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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.