Southern Maryland Newsnet reports five firefighters were taken to the hospital to be checked out after an engine from the Newburg VFD overturned while responding to a motor vehicle collision. The news site reports at least one minor injury. ScanMD has the audio.
The DriveCam video from the crash involving two Tulsa fire engines on September 25 was released this week in the story above by KOTV-TV. This is the one where earlier this month there was an announcement that two firefighters were demoted and three others were disciplined because four of the eight firefighters were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. There were no injuries from the collision and damage to the rigs is estimated at $200,000.
News On 6 found someone had disabled the buzzers that remind firefighters to buckle up, not just on one or two fire engines, but on the majority of Tulsa Fire Department's fleet.
Two fire trucks collided in downtown, both going 25 miles an hour through a blind intersection. Though both had cameras on board, one was pointed down until the collision.
"I know, for me, it was very sickening to see it, first thinking we would have hurt firefighters or citizens involved, but thankfully that wasn't the case here," said Tulsa Fire Chief Ray Driskell.
What's more, the seatbelt alarms had been disabled on purpose.
Then, a wider inspection found most trucks had been tampered with, so that firefighters could go without seatbelts without hearing the alarm.
"I don't think we want to spend the man hours and resources trying to find out who did what, but I sent out a stern email saying, if anyone is found to tamper with any safety device, a ladder truck or whatever, there will be some action taken against those people, because we won't tolerate that," Driskell said.
Bad brakes sent a Memphis fire truck across a parking lot and into a fence while flames ripped through a Midtown apartment complex Friday.
Fire Director Alvin Benson said the truck was inspected by the driver hours before, but there was nothing noticeably wrong with it.“It is an older piece. We have some equipment that dates back to the later 70s,” said Benson.
“Certainly, we have an aging fleet. It’s worn out, beat down and over time responding to emergencies, it needs to be replaced,” said Joe Norman.Norman is with the Memphis Fire Fighters Association.He said the back-up fire trucks are past their shelf life — they are more than 30 years old with too many miles and are a disaster waiting to happen.
A car has crashed Tuesday afternoon into the main firehouse in Lenoir on Harper Avenue.
Police said that the car hit the fire station following a chase. Officials said the car ran through the glass bay door of the fire station and hit a fire truck.
Police said they were trying to arrest Ryan Jeffries and Vanessa Snyder when they led police on the chase.
Jeffries was driving when they slammed into the fire station and is in critical condition, police said. No one was injured in the fire station. The impact was so hard the convertible actually knocked the 30,000-pound fire truck several feet.
“We saw it coming toward the building and I told everyone. I said some poor choice of terminology and we jumped into the ready room. Still some of the wreckage debris still came into the ready room,” said Deputy Chief Ken Hair with Lenoir Fire.
The high-speed pursuit started about two and half miles away along Hickory Boulevard near the intersection of McClain Drive. Police say it was part of an undercover drug operation in Lenoir when the driver took off. This mother saw the convertible go airborne before it hit the building.
Authorities say a central Illinois firefighter was killed and 5 of his colleagues injured when a tractor-trailer hit three emergency vehicles.
The emergency responders were working at the scene of a previous freeway accident at the time. The name of the dead firefighter from the village of Hudson hasn’t been released.
McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling says that at about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, emergency responders were dispatched to a multiple-vehicle wreck on southbound Interstate 39 near Hudson.
An hour later, a southbound tractor-trailer hauling a load of automobiles lost control and hit 3 of the emergency vehicles belonging to the Hudson Community Fire Protection District and the Illinois State Police.
All of the injured were taken to a hospital in Normal.
McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling releases the following information concerning a motor vehicle fatality that occurred on the evening of Tuesday, March 5th 2013 in Hudson, IL. At approximately 2145 hours, MetCom received a 911 call in reference to a multiple vehicle incident on southbound I-39 near mile marker 6 in Hudson. Fire and police units were dispatched. Then at approximately 2245 hours, a southbound semi-tractor trailer carrying a load of automobiles lost control and struck three official first responder vehicles belonging to Hudson Community Fire Protection District (HCFPD) and the Illinois State Police (ISP). Six members of HCFPD were injured and transported to Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal. At 2238 hours on March 5th, a member of the Hudson Fire Department succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Emergency Department Staff.
“Today we lost a member of our Hudson family. We share in the sorrow felt by his loved ones, and we must not forget the valuable contributions be made to this community and the impact he has left on the Hudson Fire Department,” said Chief Dan Hite, Hudson Community Fire Protection District. “The Hudson Fire Department is a close-knit family, and the loss of one of our own affects us all. A tragedy of this type is felt by each and every member, but together we can make it through. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
We ask that at this time that all media please allow our Department and families time to grieve. Any questions specific to the Hudson Fire Department can be directed to Chief Dan Hite at 309-824-2226 or Capt. Shane Hill, HFD Public Affairs Officer at 309-310-3788.
An autopsy will be scheduled for Wednesday, March 6th. The identity of this firefighter will be released along with preliminary autopsy results later in the business day. Any questions regarding the death investigation may be directed to Coroner Beth Kimmerling.
An Accident Reconstructionist from the Illinois State Police has been assigned to the incident and is working with the Coroner’s Office and Hudson Fire Department on the circumstances surrounding this crash.
It is with a heavy heart and great sadness I have to report the passing of one of our members. He was struck by a semi last night while at a accident scene. We also had 5 others firefighter’s treated and released from a local hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, those injured and the rest of the department members as we move through this difficult time. Thank all of you for your kind words and keep all of us especially the family in your prayers. Respectfully, Dan Hite, Fire Chief
Thirty-year-old West Lanham Hills VFD Lt. Ryan Emmons, who had his arm reattached below the elbow after the fire engine he was in overturned early Wednesday morning, went through more surgery Wednesday evening. Here are details from an update at 10:30 PM on the West Lanham Hills VFD Facebook page:
I know it’s late and this will be the last update of the night. A second surgery was needed a little bit ago (as many more will come). Ryan just came out of surgery and is being kept in the surgical ICU. The Dr. said the next 72 hours are the most critical. They had to take some veins from his legs to rebuild his veins in his arm. Keep the prayers coming everyone.
Twitter is lit up with “Lt Ryan Emmons #WLHVFD” so if you have it lets try to get it trending in this area so our prayers are heard.
Lt. Ryan Emmons.
A PGFD press release identifies the other three West Lanham Hill VFD members treated and released after the collision as Lieutenant Jack Lesqure, age 24, Lieutenant Michael Simmons, age 29, and Firefighter George Hirsch, age 22. According to news reports Ryan Emmons was just promoted to lieutenant over the weekend.
In a briefing Wednesday afternoon, Prince George’s County Police say the crash occurred when Engine 828 was leaving the scene of a collision near Route 50 and used an emergency crossover. Police Lieutenant William Alexander says the pumper did not use lights and siren as it made the u-turn and was struck in the rear by a tractor trailer. Lt. Alexander told WRC-TV/NBC4 that, “Preliminarily we believe the tractor trailer was the favored driver”. (NOTE: The Washington Post, below, reports a different scenario of the crash from Chief Alter).
Dr. James Higgins, the head of the hand institute at MedStar Union Memorial and his team were ready and waiting for Emmons after they got word he was headed their way.
Dr. Higgins was one of the 16 surgeons who performed the first double-hand transplant in our area on Brendan Marrocco, an Iraq vet who lost all four limbs.
Late Wednesday afternoon, Prince George’s County Police released their preliminary findings on the accident which had the Beltway closed for hours, saying the fire engine was just leaving an accident call when it tried to make a U-turn at an emergency vehicle access point. Police say the engine collided with a tractor trailer, which sources say had the right of way. The two trucks slid into the median and hit a Jeep SUV. In all, seven people were hurt, including four firefighters.
Doctors credit Emmons’ colleagues for saving his arm by wrapping it on ice. So far his surgery was a success, but the coming days are critical.
Lt. William Alexander, a police spokesman, said investigators believe that the firetruck was leaving the scene of a minor crash on the inner loop of the Beltway and was “intending to make a U-turn” through an emergency vehicle turnaround when the tractor-trailer hit it from behind. He said investigators initially believed that the tractor-trailer was the “favored vehicle,” although police had not yet assigned fault in the collision.
“It’s a very complex investigation,” Alexander said.
In legal cases in Maryland, “favored vehicle” typically refers to the one with the right-of-way.
Alter said he thought the firetruck was pulling up to the scene of the minor crash — slowing to about 10 or 15 mph with its emergency lights still on — when it was hit. He said the firetruck’s driver “saw the tractor-trailer coming and tried to put the fuel back on” but that his efforts were in vain.
The tractor-trailer pushed the firetruck nearly 100 feet along the Jersey barrier dividing the Beltway’s inner and outer loops, then crossed over the wall itself, Alter said.
Having had the experience quite a few times of working with Chroma-key and live traffic cameras I sympathize with KPRC-TV traffic reporter Jennifer Reyna. Reyna is only seeing what the viewers see on small monitors off to the side and on the studio camera, not the big picture seen by the television audience. So don’t be too hard on her for missing what is obvious to us in her live report at 6:31 this morning about traffic on 288 in Houston.
As she was finishing the report and telling us that fire trucks were just leaving a wreck that had slowed traffic, a vehicle hit one of the fire trucks and overturned. Here’s how KPRC-TV described the scene:
A vehicle was traveling northbound on 288 when it tried to swerve around a fire truck at the interchange of Highways 59 and 45 near downtown Houston at 6:30 a.m. The vehicle hit an SUV, which crashed into a fire truck. The fire truck was leaving the scene of another minor accident on the right shoulder when it was hit. The SUV rolled over several times and crashed.
So far I have found no information on injuries or other details about the crash.
A lawsuit filed by an injured firefighter claims that Pennsylvania’s North Bangor VFC in Upper Mount Bethel Township (Northampton County) allowed a “party atmosphere” where firefighters drink and drive apparatus. Tom Shortell with The Express-Times reports that 41-year-old Stuart Mintz and his wife are suing former assistant chief Zachary Romano, the department and others after Mintz was injured when the tanker Romano was driving overturned while they were returning from a parade on July 10, 2010.
On the way to the parade, Romano stopped for a 30-pack of Coors Light in Stockertown, according to the suit. As Romano drove the truck through the streets of Tatamy, Mintz said he saw Romano continue to drink beer, the suit claims. When the truck was towed away, empty beer cans were found inside, according to police.
Romano, Mintz’s superior at the company, was negligent in drunkenly driving the fire truck and for assigning Mintz to ride with him, the suit claims. The suit also claims Fire Chief Frederick Farleigh, Company President Christopher Louszko, former Upper Mount Bethel Township Supervisor Ed Nelson, the company and the township are responsible. All had some supervisory role over Romano and allowed alcohol abuse to become a fact of life at the fire station, the suit says.
Reporter Shortell says he was unable to reach any of the people mentioned in the lawsuit for comment.
Mintz claims in his suit that Romano, who was 20 at the time, had been drinking throughout the day — first at the North Bangor Fire Co. station at 301 Lake Minsi Drive, then while he was driving the truck in the parade and again at a celebration at the Tatamy Fire Hall after the parade.
Mintz says in his suit that they (fire and township officials) all knew Romano “had a history of heavy drinking and drinking and driving,” adding they were, or should have been, responsible for policies governing the fire company and screening applicants.
He also says the fire company created a “party atmosphere”; encouraged members to drink, and allowed them to operate fire vehicles with open containers of alcohol.
(Houston County) Fire Chief Jimmy Williams said 23-year-old Jordan Bouley was on his way to a public safety educational talk to children with a church group when he was seen driving recklessly at around 10 a.m.
Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Elbert Slappey said troopers from the Perry post were requested to administer a breath test at the Houston County jail.
Slappey says Bouley failed the test and was arrested by GSP.
I saw this fire truck collision video on FirefighterSpot.com. If the date is correct it occurred on New Year’s Day 2010. But where did it happen? I am sure one of our readers can answer that question. Let us know in the comment section.
A story out of Lexington has emerged surrounding the “celebration” following Kentucky winning the NCAA Championship. According to WLEX-TV shots were fired on Limestone around 2:00 AM on April 3 that put a number of people in danger. Firefighters from Station 11 were dealing with a minor collision involving their rig. They were talking with the family involved when one of the firefighters saw a flash.
Someone fired a gun at least six times, about forty feet away, in their direction.
“There was a lot of panic. Mostly coming from the other side of the street. So we was trying to figure out who we needed to grab, who was screaming, where the shots were coming from, who had been shot,” Lt. Jamie Tinsley remembers.
McClain threw himself on the little boy standing nearby. Firefighter Shawn Holloway pulled a woman out of her car, who was frozen with fear. Lieutenants Kevin Austin and Jamie Tinsley moved the rest of the family behind their engine.
Glenn Usdin's FireTruckBlog.com has the story from Middletown, New York of an assistant chief's SUV and a town police officer's car colliding. They were responding to a fire at the fire chief's home. Click here.
In Galveston County, Texas last night, a Dickinson fire truck on the way to a wires arcing call slid off a crumbling, freshly paved road into a ditch and turned onto its side. The chief of the department called it a "slow roll". One firefighter was hurt.
There is much more apparatus news for you at Glenn Usdin's FireTruckBlog.com. The featured article today is video of Pierce's new Dash CF unveiled yesterday at FDIC in Indianapolis. Click here for that story, some used rigs for sale and the rest of what's happening in the world of apparatus.
Glenn Usdin’s FireTruckBlog.com has been staying on top of the crash Saturday of Youngstown, Ohio’s Squad 33. The site has links to fireground audio and new pictures of the damage following the rollover. Click here.
Kansas City, Missouri Fire Apparatus Operator Jeffrey Smith lost the lower part of his leg after the engine he was driving hit a tree and a utility pole just a short distance from Station 42. Police say Smith made the choice to swerve to the right to avoid running over the vehicle that crossed the center line and caused the wreck. Inside that car, a mother and her 3-year-old daughter, who police say was not secured in a car seat.
“(He) went very hard to the right side of the road to avoid a head on collision with this woman’s vehicle,” said Sgt. Bill Mahoney of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department. “There’s probably a pretty good chance that she and the 3 year old who was improperly restrained would have been seriously injured or killed.”
Police arrested the mother and held her in jail overnight. She has been released and charges are pending.
A woman is suspected of DUI with a three-year-old child in the car and a firefighter may lose his leg or foot. That’s the bad news from Kansas City, Missouri this evening. FireTruckBlog.com and Firefighter Nation were first with the story shortly after the 1:50 PM crash. Since then the firefighter has been identified as Fire Apparatus Driver Jeff Smith, a 21-year veteran of the Kansas City Fire Department.
Smith was at the wheel of the fire engine as it left Station 42 on East Red Bridge Red responding on a medical call. The rig didn’t get far.
Kansas City Fire Department spokesperson Joe Vitale said the fire truck and a car collided head-on. The fire truck then crashed into a utility pole, which knocked down electrical lines on top of the fire truck.
Kansas City Fire Department Station 42 is just around the bend in this Google Maps Street View image. The arrow shows where the rig ended up. Click the photo to tour the area.
Preliminary findings suggest that the female driver of the car was driving under the influence and crossed over the median, according to police. The Kansas City Police Department will investigate the crash.
The child was not injured and the woman’s injuries are not life threatening.
Authorities said the firefighter in serious, but stable condition.
Most of the damage was sustained to the driver’s side of both vehicles.
Satellite view of the same area showing fire station and crash scene.
Engine 1 struck by passenger vehicle while blocking for Engine 2 at accident scene. E1 personnel were inside apparatus at the time of collision and not injured. Driver of passenger vehicle transported by EMS 8 with reportedly non-life threatening injuries. Engine 3 dispatched to block scene of secondary accident.
Just as we saw in Stratford, Connecticut on I-95 in early January when two fire engines were hit by two different tractor-trailers at the same incident, using the big fire trucks as barriers works.
But still, not everyone is getting the message. Yesterday morning on Long Island, North Merrick Fire Chief Jimmy Allen understands the concept well. The chief also knows that it isn’t acceptable when an incident is in the center lane of a highway to have cars driving by in both the right and left lanes. But a New York State trooper apparently knows better. According to Chief Allen he was given a ticket and threatened with arrest when he failed to unblock the right lane while the scene was still active.
Glenn Usdin’s FireTruckBlog.com has what is really the story of the weekend. Stratford, Connecticut’s Engine 1 and Engine 5 may be down for the count but a half-dozen firefighters are walking around. The rigs were positioned to protect the crews working a crash on I-95 Friday evening. And protect they did, as two tractor-trailer drivers lost control on the snowy highway. Click here for the details and links to pictures.
Glenn Usdin’s FireTruckBlog.com looks at the lawsuit filed by an insurance company in connection with the January 2009 death of Lt. Kevin Kelley. Lt. Kelley was killed when Boston Fire Department’s Ladder 26 lost its brakes and slammed into a building. The company insures the Mission Hill apartment complex the rig hit. The suit is against the City of Boston and six truck maintenance shops. Lt. Kelley’s family has also filed suit against the same inspection and repair shops. Click here for the coverage from FireTruckBlog.com.
In case you missed it, Glenn had another Santa sighting that was particularly touching. Despite losing Firefighter Edward Stringer last week, Stringer’s fellow firefighters at Engine 62 still followed through on a Christmas Day tradition of carrying Santa to a local children’s hospital. Click here.
This evening a fire truck and ambulance collided with three other vehicles at Tabor Road and Wagner Avenue in Philadelphia. Five medic units were dispatched to the scene to handle 10 patients. The injuries are reported to be non-life threatening to four firefighters, a paramedic and as many as five civilians. FireTruckBlog.com has additional details.
While responding to a accident scene, Squad 72 and Medic 18 were involved in a serious accident with 3 other autos. A total of 5 medic units were requested along with a full accident response. B/C 2 requested an extra Ladder company to the scene along with ES-5,ES-3 and VCU.