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  • Vincente Santiago was arrested after these items were found in his home after fire. Image credit: Hartford Police Department

Marijuana Plants Found After Hartford Fire by firefighters

Feb. 11--HARTFORD -- After a fire in a second floor bedroom of a home on Bonner Street was extinguished, officials said they found 20 marijuana plants. Firefighters  responded to the home just before noon. They were able to contain the fire to the bedroom, fire officials said. Police were called in to help investigate. They obtained a search [...]

February 11th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Relatives of inmates gather outside the Topo Chico prison in the northern city of Monterrey in Mexico, where local media report that at least 30 people died in a prison riot on Feb. 11.  (Julio Cesar Aguilar / AFP/Getty Images)

52 killed during fire, riot at Mexican prison

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Fifty-two inmates were killed and 12 injured in a brutal fight between two rival factions at a prison in northern Mexico on Thursday, the state governor said. Nuevo Leon Gov. Jaime Rodriguez told a news conference the fight involved a faction led by a member of the infamous Zetas drug cartel. Rescue workers could be seen bringing injured inmates [...]

February 11th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Motorola sued over malfunctioning radios in massive motel fire that took the lives of 4 Houston firefighters

Almost three years after a deadly blaze in Houston - families of the fallen are filing a lawsuit claiming the firefighters' radios were not functioning. Four firefighters were killed and two dozen others injured in the massive motel fire-- making it the deadliest day in the history of the Houston Fire Department. The fire broke [...]

February 11th, 2016|Fire News, Legal Issues|0 Comments
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Unnecessary fire alarm, on cold winter night, proves costly for New Jersey hotel

The 'Hotel ML' in Mount Laurel, New Jersey must cough up close to $60,000 after being sued by a Pennsylvania couple -- over an incident in the winter of 2014. When a fire alarm sounded, on a cold night in February, Laura and Michael Bongard and the other hotel guests were asked to leave the [...]

February 10th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Task Force Tracker is a little accessory that goes on the firefighters’ helmet.  Image from video.

Firefighter invents wearable device that could help track first responders in high-stress, intense situations

In the wake of a tragedy that resulted in the deaths of two firefighters -- a Texas entrepreneur has come up with a device that could make all the difference when first responders go into a fire and potentially lose all contact with people on the outside. Andrew Jarrett, a volunteer firefighter in Bryan, Texas [...]

February 10th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
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Soldier rescued after parachute tangles in wires near DeLand airport

Feb. 08--DeLand fire crews this morning helped an Army skydiver whose parachute got tangled in electrical wires during a training exercise. Soldier Carlos Esparza wasn't injured but was hanging from the power pole on the 1300 block of Yorktown Street, just south of the DeLand Municipal Airport, when fire crews arrived. Officials said 33-year-old Esparza, from Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, was conducting [...]

February 10th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) President Stephen Cassidy. Image credit New York Daily News

Busiest engine companies in NYC add fifth firefighter

All five NYC boroughs are getting a much-needed fifth firefighter for their busiest engine companies. After years of bellowing, the UFA and City Hall have hammered out a deal to give five of the most inundated engine companies in the city an additional smoke-eater. Those companies include: Midtown, Manhattan; Mt. Hope, Bronx; Brownsville, Brooklyn; Flushing, [...]

February 10th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • Kirk Ross Engle pleaded not guilty Tuesday to stabbing volunteer firefighter Brian Smolik. Image credit: victoriaadvocate.com

Yorktown man accused of stabbing firefighter claims insanity

Feb. 10--CUERO -- An attorney will ask a DeWitt County jury this week to find his client not guilty of stabbing a volunteer firefighter because he was insane at the time. Kirk Ross Engle, 45, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to stabbing Brian Smolik in the stomach on Aug. 19. Smolik responded on Aug. 19 to the 400 block of West Sixth Street in Yorktown where brush, a couch [...]

February 10th, 2016|Fire News|0 Comments
  • 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
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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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