Officials confirmed a 29-year veteran fire captain from Ladder 27 was killed in the blaze when a roof collapsed. A second firefighter was injured while trying to rescue him.
“It’s been attempted before in the state and has not succeeded,” a union spokesman admits.
Firefighters are currently battling a house fire in North Philadelphia.
Philadelphia firefighters are part of a task force helping out a neighboring state in distress, following the hurricane that rampaged through harder hit areas, including New York.
A father and his son were able to escape after a fire at an unoccupied home spread to their house late Sunday night.
The CBS 3 I-Team has confirmed federal investigators are now heading to Philadelphia to help local investigators search for answers in the deaths of Philadelphia Fire Department Lieutenant Bob Neary and fellow firefighter Daniel Sweeney.
Hundreds of firefighters from all over the country came to salute 60-year-old Lt. Robert Neary on Friday afternoon. The decorated firefighter was killed on Monday, along with fellow firefighter, 25-year-old Daniel Sweeney.
Dousing out smoldering rubble and removing charred debris is what officials say must happen first, before they determine what caused Monday’s five-alarm fatal fire in Kensington.
Plans in the mayor’s new budget to hire more firefighters won’t bring an end to the controversial practice called ‘brownouts’ — temporary closures of fire stations. And the firefighters’ union is seeing red.
Philadelphia firefighters claim they are being punished by the department for being injured on the job.
“It’s a thank you to them for being part of our extended family. They’re not forgotten.”
The union that represents city firefighters — which has battled Mayor Nutter on contract issues and station brownouts — is now endorsing Nutter’s sole Democratic challenger: Milton Street.
The Philadelphia firefighters’ union went to court on Friday and got a judge to stop the mayor, at least temporarily, from taking action to remove paramedics from the fire union.
One of Mayor Nutter’s allies on City Council is taking him to task in a dispute over whether the city’s paramedics should be considered firefighters.
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