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Important: Sutphen Voluntarily Removing Aerial Devices From Service (The Secret List)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014  Hey,

We just received this notice from the Sutphen Corporation regarding certain aerial devices and their focus and concern related to firefighter safety.

Sutphen is instructing customers to remove all SPH 100, SP 110, SPI 112, and SAI 110 Aerial devices from service, until further notice, effective immediately. 

The Company states that customers are instructed to use the affected apparatus in the capacity of an engine/pumper or support vehicle only. 

The Company will stay in close contact with its customers to report details and when the units may be place back in service.

“At this time, our priority is the safety of our firefighters,” says Drew Sutphen, President of the Company.  “In light of the recent incidents, we recognize there is an immediate need to take precautionary action.  I would rather take every precaution necessary than to put firefighters at risk.”

The Company states that it will be contacting customers with the affected units personally to inform them of the events that have occurred and the steps that are being taken to get the units back in to service in a timely manner.

“We feel the need to personally assure our customers that we are working to investigate and correct the situation,” Drew continues. 

Sutphen Corporation is an Ohio based privately held, family owned business that manufactures custom built emergency response vehicles.  The company's headquarters are located in suburban Dublin, Ohio northwest of Columbus. 

For more information contact the sales office or visit

Sounds like they are doing the right thing.

Take Care. be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 7/22/14-1930 Hours  




Tower Ladder Failure-FF's Hurt At Training (The Secret List)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014  Hey,

It appears that there has been another tower ladder failure. 3 Hall County (Georgia) Firefighters were injured this afternoon during training. Initial reports are that there was some type of mechanical failure involving a tower ladder (possible free fall of the device) at their training facility-and that the injuries may be serious. Medevac helicopters were on scene.

HERE are photos from the scene:

We'll post more as it becomes available. PKTIYP's.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 7/22/2014-1656 Hours





TRIPLE EMS COPTER LODD-NM/NJ Connection (The Secret List)

Friday, July 18, 2014 


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We regret to pass on that a medical helicopter carrying three crew members has crashed in eastern New Mexico.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the helicopter disappeared from radar early Thursday morning and went down near Newkirk. Ranch workers found the wreckage after they were asked to look around.

New Mexico State Police didn't immediately disclose the conditions of the three crew members on board.

However, the ranch manager says he saw no survivors when he and another ranch employee found the burning wreckage on the side of a mesa.

The FAA said the cause of the crash is unknown. It said the helicopter was flying from Santa Fe to pick up a patient in Tucumcari.

Bullhead City, Arizona-based TriState CareFlight LLC confirmed it owned and operated the helicopter.  


Paramedic Rebecca Serkey, 36, was one of three members killed in the Line of Duty when the chopper crashed around 0300 about 135 miles east of Albuquerque, a flight nurse in Nevada and a local EMT who had plans to get together with her this weekend confirmed.

“She was a tremendous asset to every department that she worked for and has touched so many lives!” wrote the Ridgefield (NJ) Volunteer Ambulance Corps, one of many she worked for in her career. “She will be truly missed!”

Paramedic Serkey and fellow members of her TriState CareFlight crew, based in Arizona, were well known in the area.

“These crew members were our colleagues, our friends and our neighbors,” the hospital said in statement. “Our hearts, and our prayers, go out to the loved ones of these extraordinary individuals, who were committed to saving lives every single day.”

Serkey, a nationally certified paramedic who began her career in Bergen County, NJ, joined the CareFlight team in July 2012.

She previously worked for Saint Clare’s Health System in Dover, Denville, Boonton, Sussex and Hacketstown, as a lab instructor at Rockland (NY) Community College in Suffern and as a paramedic with UMDNJ in Newark and Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, NJ.

A self-described “adrenaline junkie,” Serkey studied police science at John Jay College in Manhattan and was an active SCUBA diver.

“I love my jobs and my volunteering I wouldn’t give it up,” she once said. “I work ridiculous hours sometimes, but people do not wait until 9 AM to get sick or hurt.”

A former pool lifeguard and camp counselor, Serkey also was an EMT with Fort Lee (NJ) for eight years, with Holy Name for four years and with Ridgefield for a year.

Serkey was corps secretary, training officer, crew chief and driver for the Leonia (NJ) Volunteer Ambulance Corps from May 2003 to September 2007 and a probationary firefighter with the Leonia Volunteer Fire Department from March 2006 through December 2007.

She also was driver and EMT crew chief with the Palisades Park (NJ) Volunteer Ambulance Corps from April 2005 to November 2006.

Our condolences to all affected.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 7-17-14/2200 hrs






Friday, July 18, 2014  All,

A major fire broke out at a hi-rise building called the Lotus Business Park in India (Mumbai area) this morning. There were no reports of any civilian casualties yet as people working in the offices were quickly evacuated by the Fire brigade.

However Fire Brigade, Navy and Coast Guard personnel are attempting to rescue Firefighters trapped on the terrace of building. One Firefighter has reportedly died in the Line of Duty and others may be seriously injured in the incident. Rescue operations are in progress to rescue several firefighters, who are still stuck on the terrace of Lotus building. Reports are that around 15-20 firefighters were/are trapped.

Dramatic video footages shows Navy and and Coast Guard helicopters lowering ropes on the rooftop to help the trapped Firefighters. - See more at:




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The Secret List 7-18-2014/0700 hrs





Disguised HAZARD for FF's, Baltimore FOOLS & Auction Details, History, Chiefs Greg Riddle & Lou Molino, Fallen Marine (The Secret List)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014  Hey,

As you may recall, a "new style" natural gas tanker rolled over in Raymond, NH back on May 16th. These tankers are basically four large gas cylinders stacked in a roll cage with a control panel inside the rear doors and disguised inside a normal-looking box trailer. 
The trailer in this case was placarded as "Flammable" displaying UN1971 and a "Compressed Natural Gas" label.

A few months prior to this accident, NH Fire & EMS had received a statewide safety/awareness bulletin about these tankers operating in the state produced by the NH Department of Homeland Security.  Long-time TSL-er and NHDHS Director Perry Plummer has approved release of that bulletin on TSL and it is below for fire, EMS & police department usage.  

According to their website (
), Xpress Natural Gas (XNG), the company involved in this particular accident is expanding operations and has customers and plants in Maine and New York.  Their transport trailers double as the on-site storage tanks for their customers, and are basically hooked up and left in place, then replaced as needed.

News links, including footage of the tanks venting:

Interesting article regarding XNG's business & expansion plan:


Here's a link to a page on one of the carrier's investor's web site with photos of a transfer operation:

And while we are talking about CNG on the highways, for some excellent training on alternative fuel vehicles, look at West Virginia University’s National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC):

PLEASE look in to whether this type of "disguised" transportation is going through your area, and help raise awareness that it is coming if it isn't there yet. 


The Brotherhood Bash event will be on July 17th during Firehouse Expo in Baltimore in Little Italy. The event will be on South High street between Stiles and Fawn Street it will be from 5 pm until 11 pm. This event will benefit Sons of the Flag. Please visit their website at .




The annual Silent Auction will be held at the Firehouse Expo on Saturday, July 19, outside the entrance to the main exhibit hall. Bidding will begin when the exhibit floor opens and will end at 12:30, with the winners being announced at 1:00. Items available:


-A BlitzForce portable attack monitor

-A Transformer Piercing Nozzle

-A PRO/pak foam system

-A full set of head to toe PPE from Morning Pride/Honeywell

-Helmets and PPE from Morning Pride, LION, and MSA

-Extrication/fire gloves

-Electronics, including: a GoPro Camera, an iHome speaker system, a Nike Fuel band, and a stream light

-Win social media advertising on Statter911

-Grant writing sessions

-Hotel/Vacation stays

-Firefighter survival seminar at your FD

-Fire/EMS memorabilia...

and much more.

The Silent Auction is one of the primary fundraisers for the Congressional Fire Services Institute, whose mission is to make sure our politicians "get it" on a national level.




Stop by Firehouse Expo Booth # 1812 (Fire Engineering) to consider purchasing a copy of PASS IT ON. 100% of the royalties go to the Chief Ray Downey Scholarship and the NFFF. Cya there!



HISTORY LESSON? For those of you that fall asleep at night.. tossing, turning and wondering "how did this wonderful thing called the secret list ever get started" can now sleep better. Finally. Amen. 




=Chief Greg Riddle 

Greg Riddle was one of the first paramedics in Elk Grove Village, (IL) the founding executive director of the West Suburban Consolidated Dispatch Center in River Forest, and a leader in the statewide initiative for wireless 911 funding.
"In Illinois, Gregg is considered one of the godfathers of 911," said John Ferraro, executive director of the West Suburban center since 2013. "He understood the importance of radio communications in public safety and the people involved in that line of work. They're the first, first responders."
Mr. Riddle, 65, a former deputy chief with the Elk Grove Village Fire Department, died of melanoma Friday, June 27, at JourneyCare, a critical-care faciliy. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP Chief Riddle.


=Chief Lou Molino

Louis N. Molino Sr. was an EMT/Firefighter practically all of his life. He even lied about his age to join the volunteer department when he was just 16. Lou battled with his health issues most of his life, had diabetes, which cost him his leg almost 3 years ago. Recently he went into kidney failure. He had lost his eye sight and just recently got most of it back. Unfortunately, he lost his battle as on July 4th, 2014 at 11:00pm, he was called home. Lou was "A Texan with a Jersey attitude" who had served as a feisty advocate for Firefighter survival. Our condolences to all affected. Lou was a friend and a character who is missed.




We have a marine buddy who OD'd on July 3rd. Apparently he had a hard time after serving his country. His friends are trying to raise money to cover his funeral costs. If you can help or know anyone who might please pass this along.


Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 7/15/2014-1400 Hours





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