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Airport fire engine rolls; Career medics for St. Mary’s?; Heritage Foundation vs. IAFF; Issues at PGFD 2nd Alarm; More videos

Picture of the day: MWAA Engine 335 (above) on its side after rolling while heading from Reagan National Airport to a reported structure fire in Alexandria, VA. Arlington County led efforts to rescue 2 firefighters trapped for almost an hour. Details here.

Video of the day: Have to give FireGeezer credit for finding the video above. Police dashboard camera video of a chain reaction crash and fire in Missouri. FireGeezer has more pictures and the details

Looking out for number 1

Let me correct that. It will be looking out for 701 or 801. Those are the new company numbers for Silver Spring and Hyattsville, as both MCFRS and PGFD announce the official switchover for Monday. Details can be found here.
Former St. Louis chief retires and cites racial motivations behind demotion
Demoted to deputy chief, Sherman George is leaving the St. Louis Fire Department, but as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, he isn’t going quietly. Here is an excerpt:

Deposed Fire Chief Sherman George announced his retirement from the Fire Department on Thursday but made clear that the political fight over his ouster is just beginning.

Claiming that his Oct. 1 demotion to deputy chief was racially motivated, George said he has filed federal and local employment discrimination complaints. George says that City Hall conspired to force him to chose between leaving the department or reducing his pension benefits.

George, the city’s first African-American fire chief, ended speculation that he would run for elected office, but he leveled a stern parting shot at Mayor Francis Slay.

“I am not interested in running for mayor of the city of St. Louis,” George said at a news conference Thursday. “But neither should Francis Slay if this city has any chance to heal the racial divide he has created.”

Photo from St. Mary’s Today.


Career medics in St. Mary’s


St. Mary’s Today has details
on a paid medic scheduled to be hired in St. Mary’s County. Ken Rossignol sees it as the first of many.

Heritage foundation stands up for volunteers and goes after IAFF

This editorial in the Puebloe Chieftan on Saturday, by the Heritage Foundation’s James Sherk, takes on the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act. Here is the IAFF’s perspective on the same bill.


College Park 2nd alarm, alarm bells and fireground issues

Watch 9NEW NOW’s Cindy Pena’s report

Lots of ladders in the photo above shot by Mike Frantel. More pictures can be seen on diamondbackonline.com, along with the college paper’s coverage of the overnight fire at Hartwick Towers. Reports that alarm bells didn’t work complicated the evacuation during the fire.

Here is an excerpt from The Diamondback’s coverage:

A fire ripped through a third floor apartment in Hartwick Towers downtown early Friday morning, leaving several evacuated residents displaced for the night.

Jerry Engle, a firefighter with the Riverdale Fire Department, said two women were rescued from the gutted apartment. But Prince George’s County Fire Department Spokesman Mark Brady said in a a statement that no one was hospitalized. The cause of the fire, which Brady said started in the bedroom, is being investigated.

Residents of the six-story condominium complex, which is not equipped with sprinklers, described a chaotic scene after the fire broke out. No fire alarms sounded, residents said, and they banged on doors to urge neighbors to evacuate. Brady said that when firefighters arrived, a “hectic evacuation” was underway.

STATter 911 has learned that Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department officials have requested that reports be written following a confrontation on the fireground. We are sorting out the details, but have been told by a number of sources this has to do with companies following assignments issued by the incident commander. We will provide more as we get it.


Firefighter injured in Australian explosion

A firefighter suffered respiratory burns after an explosion during a fire in a factory in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Watch video of the fire, here. Click the photo above to see a slide show or click here for details on the fire.

More dashboard camera video: Ambulance crew warns woman that car is on fire

The video above seems a bit old, but it is worth watching. It is from Westmoreland County, PA. An ambulance crew tries to get the attention of woman whose car is on fire. She’s too busy talking on the cell phone.

NH fire department to remain “top heavy”

“Top heavy” is the description of the town manager in Hampton, NH. But selectmen voted to back the chief and keep 2 deputy chief positions in the budget.


Woman thanks firefighter who rescued her from burning apartment

Metro Nashville Fire Captain David Christian’s rescue of Shawnee Partain was caught on video and so was Partain’s tearful thank-you. Click the image above to see both.

Cycle shop fire
The video above is another one from the cycle shop that burned in Edmonton on Tuesday. Details here. More pictures here. More video here.


Eversole endowment

Details on the Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation’s newly created Chief John M. Eversole Endowment for Hazardous Materials Responders can be found here. Chief Eversole (pictured above), of the Chicago Fire Department, was the chair of the IAFC Hazardous Materials Committee and much more. He died in May of this year.

Please read the note in our comments section for a personal view of Chief Eversole and his ties to the College Park VFD.

Video above is of a fire in a multiple space carport. It is from Phoenix, but no date is attached.

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