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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
As you are hopefully aware, Technician (Firefighter) Kyle Wilson of the
Prince William County (VA) Department of Fire & Rescue was killed
in the Line of Duty when he horrifically but heroically gave his life at
a single family dwelling fire on April 16, 2007. Tomorrow is the
anniversary of his Line of Duty death.
time to check out the links below that include video access, slides,
photos and graphs to help you-and your crew understand this fire. WHAT HAPPENED SUMMARY:
Technician Kyle Robert Wilson was 24-years old when he joined the
Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue on January 23,
died in the line of duty on April 16, 2007 while performing search and
rescue operations at a house fire on Marsh Overlook Drive. On that day,
Technician Wilson was part of the firefighter staffing on Tower 512
which responded to the house fire that was dispatched at 0603 hours. The
Prince William County area was under a high wind advisory as a
nor’eastern storm moved through the area. Sustained winds of 25 mph with
gusts up to 48 mph were prevalent in the area at the time of the fire
dispatch to Marsh Overlook Drive.
arriving units reported heavy fire on the exterior of two sides of the
single family house and crews suspected that the occupants were still
inside the house sleeping because of the early morning hour. A search of
the upstairs bedroom commenced for the possible victims.
rapid and catastrophic change of fire and smoke conditions occurred in
the interior of the house within minutes of Tower 512’s crew entering
the structure. Technician Wilson became trapped and was unable to locate
an immediate exit out of the hostile environment. Mayday radio
transmissions were made by crews and by Technician Kyle Wilson of the
life-threatening situation. Valiant and repeated rescue attempts to
locate and remove Technician Wilson were made by the firefighting crews
during extreme fire, heat and smoke conditions.
were forced from the structure as the house began to collapse on them
and intense fire, heat and smoke conditions developed. Technician Wilson
succumbed to the fire and the cause of death was reported by the
medical examiner to be thermal and inhalation injuries. We
take time out to remember the loss---and provide the below links to
learn about the fire, an excellent way to honor his life for all FF's. PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY DOCUMENTS, PRESENTATIONS: http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/FR/Pages/Technician-I-Kyle-Wilson-LODD-Report.aspx NIOSH REPORT: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200712.html PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY REPORT: http://www.iaff.org/hs/LODD_Manual/LODD%20Reports/Prince%20William%20County,%20VA%20-%20Wilson.pdf MEMORIAL VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUo_Z-zwZtU ***MEMORIAL FUNDRAISING AND MORE DETAILS ABOUT KYLE*** www.kylewilsonmemorial.com Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
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Friday, April 11, 2014
Hey, www.FirefighterCloseCalls.com and www.ModernFireBehavior.com are proud to partner with www.ULFirefirefighterSafety.com
to host UL's newest online course: “Scientific Research for the
Development of More Effective Tactics” - an online course that serves
as a culmination of the full-scale field experiments performed on
Governors Island by the Fire Department of New York, NIST and UL. The
interactive training takes learners through a research timeline of the
previous fire dynamics research conducted by NIST and UL, all of the
details that went into the tests, test results, and tactical
considerations derived from the test results. This course brings
science to the streets by examining two main groups of tactical
considerations. The first group looks at the impact of controlling
ventilation and flow paths. The second explores the use of exterior fire
attack as a means to rapidly reduce the fire hazard inside the
structure in order to facilitate interior fire operations. Fires were
conducted within numerous 3 story residential row houses with ignition
occurring in the basement, in the first floor living room and in a second floor bedroom.
Director Steve Kerber shared, “This training program presents the most
up to date fire dynamics research in a way firefighters at all levels
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There are many features to this course that will increase fire service
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students to re-examine their current operating procedures. Finally,
students have the opportunity to use interactive examples to develop an
in-depth understanding of the impact of ventilation and water
application on fire dynamics. The course link is: http://www.firecompanies.com/modernfirebehavior/governors%20island%20online%20course/story.html For
mobile users, the course is compatible with tablet devices and iPad
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In closing, Congratulations to UL FSRI Director Steve Kerber
on his 2014 George D. Post Instructor of the Year Award. Steve's
vision for a thinking firefighter and drive to provide firefighters
around the world with knowledge truly exemplify what is means to be
great leader and educator. Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 4-11-14-1700 hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
Friday, April 11, 2014
The NYPD has overhauled its "fire response" protocol - and is working on plans to provide basic fire training to officers in the wake of adeadly arson fire that killed a seven-year NYPD veteran and critically injured another officer. Hmmmm.
Police Chief ordered new rules that went into effect immediately,
including maintaining communication with fire dispatchers, taking the
stairs whenever possible and being mindful of exits when responding to
an emergency situation.
NYPD confirmed the changes, originally reported by media but prior to
the directive, there was no protocol for officers responding to a fire.
One suggestion was that they await the FDNY, control the scene area,
traffic and not operate in fire conditions.
Additional training from the FDNY is also being "considered" - a "Fire 101" course that offers insight into fires, which hasn't been done in decades.
As you know, Police Officer Dennis Guerra, 38, and Police Officer Rosa Rodriguez, 36, were at 2007 Surf Ave. in Coney Island on Sunday and got in an elevator to the 13th floor, where they were overcome by the smoke. They were both unconscious when FDNY members rescued them.
Officer Guerra died days after the incident, and Officer Rodriguez remains hospitalized in critical condition.
yet another incident on Thursday, an NYPD sergeant and an officer were
hospitalized with smoke inhalation at a fire in a Williamsburg apartment
day after the Coney Island fire, the FDNY brought three of the NYPD's
top cops to the hallway where the two officers were overcome with
The visit prompted the department to implement major changes, and they are "considering" bringing FDNY personnel to NYPD to provide fundamental information about fires.
“It's a basic ‘Fire 101' course that is
thought to inform the [NYPD] about what they should be prepared for ....or avoid,” a source explained.
Police Commissioner William Bratton said the two cops did not break any department protocol by responding to the emergency situation, because there was none.
does not have, and has not had any policies specific to this issue of
going into buildings that are on fire. Perhaps re-evaluating a role
that doesn't include placing the cops in any fire related environment
might be considered...just say'n.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
All,One of the officers who was critically hurt in a Coney Island blaze that police said was started when a 16-year-old boy lit a mattress on fire in the hallway of a building, has died.
Housing Officer Dennis Guerra, a 38-year-old married father of four,
died shortly before 7 a.m. at Montifiore Hospital, police said. Guerra
had more than seven years on the job.
colleague, 36-year-old Rosa Rodriguez, is at the burn unit at Weill
Cornell Medical Center. Rodriguez is a single mother of four kids and a
four-year veteran of the NYPD Housing Bureau.
pray that every young person who hears of the tragic passing of hero
police officer Dennis Guerra and of the suffering of officer Rosa
Rodriguez and their families, learns that there deadly consequences that
result from foolish actions,” PBA president Patrick Lynch said in a
statement. “We must learn from this tragedy so that their sacrifices
will not have been made in vain. Our thoughts and prayers are with the
Guerra and Rodriguez families, friends and their fellow officers.”
officers were hurt Sunday when they were overcome by smoke and carbon
monoxide while responding to a fire at a residential high-rise on Surf
Avenue. They were hit by a wall of smoke when they reached the 13th
floor by elevator.
On radio transmissions, the officers could be heard gasping for air.
Guerra: “Can’t breathe, can’t breathe.”
Dispatch: “He can’t breathe. He’s on the 14th floor. They’re on the 14th floor. They can’t breathe.”
Dispatch: “OK, 13th floor.The
FDNY was just minutes behind them.Police Commissioner Bill Bratton
said firefighters found the officers “unconscious and unresponsive” in
said New York City does not have any specific policies in place when
it comes to police entering a burning a building or using elevators, an
issue he said they’re now addressing.
other major cities do not have a policy or training to address this
issue. It’s something we are certainly, we are, based on this incident,
going to correct very quickly for ourselves,” Bratton said.
Meanwhile, 16-year-old Marcell Dockery,
who lives in the building, has been charged with arson, assault and
reckless endangerment. Police said he confessed to starting the fire by
lighting a mattress in the hallway of the 13th floor because he was
bored. Our condolences to his family and the members of the NYPD.Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
of the Police Officers trapped in that Brooklyn apartment building fire
allegedly set by a "bored" teen has been declared brain dead, media
sources are reporting.
Dennis Guerra remains on life support at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx,
where he was transferred after doctors struggled to stabilize him at Coney
Island Hospital and Jacobi Hospital.
members wept outside an intensive care unit today in a hallway crawling with
concerned cops and a police department chaplain.
Guerra, 38, a married father of four, and his partner Officer pRosa Rodriguez,
36, were the first two on the scene of a fire in a Coney Island apartment
building, where they were immediately overcome by smoke as they stepped off the
13th-floor elevator and into a hallway where a mattress was set on fire.
Rodriguez was in critical condition at Cornell Medical Center’s burn unit in
Manhattan where she was placed in a hyperbaric chamber.
the accused arsonist, Marcell Dockery, 16, told investigators he was “bored,”
according to sources, he was caught on camera with a wide grin as he was walked
from a Brooklyn precinct, a gesture that outraged cops and Guerra’s heartbroken
saw him smiling on TV, is this a joke? We are going through so much right
now,”said Guerra’s mother, Miriam, outside her home before rushing off to the
hospital as Guerra’s condition worsened.
is a very tough time for us. Because he was bored, two officers are now
fighting for their lives, and one of them is my son,” she said.
— who set up an entire Facebook page devoted to his “obsession’’ with fire —
was charged with felony arson and assault and reckless endangerment. We'll post
more as it becomes available.
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