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    Dallas Firefighter Killed in Collapse at Six-Alarm Fire

    Dallas Firefighter Killed in Collapse at Six-Alarm Fire

    LON SLEPICKA
    Firehouse.Com News

    A six-alarm fire Monday evening in Dallas took the life of a firefighter/ paramedic when a wall collapsed on him and another firefighter.

    Vincent Davis, a ten-year Dallas Fire-Rescue veteran, was pulled from the rubble, transported to Methodist Medical Center and died around 7 p.m. Fellow firefighter/paramedic Chuck Womble was treated and released for a mild concussion and leg injuries.

    According to Dallas Fire-Rescue PIO Lieutenant Doug Dickerson, the fire began about 5:30 p.m. in a building unoccupied and under renovation at the Creekside Hills apartment complex. The fire was quickly upgraded to six alarms, which drew more than 100 firefighters, 19 engines and six ladder trucks.

    "When the collapse occurred, we knew pretty much right away that the firefighters were trapped and rescue efforts were underway almost immediately...our efforts switched to rescue. We tried to keep the main body of fire away from the area of the rescue," Dickerson said.

    Fire officials said that Davis is married with five children ages 2 to 14. He was working out of Station 26 on C shift.

    Mr. Davis' death was the first fatality of a Dallas firefighter in a blaze since Dale Wayne Rhine died in February 1987 while fighting a house fire in Oak Cliff, according to fire department records.

    There was a Critical Incident Stress Management Team on the scene last night working at a nearby fire station with the companies involved in the rescue, Dickerson said. "We made sure we addressed that before those companies left the scene," he said. Peer counselors were available and all companies at the incident were being debriefed.

    Texas State Fire Marshall's Office, Dallas Fire-Rescue investigators and an ATF team were on the scene looking into the cause of the fire and the fatality, Dickerson said.

    All arrangements are pending and will be posted on Firehouse.com and the Dallas Fire-Rescue web site.

    Funeral Arrangements Set for Fallen Dallas Firefighter

    Arrangements have been made for fallen Dallas firefighter Vincent L. Davis. There will be a wake on Friday, February 15, 2002 from 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. The wake will be held at the Laurel Land Funeral Home, 6000 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway in Dallas. Laurel Land Funeral Home may be contacted at 214.371.1336.

    Funeral services will be held at Concord Baptist Church, 6808 Boulder Drive in Dallas. The service is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m.

    The burial will take place in Alton, Illinois at the Oakwood Cemetery.


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    Firefighters grieve over fallen colleague

    Firefighters grieve over fallen colleague
    02/12/2002

    By DON WALL / WFAA-TV News

    The flag hangs at half-staff at Dallas Fire-Rescue Station 26. People brought flowers to honor Vincent Davis, a father of five, who was set to be married June 15.

    Mr. Davis was trapped Monday evening when a wall collapsed as he was battling a six-alarm apartment fire in West Dallas.

    He died less than two hours later.

    The brotherhood of Dallas firefighters is grieving for the first colleague lost in the line of duty since 1987.

    Firefighter Milton Williams would have been best man Mr. Davis' wedding ceremony. "Vince made me a better person, just by being who he was," Mr. Williams said. "Take me all day to tell you the kind of person he was; he was something else."

    Flames shot 50 feet in the air at the empty apartment building where Mr. Davis died. Firefighters worked up close to keep the fire from spreading to nearby buildings that were occupied.
    Mr. Davis and a colleague, Charles Womble, were trying to move a hose when the west wall collapsed on top of them. Womble's leg was trapped, but he was rescued with minor injuries.

    The state Fire Marshal, a federal response team from the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agency, and the Dallas Fire-Rescue arson team are all working to determine what caused the fire.

    They want to learn why firefighters were so dangerously close to the wall when it collapsed.

    "As the investigation continues, we're going to interview those firefighters, and interview the officers on the scene and know where the companies were and how they were operating and hopefully determine what exactly went wrong," said Dallas Fire-Rescue Lt. Doug Dickerson, a spokesman for the department. "Hopefully there were no safety violations."

    Firefighter Michael Jones is still struggling to deal with the tragic events. "We risk our lives to make sure that the public is safe, try to do the best we can to make sure the public is safe, but that doesn't make it any easier."


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    Staffing quirk put firefighter at scene

    Staffing quirk put firefighter at scene

    Colleagues mourn loss; teams look for cause of accident, blaze

    02/13/2002

    By MICHAEL E. YOUNG and ROBERT THARP / The Dallas Morning News


    They'd arrived just a few minutes before, dragging heavy hoses along a narrow breezeway when a wedge of wall above them gave way, collapsing like a breaking wave, showering the five firefighters with bricks and rubble.

    Three men escaped the worst of it, but two were trapped. One didn't survive.

    Vincent Davis became the first Dallas firefighter to die in a blaze in 15 years. He was with a crew from Fire Station 33 Monday only because of a manpower shortage and a quirk in the schedule.

    Firefighters from Mr. Davis' home station

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    Davis, Vincent

    Age: 42
    Rank: Firefighter
    Status: Career
    Incident Date: 02/11/2002
    Incident Time: 17:30
    Death Date: 02/11/2002

    Cause of Death: Caught or Trapped
    Nature of Death:
    Emergency Duty: Yes
    Duty Type: Fireground Operations
    Activity Type: Advancing Hose Lines/Fire Attack
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Dallas Fire-Rescue Department
    1500 Marilla Street
    Room 7A South
    Dallas, Texas 75201-6390

    Initial Summary:
    Firefighter Davis died from injuries sustained at the scene of an unoccupied apartment building fire when a wall of the building collapsed on him and another firefighter. Funeral: Pending, for updates check the dept. website @ http://www.dallasfiredept.com/



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