Quick Takes: March 12, 2012.

 House fire in Greensboro, NC: Video from a fire on Stratford drive yesterday afternoon.

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A must read: In Portsmouth, New Hampshire the fire chief has made it very clear he doesn’t want cops going into burning buildings. This occurred after police attempted unsuccessfully to rescue a woman from her burning home. In doing so, the chief says the police blocked the roadway and improperly vented the home. A deputy police chief pretty much said no thanks to the fire chief’s request. Click here to check this one out.

Battalion chief hurt trying to stop runaway car: In Boynton Beach, Florida a woman was critically injured after she failed to put her car in park when getting the mail. The vehicle went into a spin. A battalion chief was among those who tried to stop it. Here’s the video of the out of control car and details on the story.

Reminder for Northern, Virginia firefighters: The Purcellville VFC reminds firefighters and public that anyone who would like to pay respects to Capt. Michael Quin, USMC that his remains will travel from Reagen National Airport to Purcellville this evening. Captain Quin’s father Brad is a member of the fire department. Click here for the details.

Firefighting in the UK: An interesting discussion has developed comparing firefighting on either side of the Atlantic after we posted pre-arrival video of a school fire last week in the United Kingdom. Click here.

Does your t-shirt glow in the dark?: MN8 -Foxfire, the company with interesting and useful illumunating products for firefighters, wants you help in designing its new glow in the dark t-shirt. Featuring the Foxfire logo on the front of the shirt and the winning design displayed on the back, the T-shirt will be sold at FDIC. Check out details of the contest.

Staying in the news in the Nation’s Capital: The DC Fire and EMS Department was in the news every day last week, between the issue with the FR polo shirts sitting in a warehouse and the relevation of allegations of sexual harassment brought against Chief Kenneth Ellerbe when he was chief in Sarasota County, Florida. The most recent story was posted on Friday where Firefighter Chuck Ryan, who was burned last year, talked about the shirts that were not distributed because of having the wrong patch. Here it is.

Helping out after the storm: Glenn Usdin’s FireTruckBlog.com takes a look at how one Ohio fire department is getting help with apparatus from another department after a tornado damaged the firehouse and equipment. Click here.

LAFD response times questioned: Firegeezer.com has the details on a controversy in Los Angeles over fire department response times.

Update on burned PGFD Firefighter Kevin O’Toole: WTOP Radio has an update on the Bladensburg VFD firefighter who is still in the burn unit. Here’s the story.

Looking at the legal angle on candidate photos: Curt Varone’s FireTruckBlog.com has the real firehouse lawyer’s view of recent discipline in Pinellas Park, Florida of firefighters who posed on duty with a City Council candidate. Here’s Curt’s view.

Career versus volunteer, the argument in South Jersey: The Press of Atlantic City takes on the topic of holding onto a career fire department in tight budget times versus going volunteer. Click here.

Mayor says cut overtime and chief says increase number of firefighters: In Lackawanna, NY the amount of fire department overtime has the new mayor’s head spinning. The fire chief knows what needs to be done to solve the problem. Will anyone listen? Read more.

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Helmet-cam on apartment fire: No details on this other than it is an abandoned structure and it is Engine 28 of a department with the initials JFD.