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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Injured Georgia firefighter dies after hose accident

A Macon County firefighter died Tuesday after suffering a traumatic brain injury in an accident on the job Saturday afternoon. Darrell Plank, 29, was hit in the head by a metal coupling as a fire hose snagged on the truck at the scene of a fire off Ga. 128 near Taylor County. The 10-year veteran’s skull was seriously fractured and, according to a Facebook page devoted to prayers for his recovery, he suffered a stroke on the left side of his brain. Plank was a father to five children, a carpenter by trade and a man of deep faith and conviction, Fire Chief Micah Kauffman said.
The Telegraph

Texas chief says San Antonio firefighters will be able to attend funeral, dispelling rumors

San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said Tuesday that any firefighter who wants to attend the upcoming funeral of firefighter Scott Deem will be able to, dispelling rumors to the contrary. Hood said he alone made the decision to not use outside agencies to staff SAFD stations on Friday because other firefighters aren’t familiar with San Antonio’s operating system, air refilling systems, radios or terminology. “People are entitled to create any rumors they want to with social media,” Hood said. “This was a vicious rumor. Any firefighter who knew Scott, who wants to attend that funeral, will be able to do that.” Additionally, Hood said, Deem’s funeral will be held on a day that the A shift, which Deem was assigned to, is not working. That means many firefighters who knew Deem will have the day off anyway.

Ohio Firefighter’s Death Puts Cancer Risk in Focus

The death of a Butler County firefighter serves as a sobering reminder of the dangers firefighters face long after the flames are extinguished and the smoke clears. "It was a badge of honor back in the day to be a smoke-eater and to have the dirtiest fire gear," Cincinnati firefighter Gerald Rosemeyer said. "Little did we know it would come back to bite us. Now we know better." Firefighters from multiple departments in Butler County and the Cincinnati region were among the hundreds Tuesday who paid their final respects to West Chester firefighter Tim Burns. Burns, 48, died last week after a battle with occupational renal (kidney) cancer.

Fix for troubled Dallas Police and Fire Pension System passes Texas Senate

The Texas Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that seeks to fix the broken Dallas Police and Fire Pension System. The bill barely made it out of committee last week but was saved by last-minute negotiations between the city, police and fire associations and pension officials. "This is not just a Dallas issue. This is about the future of our entire state," said Sen. Don Huffines, R-Dallas, who helped negotiate the Senate's version of the bill. "The men and women of Dallas police and fire deserve this bill." The Dallas pension fix, originally House Bill 3158 from Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Van, was sponsored by Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, in the Senate. The Senate's version seeks to make the pension system fully funded in the next 46 years; the House's version would have done it in 40.
Dallas News

Two In-Flight Rescues for Washington Department this Month

A Renton firefighter, along with firefighters from Nampa, Idaho, and Grants Pass, Ore., aided an unconscious man aboard a flight from Baltimore to Sea-Tac on Friday night. This is the second in-flight rescue by a Renton firefighter this month. On Friday, Firefighter Chris Kyrstofiak was traveling back to Seattle from training in Baltimore when Alaska Airlines flight attendants made an emergency announcement asking for help from any doctors or firefighters aboard the flight. Kyrstofiak, along with Nampa EMT Todd Cannon, helped stabilize the unconscious man, and gave him medical assistance for the rest of the flight.
Renton Patch

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

City pumps $30M into FDNY and EMS operations

The city is pumping $30 million into FDNY and EMS operations in the Bronx, officials said Monday. The investment will include funding for new ambulances and equipment, as well as $17 million toward construction repairs to EMS Station 17 at 109 Ogden Ave., which has been experiencing structural deterioration and lacks sufficient space for crew and equipment, according to a joint statement by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. Some of the money also will go toward stationing FDNY officers and EMTs at Jacobi Medical Center and Lincoln Medical Center for a new Hospital Liaison initiative, designed to expedite patient intake and quickly get ambulances back on the street for service.
New York Post

Georgia firefighter critically injured after mishap with fire hose at house fire scene

A Macon County volunteer firefighter is in critical condition after he was struck in the head by a fire hose. According to Macon County Fire Chief Micah Kauffman, it happened around 4 p.m. Saturday. Macon County firefighters are keeping vigil at the hospital after one of their men suffered a traumatic brain injury Saturday afternoon. Darrell Plank lost consciousness when he was hit in the head by a metal coupling as a fire hose snagged on the truck, Fire Chief Micah Kauffman said. An ambulance on the scene of the fire off Ga. 128 near the Taylor County rushed Plank to Medical Center, Navicent Health, where he remained in critical, but stable condition Monday morning. The 29-year-old father of five had a CT scan Monday morning that revealed Plank suffered a stroke on the left side of his brain, according to a Facebook page asking people to pray for his recovery.
The Telegraph

Jury awards $9.5M in case involving Washington fire engine

A King County Superior Court jury on Thursday awarded $9.5 million to the family of a Kingston man who died in a collision with a fire truck. On the morning of July 4, 2014, Jason Foster was was riding a motor scooter on Miller Bay Road, approaching its intersection with West Kingston Road. The traffic signal turned yellow, and he continued. Entering the crossroads from the other direction was former firefighter intern Scott Sommers, driving North Kitsap Fire & Rescue Engine 85. Foster, 48, struck the truck, which wasn't on an emergency call, and died instantly. Attorneys for the fire district and Sommers argued that Foster was driving unsafely, speeding and swerving, and lost control of his scooter before the collision.
Kitsap Sun

Atlantic City Firefighters Haul 14 People Trapped In Elevator Over 100 Feet To Safety

Atlantic City firefighters rescued more than a dozen people trapped in an elevator. The Atlantic City Fire Department posted on Facebook that 14 people were stuck in an elevator for several hours at the Tropicana Casino & Resort on Saturday. The elevator suddenly stopped between the sixth and seventh floors. Firefighters deployed a rope rescue and haul system to get to the trapped individuals and pulled them over 100 feet to safety. “The next opening wasn’t until the 15th floor, so when we began extrication operations it took a considerable amount of time to get each occupant out,” said Atlantic City Fire Department Chief Scott Evans.
CBS Philly

57-Year-Old Woman Fights Stereotypes & Fires In New York

A mother from Mamaroneck, New York has decided to reinvent herself in a field dominated by men, most of whom are a whole lot younger. Suburban mom Robin Nesdale showed CBS2’s Lou Young some of the new equipment she’s learned to use to rescue other people, and perhaps, herself. At 57 years old, she’s decided to play against type and become a volunteer firefighter. “I thought it would be a challenging. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” she said. Five months into her training, Nesdale is nearly ready to be certified to enter burning buildings as a member of the Town of Mamaroneck volunteer force. The mother of a college-age daughter calls it a way back from a rough divorce.
CBS New York

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