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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
All,The memorial service for those three Firefighters who died in the Line of Duty while operating at the Okanogan wildfires will be held on Sunday in Wenatchee, Washington.The service will begin at 1 p.m. at Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee.Once family members and agency personnel have been seated, the public will be seated as space allowsFirefighters Tom Zbyszewski, 20, Richard Wheeler, 31, and Andrew Zajac, 26, died in the Line of Duty Wednesday when their fire apparatus crashed as they tried to escape the fast-growing wildfire and flames consumed their vehicle.Firefighter Dan Lyon remains in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center with burns over 60 percent of his body. Three other Firefighters were treated and released from the hospital.Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 8-26-2015-0700 hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.Com
Monday, August 24, 2015
LONG ISLAND NY FF LODD
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regret to pass on that a volunteer Firefighter died in the Line of Duty
Saturday an hour after responding on a commercial structure fire.
Former Chief/Active Firefighter Lawrence Sesso, 40,
with the Sayville (Suffolk Co, L.I.N.Y.) Fire Department, suffered cardiac
arrested on his way home from responding to a structure fire and participating
in a fire department parade.
was transported to a hospital but later succumbed to his injuries.
was Chief of Department from 2009-2011. It's the department's first line of
duty death in 23 years.
will be at Raynor & D'Andrea in Sayville on Aug. 25 from 7-9:30 p.m. and on
Aug. 26 from 2-4:30 p.m. and 7-9:30 p.m. Burial will be on Aug. 27 at 10:30
a.m. at Raynor & D'Andrea.
lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Sayville Fire Department
made out to "In Memory of Lawrence G. Sesso." Our condolences to all
Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
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Monday, August 24, 2015
FIREFIGHTER SHOT/KILLED IN TEXASThe Secret List www.FireFighterCloseCalls.ComA Katy (Texas) Fire Department firefighter was shot and killed last night. The firefighter suffered a reported self inflicted gunshot wound at the firehouse on Sunday evening. He was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Medical Center. No further details surrounding the shooting were immediately available. More to follow. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP.WASHINGTON STATE TRIPLE LODD UPDATE:The U.S. Forest Service has released additional information about the Line of Duty deaths of the three wildland Firefighters that occurred in the Twisp River Fire August 19 near Twisp, Washington.==The fire was reported at 12:30 p.m. PT, August 19, 2015. ==Between 2:45 and 3 p.m. the wind direction changed and the fire activity increased. ==At about 3 p.m. firefighters were entrapped by the fire, and around 4 p.m. fatalities and injuries were reported. ==By 4 p.m. one injured firefighter was being airlifted to a hospital.Engine 642, from the Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest, was found upright 40 feet below Woods Canyon Road. It had been burned over and three deceased firefighters were found inside.Two deployed fire shelters were found, but at a press conference, the leader of the USFS investigation team, John Phipps, who currently serves as Station Director of the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station in Fort Collins, Colorado, said he did not know where they were found in relation to the Firefighters.Of course the deceased have been identified as Tom Zbyszewki, 20, Andrew Zajac, 26 and Richard Wheeler, 31. A fourth firefighter, Daniel Lyon, 25, of Puyallup, Washington, is in critical condition with third degree burns over over 60 to 65 percent of his body.The investigation team is using the Coordinated Response Protocol which was developed in 2014. Part of that process is a Learning Review which, according to a four-page document released by the USFS last year, “is designed to produce at least two learning products, one for the field and one for organizational leadership”. When asked about the process during the news conference, Mt. Phipps appeared to be unfamiliar with the “learning products”, and said he did not know if they would both be released to the public.At least six investigations are going on concurrently:Coordinated Response Protocol/Learning Review;Office of Inspector General ( as required by the Cantwell-Hastings legislation, Public Law Public Law 107-203);OSHAWashington DNR investigation into injuries to two of their employeesForest Service law enforcementCounty SheriffHERE IS MORE:http://q13fox.com/2015/08/23/new-details-in-deaths-of-3-firefighters-vehicle-fell-down-40-foot-embankment/Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 8-24-2015 0900 Hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
Friday, August 21, 2015
Hey,A couple of excellent fire service pieces we wanted to pass on this morning-well worth your time.The first is a piece by Sarah Kaplan of the Washington Post. It's a phenomenal piece that talks about that very young Firefighter, Tom Zbyszewski, 20; who along with Andrew Zajac, 26; and Richard Wheeler, 31, died in the Line of Duty this week. Four other firefighters were injured, including one with burns over 60 percent of his body: Daniel Lyon, 25. Take a few minutes to read this piece and consider passing it on to those who may not fully understand how this job works in so many parts of North America, and the world:http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/08/21/firefighter-tom-zbyszewski-20-died-battling-a-blaze-that-threatened-a-region-he-knew-well/FIREFIGHTERS, DEMENTIA & ALZHEIMER'SWell, admittedly, I knew little about this disease until about about two years ago when we started seeing issues involving my Mom, Mrs. G. Some "weird" stuff went from my denial to a hard smack of reality. We have now become well aware and have learned about it-and while a tough situation for our family, and so many others-she has some decent medication, she has mostly really good days-she lives by us now-and we are together almost daily.So....I was on Twitter this morning (@billygoldfeder) and this caught my attention. A FIRE SERVICE FILM ...on dementia!? Huh!?Seems that the Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service in the UK is closely involved with dementia charities and works in close partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society and Age UK. As part of their involvement, they created a short film that raises awareness of the issues faced by the early onset of dementia. CHECK OUT THIS short filmed called "THE SHOUT" using the Firefighters from their Bromsgrove Fire Station to produce the film. The film revolves around a Firefighter with dementia and highlights some of the early warning signs that can easily be missed in a younger person. VIDEO HERE:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdTMLQZRPIo&feature=youtu.behttp://youtu.be/mdTMLQZRPIoHere is the H & W Fire Rescue Service home page: https://www.hwfire.org.uk FIREFIGHTER LODD IN PORTUGALOUR CONDOLENCES:We have had this posted on our homepage but were only able to post it on TSL today.A Portuguese FF died in the Line of Duty yesterday due to injuries sustained when his fire truck overturned Wednesday in the region of Cascais, Portugal. FF José Moreira, 41 years old, was transferred to a hospital in the city of Lisboa, but did not survive. Other FF sustained non-life threatening injuries. The crew was responding to a fire in the region of Talaíde. Our condolences to all those affected.CYA IN ATLANTA!Next week is the International Association of Fire Chiefs annual FIRE RESCUE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE. Here are the details-we look forward to seeing you there:http://www.iafc.org/FRIARE GOING TO FIRE RESCUE INT'L IN ATLANTA?BE SURE to stop by Pennwell/Fire Engineering Booth 3909 on Friday if you have time and pick up a copy of the book PASS IT ON. We'll cya there on FRIDAY from 1115-1215 hours & 1430-1545 hours in the exhibit hall. We are approaching a combined $50,000.00 raised for both the NFFF & The Chief Ray Downey Educational Scholarship....thanks to the 99 contributors and YOUR purchases.Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 8-21-2015-0800 Hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
Friday, August 21, 2015
All,The Firefighters killed in the Line of Duty yesterday have been identified. Tom Zbyszewski, age 20Andrew Zajac, age 26Richard Wheeler, age 31Daniel Lyon, age 25, was injured, has burns to 60% of his body and is critical, at intensive care being treated at Harborview Hospital in Seattle. An interview with Dr's about his condition is available HERE: http://q13fox.com/As you know, the above 3 USFS deaths occurred in that wildfire on DNR land near Twisp, WA yesterday.Washington State along with much of the West Coast is being clobbered by wildfires-and have few resources available....as the East Coast keeps an eye on Hurricane Danny.TRIAL BY FIRE:Here is an article about the above Fallen Firefighter Tom Zbyszewski, a 2013 high school graduate, who was fighting fires for the first time last summer as part of a five-person Forest Service engine crew. Zbyszewksi said he had never felt personally in danger while battling the fast-moving Carlton Complex fires. They said their supervisors and crew members follow safety protocols that call for identifying escape routes and safety zones wherever they are working.“They really keep us safe. There’s no one going to the head of the fire. That would be way too dangerous,” Zbyszewski said. RIP.HERE IS THE ARTICLE FROM LAST YEAR ABOUT FF TOM ZBYSZEWSKI:http://methowvalleynews.com/2014/08/07/trial-by-fire/FATAL FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDING CRASH TODAY IN MARYLANDOne civilian and her dog died in a serious crash in Baltimore County late this afternoon that involved a responding Baltimore County FD EMS unit.The collision involved a passenger car and that Baltimore County EMS vehicle. Doris Scott, 59, died and so did a small dog in the car with her. A Suburban used by the Baltimore County Fire Department was on its way to a call when it hit the back of a Honda at approximately 1600 hours, Our condolences and prayers for all those involved. Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 8-20-2015-1800 Hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com "Social" MEDIA:=TWITTER: http://twitter.com/thesecretlist @TheSecretList=TWITTER: @BillyGoldfeder=FACEBOOK: http://tinyurl.com/y855vmt =SUBSCRIBE TO THE SECRET LIST: http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/secret.php
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