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08/20/2017 12:16 PM
IDAHO FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT BARN FIRE
The Madison Fire Department said a firefighter was hurt battling a large barn fire outside of Sugar City Saturday. “We are saddened by the injury of one of our firefighters, who has a minor injury to his knee, and we expect a full recovery in a short period of time,” Madison Fire Chief Corey Childs […]

08/20/2017 12:14 PM
PA ASST. CHIEF CITED FOR PLAYING COP AND PULLING OVER CAR AFTER CLOSE CALL
Police have cited York Township’s assistant fire chief, alleging he improperly used the emergency lights on his duty vehicle to pull over a driver. If found guilty, Assistant Fire Chief Scotty Bowman, 32, who lives in the township, could face a substantial fine, plus about $150 in court costs and fees. The summary traffic ticket has a minimum […]

08/20/2017 12:12 PM
CA FIREFIGHTER RECOVERING AFTER FALL THRU ROOF
A Menlo Park Fire Captain sustained moderate burns in a house fire after the roof he was standing on gave out as the attic burned beneath him, late Friday. The Fire Captain, a seasoned veteran with the Fire District, had just guided a Probationary Firefighter as he cut a square ventilation hole in the roof […]

08/19/2017 08:50 PM
PA FIREFIGHTER SUFFERS SMOKE INHALATION AT FIRE
A Butler Township home was a “total loss” after a fire on Friday afternoon, said Lance Crouse, deputy chief of the Heidlersburg Fire Company. A dog died and the two-story home’s only occupant will be displaced, Crouse said. A firefighter was transported to Gettysburg Hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation, said Crouse, who did not […]

08/17/2017 11:31 PM
LNG Plant Prompts WA City to Reopen Fire Station
Candice Ruud On Aug 17, 2017 Source: McClatchy Aug. 16–In October, Tacoma’s Tideflats will have a round-the-clock firefighting operation for the first time in years after the City Council approved staffing a 24-hour engine company out of the training center there. Right now, there is no working fire station on the Tideflats. The city is […]

08/17/2017 09:21 PM
FIREFIGHTER INJURED IN ACCIDENTAL FIREHOUSE SHOOTING
A firefighter was hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after he was shot in an accidental shooting. The Eastex fire chief confirmed to KHOU 11, a firefighter accidentally shot himself inside the station’s apparatus bay. The chief said the loaded gun should not have been in the station in the first place and the firefighter could face disciplinary […]

08/17/2017 09:12 PM
FATHER AND SON DIE MONTHS APART FROM 9-11 CANCER
They were father and son. They were first responders on September 11, 2001, and now, their recent deaths are being tied to their heroism on that horrific day, more than 15 years later. Robert Alexander, 43, died this week of cancer related to his service at the World Trade Center site after the 9/11 attacks, […]

08/15/2017 09:20 AM
PHILLY FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT APARTMENT BUILDING FIRE
A firefighter and two residents were injured early Tuesday in a fire in an apartment building in Northeast Philadelphia, officials said. The blaze also displaced about four dozen people. There no word yet on the firefighter’s injuries. The two residents were initially reported to be in serious condition. The blaze in the two-story building on […]

08/14/2017 12:12 PM
Retired FDNY firefighter Michael Duffy dead at 63 after battle with 9/11-linked cancer
Another firefighter has lost his life to a 9/11-related cancer. Retired Firefighter Michael Duffy, a 20-year veteran of the department who spent time at Ground Zero after the terror attacks, died on Aug. 8, officials said Thursday. Duffy joined the FDNY in 1982 and spent his entire career at Engine 310 and Ladder 174 on […]

08/13/2017 07:52 PM
TX FIRE CHIEF SUFFERS ELECTRICAL SHOCK AT GRASS FIRE
While responding to a grass fire, the Nixon fire chief suffered an electric shock and was hospitalized after coming in contact with a live electrical wire. Interim City Manager Harold Rice said the Nixon Volunteer Fire Department was called out to a grass fire on Friday about 2 miles west of Nixon on Highway 87. […]

08/12/2017 10:46 AM
FATAL RESPONDING CRASH IN TN
A Smyrna mother lost her life Thursday in a collision with an Arrington Fire Department Truck. That truck was headed down Nolensville Road to a fire call that ended up being cancelled when it collided with Nikki Walden’s car pulling out to cross at the York Road intersection. Michael Coleman saw everything two cars behind her. […]

08/12/2017 07:25 AM
SPOKANE FIREFIGHTER SUFFERS SERIOUS INJURIES IN FALL FROM LADDER AT FIRE
City of Spokane Fire Department crews are on scene of a commercial structure fire on 32nd and Grand Blvd at Beacon Cleaners. The fire has been knocked down, but crews tells us that a firefighter fell from his ladder and was taken to the hospital with significant injuries. Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer tells us that […]

08/11/2017 05:37 PM
DC FIREFIGHTER STILL CRITICAL AFTER BEING STRUCK BY LADDER TRUCK
A firefighter seriously injured after he was hit by a fire department ladder truck remains in critical condition Thursday and will have additional surgeries, according to fire officials. Dane Smothers, Jr. has undergone three surgeries and is expected to have another Thursday afternoon. View image on Twitter  Follow Stephen Tschida @ABC7Stephen Fellow firefighters say injured colleague Dane Smothers […]

08/10/2017 02:36 PM
2 FIREFIGHTERS BURNED ATTEMPTING TO RESCUE INFANT
A 1-year-old child died in a house fire in Monmouth early Wednesday morning that also injured two of the responding firefighters. Polk County Fire District No. 1 crews responded to the 700 block of North Catron Street at 1:57 a.m. Firefighters arrived to find the home heavily involved in fire. Two adults and two children […]

08/10/2017 02:34 PM
2 DE FIREFIGHTERS INJURED AT UNIVERSITY BUILDING FIRE
Two firefighters received medical attention following a three-alarm building fire at the University of Delaware Wednesday afternoon. The origins of the fire are still being investigated. About 1:15 p.m., multiple New Castle County fire companies responded to the University of Delaware’s McKinly Hall in Newark for a building fire, said Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Fire […]