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Friday, February 4, 2011 UPDATE: ILLINOIS FF LINE OF DUTY DEATH
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As posted last evening, an Illinois FF Daniel C. Dare of Avon, died in the Line of Duty. Here are more details of this really terrible situation.
FF Dare was responding to an EMS run at 20:30 on February 1, 2011.  At the time they were experiencing major blizzard conditions. FF Dares home is approx 3-4 miles east of Avon on a rural county road. On his way to the station, his vehicle slid off the road into the ditch. He radioed to his station of his situation and was asked if he was OK and he replied he was. Other members attempted to respond to the call but also got stuck. One of their local Firefighters pulled them out with his tractor then went to do the same for Dan. During this time Dan had tried to dig his way out of the ditch. Once he was pulled out, he returned home, however upon getting to his driveway, he went into cardiac arrest. His wife, Kathy found him, and attempted to drive him back to the station for help. Kathy also slid into a ditch twice when the same Firefighter that pulled Dan out originally, came and hooked on to her vehicle and towed her to town.  The Avon fire-rescue personnel were waiting at the station and performed CPR on Dan for over 30 minutes. Due to the blizzard conditions, additional help could not arrive and we were told by medical control to stop our attempt at approx 0100 hours.
FF Dare has been a volunteer Firefighter and EMS first responder for the Avon Fire Protection District for approximately 20 years. His full obituary can be viewed at www.h-p-w.com  and there is an article here: www.galesburg.com 
Survivors are wife Katherine, daughter Michelle apx 17 years old, son Eric apx 13 years old. As always our sincere condolences to all affected.
 
 
FALLING TREE KILLS FIREFIGHTER IN THE LINE OF DUTY (AUSTRALIA)
A Firefighter has been killed by a falling tree near Cessnock. The National Parks and Wildlife Service fire officer was part of a tree felling operation following a fire in remote area at Quorrobolong when he was struck. He received immediate first aid but died a short time later. Rural Fire Service and National Parks teams have been mopping-up after a five-day firefighting operation. Our sincere condolences as always.
 
 
THE BATTLE FOR STAFFING CONTINUES IN KEOKUK, IOWA
"We Learned A Tough Lesson Years Ago"
As you hopefully recall, 3 Firefighters along with 3 children were killed at a Keokuk (Iowa) house fire in 1999. Staffing was a factor in that fire. Now, like many cities in the USA, Keokuk is facing tough budget problems.
“It’s your decision (to cut), but it’s important you fully understand the cause and effect of what would happen (if an assistant chief is not replaced),” Chief Mark Wessel told the council this week.

Chief Wessel also noted the contract with the firefighters’ union calls for a minimum staffing level of five firefighters per shift. “About 80 percent of the time we have five people (a shift),” he said. “About 20 percent of the time we have six people per shift.

“When I go to a four-man crew, our ability to go into a structure is negated,” he added. “We learned a tough lesson years ago.” Five firefighters were on duty when three of them were killed in December 1999 attempting to extinguish a house fire, which also claimed the lives of three children. However, the number of firefighters available to respond to the fire was reduced because one firefighter responded to an accident a few minutes earlier that day.
HERE IS MORE REGARDING THE LATEST IN KEOKUK:
http://www.dailygate.com/articles/2011/02/03/news/doc4d470f307dba5829944107.txt
HERE IS THE NIOSH FIRE TRIPLE LINE OF DUTY DEATH REPORT:
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200004.html
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