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Monday, June 18, 2018

Officials: 20 FDNY Firefighters Hurt Battling Blaze That Started At Fire Marshal’s House

Several firefighters were injured battling a five-alarm blaze Saturday on Staten Island. The flames broke out shortly after 7 p.m. at a fire marshal’s house on Steinway Avenue in the New Springville section. “One of the houses is one of our fire marshals’. Fortunately, his family and his baby were down at the Jersey Shore for the weekend, but he was at work to come home and find that his house was destroyed,” Chief of Department James Leonard said. Officials said 250 FDNY members responded to bring the flames under control, facing obstacles in the process, like a defective fire hydrant. A total of 20 firefighters were hurt, four seriously. One suffered a chest injury when a stairway collapsed.
CBS New York

Louisiana fire district’s investigation into complaints against former chief turned over to Sheriff’s Office

Documents from a five-month investigation of Steve Krentel, the former chief of St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 12, have been turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, which issued a warrant for the more than 4,000 pages last month. Krentel's wife, Nanette Krentel, was found dead of a gunshot wound in the couple's burned-down home nearly a year ago. Her murder remains unsolved, but Sheriff Randy Smith has publicly cleared Steve Krentel as a suspect. The search warrant was cited in a letter from Troy Ingram, the Covington-area fire district's attorney, to Tom Williamson, a firefighter who has been a vocal critic of Krentel.
New Orleans Advocate

Tennessee firefighter hospitalized after SCBA face piece dislodges at warehouse fire

A Knoxville Fire Department firefighter was hospitalized after suffering smoke inhalation while battling a warehouse fire in West Knox County Saturday evening. According to KFD spokesperson Captain D.J. Corcoran, units were dispatched to 1737 Louisville Dr. at 8:27 p.m. Saturday amid reports of smoke showing from the Aquarium Life Support Systems building from a Knoxville Police Department officer. While searching the building for smoke, units discovered a single set of stairs that led to the basement, from which the fire was emanating. One firefighter tripped and fell while attempting to enter the basement, knocking his mask off and allowing him to be overtaken by smoke.
Knoxville News Sentinel

Florida fire captain demoted for stripping off shirt, daring homeless man to fight

Tampa Fire Rescue Capt. Jeremy Finney was, by all accounts, a model firefighter — until he lost his cool. The outburst cost him two ranks. Finney has served nearly 16 years in the department and was a member of the Tactical Medical Response Team, which accompanies SWAT teams on dangerous missions. He helped kids learn about firefighting through the department’s Explorer program. He was a counselor at a union camp for burned children. But he lost his temper with a homeless man in 2017, daring him to fight. He was demoted last month past the lower rank of lieutenant to paramedic.
Tampa Bay Times and Tampa

Massachusetts firefighter finishes US Open tied as top amateur

Massachusetts firefighter Matt Parziale had a Father’s Day to remember as he completed his final round of the U.S. Open. Parziale shot 5-over par Sunday in the final round, finishing with a score of 16-over par for the tournament. The score tied for the top amateur score at Shinnecock Hill in New York. Through all 18 holes Sunday, Parziale conquered the course with a trusted caddie by his side: his father Vic Parziale. "It's special," Vic Parziale said. "It's the best one ever." Both Parziales were firefighters as their real jobs. Matt Parziale is on leave from work to play in the U.S. Open and a couple of other tournaments. Vic is retired, but quickly found work as his son's caddie. He thinks his son has a future.
WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston

Friday, June 15, 2018

Oklahoma Gas Line Fire Injures Firefighter, Gas Company Workers

It started with a hissing and then a pop. Four natural gas workers and a Tulsa firefighter were trying to turn off a ruptured gas line when it ignited. The fire burned the four Oklahoma Natural Gas employees and the firefighter. Tulsa Fire Capt. Stan May said the firefighter’s injuries were among the worst. The workers were taken by ambulance on “emergent” status — meaning their injuries were critical or life-threatening — to Hillcrest Medical Center, an EMSA spokesman said. May identified the firefighter as Capt. Greg Delozier, 54, late Thursday. Delozier, a Tulsa firefighter for 18 years, had been stabilized and moved from the emergency room to a hospital room Thursday evening, May said. Information about the ONG employees’ conditions was not available Thursday night.
Tulsa World

Keep your hands off FDNY EMTs or face seven-year hitch, new decals warn

Attack an EMT, and you could face serious prison time. That message will be affixed to every FDNY ambulance as part of a campaign by the department to warn would-be attackers that assaulting an EMT or paramedic is a felony. “FDNY EMTs and paramedics are protected by New York state law. Assault is a felony punishable by 7 years in prison,” reads a new decal, soon to be placed on every city ambulance. EMS Station 26 in the Bronx’s Morrisania neighborhood, where slain EMT Yadira Arroyo worked, will be the first to get the decals, FDNY officials said. A career criminal ran Arroyo down with her own ambulance on March 16, 2017.
New York Daily News

Roller coaster derails in Florida, throws 2 riders 34 feet to the ground; Firefighters extricate 10

VIDEO/PHOTO - Two people fell to the ground from 34 feet in the air, when a roller coaster derailed on the Daytona Beach Boardwalk, fire officials said Thursday night. The accident happened on the Sand Blaster roller coaster. In total, 10 riders were extricated from the ride and six of those people were taken to a hospital. Two were transported as trauma alerts to Halifax Health. The 10 riders were on board a chain of three cars, said Sasha Staton, of the Daytona Beach Fire Department. Two of those riders fell out of the front car, which was left dangling, officials said. Firefighters used ladders and tech rescue equipment to get to some of the passengers, Staton said.
WKMG-TV CBS 6 Click Orlando

North Carolina firefighters blame lawmaker for stalling bill that could provide live-saving benefits

Thousands of firefighters in our area put their lives on the line to protect us every day, but now those firefighters say their own well-being is on the line. Firefighters said a bill that could give them life-saving benefits is being blocked by a local senator in Raleigh. You might think firefighters get the same benefits as other people who work dangerous jobs, like police officers, when in fact they don't. When they retire, they're treated just like any other city employee. "We work the same calls with our brothers in law enforcement. The only difference is we have no gun to defend ourselves," said Joshua Smith, the spokesman for the Professional Firefighters of North Carolina. He and 150 firefighters stood shoulder to shoulder in Raleigh on Wednesday to ask lawmakers to give them the same benefits as police.
WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte

IAFC Safety, Health & Survival Section Announces 2018 Award Recipients

The International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Safety, Health & Survival Section has announced the winners of its 2018 awards. The section awards recognize both organizations and individuals who have made a significant contribution to health and safety within their own organizations and the fire service. Every year, winners are selected by a committee appointed by the Safety, Health & Survival Section. The awards will be presented during the section’s general business meeting, to be held on Wednesday, August 8 at Fire-Rescue International in Dallas. “Based on this year’s nominations, especially the award recipients, it is very clear the safety message is not only being received, it’s changing the course of our profession,” said Lieutenant Steve Tullis, chairman of the Awards Selection Committee.
IAFC Safety, Health & Survival Section

New Jersey fire chief files lawsuit against city, mayor

Plainfield Fire Chief Frank Tidwell is suing the city, alleging city officials engaged in a conspiracy to force him into retirement. The lawsuit, which was filed in Union County Superior Court, names the City of Plainfield, Mayor Adrian Mapp, Public Safety Director Carl Riley, former Business Administrator Rick Smiley and Deputy Fire Chief Jeffrey Courtney, among other entities. Courtney, who is white, claimed he was discriminated against while working in the city's fire department and recently settled a lawsuit with the city for $450,000. Tidwell, however, claims it was all a part of an orchestrated conspiracy in order to make him retire early.

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