Ladder Rescue in Los Angeles, CA


A man was rescued from the roof of a burning 104-year-old house in Koreatown Thursday.

He was saved after firefighters responded to the blaze at the 700 block of South Ardmore Avenue at around 8:14 p.m, Los Angeles Fire Department said.

When they arrived they saw the man standing on the roof as heavy flames raged below. He was ushered to safety down a ladder and suffered no injuries. The rescue was carried out as fire ripped through the second floor and attic.

Firefighters managed to limit the damage to the old two-story home, which housed a first floor business below the residential living space. They also looked for reported trapped occupants, however no one was found.

Ladder Rescue in Indianapolis, IND


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 14, 2015) — Indianapolis Fire crews were called to the 2000 block of Olney Street for a house fire just before noon for a house fire.

Officials say one person was home at the time of the fire.

The man was asleep and was awakened by the fire, but there were no working smoke detectors in the home.

The man jumped down onto a small porch roof and firefighters helped the man down.

He was taken to the hospital to be checked out but didn’t suffer any major injuries.

The fire is still under investigation and there’s no word as to what started the fire.

Rescue in Atlanta



Emergency crews took two people to a local hospital after a house fire in northeast Atlanta.

Charred remains were apparent on the front of a house on Hosea Williams Drive Sunday morning.

Fire officials said the blaze started at around 2 a.m. Sunday. A man and a woman were inside the house at the time, they said.

When Atlanta Fire rescue crews arrived, they said they pulled out the elderly woman trapped inside the house.

“For this time of the morning they had a very quick response and very quick action upon arrival to get her out and get the fire extinguished,” Asst. Chief Chris Wessels said.

The woman is in critical condition at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Fort Walton Beach VES Rescue


The Fort Walton Beach FD was dispatch to a structure fire at Jackson Trail Apartments Saturday afternoon. Truck 6, Rescue 6, & Battalion 6 arrived with “NOTHING SHOWING”. By the way, “Nothing Showing, Means Nothing in today’s fire environment”. Truck 6 “Quint” stretched attack line to front door, while Rescue 6 forces the door. After forcing the door, Rescue 6 went to the Charlie side to VENT opposite the advancing hose line. After Rescue 6 vents rear window, they do a quick scan with TIC through the window and sees image of an unconscious civilian laying on the floor. Firefighter from Rescue 6 rapidly enters through the Charlie side window and removes unconscious female through the same window, where a fellow firefighter from Rescue 6 is standing by as the oriented firefighter. Once removed, she was turned over to Okaloosa County EMS and transported.

This is a GREAT example of why Training is The Key!! They arrived fully geared and READY to go. They stretched an attack line while the door is being forced and made entry. Proper Ventilation and taking the time to SCAN the room with TIC from an exterior position paid off.

GREAT JOB Fort Walton Beach FD!!!

Short video coming soon.

Sacramento Fire Rescue Man Impaled on Fence


A man wanted by Sacramento police had to be rescued by firefighters after becoming impaled on a fence.

Officers were trying to serve a warrant Tuesday morning when the man tried to escape capture by climbing over fences at an apartment complex.

Police say as he tried to climb over one of those fences, his right arm became impaled.

A Fire Department spokesman says fire crews cut a section of the fence and took the man, still impaled by that section, to a hospital.

The man, who has not been named, is expected to be booked into jail once he’s released from the hospital.

Rescues in the Bronx

A mother and her four children, including an infant, survived a basement fire in the Bronx Monday, authorities and witnesses said.

The family was trapped behind window bars and chicken wires inside their flat in a five-story building on Tiebout Ave. when the blaze started just after 5:15 p.m.

Firefighters (l-r) Jay Prete and Scott Doody of Truck 58 removed the family from the burning apartment. Sam Costanza/for New York Daily News

Firefighters (l-r) Jay Prete and Scott Doody of Truck 58 removed the family from the burning apartment.

A 4-month-old boy had to be rescued by firefighters and was listed in stable condition at St. Barnabas Hospital along with his three siblings and mom, firefighters said.

“People were screaming that there are people trapped in the basement,” recalled firefighter Jay Prete of Ladder 56. “I went inside and saw two people with a kid pressed up against the window.”

Firefighters used a saw to cut the bars and pry out the baby.

“We were just doing our job,” Prete said as some neighbors hailed the rescuers as heroes.

The family’s patriarch works as the building’s super and wasn’t in the apartment during the fire, a relative said.

Rescue in San Francisco, CA


A family of five was sent to the hospital following a raging fire in San Francisco’s Mission District Wednesday morning. The family lived above a liquor store which they owned. Inside that store, firefighters discovered two more people living there.

The mother and one of the children are recovering from smoke inhalation injuries at St. Francis Hospital. The father and two of the kids were unconscious and are being treated at San Francisco General Hospital. The youngest victim, a 6-year-old boy, was one of the unconscious victims.

“The youngest one actually regained consciousness, so we are really happy about that,” said SFFD Lt. Mindy Talmadge.

Firefighters acted quickly to rescue the family members from different parts of the building. Neighbors are describing firefighters’ rescue efforts as truly heroic.

“They were able to rescue two of the boys out the front window where the ladder is behind me, the young girl down the stairs, the entrance way and they brought the mom and dad out of the back way,” said San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White.

While they were doing that, they discovered two more people sleeping inside the liquor store on 24th and Treat Avenue. Firefighters had to cut through two padlocks to rescue them.

“We discovered multiple beds and makeshift beds in there but there were two people who were padlocked into a room,” said Lt. Talmadge.

They were not injured and ran from the location.

In October 2014, a complaint was filed for using that commercial space for residential purposes. The Department of Building Inspection tried to enter the premises three times and were denied access.

The father’s name is Mohamed Muckbil Shaibi. He and his family have lived and worked in the neighborhood for years.

“It’s sad because it’s a next door neighbor and we shopped there all the time,” said neighbor Jim Meek.

All five family members remain in the hospital.

“They got burned badly. I feel bad because he was here with his kids together, I know,” said family friend Yasser Hussein.

Almost everything they owned was destroyed. At this point, crews say most of the damage was to the front living area of the apartment.

Though the fire is under investigation, officials say that at this point nothing looks suspicious.

Rescue in Buffalo, NY


BUFFALO, N.Y. — One person was rushed to the hospital Thursday night after a house fire on Buffalo’s East Side.

Crews said they responded to a home on Durham Avenue at around 8 p.m. Thursday.

They found a man on the second floor. He was taken to ECMC. There’s no word yet on his condition.

Firefighters said they had to deal with heavy smoke and fire throughout the home.

“Your adrenaline’s pumping, it’s a very scary thing,” said James LaMacchia, Buffalo Fire Division Chief. “That’s somebody’s brother, sister, father, whatever. We all have families, so it hits home when you have to do that.”

One firefighter had a back injury and was sent to be evaluated. The fire caused more than $100,000 in damage to the home.

Ice Rescue in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada


A man who fell through the ice on the Thames River Thursday afternoon was lucky to get away unharmed.

“The individual had fallen through the ice two or three times but was up on top of the ice when we got here,” said Chatham-Kent Fire Station 2 Capt. Jeff Goarley.

“He’s very fortunate that the neighbour at this address was able to see him and call it in to 911.”

Firefighters, dressed in ice commander suits and armed with life lines and a yellow rescue sled, were able to walk out to where the man was standing near the middle of the river.

The ice clearly showed pockets of water pooling on the top and areas of wear along old snowmobile tracks.

Firefighters were able to fit the man with a life jacket and walk him to shore under his own steam.

Paramedics were on scene to assess the man, who was drenched and very cold, but unharmed, said Sgt. Steve Kloostra with the Chatham-Kent police.

“In this case it’s a lesson learned, no charges will apply,” said Kloostra.

He added residents need to stay clear of ice on creeks, rivers and lakes as temperatures continue to climb during the day.

“This incident shows clearly how unstable the ice is,” said Kloostra. “The warmer weather has made it inconsistent and unreliable. Especially on the river. The current’s going a lot faster than you think.”

Kloostra said the man was lucky he was able to pull himself out of the water and stay on top of the ice.

“Otherwise this could have had a very different ending,” he said.

Goarely said firefighters went through ice water training a few weeks ago to ensure they were up-to-date on and prepared for any rescues that might arise with the spring thaw.

“We’re trained in this type of rescue,” Goarley said. “We have the safety gear and the back-up measures in place for the individuals that go out on the ice to ice fish and they’re not aware of how much the conditions have deteriorated.”

Confined Space Rescue in Anchorage

On Tuesday, March 10th at approximately 7pm the Anchorage Fire Department Dispatch Center received a 9-1-1 call reporting that two patients had gone down an 8 foot hole in the 19000 block of Silverwood Hill Dr in Eagle River. The caller reported that the patients needed medical assistance.

Crews reported that the patients were working in an 8 foot deep hole with a well casing at the bottom. They had dropped dry ice down the hole near the well casing to help improve the pressure of a low producing home water well. One of the patients went down into the well and as the dry ice started to gas off it displaced the available oxygen and caused the first patient to have a medical emergency. The second patient observed what was occurring and jumped into assist and also encountered medical problems.

A 3rd person from the residence saw this happen and called 9-1-1 for assistance. First arriving crews quickly put on their rescue gear and Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) and jumped into the well and extricated both patients.

Both patients were transported to local hospitals for treatment.

Dry ice gasses are heavier than air and will accumulate in low areas and displace oxygen making the area extremely hazardous to work in. The Anchorage Fire Department wants to remind the public that if you are working with dry ice that you do it in a well ventilated area.