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Indiana house fire: This is from Lake Station yesterday evening. The fire was in the 2800 block of DeKalb.

Fire captain honored for bringing his own gun to the battle: Truly one of the more unusual fire service stories in some time occurred earlier this year in Palm Beach County, Florida. On Friday, Captain Edwin O’Berry and two shifts of firefighters and medics were honored for jumping into action as a police officer was being beaten near Station 31 on April 8. The man doing the beating had the cop’s gun. Captain O’Berry had one of his own that he just grabbed from his personal car. The man was shot and killed by the captain and another police officer. For his efforts Captain O’Berry received an award intended for police officers. Click here for our coverage.

It appears to me the firefighter at the back of the camper is using a leaf blow to practice his PPV techniques at this training fire. This is from a rather unusual video that you can see by clicking the image.

It appears to me the firefighter at the back of the camper is practicing his PPV techniques at this training fire. This is from a rather unusual video that you can see by clicking the image.

Trooper who fought with paramedic is again back on the street: Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s Daniel Martin was reinstated after a citizen filed an excessive force claim. The latest incident was caught on video, much like the May 24 run-in with Creek Nation paramedic Maurice White Jr. We have the story and all of the videos.

Two-hatters told to take a hike in Duluth: The IAFF local and three Duluth firefighters have parted ways because the firefighters volunteer in a suburban department. Here are the details.

Customer service debate  over crash and gas leak: There is a little back and forth in our comments section over a story by 9NEWS NOW’s Lindsey Mastis following a car crash into a house in Takoma Park, Maryland on Thursday. The family and neighbors believe the fire department could have taken a little better care of a 93-year-old woman after her home was evacuated. Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service has apologized, but also looks at it as a teachable moment for firefighters and the public. The discussion ranges from someone who believe he would rather see his crew help an old man across the street, even if it meant missing a first due house fire, to those who think way too much attention is being paid to customer service. Check it out and join in

In wake of study, Quakertown VFC has extended an invitation to Quakertown VEMS members to come on over to the other side. Details and link to the report to the right. Quakertown VFC image.

In wake of study, Quakertown VFC has extended an invitation to Quakertown VEMS members to come on over to the other side. Details and link to the report to the right. Quakertown VFC image.

EMS study completed in town where passing incident occurred: You may recall the September controversy over a unit from New Jersey’s Quakertown Fire Company passing an ambulance on the way to a car crash  (here and here). From the articles covering that incident it was clear there are long standing problems over EMS service in the area. A study was promised and it has now been delivered. Dr. Harold Cohen at Tri-Data is recommending that Quakertown Volunteer EMS no longer be dispatched on calls in Franklin Township and first responder duties should be handled by Quakertown VFS. Read the entire report. Read the fire department’s response. Read the latest news article.

The thin green line: A neighbor who models his firefighting gear after the star of Probie Days keeps battling away with the garden hose even after the firefighters arrive. Watch the video and see the pictures. 

Brothel worker from HBO series confirmed among the dead in Oklahoma City arson: That's Brooke Phillips, AKA Hayden Brooks. She was a member of the staff at Moonlite Bunny Ranch featured on the HBO show "Cathouse". Police have now officially confirmed that Phillips was shot to death inside a burning home where three other people were found dead. She was pregnant. Click the image to read more about the case.

Brothel worker from HBO series confirmed among the dead in Oklahoma City arson: That's Brooke Phillips, AKA Hayden Brooks. She was a member of the staff at Moonlite Bunny Ranch featured on the HBO show "Cathouse". Police have now officially confirmed that Phillips was shot to death inside a burning home where three other people were found dead. She was pregnant. Click the image to read more about the case.

Jury says Fresno fire discriminates and wants it to pay big bucks: A former recruit is awarded almost $2.5 million dollars after a jury determined she was discriminated against while in the training academy at the Fresno Fire Department. Click here.

A lonely EMT or was credit card number swiped?: That’s the issue in one South Carolina town where the rescue squad is trying to explain dating service charges on the company credit card. Click here for our Friday coverage and here for the latest and an important meeting scheduled today.

Medical flight crash kills threeAn  early morning crash on Saturday in California, north of Reno, Nevada kills the crew of three.

Mass casualty at high school football game: The moment of a wall collapse at a South Carolina stadium was caught on video. At least 27 students were hurt. Click here.

Save at Maryland house fire is fire marshal’s father: Firefighters in Frederick County were able to find a man in a wheel chair inside his burning home Sunday afternoon. Family members say Joseph McNeal is expected to recover from smoke inhalation. The relative giving that information to The Frederick News-Post is the chief fire marshal for Frederick County, Marc McNeal, son of the victim.

A fight over benefits: Johnston, Rhode Island officials say they can save $635,000 by cutting pension and health benefits for firefighters. As you might imagine the union isn’t sitting still for this one. Click here for the story.

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  • Anonymous

    YARD BREATHERS!!!!!!

  • John Woods

    Those guys should submit a grant application for some balls – that was sad !

  • Twigger

    WOW…I know I wasn’t there but why was the front door not opened until about 5:30 into video,what if someone was on the other side or maybe a primary search.No venting was done,plenty of people standing around,could of at least taken out a few windows.2 lines fighting from outside? pushing fire back into house.If I was command at this fire I would be sitting in the Chiefs office right now defending my job….WOW

  • Jimmy

    Unreal ! Bunch of “Standouts” !

  • Vagabond

    The other comments say it all. Incorrect placement of 1st line, pushed fire back through the structure, no primary search. no opening up anywhere. Go back to basic school fellows. This is 2009, you gotta be kidding me with those tactics.

  • Glad it’s not my F.D.

    I am not one who normally comments publicly on vidoes, but this one is absolutely god awful. If I was the chief of this department, I would have the video pulled and destroyed. Why would any F.D. want a dibalicle like this one put on the internet. The person that submitted this must really dislike them. Shamful.

  • Anonymous

    What drives me crazy about these videos and job reports is when the fire company involved pats itself on the back and says “GREAT JOB!” If you try to point out errors, the common response is, “Hey, the fire went out (they all do eventually) and everyone went home safely, so that’s a GREAT JOB!” In these companies, there’s no pride in doing the job correctly, in being aggressive and attacking the fire, in going inside to actively search for trapped occupants or save a portion of a structure, in doing effective truck work, etc. There is nothing you can say or do for these people – they need to get out of their little town and see how the job is performed in cities and progressive departments across the country.

  • tom

    I’ve made comments about some bad videos but this takes the cake! I guess with budget cuts were going back to fighting fire from the outside again 1960 all over again. No venting front door not opened nothing going on but the chief waving his arms yelling. Two line on th back in the next yard fighting the fire, oh my god completely sad don’t know what to say. Yeah i do there was a vid. posted a couple months ago from the Middle East. Those guys work with less and have more balls.

  • Anonymous

    ” OUTSTANDING “

  • Brandon

    Just a few thoughts from above post:

    No one has asked if the building may have been vacant? When the IC did the walk around maybe his Risk v. Benefit assessment did not warrant an interior attack. No one commented on the dry supply line in the video. Was their a water supply issue? Was manpower an issue? Something to think about here is that we are always so gung-ho to get inside the structure and fight the fire. I guess we have all forgotten what happened in Detroit earlier this year. Yes, all fires do go out eventually, but hey this is what happened here. So the bottom line maybe some more training will help here and an after incident review. BUT we are not there, this is not our department. SO these are just my thoughts….

  • Anonymous

    I take issue with the idea of “You weren’t there, so don’t comment.” There are basics of firefighting that apply across all situations, and when these basics are not followed that is often clearly evident from videos such as this one. In such cases it is entirely appropriate to point out those mistakes.

  • b-man-mc

    This is at least the 3rd or 4th Fire posted by this Dept. in the last 3-4 months and they don’t get better as they go. The best so far is when a f/f enters a roof vent hole with a hand line.
    I don’t think they have a man power issue as most of the clips seem to have plenty of people on the fire ground

  • Mark

    Interesting. Normally I’d say we shouldn’t arm-chair QB, risk a little to save a little, maybe the occupant told them everyone was out on arrival etc.

    But that leaves some questions.

    Why go offensive after 5+ minutes of exterior when it didn’t appear to be dangerous to go in right away? If it wasn’t safe right away, why would it be after hosing it downpushing the fire back in for 5 minutes.

    Why no PPV when making entry?

    Why no ventilation period?

    Why oh why oh why did an engine drive over a charged line???????

    That dry supply line looked like 2 1/2 or 3″. Is anyone other than DCFEMS using that small of hose for supply line anymore?

    But I guess when you have a $1,500 light bar on a 30 year old truck, why not?

  • Twigger

    After b-man-mc remarks I decided to look at more of their videos.The one where the Firefighter enters the vent hole (without an air pack and wearing a white helmet at that) is another must see. Also saw another one fighting a fire outside a commercial structure pushing fire back into main building.They then entered after sometime as fire vents itself through roof (At which point a white helmet starts putting water onto that fire from the outside)

  • T-Bone

    Wow, I thought it was in Fairfax until I saw them in MSA packs.