VIDEO: It’s been a tough couple of weeks for firefighters in Walton County and Social Circle.
There have been two fire truck wrecks at nearly the same spot.
A Social Circle firefighter remained at Grady Memorial Hospital’s ICU, while three other firefighters are at home recovering.
The Georgia State Patrol is examining both wrecks to see if it was a terrible coincidence or if roadway improvements might be needed.
Social Circle Fire Department Chief Ken Zaydel showed FOX 5 News the spot on Hawkins Academy Road where last Friday afternoon a Social Circle Fire Department truck crashed when responding to a structure fire about a quarter mile away.
A week earlier a Walton County Fire Department truck crashed at nearly the same spot, about 40 feet away.
“It’s rare, it’s almost unheard of,” said Chief Zaydel.
He said Georgia State Patrol’s SCRT, Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team, is comparing notes on the two crashes to determine if it was just a terrible coincidences or more needs to be done for safety.
Walton County’s Fire Rescue Fire needs answers too.
In total four firefighters, two from Walton, two from Social Circle, were injured.
Fox 5 Atlanta
The Central Valley Fire District asked a Gallatin County judge Wednesday to throw out a lawsuit that claims the fire district doesn’t have the authority to enforce state fire codes on a wedding venue in the Belgrade area.
Foster Creek Farm filed the lawsuit against the fire district in Gallatin County District Court in May.
The farm built a barn for weddings in 2016, according to court documents. The state inspected and approved the barn for occupancy, but the fire district issued a fire code violation in 2017 for not having a fire sprinkler system.
The farm is asking a judge to uphold the Montana Department of Labor and Industry’s Building Standards Division’s occupancy approval, which didn’t require a fire sprinkler system. It is also asking the court to order the fire district to pay any damages related to the lawsuit.
In its motion to dismiss the case, the fire district said it has the right to enforce state fire codes.
It claims the state building division’s occupancy approval is not a legal certificate of occupancy, and that the farm did not have authority to build a wedding venue that violated fire codes.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
VIDEO: For the past nine weeks, teens from the Sacramento area have been learning what it takes to become a firefighter.
The Sacramento Regional Firefighter Youth Academy offers a program that provides life guidance and career exploration for at-risk high schoolers.
“We characterize ‘at risk’ as being youth who might have academic, social or economic challenges in their life, and we just want to make sure that we can be a resource and that we can provide opportunities for youth to be successful in life,” said Byron Berhel, a retired fire captain who is now the CEO for Solutions for At Risk Youth. “We know they have what it takes. They just need a little push in the right direction, a little guidance.”
Students, decked out in full fire gear, showed off their new skills Saturday, performing ground activities with fire engines, trucks and tools.
The fire academy is a partnership between Solutions For At Risk Youth, Sacramento-region fire departments, community-based organizations and school districts.
VIDEO: he wind chill was -30 degrees Monday morning when a rental box truck crashed into the back of a tractor trailer on the Thruway in Henrietta.
The driver's life was saved, in part, because the firefighters who got there kept him warm.
They used an industrial heater to pump hot air into the cab of the truck when they were trying to pull him out. But the warm-up continued when he got into the ambulance.
Henrietta Fire District Assistant Chief Mark Cholach showed News10NBC pictures of the scene on the Thruway between LeRoy and Henrietta.
Then, he showed News10NBC what they used to help save the driver.
The fire department has an industrial heater with 30 feet of hose.
But when firefighters got the driver out and put him on the stretcher, the efforts to keep the driver warm continued.
The first responders at the scene on the Thruway injected the driver in the crash with warm IV fluids and covered him with a blanket that automatically heats up when it's exposed to air.
WHEC News 10
Deaths of first responders to suicide, increased depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other symptoms of mental health trauma have led some fire department leaders to change the way they want to see their peers cope with the often stressful and heartbreaking job.
“Tradition is you just suck it up and go about your day, and just let it go,” Lakeland Fire Department Lt. Phil Green said Tuesday as the agency rolled out training for peer support last week.
Green, 36, was one of those peers chosen to take the training in an effort to be a sounding board for fellow firefighters. At 14 years in fire services, he said now that the awareness is there, he hopes people speak up when they need to talk.
The peer support model is a program offered through the Florida Firefighters Safety & Health Collaborative and recognizes that firefighters tend to trust fellow firefighters far more because of their shared experiences, said LFD spokeswoman Janel Vasallo.
“The Lakeland Fire Department wants to ensure its firefighters, along with others in the region, have access to the resources and expertise needed to prevent a first responder from ever having to suffer through mental health issues on their own,” said Vasallo.