial building this morning, authorities said. Fourteen other firefighters were injured, including two who were trapped with the ones who died.
Police squad cars escorted two ambulances north on Lake Shore Drive to Northwestern as ramps were closed to clear it of traffic, according to fire communications. One of the firefighters taken there has died, sources said. The condition of the other one was not known.
Four of the firefighters were listed in critical condition, another eight in stable, according to Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Robert Hoff.
“We got firemen unaccounted for,’’ according to Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford who was on the scene at 7:30 a.m. “Right now we’re working to get inside the building,’’ Langford said.
As of 7:24 a.m. the alarm has been elevated to a 3-11 and an EMS Plan II, which automatically sends about ten ambulances to the scene, is in effect, Knight said.
Knight said the building is 40 feet by 125 feet.
- STATter911.com: Breaking news: Wall collapse in Chicago injures 4 firefighters. One still trapped. Live dispatch.
- Firefighter Nation: Chicago Firefighters Trapped In Vacant Building Fire Collapse
- Firefighters unaccounted for, 3-alarm fire burning in South Shore
- Firefighters trapped after building collapses, call for MAYDAY response
- Firefighter unaccounted for at South Side fire
- Report: Four firefighters trapped after building collapses
- Fire Traps Firefighters in Building on South Side; 3 Rescued, 1 Still Missing
- 4 Firefighters Trapped
Cnn.com has live video here
Clearwater Florida Firefighters get disoriented on the second floor and call a Mayday. You can hear the crews low air alarm going off and they are told to go to the Delta side. Immediately, the IC calls for a second alarm and sends crew to the roof of the first floor to assist. This was uploaded on November 23rd. Not sure how I missed it.
Mayday is in (part 2) just before the 9 minute mark. Video from CL300 Incident safety officer’s helmet cam with dispatch audio. Video starts approximately 20 minutes after arrival of first alarm units. Click below for a PDF file report on this close call.
Part 2 – The Mayday is at 9:00 mark
The quote “A lot of Guys Think This Won’t Happen To Them” was made by Houston Captain Abbt. Captain Abbt was trapped in a high rise fire for over 18 minutes after calling MAYDAY while attempting rescue of trapped victims.
I know that many of my readers have probably seen this video. If you haven’t, you have to watch it. All of it. If you have seen it, watch it again. Listen. Firefighters, Company Officers, Incident Commanders, Chiefs, all of you listen and watch and realize that Captain Abbt is right…”A lot of Guys Think This Won’t Happen To Them”.
This is as close a call as ever when rescuing viable victims. Most of us have signed up with the understanding that we MIGHT be put in a situation where our lives COULD be lost while trying to save another. That is who we are, that is what we are about. Don’t let the Safety Talk fool you, our jobs are dangerous. We have to be safe, but we also have to do what we have to do to get the job done. Captain Abbt’s life was spared, although the ones he was rescuing weren’t.
I don’t know about you, but my hair stands on end when I watch the end of this video.
Part one can be seen here. It includes the call for MAYDAY by Captain Abbt, Rescue and Suppresion efforts on the Exterior of the building and pertaining radio traffic. Part two is embedded below.