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Sunday, April 26, 2015
RESCUE SQUAD MEMBER KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
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An Etowah County (NE of Birmingham) Rescue Squad member has
died in the Line of Duty as a result of injuries during a search for a missing
kayaker in an Etowah County creek.
Squad Member Vicky Ryan, 46, died last night at Riverview Regional Medical
Ryan, along with three rescue squad coworkers, was injured when two
boats capsized during a search on Big Wills Creek.
A 25-year-old man was out kayaking with family members about
1107 hours yesterday (Saturday) in Big Wills Creek when he was swept into the
water. The man went missing near an old low head dam that was once used to pump
water into the Gulf States steel mill nearby.
The Etowah County Rescue Squad began a search, and employed two rescue boats.
One of the boats got too close to the dam and was swept over the side. The
second boat soon followed and nine Rescue Squad workers were cast into the
creek. Members of the Gadsden Fire Department and the Etowah County Sheriff's
Office assisted in rescue efforts.
One other worker was taken to Riverview, and two more to Gadsden Regional
Medical Center. Fire medics have still not located the missing kayaker. Members
will maintain a presence in the area overnight and resume searching tomorrow,
but will not attempt any more recovery efforts tonight.
Water levels were already high at the creek because of spring rains, which also
made the current especially dangerous. Our condolences to all those affected.
APPARATUS CRASHES IN MARYLAND
Last night there were two apparatus crashes in Prince Georges
County, MD. The first one, early this morning, involved an overturned
engine company (827) out of the Morningside firehouse. A bit later, heavy
rescue squad (806) out of the Spingdale firehouse collided with a passenger car
at Route 202 and Arena Drive in Largo. One Firefighter and a civilian suffered
We have some photos on our home page.
They'll be more details posted HERE:
We wanted to
share these dead on comments with you from an old friend of FFCC, veteran
Firefighter and Police officer Chris Daly, from www.DriveToSurvive.org
Check it out:
I just read an article about a firefighter who fell out
of a truck while it was responding to a call. The incident itself is disturbing
on many levels, but what disturbed me more was the comments and discussions
that were generated on social media in reference to the use of seatbelts.
Let’s get one thing straight. For anyone who defends the NON-USE of seatbelts,
you’re an idiot. Yes…I said it…an idiot. The fire service has tried to gently
get you fools to wear your seatbelt for years now, but that approach just isn’t
working. So here you go…you’re an idiot.
Now, allow me to immediately put to rest the comments that are about to
manifest themselves under this post. I’ve been a firefighter for 25 years. I’ve
served as nozzleman, Captain, Battalion and Assistant Chief. I’ve driven to
fires, I’ve fought fires and believe it or not, I figured out how to put my
airpack and my seatbelt on at the same time. It’s not rocket science.
I’ve also spent 18 years as a police officer, reconstructing thousands of
serious and fatal vehicle crashes, some of which involved emergency vehicles. I
have a Master’s Degree in Safety, having worked for several years in the
private industry conducting OSHA-type safety audits. And I’ve testified in
real-life court trials as an expert witness on the proper operation of an
In addition, I’ve taught the “DRIVE TO SURVIVE” emergency vehicle crash
awareness seminar over 350 times to over 15,000 firefighters and emergency
responders across the country. So to those of you who feel the need to troll
the web saying that firefighters can’t pack up and wear seatbelts at the same
time, and anyone who says otherwise doesn’t know what they’re talking about…see
above. You’re an idiot.
If you can’t put your seatbelt on around your gear, buy seatbelt extenders.
They’re easy to find. If you can’t put your airpack on with your seatbelt on,
practice. Or wait until you arrive. If it takes you longer than 15 seconds to
sling a pack on your back as you hop out of the truck, you should probably
revisit the fire school. If you’re jumping off the truck with a fogged up mask
to save a ½ second running to the front door, you’re missing the big picture.
Calm down, take a deep breath and size-up the building before you put your mask
on. That’s what real firemen do. Not keyboard warriors who graduated high
school two years ago and have melted “NO FEAR” stickers on their helmets from
crawling around a concrete fire school.
I especially love the comments that say NFPA doesn’t require drivers to make sure
everyone has their belt on. I won’t bore you with all the details because I’m
pretty sure the guys who say this sort of thing have already stormed away from
the keyboard or put down the smart phone by now, but let’s just look at one of
several standards that address this fact:
NFPA 1500 (6)(2)(5) – Drivers shall not move fire apparatus until all persons
on the vehicle are seated and secured with seatbelts in approved riding
positions, other than as specifically allowed in this chapter (there are no exemption
provided anywhere in the chapter).
NFPA 1500 (6)(3)(2) – Seat belts shall not be released or loosened for any
purpose while the vehicle is in motion, including the donning of respiratory
protection equipment or protective clothing.
NFPA 1451 (8)(2)(7) – Drivers/Operators shall not move fire department vehicles
until all persons on the vehicle are seated and secured with seat belts in
approved riding positions, other than as specifically allowed in (8)(3)(3)
(which addresses patient care in an ambulance).
So there you have it, NFPA makes it pretty clear that if you don’t have your
seatbelt on, the truck shouldn’t move. If you claim the truck doesn’t have
seatbelts, the truck shouldn’t be in service. I don’t care if it’s a “loaner”
truck, a reserve piece, or heaven forbid, a first out rig. If your fire truck
doesn’t have seatbelts, put it out of service. You can’t do the job. Sorry.
Tell your city hall dwellers to get off their wallets and install some
seatbelts. I’m pretty sure a bake sale or a boot drive would cover the cost in
a few hours.
For those who think there are exemptions to the vehicle code regarding this
matter, I can tell you this… no exemption in the vehicle code is going to help
you as you fly out the window at 45 MPH. For those who may be making reference
to the incident that generated this rant, I can tell you that unless you are a
rural postal carrier in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, you have no exemption
for wearing your seatbelt. Last I checked, fire trucks don’t carry mail.
So…if your nose is out of joint…good. I made my point. Yes, I’m sure your
grandfather told you about his best friend Larry who would be dead today if he
had been wearing that pesky seatbelt, but those instances are few and far
between. There are tens of thousands more people who would be alive today if
they had worn their seatbelts.
Stop making excuses, suck it up and make sure you go home to your family.
Take Care. Be
Careful. Pass it On.
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Thursday, April 23, 2015
FF FALLS FROM FIRE TRUCK - NO SEAT BELT Officials say a broken door latch is to blame for injuries to an Arnold firefighter who tumbled from a truck on the way to a fire call Tuesday morning. Arnold's overall fire chief, J.C. Tedorski, said the injured volunteer was treated and released from Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison and was advised to see a shoulder specialist. “Fortunately, the firefighter was wearing his helmet and other gear, but he still received a head laceration and a shoulder injury,” Tedorski said.“It was a catastrophic failure of the door latch,” O'Leath said. He said the truck was turning from Drey Street onto Kenneth Avenue when the door flew open.“We were going only 8 to 10 miles per hour, so it wasn't at high speed. But it was just enough for him to fall out.”BLAMING IT ON THE DOOR LATCH IS AN EXCUSE - WHERE YOUR SEAT BELTS - THIS WOULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED! THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THIS IN 2015!OH FF INJURED IN WALL COLLAPSEA Marion firefighter was seriously injured last night battling a blaze in the city’s downtown.The firefighter was hurt in the lower leg while combatting the fire on N. Vine Street, a Marion dispatcher said.The firefighter’s injury came when a brick wall collapsed, WBNS-TV reported.The injured firefighter was transported to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in Columbus.The blaze affected a brick building and an adjacent house. WBNS-TV reported the brick building was vacant, and that the residents of the house were not at home when the fire erupted.FIRE - KNOWLEDGE TO PRACTICE GRANT PROJECTThe City of Ottawa Fire Services is leading the development of an evidence-based fire dynamics training (FDT) curriculum that will assist in closing current critical knowledge and capability gaps. This training will be incorporated into Canadian firefighting training certification standards for adoption and use by all fire services in Canada. Ottawa Fire Services is partnering with the Calgary Fire Department; Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal; and Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency.Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) has funded the project with a $1.2 million dollar grant and the project has an additional $2.8 million in-kind funding from participants and industry partners. The DRDC-CSSP mandate is tostrengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate, prevent/mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism, crime, natural disasters, and serious accidents through the convergence of science and technology with policy, operations and intelligence. This project addresses gaps between the science of fire dynamics and current firefighting strategies and tactics, translating knowledge into practice and resulting in safer and more effective fire-related emergency and disaster mitigation. The project goals are to reduce social, economic, environmental, legal and life-safety risks and impacts due to fire through the development of a collaborative, evidence-based fire dynamics curriculum, and safe, realistic live fire training tools. The project will confirm theory and make it accessible to front-line workers, confronting a wide range of existing, inaccurate and potentially dangerous assumptions and replacing them with complex, often non-intuitive research findings in a valid and reliable way. Project transition to the operational level will occur through new industry standards, endorsed curriculum and validated technologies. These outcomes will inform fire service investment decisions, policies, procedures and practices nationally and internationally and present innovative commercial development opportunities for industry. The project has received widespread support from the international fire service community, including: the Canadian Council of Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners; the Canadian Fire Service Education, Training and Certification Council; the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs; the International Association of Fire Fighters; the Ottawa Professional Fire Fighters Association; theAssociation des Pompiers de Montréal; the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association; the National Research Council of Canada; the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG U.S. Department of State); Underwriters Laboratories; the National Institute of Standards and Technology; the Ontario Association of Fire Training Officers; the North American Fire Training Directors; the International Fire Service Training Association; International Society of Fire Service Instructors; and the National Fire Protection Association; the University of Waterloo; Carleton University; Algoma University; and the University of Toronto; and fire services from the United States (FDNY, Columbus Division of Fire, L.A. County), Australia (Brisbane - QFRS, Sidney - NSWFB) Belgium (Brussels), England (Lancashire Fire & Rescue), France (Yvelines), Germany (Frankfurt), Ireland (Dublin), Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden. Industry partners include Bullard, Bullex, DQE Inc, Fire Engineering Magazine, Firefighter Close Calls.com, LION, Logistik Unicorp, Mercedes Textiles, MSA and Task Force Tips. Through this tremendous international collaborative effort it has been made possible that the curriculum and all project content will be made available free of charge internationally for adoption/adaptation by interested fire services and standards organizations. For further information contact the Project Manager: Peter.McBride@Ottawa.caTake Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.BillyGThe Secret List 4/23/2015-1100 Hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
Sunday, April 19, 2015
==3 FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY-FOLLOWING FIRE IN
A SILO-FIRE CHIEF'S SON AMONG THE FALLEN
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3 Firefighters were killed in the Line of Duty late
yesterday in the City of Minga Guazú, where they responded this morning to
continue cooling after a fire yesterday. The area is in Paraguay, in Central
The members who lost their lives are FF's Ronald Aguilera, Arnaldo Gonzalez and
Saturnino Riveros. The latter is the son of the Commander of the Fire
Department of Minga Guazú, Syriac Riveros, who was also at the scene, was
injured but was rescued alive.
The four Firefighters responded to the silo for some post-fire tasks. The fire,
which started at 16:00, was knocked down, but required a lot of overhaul and
continued cooling. The company was on site and operating when they fell to
the dryer and became trapped, according to preliminary reports, indicating they
had suffocated. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP.
==UPDATE: TEXAS FIRE APPARATUS CRASH-FIREFIGHTERS REMAIN
CRITICAL-FIRE DEPT MUTUAL AID EMS UNIT CRASHES WHILE RESPONDING TO THE
APPARATUS CRASH-ALL MEMBERS OK
2 Firefighters remain in critical condition following a
series of crashes on a stretch of rural Texas road Friday, that involved
several vehicles including a fire truck and a responding ambulance.
The Officer was reportedly ejected and members were trapped
under the apparatus. 5 Firefighters were trapped after their truck overturned
following a collision with a pickup truck that drove through an
NOTE: An ambulance from the Killeen FD whose crew was en route to
the crash scene (with other KFD companies) was also involved in an accident.
Road conditions at the time were wet.
posted additional pictures on the www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
VIDEO FROM THE APPARATUS CRASH SCENE:
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==ADD'L IMPORTANT ACTIVITIES OF NOTE FOR FDIC:
Fire Instructors Social
Mo's A Place for Steaks, 15 East Maryland Street
Time: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
ISFSI will be giving away
thousands of dollars in door prizes at this event. This social and the
subsequent giveaways are the Society’s way of thanking its membership and
welcoming new members. Not currently an ISFSI member? The Society is also
welcoming you to join at the door for an intro membership fee. If you are an
ISFSI member or part of the FDIC teaching staff or wish to join that evening,
make this a must. It's is an excellent opportunity for instructors to network
with outstanding food, drinks, and amazing door prizes. Come by to see your
friends and make new ones!
Sponsored by Honeywell & Scott Safety.
FIRE INSTRUCTORS MEETING
ISFSI Annual Meeting (FREE Lunch Provided)
Room Sagamore 7
Friday, April 24, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
ISFSI invites you to attend the 2015 spring membership
meeting and luncheon free of charge! Participate in the only international
membership organization representing the interest of fire service instructors.
This meeting is open to all current ISFSI members and those wishing to obtain
membership. We will be giving away thousands of dollars in door prizes that all
in attendance will be eligible for if you are a member. Come join us and wrap
up FDIC International 2015 with ISFSI!
ADDITIONAL DETAILS RE: FDIC:
The Secret List/FireFighterCloseCalls crew members are
looking forward to seeing you.
Here are some of our crew members activities:
Monday 4/20/15 –HOT WORKSHOPS
0800-1200 – ISFSI Principles of Modern Fire Attack – Train the Trainer – Brian
0800-1200 – Instructor and Training Officer Boot Camp – Forest Reeder and Rudy
Tuesday 4/21/15 –HOT WORKSHOPS
0800-1200 – Survival: Why Things Went Right and Why They Went Horribly Wrong –
Billy Goldfeder and Gordon Graham
0800-1200 – Building the Ladder – Officer Development Programs – Forest Reeder
and Rudy Horist
1330-1730 – ISFSI Instructor Development Clinic – Forest Reeder, Rudy Horist,
Wednesday 4/22/15 –
1030-1215 - Preplanning for a Wildland Event: A Technology Based Community
Approach – Seth Barker
1330-1515 – The Five Most Dangerous Places – Forest Reeder
Thursday 4/23/15 –BIG ROOM SESSION
1020-1215 - Fireground Size-Up, Command, Control, Accountability, and Survival:
Darn! It Didn't Go Well, Why? – Billy Goldfeder with guest Bob Grabowski-Chief
of Homewood IL.
Friday 4/24/15 –
0830-1015 – MayDay for Mental Health – Pat Kenny
1100-1200 – Pass it On Book Signing At Fire Engineering Booth
Take Care. Be
Careful. Pass it On.
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Saturday, April 18, 2015
FIREFIGHTER LODD AT SCENE
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A Dakota City Fire and Rescue volunteer Firefighter
collapsed and died while preparing to leave the scene of a fire Thursday
evening. Emergency responders on the scene made numerous attempts to
revive Andrew “Andy” Zalme without success, the release said. The exact cause
of death wasn't known and will require medical tests.
Zalme, 42, a longtime member of the department, was with crews that had
responded to a fire on Highway 35. The Nebraska State Volunteer
Firefighters Association said in a statement he will be greatly missed by the
organization and the city. Survivors include his wife, Bobbi, and three
children. Funeral arrangements were pending Friday. KTIYP's. RIP.
The Secret List 4/18/2015-0800 Hours
Saturday, April 18, 2015
5 Firefighters from the Central Bell Fire Rescue volunteer
fire department have been transported to a Scott & White Hospital in Temple
after their fire apparatus rolled over on FM 439 near Belton last night.
2 Firefighters are reported to be in critical condition with
traumatic injuries and 3 were expected to be late last night or early this
morning. 2 civilians were also reported injured.
Central Bell County Fire Rescue is a volunteer fire department that operates
out of Nolanville not far from Waco. KTIYP's-we'll keep you advised.
Take Care, Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 4/18/2015-0700 Hours
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