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7 Ladders Down, U Seen This: 2,400 FF's?, TV Tonight (The Secret List)

Monday, September 8, 2014  Hey,

Well the prior head of DC FEMS's legacy carries on-well after he is gone...and how sad. The latest is that 7 of the 17 truck companies in Washington, DC have failed inspections and are now out of service. And as hard as interim DCFD Fire Chief Eugene Jones is trying-and he certainly is-the crap left behind by the former just keeps piling up ...for Chief Jones and staff to fix....and the potential for citizens to be left...hanging from windows.

DCFD said those seven trucks  “will not return” to service “until the issues affecting them are resolved.”

Nearly all FD's have regular apparatus and aerial device inspection programs ..however.. logos being replaced were the priority of the former....and certainly reflective of the former's lack of leadership-and lack of caring about anything more than logos, t-shirts, ill treatment and whatever else mattered to him. 

The book he "wrote" of "how not to lead the DCFD" continues to impact lives of taxpayers, visitors and members of the DCFD. 
Inspections of the trucks “are part of a preventive maintenance plan for vehicles within our fleet,” said Chief Jones. “It’s important that the vehicles our employees rely on when they respond to an emergency are safe.”

 

LINKS:

Checkout DaveS's spot on commentary about this fiasco:

http://www.statter911.com/2014/09/08/legacy-kenneth-ellerbe-7-dc-ladder-trucks-fail-inspection-sidelined/

Speaking of Books, check out this one about DCFD:

http://www.pennwellbooks.com/d-c-fire/

 

 

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS? CHECK THIS OUT:

http://www.firefightersworldwide.com/2014/09/firefighting-over-health/
It's the VERY INTERESTING results of an online survey of 2,400 firefighters. Some good content as well as feedback from various fire service organizations, plus sidebars about the CDC and Johns Hopkins programs.

 

 

REMINDER-HBO TONIGHT: "A GOOD JOB"

http://www.hbo.com/#/documentaries/a-good-job-stories-of-the-fdny

PREVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFoaxqQbAdo

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 9/8/2014-1309 Hours

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Up Close Interview-FDNY Commissioner (The Secret List)

Sunday, September 7, 2014  All,

Take a few minutes to watch this excellent 15 minute TV interview with FDNY Commissioner Dan Nigro, from this morning, as we approach the week of the 13th year since 9/11/01.


http://7online.com/politics/up-close-new-nyc-fire-commissioner-/298087/


Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 9/7/2014-1518 Hours

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John, Joe and Jon, TV This Week (The Secret List)

Sunday, September 7, 2014 

Hey,

The "family" connections to 9/11 are shock upon shock. You may know the story of the Langone Brothers-an FDNY FF (Peter) and an NYPD Emergency Service Officer (Tommy)-both also active volunteer Firefighters in Roslyn, on Long Island....both were murdered on 9/11 while operating at the scene. There are so many others with the "family" connection.....

 

A very unique video that we wanted to share again, was made about John Vigiano Sr. ...who is a retired FDNY Rescue 2 Captain - whose two sons also followed him into public service—John Jr. was an FDNY Firefighter, too, and Joe was an NYPD Emergency Service Officer/Detective. On September 11, 2001, both Vigiano brothers responded to the call from the World Trade Center, and both were murdered while saving others. Here, John Sr. remembers his sons and reflects on coping with his tremendous loss in a very unique video:

 

==WATCH THIS UNUSUAL ANIMATED VIDEO / INTERVIEW WITH CAPTAIN VIGIANO HERE: http://storycorps.org/animation/john-and-joe/

 

Lee Ielpi is also a retired FDNY R-2 Firefighter ...whose two sons also followed him into the FDNY. Lee and his two son's (Jonathan and Brendan) also served in Great Neck, Long Island, as volunteer Firefighters as well. One of his son's, Jonathan, responded to the World Trade Center, and was also murdered while saving others. Here, Lee. remembers his son and reflects on coping with his tremendous loss.

==WATCH THIS VIDEO OF LEE HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0fqIvAeLUo

 

 

THE FDNY BAND OF FAMILY.

The were so many family members looking for family member's on 9/11/01-and the days and months following. Specifically, there were FDNY family members looking for FDNY family members.

The "BAND OF DADS"...this group of men were comprised mostly of retired FDNY firemen who persistently dug at Ground Zero for their missing Firefighter sons, dads and brothers. 

TAKE A MOMENT to read  their stories and refusal to walk away from the WTC site until every last piece of debris was cleared. Some of the men were fortunate enough to find their sons while others left empty-handed and broken-hearted.

==READ ABOUT THE FAMILY "BAND" HERE AND CHECK THE LINKS AS WELL:

http://www.groundzeromuseumworkshop.com/band/dad.htm

 

 

TV REMINDERS FOR THIS WEEK:

This week, with the 13th anniversary of the attack and murders on our Country, there are any number of TV documentaries worth watching with your crews, friends or family. 

Here are a few new ones:

 

=="A GOOD JOB" (Tomorrow, Monday)
“A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY” produced by and featuring actor and former New York City Fireman Steve Buscemi will air tomorrow, Monday, September 8th on HBO.
More details HERE: http://theinterrobang.com/steve-buscemi/ 

----CBS Sunday morning had this story this morning:

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/steve-buscemi-on-his-prior-career-as-a-firefighter/



=="EMERGENCY" (Thursday evening)
This is a Discovery Channel film about the NYPD Emergency Services Unit members who gave their lives on 9/11. Known as "ESU" or "Emergency"-they are a unit unique to NYC and a few New York metro area communities. A one hour special about them: ‘9/11 E-Men Heroes’ Airs on Thursday, September 11 at 8PM ET/PT.
9/11 E-MEN HEROES airs on Discovery Channel on Thursday, September 11th at 8 PM ET/PT.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 9/7/2014-1300 Hours

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FF's Injured-Amon. Nitrate Explosion, Bells & Whistles (The Secret List)

Saturday, September 6, 2014  Hey,

Yesterday-"Down under", a truck carrying ammonium nitrate in outback Queensland exploded with such force that residents more than 30km away thought an earthquake had occurred.

Eight people, including four Firefighters and a police officer, were injured when a truck carrying 50t of ammonium nitrate exploded in outback Queensland.

Firefighters were called to a truck rollover on the Mitchell Highway, about 30km south of Charleville in Queensland’s southwest last night.




As the firefighters arrived, the truck exploded injuring eight people. The civilian truck driver sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to Brisbane.

The force of the blast destroyed a bridge, cutting off the main route between Charleville and nearby Wyandra. It also severely damaged two fire trucks at the scene.


Two of the four injured firefighters were still recovering in hospital after the incident. The police officer, the two other firefighters and two men who witnessed the crash all received minor injuries and were taken to a hospital for treatment.




Fire apparatus was also destroyed-we have some pictures on our home page at www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com




HISTORICAL:

===OKLAHOMA CITY:

Ammonium nitrate (AN) became more well known when convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh used it in the Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995.BOMBING VIDEO: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tT5PS_cIjgo 




===WEST TEXAS:

You also remember when the West Fertilizer Company explosion in West, Texas, caught fire. Around 20 minutes later, ammonium nitrate stored there exploded, leveling roughly 80 homes and a middle school. 133 residents of a nearby nursing home were trapped in the ruins. In all, 15 were killed, and about 200 injured.THE EXPLOSION VIDEO: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=on-M7z_xFBE 




===KANSAS CITY:

 On November 29, 1988, at 4:07 am two trailers containing approximately 50,000 lb (23,000 kg) of the explosive ANFO (ammonium nitrate with fuel oil) exploded at a construction site located near the 87th street exit of Highway 71 in Kansas City, Missouri. The explosives were to be used in the blasting of rock while constructing Highway 71. The result of the explosions were the deaths of six firemen from the Kansas City Fire Department's Pumper Companies 30 and 41. Both companies were dispatched after 911 calls indicated that a fire had been set to a pickup truck located near the trailers. The responding companies were warned that there were explosives on-site; however, they were unaware that the trailers were essentially magazines filled with explosives.VIDEO:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqbvPh5D90U 




===ENTIRE FD KILLED - 1:

Texas City Disaster: The cargo ship Grandcamp was being loaded on April 16, 1947, when a fire was detected in the hold: at this point, 2600 tonnes of ammonium nitrate in sacks were already aboard. The captain responded by closing the hold and pumping in pressurised steam. One hour later, the ship exploded, killing several hundred people and setting fire to another vessel, the High Flyer, which was moored 250 metres away and which contained 1050 tons ofsulfur and 960 tons of ammonium nitrate. The Grandcamp explosion also created a powerful earthshock that broke windows as far as 40 miles away and knocked two small planes flying at 1,500 feet (460 m) out of the sky. The High Flyer exploded the next day, after having burned for sixteen hours. 500 tonnes of ammonium nitrate on the quayside also burned, but without exploding, probably because it was less tightly packed. All but one member of the Texas City fire department died.VIDEO 1: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-d6cqhCJNE 

VIDEO 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH7t4X9hgBc 







BELLS AND WHISTLES:

Detroit is so broke that firefighters get emergency alerts through pop cans, coins, door hinges, pipes and doorbells....and they make these gizmos themselves - one involving a pop can that gets tipped over by an incoming fax. The clink of the can means there's an emergency. Then there's the chain-reaction gadget: a fax hits a door hinge, which then tugs on a wire, which then sets off a door bell. 

FORTUNATELY the firehouses that do this do NOT participate in aluminum recycling so they are still able to receive alarms. 

HERE is video:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/09/05/detroit-fire-houses-rely-on-pop-cans-doorbells-for-alerts/15160903/ 

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 9-6-2014-1909 Hours

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com


 

 

 

 

OHIO FIREFIGHTER LODD-Medical (The Secret List)

Friday, September 5, 2014  OHIO FIREFIGHTER LODD-Medical

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We regret to advise you that Kevin Ollier, 60, a veteran Firefighter Paramedic in Anderson Township (Cincinnati, Ohio area) died in the Line of Duty this morning. Ollier joined the township in February 2001, and served the Anderson Township community as a firefighter/paramedic for the Anderson Township FD. Before coming to Anderson Township, Ollier served as a firefighter/paramedic with the Union Township Fire Department, starting part time in 1990 and working fulltime there starting in 1992. Additionally, he worked at UC Mobile Care from 1994-2012. Besides his job with Anderson Township, Ollier was as a nurse at University Hospital.
Ollier, a Union Township resident, was 60 years old. The cause of death is unknown other than a medical emergency.
Funeral information will be announced as it becomes available.

Our condolences to all affected. RIP.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 9-5-2014-1954 hours

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com

 

 

 

 
 
 

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