Ice Rescue in Buffalo, NY


BUFFALO, NY– A man had to be rescued Friday morning after he fell over a railing and onto the ice at the Buffalo Naval Park.

A fire official said the man fell about 10 to 12 feet, and appeared to be injured. He was unable to stand up to get out out on his own.

Firefighters put a ladder down on the ice to reach the man and pull him up to safety.

He was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital to be checked out.


Ice Rescue in Foxborough, Mass


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. —Firefighters in Foxborough rescued two men who fell into a reservoir while ice fishing on Sunday, officials say.

The men were ice fishing at Neponset Reservoir when they fell through the ice, firefighters said. A woman tried to rescue them, but then called 911 after she fell through the ice trying to get to the men.

Both men were in the water for about 10 to 15 minutes before being rescued, officials said. A 41-year-old man whose body temperature dropped was taken to a Boston hospital by a medical helicopter that landed at a Gillette Stadium practice field, according to firefighters. A man in his 60s was transported to Norwood Hospital.

Neither man’s injuries are considered life-threatening.

“I don’t know what they’re doing out there on the ice,” Foxborough Fire Capt. Thomas Buckley said. “If you walk out there you’ll see that half the ice is gone.”

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Rescues in Colorado Springs


#CSFD UPDATE – Structure Fire on 2770 E. Uintah at the Devonshire Square Apartments

On March 19, 2014 at 9:39 a.m., Colorado Springs firefighters were dispatched to a reported structure fire at the Devonshire Square Apartments at 2770 E. Uintah. The first CSFD engine arrived within five minutes to find smoke coming from one apartment in the north wing of the complex.

CSFD responded to this three alarm fire call with a total of 17 apparatus and support units. Approximately 62 CSFD firefighters and support personnel were on scene. CSFD engaged in an aggressive interior fire attack on two apartments on the second floor, performed 8 ladder rescues from windows and assisted approximately 7 people out of the building.


Nine patients were treated for minor smoke inhalation, and three of them were transported to local hospitals. Approximately 100 residents were displaced from the north wing of the apartment building.

The CSFD estimates that $202,040 of direct exposure property/content was saved; the overall loss was $188,015 in property/content to the fire unit and adjacent units.


The fire is under investigation.

The building has been released back to the property management company. Tenants should contact the property management company for information regarding collecting personal property and time frames for re-occupancy.

Man Rescued from Ventilation Shaft in Deerfield

A window washer who suffered serious injuries after falling into a deep hole in Deerfield Tuesday was rescued by firefighters who raised him out in a rescue basket, officials said.

The 47-year-old man was washing windows at the ArborLake Centre office building at 1751 Lake Cook Road when he stepped on a grate that gave way, causing him to fall into a 20-foot-deep ventilation shaft, according to a news release from the Northbrook Fire Department. Although the man was conscious and alert, he suffered multiple injuries.

Rescue workers lowered a ladder down to treat the worker, and removed broken grates blocking the 3-foot-wide shaft. Because the 3-foot-wide shaft was too narrow to carry the worker out, a technical rescue team with members from various fire departments used a special hook, rope and pulley system to lower a rescue basket into the shaft and lift the patient out, the release stated.

Paramedics then took the worker to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Deerfield Police are investigating the incident.

Rescues in Flint


FLINT, MI — Flint firefighters rescued two children late Wednesday night, March 19.

The girls – ages 5 and 10 – were trapped in a second floor apartment at Grand View Manor, 2310 Robert T. Longway Blvd., in Flint while a fire broke out on the first floor just before 11 p.m.

Flint Station One firefighters Brad Ortwine and Alex Dunn busted a second-floor window out to save two girls, said Battalion Chief Ray Barton.

“When they got the first child out, they handed her down to me,” Barton said. “That was the 10-year-old, and she was alert and hollering about her sister. The second one, the five-year-old, she was not alert and she had a lot of soot around her nose and mouth. She had taken in a lot of smoke, so we were worried about her.”

The girls were transported to Hurley Medical Center, where paramedics reported they were alert and talking.

Residents of the apartments stood outside police tape, thanking the firefighters for their heroism.

“We appreciate it, but any one of us would have done it,” Ortwine said as he walked with Dunn to meet back up with their crew.

All three Flint Fire stations working Wednesday night responded: Stations one, five and six. Flint Fire Marshall and Arson were on scene investigating the cause of the blaze, which was not determined

Confined Space Rescue in Seattle


SEATTLE – Firefighters rescued a man who somehow fell into a tank full of untreated sewage Thursday evening at Seattle’s Discovery Park.

The bizarre incident unfolded around 6:45 p.m. when workers at a sewage treatment facility in the 1400 block of Discovery Park Boulevard called 911 to report that a man had fallen into the tank, said Kyle Moore of the Seattle Fire Department.

Crews had to remove a grate to pull the 23-year-old man from the tank, which contained water and sewage.

After his rescue, he told firefighters he had taken drugs and then he and his girlfriend went for a walk on the beach at Discovery Park. As they were walking, he saw the tank and decided to go climb on it, and somehow fell in.

He said he did not know what happened to his girlfriend, and he was afraid she also had fallen into the tank. Firefighters searched and found her walking on the beach.

The man said he believed he was in the tank for about five minutes. He was decontaminated by sewage plant workers and again by fire crews.

He was taken to Harborview Medical Center to be checked out. Moore said he did not appear to be injured, but since there was untreated sewage in the tank he could have been exposed to hepatitis C and other diseases if he has open wounds or if he swallowed.

Rescue in Harrisburg, Pa


HARRISBURG, Pa. — A woman had to be rescued from a house fire in Harrisburg on Thursday morning.

The fire happened on the 1800 block of Market Street around 4:45 a.m.

The woman had to be rescued from the second floor. She was taken to Penn State Hershey Medical Center, but there is no word on her condition.

The fire has been ruled accidental. Officials said it started in an extension cord.

Woman Rescued in Rensselaer


RENSSELAER >> A woman over 80 years old was rescued from two-alarm fire early Friday morning, according to city fire officials.


Firefighters received a call at 1:01 a.m. with reports of a structure fire at 774 East Street and arrived two minutes later to find the fire in the rear of the building.


According to Assistant Chief Phil Smith, firefighters were made known of a elderly woman who was inside the building but was semi-disabled and needed assistance with moving.


The woman was eventually found on the first floor of the single-family home and taken out by two firefighters and three police officers.


Those involved in the rescue were Firefighters William Brookings and Jason Gibbins, as well as Sgt. Michael Deso, and Patrolmen James Hannigan and Zack Bordeau.


The woman was transported to Albany Medical Center but her current condition is unknown. According to Smith, the woman was conscious and breathing when she was taken from the scene but was transported to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.


The fire spread to the rear of the adjacent building, 772 East Street, as Smith said the two buildings were separated by only a small alleyway. The family living on the second floor of the building next door were able to escape safely and were provided a CDTA bus to stay warm.


Smith said there were no other injuries reported.


Firefighters were able to knock down both blazes fairly quickly as Smith said they were able to get them under control by 2 a.m. The Rensselaer Fire Department received assistance from the East Greenbush, the Clinton Heights and the Defreestville Fire Departments.


The only complication firefighters did run into were hanging electrical wires in the home at 774 East Street, however Smith said National Grid responded quickly to turn off the power to the homes.


Smith did not have details on the condition of the two buildings but said the cause of the fire was believed to be accidental. Still, an investigation was ongoing.


Smith said he was pleased with the rescue of the woman and also the fact they were able to take care of the fire quickly before leaving the scene around 3:30 a.m.


“I was very happy with the men who were able to rescue the lady,” Smith said. “I was very happy with that.”

Rescue in Tucson, Arizona


TUCSON – A woman had to be rescued from the second floor of her home after a fire broke out on the first floor Thursday afternoon.

It happened in the 4600 block of West Crestview Circle, near Speedway and Camino de Oeste. Northwest Firefighters were on scene within 5 minutes. They were able to find and successfully rescue the woman from the second floor balcony.

The victim is being evaluated and treated by Northwest paramedics. A second occupant of the home was able to escape the blaze on his own and was uninjured.

The fire is now under control. The cause is under investigation.

Woman Rescued in Oshawa, Ontario


OSHAWA — A woman is in hospital after being pulled from a burning house without vital signs Thursday night in Oshawa.

It’s believed a smouldering cigarette was the source of the Grenfell Street blaze, which was reported by a neighbour just before 9 p.m., said Oshawa Fire Deputy Chief Steve Boyd.

Firefighters arrived to find a fully involved fire with flames shooting out the front window, he said. Search and rescue team members entered the building in search of an occupant.

“They located a 47-year-old female. She was removed from the house with vital signs absent,” Deputy Chief Boyd said. “En route to hospital she was revived by firefighters and paramedics.”

The woman, who suffered injuries to her upper torso and lungs, remained in intensive care at hospital in Oshawa Friday, he said.

An Ontario Fire Marshal investigator arrived on scene Thursday night and identified what the Deputy Chief described as a preliminary finding of a cause for the fire.

“The suspected cause is careless use or discarded smoking materials,” he said.

No working smoke detectors were found in the residence, Deputy Chief Boyd added.