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
201531
201487
2013101
201283
201181
201087
200993
2008118
2007118
2006107
"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)

DCFD FIRE OFFICER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY

Wednesday, May 6, 2015  DC Fire & EMS Department Lt. Kevin McRae died in the Line of Duty this morning. 
Lt. McRae was in charge of first due Engine 6 at a two-alarm high-rise fire in the 1200 block of 7th Street, NW. After exiting the building, Lt. McRae collapsed and went into cardiac arrest. CPR was started immediately. Lt. McRae was pronounced dead at the Washington Hospital. Center. A second firefighter was treated and released from the hospital.

Lt. McRae was 44 and is survived by his wife, three children and his mother. The last line-of-duty-death for the DC Fire and EMS Department was Lt. McRae’s cousin, Technician James McRae III, who died on July 7, 2007. James McRae was tillerman at Truck 12 when he complained of shortness of breath while in quarters and died later that day.

Lt. Kevin McRae is the 100th DC firefighter to die in the line-of-duty. He joined the department as a cadet on July 31, 1989.

DaveS has much more on this tragic loss at www... [ more ]

   


 

Ohio Fire Station Destroyed By Fire

Wednesday, May 6, 2015   A fire Sunday night destroyed the Florence Township Fire Department.Reports came in around 6:30 p.m. about a fire at 201 S. Michigan Street in Edon.

All of the department’s fire equipment was destroyed and Edon Police Chief Tom Szymczak said the building had major damage. No firefighters or personnel were in the volunteer fire house when the fire started.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

The department is meeting on Monday to figure out what they are going to do until the department is rebuilt. In the meantime, other departments in the area will take over responding to incidents in Florence Township.

A GoFundMe account has already been set up in the department’s name to help cover the costs of replacing equipment.

The fire department covers the Village of Edon, Blakeslee, Florence Township, and the Ohio Turnpike.

   


 

TAKE TIME TO LISTEN TO THIS WORKING FIRE RADIO TRAFFIC

Tuesday, May 5, 2015  Take a moment and listen to this fire ground audio from a fire a few days ago in Highland Park, MI. According to the person who sent it to us, Highland Park is completely surrounded by Detroit and as of the first of this year, is dispatched by Detroit FD and is part of an automatic mutual aid system whereby Detroit sends a Chief, an Engine or Two and a Rescue Squad on box alarms (structure fires) in Highland Park. The submitter of this heard this live and could not believe what was happening. The Firefighters of Highland Park have some significant challenges.......

Apparently, Highland Park received the call directly and responded with a reported 7 Firefighters on scene without the automatic aid-after the DFD dispatcher asked if they wanted the full assignment. 

   


 

FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-HOUSE FIRE-POUGHKEEPSIE, NY

Tuesday, May 5, 2015  We regret to pass on to you that a Poughkeepsie Firefighter has died in the Line of Duty from cardiac-related issues he experienced while fighting that fatal house fire yesterday.
Firefighter Timothy Gunther, 54, was a 21-year veteran of the fire department. One occupant of the building, a man, was found deceased upstairs in a closet. The victim apparently died of smoke inhalation.





HERE are more details:
VIDEO:

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/central-dutchess/2015/05/04/structure-fire-church-street-pok/26868613/

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2015/05/05/city-announce-condition-hospitalized-firefighters/26925613/





   


 

FIREFIGHTER EXTREMELY CRITICAL FOLLOWING HOUSE FIRE WITH OCCUPANTS

Tuesday, May 5, 2015   One man died, five people are homeless and three firefighters were injured, 1 in very critical condition, after a fast-moving fire engulfed a home on Church Street in the City of Poughkeepsie, NY-north of NYC yesterday. 
The victim apparently died of smoke inhalation. Three firefighters were injured in the attempt to rescue the victim, Chief Mark Johnson said. One was seriously hurt and was admitted yesterday to Vassar Brothers Medical Center, City of Poughkeepsie.
The other two firefighters suffered an injured shoulder and an injured back and were taken to hospitals for examination or treatment.
City firefighters responded to an alarm at 10:58 a.m., called in by several neighbors, and found heavy fire, Johnson said.

PFD Firefighters found one occupant, a man, deceased upstairs in a closet.
The Fire Chief speculated that the smoke and heat from the first-floor fire rose to the upstairs and may have impaired the man's ability to get around.
... [ more ]

   


 

THE FIRE: "If I Coulda Gotten In-I Woulda Gotten In!"

Tuesday, May 5, 2015   There are lots of discussions these days about firefighting...some of it good, some of it head scratching. But that's OK, lets keep talking-and learning from facts, experiences and each other. 

But while we are talking, we need to not lose focus of the fact that there are "those fires" where we must decide immediately what to do. And unless you really are not "into the job" (career, volunteer-whatever, as JohnS says) - you have, in the back of your mind, the understanding that the "next" fire may be THE FIRE. It's why we plan, train and train. And train. 


When we get to THE FIRE, we must rapidly size up, looking at the conditions, the needs and our immediately available resources. 


There was a horrible dwelling fire in Baldwinsville, New York last Sunday that I wanna pass on to you. It was THE FIRE to the members of this FD.


2-year-old Nora Lamirande was napping inside her upstairs bedroom Sunday while h... [ more ]

   


 

TWO FIREFIGHTERS DIE IN THE LINE OF DUTY: PENNSYLVANIA AND GEORGIA-MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

Tuesday, May 5, 2015  We regret to pass on to you the Line of Duty Deaths of the following two Firefighters:Swainsboro, Georgia:
Lt Ricky Thurman died in the Line of Duty this evening Monday, May 4, 2015, Lieutenant Thurman was operating at the scene of a house fire on Wadley Road at around 2200 hours. While operating at the fire, he suffered cardiac arrest and was unable to be revived. Swainsboro is east of Macon and south of Augusta. 


Pine Grove, Pennsylvania
Firefighter Timothy Peters, 46, responded to a medical assistance call with his fire company (Pine Grove Hose, Hook and Ladder Fire Co. No. 1) on the afternoon of April 30, 2015. Later that evening at 1930 hrs, Peters was stricken by an apparent heart attack at his residence. Emergency personnel were summoned and treated Peters then transported him to the hospital where he succumbed to his injury. Pine Grove is northeast of Harrisb... [ more ]

   


 

NEW FIREFIGHTER VIDEO IS A MUST WATCH: BOSTON FIREFIGHTERS FIGHTING CANCER

Monday, May 4, 2015   As a camera pans, three Boston firefighters sit in front of a wall plastered with images of their fallen comrades.
Their colleagues did not perish in a rampaging fire or in a sundered building.

They all succumbed to cancer.

Their stories were on full display during a screening last week of a new, emotional video (LINK BELOW) on the toll cancer has exacted on Boston’s firefighting force. Since 1990, more than 160 Boston firefighters have died from the disease, fire officials said, and every year, 20 firefighters are diagnosed with cancer.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOvBypsaHog

“The first thing that went through my head when the doctor said I had cancer was that, ‘I’m going to die,’ ” Firefighter Mark Matthews says in the video. “The question I asked him was: ‘When?’ ”

The video shows women posting on the blank wall pictures of their husbands lost to cancer. A firefighter tearfu... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER LINE OF DUTY DEATH-WHILE RESPONDING TO A CALL

Monday, May 4, 2015   As an update to the earlier Secret List, we regret to pass on to you that the Orchard Farm Fire Protection District (Missouri) is mourning the loss of a longtime volunteer Firefighter today. Firefighter / Engineer Larry Lawhorn, 60, suffered an apparent medical event while responding to an emergency call in Portage Des Sioux early this morning and later died in the Line of Duty.

Shortly after 0200, Lawhorn was traveling northbound on Highway J responding to a structure fire on Second Street in Portage Des Sioux when his OFFPD vehicle left the roadway and came to rest in a field. He was found by other personnel as they left the Portage Des Sioux call. Despite resuscitation efforts by Firefighters from the OFFPD and Rivers Pointe Fire Protection District and Paramedics from St. Charles County Ambulance District, Lawhorn was later pronounced dead on-scene.
more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTER KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY AFTER A TREE FALLS AT FIRE SCENE

Sunday, May 3, 2015   We regret to pass on to you that a Madison County (Tennessee-NE of Memphis) Firefighter has traumatically died in the line of duty. While operating at an overnight vehicle fire (as the result of a crash) at Highway 18 and Medon-Malesus Road last night. Firefighter Chris Blankenship was fatally injured when a tree unexpectedly fell on top of Firefighter Blankenship trapping him beneath the tree and the ground.
Firefighter Blankenship was taken to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital after being administered first-aid on scene by fellow firefighters but later passed away at the hospital.. 

FF Blankenship was assigned to Fire Station #2, served 10 years with the department and leaves behind a wife, Ashley Chism Blankenship, and two children, Baily and Chase. Funeral arrangements are pending. More to follow. KTIYP's. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP.


   


 

FIREHOUSE CLOSINGS IN CA

KRON4 Video

Saturday, May 2, 2015  The East Contra Costa Fire Protection district is no stranger to money problems. The department is currently running on a Federal Grants, but money is drying up quickly.Voters could have voted to raise $4 million dollars to continue the service, but chose not to.

The district serves more than 100,000 people and the $4 million could have kept it fully operational for the next four years.

According to officials, there are more than 6,000 calls for service annually.

Due to the lack of funds, two of the fire houses will be closed permanently.

The president of the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, Vince Wells released a statement saying, “Two more station closures and firefighter layoffs will mean it takes longer to get the help you need in an emergency. These drastic reductions in service levels are something this community cannot afford given the continued growth in East County.” 

   


 

TOLEDO MAYOR DOES THE RIGHT THING AND ESTABLISHES A TASK FORCE RE: NIOSH LODD INVESTIGATION AND REPORT

Friday, May 1, 2015   Toledo (Ohio) Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson says she wants to make sure the city moves forward appropriately after the release of a report that identified factors that may have contributed to the deaths of Toledo firefighters Privates Stephen Machcinski and Jamie Dickman.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released the report on its findings regarding the north Toledo fire that resulted in two firefighter deaths last year. NIOSH REPORT: http://ftpcontent4.worldnow.com/wtol/pdf/NIOSHreport.pdf

City employees and elected officials are under a gag order that prevents them from saying much about the report until the trial of the man accused of setting the fire, Ray Abou-Arab, is complete.

When asked whether anyone will be held accountable for the missteps taken by the department as determined by the NIOSH report, the mayor said she could not answer at this time.

“I cannot answer that question because I am more... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTERS POINT TO PAST SAFETY OFFICER RESPONSE CHANGES IN DOUBLE LODD-TOLEDO

Thursday, April 30, 2015  Toledo fire union officials and top department administrators are at odds about whether a change in policy made firefighters more — or less — safe in their jobs and ultimately contributed to the deaths of two privates fighting an arson fire in North Toledo last year.In stark comments Wednesday, the head of the city’s firefighter union blamed Toledo’s fire chief, Luis Santiago, for contributing to the deaths of two firefighters last year.

“The leader of this department, Chief Santiago, for two years, had a flawed system,” Local 92 President Jeff Romstadt told The Blade. “We brought it to his attention. … He needs to be held accountable for the decisions he made that are contributing factors in two firefighters’ deaths.”

Speaking in reference to a federal report issued on Wednesday — compiled by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which outlines the deaths of Pvts. Stephen Machcinski and James “Jamie” Dickman — M... [ more ]

   


 

FIREFIGHTERS DEATH: STOP THE BULLSH!T!

Thursday, April 30, 2015   Dallas fallen Firefighter Stanley Wilson's widow, Jenny Wilson, has one simple wish after her husband’s line-of-duty death: a fireground radio transmission recording system.But City Manager A.C. Gonzalez said yesterday that he can’t guarantee that Jenny Wilson will get what she covets because the price tag could end up being too high.

“If it’s something that is very reasonable … why not?” Gonzalez said. “If it’s something that’s very expensive, I’ll have to look at what we are trading off for that — is that the best use of our money?

“In the absence of knowing what that’s going to involve cost-wise, I don’t know if that is something I can say we’re going to do.”

Nice thought out answer to the widow of a man that lost his life working for you, boss.

Recording on-scene radio transmissions was among the many recommendations by investigators following Captain Stanley Wilson’s death on May 20, 2013, while... [ more ]

   


 

WOMAN SUES CITY OVER FF HUSBANDS DEATH

Wednesday, April 29, 2015   The wife of a former career firefighter who died of lung cancer in 2013 is suing the city of Vancouver, alleging that her husband was exposed to deadly levels of radon gas while on the job.Wendy Ann Murray filed the lawsuit April 20 on behalf of her husband’s estate and beneficiaries. Her husband, Carl Murray, died July 30, 2013.

The lawsuit alleges that the city knew of the toxic levels of radon gas in its fire stations during the time Murray was employed. The levels of gas were found to be the highest in the physical fitness areas in the basements of the fire stations, where Murray worked out, the lawsuit says.

According to the lawsuit, the city failed to provide a safe workplace for firefighters or to properly train command personnel, and it didn’t comply with the state’s Industrial Safety and Health Act and administrative code or its own regulations and policies. The city also breached its duty of care to Murray by acting “negligently, reckles... [ 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!