• Fire engineer Ryan Osler, an 18-year veteran of the Ventura County Fire Department was killed when his fire engine was involved in an accident responding to a wildfire near Vandenberg Air Force Base when the crash occurred on Sept. 21, 2016.  Image credit:  Original video

Driver of fire engine that killed firefighter in rollover in route to blaze, won’t be charged

Feb. 15--Criminal charges will not be filed against the driver of a firefighting vehicle that overturned in a September crash and killed Ventura County fire engineer Ryan Osler, Santa Barbara County prosecutors said Tuesday. Osler, an 18-year veteran of the Ventura County Fire Department, and a fellow county firefighter were on their way to help fight a wildfire near Vandenberg Air Force [...]

February 21st, 2017|Fire News, Line of Duty Death|0 Comments
  • Fire engulfs a home in the 800 block of Buck Road in Conewago Township.  Photo courtesy Northern York County Regional Police

Firefighters who were shocked mostly likely to be released from hospital today

  Feb. 20--Four firefighters who were shocked while fighting a house fire Sunday afternoon in York County are expected to be released from the hospital Monday, said the fire chief. "They were kept for observation," said Frosty Wertz, chief of Strinestown Fire Company. "The last I heard they should all be released today." Two were from York Area United Regional [...]

February 21st, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Captain Michael Kohlann of Monroeville Volunteer Fire Department 5 and Cinder, the firehouse dog, in the lounge area of their live-in quarters at the station.  Dylan Stevenson is in the background.  Credit:  Lillian Dedomenic / The Tribune-Review

Fire department offer live-in incentives to staff stations

Feb. 21--Volunteer fire department officials know that having the latest equipment at their disposal doesn't mean much without enough people on hand to respond to emergencies. A lack of manpower to answer calls can be especially acute during the day, when many volunteer  firefighters  are working their regular jobs, fire chiefs say. To address those [...]

February 21st, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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81-year-old meets FDNY firefighter who saved him from dramatic rescue

An 81-year-old-man who was rescued from the top floor of a Manhattan building has been reunited with the FDNY firefighters who saved his life. Octogenarian and Manhattan resident Jim Duffy was pleased to meet his rescuers on Thursday, who helped bring him down from his burning fifth-floor apartment. "I'm glad I'm here, thanks to the [...]

February 21st, 2017|Fire News, Rescue News|0 Comments
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Hoarding hampers attempts to reach woman who died in fire

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut fire officials say a woman has died after a fire broke out in a Norwalk home with extreme hoarding conditions. Crews responded to the house just after 7 a.m. Sunday and found heavy fire coming out of the second-floor bedroom window. Neighbors said there was a woman in the house, [...]

February 20th, 2017|Fire News, Rescue News|0 Comments
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As solar panels become more prevalent, they also create new challenges for firefighters

Feb. 19--Solar panels are everywhere, from tiny squares powering roadside signs to rooftops shining with panels harvesting sunlight for electricity -- but they are presenting new challenges for firefighters. One of the first things a firefighter does in a structure fire is cut the power for safety. But how do you do that when the [...]

February 19th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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The women of South Whidbey Fire/EMS: changing perceptions one fire at a time

The fire service has traditionally been dominated by men, and continues to be in many departments across the country. But that isn't the case for South Whidbey Fire/EMS. "When I first got here, one of my realizations was that there were a lot of females because I came from a department that didn't have many," [...]

February 19th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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Terminally ill, formerly homeless veteran thanks firefighters who found his family

Feb. 18--It had been nine years since Orlando Fire Department Lt. Davis Odell Jr. had seen David Weatherbee. Back then, Weatherbee was scruffy and homeless, suffering from alcoholism in south downtown Orlando. On Friday, the 56-year-old shone bright with love, a clean shave and fresh clothes, alongside his family. Odell and other Station 5 firefighters [...]

February 18th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
  • A section of southbound Interstate 15 just south of Hwy 138 is washed away on Friday, Feb., 17, 2017, in the Cajon Pass, Calif. A powerful Pacific storm blew into Southern and Central California on Friday with wind-driven heavy rains that downed power lines and disrupted hundreds of flights at airports. (David Pardo/The Daily Press via AP)  /The Daily Press via AP)

Cajon Pass sinkhole swallows San Bernardino County fire engine

Feb. 18--CAJON PASS -- A portion of the right lane and shoulder of southbound Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass has collapsed and a fire engine has fallen over the side. Image credit: Facebook The collapse occurred just south of Highway 138. A fire engine was parked near the area when the portion [...]

February 18th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
  • A fire hydrant sits outside a Gatlinburg fire station. Hydrants ran dry on Nov. 28 when a wildfire that began in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park swept into the city, damaging pumping stations. . Credit:  Saul Young/News Sentinel

Firefighters raced to Gatlinburg, only to find some hydrants were running dry

Feb. 17--Firefighters from across the state flocking to Gatlinburg to battle a growing firestorm couldn't be sure the fire hydrants they uncapped would provide any water. And within two hours of the mega wildfire reaching the city on Nov. 28, the hydrants were running dry. "Water loss occurred in certain areas as early as 8:30 p.m. due to the fact [...]

February 17th, 2017|Fire News|0 Comments
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