This is a video about the East St. Louis Fire Department that is facing pending layoffs of almost half of its members. But it's not just happening in this Illinois city, It's happening all over the United States.
NewsWorking supports all fire fighters, career and volunteer and we feel this is an important message to get out to the public. Politicians are gambling with our lives and property. These men and women who go to work to protect us everyday are doing so with less and less. This has to stop.
YouTuber BobbyBushae writes this about the video:
As a member of the East St. Louis Fire Dept, we continue to struggle with manpower and equipment failure everyday. Our dept responds to the highest percentage of fires in the St. Louis metro east.
With over 150 firefighters that used to protect this city, only 53 remain due to budget cuts. Unfortunately the East St. Louis fire department is facing laying off 22 more firefighters in May 2013 which is extremely dangerous.
Most fire departments respond up to 5 engines, 2 Chiefs and 15 firefighters to a house fire. Right now only 2 engines and 6 firefighters respond to a structure or house fire in East St. Louis EVERYDAY which is well below the number required by the NFPA. This is not to mention the other fire calls that come in. If layoffs occur, that number could fall to 3 firefighters and 1 engine which will be catastrophic.
I ask you to PLEASE share this video with your fellow firefighters and others so we can let the public know what we are up against. The 2nd half of this video was filmed in @ a 4 month period with the Fire Cam 1080 Fire Helmet Camera™ from www.firevideo.net and is about East St. Louis Firefighters. But ultimately, it is about ALL of us and what we do everyday. Firefighters everywhere protecting life and property.
This video is from a Monday house fire in Jacksonville, Florida.
This is what FD CAM wrote about the fire:
Crews were called for a mid-day structure fire. Fire crews found a large home (approx. 4000sqft) with heavy fire showing from the attic space of the second floor. Initial crews made a search to confirm no one was in the home and secondary units contained first floor fires. After little progress was made units were called out of the building and the fire was darkend down with master streams. Crews were sent back up to contain the fire but were eventually pulled from the home & the fire was contained with defensive tactics.
This Youtube video is a compilation of helmet cam video from a department in Quebec, Canada. This music video shows a little bit of everything, from nozzle work to forcible entry to roof work and more!
Whitehall, PA - At 0215 hrs Rescue 8 and Engine 1 along with Rescue 5 and Medic 62 responded to MacArthur Road and Fairmont Street for an accident with Rescue.
Assistant Hanzl (1A) arrived on location with a small Pick up truck under a tractor trailer with a female trapped, Rescue 8 arrived and immediately went in service with multiple hydraulic tool, Engine 1 arrived and stretched a line for safety.
Crews removed the roof of the vehicle along with displacing the dash and lifting a portion of the trailer to extricate the victim. Medic 62 transported the victim to a local trauma center.
Extrication was completed in about 1 hour. FD services were assisting on the scene for 2.5 hours. It's been a busy month for Whitehall FD on the Golden Strip of the Lehigh Valley this month.
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