In Case You Missed It: Recent Major Fire Service News

February 21-27, 2015

The Houston (TX) Fire Department lost a veteran firefighter after he collapsed on the fireground. This week the fire service also lost firefighters in Pennsylvania and Minnesota to medical issues.

Below you’ll find just some of this week’s major fire service news, more of which can be found at

Houston Fire Captain Dies After Collapsing at Fire
A 37-year veteran of the Houston Fire Department died around 6 p.m. Saturday, two days after collapsing outside a fire in south Houston.

PA Firefighter Dies After Heart Attack
A 48-year-old Pennsylvania firefighter passed away after suffering a heart attack on the fireground last year.

MN Firefighter Dies from Medical Issue
A 57-year-old firefighter was responding to a medical emergency call when he suffered a medical episode and passed away from injuries sustained.

Cause of Death Released in CT LODD
The cause of death for a Hartford firefighter killed in the line of duty last year has been released.

Fire Burns Dubai High Rise
The 86-story Torch Tower, one of the world’s tallest residential towers, caught fire early Saturday, sending bright yellow flames several stories high, but there were no reports of casualties, civil defense officials said. SEE PHOTOS >>

CA Commuter Train Hits Truck
A Southern California commuter train crashed into a truck and derailed early Tuesday, injuring dozens of people. SEE PHOTOS >>

Tanker Truck Crashes in NJ
Authorities say a tanker truck carrying roughly 8,000 gallons of fuel caught fire on a southern New Jersey highway, spewing thick, black smoke into the sky. SEE PHOTOS 1 | PHOTOS 2 >>

Firefighters Among Those Injured in NJ Gas Blast
Fire Chief Jack Johnson was standing outside a home under renovation near the Jersey shore in the neighborhood where residents had reported a strong smell of natural gas Tuesday morning.

Four Children Die in Manitoba Fire
The fire chief in a rural municipality in central Canada says four children have died in a house fire.

Report: CA Officials Ignored Warnings About Hiring
Los Angeles County Fire Department officials ignored evidence of the sort of nepotism and cheating that have brought heightened scrutiny to the agency’s hiring and promotion practices, a report says.

FL Firefighters Sue Over Helmets
A report says that five current and former St. Petersburg firefighters are suing over their city-issued helmets, saying the gear gave them head and neck injuries.

Firefighter Respond to Partial Building Collapse in NYC
The outer shell of a New York City building that was under demolition partially collapsed, injuring a construction worker. SEE PHOTOS >>


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