The collapse of burning home in Altus claimed the life of an assistant chief with the Friendship Volunteer Fire Department Friday night.
Madison “Maddy” Lee Clinton Jr., 54, died after he was pinned when a porch roof collapsed, according to a post from the Oklahoma State Firefighters Association
"Maddy was performing suppression operations on a structure fire located in the Friendship Fire Department response area North of Altus," Altus Fire Chief Kyle David shared in a statement posted on Facebook. "During the fire suppression operation, the structure collapsed on Assistant Chief Clinton pinning him under the roof of the structure.
Fire crews from Altus, Blair and Altus Air Force Base also responded to the fire, according to KSWO.
"We wish to express our condolences to the family and the fire department family during this time of tragedy and loss," the Oklahoma State Firefighters Association shared.
He worked as an electric lineman for AEP/PSO.
Fire officials on Tuesday will ask the Board of Supervisors to approve a $42 million annual plan calling for more firefighters and new fire stations to plug response holes in the county — with a recommendation of a half-cent countywide sales tax hike to voters next year to fund it.
The plan would add about 175 paid firefighters, many of them paramedics, to bolster the county’s current paid firefighting force of 400. It also calls for 10 new fire stations to house round-the-clock staff, some of those in rural areas now served by volunteers.
One new station would replace a small volunteer firehouse in the hills north of Santa Rosa where the Tubbs fire swept into the county in October. Another would go up in Jenner, improving response times to emergencies on Highway 1 and the coast communities. Others are slated for Bloomfield in the west county and Lakeville, south of Petaluma.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Fire chiefs from across the world are gathered in Dallas for the annual Fire-Rescue International Conference put on by the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
This year the association says it’s dedicated to addressing bullying and harassment within fire department ranks. Retired South Fulton, Georgia Fire Chief David Daniels is leading a task force on the issue at the conference.
He says this year they have sessions specifically dealing with bullying and how to stop it.
“If we can create a culture on the front that says we are kind to one another and we treat each other with dignity and respect then you don’t end up with bullying,” said Chief Daniels.
CBS Dallas Fort Worth
No one was home at a house deep in the woods of Josephine County, Oregon. The people who live here had evacuated days ago along with hundreds of their neighbors. As flames from the Taylor Creek Fire got closer and closer, the firefighters showed up.
They came to prepare for the worst so that if the wind picked up, they’d be ready to dash down the driveway and save this house, even if the forest burned around it.
It’s become a familiar emergency in Southwest Oregon: Fires pick up intensity in wilderness, then move toward homes. But in this community, one of those most at-risk in the state, people say they don’t want to pay taxes for a local fire department. Instead, they rely on private enterprise and state interventions.
Oregon Public Broadcasting
On Kevin Leago’s July CT scan, his torso looks like it has been riddled with birdshot. Dark splotches speckle his liver, his pancreas, his spine, marking where his neuroendocrine cancer has spread.
The pain in his bones has left the 38-year-old Houston Fire Department senior captain unable to work since the end of May. Within 30 days, he will exhaust all his sick and vacation time, leaving him with no income.
His doctors say his best shot at survival is a new treatment that is not offered at the hospital covered by Leago’s city health insurance.
Workers compensation benefits would provide Leago a paycheck while he is ill and allow him to transfer to any hospital that accepts him, but the city of Houston denied his claim.