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Tuesday, September 1, 2015   A St. Paul firefighter died Monday after he fell ill and collapsed while on duty.Shane Clifton, a 38-year-old firefighter and paramedic, was working at Fire Station No. 14, 111 Snelling Av. N., when he collapsed, according to fire officials. His colleagues immediately began treatment and while rushing him to Regions Hospital. The staff there worked several hours to save his life, St. Paul fire officials said.

Clifton was a U.S. Navy veteran who was named Command Sailor of the Year for 2001 aboard the USS Curtis Wilbur. He worked as an emergency department technician for Unity Hospital in Fridley, and Allina EMS, before joining the St. Paul Fire Department on October 1, 2007.

This is the 63rd St. Paul firefighter to die in the line of duty and the first since Ray Hain died in 2009.



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Tuesday, September 1, 2015  That's what I thought when I was told to check this out. So I checked it out and I am now passing this on to you. Since we started The Secret List and FireFighterCloseCalls in 1998, we share/send you info on stuff because we want to send you info on stuff. We don't charge to pass stuff on and we accept no advertising or sponsorship's. We also rarely pass stuff on unless it's something very unique or different. The Max Fire Box is a unique device for #firefighter training purposes, so take a look for yourself: (VIDEO 1) (VIDEO 2) (WEBSITE)

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015  The UL-FSRI (Fire Service Research Inst) has worked for the past 10 years to provide the fire service with firefighter safety research to help us learn more about the fire environment and our tactics. UL-FSRI now needs your help. They need to measure their success and shortfalls so they can continue to meet their mission of reducing firefighter injuries and LODD's. Please help them measure our success by completing this short survey. 
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Monday, August 31, 2015   We want to pass on information and the link to the Texas State FM investigative report related to the Houston Fire Department’s LODD of Firefighter Daniel Groover. This report was released two weeks ago.   

On July 9, 2014, at 3:52 p.m., the Houston FD received a report of a residential fire at 1510 Mistletoe Lane. Engine 104 was first on scene, staffed with: 

·         An officer (E104A).  

·         Two firefighters, E104B and Daniel Groover (E104C).  

·         A driver, Engineer Operator (E104D). 


When Engine 104 arrived on the scene there was fire on the Delta (west) side of the two story residence. The fire was engulfing an attached storage shed used to store ammunition and ammunition reload equipment. Ammunition in the shed was explo... [ more ]



Houston FF LODD Rpt-FF Lost/Disor, LODD Conference (The Secret List)

Monday, August 31, 2015   All,

We want to pass on information and the link to the Texas State FM investigative report related to the Houston Fire Department’s LODD of Firefighter Daniel Groover. This report was released two weeks ago. 


On July 9, 2014, at 3:52 p.m., the Houston FD received a report of a residential fire at 1510 Mistletoe Lane. Engine 104 was first on scene, staffed with: 

·         An officer (E104A).  

·         Two firefighters, E104B and Daniel Groover (E104C).  

·         A driver, Engineer Operator (E104D). 


When Engine 104 arrived on the scene there was fire on the Delta (west) side of the two story residence. The fire was engulfing an attached storage shed used to store ammunition and ammunition reload equipment. Ammu... [ more ]




Monday, August 31, 2015  Doctors are treating a Lancaster Co firefighter they said was hurt after he fell through a porch while fighting a house fire last week.
Crews were called out to an abandoned house on Monroe Highway Friday night and while battling the flames, Capt. Ray Ingram with the Shiloh Zion Volunteer Fire Department fell through the concrete porch.
Ingram had to be helped out, and although he was in pain, continued trying to put out the fire, officials told Channel 9.
Ingram was then taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, where a CT scan revealed he suffered a fractured vertebrate and a fractured tail bone. 




Monday, August 31, 2015  A firefighter was injured Sunday morning working to contain a fire that completely gutted a home in Jefferson City.Jefferson City Fire Chief Jason Turner said the injured firefighter is currently being hospitalized, but is hopeful he will be released tomorrow.

The injured firefighter fell as walls and floors collapsed in the home at 1207 E. McCarty St. The firefighter's injuries were not life threatening.

Firefighters arrived on scene around 1:41 a.m. to find heavy smoke coming from the two-story home. No one was inside during the fire. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, although officials said they are not ruling out arson.

"We want to make sure we have covered all of the avenues and we studied the evidence that is in front of us," Turner said. "That way if it is an accidental fire, we can prove that. And then if it is a intentionally set fire, we ... [ more ]




Monday, August 31, 2015   Two Barry-Lawrence County Ambulance District ambulances received damage in a three-vehicle collision at 4:08 p.m. on Friday on Highway 60, three miles east of Neosho at Highway 59.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the ambulances were eastbound on Highway 60 and approached a 2001 Ford Windstar SUV, driven by Joshua Gose, 30, of Springfield, that had stopped in traffic to make a left turn onto Highway 59. The first ambulance, driven by Shala Bass, 25, of Diamond, slowed to stop, but was struck in the rear by the second ambulance, driven by Jesse Merritt, 25, of Aurora. The impact pushed the first ambulance into the rear of Gose's SUV before traveling off the south edge of the roadway. The ambulance driven by Merritt continued east and also collided with the SUV.

All three drivers were wearing seat belts and were transferred to Joplin hospitals for treatment. Merritt had moderate injuries while Bass and Gose received minor injuries.

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Monday, August 31, 2015  A Eureka Springs fire fighter is hospitalized in Springfield after suffering serious injuries fighting a fire.

The department reports firefighter Rod Wasson was inside a burning trailer Saturday night when his breathing equipment was knocked loose. Another firefighter pulled Wasson out of the trailer. Emergency medical crews on the scene found that Wasson may have inhaled superheated gases and smoke.

Wasson was airlifted to a Springfield hospital for treatment of his injuries.
The firefighter who rescued Wasson was treated at a Eureka Springs area hospital for minor injuries and released.

The fire department reported Wasson was in stable condition Sunday afternoon. The local fire marshal and the Arkansas State Police are working to determine the cause of the fire.




Sunday, August 30, 2015 
Deep inside the smoky and pitch-black third floor Of the Sandone Tire warehouse on Wyoming Avenue in Scanton (PA), shortly before the smoldering building would become a fireball that would shine like a torch Wednesday night, Scranton firefighter Lt. Kelly Hopkins and three others ran dangerously low on air.

They were lost.

Visibility was zero. Stacks of tires, soon to ignite and continue to smolder through Friday night, flanked them. Their hose line, which firefighters are trained to follow out when they can’t see, was wrapped and tangled around the tires. The four firefighters were disoriented and lost more air with each breath they took. Lt. Hopkins, a well-respected 29-year veteran with the city fire department, called “mayday” at 7:16 p.m.

“The hairs on the back of our necks went up,” Scranton Fire Chauffeur James Rivers said. “He’s been through everything. You know when he calls a mayday it’s serious.”

Mr. Rive... [ more ]




Sunday, August 30, 2015  Of all the places to catch fire, a fire station might be at the bottom of the list. But that’s exactly what happened three weeks ago in Wayne County.The Lakeville Volunteer Fire Company held its annual barbecue fundraiser, which only took an hour and 45 minutes to sell out.

The station was badly damaged after a faulty engine in a paramedic unit started the fire. About $1 million in damage will be covered by insurance but the little things still need replacing.

“It really had put us to the test,” explained Chief Robert Boogertman. “But you know what, we’re going to be back better than ever.”

“People support the people in the community,” said Jeanne McDevitt of Paupack Township. “It’s very important thing for that coordination for people who live here and those who provide the services.”

What people at the barbecue fundraiser might not know is if it weren’t for the quick thinking of one of the firefighters during the ... [ more ]




Saturday, August 29, 2015   Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport briefly stopped flights Friday morning after an incident during a training exercise.Airport officials said incoming and outgoing flights were halted for about 30 minutes after an emergency services truck overturned.

WISN 12 News crews observed what appeared to be a fire truck turned over on its side near runway 19.

The accident was reported around 8:30 a.m. Friday. All plane movements on the runways and tarmac were halted briefly as emergency personnel responded to the scene.

Airport crews said the truck was the only vehicle involved in the incident, and a member of the airport's fire department was taken to a medical facility for evaluation.

Regular flight operations resumed around 9:30 a.m



Cleveland firefighters will test air sensors developed by Case Western Reserve University and NASA

Saturday, August 29, 2015  Case Western Reserve University and NASA Glenn Research Center researchers will work with firefighters from Cleveland and elsewhere to design and test sensors to protect firefighters from respiratory damage and illnesses.The group was awarded a $1.5 million Assistance to Firefighters/Fire Prevention and Safety Grant from the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency to make prototypes.

The sensors will alert firefighters who battle fires in structures and in the wild of hazards in the air after they've entered the phase called "fire overhauling or mop up."

At that stage, the main fire in buildings, forests or open land has been extinguished and firefighters are cleaning up and detecting and preventing secondary fires.

Firefighters often remove their self-contained breathing apparatus at that time, based on readings from their carbon monoxide detectors. But recent studies found firefighters may be exposing themselves to part... [ more ]



TRIPLE LODD UPDATE: After Wildland Firefighters died, 911 calls detail emotion and resolve

Saturday, August 29, 2015   Just-released 911 calls from Okanogan County reveal difficult conversations from dispatchers as a fire raced near Twisp and three firefighters lay dead.“We got three dead forest service firefighters, OK, so you need to notify the coroner,” said Sheriff Frank Rogers, with Okanogan County, to a dispatcher on Aug. 19.

Richard Wheeler, Andrew Zajac, and Tom Zbyszewski, U.S. Forest Service firefighters, were dead after fighting a fire near Twisp.

“There’s three dead ones, multiple burned ones, says a voice over dispatch in recordings obtained by KIRO 7 from the Okanogan County Sheriff.

Frantic residents were also calling about the fire moving toward their homes.

“I just looked up the hill and the fire is coming up right towards my house,” said one woman to a dispatcher as she pleaded for help to arrive.

The fast-moving fire also left four firefighters injured as they tried to escape by foot.

One call betw... [ more ]



Family of injured Wildland Firefighter: 'He's getting better'

Saturday, August 29, 2015  Daniel Lyon's father said his son is improving after suffering severe burns while fighting a wildfire near Twisp.

"We aren't out of the woods, but we're coming down the path and I like it," said Dan Lyon.

Daniel Lyon, 25, remains in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Lyon is a reserve police officer in Milton. He suffered burns to over 60 percent of his body while fighting a quickly growing wildfire in Twisp last week.

Tom Zbyszewski, 20, Richard Wheeler, 31, and Andrew Zajac, 26, died August 19 when their truck crashed as they tried to escape the fast-growing wildfire and flames consumed their vehicle. Three other firefighters were treated for injuries and released from the hospital.

Supporters held a fundraiser for Lyon Friday afternoon at the Milton Haggen. Donations neared $20,000 at the end of the day.

"I'm beyond impressed, I'm so proud of our hometown!" said organizer Krissie Carl.
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