In Case You Missed It: Recent Major Fire Service News

January 24-30, 2015

This week saw many feats of courage from members of the American fire service, including rescues in Saginaw, Michigan; Fresno, California; and Akron, Ohio. Sadly, it also saw troubling news headlines about possible depraved and criminal behavior by firefighters, including the arrest of a D.C. rookie firefighter and disturbing allegations of sexual abuse in Philadelphia.

On last night’s debut episode of “Building the Unbreakable Firefighter” radio, Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton spoke to hosts Ryan Pennington and Jimm Walsh about the public’s perception of the fire service when they hear of such cases and having an ethical code (see also Dennis Rubin’s series, “Dealing with Seriously Bad Behaviors” and “Code of Ethics Released”). Listen to the archive HERE.

Below are some of this week’s major fire news stories. More can be found at

Phoenix Firefighter Injured in Fall from Roof
A firefighter lost his footing and fell off the roof during a house fire last Saturday.

Kansas Firefighter Dies After Grass Fire Response
A 55-year-old Caney (KS) firefighter died Thursday after collapsing at the Caney Fire Station.

Milwaukee Firefighter Recounts Boy’s Rescue
Firefighter Dave Jauch spoke to reporters about finding Emmanuel Onukwugha, 5, unconscious and not breathing during a recent fire.

D.C. Refutes Metro Claim that Radios Hampered Rescue
The District of Columbia is pushing back against the Metro system’s explanation that firefighters had difficulty using radios during a fatal accident earlier this month because it failed to alert the transit agency to changes it made to the radios

Michigan Firefighters Rescue Two from Burning Roof
The first firefighter to arrive at a burning house in Saginaw discovered two people on the roof over the front porch, yelling for help.

Toledo Honors Fallen Firefighters
The one-year anniversary of Toledo Fire Pvts. James “Jamie” Dickman and Stephen Machcinski’s deaths was marked with a somber public ceremony and a private memorial service

Iowa City Council Fires Nearly All of Its Volunteer Firefighters
The City of Shelby is now left without a fire department. The closest one is now 15 miles away.

Video: Helmet Cam Shows Dramatic Rescue of Three Children
New helmet cam video from the Fresno (CA) Fire Department shows the dramatic rescue from a burning apartment building Sunday. The children suffered smoke inhalation and remain in critical condition.

Deadly Four-Alarm Fire in San Francisco
Residents fleeing a massive blaze that killed a man and injured five people as it ripped through a San Francisco building told officials they did not hear fire alarms and could not get to fire escapes.Video Part 1 | Part 2

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