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New Technique Could Save More Firefighters’ Lives

DENVER (CBS4) ― More people die in house fires than wildfires. More than 80 percent of fire fatalities happen in homes and there is no place more dangerous than the basement. The stairs create a chimney effect making it tough just to get down there … too often, firefighters don’t come out a live. North Metro Fire hopes a new rescue technique will change the odds.

While North Metro Fire Rescue was training for basement rescues, a basement floor collapsed under a firefighter in Westminster, trapping him in a burning crawl space.

“My heart dropped. It hit the floor,” said Derik Minard, Westminster Fire Battalion Chief. “It was an immediate, we have to rescue one of our own, situation.”
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Fire Museum plans heating up

BELLFLOWER – Long ago, a 1925 Engine 23 Stutz roared down the streets of this city.

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At the time, Bellflower had its own fire services before it began a contract with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Many years later, a group of current and retired firefighters acquired the engine, stowing it away in a South Gate warehouse.

Now, that historic Stutz may return to the city, as well as 45 other fire engines and trucks dating back to the 1860s.

The City Council’s decision this past week to allow the association to set up shop in town is the start of a three- to five-year, $25 million project involving support from some major players, including Supervisor Don Knabe and Long Beach restaurateur John Morris.
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Paramedic Dead in Store Shooting

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A gunman in a jacket, tie and baseball cap wordlessly opened fire inside a Wendy’s during the lunchtime rush Monday, killing a paramedic who had gone back to fetch the right toy to go with his child’s meal and wounding five others. The 60-year-old shooter then committed suicide.

he 42-year-old victim, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Lt. Rafael Vazquez, who was not in uniform, had met his wife and child at the restaurant during a break in training down the street, Deputy Fire-Rescue Chief Steve Delai said. The family had gotten their food and walked out, but Vazquez returned because the wrong free toy had been included in the kids’ meal, detectives said.
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Cosumnes board halves battalion chief positions

We all know how important command and control is on the fire-ground. I expect us to start seeing more of these types of cutbacks throughout the state as the economy continues to soften.  Here is an article out of the Sacramento Bee……


The Cosumnes Community Services District took its first step toward reducing a projected $52 million deficit when officials decided to eliminate half of the battalion chief positions in its Fire Department.

Fire Chief Steve Foster said eliminating the three positions, projected to save $773,000 a year, will improve efficiency and reduce costs in light of the economic downturn.

“We’re all going to have to sacrifice,” he told the board at a special meeting Tuesday night attended by more than 150 people, many of them firefighters opposed to battalion chief cutbacks.

Hansen said Foster’s decision to reduce the number of battalion chiefs was part of a district effort to operate more efficiently.
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Family thanks the responders who saved son

vbulletin3_logo_white.gif A week after a respiratory virus caused their infant son to stop breathing last month, doctors told Dan and Lisa Anthony that their son would survive.

Doctors also told the Newbury Park couple that their 5-week-old son, Tommy, survived because the people who treated him from the time he stopped breathing until he was moved to UCLA did their jobs perfectly. On Friday, the family thanked some of those people during a face-to-face reunion with emergency responders.

The Ventura County Fire Department holds a celebratory French toast breakfast every time its personnel save a life with CPR, but emergency responders rarely hear about their patients’ conditions later or meet with the families. The department’s breakfast Friday in honor of Tommy’s survival turned into an emotional reunion.
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San Diego Upset Over Plan to Move Emergency Cache to L.A.

vbulletin3_logo_white.gif The San Diego County Board of Supervisors went on record Tuesday against a federal agency’s plans to move a 12-ton cache of emergency medical supplies from San Diego to Los Angeles, City News Service reported.

“Sometimes the federal government gets a good idea. Unfortunately, this is not one of them,” Supervisor Ron Roberts said.

Roberts told his colleagues that the move could leave San Diego stranded in the event of a disaster.

“Should a disaster strike that destroyed or marginalized the north-south transportation corridors, the seat between San Diego County and Los Angeles, such as the recent wildfire did, our region could be cut off entirely from these supplies,” he said.
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20 Cal Fire Stations Might Be Closed

Cal FireAs many as 20 fire stations in the state could close, including the Cal Fire department station in Auburn, if a proposed budget cut plan is approved.Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has asked Cal Fire to cut more than $52 million in budget cuts statewide.  Cal Fire is proposing the closure of 20 fire stations statewide as well as another 11 inmate firefighting camps and one Helitack base.
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Goal: Get to scene of the fire within 5 minutes – Palm Springs

Cochella Valley’s responses are featured in this article written by The Desert Sun. They did a great job of conveying the importance of properly placed fire stations and the need for sufficient numbers:

Staffing, funding shortages blamed for slow arrivals of half of valley’s stations.

Taya Kashuba Gray, The Desert Sun Taya Kashuba Gray, The Desert Sun

Twelve of the Coachella Valley’s 23 fire stations fail to arrive at emergencies such as fires and heart attacks within five minutes – the nationally recommended response time.

Cathedral City Station 411 registers the longest emergency response time in the valley at 6.7 minutes while Palm Desert Station 33 boasts the fastest average at four minutes.
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Firefighter Forced to Perform Ladder Bail

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PEABODY — A veteran firefighter struggling to breathe bailed out of a smoke-filled apartment building yesterday by escaping headfirst down a ladder.

Firefighter Steve Franzosa was working on the three-alarm blaze at 36 Keys Drive — in the sprawling Essex Place apartment complex near the Northshore Mall — when he stuck his head out a second-floor window calling for help. Several onlookers, fire officials from area departments, scrambled to move a nearby extension ladder to Franzosa’s window. WATCH VIDEO OF Firefighter Franoza’s LADDER BAIL

The firefighter left the scene on a stretcher and was transported to Lahey Clinic. He was treated and released, Lahey spokesman Scott Hartman said yesterday. The fire, which started shortly after 1 p.m., smoldered in the walls and ceiling of the 12-apartment structure and proved difficult for firefighters to stamp out, said fire Capt. Jay Dowling.

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Here is another video of a Ladder bail incident that occurred in Minneapolis last year:

Source: Salemnews.com