Another quality helmet camera video from Scott Ziegler and Firefighter Hudson in Highland Park, Mi.
Video by: HPZ1442. Video info: This was our 2nd fire in the spane of a couple hours. 1st one didnt have batteries in my camera. We had a fire in a bed room of a vacant 4 family flat. Room an contents, Extinguished very quickly.
This fire ended up being 2 doors down from the first about an hour later. Fire was reported in an occupied 4 flat, on arrival we found heavy smoke coming from the front door and fire showing itself on the D side through the windows. We knocked it down a bit from the window before stretching through the front door into the basement. I was 3rd guy on the line in the basement so I didnt get to see as much fire as they did, but it was toasty. Someones gotta pull line! The fire had minor extension to the 2nd floor, while changing my first bottle, the mother reported her children were missing. We immediately did a search of the second floor finding only a few cats. The cats where brought to the ambo where they performed CPR and they will live to pur another day. This fire was recorded with 2 firecam1080s from firevideo.net.
All in all, it was a great stop. Everyone went home safe.
There is no question that Highland Park, Mi Firefighters see a lot of fire. Much like the City of Detroit, which surrounds Highland Park, they have some serious obstacles. They don’t have a lot of firefighters, have poor firehouse conditions, work with sub-par equipment, and operate on wore out apparatus. Watch the video below to see what they are up against.
For eight long years, the firefighters of Highland Park, Michigan, worked out of a warehouse. There was no red-bricked facade, no lanky Dalmatian. No freshly washed engines gleaming in the sun. No second-floor fire pole to descend in the dead of night to wailing sirens. Whatever idealized vision you have of firefighting, Highland Park is not it. Instead, picture a hulking, boxy building on the edge of an industrial park about six miles north of Detroit. A small metal sign points the way, light blue with “Fire Dept” stenciled in all-caps white, the previous tenant’s name erased with spray paint. There’s a parking lot strewn with detritus (including a vagabond shopping cart) and beyond that train tracks and Interstate 75, the eight-lane highway that cuts through the heart of Detroit.
Video by: OneNineTruck. Video info: Truck 19 arrives, assumes first due truck company operations.
Fire in a dwelling, Puritan St, Highland park mi, helmet cam
Video by: HPZ1442. Video info: Interior around the 7:30 minute mark
Responded to reports of a fire in a dwelling. Arrived to find heavy fire on the second floor and through the roof of a 2 family flat. Set up tower operations for our initial attack, knocking down the bulk of the fire. Once most of the roof had burned off or collapsed, we made entry to extinguish the remaining fire that we were unable to hit with our tower. No injuries reported. One family was unfortunately displaced. Photos where taken and can be viewed online by Steve Redick, and 313 fire photography. Video shot with firecam 1080 from Firevideo.net.
Fire in a dwelling, quick knock down, Highland Park Mi
Video by: HPZ1442. Video info: This was my first time editing a video with two cameras, sorry if it sucks.
While out running errands for the day we received a call for a fire in a vacant dwelling on Tennyson st. We arrived to find light smoke showing from the 2nd floor windows. We stretched our back bumper line into the house to find a room and contents fire on the second floor. Fire was knocked down very quickly.
The neighbors reported that the home was vacant, though it looks as if someone has been living in it. This is a prime example of why we do not consider any home a vacant one until we know for certain there is no one inside.
Video shot with a firecam 1080 from Firevideo.net
Video by: OLDIRONSIDESWAY. Video info: This is GoPro and Iphone video of Detroit Fire action from July 3-6, 2013. I have put as much of the audio in as I can. Detroit Firefighters are under attack by Politicians who have taken everything from them but their hero status. These Men and Woman are amazing Firefighters and get paid crap and are losing every benefit they ever had. They are the busiest in the Nation and maybe the world. The 24 hours of July 4th, they responded to 38 confirmed working fires just like the ones depicted here.They were responding with 1 engine, 1 ladder and a rescue to confirmed working fires. Very often this is the norm and they average 20 every day. The DFD Commissioner has turned out to be another Hack who will rape Detroit of everything. These are my opinions and are not endorsed by any Member of the DFD. To all Fire Photogs and Videographers. Please do not allow the Fire Commissioners office permission to use your work. They are using it to hurt these brave Fireman. From what I understand, they are pouring through photos and videos looking for ways to discipline Detroit Firefighters for a variety of reasons.
This video is not to be used by the DFD Commissioners office for any reason.
The body of a Wayne Westland firefighter has been recovered from a blaze at a pair of businesses in a Westland strip mall today.
Brian Woehlke, 29, was found today, said Deputy Fire Chief Rob Arbini. Woehlke had been a firefighter for 10 months, Arbini said.
Mayor William Wild said he received notification of Woehlke’s recovery at about 12:40 p.m. No additional information was released.
Statement from Westland Mayor William Wild courtesy WDIV.com:
“I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our Westland firefighters who died in the line of duty this morning. He dedicated his life to protecting the residents of Wayne and Westland and this is a terrible loss for the firefighter’s family and our entire community. This tragedy is a reminder to us all of the sacrifice that firefighters make along with their family and friends every single day. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends, as well as the first responders of the Wayne-Westland Fire Department, who are mourning the loss of fellow firefighter, Brian Woehlke. Woehlke, 29, a Dearborn resident who was married and the father of one, had been a member of the Wayne-Westland Fire Department for ten (10) months. We are forever appreciative for the brave men and women of the Wayne-Westland Fire Department who put their lives on the line every day.”
This is going to be a long post, actually several posts in one…so bear with me.
Captain Wines and I are in Indianapolis for FDIC. We got in last night and headed over to the FOOLS bash. We didn’t make it to the FSW meetup, but I heard that it was enjoyable. Our full itinerary can be seen here. More on FDIC in a minute as you scroll through this post.
A former leader of the Charleston Fire Department has passed away.
ABC News 4 has learned that former fire chief Thomas Carr died following a battle with MSA, a rapid form of Parkinson’s disease. He was 59 years old.
Chief Carr was hired as Charleston’s fire chief in 2008. He helped reshape and redefine the department following the 2007 Sofa Super Store fire that killed nine Charleston firefighters.
Baltimore County Firefighter Critical
Reisterstown VFC Firefighter Gene Kirchner in critical condition. Firefighter Kirchner was found unconscious on the 2nd floor during a house fire. A 58-year-old man was found dead in the house. STATter911.com has coverage here and here.
As other firefighters tackled the flames, Winter negotiated his way into the adjacent room in his search for 2-year-old Dylan Burkett.
“I couldn’t see him. It was pitch black with smoke,” he said. “After going in the second bedroom I kept hearing a small cry, and every time I heard a cry, I went in that direction and found him.
“He was in a corner on a bed just sitting there. Once I could tell he was still crying, it was a good feeling, and once I got him outside, it felt pretty good.”
Highland Park Rescue Video
Video by: HPZ1442. Video info: We responded to a report of flames showing from the side and front windows of a liquor store on the 1st floor of a 4 story apt building. We arrived to find smoke and flames showing, and that the Police Dept had already evacuated the occupants of the building. The liquor store was sealed up pretty tight and it took us a few extra minutes to get into it. While we worked on that, PD informed us that they may have heard screams on the 2nd floor while they cleared the building but that it was to smokey to go check. # of us responded to the main entrance and to the second floor where we found smokey conditions and limited visibility. PD and one of our off duty FF’s informed of the apt number the woman was believed to live in. The manager had said she was unaccounted for. We masked up and advanced in to find her. She was found in her unit, and carried out by Firefighter Eason. We were then informed of another possible victim. We went back in to search for him but while searching his apt we were informed that he had already made it out. My camera died at this point because I cannot seem to remember to charge it!
At this time fire had extended into the 2nd and 3rd floors. We advanced hose lines through the windows from units adjacent to those that were on fire. The fire was brought under control in a little more than an hour. We operated on scene for several more cleaning up hot spots. We contained the fire to damaging only the liquor store where it had originated, and 4 apt units.
Used a firecam 1080 from firevideo.net any sound you hear cut out is not from the camera, I actually edit some of the content out of it.
Video by HPZ1442. 3 houses burn in Highland Park, Michigan. Firefighter Scott Ziegler captures another fire with his Fire Cam 1080. More on the fire here. There is also a full description on the Youtube page of the video from Scott.
IronFiremen.com: Captain Wines offers “Climbing Out”. Thanks for everyone who continues to ask about him. He is taking one day at a time.
FDLiveIn.com: We are excited to introduce FDLiveIn Templates. Whether you have an existing live-in program and want to make it even better, or you are starting a brand new program and don’t know where to start – FDLiveIn Templates are right for your department!
Kalamazoo, MI: 3 children perished in a fire at an apartment complex. The children were apparently alone at the time of the fire. Kalamazoo is one of those departments with Public Safety Officers. Members are Firefighters, Police Officers, and Paramedics. Read more about it here
Below is a photo from a scrap metal fire in Hillsborough County, FL
I will leave you with some early video at a house fire in Cleveland Hill, NY. Firefighters made an excellent push on this fire despite a burst hose and arching wires overhead.
Cleveland Hill Firefighters responded this afternoon for a report of a kitchen fire on Flora Rd.
Cleveland Hill 9-1 went on location reporting a working fire. Command further reported heavy fire on the 1st floor of a 1 1/2 story dwelling with extension to the 2nd floor.
U-Crest, Pine Hill, Forks, Rescue, & South Line (FAST) responded as mutual aid to the scene. Hy-View provided fill in at Cleveland Hill.
The fire was under control in 47 minutes.
We (firefighters) know that you just cannot beat a tried and true fire department. It is what works for our citizens. A fire department encompasses training, experience, knowledge, tradition, pride, ownership, bravery, determination, brotherhood, and is an all around well oiled machine.
However, none of that compares to the almighty dollar!
This day in age, the beancounters don’t care. All they care about is saving money by cutting fire department funding because they cannot equate our work to anything. Hell, even our Fire Chiefs help them by offering biased statistics that skew to the beancounters benefit.
The beancounters have turned to unconventional ways of replacing their fire departments with cheap and ineffective fire service. This after slashing fire departments to an all time low in relation to staffing, companies, stations, and everything else. Now they just get rid of us…
Public Safety Departments
Can one person do all of this? image from fitsupply.com
The public safety department concept is ineffective and an unsafe money saving option that I just cannot wrap my head around. This is just too much responsibility for one person to do well.
Public safety departments are those which employ public safety officers who are police officers, firefighters, and paramedics. This system is not very popular or widely used in the States.
I say it is ineffective because there are too many “what ifs?”. Who does what? Firefighters rely on the understanding of the public that we are not armed and do not uphold the law in the same sense of a police department. We stay out of conflict and allow police officers to handle that business. Police officers and firefighters have their own skill sets and are masters of what they do. To throw up police, fire, and EMT certifications/training up in the air and expect someone to master them all is not fair or obtainable.
If indeed it were that easy, then I say City Managers should also do refuse collection and cut grass!
At the very least, be your own secretaries! Is that asking too much?
Look at Kalamazoo, Michigan…in 1982, they took 164 firefighters and 219 police officers and cross-trained them to end up with 383 public safety officers. Now they have cut their staffing to 243 public safety officers. What the hell is that all about?
My City is only a little bigger than Kalamazoo and we have 240 firefighters alone. Then again, our most recent past Fire Chief was 2nd in command in Kalamazoo. He was the hatchet man in Roanoke and cut our department as the City wanted it.
Michigan has many public safety departments. There are more localities thinking about going to the model now. They view it as a huge cost saving option. Who cares about service delivery! LET’S SAVE SOME MONEY!!!! YEAH!
Jackson, Michigan officials are trying to follow the leader of neighboring areas and hoping to create a public safety department. Read the articles linked below. Everything is about the money…nothing about service delivery. It is blatantly obvious that the officials in Jackson have no idea what we do, how we do it, and why we do it!
Let’s just say this…if it were such a great idea then everyone would be doing it!
The mindset of officials is unfortunate:
It reflects the changing nature of the fire profession, he said. Of the 94,000 calls for service, only 1,100 were fire related, Hadley said. Advances in fire prevention, technology and building codes reduces the amount of fires. Hadley respects firefighters and their profession, but it is changing.
“It’s a very expensive insurance policy,” he said. “You can’t continue to pay them to sit in the fire station 98 percent of the time.
I think you can pretty much some it up with the comment “You get what you pay for”.
Fire Departments don’t have a corporate CEO who gets richer when the employees are forced to do less with more, meet the minimum expectations, and offer the bare minimum of service.
While I have not worked for a private contracted fire service. I have worked for a private EMS agency in a system status management style of delivery…it sucked. It sucked because it was the bare minimum and while we raced from call to call to meet the needs of our customers, the corporate CEO was sitting back sipping mojitos in his mansion and didn’t give a shit about the customers!
That is where the biggest difference exists. We care. We understand. Our “customers” are our neighbors.
You get what you pay for.
We might cost more…but I assure you, we aren’t getting rich.
We are paid for our knowledge, our experience, our bravery, and our determination.
How many people do you know who would be willing to give up their life so that you might live….for $10 an hour…or even minimum wage? Not me…I would rather be a Wal Mart greeter! That can’t be nearly as stressful of a job…and it probably pays $10 an hour!
It is very disturbing that localities are willing to disband their fire department for a privately contracted fire service to save money but they aren’t willing to cut the budgets of other non-critical departments and programs.
If it has really gotten to the point of contracting your fire service, then trash pick-up, libraries, parks and recreation, lawn cutting, paving, and everything else should also be contracted services….and then they can contract out the person who made the decision in the first place!
What do you think?
I say you can keep both of them…neither are viable options!
Police from the east side of the city stop by in support of Detroit's Sixth Precinct where a man entered in the early evening hours and opened fire wounding 3 officers including the Precinct Commander, Sunday, January 23, 2011. (KATHLEEN GALLIGAN/Detroit Free Press)
Below is audio from the police station shooting today in Detroit. 4 Police Officers were shot, all of the officers are expected to survive and were at Sinai Grace Hospital, according to Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr.
An Alpine Township (Michigan) paid-on-call firefighter is suspended after using his lights while tailgating another vehicle. The incident is being considered a case of road rage. The driver thought he was impersonating a police officer.
The car behind him was an unmarked vehicle with a red flashing light on top. “His flashing lights were on, sirens were going and I looked over to my buddy and said, ‘I’m not about to pull over, that’s not a cop,” said Stiles.
Stiles pulled over to slow down and allowed the unmarked car to pass. “He finally passes us and gets about two to three car lengths in front of us and turns his lights off. I said to my friend, ‘call the cops, dude, this guy is trying to impersonate a cop,” said Stiles. Read more
Alpine Township Fire Chief Ron Christians says that this situation did not warrant the use of the lights.
The Kent County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the case.
A fire guts the five-story Huntington Hotel in Midtown Detroit on Thursday. Fire officials said three people were critically injured. (Ricardo Thomas / The Detroit News)
2 people have died and 2 firefighters have been injured in a large fire that extended into the New Year. The fire in Midtown Detroit consumed the Huntington Hotel and kept firefighters busy with numerous rescues. There are reports of many other people who were injured. The hotel was home to many who are disabled or on oxygen treatments.
From WXYZ.com: Fire officials said three people were critically injured and two firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Fire officials also said that a woman, whom Walker identified as his girlfriend, was missing.
A fire chief said that a ceiling in the building collapsed on the third floor, falling on several firefighters. The fire is thought to have begun in that area, authorities said.
Fire officials, who would not give their names, said oxygen tanks in the building exploded but likely did not spark the fire, which started around 9 p.m. continue reading
A tanker carrying a lot of flammable “stuff” wrecked and caught fire in Hazel Park Michigan. The fire occurred directly under an overpass. The bridge “overpass” later collapsed due to the heat and fire. You can watch the video here. I took a screen shot of the video at one point where it shows a single firefighter hitting the fire with some water. The image caption might be “pissing in the wind”. We have all been there though…The first in engine to a lot of fire and not enough firefighters on scene to do much about it. You gotta do what you gotta do and in this case it meant this lone firefighter manning the line. I am sure they had plenty of time to put bigger lines in place and put the fire out.
I would have rather had more water and reach from a solid tip on a deck gun or aerial waterway so I didn’t have to get so close to that fire though. You never know when a secondary explosion could occur.
A tanker was traveling south on Interstate 75 about 8:30 p.m. in Hazel Park near the Nine Mile Road overpass when it exploded, Lt. Shannon Simms of the Michigan State Police Metro North Post in Oak Park told CNN.
The force of the explosion went upward, causing the overpass, carrying two lanes in each direction, to collapse, he said.
“We’re unable to determine the number of vehicles involved at this point,” he said. Nor, he said, had investigators determined the cause of the crash.
He said firefighters would have to bring the fire under control before investigators would be able to determine whether anyone was killed.
Flint, Michigan just found out what it is like to play Russian Roulette with Public Safety.
Less than 48 hours after the city of Flint, Mich., laid off 22 firefighters and cut operations at two local fire stations, an alarm sounded for a house fire on Bennett Avenue. Read the entire article here.
Not only was it a fire, the homeowner died in the fire. Firefighters actually attempted a rescue could not save the homeowners life.
The mayor of Flint explained:
He says he does not believe the cuts — while wrenching — allowed for the Bennett Avenue tragedy. Rather, Brown says, the incident was the product of an “unavoidable … perfect storm” of forces that included a fast-moving blaze that likely would have challenged even a better-equipped fire company.
Perfect Storm? Does he mean because everything happened at the same time? What the hell does that actually mean anyways.
Fires aren’t planned, choreographed, scheduled, or otherwise known about ahead of time. I guess getting a fire while in the shower is a perfect storm too huh? Or maybe getting a fire just minutes prior to sitting down to Christmas dinner and the families are all gathered around the table at the station? Or maybe a perfect storm is a fire when someone is home during a fire?
Firefighters don’t give a shit about excuses. Firefighters also do not ask for caveats when getting calls. Although it would be nice to have a rider like bands on tour.
Localities have played russian roulette with public safety for years. Some win, others lose. Some we hear about like Flint, Michigan, yet others are swept under the rug.
I know we have all heard it…the economy is tanking. I can appreciate that, but public safety should be the last to be cut…more importantly, operations in public safety should be the last to be cut. Until these localities prove that they have made every effort to spare public safety, and all other departments are working on bare bones they have no excuses.
I wonder what the risk analysis people are saying in Flint? The cost of laying off 22 firefighters compared to the life of a citizen, injured/burned firefighters (hospitalization, rehab, light duty), negative press, potential litigation, and the IAFF telling everyone that they told you so.