Rescue & Special Ops News

  • Calif. Firefighters Rescue Teen Trapped in Sand

    _______________________________________ Newport Beach firefighters assisted lifeguards in freeing a teen who was trapped under more than six feet of sand after a hole he dug collapsed on him Wednesday, according to KTLA-TV . Crews responded to the beach...

    News • August 4th, 2011

  • Wis. Firefighters Rescue Shocked Electrician

    MADISON, Wis. -- An electrician working at a building on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus was taken to a hospital after being shocked. Madison firefighters said they were called to the UW Humanities Building at...

    News • July 27th, 2011

  • Four People Die in Pennsylvania Cabin Fire

    LOGAN TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Authorities in Huntingdon County confirmed with WJAC-TV that four people were found dead after a cabin fire near Petersburg early Friday morning. State troopers said the blaze was reported near Diamond Valley Road in the...

    News • July 22nd, 2011

  • Cherry Picker Catches Fire, Two Stranded in Fla.

    MIAMI -- Miami-Dade firefighters freed two men stuck at the top of a cherry picker that caught fire Friday afternoon. Officials said two men were on a cherry picker at 21311 NW 34th Ave. when the machine hit a power line...

    News • July 22nd, 2011

  • Electric Car Safety Tips Shared at Firehouse Expo

    Not all the training at Firehouse Expo in Baltimore was in the conference room. In fact, there was plenty of learning happening on the exhibit floor as well. One of the classes on the trade show floor was about electric plug-in cars and hazards they...

    News • July 22nd, 2011

  • Baltimore Firefighters Rescue Teen From Ravine

    BALTIMORE -- A teen fell down a ravine Wednesday afternoon in north Baltimore. Fire crews were called at about 4:15 p.m. to Falls Road at Chestnut Avenue after an 18-year-old man slipped 60 feet down a ravine and was...

    News • July 20th, 2011

  • Seattle Firefighters Rescue Window Washer

    SEATTLE -- Firefighters were called to McCaw Hall at Seattle Center when a window washer fell from his seat and was clinging a rope near the top of the building. Kyle Moore with the Seattle Fire Department said the window...

    News • July 14th, 2011

  • Man Rescued From Trench by N.C. Crews

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Emergency crews rescued a construction worker Thursday who was trapped below ground, chest-high in mud. The man was working to repair a water leak under Thornbush Court when a trench caved in on him. The...

    News • July 14th, 2011

  • Oregon Crews Save Man Pinned by Bulldozer

    HILLSBORO, Ore. – Firefighters and rescue personnel with Hillsboro Fire and Rescue saved an elderly man pinned under a bulldozer after it had gone off a 15-foot embankment. According to a news release from the department, crews were dispatched to the...

    News • July 11th, 2011

  • Building Collapses in Indy With People Inside

    INDIANAPOLIS -- The front of a west side building collapsed on Saturday, all while customers and employees were inside. Firefighters were called out to 30th Street and Kessler Avenue around 1:30 p.m. to find people running from the building and...

    News • June 25th, 2011

  • Evacuation Experts: Expect the Unexpected

    Common sense says an evacuation plan takes more than a red arrow indicating an exit, yet for some organizations and businesses that's all they have. For Matthew Mertens, the fire inspector for North Shore (Wis.) Fire Department, that's not acceptable...

    News • June 14th, 2011

  • Ga. Crews Free Girl With Hand Stuck in Pool Pipe

    GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- Firefighters spent hours trying to free an 8-year-old girl in a Gwinnett County pool rescue Tuesday night. Roxanna Cruzs hand got stuck in a 4-inch vacuum pipe at the Spaulding apartment complex...

    News • June 8th, 2011

  • Ore. Firefighters Help Rescue Errant Black Bear

    Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue used ropes to help lower the tranquilized bear from a tree.

    News • June 1st, 2011

  • Car Plunges Down Elevator Shaft in Seattle

    SEATTLE -- The Seattle Fire Department says one person was trapped after a car crashed through sheetrock in a hospital parking garage and plunged 10 feet down an unused elevator shaft. The fire department's heavy rescue unit freed the woman and...

    News • May 10th, 2011

  • Florida Crews Pull Man From Hole on Beach

    POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- Shortly after 8:30 p.m. Sunday night firefighters pulled a man out of a deep hole in the beach sand on Pompano Beach. Stunned beachgoers watched rescue crews raise a 19 year-old tourist from the giant hole. "I've...

    News • May 9th, 2011