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Five firefighters injured in blaze

Firefighters Michele McCutchen, Simeon Hammett and Capt. Tom Geisler, all from Baltimore City Engine 30, rest after helping to fight a four-alarm fire that engulfed two 11-unit apartment buildings in the Queens Ridge Apartment Complex in the Woodlawn area. Five other firefighters were injured. (Sun photo by Amy Davis / March 3, 2008)
Reported on March 4, 2008…..
A four-alarm blaze in the Woodlawn area yesterday afternoon destroyed two apartment buildings in a residential neighborhood and sent five firefighters to the hospital with heat exhaustion, burns and other minor injuries, Baltimore County fire officials said.
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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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St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration in L.A.

By Brian Humphry, LAFD Spokesman

The Los Angeles St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Pershing Square Celebration are family oriented events in the heart of Downtown promoting community spirit and civic pride.

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department welcome you to join them on Monday, March 17, 2008.

The Parade will begin at 11:30 AM on Main Street and Arcadia Street, traveling south on Main Street to pass City Hall. The parade continues south on Main Street to 5th Street, where it will turn west to end at Hill Street, near Pershing Square.


Rescue team works to save fall victims

RUNNING SPRINGS – Rescuers worked Tuesday night to free at least three people and a firefighter who fell several hundred feet down an ice chute and into a creek.

The people had been near Hunsaker Drive and Encina Way and fell some 200 to 300 feet, said Tracey Martinez, San Bernardino County fire spokeswoman.

One person was able to climb to the top, get to a nearby home and call for help, Martinez said.

The call came into county dispatchers about 6 p.m.

Fire supervisor Jaime Vilches said the person called authorities about a half-hour after the group fell into the creek.

A county fire Heavy Technical Rescue Unit and sheriff’s Search and Rescue personnel responded to the scene.

A firefighter had tried to climb down to the stranded hikers, but fell about 100 feet and was injured, Martinez said.

“We’re not sure how bad the injury is, but we know it’s not life threatening,” Martinez said.

By Gina Tenorio SBSUN.com

Fire Museum plans heating up

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

Photo Courtesy of conceptcarz.com

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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One Dead in 4-Alarm Apartment Fire in Fremont

 Sounds like the guys up north had their hands full with this one.  Occurred on Friday morning. Here is the story from the Oakland Tribune……

vbulletin3_logo_white.gif One person died this morning in a fast-moving, four alarm fire that swept through four units of an apartment building in the 3600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. Fremont Deputy Fire Chief Geoff LaTendresse said the victim, an adult male, was found on the floor of a bedroom in a first floor unit of the two story building. His identity was not immediately released. No one else was injured, he said.The fire began in a first floor apartment, spread to the adjacent apartment and to two apartments on the second floor. There has been heavy smoke damage to all 16 units and residents are still outside, LaTendresse said. The American Red Cross is on the scene helping residents, he said.
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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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