Man Rescued from Storm Drain in Roswell


A man is recovering after being pulled from a storm drain in Roswell.

The Roswell Fire Department says the man crawled into a 3×3 foot drain on Saturday afternoon.

When asked why he was in the drain, the man said he could not remember.

Battalion Chief Steve Shannon said the only way to get into the drainage pipe is from the Hondo River.

Fire crews had to use hydraulic spreaders to get the man out.

The man suffered some arm and back pain but is expected to be ok.

Shreveport Man Rescued from Burning Home


Shreveport firefighters rescue a man from a burning house Saturday. The fire started inside a house in the 2000 block of Looney street around 2 a.m. Firefighters arrived within two minutes, and found Alton Mayes lying on the floor by the back door. His girlfriend said he’s in University Health’s Intensive Care Unit listed in serious condition.


“He’s doing fine,” said Sherronda Williams.  “He’s still in ICU but he’s breathing on his own. So his breathing is good.  When they got him out of there, the doctor said he was barely breathing.”


The Red Cross has provided the couple with hotel stay until Tuesday, some financial assistance, and vouchers for food and clothing. If you’d like to help the couple, call Sherronda Williams at 318-404-8910 or her sister Latoya Moore at 318-540-3895. 


Firefighters said the fire started in the front of the house.  It took crews 16 minutes to get it  under control. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

Nearly 3,000 Americans DIE

Originally Written and posted February 16, 2014

YES!!! 4 Years Ago. It’s Exciting that the tides have changed and more are on board with this GREAT MOVEMENT!!


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The HROC Speech about this article and The Courage to be I N S I D E!!

Nearly 3,000 Americans Die Every Year inside House Fires. Yes they die inside, trapped by Smoke and Fire. We the Fire Service swore to protect and the Public expects us to be trained and ready for entry. Ready to Use our $2,000 dollar air packs, $2,000 Gear, and $10,000 Thermal Imager. I attended FDIC for the First Time back in the 90s and was fortunate enough to hear Bob Pressler speak on the Big Stage about how many Americans “1,000” could be dying each year because of a lack of trained Firefighters responding and conducting proper SEARCHES!! I remember Fire Service Leaders questioning VES and Searching without a HOSELINE. Firefighters are DYING on the Hose line, not from VES and SEARCHING. Firefighters are not dying from Interior FIRE ATTACK; they are dying from a lack of understanding Basic Fire Ground Tactics and when to perform. Almost every RESIDENTIAL LODD in the last 15 years was not because they shouldn’t have been inside, but because of what they were and were not doing before and during the Tactical Deployment. This website has only been up for 9 months and has documented HUNDREDS of RESCUES and there have been a few LODDs from Interior Fire Attack. Ask the Public their opinion on the ODDS and the data. We are RESCUEING a lot more Civilians, than we are losing Firefighters from interior Fire Attack. Fire fighters are dying from being FAT/OVER WEIGHT. They are dying from driving TANKERS/TENDERS too FAST for roads and conditions.

A large number of residential LODDS were from FLASHOVER/Rapidly Changing Fire Conditions. It seems as if most of them, the Interior Crews were advancing and not flowing. We need to train more on Flowing while advancing and understanding BLACK FIRE. I first heard of Black Fire when sitting in Andy Frederick’s Class at FDIC. That was 14 Years ago and we still have firefighters advancing with an attack line in their hand, through thick, hot, black smoke. Going inside a house fire is not the issue in the American Fire Service. The issue is Interior Attack Training. Live Burns that set recruits up for failure. Leaders worried about water damage. We are always looking for some new fad or simple fix. We have proven from decades of interior fire attack that taking a line inside is the best way to protect LIFE and PROPERTY. I started teaching Gallons Per Second nearly ten years ago and advocate hitting a FIRE with BIG WATER and sometimes a 2.5” from the outside on a residential structure fires. But, I advocate this for one purpose, to allow for a faster interior attack. We now have FDs starting to apply water from the outside at all fires and closing the door while crews are advancing a line through that same door, to limit O2. I am not against controlling the door, but if the fire you’re at is so volatile that making entry with the attack door remaining open is an issue, you may want to just STAY OUTISDE. I have been standing in the front yard for the last ten years and when trained firefighters properly stretch, force entry, and advance with proper nozzle control/understanding when to FLOW, there seems to be a rapid extinguishment process from the inside. One of the BIGGEST ISSUES is, a lack of understanding the BIG THREE of an Attack Line.

1. Desired Amount “Gallons Per Second”

2. Desired Location “Stream and Nozzle Reach”

3. Desired Nozzle Reaction “Mobility”

A bigger Line, Flowing more water is not the always the answer. You must have balance. When making an interior attack of a residential structure, you need the ability to flow while advancing and have a line that will bend around multiple corners. This line must also have the ability to maintain stream reach even when kinks have been created. YES!!! I DO NOT SUPPORT anything bigger than a 15/16 on a 1.75” attack line that is going inside a RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURE. I actually prefer the 7/8 flowing 160 GPM 2.5+ GPS. The 7/8 tip on a 1.75” gives us what we need at a nozzle reaction of 63lbs or less. This gives you the DESIRED AMOUNT, REACH, and MOBILITY. I am wondering where all these new experts were ten, fifteen, and twenty years ago, when the experienced URBAN firefighters were telling us to go through the front door even when fire was blowing out that same door. They advised a smooth-bore or straight stream. They advised flowing water and cooling the BURNING SOLID FUELS. Chicago has been doing QUICK WATER since before I existed. We still have the latest recruit manuals talking about attacking from the unburned side and fog attacks. More firefighters need to read Fire Stream Management Handbook and Firefighting Principles & Practices. I look back at all the firefighters, I wasted time arguing with over fog vs SB, burned vs unburned, front door vs back door, opposing streams, flanking streams. I am convinced that just because it’s in a book/magazine doesn’t make it right. I support the UL studies and even assigned the nine companies in my battalion to complete all the online UL classes. I built a class tilted DEATH ON THE NOZZLE. This class utilizes the UL Test and my 25 years of experience on the fire ground. The problem is when firefighters starting dragging their attack line around back of a one story ranch, to put water on a one room fire, in a rear bedroom of a house on a slab. They should be going straight through the front door. The fire service loves to throw out the old and jump on the new. Are you teaching something because you’ve personally seen it work or it’s the latest fad and you can make money/a name for yourself? Make sure your beliefs have been TESTED under FIRE at 0200 with civilians trapped..

Curt Isakson

Toronto Fire Extricate Womans Hand from Meat Grinder


A 51-year-old woman had to be extricated by firefighters on Friday night after getting her hand caught in a homemade machine for making sausages, according to Toronto Fire.

It took firefighters more than 30 minutes to free the woman’s hand before she was taken to hospital with severe injuries to three fingers and a thumb, according to Fire Capt. David Eckerman.

Firefighters had to use a “personal entrapment kit” which includes shims and dremel saws for fine cutting, Eckerman said.

Paramedics responded to the call at a private residence on Muir St., near Islington and Steeles Aves., around 8:40 p.m. Paramedics confirmed she suffered serious injuries, but could not confirm which hand she injured.

Multiple Rescues in Fatal Fire in Minneapolis



Feb. 14 – Three people were killed and several were injured in a duplex fire in North Minneapolis Friday.

Units were called to the 2800 block of Colfax Avenue N. at 5:01 a.m. and found smoke and fire from the second floor of the 2 1/2-story home.

With reports of people trapped, a second alarm was sounded on arrival.

Firefighters began fire attack efforts and searching the home.

“Under extreme weather and fire conditions, firefighters entered the building to extinguish fire on the second and discovered the fire had extended to third,” Assistant Chief Cherie Penn said.

Five victims were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center and North Memorial Medical Center, and their conditions are not known.

At 5:22 a.m.  a third was struck for additional personnel.  A total of 40 firefighters responded to the scene.

One firefighter was injured and treated.

Penn said several people were left homeless by the fire.

Woman Rescued from Fire in Dearborn


DEARBORN — Firefighters rescued a woman, a cat and a dog out of a burning house on Saturday morning.

They were called to the house on Westland Street, south of Hubbard Drive, at 7:55 a.m. and were told that the woman and pets were in the house. Two other people had gotten out of the house.

The house was fully involved when firefighters arrived three minutes after receiving the call, and they went in to find the woman. She was unresponsive in a back bedroom and was brought out through the front door.

She was taken to a hospital in serious condition, and the two others also were transported with minor injuries.

The cat and dog were found, and the cat had to be revived. The dog appeared to be fine.

Fire Chief Joe Murray called the damage “pretty substantial,” with fire and water damage throughout the house. The Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause.

Sixteen firefighters and eight rigs were sent to the scene. The last firefighters left at about 10:30 a.m., though investigators stayed longer. No firefighters were injured.

Murray was very pleased with the firefighters, especially since they had to rescue the woman.

“These are very stressful situations,” he said. “It takes a lot of coordinated effort and communication and hard work.

“My crews really impressed me with their level of professionalism.”

Man Rescued in Fresno

A fire ripped through a Mendota home and sent a man to the hospital with serious burns. The fire happened just after 7 p.m. Monday in a neighborhood near Juanita and 8th Street.


Firefighters say the man was trapped inside and struggling with serious burn wounds. When firefighters found him he was found lying unconscious in the house.

George Hernandez is praying for his roommate who was airlifted to a nearby hospital. Witnesses say several people ran out of the burning home, but the victim ran back inside. They believe he was trying to save some of his belongings.

“In the event of a fire emergency, never go back inside no matter what you think is so valuable in the structure you could be risking your own life,” Cal Fire Captain Ryan Michaels said.

The majority of the house was destroyed in the fire. The five people who lived there were offered shelter from the Red Cross but instead they chose to stay with family.

Firefighters are still working to figure out what caused the fire, but they say the house did not have any working smoke detectors.

Rescues in Hempstead, NY

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A Hempstead Village apartment fire trapped a man on his balcony and prompted his adult son to jump to safety Monday in a fire that left at least four apartments uninhabitable, authorities said.

The two men and six others were taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and evaluation after an electrical fire started in a bedroom, village and fire officials said.

Flames were reported at 3:54 p.m. at 251 Jackson Ave., a six-floor apartment building across from village hall, officials said.

Residents recalled the lights going out just before the fire, said village Mayor Wayne Hall Sr.

“They went to turn on the circuit breaker and it popped, and the fire started,” said Hall, who added that he had lived there when he moved to the village in 1978.

Village officials, including Deputy Mayor Waylyn Hobbs, raced from their offices to the building, reaching it in advance of fire trucks.

Hobb said a father and his son were on their balcony, feet from the flames that had started in their second-floor bedroom and were shooting out a window.

“The flames were definitely right on their backs,” said Hobbs, also a Hempstead volunteer firefighter. “They were getting ready to jump. We convinced them not to jump, that the fire trucks were on their way.”

The father, who appeared to be in his 50s, stayed on his balcony, but his son, who appeared to be in his 20s, soon climbed onto an adjacent balcony, Hobbs said.

“He just hung there from the edge of the balcony,” he said.

In less than two minutes, a Hempstead Village fire truck arrived and a 20-foot ladder was propped up against the building to rescue the father, the deputy mayor said.

He said he and the village parks superintendent, George Sanders, climbed up to help the father down.

But before a second ladder could be propped up, the man’s son “dropped down into the arms of the police that were there,” Hobbs recounted. “They broke his fall.”

Hempstead police chief Scott Clark said the fire was under control some time before 5 p.m. and residents were allowed into the building again.

Eight people were taken to Winthrop-University Hospital and Nassau University Medical Center with minor injuries, officials said.

Clark said four were civilians, two were Hempstead Village police officers and two were Hempstead Village firefighters. All were expected to be released.


1 Rescued in Charleston, SC


Charleston, SC-  The Charleston County Consolidated dispatch alerted several Charleston County FD units and Charleston County EMS to respond to a reported structure fire on Mineola Ave.  First units on scene reported fire thru the roof a a single family dwelling.  Crews made an aggressive interior attack with one person found during a preliminary search. The occupant was removed from the house with care being turned over to Charleston County EMS where they have been transported to MUSC.  The Fire Marshall has been requested. No other reports of injuries.

Man Rescued from Trench


SEAFORD — Multiple rescue agencies from across Sussex County successfully freed a 38-year-old construction worker from a collapsed trench Friday morning after delicately working nearly two hours in muddy, cold soil to stabilize the scene and pull the man to safety.

Emergency crews were dispatched to the 400 block of Plantation Drive in the Governor’s Grant subdivision in Seaford at about 10:45 a.m. Friday for a reported trench rescue. The man was part of a crew working on underground utilities outside a house under construction in the subdivision off Atlanta Road.

Once on scene, emergency responders found the man on his knees, waist deep in several feet of sand and dirt that had collapsed around him in an 8-foot-deep hole. According to witnesses, the worker, at one point, had been covered up to his chest. However, the actions of quick-thinking co-workers, and the victim himself, to dig away some of the soil helped relieve pressure on the man’s chest, keeping him conscious and alert.

Emergency crews spent nearly two hours stabilizing the trench to prevent further collapse, and then dug by hand, using shovels and a sewer vacuum truck to safely remove the remaining soil so the man could be extricated.

“This was a fortunate outcome given the circumstances and how dangerous and deadly trench rescues can be,” said Matt Read, Seaford Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief. “This operation ran as smoothly as possible. We were definitely lucky to have some trained staffed in our station who have experience with technical rescue. They were here very quickly.”

The worker was transported by ambulance to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, where he was in guarded condition and being treated for possible back and neck injuries, as well as a possible collapsed lung.

Seaford fire officials said the fact some of the soil was removed from around the man’s chest probably improved his chances of survival.

“Anytime you get that amount of soil on someone’s chest, that’s like 1,000 pounds of pressure per cubic foot,” said Capt. Jack Wilson of the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department. “That’s important, especially when the soil rushes in so quickly. It can knock you pretty hard and just hold you.”

The cold weather, as well as the wet soil, posed an increased risk to the victim and the emergency crews who worked to free him. During the rescue, crews used a heater and placed blankets and heat packs on the victim to keep hypothermia from setting in.

The accident is being investigated jointly by the Seaford Police Department and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

More than 50 first responders from across Sussex County responded to the incident. Units from the Sussex County Technical Rescue Team, Blades, Bridgeville and Seaford volunteer fire companies, Seaford Police, Delaware State Police, Sussex County Emergency Medical Services, Sussex County Emergency Operations and Sussex County Environmental Services division responded.