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More raw video of early rescues at Manhattan 7-alarm fire: We started following this one before midnight with the live audio and the first citizen YouTube videos. We now have lots more video (including another view of the early rescues and a spectacular HD clip at the height of the fire) from the fire at 283 Grand Street that left at least three resident and two dozen firefighters injured. Fireground audio has also been added. Click here for our coverage. Also,’s Emily Cyr put together a slideshow of images from the fire.

Silo explosion takes the life of assistant chief: Garrett Loomis was made assistant chief of the the Sackets Harbor FD in Jefferson County, New York less than a week ago. He is now dead. Click here to learn what is known about the second fire in three days at a local farm.

One firefighter hurt in Montgomery County, Maryland house fire: Raw video from an interior operation on a McMansion fire in Rockville. One firefighter was hurt in a ceiling collapse. Check it out.

I finally gave up on keeping up with PGFD: I never got around to posting the fourth two-alarm fire in three days in Prince George’s County, but Billy McNeel has pictures from the Saturday blaze on Toledo Terrace in Hyattsville. Up until then I was staying one step behind Mark Brady’s press releases on a very busy week for PGFD. Here is a rundown showing my hard work with all of the links.

It’s not like I am looking for a medal for my efforts, but there just so happens to be one that would be appropriate. Actually it’s a commemorative coin celebrating forty years of PGFD. Brady has the details in yet another press release.

Annapolis chief reluctantly suggests cutting staff: Chief Doug Remaley admits it will reduce response times, but sees cutting staff as a better alternative than slashing supply and training budgets. Read the story.

Some must see vintage video: I am sure many of you have seen this 1991 video from Springfield, Massachusetts showing a very close call for a firefighter from Rescue 1. I hadn’t. It is well worth a second look.  

Controversy in Baltimore over firefighter’s injury and PIO comments: IAFF Local 734 has been cranking out the press releases as one of its members, Firefighter/Paramedic Jeffrey Novack is on the mend from last week’s fire at 3910 Liberty Heights Avenue. The union makes the case that “firehouse roulette’” played a contributing role in the injuries to Novack and civilians rescued from the apartment fire next to the firehouse. PIO Kevin Cartwright questions that claim and becomes the subject of a follow-up press release. We have all the details here.

Second-alarm in Perth Amboy, New Jersey: Raw video from a fire on Friday, plus a recent demonstration on staffing for the political leaders of the town. Click here.

Firefighter among three hurt in Los Angeles: Click here for a fire last night that burned an LAFD member.

Two-tiered troubles: In Flagstaff, Arizona the Daily Sun’s editorial board looks at various possibilities for the future of EMS responses in tight budget times. This comes after the paper ran recent articles looking at how fire, police and Guardian Medical Transport all have a role in EMS. Here’s the editorial. The articles are here and here.

Women make Houston history: In case you missed it, in the middle of continuing issues over its dealings with women firefighters, the Houston Fire Department had its first all female engine crew running last week. Check it out.

Another firefighter arson case: There seems to be a lot of them making the news again. This time it is in Central City, Pennsylvania where a firefighter has been arrested for a fire in a vacant structure Saturday morning. Here’s the story.

Two schools of thought … I mean fire: A bad weekend for old school buildings in the Midwest. The video above is from a vacant elementary school that burned in Hamilton County, Ohio yesterday. Read all the details from Laura Braverman and Jennifer Baker at (thanks to Glenn Hartong). Malinda Hartong’s photos are here. Firegeezer is also on this one. In Fredericktown, Missouri a 1950s era building that was still in use as a middle school was destroyed on Saturday. Check out the video.

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