House fire last night in Athens, New York: This was around 7:30 PM at 31 North Franklin Street. No injuries reported. Athens Chief John Greco told the Daily Mail’s Susan Campriello this was the first fire for the company’s recently purchased aerial ladder - The ladder, he said, allowed firefighters to reach the roof and vent the fire with no delay. “We didn’t have to wait for an aerial to come,” he said.
Alabama firefighter burned in flashover: Firefighter Casey Hinsey with the Duncanville VFD was burned on his hands, arm, neck and face during a flashover at a house fire Wednesday night. Read more here and at FirefighterCloseCalls.com.
Career change offered to firefighters instead of lay offs: Volusia County, Florida officials want 18 firefighters to become correctional officers. They would likely have first dibs if positions later opened up in the fire department. Click here for details about this unusual offer.
East Texas on edge over church fires: Eight such fires since the start of the year are being investigated. Click here for details.
Charges likely in bar fight: The Daily News says to expect criminal charges against some of the group of firefighters involved in a fight inside Brooklyn’s Salty Dog. The paper reports it happened after someone spilled a drink on a firefighter. A large group of FDNY off-duty and retired firefighters were at the bar for an annual dinner. Here’ s more. Watch the story here.
Kind of like a firefighter who is an arsonist: This story from my friend Tom Jackman in The Washington Post really has nothing to do with fire or EMS, other than my analogy. Still, it is worth reading. A respected anger management counselor in Fairfax County, Virginia is facing federal charges for pulling a gun on two men he believed were blocking his car. Those men turned out to be U.S. Marshals. Read more.
Fireground audio as infamous night spot burns in Tennessee: Video and radio traffic from a fire at a vacant night spot in Memphis with a notorious past. Check it out.
Radio traffic from CO close call: This is the story from Salina, Kansas where the initial EMS providers on the scene needed rescuing themselves. Click here.
Looking back: Firegeezer has been running a feature with that title in recent weeks that showcases vintage ads from Fire Engineering. Take a look.