Voting ends tomorrow. Firegeezer is catching up, but this lame blog is in the middle of the pack: Clearly that picture of me on the masthead doesn’t help in this beauty contest. Not that this is anything real important, but just a fun exercise by Rhett Fleitz at FireCritic.com (notice how Dave downplays this now that he is getting his clock cleaned … what a jerk!).
House fire in Spring, Texas: The Bravest Online posted this fire from Saturday. You will hear the air horns around 2:15 in the video. Here’s more from the description posted with the clip - “Forced defensive when the living room flashed. Regained control of the fire and put a hole in the roof. Spring, Ponderosa, and Klein fire departments on scene. No injuries and no cause known.”
Even though Rhett’s contest has ruffled a few feathers in the blogging community (this isn’t t-ball, everyone can’t be picked or win) there are some good fire and EMS blogs out there like FireDaily.com and a new one by Doug Walton covering Howard County, Maryland (don’t let this junk I write sour you on the rest of them). If nothing else the voting process will familiarize you with some other voices in cyberspace. So, click here and let them know your favorite blog from the ten finalists. You can vote as many as four times a day.
EMT ordered rehired takes on The Washington Post: An interesting statement released by the attorney for Selena Walker, the DC Fire & EMS Department EMT who was fired over the David Rosenbaum incident. We told you Friday the DC Court of Appeals affirmed previous rulings that Walker should get back pay and be returned to her job. The statement lashes out not only at the DC government, but makes a case against the editorial board of The Washington Post. Read the statement. Read the court ruling.
Staying on course: We have run a number of stories about first responders who become last responders due to the inability to find an address. Fire service veteran and STATter911.com reader Alan Studt says it doesn’t have to be that way. Read his article on the U.S. National Grid.
He’s a fake: There is very clear surveillance video of an impostor fire inspector who has been hitting businesses in Maryland, DC and Virginia. Click here to view the video and watch the story.
Cop PIO goes out of his way to praise firefighters: It isn’t often I get an email from a police PIO telling me what great work firefighters have done. In fact, this may be a first for me. That’s exactly what United State Park Police Sgt. David Schlosser did last week. We took his hint about a recent ice operation in the District of Columbia and went even further, taking a look at how the DC Fire & EMS Department is handling the deep freeze. Click here for our coverage.
Must see video – is it a cop or a firefighter?: Just like David Schlosser I am trying to give credit where credit is due. The video caption says it is a firefighter in Brazil who rappels down the side of a building catching a jumper in his arms and bringing him to safety. A STATter911.com reader had some doubt. We have added another video that seems to answer the question. Check it out.
HD helmet-cam shows more than good fire video – it illustrates staffing problems: The video of a December fire in an East St. Louis, Illinois night spot is pretty awesome. But if you look around you will see lots of fire and few firefighters. Check it out.
Fireground audio from Fairfax County second-alarm and other multiple alarms: Our friends at FireSceneAudio.com are at it again. They have already posted audio from last night’s house fire on Cherry Drive in Fairfax County. Click here to listen.
They also have fires from Saturday in Chicago, Boston and Jersey City. Click here.
Update on Modesto, CA firefighters: Jason Clevenger is back in the hospital scheduled for skin grafts after is was determined his burns are a little worse than originally thought. Jim Adams remains sedated with burns over half his body. Both fell through the roof of a burning home New Year’s Night. The Modesto Bee has the latest.
Save in Quebec City: Read the story from Canada on the rescue of a 3-year-old boy from a fire on Friday night.
Lots of video of commercial fire in Millburn, NJ: Click here to watch Sunday’s multi-alarm fire in a row of stores.
This is exhibit number 1 on why you shouldn’t read this blog: In case you missed it, Dave had just a little too much fun on Friday with the story of a pipe dream that turned into a pipe nightmare for a man from the UK. Firefighters went beyond the call of duty to solve the problem and not turn the man into John Bobbitt. Click here, if you must.
Bullet hits firefighter: Exploding ammunition at a house fire hit a target but did not hurt a Denver firefighter. Read more from Firefighter Close Calls.