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Monday, December 15, 2014
It's been a crazy 24 hours between the NSW terror hostages,
the Prince Georges County Ambulance jacking and so much more....and now this...
As you may have read or heard, a 27 year old Baltimore City
Police Officer was shot last evening during a traffic stop in west
Baltimore. The officer and his partner conducted the stop in the 2600
block of Gwynns Falls Parkway around 1915 hours. They did a car stop on
suspicious activity, and they walked up to the car...and shots were fired.
Police Officer Andrew Groman was hit under his vest and
was rushed to Sinai Hospital were he underwent surgery and is in stable but
critical condition. Groman is also a past Captain with the Warrington Fire
Company in Bucks County, PA.
You may remember that he was also one of two Firefighters
we wrote about, that where injured in 2011 during a fire call for a front
loader fire at a mulch farm. He and the other member received burns after
the loader exploded when preparing to attack the fire.
Last night, thankfully, the bullet missed one of Officer
Gromans main arteries by a millimeter. It went through his intestines and
colon-leaving two holes in his intestine. They repaired that but the bullet is
still lodged above his right pelvic-and they will remove that at a later date.
The Dr's wants to remove his catheter and have him walking by the end of the
day and are talking about getting him out by the end of the week. He is doing
well but in a lot of pain.
INITIAL REPORTS ARE THAT after the officers approached the car, a struggle
ensued, a Taser was used and then someone in the car fired three shots,
striking the officer once in the abdomen, They do not believe officers fired
their service weapons during the shooting,...the officer's partner then rushed
him to Sinai Hospital, where he had surgery last night.
A few people were taken into custody, but only one man, a
19-year-old, was charged in the shooting so far....a violent repeat offender,
Donte Jones. Cops have recovered the gun.
We are so thankful that
Officer Groman survived this attack and wish him a rapid recovery. For those
out there looking to protest something, how about protesting this attempted
murder on these Police Officers? Just say'n...
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 12/15/2014-1600 Hours
Monday, December 15, 2014
An ambulance from the Branchville VFD (Co. 11) in Prince
Georges County (MD) was car (ambu) jacked earlier tonight resulting in what
appears to be the death of an innocent civilian.
Around 1700, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department
Ambulance 811 (of the Branchville firehouse) was carjacked by an EDP
(emotionally disturbed person) who assaulted the crew. This occurred on the
Capital Beltway near I-95 and Route 1.
Apparently, the ambulance had stopped on the beltway to
assist at a crash they saw. Initial reports are that once they stopped, the
person driving the crashed vehicle made a grab for the ambulance. After
assaulting crew members, the alleged psycho then car (ambu) jacked the unit.
Following that, as that person drove the stolen ambulance. the unit was then
involved in a very serious crash in front of Joe’s Crab Shack at Greenbelt Road
& 62nd Avenue.
As of now reports are that there is one fatality and other
UPDATES on the crash and photos HERE:
Take Care. be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 12/14/2014-2000 Hours
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Recently the San Antonio (TX) has experienced numerous
members of the SAFD family being diagnosed with cancer. It's the SAFD'S CANCER
BATTLE. As a profession we are prepared to “risk a lot to save a lot” and often
times we equate that principle to incident factors like structural stability,
fire progression, and rescue prioritization. Little do we realize that there is
another more insidious risk threatening our safety and that of our sisters and
brothers. We need to be aware of the hidden and always present threat we,
as firefighters, face daily when we report for duty in the form of carcinogens.
BELOW is a video that the SAFD Cancer Task Force put together. We would
like to thank the SAFD brothers who exhibited the courage to go on film and
make this video, and its message, possible. Special thanks also go out to
Casey’s wife, Andrea, who supported this initiative and allowed us to share
ESPECIALLY DURING THE Christmas Holiday season...please keep
all fire service sisters and brothers who are battling cancer in your
thoughts and prayers....our (yours and mine) chances of having to deal with
cancer is far, far greater than having to deal with any other injury or life
threat to Firefighters.
CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO:
DO YOU KNOW A
It's that time of the year again.
TIME FOR APPLICATION TO THE CHIEF RAY DOWNEY COURAGE AND
.....It is time for all of us to consider applicants for the CHIEF RAY DOWNEY
COURAGE AND VALOR AWARD sponsored by FIRE ENGINEERING/FDIC.
A rescue on the fireground? A water rescue? An unusual run
where THAT Firefighter made a difference-a truly once in a lifetime difference?
HERE are all the details and the HISTORY of this highly respected award:
HERE IS THE APPLICATION:
...GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS,
HANUKKAH and KWANZAA:
WHILE ARE WERE THRILLED that the book "PASS IT ON"
sold out on Amazon, it is back in stock....so that the fund raising can
There are also some autographed copies of PASS IT ON
available here at FSP:
Again-thanks to all those who have purchased the book-and to
all the contrubutors to the book-we are raising some very substantial funds
(over $20,000 from April to Sept!) to the two designated charities: NFFF &
The Chief Ray Downey Scholarship.
And to celebrate, here is one of our favorite family music
videos-done by none other than NJ Firefighter/Fire Marshal Mike "Mike
Take Care. be Careful. Pass it On.
The Secret List 12/14/2014-1500 Hours
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
AllA service for Philadelphia Firefighter Joyce Craig Lewis who died in the Line of Duty yesterday will begin 10 a.m. Saturday at Batchelor Brothers Funeral Services on North Broad Street. Interment will follow at Ivy Hill Cemetery.Viewings for the 36-year-old mother of two will be held at the funeral home from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday.More here from IAFF Local 22: http://www.iaff22.org/index.cfm?section=1Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 12-10-2014-1630www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
All,As you probably know, there were some close calls and Line of Duty deaths in recent years where radios - being used in fire environments (our environment) were part of the problem. In once again their attempt to separate fact from fiction and rumor, NIST did some scientific testing-with the cooperation and participation of the fire service and others. These new test results (below) from the NIST confirm that portable radios used by firefighters absolutely can fail to operate properly within 15 minutes when exposed to temperatures that may be encountered during firefighting activities...and not just obvious physical failure.We rely on our radios to report our location, conditions, action, progress and our needs...often urgently. Performance problems with portable radios have definitely been identified by the NIOSH as contributing factors in some firefighter Line of Duty deaths.ALL PORTABLE FIRE RADIOS FAILED:All seven of the firefighter portable radios tested by NIST failed to perform properly within 15 minutes when exposed to temperature levels encountered in “fully involved” fires, as when all the contents in a room or structure are burning. Four of the handheld radios stopped transmitting, and three experienced significant “signal drift,” rendering the radios unreliable for communication.The failures occurred while the radios were subjected to a temperature of 160 degrees Celsius (320 degrees Fahrenheit), termed Thermal Class II conditions. The temperature is representative of a fully involved fire or conditions outside a room when its contents flashed over.During the post-test cool-down period, three of the radios did not recover normal function. Like any tool we use-we need to understand the current capabilities of our radios-what we can expect-and what we cannot expect.PLEASE TAKE TIME TO REVIEW THESE FOUR REPORTS:1-NIST RADIO REPORThttp://www.nist.gov/el/fire_research/radios-120914.cfm2-RELATED LODD REPORTHERE is an LODD report (see recommendation 9) demonstrating the problem:http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201113.htmlSan Francisco FD Double LODD:The above FIRE killed SFFD Lieutenant Vincent A. Perez and Firefighter-Paramedic Anthony M. Valerio on June 2, 2012--READ THE BELOW for additional details and the SFFD report.3-OVERVIEW:http://www.sf-fire.org/index.aspx?page=1236 4-ACTUAL SFFD INTERNAL REPORT-See Page 93:http://188.8.131.52/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentID=2694==SIT THE F*CK DOWN....Well I guess that headline got your attention-good. It's supposed to. Offended? Not my intention but please get the f*ck over it and keep reading--what should be offensive is the following.Each year some Firefighters die in the Line of Duty because they had to, the conditions indicated the risk in saving a life was worth taking-and tragically they died. They are the great minority, the ones who die because there was a clear risk worth taking in attempting to save a life.Nothing new-the majority of Line of Duty deaths prove (after the investigations) that they often could have been avoided...and we try to learn from all of them.When I was a young Firefighter in the early 70's, one of the things I enjoyed most was standing up and looking forward (over the cab) when our apparatus responded. To me, it was the ultimate opportunity to see "what we had" (size up?) as we turned out. Back then we also used porto-powers, we thought Jet-Axes were a good idea and we kept our SCBA's in boxes (all two of them on Rescue 30 plus the officer had a 15 minute pak) JUST IN CASE the fire and smoke was really bad. That was in the 1970's.Since then, smart people decided putting company officers in 15 minute air paks wasn't a particularly good idea, Jet Axes didn't work as we thought (ask me about my intimate experience with a Jet Axe sometime) and a company named Hurst invented a tool that changed how we extricate people forever.... and because FIREFIGHTERS were FALLING OFF apparatus when standing (in the open seat area, the running boards and tail boards) ... that maybe we should be seated and belted. Good firefighters thinking they were doing the right thing fell off and got killed. So we stopped doing that many years ago for a variety of reasons. Lawyers are a big part of why we are expected to be seated and belted. Keep read'n.IF you have never experienced what it is like to stand up, unsecured and look over the cab while responding, you now have a chance to experience that today, thanks to these Firefighters who, in December of 2014-this month, decided that it was OK to stand up during their response. In December....traditionally one of the WORST months for Firefighter death...as we saw yesterday as two more Firefighters gave their lives.When I saw this video, I thought that I just wanted to tell these kids to...."SIT THE F*CK DOWN" Trust me, your parents, girlfriend, boyfriend or whoever would expect nothing less. We would hope the Chief doesn't support this-after all-the Chief would be named if you were killed. Trust us. So would the President of your FD. Trust us. There is a lot HEROIC about being a Firefighter-but there is NOTHING HEROIC about getting tossed out of a responding rig because you wanna stand-and your pal wants to videotape. THINK.HERE is the video:http://youtu.be/SnikRBdJRDE"SIT THE F*CK DOWN" These people would thank you....Irwin "Buzz" Gross (Google me)Joseph Tynan (Google me too!)Neil Rossman (Google me but you don't ever want to meet me)Peter Pirsch (I wish the above two people had never met-or I would still be in business)It's 2014-Sit The F*CK Down and buckle in. We have already had heroes die in the Line of Dutyyears ago because they didn't know any better. Today-doing the same is blatant stupidity and disregard for those that died years ago, those who didn't know any better----because in 2014, we know better.And take a moment to read these:http://www.firefighternation.com/article/firefighter-safety/dangers-unbelted-drivinghttp://www.michaelwilbur.com/news/fullstory/newsid/123186==WOMEN FIREFIGHTERSWith it being the Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa: the Holiday Season, some of you may want to get a cool gift for the women firefighters in your life. Well, obviously you have probably ALREADY purchased them the book "PASS IT ON, What we know, what we want you to know"............but there is also another EXCELLENT gift idea for Women Firefighters. Consider membership in this organization, as these are a great group of Firefighters:https://i-women.org/membership-account/membership-levels/Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 12/10/2014-1100 Hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.comIT'S THE HOLIDAY SEASON!Give The Gift That Keeps On Giving-And Costs You NOTHING!Subscribe'm to The Secret List!http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/secret.phpGET THEM SECRET LIST ALERTS VIA TWITTER: http://twitter.com/thesecretlistHAVE THEM FOLLOW THE SECRET LIST ON FACEBOOK: http://tinyurl.com/y855vmtAdditional fire stuff and bs sent on twitter via: @billygoldfeder
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