It would be difficult to find anyone more embedded in the culture of Prince George's County fire service —or in the community of Bowie — than county Fire Chief Marc Bashoor. As a kid, he rode his bike from the Tulip Grove section of town to Station 39 on Route 450 and watch the firetrucks go out. He became a volunteer there in 1981 at the age of 16 — he needed a note from his parents to sign up — and even lived in the firehouse for a time. "I became very quickly involved in everything," he said. "I was running a lot of calls, getting a lot of experience." He met his wife Laura, who was also a volunteer there, at the station. He even had a firetruck brought to the parking lot of Cresthill Baptist Church on his wedding day 30 years ago.
It’s been more than two years since Hartford Firefighter Kevin Bell was killed while battling a massive blaze in the city's North End and a final report reveals what factors contributed to his death.
The National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health (NIOSH) report reveals how the firefighter died and lists several recommendations for the fire department. During the October 2014 fire at Blue Hills, Bell died after he was separated from his lieutenant and his tank ran out of air.
The report details contributing factors including fireground tactics, crew integrity, personnel accountability, air management, may day procedures and personal protective equipment use.
The Menlo Park Fire Protection District’s top official wants it to lead the pack in using drones for emergency operations.
“I want this agency to be the lead agency in the United States in the terms of applying new technology,” district board President Peter Carpenter said at Tuesday’s board meeting. “We could be the fire agency that looked at UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and gave them a seal of approval. What’s exciting about that is whoever’s first in that business generally dominates. Second and third entries in certifications don’t do generally well.”
Carpenter was discussing a partnership the board unanimously approved between the district and Matternet, a Menlo Park-based startup that develops drones to deliver lightweight goods, primarily medical items sent from one medical facility to another.
A firefighter who fell 15 feet through a burning barn roof in Clare is recovering from several broken bones.
Sam Eberhart, 33, was battling a fire at the barn when he fell 15 feet onto a concrete floor.
"It was instant pain," Eberhart said. "It was the first time I had ever broken a bone. There was no comfort. No nothing. Just pain all around."
Eberhart fractured the front and back of his pelvis in three places. The injuries were complex enough that he was taken to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, a Level I Trauma Center.
"Injuries like these can be limb- and life-threatening," Beaumont orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jason Sadowski said. "There could be bladder injuries and extreme blood loss."
Doctors said Eberhart's willingness and determination to do intense physical therapy exercises allowed him to avoid surgery.
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When Roy Jimerson saw a bunch of paper flying around Coastal Federal Credit Union on University Drive and Shannon Road, he stopped. "I saw that it was money, so I turned around and blocked traffic, picked it up; another citizen stopped and helped me gather it," Jimerson said.
When Jimerson isn't busy working as a Durham firefighter, he's laying tile as an independent contractor. He said he knows how hard it is to make a dollar and that's exactly why he wanted to return it - almost $1,000 in cash.
"Drawing that kind of money out, you had plans for that money, and I didn't want him to be short changed," he said. The money belonged to 42 year-old Keyon Waddell who does facility work for Duke University Hospital. Jimerson searched his name and found info for his mother - an administrative assistant at the Durham Police Department.
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PHOTO - A firetruck crashed in Whitley County, Kentucky Thursday. The Woodbine Fire Department truck crashed in a wooded area near Louden Road and Highway 92 eastbound.
According to the report, two firefighters were on their way to help with a structure fire at the time of the crash.
The men were transported to Baptist Health Corbin for minor injuries.