• Tanker truck firefighter Randy Robertson was in when it he involved in a rollover accident while responding to a call. Image provided to local newspaper by family.

Amazing story of survival out of Canada, where firefighter was badly injured in rollover accident

A firefighter's incredible story of survival is being told after a traumatic rollover accident in Canada over the weekend.  Randy Robertson -the recently named top firefighter in South Glengarry -was nearly killed when the tanker truck he was driving rolled multiple times on the snow-covered streets. Robertson reportedly faces a long road to recovery after [...]

February 9th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Image credit:  Instagram attributed by SLO Stringer

Characters in Your Department

It doesn’t matter if you work on a big full time department or a small volunteer department, you have some unique characters.  I don’t know if these characters are unique to the fire service, or if they exist in other workplaces.  Maybe since we spend so much time together we notice these personality traits more [...]

February 9th, 2016|Blog, Fire News|0 Comments
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Investigation underway after Orlando firefighters exposed to asbestos during training

The city of Orlando is looking into changing the way it does live fire training, after firefighters unknowingly did hazardous work at an abandoned complex-- where floor tiles contained cancer-causing asbestos.  The floor tiles were reportedly being removed without proper equipment. Floor tiles, which contained asbestos, were being removed from the training site without [...]

February 9th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Sylvania Township Fire Station No. 1. Image credit: The Blade Katie Rausch

EMS transport put on hold for staffing

Feb. 08--The Sylvania Township Fire Department EMS transport unit is out of service just one month after township trustees approved its establishment. The department has fallen below minimum staffing levels -- listed at 58 in the collective bargaining agreement to run the transport unit -- and the Sylvania Firefighters IAFF Local 2243 union informed fire department and township officials [...]

February 9th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • At the District’s 911 call center, 18 more new hires are expected this month to keep pace with the “crush in volume” and to cut call pick-up times.  Image credit:  Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post

DC 911 center criticized for too many call-taking mistakes, slow dispatch times

With up to 4,500 calls coming in each day at DC's 911 emergency call center - there's bound to be some mistakes, but according to many residents there are too many that could easily be avoided. The center that sends police officers, firefighters and paramedics throughout the nation’s capital is "struggling with accuracy and precision," [...]

February 8th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Fire Bot (left) is the new robot in Dubai to assist with fires.  Image credit:  arabianbusiness.com

Meet ‘Fire Bot’: The Dubai robot with advanced firefighting capabilities

Dubai Civil Defense is moving ahead with plans to adopt non-conventional systems and technologies to "improve the safety of residents and property." As a result -- in collaboration with Digi Robotics -- they've designed a robot that can extinguish fires before first responders get to the scene of a fire. The newest innovation was unveiled [...]

February 8th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Bus Crash in Connecticut.  Image credit: Twitter FOX61News

Connecticut bus crash in snow hurts at least 30

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the snowstorm that's moving into the Northeast (all times local): A Connecticut charter bus accident on Interstate 95 during a snowstorm has left at least 30 people injured, including six critically. The state Department of Transportation says the accident happened at around 12:30 p.m. Monday in Madison. A Yale-New [...]

February 8th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Bullet fragments found 300 feet from the house (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

Firefighter battling blaze in Arizona gets struck by bullet, in ammo-filled garage fire

As firefighters were attacking a huge blaze Sunday morning in Gilbert, Arizona, a bullet struck a firefighter's oxygen mask -- but luckily the helmet protected him from any serious injury. Video shot by KPHO shows heavy flames and smoke tearing through the house, and popping sounds could also be heard in the footage, from all [...]

February 8th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Cosumnes firefighter struck by car, suffers major injuries while on accident scene

Feb. 06--A 38-year-old Cosumnes Fire Department firefighter suffered major injuries early Saturday when he was struck by a car as he was responding to a traffic collision on Interstate 5, the California Highway Patrol reported. The firefighter, Eric Oviedo, was responding to a 1:15 a.m. collision on the northbound side of I-5 about a quarter mile north of Lambert Road. The CHP said the incident began [...]

February 8th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • The open elevator shaft is seen inside 9213 S. Baltimore Ave. where firefighter Daniel Capuano, 42, fell to his death Dec. 14, 2015. Image credit: Chicago Building Department

Businessman tied to site of firefighter death cited by city elsewhere

Feb. 04--A businessman linked to the warehouse where a Chicago firefighter plunged to his death has received a string of municipal violations and a series of fines for "dangerous and unsafe conditions" at other properties he has managed or owned. Jatin Patel has been fined thousands of dollars over the past decade for an array of code violations [...]

February 8th, 2016|Fire News, Legal Issues|0 Comments
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