Recent Major Firefighting News: Germany Train Crash, Taiwan Collapse, Firefighter Deaths

February 5-12, 2015

There were reports of three fire service members dying while on duty or after training this week, as well as an EMT who died in a accident involving an ambulance. A head-on train collision killed a number of people in the south of Germany, and a building collapse in Taiwan killed at least 46 people and stranded many more in the rubble.

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NC Firefighter Dies Following Training

Firefighter James R. Varnell of the Bakertown Volunteer Fire Department was at the fire department attending training when he became ill.

CT Firefighter Dies After Responding to Call

Derby Fire Department Chief Driver James J Butler, Jr. fell ill after responding to a fire alarm activation.

KY Firefighter Dies at Fire Station

David Conley, 48, a lieutenant in the Olive Hill Fire Department, died after suffering an apparent heart attack while on duty at the fire station, a report said.

Louisiana EMT Dies After Vehicle Rack Collapses

An emergency medical technician died Wednesday when an equipment failure at the West Jefferson Medical Center emergency medical services headquarters caused an ambulance to fall on him.

White House Budget Calls for Cuts to Fire Programs

The budget proposal recommends funding FIRE and SAFER at a combined $670 million, with funds split equally between the two programs. This is a reduction of $20 million from the level enacted by Congress for Fiscal Year 2016.

At Least 10 Dead in Germany Train Collision

Two commuter trains crashed head-on Tuesday in southern Germany, killing a number of people and injuring around 90 as they slammed into each other on a curve.

Report: Hoseline Burst During MO Rescue Attempt

Firefighters had a near miss during a rescue at a deadly Raytown fire.

D.C. Medical Director Steps Down

The medical director of the District of Columbia’s fire department resigned and penned a scathing resignation letter that questioned Mayor Muriel Bowser’s efforts to reform the long-troubled agency.

Developers Detained in Deadly Taiwan Collapse

The death toll from the quake in the southern city of Tainan stood at 46 on Wednesday, with all but two of the deaths coming in the building collapse.

Louisiana EMT Dies After Vehicle Rack Collapses

An emergency medical technician died Wednesday when an equipment failure at the West Jefferson Medical Center emergency medical services headquarters caused an ambulance to fall on him.

White House Budget Calls for Cuts to Fire Programs

The budget proposal recommends funding FIRE and SAFER at a combined $670 million, with funds split equally between the two programs. This is a reduction of $20 million from the level enacted by Congress for Fiscal Year 2016.

Hoarding Linked to a Dozen Washington D.C. Fire Deaths Since 2013

About a dozen fatal fires in the Washington, D.C.-area since 2013 are linked to hoarding, or excessive clutter inside the homes, according to a report.

Report: Slow Response Cited in Philadelphia Firefighter LODD

A city audit cited slow response times in the death of Philadelphia Firefighter Joyce Craig.

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