Public Safety News | Overnight Trending Stories

United States | News from around the Nation of what is Trending and information gleaned from various sources.

TEXAS MASSACRE.  Around 1120 am a gunman opened fire upon a church service in progress at the 1st Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX killing 26 people and injuring scores more.  The shooter was approached by a neighbor next to the church and began shooting back at him.  The shooter is said to be deceased from an unknown bullet used by either the killer or the neighbor.  This is said to be the worst mass shooting in all of Texas history.

A FALLEN HERO.  Fallen Hillsboro FD Firefighter Ryan Grimaldi was out on a hunting trip when a tree fell on him.  He passed away from his injuries.  He was well-respected and loved in his community.  His fellow firefighters and Fire Agency brought him home yesterday.  Several hundreds were seen in his procession as they headed to their destination.

HOMELESSNESS GROWING ON WEST COAST.   How is this Public Safety related?  It has to do with Officer and 1st Responder safety when they are responding to aid and fire calls inside the camps.  There have been often too many dangers where Seattle Police have to provide an escort to Firefighters because of the looming problems with some homeless people.  KOMO News put out an article about the homeless population soaring on the West Coast and how cities are struggling to cope.

HIGHRISE FIRE IN THE BRONX, NY.   A fire broke out on the top floors of a multi-dwelling highrise where fire was seen from different angles shooting through the roof. The FDNY responded to the fire burning on the top floors and inside the cockloft that was located at 4769 White Plains Road.  Command called out to their firefighters to use caution as this building had been cited before for doing illegal rennovations on the top floors.  The 3-alarm fire was ruled accidental due to electrical building wires that caught fire.  (Photo Credit:  FDNY)

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SECOND SHOOTING IN ONE DAY.  Another church shooting occurred on Sunday, November 5 and one that is not being covered as much as the large mass shooting in Texas.  An estranged wife and her boyfriend were leaving the St . Alphonsus Catholic Church in Fremont, California when they were gunned down by her soon-to-be-husband killing them both. They were in the middle of a divorce. He was later found in his vehicle deceased of self-inflicted wounds.

(c) 2017 NW Fire Blog

Hurricane Updates | October 3, 2017

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

We are updating SitReps for the various ongoing U.S. Hurricanes Disaster Recovery events.  Here is our recap for Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

HURRICANE MARIA 

Puerto Rico

FEMA IMT 1 is Lead Agency. They are tasked with the establishing of an Incident support base for the receipt and distribution of commodities, supplies and resources. IMT 2 is coordinating with other agencies to plan and prioritize road clearing.  FDNY IMT 2 has been assigned with damage assessment to critical infrastructure including roads, water systems and communications.  206  total active personnel.

U.S. Virgin Islands

FEMA IMT 2 has mobilized to St. Croix and is managing a logistical staging area for incoming responders.  IMT 2 has mobilized to St. Thomas to support the receiving and distribution of emergency supplies to aid in the relief efforts.  45 total active personnel.

HURRICANE HARVEY

Texas A&M Forest Service IMT 2 has mobilized to College Station, TX to support recovery and mitigation efforts, surveying impacts on local fire departments and distributing donated fire equipment.  There are 74 active personnel assigned to this Disaster event.

HURRICANE IRMA

South Florida Parks and the National Park Service are working together with an IMT 2 team.  The IMT is overseeing the site assessment, debris cleanup and emergency stabilization within National Parks in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.   There are 244 active personnel assigned to this incident.  A very preliminary cost-to-date is at $2.7 Million.

(c) NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1915 hours PDT

Update 2 | Bronx NY Commercial Building Still Burning

UPDATE 2 – APRIL 8, 2017 – 2254 PDT / 0154 EDT APRIL 9, 2017

Current fire conditions: [Per Command]

75 x 100 facility with fire showing on Floors 2 and 3.  Car 15 is assisting Operations.  5 Towers are working with 1 stream in Operations.  Windows and doors are covered but Truck is opening them up.

Two additional Towers were requested.

A FAST truck was also en route to the fire ground.

UPDATE 1 – APRIL 8, 2017 – 2238 PDT / 0138 EDT APRIL 9, 2017

A fire broke out at the Tuck-It-Away Self Storage on Saturday, April 8, 2017.  Heavy fire greeted firefighters from the second floor of the six-floor commercial building.  It was quickly elevated to a 2nd Alarm and later to a 3rd Alarm.

The fire is located on the 100 block of E 138th Street in Queens/Bronx of NYC, New York.

All personnel that were inside the building were told to evacuate.  A roll call [PAR] was completed by Command.  All personnel were accounted for.

One additional Tower Ladder [Ladder 44] was requested at 0128 Hours EDT [2228 Hours PDT] They were told to access the fire ground from 140th Street on to Walton Street on to Exposure 3 side and were assigned to Battalion 2.

The fire was still in exterior operations and are using Towers [Ladders]

Another Tower [L9 acting as L14] was requested at 0134 EDT.  They were requested to access the same route and after they arrive, to stand by for instructions.

Exterior operations are ongoing.

For more details, check our live coverage on our Twitter account @nwfireblog

Hashtags using for this post are: #Queens #NYC #FDNY

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog 

NEW | Bronx NY Commercial Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – APRIL 8, 2017 – 2238 PDT / 0138 EDT

A fire broke out at the Tuck-It-Away Self Storage on Saturday, April 8, 2017.  Heavy fire greeted firefighters from the second floor of the six-floor commercial building.  It was quickly elevated to a 2nd Alarm and later to a 3rd Alarm.

The fire is located on the 100 block of E 138th Street in Queens/Bronx of NYC, New York.

All personnel that were inside the building were told to evacuate.  A roll call [PAR] was completed by Command.  All personnel were accounted for.

One additional Tower Ladder [Ladder 44] was requested at 0128 Hours EDT [2228 Hours PDT] They were told to access the fire ground from 140th Street on to Walton Street on to Exposure 3 side and were assigned to Battalion 2.

The fire was still in exterior operations and are using Towers [Ladders]

Another Tower [L9 acting as L14] was requested at 0134 EDT.  They were requested to access the same route and after they arrive, to stand by for instructions.

Exterior operations are ongoing.

For more details, check our live coverage on our Twitter account @nwfireblog

Hashtags using for this post are: #Queens #NYC #FDNY

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog 

Manhattan’s Chelsea Explosion | Update 4

Updated 9:32pm PDT / 12:32am EDT

“Please pray for our 1st Responders, Their Families and the American People.”

– NWFB 

INCIDENT SUMMARY 

A device exploded inside a dumpster injuring 29 injuries with one possibly critical around 2030 hours EDT on Saturday, September 17th (1730 hours PDT). This occurred in the 100 block of West 23rd Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

A second explosive device, a pressure cooker type device with a cell phone attached and wires was removed by Police and rendered safe.

29 people were hurt in the first blast but were released on Sunday.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtag being used for incident is #ManhattanExplosion #TerrorAlert #SituationalAwareness

 

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Manhattan’s Chelsea Explosion | Update 3

Updated 8:16pm PDT / 11:16pm EDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY 

A device exploded inside a dumpster injuring 29 injuries with one possibly critical around 2030 hours EDT on Saturday, September 17th (1730 hours PDT). This occurred in the 100 block of West 23rd Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

A second explosive device, a pressure cooker type device with a cell phone attached and wires was removed & detonated by NYPD’s Bomb squad. Very intense moments as the robot carried it, as Officers completed a controlled detonation.

29 people were hurt in the first blast but were released on Sunday.

== UPDATE ==

Update from the NYPD:  About an hour ago, the FBI took several individuals into custody on the Belt Parkway in the area underneath the Verrazano Bridge, with a possible connection to the bombing last night in Chelsea. I am waiting for an update and further information.”

 – Marty Golden, a NYS Senator

MULTIPLE DEVICES

On Sunday, September 18th – calls were pouring into 9-1-1 about multiple devices and suspicious back packs and duffel bags were being reported.  It wasn’t your typical one call but multiple calls right after another and they were blocks from each other.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtag being used for incident is #ManhattanExplosion #TerrorAlert #SituationalAwareness

 

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Major Incident | Manhattan NY | Update 2

Updated 1:00pm PDT / 4:00pm EDT

INCIDENT SUMMARY 

A device exploded inside a dumpster injuring 29 injuries with one possibly critical around 2030 hours EDT this evening (1730 hours PDT). This occurred in the 100 block of West 23rd Street in Manhattan.

MULTIPLE DEVICES

Calls were pouring into Police Dispatchers about multiple devices being found by the Public and suspicious black back packs, brown suitcases and duffel bags in various locations such as W 27th Street, W 19th Street, near train station and on Broadway street.

There was even one report of a man at the train station covered in blood asking for water to drink. There was not much reports on these incidences.

A presser by the Mayor and Commissioner both stated that the device placed in the dumpster that was the first one to detonate was “an intentional act” and not related to terrorism.

Police did release information that there was an IED in a dumpster at W 23rd and 6th Avenue but they did not elaborate on the specifics of that detonation.

A second device was reported as a pressure cooker device with a cell phone and wires coming out of it.  It was located at 27th and 7th Avenue  It was removed by the Bomb Squad.

Media reported a 3rd device located on 28th Street and 5th Avenue. No other info has been received on this.

COULD THIS BE TERROR RELATED?

We are not experts by any means but let’s look at what has transpired over the last few weeks….

September 3 – Phillipines (Bomb Explosion)

The State Department Travel site posted this:  “After explosion in Davao, Philippines a State of Lawlessness has been declared by the Philippine government.”

The message is here —> https://ph.usembassy.gov/emergency-message-u-s-citizens-davao-bombing-september-3-2016/

September 6 – Malaysia (Terror Plot)

Malaysia elevated their terror alert as there was credible intel they would be attacked in the very near time.

September 6 – Australia 

The Prime Minister issued a lone wolf terror alert and made a broadcast to those visiting landmarks to be aware and careful where you are.

September 7 – Paris (Car Bomb)

A terror-probe is opened after Police find a fully loaded vehicle with multiple gas cylinders. Couple who own vehicle are on a terror watch list, media reports say.

September 9 – State Department (Terror Alert)

A France security message was received by the State Department (Travel site):  “Credible info suggests ISIL & other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks.”

September 12 – State Department (Terror Alert)

The State Department issued on September 12, a worldwide alert  states, “Continuing threat of terrorist actions & violence against US citizens thru-out world W/ upcoming holidays in Iraq, we remind US citizens of inherent dangers. Terrorists have chosen times around local holidays to set off bombs.”

September 15 – Uri  (Military Base attack)

Indian government places all military installations on Terror Alert status. A specific terrorist attack is known by Senior intelligence that they are to be attacked in Uri is imminent. The fighters were said to be sitting across from Uri and ready to attack at a moment’s notice. The fighters were said to be neutralized by Government Security forces.

September 17 – Charlottesville, Virginia (Downtown Mall)

8:20pm EDT- Reported of explosion near the Downtown Mall is actually an underground vault explosion not a bomb/IED going off.  People were pretty spooked this. Multiple media outlets had to tell people it was not a bomb and to stop getting panicked.

September 17 – Seaside, New Jersey (Military 5k Run)

9:30am EDT- 1 IED exploded at the same time the Seaside Semper Five Marine Corps Charity 5K was about to occur.  3 more bombs with shrapnel are  found after the explosion.  Law Enforcement is linking this to suspected terrorism. 0 injuries. Race cancelled for security reasons.

September 17 – Manhattan, New York (Chelsea Neighborhood)

8:30pm EDT- 1 IED explodes in the Chelsea neighborhood. 29 injured.  2 additional unexploded devices are found.

September 17 – St. Cloud, Minnesota (Crossroads Mall)

8:20pm EDT –  MCI – Mass Stabbings. 8 injured. 1 dead. Police are investigating this as a possible act of terrorism.  Multiple media news sources are now reporting that the suspect was IS related and they are now claims responsibility.  They are also stating they will be claiming more incidents in the coming future.

Witnesses reported the suspect a private security uniform. He was shot and killed by Police.

September 18 – US Embassy (Worldwide Alert)

An Alert is issued to all worldwide travelers on the US Embassy’s messages on where and when to travel, what to look for and how to use situational awareness.

SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

Here are ways to put your Situational Awareness skills, experience and training in effect. These are only basic glimpses into each section of SA.

Observe – where you are and memorize in detail things all around you.  This will assist you at a later time to make a plan on how you will work to respond in the future.

Orient – Create a baseline for each and every environment you visit.  Observation is good but what do you look for? Knowing what to look for such as human behavior, are the things in the environment normal and planning on how to respond to what was those observations were.

Behavior – It is most difficult to use all three systems at once as the brain can easily get overloaded with information.  Using the first two sections and focusing on behavior of those around, such as are their hands shifty, appear to be comfortable or uncomfortable, agitated or appear out-of-the-norm. These are signs to look for at all times.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtag being used for incident is #ManhattanExplosion #TerrorAlert #SituationalAwareness

 

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

Major Incident | Manhattan NY | Update 1

Updated 8:30 PDT / 11:30 EDT – Saturday

INCIDENT SUMMARY 

A device exploded inside a dumpster injuring 29 injuries with one possibly critical around 2030 hours EDT this evening (1730 hours PDT). This occurred in the 100 block of West 23rd Street in Manhattan.

MULTIPLE DEVICES

Multiple Devices have been reported to Police and found by Police with regards to multiple devices around Manhattan which include black single backpacks, brown suitcases and duffel bags.  Locations have been around the W 23rd Street, W 27th Street, near train stations, W 19th street, Broadway and other areas.

Scanner Feed (FDNY and NYPD  live feeds) were reporting one call after another with devices being found by civilians or Officers, it was clearly  not easy to keep up with the items that were being found one device to the other.

RESOURCES RESPONDING

In the last two days, several Officers have been shot in unrelated incidents in areas of Dallas, Boston and Philly to name a few.  Police have been on edge due to these shootings but being very cautious when putting to good use their situational awareness training, skills and experience.

Tonight, it a whole different story – literally.

Due to the explosion in a dumpster on West 23rd Street, Police are arriving from State, Federal, City, County, Federal such as agencies:  Homeland Security, FBI, and ATF.  There are probably a lot of agencies we are forgetting.

MANHATTAN FIGHTS BACK

The City releases a presser by the NYC Mayor that “there is no credible terror attacks but this is an intentional act.” If any New Yorkers have any information, to call the NYPD 800-577-TIPS.  A 2nd site on 27th Street and between 6th & 7th Avenue is being investigated to see if they can clear it but for now, there is a large presence on-scene.

Commissioner states this is not due to a gas explosion. There have been 29 injuries, one may be serious injury. The Fire Department is assessing potential structure damage for building integrity that may have occurred from the explosion.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtag being used for incident is #ManhattanExplosion.

 

 

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

BROOKLYN, NY: Lumber Yard Fire Upgraded to 5-Alarm

Approximately two hours ago, a Command unit was dispatched to a Commercial structure fire located at 858 Meeker Avenue seeing flames from approximately one-mile away.  Command reported heavy fire in the lumber.

Live Feed from a Highway Camera

Live Feed from a Highway Camera

A 3rd alarm was called about 45 minutes ago with approximately two minutes going by and a 4th alarm was called.  Foam operations were put into place but a 5th alarm was called about 20 minutes later.

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Live footage around 1204 Hours West Coast time shows the heavy fire and smoke near the freeway.  This is off of Varick in Brooklyn.  

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Multiple Tower Ladders and Hand Lines are still in use.

The temps are currently -9below and still dropping. Things are freezing and firefighters are struggling.  More manpower is assisting.

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FDNY Promotes a Large Amount of Officers

On September 12th, an amazing promotions ceremony took place by the FDNY commemorating the Legacy of those who were lost on September 11, 2001.

Promotions of 99 personnel were officiated at the ceremony with two becoming Deputy Chiefs, 52 Captains and 45 Lieutenants. Wow!

“The Fire Department is all about service, when someone calls 911, that person needs help, and as new fire officers, preparation and training are key to our response,” Chief of Department Edward Kilduff said.

He also reminded the officers that they need to prepare to step up to their new challenge and plan for anything that they may face.

Together, the newly promoted members have more than 1,400 years of experience with the Department.  They will be assigned to various units throughout the city.

“Congratulations on your new promotions. The City is just that much safer and prepared.  WE WILL NEVER FORGET.” – The NW Fire Blog

 

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