In Case You Missed It: Recent Major Fire Service News

February 7-13, 2015

In what may be the first “operational” firefighter line-of-duty death for 2015, a Macon-Bibb County (GA) firefighter was killed and five others were injured in a structural collapse at a house fire. A student training to become a firefighter in Ontario, Canada, also died during ice and water rescue training, and a West Virginia firefighter died after collapsing while transporting a patient.

Read some more of this week’s major fire news stories below, or find more at

GA Firefighter Killed, Five Others Injured in Fire
Randy Parker, 46, suffered burns and smoke inhalation and at least one other firefighter was critically injured in a collapse at a fire scene.

OK Chief Injured in Tanker Blast
The Bristow (OK) fire chief was injured after a tanker truck he was working on exploded.

Student Dies During Rescue Training in Ontario
A 30-year-old student died during a training event Sunday in Hanover.

Three Killed in MD Fire
Three people were killed in a fire Tuesday morning in Brooklyn Park.

Wildfire Chars CA Towns
Firefighters have gained the upper hand on a wind-driven wildfire that destroyed 40 homes, burned nearly 11 square miles and forced about 150 people to leave two small California towns.

WV Firefighter Collapses, Dies
Firefighter Garry Rose of the McMechen Volunteer Fire Department was transporting a patient to Ohio Valley Medical Center when he collapsed.

Report: D.C. to End Radio Encryption
A news report says the city will abandon its new system of encrypting radio communications among firefighters and paramedics. RELATED: Union: Fewer Than Half D.C. Firefighters Have Specialized Metro Training

Elderly Uncle of MA Deputy Fire Chief Dies in Fire
The uncle of a deputy fire chief in Revere died in a three-alarm fire that tore through a home last Friday.

FL Medic Shot During Standoff
A Polk County SWAT medic was shot during a standoff with a suspect in Winter Haven.

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