MCI | Crane Collapse | TX | 3

DALLAS, TEXAS

JUNE 9, 2019 – SUNDAY – 1500 HOURS PDT

Incident Summary

USAR members from the Dallas Fire Department are on-scene of a crane collapse major incident in the 2600 block of Live Oak Street in Dallas, Texas.

This accident occurred today when strong winds blew this large piece of equipment on to an apartment complex.

Resources

Due to the large MCI incident, DFD dispatched the following USAR units:  US33, US19; TR33, TR19; SU03; RE01, RE03, RE06, RE08, RE11, RE19, RE57, RE53, RE44, RE42, RE38, RE37, RE34, RE33, RE23, RE218, RE219, RE780, RE81, RE82, RE83, RE84, RE807, RE815; BC03 BC09; EN19, EN23, EN09, EN19, EN23, EN33, EN46; HM03,

Current Status

It has been reported sadly that one person was killed and six injured from this tragedy. We are thinking about their families and communities where they may have lived, worked or were a part of.

Social Media

#MCI_DallasFire

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

 

MCI | Crane Collapse | TX | 2

DALLAS, TEXAS

JUNE 9, 2019 – SUNDAY – 1400 HOURS PDT

Incident Summary

USAR members from the Dallas Fire Department are on-scene of a crane collapse major incident in the 2600 block of Live Oak Street in Dallas, Texas.

This accident occurred today when strong winds blew this large piece of equipment on to an apartment complex.

This reminds us of the Seattle crane collapse, only happening more recently.  It blew over in a windstorm. – Ed.

Resources

Due to the large MCI incident, DFD dispatched the following USAR units:  US33, US19; TR33, TR19; SU03; RE01, RE03, RE06, RE08, RE11, RE19, RE57, RE53, RE44, RE42, RE38, RE37, RE34, RE33, RE23, RE218, RE219, RE780, RE81, RE82, RE83, RE84, RE807, RE815; BC03 BC09; EN19, EN23, EN09, EN19, EN23, EN33, EN46; HM03,

Social Media

#MCI_DallasFire

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

 

MCI | Crane Collapse | TX | 1

DALLAS, TEXAS

JUNE 9, 2019 – SUNDAY – 1315 HOURS PDT

Incident Summary

USAR members from the Dallas Fire Department are on-scene of a crane collapse major incident in the 2600 block of Live Oak Street in Dallas, Texas. This accident occurred today from an unknown cause.

Resources

Due to the large MCI incident, DFD dispatched the following USAR units:  US33, US19; TR33, TR19; SU03; RE01, RE03, RE06, RE08, RE11, RE19, RE57, RE53, RE44, RE42, RE38, RE37, RE34, RE33, RE23, RE218, RE219, RE780, RE81, RE82, RE83, RE84, RE807, RE815; BC03 BC09; EN19, EN23, EN09, EN19, EN23, EN33, EN46; HM03,

Social Media

#MCI_DallasFire

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

 

MCI | Castle Parks Log Ride Flips

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A log ride at the Castle Park amusement park located just off of 91 in Riverside flipped over on Saturday, May 25, 2019, at 1637  hours PDT, sending some of its riders directly into the water below.  A report was stated that at least three people were trapped under the log ride and were unable to extricate themselves.

The cause of the equipment malfunction was not immediately known and is under investigation.

Firefighters from the Riverside Fire Department along with personnel from the park responded to the ride area.  Fire personnel worked to extricate all people from the water and the ride.

There were a total originally reported five patients but it was reduced down to two.  The patient included one adult and four adults.  The number of patients dropped did not include the gender or ages of the injured.

Five AMR units were dispatched to the park along with one supervisor.

The Incident Command was named “Castle Park IC”.

Most units have cleared and returned back in service at the time of this post.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Ppst 5/25/2019 @ 1740 PDT

 

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

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Be safe friends….

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

 

Major Fire Incident | London | 1

NORTH KENSINGTON, LONDON UK

A Major Incident. A Shocking Scene.

An 27-story apartment high-rise called the Lancaster Estate building was engulfed in flames from floor 2 all the way to the top floor close to 0100 hours BST on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (about 8 hours ahead of West Coast time).

Burning this morning at 0630 hours BST on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. (Photo Credit: London Fire Brigade)

Resources Out in Force

The London Fire Brigade, along with mutual aid from North Kensington, Kensington, Hammersfield and Paddington fire personnel and command staff responded immediately.  Additional Departments also responded from surrounding communities for a total of 200 personnel and 40 engines.

A presser was released in there are 30+ injured and a large number of unaccounted people.  London Ambulance Services had transported about 30 patients to 5 different London hospitals.  They also deployed their HAZMAT unit and Trauma team along with 20 ambulances on the fire ground.

Unconfirmed Cause

Unconfirmed media reports are saying that there was a faulty fridge on floor 4 that caused the fire but the structure is still ablaze.  From our experience here in the States, we know for sure that Investigators will not be able access the building until the fire has been put out and cooled down.

Evacuations

Police have cordoned off 30 flats and evacuated its residents from their homes around the structure.  We are unsure if this is the collapse zone or if they are being proactive should the full structure integrity fail.

Exposures

In looking at live photo coverage, it appears this 27-story building has many exposures on all sides of the building.  In one image, it appears the fully engulfed tower may leaning.  We are hoping the fire will burn itself out and no collapse will occur.

More information to be posted soon.

Could This Have Been Prevented?

We are not firefighters nor are we even Fire Investigators for that matter but we, like many of you consider fire safety a priority in our lives – even teaching others about safety at home and work.  Here in the U.S., we are all about #SeeSomethingSaySomething that goes for anything criminal, dangerous or suspicious, including fire dangers and reporting them to the proper authorities.

It appears that the residents of the Grenfell Tower did just that – over and over again without any action by the landlord or its management representatives.

In this case, this fire was predicted – almost one year ago from a blog posting by the Grenfell Action Group, an organization that has been fighting back on slum housing issues and fire dangers lurking in the Grenfell Tower.  The group has been fighting against the Social Housing Agents Kensington and Chelsea TMO (KCTMO) who own and manage the building.

Red Flags

The Grenfell Action Group appears to be doing some pro-active work on fire prevention but at yet every turn, they have been hit head on with obstacles, excuses and inaction.  One haunting post is that they predicted this very fire back in 2016 and tried to get Management to hear them out.

With us living in the United States, there are many slum housing but this ranks pretty high on our list of being angry this has happened to these people who were innocent.  We can only assume that it was more for the money, then for the care of these residents, which we find disgusting and the whole world should stand up for what is right.

Regardless if this was an accident or intentional, it appears that the group’s multiple haunting echoes of fire danger lurking in their building has now come true and is obviously too late to change for the better.

Here are some  of their postings.  (We have reached out to reprint their story but they do not have any contact information on their Blog.)

Grenfell Tower Fire| https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2017/06/14/grenfell-tower-fire/ (June 14 2017)

Fire Prevention | https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/kctmo-feeling-the-heat/ (March 14 2017)

Fire Dangers | https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/kctmo-playing-with-fire/ (Nov 20 2016)

Requests Ignored | https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/why-are-we-waiting/ (June 10 2013)

Unknown Cause of Power Surges | https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/grenfell-tower-from-bad-to-worse/ (May 29 2013)

Power Surges Cause Water Shutoff | https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/more-trouble-at-grenfell-tower/ (May 28 2013)

Complaints Ignored | https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/another-fire-safety-scandal/ (February 21 2013)

Blocking Emergency and Fire Access to the Building | https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/more-on-fire-safety/ (June 30 2013)

Fire Safety Scandal  | https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/fire-safety-scandal-at-lancaster-west/ (Jan 28 2013)

We know this topic of affordable housing rights runs deep and cannot understand why other think it is right to allow their residents to live this way.  We say it is shameful and undignified.

Though the cause may or may not be found, we know that from all of these fire safety requests left unanswered, there are more questions as to why or how this inferno could have been started or even prevented in the first place.

– Our prayers and thoughts go out to the Londoners no matter who you are, what race you are or what your worth is – we are here for you. – LR Swenson, Blogger/Writer/Editor

Updates

We will be providing additional updates as information is received. Thank you for joining us

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

 

 

BREAKING | Large Trees Falls on Party | Whittier CA

Updated 1845 PST 

Incident Summary

A little after 5:00 pm this evening, a large tree crashed over a group of people taking photographs of a wedding party.  The incident occurred at Penn State Park located at 13900 Penn Street in Whittier, California.

Casualties

A report of 20 people were said to be trapped.

Fire Officials provided an update of a total of six (6) patients:  1 red, 1 yellow, 3 green patients and 1 black. Additional ambulances were being requested. Patients were being transported to local nearby hospitals.

Mutual Aid Pouring In

LAFD was PennIC at the time of the incident, while LAFD was making notifications to their PIO, City of Whittier and Whittier PD.  It sounded like they were in Unified Command.

In the Eyes of Social Media

“Large tree fell on wedding party. Many patients injured. Fire dept on-scene assessing the situation and treating people.”- LAFD PIO

“Wedding turns deadly after tree collapses.” – Media

We are using the following hashtags:  #Penn #Whittier

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

BREAKING | Large Trees Falls on Party | Los Angeles CA

Updated 1800 PST 

Incident Summary

A little after 5:00 pm this evening, a large tree crashed over a wedding party being held at Penn State Park located at 13900 Penn Street in Whittier, California.

Casualties

A report of 20 people were said to be trapped.

Fire Officials provided an update of a total of six (6) patients:  1 red, 1 yellow, 3 green patients and 1 black. Additional ambulances were being requested. Patients were being transported to local nearby hospitals.

Mutual Aid Pouring In

LAFD was IC at the time of the incident were making notifications to their PIO, City of Whittier and advised Whittier PD stated had a rep coming to the Incident Command Post (ICP).

In the Eyes of Social Media

“Large tree fell on wedding party. Many patients injured. Fire dept on-scene assessing the situation and treating people.”- LAFD PIO

“Wedding turns deadly after tree collapses.” – Media

We are using the following hashtags:  #Penn #Whittier

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

Las Vegas NV | Major MCI | Police Not Ruling Out Act of Terrorism

Las Vegas NV | A unknown woman reportedly drove her vehicle on Las Vegas Boulevard in front of Planet Hollywood on to the sidewalk mowing down a large group of people, killing one.

The driver initially hit the group of people and fled the scene attempting to elude Officers.   The unidentified female driver was stopped on Flamingo and taken into custody by Police.

Police say they have no motive why she would drive into a group of people then flee.  They say they are not ruling this out as an act of terrorism.  Drug/Alcohol impairment tests have been conducted.  No word on the results.

Thirty-seven victims involved in tonight’s #VegasMCI:

  • 26 Injured
  •   4 Treated and Released
  •   7 Critical

As usual, some media and bloggers were reporting & reposting misinformation saying multiple people were killed.

The Incident Commander [IC] requested the Emergency Operations Center’s Command Vehicle [CV] respond to the scene for coordination.

At the time of this post, source for our story is via the Las Vegas Metro PD on youtube.com / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StUQHdQqlSk [KTNV Channel 13 TV]

Commentary:

“Kudos to 1st Responders for getting to the scene quickly and immediately enacting the ICS protocol.  Amazing work everyone.

To the families, friends and communities affected by this tragedy, you all are in our thoughts and prayers.” 

(c) 2015 The #NWFireBlog