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Witnesses: UK Crossing Guard stopped responding fire truck so kids could cross street
A fire truck in the United Kingdom had to stop on the way to an emergency because children were crossing the street. The firefighters were headed to a fire in a tree, reported. But witnesses say a crossing guard, called a “lollipop man,” allowed the children to cross as the rig approached. From According ...
Pennsylvania firefighter injured after fall from moving fire truck
A Pennsylvania firefighter was hospitalized Tuesday after he fell from a fire truck. The fire truck, being loaned to Arnold Company No. 2, was making a turn while responding to a call when a door on the rig opened, reported. There are no seatbelts in the 1980s rig. From “It was a catastrophic ...
Sink hole opens under FDNY fire truck
Two New York City firefighters had to go to the hospital Tuesday after they were injured working to free a fire truck from a sinkhole. The FDNY rig was parked when the pavement gave way under a front wheel, reported. The firefighters were hurt when an airbag being used to raise the rig hit ...
Indiana fire department spends $1 on rig to replace fire truck lost to grass blaze
The Indiana department that lost a fire truck to a grass blaze earlier this month has a replacement, thanks to another department. The Liberty Volunteer Fire Department’s grass rig burned as the driver was going to get more water, reported on April 2. For $1, the Webster Volunteer Fire Department sold a 1974 rig ...
1960 American LaFrance made parade-ready
If you watch a parade in one New York town, you’ll see a 1960 American LaFrance. One man, a lieutenant with the New Hampton Fire Company, had a truck in mind when the idea of a rig for a parade came up, reported. From Members of the fire department decided to do the assembly ...
Minnesota fire department welcomes new red Rosenbauer
One Minnesota department is making a statement with its new fire truck – in with the red. Two yellow rigs, or green as some think, in Woodbury were retired when the new Rosenbauer came to town, reported. From Inside, helmet holders at every position, including the driver’s seat ceiling, are a safety enhancement, as ...
Atlanta fire truck damaged in crash
An Atlanta Fire Department rig crashed Monday, injuring four firefighters. From The Atlanta fire department’s Engine 2 was responding to a structure fire Monday around 9:15 a.m. when it left the roadway and collided with a tree near the intersection of Jonesboro and McWilliams roads. A news release issued Monday afternoon by the city’s ...
VIDEO: Wetdown welcomes new fire truck in South Carolina
A wetdown ceremony officially welcomed the new Conway Fire Rescue fire truck in South Carolina last week. The new Ferrara is the Conway Fire Rescue’s Engine 52, reported. From The engine joins seven other fire trucks operated in the city, which includes three other fire engines with a 2,000 gallon-per-minute flow, he said. The city ...
New E-One welcomed by Texas Department
One Texas fire department welcomed a new E-One to the fleet. The Liberty Fire Department’s E-One tanker was the first rig purchased through a new loan agreement, reported. From Liberty City Council member Frank Jordan is director and loan committee member of the Gulf Coast Economic Development District (GCEDD). Jordan has worked for two ...
Illinois firefighting students soon to train on 1970 American LaFrance
Some future firefighters in Illinois have a new tool after a donation of a fire truck. The City of Harrisburg donated the 1970 American LaFrance to Southeastern Illinois College, reported. From Along with the Fire Science program, this truck will be used for a number of events and programs at SIC, including the annual ...
Two Maryland fire trucks destroyed in blaze
Two Maryland fire trucks were destroyed Monday in a blaze at a roofing company. The three-alarm fire included styrofoam and wooden pallets, according to “2 pieces of fire apparatus have been lost to this fire. No serious injuries,” Prince George’s County Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady tweeted. From The two fire trucks lost ...
Indiana fire truck goes up in flames
An Indiana fire truck went up in flames at a grass fire last Wednesday. The firefighter who was driving the 1995 rig was going to get a third tank of water. From “The truck died in the bottom of the field,” [Firefighter Matt] Reuss said. “I got it started and was driving uphill when ...
Syracuse fire truck, car collide
A fire truck and car collided in Syracuse, New York Saturday morning. The Syracuse Fire Department rig was responding to a fire at the time, reported. The driver and a child in the car were taken to the hospital, reported. The firefighters in the truck were not hurt, according to Read more ...
New Rosenbauer, named “Rolling Thunder,” will be responding in New York community
“Rolling Thunder” will be responding to emergencies in Athens, New York. That’s the name given the new Rosenbauer thanks to an elementary schooler, reported. From The fire department started a contest last October through E.J. Arthur Elementary School, granting the winner the gratification of naming the new fire truck. Out of hundreds of entries ...
VIDEO: New E-One heading to Mississippi
A new E-One will soon be on the streets of Winona, Mississippi. The NFPA 1901 Pumper includes a 1,000 gallon tank and 30 gallong foam cell, according the narrator as he walks us around the rig in the video above. The rig also includes 4 SCBA compartments. From Winona Fire Dept. purchased a new ...
Illinois department welcomes new Pierce to the fleet
The Niles Fire Department, in Illinois, is welcoming a new Pierce to the fleet. The firefighters are getting used to driving the new $1.1 rig, reported. From In a first for the department, the firetruck’s ladder features a basket-like platform that can lift up to 500 lbs. Firefighters refer to the firefighting vehicles ...
Mississippi volunteer firefighter critically injured when fire truck overturns
A Mississippi volunteer firefighter was critically injured when his fire truck overturned Sunday. The Monterey Volunteer Fire Department rig was headed to a call at the time, according to From The truck was traveling north on MS Hwy. 469 when it lost control, ran off the roadway, hit a tree and overturned, [Trooper ...
VIDEO: Texas volunteers turn old military rigs into their new fire trucks
Firefighters in one Texas community spent countless hours making a military cargo truck their new fire truck. The Wheelock Volunteer Fire Department were able to get the retired rig through the Department of Defense Firefighter Property Program, reported. From [Wheelock Fire Chief Frank] Little estimated the department spent $5,000 to paint the truck ...
New Ferrara will soon be serving one Kentucky community
A new Ferrara fire truck will soon be serving in one Kentucky community. The 2015 rig, which costs about $425,000, will call the Henderson Fire Department home, according to Expected to arrive in the next few weeks, the rig has a 1,000 gallon water tank and 20 gallon foam tank. It will be the first ...
Two crashes in two weeks hurts Buffalo’s fleet
Two crashes involving fire trucks in two weeks is putting a dent in the Buffalo Fire Department’s fleet. The latest was Monday night as the crew was headed to a fire, reported. The driver of the other car left the scene on foot, according to “Our fleet has taken a hit this winter. It’s ...
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