Jan
25
2015

APPARATUS CRASH IN SC – ROLLOVER

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The Columbia Fire Department and law enforcement agencies responded to an overturned firetruck Sunday morning. Troopers say the firetruck was making a left off of Bluff Road onto South Cedar Creek when the vehicle overturned at approximately 10 a.m. Brick Lewis with the Columbia Fire Department says the firefighter has been transported to Richland Memorial
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Jan
24
2015

OHIO TEENAGER ARRESTED FOR STEALING FIRE TRUCK

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According to reports from the Scioto County Sheriff’s Department (SCSD), deputies were in pursuit Friday night of a stolen fire truck from the Rush Township Volunteer Fire Department, resulting in the arrest of James Anthony Manyard, 18, of McDermott. Reports from the sheriff’s department reveal that on Friday, Jan. 23, at approximately, 10:48 p.m. Maynard
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Jan
24
2015

APPARATUS CRASH IN NC

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nteer Fire Department fire truck late Friday afternoon on Shiloh Church Road in Cabarrus County, authorities said. A witness who lives near the scene at Kingsview Drive said the fire truck didn’t make the curve and flipped on its side. “I am tired of all the accidents,” Paul Kikta said. The curve is notorious for
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Jan
23
2015

FIRE APPARATUS VS FIRE APPARATUS CRASH

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Remember that crash in California last April with the two responding apparatus? Well, the cops claim that unsafe driving caused the Alhambra FD rig to collide with a Monterey Park rig last spring, injuring 15 people. Despite placing fault with the Alhambra apparatus driver, no charges are being filed in connection to the April 16, 2014,
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Jan
21
2015

VOLUNTEER FF RUNS OVER ANOTHER VOLUNTEER AT NY FIRE SCENE

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A volunteer firefighter from the Cedarville Fire Department is accused of hitting another firefighter with his pickup truck. 25-year old Jared Thayer of Little Falls was responding to a structure fire on Jerusalem Hill Road in the Town of Litchfield. Thayer told State Police there was heavy smoke and low visibility and he couldn’t avoid
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Jan
19
2015

VOLUNTEER FF INJURED IN RESPONDING POV CRASH

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Two people were injured when a vehicle went off the road and went down an embankment. We’re told one of the people involved in the crash is a Marbletown volunteer firefighter. We’re told he was responding to a call around 9 a.m. when fire officials say he lost control of his vehicle, went over a
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Jan
19
2015

FATAL APPARATUS CRASH IN HENRICO CO VA

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A Fredericksburg man was killed after his car ran into a fire truck that was parked along Interstate 295 south at the I-64 interchange in eastern Henrico County Monday morning. “A 2003 Pierce pumper truck (Henrico Fire Unit) was sitting in the left and center lane with lights activated when it was struck by a
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Jan
19
2015

ICE CAUSES NJ APPARATUS CRASH

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Rain and ice caused a pileup of a dozen vehicles Sunday that damaged a fire engine on a New Jersey Turnpike overpass Sunday. The trouble began when firefighters and an EMS crew responded to a one-car accident on Route 42 in Bellmawr, Fire Chief Jim Burleigh said. The responders blocked the road with a fire
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Jan
19
2015

WASHINGTONVILLE, NY APPARATUS CRASH

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A WFD Engine was involved in an MVA this morning while responding to an MVA during the ice storm. All 6 firefighters were transported to a local hospital and released with minor injuries.
Jan
19
2015

CLEVELAND FFs PREPARE TO HEAD TO COURT IN CRASH CASE

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We’re tracking new developments in a crash of a big fire truck that has the firefighters facing charges. The video showed one thing but statements of the firefighters seemingly said another. Now, they’ll try to clear their names in a trial by jury. Second firefighter in ladder truck crash case is arraigned Cleveland firefighters accused
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Jan
18
2015

UPDATE: FIREFIGHTER CRUSHED IN FREAK ACCIDENT AT FIRE STATION

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Joey Spitzenberger was just starting his shift today with the Little York Volunteer Fire Department at the fire station where he began his firefighting career as a 12 year old junior volunteer. Then, much like the people he’s helped save from wrecked cars and burning buildings, the 23 year old firefighter was in need of
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Jan
17
2015

INDY TOWER LADDER STRUCK BY SUV

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Wayne Township Fire Department were responding to a fire when one of their ladder trucks was hit in an intersection. On Saturday morning, just after 1 a.m., WTFD responded to a report of smoke in an apartment hallway on Indianapolis’ west side. On the way to the call, Ladder 84 was struck by a SUV.
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Jan
16
2015

APPARATUS CRASH IN HARTFORD, CT

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A city fire truck and a car collided in the South End Thursday morning. The accident was minor, Lt. Raul Ortiz said; no injuries were reported at the scene. The crash happened before 11:30 a.m. in the area of New Britain Avenue and Giddings Street, when the rescue truck was responding to a call, Ortiz
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Jan
16
2015

APPARATUS SLIDE OFF IN MARYLAND

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Baltimore County fire officials are blaming slick roads for a fire truck crash in Owings Mills. Officials said the fire truck went off the road and into the woods around 11:30 p.m. Sunday while it was responding to a fire along Garrison Forrest Road. No one was injured in the crash
Jan
16
2015

APPARATUS CRASH IN INDIANA

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A firetruck crashed into a small vehicle early Friday afternoon. It happened while a Penn Township fire truck was responding to a call. Investigators say the fire truck was running with “lights and sirens” down McKinley. Police say the fire truck veered around stopped cars as it passed through the intersection — at Birch Road.
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Jan
16
2015

APPARATUS CRASH IN CT

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A Shelton fire truck responding to a call collided with a SUV late this morning at Shelton Avenue and Meadow Street. (Photos by Brad Durrell) As of 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, emergency personnel were still at the scene. No serious injuries are being reported. The SUV was occupied by a female driver and
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Jan
15
2015

DOUBLE LODD APPARATUS CRASH IN CHILE

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Two firefighters died Monday after rolling over the fire apparatus they were traveling in the commune of Collipulli, Araucanía region. According to the president of the Regional Council, Luis Carmach, those killed were a woman and a man belonging to the Second Company. The accident occurred in Lower Malleco, when volunteers were heading to a
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Jan
15
2015

FIREFIGHTER PINNED BETWEEN APPARATUS IN TEXAS

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A Houston (Texas) area Firefighter has been hospitalized after he was pinned between two trucks inside a northwest Harris County firehouse. It happened this morning at the Little York Fire Department. Initial reports are that the firefighter was sitting on the back of fire apparatus when a large pickup truck pulled into the station bay
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Jan
14
2015

APPARATUS OVERTURNED IN NC

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Another apparatus crash this morning in NC – this one is from the Orange Rural FD.  Once again icy roads were at play and members where injured.
Jan
14
2015

3 FFs INJURED IN NC APPARATUS DOWN EMBANKMENT

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Three Firefighters have been injured when a fire engine went down an embankment in Mountain Home, NC this morning due to icy roads.  Here are some photos of the incident.  More posted as available .
Jan
14
2015

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This European tunnel pumper has two cabs and no tailboard eliminating the need to turn around.
Jan
14
2015

FIREFIGHTERS SAVE THE LIFE OF THEIR DRIVER IN MICHIGAN

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Mlive.com – “While riding back to the station after fighting a suspected arson on the city’s East Side, two Saginaw firefighters noticed something wrong. Their fire engine, stopped at a red light, began to roll forward before the light had changed. That’s when Lt. Christopher McGowan, 37, and firefighter Brandon Hausbeck, 24, realized their driver was unconscious.
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Jan
11
2015

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No injuries have been reported after a fire engine flipped on its side in a front yard in Colorado Springs, after it slid into a curb. The firefighters were on their way to a fire in a residential neighborhood when the accident happened Saturday morning. The Colorado Springs Fire Department says the icy roads caused
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Jan
8
2015

FORMER MD FF SENTENCED FOR DRUNK DRIVING IN FIRE APPARTUS

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An Eastern Garrett County volunteer firefighter was sentenced to serve six months in jail after being convicted recently in Garrett County District Court on unauthorized use of a vehicle and drunken driving charges. Justin A. Clark, 22, who pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a vehicle and driving while impaired by alcohol, was sentenced by
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Jan
7
2015

DALLAS LADDER VS. CEMENT TRUCK CRASH

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A fire truck was involved in a crash Tuesday afternoon while responding to a structure fire in Dallas. The incident happened shortly before noon at the intersection of Hatcher Street and Second Avenue. The crash included the Dallas Fire-Rescue truck, a cement truck and a pickup truck. Police are investigating the details surrounding the crash,
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Jan
7
2015

FIRE DEPARTMENT PARAMEDIC KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY-UNUSUAL STRUCK BY APPARATUS AT SCENE

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Paramedic Erik Steciak, a career Paramedic of the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company in Harford County (who was also a member of Howard County’s West Friendship Volunteer Fire Department) was killed in the Line of Duty this afternoon. Paramedic Steciak was working on a scene where a vehicle had slid off the road and onto an
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Jan
6
2015

APPARATUS STRIKES HOUSE IN DE

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An apartment in Wilmington has been condemned after a city fire truck slid down an icy hill Tuesday and crashed into its building, officials said. No injuries were reported as Wilmington Fire Department’s Engine 6 slid downhill just after 9 a.m., hitting a car and the house at Oak and South Franklin streets. The fire
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Jan
6
2015

WEATHER RELATED APPARATUS CRASH IN TX

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One of Plainview’s fire engines is now out of service after being damaged in a weather-related traffic mishap on Friday. According to Fire Chief Rusty Powers, Engine 3 was providing backup to an EMS unit at the scene of a one-vehicle rollover on Interstate 27 about 7 p.m. Friday when it was struck by another
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Jan
3
2015

LADY CRITICAL AFTER FIRE APPARATUS CRASH IN FL

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An unidentified woman was critically injured Friday afternoon when her car and a fire ladder truck on the way to a call collided at a Jacksonville intersection. The accident occurred at North Main and Tallulah streets about 4:30 p.m., said Lt. G.W. Grant of the Sheriff’s Office. Grant said the ladder truck was north on
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Jan
2
2015

FIRE APPARATUS ROLLOVER NEAR ST. CLAIR MO

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Several firefighter were injured early Friday morning after a fire truck overturned near St. Clair, Missouri. The accident happened around 7:30a.m. in the 1200 block of Old Cove Road. Injuries to the members are reported to be minor. More to follow.
Jan
1
2015

CA FIRE MEDIC SQUAD HIT BY DRUNK CARRYING STOLEN GUN

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An alleged drunk driver carrying a stolen gun crashed into a fire truck in San Bernardino on New Year’s Eve, damaging the truck, authorities said. The driver slammed into a San Bernardino Fire Department truck that was headed to a structure fire at 9th and E streets Wednesday night, according to a tweet from Lt.
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Jan
1
2015

INFRACTION RECOMMENDED IN WA FIRE TRUCK FATALITY CRASH

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A Kitsap County Sheriff’s investigator found the driver of a North Kitsap Fire & Rescue fire engine “failed to give right of way” to the driver of a Yamaha scooter who was killed July 4, and is recommending the driver of the engine be cited for failure to “keep right except when passing, etc.” The
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Jan
1
2015

MN BATTALION CHIEF INJURED IN CRASH

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A Minneapolis Battalion fire chief was injured after being an SUV hit the back of this vehicle at a fire scene. Dave Premack a photographer for the Twin Cities Fire Wire says the department was responding to a fire alarm early Wednesday morning in the 1800 block of LaSalle Avenue South. While the firefighters were in the
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Dec
30
2014

BRUSH TRUCK FIRE IN TX

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Howe Fire Dept (Grayson County) Brush 21 caught fire today while responding to a call. No firefighter injuries.
Dec
28
2014

Mechanical Failure Causes Charlotte Ladder Truck Crash

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Authorities say a fire truck crashed in Charlotte last weekend because the driver could barely steer it after several bolts broke. Charlotte Fire Chief Jon Hannan said Tuesday in a news conference the bolts that failed attached the frame of the ladder truck to one of its axles. The firefighters on Ladder 32 reported hearing
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Dec
26
2014

RESPONDING FIRE APPARATUS CRASHES WITH POLICE CAR

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An Omaha (NE) fire truck crashed into a police cruiser, injuring a police officer.  The officer was stopped at an intersection around 0300 this morning waiting for an Omaha fire truck to pass. The police officer thought the fire truck had already passed through the intersection, pulled out into the intersection, and collided with the
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Dec
25
2014

VOLUNTEER FF TAKES RIG FOR DRUNKEN JOYRIDE IN KS

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A volunteer firefighter allegedly took a fire truck on a drunken joy ride and then apparently called dispatchers to complain about another firefighter following her. Investigators say the sirens were blaring with Chelsea Matthew behind the wheel. The 24-year-old woman was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. The Lincoln-Ottawa-Harrison fire district keeps their
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Dec
24
2014

FATAL MULTI FIRE APPARATUS CRASH IN NORTH CAROLINA

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This morning at around 0900 hours, the Mebane Fire Department of Alamance County (North Carolina) was working a crash on I-85 at the 155 mm, at the Alamance/Orange County line. While working that first crash, a civilian hydroplaned and struck the Chief’s vehicle, the engine AND the heavy rescue truck. The Chief was transported to
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Dec
22
2014

FIRE APPARATUS CRASH WILE RESPONDING IN LOUISIANA

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Two Lafayette (Louisiana) Firefighters were injured early Monday when their fire truck hit a utility pole in the 3900 block of Moss Street. Firefighters were on their way to a reported fire on Morning Glory Square in the Meadows shortly before 0700 hours when the crash occurred, The firefighters received minor injuries.
Dec
21
2014

SMART CAR – DUMB DRIVER HITS FIRE TRUCK IN PORTLAND

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A Portland woman was arrested early Sunday morning in Clark County after she allegedly drove a Smart Car through a red light, collided with a fire truck and fled the scene. At about 3:15 a.m., a Vancouver Fire Department fire truck was traveling west on Northeast 119th Street through the intersection at 87th Avenue. The
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Dec
21
2014

CHARLOTTE LADDER 32 – FLIPS FOR THE 2nd TIME IN 6 MONTHS

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Charlotte. (North Carolina) Ladder 32 overturned last night but thankfully, the only in jury was the driver who has a hand injury. No one else was hurt. Ladder 32 was the company that overturned and caught fire this past summer-but this was a different shift. This truck was a reserve truck they have been using.
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Dec
19
2014

NOT GUILTY DUE TO INSANITY IN FATAL SC APPARATUS CRASH

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A judge has ruled a South Carolina man was insane when he stole a fire truck while naked and then struck and killed a pedestrian. Circuit Court Judge Carmen Mullen found Kalvin Hunt not guilty by reason of insanity on Thursday after prosecutors and Hunt’s attorneys agreed on his mental state, multiple media outlets reported.
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Dec
19
2014

New Ga. Aerial Damaged Before it Was Put in Service

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An Augusta firefighter had a nearly $8,500 accident with a new aerial truck before it was even put into commission. A lieutenant, whom the fire department declined to name, damaged the truck’s console shell — an area located at the top of the truck and the bottom of the aerial ladder — while driving it
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Dec
17
2014

Six Firefighters Injured In Anderson County Fire Truck Crash

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A fire truck crash in Anderson County injured six firefighters Tuesday night, according to the fire department. Investigators said the fire truck was headed to a car crash on Puckett Road, when it crashed. An eyewitness told ABC 36 News that he saw the fire truck run off the road, hit a tree, which caused
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Dec
15
2014

UPDATE: FATAL PG CO MD AMBULANCE CRASH – WITH AUDIO

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An ambulance crew was assaulted, their unit stolen and minutes later involved in a multi-vehicle crash involving a fatality. At about 5:30 pm, Sunday, December 14, Ambulance 811B was returning to their station after completing a patient transport. As they were travelling southbound on the Capitol Beltway (Route 495) they witnessed a passenger car leave
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Dec
14
2014

FD Ambulance Car Jacked-Fatal Results

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An ambulance from the Branchville VFD (Co. 11) in Prince Georges County (MD) was car (ambu) jacked earlier tonight resulting in what appears to be the death of an innocent civilian. Around 1700, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department Ambulance 811 (of the Branchville firehouse) was carjacked by an EDP (emotionally disturbed person) who assaulted the
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Dec
14
2014

PG CO, MD – BREAKING NEWS – STOLEN MEDIC UNIT INVOLVED IN POTENTIALLY FATAL CRASH

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A Prince Georges CO MD Medic Unit from Branchville VFD was stolen this evening.  Reports are a female was in labor in the back of the medic unit and there was at least one trauma code on scene.  NO FIREFIGHTERS WERE INJURED. The wreck occurred at Greenbelt Rd and 62 Ave.  Here are some photos
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Dec
13
2014

APPARATUS CRASH IN TOLEDO

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A Toledo Fire Truck and a van were involved in an accident at Hill and Holland-Sylvania in south Toledo. Police say the van was headed southbound on Holland-Sylvania and trying to make a turn left onto Hill when the fire truck headed northbound collided with the van. Both vehicles had to be towed away from
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Dec
13
2014

AUSTRALIAN MAN DIES AFTER HITTING FIRE TRUCK ON MOTORCYCLE

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A MAN has died after his motorbike collided with a fire truck, in Melbourne’s west overnight. The motorcyclist was travelling on Ballarat Rd, in Deer Park, when his motorbike hit the back of the MFB truck about 1.55am. The 20-year-old, from Roxburgh Park, died at the scene. No one else was injured. A MFB spokesman
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Dec
12
2014

MARYLAND ENGINE BACKS INTO FIREHOUSE – MAJOR DAMAGE

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An Anne Arundel County fire station suffered substantial damage when a pumper backed in to the building Thursday night. The accident happened around 10 p.m. when Engine 194 was returning to the Cape Saint Claire Fire Station. “As they approached the station, the driver and officer in charge made the decision to back on to the front ramp,
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Dec
10
2014

SIT THE F*CK DOWN

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Well I guess that headline got your attention-good. It’s supposed to. Offended? Not my intention but please get the f*ck over it and keep reading–what should be offensive is the following. Each year some Firefighters die in the Line of Duty because they had to, the conditions indicated the risk in saving a life was
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Dec
9
2014

FIREFIGHTER KILLED IN HORRIFIC RESPONDING CRASH-APPARATUS VS LOGGING TRUCK

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We regret to pass on that a Firefighter from Savannah (Hardin County, Tennessee) was killed in the Line of Duty this morning while responding on a run. A truck driver was also killed. 4 year Veteran Firefighter Gus Losleben was airlifted to Memphis and later died. The head-on crash with the loaded log truck and
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Dec
9
2014

FIREFIGHTER STRUCK AND KILLED BY RESPONDING FIRE APPARATUS-AUSTRALIA

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South Australia Country Fire Service volunteer Deputy Fire Officer Brian Johnston would have marked 50 years of fighting fires in 2015 — a great milestone cut short by a tragic accident yesterday afternoon.The 65-year-old, who was a member of the Millicent Brigade and Deputy Group Officer of Wattle Range, was killed in the Line of
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Dec
7
2014

LADDER CRASH IN SPRINGFIELD, MA

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When the 911 call reported a serious car crash at the corner of Dwight and Carew streets in the city’s Memorial Square neighborhood Saturday evening, the Springfield Fire Department’s Ladder 3 truck was dispatched. But after being involved in a traffic accident of its own at the corner of Spring and Taylor streets, it never
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Dec
7
2014

WHEEL FALLS OFF MD PUMPER

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Firefighters from the Linthicum Fire Station had the ride of a lifetime Sunday, when their Fire Engines front wheel failed nearly causing a serious accident. The Fire Department had received multiple reports of a dwelling fire in the 200 block of 6 Ave NE shortly before 1 p.m. Several units from Glen Burnie area, including
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Dec
6
2014

PHILLY CHIEF CRASHES ENROUTE

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A woman was injured after colliding with a battalion chief who was responding to a working fire in Philadelphia early Saturday. Firefighters were responding to a dwelling fire in the 3300 block of Jasper Street around 2 a.m., WACU reported. Just blocks from the scene, at Jasper and East Atlantic Streets, the battalion chief’s vehicle
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Dec
4
2014

APPARATUS CRASH IN AUSTRAILIA

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Firefighters have escaped injury after a fire truck crashed in Maddington, bringing down powerlines. Police said the fire tender struck a power pole in Olga Road at 11.38am, but no one was injured. The cause of the crash is yet to be determined, the police spokesman said. An hour after the crash, a Department of
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Dec
3
2014

ERIE POLICE OFFICER ON ADMIN LEAVE HITS FIRE TRUCK – ACCUSED OF DUI

Erie police say one of their officers, charged with DUI last week, was on administrative leave for another off-duty incident, that’s currently under investigation. This comes as a veteran officer is placed on administrative leave Tuesday, for a deadly traffic accident the same day. Erie police Rookie officer 28-year-old Gabriel Carducci was arrested Thanksgiving morning
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Dec
2
2014

HOWARD CO MD MEDIC UNIT UNDERNEATH SEMI

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Six people, including an ambulance driver and an 11-year-old child, were injured in an accident involving a tractor-trailer, an ambulance and two other vehicles in Howard County Monday night, according to Howard County police officials. The accident happened at Washington Boulevard and Kit Kat Road in Elkridge at approximately 7 p.m. on Monday, say police. They
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Dec
1
2014

FIRE APPARATUS VS HELICOPTER: FIRE APPARATUS WAS AUTHORIZED TO DRIVE NEAR THE HELICOPTER-PILOT REMAINS CRITICAL

During the early morning hours on Sunday a police helicopter who came to the aid of a crashed police patrol car toppled over and exploded after its propeller blades had clashed with a fire fighting truck at the scene of the accident in Chile. The seriously injured pilot and three officers who had been in the police car
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Dec
1
2014

FF LODD IN TURKEY – FALL FROM AERIAL

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According to information obtained; On November 26 Payas District of Ataturk Avenue Avşaroğlu site of St. Ozcelik 4 undetermined house fire had been found on the floor for some reason. 4. melt water from the fire department fire truck with ladder extended hose Mehmet Kopuc Kata (30) had lost his balance and crashed into a
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Nov
27
2014

FIREFIGHTER COLLAPSES, STRUCK BY BACKING FIRE APPARATUS-FRACTURED LEG

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A Boca Raton Fire Officer is recovering after a ladder truck ran over his legs. The Captain appeared to faint and collapse at a scene early this morning.  Capt. Mike McBrien, 32, landed in the path of a firetruck which was backing up to leave the scene. He broke one leg and should be OK. The
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Nov
27
2014

VA APPARATUS STRUCK AT CRASH SCENE

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Police in Wythe County respond to a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 77 involving two tractor-trailers. The crash happened around 11:25 a.m. in the southbound lanes near mile marker 27. It involved two tractor-trailers and three passenger vehicles. According to the Virginia State Police, a 13-year old girl from Pennsylvania was taken to the hospital with
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Nov
27
2014

ME ENGINE COMPANY STRUCK LEAVING SCENE IN SNOWSTORM

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A Monmouth fire truck leaving the scene of a car crash had another vehicle run into it on a snowy road on Wednesday afternoon.Engine 84 was headed north on Pond Road  in Wales when a sport utility vehicle lost control, spun around and hit the front of it, Chief Dan Roy of the Monmouth Fire
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Nov
26
2014

OHIO ENGINE SLIDES OFF ROAD RESPONDNG TO CALL

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. This morning our engine co. 73 was responding to an emergency when a deer ran into the roadway in front of the engine. The engine operator in attempt to avoid a collision steered towards the right which ultimately dropped the right rear tires off the roadway onto a very soft berm. The engine was
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Nov
22
2014

APPARATUS ROLLOVER AND CRASH DUE TO ICE AROUND PITTSBURGH

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A McKeesport fire truck hit a patch of ice on the ramp from the McKeesport-Duquesne Bridge, traveled down an embankment and flipped over. Kenneth Ferree took several firefighters to the hospital. “They had some facial injuries, some mouth injuries, they were bleeding from the head and from the face a little bit,” said Ferree.
Nov
21
2014

4 FIREFIGHTERS INJURED WHEN TILLER STRUCK ON CA HIGHWAY

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Four firefighters were injured in a crash on the 210 Freeway in Rancho Cucamonga early Friday morning. Two cars collided on the westbound lanes at Haven Avenue around 12:26 a.m. While the California Highway Patrol and firefighters were helping, a tanker truck plowed into their vehicles. Four firefighters were transported with minor injuries. No one
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Nov
18
2014

SNOW CRIPPLES APPARATUS IN NY STATE

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CHECK OUT THIS PHOTO FROM TODAY’S SNOW STORM
Nov
18
2014

Indiana Apparatus Struck During Snow Storm on the Expressway

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A driver is in critical condition and three firemen were injured Tuesday morning while responding to an accident on the U.S. 20 bypass near Mayflower Road. Just after 4:30 a.m. St. Joseph County police were called to a crash involving three cars . Three people were taken to the hospital for their injuries. One driver
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Nov
13
2014

INDIANA DEPARTMENTS STRUGGLE WITH AERIALS OUT OF SERVICE DUE TO RECALL

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There is a safety recall for those responsible for public safety. The nationwide recall affects some of the tall ladder trucks that firefighters depend on to knock down intense fires and save people trapped inside burning buildings. The Indianapolis Fire Department does not have any of the recalled trucks in their fleet, but other departments
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Nov
10
2014

PHOENIX ENGINE RUNS AWAY – STRIKING CAR AND POLE

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An investigation is underway to determine how a parked fire truck crashed into a light pole and a car in Phoenix Sunday night. The fire engine responded to a medical call at an apartment complex at Missouri and 17th avenues around 7 p.m. Capt. Mark Vanacore with the Phoenix Fire Department said all crew members
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Nov
10
2014

DRIVER RUNS STOP SIGN – HITS FD AMBULANCE IN WA STATE

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An 18-year-old woman driving a Jeep ran a stop sign in Shoreline and crashed into a Shoreline Fire Department aid car, injuring three firefighters. The three firefighters have non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to the hospital, according to Shoreline firefighters. The accident happened at Northeast 185th Street and 5th Avenue Northeast. The driver of the
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Nov
10
2014

APPARATUS ROLLOVER IN FL

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A brush truck from the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District was damaged and a firefighter injured when the truck lost control on wet pavement and flipped over Sunday morning in Lehigh Acres. Assistant Fire Chief Ken Craft said the vehicle was on a run to check an illegal burn when the crash happened
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Nov
10
2014

APPARATUS CRASH IN BRAZIL

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On Saturday afternoon, a fire apparatus overturned and crashed into a restaurant in Copacabana neighborhood, in the city of Rio de Janeiro.  The crew was responding to a dumpster fire, when they were allegedly cut by a taxi, what caused the driver to lose control of the truck. Four FFs and a civilian were injured
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Nov
9
2014

SUTPHEN TOWER LADDER FAILURE UPDATE

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Frayed cables and a defective pulley are at the heart of a 62 page report detailing what caused three Hall County (GA) firefighters to fall 40 feet to the ground, as the ladder truck they were training on collapsed. The report is below. Investigators believe damage to one of the cables existed “prior to the
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Nov
6
2014

FATAL APPARATUS CRASH IN GASTON CO, NC

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A fire apparatus struck and killed a pedestrian earlier this evening in Gaston County, N.C. It happened in Ranlo around 1800 hours. Reports are that the apparatus struck and killed a pedestrian-but the Firefighter/driver was not at fault and will not be charged. It is believed that alcohol was involved. Our thoughts go out to all
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Nov
5
2014

FATAL APPARATUS CRASH IN OHIo

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Bad crash out of Ohio this morning–fire companies were operating on the Ohio Turnpike near Youngstown earlier today. Initial reports are that a tractor trailer that was carrying cars was involved-lost control, crashing into or near the apparatus. Apparently the car hauler crashed and lost some cars-impacting the Cardinal Joint Fire District apparatus already operating
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Nov
3
2014

ALMOST 200 BUFFALO FFS SUE OVER SIREN NOISE

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There are few things more synonymous with firefighting than the loud, anxiety-inducing siren of an approaching fire engine. But are those ubiquitous sirens also damaging the hearing of the men and women who ride the trucks? More than 190 Buffalo firefighters think so, and have filed suit seeking damages for their injuries. The suits, which
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Nov
3
2014

PIERCE APPARATUS RECALL ALERT

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Pierce Manufacturing is recalling 135 fire trucks in the U.S. because a suspension part can fail and cause a wheel to fall off. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted on its website this weekend that the recall covers Pierce Arrow fire trucks from the 2010 and 2011 model years. The trucks
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Nov
2
2014

APPARATUS CRASH IN OVERLAND PARK, KS

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Injuries were reported when an Overland Park fire truck collided with a car Saturday afternoon. The crash happened in the intersection at 119th Street and Antioch Road about 3:45 p.m. The fire department said the fire truck was responding to a call when the wreck happened. Overland Park police said two firefighters and two people
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Nov
2
2014

Situational Awareness for Operating Fire Apparatus by Bob Vaccaro

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Original post found at: http://www.firefighternation.com/article/vehicle-operation-and-apparatus/situational-awareness-operating-fire-apparatus#comments It seems that no matter where you look in the various fire service publications today, the term “situational awareness” has taken over as the new buzzword. At some time in our fire service careers all of us have probably been guilty of not being totally involved in what is going
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Nov
1
2014

APPARATUS TOTALLED IN MO AFTER STRIKING DEER

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A firefighter with the Logan-Rogersville Fire Department escaped injury early Friday, after his fire truck rolled over while trying to avoid hitting a deer. Logan-Rogersville fire chief Richard Stirts tells KOLR10 News the firefighter was headed to a fire at the Buena Vista Ranch from Fire Station 4 on Highway B when a deer jumped
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Nov
1
2014

APPARATUS CRASH IN CLARK CO. NV – 4 INJURED

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Four people were taken to University Medical Center after a Clark County Fire and Rescue vehicle and an SUV collided Friday morning near Blue Diamond Road and Durango Drive, according to Nevada Highway Patrol. The paramedics vehicle had its lights and was responding to a call at the time, according to NHP. As it was
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Oct
31
2014

POWER LINES FALL ON NY AERIAL – TRAPPING DRIVER

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A firefighter was trapped in the cab of a ladder truck when a live power line fell on it during a house fire Wednesday morning. LoHud.com reported that crews from New York State Electric and Gas responded to remove the wire. The firefighter was not injured. “The electric service to the building fell down right on
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Oct
29
2014

CLAIMS FILED AGAINST CITY OF PASADENA IN DOUBLE APPARATUS CRASH

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Two people injured when a Monterey Park fire engine collided with an Alhambra fire ladder truck have filed a pair of damage claims against the city of Pasadena. Kenneth Thai, 52, lost most of his right leg when Monterey Park’s engine ricocheted off Alhambra’s truck and pushed him into Lu Dumpling House. The heavy vehicle
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Oct
23
2014

MAN DIES AFTER BEING STRUCK BY HOSE IN TOLEDO

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A Toledo man who was struck by a hose that came loose from a passing fire engine died today in Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center. A ruling on the cause of death is pending test results and a review of hospital records, said Dr. James Patrick, Lucas County Coroner. “The trauma he had was not
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Oct
23
2014

3 KILLED IN WVA APPARATUS CRASH

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The West Virginia State Police has identified the three victims of a Tuesday night accident involving a fire engine in Barbour County. Joseph Kuzinar, 75, Linda Diane Kuzinar, 65, and Jessica L. Paczek, 38, all from Morgantown, were travelling in a 2010 Honda CR-V and attempted to pull out onto U.S. Route 250 from 4-H
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Oct
22
2014

UPDATE: DETROIT FF JUMPED FROM TOWER LADDER BUCKET

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A Detroit firefighter was knocked unconscious this morning after he jumped from a 40-foot-high aerial ladder bucket as part of the Fisher Body plant collapsed, authorities say. Arson investigators are on the scene as the fire continues to burn on the second floor of the large, vacant industrial building at Harper and Hastings, northwest of
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Oct
22
2014

DETRIOT FF INJURED – FALL FROM TOWER LADDER BUCKET

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A firefighter has been injured on the job on Detroit’s east side. The fire crew was battling a blaze at the old Fisher Body plant at Harper and Piquette. The view from SkyFOX showed a firefighter up in the ladder bucket around 8 a.m. Wednesday when part of the building began to collapse. That’s when
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Oct
20
2014

CRASH KILLS FIRE CHIEF/POLICE OFFICER RESPONDING TO HOUSE FIRE IN ALTON, IL

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An Alton police officer who is also a firefighter died after a crash on Monday.  Eddie Johnson Jr., 45, was on his way to a house fire six miles west of Alton when he lost control, went off the left side of the highway, hit a driveway approach, and rolled his police cruiser several times. 
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Oct
20
2014

HOSE FALLS OFF TOLEDO ENGINE COMPANY – STRIKING BICYCLIST AND CARS

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One person was hurt when a Toledo Fire truck lost a hose while driving on an emergency run. The 150 foot attack hose somehow became loose and struck three cars and a bicyclist 4:30pm on Hawley near Indiana. Fire officials say Engine 9 was rushing to a house fire with its lights and sirens on
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Oct
20
2014

Here’s A Ridiculous Study Of Two Countries As Told In Fire Trucks

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Though they may look identical in every way and no way at all whatsoever, Germany and Canada are in fact VERY different countries. Don’t believe me? Okay first, that’s weird, they are definitely not the same place, but second, here’s how their respective fire departments respond to obstacles in their path. The top video is
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Oct
20
2014

WACK JOB STEALS AMBULANCE IN LA – ENGINE COMPANY PURSUES

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A man undergoing treatment for hallucination inside a Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance in downtown Los Angeles stole the emergency vehicle Sunday night, forcing two firefighter paramedics to jump out and an engine company to pursue. The firefighters were treating a patient at about 7 p.m. at Alameda and 3rd streets, when he pulled out
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Oct
19
2014

RECALL AFTER FATAL LODD MONTANA FIRE APPARATUS CRASH KILLS 6

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A new recall is issued by the maker of the fire apparatus chassis involved in that June crash that killed a Montana Fire Chief and a family of five. The recall of the double Cardan front drive shaft comes from Navistar which manufactures the International 4800 apparatus involved in the crash in June. The recall
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Oct
16
2014

ENGINE VS. AMBULANCE CRASH IN MOCO, MD

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A Montgomery County fire truck and ambulance crashed into each other while responding to a hazardous materials situation in Rockville, Maryland Thursday afternoon. The crash occurred at Parkland Drive and Aspen Hill Road in Rockville Several people were injured, though no other information was available. The road is closed during the investigation.
Oct
16
2014

PINK HEELS TRUCK FLIPS IN TX

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Victoria’s pink firetruck, Debbie, is a little shaken up after a minor wreck Tuesday evening, but is eager to get back on the road. Debbie was heading out of Port Lavaca toward the Victoria Chick-fil-A to help students on the Victoria East and West high school swim teams raise awareness about breast cancer. The teams
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Oct
6
2014

CA AERIAL LADDER INTO POWER LINES DURING DAILY CHECKS

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SYNOPSIS On the morning of Sunday October 5, 2014, the Operator of Tuck 16, standing on the turntable, was preforming his morning readiness check of the aerial and during his check the ladder was rotated to the right, and extended over the power lines that are in adjacent lot north of the fire station.  The
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Oct
6
2014

CFD investigates after official vehicle parked in handicapped spot at Trader Joe’s

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The Chicago Fire Department is investigating after a department vehicle was parked in a handicap spot at a North Side grocery store. According to other shoppers at Trader Joe’s, the fire official driving the truck was picking up two bags of groceries at 8:30 a.m. Sunday in Lakeview. “The Chicago Fire Department does not conduce
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Oct
6
2014

FFS AND COPS DRIVING MORE DISTRACTED THAN EVER

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Distracted drivers of emergency vehicles were to blame in collisions that killed three Southland residents and injured about 140 others in California over the last two years, according to a state database and local reporting. These drivers of police cars, fire trucks and ambulances caused at least 180 traffic collisions in the state last year
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Oct
6
2014

MD TILLER CATCHES FIRE

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A fire truck responding to a fire in downtown Silver Spring Monday afternoon caught on fire, Montgomery County Fire said. The fire truck was responding to a one-alarm fire in the 8200 block of Georgia Avenue, authorities said. No injuries have been reported, Montgomery County Fire said.