Los Angeles County, California | Gorman Incident

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, Ca. | A twenty-five to thirty vehicle pileup occurred on Saturday, March 23, 2019, around three in the afternoon  on the I-5 Freeway in the southbound lanes about two miles south of Gorman Road.  Another nearby crash reported another large amount of vehicles involved.

Credit | CAL Trans District 7

RESOURCES

Resources from all outlying areas would be dispatched together forming a Unified Command including the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Ventura County Fire Department, Kern County Fire Department, CHP and the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Office.

At 1551 hours, Battalion 6 from the LA County Fire Department assumed as the Incident Commander (IC) of the incident.

Fire resources included:  KCFD E56, Copters 15, 17, 18 and LA County FD’s Copter 423. Engines 93, 103, USAR 103 and HAZMAT 105.  More unknown resources were on-scene assisting with putting out a car fire and assessing multiple casualties.

CAUSE

There is an unknown cause at this time but it has been reported that temps in the area were around 46*F but felt like 38*F with fog and poor visibility.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Social Media was energized by those who were reporting on the major mass casualty incident or also known as a MCI.  Significant events that occurred at this incident included the following:

  • 25-30 vehicles total in the Gorman area
  • Poor visibility caused challenges to those in the air and on the ground
  • 1 critical patient with 22 refusing treatment or medical transport
  • All southbound lanes of the 5 Freeway were shutdown
  • 20-30 vehicles being towed
  • 100 stranded cars between two separate multiple traffic collisions
  • 1 Injured horse
  • 1 car fire
  • 3 Copters, 1 Air Attack

Credit | Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Office

For those following this post, there is something that miraculously occurred today in all of this mayhem and that this could have been so much far off worse than it was.  It was all due in part because those who were on-scene jumped into action and first responders had quick response times which saved a lot of lives.  Command by all those involved from the various Fire and Law Enforcement agencies worked in unison with one another.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Here are some of the eyewitness accounts that broke out on Social Media:

LA County Fire Air Ops | “MCI” responding two Paramedic helicopters to assist with a multiple vehicle pile up on Interstate 5 near Gorman, CA”

Eyewitness Account (Twitter) | “At least two separate, severe pile ups on the southbound 5, North of Exit 202. Thick fog.”

This area has also seen its additional bad wrecks as well.  Here is a recent listing of those that have occurred in the several months:

3/20/2019 | A crash is blocking the two left lanes. in on I-5 NB at Gorman School Rd. (Media)

3/17/2019 | TRAFFIC COLLISION | FS77 | 46001 N Orwin Way | COPT17 transporting 2 patients to an area trauma center. (Media)

3/15/2019 | NB I-5 from SR-138 (Lancaster Rd) to Rd- right lane CLOSED until 1pm to recover big rig on embankment. (CAL Trans District 7)

2/2/2019 | TRAFFIC COLLISION MAJOR | FS77 | NB 5 South of Smokey Bear Rd | Multiple vehicles involved with 7-10 patients. 1 DOA, 1 critical. This is the “Highland Incident” (Media)

We are using the following hashtags for this incident:  #GormanIC  #GormanMCI

Thank you for following us.  You can also find us on @nwfireblog on Twitter for more live coverage and other fire-related news.  We also be found on Instagram. We’d love for you to join us here on our official blog and on our Social Media channels.

Be safe friends….

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

 

CenturyLink Outage | 9-1-1 Centers Back Up, Continues For Others

UPDATED – 12/31/2018 – 2350 PST

Nationwide | A nationwide phone and internet outage interrupted mostly 911 call centers, several medical facilities, a Department of Corrections jail, ATM machines and the list goes on occurred on Thursday, December 27th and well into a few days thereafter.

911 Centers Up, Outages Continue for Others

It is said that most or all of the 911 call centers are fully operational again but some residential customers are reporting outages on New Year’s Eve as of 2206 PST.  Some of these customers are said to be in New Mexico, Ohio, Boise (ID), Peoria & Scottsdale (AZ).

Some customers are venting their frustrations on Social Media with the internet/phone/security giant telling them that there are no outages and there must be a phone with their home.

States That Were Impacted

The following as of this morning’s post is impacting 911 centers, commercial and residential customers in WA, OR, UT, CO, CA, TX, AZ, NV, IL, NM, MN, MI, NE, ID, OH, NC, IA, GA and IN.

Preliminary reports state that there was a problem with their Colorado site sending out bad packet information that caused the internet and phone lines to go down.

The FCC is currently investigating.

Washington State Emergency Phone Numbers 

Some of you may run into a busy signal or find that it is difficult to get through 911. If this is the case, here are some local phone numbers to call.  As far as we have been told, there are no current outages impacting any 9-1-1 centers.

Chelan – Douglas Counties (Dispatch). 509-663-9911

Clallam County (Dispatch).  360-417-2259

Clark County 911.  This is for those in Clark County, Vancouver.  360-693-3111 or can text 911 or 311.

Coast Guard Sector – Puget Sound.  206-217-6001.

Enumclaw PD Dispatch.  360-825-3505.

Sammamish / Issaquah PD Dispatch.  425-888-3333.

Jefferson County Dispatch.  360-385-3831

King County Sheriff’s Office.  206-296-3311.  This is for those who are in the areas of the King County International Airport, KC Transit, Sound Transit,  Beaux Arts Village, Burien, Carnation, Kenmore, Maple Valley,  Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Seatac, Newcastle, Sammamish, Shoreline, Skykomish and Woodinville.

Kitsap County Sheriff Dispatch.  360-308-5400.

Kittitas County Dispatch.  509-925-8534.

Mason County Dispatch.  360-426-4441.

Pierce Co 911.  253-798-4721.

Pierce Co Fire & EMS.  253-588-5217.

Puyallup Police.  253-798-4722.

Redmond Police Dispatch.  253-798-4722.

Renton Fire.  425-430-7000 staffing line. ** Currently, reporting as not impacted by outage. **

Seattle 911 Center (Police).  206-583-2111 or 206-625-5011. Text 911.

Seattle Fire.  206-583-2111.

SNOCOM. 425-407-3911. Snohomish County.

WSP.  Snohomish, Skagit, Island Counties.  360-654-1204.  Whatcom County.  360-676-6911.   Yakima County.  509-457-0207.  Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla.  509-628-0333.

Social Media

We will continue to follow this developing story as more information is received.

Thank you for reading our post. 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

Century Link’s Outage | Update 3

UPDATED – 12/28/2018 @ 1155 Hours PST

Nationwide | A nationwide phone and internet outage interrupted mostly 911 call centers, several medical facilities, a Department of Corrections jail, ATM machines and the list goes on.

Here are CenturyLink’s updates via this timeline:

December 28, 2018 – Friday

1152 PST :  While our network is experiencing service disruptions, where CenturyLink is the 911 service provider 911 calls are completing.

1014 PST:  We are aware of some 911 service disruptions affecting various areas through the United States. In case of an emergency, customers should use their wireless phones to call 911 or drive to their nearest fire station or emergency facility. Technicians are working to restore services.

0901 PST:  Restoring impacted services for our customers is very important to us. We are seeing good progress, but our service restoration work is not complete. Our teams are continuing their efforts to resolve these issues and we will continue to provide updates throughout the day.

0745 PST:  We are seeing good progress, but our service restoration work is not complete. Our teams are continuing their efforts to resolve these issues and we will continue to provide updates throughout the day.

0338 PST:  We discovered some additional technical problems as our service restoration efforts were underway. We continue to make good progress with our recovery efforts and we are working tirelessly until restoration is complete. We apologize for the disruption.

0123 PST:  We’re seeing positive progress with our service restoration efforts and our recovery plan is being accelerated as much as possible. We are working tirelessly around the clock until restoration is complete. We apologize for any inconvenience this disruption is causing our customers.

December 27, 2018 – Thursday

2033 PST (8:33pm):  CenturyLink engineers and technicians have identified a network element that was impacting customer services and are addressing the issue in order to fully restore services. We estimate that services will be fully restored within four hours. We apologize for any inconvenience this caused our customers.

1707 PST (5:07pm):  The CenturyLink network is still experiencing a disruption of services across multiple locations. CenturyLink engineers and technicians are working to address the issue.

1432 PST (2:32pm): The CenturyLink network is still experiencing a disruption affecting customer services. The CenturyLink technical teams will continue to work around the clock until services are restored.

1006 PST (10:06am):  Our network is experiencing a disruption affecting customer services. We understand some customers are currently unable to generate tickets through the CenturyLink help portal. We know how important these services are to our customers and we are working to restore services as quickly as possible.

December 24, 2018 – Merry Christmas from CenturyLink

Merry Christmas everyone:   Our CenturyLink Help team would like to wish you a very #HappyHolidays! We will be closed today, Tuesday, December 25th, and will be back tomorrow at 7 AM CT. While we’re out, our tech support team is available 24/7 at 1-800-788-3600.

Current States Impacted

The following as of this morning’s post is impacting 911 centers, commercial and residential customers in WA, OR, UT, CO, CA, TX, AZ, NV, IL, NM, MN, MI, NE, ID, OH, NC, IA, GA and IN.

According to several websites reporting on outages, they are stating the following for CenturyLink as customers reporting Internet outage (64% of customers), phone (19%) and total blackout (15%).  This was as of 1204  hours PST on Friday, December 28th.

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink is a service provider nationally that offers Internet (through PrismTV brand), TV (through DirectTV), phone and home security services to homes and business in 37 states.

The company purchased Embarq in 2009, Qwest in 2010 and Savvis in 2012.

Washington State Emergency Phone Numbers (when 911 is not working)

Chelan – Douglas Counties (Dispatch). 509-663-9911

Clallam County (Dispatch).  360-417-2259

Clark County 911.  This is for those in Clark County, Vancouver.  360-693-3111 or can text 911 or 311.

Coast Guard Sector – Puget Sound.  206-217-6001.

Enumclaw PD Dispatch.  360-825-3505.

Sammamish / Issaquah PD Dispatch.  425-888-3333.

Jefferson County Dispatch.  360-385-3831

King County Sheriff’s Office.  206-296-3311.  This is for those who are in the areas of the King County International Airport, KC Transit, Sound Transit,  Beaux Arts Village, Burien, Carnation, Kenmore, Maple Valley,  Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Seatac, Newcastle, Sammamish, Shoreline, Skykomish and Woodinville.

Kitsap County Sheriff Dispatch.  360-308-5400.

Kittitas County Dispatch.  509-925-8534.

Mason County Dispatch.  360-426-4441.

Pierce Co 911.  253-798-4721.

Pierce Co Fire & EMS.  253-588-5217.

Puyallup Police.  253-798-4722.

Redmond Police Dispatch.  253-798-4722.

Renton Fire.  425-430-7000 staffing line. ** Currently, reporting as not impacted by outage. **

Seattle 911 Center (Police).  206-583-2111 or 206-625-5011. Text 911.

Seattle Fire.  206-583-2111.

SNOCOM. 425-407-3911. Snohomish County.

WSP.  Snohomish, Skagit, Island Counties.  360-654-1204.  Whatcom County.  360-676-6911.   Yakima County.  509-457-0207.  Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla.  509-628-0333.

Social Media

We will be digging deeper into this story and update as more information is received.  Please check our Twitter page @nwfireblog for phone numbers.  You can also check on twitter’s incident hashtags #911Outage and #911Outage2018 for non-emergency phone  numbers for emergencies.6-7500

Thank you for reading our post. We appreciate you being here with us and remember to check out the Dispatch and Communications Center phone numbers to call for emergencies.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – updated 12/31/2018 2350 PST

Washington Wildfire | Trinidad Fire | 2

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wash. – Update 2 – 2030 hours PDT

FIRE INCIDENT

We are calling this wildfire the TRINIDAD FIRE because that’s what on the WildCAD that they are using. This fire is also know as the SR 28 FIRE (Grant County Sheriff Office) and SR 28 CRESCENT BAR FIRE (WSP).

Photo Credit | Washington State Patrol PIO Brian Moore

The fire is located on SR 28 at mile marker 19 in Douglas County, Washington State.

SIZE 

The fire is being reported as a 50-acre of grass and brush.  It is currently under control.  No word on the containment status.

CURRENT STATUS

The fire incident is considered open and active.

We will provide an update as soon as information is available.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

NEW | Washington Wildfire Has Three Incident Names | 1

QUINCY, Wash. – Update 1- 2015 hours PDT

FIRE INCIDENT

A wildfire with three names is just as confusing as to the location and the fire resources it has called upon to respond to contain it.

Douglas County Resources

Fire units CREW-6201, CREW-6695, BLM E-6696, BLM H-1MR were just dispatched through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center to SR 28 and milemarker 19 (T20 R22 S10) at 1811 hours PDT.

Grant County Resources

Grant County Sheriff’s Office Deputies immediately implemented a Level 3 evacuation order of those on Mansfield Road with those on Crescent Bar Road were told to shelter-in-place.

This wildfire is being called by three different wildfire incident names.

–> SR28 FIRE by the Grant County Sheriff’s office

–> SR28 CRESCENT BAR FIRE by Washington State Patrol

–> TRINIDAD FIRE by the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center

CAUSE 

The Washington State Patrol states the cause was due to a vehicle losing a tire.

ALERT –> Traffic Alerts

SR28: At Crescent Bar is now open.

ALERT –> Evacuations

Photo Courtesy | Grant County Sheriff’s Office

All evacuations on the Grant County side have been lifted.  Police state evacuations have been reduced to Level 1 and request that all persons stay off of this roadway.

As a reminder, always yield to Fire apparatus,  as firefighters will still be working in the area and because it is the #MoveOver law.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

California Wildfire: #JardinFire Burning in De Luz | 1

DE LUZ, Calif. – A brush fire was reported at 1529 hours PDT in the area of Calle Uva x Calle Jardin, west of Temecula, California – sparking the wildfire name of Jardin Fire on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

CAUSE

The cause of today’s fire was due to a car fire into vegetation.

RESOURCES

Staffing:

  • 160 Firefighters
  • 3 Overhead personnel
  • 5 Crews
  • Law Enforcement

Photo Credit | CAL Fire

Incident Cooperators:

  • CAL Fire/Riverside
  • CAL Fire/San Diego
  • March ARB
  • Murrieta Fire Protection District
  • Pechanga FD
  • Riverside County FD
  • Riverside County SO
  • USFS – Cleveland
  • USFS – San Bernardino

Equipment:

  • 3 Helicopters
  • 16 Engine companies
  • 3 Air tankers
  • 1 Air Attack
  • 2 Water Tenders
  • 2 Bulldozers
  • 1 Helitender

CURRENT STATUS

Resources:

  • Though the ROS has been stopped, resources will remain on-scene for fire watch for the next 6 hours.

Rate of Spread:

  • The forward rate of spread has been stopped. (1754 hours PDT)
  • The first arriving engine from the CAL FIRE/Riverside County FD reported a 5-acre fire with a slow rate of spread.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 6/2/2018 @ 2010 hours PDT

Public Safety Job Announcements | April 8, 2018

FIRE – EMS JOBS

Administrative Specialist (Lead Dispatch) – State of Oregon.  Forest Grove (OR).  ** Closes 4/17/2018 @ 2359 hours PDT **   Permanent position.  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oregon/jobs/2035887/administrative-specialist-1-lead-dispatch

Asset Fire Management Officer – US Fish & Wildlife Services/US Dept. of the Interior.  Burbank (WA).  $61,218-79,586 / year.  Closes 4/19/2018.   https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/495907700

Combat Student Intern Firefighter – City of Forest Grove.  Forest Grove (OR).  ** Closes 6/30/2018 **   https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/forestgrove/jobs/2034632/combat-student-intern-firefighter

Combat Volunteer Firefighter – City of Forest Grove.  Forest Grove (OR).  ** Closes 6/30/2018 @ 1700 hours PDT **   https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/forestgrove/jobs/2034627/combat-volunteer-firefighter

Deputy State Fire Marshal – Codes & Technical Services – State of Oregon.  Salem (OR).  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=fire&l=Oregon&start=20&vjk=bc646207feccb390

Dispatcher / Radio Operator – State of WA Department of Natural Resources (WA DNR).  Sedro-Wooley (WA).  $2,262 – $2,914 / month. ** Closes 4/9/2018 **  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?  q=Firefighter&l=wa&start=10&vjk=1c323be4a23008c3

Engine Boss – Firestromers Inc.  Ontario (OR)  $28 – $32 / hour.   https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=fire&l=Oregon&start=10&vjk=fc8f803c53d19e05

Fire Investigator – Envista Forensics.  Tukwila (WA) https://envistaforensics.jobs.net/en-US/job/fire-investigator/J3V8HL654RC7Z0KVMMP?idpartenaire=10107

Fire Protection Engineer – Port of Seattle.  Seattle (WA).  https://www.glassdoor.com/Job/washington-state-firefighter-jobs-SRCH_IL.0,16_IS3020_KO17,28.htm

Fire Secretary – Cowlitz County Fire & Rescue.  Kelso (WA).  $43,272 / year.   https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=Fire&l=Washington%20State&ts=1522729484874&rq=1&fromage=last&vjk=d8331efe25bb253f

Firefighter – City of Redmond.  Redmond (WA).  $72,348 – $99,012 / year.  ** Closes 4/10/2018 (Tuesday) @ 2359 PDT. **    https://agency.governmentjobs.com/redmondwa/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=2014043

Firefighter.  Grayback Forestry.  Merlin (OR) base.  $15.41 / hour.   https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=fire&l=Oregon&vjk=250a40005f6e8d58

Firefighter – EMT. Vashon Island Fire and Rescue (King County Fire District #13).  Vashon (WA).  Part-Time position.  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=Firefighter&l=wa&ts=1523067621967&rq=1&vjk=e92ed88cc343e924

Firefighter – Medic (Lateral).  City of Salem (OR).  $5,574 – $7035 / month.   https://www.indeed.com/q-EMT-l-Oregon-jobs.html?from=relatedQueries&saIdx=1&rqf=1&parentQnorm=Firefighter&vjk=8534273f3cebf30b

Firefighter – Medic.  City of Salem (OR).  $5,574 – $7035 / month.   https://www.indeed.com/q-EMT-l-Oregon-jobs.html?from=relatedQueries&saIdx=1&rqf=1&parentQnorm=Firefighter&vjk=5ab9a8b6c0f65fa3

Firefighter – Paramedic (Open Entry and Lateral) – City of Spokane.  Spokane (WA).  $40,444 – $80, 894 / year.  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/spokanecity/jobs/1150196/firefighter-open-entry

Forest Officer (Senior Wildland Firefighter) – State of Oregon.  Hermiston (OR).  ** Closes 4/17/2018 @ 2359 PDT. **    https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oregon/jobs/2023014/forest-officer-senior-wildland-firefighter

Forestry Technician – Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.  Grand Ronde (OR).   https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=fire&l=Oregon&start=20&vjk=4d91cf2ff8549d04

Forestry Technician (Fire Suppression) – US Department of Agriculture.  Bend (OR).  $16.00 / hour.    https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=fire&l=Oregon&start=30&vjk=3f42015107ea9de4

Forestry Technician – Green Diamond Resource Company.  Klamath Falls (OR).  Seasonal opening.   https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=fire&l=Oregon&start=30&vjk=57763b4e93acc917

Paramedic – Metro WEst Ambulance.  Hillsboro (OR).  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=firefighter&l=Oregon&sort=date&start=20&vjk=054795329e8528d5

Wildland Paramedics and EMTs – Wilderness Medics Inc (OR).  Temporary openings. Limited details.  https://www.indeed.com/q-EMT-l-Oregon-jobs.html?from=relatedQueries&saIdx=1&rqf=1&parentQnorm=Firefighter&vjk=1edb3247d9cb09af

FIRE RELATED JOBS

Regional Manager (Firefighter Partnerships) – Muscular Dystrophy Association.  Mountlake Terrace (WA).  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=Firefighter&l=wa&start=20&vjk=8d34574272b0831a

LAW ENFORCEMENT JOBS

Community Corrections Specialist I – Washington County.  Hillsboro (OR).  $44,574 – $54,246 / year.  ** Closes 4/15/2018 @ 2359 hours PDT **    https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/cowashingtonor/jobs/2029345/community-corrections-specialist-i

Corrections Deputy – Tillamook County (OR).  $3,594 – $4,430 / month.  ** Closes 4/30/2018 @ 2359 hours PDT. **   https://agency.governmentjobs.com/tillamookor/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=2038002

Corrections Deputy (Lateral) – Klamath Falls / Klamath Falls County (OR).  $20.92 – $23.06 / hour.  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=fire&l=Oregon&start=10&vjk=4ffc97cef1dcc8f4

Criminal Deputy (Lateral Sheriff) – Jackson County Sheriff Office.  Medford (OR).  $51,334 – $65,520 / year.   https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/jacksoncountyor/jobs/2034758/7140-criminal-deputy-lateral-sheriff

Police Officer – City of Eugene (OR).  $60,528 – $77,168 / year.  ** Closes 5/25/2018 @ 1715 hours PDT **  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/eugene/jobs/2026459/police-officer

Police Officer – City of Stayton (OR).  $3,830 / month.  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=Police&l=Oregon&from=relatedQueries&saIdx=6&rqf=1&parentQnorm=firefighter&vjk=39b7280fcae7ac5a

Police Officer (Animal Welfare) – Oregon Humane Society.  Portland (OR).  OHS Main Shelter.  https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=44620&clientkey=69D3DFDA5AE82633AF41AAC425DD34D0&source=indeed.com

Police Officer (Lateral Transfers Only) – City of Albany (OR).  $4,678 – $5,891 / month.  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/albanyor/jobs/2006277/police-officer-laterals-only

Police Officer (Lateral Transfer) – Port of Portland (OR).  https://agency.governmentjobs.com/portofportland/

Police Officer (Senior) – City of Powers (OR).  $40,000 – $60,000 / year.  https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=Police&l=Oregon&from=relatedQueries&saIdx=6&rqf=1&parentQnorm=firefighter&vjk=7b0c10616516d686

Police Property & Evidence Technician – City of Woodburn (OR). $14.88 – $20.74 / hour.  ** Closes 4/9/2018 @ 1700 hours PDT **   https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/woodburnor/jobs/2029288/police-property-evidence-technician

Police Support Tech – Josephine County.  Grants Pass (OR).  $3,019 / month. https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=Police&l=Oregon&rqf=1&start=10&vjk=04a45d2b022d9356

Sergeant (Sheriff) – Jackson County. Medford (OR).  $68,494 – $87,422 / year.  ** Closes 4/11/2018 **   https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/jacksoncountyor/jobs/2031755/7134-sergeant-ii-sheriff

State Trooper (Lateral) – Oregon State.  $4,682 – $6,274 / month.  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/oregon/jobs/2028432/lateral-state-trooper

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

#TrumpTowerFire Kills 1, Injures 4 | 1

MANHATTAN, NY | A 4-Alarm fire from an unknown cause ripped through the 50th story of the Trump Tower this afternoon killing one civilian and injuring four firefighters.  Onlookers shot video and photos spreading like wildfire all over Social Media.

Photo Credit | NYC OEM

FIRE TIMELINE 

1427 PDT – MAN 2-ALARM 721 5 AVE, HIGH RISE (TRUMP TOWER) FIRE ON 50TH FLR.

1524 PDT – Due to a fire at Trump Tower in Manhattan, expect police and FDNY in the area of 5th Ave/W.57 St. Expect traffic and street closures nearby by due to emergency vehicles.

1527 PDT – Members are on scene of a 3-alarm fire at 721 5th Ave Manhattan. There are currently no injuries reported.

1530 PDT – Current street closures due to the fire at Trump Tower.   5th Ave between W. 55 St to W. 57 St and W. 56 St between Madison Ave to 5th Ave.

1556 PDT – Members remain on scene of a 4-alarm fire, 721 5th Ave in Manhattan. There is currently one serious injury to a civilian reported.

1628 PDT – 

1657 PDT –  Fire brought under control.

1658 PDT – We found fire on the 50th floor of the building. The apartment was entirely on fire. Members pushed in heroically, they were knocking down the fire and found one occupant of the apartment who is in critical condition.

1659 PDT – We had many floors to search, and stairways, and right now the only civilian injury is to the occupant of that apartment. There are four Firefighters with non-life-threatening injuries.

1659 PDT (2) – This was a very difficult fire. As you can imagine, the apartment is quite large, we are 50 stories up. The rest of the building had a considerable amount of smoke. 200 Firefighters and EMS members are on scene.

1700 PDT – The fire is still not considered to be under control because of the smoke conditions on all the floors above, says FDNY Fire Commissioner Nigro gives update on 4th alarm, 721 5th Ave Manhattan.

INCIDENT SUMMARY | 1 person has succumbed to his injuries, 4 firefighters were injured and have non-life threatening injuries.

FIRE BUILDING HISTORY 

January 8, 2018 | A fire in the building’s HVAC system injuring two civilians and one firefighter (non-life threatening injuries) and caused smoke to billow from the room.  It reportedly started around 0700 on Monday morning.  It was stated that some debris fell on to a firefighter and an engineer breathed in some smoke.  This fire took about one hour to put out.

PHOTO CREDIT | FDNY unless credits given otherwise to photos.

SOCIAL MEDIA | #TrumpTowerFire #NYFire

Senator Chuck Schumer (NY):  “Thinking tonight of those lost and injured in the fire that broke out in Trump Tower today, and incredibly thankful to the FDNY for their work that kept more NYers from harm.”

Editor’s Comments:  While there are very hateful things said on Social Media, we don’t always agree to agree with things going on in this world either but this is fire related and this is what we report on.  There was one person who was reportedly killed from their fire related injuries and four FDNY firefighters injured. We need to rally around the civilian’s life and family, as well as the firefighters, their family and our Fire Family.

When everyone runs out of a building or are trapped, these amazing and highly trained firefighters run in with a cache of personnel supporting them.  We need to recognize them for stopping this fire from spreading and extending beyond its current position.” LR Swenson, Editor

SOURCES | FDNY, FDNY Alerts, NYPD, Social Media

2018 NW Fire Blog

TX Reeling From Post-Storm Affects – 2

POST SUMMARY State of Texas, known as The Lone Star State was hit extremely hard from by a Category 4 Hurricane (Harvey) that made landfall late evening on Friday, August 25, 2017.  It was downgraded to a Category 2 later but not before the storm unleashed its fury of downpours.  

This storm is due to produce ever more water than the areas can even hold flooding structures, infrastructures, threatening the State’s economy.    The storm reached its peak intensity slamming into Rockport sustaining much of the extreme amount of damage.  Many parts of the State have been devastated beyond recognition.

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” It is the first time since 9/11 that all 28 FEMA Urban SAR teams have been mobilized.”

– Jeff Stern, VA State DEM Coordinator

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DISTRESS CALLS

Call 9-1-1.  The US Coast Guard says do not report Distress calls over Social Media. You must report by calling 911.  Keep trying until you get through.

EVACUATIONS

Rosenburg, TX.  Mandatory evacuations for homes on Huntington Road. Unknown if bridge into area will hold as river levels are rising. Bridge is only escape out of area. (Posted by RPD 2202 Hours CDT). 

Bay City, TX. Mayor announces entire City is under a mandatory evacuation by 1300  hours on Monday, 8/28/2017, due to 10-foot flood expected. https://www.facebook.com/footstepsforthefallen/posts/645510148987649

Sugar Land, TX. Two LIDs are under mandatory evacuations. http://abc13.com/judge-mandatory-evacuations-for-two-sugar-land-lids/2349438/

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As of Aug 27, 2017,  there is NO evacuation orders in place for the City of Pearland. (This was fake news)

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(Credit: Rosenberg PD)

RESCUE TIPS

What to Do to Be Rescued.  The USCG is urging residents, people to be rescued to call the Houston # at 281-464-(4851) or (4852) or (4853) or (4854) or (4855).  Get on your roofs.  Tips:  Stay calm; don’t panic. Don’t go to the attic as rescuers cannot see you. Get to high ground immediately. Mark the roof to be seen from the air. Wave sheets, towels to be noticed.

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Houston 911 received 56,000 calls (from 2200 hours Saturday, 8/26/2017 through 0100 hours on Sunday, 8/27/2017).  During an average day, they usually handle about 8,000 calls.  

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

No Drones in Disaster Recovery Zones.  TX Military Department has seen a rise of

Drone operators trying to get in on some action of their own, but did you know that it is extremely dangerous for those on the ground and in the air?  Did you know it is illegal and can not only net you a ticket, but some hefty jail time? It is true.  Here are some of the problems and where rescuers are working.

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FAA, DOD asking people not to fly drones in and around Houston, TX.  There have been reports of close calls by pilots.

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CLOSURES

WB I-10. Westbound I-10 being closed at mile marker 655 or about 40 miles east of Seguin due to flooding. (TxDOT – Yoakum)

Ben Taub Hospital, MD Anderson. Shutdown as of 1913 hours CDT.  These are the two trauma hospitals in the City.

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As of 0600 Hours CDT 8/27/2017, Houston TranStar logged 174 high-water road closures in the area. This included I-10, I-45, I-610, I-69, US 290, TX 225, TX 288,  Beltway 8 and TX 3 in Galveston, Texas.

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HOW TO HELP

Volunteers Needed.  City of Dallas, TX.  http://www.voly.org/join/index.html

Boats Needed.  Houston Police Department.  Call 713-881-3100.

Blood Donations. Austin hospitals need blood donations at We Are Blood, A Blood  Center in Central Texas.  https://weareblood.org/

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 Social media rumors tell of hundreds dead, thousands of rooftop rescues and millions of people stranded is #FakeNews. 

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SAFETY

Boil Water Alert.  City of Corpus Christi is under a WATER BOIL ALERT. Do not drink the water. Caused due to the Storm’s destruction. Effective 8/25/2017, until further notice.

American Red Cross.  Safe and Well.  Register today so your loved ones can find you, or use as a way to find those who may be missing.  https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

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Turn Around, Don’t Drown campaign is critical in saving lives more than ever. 

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Facebook Safety Check.  Activated for this event. Log in to your Facebook page and register ASAP.  https://www.facebook.com/safetycheck/hurricane-harvey-aug24-2017/about/

Emergency Alerts.  Sign up for Pearland, TX Residential Alerts here –> https://www.pearlandtx.gov/residents/get-connected/e-alerts  Government offices currently shutdown on 8/28/2017 and 8/29/2017 with a possibility of longer says their website.

Wading Through Flood WatersAVOID DRIVING, WALKING through flood waters.  6 inches of swiftly moving water can knock an adult over.  (NWS Houston)

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Incident Cooperators are those who act as Partners and as in this State of Emergency – work together on Federal, State and Local levels to ensure resources are able to assist the area’s needs of the government, its people, property and its communities. Due to the vast amount of resources, we apologize ahead of time if we missed anyone!

American Red Cross.  100’s of volunteers are/have traveled all over the U.S. to lend their time, talents and compassion to victims and evacuees. 

LA Cajun Navy.  State of Louisiana sending the LA Cajuna Navy. 

TX Governor Greg Abbott  

Houston OEM

Houston PD.  SWAT team conducted several hundred high-water rescues and were still actively searching and conducting more rescue operations. (1713 CDT)

(Credit: Houston PD)

INTF-1 HAZMAT Support.  Indiana Task Force 1 arriving in Katy (near Houston), TX. (1834 PDT)

LAFD TF1.  70 members en route says LAFD Fire Chief Terrazas.

MA-TF1.  A FEMA Task Force is en route from Massachussetts and will soon joining others. (1810 PDT)

Miami-Dade Fire.  FL-TF1 en route to Texas to assist with SAR effects in affected areas.

(Credit: MDFR)

National Guard.  Multiple military trucks, Humvees and other vehicles that can tread water were seen driving down City streets.

New Jersey.  SAR crews were deployed.

FDNY – NYPD USAR NY TF1.  The Joint FDNY and NYPD USAR NY Task Force-1 deployed earlier today.

(Credit: FDNY)

PA TF-1.  40 members.  Leaving the PA Fire Academy and heading to South Texas.  (1917 PDT)

Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies.  Hotline setup for people with Disabilities. 800-626-4959.

Sacramento Fire.  USAR TF7 sends 14-member water rescue team.  Crews drove 2,000 miles to their destination.

Salvation Army.  Previously shipped extra pallets of water and food on 8/23/2017.

Save The Children.  Setting up Child Friendly Spaces in evacuation shelters to help kids and families.  DONATIONS. Text “HURRICANE” to 2022 to donate $25 to the “Save the Children’s Hurricane Harvey  Relief Fund”.

TX State, Emergency Management Department Is the main hub of activity that will coordinate Federal, State and local resources pouring into their State.

US Coast Guard Heartland.  The USCG is urging residents, people to be rescued to call the Houston # at 281-464-(4851) or (4852) or (4853) or (4854) or (4855).  Get on your roofs.  Tips:  Stay calm; don’t panic. Don’t go to the attic as rescuers cannot see you. Get to high ground immediately. Mark the roof to be seen from the air. Wave sheets, towels to be noticed.

USCG makes sure no Family member is left behind. Rescuing pets and their people. (Credit: USCG Heartland)

WA TF1 Urban SAR.  FEMA team from Pierce County, Washington State is sent to assist along with other FEMA units.

SHELTERS

American Red Cross Shelters.  Shelter Locator here –> http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter?utm_source=arctwitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=harvey

Harris County, TX.  Compiled list of open shelters. http://readyharris.org/News-Information/Ready-Harris-News/Post/26637

Katy ISD.  The Morton Ranch HS (MRHS) located at 21000 Franz  Road 77449 and the Cinco Ranch HS (CRHS) located at 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd, both in Katy, TX will be opening at 0730 CDT on Monday.  They will be offering shelter, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to those in need.  DONATIONS of blankets, pillows, towels will be accepted at either High School beginning at 0730 hours.  SOCIAL MEDIA Channels are Katy ISD “OnTheGo” app. Website:  www.Katyisd.org.  Twitter:  @katyisd 

 

WEATHER TRACKERS

Storm Surge Tracker.  The NWS  created the first-ever operational storm surge watch. Twitter @NHC_Surge. https://twitter.com/NHC_Surge/status/900376620543823872 Shows the current conditions. 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

There are multitudes of photos, storm images and other unimaginative descriptions of what those are truly seeing, hearing and experiencing.  We will share with you what they are feeling, see and what they are hearing.  Some photos are copyrighted so we will try to explain the best way we can as to what is being posted out there in the Social Media world.

(Credit: USCG Heartland)

USCG Heartland.  Sector Corpus Christi IMD members assess damage in Port Aransas, TX. 

Disaster Assistance & Recovery Info.  The City of Austin (TX) Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have a wealth of info.  Go to their site here –>  http://austintexas.gov/help (8/26/2017 @ 0417 CDT

Gas Prices.  National news media reporting gas prices are set to spike due to #HurricaneHarvey wreaks havoc on our vital energy facilities.  It is time to focus on rescues and saving lives.  This something that can easily be put back on the back burner.

Roadblocks.  I-10 freeway is now closed due to heavy flooding. Police are using multiple cruiser to keep motorists out of harm’s way.  A photo by a news media outlet shows mostly semis (approximately 8 semi rigs across and unknown how long the back-up is but there is no getting off this freeway by turning around.

Pet Rescues.  Social media reporting dog rescues are coming in at 60 per hour. 

Countries Pray for  Our U.S. Texas.  Canadian President: “Canadians are keeping the people of Texas in our thoughts – we’re ready to offer any assistance needed to help recover from this disaster.” – Justin Trudeau

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/27/2017 

Dupont Fire Hosts Annual Safety Fair

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DUPONT, WASHINGTON

Come join the fun as the Dupont Fire Department holds their Annual Safety Fair on June 10, 2017, from 10am to 1pm.

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Photo Credit:  Dupont Fire Deparment

The City of Dupont Fire Department station is located at 1780 Civic Drive, Suite #102, Dupont, Washington 98327.

So much to see and so many people meet.  Don’t forget to bring the Family for some great fun!

 

 

2017 The NW Fire Blog