Quick Takes

Raw video from deadly basement fire in DC: DC Fire & EMS Department photographer Vito Maggiolo was on the scene Monday night at 9th and Kennedy, NW as firefighters attacked a fire in the basement of a boarded up home and found a victim. Attempts to revive the woman were not successful.

Must see video of extrication by neighbors: One of our regular readers points us to this story from Ft. Lauderdale where a man was purposely run over by the driver of a car. Neighbors jumped in and not only held the driver for police, they joined an arriving cop in lifting the car off of the victim. Click here to see the story.

More from the love thy neighbor file: VAFireNews.com has the story of a spontaneous shovel brigade on a high priority EMS call during the snowstorm in Waynesboro. Firegeezer has a similar story from Massachusetts where the shovel brigade was joined by a convoy of snow blowers to help free an ambulance.

A timely call in Richmond: Also from VAFireNews.com, the story of a house fire as snow was falling late Friday night in Richmond. According to Lt. Shawn Jones, the department’s PIO, crews were ordered out of the home about 60 seconds before there was a partial collapse of the roof. Click here for details.

Nativity scene back at Charleston, SC fire station: It is now okay for Station 12 in Charleston to restore its Nativity scene as long as symbols of other holidays are part of the display. Read a rather lengthy article on the controversy from the Post & Courier.

DA to look at FDNY EMTs’ actions: Prosecutors in Brooklyn are looking into whether the actions, or possible inaction, by FDNY EMS workers is criminal. Read the latest on the break time controversy

Who ya gonna call? Sal, of course: Credentials aside for a moment, Cara Buckley of  The New York Times believes the name alone may have been reason enough for Chief Sal Cassano to be appointed  FDNY’s new commissioner. Check out her reasoning.

A big issue for the new commissionerWatch the story of a lawsuit from a man burned trying to do the job of firefighters by attempting to rescue his neighbors in Queens from a burning home. The suit says the fire department was delayed because of an error involving the Unified Call Taker system.

Former battalion chief loses sex discrimination and retaliation lawsuit: A jury ruled in favor of the Kanas City (MO) Fire Department in a lawsuit by Kathleen Kline, a former battalion chief. Read details.

A blogger gets promoted: Check out thehousewatch.com for some good news from a fire blogger. While there read the latest from Ray McCormack.