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Friday, May 15, 2015
FIRE CAPTAIN COLLAPSES WHILE EXERCISING AN HOUR AFTER RESPONDING ON A RUN
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A longtime Philadelphia (Mississippi) Fire Captain, Dwight
Greer, 44,who had a big personality and loved his job, collapsed and died last
Wednesday night an hour after responding to a run. Despite the best efforts of
his personnel, he could not be revived. He died on May 6, 2015.
Fire Capt. Greer, 44, was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1937 hours.
Services have already been conducted. He was not married and had no children.
As the PFD Chief Pierce Clark stated that he had "seen men go above and
beyond to help a total stranger many times putting their self in harms way, but
last night watching my men work on one of their own was the hardest thing I
have been part of and hope to never see it again. RIP Captain Dwight
Greer." Greer had a big personality and was a just a gentle giant.
Our condolences to all affected. RIP.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.
The Secret List 5/15/2015-1100 Hours
Friday, May 15, 2015
Each year the Safety Health
and Survival Section of the IAFC presents awards that recognize certain people
and certain fire departments for doing good stuff.
THIS is a
chance for YOU to submit information on firefighters and officers and/or
departments to be recognized in 4 different categories - all related to
Firefighter Safety, Health and Survival.
1-A Fire Chief That Sets
2-A Fire Department That
Organizationally Is Focused On FF Survival?
3-A Person Who Has Made A
Proven Personal Commitment/Achievement to Firefighter Survival?
4-A Department Safety
Officer That Sets The Example?
The purpose of the IAFC
Safety, Health and Survival Section Awards program is to recognize both
organizations and individuals that have made a significant contribution to the
overall environment of FIREFIGHTER health and safety within their own organizations
and within the fire service as a whole.
TIME NOW to NOMINATE some good folks
or departments that you know of-including your own, if that's the case-to give
them proper recognition.
Note that the deadline for submissions is May 31, 2015...so
Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.
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Sunday, May 10, 2015
Hey,DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (DCFEMS) announces funeral arrangements for the Line of Duty Death (LODD) of Lieutenant Kevin McRae, who was serving as the officer in charge of Engine Company 6, Platoon No. 4.Funeral services will be held: Friday, May 15, 20159 a.m. Public Viewing11 a.m. Public ServiceD.C. Armory2001 East Capitol St. SEWashington, DC 20003 Interment: Fort Lincoln Cemetery3401 Bladensburg Rd.Brentwood, MD 20722“Lt. Kevin McRae was a true hero. For more than two decades he served his city with distinction and made the ultimate sacrifice while helping others. Lt. McRae may be gone, but he will never be forgotten,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser.At about 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 6th, Lt. McRae responded with his crew to an apartment building fire located on the ninth floor of 1330 7th St. NW. After descending the stairs with his crew, he collapsed. He was immediately assessed and treated by paramedics on the scene. He was transported from the fire ground to the hospital, where he later passed away. The cause of death has not been determined.“The McRae family has experienced the tragic loss of their son, brother, husband, father, nephew, cousin and uncle. It’s important for them to know we are here for them,” said Acting DCFEMS Chief Gregory M. Dean. “We are deeply saddened by the death of our brother and friend, Lt. Kevin McRae.”Lt. McRae, 44, was a graduate of Frank W. Ballou High School in the District. He joined the Department through the cadet program in July 1989. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2003; then promoted to lieutenant in 2008. He is the 100th DC Fire and EMS Department firefighter to die in the line of duty. Donations can be mailed to: DC Fire and EMS Foundation, Incc/o Kevin McRae Survivor Fund439 New Jersey Avenue NWWashington, DC 20001 Fire and EMS personnel from outside jurisdictions who would like to attend the funeral, volunteer their honor guards and or apparatus for the procession are asked to submit their request via email to email@example.com.Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 5-10-15 1200 hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
Sunday, May 10, 2015
TWO FIREFIGHTERS IN INDIA DIE IN THE LINE OF DUTY-OTHER FIREFIGHTERS CRITICALLY INJURED WITH CRITICAL BURNS-BUILDING FIRE/COLLAPSEThe Secret List www.FireFighterCloseCalls.comWe regret to pass on to you that 2 Firefighters were killed and two others, including the city’s Fire Chief, were seriously injured after a five-story building in Kalbadevi collapsed while firefighters were trying to attack a multi alarm fire that broke out on Saturday. Three other people also suffered injuries. Kalbadev is an old and densely populated neighborhood in Mumbai, India.The fire reportedly started from the electricity meter room on the ground floor around 1630 hours and spread quickly at a building that is more than 50 years old. The fire has since been brought under control.The Firefighters who died were identified as Assistant Divisional Officer SW Rane and Station Officer MN Desai. NOTE: The city’s fire brigade Chief Sunil iNesrikar suffered 50% burns, while Deputy Chief G Amin was fighting for life with 80% burns. Both were admitted to the National Burn Center at Airoli.Residents said the building was undergoing repairs when the fire broke out and the entire structure was gutted within hours. A cylinder blast during the firefighting process made the situation worse. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP.Take care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 5/10/2015-1000 Hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
Friday, May 8, 2015
Hey,Here's a followup to the audio we sent out last weekend following that fire in Highland Park, MI. As you'll recall, fire was rolling through the second floor of an occupied house when Highland Park Firefighters arrived. The call didn't go thru Detroit Fire Communications, who dispatches for HP, so the HP crew told the DFD Dispatcher they were responding.Doing her job, the DFD dispatcher asked the HPFD officer "Do you want the box?" meaning do you want a full first alarm that includes automatic aid from the DFD?Nope-they decided they would give it their best, without adequate staffing, equipment, command and control. Listen for yourself on the video link below. The result: because the commanding officer decided to go it alone, an NTS decision (non thinking syndrome) that risked the lives of the HP Firefighters and allowed the house to burn for more than four hours Sunday morning.But wait-there is more-lots more. Because the approx half dozen HP Firefighters were not able to handle a fire that required 30 or so Firefighters to do it with a chance of saving something.Pissed off that the fire was predictably, not going out, Lt. Eric Hollowell, demanded that firefighters stay in the burning house until the blaze was out.“Do not come back out of that house until that second floor is out,” Hollowell told firefighters at 0552 Hours “All interior crew, acknowledge.”“Got the message,” one crew responded.When the firefighters emerged from the house, three of them were treated at the scene for injuries.1970? Nope-2015. “This was unacceptable,” Highland Park Fire Chief Derek Hillman told the media (full article below). “I want to make sure this is handled properly and never happens again. The idea behind mutual aid was to make Highland Park safer.”This has happened before. Not doing whats best for those having the fire...and those fighting the fire.And not just in Highland Park. This happens in communities all over North America every day....not doing what is best for those who have the fire...be it proper funding, proper staffing, fair and mutual vs "moochual" aid agreements....But back to Michigan. It's happened in HP before too...just before 2300 hours on March 21, Highland Park Firefighters arrived to a house fire after several people, including one with third-degree burns, jumping As the fire got worse, Highland Park firefighters never called for help and lost the building, which burned for more than five hours.KUMBAYAFolks from both FD's said tensions are heavy over who takes command of a fire. On March 2, as fire swept through four houses on the boarder, Detroit firefighters requested a senior chief because a Highland Park officer allegedly got mad after losing command to a more senior Detroit Fire Officer, Wonderful. YOU DIDN'T HAVE CRAP:So often-all of us talk about "we had a fire." STOP. You didn't "have" crap-some poor person who we swore to serve and protect HAD THEIR FIRE...and they called us to make it got better.Sometimes we can amke it better-sometimes we can't-but when personal BS gets in the way of doing whats best for the people calling us, it's time to reset, reevaluate and reconsider how we conduct business.HERE IS THE RADIO TRAFFIC: http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/news/fullstory/newsid/219739HERE IS A MEDIA REPORT: http://tinyurl.com/o5dec46==FUNERAL DETAILS:City of Poughkeepsie Firefighter Tim GuntherServices for the wake will be held on Saturday May 9th from 2p.m. to 7p.m. at McHoul Funeral Home, 895 Route 52, Hopewell Junction.Funeral service is set for Monday, May 11, 2015 at 9 a.m. there will be a private procession that will leave McHoul funeral home to the city's Public Safety Building, at 505 Main Street Poughkeepsie, NY for a short, public ceremony that will be held at approximately 10 a.m.After which a public, nondenominational service will be held at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.NOTE: For both days,, please do not bring fire apparatus into the city. Carpooling is highly recommended. Folks traveling from the south can utilize Metro North Railroad and walk from the train station to Main St. & Market St.DCFD NOTE: There is no announcement related to services for Fallen DCFD Lt. McCrae as of yet. Details will be posted by us as well as:www.IAFF36.orgwww.dcfd.com==NYPD COMMISSIONER STOPS-AND THANKS FDNY FIREFIGHTERS:Here is a video worth watching-as NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton Stops, In The Procession With Fallen Police Officer Brian Moore, To Thank The FDNY Members Who Were Out, Saluting The Fallen P.O.https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=62&v=ojUqD2FTGq4Good Stuff.Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 5/7/2015 2100 Hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
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