This incident occured earlier-but this is the first chance I have had to get a SECRET LIST out on it.
When we first were notified this morning, we were told it was "flashover"…other reports are that it was NOT. Details are still forthcoming. Below are THREE articles/items starting in the most recent/current order of the incident.
The fact of the matter is that a FIREFIGHTER did die today and others were injured/ill while training. The official information on whether it was traumatic or medical is still unavailable but more than one firefighter was transported from one specific training site.
We will be on the road until Saturday evening and may not be able to get more out on this for a day or so….so check the mentioned sources for additional details.
As always-our hearts and prayers go out to the families of these firefighters-and to the members of Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue.
The Secret List 8-8-03 1857 hrs.
===Firefighter Recruit Dies In Training Exercise
Four Other Trainees Also Overcome By Heat
POSTED: 12:14 p.m. EDT August 8, 2003
UPDATED: 5:38 p.m. EDT August 8, 2003
Story by Click10.com via Firehouse.Com
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Five Miami-Dade County firefighter recruits were overcome by heat today during a training exercise at Port Everglades today, and one of them died before reaching the hospital.
The five were taken to Broward General Medical Center, two reportedly in serious condition.
Wayne Mitchell, 37, was pronounced dead at Broward General Medical Center.
The firefighters were training at the Resolve Marine Fire School at 3305 S.E. 19th Avenue.
According to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened just before 10 a.m. during a simulated shipboard fire.
Mitchell, four other recruits and three instructors, were participating in the training exercise. At the completion of the exercise, instructors quickly realized Mitchell did not come out of the makeshift ship. Instructors went inside and pulled Mitchell out.
According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, this 27-member class of trainee recruits started on June 23. They are scheduled to graduate in late December, and then begin probationary employment.
The other trainees who required medical care were Olga Love, Antonio Mesa, Jose Medina, and Miguel Rojas. They were treated and released.
BSO homicide detectives, Hollywood Fire and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating Mitchell’s death.
===FROM THE FLORIDA FIRE CHIEFS ASSOCIATION:
TRAINING FIRE CAUSES FATALITY
Broward County, FL: August 8, 2003: One firefighter was killed and four others hospitalized during a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue recruit training exercise, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials announced today.
The recruits were training at the Resolve Marine Fire Training Center, in Hollywood, when, according to preliminary reports, five trainees experienced an unspecified problem.
According to a Miami-Dade spokesperson, the group was working in a controlled burn situation when one recruit became separated from the others. The four other trainees were able to exit the burn building.
Crews then reentered the building to search for the missing firefighter. He was apparently found in cardiac arrest. The trainee was transported to Broward General Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The other four members of the group were also transported to Broward General for treatment
Due to HIPAA laws, the names and conditions of the trainees were not available at the time of this writing.
The incident is under investigation by the Broward Sheriff’s Office. FFCA will continue to report on this incident as more information becomes available.
===FROM THE SUN-SENTINAL.COM:
Firefighter critically injured, 4 others hurt at Port Everglades training session
By Shannon O’Boye
Posted August 8 2003, 12:21 PM EDT
PORT EVERGLADES –
A Miami-Dade firefighter undergoing training at a private fire academy was in "extremely critical" condition on Friday and four others sent to a hospital after some sort of a mishap earlier in the day, officials said.
Another Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue worker was "significantly injured" during the exercise in a container-like device that is designed to teach recruit firefighters how to fight shipboard blazes, said Broward Fire-Rescue spokesman Todd LeDuc.
Three other Fire-Rescue workers were rushed to Broward General Medical Center for treatment of heat exhaustion.
The training container, which looks like miniature ship, is located behind the Port Everglades Public Safety Building and was rented out to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. Temperatures inside the training module can reach temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees. It is owned by Resolve Fire & Hazard Reponse Inc., 3305 S.E. 19th Ave.
The incident, which is under investigation, started around 10 a.m. when some sort of "medical emergency" occurred and a firefighter recruit went down, said Broward Sheriff’s Office spokesman Veda Coleman-Wright. The incident quickly involved the four other firefighter recruits.
No explosion was reported.
No other details were immediately available.