FDIC International 2015

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“All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go…” In a few hours, I’ll be leaving for Indianapolis to participate in this week’s FDIC​ International 2015. Without question, this is among the premier training events for the fire service, and I am proud to once again be teaching. This is my fifth year being invited […]

Four injured in Indiana grain elevator explosion

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Emergency crews responded this morning to a grain elevator explosion shortly before 10 a.m. EDT in the town of LaCrosse, in northwestern Indiana. Photos show that a concrete grain elevator, approximately 175 feet tall, suffered severe structural damage in the blast. Reports indicate that four people were hurt, but none of the injuries were life-threatening […]

Massive fire at GE appliance facility in Louisville

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Fire crews are battling a massive blaze this morning that has engulfed the GE Appliance Division facility in Louisville, KY. We’ll have more as this story develops…   http://www.wdrb.com/story/28713673/crews-responding-to-fire-at-ges-appliance-park http://www.cbsnews.com/news/massive-fire-at-ge-complex-in-louisville/ http://www.wlky.com/news/massive-fire-breaks-out-at-ge-appliance-park/32170788  

Using Your Crystal Ball

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Does your size-up typically look beyond the moment you arrive? With a good working fire, this may be an obvious part of a response. But what about for those responses where we arrive and believe there to be no fire? If nothing is burning, is there really anything to size-up? While a good size-up should […]

Duct system fires can pose many challenges

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A fire in ventilation ductwork last week resulted in the evacuation of an automotive manufacturing plant in Michigan. Crews spent nearly two hours isolating the fire within some very large ducts used in the manufacturing process. Ventilation ducts are used in many facilities, whether for dust extraction, material handling, or air quality management. In every […]

Fire flares when equipment opened at Iowa feed plant

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A fire at an Iowa feed plant Tuesday demonstrates why firefighters must be cautious and consider the effects of every action when dealing with fires in compartmented areas of manufacturing equipment. Reports stated that a fire occurred within a cooling tower, and upon firefighters opening the tower, the fire flared up. Fires within pelleting operations […]

Houseboat fire ignites other docked boats at marina

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Shortly after midnight Saturday, crews were on scene of a fire at Inland Marina in Evansville, Indiana. Three people were cleaning on the large house boat, which was docked at the marina, when they smelled smoke and reported a potential electric fire, Fire Investigator Kim Garrett said. The boat became heavily engulfed by the blaze […]

Dust collector fire at Indiana rubber manufacturer

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Firefighters battled a blaze in a dust collection system at a southern Indiana business late last week. The fire occurred at Jasper Rubber Products, a manufacturer of molded, extruded, and cut rubber and TPE products. When firefighters arrived, the dust collector building and the stack were fully involved. Neighbors told news personnel from Evansville’s WFIE […]

Compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel tanks explode during truck fire

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From time to time, hazards that we may have previously recognized as low-frequency encounters become something we are much more likely to face on a fire or other emergency response. Technology or culture evolves. A particular process or type of equipment becomes more prevalent in society. And we get to deal with that. While the […]

Water + Molten Steel = Massive Steam Explosion

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When it comes to facilities handling molten steel and similar substances, firefighters must understand the implications of adding water during any fire suppression activities. While the event described here was not directly related to an emergency response, this is an excellent example of what can result when water comes in contact with a high-temperature, high-density […]

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