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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
It was one year ago today that Toledo Fire Rescue FF
Pvts. James “Jamie” Dickman and Stephen Machcinski’s were killed in the Line of
Duty in an apartment over commercial structure fire, later determined to be
arson. The department and NIOSH report are still pending. PLEASE be sure to listen (and
share) the audio link below.
Abou-Arab, 62, is being held in the Lucas County jail
in lieu of $5.85 million bond. He is charged with two counts of aggravated
murder, each with death penalty specifications; two counts of murder; eight
counts of aggravated arson, and one count of tampering with evidence.
OF THE TOLEDO FIRE:
RAW EDITED RADIO TRAFFIC FROM INITIAL TOLEDO FIRE DISPATCH
MORE on the
one year anniversary of the tragic loss HERE:
Video from Phoenix Shows FF Thru The Roof:
As we posted Saturday, Phoenix had a CLOSE CALL when some
members were caught in some vented fire. The video shows one of those
firefighters falling off the roof to the ground as well as the fire conditions
following the venting.
Check it out HERE:
YOU A "FAN" OF POSITIVE PRESSURE?
We have always looked at PPV as another tool-used based upon
conditions, in coordination with companies operating and only ordered by
UL is now testing positive pressure ventilation....and HERE
are excerpts from an article on ABC7 Chicago.com (entire article link and VIDEO
below) about fire fighting testing at Underwriters Laboratories:
Researchers at Underwriters Laboratories in Northbrook [monitor] the oxygen
levels and temperatures [in a controlled burn] … to reduce the number of people
killed in blazes. About 150 sensors are strategically placed [two] homes,
which are inside a UL warehouse.
“A lot of tactics are coming in question because while the number of fires are
going down the number of deaths are remaining the same we are hurting
ourselves,” said Mike Halterman, a firefighter and paramedic in Wilmette.
Not only are those firefighter deaths concerning, but so is the new speed of
fires – because of newer construction, open floor plans and newer
furnishings. In just a 90 seconds, the open box with synthetic furniture made
of chemicals was swallowed by flames, while the open box with vintage furniture
took more than 13 minutes.
Now, UL Consumer Safety Director John Drengenberg and his team are testing
positive pressure ventilation. They’ll still need to perform several more tests
and get more data but, they’re trying to figure out if opening certain windows
and increasing airflow to the fire with fans, can manipulate the flames.“In this case it looks like if the house was vacant and nobody was in the
house, the fan would have done a good job of helping to get the smoke out and
letting the firefighters come in and attack the fire which was in the living
room. However if there was someone in the
house, especially in the bedroom, with the window open it could have been
disastrous,” Dregenberg said.
“This is data that is ground breaking. Nobody has ever done this … firefighters
on scene know how to fight a fire but nobody knows how the fire progresses and
they might want to change their tactics if some of these data points show maybe
breaking the window to get at the fire may not be the best thing,” Dregenberg
said. UL’s research will be complete in a few months. They are doing about
20 more test burns. Thanks to ACDave for the links to this.
MORE INFO HERE:
As discussed earlier, since it came out, we have looked at
PPV as another tool-used based upon conditions, in coordination with companies
operating and only when ordered by command. We'll be interested to see the
progress and final outcomes on the testing.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
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Friday, January 23, 2015
KANSAS FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY FOLLOWING
The Secret List www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
We regret to pass on that Firefighter Ronnie W. Peek, 49,
died in the Line of Duty last evening. Firefighter Peek fell ill while participating
in fire department mandated air management training. He was subsequently
transported to the hospital where he suffered a heart attack and passed away.
Our condolences to all affected. RIP.
APPARATUS VS FIRE APPARATUS CRASH
Remember that crash in California last April with the two
responding apparatus? Well, the cops claim that unsafe driving caused the
Alhambra FD rig to collide with a Monterey Park rig last spring, injuring 15
people. Despite placing fault with the Alhambra apparatus driver, no
charges are being filed in connection to the April 16, 2014, incident....however-numerous
law suits are pending.
The two fire apparatus, which were both responding to a fire
at a Monterey Park home, collided about 1500 hours. The Alhambra rig had its
lights and sirens on as it headed southbound on Garfield Avenue at 15 mph----at
the same time the Monterey Park apparatus was driving 20 to 25 mph
eastbound on Emerson Avenue, also with its lights and sirens.
As both trucks arrived at Garfield and Emerson avenues, the Monterey Park truck
had a green traffic light, while Alhambra’s truck had a red light. Simply
put-the Alhambra fire apparatus failed to ensure the intersection was clear to
enter against the red light....and generally the only way to do that is to
Alhambra’s truck struck the front of the Monterey Park rig, which kept moving
and smashed into a person and a street pole before ramming into a
restaurant. Five restaurant patrons and four pedestrians were injured. Six
firefighters were also injured.
Obviously this could have been a lot worse-thankfully it
wasn't. There have been some hellacious fatal apparatus vs apparatus crashes
over the years and alway=always it is because one of the rigs drivers chose to
not stop when they were required to-or should have, based upon conditions.
never know who is on the roads. It could be your Mom, Dad,
Wife, Partner, Husband ...it could be your Daughter, your Son, your Grandkids -
someone you know. A few years ago, in Ohio, a Firefighter driving apparatus to
a car fire killed her own relatives...TWO relatives...in a proven avoidable
If you think this is "lame" of not, trust us on
this-LOOK at the history-when you have a red light-STOP to INSURE it is clear,
When you have a stop sign, STOP-to make sure it is clear. Besides, it's not
your fire apparatus. Someone decided, for whatever reason, to give you the
privilege of driving it. And while cops aren't charging the apparatus
driver-the lawsuits are looming.
We all wanna make it to the fire or emergency-we wanna get
there "five minutes ago" and many times we are NEEDED FIVE MINUTES
AGO. Make up time by being apparatus ready, hustle getting out of quarters
and stuff like that-but DON'T blow red lights or stop signs-it can change you
life forever-not to mention those we may strike.
We have posted some pics on our home page. BELOW are some
related reports of similar crashes:
APPARATUS VS APPARATUS CRASH KILLS FIREFIGHTER:
January 23, 2005 was "Black Sunday" in New York
when FDNY Lt. Curtis W. Meyran (covering Ladder 27 that day) and FF John G.
Bellew (Ladder 27) died in the Line of Duty at an apartment fire in the Bronx.
Four other FF's were injured: Jeffrey Cool (Rescue 3) the late Lt. Joseph
DiBernardo-Rrescue 3 (whose later death is Line of Duty) Brendan Cawley (Ladder
27) and Eugene Stolowski (Ladder 27).
All 6 FF's were forced to jump from the 4th floor of the apartment building as
they were trapped by the fire. And, as you'll also remember, at a separate
incident in Brooklyn that day, just 3 hours after the Bronx fire, Brooklyn FF
Richard T. Sclafani (Ladder 103) was killed in the Line of Duty after getting
trapped in the basement while operating at a residential fire.
HERE are links to reports, videos and articles as we remember those who were
injured and killed that day.
(NIOSH Report-BRONX FIRE)
(NIOSH Report-BROOKLYN FIRE)
(EXCELLENT NY Magazine Article Bronx Fire Double LODD)
(IAFF Presentation-FDNY FF Jeff Cool)
(Fire Engineering; FDNY FF Jeff Cool)
D CONTINUES TO SAVE LIVES:
Here is a piece from yesterday about the late Joey D's Dad,
retired FDNY "Chief D"-and his untiring efforts to save
firefighters lives-ALL Firefighters:
CHECK THIS OUT:
DO NOT MISS THIS YEARS
TRAINING SEMINAR-WELL WORTH YOUR TIME AND TRAVEL TO LONG ISLAND:
HUGE FIRES & FIREFIGHTERS?
This morning in Homestead PA and earlier this week in
Edgewater, NJ-huge fires kept Firefighters busy. Amongst those incidents, there
have been some commentaries that if those fire departments had career
Firefighters, the fires might have not gotten so large.
Huh? The light weight wood truss non-sprinklered
building had nothing to do with it?
There are numerous arguments on both sides, but
the bottom line is that when the public dials 9-1-1, or wait....when YOU dial
9-1-1 for a FIRE....you and they want help now, and the help needs to be
trained and qualified-and plenty of it. We have seen well staffed, well lead
and well qualified departments on the career and the volunteer side.
We have also seen poorly trained, poorly staffed and poorly
lead departments on both sides. Being career doesn't always mean the best-but
being volunteer doesn't always mean that serving the community for free is
what's best for that community. When there is a fire, people-and your family
too, want a timely response with lots of qualified Firefighters to get all the
tasks done as quickly, as humanly possible-any sane person understands that.
Obviously the FACTS are not out yet on what caused the fires
to get so large-but one thing is for sure-if the buildings were MASONRY and
were FULLY SPRINKLERED, there would NOT have been large fires.
HERE is one persons opinion on Career and Volunteer
Firefighters...a former FDNY Commissioner:
One resident (below) said it was "deja vue" all
over again...since this complex burned 15 years ago. Albert Einstein
said "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and
expecting different results" and when buildings continue to be
built this way, they will burn down the same as they did the first time. Duh.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
6 TAIWAN FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY-FIRE & COLLAPSEThe Secret Listwww.FireFighterCloseCalls.comWe regret to pass on that 6 Firefighters were killed today as they operated at a fire that engulfed a bowling alley in northern Taiwan.The men, all in their 20s, were trapped and killed in a "sudden burst of fire"which caused the partial collapse of the building in Taoyuan county.Two of the Firefighters who died had graduated from the Academy only last year.The fire broke out in the early morning hours when the venue was shut.HERE IS MUCH MORE INCLUDING PHOTOS AND VIDEO:http://m.scmp.com/news/china/article/1682795/six-firemen-killed-tackling-blaze-taiwanhttp://youtu.be/VPngCeF__cYOur condolences to all affected .Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 1/20/15-0700www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
Monday, January 19, 2015
The Alexandria (VA) Fire Department has released a
comprehensive line of duty death report about Paramedic Joshua Weissman.
Paramedic Weissman was the first member of the Alexandria Fire Department since
1965 to give his life in the Line of Duty during an emergency
As some of you will remember, Joshua fell from a bridge
while on the scene of a car fire on Interstate 395 just south of Washington D.C.
on February 8, 2012.
The members of the Alexandria FD sincerely hope that this report will honor
Medic Weissman's memory and be used nationwide in an effort to prevent such a
tragedy from occurring in the future. RIP.
HERE is that report:
BALTIMORE COUNTY/ATF LODD REPORT VIDEO LINK:
Some of you had trouble getting the video mentioned in the earlier Secret List
this morning, so here is a fresh link:
For those of you attending FDIC, Gordon Graham and I are
thrilled to again be doing a session together and certainly welcome you to join
"SURVIVAL IN THE FIREHOUSE AND ON THE
FIREGROUND..."Why Things Went Right-And Why They Went Horribly Wrong
It will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 0800-noon.
Deyails at at www.FDIC.com. Will also look
for you around the halls, the bookstore, around town and in the "big
room" session later in the week.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
In Memory of
Firefighter/Paramedic Mike Cotton-RIP.
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Monday, January 19, 2015
It was on this date in 2011 when Firefighter Mark Falkenhan of
Baltimore County's Lutherville VFD, Maryland, a highly respected veteran career
and volunteer Firefighter, died in the Line of Duty at a fire when he became
trapped in a multi-family dwelling on Dowling Circle.
FF Falkenhan and his partner
entered and made their way into the building to assist in the search for
victims above the first floor fire. At that point in time, other companies were
on the upper floors but there were no hoselines or the protection of one above
the initial fire floor.
The apartment, like ANY dwelling
any FF operates in today-is filled with plastics and other petro-chemical based
consumer items (carpeting/flooring, furniture, TV's etc) that create a gas
filled and subsequent fire environment of explosive potential. Watch the video
to learn and understand how and why the fire spread above the first (terrace
Firefighters searching saw
fire in the corner of the top floor apartment shortly before coming across a
victim-but those conditions were not communicated via radio. At 1841 hours,
crews were ordered to evacuate the building and about a minute later, Mark Falkenhan
called a MAYDAY. At 1850 hours, Firefighters found Falkenhan unconscious and
eventually removed him from the building.
As hopefully you will also know-or will now know that the Fire Protection
Engineers from the ATF Fire Research Laboratory worked with the Baltimore
County FD to create a computer model of the fire that resulted in the Line of
Duty Death of FF Mark Falkenhan on January 19th, 2011. The following 36 minute
video details the entire incident, beginning with the 911 call and ending after
the firefighter MAYDAY.
HERE IS THE LINK TO THE ATF VIDEO/AUDIO OF THE DOWLING CIRCLE FIRE:
HERE IS THE EDITED RADIO TRAFFIC:
HERE IS THE ATF LINK TO THE VIDEO OF THE DOWLING CIRCLE FIRE:
HERE IS THE INITIAL REPORT:
HERE IS THE NIOSH REPORT RELEASED TODAY:
Once again-take the NIOSH REPORT along with the above information, the previous
reports, radio traffic etc and use them in the firehouse, drills, meetings or
whatever it takes as an excellent opportunity to learn, and HONOR the
memory of FF Mark Falkenhan.
FIREFIGHTERS ON TRIAL FOR APPARATUS CRASH
Some Cleveland (Ohio) Firefighters head to trial to defend
themselves today. It involves an apparatus incident where the video
showed one thing but statements of the firefighters seemingly said another.
Now, they'll try to clear their names in a trial by jury.
MORE HERE: http://www.19actionnews.com/story/27880768/cleveland-firefighters-head-to-trial-in-truck-crash
SOUTH AMERICA FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY
A 52-year veteran died last Friday in Joinville, South of
brazil. Volunteer FF Ademar Max Stuewe, 74 years old, fell from a ladder on
Wednesday, while cutting branches of a tree that had fallen over a house during
a storm. He was taken to the hospital and remained in intensive care for two
days, before succumbing to the injuries.
Our condolences to all affected. RIP.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
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