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Monday, November 26, 2012

PARAMEDIC DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY, SEIZURE RELATED CRASH: WEST VIRGINIA.

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We regret to advise you that Paramedic Chris Staggs, 35, of Lenore, from STAT EMS stationed in Williamson in Mingo County died in the Line of Duty on Saturday. Paramedic Staggs had a seizure and crashed his ambulance. Staggs hit a wall along 4th Avenue, then went up on a sidewalk, collided with the steps of a church and then crashed into an awning of a business and finally ended up smashing into home on 5th Avenue. Paramedic Staggs was taken to the hospital but later died from his injuries. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.

 

 

APPARATUS SAFETY & SURVIVAL UPDATE: 

OHIO FIREFIGHTER FILES SUIT FOLLOWING CRUSHING ACCIDENT AND LOSS OF HIS LEGS-----LACK OF TRAINING CLAIMED.

Washington Township (Ohio) Firefighter Josef Tadijanac has filed a civil suit against Jefferson Township-Bellville Fire Department and 3 of its personnel for injuries he sustained while operating at a June 24 fire when he was pinned between fire apparatus. The suit was filed against the JTBFD and it's Chief Craig Roberts and Firefighters Scott Gerhart and Isaiah Finley.

Here are the details:

 

FF Tadijanac arrived at the fire in Troy Township, where he was instructed to assist in pumping/tanker ops. FF Tadijanac positioned himself at the rear of Tanker 145, owned by the Troy Township FD. The vehicle owned by the defendant, Jefferson Township-Bellville Fire Department Tanker 121, was positioned directly behind Tanker 145. The intent was to transfer water from Tanker 121 to Tanker 145. Tanker 121 was being operated by defendants Gerhart and Finley when, according to court documents, it suddenly moved forward, pinning FF Tadijanac him between the two vehicles.

 

The lawsuit states FF Gerhart was the driver of Tanker 121 and was operating the pumping system on Tanker 121 when it began to move forward. Finley was assisting him. The lawsuit claims failure to properly operate and control Tanker 121 and failure to properly maintain and inspect Tanker 121, and claims the plaintiff’s injuries were the direct result of acts and omissions of the Jefferson Township-Bellville Fire Department. The complaint claims the firefighters were not properly trained.

 

As you may remember, FF Tadijanac suffered above-the-knee amputations, organ system failures, vision loss and cognitive dysfunction, the suit alleges. He has required multiple surgeries and ongoing medical care, and has endured suffering, emotional distress and anxiety, all of which have rendered him disabled and unable to perform customary activities. We'll keep you advised on this case.

==DRIVER REMINDERS: Do a walk around...make sure the wheels are chocked...make sure the truck in the correct gear position....brake secure?

==CHIEF REMINDERS: What training exists for new drivers? Who certifies it? What are the annual driver training requirements? Who are the SOP's related to apparatus?

DRIVER TRAINING RESOURCES:

SAFE OPERATIONS OF FIRE TANKERS: http://www.iaff.org/hs/evsp/usfa%20safe%20operation%20of%20fire%20tankers.pdf

EMERGENCY VEHICLE SAFETY: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/firefighter_health_safety/safety/vehicle_safety/index.shtm#a

EMERGENCY VEHICLE PROGRAM & POWERPOINT SLIDES: https://www.iaff.org/hs/evsp/home.html

TRAINING PROGRAMS/SERVICES:

http://www.emergencyvehicleresponse.com

http://www.drivetosurvive.org/

 

 

MARYLAND FIREFIGHTERS HURT-SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING FIRE (AUDIO & VIDEO)

Yesterday at 1625 hours, Firefighters from Bay District, PAX River, Hollywood, and Valley Lee were alerted to a report of a house fire in the 21000 block of Garfield Street in Great Mills. Companies arrived on scene to discover a single story, single family home with fire and heavy smoke showing.
One Firefighter was taken by MSP (Helicopter) Trooper 7 to an area trauma center for smoke inhalation. Another firefighter was treated and released at the scene for leg injuries after falling through the floor and then having to evacuate through a window. All personnel are NLT injuries.

The bail out through a window (behind the tree to the right of the front porch) occurs at about 4:50 in the video. Click through the series of still pictures at http://smnewsnet.com/archives/35576 (MORE LINKS BELOW)

 

The mayday is announced at 7:13 on the audio recording below.

FIRE SCENE VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/embed/l2keAM-AniE

RADIO AUDIO TRAFFIC: http://smnewsnet.com/archives/35576

LINKS COURTESY OF: http://scanmd.org/

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FINAL WORD:

Another active duty Firefighter has passed away from cancer. Eaton's Neck (Suffolk Co, Long Island, NY) FD Assistant Chief Kevin Brandon, 52, passed away on Nov. 13 after a year-long battle with cancer. Chief Brandon, 52, was a dedicated member who quickly moved up the officers ranks becoming second assistant chief two years ago. He also previously served as a Firefighter with the Merrick FD in Nassau County. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.

Take Care-BE CAREFUL,

BillyG

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