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July 31,2010
Fatal Collision Catches Ambulance - WA

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KING-TV Ch. 5 has this video report from the scene:

A SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, AMBULANCE GOT CAUGHT UP in a fatal collision Saturday morning while it was returning from a call.  It was around 2:45 am when a BMW came flying down Interstate 5 at an “extremely high” rate of speed and clipped another car on the freeway.  The glance sent the BMW into a wild spin and it struck the rear of the Seattle FD ambulance while it was moving.

The driver of the BMW, a 24-year-old man, and the passenger, a 23-year-old man, were both pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver and passenger of the medic unit were taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.  They were both treated and released from the hospital.

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July 31,2010
2 Firefighters Hurt in Norfolk, MA Condo Explosion

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Friday, July 30, 2010 At least eight people were hurt three seriously when a home where construction was nearing completion exploded in a new Massachusetts development for people over 55.

5 of those hurt were workers, one was a resident and two were firefighters who were treated and released with minor injuries.

Norfolk Fire Chief Coleman Bushnell says one worker was trapped in the rubble, in the basement of the building, for about an hour before rescue workers were able to get him out while an active fire was ongoing.

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July 30,2010
Update: Shawnee Firefighter Died In House Fire After Removing His Mask - Missouri

Missouri: A Shawnee firefighter John Glaser died in a smoke-filled house after he became sick in his oxygen mask and removed it, investigators reported.  The report from fire investigators outside Shawnee said Glaser, 33, rescued a dog before going back in to look for the homeowner, who was not there.

It is not known how Glaser and a partner became separated, but the partner heard him call for help, the report said.

When colleagues found him in the master bedroom, his helmet, face piece and gloves were off and he was unresponsive.  He had removed them to try to clear vomit, the report said, and was overcome by smoke and toxic gases.

He and firefighters at his station responded to about three calls that day and Glaser had two large meals, the report said.

He is the first Shawnee firefighter to die in the line of duty and among 49 to die this year nationwide.

Glaser lived in Olathe and left a widow, who declined to comment Thursday, and two young children.

Hundreds of firefighters, family and friends attended his funeral in May, when he was described as a man with a call to duty.  He became a firefighter because he wanted to help others, said Shawnee Fire Chief Jeff Hudson.
Written by The Kansas City Star

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July 29,2010

A Houston Fire Department vehicle has been involved in a wreck in southwest Houston.

At about 9am the truck was en route to an emergency call.  The vehicle was northbound on Chimney Rock, but traveling in the southbound lanes in an effort to get around traffic.  As the truck was turning eastbound onto Westheimer, it was struck by a passenger car.

The car suffered heavy damage, and there's significant damage to the front passenger door of Engine 28.

A fire captain who was riding in the front passenger seat was taken to Hermann Hospital with an injured foot.  The driver of the car was reluctant to be transported to a hospital, but EMS crews convinced him to be taken to Memorial SW Hospital.

A third ambulance was called to the scene to transport a second firefighter to a hospital to be checked out.

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July 29,2010
DUI Charges Filed In Fire Truck Crash - PA

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EASTON, Pa. Prosecutors said a man was drunk behind the wheel of a fire truck when the truck crashed earlier this month.

The North Bangor Fire Department tanker truck rolled onto its side on Kesslersville Road in Plainfield Township, Northampton County on July 10.

Zach Romano, 20, was charged with driving under the influence and underage drinking.

Romano and a passenger, Stu Minntz, were taken to the hospital for treatment of the injuries they suffered in the crash.

Romano is due in court for a preliminary hearing on the charges October 4.

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July 29,2010
Hit Fire Truck Go TO Jail - TX

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KRIV-TV Ch. 7 / 26 showed up and recorded this video report:

A HOUSTON (TEXAS) FIRE DEPARTMENT ENGINE was positioned and operating at the scene of a truck fire early Wednesday morning when an auto drove right into the front end of the pumper.

The accident took place at 2 am while the engine’s crew was extinguishing a fire in an 18-wheeler on a freeway frontage road.  Suddenly, the car drove into the front bumper of the firetruck, demolishing the front end of the auto.

The driver wasn’t hurt, but he was arrested for drunk driving and taken away to the lockup.

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July 28,2010
House Fire Ignites After Power Is Restored - 3 Firefighters Injured - MD

(Maryland) - Just after 3:00 pm, Wednesday, July 28, 2010, firefighters from Oxon Hill and surrounding communities were alerted to a house fire.  Fire/EMS units arrived at 5604 Miles Drive in the Forest Heights subdivision of Oxon Hill.  The house is a 1 1/2 story, with basement, Cape Cod, single family home which has been without electrical power since the powerful storm of Sunday afternoon.  About 5 - 10 minutes of power being restored to the area residents noticed smoke inside the home and called 911.  When firefighters arrived they encountered heavy smoke and fire on the first floor with extension to the second.  The bulk of the fire was knocked down in about 30 minutes by first arriving personnel and additional firefighters were called to the scene to replace personnel experiencing exhaustion and minor injuries.  No civilian injuries were reported, however, two firefighters were transported to the Burn Unit with minor burns and one firefighter went to the hospital suffering from exhaustion.

The cause is accidental and appears to be related with the restoration of electrical power.  Fire loss is estimated at $200,000.  Seven adults and three children will be displaced and making their own arrangements for housing.

It is important to remember that when you lose electricity for any period of time to turn off and unplug electrical appliances.  By doing so will protect your appliances when electricity is restored and will reduce the risk of an accidental fire.

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July 28,2010
Firefighters Injured, Wires Down at Buffalo, NY

Video from Don Murtha III, Erie County Fire Wire

This fire on Goodyear Avenue is at the same house where police responded Saturday morning for the death of a 63-year-old woman.  The cause of her death is undetermined.  According to news reports, investigators believe someone tossed a firebomb into the house around 2:30 this morning.  Two firefighters and a pregnant woman rescued by firefighters were hospitalized.

Firefighters also had to deal with a water supply issue and wires down in the street in front of the house.  At 3:27 in the YouTube video there is arcing just off camera as a firefighter attempts to move the wire.  You can see this more clearly at 1:10 in the WGRZ-TV video

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July 28,2010
Medical Helicopter Down in Arizona

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Good coverage by KGUN9-TV

A MEDICAL HELICOPTER HAS CRASHED IN A TUCSON, Arizona, neighborhood Wednesday afternoon.  The plane crashed onto the sidewalk in front of a home and burst into flames at 1:43 pm local (Mountain standard) time (4:43 Eastern daylight), according to the Tucson Fire Department.

Nobody on the ground was injured.  There were three medical personnel on the helicopter and one of them was killed immediately.  The other two were injured, but there is no early report yet on the extent of their injuries.  Early reports say that the aircraft was carrying organ donor packages and did not have a patient on board.

Witness reports say that the engine of the helicopter just stopped while in flight, leaving it to drop to the ground.

The LifeNet Health aircraft was flying from Marana to Douglas and was in radio contact with Tucson control.  There was no indication from the pilot that he was having any problem during the flight.

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July 28,2010
Newark firefighter hurt in fall from fire truck - NJ

A Newark firefighter suffered serious injuries after he fell from a city fire truck while responding to an incident Monday night, authorities said.

The firefighter was sitting in the "bucket seat" and tumbled into the street when the vehicle made a left turn onto Osborne Terrace just before 10 p.m. Monday, according to Newark Fire Chief Michael Lalor.

The victim was taken to University Hosptial, where he was treated for lacerations to his head and face, Lalor said.  The firefighter, who was not identified, will have to wear a neck brace for the next two weeks since he may have suffered vertebrae damage during the fall.

He was released from University Hospital today.

Lalor said a civilian witness ran into the street to shield the firefighter from oncoming traffic until firefighters and emergency rescue crews arrived at the scene to treat him.  The truck was responding to a report of a fire at 319 Hawthorne Ave., which Lalor said turned out to be a minor incident.

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July 28,2010
At least 9 firefighters are injured in 3-alarm Irvington blaze - NJ

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At least nine firefighters were injured tonight while battling a three-alarm blaze that destroyed an abandoned house in Irvington, authorities said.

The fire broke out around 6 p.m. at 1050 Grove St., a 2 1/2-story wood-frame structure, Deputy Fire Chief Brian Muehe said.  Officials had to call for mutual aid from at least three other municipalities, including Maplewood and East Orange, Muehe said.

A Maplewood firefighter suffered burns and was taken to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.  Another firefighter was taken to University Hospital in Newark with a back injury and two others went to Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark with undisclosed injuries, Muehe said.

The conditions of the four were not immediately available.

Several other firefighters were treated at the scene for heat exhaustion, Muehe said.

Irvington fire officials are still trying to determine the cause of the blaze, which threatened to extend to two adjacent buildings.  Muehle said the heavy fire inside the abandoned house caused the roof and rear wall to collapse.

The blaze was so intense, Muehe said, that firefighters were forced to evacuate the building and fight the fire from the outside.

"It was getting out of hand," he said.

Two other buildings sustained minor damage, and Muehle said the main building burned to the ground.  The Irvington Fire Department is leading the investigation, according to Muehle, but the fire had not been deemed suspicious as of tonight.

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July 28,2010
Update: Man dies after a three-vehicle crash involving ambulance near Lawton - MI

This is the aftermath of an accident Saturday morning in Van Buren County when a car and Marcellus ambulance collided.

A Grand Haven, Mich., man is dead after a three-vehicle crash involving a Marcellus ambulance near the intersection of Michigan 40 and 78th Avenue near Lawton in Van Buren County on Saturday morning, a Michigan State Police officer has confirmed.

Police and medics were dispatched just before 11 a.m.  No one else was injured seriously in the crash.

Sgt. James Bennett of the MSP Paw Paw Post told WSBT-TV that Terrence Eaton, 63, was alone in his vehicle when it was hit.

It appears the driver of a vehicle was trying to make a “U” turn on M- 40 and apparently didn't see the vehicle driven by Eaton, Bennett said.  While attempting to make the “U” turn, the driver's vehicle collided with the vehicle driven by Eaton.  The Eaton vehicle was then thrown into the path of the oncoming ambulance, which was heading north on M-40.  The ambulance had a passenger, but was not on a priority call: no lights or siren were on.

The ambulance, which was headed to Lakeland Hospital in Paw Paw with the patient, probably was totaled, Bennett said.  After the crash, a Van Buren County ambulance took the subjects from the wrecked ambulance to Lakeland Hospital.  The patient suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Bennett said the name of the driver making the “U” turn is not being released at this time, but he is from the Paw Paw area.  He said the case will be submitted to the Van Buren County prosecutor to evaluate for possible charges.

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July 28,2010
Ambulance, car collide on Route 28 in Hyannis - MA

A car collided with an ambulance yesterday morning on Route 28.

A Centerville-Osterville-Marstons Mills ambulance was returning from Cape Cod Hospital on Route 28 when a car pulled out in front of it from Hinckley Road, Hyannis fire Lt. Tom Kenney said.  Fire officials were called to the accident at 10:48 a.m., he said.

The driver of the car was treated for minor injuries but refused to be taken to the hospital, Kenney said.

Both vehicles were heavily damaged and needed to be towed from the scene, he said.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation, according to Barnstable police.

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July 28,2010
Ambulance Gets Wired - PA

WHP-TV Ch. 21 Harrisburg filed this video report on the incident:

A CUMBERLAND COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, AMBULANCE CREW needed rescuing themselves early Tuesday morning.  The Silver Spring Township ambulance responded to a pre-dawn call for an auto accident where the car, driven by Dusty LeBeau, 29, went off the road and hit a supporting cable for an electric pole.  The stress caused the pole to snap and left the charged power line hanging low over the road.

When the ambulance arrived on the scene, they got tangled in the drooping wire, caused the circuit breaker to ka-boom and were immediately taken out of service.  The ambulance was effectively grounded, so the crew just sat tight and waited for the power company to arrive and clear the hazard.  The victim of the initial accident was freed before the ambulance crew was and he was airlifted to the hospital.

The victim of the initial accident was freed before the ambulance crew was and he was airlifted to the hospital.

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July 27,2010
Crews Free Firefighter Injured In Orinda Crash - CA

A 33-year-old Moraga-Orinda Fire Department firefighter was injured this morning when the utility pickup he was driving rolled off a fire trail embankment on the western edge of Orinda.  David Mazaika, a district firefighter for 7 1/2 years, was working as part of a fire trail maintenance crew when his vehicle rolled almost 200 feet down the hill about 9:50 a.m.

Fire district personnel freed Mazaika from the wrecked truck and, using a series of ropes and pulleys, moved him back up the hill and into a waiting ambulance.  He was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he was in stable condition and under observation early this afternoon.

Each year the fire district prepares its fire trails.  Mazaika was in a vehicle ahead of a contracted grader crew check for obstructions or other safety issues.  Mazaika was in the lead vehicle at the time of the accident.
Written by Contra Costa Times

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July 27,2010

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An explosion at the scene of a KY house fire has left the home destroyed and has one firefighter in the Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital.  Mark Long, a Camp Taylor firefighter, suffered second and third degree leg burns after falling through the floor of the burning home.  The cause of the fire/explosion was the occupant cleaning the basement floor with acetone which was ignited by the hot water heater.

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July 27,2010
CF-18 Crashes at the Alberta International Airshow

This video was taken at an air show in Alberta, Canada, last week and it captures the amazing emergency ejection of a Canadian Air Force pilot from his F-18 fighter just two seconds before it crashes onto the airfield.

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July 27,2010
Ambulance, Train Collide in Vancouver Island - BC

Vancouver Island A-News filed this video report:

A British Columbia AMBULANCE NARROWLY AVOIDED CALAMITY Sunday evening when the driver of the ambulance took evasive action that prevented a full impact with a passenger train at Langford, British Columbia.

The ambulance was responding to a call for a medical emergency just before 8 pm and was approaching a railroad crossing while going up a slight incline.  The angle put the sunlight directly in the driver’s eyes and she was not able to see the warning signal for the train in operation.  As she got to the crossing, the 25-yr.-veteran paramedic saw the train right on her and swerved right, putting the ambulance parallel to the tracks between a light pole and the train.

The train only glanced the rear of the ambulance and nobody on either the ambulance or the train were injured.

The ambulance needed to be towed away, but damages are not expected to exceed $3,000.

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July 26,2010
Three injured after car hits West Glens Falls ambulance in Queensbury - NY


QUEENSBURY -- Three people, including an EMT, were taken to Glens Falls Hospital on Saturday morning after a car ran a stop sign and hit an ambulance, police said.

Just before 11:30 a.m., a grey Outback Subaru rolled through a stop sign at the corner of Richardson Street and Luzerne Road and ran into a West Glens Falls Emergency Squad ambulance traveling west on Luzerne Road, said a Warren County Sheriff's Officer.

The Subaru hit the front of the ambulance before slamming into a telephone pole.

The two passengers of the Subaru, a male and a female, and the driver of the ambulance were transported to Glens Falls Hospital, police said.

West Glens Falls third Assistant Fire Chief Bill VanNess said he did not know the extent of their injuries, but none appeared to be life-threatening.

The names of those involved in the accident were not available at the scene, but police said the driver of the Subaru will be ticketed for failure to stop at a stop sign.

Warren County Sheriff's Office, the West Glens Falls Fire Department, Glens Falls EMS, Lake George EMS and Bay Ridge EMS were on scene.

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July 26,2010
Okla paramedic remains hospitalized after crash

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A paramedic remained hospitalized in Oklahoma City after being injured in a medical helicopter crash that killed two others on board.

A spokeswoman at the OU Medical Center said Saturday 34-year-old Michael Eccard was in critical condition.

Eccard was the only survivor of the Thursday night accident southeast of Kingfisher.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the EagleMed helicopter was en route from Intergris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City to an Okeene hospital 90 miles away when it went down, killing pilot Al Harrison and nurse Ryan Duke.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident.

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July 26,2010
Pedestrian Hit, Killed On I-10, Ambulance Taking Her To Hospital Crashes - NM

ANTHONY, N.M. -- New Mexico State Police said a woman is dead after she was hit along Interstate 10 early Sunday morning.

Police said three people were riding in a 2002 Ford pick-up when the woman passenger tried to jump out of the truck. Another passenger held her inside the vehicle while the driver pulled over.

The woman then began walking down I-10, when she was hit by a Nissan pick-up truck, police said.

Emergency crews were summoned to the scene and said the woman suffered massive head trauma.

Life Ambulance was transporting her to University Medical Center when it was involved in a crash of its own.

El Paso police said a Mitsubishi Eclipse was speeding down I-10 east when the driver slammed into the concrete barrier and spun out of control hitting the ambulance.

The driver of the Mitsubishi was cited for failure to yield right of way to an emergency vehicle, failure to control speed, failure to display a valid driver’s license and unsafe lane change, police said.

Life Ambulance dispatched another ambulance to take the woman to the hospital, police said.

Police said the woman who was described as a Carlsbad, N.M. resident in her late 30s, died at University Medical Center.

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July 26,2010
Ambulance involved in crash on east side - IN


Indianapolis - An ambulance was involved in an accident on the east side Saturday afternoon.

Police say a Care Ambulance was on a run northbound on Ritter Avenue when it stopped at a red light at the intersection with 10th Street.  The ambulance stopped and waited for the intersection to clear and then proceeded through when the driver thought it was clear.

A flatbed pick-up truck with a trailer was westbound on 10th Street, didn't see the ambulance and couldn't stop.  The pick-up struck the ambulance on the passenger side.

A passenger in the ambulance suffered a wrist injury, but there were no patients on board at the time of the crash.  No one in the pick-up, which had a green light in the intersection, was injured.

Neither driver has been cited at this time.

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July 26,2010
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AN ARMSTRONG COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, AMBULANCE went off the road and into a creek Tuesday morning.

Armstrong County emergency dispatchers said the ambulance crashed along Route 85 at about 5 a.m. near West Shamokin High School.  The Citizens Ambulance Services vehicle was transporting a patient at the time of the crash, authorities said.  Another ambulance took the patient to Kittanning Hospital.

The driver of the ambulance was unhurt.  At the time of the crash, fog blanketed the area with a half-mile of visibility reported.  However, the fog has not been pinpointed as a factor in what caused the accident.
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July 26,2010
Errant SUV Crashes Into Firehouse - WI

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A WOMAN IN LAKE DELTON, WISCONSIN, who probably wishes she hadn’t stayed out so late Friday night, crashed into the Delton Fire Department’s station at 6:30 am Saturday morning.

Her SUV ended up in the No Parking zone of the front ramp, but not until she had caused significant structural damage to the building.  Fire Chief Andy Schultz said that while the building was damaged, none of the firetrucks were damaged at all.

The building was stabilized and the firefighters used the rear bay doors to respond out of while awaiting a structural review to be done today (Monday).

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July 26,2010
Fire chief, firefighter killed in Rocky Mount fire truck crash - VA

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ROCKY MOUNT, Va. — Two firefighters were killed when a Rocky Mount fire truck on its way to a house fire crashed into an SUV, flipped several times and landed on a car, state police, the town's mayor and a witness said.

One person was removed from the fire truck and taken by helicopter to a hospital, said Wanda Bailey, a manager at the nearby Sheetz convenience store on Old Franklin Turnpike near Route 220 in Rocky Mount.  Another person was pinned under the truck, she said.

At least two people from the wreck were transported to Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital, according to Carilion spokeswoman Allie Buth.  One person died on the way to or at the hospital, she said, and another was listed in stable condition.  Buth declined to identify either person.

Buth was not sure if anyone had been airlifted from the scene.

"We lost two dedicated public servants in that accident," said Rocky Mount Mayor Steve Angle, confirming that two firefighters died in the collision.  "Both were well-known and respected men in the community.  It's a devastating blow to Rocky Mount."  He would not name the firefighters who died, but said they were the only two on the truck.

The fire truck, which Franklin County Fire Marshal Bennie Russell said was responding to a fire in Penhook, landed on its top, Bailey said.  The area was crowded with emergency vehicles, she said.

"It's terrible.  It's really, really bad," Bailey said.  "Most of these firefighters come in here every day.  It's kind of heartbreaking to us.  We know them.  They're basically like family."

"I heard a great big crash and we came outside," said Christy McKinney, 35, of Rocky Mount, an employee of Mattress Depot across the street from the wreck.

She said multiple vehicles were involved, including an SUV, a blue Ford Mustang and the fire truck.  The fire truck rolled over and landed on the Mustang, McKinney said.

The intersection of Old Franklin Turnpike and Route 220 is blocked off while officials investigate, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
By Amanda Codispoti, Jordan Fifer and Sheila Ellis

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July 26,2010
Firefighter dies after structure fire - MA

A firefighter died Sunday, a day after working at the scene of a structure fire.

Otis, Massachusetts, Fire Department Volunteer firefighter David Sullivan, 70, told others he was not feeling well and was later discovered dead at his residence.

The cause of his death remains under investigation.

Firefighter Sullivan was a fire service veteran of more than 20 years.
By FireRescue1 Staff

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July 26,2010
Fire Truck Struck By Pickup While At Another Irving Wreck - TX

A man suspected of driving drunk steered his pickup into the back of an Irving fire truck early Monday on Loop 12, but no firefighters were injured, Irving police said Monday.  Firefighters had to extract the driver out of the vehicle, but information was not available on the condition of that person.

The accident was reported shortly after 2 a.m. Monday on southbound Loop 12 near Texas 114 as the fire truck was on the scene of a traffic accident where another vehicle had flipped over.  Police did not release information on that accident.  The scene was near where Texas Stadium once stood.

Investigators believe the driver of the vehicle that hit the fire truck may have been intoxicated.
Written by Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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July 26,2010

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Sunday, July 25, 2010 A Dayton Firefighter was injured battling a fire on S. Conover St. the afternoon of Sunday, July 25.

The unoccupied structure collapsed on the Firefighter and he had to be pulled out of the building.  The Firefighter was taken to Miami Valley Hospital.

The call came in just before 1515 hours and smoke was coming from the structure when firefighters arrived.  Firefighters suspect the blaze was set by an arsonist, or accidentally by a homeless person.

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July 26,2010
Tempe firefighters injured during explosion in burning home - AZ

Three Tempe firefighters received minor burns Saturday night during an explosion inside a burning brick house.  The blast lifted the roof, hurled debris and threw a firefighter 15 feet into the yard, fire officials said Sunday.

"If it weren't for their training and personal protective equipment, it could have been much worse," Tempe Fire Investigator Mike Reichling said in reference to the fully engulfed residential fire at 1204 S. Mill Ave.

A resident of the duplex called 911 about 10:40 p.m. Saturday and 15 units responded, some from Scottsdale and Mesa, fire officials said.

Once inside the vault-like, 1940 brick home the gases from the smoke built up, intensifying, creating a backdraft, Reichling said.

"Once the oxygen hit that gas, it exploded," he said, knocking off casement windows, the front door and splitting a block header.

"It blew one of my firefighters out into the front yard," Reichling said.

The seven firefighters working on the north side of the building were saved in part due to their training, Reichling said.  They heard a noise, like a rushing sound.  The temperatures hit at least 1,500 degrees.

"They all yelled get down, and boom, it just hit," Reichling said. "It sucked it and blew it out."

Tempe police had just evacuated eight people from the back yard near the structure when the blast occurred, said Molly Enright, Tempe police spokeswoman.  It sent the front door of the residence 25 feet across the front yard and out onto Mill Avenue – which had been secured and was in the restricted zone set by police.

The house is about 98 percent damaged, causing an estimated $250,000 in damage, Reichling said.

The three firefighters who received burns are not seriously injured.  Typically they would receive burns between their masks and the hoods, Reichling said.

Mill Avenue had been closed between 12th and 13th streets but was reopened about an hour later.  The fire was under control by 11:30 p.m., firefighters said.

Firefighters wear helmets, self-contained breathing apparatus, protective hoods, pants and boots, Reichling said.  It adds 70 pounds, he added.

Reichling said a woman who has owned the house all her life now lives in Chandler and rents it to students.

He said he treats all fires as arsons until proven otherwise.

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July 26,2010
Ambulance vs. Police Cruiser - PA

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A PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, POLICE CAR responding on an emergency call collided with an ambulance Sunday evening around 5 pm at an intersection.  The police officer was running with lights and siren activated on a call when the private ambulance, that was not on emergency, broadsided the cruiser.

The crash caused the cruiser to spin around before running against a pole that stove in the right-hand side of the car.  The officer was transported with non-life-threatening injuries as was the driver of the ambulance.  The ambulance, which did not have a patient in it, was also heavily damaged.

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July 24,2010
2 Bridgeport firefighters die in line of duty - CT

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Lt. Steven Velazquez and Firefighter Michel Baik were found unconscious on the top floor of the house, after they sent out May Day calls.  They were found by the department's rapid intervention team, and were given CPR at the scene.  However, Mayor Bill Finch said, they were unable to revive the men and they were pronounced dead at the hospital.

At a press conference Saturday night, a somber and distraught Finch talked about the two, both family men with young children.  Velazquez was Finch's neighbor, and the mayor recalled pinning his badge on him when he was promoted to lieutenant in February.  Baik, he said, was a rookie with two years on the job.

Fire officials were too upset to attend the press conference, Finch said, adding Chief Brian Rooney, who was out of state when the fire hit, sped back to Bridgeport to be with his men.  "They're just too emotional to talk about it," Finch said.

The last time the department lost a member was in 1999, when Walter Flyntz died in a fire on Fairfield Avenue.

The initial report of the fire at the multi-family wood structure was called in to officials at 3:53 p.m.

Deputy Fire Chief Robert Petrucelli said he arrived on the scene 15 minutes into the fire and found heavy smoke coming from the second and third floors.

"Firefighters were making progress on the fire," Finch said, "knocking down the flames."

He said Velazquez and Baik were the furthest inside the house, doing search and rescue and ventilating the house.

There's no immediate word on what caused the fire and Finch said the State Fire Marshal's office will be investigating not only the cause of the blaze, but are also looking at the equipment used by the deceased firefighters.

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July 24,2010
British Firefighters Using Motorcycles

United Kingdom - Firefighters in England said they are giving trial runs to two motorcycles fitted with water and foam hoses for fires that do not require a whole engine.  Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said the BMW motorcycles, which each cost about $46,000 to buy and outfit with water and foam canisters, have the ability to extinguish a car fire in about 20 seconds and the hoses will operate for 2 to 3 minutes at a time, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday.

"About 60 percent of what we do is putting out 'rubbish fires,'" a Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said.  "These are fires that don't pose a threat to people or buildings.  If approved, this trial would enable us to buy more bikes and have them in stations where they have the highest incidences of these kind of fires."

Similar fire bikes are in use in Sweden, Hong Kong, Denmark, Singapore, Turkey and Italy.
Written by United Press International

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July 24,2010
Drunken Teenager Steals Fire Engine - AUSTRALIA

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Police have charged a 16-year-old boy after he allegedly unlawfully entered a fire station and stole a fire engine in Lithgow overnight.

About 11.45pm yesterday, police allege the local youth attended the fire station on Bren Street, Lithgow, and obtained the keys to an Isuzu fire engine.

The youth allegedly drove the 14 tonne vehicle from the scene but was spotted by police a short time later driving with the emergency lights activated, at which time he was pulled over and arrested.

Once arrested, he was subject to a roadside breath-test, which proved positive.

He was returned to Lithgow Police Station where he returned an alcohol reading of 0.045.  He was subsequently issued a Court Attendance Notice for novice range PCA and other traffic matters.

The youth will be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act for the offences relating to breaking into the fire station and stealing the fire truck.

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July 23,2010

SOS Stockholm

IN SKOVDE, SWEDEN, AN AERIAL UNIT was responding to a call for a house fire and while going around a curve, the rear wheels went up onto the median.  The elevation was just enough to throw the center of gravity up and led to a rollover of the apparatus.

There were no injuries from the accident.  The alarm turned out to be no service.

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July 23,2010
Helicopter crashes in field near Kingfisher killing two - OK

Helicopter crashes

KINGFISHER — Two people were killed and one injured this evening when a medical helicopter crashed four miles south of Kingfisher, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

It was an EagleMed flight, said Sgt. Denise Robinson.  She said three people were aboard the helicopter.

Kingfisher County Emergency Management Director Steve Loftis says the helicopter went down about four miles south of Kingfisher.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the EagleMed helicopter left Oklahoma City's Integris Baptist Medical Center and was on its way to a hospital in Okeene when it crashed about 7:30 p.m. four miles southeast of Kingfisher.

Lunsford said the injured person was being airlifted to Oklahoma City on another medical helicopter.

He said the downed helicopter was an American Eurocopter AS350.

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July 22,2010
2 firefighters injured, residents evacuated in NY retirement home fire

Many residents left the building in wheelchairs and were given oxygen; more than 100 were evacuated without serious injury

RENSSELAER, N.Y. — Three retirement home residents were displaced by a smoky fire Tuesday afternoon that injured two firefighters and forced the evacuation of more than 100 people, city fire officials said.

A chaotic scene unfolded Tuesday afternoon on the front lawn outside Renwyck Place on Fourth Avenue as emergency workers tended to residents.

Many residents left the building in wheelchairs and were being given oxygen because of breathing problems caused by the smoky conditions.

It appears no one in the six-story complex was seriously injured, said Assistant Police Chief James Frankoski.

The residents were taken by bus to the Rensselaer City School District campus where they were fed and treated, said Assistant Fire Chief Phil Smith.

The Rensselaer County Health Department responded to the high school to assist in aiding the residents, county officials said.

By 7 p.m., most of the residents were headed back home. Three residents found shelter with friends or relatives due to smoke damage to their apartments, Smith said.

Frankoski said the fire began in a second-floor apartment and sent smoke billowing into the building's east wing. It was brought under control quickly.

About 100 to 200 residents of the east wing were evacuated. Officials said those living in the west wing remained in the building.

"The fire was put out quite quickly," Smith said.

One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion and a second firefighter received stitches for a hand injury, Smith said. Both were treated and sent home.

A Rensselaer city school bus and senior citizen buses ferried the residents to the high school, which is air-conditioned, according to John Mooney, school board president.

The Rensselaer Fire Department was assisted by the Clinton Heights, Defreestville and East Greenbush fire departments. The American Red Cross and Rensselaer County agencies also helped out.
By Kenneth C. Crowe II and Bob Gardinier / The Times-Union

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July 22,2010
Man Dies, Firefighters Taken To Hospital After York County Fire - Virginia

A 59-year-old man died and four firefighters were taken to a hospital this morning after a house fire in the 1000 block of Carys Chapel Road.  A man inside the home who suffered life-threatening injuries was rescued by firefighters and died later at a hospital, said Capt. Paul Long, fire department spokesman.  The firefighters were believed to have suffered heat-related symptoms, Long said.

Firefighters were called to the home at 2:40 a.m. and found heavy smoke coming from it, Long said.  When they went inside, they found heavy flames.

After rescuing the man, they pulled fire crews out of the home and started dousing the structure from the outside, Long said.  The fire was out in a little less than an hour.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Long said.
Written by The Virginian-Pilot

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July 22,2010

Hot fire truck

Belvidere Firefighters put out flames on one of their own ladder trucks.

They were coming back from a call when the engine of the truck started on fire.  Crews pulled over to put it out at U.S. 20 and Town Hall Road.  A cause is still under investigation.  No one was hurt the truck might be totaled.

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July 21,2010

A firefighter who was submerged in thick oil during an attempt to fix an underwater pump is brought ashore by his colleagues in Dalian, China on July 20.
AP Photo/Jiang He, Greenpeace

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 A Dalian firefighter drowned yesterday morning, becoming the first fatality since a massive oil pipeline explosion hit the city's Xingang Port on Friday.  The fireman and a colleague were fixing an underwater pump attached to an advanced water-pumping vessel in water covered with thick oil that leaked from oil pipelines in the aftermath of the explosion.  Witnesses said that the firefighter had probably drowned, just 1,000 metres from the site of the explosion, because he underestimated how sticky the water was after the oil spill, which made it impossible to swim.

Another firefighter was rescued and is now under observation at a Dalian hospital.  There has been no official count of injuries in the aftermath of the explosion, but several people, mostly firefighters, were injured during the disaster.

Up to 3,000 firefighters from Liaoning province battled an inferno for more than 15 hours from Friday night before extinguishing the fire.  Up to 20 firefighting trucks were still on standby outside the port yesterday though no obvious fire or smoke could be spotted.  The high-powered water-pumping vessel, imported from France, had been vital to efforts to contain the fire because it could send sea water up to 5 kilometres ashore when there was not enough fresh water to supply firefighting trucks.
Courtesy Lexus-Nexus

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July 20,2010

There was a crash today in Tazewell County (VA) involving fire apparatus just before 1730 hours.

An Abb's Valley Volunteer FD apparatus appeared to have lost brake power on a hill as they returned from a call.  The engine rolled over on it's side, trapping the driver and another firefighter inside the truck.  The passenger was transported to a local hospital in Tazewell County, Va. but the driver was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Johnson City Tennessee.  There's no word on the extent of injuries.

A link to the video report

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July 19,2010
British fire truck starts worldwide trip to battle cancer

The Follow That Fire Engine charity mission is dedicated to Firefighter Garth Moore, who died after a battle with lung cancer

DORSET, England — A group of friends embarked on a 26,000-mile mission around the world in a fire engine yesterday to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, The Fire Fighters Charity and The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

The Follow That Fire Engine charity mission is dedicated to the memory of Garth Moore, who died last year after a brave battle with lung cancer.

Mr Moore was a firefighter at Wimborne Fire Station in Dorset and dedicated his life to fighting fires and saving the lives of others over the course of his 33 years in service.

His son Steve is the expedition leader.

The mission which left the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, south-east London, yesterday also hopes to achieve Guinness World Record status for the longest continuous trip in a fire engine.

Supporters can keep track on the crew's progress at  HERE

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July 19,2010
3-alarm fire hospitalizes Pa. firefighter

The fire started at a vacant house and spread to a home with six children

YORK CITY, Pa. — A three-alarm fire in York City left two homes destroyed and one family displaced Sunday afternoon.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m., several fire companies responded to a blaze that started in a vacant house, 500 N. Beaver St., then spread to the 502 N. Beaver St. unit, where Zulimar Morales and her six children lived.

"I was on the first floor watching TV when my neighbor came and knocked on the door and said she saw smoke," Morales said. "I got my (six) kids and pets together and immediately ran outside ... the important things in my life."

The fire started in the walls of the vacant home then spread to the third floor of Morales' home, York City Fire Chief Steve Buffington said.

The fire went to three alarms because of the heat, Buffington said.

Although Buffington was uncertain at the scene as to how many companies were on call at the fire, he said (the fire) brought in many crews "from as far as New Freedom," to rotate firefighters into the units so "they didn't get beat up from the heat."

At 4:20 p.m., Buffington said, the fire was declared under control, but Sunday's hot weather took a toll on the firefighters.

One York City firefighter was taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion, while three or four others from companies at the fire were being evaluated at the scene, he said.

The Red Cross of York-Adams showed up at the scene to provide water for the firefighters, as well as make arrangements for the Morales family.

Morales lived in her home on North Beaver for three years, and said she's never had a problem with electrical work or "anything of that nature."

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and there is no damage estimate yet, Buffington said.
By Lauren Whetzel / The York Dispatch

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July 19,2010
Ohio firefighter critically injured in fatal crash en route to fire

Portage Fire District volunteer firefighter Timothy Johnson was en route to a fire that engulfed a bowling alley when the crash occurred

SALEM TOWNSHIP, Ohio — An Elmore man is dead and a volunteer firefighter was in critical condition after a car accident Friday night.

Ian Hoffman, 24, of Rice Street, was killed in the accident.

Timothy Johnson, 41, a volunteer firefighter for the Portage Fire District, was taken to Magruder Hospital and then transported by LifeFlight to Medical University of Ohio, where he remained in critical condition Saturday. Johnson was driving his own truck, but was headed to a fire at Clay Center Recreation. There was no information available Sunday on his condition.

Hoffman was a passenger in a 1999 Mazda Protege driven by Olivia Duty, 20, of Woodville, traveling west on Oak Harbor South East Road around 11 p.m. Friday. Duty stopped for the stop sign at Ohio 19 and pulled into the intersection, traveling northbound, and then tried to turn west onto Portage River South Road.

Johnson was traveling north on Ohio 19 in his 2004 GMC Sierra truck. Ottawa County had requested help from any available firefighters to keep the blaze — which engulfed Clay Center Recreation — from spreading.

The first firefighters, from Allen-Clay Joint Fire District, were called to the bowling alley at 10:18 p.m. The business closed early, around 9:30, so nobody was in the building when the fire started.

By the time firefighters got there, the building was fully ablaze.

"There was fire from front to back," Deputy Chief Denny Hartman said. "It was really cooking. We weren't going to stop the fire."

While he was en route to the fire, Johnson's pickup struck the left rear of Duty's car, which went off the road and into a field. Johnson's truck went off the road and hit a tree.

Johnson was not wearing a seat belt, but his air bag did deploy. The air bags in Duty's car did not deploy. Hoffman wasn't wearing a seat belt. It is unknown if Duty, who was taken by Life Flight to MUO, was wearing a seat belt. She was listed in stable condition Saturday, but no information was available Sunday.

No charges have been filed. The Sandusky Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol is investigating, and don't believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

The Ohio Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by officers from the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department, Mid County EMS, Portage District Fire Department, Toledo St. Vincent Life Flight and Terry's Towing.

The State Fire Marshal's Office and Allen-Clay Joint Fire District are investigating the cause of the fire. Hartman couldn't put a monetary figure on the damage, but said the building was a total loss.
By Vince Guerrieri / The Port Clinton News Herald

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July 19,2010
Star high school athlete jailed after crashing into ambulance - Michigan


A 19-year-old star football player from Linden High School was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia according to Argentine Township Police Chief Daniel Allen.

The teen, whose name will be released pending a positive blood test and formal charges, was lodged at the Genesee County Jail following a personal injury crash at the intersection of Smith and Seymour roads in Argentine Township.

Police responded to the intersection at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 14.

Allen said the Linden graduate was driving a 1996 Chevrolet pickup truck southbound on Seymour Road. As he turned left, (eastbound) onto Smith Road, his truck collided with a northbound STAT EMS ambulance, which was transporting a patient from a previous auto crash.

Traffic in that area is 55 miles per hour. Allen said the ambulance was traveling at posted speeds and did not have the lights and sirens on. Those in the ambulance were not injured in the crash.

Although the driver of the pickup truck did not sustain injuries in the collision, the 18-year-old passenger was injured. The passenger was not wearing his seat belt and sustained head injuries when his head struck the windshield. The passenger was taken to Genesys Health Park in Grand Blanc Township.

Allen said the pickup truck was totaled in the crash and the ambulance sustained extensive damage.

The crash remains under investigation and arrest warrants are pending the results of the blood test.

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July 19,2010
Firefighter Injured In Blaze In Irving Park - Illinois

A firefighter went to the hospital early this morning for heat-related injuries incurred while battling a blaze at an apartment building in Irving Park, fire officials said.  About 6:50 p.m., the Chicago Fire Department was notified of a fire in an apartment building in the 3800 block of North Whipple Street, according to Fire Media Affairs spokesman Quention Curtis.

The fire affected three two-and-a-half story buildings, starting in the back at 3839 N. Whipple St., and then spreading to 3837 and 3841 N. Whipple St., Curtis said.

All of the units were occupied, but by the time fire personnel arrived everyone had gotten out of the buildings, Curtis said.

While battling the fire, a 55-year-old firefighter was injured and taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Curtis said.  All firefighters injured during a fire are listed in serious-to-critical condition, but Curtis said the man had non-life-threatening injuries.

The fire was under control by about 7:10 a.m., but crews remained on scene as of 8 a.m., he said.
Written by Chicago Tribune

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July 19,2010
Growing Wildfire Claims Homes and Firetruck - WA

Engine 31 before yesterday.
The carcass of West Valley FD Engine 31 lays in the burn zone
after being overrun Sunday night. The engine is valued at $400,000.
(Herald-Republic photo)

A WILDFIRE WEST OF YAKIMA, WASHINGTON, sprang up Sunday afternoon and has grown overnight.  The fire has burned down at least three homes and many outbuildings as high winds drive it and expand the burn area.  One fire engine was destroyed as the fire moved over it early in the operation.  By Sunday evening it had grown to 10,000 acres.  There were 200 firefighters working the blaze Sunday night with another 100 expected to arrive Monday morning.

The blaze started as a small brush fire at 2401 Cowiche Mill Road in Cowiche Canyon across from the Cowiche Creek Nursery.  Flames were first reported about 2:30 p.m.  Heavy winds prompted the fire to travel southwest over the hillside into the West Valley area.  Firefighters estimated wind speeds at 20 and 25 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

The flames engulfed West Valley fire engine 31 and sent three firefighters to an area hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.  Shelters were not deployed, but (West Valley FD Chief) Leitch said the engine is lost.

Richard Andring, public information officer for the West Valley fire department, said the fire will continue through today, with containment efforts taking another couple days.   The fire is approaching an area that contains a gravel pit and the fire lines are being created with the purpose of directing the fire toward that area.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports:

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July 18,2010
Buffalo 2+ Alarm/Firefighters Trapped (Glenwwod Ave)


Buffalo Firefighters responded early this morning for a report of a garage fire on Winslow St. Ladder 6 went on location reporting a garage fully involved.  Rescue 1 reported the rear of the 2 1/2 story dwelling involved & B-43 requested an additional Engine & Truck plus a chief to the scene.  B-56 assumed command and reported exposures involved and requested another 2 Engines & 1 Truck to the scene.  Interior crews reported a floor and roof collapse in the rear step down with 2 firefighters inside.  B-56 ordered the FAST team (Ladder 7) to the 2nd floor & requested the balance of the 2nd alarm plus an additional 2 Engines & Truck to the scene.  An emergency head count had all Firefighters accounted for at the scene.  Crews were on location for about 2 hours.

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July 18,2010
Another Stolen Ambulance - NY


AN AMBULANCE BELONGING TO THE TERRYVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT on Long Island, New York, was stolen Friday morning from the loading dock at a Long Island hospital.  The ambulance crew had just taken a patient into the emergency room.

Police say that a 30-yr.-old Brooklyn man took the ambulance from the John Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson.  He was located quickly and taken into custody 15 minutes later about a mile from the hospital.  He is expected to be charged with grand larceny in the second degree.  The police say that the ambulance driver had left the keys in the ignition while he went inside with the patient.

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July 17,2010


Saturday, July 17, 2010 The Sandusky Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that occurred on State Route 19 at Portage River South Road south of Oak Harbor, Ohio.  The two vehicle crash occurred Friday July 16, 2010 at 2300 hours.

Driver unit #1: 41 year old Timothy L. Johnson 3470 South Woodrick Road Oak Harbor, Ohio.  Mr. Johnson was not wearing a seat belt, however, the vehicle's front air bag did deploy.  He sustained incapacitating injuries and was transported to Port Clinton Magruder Hospital by Mid County EMS. Toledo St. Vincent's Life Flight later transferred Mr. Johnson to the Medical University of Ohio in Toledo where he is currently listed in critical condition.  Mr. Johnson was driving a 2004 GMC Sierra pick up truck.  The vehicle sustained severe damage and was towed to Terry's Towing in Williston, Ohio.

Driver unit #2: 20 year old Olivia T. Duty 4450 County Road 44 Woodville, Ohio.  Restraint usage is unknown at this time and the vehicle's air bags did not deploy.  Ms. Duty sustained incapacitating injuries and was transported by Toledo St. Vincent's Life Flight to the Medical University of Ohio in Toledo, Ohio where she is currently listed in stable condition.  She was driving a 1999 Mazda Protégé which sustained severe damage and was towed to Terry's Towing.

Passenger unit #2: 24 year old Ian C. Hoffman 427 Rice Street Elmore, Ohio.  He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and sustained fatal injuries.  He was transported to the Fremont Hospital via Niedecker-LeVeck and Crosser Funeral Home at the request of Dr. Jerome A. McTague.

Mr. Johnson, a volunteer fireman with the Portage Fire District in Oak Harbor, was traveling northbound on State Route 19 in his personal vehicle responding to a request for mutual aid in battling a fire at the bowling alley in Clay Center, Ohio.  Ms. Duty was westbound on Oak Harbor South East Road.  Ms. Duty stopped for the posted stop sign at State Route 19 then pulled into the intersection traveling northbound.  After traveling only a few hundred feet Ms. Duty attempted to turn west onto Portage River South Road.  Mr. Johnson struck the left rear corner of the Duty vehicle causing it to travel off the northwest corner of the intersection and come to rest in a field.  Mr. Johnson's truck traveled of the northwest corner of the intersection and struck a tree.

The crash remains under investigation at this time by officers assigned to the Sandusky Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio State Highway Patrol Crash Investigation Unit. No charges have been filed and alcohol is not a factor in the crash.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at he scene by officers from the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department, Mid County EMS, Portage District Fire Department, Toledo St. Vincent Life Flight, and Terry's Towing.

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July 16,2010
5 Boston firefighters injured in 4-alarm house fire

Firefighters injured

Five firefighters were injured yesterday and at least six people were displaced after a four-alarm blaze tore through a Jamaica Plain rooming house, causing about $500,000 worth of damage.

The inferno erupted at about 10:18 a.m. at a two-and-a-half-story rooming house at 133 South St., said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald.

"It was a very dramatic fire on arrival," said MacDonald. "There was heavy fire."

One firefighter suffered burns to his hands and another burns on his neck, MacDonald said.

He added another firefighter was treated for a back injury.  Two more jakes sought treatment for a dislocated finger and a cut to the hand, respectively, MacDonald said.

One resident suffered smoke inhalation, MacDonald said.

Authorities believe the fire began on the second floor of the home, but the cause is still under investigation, MacDonald said.

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July 16,2010
Driver crashes into ambulance, then leaves - New Jersey

A city woman left the scene of an accident after her vehicle collided with an ambulance en route to an emergency call, police said Tuesday.

The collision occurred about 10 a.m. Friday at East Chestnut Avenue and Howard Street.  Witnesses told police the Vineland Emergency Medical Service ambulance had its emergency lights and siren activated when it approached the intersection.

A vehicle driven by Aurora Lopez Ruiz, 45, of the first block of North Valley Avenue, was stopped at the intersection before it continued forward and collided with the ambulance, according to a police report.

The ambulance had moderate damage to its front bumper, front grill and emergency lights, the report said.  It was not carrying any patients at the time, EMS Chief Al Lincks said, and another ambulance was available to respond to the call.

One ambulance driver was treated for a bruised shoulder, Lincks said.

When police found Ruiz later, she said she left the scene because the ambulance struck her vehicle, police said.

Ruiz was issued summonses for failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident, unlicensed driver and failure to wear a seatbelt.

Lincks said Tuesday he was still unsure of the estimated cost for repairs.

"Ambulances are more complex than your average vehicle," he said.  "So it depends on what it is and what repairs are needed."

The ambulance is currently drivable, but in need of repair, he said.

In April, a Millville man was charged with drunken driving in a hit-and-run crash involving an ambulance on East Landis Avenue.  The estimated damage to the ambulance in that incident was roughly $2,800.

"We put a lot of miles on, so you're bound to have an accident sometime," Links said. "Thankfully there weren't any serious injuries."

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July 16,2010
Dashcam Video Shows Teen In Stolen Ambulance - GA

Grady Paramedics Being Investigated For Leaving Ambulance Unlocked

ATLANTA -- Atlanta police released dashcam video of a teenager seen bouncing behind the steering wheel of an ambulance that belongs to Grady Hospital.

Police said the teen stole it when EMS crews were on a sick call, Wednesday, July 7.

Paramedics responded to a sick call at an apartment complex on Newton Circle in Southeast Atlanta.

Police said the paramedics left the ambulance unlocked and running when the teenager stole it for a quick joy ride.

Police said the teen didn't get far.  The dashcam video shows him jump out of the ambulance, while it was still moving.

Police found the empty ambulance wrecked in a ditch on Thomasville Boulevard with the engine still running.

Grady Hospital spokeswoman, Denis Simpson, said the paramedic violated hospital policy by leaving the doors of the ambulance unlocked.

An internal investigation is underway.

Dashcam Video Shows Teen In Stolen Ambulance

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July 16,2010
Firefighter Shocked When Ladder Hits Power Line in FL

Friday, July 16, 2010 A freak accident sent an Osceola County firefighter to the hospital Thursday afternoon.  The firefighter was doing a demonstration in front of a group of 30 kids at the Osceola County Sheriff’s Adventure Camp near St. Cloud at the time.

Investigators say the firefighter was shocked when a ladder he was lifting touched a power line.  Fortunately, emergency help was not far away.

“There were other paramedics and firefighters on scene because they were doing that demonstration,” said Osceola County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Twis Lizasuain.

The firefighter was flown to Orlando Regional Medical Center.  He is expected to survive.

“It's extremely fortunate.  We are all very blessed that the firefighter is doing well,” said Osceola Fire Rescue Chief Rich Collins.

No one else was hurt.

Collins said his agency will review its policies and procedures because of the accident.

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July 16,2010
Upstate NY Fire Goes to 7 Alarms

WSYR-TV has a recent report on the fire  HERE.

A FIRE THAT WAS DELIBERATELY SET in a vacant factory building burned out the entire 4-story timber structure in Amsterdam, New York, early Thursday morning.

The fire consumed the former Eddie Brush Co. that made brushes and brooms at one time.  The Amsterdam fire chief said that the manufacturing process had left the wood floors soaked with industrial greases and solvents, and the building was wide open with no partitions in it.

The heat of the blaze ignited two occupied neighboring houses, causing the destruction of one of them.  The old factory is one of many vacant mills in the the city that once was a thriving industrial city but is now in a slide to decay.

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July 15,2010
Two Firefighters Were Killed In Russian Art Restoration Center Blaze

RIA Novosti

Two firefighters were killed Thursday in a blaze at a historic Moscow center for the restoration of art work.  A senior fire official told RIA Novosti that dozens of firefighters extinguished the blaze at the Grabar All-Russian Art, Scientific and Restoration Center.  Three helicopters were also dispatched to attack the fire from the air.

"The first firefighters arrived four minutes after the call.  When they got there, only 500 square meters were burning.  The fire then intensified and we had to commit 45 fire-fighting teams,” Colonel Igor Kulikov, from Emergencies Ministries, told the press.

As the first companies were evacuating the workers from the building, a ceiling collapsed killing the two firefighters, Vyacheslav Shashin and Alexander Dymchikov.

The cause was believed to be a blowtorch being used by construction workers doing repairs to the two-story building, ITAR-TASS said.

The center was founded in 1918 by Igor Grabar, a member of a wealthy Russian family who had become an artist and art historian.  Grabar, who headed the center until 1930, was a prominent member of the Soviet art establishment until his death in 1960 at 89.

Fire officials said most of the art works at the center were rescued, but some on the top floor might have been destroyed.

The center has recently been involved in the restoration of frescoes in Moscow churches and conservation of important icons.

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July 15,2010
Trout Run Volunteer Firefighter Dies While Responding To Vehicle Accident - PA

(Pennsylvania) - Firefighter Richard Springman of Trout Run Volunteer Fire Company was responding in his personal vehicle to a fatal two-vehicle collision on Route 15 when his truck reportedly struck a guardrail and crashed.  Firefighter Springman was ejected from his vehicle and passed away from injuries sustained in the accident.  Incident Location: US Hwy 15 at Powys Curve in Lewis Township, PA.

Details are that he hit a guardrail and after hitting it, FF Springman over steered, causing his truck to travel sideways across both southbound lanes and up onto another guardrail.  After sliding on the guardrail, the truck rolled over before landing upright in the middle of the southbound lanes, about 300 yards north of the crash he was responding to.  FF Springman, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the truck, landing about 15 feet from his vehicle.

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July 15,2010
590 back to normal after patient jumps out of moving ambulance - NY


Traffic is back to normal now on Route 590 south bound. Just after 11am, Sheriff's Deputies say a man jumped out of an ambulance onto the highway.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies say Rural Metro was transporting a psychiatric patient from Rochester General Hospital to Strong Memorial Hospital when the male patient jumped from the moving ambulance.

The man sustained several injuries and was once again transported to Strong Memorial Hospital.

Route 590 southbound was partially closed for the investigation.

We have been in touch with Rural Metro Ambulance. The company tells us it's working on a statement. That statement should include an explanation as to how a patient was able to escape from a moving ambulance.
By: Berkeley Brean |

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July 15,2010
Explosion, Possibly Acetylene, Injures 6 Firefighters - Kansas

One of the destroyed grass-fire trucks. Photo by Kirby Ross

The Kirwin, Kansas Fire Department responded to a report of a fire on a water tower, along with a nearby brush fire.  The brush fire spread to the tires of a semi trailer parked on site.  Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the brush and tire fire.  Firefighters were standing near the trailer, discussing how to tackle the water tower fire, when a massive explosion occurred, injuring 6 firefighters and heavily damaging a brush truck.

Workers had been welding on the water tower earlier in the day.  At quitting time, they stored their equipment including flammable liquids and acetylene cylinders in the trailer.  Investigators suspect that the welding operations sparked a small fire in the water tower.  Flaming debri falling off the water tower likely started the brush fire, which extended to the tires of the trailer.

KSN-TV has a good video report from the scene  HERE.

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July 15,2010
2 Cars, Fire Truck, Funeral Car Collide in SC

Fire Truck, Cars, Funeral Car

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 Eleven people were injured Wednesday in an accident that involved four vehicles including a funeral car and a fire truck.

The accident happened on Highway 276 near Travelers Rest.

The Highway Patrol said when the funeral car and a Chevrolet slowed down, a Ford hit the Chevrolet from behind, knocking it into the funeral car.

A short time later, a North Greenville fire truck that came to the scene rolled forward and hit the Ford.  No one was in the fire truck at the time.

The Highway Patrol is still investigating what made the unoccupied fire truck start rolling.

The driver of the Ford was charged with driving too fast for conditions.

All of the injuries were said to be minor.

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July 14,2010
Explosion Rocks Los Angeles Firefighters

Big fire

Big fire
Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, FIREFIGHTERS WERE ON THE SCENE of a major industrial fire early Wednesday morning when a violent explosion occurred in a titanium storage facility.  The fire swept through six buildings triggering more explosions as the molten exotic metals reacted with the water.  The firm manufactures titanium golf clubs, according to the LAFD spokesman.

At one point, around 1 am, a huge blast showered firefighters and engines with burning titanium, Battalion Chief Mario Rueda told the press.  “As a result of these explosions, titanium chips dispersed over the neighborhood,” Rueda said.  “Large chunks of concrete impacted some of our apparatus and the concussive effect knocked out some of our (vehicle) windows.”

At the peak of the fire there were 220 firefighters on the scene.  After the first explosion the fire attack was concentrated on preventing extension while the metals fires burned themselves out.  A second explosion as large as the first was triggered two hours later.

A firefighter and a captain were treated for hand burns and ringing in their ears from explosions, but were not seriously injured.  A third FF was taken to the hospital for burns on the back of his neck.

The FD officials are saying that probably the entire complex will be a total loss.

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July 14,2010
Palm Beach County Firefighter Injured In Greenacres Crash

Florida) - A Palm Beach County Fire Rescue truck collided with a car Tuesday morning, injuring a paramedic on board, authorities said.  The accident happened around 7:45 a.m. at the intersection of Swain Boulevard and First Street, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

A medic hurt his shoulder in the crash and was taken to JFK Medical Center in Atlantis with minor injuries.

No other information was immediately available.
Written by South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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July 14,2010
2 Hurt In Ambulance Rollover Wreck - Tennessee

Two people were injured Monday night after an ambulance wreck on I-440.

It happened around 9:00 p.m. at the I-440 and I-65 junction just past Nolensville Road.  Reports were that the ambulance rolled over and two people were hurt.  It was unknown whether that was emergency personnel or a patient being transported.

Traffic was backed up for about an hour while crews worked to clear the scene.  It had been raining at the time of the crash, but it was unknown whether it played a role in the crash.

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July 13,2010
SANTA MARIA – Not much is left of a Santa Maria Police cruiser after it was wrapped around a tree early Sunday morning.

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Macagni says Officer Damon Badnell was responding to a call for help from another officer on foot chasing a burglary suspect in the north end of town.

“It had just rained, the roads were slick and for unknown reasons he lost control of the car at Main and Broadway”, Macagni says.

Officer Badnell is being treated for broken bones at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital where doctors are optimistic about his recovery.

A three year veteran of the Santa Maria Police Department, Damon Badnell is a husband and father who grew up in the area and was just awarded by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for making the most DUI arrests in the city.
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July 13,2010


A Lieutenant with the Moonachie First Aid and Rescue Squad was charged with assault by auto yesterday, 2 days after he collided head-on with a car driven by a 52-year-old woman while responding to an emergency call in his personal car.

Franklin Smith Sr., 63, of Moonachie was driving his 2009 Toyota Rav4 north on Moonachie Road near Rooney Place just after 11:30 a.m. Saturday when he crossed the center line and collided with a southbound 2004 Nissan Altima.

Both Smith and the civilian were taken to Hackensack University Medical Center with serious injuries.  Both remained hospitalized on Monday.

Smith was on his way to the Moonachie First Aid and Rescue Squad’s headquarters on Moonachie Road in response to an unspecified call for medical assistance, and was traveling at “a high rate of speed,” said John L. Molinelli, the Bergen County prosecutor.  He was not wearing a seat belt, the prosecutor said. Photo

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July 13,2010
Palm Beach County Firefighter Injured In Greenacres Crash

(Florida) - A Palm Beach County Fire Rescue truck collided with a car Tuesday morning, injuring a paramedic on board, authorities said.  The accident happened around 7:45 a.m. at the intersection of Swain Boulevard and First Street, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.

A medic hurt his shoulder in the crash and was taken to JFK Medical Center in Atlantis with minor injuries.

No other information was immediately available.
Written by South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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July 13,2010
Explosion Injures 6 Alberta Firefighters

Canada (Alberta) - Six volunteer firefighters in Edgerton, Alta., were hurt Monday night when an abandoned rural house they set on fire after a training exercise suddenly exploded.  The house was completely engulfed in flame for approximately 10 to 15 minutes, said Wainwright fire Chief Steve Douglas.  "At that point, it exploded."  The force of the blast threw firefighters against their vehicles and left them covered in heavy debris, which scattered as far as 300 metres from the house.  It also badly damaged vehicles and firefighting equipment.  One firefighter was airlifted to hospital in Edmonton while five others were taken to nearby hospitals.
Written by Kelly Clemmer

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July 10,2010

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Sunday, July 11, 2010 A North Bangor Vounteer Fire Co. truck sustained major damage Saturday night after it rolled over in Plainfield Township when the driver lost control on a curve, township police said.

Township police officer John Thompson said he is working on a reconstruction to determine what caused the crash.  The firetruck was the only vehicle involved, he said.

Thompson said an inspection of the truck is scheduled for Monday.  He said the driver, Zach Romano, was taken for blood tests to determine if alcohol was involved.  The test is standard procedure when a commercial vehicle crashes, Thompson said.

According to Thompson:
The crash happened about 9:15 p.m. in the5700 block of Kesslersville Road.  The truck was headed north when Romano lost control and rolled the truck over.  It landed on its side, facing south.

Romano and his passenger, Stu Minntz, were taken to St. Luke's Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

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July 10,2010
Bellevue woman charged in hit and run with ambulance - Wisconsin

An 18-year-old Bellevue woman received three tickets Wednesday night after backing a van into a County Rescue ambulance and then fleeing the scene.

t happened shortly after 11 p.m. at Brown County GV and Wisconsin 172.  The woman backed the van into the rescue squad, damaging it with her trailer hitch, then sped off, according to the Brown County Sheriff's Department.

The rescue squad followed her to Wood Violet Road in Ledgeview, where she and a passenger abandoned the vehicle and ran.  The sheriff's department impounded the vehicle and traced its ownership to a local business, which identified her as the last known person using the vehicle.

The woman received a ticket for hit and run, failure to notify police of an accident and operating without a driver's license.

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July 09,2010
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3-alarmer sweeps across NYC roof, injures firefighters

NEW YORK — Video footage shows a 3-alarm fire that roared across the roof and top floor of an upscale condominium in New York, injuring several firefighters.

The from-the-scene footage shows the response from the FDNY Thursday to the upscale condominium building.

Eight firefighters suffered minor injuries including burns and smoke inhalation while attacking the fire, according to the New York Times.

No deaths or major injuries were reported.

There are five (5) video clips on youtube addressing this fire.  Click here.

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July 09,2010
Ambulance, City Bus Involved In Large Harlem Collision - NY

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AN ACCIDENT IN NEW YORK CITY INVOLVING A FIRE DEPARTMENT AMBULANCE left 19 people injured, six of them seriously.  (Note: some reports say that the injury count was 15.)

The crash began just before noon Friday when a car broadsided the ambulance that was responding on a call in Harlem.  The collision caused the ambulance to veer into oncoming traffic where it met a city transit bus head-on.

Witnesses say that the car’s radio was up so loudly that the driver probably never heard the ambulance’s siren.  The bus driver and both EMT’s were among the injured that were transported.

NY1 has the report and a good video from the scene HERE.

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July 09,2010
Stolen Ambulance Crashed in Atlanta


A GRADY HOSPITAL AMBULANCE, THE PRIMARY EMS providers for Atlanta, Georgia, was stolen Wednesday night by a joy-rider who left it crashed in a ditch with the motor running.

The paramedics were at an apartment complex on an emergency call and while they were inside tending to the patient, somebody drove off in their ambulance.  A short time later a witnesses called police to tell then that she saw a boy jump out of the driver’s seat just before it ran down an embankment into a ditch.

Apparently nothing was taken from the vehicle, but there is damage to the bodywork.  Grady says that their ambulances are equipped with onboard video systems and they believe that there will be images of the thief.  It will take about 36 hours to retrive them.

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July 08,2010
Ambulance explodes in Hartford - Connecticut

Hartford, Conn. (WTNH) - It was quite a scene in Hartford Thursday morning when an ambulance transporting a patient caught on fire and then blew up.

It happened near Hartford Hospital around 11am.  The fire started in the compartment where the patient is carried.  The oxygen inside caused the explosion.

Thankfully, the crew had already pulled out the 60-year old male patient.  He did not suffer any further injury.

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July 08,2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010 A crash involving a fire engine sent four firefighters to the hospital this morning.  The fire truck was responding to a call around 0700 hours when it collided with a milk truck .  Four firefighters were taken to the hospital with mostly minor injuries, the worst of which was possibly a broken shoulder.

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July 07,2010
Three Dead After Copter Crash Off Washington

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crashed a few hundred yards off the coast of Washington state on Wednesday, killing three of four crew members on board. Rear Adm. Gary Blore, commander of the 13th Coast Guard district, said the cause of the crash is not known but that there were downed power lines on the beach near the helicopter's wreckage.

Witnesses told local media that the helicopter was flying at a low altitude when it approached La Push, Wash., a small outpost on the Quileute Nation reservation. It is about 100 miles west of Seattle, on Washington's Olympic Peninsula.

Blore said it's not unusual for Coast Guard helicopters to fly low. He said the power lines had been about 250 feet above the water level and that those lines are marked in navigational charts.

Quileute tribal member Rio Jaime told the Peninsula Daily News that he saw the helicopter clip the power lines with its tail, sending it down to the water.

"It took us a little bit to realize that really happened," he said. "It was like in the movies."

News footage showed the orange color of the helicopter's body with the wheels showing through the blue Pacific Ocean water. A rotor blade was also seen sticking out of the water.

The identities of the dead guardsmen were not immediately released Wednesday afternoon, pending family notification, Blore said. The lone survivor, who suffered nonlife-threatening injuries including a broken arm and leg, was also not identified.

Blore said the four-member crew of the MH-60 Jayhawk was flying from Astoria, Ore., to Sitka, Alaska, where they were based.

Around 9:30 a.m., the Coast Guard lost communication with the helicopter, prompting bases in Astoria and Port Angeles, Wash., to launch search helicopters.

Members of the Quileute Nation who heard the crash rushed out to the water.

Darryl Penn, the harbormaster for the Quileute Nation in La Push, said he and three others raced out to the wreckage on two small boats and were able to reach two of the crew members, who were "pretty banged up." He found one in the water with a wet suit on and the other in the wreckage.

"You know, these guys are out here for us, for the guys who fish," Penn said. "When they go down, it's scary."

Three members were recovered by tribal members, who performed CPR on at least one of them.

Blore said all four crew members were found outside of the helicopter.

The crash "particularly hits home and certainly as a naval aviator," Blore said, his voice breaking. "We're saddened."

Written and photos by Associated Press

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July 07,2010
Ambulance Hits Car in Accident - Nebraska

An ambulance rushing to the hospital collided with a car late Tuesday afternoon.  Bellevue paramedics were rushing a patient to a hospital after he fell from a roof.  Omaha police say the squad's lights and sirens were on when it went through a red light at 29th and Farnam Streets.  A man driving a Ford Taurus had a green light and apparently didn't see the ambulance; the two cars collided.

Omaha paramedics took the patient that was in the ambulance to the hospital.  He was listed in serious condition, but was not further injured in the crash.  No tickets were issued, and the driver of the car was not injured.

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July 07,2010
3 injured in crash with ambulance - Ohio

Three people were injured shortly before noon when a car struck a Dayton Fire Department ambulance at Broadway Street and Riverview Avenue.  The three injured, none of whom were paramedics, were taken to area hospitals but their conditions were unknown, Dayton Fire District Chief James Beach said.

A Mazda Protege was eastbound on Riverview when it struck the ambulance that was on an emergency run with lights and sirens activated.  There was not a patient in the ambulance.  The car sustained heavy front-end damage but it did not appear that the airbags deployed.  The ambulance, which was northbound on Broadway, was struck in the left rear side and sustained minor damage.

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July 07,2010
Crash Involving Ambulance Closes Highway 17 - North Carolina

Highway 17 in Jones County was shut down for a couple of hours Tuesday afternoon after a multi-vehicle crash in Pollocksville.

One of the vehicles was an ambulance.  Deputies say a BMW crossed the center line and grazed the ambulance.  That caused the JAS ambulance to swerve, hitting an SUV.

Four people in the ambulance were taken to Onslow Memorial Hospital, while three other people injured were transported to CarolinaEast Medical Center.  Traffic was rerouted onto Ten Mile Fork Road and then back onto Highway 17.  The busy highway has since reopened.

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July 07,2010
2 drivers contributed to wreck - South Carolina

Lights and sirens blaring, a Charleston County EMS paramedic drove a Harley-Davidson southbound in the northbound lanes to elude backed-up Folly Road traffic Saturday and crashed the motorcycle into a pickup truck that was attempting to turn left, according to an incident report released Tuesday.

Both the pickup truck driver and the paramedic, identified as 43-year-old Christopher Edgar, contributed to the 2:15 p.m. collision, the report said.

Charleston County sheriff's investigators are waiting to talk to Edgar before they determine if anyone will be charged in the wreck, Maj. John Clark said.  Edgar and several emergency responders were rushing toward Folly Beach at the time in response to a traffic accident and a missing swimmer.

Edgar was rushed to Medical University Hospital with multiple bone fractures.  He was listed in stable condition Tuesday in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit and is expected to remain there for at least a couple of more weeks, Charleston County EMS Director Don Lundy said.

The driver of the pickup truck, Emory Thomas Roper, 48, of Charleston said Tuesday that he regrets the wreck happened and won't try to justify himself but insists the motorcycle did not have its sirens on while driving "excessively fast."

"I'm very sorry the young man got hurt," Roper said in a phone interview.  "I walked over to him and I said, 'Lord, please don't let him die.'  That's when he started breathing."

The report said Roper was attempting to cross the southbound lanes between two stopped vehicles in an attempt to turn left into the northbound lanes of Folly Road when the collision happened.

Roper said that he stopped before pulling into the lanes and that the front of the truck was 3 feet into the northbound lanes when the motorcycle hit him.  He said he heard the sirens of the ambulance following behind the motorcycle but not from the motorcycle.  The report said the officer's lights and sirens were used.

"He was driving excessively fast," Roper said.  "He can't be a good motorcycle driver to be driving that fast in that situation."

The ambulance riding behind Edgar saw the wreck and provided aid, authorities said.

Roper, a longshoreman, said that the impact caused him to hit his head against the rear-view mirror and that he received a rough ambulance ride part way to the hospital before the driver "fixed" whatever was causing him to bounce around the back.

"It bounced up and down," he said.  "It was torture.  It was more painful than the accident itself."

Lundy denied that anyone intentionally bounced Roper around and said no one has filed a report with his department.

"We treat everyone the same," Lundy said.  "He was a patient to be treated and we treated him with kindness and compassion, like we treat everyone."

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July 07,2010
1 dead, 4 hurt when ambulance hits car on LI - New York

Police are investigating a deadly crash in Suffolk County involving an ambulance on its way to the scene of an accident.

It happened just after midnight in Brentwood.  The ambulance collided with another car.  Three other people in the other vehicle were injured, along with the driver of the ambulance.  Police say the car had pulled to the right as the ambulance approached.  But it then made a left turn, crossing directly in front of the ambulance.  Both vehicles have been impounded during the investigation.

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July 07,2010
Two ambulance-car collisions minutes apart on Pleasant St. - Maine

BRUNSWICK Traffic on a busy stretch of Pleasant Street already stretched past capacity on holiday weekends was tied up even longer Friday afternoon after two separate collisions involving ambulances attempting to navigate the blocked lanes.

Just after noon on Friday, a 2000 Nissan driven by 65-year-old Irene Brunelle of Brunswick was stopped on Pleasant Street waiting to turn left across traffic into the Amatos parking lot, when she saw an ambulance with lights and sirens activated approaching her from behind, Brunswick Police Sgt. Lynne Doucette said today.

As the Northeast Ambulance Service unit pulled into the oncoming traffic lanes to avoid the lines of cars in the east-bound lane, Brunelle attempted to turn left into Amatos and the two vehicles collided.

The driver of the ambulance, Paul Beaupre, 24, of Buxton, was not injured.  Brunelle was taken to Mid Coast Hospital with what police reports indicate was a non-incapacitating injury.  Her condition was not available by press time.  Estimated damage to the 2008 Ford ambulance was $5,000, while the Nissan sustained approximately $4,000 damage.

Minutes after the first crash, while police and rescue were still at the scene, another Northeast ambulance headed east on Pleasant Street attempted the same maneuver and collided with another car that also tried to turn left across traffic this time into the McDonalds parking lot.

Diane Comeau, 58, of Brunswick turned left across traffic headed into the McDonalds parking lot when her 2006 Hyundai was struck by a Northeast ambulance driven by 29-year-old Erica Lee of Bath, Doucette said.

Damage to the 2008 ambulance was $100, while Comeaus Hyundai sustained approximately $2,000 damage.  No injuries were reported.

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July 07,2010
Car, Ambulance Collide in Watertown - New York


An unidentified woman was taken to Samaritan Medical Center after her car collided with a Guilfoyle Ambulance at about 6:08 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Stone and Sherman streets, according to Watertown police.

Two male paramedics in the ambulance did not appear to be injured at the scene.

The ambulance was headed south on Sherman Street on a flashing yellow light when it was struck by a car heading west on Stone Street on a flashing red light, police said.

Police were assisted at the scene by city firefighters and Guilfoyle Ambulance.

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July 06,2010
Fire Truck Crashes Into NH Public Safety Building

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010 The public safety building in Wolfeboro suffered significant damage Tuesday morning when it was struck by the fire department’s ladder truck.

The truck hit a building column, and part of the bay area collapsed, firefighters said.

No one was hurt.  The fire department is investigating what caused the crash.

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July 06,2010
Fire Truck Crash in Italy

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A FIRE ENGINE IN MILAN, ITALY, WAS RESPONDING to a vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon when just a few blocks away it collided with a car.  The firetruck was knocked into a median guard rail and sustained front-end damage while leaving the guard rail in pieces.

The car suffered worse destruction from the truck.  There is no report yet on what or who caused the collision.

The original accident that they were responding to was for a small car that crashed into the rear of a trailer truck, leaving the two passengers in the car injured.

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July 04,2010


In Suffolk County (Long Island, N.Y.) an EMS SUV was involved in a fatal responding crash.  EMT Marlon Chavarria , 21, of the Brentwood Legion Ambulance, was driving the 2007 Ford Explorer first response unit with its lights and sirens activated when it collided with a 1993 Saturn.  EMT Chavarria was responding to another vehicle crash at the time.

Jarred Smith, 18, of Brentwood was driving the Saturn and was trying to make a left turn onto Cecil Avenue when he was hit by Chavarria's SUV.  One of the three passengers in the Saturn, Daryn McKay, 18, later tragically died at the hospital.  Smith and the other two passengers suffered minor injuries.  EMT Chavarria was taken in with leg and shoulder injuries.

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July 04,2010
Fatal Air Ambulance Plane Crash in Brewster County - Texas

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Five people are dead following a plane crash outside of Alpine late last night.

According to Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson, an Ohara air ambulance plane crashed after takeoff around 12:20 AM.

Five people were killed, including two residents from Midland.

Brewster County Sheriff Ronnie Dodson tells NewsWest9 that his office got a call about a plane going down around 12:15 Sunday morning.

Dodson says the plane is a Cessna 421 medical plane that carries patients to hospitals in the Midland-Odessa area when needed.

The Associated Press reports the plane was heading for Midland International Airport before it crashed.  The Texas Department of Public Safety says the pilot was apparently trying to make an emergency landing when the plane hit a rut, overturned and burned.

The crash scene is just northeast of the Alpine airport.  FAA officials are at the scene and officials with the NTSB are expected to be in Alpine later tonight from Colorado.

AP reports the FAA lists the aircraft as registered to O'Hara Flying Service II LP of Amarillo.  Company owner Denny O'Hara declined to comment to The Associated Press.

The plane was on fire and exploded several times when Brewster County Deputies arrived on the scene early Sunday morning, but none of the deputies were injured while responding.

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July 03,2010
Motorcycle Paramedic in critical condition - SC

A 15 year veteran Charleston County EMS Paramedic was involved in an MVA on a Harley Davidson quick response motorcycle.  The paramedic was enroute to a call on Folly Road when a car pulled in front of him.  He t-boned the vehicle and was thrown from the motorcycle and was severely injured.

CCEMS Medic 4 was directly behind him when the accident occurred and rendered excellent lifesaving aid very quickly.  He was quickly transported him to the Medical University of South Carolina.

CHARLESTON – Update: As of 1930hrs the Paramedic is still trying to be stabilized with the doctors trying to pin his broken femurs and arms in the STICU at MUSC.  He will need further surgery to repair his fractured pelvis.  The Paramedics name is being withheld.  Charleston County EMS has put out a page to all members asking that they stop coming to the ER to check on him due to the crowding.  More information will be released as it becomes available.

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July 02,2010
Fire truck topples; four firefighters treated and released - Texas

JUST BEFORE 7:30 AM FRIDAY MORNING, ABILENE (TEXAS) ENGINE 5 was returning from a call when the engine started accelerating on its own.

When the driver tried to bring the engine to a stop, it slid sideways and turned 180 degrees, crossing into the left-hand lane of traffic.  Once the tires of the engine came into contact with the shoulder, they “dug into the soft gravel, causing the engine to flip onto its side.”

Once the incident occurred, crew members issued a “mayday” report and additional units responded.  All four of Engine Five’s crew members were able to exit the vehicle on their own before help arrived.  Each was taken to Hendrick Medical Center for precaution and all were evaluated and released with minor injuries.

The engine, a 1996 Sutphen, sustained heavy damage and may have to be replaced.

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July 02,2010
Fire Apparatus Wreck in Raliegh, NC

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A fire truck and a sedan were involved in a wreck at Martin and Dawson streets in downtown Raleigh shortly after 8 a.m. Friday, police said.

The car driver said that he was driving west on Martin Street as part of his regular commute and had a green light to cross the intersection with Dawson Street.  He saw a fire truck turning from Dawson onto Martin and pulled over.

But, the driver said, he didn't see a second fire truck coming and was sideswipped by it on the passenger side of his car.

No one was injured.

The investigation into the wreck was ongoing.

Police said the fire truck is based at the Central Fire Station.

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July 02,2010
Several injured in Rutherford County ambulance wreck - Tennesse


Emergency personnel are on the scene of a wreck involving a Coffee County ambulance at the intersection of Highway 231 and Highway 269 (Shelbyville Pike-Christiana Road) in Rutherford County.

The wreck occurred around 7:45 p.m.

Early indications are that a late model GMC van with Rutherford County tags was southbound on Highway 231 and turned left onto Christiana Road in front of a Coffee County ambulance that was en route to Centennial Hospital in Nashville.

Both vehicles ended up off the road.  One person was reportedly ejected.

The driver of the van was taken to Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro by Rutherford County EMS in critical condition.

The ambulance driver, a medic and patient in the Coffee County ambulance were also transported to MTMC.

Emergency responders on the scene included the Christiana Volunteer Fire Department, Rutherford County Emergency Medical Service, Rutherford County Sheriffs Office and Special Operations team and Tennessee Highway Patrol.

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July 02,2010
Rogers Firefighters Sent to Hospital After Ambulance Wreck - Arkansas

Three Rogers firefighters were taken to the hospital Thursday evening after the ambulance they were in was involved in an accident.

Battalion Chief Travis Hollis says the ambulance was struck by another vehicle in an intersection on the 400 block of West Hudson Road.  The ambulance came to a stop on its side.

The three firefighters were taken to Mercy Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.  Their names have not been released.

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July 01,2010
One dies in wreck; ambulance personnel treated, released - Tennessee

A Christiana man involved in a wreck with a Coffee County ambulance Thursday night has died, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Ernest M. Spence Jr., 63, of Christiana Fosterville Road died in the wreck which happened around 7:45 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 231 (Shelbyville Pike) and Highway 269 (Christiana Road).

The wreck occurred when Spence reportedly turned left off Highway 231 to enter Christiana Road into the path of the ambulance, which was northbound with a patient toward Murfreesboro.

Spence, who was driving a 1999 GMC Savana van, was not wearing a seat belt, according to reports.

Also injured in the wreck were ambulance driver Sara J. Newman, 27, of Manchester; medic Beverly D. Colwell, 35, of Manchester; and Wendy M. Hill, 28, of Tullahoma.

Hill was a patient in the ambulance being transported non-emergency to Centennial Hospital in Nashville, according to Colwell.

"I was taking care of the patient in the back when we got hit," Colwell told The DNJ on Friday.

She said she was bruised up pretty bad but did not suffer any broken bones, adding that both she and Newman had been released from the hospital.

"The patient's care was released to Rutherford County," she said.

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July 01,2010
Ambulance Slams Into Pole While Transporting Patient-New York

OODBURY, N.Y. (WPIX) - One person is injured after an ambulance crashed into pole while transporting a patient to the hospital Thursday morning, stated Nassau County Police.

Cops say the ambulance was near the intersection of Jericho Turnpike and Woodbury Road when it slammed into a pole, which was next to several trees.

The patient was in unknown condition, but was suffering from non-immediate life-threatening injury.

The relative was taken to North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital in Syosset in unknown condition.

Police are investigating what cause the ambluance to crash.

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July 01,2010
West Windsor ambulance in collision - New Jersey

A township ambulance was taken out of commission Tuesday evening after it rear-ended a car on Quakerbridge Road near the entrance to Mercer Mall, according to police.

According to the West Windsor Police Department, the ambulance was responding to a call for assistance for a heart attack victim at Walmart at about 7:40 p.m. when the accident occurred.

Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene, but police said the damage was minor.

No injuries were reported.

The ambulance was one of several in the fleet of West Windsor's paid EMS squad that covers calls during the day.

A volunteer squad provides aid and responds to calls overnight.

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July 01,2010
Boise Fire Truck Hits And Damages Boise Police SUV

Boise fire officials say it appears that a malfunctioning rear-steering unit may have caused a ladder truck to swing wide and crash into two idling vehicles including a Boise Police car at Broadway Avenue and Linden Street on Tuesday afternoon.  No one was hurt, but both vehicles a Boise police-owned Ford Expedition and a sedan were badly damaged and had to be towed away.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation by Boise police and no citations had been issued by Wednesday afternoon.  Fire officials have since taken the ladder truck out of service.

The crash occurred about 3:25 p.m.  Tuesday when the ladder truck, which was not being driven to a emergency call, swung wide while turning east on to Linden from Broadway, according to police reports.  Written by The Idaho Statesman

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