Check out:Forget?  NEVER! 9-11-01 Check out:  Facebook.com Check out our site sponsor:  GordonGraham.Com

Submit Your Close Call / Near Miss

LODD STATS
Yearly Totals
YearTotals
201479
2013101
201283
201181
201087
200993
2008118
2007118
2006107
2005115
"In Memory Of" Click this patch
Email BillyG
info@
firefighterclosecalls.com


Email Weekly Drill
Suggestions to

Drills@firefighter
closecalls.com
Click Here for The 9/11 Widows' and Victims' Families Association
Click Here: Skyscraper Safety Campaign
 
 
 
Also check the most current issue of THE SECRET LIST for related News and Updates-(Click Here)

CA TILLER STRUCK ON THE FREEWAY - 4 FFs INJURED

Friday, November 21, 2014  Four firefighters were injured in a crash on the 210 Freeway in Rancho Cucamonga early Friday morning.

Two cars collided on the westbound lanes at Haven Avenue around 12:26 a.m. While the California Highway Patrol and firefighters were helping, a tanker truck plowed into their vehicles.

Four firefighters were transported with minor injuries. No one was injured in the first crash.

Both crashes remain under investigation.

   


 

DALLAS LODD UPDATE: DRAFT REPORT MORE CRITICAL OF COMMAND THAN FINAL REPORT

Friday, November 21, 2014  A 703-page draft of the Dallas Fire-Rescue line-of-duty death report on Stanley Wilson is far more critical of Deputy Chief Bobby Ross than the official — and drastically pared-down — version released by the department weeks ago.

The draft, obtained Wednesday through a public information request, repeatedly takes Ross to task for a highly criticized decision to send firefighters anywhere near a burning apartment building long after it was safe to do so. The unofficial version also slams the department’s general sloppiness at the fire scene.

The draft’s release raises questions anew about how Chief Louie Bright III could shut down any further inquiry into Wilson’s May 20, 2013, death at a far northeast Dallas condominium complex. He decided not to discipline anyone then with the simple declaration: “No one person bears all responsibility.”

Bright has declined several interview requests to discuss the matter since the Sept... [ more ]

   


 

UPDATE ON ISFSI PRINICIPLES OF MODERN FIRE ATTACK PROGRAM

Friday, November 21, 2014  The International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFS) continues to move forward with delivery of a Principles of Modern Fire Attack Program.  The ISFSI received funding from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program to deliver this material at 100 fire service venues across the USA in 2015.  The program went through a pilot delivery at the Ohio Fire Academy in November and the finishing touches and refinements are just about complete.  An ISFSI committee has selected a cadre of well-known and respected instructors from all sectors of the North American fire service.  They completed a train-the-trainer session immediately following delivery of the pilot program.  This session provided a remarkable opportunity for the instructors to work directly with research engineers and students to discuss both fire dynamics and the instructional methodology best suited to the delivery of a successful program.
more ]

   


 

FF JUMPS FROM FIRE IN MA

Friday, November 21, 2014  Flames were so intense at the scene of a Saugus house fire on Thursday that a firefighter was forced to escape through a second story window.

Officials reported three alarms at the single family wood frame home on Water Street.

"One firefighter self-extricated through the front window," said Dept. Chief Michael Newbury of the Saugus Fire Department. "The crews on scene threw a ladder right to the porch, he climbed on the ladder. The lieutenant was in the hallway and came down the stairs and out the door."

No one was home at the time, but Mary Pike's Chihuahua was inside. There was an emotional moment when a Revere fire crew found the dog alive.

"I came home, just because I knew she was in the house and I wanted to get her. That's all," Pike said, fighting back tears.

"I was on the first floor, under the bed hiding. We just picked the bed up, do our regular search anyway and found the dog,"  said Lt. Dennis Russo of the Revere Fir... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-NEW JERSEY-AT MULTI ALARM FIRE

RIP Chief

RIP Chief

Thursday, November 20, 2014   We regret to pass on that Cape May County (NJ) Fire Coordinator Art Treone passed away late last night. Chief Treone was on scene of a multiple alarm fatal fire in North Wildwood when he developed chest pains on the fireground.  He was immediately treated and then transported and admitted to Cape Regional Medical Center where he succumbed.
Art was a retired Lieutenant of the Cape May County Sheriff’s Dept as well as past Chief of the Townbank Fire Company in Lower Township, in Cape May County. Chief Treone was well known as one of the ‘good’ guys, a real legend in that area. MORE:

Arthur E. “Art” Treon, whose name was synonymous with fire fighting and emergency management in the township, county, and state, died Wednesday night after leaving the scene of a fatal fire in North Wildwood.


Town Bank Fire Chief Lou McGonigal, a longtime friend, said Treon ... [ more ]

   


 

TWO FIREFIGHTER SUICIDES IN FLORIDA

Thursday, November 20, 2014  Out of respect to the families and members of those affected, we won't share names or the departments-but once again, two of "our own" have taken their lives in just the last few days, One FF in South Florida and the other in the Tampa Bay area.
In addition to the "awareness" of the two losses, we wanted to share the leadership shown by a Chief of Department:

It is with deep regret that I must inform you of the untimely death of Firefighter who took her own life this morning.  Words cannot express the profound sadness that we all feel.  I am at a loss as to how to make sense of her death, many of you have expressed the same sentiment.   We may never have an explanation that makes sense to us.  I have no words to offer that will make this right, or even bearable.  I can only say that I am both saddened and sorry that she did not feel like she had another option.  Our grief cannot compare to what Toni's family is going through s... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-COLLAPSES IN NEW YORK STATE FIREHOUSE

Thursday, November 20, 2014  We regret to pass on to you that a veteran Summit (Schoharie County, NY, SW of Albany) Firefighter died after being stricken inside the firehouse Tuesday night while he was helping other Firefighters getting ready to deploy to western New York to assist in the aftermath of the blizzard. James Foote, 57, one of the Summit Fire Department Commissioners collapsed in quarters and while treatment was immediate, he tragically died at Cobleskill Hospital. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP. 

   


 

FIREFIGHTERS: TWENTY FIVE FREE SCHOLARSHIPS TO FDIC 2015

Wednesday, November 19, 2014  While not a CLOSE CALL-this is an amazing and rare TRAINING opportunity fire Firefighters that we are passing on. Do you know someone who deserves to attend FDIC, but can’t due to budget restrictions or other impediments? What if you could make that happen?

Honeywell First Responders (Morning Pride, Pro Boots etc) and UL (Underwriters Labs) have partnered together to offer TWENTY FIRE full-paid (travel, hotel etc-see below!) scholarship to TWENTY FIVE brave men and women protecting our communities to attend 2015 FDIC.
* All you need to do is tell them why you’re nominating them!

REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW!

The registration link can be found on the FDIC website:

www.fdic.com/scholarship.html

Whats the fine print? Not much!
TWENTY FIRE FIGHTERS WILL WIN...and that includes round trip travel, a VIP dinner reception, full stay private hotel room and full access to all FDIC classes, activities, sessions, exhibits!

WHAT D... [ more ]

     



 

IN PURSUIT OF SMART (From the NFPA Journal)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014  THE ENGINE 308 FIRE HOUSE IN SOUTH QUEENS is the kind of place where visitors receive a firm handshake and a strong cup of coffee upon arrival. Upstairs, Eugene Ditaranto’s office is equally old-school. The walls are clad in 1970s-era wood paneling, and Ditaranto, chief of Battalion 51 for the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), has tacked up clipboards and maps of his district. A couple dozen binders are arrayed in a bookshelf against the far wall, and the surface of the chief’s simple wooden desk is covered neatly in stacks of papers, folders and Post-it notes. Every few minutes the landline phone rings over the chattering buzz of two window AC units.

Even in this modest space, Chief Ditaranto is only a few keyboard clicks away from one of the most ... [ more ]

   


 

CA FFs INJURED IN EXPLOSION

Explosion Viideo

Tuesday, November 18, 2014  Reports out of California are that at least 3 Firefighters were rushed to local hospitals morning after chemicals loaded into a vacuum truck exploded in Santa Paula.

Approximately 1,000 gallons of an organic peroxide exploded from the truck at the Santa Clara Waste Water Company in Santa Paula, the Ventura County.


The explosion scattered the chemical, which began to crystallize and spontaneously ignite.
Firefighters had to leave one engine behind because its tires began to ignite as it rolled over the material.


The chemical has also sickened 12 hospital employees at the VCMC emergency room. The hospital was working to contain the ER in order to prevent the chemical from affecting additional personnel. 


The cause of the explosion was unclear. The chemical, possibly an organic peroxide, spontaneously combusted as it was being loaded into a vacuum truck. The explosion caused the chemical to shoot ou... [ more ]

   


 

INDIANA APPARATUS STRUCK ON THE EXPRESSWAY

Tuesday, November 18, 2014  A driver is in critical condition and three firemen were injured Tuesday morning while responding to an accident on the U.S. 20 bypass near Mayflower Road.

Just after 4:30 a.m. St. Joseph County police were called to a crash involving three cars . Three people were taken to the hospital for their injuries.

One driver in critical condition

Medical staff determined that the injuries to driver Joseph Quick, 61, of South Bend were consistent with being hit by another vehicle while standing outside of his car. Quick is listed in critical condition with head, spinal and leg injuries.

At this time, investigators believe that another vehicle struck Quick and then left the scene. Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact Major Dean Chandler at 235-9611.

Fire engine seriously damaged

... [ more ]

   


 

LODD UPDATE: DRUNK WHO STRUCK AND KILLED FIRE CHIEF CLAIMS HE THOUGHT HE HAD STRUCK A DEER

Tuesday, November 18, 2014  Glen Rock volunteer firefighter Zachary Immel was on the scene, slowing down traffic, while crews closed a portion of Interstate 83 southbound between exits 8 and 4 in April 2013.
A call had come in about a half hour before that there was a crash – with entrapment – in the northbound lane, and Immel's job that night was to create a helicopter landing zone in the next lane over.
While stopping traffic that night, though, he testified on Tuesday that he saw something strange. "About four cars back, I saw a vehicle with heavy front-end damage," the firefighter said.
The crashed-in hood and shattered windshield caught his attention right away and concerned him enough that he walked back along the line of cars to check on the driver.
"I asked if he was OK, and he said he was fine," Immel said, recalling the driver's calm demeanor.
That driver, later identified as Matthew Diehl, 33, of Shrewsberry, told Immel that the damage came from a deer he had just hit.... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER COLLAPSES IN QUARTERS-LINE OF DUTY DEATH

Monday, November 17, 2014  We regret to advise you that 40-year-old Alejandro Castro of the Brownsville FD died late Sunday night. The incident happened at Fire Station No. 8 off Captain Donald L Foust Road next to the Port of Brownsville around 2230 hours last night. Initial reports are that he passed out and later died in the Line of Duty. It's not clear what caused him to pass out and die but this death remains under investigation. Brownsville Fire Chief Lenny Perez said firefighters are treating the case as if Castro died in the line of duty. Our condolences to all affected.

   


 

Baltimore Firefighter Fell Through Floor, Died from Smoke Inhalation

Monday, November 17, 2014  Baltimore fire safety officer Lt. James Bethea died of smoke inhalation after falling through a floor at a vacant rowhouse, where he remained for hours before an off-duty firefighter happened to see his car outside and called for help.

Fire Chief Niles Ford also announced Friday the creation of a new chief of safety position and a new rule requiring the last departing units to report to dispatchers that the scene is clear. He said an investigation, which involves department personnel and federal workplace safety officials, is continuing.

Ford said the department would consider additional policy changes, including requiring that safety officers work in pairs. Anne Arundel County has such a rule, while other neighboring jurisdictions try to ensure that safety officers aren't alone in dangerous situations.

"I am always concerned about the safety of our members. If anything happens to a member in our organization, not only does it affect th... [ more ]

   


 

Trust The Truss? Not On Your Life!

Monday, November 17, 2014  Please take time to print, post and pass it on.
 
are additional quick resources related to the dangers of truss construction and firefighting.
 
TRAINING VIDEO:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo5ZtBXJiHo
 
WORKING FIRE VIDEO-CLOSE CALL FOR LADDER 27:
Ladder 27 A Survival Story: This is a video about lightweight truss systems dating back to 1990. The lessons learned back then are even more relevant in today's environment. Lightweight truss roofing is even more prevalent in today's construction. Special thanks to the Phoenix Fire Department for publishing this 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKXhYvSQ9rk
 
NEW VS OLD:
more ]

     


 
 
 

Search for news stories :

Select Year Select Month
Select Category Enter Keyword
 
 
Recent Issue of Secret List

Posters
Click to Print

 

YOU NEED THIS BOOK!
(Trust Us)

400+ PAGES.
90+ CONTRIBUTORS!
100% of the royalties from the sales of "PASS IT ON" will be donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Chief Ray Downey Scholarship Fund.
CLICK ABOVE TO ORDER YOUR COPIES TODAY!