Three-year-old girl dies four days after fire in Hagerstown, Maryland: This is raw video from Wednesday’s deadly fire at 334 Summit Avenue. According to the person taking the video, this is when three-year-old Hope Goins was found and rushed to an ambulance. The little girl died yesterday. Her mother was killed in the fire and two others were injured. Read more.
Back from Indianapolis: It was an enjoyable and interesting week at FDIC for NFFF and it was nice meeting so many readers of STATter911.com. The high point was witnessing the second 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb in Indy. I will post more on that later (but here’s a look at the video). Don’t forget there is another climb on Wednesday in Washington, DC during CFSI. Click here to register.
You must see this: On Friday night just before leaving Indy I posted a very close call from San Antonio, Texas at a motel fire. The video of the collapse was captured by a news helicopter. Trust me, if you haven’t seen it, you will want to. Here it is.
Another San Bernardino helmet-cam video: Maybe not as dramatic as the one a month ago where a victim was pulled from a burning home, but it is another clear video from the City of San Bernardino. This one focuses on roof ops. Click here.
This time the Detroit fire commissioner is pretty clearly saying, “Let it burn”: On the same day the documentary about his department debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, a newspaper article about Detroit Fire Commissioner Donald Austin Jr.’s proposals to handle a 15 percent budget cut appeared. His main idea combines the concepts of saving money, keeping firefighters safe and urban renewal. Austin wants to let vacant structures that are 50 percent involved and have no life hazard, burn to the ground. Letting it burn was what some people thought the commissioner said last year on the topic of the city’s derelict buildings and homes. But that was just a little foreshadowing. This time he did say it. Check it out.
They have “let it burn” and caught hell for it: The latest chapter from Obion County, Tennessee and its “pay for spray” policy appears to be a a step backwards for firefighters. And one fire chief is speaking out about making a bad situation worse. Here it is.
Underground vault blast sends captain & firefighter flying: Only minor injuries to the two from the Orange County Fire Authority as they were investigating earlier blasts from an underground electrical vault when another one occurred sending them flying back ten feet. Here’s more.
Burned PGFD firefighter back home on Long Island: Bladensburg VFD Sgt. Kevin O’Toole was released Friday from the Medstar Burn Unit at the Washington Hospital Center after 55 days. Sgt. O’Toole was taken by Truck 809 to the firehouse where he was welcomed by many. Here’s that story. There was another homecoming on Saturday when O’Toole made his way back home to Bethpage, New York. Check out the video.
History up in smoke in El Paso: Down in the West Texas town it wasn’t Rosa’s Cantina that burned, but a building somewhat related and more historic. It was a building once owned by a gunslinger turned lawyer. Here’s more.
Last milk run: Glenn Usdin’s FireTruckBlog.com has the story of one Tennessee one fire company that’s getting a fire service tanker to replace a 26-year-old milk tanker.
Don’t forget to vote for DC Firefighter/Paramedic Alex Capece: My friend Alex Capece is in the running to be one of five brand ambassadors from around the country for Foundry Cycles. Let’s help him out. He needs your vote. Alex is in the Northeast Region. Click here. Find his picture and follow the instructions. Thanks.
NH fire chief told to repay 80K to state pension fund: It turns out after Michael Carrier retired as chief of the Londonderry Frire Department in 2007 he began drawing his pension and at the same time went to work as the chief of the Hampstead department. But in New Hampshire, the people who run the state pension system say he can’t hold the full time job and take the money. Carrier went to part-time status in 2010, but has been ordered to repay $80,000 from the first three years. Read the details.
Baltimore County second alarm: Check out Michael “FirePix1075″ Schwartzberg’s video from a garden apartment fire in Reisterstown.
Training in Prince George’s County, MD: This sounds like a good event: Lifesaving Leadership is a two day seminar put on by the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department on May 11 and 12 featuring some of the programs from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.. It is quite inexpensive. Check it out here. Also, if you are interested in being a sponsor of this event click here. For more details contact PGFD’s Risk Management & Safety Office at email@example.com.
THE Fire Critic and STATter911 being social in Indy and talking about social media in Ohio: The pictures many people have posted on Facebook show that Rhett Fleitz followed me whereever I went at FDIC. I guess he is hoping some of the magic will rub off. THE Fire Critic will officially be joing me at the Ohio Fire & Emergency Services Foundation’s 2012 Leadership Conference in a day long session on various aspects of social media and the fire service. And they are making us travel together (please let there be separate rooms). Should be interesting. Join us in Newark, Ohio for May 23 & 24. Click here to sign up.
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Three-alarm warehouse fire with hazmat in Baltimore: The fire started last night at the Eastern Plating Company on Baylis Street in Canton. Some nearby homes were evacuated and power was cut to the neighborhood. Click here for news coverage and here for photos.
Also on STATter911 …
- Injured PGFD firefighters honored by MD Rep. Donna Edwards. Kevin O’Toole returns to Bladensburg firehouse. – June 13, 2012
- A must read: Update on two young firefighters who almost died in a Prince George’s County house fire. – October 13, 2013
- Early video: Three-alarm house fire in Uxbridge, MA. – November 9, 2013
- Okay, you’re the IC, what do you do? Is a drone eye in the sky coming to a fireground near you? – January 18, 2013
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