The future is now: We have posted our second guest column from Bellingham Fire Department Chief Bill Boyd. This time Chief Boyd is joined by his friend David Sonnen as they get us thinking about the next step in how first responders work with web information. Click here.
More than just sausages: Entertainer and former sausage maker Jimmy Dean died Sunday at the age of 81. Dean and his wife had only recently moved in to their reconstructed Henrico, Virginia home after fire destroyed it in April, 2009. During the 1950s Dean and other country musicians like Patsy Cline and Roy Clark (who was part of Dean’s band) performed at fire halls in the Washington area including Oxon Hill and Branchville in Prince George’s County. Here is more on Dean from our coverage of the fire last year. It includes links to 1998 interviews Channel 9′s Samara Martin Ewing did with Dean and his wife at their home.
Raw video from tank farm fire: Sunday morning didn’t start out too well after lightning and a storage tank partially filled with gasoline interacted in Greensboro, North Carolina. Check out our coverage.
Engine fails to pump at deadly Seattle fire: Four children and a young woman died in the fire Saturday morning. We have the fireground audio and a number of videos looking at the fire and the impact, if any, of the pumper that wouldn’t pump. Click here for our initial coverage. Chief Gregory Dean has given a detailed interview to The Seattle Times telling what is known so far about the mechanical failure. Read it here.
Driven to distraction: Is that the problem in a Providence Fire Video clip from Massachusetts that shows a rescue vehicle having a difficult time leaving the station on an emergency run? Click here and you be the judge.
Driven to new heights: Firegeezer Bill Schumm reaches back to Memorial Day for this story from Texas where a woman’s car was launched at a toll plaza. The reason for the delayed coverage is that the video just came out and Bill has it. Well worth seeing.
Largest abandoned industrial site in the nation burns again: Fires seen to be a way of life at the 3.5 million square-foot old Packard plant in Detroit. We have pictures from Dennis Walus of the fire early Saturday morning, plus a tour and more details about the complex. Here it is.
Relatively minor injuries to a dozen firefighters at 4-alarm house fire in Milwaukee: Friday night’s fire took out a vacant home and spread to one that was occupied. Here’s the story.
Also on STATter911 …
- Social media & the fire service from people who get it. Let Chief Bill Boyd guide you & your department into a brave new world. – August 12, 2012
- Must see dash-cam video: Lawsuit after WI police officer chases volunteer firefighter responding to firehouse. FF claims excessive force when gun is pointed at him during traffic stop. – November 4, 2012
- Jersey Shore fire: Police chiefs ordered dispatchers to send more fire companies. News reports look at early stages of Seaside Park boardwalk fire. – September 22, 2013
- A $780 bill for a DC ambulance that never came. Family of man who died New Year’s Eve outraged. – February 9, 2013
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