Before dawn Monday morning, the chief of the Fire Department of New York City was walking alone through a new memorial on the edge of Fort Benning.
It was an odd place for the top firefighter in the nation’s largest city to start his work week, but James Leonard said there was no other place he would rather be.
The new memorial to the Global War on Terrorism was dedicated late Monday morning at the National Infantry Museum. At the forefront of the memorial with the names of 6,915 U.S. service members who have died since the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, is a portion of a beam from the north tower.
Honolulu investigators can't determine the cause of a deadly high-rise apartment building fire that resulted in more than $107 million in damage, fire officials said.
"The HFD fire investigators have completed an extensive and scientifically based investigation in full collaboration with other agencies and have classified the fire cause as undetermined," Fire Chief Manuel Neves said at a news conference Monday.
"Fire investigators have determined the fire began in the living room of unit 2602. However, due to extensive damage, the exact location and manner in which the fire began could not be ascertained," he said. Neves said investigators have been able to rule out some causes of the fire. There was no indication the fire was intentionally set, there's no evidence of ignitable liquids, and cooking wasn't to blame, he said.
His crew had just finished putting out a grass fire when Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner’s radio crackled at about 10 p.m.
“We’ve got a fire at Safari West and it’s coming our way,” the dispatcher said.
The wildlife preserve set in Sonoma County’s thickly wooded hills was just 6 miles away, and Gossner knew that it was a uniquely dangerous spot. The winds this Sunday night were stiff, and parched grass and tinder-dry trees filled the valleys leading straight to town. Gossner drove up a hill to take a look.
Off in the distance, as he crested the slope, was an orange glow, angry and wide.
“My God,” he thought. “We’re in trouble.”
San Francisco Chronicle
VIDEO - The Mustang Fire Department is receiving a lot of praise online after video of one of their fire safety performances for a local elementary school went viral.
The Mustang Fire Department has become known for their entertaining and memorable skits they do to help kids remember tips for fire prevention.
Instead of simply telling kids what not to do, they are presenting fire safety to students with unique techniques, using dress up, puppets and some serious performances.
This year’s message, “Every second counts, plan two ways out,” encourages students to find two ways out of every room in the house in case one exit is blocked or dangerous to use.
The fire department has been traveling to local elementary schools, performing a parody of Harry Belafonte’s “Day-O,” changing the words to “Stay low, stay low, big smoke come and we want to stay low.”
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I first met Alan Brunacini in the 1980s, when he was teaching one day of a weeklong leadership program I was attending in Massachusetts. We had lunch together that day and like most of the thousands of people who knew him, I was charmed by the man and his stories, his humor and his insights.
Over the years, our paths crossed again many times, as presenters at conferences, while attending events, and once when I was privileged to be invited to participate in his annual Baggers meeting in Phoenix. Alan Brunacini gave so much to the fire service – his insistence on formal incident command systems, his focus on customer service and his mandate to “be nice,” his empowerment of those who worked with him.
But it was something that he said during that first meeting that affected me the most.