A fire blazed through a home near Porkchop Hill in Las Vegas last Thursday evening. The Gallinas Volunteer Fire Department was first on the scene but nearby witnesses said that because their homes on Barela Street are outside city limits that by the time the volunteer fire fighters arrived that the home was too far gone to save. Also on the scene to battle the blaze was the Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department.
Must see video: With a crowd yelling jump & fire licking at your backside, sometimes you have no choice but to bail.5 comments
This is from a fire Thursday evening in the Las Vegas area. The Clark County fire department says two buildings were destroyed at the Sonoma Shadows Apartments at 1750 Karen Avenue after fireworks ignited a fire on the outside of one of the buildings. Fifty people were left homeless. Three residents and a battalion chief were injured at the fire. A pregnant woman was one of those who barely escaped the fire according to news reports.
The only fatality at the fire was a dog, but it was a close call for a cat as you will see in the video above. Sometimes a cat just has to do what a cat has to do.
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This is video from June 13 at 4205 Robins Ridge Drive in Las Vegas, Nevada. It shows Engine 42 arriving on the scene. Prior to the fire department getting there a police officer pulled up. He's the one taking his own pre-arrival picture.
Below is the media release from PIO Tim Szymanski with details about the fire.
Fire Starting In Garage Heavily Damages Las Vegas Home
For The Second Time In One Week, Fire Extensively Damages Another Northwest House
Incident number: 1142670 Date: June 13, 2011 Time of call: 7:04 p.m.
Time of First Unit on Scene: 7:14 p.m. (E42) Time of Knockdown: 7:21 p.m.
Type of call: Garage Fire
Correct address: 4205 Robins Ridge Drive (Alexander/CC 215) CLV Ward: 4
Name: Lone Mountain Heights Parcel: 137-01-712-019
Zip: 89129 District/Phantom: 1814/75 Number of alarms: One
Building type: Single Family/Residential Number of stories: Two Units:
Size: 2,492 sq. ft. When built: 2002
Construction type: Wood frame/stucco Smoke alarms: Yes Sprinklers: No
Weather Temp: 93 Wind: South 0-5 Sky: Clear Humidity: 20% Dew point: 30
Number of occupants: Adults: 2 Teens (18-13): 1 Children: 0
Any injuries: No How many: Type:
Damage estimate: $275,000
Description of damage: Garage, upstairs master bedroom and downstairs living room gutted by fire, rest of house heavy heat and smoke damage, two 2007 cars parked in the garage were completely destroyed.
Cause of incident: Accidental, appears to be careless smoking, starting in the garage. Door from garage to interior of the home was left open, draft pulled fire into the interior of the home, up the stairs to upstairs causing extensive damage to both floors of home.
American Red Cross: Yes Pets: Yes Status of pets: Escaped with occupants safely.
General information about the incident: Both adults were home watching TV when they heard loud noises coming from garage. When they went to investigate, they opened the door from interior of home into garage and were met with heavy flames and smoke. Woman left home to call 9-1-1 and took pet dog with her. Male went back to garage with fire extinguisher from kitchen, but was beaten back by thick smoke, he left the house. The door from the garage did not close and intense heat and thick black smoke spread throughout the house. Garage door on outside of house was partially open which allowed flames to lap out the door over front of house spreading fire on the front of the house. A column of thick black smoke could be seen ten miles away from the house as firefighters were responding. When firefighters arrived, the house was heavily involved with fire. It took firefighters less than ten minutes to bring the fire under control. Fire investigators believe the fire is the result of careless smoking in the garage. The same type of fire occurred one week ago in another northwest Las Vegas home. Ironically, the same crew that was first on the scene for tonight’s fire, was also the crew that was first on scene for last week’s house fire. Three people are displaced because of tonight’s fire. The American Red Cross and Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Foundation was providing assistance to the family tonight.
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Thirty years ago, November 21, 1980, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas burned. Eighty-five people died and more than 700 were injured, including 14 firefighters. Here’s how the Clark County Fire Department describes the cause of the fire and the initial response:
It was determined during the investigation that the fire originated in the wall soffit of the side stand in the Deli, one of five restaurants located on the casino level.
The investigators concluded that several factors contributed to the cause of the fire but the primary source of ignition was an electrical ground fault.
From nfpadotorg on YouTube, this two part video (above and below): “Former NFPA fire investigator Dave Demers introduces a documentary chronicling the historic fire MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. The fire, which took place November 21, 1980, was the second largest loss-of-life hotel fire in the United States. The documentary, produced by the NFPA in 1981, examines how the fire began, the local response to the blaze, and how 85 people lost their lives in the incident.”
The employee first observed a reflection of a flickering light and, upon closer inspection, discovered a wall of flame traveling from the countertop to the ceiling. He immediately notified MGM security about the fire and proceeded to secure a hose line and fire extinguisher.
The employee repeatedly attempted to contain the fire but – by that time – the heat, smoke and pressure buildup was so intense that he was knocked down each time he tried to enter the Deli. Realizing the gravity of the situation, he decided to leave the area.
At the same time, other employees noticed the spreading fire and tried unsuccessfully to extinguish the growing flames.
Within six minutes of the time of discovery, the total casino area was involved in fire, at a burning rate of approximately 15 to 19 feet per second!
The Clark County Fire Department received the call reporting the fire at 7:17 A.M. Captain Rex Smith, Engineer Chad Marshal, and Firefighters Bert Sweeney, Toby Lamuraglia, and Ted Singer arrived in Engine 11 at 7:19 A.M. They positioned the 1,500 GPM fire engine at the North entrance of the casino and implemented the High Rise Preplan.
Upon entering the casino, the crew observed black smoke emitting from the Deli. They were only forty feet into the hotel when a huge fireball burst out of the Deli and rolled into the casino, hustling the crew out of the building. The company made it back to the engine as the flames sprang out the front of the entrance.
What happens in Las Vegas EMS plays out on TV. Firefighters make case private ambulance company is playing games with response times. AMR says it’s proud of its record.55 comments
In Southern, Nevada some firefighters are keeping close tabs on the private ambulances they deal with every day. In Clark County, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas there are concerns that American Medical Response (AMR) wants a bigger piece of the EMS pie than they currently have. Firefighters are making the case AMR isn’t do a good job under its current contract.
AMR General Manager Mike Gorman told the Las Vegas Journal-Review, “AMR is disappointed with what we believe are unfounded political attacks of distortion by the Fire Unions to drive its agenda and to take away private sector jobs. We are extremely proud of our EMTs and paramedics. Our EMTs and paramedics serve the citizens and area professionally, honorably, and provide excellent clinical care.”
The three jurisdictions involved have a dual-response emergency medical system. When a medical call comes in, teams are dispatched from the nearest fire department, and a private ambulance is dispatched too. The fire department’s response time goals are faster: four minutes to eight minutes.
The system allows fire department ambulances to return to duty instead of having to transport patients to the hospital, which can take up a lot of time. But if a patient is in need of immediate care, the fire department will do the transporting.
“I can tell you, point blank, we have no interest in trying to privatize the fire department out of EMS. We value that relationship,”said John Wilson with AMR.
Firefighters are expected to respond within six minutes at least 90 percent of the time. It’s twice that figure for AMR, 12 minutes 90 percent of the time. If they arrive late, they can be fined.
“There are multiple times we see them arrive in 20, 25 minutes, 24 minutes. We don’t know. We can’t control them,” said Hurley.
“It is 4,687 times for the first six months. That is documented through the Ambulance Oversight Committee, that AMR and MedicWest have basically told the committee, ‘We were late this amount of times.’ So, it isn’t the union saying it. It is their records that we are using,” said Fletcher.
But, firefighters say it’s worse than that, alleging the companies play deadly games to make it look like they arrive in 12 minutes, so they can meet the standard of 90 percent.
They showed 8 News NOW records from 911 calls where AMR’s dispatch switches the designated ambulance two or three times in the middle of a single call. They say that restarts the clock. We were also shown cases where the company dispatchers change the address they are seeking, so it looks like a new call, and they can arrive in time. On some occasions, the unions say, the companies call off the fire department by claiming they are already on the scene even when they aren’t.
In one instance, a nine-year-old boy was in respiratory arrest. The ambulance company called in to say it was already on the scene and told the fire department it wasn’t needed. The firefighters kept going anyway. When they arrived, they found no ambulance on the scene.
Our man in Chicago is in Detroit: Steve Redick just came back from one of his regular trips to Detroit and posted this video of three fires and fireground audio. Don’t forget Steve has some nice books that always make for good gifts.
Controversy over not sending the closest units: A double fatal crash from May in Greenbrier, Tennessee is making news because the two closest fire and EMS companies weren’t dispatched on the call. The article indicates the closest units were available and could have been on the scene within two to three minutes. But because the collision was on the wrong side of the Davidson-Robertson County line, Nashville dispatched apparatus that took more than 10-minutes to arrive. Read and watch the story.
Maryland fire company sued by woman who can’t get in: On the Eastern Shore, The Crisfield Volunteer Fire Department is being sued by a member of the local rescue squad who has been turned down three times for membership. The department has never had a female member. The lawsuit claims Juanita Nelson was rejected because of the feeling expressed at a meeting, “If we let a female in here, it will never be the same again”. Read the article.
Ad attacks politician for cutting rescue unit. Unit may be needed because commissioner threw fire chief under bus: The battle continues in Clark County, Nevada. An ad by firefighters blames Clark County Commissioner Rory Reid for mothballing the county’s rescue engine and relying instead on the heavy rescue unit from Las Vegas. Reid, who wants to be governor of Nevada, responded, “The ad is false. I have been informed by Fire Chief Steve Smith that this action will not negatively impact response times or public safety.” Read what a local columnist has to say about the battle.
If it isn’t one thing ..: Bad luck for a Warren, Ohio firefighter didn’t end with his recent lay off from the department. Now, his home catches fire. Read details.
Plugging Geezer: I figure it’s good PR to plug Firegeezer since I am going to spend three days with Bill (join us and a really, really sketchy group of players at Booth 738 at Firehouse Expo in Baltimore). Bill has lots of news including a body found in a burned out Florida restaurant.
Much more important stuff in Baltimore than our foolishness: At 2:00 Friday afternoon the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (where I do some work) will have a briefing at the Hilton next to the Baltimore Convention Center on a new behavioral health initiative. Please join us. Below are some details from the press release-
The way to help firefighters who have dealt with potentially traumatic events is changing. Much has been learned from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s work in New York after September 11th and following the loss of 9 firefighters at a furniture store fire in Charleston, South Carolina in 2007. A briefing on this new model at Firehouse Expo in Baltimore later this week will answer all your questions as to how-as a chief officer, family member or colleague-you can help firefighters deal with the stress, grief and trauma that often go along with this profession.
Scholarship reminder: The Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation (YLD) is accepting applications for its scholarship program. Here’s details from the website, YLD.org-
YLD is accepting applications for the 2010 scholarship award competition. The application deadline is September 30, 2010. The organization was founded in 1988 in memory of Deputy Fire Chief James G. Yvorra, who was killed in the line of duty. Since that time, YLD has awarded $103,000 in scholarships to members of the fire and emergency medical services.
They don’t make them like that anymore: At antique motorcycle races in Wauseon, Ohio on Friday one of the old bike’s caught fire. It is interesting watching people trying to put it out. But after the fire is extinguished look at how well the motorcycle survived.
Early video of house fire in Tinley Park, Illinois: A neighbor boy with a camera catches this one before firefighters arrive. Listen to the questions asking where is the fire department (did they call?). You can read a few more details about the fire here.
Fire engines, but no fire department: I urge you to take a few moments to watch the videos and read the information about the state of fire protection on Mudge Island in British Columbia. It is a place with two fire trucks and no real fire department. But the citizens have taken the matter, and the hose lines, into their own hands. Some of our readers find what they see inspiring. Other think it is ridiculous. Either way it sure is interesting. Click here.
Another police chief makes the case for taking over the fire department: In Auburn, Maine the acting fire chief feels the bosses showed disrespect toward him and the fire department for failing to include the fire service perspective in the city’s study of combining the police and fire departments. That job went to the police chief who says it could work just fine having public safety officers showing up at fires, putting down their weapons and going in to fight a fire. Watch the story.
Bourne’s back: For a while the Bourne Fire Department in Massachusetts just stayed in the news as the department dealt very publicly with a series of problems (click here and scroll down). The recent quiet from Bourne has now been broken. Two paramedics are claiming an on-call firefighter drove his personal vehicle recklessly through a crash scene on the way to a fire call. The medics says they were almost struck while tending to a patient. Here is the story.
Probation in hazing incident: A judge has given a year probation to three Connecticut firefighters and another person after a hazing incident we had told you about. This is where a 14-year-old member of the Quaker Hill Fire Department, who had pulled a chair out from underneath a firefighter’s girlfriend, found himself bound to a backboard, gagged and shot with an air gun. Here’s the update.
Consulting firm fired because it had never recommended layoffs: In Palo Alto, California a consultant was dropped midway through a staffing study of the fire department. Council members were shocked to learn the firm had never recommended layoffs in any of its previous studies. According to MercuryNews.com, some on the council were hoping the study would pave the way for cut backs. The official reason for the dropping of the consultant is a “conflict of interest”. Check out this line from the article – “they were surprised to learn at an April 20 finance committee meeting that consulting firm Emergency Services Consulting International was affiliated with an international fire chiefs union.” I knew those fire chiefs would eventually unionize.
What happens in Las Vegas may be shared with Clark County: With both Nevada jurisdictions in battles with firefighters over budget issues, leaders hope to share services like hazmat and heavy rescue in an effort to save money. Here is the latest.
CFSI: The Congressional Fire Services Institute’s National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars start today. Click here for details.
It is Bonanza time: May 7 is the start of the two day Bonanza Extravaganza put on by the Professional Firefighters of Hagerstown, Maryland (IAFF Local 1605). This event, involving music, gaming, big money prizes and much more has become a real happening. The union says, through a foundation set up to handle the profits from the event, firefighters have given away hundreds of thousands of dollars to non-profits in the community and ”a $40,000 donation to Children’s Village that funded every second grader in Washington County to be able to attend a two day fire and police safety educational program”. Click here to read more background information on the event. Here’s the website.
Another fired DeKalb County, Georgia firefighter makes the case for reinstatement: William Greene goes public in his efforts to get his job back after being fired with four others following a botched response to help an elderly woman who said her house was on fire. Greene says he was not given complete information by dispatchers. Read the story.
Mayor’s fund raiser attracts firefighters: We have shared with you a number of stories about the relationship between North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi and his firefighters (click here and scroll down for a recap). If you have read any of them you know that if a large group of firefighters showed up at a fund raiser for Lombardi it wasn’t because they were invited. There were about 250 firefighters with picket signs outside the restaurant last night. Click here for the story. Watch the video.
Three-alarm church fire threatens hotel: The two buildings are connected in Portland, Oregon. Firegeezer has the story.
How sad: During a retired firefighter’s funeral in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, burglars broke into the home the firefighter shared with his brother. Read more.
Union called out for stealing story of 1953 fire: A paranormal researcher who had written a story in 2008 on the 55th anniversary of a nursing home fire that killed 33 people says IAFF Local 2427 reposted that same story on its site. The author says her name wasn’t on the story but credit inhstead was given to someone affiliated with the union. Here’s the story about the story, that we are crediting to TampaBay.com.
Man’s duck story apparently doesn’t hold water: The man admits he set the fire inside the Ride the Ducks building in Seattle. But the story about why he did it might quack you up. (Seriously, what kind of an idiot writes this junk?) Here’s the story.
NIST staffing and response study out this morning: I am not sure NIST’s efforts will have much meaning on Mudge Island (see here), but a lot of fire chiefs are hoping it will help put things in perspective when the boss says cut. We spent a frigid day in January of last year at the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service Training Academy when this study was first publicized (above). Christopher Naum has one of the more detailed looks at what it is all about on his Command Safety blog. Expect more at Command Safety (and here) later today.
Road trip to Detroit: Chicago’s Steve Redick made one of his regular trips to Detroit and returned, as usual, with lots of video. The clip above, with fireground audio, chronicles the 3-day visit. You can see Steve’s still images from Detroit here. On the same page you will find links for Steve’s books on rigs in and around Chicago.
Investigators make arrest in Emmitsburg fire: If you haven’t checked in over the weekend you may not have seen all of the early pictures and video from Saturday morning’s fire in the heart of Emmitsburg. The 150-year-old apartment building (former hotel) that houses Stavros Pizza burned. While early news reports indicated careless smoking was to blame, one resident is under arrest, charged with starting the fire during a suicide attempt. In fact, you can hear people talking about a man in custody on one of the fire videos we posted. Click here and here for our coverage.
Must see video of arsonists in the act: Some determined men caught in the act of setting a Fort Worth business on fire last week. Click here for the video. Also, firefighters who were trapped and injured in that fire tell about their escape. Click here to read and watch that story.
What’s up Doc? The answer may not be good for your blood pressure: Neil Coplan, an FDNY doctor who occasionally visited fire scenes, receives a $95,000-a-year disability pension because of a heart ailment. The pension was awarded under the same provision that presumes an active firefighter’s heart problems are job related. This one isn’t sitting too well with some people. Read more.
It seems to never end in Flint: WJRT-TV reports there were eight fires Saturday night and early Sunday morning for a total of 20 in three days in Flint, Michigan. One battalion chief says fatigue is setting in for firefighters as they handle this 12-day arson spree with fewer Flint firefighters and reduced resources from neighbors. Click here to watch and here, to read the TV station’s latest story. Here’s our coverage of fires earlier in the weekend, including an arrest in a Friday evening blaze.
More from the battleground in Colorado over fire and EMS: Today is the day that more developments are expected in Leadville and Lake County over the nasty dispute between the fire department and the Sheriff’s department over who will provide fire and EMS coverage. Firefighters are scheduled to protest at the courthouse this afternoon over the arrest by sheriff’s deputies of a top fire official who had responded to an EMS call at the county jail. This evening there is a special joint meeting of Leadville and Lake County leaders to discuss the incident. Here is the latest. Click here and here for our previous coverage.
No charges in collision of two rigs in Houston that left bicyclist dead: The Houston Police Department has decided not to file criminal charges in the wreck a year ago between Ladder 16 and Engine 7 that took the life of a woman on a bicycle. The final decision is now up to the District Attorney. Read the details. Here is our coverage on the day of the collision.
Houston fire station closed: Speaking of Ladder 16, it has been moved to Station 8 following the closing of Station 16. KTRK-TV reports the building has been shuttered. Not a lot of details other than a report that problems with ceramic tiles coming loose has brought questions about the structural integrity of the firehouse. Here’s more.
A study in fire spread: That’s what Firegeezer calls his look at a fire in West Bend, Wisconsin. Take a look.
5-alarms in Nashville: Five homes were damaged or destroyed in the fire late Thursday night. Check it out.
Blast levels New Jersey home visited earlier by gas workers: In South Amboy two people were hurt in an apparent natural gas explosion that destroyed a home on Friday. The gas company confirms one its people had visited the house 45-minutes earlier, responding to a report of a leak. Here’s the story.
Was anyone on OT during boot drive?: The latest issue in Clark County, Nevada is over collecting money for MD during work hours. The question has also been brought up about overtime money being spent during the boot drive. Click here for the details.
The mature probie: An interesting article about New York’s Syosset Fire Department. Josh Stewart writes about the trend toward volunteers joining the department later in life. Here’s the story.
Busy night in St. Louis: Four fires within two hours early Wednesday all within a mile of each other. Here is some raw video from a photographer who spotted one of the fires. Read more from KSDK-TV.
New videos: Check our player to the right where wusa9.com’s Emily Cyr has added new videos including more from rescue crews in Chile, a complaint by a man in Flower Mound, Texas that the fire station was empty (they were training), and a midnight shift handling EMS in Manhattan. Check it out- >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
DC Fire & EMS crew under review after toddler dies: Several first responders with the DC Fire & EMS Department have been removed from contact with patients while the care they provided to a 2-year-old girl is reviewed. The investigation centers on exactly why the girl was not taken to the hospital during the first call for trouble breathing on February 10th. Nine hours later the child was transported after a second call to 911. She died the next day. This occurred during one of the major snowstorms that hit Washington. Surae Chinn has our story. Read and watch it here.
Firefighter accused of setting his home on fire twice in an effort to get his wife pregnant: I know that is a bizarre headline, but this is a bizarre story. Investigators in Bennington, Vermont say Capt. Ralph Brown Jr. needed money to pay for surgery so his wife could have a baby and decided insurance money was the way to finance the operation. The home caught fire twice. Now Brown, the wife, and another man are facing charges. Read more.
New Jersey firefighter’s decision to quit IAFF brings in the comments: Cherry Hill, New Jersey firefighter Michael Schaffer’s decision to quit the IAFF, rather than face charges over his activities as a volunteer, has people talking in our comments section (Schaffer himself joins in). The response was not unexpected. The only question was how long it would take before it got nasty and personal. Not long. Click here for the story and the comments.
Fireground audio from triple fatal fire in Detroit: Three children died in an early evening fire on Tuesday. Listen in as the first firefighters arrived on the scene.
Another I-Team discovers firefighters make overtime: Contract negotiating time when money is very tight and suddenly everyone realizes the fire department is way over its overtime budget. This has happened in jurisdiction after jurisdiction across the country since the economy went south. We have run a bunch of stories that fit the pattern. The script goes like this. Political leaders say the OT is busting their budgets and often someone leaks the details to a newspaper or TV station. The news media runs the story showing how firefighters are all the top money makers in town. Someone claims there is something fishy going on. The IAFF points out if you hire firefighters and fill all the vacant positions you can then spend less on overtime. Then there is usually the call to lower minimum staffing requirements. Some of that is now going on in Clark County, Nevada. Check it out.
TIC save in New Jersey: Firefighters from the Sayreville Fire Department are getting credit for pulling a woman out of a fire last Thursday. They were aided by a thermal imaging camera. Here’s the story.
Two bowling alleys bite the dust: One in Indiana and one in Wisconsin. Check out the video, pictures and details.
Scrambling to safety: Video from Chile as rescuers rush out of a building because of an aftershock. Check it out.
Former firefighter sentenced for 48 false calls: Caryn Sodaro will get a few more weeks in jail and have to pay $11,000 for her series of false suicide and other EMS calls. Officials say she called them in and then listened to the responses on the radio provided to her by the fire company where she volunteered in Weld County, Colorado. Here are the details.
Allentown, PA second-alarm: This is from 10:30 last night at 614 Walnut Street. NewsWorking.org shot the video and has the details.
‘You’ve got to get out of your truck and you got to go there’: No, this isn’t a comment about the DeKalb County, Georgia house fire that cost firefighters their jobs. This is the public safety director talking about Pittsburgh EMS. A pretty unbelievable story where an EMS crew wanted the patient, a man who died following 10 unsuccessful calls to 911 over three days, to walk to them during a snow storm. City officials believe Curtis Mitchell would still be alive if things had been done properly. Here’s the story.
Two-alarm school fire in Fairfax County: A fire Tuesday morning destroyed a pre-school attached to the Highview Christian Fellowship Church in West Annandale. Twenty children along with teachers escaped the fire. Two of the staff suffered minor smoke inhalation. We have the fireground audio from FireSceneAudio.com. Click here for a slideshow and here for my story.
Fatal fire in DC: Click here for details of a duplex fire on East Capitol Street at 5:30 this morning. Click here for an interview with Deputy Chief Kenneth Crosswhite.
PGFD animal rescue: Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department video and pictures from a rescue operation in a storm drain that brought a dog to safety. Click here.
Must see mayday video: This is a follow-up to a story we brought you at the end of January of a firefighter bailing out of a second floor window during the search for an elderly woman at a Randolph, New Jersey house fire. Helmet-cam video of the firefighter’s escape is now posted. Check it out.
Going out in style: A UK firefighter on the final day of his 25-year career rescues a woman from her burning bedroom. Read the story.
The fireground audio that goes with the picture of the day: If you have seen the picture of the infant being dangled from a window of a Bronx apartment building, you will want to listen to the radio traffic that goes with it. Click here.
‘We cannot continue to pay them at the rate we are paying them’: The words of Clark County, Nevada Commissioner Steve Sisolak who says firefighters make too much. He says on average benefits and salary equal $180,000. Click here for the story.
Boston lieutenant in road rage has past: We first told you yesterday about what police believe was an alcohol fueled road rage incident involving off-duty Boston Fire Department Lt. Paul Souza. Boston.com reports this isn’t a first for Souza.
Riding with Engine 16: Reporter Surae Chinn gets a close-up view as DC firefighters try to navigate the snow clogged streets of the Nation’s Capital. Here’s the story.
Above is the cell phone video that has been seen around the world taken by Nicholas Gramenos during the shootout this morning at the federal courthouse in Las Vegas. Officials say 66-year-old Johnny Lee Wicks opened fire with a shotgun at a security checkpoint touching off a running gun battle with deputy U.S. marshals. Sixty-five-year-old Stanley Cooper, a retired Las Vegas police officer working for a private security firm at the courthouse, was killed. Wicks was also killed and a deputy U.S. marshal was wounded.
FireSceneAudio.com has the police radio traffic below.
Another townhouse burns in Loudoun County, Virginia: The video above, put together by 9NEWS NOW’s Greg Guise, is from yesterday’s fire on Hancock Place in Leesburg. It is just a mile from a townhouse fire on Monday. In this fire the first arriving firefighters helped four people escape the flames. One firefighter and two civilians were hurt. Click here for the fireground audio and an extensive slideshow.
UPDATED, NEW VIDEO ADDED - Firefighter killed, another critical, 3 more hurt in Wisconsin explosion: Firefighters from the St. Anna Fire Department were called to Bremer Manufacturing in Calumet County Tuesday evening after a sheriff’s deputy on patrol reported a dumpster fire on the grounds. An explosion occurred as firefighters were extinguishing the fire. It shook the area. A 33-year-old firefighter was killed and another airlifted from the scene. We have added new details, video from the scene and a press conference with the Calumet sheriff. Click here for our coverage.
Must listen to fireground audio from 4-alarm fire apartment fire: We have posted the audio from last night’s fire in Aspen Hill, Maryland. Make sure you check out the exchange on Part 3 as a very timely order is given to evacuate the roof. Click here.
Man breaks into fire station where he meets firefighters: Breaking into the cars of firefighters was not enough for a 20-year-old man Tuesday. He used a grill to smash in a glass door and enter the firehouse in Barstow, California. He woke up a captain and two firefighters. The crew, as you might imagine, didn’t go into defensive operations from an exterior position and wait for police. Read more.
Mill fire goes to five-alarms: Firegeezer spent part of Tuesday keeping tabs of a mill fire in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Click here for his coverage.
What happens in Las Vegas goes out over the airwaves and the Internet: The IAFF local in Las Vegas is the latest to take budget cuts to the people via a website and radio ads. The firefighters make the case that despite the mayor’s assurances, response times and safety will be impacted. Read the story.
A few hours left to join the contest: We want your guess on the five most popular stories on STATter911.com in 2009. Entries must be in by noon. Click here for the details on how to enter.