Recall: The Weekly Headlines in the Fire Service

Among the issues this week were explosions, a personnel change and remembering an icon.


Fire and rescue personnel across the country had their hands full with explosions this week.

Federal authorities have joined the probe of a blast at the Jackson County, Ore. Prosecutor’s Office.

Officials called the incident one of domestic terrorism. Attorneys and staff have returned to their jobs as the investigation continues.

A propane tank is believed involved in the blast.

Meanwhile, blasts rocked Chevron operations in Texas and Mississippi.

There’s no one home in the rural town of Milford, Texas following a pipeline explosion Thursday.

Chevron officials want to make sure there isn’t damage to other sections of the line. There were no injuries.

At a Chevron refinery in Mississippi a few hours later, a worker was killed in a blast.

Local firefighters were dispatched, but the majority remained at the front gate while the plant’s fire crews handled the incident.

A probe is underway.

Also this week, a California teen was critically injured in a blast from a propane tank in a trailer. The fire also left two homes damaged.

It was a fire at a chemical plant that forced evacuations of an elementary school and residences in Detroit.

The fire caused considerable damage to the facility where  adhesives, paint, primers and sealants are made.

On Thursday, Houston Fire Chief Terry Garrison announced he’ll be stepping down at the end of the year.

He cited a medical issue with a grandchild as the reason for giving up his white helmet.

Meanwhile, a fire service historian was remembered fondly as a king of storytellers.

Longime Maryland Fire Marshal James C. “Robbie” Robertson, 84, died in Virginia.

In addition to traveling the country to promote fire prevention, he just completed the eighth edition of his textbook, "Introduction to Fire Prevention."