Fire in Calgary: This was the scene yesterday afternoon on Millrise Drive. One firefighter was injured and five police officers were treated for smoke inhalation. There is more video here, here and here. Read the story.
On St. Patrick’s Day everyone is a fireman and everyone else has a camera: “St. Patrick’s Day ends with shoeless man in a firefighter’s uniform passed out on Brooklyn doorstep”. That’s the headline at the New York Daily News with the picture showing the “firefighter” out cold. The question is if this is in fact a current active firefighter, someone who is retired, or just a citizen with the uniform. Read the story and see the picture. Watch the video from the resident who couldn’t get in her front door.
Firefighter charged in fatal crash with fire engine that was caught on video: We ran this story in September from Luton, north of London, as a camera caught the collision of a fire engine responding to a 999 call. The driver of the car died a month after the crash. The driver of the fire engine is now accused of causing death by dangerous driving. Click here for the video and here for the latest.
Report about that shopping center explosion caught on video: NIOSH makes the case for more staffing in Prince George’s County, Maryland in its report on the explosion ten-months-ago at the Penn Mar Shopping Center. The report also indicates PGFD didn’t follow its own SOGs and had the potential for making a bad situation worse by flipping breakers and uncoordinated venting while natual gas was still filling the buildings. But that blast didn’t happen until firefighters made sure 45 people were out of seven stores at the strip mall. A department spokesman says they had been working closely with NIOSH and are already addressing the training and many of the other issues. Here is our TV story on the report. Click here to read the NIOSH report.
Noose in firehouse: In Moss Point, Mississippi the highest ranking black member says he found a noose in his sleeping quarters. Captain Rodger Mann tells reporters it is the second time this has happened. Read and watch the story.
New recruit isn’t: In Hall County, Georgia there is the rather bizarre story of a guy showing up at a firehouse and presenting himself to the lieutenant as his new firefighter. The lieutenant wasn’t born yesterday and started making some calls. The guy bolted but not before he had told his “fellow” firefighters where he lived. Here’s the story.