Above is video and radio traffic recorded from the dash-cam in the vehicle of Modesto Regional Fire Authority Battalion ChiefAlan Ernst . It was shot yesterday afternoon at an apartment fire. The video below has an interview with Chief Ernst.
Todd Sherman video from an apartment fire early Sunday morning at 7816 Cornell in Chicago, Illinois. Here's some of Todd's description:
CFD makes quick knockdown on a fire in a 3 story partially occupied apartment building,upon arrival fire was showing from rear of the building on the 3rd floor. Occupant knocked on many doors alerting other residents that there was a fire. total of 9 people were displaced.Thankfully there was NO injuries.
Video from CMassfirebuff of a house fire at 10 Stanley Drive in Framingham, Massachusetts on Saturday afternoon. Here's part of the description:
A second alarm was requested bringing an additional two engines and a ladder to the fire. Mutual aid was brought in to cover and a Southborough engine went to the scene. First due companies used a deck gun to knock down the heavy fire. Hand lines were stretched and crews attempted to knock down the fire from the outside. There was a delay in getting the gas shut down due to a frozen shut off valve in the street resulting in at least one explosion. The fire wasn't completely extinguished until a few hours into the incident.
The District’s fire chief was at a loss Wednesday to explain to a D.C. Council committee why his department sought no money in this year’s budget for trucks and ambulances despite a fleet that is aging and in disrepair.
The city is expected to receive 30 new ambulances this year through $6.6 million allotted after vehicle maintenance and replacement became an issue following a series of high-profile malfunctions. But D.C. Council member Tommy Wells grilled Chief Kenneth Ellerbe about the lack of funds appropriated this fiscal year, which started after problems with the fleet were already well documented.
“There was no money in the budget for this fiscal year for fleet replacement — none. And I’m sure that you will get it in there,” said Mr. Wells, a Ward 6 Democrat and mayoral candidate who heads the council committee with oversight of the department. “But I cannot ignore the fact that no capital dollars were requested to see that you had the trucks and ambulances you needed in this year’s budget.”
Chief Ellerbe said the issue was a possible “oversight” and added that the person in charge of the budget has since retired.
The District of Columbia's Fire Department recently came into possession of 13 new ambulances to supplement the city's aging fleet, but there's one problem: D.C. Fire Chief Ken Ellerbe apparently doesn't know where they're located.
The chief was grilled during an appearance before the D.C. Council on Wednesday, during which Councilman Tommy Wells questioned whether or not the maligned department had a handle on its systemic problems plaguing the agency and compromising public safety.
"I don't see that you are making change yet," said Wells.
Some of the issues at hand include: ambulances with broken fuel gauges and no air conditioning, engines catching fire, brakes working improperly, and not enough ambulances to respond to critical calls.
"Certainly, updating a system that's been in disrepair for 15 to 20 years cannot be accomplished overnight, but at least we have identified a starting point and a path forward," defended Chief Ellerbe, who also touted that response times are down, more paramedics have been hired, and 13 new ambulancecs are currently in use.
But when asked where these ambulances were, he replied that one was being repaired while the other is at the White House. He could not say where the others were stationed.
He also admitted that the only tower truck in the fleet has been out of service since April and should be scrapped.
ABC7 also found that Chief Ellerbe did not know how many of the department’s pumper trucks had passed a safety certification test – and also was unaware that only three out of 23 ladder trucks had passed such a test.
"It doesn't mean that the ladder trucks don't operate. It doesn't mean that they don't operate well. It just means we haven't had somebody go in and test those ladders," he said.
But Ellerbe could not assure firefighters that they are working on safe vehicles. Union officials, who have repeatedly aired these concerns as well as many others, remain frustrated.
"It's going to take a large infusion of money and significant hiring to fix the problems," said Dabney Hudson with the D.C. Firefighters Association Local 36. "I didn't hear that that was going to happen, but we are hopeful that it does."
It was another stressful appearance Wednesday in front of the D.C. Council for Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe.
Ellerbe spent two hours in the hot seat explaining why his department, responsible for Fire and EMS services in the nation's capital, continues to be plagued by problems that strike at the core of its mission.
"Our focus right now is what the city needs," Ellerbe told the committee chairman, councilmember and mayoral candidate Tommy Wells. "From apparatus to personnel."
The D.C. Fire and EMS Department is routinely one of the busiest in the nation. But, according to an outside audit, the department's fleet of fire trucks, engines and ambulances is in a "critical state with chronic long-term management, maintenance and replacement issues."
Video from THEMAJESTIRIUM1 of a fire Monday night at 471 West End Avenue near West 83rd Street in Manhattan. News reports indicate a citizen was seriously hurt. In addition, a citizen and a firefighter suffered minor injuries.
Fire broke out Tuesday afternoon on the roof of a downtown Denver parking garage, causing a big black cloud of smoke to billow over the area and cover neighborhoods in smoke. It left three people injured from smoke inhalation, one of whom was hospitalized.
"On the roof over there, they've got that mechanical room that holds a couple of chillers, and that's what was burning, that's what caused all that heavy smoke out there," said Denver Fire Department spokesman Mark Watson.
The parking garage is next to the Warwick Hotel and the 303 E. 17th office building. The fire did not spread to those neighboring buildings, but the office building was evacuated.
Two-years-ago there was a deconsolidation of fire services provided by Reno, Nevada and neighboring Washoe County. The bitter divorce ended with no automatic aid agreement in place and a warning of you will be sorry by Reno Mayor Bob Cashell.
The scenario Mayor Cashell warned of seems to have played out after a fire destroyed the Washoe County home of car dealer Richard West on Saturday. West's home is in Hidden Valley, with the closest fire station six-minutes away, across the line in Reno.
The video above shows the results of the fire. The articles below describe the reaction from leaders on both sides of the county/city line. For a detailed account read the aricle by Anjeanette Damon of RGJ.com (excerpts below).
Hidden Valley is in the unincorporated area of Washoe County, so the call went first to the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District.
The district has a station, number 37, a short distance away. They were on scene within 5 minutes, but with only a two man crew in a "rescue vehicle", essentially a pickup truck with a fire hose..
The call went out to three better equipped and manned stations, but the nearest was in Sun Valley, its engines and three man crews, fifteen minutes away.
The crews and engines of Reno Fire's Station 6 were but five minutes away on Mira Loma Drive.
Before deconsolidation they would have responded immediately, but a full 25 minutes would pass between the first alarm, and a call from Truckee Meadows to Reno for mutual assistance. That delay is raising concerns about the level of fire protection here and in other unincorporated neighborhoods.
Two years ago amid the debate that ended in deconsolidation of local fire services–the city and the county going their separate ways–Reno Mayor Bob Cashell warned the move would leave unincorporated areas like Hidden Valley at risk.
In the wake of Saturday's fire the mayor was not saying 'I told you so,' but he was saying this fire and the destruction it brought was no surprise.
"We met with Hidden Valley and we met with Caughlin Ranch and explained to them where their services were going to come from and they seemed OK with that. I was told I wasn't the mayor of Hidden Valley and to leave the meeting and so I left."
“I think it’s sickening,” Cashell said Monday. “This family lost all their heirlooms. Go back and check the damn records, it was all spelled out. It’s disgusting. If they had called us instead of Sun Valley first, we could’ve been there in five minutes.
“I think it’s disgusting what the people in Hidden Valley were promised. They got what they were promised. A two-person crew with a garden hose.”
Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez said the fire calls into question the county’s fundamental responsibility to provide enough resources, quickly enough to respond to a “typical structure fire.”
Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Chief Charles Moore defended his department’s response, saying the outcome likely would have been no different had Reno’s four-person engine company arrived first — the fire had too much of a head start on them.
At the time of the deconsolidation, Reno didn’t want to subsidize fire response to areas not in their jurisdiction and the county didn’t want to pay the reimbursement bill Reno was asking for. The county argued their fire crews would help Reno, too, offsetting any perceived subsidization.
Moore said the county waited to ask for mutual aid from Reno and Sparks because they thought they had the fire contained to the garage. It wasn’t until later that they found it had spread to the house.
A New York City commuter train rounding a riverside curve derailed and came to rest only inches from the water Sunday, killing four people, injuring more than 60 and sending a chain of toppled cars shaped like a backward question mark trailing off the track, authorities said.
Some of the 100 to 150 passengers on the early morning Metro-North train from suburban Poughkeepsie to Manhattan were jolted awake around 7:20 a.m. to screams and the frightening sensation of their compartment rolling over on a bend where the Hudson and Harlem rivers meet in the Bronx. When the motion stopped, four or five of the seven cars were off the rails in the latest, and deadliest, example of this year's troubles for the nation's second-biggest commuter railroad.
"Four people lost their lives today in the holiday season, right after Thanksgiving," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference. Eleven of the injured were believed to be critically injured and another six seriously hurt, according to the Fire Department.
The train operator was among the injured, Cuomo said.
The National Transportation Safety Board was en route to investigate, and Cuomo would not speculate about the causes of the crash until the federal agency issued its findings. Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Thomas F. Prendergast said investigators would look at factors including the train, the track and signal system, the train operators and speed.
The big curve where the derailment occurred is in a slow-speed area. Several injured passengers told The Associated Press that the train seemed to be going too fast as it took the curve near the Spuyten Duyvil station.
A bus driver and his passengers barely had time to jump out after the vehicle went up in flames in the Russian city of Omsk, Siberia. Deserted, the bus kept on rolling uncontrollably down the road before slamming into a park fence.
The incident happened late Friday evening near the building of the local mayor’s office, local media reported.
Before the vehicle caught ablaze, the driver of the 109 route managed to drop off the passengers at the nearest bus stop and evacuate the bus himself. There were 30 passengers on board the vehicle.
Two Brampton homes were damaged in a fire this afternoon that appears to have started in a garage and spread to the neighbour's house, according to Brampton firefighters.
The two-car garage at 2 Copeland Road in the area of McLaughlin Road and Charolais Boulevard was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived just after 2 p.m. The homeowners were alerted to the blaze by someone pounding on their front door. A couple and their two adult children escaped unhurt.
But the fire spread into the home's second floor bedrooms, and through the roof.
Arrival video by firelensman of a vacant church and commercial building burning in Los Angeles. Here's part of the description with the video:
Task Force 33, Engine 46, Engine 57, Engine 21 Battalion 13 first on scene on the 5900 block of South Figueroa Street had heavy smoke pushing from a row of vacant one story commercial buildings including a vacant church. Firefighters quickly laid lines and attacked the fire with handlines, having the bulk of fire under control in 30 minutes.
Just four days left to be a part of Hosed The Movie. It's the first comedy that focuses on life at a small town volunteer fire department. The great thing about a Kickstarter campaign like this one is that your pledge is only accepted when and if the movie by comedian Juston McKinney becomes fully funded (we will know in four days). There are some really unique gifts for that hard to buy for firefighter in your life that you can secure with your pledge and that will be available to you early next year. These include Effingwoods Fire & Rescue memberships, t-shirts, boot koozies, patches, your name in the movie credits and even securing a spot as an extra in the movie alongside Juston, Gary Valentine and Lenny Clarke (below).
Lt. Ryan McGovern of Boston Fire Department's Engine 28 is recovering from burns after he fell partially through the floor of a single-family home at 14 Pond Circle in Jamaica Plain around 1:00 Wednesday morning. Above is the radio traffic from Boston Fire Communications during the mayday that was called when Lt. McGovern activated his emergency alert button. Lt. McGovern was able to self-rescue and walked out on his own. He has second and third-degree burns on his thigh and third-degree burns on his left hand and wrist. Lt. McGovern was discharged from the hospital and is reported home for Thanksgiving.
After crews knocked down much of the fire, McGovern was venturing into the dark with a thermal-imaging camera when he suddenly heard “crack, crack” — and crashed through the floor. He kept himself from plummeting into the basement by gripping with his hands and legs, even as embers burned him.
“I knew I was in a bad spot, and to be honest, I didn’t think I was going to come out of the hole,” he said. “I thought I was going to end up in the basement.”
McGovern made a mayday call on his radio, but got no response. He then pressed an emergency alert button on the radio, deploying a rapid intervention team.
Despite being laden with 50 pounds of gear, McGovern managed to pull himself out before the rescue team arrived. He carefully walked out, careful to make sure there were no other weak spots in the floor.
Video from firelensman of a house fire on Tuesday in Los Angeles, California. Here's some of what he posted with the video:
It took Los Angeles Firefighters close to 40 minutes to knock down a blaze that destroyed the attic of a one and two story house on the 2200 block of Virginia Road in the Mid-City / Lafayette Park district of L.A. Firefighters first on scene had smoke showing from the attic of the house and ventilated the roof. Firefighters also went to work protecting exposures, extinguishing the flames with several handlines.
Above is video from Ron Roberts of Monday's apartment fire in Levittown, Pennsylvania (Bucks County) where a pregnant woman and her young daughter were found dead. Police report both had been stabbed. Below is radio traffic from Philly FireFeed.
Each year thousands of film makers compete in the Doritos commercial Super Bowl challenge. This year a local fire company is hoping to walk away with the $1 million dollar prize!
The Union Deposit Fire Company in South Hanover Township created the 30 second ad seen above for the annual Doritos ‘Crash The Super Bowl’ commercial contest.
The top prize is $1 million dollars. They`re hoping exposure from the commercial will encourage people to volunteer at the fire house; and the firefighters already have big plans with what they`ll do with the winnings.
A Dauphin County fire station's submission for a Doritos commercial contest is in the running to be featured in the Super Bowl and a cash prize that could help revitalize the aging station.
Shot using mostly volunteers and social members of Dauphin County's own Union Deposit Volunteer Fire Company 47, the ad was the brainchild of firefighter and photographer Andy Dresher, who had a career shooting advertisements and in photography. The station's 30 second entry was submitted earlier in the year and revealed along with thousands of other entries in Doritos' Crash the Super Bowl VIII contest, which closed Sunday at midnight.
"I'm actually an independent film producer and have entered the contest three times before this but I never got anything close to what we've been seeing so far," Dresher said. "When I saw the number of views: 11,000 in five days? That was amazing."
One person is dead and two others suffered life-threatening injuries after a fire broke out at a church in Ocean City.
Fire crews were called to the 3-alarm blaze at St. Paul's By-The-Sea church on Baltimore Avenue around 9:25 a.m. Tuesday. A fire official says when crews arrived, they saw flames coming from the rectory.
Three people were found inside the church; one died at the scene.
Fire crews called to St. Paul's By-The-Sea Episcopal Church at 3rd Street and Baltimore Avenue at around 9 a.m. Tuesday found fire coming from the rectory. The blaze grew to three alarms, but crews were able control the blaze quickly.
Ocean City officials say one person was pronounced dead and two people suffered life-threatening injuries. One of the injured was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore for treatment. The victims' names have not yet been released.