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Saturday, January 31, 2015

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NIST Modeling Study Reveals the Lethal Dynamics of a San Francisco House Fire 

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Saturday, January 31, 2015    A new computer-based fire-dynamics study by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has helped to clarify the circumstances and violent fire behavior of a lethal 2011 blaze in a San Francisco hillside home. The fire in the multi-story, single-family dwelling claimed the lives of two firefighters.The analysis, conducted using NIST’s Fire Dynamics Simulator, underscores the importance of ascertaining how heat and gases are likely to flow in a burning building before mounting an attack.

Summarized in a report* and a video (see box), the study concludes that the failure of basement windows near where the fire began transformed an interior stairwell into a “chimney for hot gases” that poured onto the first floor, where the downed firefighters were found. Air... [ more ]
     

 

2 PA FFs INJURED AT HOARDER HOUSE FIRE 

Saturday, January 31, 2015   According to firefighters at the scene on Marion Street, this was the “worst case of hoarding they have seen.”

"In over 30 years of being a fireman, this is probably one of the worst I've seen as far as hoarding conditions inside the house,” said Munhall Fire Chief Ed Pletsch.

A 65-year old woman lived at the home; however, she was not there when the fire started.

Channel 11’s Brandon Hudson reported that the injured firefighters fell off a ladder and were taken to an area hospital. Pletsch said one firefighter broke his leg and another bruised his shoulder.

Officials said it was hard to fight the flames because of the conditions inside the home.

The homeowner is staying with relatives while the fire marshal investigates how the blaze started.


     

 

WISCONSIN FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY WHILE RESPONDING 

Friday, January 30, 2015   We regret to pass on to you that Firefighter Leslie "Les" Fryman, 58, of the Rosendale VFD (Wisconsin) died in the Line of Duty while responding on a run.,

Firefighter Fryman was a passenger in a tanker/tender responding to a mutual aid structure fire when he went unresponsive. Fellow members treated Fryman and transported him to a local hospital. Firefighter Fryman was subsequently transferred to another hospital where he succumbed to his injury seven days later. The nature and cause of fatal injury is still to be officially reported. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.
     

 

KANSAS FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY 

Friday, January 30, 2015   Caney (Kansas) Firefighter Cliff Sanders, 55, died in the Line of Duty yesterday after having collapsed at the Caney firehouse while responding to a fire call for a grass fire Wednesday afternoon.

FF Sanders was first transported to a hospital in Tulsa where he died several hours later.

This is the first line of duty death for the Caney Volunteer Fire Department. Our condolences to all those affected.



     

 

FIREFIGHTERS MAKE RESCUES, THEN FORCED TO BAIL-SUFFER BURNS AT OHIO DWELLING FIRE 

Thursday, January 29, 2015    A total of eight people were hurt in an Akron (Ohio) house fire this morning. When companies arrived, they had working fire conditions. Three civilians were rescued by the members and were taken to local hospitals with one woman was badly burned, while another man and woman sustained smoke inhalation injuries.
Five firefighters suffered "minor burns" and one had to jump out of a window. Three adults, a man, and two other women, were trapped inside as the blaze blocked a stairway. 
     

 

ARE YOU A "FAN" OF POSITIVE PRESSURE? 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015    We have always looked at PPV as another tool-used based upon conditions, in coordination with companies operating and only ordered by command. 

UL is now testing positive pressure ventilation....and HERE are excerpts from an article on ABC7 Chicago.com (entire article link and VIDEO below) about fire fighting testing at Underwriters Laboratories:


Researchers at Underwriters Laboratories in Northbrook [monitor] the oxygen levels and temperatures [in a controlled burn] … to reduce the number of people killed in blazes.  About 150 sensors are strategically placed [two] homes, which are inside a UL warehouse.


“A lot of tactics are coming in question because while the number of fires are going down the number of deaths are remaining the same we are hurting ourselves,” said Mike Halterman, a firefighter and paramedic in Wilmette.


Not only are those firefighter deaths concerning, but so is... [ more ]
     

 

FIREFIGHTER CLOSE CALL UPDATE: Video from Phoenix Shows FF Thru The Roof: 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015   As we posted Saturday, Phoenix had a CLOSE CALL when some members were caught in some vented fire. The video shows one of those firefighters falling off the roof to the ground as well as the fire conditions following the venting. Check it out HERE:

http://www.fox10phoenix.com/clip/11066799/phoenix-firefighter-suffers-burn-falls-from-burning-home-during-early-morning-blaze
     

 

PA FF INJURED AT FIRE 

Monday, January 26, 2015    An early morning fire displaced three people and injured one firefighter in South Middleton Township.Citizen's Fire Company Chief Tim Yingst said the cause of the blaze, which broke out around 3:35 a.m. Sunday at 709 W. Pine St., is still under investigation by the state police fire marshal.

One firefighter was hurt when a rafter came down and struck him on the head, Yingst said. He was transported to the hospital with a neck injury and is expected to be released soon.

The American Red Cross is also assisting three people who were displaced by the fire.

Yingst said the fire started in an attached garage and totally destroyed the garage and the two vehicles inside. It spread into the home, causing moderate damage.

Crews had the fire under control in about a half-hour.