New safety measures urged in wake of hotel fire that killed 4 Houston firefighters
Ten minutes after a caller reported a fire at a southwest Houston hotel, a team that responded ran out of water in its engine's tank as another group searched the grounds for a fire hydrant. The firefighters had to briefly back out, then reenter the building.
It was one moment of chaos among many on the worst day in the Houston Fire Department's history, recounted in a report detailing the department's investigation into the May 31, 2013, fire at the Southwest Inn.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: houston chronicle
Louisiana Firefighter Arrested at Accident Scene for Failing to Move Apparatus
The Winnfield Fire Department says they went to the scene of a minor traffic accident and carried out their duties as a first responders.
Fire Chief Pat Keith says,"We were trying to help the people, who had the wreck, and assist the ambulance. Basically, we were doing our job."
However, the Winn Parish Sheriff's Department claims a firefighter did not move his truck when instructed to do so by a deputy.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Myarklamiss
Ohio fracking fire points out failings
Phillip Keevert, the only paid firefighter in Monroe County, was working a diesel spill on the morning of June 28 when a 911 dispatcher called his cellphone about another emergency.
Keevert was out of range of the countyâ€™s radio system, so he got in his truck and drove toward town. As he got closer, the radio static gave way to snippets of conversation.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the columbus dispatch
Houston firefighters union president resigns over threats
Bryan Sky-Eagle says he's been looking over his shoulder ever since he saw a posting on Facebook warning he should watch his back. And he says that's not the only threat posted on social media.
"This is very serious stuff," said Sky-Eagle. "The nature has been physical violence towards me, a premeditated altercation, removing the wheels off of vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KHOU-TV CBS 11 Houston
North Carolina department fires 5 public safety officers
Four of the five Bald Head Island Department of Public Safety officers who were terminated Thursday were fired for violating village policy against sexual harassment, discourteous treatment of other employees and inappropriate electronic communications, according to termination letters.
The fifth man was fired for discourteous treatment of other employees and inappropriate electronic communications.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: star news online
Pennsylvania fire chief set to plead guilty in federal court to stealing dept. funds
Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Chief John Yuknavich will enter his guilty plea in federal court on Sept. 25 at 10 a.m., according to court documents filed Thursday afternoon.
Yuknavich will appear before U.S. District Judge Edwin M. Kosik, the judge who presided over the cases involving the key players in the infamous kids-for-cash scandal in Luzerne County.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice
4 killed in crash of medical flight in New Mexico
An air ambulance carrying a cancer patient to Phoenix crashed shortly after taking off from a southern New Mexico airport, killing all four people aboard, authorities said Thursday.
The twin-engine aircraft had just left the Las Cruces airport on Wednesday evening and was reported by witnesses to be flying low when it hit a mesquite tree in a field, flipped and burst into flames, according to New Mexico State Police Lt.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: azfamily