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ALL Radios Failed, Sit The F*CK Down!, Women Firefighters (The Secret List)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014   All,As you probably know, there were some close calls and Line of Duty deaths in recent years where radios - being used in fire environments (our environment) were part of the problem. In once again their attempt to separate fact from fiction and rumor, NIST did some scientific testing-with the cooperation and participation of the fire service and others. 




These new test results (below) from the NIST confirm that portable radios used by firefighters absolutely can fail to operate properly within 15 minutes when exposed to temperatures that may be encountered during firefighting activities...and not just obvious physical failure.


We rely on our radios to report our location, conditions, action, progress and our needs...often urgently. Performance problems with portable radios have definitely been identified by the NIOSH as contributing factors in some firefighter Line of Duty deaths.


ALL PORTABLE FIRE RADIOS FAILED:

All seven of the firefighter portable radios tested by NIST failed to perform properly within 15 minutes when exposed to temperature levels encountered in “fully involved” fires, as when all the contents in a room or structure are burning. Four of the handheld radios stopped transmitting, and three experienced significant “signal drift,” rendering the radios unreliable for communication.
The failures occurred while the radios were subjected to a temperature of 160 degrees Celsius (320 degrees Fahrenheit), termed Thermal Class II conditions. The temperature is representative of a fully involved fire or conditions outside a room when its contents flashed over.
During the post-test cool-down period, three of the radios did not recover normal function. Like any tool we use-we need to understand the current capabilities of our radios-what we can expect-and what we cannot expect.

PLEASE TAKE TIME TO REVIEW THESE FOUR REPORTS:




1-NIST RADIO REPORT

http://www.nist.gov/el/fire_research/radios-120914.cfm

2-RELATED LODD REPORT

HERE is an LODD report (see recommendation 9) demonstrating the problem:

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201113.html

San Francisco FD Double LODD:

The above FIRE killed SFFD Lieutenant Vincent A. Perez and Firefighter-Paramedic Anthony M. Valerio on June 2, 2012--READ THE BELOW for additional details and the SFFD report.

3-OVERVIEW:

http://www.sf-fire.org/index.aspx?page=1236 

4-ACTUAL SFFD INTERNAL REPORT-See Page 93:

http://38.106.4.187/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentID=2694







==SIT THE F*CK DOWN....

Well I guess that headline got your attention-good. It's supposed to. Offended? Not my intention but please get the f*ck over it and keep reading--what should be offensive is the following.

Each year some Firefighters die in the Line of Duty because they had to, the conditions indicated the risk in saving a life was worth taking-and tragically they died. They are the great minority, the ones who die because there was a clear risk worth taking in attempting to save a life.




Nothing new-the majority of Line of Duty deaths prove (after the investigations) that they often could have been avoided...and we try to learn from all of them.




When I was a young Firefighter in the early 70's, one of the things I enjoyed most was standing up and looking forward (over the cab) when our apparatus responded. To me, it was the ultimate opportunity to see "what we had" (size up?) as we turned out. Back then we also used porto-powers, we thought Jet-Axes were a good idea and we kept our SCBA's in boxes (all two of them on Rescue 30 plus the officer had a 15 minute pak) JUST IN CASE the fire and smoke was really bad. That was in the 1970's.




Since then, smart people decided putting company officers in 15 minute air paks wasn't a particularly good idea, Jet Axes didn't work as we thought (ask me about my intimate experience with a Jet Axe sometime) and a company named Hurst invented a tool that changed how we extricate people forever.... and because FIREFIGHTERS were FALLING OFF apparatus when standing (in the open seat area, the running boards and tail boards) ... that maybe we should be seated and belted. Good firefighters thinking they were doing the right thing fell off and got killed. So we stopped doing that many years ago for a variety of reasons. 

Lawyers are a big part of why we are expected to be seated and belted. Keep read'n.




IF you have never experienced what it is like to stand up, unsecured and look over the cab while responding, you now have a chance to experience that today, thanks to these Firefighters who, in December of 2014-this month, decided that it was OK to stand up during their response. 

In December....traditionally one of the WORST months for Firefighter death...as we saw yesterday as two more Firefighters gave their lives.




When I saw this video, I thought that I just wanted to tell these kids to....

"SIT THE F*CK DOWN" 

Trust me, your parents, girlfriend, boyfriend or whoever would expect nothing less. We would hope the Chief doesn't support this-after all-the Chief would be named if you were killed. Trust us. So would the President of your FD. Trust us. 




There is a lot HEROIC about being a Firefighter-but there is NOTHING HEROIC about getting tossed out of a responding rig because you wanna stand-and your pal wants to videotape. THINK.

HERE is the video:

http://youtu.be/SnikRBdJRDE




"SIT THE F*CK DOWN" 

These people would thank you....

Irwin "Buzz" Gross (Google me)
Joseph Tynan (Google me too!)

Neil Rossman (Google me but you don't ever want to meet me)
Peter Pirsch (I wish the above two people had never met-or I would still be in business)




It's 2014-Sit The F*CK Down and buckle in. We have already had heroes die in the Line of Dutyyears ago because they didn't know any better. Today-doing the same is blatant stupidity and disregard for those that died years ago, those who didn't know any better----because in 2014, we know better.




And take a moment to read these:

http://www.firefighternation.com/article/firefighter-safety/dangers-unbelted-driving

http://www.michaelwilbur.com/news/fullstory/newsid/123186







==WOMEN FIREFIGHTERS

With it being the Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa: the Holiday Season, some of you may want to get a cool gift for the women firefighters in your life. Well, obviously you have probably ALREADY purchased them the book "PASS IT ON, What we know, what we want you to know"....

........but there is also another EXCELLENT gift idea for Women Firefighters. Consider membership in this organization, as these are a great group of Firefighters:

https://i-women.org/membership-account/membership-levels/

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

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CHICAGO LODD Update: Video Detail Dynamics of The Fire (The Secret List)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014   Hey,

Here is another opportunity for us to learn. A new NIST computer-modeling study of a 2012 Chicago house fire reveals the conditions that unleashed a surge of searing gases, leading to the death of a veteran Fire Captain.

NIST examined the fire dynamics of the incident at the request of the NIOSH and the Chicago Fire Department. Simulations conducted with NIST’s Fire Dynamics Simulator examined the fire’s temperature and pressure at various locations and the resulting flow path. With the agency’s Smokeview visualization software, NIST researchers also developed a graphical representation of the fire’s behavior and the conditions that firefighters likely experienced during the course of their interior operations.


The video simulation shows that fire in a covered back porch caused a closed steel-faced, wood-framed door to crumble, releasing pressure and causing hot gases to pour into the adjoining hallway where the victim and another firefighter were advancing a fire hose. The coincidental timing of the responders’ “interior attack” and the door’s failure proved to be deadly. In less than 5 seconds, the flow of gases caused the hallway temperature to soar, from about 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit) to at least 260 degrees Celsius (500 degrees Fahrenheit), the study found.


The victim, 54-year-old Capt. Herbert Johnson was overwhelmed by the rapid rush of fire gases. He was removed to the exterior by Firefighters, revived by paramedics, and transported to a hospital, where he died.

 

NIST OVERVIEW WITH VIDEO:

http://www.nist.gov/el/fire_research/chicago-120214.cfm

NIST VIDEO:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY3JO_Kf9Qk

NIOSH REPORT ON THIS FIRE: 

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201228.html

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 12-9-2014-2242 Hours

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Fire Apparatus Strikes-Kills Firefighter-Australia (The Secret List)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014   AUSTRALIAN FF KILLED-LODD-STRUCK BY FIRE APPARATUS

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South Australia Country Fire Service volunteer Deputy Fire Officer Brian Johnston would have marked 50 years of fighting fires in 2015 — a great milestone cut short by a tragic accident yesterday afternoon.
The 65-year-old, who was a member of the Millicent Brigade and Deputy Group Officer of Wattle Range, was killed in the Line of Duty when he was hit by another fire truck while preparing to fight a grass fire late yesterday afternoon.
DFO Johnston was standing behind the fire service utility truck he had responded in and was preparing to hit the fire when another truck responding to the fire crashed into him.
Mr Johnston is the second CFS volunteer Firefighter to be killed this year, after father-of-two Andrew Harrison was killed while fighting a fire at Nantawarra in October.
The incident happened in low visibility, due to smoke from the nearby fire Johnston was fighting.
He was struck by the other firefighting vehicle and he was standing next to his fire fighting vehicle.

Our condolences to all those affected. RIP.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 12/9/2014-2200 Hours

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Firefighter Killed In Crash-Tenn LODD (The Secret List)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014   FIREFIGHTER KILLED IN HORRIFIC RESPONDING CRASH-APPARATUS VS LOGGING TRUCK

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We regret to pass on that a Firefighter from Savannah (Hardin County, Tennessee) was killed in the Line of Duty this morning while responding on a run. A truck driver was also killed. 4 year Veteran Firefighter Gus Losleben was airlifted to Memphis and later died. The head-on crash with the loaded log truck and a Hardin County Fire Department tanker happened around 1030 this morning as he was responding to a working dwelling fire. 

Initial reports are that FF Losleben was headed west toward the two-story dwelling fire when the head-on with the eastbound log truck happened. The apparatus was "obliterated" as posted on our home page. Our condolences to all affected. More to follow.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.

BillyG

The Secret List 12/9/2014-1700 Hours

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Philly FF Identified & The Radio Traffic (The Secret List)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014   All,

The Firefighter who gave her life in the Line of Duty is Joyce Craig Lewis, 36, who was a decorated 11-year veteran who loved working is busy companies and is the Philadelphia Fire Department's first female firefighter to be killed in the Line of Duty. She was married with a teenage son and 16-month-old daughter.

FF Lewis died during the rescue of an elderly woman. That resident was rescued from the home and is staying with neighbors. The fire was first reported at 0249 hours Tuesday in the 1600 block of Middleton Street. First arriving firefighters said there was fire visible, but soon realized the fire was in the basement.

Lewis was among the first crews on the scene. That group took a hose line into the basement to fight the fire, but blinding smoke tends to billow up a stairway in what is called a chimney effect.

As more companies arrived it was decided to use a second crew through a back door. The first group was withdrawing when something went wrong. In the process of those members withdrawing from the basement, she became trapped. As soon as it was known, members found her, rescued her and started immediate life saving efforts.

Lewis was one of 150 women serving in the Philadelphia Fire Department. At a news conference early Tuesday, Sawyer described her as a Philadelphia native and a dedicated, hard-working public servant who never shied away working in the busiest engine companies, most recently Engine 64. "She had a strong worth ethic," Sawyer said. "She prided herself on working at busy fire companies." Commissioner Sawyer said he set a goal when he became commissioner in June that the department would never lose a member on his watch.

"I've already failed in one of my goals," a somber Sawyer said.

More than 40 Philadelphia firefighters have been killed in the line of duty since 1943, according to the International Association of Fire Fighters. The last was Capt. Michael Goodwin on April 6, 2013. The 53-year-old Goodwin died in a roof collapse while battling a fire in a three-story building in the city's Queen Village section.

 

 

LISTEN TO THE RADIO TRAFFIC:

Take a moment to LISTEN to this radio traffic. This is from this mornings fire that resulted in the Line of Duty Death of Joyce Craig Lewis, the above noted Philadelphia Firefighter .

As you will hear. when the first companies arrived-the report was nothing showing. Not long after, as it was further sized up, and the fire dispatcher provided critical update information (occupants trapped) it was determined to be a working fire in the basement.

While no one yet knows exactly happened this morning in Philly, and no one should assume anything, this audio helps remind us how things can go from nothing showing to something-quickly. Many of you/us have been there-which is just what is seen "initially" from one angle or spot-to the further size up determining if the fire is "nothing"--or "something".....


Another reminder to all of us to always prepare, turnout, respond and operate as if it may be SOMETHING...until COMMAND makes it clear to all on the fireground that it is nothing.

 

RADIO TRAFFIC:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9OCXBEo_Oc

 

HERE is a related piece by John Salka well worth reading-related to "nothing showing"...check it out:

http://www.firehouse.com/article/10773506/the-fire-scene-nothing-showing

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 12/9/2014-1306 hours

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