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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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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
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