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Friday, July 3, 2015
It's obvious to even the most
clueless that we've come a long way. From PPE to nozzles to imagers to whatever
you mention-the "stuff" has improved. And that's usually due to the
efforts of good FIREFIGHTERS who are almost always behind the positive
changes manufacturers use. We've come a long way.
We've also come a long way on
how we operate-again, thanks to good FIREFIGHTERS who are always behind
With changes to stuff and
learning about more ways to operate (MORE vs "instead of"
because our choices to operate need to meet the specific conditions on
arrival-there is no "one way") - we now have better chances than ever
to take care of those who dial 9-1-1 as well as ourselves.
Every once in a while a
Firefighter or Department seems to "slip thru the cracks" - one that
makes you go hmmmm. For example, earlier this week I watched as one FD called a
much further away FD for help, vs. a more qualified FD that was closer to the
fire, because they don't like each other. They don't like each other.
what the citizens expect.
Personality Based Mutual Aid.
Yes-PBMA has caused injuries to get worse,
to burn longer and unnecessarily raised stupid risk for decades.
nothing new. Sometimes it goes back generations because some "bastid"
doesn't like some other "bastid."
then there are fires like these, as shown below, where you wonder....WTF.
30 seconds and watch this clip. I know, you're gonna watch it and say
"well maybe this or well maybe that"
maybe you'll watch it and say "uh.....how about a hose line first before
we toss junior into the dwelling"
take a look and instead of going crazy about what you see-since you can't do
anything about it-use the clip and opportunity to make sure your members are
fully trained based upon how they are EXPECTED to operate TOGETHER-with
everyday being a training day-so every member knows what to do (and what not to
do) ...based upon the fire conditions on arrival.
old tried and true formula.
you might feel that the fire service is taking 5 steps forward and then 4
backward, but don't worry about that-that's not the overall case. There are
always going to be some that slip thru the cracks-the better concern is to
focus on making sure it's not yours, mine or ours.
IS THE VIDEO: http://youtu.be/BlVH6EyL-TY
Here are also some thoughts and
insight about this clip from our ol'pal Willie:
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It
The Secret List 7-3-2015-0700
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Please take a moment to read about these fires-and the
Firefighters who lost their lives. Please pass it on, to your troops -
and compare your ops to these, your staffing, resources and training.
Pass these on to whoever may be able to learn from these sacrifices.
These aren't just stories-but
opportunities for us all to learn and train-and honor these Firefighters.
==THE HACKENSACK FORD FIRE:
July 1, 1988 was when the infamous 60-ton bow strung truss
roof collapsed at a working fire at Hackensack Ford killing Capt. Richard L.
Williams, 53, Firefighter William Krejsa, 51, and Firefighter Leonard Radumski,
38 in the Line of Duty. And then, two additional firefighters, Lt. Richard
Reinhagen, 48, and Stephen Ennis, 30, survived the initial collapse but were
trapped in a closet and running out of air...as the men called out for help
over a portable radio while rescuers struggled to find them, they too lost
their lives in the Line of Duty.
Every firefighter should be educated on this fire. Odd's are, many Secret List
members were not old enough to remember this fire...or were not even born yet.
The 5 were engaged in interior fire suppression efforts at the automobile
dealership when portions of the building's wood bowstring truss roof suddenly
collapsed. The incident occurred on Friday, July 1, 1988, at approximately 1500
hours., when they received the first of a series of telephone calls reporting
"flames and smoke" coming from the roof of the Hackensack Ford
Two engines, a ladder truck, and a battalion chief responded to the first alarm
assignment. The first arriving fire fighters observed a "heavy smoke
condition" at the roof area of the building. Engine company crews
investigated the source of the smoke inside the building while the truck
company crew assessed conditions on the roof. For the next 20 minutes, the
focus of the suppression effort was concentrated on these initial tactics.
During this time, however, little headway appeared to have been made by the
initial suppression efforts, and the magnitude of the fire continued to grow.
The overall fire ground tactics were shifted to "defensive" and the
battalion chief gave the order to "back your lines out." However,
before suppression crews could exit form the interior, a sudden partial
collapse of the truss roof occurred, trapping six fire fighters. An intense
fire immediately engulfed the area of the collapse. One trapped fire fighter
was able to escape through an opening in the debris. The other five died as a
result of the collapse.
HERE is how you can learn about how those 5 Firefighters gave their
lives-and what has been learned since then:
STORY, PHOTOS, VIDEO HACKENSACK FORD:
The NJ State Report:
The Hackensack fire and an earlier similar incident at the Waldbaums
supermarket fire in Brooklyn, New York,
...provide good lessons to the fire service regarding wood
truss roof assemblies. RIP.
==REMEMBERING FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY-JULY (Excellent
links, videos, photos etc below):
14 CO Firefighters Killed-1994
2 CT FIREFIGHTERS KILLED-2010
2 CALIFORNIA FIREFIGHTERS KILLED-2007
3 NJ FIREFIGHTERS KILLED-2002
==14 FIREFIGHTERS KILLED: SOUTH CANYON/STORM KING FIRE
The South Canyon Fire was a 1994 wildfire that took the lives of 14 wildland
firefighters on Storm King Mountain, near Glenwood Springs, Colorado on July
6th, 1994. It is often also referred to as the "Storm King" fire.
HERE is more:
==2 BRIDGEPORT CT: FIREFIGHTERS KILLED 2010
On July 24, 2010, 2 Bridgeport FF's, 40-year-old Lieutenant Steve Velazquez and
49-year-old Firefighter Michel Baik, from Ladder 11 were killed in the Line of
Duty. They were found unresponsive at a residential structure fire. Valazquez
and Baik and two additional crew members were tasked with conducting a primary
search for civilians and fire extension on the 3rd floor of the multifamily
residential structure. The fire had been extinguished on the 2nd floor upon
their entry into the structure. While pulling walls and the ceiling on the 3rd
floor, smoke and heat conditions changed rapidly. RIP.
HERE is the NIOSH Report: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201018.html
HERE ARE THE DETAILS OF THE FIRE FROM IAFFTV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRHQxJlh7OY
(GREAT VIDEO FOR A COMPANY DRILL)
HERE IS MEDIA VIDEO about the Fire: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DSlVAGV1c4
==2 CALIFORNIA FIREFIGHTERS: KILLED 2007
Two Contra Costa County firefighters lost their lives on July 21, 2007
after they were caught in flashover as they tried unsuccessfully to rescue a
couple from their burning dwelling. A "seemingly routine" call for
help quickly turned disastrous with four lives lost, and left the 300-member
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District reeling from the first on-duty
deaths in its history.
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Capt. Matt Burton, 34, and Fire
Engineer Scott Desmond, 37 died in the fire at the couple's ranch-style,
The firefighters had managed to pull one victim from the home and were trying
to find the other person when they were caught in the flashover.
Captain Burton and FE Desmond were from the first arriving crew at 0150 hours.
They made a fast attack and quickly knocked down the visible fire in the living
room. They requested vertical ventilation, grabbed a thermal imaging camera,
and made re-entry without a handline to search for the two residents known to be
inside. Another crew entered without a handline and began a search for the two
residents in the kitchen area. A positive pressure ventilation fan was set at
the front door to increase visibility for the search teams. The crew found and
was removing a civilian from the kitchen area as rollover was observed
extending from the hallway into the living room. Additional crews arrived
on-the-scene and started to perform various fireground activities before a
battalion chief arrived and assumed command. The IC arrived at 0201 hours and
asked the victims’ engineer the location of his officer. The officer who
assisted removing the civilian from the kitchen briefly re-entered to fight the
fire. He then exited and notified the incident commander about his concern for the
air supply of both victims who were still in the structure at approximately
0205 hours. Crews conducted a search for the victims and found them in a back
bedroom where they had been overcome by a rapid fire event. RIP.
NIOSH REPORT: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200728.html
MEDIA REPORT: http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/archives/42/Montalvinfirereport1.7.19.08CCTimes.News.pdf
==GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ: 3 FIREFIGHTERS KILLED 2002
On July 4th, 2002 at 0136 hrs.,The Gloucester City FD along with auto-mutual
aid including the Mt Ephraim FD was dispatched to 200 North Broadway in
Gloucester City for a dwelling fire. Responding units were advised that
occupants may be trapped. First arriving units were on the scene in less than
three minutes and had heavy fire, burn victims and kids trapped.
While Firefighters were operating an interior attack and rescue, a partial
collapse of the structure occurred. An emergency evacuation signal was sounded
and while that was happening, a much more substantial collapse occurred
trapping 8 Firefighters. Additional rescue resources were requested,
Firefighter accountability was initiated and rescue efforts continued. Five of
the eight trapped Firefighters were rescued. But 3 Firefighters (see below)
died in the Line of Duty and 3 children were killed.
We remember James Sylvester, Fire Chief, Mount Ephraim FD. Sylvester, 31, a 17
year veteran, was survived by his wife, who was pregnant with the couple’s first
John West Deputy Chief, Mount Ephraim FD. ... [ more ]
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Within just a few days-a fire department in West Virginia
lost two members in off duty crashes. Another crash left a FF dead in the
NE-leaving 3 little kids and a wife behind. The 2nd one, (in West Virginia)
happened this morning at around 0300, killing 22 year old Firefighter Brandon
22 years old.
Mooney was driving a Jeep when he lost control, causing it
to roll over several times before landing over a hillside. The Jeep went
several hundred feet before stopping. All four of the people inside the vehicle
were thrown from the Jeep. None of them were wearing seatbelts. Three
women were taken to the hospital for treatment. No word on their conditions
yet. Cops say alcoholic beverages were found in the vehicle and that may have
been a factor in the crash.
Mooney is the second Firefighter the Glasgow Fire
Department has lost in little over a week. On June 22, Firefighter
Michael Clark, 21, died in a crash near Glasgow. His crash was likely due to
the weather conditions while driving.
21 years old.
Also earlier last month, a NY Firefighter was killed driving
home from a fire service related social event on Long Island-it was a single
vehicle crash and he left 3 little kids behind. There have been other "off
duty" Firefighters lost as well in the last several weeks. North Carolina,
Be it speed or drinking or whatever-the families and these
departments took one heck of a blow, knocking the wind of of them-for a long
time. It's a reminder that we need to look out for each other-and given most of
our "personality types" and connected risky behavior-we REALLY need
to watch out for ourselves-and one another.
Slow down. If you are with other members who are partying,
take their keys. If you are driving-put your seatbelt on-and make sure everyone
else is belted. DON'T mind your own business. Be a jerk. Speak up and stop the
actions-whatever it takes and it may piss those involved off. Good. Piss'm off.
So many people in the last few weeks are "what
if-ing" these horrific losses. Pay attention. Don't mind your own
business...Firefighters normally don't-so why should this be different? Stick
your nose deep into their business and maybe save one of them from themselves.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 7-1-2015-0944 Hours
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
All,Helluva FIREFIGHTER CLOSE CALL in Denver that we posted on Sunday. As an update, the Firefighter who fell 20 feet through that skylight, John Whelan, sustained injuries including a broken arm, broken ribs and internal injuries. He underwent surgery overnight, and remains in serious condition. He is expected to survive.FF Whelan was on the scene of a Dumpster fire that broke out near an abandoned building - he went to the roof to check for extension when he fell. Glad he's doing better-KHIYP's.ARIZONA 19 2 YEARS LATER-A SETTLEMENT AND "PLANNED" CHANGES?Today we remember the 2 year anniversary of the Line of Duty deaths of the 19 Firefighters in Arizona. While there has been much written about the fire-and several law suits filed-some naming fire commanders, some feel very strongly that little has changed and it could certainly happen again...which is what was heard about fires before the Yarnell Hill fire...and others before that.As of last night, Arizona will pay $670,000 to the families of the 19 hotshots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire and will implement new wildland firefighting procedures to improve safety in a global settlement of litigation stemming from the 2013 fire. We shall see.Questions remain about what went wrong that day and who was responsible for the deaths of the firefighters...because today's settlement announcement means some questions might never be answered.=The 12 family members who filed a wrongful death lawsuit each will receive $50,000 from the state's risk management fund.=The seven families that did not sue will each receive $10,000 from the Arizona State Forestry Division, which was responsible for managing the Yarnell Hill Fire. =State forestry had been fined a record $559,000 for workplace-safety violations that may have contributed to the tragedy. =In lieu of paying the fine, the division will instead pay the families.In addition, state forestry will implement "enhanced safety training" for incident command management, improve its communication systems and work toward greater transparency.An Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health investigation led the state Industrial Commission to issue $559,000 in fines against state forestry. The fines have been under appeal until now.The settlement occurs without the testimony of Granite Mountain Hotshot Brendan McDonough, who barely escaped the firestorm that day and was the crew's lone survivor.McDonough recently told the crew's founder that he overheard a radio conversation between Eric Marsh, the crew's supervisor who'd separated from the others to scout the fire, and Jesse Steed, Marsh's top deputy. It it, Marsh is believed to have ordered the crew to leave their safety zone. The conversation is believed to have occurred shortly before the hotshots were overcome by flames. Attorneys for state forestry repeatedly sought McDonough's testimony under oath, but a deposition never happened.Here are some related videos worthy of your review:America Burning: The Yarnell Hill Tragedy and the Nation's Wildfire Crisishttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=begTiksUwqcVideo shows their last moments:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yw_Yiu6f9ikHere is their final radio traffic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbrlWTng2JUHere is one article of great interest "FEW CHANGES"http://bigstory.ap.org/article/deaths-19-firefighters-prompt-few-changes12 Firefighter families file wrongful death lawsuithttp://verdenews.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=61049Take a moment to remember these Firefighters who lost their lives at that wildland fire:Andrew Ashcraft, 29Anthony Rose, 23Christopher MacKenzie, 30Clayton Whitted, 28Dustin DeFord, 24Garret Zuppiger, 27 Grant McKee, 21Jesse Steed, 36Joe Thurston, 32John Percin Jr., 24Kevin Woyjeck, 21Eric Marsh, 43Robert Caldwell, 23Scott Norris, 28Sean Misner, 26Travis Carter, 31Travis Turbyfill, 27Wade Parker, 22William "Billy" Warneke, 25RIPBALTIMORE FIREHOUSE EXPO:There has been a bunch of chatter about some attending/some not attending Firehouse Expo in Baltimore...it's coming up the week of July 13th.If you haven't had a chance to read it, take a second to read what BALTIMORE FIREFIGHTERS IAFF LOCAL 734 has to say about FIREFIGHTERS attending Firehouse Expo in Baltimore:http://firehouseexpo.com/z-pdf/2015/FHE15_IAFFletter.pdfhttp://firehouseexpo.com/news.phphttp://firehouseexpo.com/Hope to see you there.Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 6/30/2015-1921 Hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
This afternoon in New Jersey, a Firefighter went down and
suffered cardiac arrest while operating at a fire. The Medford Township
Firefighter is recovering now, after he was hospitalized while
fighting that house fire in Tabernacle.
The Firefighter suffered cardiac arrest and was
transported to Deboarah Heart and Lung Hospital, where he remains hospitalized.
According to Union Fire Company #1's Facebook page, the Firefighter had
responded to the scene on Sooy Place Road in the township this morning
after spending hours responding to multiple calls related to the severe
thunderstorms that battered South Jersey on Tuesday night. KTIYP's
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FIREFIGHTERS STABBED ON AN EMS RUN.
Two firefighters responding to a medical call in the East
Village section of San Diego (California) were stabbed this afternoon,
and the person suspected of attacking them was taken into
custody. Cops say the incident happened at about 4:10 p.m. in the 600
block of Park Boulevard but what led to the stabbing and the extent of the
firefighters' injuries is unknown. They were taken to UC San Diego Medical
FIRE APPARATUS VS MOTORCYCLE:
GoPro video shows 24-year-old Jesse Lopez racing on
April 1 with another biker, when he hit a blind curve and crashed into
the apparatus. His GoPro camera went flying off his helmet and captured him
laying on the ground as it flew in the air.
Lopez’s friend picked up the camera, as Firefighters rushed to help Lopez, who
suffered two compound fractures in his left leg and a severely broken arm, and
was airlifted to a trauma center. Mr L wants to share the video in hopes
of saving other riders from his life-changing lesson.
OK-here ya go:
(DIRECT VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qicjDdBGZGA
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 6/24/2015-1940 Hours
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