As an update, the Lexington
(KY) Firefighter driving the apparatus last Saturday
night that ran over and killed that woman in downtown Lexington was
at fault, but probably will not face charges in what has turned out to be
a horrific accident. Police had found "no information or evidence to
indicate that criminal charges will be placed against the driver of the
As you will recall, 27 year old Lauren Roady from Washington
DC, was crossing a street about 2205 hours Saturday when
the engine company (driving routine) driven by Lexington (KY) Firefighter Chris
Presley hit her. The apparatus was making a left turn from Main Street
onto South Broadway. Ms. Roady was in the crosswalk and had a signal to
walk and that FF Presley failed to yield the right of way. Police also
have indicated that Ms. Roady, who was 5-foot-3 and 120 pounds, was
wearing dark clothing and was not visible. Additionally, it was
raining when Firefighter Presley was making that left hand turn, further
LOUIS LODD FUNERAL DETAILS
Below is the City of St. Louis FD Line of Duty Death
memorial details for of Firefighter Jeffery Hudson, Sr. who died December 12,
2012 while on duty, after responding to numerous runs.
Visitation 4P – 8P Monday December 17, 2012, at Granberry Mortuary, 8806
Jennings Station Road, St. Louis Mo.
Funeral services will be held 10AM Tuesday December 18, 2012, at Kennerly
Temple, 4307 Kennerly Ave St. Louis Mo.
Burial will follow at Bellefontaine Cemetery, 4947 West Florissant Ave, St.
Honor Guards wishing to participate should contact Aaron Buchanon at 636-262-1941
Agencies bringing apparatus for the procession should contact Capt. Sutter at email@example.com
Any updates or changes will be posted to the Firefighter Funeral Team website
Please check this website for any updates.
If you have followed The Secret List since we started this
stuff in 1998, you know how we feel about staffing a structural fire
response and the critical needs based upon the tasks-all almost always
predictable and pre-plannable. Simple stuff:
you want to accomplish (and how quickly) when "it" (or any
of the "its" in your community) is on fire?
resources will you need to accomplish that-and when do you need those
is ALL predictable well before the fire is reported.
these days, the funding needed for the resources may not be there. That's when NUMEROUS CHOICES and
applicable decisions must be made.....made BEFORE
the fire AS WELL AS when we arrive and operate at the
fire. After all, we can only humanly do so much...and if you pull up on a fire
needing (pre-dictable, pre-plannable) 20 Firefighters, and you only have 7, you
simply CANNOT do what you would have with 20 in the needed
time period. You will run out of building. And, the real possibility
exists that the citizens inside will run out of life. All predictable.
So what does this have to do with STAFFING AND
FIREFIGHTER FUNERALS? Check out this intriguing piece sent to us
by long time Secret List member Frank "Supreme Court" Ricci,
from CT: "Six to eight firefighters will be chosen to carry the casket of
our friend. Any less we would be absurd even in ideal conditions. They will
have to bear the weight of the member, endure environmental conditions and
possibly negotiate stairs.It is likely that the family will select a command
officer from your department to oversee the funeral. This solemn responsibility
may include choosing the pallbearers. If told by the grieving widow that she
only wanted two pallbearers the department liaison would not hesitate to
explain the necessity of a full complement. They would advocate for what is in
the best interest of the department and the family. Incredibly, At this point
we are all in agreement. So why would the same command officer fail the living,
fail our communities and fail our families without rebuke?"
"If it takes a minimum of six to carry a casket in ideal conditions, how
can our leaders justify a Rapid Intervention Team of two firefighters or only
sending one company to the highway. How can they justify responding to a house
fire with three floors with less than twenty-four firefighters or responding to
a commercial fire with the same response as a house....."
MUCH MORE HERE: http://tinyurl.com/ckwvkqg
Take Care-BE CAREFUL. THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU REALISTICALLY CAN-AND CANNOT
DO WITH YOUR FIRST ALARM STAFFING. NOW WHAT?