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2-Alarm Fire Destroys Cupertino (CA) Home

On Monday, May 23, 2011 just after 8:30 AM, units of the Santa Clara County (CA) Fire Department responded to reports of a garage fire in the 800 block of Rose Blossom Drive in the city of Cupertino. Upon their arrival firefighters were confronted with heavy smoke and fire showing from a one-story single family dwelling.

3 Alarm Fire Destroys Abandoned Church - Fort Worth, TX

On Tuesday August 2, 2016 fire destroys an abandoned church on Fort Worth's east side. On arrival heavy fire and smoke was showing and firefighters quickly went into defensive attack and called additional alarms for manpower and due to extreme heat.

7-Alarm Fire Guts Abandoned Psych Hospital in Middletown, NY

A seven-alarm fire gutted the hospital building of the former Middletown Psychiatric Center in New York on Sunday, July 12th, drawing hundreds of firefighters from miles around. The facility has been abandoned for years, according to news reports.

8th Annual California Mobile Communications Center Rally Held in May

Twenty-one local, state, federal, and private agencies gathered on Thursday, May 7th, 2016 in Sacramento, California, to display their mobile communications centers, share innovations they have developed, and learn from recent experiences in concurrent classroom presentations. It was the 8th Annual California Mobile Communications Center Rally, an event which was created in 2009 by the California Fire Chiefs Association, Communications section, and which has grown in popularity and attendance...

9th Annual California Mobile Command Center Rally: Emergency Management, Communications, & Coordination on Wheels

Ambulance gets 'booted' while paramedics tend to emergency

About 4 p.m. Friday, Nov 30, New Orleans paramedics rushed inside the store for a man complaining of chest pains. When they loaded him inside the ambulance and prepared to transport him to the hospital, they discovered their vehicle had been booted by a store employee for parking improperly.

Animal Services & Fire Departments Collaborate To Capture Runaway Tortoise

You usually wouldn't think the terms "runaway" and "tortoise" would go together.... but not where the intrepid Big Bertha was concerned. This is a great example of interagency cooperation on an incident that normally wouldn't involve the fire dept. But both Santa Clara County Fire (the lifting up) and the Palo Alto FD (the lifting down) in California are service-oriented agencies and had no problem assisting Animal Control in getting this enormous reptile out of harm's way, and ultimately...

Arcata Firefighters Keep Fast-Moving Vegetation Fire Confined

Arcata (Calif.) Fire District personnel responded to a report of a vegetation fire in the area of Foster Avenue at Dolly Varden Road in Arcata just after 5 p.m. on April 25, 2013. Firefighters arrived and found a large area of brush and debris burning near Foster Avenue. They began extinguishing the fire with a hoselay over the fence and into the pasture area. While firefighters were extinguishing the brush fire, a shed on a nearby property caught fire and threatened the adjacent house. Quick...

Batman Pulled Over by Police in Maryland

Batman was stopped by Montgomery County (MD) officers on Wednesday, March 21, on southbound Route 29 at Prelude Drive in Silver Spring, for having an improper license plate on the Batmobile...

Cal Guard Engineers Emplace Bridge Overnight to Allow Access to Wildfires

California Mobile Command Center Rally

Welcome to the home page of the California MCC Rally - web page provided and sponsored by The annual California Mobile Command Center Rally demonstrates the interactive capabilities of public safety mobile command and communications units throughout the state. Held each May, the Rally allows emergency managers and public safety professionals to see up-close the capabilities of the command and communications resources in the region while exchanging ideas for developing or...

Cheap Smoke Alarm

An alternative to those expensive hardware store models.

Chicken Decoy Helps Police Nail Drivers In Lake Elsinore

A member of the Lake Elsinore (CA) Police Department dressed up as a chicken as part of a law enforcement crackdown aimed at drivers who don't yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

Coast Guard Crewmembers Administer First Aid to 50-year-old Boater at Fire Island, NY

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound received a report from Station Fire Island at 12:33 p.m., that a 22-foot white pleasure craft pulled into the station boat basin with an man aboard who was in need of medical attention. Station crewmembers administered first aid to the 50-year-old man with a knee laceration at the dock, and notified West Islip Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Delanco, NJ: 11-Alarm Warehouse Fire

On Sunday September 1, 2013 a building fire was reported in Delanco, Burlington County at 1000 Coopertown Rd, at the Dietz & Watson warehouse. First arriving units reported heavy smoke coming from the roof area of the building. Crews secured the limited water supplies and set up for defensive operations. Multiple Ladder Pipes were set up to surround the building. Roof operations were off limits due to the entire roof being covered with solar panels.

EMS on the High Seas: US Coast Guard Conducts Long-Range Medevac 380 Miles Southwest Of San Diego

At approximately 10 p.m., Saturday June 11, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Diego received a report from the crew of the sailing vessel Perseverance that a 67-year-old male was experiencing symptoms of possible life-threatening diabetic complications. At the time of the report, the vessel was more than 380 miles southwest of San Diego and was en route to Hawaii.

EMS on the Water: Coast Guard & Ventura County FD medevac a patient to harbor for transport

A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat - Medium from Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor, along with a paramedic from Ventura County Fire, arrived on scene and safely transferred the woman to Channel Islands Harbor where local EMS transport was waiting.

Facebook Posting: The Unsung Hero

Fatal 3rd Alarm Apartment Building Fire

On December 19, 2010 a fire was reported at the Maple Terrace Apartments On Rudderow in Maple Shade at 7:30 p.m. Companies arrived to find heavy fire condition in the building with reports of an occupant missing. Crews encountered heavy fire conditions throughout the apartment and in the roof line and set up for defensive operations. The 2nd Alarm was struck. Crews remained in defensive operations as Truck Companies operated with Ladder Pipes. Multiple 2 1/2" hand lines were placed in...

Fire cameras activated at Tahoe, newest camera tracking smoke from King Fire

The University of Nevada, Reno's newest mountaintop camera at Lake Tahoe has just been installed, and has been tracking the smoke from the King Fire in El Dorado County, Calif., which has been inundating the Tahoe Basin and Reno area with smoke in the afternoons.

Firefighters Travel to Long Island for Hurricane Sandy Relief Project

Photo Story: Between December 14 and 17, Canadian photographer Mitchell Brown joined 19 firefighters from Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio, New York and Maryland to lend a hand in Breezy Point, New York, helping rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Flanders, NJ: Motor Vehicle Accident & Extrication

Firefighters from Flanders Fire Company #1 and Rescue Squad Monday night extricated the driver of a small sports car that ran under a guard rail on Route 206 near the south entrance to Overlook (Oakwood) Apartments. Firefighters used saws, hand tools and hydraulic rescue tools to cut the guard rail...

From the Field: 2-Alarm High-Rise Dwelling Fire, Manhattan

February 27, 2018 0730hrs: Members of the Fire Departnen, City of new York (FDNY), operate earlier this morning on scene of a 2-alarm fire in Manhattan. City Office of Emergency Management report there are currently 12 non-life-threatening injuries to civilians resulting from the incident. The fire has been placed under control.

From the Field: 2nd Alarm Operations in Camden City, NJ

On March 18, 2014 a dwelling fire was dispatched in Camden City (NJ) to an address on Mechanic Street. Engine 8 and the Battalion arrived and reported heavy fire conditions in a 2-story middle-of-the-row dwelling. Command struck the All Hands.

From the Field: 2nd Alarm Vacant Dwelling Fire in Camden City, NJ

On August 7th, 2014 around 2 A.M a dwelling fire was reported on the 700 block of Spruce Street in Camden City. Companies arrived with heavy fire conditions from a two-story dwelling with extension. Companies arrived and secured water supplies and went into operation with a 2 ½" hand line. A 2nd Alarm was transmitted.

From The Field: 5-Alarm Commercial Structure Fire Destroys San Jose Businesses

On Saturday, February 14th, 2015, at 0657 hours, the San José Fire Department received a report of a structure fire in a light industrial section of the city at 1041 Commercial Street in Station 5’s first due response area. Upon arrival, the crew of Engine 5 quickly struck a second-alarm as they were confronted with heavy smoke and fire showing from a commercial metal structure

From the Field: 5-alarm fire destroys Santa Clara townhouses under construction

On Wednesday, May 9, 2012 units of the Santa Clara (CA) Fire Department were dispatched to Hillebrant Place inside the Boulevard condominium complex for reports of a fire working in a block of unfinished structures. Arriving units confirmed a working fire and quickly called for a second alarm to contend with the rapidly intensifying blaze. As the fire continued to grow residents throughout the complex stood by in awe as flames shot high into the night sky...

From the Field: 8th Alarm Warehouse Fire in New Jersey

Less then 48 hours after a 12 Alarm fire in Camden City, New Jersey, crews were back at work on another multiple alarm fire. Companies were dispatched to the 400 block of Winslow St. at 2:23 after 911 received a call for the big building on fire at that location on June 11, 2011.

From the Field: All Hands Structure Fire, Runnemede NJ

On March 9th, 2017 a dwelling fire was reported on E. 3rd Ave in Runnemede. First arriving units reported heavy fire conditions from a single family wood frame dwelling. Command struck the All Hands box.

From the Field: Apartment Fire in Norcross, Georgia

On Monday afternoon, October 17th, 2011 the Gwinnett County 9-1-1 communications center began receiving calls just after 1:00 PM of an apartment fire at the Highpointe Village Apartments. As companies were responding a large column of smoke could be seen in the vicinity of the alarm. First arriving companies found a three story building with heavy involvement. The fire building contained 20 apartments, of which ten were destroyed

From the Field: Atlanta Fire Engine Crash

On the morning of April 13, Atlanta Engine 2 was responding to a working structure fire along with Truck 2 in southeast Atlanta. While en route to the fire, Engine 2 was involved in an accident. The apparatus left the roadway and struck a large oak tree.

From the Field: Camden City All-Hands Building Fire

On November 2nd 2012, a building fire was reported at 27th St. and Federal St. in East Camden near the firehouse. Battalion 2 arrived and reported a 1 story vacant building with heavy smoke and fire showing. The All Hands box was struck as Command reported a gas fed fire in the rear of the building with heavy fire conditions.

From the Field: Camden City NJ All Hands Dwelling

On January 5th, 2012 Camden City Units were dispatched for a reported dwelling fire at S. 4th and Royden St.s. A full box was dispatched as Camden County Communications were receiving multiple calls. Engine 1 arrived on location with heavy fire showing. Battalion 1 reported a 2 story twin with heavy fire striking the All Hands box.

From the Field: Camden City NJ: Massive 12 Alarm Building Fire

"It was like a Firestorm" - Camden City Chief of Department Michael Harper. Firefighters were called to Chestnut and Orchard St. on Thursday June 9th, 2011 several minutes before 4 p.m in the Parkside neighborhood. An off Duty Camden City Firefighter who lived on the block reported the Old Tire Factory with heavy fire showing 1st and 2nd floors. Battalion 1 arrived and reported a block long warehouse with heavy fire conditions and exposure problems requesting the All Hands and to start the...

From the Field: Car Crashes into 2nd Floor Dental Office

Shortly before 5:30 AM on Sunday, January 14, 2018, the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) in Santa Ana (CA) responded to a report of vehicle that crashed into the second floor of a small office building containing a dental office...

From the Field: Cherry Hill NJ 2nd Alarm Building Fire

On March 17, 2013 Cherry Hill (New Jersey) firefighters were alerted of a building fire on Rt. 70 at 3:30 A.M. EMS arrived on location and reported a working fire. Battalion 13 arrived and reported a one story commercial property well involved with exposure problems on the B and D sides. Crews set up for defensive operations.

From the Field: Fatality in Arcata Vehicle/Structure Fire

On the morning of July 20th, 2014, Arcata (CA) Fire Protection District personnel responded to the 9000 block of West End Road, after receiving a report of a vehicle on fire in the garage of a residence with an occupant trapped. The first arriving engine reported a well involved structure with heavy smoke and fire in the rear of the residence...

From the Field: Fire Destroys Travel Trailer, Damages Home in Flanders, NJ

A Flanders family's vacation went up in smoke on June 12th as fire destroyed the family's travel trailer and damaged their home. Firefighters from the Flanders Fire Company #1 and Rescue Squad extinguished the fire. There were no injuries.

From the Field: Fire heavily damages historic building in Fort Worth

Firefighters in Fort Worth, Texas, battle an early morning fire in the city's historical district on January 24, 2012. The report came into 9-1-1 shortly after 3AM, and took several hours to extinguish. The fire heavily damaged the Victorian Apartments on Hemphill Street, a vacant 1920s-era structure...

From the Field: Firefighters injured fighting three-alarm blaze

...As firefighters began to arrive on scene a working structure fire was confirmed by the officer of Truck 30 with flames and smoke showing from the second floor and roof of the two story, multi-unit apartment building. Firefighters quickly established an offensive attack with crews stretching lines to the interior of the building and going to the roof to provide ventilation.

From the Field: Firefighters make Quick Stop on Rapidly-Escalating Structure Fire in McKinleyville, CA

On June 19, 2014, Arcata Fire District personnel responded to the 1800 Block of Columbus Rd, McKinleyville (Humboldt County, California) after receiving a report of a residential structure fire. Firefighters arrived and found the structure 20% involved in fire with flames coming out of the front door. One firefighters began a defensive fire attack while the second operated the engine as they waited for additional personnel to arrive. The next engine to arrive was out of the Arcata Station...

From the Field: Flanders (NJ) firefighters prevent car fire from becoming a house fire

Quick action by Flanders, New Jersey, firefighters prevented a fully involved car fire from becoming a house fire Monday afternoon, Dec. 29.

From The Field: Haddonfield NJ High Angle Rescue for Crane Accident

On February 7, 2013 at 12:30 a high angle rescue was dispatched in Haddonfield, New Jersey, at 520 Woodland Ave. Crews arrived to find a crane that tipped and was suspended in air supported by the outriggers. One occupant was injured on the roof. The uninjured operator was trapped in the vehicle by live wires on the roof.

From The Field: Lyons Peak Lightning Strike Seen from Comms Antenna Tower

One of the antenna-mounted observation cameras on Southern California's High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN) captures a lightning strike on Thurs, Sept. 20, 2010. These cameras have been installed in strategic locations on remote mountain tops, overlooking vast areas of mountainous brush and chaparral, and are often used by firefighters to confirm the location or status of an active wild fire...

From the Field: Massive fire destroys San Jose warehouses, injures one

On Saturday, July 24th, 2014, at 3:27 am, San José Firefighters responded to a commercial-industrial section of the city after a large column of smoke was seen rising from the area. Crews located the source of the smoke at 1596 South 7th Street, directly south of Spartan Stadium... Incident Commander José Guerrero immediately called for defensive operations and ultimately five alarms were struck summoning firefighters from all over the city and from neighboring departments.

From the Field: Night time Barn Burner in McKinleyville, CA

The Arcata (CA) Fire District engines were dispatched to a barn fire at 1:18 AM on November 3, 2013. Engine 8217 responded out of the McKinleyville Fire Station and found the barn, located on Warner Avenue, fully involved with fire threatening to spread to other buildings. The crew of Engine 8217 established a water supply from the hydrant with a large diameter hose line and began controlling the fire. Firefighters from Fieldbrook Fire were also at scene and worked with the Arcata personnel...

From the Field: NJ Water Rescue Attempt: Occupied Vehicle in Water

On Wednesday December 7th, 2011 at 9 AM a water rescue was dispatched at Newton Creek in Collingswood. Marine units from Collingswood, Westmont and Pennsauken were dispatched. A call to 9-1-1 reported a vehicle in the water. Marine units from Collingswood and Westmont were deployed in the water to locate a vehicle submerged under water.

From the Field: Other Duties As Called For - NYPD Assists Civilian with Broken Bicycle Chain

via NYPD News: Yes, we can help put the chain back on your bike to get you on your way. Officer Johnson of the NYPD 28th Pct also keeps New Yorkers SAFE!

From the Field: Pennsauken NJ – Overturned Tanker Fire

At 11 A.M. on Monday February 22, 2015 Pennsauken units were dispatched for a vehicle fire at Route 130 and Rt. 90. Crews arrived to find a tanker truck carrying 8000 gallons of fuel overturned and on fire...

From the Field: Pennsauken NJ MVA Rescue 1 trapped/1 ejected

On May 17, 2014, a multiple patient vehicle accident occurred on Rte. 130 in Pennsauken, New Jersey, requiring a major response of fire and EMS resources...

From the Field: Philadelphia 4th Alarm School Fire

At 1:45 p.m. on August 3rd, 2011 the Philadelphia Fire Department was dispatched for a reported building fire at 7th and Lehigh Ave in the City. Battalion 8 arrived and reported a 4 story vacant school with heavy fire conditions on the 3rd floor and roof area. Companies set up for defensive operations. Extra Alarms were sounded as fire went through the roof. Crews surrounded the building and placed multiple Ladder Pipes, and hand lines in operation.

From the Field: Police Unity Tour & Port Authority PD Offer Relief in Wake of Hurricane Sandy

Members of the Police Unity Tour (an organized dedicated to bringing public awareness of Police Officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifice) and the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association turn out to aid a New York City neighborhood devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

From the Field: Popular San Jose restaurant gutted by four-alarm blaze

On Saturday, January 18, 2013, at 0623 hours, firefighters at San Jose Fire Station 9 were alerted to a blaze at the Flames Coffee Shop located across the street from the firehouse. Upon exiting the station's apparatus bay the officer of Engine 9 reported heavy pressurized smoke showing from the roof of the structure. A second-alarm was immediately struck and a defensive strategy was established. Third and fourth-alarms were struck as crews worked to contain the fire to the restaurant.

From the Field: Public CPR Trainer at Dallas-Ft Worth Airport

What a great idea for folks waiting for a flight at the airport... Learn CPR! This CPR video trainer, sponsored by the American Heart Association, is located in the C Terminal at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport...

From the Field: Sacramento - Commercial Building Fire

Shortly after midnight on Sept. 24, members of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District were dispatched to 5725 Marconi Avenue in Carmichael (CA) for reports of fire and explosions in a commercial building. First units arriving, only 2 and a half minutes after dispatch, found the structure already heavily involved in fire, with extension into the attic. Firefighters immediately started attacking the fire from the ground, while truck crews ventilated the roof of the roughly 7,000 square foot...

From the Field: Tractor-trailer overturn near Elizabethtown, PA

Elizabethtown Fire Dept. Engine Company 74 along with Northwest EMS, Rheems Fire Engine 70, and Northwest Region PD traffic unit responded to Mount Gretna Rd. and Prospect Road for an overturned tractor-trailer crash in Mount Joy Township, Pennsylvania. The solo-vehicle accident occurred on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct 21 in Lancaster County, PA.

From the Field: Two dwellings heavily involved in Pennsauken, New Jersey

On March 24, 2013 a dwelling fire was reported in Pennsauken on the 1700 block of 41st street around 6 p.m. Command 1100 reported a dwelling, garage and boat heavily involved with fire already extending into the exposure dwelling. The All Hands box was struck...

From the Field: USFS Spots Smokey Bear at Balloon Festival

Found on Twitter: The US Forest Service posted this image of a Smokey Bear lighter-than-air balloon aloft in the midst of this week's annual Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico

From the Field: Wildland fire burns nearly 200 acres in South San Jose

On Monday, June 30, 2014, at 1340 PM, 9-1-1 calls began to flood the San Jose Fire Department Communications Center with reports of a vegetation fire in the Santa Teresa Hills above Curie Drive on the city’s south side, threatening homes and a county park... With fire spreading quickly in the tinder dry vegetation a call went out for more firefighters eventually making this blaze a four-alarm incident. Initial estimates place the size of the fire at nearly 200 acres...

From the Field: Woodbury Heights Heavily involved dwelling

On February 26, 2012 a dwelling fire was reported on Glennwood Ct. in Woodbury Heights (NJ) at 5:30 p.m. Police arrived on location and reported a working fire. Command arrived and struck the All Hands box for heavy fire from Division A-D. Engine 1511 laid in to secure a water supply as the crew led off with a 2 1/2" hand line. The company went in but were driven out for heavy fire conditions.

From-the-Field - Campbell, CA: Cigarette ignites townhouse fire

On Monday, June 11, 2012, at 7:03 PM, units of the Santa Clara County Fire Department responded to a report of fire in a two story townhouse located at 231 Shelley Avenue in Campbell, California. The first firefighters to arrive on scene were confronted by heavy fire showing from the second floor of the structure.

From-The-Field: Camden, NJ: Two Three-House Working Fires In Same Day

Engine 1 arrived on location with heavy fire showing. Battalion 2 arrived and reported a 2-story end of the row dwelling with heavy fire 1st and 2nd floors with extension. The All Hands box was transmitted as three structures were involved... Later that same day, Camden firefighters battled a second working fire also involving three dwellings. ...

From-the-Field: Two-alarm fire destroys vacant North San Jose home

Smoke enveloped a North San Jose neighborhood as fire consumed a one-story residential structure at 2918 Via Encinitas on Sunday, June 21, 2015. Firefighters from Station 23 arrived on scene and discovered the home fully involved in fire with exposures threatened. Defensive operations were initiated on the main fire building with arriving crews working to protect adjacent homes.

Godspeed, Joplin: Fire Stations Among Buildings Destroyed by Deadly Twister

FEMA administrator Craig Fugate speaks with a Joplin firefighter in front of what used to be one of the town's five fire stations. This and one other station were destroyed by the deadly tornado that smashed the community on May 22.

Google Self-Driving Car Pulled Over for Driving Too Slowly

The Mountain View (CA) Police reported in their blog post Thursday that an officer pulled one of Google's driverless cars for traveling 24 mph in a 35 mph zone. The officer informed the operator operator about impeding traffic per 22400(a) of the California Vehicle Code, but no citation was issued (after all - the vehicle had no driver!)

In Case of Fire...

Valuable advisory sign. Found on the Internet.

January 2012: Mt. Ephraim Police Crash leaves 1 trapped, 3 hurt

On January 28, 2012 at 10:30 A.M, a M.V.A Rescue box was transmitted on the Black Horse Pike in front of the Wawa in Mt. Ephraim,NJ. Command arrived and reported a 2 vehicle accident involving a Police Unit. He reported the Police unit to be off the roadway and smoking from the hood, and an SUV with the driver occupant trapped.

K9 Turn Over

This K9 unit from the Greenville County (SC) Sheriff's Department lies on its roof after flipping over after a collision with another car last November 11th. The deputy and his canine partner were responding to fill with another unit when he struck a car pulling out of a driveway. Both the deputy and the dog escaped the car without injury; the driver of the other car was treated at a local hospital and released. The crash is being investigated by the Sheriff's Dept. and the South Carolina...

K9's Get A Lift in Coast Guard Shipboard Training

The hoist up the WW2 Liberty Ship Jeremiah OBrien is part of the dogs' ongoing training program designed to expose them to all of the fields they could be potentially called to serve in. They are both bomb-sniffing dogs, and typically search for explosive material on ferries and in warehouses and port facilities. Their training, however, sometimes requires them to be transported to assets that they are not naturally comfortable with, such as airplanes or moving boats.

L A County FD taking possession of two new Farber Incident Management Trailers

Final inspections were completed by Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel today on two brand-new 53' All Hazard Incident Management Trailers.

Lake Assault Fireboat Assists with Foss Lake Wildfire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

A fireboat made by Lake Assault Boats and owned and operated by the Lake Vermilion Fire Brigade, provided support for wildland firefighting efforts during the Foss Lake wildfire near Ely, Minn. earlier this spring.

Last WTC Search Dog Has Died

We have received word that the last surviving 9/11 Search & Rescue Dog has died. Porkchop was only one year old when he heroically aided the search at Ground Zero. After the World Trade Center attacks, 13 Search Dog Foundation teams were deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help search for survivors. Over the intervening dozen years, the dogs have passed away from old age. Porkchop was the last.

LDV Delivers new Mobile Command Unit for Placer County Sheriff

LDV Delivers new Mobile Command Unit for Placer County Sheriff

MARTA Police Department Adds New State-Of-The-Art Mobile Command Vehicle

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority in Atlanta, Georgia, has taken receipt of their new Mobile Command Vehicle [above], which is equipped with the latest technology to help MARTA Police provide emergency management response for all major events and incidents.

Minor Airport Mishap A Serious Response for Atlanta FD

It may not have been a major disaster - fortunately - but any aircraft response is taken seriously. In the case of a recent Boeing 737 that ran off a taxiway in Atlanta (GA), while no fire or injuries ensued, a large response of airport and city fire units maintained a safety standby and incident command post for more than five hours to ensure a safe mitigation to the incident and removal of the damaged aircraft.

Montecito Debris Flow: A Video Tribute to the Emergency Responders

Watch this moving video compilation of images and sounds, including dispatch radio recordings, from mid-January's devastating and deadly mudslides/debris flows in this cozy, seaside Santa Barbara County (CA) town.

Mtn View SWAT & Crisis Negotiations teams arrest barricaded subject

Shortly before 3:30 AM on Sunday, Nov 25, 2012 Mountain View (CA) police responded to an apartment complex on the 800 block of Alice Ave. on a report of a suicidal male who was armed with a shotgun and had barricaded himself inside his apartment after battering his girlfriend.

National Urban Search and Rescue Task Force begins mission in NYC

Members of the National Urban Search and Rescue Task Force receive a briefing before flying from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., to Staten Island, N.Y., to conduct house-to-house searches, Nov 3, 2012. The Task Force includes state search and rescue task forces from Maryland, Virginia, and Texas.

New Field Communications vehicle for Lehigh County (PA)

New Mobile Communications/Command Unit Deliveries: EVI - Delray Beach PD, Florida

EVI (Emergency Vehicles Inc.) of Lake Park, Florida, recently announced the delivery of this 32-foot mobile command center to the Delray Beach Police Department of Florida.

Philadelphia 3rd Alarm

On Sunday November 28th, 2010 at 2:46 p.m. a building fire was dispatched on the 1100 block of O'Neil St. in Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. Engine 29 arrived and reported heavy fire conditions in a 1 story vacant warehouse. 2&2 were placed in service. Command arrived and reported a 100x140 vacant warehouse with heavy fire conditions, placing all hands in service and requesting the 2nd alarm be struck.

Philadelphia PA 2nd Alarm Building Fire

On August 1st, 2012 multiple calls were being received for a building on fire at 1901 E. Westmoreland Street in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia around 9:30 A.M. Companies arrived with heavy fire and smoke conditions from a 75x100 building consisting of 19 garages. The All Hands box was struck.

Photo Report: 2011 California Mobile Command Center Rally/Disaster Management Initiative

The California Emergency Management Agency, the California Fire Chiefs Association Communications Section, and the Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley Disaster Management Initiative held the 3rd Annual Mobile Communications/Command Center rally on May 22 and 23rd, 2011. This year's event combined the Rally with CMU's Disaster Management Initiative for a greater opportunity for associated workshops and exercises. The event was held at the CMU Silicon Valley campus located within the...

Photo Report: Camden NJ - Another Major Warehouse Blaze

On July 5th, 2011 a warehouse fire was dispatched in Camden City at 6th Street and Carl Miller Blvd. Battalion 1 arrived and reported a 250x50 two story warehouse heavily involved with fire through the roof. The 2nd Alarm was sounded on arrival. Crews surrounded the building and set up for defensive operations picking up water supplies on their way in.

Photo Story: 7th Annual Mobile Comm Vehicle Rally held in Virginia

The 7th Annual Command, Control, and Communications Vehicle Rally took place in Chantilly, Virginia, on June 17th at the Fairfax County Police Driver Training Track. More than fifty mobile command centers of all sizes from federal, state and local police and fire agencies displayed at the Rally, some brought in from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware...

Photo Story: A Father and His Two Sons

Duty calls and sometimes we follow in one of our parents footsteps, as these two sons did in the law enforcement field. As a gift before Dale's retirement of 24 years in law enforcement; photographers Sarah Trybula and John Prusak were asked to capture the bond of a father and two sons with a stunning image of the three of them.

Photo Story: Coast Guard assists disabled fishing vessel

Coast Guard crews assisted a disabled fishing vessel and safely delivered it to Gloucester, Mass., at approximately 12:30 p.m. Friday, January 13th, 2012. The four-person crew of the 75-foot stern trawler Bulldog used their radio to contact watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Northern New England to report the vessel's engine shaft had broken and they needed assistance Thursday night.

Photos - L.A. County Fire - Vehicle Crash Extrication

A three-car accident on the 4400 block of Rosecrans Ave in Hawthorne, CA resulted in the entrapment of two persons. Los Angeles County FD responded and extricated both patients, which were then transported to the hospital.

PhotoStory: Gloucester City, NJ Vehicle Rescue

On November 11, 2011 Squad 51 from Gloucester City Fire Department along with EMS were dispatched for a M.V.A Rescue at Route 130 and Market St. in Gloucester City, New Jersey... Battalion 504 reported a 2 car crash with an S.U.V overturned with 4 occupants trapped. Additional BLS from Bellmawr and Westville were dispatched.

Rescues made in Camden NJ Dwelling Fire

On March 8th, 2011 at 12:38 A.M. Camden City (NJ) companies were dispatched for a dwelling with reports of people trapped. EMS arrived and reported the house was fully involved with 3 trapped occupants on the rear roof. Crews worked to remove the occupants who were transported to a near by hospital. The Battalion struck the all hands on arrival with heavy fire conditions.

Runaway 'Unicorn' Eludes CHP in California's Central Valley

Imagine you’re the 9-1-1 dispatcher who receives multiple calls from motorists reporting a unicorn running loose down local roadways. And it’s not a full moon. That’s exactly what happened in Madera Ranchos last Wednesday evening, February 24th, 2016. It's a rural ranching community in California's Central Valley, where roads are long and narrow and many are given numbers instead of names.

San Jose Firefighters Conduct Swiftwater Rescue

On Thursday, March 24, 2011 units of the San Jose Fire Department responded to a stretch of the rain swollen Guadalupe River near the San Jose International Airport for a report of a subject trapped in the fast moving water. Firefighters with San Jose's Urban Search and Rescue Task Force worked quickly to deploy two inflatable rescue boats needed to reach the victim.

Sand Storm Inundates Coastal Homes in Oregon

A fierce windstorm, with winds of 50 MPH, blew beach sand all over more than a dozen homes built on a sand spit on the coastal town of Waldport, Oregon last January 17th. The homes are frequently visited by wind storms that drive the sand over and around the homes, but nothing of this level had ever occurred before.

School Fire

On Monday, July 5, 2010 at 4:17 AM units of the San Jose (CA) Fire Department responded to a major fire at Trace Elementary School located at 651 Dana Avenue in the city's Rose Garden neighborhood.

Smoldering Warehouse Fire in San Angelo, Texas

A warehouse fire in San Angelo, Texas smolders days after the February 27, 2013 blaze was controlled. After one million gallons of water were poured onto the structure, fire was still active in some areas. The fire took place at the Lone Star Moving Co. warehouse, from an undetermined cause.

Texas Police Department seizes cartel’s Corvette, names it 'Coptimus Prime'

"Coptimus Prime," the New Braunfels PD's new asset seizure Corvette, makes official debut in today's Comal County Fair Parade in New Braunfels, Texas. The 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, with after-market modifications for racing, was seized during a large methamphetamine raid in June of 2011

That Moment That Reminds Us Why We Do This Job

As any public safety dispatcher or telecommunicator will tell you it's a dedicated job with many ups and down. For Patricia, a dispatcher in Missouri this recent moment is one of her favorites. Everything meaningful about the job, and why we do it, is encapsulated in this one photograph and the caption that goes with it.

The American Heroes Air Show 2016

The American Heroes Air Show took place last Saturday (June 25) at Hansen Dam in the San Fernando Valley. This event is an opportunity for individuals in the public safety sectors (police, fire&rescue, EMS agencies, etc.) to mingle with the local community. In addition to the displays and demonstrations, the admission-free Air Show also featured the CODE3 Career & Recruiting Expo...

Unresponsive Dogs Rescued from House Fire in San Jose

...Neighbors alerted firefighters that two dogs were in the home prompting a search. Both dogs were located and removed from the structure in unresponsive condition. Efforts were quickly started to resuscitate the animals while interior crews attacked the fire...

Video: Drones give emergency responders bird's-eye view of Utah flash flooding

The Utah Division of Emergency Management (DEM) has released new video showing the spot where flash floods started in Hildale and Colorado City. The emergency division was able to follow the flood path and get up close and far-away looks, proving drones are becoming a valuable resource for emergency responders in disaster areas.

Wildfire: How does the Incident Management Team system work?

The US Forest Service has put together a photo-based, captioned slide show to describe what these national Incident Management Teams are, and how and why they are utilized to maintain a high level of dedicated and qualified management on incidents such as we are seeing in the current Western US wildfires.

Working Fire: Palmyra NJ All Hands Dwelling Fire

On January 31, 2011 a dwelling fire was dispatched in Palmyra NJ at 519 Cinnaminson Ave. Initial reports were received of occupants trapped inside the dwelling. Companies arrived with heavy smoke and fire conditions from the multiple family dwelling.

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