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Monday, August 25, 2014
MONTANA FIRE CHIEF DIES FOLLOWING CRASH
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regret to pass on to you that Fort Shaw Fire Chief Dave Anderson has
died in the Line of Duty from injuries he sustained in a crash near
Vaughn in July.
Anderson was in the intensive care unit at Benefis hospital in Great
Falls after being injured in that crash between those two Fort Shaw fire
trucks on July 22.
Chief was later transferred to a Billings rehabilitation facility that
specializes in traumatic brain injury, and then transferred to Peace
Hospice in Great Falls several days ago-but succumbed to his injuries
apparatus collided while responding to a grass fire near Vaughn; one
was a brush truck and the driver of that vehicle was not injured. The
other was a water tanker driven by Chief Anderson; the truck tipped on
its side and the Chief had to be extricated from the wreck and was then
taken to Benefis hospital by ambulance.
==MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS:
is a lot being talked about (and being done) these days related to the
mental health and wellness of firefighters and EMT's. Like you, I have
read a lot about it - and because each person is different - I try to
understand it from my perspective-while remembering that it (issues,
problems, life etc) is different for everyone. In other words, what may
be sad to you may not be a big deal to me-or what some may find funny, I
might not-in other words, we all see (and absorb) stuff differently.
So, when someone says "it was a bad call" - while I may have blown it
off in the past, I don't do that anymore-I try to pay a bit more
I try to size up and keep sizing up those I work with-and listen for a MAYDAY that may not be audible.
PLEASE DO ME A FAVOR...take a minute to read this account from WillieW:
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES RELATED TO FF MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS:
-FF PERSONAL SURVIVAL:
-FF HEALTH ALLIANCE:
==SERVICES FOR BROTHER STEVE SKIPTON:
you now now, Stephen Edward Skipton, Sr., 41, of Goose Creek, passed
away peacefully with family by his side on August 23, 2014. Steve was
born May 24, 1973 and dedicated his life to his family and the fire
service for 25 years. He started his life in the fire service as a
teenager as a junior member of the Brooklawn FD outside of his home
town. He served as a Firefighter in Bellmawr NJ, later moving through
the ranks to Chief of Department of Bellmawr Park in his 20's. Steve
worked as an EMT for University EMS in Newark NJ, and the city of Camden
for 17 years. During his time there, he responded to the World Trade
Center in New York City on September 11, 2001 to aid in rescue efforts.
2010, he pursued his dream of working as a career Firefighter and moved
to the City of Goose Creek, South Carolina, where he served
HERE ARE MEMORIAL DETAILS:
RELATED "STEVE SKIPTON-YOU LIVE & LEARN"
==KENTUCKY FIRE CAPTAIN REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION
good news is that 2 of the injured Camprbellsville firefighters have
resumed their posts and another has been upgraded to stable condition.
Steve Marrs and Firefighter Alex Johnson are back on duty following
last Thursday's "Ice Bucket Challenge" accident at Campbellsville
Quinn has been upgraded from serious to stable condition at University
of Louisville Hospital. Unfortunately, Fire Captain Tony Grider, remains
in critical condition after numerous surgeries so far.
and Grider were in the bucket portion of a tower ladder that was
spraying water on the university's marching band as part of an ALS
fundraising event. KTIYP's.
==ARE YOU A COLLEGE STUDENT/FIREFIGHTER or EMT?
YOU SAY YOU HAVE NO $$? QUIT WHINING:
FREE MONEY FOR FIREFIGHTING STUDENTS: YVORRA
time for the annual Deputy Chief Jim Yvorra Leadership Development
Foundation (YLD) scholarship announcement and application...but you
actually have to apply to be considered.
The late Jim Yvorra was a Deputy Chief with the Berwyn Heights (Prince
Georges County, Maryland) CFD and a nationally recognized author and
editor in the fields of fire, hazardous materials, and EMS. Jimmy died
in the line of duty when he was accidentally struck and killed in the
Line of Duty by a car while at a crash scene on Interstate 95 near
Washington, D.C., in January 1988. However, both his legacy and his
impact continue to this day.
this era of ever increasing college costs and student loan debt, there
are still a large number of emergency responders who do not take
advantage of scholarship opportunities such as the YLD Foundation.
to our sponsors, donors, and our hard working "volunteer" Board and
Committee members, we have given away $130,000 in scholarships since
Jimmy's passing. Any active duty career, volunteer or military member of
fire, rescue, HazMat, or emergency medical services can apply. Also,
funding isn't limited to higher education; if you have a special project
(e.g., fire prevention, leadership, community outreach) that can make a
difference in your community, then consider submitting an application.
More details are available on the web site at:
Check it out. Lot's of good stuff on there about what their 60+ past award winners think about leadership.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
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