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Posted: Aug 22, 2017

Holmatro Quick Cuts: Softening the Target - Vehicle Extrication

A firefighter uses a combi-tool to attack posts in a vehicle during extrication operations

In this Holmatro Quick Cuts video, Leigh Hollins and company demonstrate the use of a combi-tool to cut the A and B posts of a vehicle.

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Posted: Aug 22, 2017

Three Firefighters Injured When Fire Truck Catches Fire

ARIMO - Three Downey firefighters suffered injuries when their fire truck caught fire at the scene of a wildfire south of this Bannock County town. The fire was reported along South Marsh Valley Road around 11 a.m. Monday and initially threatened multiple houses that were about 100 yards from the flames.
The Idaho State Journal reported that three firefighters were injured in what was called a "freak accident" at the scene of a wildfire.

The Downey (ID) firefighters were in their five-ton, 6x6 fire truck when a gasoline can fell off the truck. The truck then ran over the can, which was full of gasoline, and this caused the apparatus to ignite and quickly become engulfed by flames.

The firefighters escaped the vehicle but all three suffered burns, one of them on 40 percent of his body. The other two firefighters suffered less severe burns, with one of them also breaking his leg. The truck was destroyed.
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Posted: Aug 22, 2017

Out of Action for 12 Days, FL Fire Apparatus Back in Service

VERNON -- After 12 days out-of-operation, Vernon's fire engine was repaired and ready for fire calls Friday morning.Repair costs were not immediately available. The City of Vernon paid about $228 in order for the repair company to give a diagnostic of the engine, according to officials."Everything is complete," said Vernon Fire Chief Mike Owens.
A recent report looked at the woes facing one Florida department when a local rig was down for 12 days.

Apparently, the Vernon (FL) fire truck had an electrical problem, which affected its transmission. According to a previous report, the engine was down last week when a car fire occurred, accoridng to Chief Mike Owens. Luckily, neighboring fire stations were available to respond with the appropriate equipment. The department had been relying on its tanker, which holds 2,200 gallons of water to supply to the city’s single engine, and a brush-fire truck, neither of which are equipped to handle structure or vehicle fires.
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Posted: Aug 22, 2017

Crash Involving Fire Truck in Oklahoma City

A crash involving a fire truck was reported Monday in northwest Oklahoma City.
News9 reported that a fire apparatus responding a call Monday was hit by another vehicle.

No one was injured in the crash, which is under investigation.

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Posted: Aug 22, 2017

Fire Fighters Honor Jerry Lewis

“Labor Day weekend was Jerry Lewis’ time to shine. For more than 50 years, he was the leader in the fight against muscular dystrophy, raising billions of dollars for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) to provide comfort for those with neuromuscular diseases and funding research to find a cure. His dedication to this cause is legendary, the fruits of which will be seen for generations to come. 

“Jerry Lewis was truly one of a kind, a force who made us laugh and cry while in the service of others.  IAFF members -- professional fire fighters and paramedics from across the United States and Canada -- are proud to have stood with Jerry every Labor Day during the MDA Telethon, with boots in our hands and on street corners everywhere, collecting to find a cure for Jerry’s Kids.  And we look to honor his legacy by continuing the work of providing hope for the families battling muscular dystrophy.  He will be missed.”

The International Association of Fire Fighters, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the leading advocate in North America for the safety and training of fire fighters and paramedics and represents more than 305,000 full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics who protect communities in every state and throughout Canada. More information is available at

Since 1954, IAFF members have shown an unwavering commitment to defeating muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases. Funds are raised primarily through MDA’s signature Fill the Boot ® campaign, in which member fire fighters gather on streets across the country collecting money in their boots from neighbors and passersby. For 63 years, IAFF members have raised more than $607 million to save and improve lives of families fighting muscle disease. Dollars collected in boots throughout the decades are translating into game-changing research progress today.

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