In Case You Missed It: Recent Major Fire Service News

February 14-20, 2015

The fire service lost another firefighter who was struck by a vehicle while operating at an accident scene–in this case, the drive was arrested on charges of driving under the influence. Also, Lt. Randy Parker of the Macon-Bibb County (GA) Fire Department was laid to rest after he fell in the line of duty last week.

Below are some of this week’s major fire news stories, more of which can be found at

SC Firefighter Struck, Killed at Accident Scene
A Sandy Springs firefighter was struck and killed while working at the scene of a separate motor vehicle accident, according to news reports.

Houston Firefighter Collapses at Fire
A Houston (TX) firefighter was in critically condition late Thursday after collapsing outside a house fire, according to a news report.

MI House Fire Kills Four
Children are among four people who died early Tuesday in a house fire near Detroit that was so intense that rescuers who rushed inside the home couldn’t reach them in time, officials said.

Oil Train Derails in WV, Burns
A train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in a snowstorm, sending a fireball into the sky and threatening the water supply of nearby residents. See Photos >>

Report Released on Dallas LODD
The Texas State Fire Marshal’s office recently released a report on the death of Dallas (TX) Firefighter William Scott Tanksley, who died last year working at the scene of a multiple-vehicle accident.

PA Firefighter Injured in Tanker Accident
A volunteer firefighter was injured when police say she lost control of her vehicle and slammed into a tanker truck.

Former Atlanta Chief Files Federal Suit Against Mayor
The standoff between former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran and the city that used to employ him has escalated, according to a report.

NIOSH Study Out on Firefighter Cancer
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released a report on a study of cancer in firefighters from San Francisco, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

Three Killed in TN Fire
Three people were killed in an early morning fire in North Knoxville, Tennessee.

NY Firefighter Wins $11 Million in Lawsuit
A Madison County jury has awarded $11 million to an Oneida firefighter who blamed a failure of his gear for severe injuries he suffered in a 2007 fire, according to a news report.

MN Firefighter Pinned by Door, Badly Hurt
A volunteer firefighter was badly injured while providing mutual aid at a fire in Fairfax, Minnesota, according to news reports.

Kids Die in Canada Fire; No Fire Response
Two children were killed in an overnight house fire in Canada to which firefighters did not respond, news reports say.


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