NORTH CAROLINA EMT DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY
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We regret to pass on that Gates County Rescue and EMS members are mourning the loss of one of their own. GCREMS staff member, Steven Toppin, 53, died in the line of duty yesterday.
EMT Toppin and his Paramedic partner responded to a 911 call where they were attending to a critical patient. EMT Toppin suddenly complained of shortness of breath and collapsed. Paramedics rushed him to the hopsital where he was pronounced dead. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP.
==EXPLOSION INJURES AT LEAST SEATTLE FIREFIGHTERS
Early this morning, there was an explosion at the scene of a reported gas leak that resulted in several Seattle Firefighters being injured. Initial reports are that they are stable with burns and abrasions.
This is the 2nd “major” event in a week involving gas runs and Firefighters being injured with subsequent explosions. On May 4th, several Littlestown (PA) Firefighters (Alpha Fire Company) were flown out after being injured, but all are doing well.
THIS MORNING IN SEATTLE: Here are two links to some photos-we’ll post more later. KTIYP’s.
Audio of the incident: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIQLXJuiAWE&feature=youtu.be
A VERY BRIEF HISTORY OF GAS LEAKS, EXPLOSIONS AND FIREFIGHTERS:
Gas leaks resulting in explosions and injured “arriving/operating” Firefighters have a SIGNIFICANT HISTORY in fire operations.
HERE are several examples YOU can use to share with YOUR Firefighters:
Remember this “caught on video” incident from New Jersey?
(Prince Georges County, MD Video)
(Poland, Ohio explosion on arrival)
(Haverstraw NY Radio Traffic-LISTEN from arrival to explosion)
(Gas Explosion RAW Video/caution-rough language but EXCELLENT video)
(Philly Gas Explosion video)
In the original fire transmission call from December 27th, 1983, the night of the North Division Street explosion, you can hear the desperation in firefighters voices as they plea for as many ambulances as possible to be sent to the scene after the explosion. The dispatcher can only offer the reassurance that they would send all that they can.
Five Buffalo Firefighters were KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY and two civilians were killed as well when a propane blast leveled a warehouse. The explosion damaged 12 city blocks and remains the department’s deadliest fire in modern history.
This archived footage of the explosion shows how the entire city mourned the loss of the firefighters and the massive devastation caused by the powerful explosion.
BUFFALO NY RADIO TRAFFIC & MEDIA REPORT:
HERE is a story about the explosion by retired Buffalo Fire Commissioner Mike Lombardo:
==DETROIT FIRE DEPARTMENT EMT’S ATTACKED-AGAIN
A Detroit emergency medical technician was attacked on a run last night. The EMT was in stable condition at St. John Hospital after the attack with a department radio.
Two EMTs were responding to a medical emergency in the 4600 block of Chatsworth on the city’s east side about 7:30 p.m. when “family members became unruly. They shattered a window in the rig, injuring one of the workers, she said.
Executive Fire Commissioner Eric Jones said the workers had been treating a patient with breathing difficulties then decided to transport that person to the hospital when someone attacked, “unprovoked, illegally.”
The injured worker, a five-year veteran, was expected to make a full recovery, Jones said. The incident came less than six months after a Detroit FD EMS paramedic and her partner were slashed with a box cutter Oct. 20 outside a homeless shelter.
Take Care. be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 3/9/2016-0700 Hours