As Firegeezer has been warning us: Click here for videos, fireground audio, pictures and more from our extensive coverage of two fires at Family Dollar stores in Rochester, New York yesterday. Our friends at Monroe County Fire Wire have a series of HD videos, like the one above from Scott Ellman. As you may be aware, the Geeze has been keeping tabs of the number of fires in Family Dollars and other similarly named stores. So we can’t say he didn’t warn us.
Firefighters cleared of wrongdoing in death of elderly woman at fire, but there were a series of issues: This is an update on a story from New Zealand where there were allegations an elderly woman was left in a burning home and could have been removed sooner. The first crew to reach the woman was running out of air. They assumed she was dead and left her. A second crew found here alive, though she later died. While the firefighters were cleared of wrongdoing, the report does indicate the woman was declared dead when she actually wasn’t, there may have been confusion over a policy of leaving bodies in place for investigators and there needs to be improved search and rescue training. The report also confirmed that two senior officers had been drinking at a barbeque prior to the fire breaking out, but each believed it did not impair their ability to deal with the fire. Overall the report found the firefighters on the call “responded appropriately”. Click here for more. Watch the story here.
Firefighter talks about floor collapse that sent him and others to the hospital: Cincinnati’s Fred Averill talks about the fire Monday that sent him and others tumbling through a hole in the floor. Read and watch the story.
Who’d a thunk it?: A study of the data in Boston has found that some firehouses are busy and some aren’t. Now that’s a headline for you. Anyway, the question on the table is what to with that information. There is a suggestion of moving firefighters around. Read the story.
Firefighter’s son charged in dad’s murder: You may be familiar with the story of the Waco, Texas firefighter whose body was found in his burning home. Ramonell James’ son, burned in the fire, has now been charged with shooting his dad and setting the place on fire. Here’s the story.
Pranks for the memories: Too much time on their hands and a lot of dedication to scaring the rookie. Check it out.