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Sunday, August 24, 2014
TWO SOUTH AMERICAN FIREFIGHTERS DIE IN THE LINE OF DUTY-SHIP FIRE & EXPLOSION
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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.
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"
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 email@example.com. RIP STEVE.
PLEASE:==PLEASE take a moment to look at this, ESPECIALLY page 15:
==HERE IS THE SUMMER OF 2014 UPDATE FROM NIOSH RE: MAJOR FF CANCER STUDY:
==HERE IS DATA FROM THE NIOSH CANCER STUDY:
==HERE IS THE IAFF/NIOSH CANCER STUDY WORKSHOP DOCUMENT (Excellent Stats)
...please pass it ...all on.
INDUSTRIAL EXPLOSION IN OHIO-CAUGHT ON TAPE:
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:
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.
The Secret List 8/24/2014-0030 Hours
Friday, August 22, 2014
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
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.
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
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:
FILTHY FIREFIGHTER "KILLER FIRE PORN" VIDEOS:
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....
==This one is a quick six minutes...perfect for limited time opportunities...
==AND lastly, for those who enjoy "vintage" adult films-enjoy this one:
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 8/22/2014-1100 Hours
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.
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
explosion, and at the same time saw sparks coming from the rear of the
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.BillyGThe Secret List 8.21/2014-1700 Hours
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Earlier today, up to four Kentucky Firefighters were injured, with one in very critical condition
after their tower ladder came in contact with power lines. Initial
reports are that the Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire Department
(located an hour and a half south of Louisville) was on campus at
Campbellsville University - doing a community related detail - when the
truck came in contact with the power lines. Some reports are that they
were assisting in a "cold water challenge" involving the school band.
Two Firefighters were critically injured and transported from the
campus by helicopter, while the at least one other was transported by
ambulance. The two most critical were flown to University of Louisville
Hospital with at least one reported to be extremely critical
condition. The incident knocked out the power for all of the city of
Campbellsville, according to Smith, as well as the city of Greensburg.
will keep you advised as additional information is made available.
Also, below are links related to firefighter safety/survival when
working near power lines. KTIYP's.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 8-21-2014-1422 Hours
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Here are some additional details (and history) related to
the recent failures (and previous reported recall) of the Sutphen aerial
devices. Naturally, if you have any questions or concerns, reach out to the
folks at Sutphen directly. This information
was sent via the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. According
to their information, recall inspections were done on these rigs (see below)
between 2/1/2013 and 5/17/2013, by specially trained technicians. One report
shows that 28 of the 156 rigs needed to be repaired.
On May 22, 2013 their Office of Defects Investigation (ODI)
opened a Preliminary Evaluation investigation (E13-017) on Sutphen SPH aerial
ladder bucket equipped vehicles for cable failures resulting in
unintended bucket retraction. ODI closed the PE on November 19, 2013 when
Sutphen submitted a safety recall 13V-565 in which they concluded that the main
bucket cables were wearing and failing. The bearings in the sheaves used in the
extend/retract the system were seizing and preventing the sheaves from
rotating. The cables sliding over the non-moving sheaves could wear and result
in reduced load carrying capacity. Failure of the extend/retract system could
result in either the aerial becoming inoperable or cause it to unexpectedly
retract. This movement could result in damage to the vehicle and/or injuries to
personnel on or around the vehicle.
ISSUE AND UPDATE:
Since the closing of PE13-017 ODI has been made aware
(through media reports) of two post recall failures that resulted in 6
injuries. These failures occurred following the implementation of the recall
remedy on the vehicles. ODI is also aware that Sutphen sent a field
representative to assist and evaluate the failure mechanism in each event. The
first incident occurred in Belle Valley, PA on Wednesday June 25, 2014 where
three people were injured when a platform cable failed. The second incident
occurred in Hall County, Georgia on Tuesday July 22, 2014. In that case, three
people were seriously injured when a platform cable failed. Both vehicles were
remedied per safety recall 13V-565. As a
result of the injuries and post remedy failures, ODI is opening this Recall
Query (RQ) to assess the adequacy of the recall remedy.
==Additional details can be found on these links:
==At this NHTSA web page you can select to receive email
recall notifications from up to 5 manufacturers: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/subscriptions/
==This page shows investigations within the last 30 days:
YOUR DEPARTMENT CONDUCT APPARATUS BACKGROUND CHECKS?
Hall County (GA) Fire Chief David Kimbrell was relieved of
duty this week-and it may or may not be tied to that failed tower ladder.
However, Chief Kimbrell, as part of his job, was to go before commissioners
with information about the used 2006 Sutphen fire truck, that they bought. It
was the same truck bought back by the company from South Carolina, after a fire
department there "had lost all confidence in the truck, due its
catastrophic and consistent failures."
However, Chief Kimbrell stated that "no one involved
with procuring the ladder had any knowledge of its reported history during the
procurement; it was never revealed by the manufacturer."
be able to learn what happened to the numerous failed rigs-including Hall County-and
we suspect there will be numerous "lessons learned" when it all comes
THE MEANTIME-when purchasing used apparatus, INSIST on a full
"background check" that goes from the time of manufacturer to
delivery to the most recent use-and every aspect at each and every level.
INSIST on full disclosure of names, phones numbers and anything else that will
INSURE you and your department know everything about that rig-everything. Make
the hone calls and ask the questions-DO NOT risk your folks in what may be a
predictable-and preventable event.
much more from the media:
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
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