In Case You Missed It: Recent Major Fire Service News

March 14-20, 2015

This week, two reports followed up on the recent deaths of firefighters in Hartford and Philadelphia, and a Mississippi firefighter died after suffering a heart attack. An Indiana firefighter will receive this year’s Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award for his role in a fire that led to a firefighter line-of-duty death last year.

Below you’ll find some the major firefighting news headlines from this week. For more, go to

Report: Fallen CT Firefighter’s Equipment Failed Inspection
One of the alarms that should have warned Hartford firefighter Kevin Bell that his air tank was running out of air was not working properly, according to a report.

Cause of Fire that Killed Philly Firefighter ‘Undetermined’
Fire officials say they have not been able to determine the cause of a December fire that killed a Philadelphia firefighter.

MS Firefighter, 38, Has Heart Attack, Dies
John L. Shoup of the Ashland Volunteer Fire Department was working at the scene of a structure fire when he complained to other firefighters that he wasn’t feeling well and departed for home.

Mayday Called, Chief Injured in PA Fire
A Mayday was called and a fire chief was reportedly carried unconscious from a building during a multiple-alarm house fire in Mt. Carmel.

IN Firefighter Named 2015 Courage and Valor Award Recipient
Captain Sean Killelea of the Warren Township (IN) Fire, who was cited for his role in rescuing Firefighter Matt O’Donnell and the attempted rescue of Assistant Chief Jamie Middlebrook, will be presented the award at the Opening Ceremony of FDIC International.

ME Officials: Homeowner Threatened Firefighters
Officials say a man was hospitalized after he threatened firefighters and tried to prevent them from putting out a fire in a shed behind his Thorndike home.

Report: NYC Gas Blast May Have Come from New Pipe
A gas leak that was reported just before a deadly explosion in East Harlem last year may have come from a relatively new section of plastic pipe, not the cast-iron segment that was installed in 1887, according to a report released Wednesday.

Chilean Fire Crews Contain Wildfire
Firefighters in Chile gained the upper hand Sunday on a coastal forest fire that had gotten close to the neighboring cities of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. SEE PHOTOS >>

Fire Codes: NYC Considers Using Elevators for Evacuation
New York City’s Fire, Buildings, and City Planning Departments are composing rules to govern occupant-evacuation elevators that can be used to evacuate tall buildings in emergencies and fires, according to a recent report.

Year-Round Wildfires for California?
Big wildfires have burned almost four times as many California acres as usual so far this winter, a sign of wildfire danger growing higher still as the state moves into its fourth year of drought. Bobby Halton: Preparing For A Wildfire Season That Does Not End

Video: GA Fire Kills Two
A couple were killed in their Fayetteville home after a fire broke out in a rear bedroom before destroying the structure.

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