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Fire Chief LODD, Wellness? College Student FF?, Skipton Info, KY Update (The Secret List)

Monday, August 25, 2014  MONTANA FIRE CHIEF DIES FOLLOWING CRASH

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We 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.

Chief 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.

The 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 this morning.

The 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:

There 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 attention.

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:

http://www.ironfiremen.com/2014/08/15/searching/ 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES RELATED TO FF MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS:

-FF PERSONAL SURVIVAL:

http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/personal-survival.php
-NFFF:

http://flsi13.everyonegoeshome.com/
-SAFEcallNOW:

http://safecallnow.org/
-FF HEALTH ALLIANCE:

http://www.ffbha.org/

 

==SERVICES FOR BROTHER STEVE SKIPTON:

As 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. 

In 2010, he pursued his dream of working as a career Firefighter and moved to the City of Goose Creek, South Carolina, where he served faithfully. 

HERE ARE MEMORIAL DETAILS:

http://www.sconfire.com/ 

RELATED "STEVE SKIPTON-YOU LIVE & LEARN"

http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2014/08/steve-skipton.html 

 

==KENTUCKY FIRE CAPTAIN REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION

The good news is that 2 of the injured Camprbellsville firefighters have resumed their posts and another has been upgraded to stable condition. 

Captain Steve Marrs and Firefighter Alex Johnson are back on duty following last Thursday's "Ice Bucket Challenge" accident at Campbellsville University.

Simon 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.

Quinn 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.

MORE DETAILS: 

http://www.supportingheroes.org/ 

 

==ARE YOU A COLLEGE STUDENT/FIREFIGHTER or EMT? 

YOU SAY YOU HAVE NO $$?
QUIT WHINING:


FREE MONEY FOR FIREFIGHTING STUDENTS: YVORRA

Its 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.



In 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. 

 

Thanks 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:

 

www.yld.org

 

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.

BillyG

The Secret List 8/25/2014-2000 Hours

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com

 

 

 

 

Learn/Honor: Buffalo NY FF's LODD-5 Years Ago Today (The Secret List)

Sunday, August 24, 2014  All,

We 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.


Key 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.

Lack 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 risk.

One 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:

http://tinyurl.com/kzechaf 


==BUFFALO FD REPORT:

http://tinyurl.com/8btssyx

==NIOSH REPORT:

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200923.html

==VIDEO:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Esc14NWhYPk&feature=youtube_gdata_player

==MEDIA REPORTS / POST FIRE ACTION:

http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/news/fullstory/newsid/148634


Lots to learn so we can all honor their tragic loss.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 8/24/2014-2131 Hours

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com


 

 

 

 

2 FF's LODD: SA, FF Cancer Loss NJ/SC, Indus. Explosion Video (The Secret List)

Sunday, August 24, 2014  TWO SOUTH AMERICAN FIREFIGHTERS DIE IN THE LINE OF DUTY-SHIP FIRE & EXPLOSION

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We 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.

Around 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"

It's 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 tpruitt@sconfire.com
.
RIP STEVE. 

PLEASE:

==PLEASE take a moment to look at this, ESPECIALLY page 15:

http://www.firefightercancersupport.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Taking-Action-against-Cancer-in-the-Fire-Service.pdf

==HERE IS THE SUMMER OF 2014 UPDATE FROM NIOSH RE: MAJOR FF CANCER STUDY:

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/firefighters/pdfs/firefighternewsletter-2014-Summer.pdf

==HERE IS DATA FROM THE NIOSH CANCER STUDY:

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/firefighters/ffCancerStudy.html

==HERE IS THE IAFF/NIOSH CANCER STUDY WORKSHOP DOCUMENT (Excellent Stats)

http://www.iaff.org/Comm/PDFs/NIOSH_Cancer_Study.pdf 

...please pass it ...all on.







INDUSTRIAL EXPLOSION IN OHIO-CAUGHT ON TAPE:

It 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:

http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/evendale/dispatch-explosion-at-central-soya-grain-silo-in-evendale

FOLLOWUP Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49qIP636dtc

A 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.

BillyG

The Secret List 8/24/2014-0030 Hours

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com


 

 

 

 

KY Fire Captain Remains Critical, "Killer Fire Porn" Videos (The Secret List)

Friday, August 22, 2014  All,

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 in Campbellsville.




It 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. 




Captain 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 electricity.


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:

http://www.cknj.com/content/one-firefighter-critical-other-fair-condition 

http://www.wave3.com/story/26341190/4-firefighters-shocked-while-helping-with-campbellsville-university-ice-bucket-challenge-idd 







FILTHY FIREFIGHTER "KILLER FIRE PORN" VIDEOS:

There's 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....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUqm9DMdISI 

==This one is a quick six minutes...perfect for limited time opportunities...

http://vimeo.com/101956499 




==AND lastly, for those who enjoy "vintage" adult films-enjoy this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzPSSfpRM20 

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 8/22/2014-1100 Hours

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com


 

 

 

 

Details: FD Capt Critical-Elec Shock, Japan LODD, Fall Training (The Secret List)

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.



It happened 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 huge explosion, and at the same time saw sparks coming from the rear of the fire 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.
BillyG
The Secret List 8.21/2014-1700 Hours
www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com


 

 

 

 
 
 

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