December 6-12, 2014
The Philadelphia (PA) Fire Department suffered its first female firefighter line-of-duty death when Joyce Craig-Lewis was killed in a row house fire this week, and a Tennessee firefighter died in a tanker crash. There were some tragic civilian losses, as well, including multi-fatality fires in Texas, Ohio, and Connecticut. NIST shared the results of a study on firefighter radio failure, and NIOSH released its report on the 2013 death of a Dallas (TX) firefighter.
Below is a roundup of some of the major news headlines for the fire service this week. More can be found at http://www.fireengineering.com/latest-news.html.
Massive Los Angeles Structure Fire
Los Angeles (CA) firefighters battled an intense fire in an apartment house fire for over 90 minutes before bringing the blaze under control.
Infant Among Five Killed in NJ Fire
A fire stoked by strong winds swept through a three-story house in East Orange.
Firefighter Struck After Stopping to Help Motorist in PA
A volunteer firefighter was struck early Sunday while trying to assist a motorist on an interstate.
Philly Firefighter Dies in Row House Fire
A firefighter was trapped in the basement of a burning row home early Tuesday, becoming the first female member of the Philadelphia Fire Department to die in the line of duty.
Six Dead in MD Plane Crash
A mother and her two young sons were killed Monday morning when a private jet crashed into their two-story wood-frame home. All three people on board the plane also died.
TN Firefighter Killed in Fire Truck Accident
A volunteer firefighter died of injuries sustained in a head-on collision between a loaded log truck and Hardin County Fire Department tanker.
Fatal Five-Alarm Dallas Senior Living Complex Fire
Firefighters rescued residents from an early morning fire that struck a senior living apartment complex, leaving two dead.
OK Firefighter Injured in Accident
A firefighter with the Limestone (OK) Fire Protection District was injured in an accident in Owasso.
Four Dead in CT Fire
Four bodies were found inside a duplex after a predawn fire in Enfield.
Calls to Boost Female Firefighter Hiring in the FDNY
Activists and lawmakers called for New York City to step up its hiring of women, and one report said the fire department has dropped a requirement for probationary firefighters to pass a job-related physical-skills test before getting hired.
NIOSH Report on 2013 Dallas Line-of-Duty Death
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health cited inadequate size-up and communications as among the contributing factors in the May 20 death.
NIST Reports on Firefighter Radio Failure
New test results from the National Institute of Standards and Technology confirm that portable radios used by firefighters can fail to operate properly within 15 minutes when exposed to temperatures that may be encountered during firefighting activities.
Three Workers Killed in Dallas Fire
A Dallas (TX) Fire-Rescue spokesperson said the bodies of three workers were found following yesterday morning’s fire at Thanksgiving Tower.
Three Children Killed in OH Fire
A fire erupted early Friday at a southwest Ohio home, killing three children and sending their parents and two other kids to hospitals.