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FF At Fault In Death, StL Details, Staffing at Funerals? (The Secret List)

     

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Hey,

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 vehicle."

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 hindering visibility.

 

 

ST 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. Louis Mo. 
Honor Guards wishing to participate should contact Aaron Buchanon at 636-262-1941
Agencies bringing apparatus for the procession should contact Capt. Sutter at sutterd@stlouis-mo.gov or 314-387-1591.
Any updates or changes will be posted to the Firefighter Funeral Team website at www.mofirefuneral.org Please check this website for any updates. 

 

 

FIREFIGHTER STAFFING...AT FUNERALS?

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:

What do you protect?

What do you want to accomplish (and how quickly) when "it" (or any of the "its" in your community) is on fire?

What resources will you need to accomplish that-and when do you need those resources?

Again-it is ALL predictable well before the fire is reported.

Of course, 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....."

READ 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?

BillyG

The Secret List 12-13-12 / 2106 Hours

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