The video above is not quite as compelling. It's still worth watching. It was uploaded to YouTube yesterday but is from a fire last year. Here's Lt. Duncan's description:
Helmet Cam footage. Corinth Fire Dept. was dispatched in the early morning hours of March 3, 2012 to an apartment fire. Engine 4 arrived to find the first floor apt. fully involved with fire spreading to the second story apts. All occupants had evacuated prior to arrival. Eng. 4 was able to quickly knockdown the bulk of the fire before additional units arrived to assist. Filmed with the Firecam 1080.
Video from CCHotTopicsTV of a fire late Saturday afternoon in the 300 block of Floyd Avenue in Stonewall, Mississippi (Clarke County). Here’s some of the description with the video:
The blaze took over an hour to fully extinguish and the home sustained heavy damage. Emergency officials tells CCHT that the fire started in the kitchen area, only a few contents were saved and will more than likely be a total loss. No injuries or fatalities were reported on scene.
The headline is my only comment. Here’s the description with the video from stonemedic15:
Stonewall VFD on scene of a fully involved vehicle fire. All passengers of the van escaped without injury, & No one was injured during the fire. Enterprise VFD also assisted with this call. Fire was on Clarke County Road 320 near Long’s Fish Camp.
Thanks to our friend Taylor Goodman at VAFireNews.com for sending this our way.
Another helmet-cam video from Lafayette County, Mississipi from Matt Hinkle. Here’s Matt’s description (also on FireCritic.com):
This is a Helmet Cam view of a Fire Attack. Throughout the video we describe what is happening. The purpose of this video is to describe the importance of a coordinated fire attack. Good ventilation procedures combined with good nozzle skills will result in great property conservation and rescue. This video is copyrighted by Matt Hinkle 2013.
Video from kosyonline taken yesterday at 7122 Fairground Street in Kosciusko, Mississippi. According to Kosy Online, a crew from MedState EMS were in a nearby parking lot when they saw lightning hit the house just after noon.
The FireCritic spotted this extremely compelling video from Lt Chris Duncan of Mississippi’s Corinth Fire Department. Here’s the description with the video:
Helmet Cam video of house fire in Corinth, Ms. On 1-11-2013, Corinth FD responded to a house fire with reported explosion and victims trapped. Upon arrival, found house heavily involved in fire. Neigbors had removed a nine month old child from bedroom. Upon arrival Lt. from E-401 was advised that father was still inside. Lt. made entry into bedroom, located and removed victim just prior to room igniting.
One victim was seriously injured in Friday night’s house fire while the other has been released from the hospital. A nine-month-old baby who was in the home at 1803 East Fifth Street has been released and is doing well, said Assistant Fire Chief John Wood. However, Don Pruitt, who dropped the baby out a window to safety, has serious injuries and is at the burn center at Crossgates River Oaks Hospital in Brandon.
Previous STATter911.com coverage of this story here and here
As we’ve been reporting, there has been a good deal of controversy in Columbus, Mississippi over a Facebook post that resulted in the resignation of Firefighter Brad Alexander and the 30-day suspensions of two other firefighters and a cop. The post that caused all of this had been taken down from Alexander’s personal Facebook page and until now had not been part of the news coverage. Sarah Wilson at the Columbus Packet was able to track down the actual post and it was published this morning:
People never cease to amaze me. Mama yelling oh my baybee my baybee….Hey you stupid ass, where was babyeees mama at while your 2 year old was getting hit by a truck. Mama needs to have her guts cut so there wont be anymore babies. Freeloading ignorant woman
Lance Luckey, Damon Estes, Eric Minga and 12 others like this
The posting on Facebook came after Alexander responded to a child struck by a pickup truck on August 20th. According to the Columbus Packet, two-year-old Tyree Sparks Jr. was being watched by a family friend when he ran from the porch into the street and was hit. The boy recovered from relatively minor head injuries:
Shanta Henley, Tyree’s Aunt and Classie Craddieth, his grandmother raced from another neighbors home across Military Rd. as soon as they saw the commotion. Henley and Craddieth held the boys hands to calm him until emergency responders arrived minutes later. Sparks’ Aunt, Shanta Henley,accompanied Sparks in the ambulance and Craddieth and another Aunt, Shameka Nickelson, followed them to Baptist Hospital.
They said that the mother of the child,Terrance Henley, was actually on her way back from Columbus High School , where she is a Senior, when the accident occurred and was extremely emotional after she learned her child had been struck.
Much of the controversy stems around the suspensions for Firefighter Damon Estes, Firefighter Eric Minga and Police Officer Lance Luckey who hit “like” after reading the post. Columbus, Mississippi does not have a social media policy.
According to Wilson, there is no comment from city officials about the identities of the other 12 people who clicked “like” for this now infamous post.
As we first told you yesterday, Brad Alexander resigned after 12-years on the department. He also apologized on his Facebook page (see above) for a post he wrote voicing his frustration and questioning the whereabouts of the mother after a two-year-old child had been struck by a car. So far we have not seen the exact content of the offending post.
The Dispatch reports the council was split in its vote with some worried about this being a free speech issue. The City of Columbus does not specific policy covering Facebook comments.
The post reportedly attracted several comments along with multiple “likes” before it was brought to the attention of Alexander’s battalion chief and fire chief Ken Moore. Alexander and Moore met with mayor Robert Smith and members of the city council last Monday to discuss the post and potential disciplinary action.
The events unfolded in executive session but multiple sources said both firefighters Estes and Minga wrote letters of apology to the mayor and council. Those sources also claim Moore recommended 30-day suspensions for the two.
Chief of Police Selvain McQueen also reportedly recommended a 30-day suspension for Luckey. Luckey reportedly voiced his objections to the suspension, telling the mayor and council that he read the update from his cell phone and did not see the entire status update or the comments left underneath by various Facebook users.
Above is an apology currently on the wall of the Facebook page of Brad Alexander, a 12-year member of Mississippi’s Columbus Fire & Rescue Department along with 19 messages of support . Alexander, a former rookie of the year for the department, resigned because of a post he made on Facebook that has since been taken down. Sarah Fowler from the The Dispatch reports two other firefighters and a cop who all ”liked” the comment face disciplinary action. The incident is expected to be part of an executive session for the mayor and city council tonight:
The original post has since been taken down but Alexander reportedly made statements regarding a call where a 2-year-old child was hit by a car. In the post, Alexander allegedly stated the child was unattended and questioned the location of the child’s mother.
Alexander reflected fondly on his time with the department and had a message for the citizens he swore to protect.
“Any citizens of the citizens of Columbus should never question the Fire Department’s ability, it’s the best in the state,” he said.
On Sunday Poplarville, Mississippi Chief Mike White was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct at the scene of a car crash . The chief’s arrest was caught on video.
Chief White says the incident occurred because of a dispute with Pearl River County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Garcia over a safety issue and who was in charge of the incident scene. The accident involved a vehicle that had flipped over on Old Wiggins Highway just outside the city limits of Poplarville.
The chief told Al Showers of WLOX-TV that the vehicle was on its roof, with fluids on the ground and the smell of gasoline. The deputy was going to allow someone to use a privately owned vehicle and a winch to upright the car. But Chief White thought that would be dangerous, particularly with about 10 to 15 people standing near the car.
Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison said Garcia told him, Chief White stood between the overturned car and the winch and refused to let the car be up-righted. The Chief said a qualified tow truck driver should be called to do the job.
“There were still hazards on the ground that the car hadn’t been flipped up or moved out of the roadway. I had still deemed it a safety hazard and a fire hazard so at that point, yes I would have considered that accident my scene,” said Chief White.
Sheriff Allison said his deputy didn’t feel there were any public safety concerns and that his deputy was in-charge of the accident scene and not the fire chief.
“We wouldn’t report to a fire scene and tell them how to put out a fire,” said Allison.
This week there have been a number of stories that relate to some of my favorite topics. These include free speech and social media. Here's a summary of the various news items and links to read more.
New York, New York
FDNY is dealing with a bit of an evolving controversy over an order last month from Commissioner Salvatore Cassano that banned “material presenting opinions or viewpoints” inside the firehouse. When the union complained, it prompted a revised order. The latest order still has the union riled. Here are some excerpts from an article by Al Baker in The New York Times:
Stephen J. Cassidy, the union president, consulted Ronald L. Kuby, a civil rights lawyer, and put the department on notice that he believed that the order, issued Dec. 29, was a violation of his members’ constitutional rights to free expression, even in the workplace.
He then did what he said was a first for his labor organization: He issued a memo on Monday directing roughly 8,000 firefighters simply to ignore the order from the fire commissioner, Salvatore J. Cassano.
On Wednesday, two days after Mr. Cassidy issued his memo, a Fire Department spokesman acknowledged that the order was too broadly worded, and said a new directive had been issued. The spokesman, Francis X. Gribbon, said that fire officials did not intend to keep firefighters from bringing opinion materials into the firehouse; the order was meant to prohibit the posting of opinions on any walls in the firehouses. Posting unofficial materials on bulletin boards has always been prohibited.
But the new language was of even greater concern to Mr. Cassidy, who said he would fight any effort to ban the posting of any written materials that are not official business on the walls of the city’s 350 firehouses.
My non-legal mind reminds me of a similar story I covered in 1992 in the District of Columbia. Captain Larry Watts, with the help of IAFF Local 36 and the ACLU, was successful in court fighting disciplinary action after Watts posted a political cartoon in the firehouse that depicted well known athletes with some very public baggage and a firefighter. The caption read, "Kids! Find the positive role model". The cartoon was considered a problem by some because the athletes were black. Click here to read more about Watts v. Alfred.
Twenty-six of 28 recruits for the Jackson Fire Department failed a State Certification exam. So, what does that story have to do with free speech or social media? Nice of you to ask. After the word leaked out on the Facebook page of a former assistant chief, and then reported on Tuesday in the Jackson press and by my friend Bill Schumm at Firegeezer, an even more interesting story surfaced on Wednesday. Here are details from ClarionLedger.com's Therese Apel:
Jackson Fire Chief Raymond McNulty has put his firefighters on notice not to post inaccurate information or comments harmful to the department on their social network sites.
They also cannot post photos of themselves in uniform or posing with city equipment.
McNulty confirmed in an email the number of recruits receiving their certification on the first try. He, however, would not grant an interview to The Clarion-Ledger.
When asked in writing about the memo he responded, "This memo was established to make our firefighters aware of the official rules and regulations of the City of Jackson."
City spokesman Chris Mims said the city does not have a social media policy yet.
McNulty says in his memo that firefighters shouldn't publicly discuss information that could be detrimental to JFD or its employees; shouldn't post content that is inconsistent with the duties and ethics of a firefighter, such as racist or sexist comments or rumors; and shouldn't use aliases.
In addition, McNulty advises his firefighters to clearly state that what they write is their own opinion and not that of the department.
Officers are allowed to comment on issues of public concern but not personal grievances.
Firefighters also are encouraged not to post information regarding off-duty activities that may bring their reputation or that of the department into question.
South Bend, Indiana
Captain Tony Schelske faces demotion and a suspension over cell phone video he took at a January 6 apartment fire and posted on YouTube. Schelske has the right to appeal after the Board of Public Safety upheld Chief Howard Buchanon's recommendation to bust Schelske back to first-class firefighter and give him a nine-day suspension.
KosyOnline.com reports this fire was discovered at 8:09 this morning at the Lloyd Barnes residence on Town Rock Port Road in McCool, Mississippi (Attala County). The initial caller reported someone may be trapped but that turned out not to be the case. The fire was reported under control at 9:18 AM. According to KosyOnline.com, "Attala Fire, Attala Sheriff's Department, McCool and Ethel Volunteers responded … ."
At :58 you will see the first of a number of times ventilation was done with materials on hand.
William Land, a ten-year veteran of the Memphis Fire Department, is currently out on bond after his arrest during a fire in his Southaven, Mississippi home (Desoto County, a suburb of Memphis) around 4:00 Saturday morning. Land is charged with interfering with firefighters and failing to listen to police officers when his kitchen caught fire. Officers say Land's 14-year-old son tried to interfere with his father's arrest and was also taken into custody.
According to police, land was upset about the fire department’s response time, and let them know it. They say he wasn't wearing any protective gear, and yet refused to wait outside.
"They kept asking him to leave and he basically told them he wasn't going to leave." (From Southaven PD's Lt. Mark Little.)
Land faces charges of disorderly conduct and failing to obey a police officer, obstructing operations on a fire scene and disobeying an officer on the scene of a fire. His son faces a juvenile summons for disorderly conduct and failure to obey officers.
Why were pictures of three teenage girls posing in their underwear allegedly taken at the Bayside Park Volunteer Fire Department? Two of the girls were reportedly 16, the other was 14. And that, investigators say, is considered child exploitation.
Consequently, Assistant Fire Chief Clarence "Zeke" Hall and volunteer fireman Vincent Reiber have been arrested and accused of taking lewd pictures of three underage girls.
Authorities say the incident happened at the Bayside Park Volunteer Fire Department. They say following a boot shake to raise money for the department, firefighters gathered at the station, where the pictures were allegedly taken.
This is the third house fire video from Kosciusko, Mississippi we have run in the past month. It was reported at 2:17 PM today in the 100 block of Allen Street. As usual Kosyonline.com was on the scene. The site also has some excerpts of the dispatch and fireground audio and still pictures. No injuries were reported.
This is from a fire Saturday afternoon in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Neighbors had rescued an elderly woman who used a walker. One firefighter was treated after being overcome by heat. Read details at KOSY Online.
Jackson (MS) city councilman Kenneth Stokes thinks the city needs to change ambulance companies or go into the ambulance business.
Stokes says the victim, 25- year-old Lee Joseph Martin, had to wait 23 minutes for help because police had not secured the shooting scene. He held a news conference at the apartment complex.
“You have got to take the risk. You can’t let citizens die. Because if you are wounded, you say I’m not safe. Now if you can’t assume the risk then give it to the person who can assume the risk,” said Stokes.
AMR spokesman Jim Pollard said it is national policy that ambulances do not go into shooting scenes until they are sure the scene is secure and that is to protect emergency personnel.
Pollard says he has studied the times and found they got the call at 10:15:04, were on scene at 10:22:24, and had patient contact at 10:22:29 or seven minutes twenty-five seconds after getting the call.
This fire occurred on Saturday afternoon on Highway 440 in Attala County, Mississippi. Here is some of what was posted with the video by kosyonline:
At 4:27 pm Attala Fire and Carmack Volunteers were called to 8256 Hwy 440 for a report of a house fire. First responders on scene found heavy smoke coming from the Story residence. The owner of the new double wide home was at work in Jackson and was notified of the fire. Firefighters requested assistance from all volunteer fire personnel from the county. We know Sallis and Zama arrived on scene but we are unsure of the other responding units at this time. Firefighters shuttled water and battled the flames for 3 hours before getting the fire under control.
The food may be fast but the response to the emergency isn’t: It looks like the employees of this McDonald’s in Tampa could use some training on what to do if smoke starts filling the place.
Firefighter saves the gas station but loses his POV: Mike Lee was the first firefighter on the scene when a vehicle caught fire at the gas pumps of a service station in Star, Mississippi. The volunteer is being credited with preventing a more serious problem when he used his own pickup truck to push the burning vehicle away from the pumps. That worked, but in the process Lee’s POV stalled and then became a victim of the fire. Here’s more.
Earlier video from Marlborough, Massachusetts collapse: Another video is now posted from Saturday’s 8-alarm fire that resulted in a sizable collapse at a restaurant on Main Street. It gives another view of the collapse but also shows the earlier stages of the firefighting operation. Check it out.
Assistant chief needed rescue from trench collapse: In Charles City, Iowa Assistant Chief David Boehmer needed his own fire department at his property. Boehmer was trapped up to his armpits after a collapse occurred while working on a new house. He was stuck for 25-minutes. Read the story
Firefighter accused of having sex with fellow firefighter’s teen daughter: An ugly situation in Milwaukee where Firefighter Robert Johnson is charged with having sex multiple times with a 14-year-old girl he met on the Internet. It turns out she is the daughter of a Milwaukee firefighter. Johnson faced similar charges in 2004. That time it was a 14-year-old girl he met on a call to her home. The DA dropped those charges when the girl changed her story. Read details.
Firefighters pay twice in EMT training scandal: In Haverhill, Massachusetts firefighter accused of paying to receive their EMT recertification without having to attend the class are now getting hit in their wallets again. They each lose the $1500 stipend for being an EMT. The mayor says he is going to use the money saved to hire a consultant to look at the fire department. Here’s the latest.
Firefighters hurt in yacht fire: Firegeezer has the video and story about Sunday’s fire that destroyed a 104-foot yacht in West Palm Beach, Florida. Two firefighters were hurt and another suffered heat exhaustion. Click here.