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LODD Report-Lt Falls In Dwelling Fire, Unaccounted For (The Secret List)

Friday, October 9, 2015   Hey, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released its report on the LODD of Baltimore City (MD) Lieutenant James Bethea, who died in the Line of Duty last year following a row house fire.

On November 12, 2014, Bethea, a 62-year-old Lieutenant, who was serving as the shift safety officer, died after falling through a hole in the floor of a vacant row house. At approximately 0019 hours, the department was dispatched to a report of smoke in a vacant row house. Firefighters began arriving on scene starting at 0022 hours and encountered a fire on the rear stairway that extended up the stairwell to the second floor.

Battalion Chief 2 arrived on-scene at 0024 hours and assumed incident command. He quickly upgraded the dispatch to a working fire dispatch, which sent  additional trucks, engines, battalion chief, and the shift safety officer. The fire was quickly brought under control and the incident commander began releasing companies around 0046 hours.

Remaining crews used ventilation fans to clear smoke from the fire structure and the vacant row house on side Delta. Crews working inside the Delta exposure observed that the ground-level floor at the rear of the structure had been completely removed but did not report this hazard to incident command when they exited. 

The shift safety officer entered the Delta exposure alone and apparently fell through the hole, receiving face and head injuries. All remaining personnel cleared the incident scene by 0223 hours. The fire department dispatch center began receiving phone calls reporting the shift safety officer’s unattended vehicle blocking traffic around 0647 hours. Fire department resources were dispatched at 0748 hours to investigate the unattended vehicle. The shift safety officer was discovered in the basement of the Delta exposure at 0824 hours and was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death was determined to be smoke inhalation.

The report cited these contributing factors:

  • Floor system at rear of the Delta exposure completely removed prior to incident
  • Hole in floor (fireground hazard) not reported to the incident commander
  • Smoke accumulation in the un vented basement of the Delta exposure
  • Ventilation in the Delta exposure was not completed
  • Shift safety officer entered Delta exposure alone
  • Fireground accountability was ineffective
  • Crew integrity was not maintained and single unit resources operated alone
  • Fire Communications Bureau placed shift safety officer in service without verbal confirmation with him, of his location.
It made these recommendations:

  • Fire departments should utilize a functional personal accountability system requiring a check-in and check-out procedure with the designated accountability officer or the incident commander
  • Fire departments should ensure that the incident commander accounts for all resources before dissolving command
  • Fire departments should train fire fighters on the principles of situational awareness
  • Fire departments should train and empower all fire fighters to report unsafe conditions to Incident Command
  • Fire departments should train all fire fighters and officers to report when tasks are completed or cannot be completed to their officer or the incident commander
  • Fire departments should ensure that every fire fighter on the fire ground utilizes a Personal Alert Safety System (PASS) device including the ability to provide PASS devices for personnel operating in a potentially dangerous environment not requiring the use of self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Fire departments should provide Battalion Chiefs and Chief Officers with a staff assistant or chief’s aide to help manage information and communication
  • Fire departments should ensure that single resource units (e.g. safety officers, fire investigators, etc.) do not function alone in IDLH environments at emergency scenes
  • Fire departments should ensure that dispatch centers forward all reports of suspicious or unusual events to the appropriate authorities in a timely manner
  • Fire departments should ensure that Mayday training program(s) are developed and implemented so that they adequately prepare fire fighters to call a Mayday.
Download the entire report HERE:

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 10/9/2015-1505 Hours 





DCFD Deputy Chief Mutual Aid, Smoke Alarms, Bikers/FF's (The Secret List)

Friday, October 9, 2015   All,I received a message from Deputy Fire Chief Steve Reid of the Washington DCFD (Ret). As the Grandfather of 6 wonderful grand babies myself-I treat his request as an urgent mutual aid request from him, a long time friend of ours. Please do whatever you can and if nothing else, pass this on.
His grandson, Colby James Reid, age 12, woke up one Saturday a few weeks ago complaining of a toothache.  By the following day, his jaw had swollen considerably, so his concerned mother took him to the dentist right away.  After x-rays showed nothing wrong with his teeth, he was referred to an oral surgeon, and by the end of the week, we were sitting in front of an Oncology specialist at Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C., having a conversation that is every parents' worst nightmare.

After much testing and torturous waiting, Colby was diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell (Non-Hodgkin’s) Lymphoma.  His status has been classified as Stage IV.  He begin chemotherapy treatment today for a duration of six months.  Doctors have warned that his tumors are growing and he has aggressive deterioration in his bones.  

No child should have to deal with suffering and sickness. Colby is about to become a teenager.  All he wants to do is play football and baseball and video games with his little brother.  The family and friends of the Reid/Carr family are devastated and wish to help ensure that Colby gets the best possible treatment and care possible, without the financial ruin that these procedures can cause.  The chemotherapy alone costs tens of thousands of dollars each month.  Please consider donating to help alleviate the strain of Colby's medical expenses.

With help from the community, we can ensure that cancer is just a chapter in Colby's life, and not the whole story.   Assist us in making sure that our family is not alone in his fight against Lymphoma. A family friend has established a Go Fund Me site and your donations are greatly appreciated.  Here is the link:
Vision 20/20 and the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy have released a report (available at from a national smoke alarm summit that brought together experts working to find solutions to the problem of residential fire deaths. More than 3,000 people were killed in fires in the United States last year, or one every 2 hours and 41 minutes. Almost 16,000 were injured in these fires that caused $9.8 billion in damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Although smoke alarms can cut the risk of death in half, based on its experience in home safety visits done across the country, Vision 20/20 estimates a need for more than 100 million smoke alarms in homes today.
Fifty-nine representatives from the fire service, academia, government, non-profit and private sector convened for the one-day summit. The goal was to develop consensus recommendations to help guide future actions focusing on evidence-based policy and practices, priority research gaps to be addressed and steps needed to encourage wider installation of smoke alarms.
A task force, with expertise across the technological, data collection, human behavioral and educational messaging spectrum, has been formed to follow-up on the issues presented in the report. The task force will present its findings to Vision 20/20, which will then be shared with the public.
A copy of the report, Evidence Informing Action: Consensus Priorities to Increase the Use of Smoke Alarms in U.S. Homes is available from Vision 20/20 at
Firefighters and bikes (motorcycles) often go hand in hand. There have been 2 active duty Firefighters killed recently. While it appears both cases were not at all the fault of the Firefighters-PLEASE used EXTREME caution when riding-they DON'T see you.
===RIP: North Myrtle Beach (SC) Firefighter Jennifer Hannah, 37, who was killed in a motorcycle / vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon. She was also a volunteer FF in Horry County. Her husband Mitch Hannah was killed in a similar manner earlier this year. He was a Horry County Firefighter.
===RIP Seminole County (FL) Diana Gilboy, 43, a wife and the mother of two. Gilboy worked for the Casselberry FD for 10 years as a FF/Medic-they recently merged with Seminole County. Gilboy and her passenger, Sarah Post, 34, died Sunday when Gilboy's motorcycle struck a pickup truck that. Our condolences to all those affected by these losses. 
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 10-8-2015-2026 Hours 





Does Your FD Cover I-80 Or Near I-80? (The Secret List)

Thursday, October 1, 2015  Hey,We have a request for assistance, especially for Firefighters that cover the I-80 corridor as outlined below. IF YOU CAN HELP with honor guards, apparatus salutes or just have firefighters, police officers and EMS personnel stand by in honor as the procession passes, please read the below.

The Terry Farrell Fund* has received one of the last pieces of WTC steel. It will be donated to the Colorado Chapter and sent west from NYC on October 21st 2015. 

The Firefighters from Colorado will receive the steel at Kennedy Airport and travel west on Interstate 80 thru New Jersey and Pa and spending the first night in Shaker Heights Ohio. Any fire department that can set up an honor guard along the route or assist with the travel in any way please let contact: 
or please call Annemarie in the office at 631-846-2742.
Thanks for your consideration.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 10-1-2015-1300 Hours 

Terry Farrell was a father, a husband, a brother, and a dedicated firefighter who lost his life on September 11, 2001, during the World Trade Center attack. Among the 343 heroes who died that day, he was in Tower Two when it collapsed.
A decorated member of Rescue 4 FDNY and Chief of the Dix Hills Volunteer Fire Department on Long Island, Terry was a devoted firefighter who embodied the spirit of courage and giving. The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund was established in his memory to assist firefighters and families across the nation with financial, educational and medical support, and to provide equipment donations for fire departments in need.
The Terry Fund provides much needed relief to firefighters and families facing hardship. The fund also distributes donated surplus equipment to help them do their jobs more safely and effectively.
The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund is made of up firefighters and family members who volunteer their time and energy to help fellow brothers, sisters and departments in need. The fund operates annually on a budget of 1-3% and sustains itself through fundraising and the donations of individuals, fire departments and corporate sponsors. Contributions to the fund are tax deductible.





FAIL: Congress Lets Key Part Of 9/11 Zadroga Act EXPIRE (The Secret List)

Thursday, October 1, 2015   All,

From "NEVER FORGET" to....Who...?


It’s official: the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act has expired. Yesterday, Congress blew it and missed an important deadline to reauthorize the World Trade Center Health Program and the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, and soon the Firefighters and other first responders and survivors of the worst terrorist attack on American soil, in our history will receive notice -- the programs that provide healthcare and offer critical support to our 9/11 heroes are expiring.  


Please take time to read the details and consider the below petition and message to congress.


READ the Articles:

Petition Information: 

Petition Update · Significant Parts of Zadroga Bill Expires Tonight!


What a disappointment.


If you agree, do something about it. If you are a Firefighter, EMT or Cop-this absolutely can impact you next. Don't just sit there-react. Please. 

It expired? Sure-but where there's a will there's a way.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


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Pres. Obama To Attend NFF Memorial Service, SC LODD Funeral (The Secret List)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015   All,We want to pass on to you that on Sunday, October 4, President Obama will travel to Emmitsburg, Maryland to deliver remarks at the 34th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. The President will honor 84 heroic firefighters who have died in the line of duty in 2014 and three firefighters who died in previous years. The President looks forward to thanking our nation's firefighters for the extraordinary courage they display every day, particularly during these challenging times as communities across the Western United States combat the recent wildfires. Further details about the President's travel to Maryland will be available in the coming days. Keep an eye on for the latest updates, live streams etc. 
Funeral services for Burton Firefighter Stuart Hardy will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Praise Assembly of God on Parris Island Gateway. Hardy will be buried in Beaufort National Cemetery with military and emergency services honors.
A procession will follow the funeral and is expected to include numerous fire and emergency personnel. The procession will go down Parris Island Gateway and turn right onto Robert Smalls Parkway to US 21. 
FF Hardy died Sept. 24 after suffering a medical event responding to a call Sept. 13. The cause of death has not been released.
More here:
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 9/30/2015-1300 Hours 





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