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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.
The Secret List 8/25/2014-2000 Hours
Sunday, August 24, 2014
take time to remember and learn about the late Buffalo NY FD Lt Charles
McCarthy, 45, and Jonathan Croom, 34 who died in the Line of Duty died
while responding to an early morning structure fire on August 24, 2009.
Lt. McCarthy was a 22-year veteran is survived by his wife, Terri, three
children and a grandchild. FF Croom was a 10-year veteran and is
survived by his infant child and his fiancée who was pregnant with their
second child. RIP.
contributing factors identified in this double LODD include working
above an uncontrolled, free-burning basement fire; interior condition
reports not communicated to command; inadequate risk-versus-gain
assessments; and, crew integrity / accountability not
maintained. Firefighter survival related changes sought by the families
of Croom and McCarthy include:
Following the “two in, two out rule,” which means that firefighters do
not enter or leave a burning structure without a partner.
Having an accountability officer to keep track of firefighters entering
and leaving “serious fires,” freeing the commander at the scene to
maintain an overview of the entire situation.
• Making numerous equipment enhancements such as upgraded radios, new self-contained breathing apparatus and thermal cameras.
of an accountability officer and failure to enforce the “two in, two
out rule” were cited in the lawsuits. Federal Occupational Safety and
Health Administration work rules, adopted by New York State for the
protection of first responders, were not adhered to. That allowed the
families to sue, even though the job of firefighter has an assumption of
of the most troubling aspects of the deaths was that the BFD had lacked
a standard operating procedure for extinguishing basement fires. That
is now in place.
==ARTICLE ABOUT THE LAWSUITS FOLLOWING THIS LOSS BY FF FAMILY MEMBERS:
==BUFFALO FD REPORT:
==MEDIA REPORTS / POST FIRE ACTION:
Lots to learn so we can all honor their tragic loss.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 8/24/2014-2131 Hours
Sunday, August 24, 2014
TWO SOUTH AMERICAN FIREFIGHTERS DIE IN THE LINE OF DUTY-SHIP FIRE & EXPLOSION
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regret to pass on to you that yesterday, a ship carrying timber,
heading towards the Port of Buenos Aires, caught fire and exploded twice
near the city of Zárate, Buenos Aires Province, leaving two
Firefighters dead in the Line of Duty and 17 injured.
17:45 the ship Urbana declared an emergency with a fire in the engine
room which at first was thought to be controlled by the crew. Approx an
hour later there was the first explosion that caused a significant
number of injuries among the crew, including the captain.
Argentina Naval Prefecture (Coast Guard) Firefighters, were caught in a
second explosion 40 minutes later, a situation that may have occurred
due to accumulation of gas and that cost the lives of two
Firefighters-from extreme burns. There are seven firefighters injured,
two of which are serious with burns to face, arms and legs. At a time
when the boat was at the dock to the actual top there was a second
explosion, much stronger than the first "that lit up the sky and felt
several blocks around," said witness ..RIP.
THE LOSS OF A POPULAR FIREFIGHTER AND FIRE WEBSITE CO-OWNER
"FIREFIGHTING CANCER TAKES ANOTHER"
with shock and deep regret that we pass on to you that a good friend of
so many (and FFCC), FF/EMT Steve Skipton, lost his tough and extremely
brave battle with cancer yesterday (Saturday). Steve gave so much of
himself over the years to various communities as a member of the Goose
Creek, SC FD and in NJ at the Bellmawr Park FD. Steve was a medic
working EMS for UMDNJ both in Camden City and Newark. Steve volunteered
to go to NY and spent countless days and weeks on site after 9/11 with
the NJ EMS task force. Steve leaves behind his wife and four
children...two boys , 19 and 23, and twin 7-year-old girls.
Condolences can be left on a Facebook Page that was established: "Steve
Skipton Sr. Support Group". If you have any question feel free to contact.Jbrooke@phillyfirenews.com, or in SC area contact firstname.lastname@example.org. RIP STEVE.
PLEASE:==PLEASE take a moment to look at this, ESPECIALLY page 15:
==HERE IS THE SUMMER OF 2014 UPDATE FROM NIOSH RE: MAJOR FF CANCER STUDY:
==HERE IS DATA FROM THE NIOSH CANCER STUDY:
==HERE IS THE IAFF/NIOSH CANCER STUDY WORKSHOP DOCUMENT (Excellent Stats)
...please pass it ...all on.
INDUSTRIAL EXPLOSION IN OHIO-CAUGHT ON TAPE:
was the dispatchers reports of the potential "secondary" explosion that
raised further concerns as fire companies from Evendale (Hamilton
County suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio) and a dozen or so other departments
responded to this multi-alarm incident on Friday.
CHECK out the initial explosion-caught on tape:
GREAT reminder of the hazards related to industrial elevators-and the
CRITICAL importance of pre-plans and related response drills.
Take Care. Be Careful Pass It On.
The Secret List 8/24/2014-0030 Hours
Friday, August 22, 2014
Campbellsville (KY) FD Capt. Tony Grider, 41, remains in critical
condition this morning at the University of Louisville Hospital.
Firefighter Simon A. Quinn, 22, is now reported to be stable.
As you know, Captain Grider and Quinn were rushed to the hospital
Thursday afternoon after being seriously injured when electricity from a
high-voltage line arced onto the ladder of a fire truck they were using
in a student fundraising event - a variation of the popular Ice Bucket
Challenge - at Campbellsville University.
Two other firefighters - Capt. Steve Marrs, 37, and Alex Johnson, 28, -
also suffered electrical shocks but were released after being treated
happened shortly before noon yesterday, as the firefighters assisted
Campbellsville University students with the event to raise research
money for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Grider and Quinn were in the raised tower ladder bucket, spraying cold
water on members of the Campbellsville University band who had
volunteered for the fundraiser. The bucket was being lowered after the
event when it apparently came too near a high-power electrical line
overhead. Current from the line arced, striking the bucket holding
Grider and Quinn. Both men were burned.
The other two firefighters, Marrs and Johnson, suffered shocks when
they took control of the ladder from below. However, they were able to
lower the bucket and assist Quinn and Grider.
Allen Johnson, a former Campbellsville fire chief who also is Alex
Johnson's father, estimated that the line was carrying 69,000 volts of
The tower ladder bucket reportedly did not touch the power line- the
electricity can "jump," or arc, across open space from a high-power line
and can strike another object without physical contact. The greater the
voltage in the line, and the higher the humidity in the surrounding
air, the farther the electricity can leap.
Several hundred people turned out Thursday night for a prayer service for the injured firefighters on the campus.HERE is more along with photos of the scene:
FILTHY FIREFIGHTER "KILLER FIRE PORN" VIDEOS:
been some interesting chatter recently about "fire porn" - videos
showing firefighters in action...so we figured we would share some of
our favorite videos.
I am warning you-the subjects of these first two videos are as filthy & dirty as it gets...especially for Firefighters:
==This one is a heavenly eleven minutes long....
==This one is a quick six minutes...perfect for limited time opportunities...
==AND lastly, for those who enjoy "vintage" adult films-enjoy this one:
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 8/22/2014-1100 Hours
Thursday, August 21, 2014
All,As you know, 4 Firefighters with the Campbellsville (Taylor
County, KY) FD were shocked with one being critical, while helping the
Campbellsville University marching band
with an ALS ice "bucket" challenge this morning.2 of the injured firefighters are being treated at and will be released from a
Campbellsville hospital today. The other two firefighters were transported to
University of Louisville Hospital. One of them is in critical condition and the
other is in fair condition.In critical condition
from burns at University of Louisville Hospital is Captain Tony Grider
and Firefighter Simon Quinn is in fair condition-who were reportedly in
the bucket. The other Captain and Firefighter who were on the ground,
were treated and released.
At the conclusion of the event, as the firefighters
were preparing the rig for their return to quarters, an arc occurred
between the power lines and the firefighters in the bucket. The two
firefighters on the ground were slightly hurt from the electrical shock
but were able to lower the bucket and get to the more seriously injured
firefighters. Other reports are that the incident happened when the
bucket actually touched power lines. Either way, power went out across a
wide portion of the Campbellsville area, affecting about 4,500
customers...and at least one Firefighter is fighting for his life.
around 1145 hours this morning right outside
the university's football and baseball facilities. "The band students
were moving away from the truck and the area," CU band director Jennifer
Tinnell stated, "and I was standing at the fire truck thanking the
[firefighters] for helping us out in this. Out of nowhere, we heard a
explosion, and at the same time saw sparks coming from the rear of the
truck and just a lot of electricity that shot straight up to the bucket
ladder." Tinnell said several firefighters were in the bucket at the
time."A short amount of time after that, there was another strike of it,
and everything was stopped and called in for rescue and help at that point,"
Tinnell added. Only firefighters were injured.We'll keep you updated here and on our home page. KTIYP's.==JAPANESE FIRE OFFICER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY DURING RESCUE
A Japanese fire officer with a rescue unit operating in torrential rain-hit Hiroshima died in the Line of Duty while trying to
save an infant. Record amounts of rain early Wednesday triggered massive
landslides. 39 people died and 7 others are missing.53-year-old Fire Officer Noriyoshi Masaoka served as deputy leader of the local rescue team of the
Hiroshima City FD.Masaoka rushed to the area where 8 people were
reportedly trapped in landslides. He tried to save a three-year-old boy and his
mother. Masaoka was holding the boy in his
arms and had nearly left the disaster site. But Masaoka, the boy, and his
mother were all caught in another landslide.Several hours later, he was
found dead in the mud. The boy also died, while his mother survived with an
injury. Our condolences to all affacted. RIP.==THE ISFSI FALL FIRE INSTRUCTOR CONFERENCE IS COMING UP:Check out the below link for ISFSI's Fall Instructor Conference Nov 14-16th:
http://isfsi.org/links/2014-fall-conference/Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 8.21/2014-1700 Hours
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