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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
COLUMBIA SC FIREFIGHTER DIES AFTER BECOMING ILL
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We regret to pass on to you that the Columbia Fire
Department is mourning the death of one of their own when a 25-year-veteran
firefighter died Sunday after falling ill earlier in July.
Firefighter Tyron Weston, 51, fell ill on July 3 and was on his way to recovery
when he died Sunday morning. Weston has been a member of the Columbia Fire
Department since August 1990. Our condolences to all those affected.
NORTH CAROLINA FIREFIGHTER DIES IN QUARTERS
We regret to pass on to you the death of Captain James Alan Hicks of the
National Guard FD. Captain Hicks responded to a working fire in Stanly County
with the National Guard Fire Department Sunday night. He died at the fire
station before his shift ended Monday. It is believed he may have died from
a heart attack.
HOW DO YOU WANT THEM
TREATED? 1, 2, 3 & 4.
For those of you who are old-er and are original or
"senior" members of The Secret List starting back in the early 90's
(we started The Secret List about a week before Al Gore invented the internet)
- you may recall that we used to write about "NTS: Non Thinking
Sometimes we simply don't think. Sometimes we get
comfortable, all of us, it's human nature. At the firehouse, for example,
officers don't always supervise or correct our actions, or simply nothing
"happens" or goes wrong- so we keep doing it "that"
The more we do things wrong, the more they seem right.
Until something goes wrong.
Personally I've been human since the 50's and a fire officer since the late
70's. I am very well aware that this can happen. It has happened to me many,
many times and still can and has. Sometimes its a simple as always acting
in the same way that we would want our family treated...pretend it's
"your" house, kid, loved one. Whoever matters to you.
How do you want them treated? Lead? Trained? Operating at a
Training - and lots of it - usually fixes it.
LEADERSHIP + POLICY + TRAINING in a serious
DISCIPLINED Environment. Disciplined as in taking the stuff seriously at all
You have to hope that "leadership" is focused on
what's going on within-and outside of their FD.
Many get it.
Some have "walls" around their FD and feel they
have nothing to learn from whatever anyone else or any other FD is doing. Maybe
doing it better. Remember the pre-June 18, 2007, Charleston SC FD? Or the
Hartford, CT firefighting hood issue earlier this year. Sometimes it takes a
crisis for any of us to look outside the walls and find out how other FD's
"do it" ...and in some cases, have been doing it better for
So in the past few days, there have been some pretty amazing
examples of what we hope is NTS...vs actual intentional means of operating this
way. Nothing "went wrong" so to speak...so we get comfortable.
All's well. Sorta.
Try this-imagine your kid
is a Firefighter in these recent events...how would you want them treated or to
behave...if it was your kid?
PALLETS IN A VAN. PLEASE ENTER HERE.
For example, here is a so called mobile training van.
Seriously. Lets fill the back of a van up and light the sh!t on fire. Google
NFPA 1403. Would you stick your kid in there?
Is this FIREFIGHTER TRAINING or CRIMINAL ACTIVITY*?
Find the above interesting? Learn how some Firefighters
were seriously burned in a similar way:
More than a few firefighters have burned to death when
training fails to follow existing standards-standards that were developed
because more than a few firefighters have burned to death in training.
...Nothing went wrong
"this time" above-but it did here:
*FIREFIGHTER "TRAINING = CRIMINAL ACTIVITY?
GOOGLE THIS: Bradley Golden, Alan Baird III, Lairdsville, NY
Or remember MILFORD, MI:
NO SCBA REQUIRED?
With all the Firefighters suffering from cancer, one would
hope the message is getting out there... (fyi-I don't care how many fires
anyone goes to, put a f*cking SCBA on with your gear....just ask some of the
former 230 lb firefighters...the ones who are now rotting away at 100 lbs due
to firefighting cancer...)
Interior firefighting? Absolutely. Just WEAR what you
are issued-and just don't breathe that sh!t. Would you allow your kid to
breathe that crap?
...Nothing went wrong
"this time" above-but it did here:
WTF. Seriously. WTF.
This guy wearing the SCBA but no other PPE is a firefighter
from "out of that area" who is lending a helping hand. I definitely
"get" staffing issues and I "get" wanting to help....but
seriously? The guy in those pictures is not a member of that department or a
mutual aid department responding to assist. He is from another fire department
who was in town as a visitor. That Firefighter felt the need to jump into
action. Read more of the facts below from the Lake Placid FD.
TAKE A LOOK:
FROM THAT FIRE DEPT:
...Nothing went wrong
"this time" above-yet-but it did here:
DISPATCHER HANGS UP.
YOU USE FOUL LANGUAGE-I HANG UP. HUMPH.
And then there is this incident in New Mexico. A FF (who has
since resigned) repeatedly asks if a young shooting victim is breathing, but
when the caller gets annoyed with the questions and snaps at the firefighter
using "bad language", the Firefighter tells her she’s on her own and
hangs up on her.
Here is the 911 call.
HERE is more:
It definitely went wrong
on this one. When you have your "worst day"--who do you want
answering 9-1-1? What if it was your kid needing rescue?
Every once in a while we all personally, professionally or
organizationally need a "reset" - a "refocus" so
complacency and NTS doesn't creep up and repeat predictable history.
Sometimes it's a simple as acting in the same way we would
want our family treated...be it your "kid" the firefighter going thru
training...your kid the firefighter operating without gear...your kid the
firefighter not using an scba and breathing sh!t...or your kid who needs
How do you want them
What would be your
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
All,With the 40th anniversary of Firehouse, there has been quite a bit of chatter about Dennis Smith-and what he is up to... over 40 years later. For those of you younger TSL members, Dennis Smith wrote the iconic book "Report from Engine Co 82" - (link below) and many books after that. (Report From Eng Co 82: http://www.fire-police-ems.com/books/br1001.shtml )I recently received an email from Dennis, catching up-and I wanted to pass it on to you-along with his latest news:"During the time I was working with Engine Co. 82 in the South Bronx, where we responded to 40 alarms a day, I wrote “Report From Engine Co. 82, and of course, Firehouse followed. I have now created something that will exceed the expectations of even those first readers of Firehouse or my books. I have created a new social media company - a great way to have unique communication directly with firefighters all over the country." Wavepeg."If you learn a lesson, you can use Wavepeg to share it with your brothers and sisters who are out there like you...what you know, what you learned, and how to keep each other safer. Just take a look at my new site,www.wavepeg.com. Register in 5 seconds. It is completely free."Own the “world” of fire completely - with free and easy access to each other, all 1½ million of you - one to one, city to city, or nationally. Spread your firefighting experience and intelligence. It is what you say that counts. I invite you as your brother in bringing something new into our culture. Go to the "fire" world within Wavepeg- save the baseball and football worlds for later. Record what you and your company do - help inspire the courage of tomorrow. Please join us at: www.wavepeg.com As you can see, Dennis hasn't stopped since he first walked into the fire academy-and he continues today, offering this latest venture and service for firefighters worldwide. Check it out!FIREFIGHTERS BEING LEFT IN THE SMOKETake time to check out this expose'...about the job you do-and what you are exposed to.As this reporter writes:Firefighters know danger is part of their job: running into burning buildings, going on rescues and fighting wildfires. However, many of them didn't realize when they signed up that cancer would also be one of the things they fight in their career.Richard Pula has been a Denver firefighter for 15 years. In that time he was been on more than 3,000 calls. In 2015, Pula was diagnosed with stage 4, Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He's is just one of hundreds of Colorado firefighters who have been diagnosed with cancer.CHECK THIS OUT: http://www.9news.com/story/news/health/2015/07/27/firefighter-cancer-rates/30723841/REMINDERS:====KEYSTONE FIRE CONFERENCE:Firefighters conference in the Philly area with training sessions & exhibits.DATES: AUGUST 6, 7 and 8th, 2015WHERE: VALLEY FORGE AREA (Right outside of Philly)DETAILS: http://keystonefirefighterconference.com====FIRE RESCUE INTERNATIONAL-INT'L ASSOC. OF FIRE CHIEFSIAFC's Int'l Fire/Rescue service leadership conference for company and chief fire officers.DATES: AUGUST 26-29, 2015WHERE: ATLANTA, GADETAILS: http://www.iafc.org/micrositeFRIconf/====FIRE COMMAND CONFERENCE: BLUE CARD/HAZARD ZONEConference focused specifically on commanding the fire ground.DATES: September 24-25-26 2015WHERE: PHOENIX, AZDETAILS: http://www.bshifter.com/conference_2015.aspx====NATIONAL FALLEN FIREFIGHTER MEMORIAL WEEKENDNow is the time to plan - especially if you have never attended this event. Every October, the Nat'l Fallen Firefighters Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. Thousands of firefighters-most unrelated to a line of duty death-attend the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland as volunteers, observers or to simply show support.DATES:OCTOBER 3-4, 2015WHERE: NATIONAL FIRE ACADEMY/NETC Emmitsburg, MD.DETAILS: http://www.firehero.org/events/memorial-weekend/Take Care. Be Careful. pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 7-27-2015-2037 Hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
Sunday, July 26, 2015
The following are
details for EMT Hinal Patel of Spotswood EMS and the North Stelton Fire
Company, as coordinated by The Crabiel Home for Funerals, 170
N. Main Street, Milltown.
Services will be held
Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Franklin Memorial Park, 1800
Rt. 27 in North Brunswick. Crabiel has posted an online obituary email
A lifelong resident of
Piscataway, Patel was on her last shift with Spotswood EMS when she was killed
in the Line of Duty. A member of the North Stelton Fire Company, the recent
Rutgers University graduate was planning on pursuing a master's degree at the
Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Newark beginning in the fall.
She was considering becoming a physician, friends and family told NJ Advance
She is survived by her
parents, Ketan and Darshana Patel; a brother, Neel; and several grandparents,
aunts and uncles.
Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
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Sunday, July 26, 2015
As you know, a Spotswood (MIddlesex Co, NJ) Emergency
Medical Services EMT was killed in the Line of Duty this morning in a multi
vehicle crash in East Brunswick, responding to a separate mutual aid crash,
Reports are now that the 20 year old EMT who lost her life was working her
final shift before starting medical school. At least three vehicles appeared to
have been involved in the crash. The 2nd EMT is reported in critical condition.
Law enforcement is identifying the young Spotswood EMT as Hinal Patel, from
Piscataway, NJ. Our condolences go out to her family, friends the Spotswood EMS
members as well as to the critically injured EMT. KTIYP's. More to follow.
YANKEES VS RED SOX:
A FUNDRAISER FOR THE FAMILY OF A NY FIREFIGHTER WHO WAS
KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY AT A DWELLING FIRE-Help Pay Off Their Mortgage!
The Siller Foundation* (Tunnel to Towers*) is running a
fundraiser to help Chief Joe Sanford’s family pay off their mortgage.
There are about 300 tickets left (we have sold 700 so far). It’s a
Yankees/Red Sox game on August 4th. If they sell the remaining 300 tickets they
will have raised enough money to pay off the mortgage!! If you cannot
attend the game sponsors and donations are welcome as well.
As you will remember, Joseph Sanford Jr., of the Inwood
(Nassau Co, Long Island) Fire Department, died in the Line of Duty on December
23, 2014 at the age of 43, 4 days after operating at a house fire in Woodmere.
Sanford, who served with the Inwood FD for 17 years is survived by his wife,
Jacqueline Scott-Sanford, and daughter, Janisha.
Fundraising tickets are ONLY available at www.T2Theroes.com. Donations to the
fundraiser can also be made by visiting www.T2Theroes.com
THE GAME: Tuesday, August 4th, Boston Red Sox vs. New York
Location: Yankee Stadium, Time: 7:05pm, Price: $50 per ticket. Seats
will be located in sections 205-210 on the Main Level.
Below is a link to a recent article that ran in the NY Daily News
Take Care. Be Careful Pass it On.
The Secret List 7-25-2015-1400 Hours
Saturday, July 25, 2015
NEW JERSEY EMT KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY-2nd EMT
CRITICAL FOLLOWING A CRASH WHILE RESPONDING
The Secret List www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
We regret to pass on that an EMS crew member was killed in
the Line of Duty and another was critically injured after an ambulance
responding crash this morning. A Spotswood EMS ambulance (Middlesex County) was
responding to assist at a crash in East Brunswick when it crashed with a
civilian car at about 0800 hours at the intersection of Ryder Lane and Cranbury
Road. One EMT in the ambulance was pronounced dead at the scene. A second EMT
in the ambulance was taken to Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center Trauma in
critical condition. No patients were in the ambulance at the time. More details
to follow here and on our home page - with some photos. RIP.
REMEMBERING TWO BRIDGEPORT CT FIREFIGHTERS
It's been five years since BFD Lt. Steven Velasquez and
Firefighter Michel Baik, both died in the line of duty fighting a fire on a
July 24, 2010. Five years ago, Velasquez and Baik were on the third floor of
that dwelling on Elmwood Avenue and gave their lives.
They were both were found unresponsive at that residential
structure fire. 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. A Mayday (audibly under duress) was
transmitted but that was not acknowledged or acted upon. Minutes later the
incident commander ordered an evacuation of the 3rd floor. As a fire fighter
exited the 3rd floor, one member was discovered unconscious and not breathing,
sitting on the stairs to the 3rd floor. Approximately 7 minutes later, the
other member was discovered on the 3rd floor in thick, black smoke conditions.
Both members were removed by the rapid intervention team (RIT) and other fire
fighters who assisted them. Both victims were pronounced dead at local
HERE is the report:
REMEMBERING THE IRON COMPLEX FIRE: FF ANDY PALMER
Firefighter Andy Palmer was assigned as a part of an engine
crew to the Iron Complex fire on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest near
Weaverville, California. When Firefighter Palmer and his crew arrived at the
incident command post, they could not go to work immediately due to a
mechanical problem with their engine. After working logistical assignments at
the camp, Firefighter Palmer and two members of his crew were assigned as a
tree falling team. They worked ahead of firefighters mopping up a fire that was
under control, removing or dropping hazardous trees to allow other firefighters
to work more safely.
At approximately 1350 hrs, Firefighter Palmer was struck by a piece of a
falling tree released in the falling process. Helicopter access to the site was
prevented by smoke conditions so other firefighters carried Firefighter Palmer
to a location where he was picked up by a United States Coast Guard helicopter.
Firefighter Andy Palmer went into cardiac arrest in the helicopter and was
pronounced dead on 7-25-2008. RIP.
HERE are the reports:
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 7-25-2015-1030 Hours
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