News Chopper Live-Streamed This Unbelievable Highway Fire In Michigan

WXYZ Detroit has a helicopter circling highway I-94 near Dearborn, Michigan right now and it's streaming live video of the most hellacious conflagration I've ever seen. A tanker truck reportedly hit a car and exploded at around 11:00AM EST, taking several smaller vehicles with it. » 3/11/15 11:45am 3/11/15 11:45am

I Watched Some Halloween Decorations Burn Half A House Down Last Night

My alarm had already gone off three times by 1AM. "Smokey odor," was elevated to "smoke showing," and finally "structure fire in progress." When my station, almost ten miles from the scene, was called to action I knew it was gonna be a long night. » 10/27/14 12:00pm 10/27/14 12:00pm

Investigation Calls Out LA Fire Department For Rampant Nepotism

It's exceedingly difficult to become a professional firefighter. But in Los Angeles County, it seems one insurmountable hurdle may be standing between hundreds of would-be applicants before they're even allowed to attempt rigorous entrance exams: nepotism. » 10/26/14 4:53pm 10/26/14 4:53pm

Car Candle Causes Catastrophic Conflagration (In Florida)

In case you needed a reminder to *not* drive around with fire in your car; check out the complete obliteration wrought on this Ford Fusion when it was left unattended with a burning candle inside at a gas station. » 10/09/14 6:29pm 10/09/14 6:29pm

A Firefighting Plane Has Crashed In Yosemite

The crash of a Cal Fire tanker plane on Tuesday afternoon has added to the tragedy of this year's wildfires in Yosemite National Park. The Grumman S-2T went down while fighting the Dog Rock fire, near Arch Rock, killing the pilot. » 10/08/14 3:34am 10/08/14 3:34am

The Nuttiest Photo Of A Jet-Powered Vintage Fire Truck You May Ever See

This is the Dragon's Fyre Jet Truck, a 1940 Ford strapped to a General Electric J-85 after-burning turbo jet engine. Here's what it looks like charging toward you at full-tilt. » 9/16/14 1:12pm 9/16/14 1:12pm

Puppies With Heads Stuck In Car Wheels: An Epidemic, Apparently

Last week firefighters in Texas spent ages using water, elbow grease, real grease, and finally a Sawzall to free a wayward dog who'd wedged its head through the center of a car wheel. This also happened in Fresno not that long ago. Dogs, get it together already! » 9/03/14 10:00am 9/03/14 10:00am

Firefighters Electrocuted Helping Marching Band's Ice Bucket Challenge

Two Kentucky firefighters were seriously injured yesterday trying to help the Campbellsville University marching band pull off a big Ice Bucket Challenge stunt, when the aerial ladder they were running was electrified by power lines. » 8/22/14 12:38pm 8/22/14 12:38pm

How Friendly Competition In Firefighter Training Almost Killed Me

In my fire department, I'm proud to say officers stress safety above all else. They're constantly reminding us to work smooth and never sacrifice safety for speed. But this hasn't been instilled in the mind of every probationary member yet. That's why we train, and why I almost lost my head to a hose coupling. » 8/12/14 1:29pm 8/12/14 1:29pm

Driving Through A Forest Fire Is Like Driving Through A Vision Of Hell

As thousands of firefighters mobilize in Northern California to battle out-of-control wildfires, sometimes the requirements of the job necessitate that you actually drive through the fire itself. And when you do that, it looks like Dante's Inferno. » 8/04/14 12:20pm 8/04/14 12:20pm

100 Things That Professional Firefighters Wish They'd Learned Earlier

#65: "The name on your helmet represents who you work for. The name on your coat represents who raised you. Do them both justice." » 7/30/14 3:04pm 7/30/14 3:04pm

What To Do When A Puppy Gets Stuck In Your Car's Wheel

Junior the pit bull puppy managed to wedge his head through the hub of a Dayton style wire wheel straight off a The Game album cover. Poor little pup, but thankfully the solution was an easy one. » 6/23/14 5:33pm 6/23/14 5:33pm

Watch This Maniac Torch His Truck And Dance Around It In Traffic

Apparently some nutter hopped out of his Ford F-150, set it on fire, and danced around it blocking four lanes on the San Francisco Bay Bridge this morning. » 6/19/14 12:24pm 6/19/14 12:24pm

Fire Truck Crash Reminds Us That Australian News Anchors Are Beautiful

Early this morning a Freightliner fire truck hit some barriers and flipped over en route to an apartment fire in Flemington, Australia. But I had to watch this newscast three times to figure it out, and not just because I had to look up what "bollard" means. » 6/18/14 5:20pm 6/18/14 5:20pm

Watch Idiotic Firefighters Do Just About Everything Wrong At A Car Fire

It would appear that the fire department of Daran, Isfahan, Iran, has at least one operational fire apparatus, but not a single firefighter on staff who knows how to fucking run it without needlessly putting themselves in extreme danger. » 5/20/14 3:53pm 5/20/14 3:53pm

Airport Fire Truck Versus Military Flamethrower: Who Wins?

The E-One Titan Force fire truck is one of the fastest in the fleet, and can spray 25 gallons of water per second from its pair of front-mounted turrets. Then again, a Marine welding an M-9 flamethrower can unleash a 3,500ºF rail of inferno with the push of a button. Which device will establish dominance? » 5/12/14 10:03am 5/12/14 10:03am

BMW Rescue Rigs Are The Classiest Rides To The Hospital

Doesn't matter if they're built for the autobahn or hauling bloody bodies to the hospital, it seems like BMWs always return to their natural environment: posing in valet lines waiting for pretty people to pick them up. » 5/01/14 1:15pm 5/01/14 1:15pm

Did Faulty Trailer Wiring Burn This FJ Cruiser To The Ground-- Twice?

Patrick of Dallas, TX had been towing with his 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser for months, until a run with a rental trailer turned his truck into a ball of fire. Can we figure out what happened? » 3/25/14 3:05pm 3/25/14 3:05pm

I Set Two Cars On Fire Last Night, Here's What I Learned

Over the last few months I've been training as member of the volunteer fire company in my hamlet. Last night was my first live car-fire exercise, which was scary, smelly, and a whole lot of fun. I also learned a few things about supercar ownership. I mean car fire safety. » 3/11/14 12:45pm 3/11/14 12:45pm

Watch A Fire-Fighting Helicopter Steal Water From A Pool

What do you do when you're fighting a fire with your helicopter but aren't near any lake or river? Easy, you just dunk your bucket in a nearby pool and head back to the fire. This pilot is amazing. » 8/22/13 10:00am 8/22/13 10:00am