In early March we told you about the February 5 fire in Spotsylvania County, Virginia where 43-year-old Sandy Hill died. Sandy Hill was on the phone with 911 when the first firefighters from Chancellor Volunteer Fire & Rescue pulled up to the scene on and for many minutes after their arrival. Unfortunately, despite a relatively small amount of fire, the crews didn’t get to Hill in her second floor room until it was too late.
As reporter Dan Telvock of the Free Lance – Star started asking questions about the lengthy delay in finding Hill, county officials ordered an internal investigation of the fire. That report was presented tonight to the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors. According to a press release, County Administrator C. Douglas Barnes has sent “the entire internal review report has now been submitted to four outside experts/agencies from around the country, for their additional close analysis of what took place.”
Early video from Missouri house fire: Unless you are into POV response videos you might want to scroll forward to about three minutes. At that point you will see a firefighter and police using a nearby ladder to help someone from the second floor of a burning home in West Plains. The fire is labeled as suspicious.The West Plains Fire Department has more than 100 photos from this fire on Friday. Click here.
Your moment of Firehouse Zen: Make sure you read what Mick Mayers has to say about some recent stories of firefighters behaving badly, the report from the Cumberland Valley Volunter Firemen’s Association and what chiefs should be taking away from all of this. Here it is.
Geezer on home builders: Bill puts on his legal hat (he just plays a lawyer on the Internet) to warn home builders in Pennsylvania that they might want to be careful about the arguments they are making in court to try and stop residential sprinklers. Click here.
Man claims discrimination on treatment following crash in blizzard: Spotsylvania County, Virginia officals say they are investigating Tim Johnson’s complaint that he was virtually ignored at a crash scene during one of last month’s snow storms. Johnson, who is black, believes he didn’t receive the same care that people in another car did. Dan Telvock has the story at Fredericksburg.com.
Judge believes union president & vice president fired for union activities: A judge isn’t buying that Angela Rice and Richard Nihizer were breaking any rules when they watched videos with violence and explicit language on a computer inside the firehouse in Butler Township, Ohio. It’s a story we first reported in January of 2008. Apparently no porn was involved and rulings indicate the there were no good guidelines on exactly what was allowed and what wasn’t. The pair have again been ordered reinstated. Here’s the latest.