Two from Washington State – TV crew stumbles onto house fire & a rekindle: A reporter and photographer from KOMO-TV in Seattle spotted the smoke and beat the firefighters from Marysville, Washington to the scene of this house fire on Saturday. Read more in this account from the reporter. Click here for an extended version of the video above showing much more of the firefighting operations. About 25 miles to the south on I-5, there was a house fire around 7:30 Monday night in Lynwood that left a man critically burned. Firefighters saved the man’s reptiles but reported the house was full of debris. Some of that debris wasn’t completely extinguished and about 2:00 Tuesday morning the fire took off again. Watch the story.
Big Love meets Backdraft: That’s one way to describe the story unfolding in twin polygamous communities along the Arizona – Utah border. Investigators say a central figure in their fraud and misuse of funds probe is the fire chief for the two towns. His home and four fire stations were among the places raided yesterday. Here’s what we put together on the story.
Two firefighters killed in the UK: James Shears, 35, and Alan Bannon, 38, died Tuesday night at a high rise fire in Southampton. Click here for details and video from the deadly fire.
Primary & secondary searches fail to turn up elderly woman, eventually found in the bathtub: Firefighters in Northwoods, Missouri didn’t find the body of Gail Banks until her godson went looking for her hours after the fire at her home was extinguished. Read and watch this story.
County commissioner who criticized firefighter pay gets more security: In Clark County, Nevada Steve Sisolak has been leading the charge over firefighter overtime and compensation. Sisolak says the number of harassing phone calls is increasing. Read more.
Fire chief says no: Corning, New York Chief Stephen Monroe is retiring after 10-years as chief because some of the things he has been asked to do by the city manager conflict with his style of principle-based leadership. The chief is not going into detail publicly but the thought is much of it has to do with budget cutting. Firegeezer has this interesting story.
Firefighter who walked into power lines is in critical condition: Click here for an update on Donnie Thimmes, the 65-year-old firefighter from Berne Township, Ohio who walked into a live wire at a fire on Monday. Firefighter Close Calls has the original story.
South Carolina firefighters charged with arson: A 21-year-old and two 16-year-old volunteers from Cowpens have been arrested. Their chief talks about the arrests. Here’s the story.
Airport firefighting crew may be cut: The talk is that one of three fire stations could close as budget cutting comes to Lambert Airport in St. Louis. Read the details.
A little bit more on the Colorado sheriff vs. fire department battle: Still haven’t heard any details on the Monday night meeting that was scheduled to address the arrest of a fire captain who was on an EMS call inside the Lake County Jail. There is now a picture and details of Monday’s protest by firefighters. There is also this video I missed a few days ago that has on-camera interviews with the sheriff and the fire chief.
Timing is everything: A success story in the case of a one-year-old child who stopped breathing yesterday in Prince George’s County, Maryland. A Kentland VFD engine crew, just back from a three-hour brush fire, was sent on the call. Before they got very far, the call came to them as a car blocked the engine’s path. Inside was the child. Firefighter/EMT Fred Caramiello was able to quickly dislodge an obstruction and get the choking infant breathing again. Click here to read the press release from PGFD Chief Spokesman Mark Brady.
The brotherhood: My blogging brother Rhett Fleitz, who I seem to be willing to throw under the bus at a moment’s notice, takes a look at what the term brotherhood means for firefighters. Check it out at The Fire Critic.
Leadership- A Question of Character: As you would expect, Ben May in his Firehouse.com column goes a lot deeper than shallow Dave did in his recent posting about leadership and honesty. Ben looks at Osceola County Fire Rescue where, besides honesty, they talk about things like patience, kindness, humility, respectfulness, selflessness, forgiveness, accountability, and commitment. Here’s Ben’s column and an interesting view of servant leadership.
Also on STATter911 …
- A must read: Update on two young firefighters who almost died in a Prince George’s County house fire. – October 13, 2013
- Read report that DC officials told one reporter did not exist. Consultant describes fleet in critical state. – November 27, 2013
- Is Plano, TX Fire Chief Brian Crawford the best person to be at the gym with or the worst? You be the judge. – February 27, 2013
- DC Chief Kenneth Ellerbe’s supporters rally. Point out that no one asked for Dennis Rubin’s resignation. – July 8, 2013
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