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Thursday, March 26, 2015
There are media reports as well as reports from the
University of Cincinnati Hospital that the Firefighter who was critically
injured this morning has died in the Line of Duty. However, the City of
Cincinnati has not issued anything yet-but there is a new conference scheduled
for 1100 hours this morning.
Local media outlets include:
Keep Them In Your
Prayers. We'll pass on details when they are released.
Take Care. Be
Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List
Thursday, March 26, 2015
All-Grimm news this morning from Cincinnati from the scene of a multi alarm working fire with occupants trapped. Most of the injuries are reported minor, but a CFD Firefighter was very seriously hurt. He was reportedly unresponsive about 0620 hours after falling down an elevator shaft at the King Tower Apartments off Dahlgren Street. The firefighter was rescued around 0638 hours and crews removed him from the building.Video below shows some activity from the scene:http://tinyurl.com/nf96ea9 Much more to follow....here are some local links as well:www.fox19.comwww.wlwt.comwww.wcpo.comKTIYP's.Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 3/26/2015-0710 Hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Today is the 104th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire in
NYC's Greenwich Village-one of the deadliest fires in history-146 people
were killed. They died from the fire, smoke inhalation, or falling or
jumping to their deaths.
Because the owners had locked the doors to the
stairwells and exits, a common practice used to prevent workers
from taking unauthorized breaks and pilferage,many of the workers who could not
escape the burning building jumped from the eighth, ninth, and tenth floors to
the streets below. The fire led to legislation requiring improved factory
safety standards and helped spur the growth of the International Ladies'
Garment Workers' Union, which fought for better working conditions for
Every year, FDNY Ladder Co. 20, the first due truck, raises
its aerial to the sixth floor, the fullest reach of the ladder in 1911, but the
building was taller.
It's important for every Firefighter to understand this
fire-(and others like it-see below) and the impact it had on fire safety,
codes, labor as well the way we operate today. Below are two links, one is a
full documentary and the other a personal overview from a family member. Take
time to check them out:
(An Excellent Documentary)
(A Family Account)
LAND SOCIAL CLUB FIRE
Today is also the 25th anniversary of the Happy Land Social
Club fire in the Bronx.
Twenty-five years ago, what was then the biggest mass murder
in U.S. history turned a New York City dance club into a smoky, flame-filled
inferno that left dozens of people dead, some with drinks still clutched in
That night, a Cuban refugee named Julio Gonzalez tried to win back the woman
who had spurned him.
Gonzalez entered the Happy Land social club in the Bronx, which was humming
with mostly immigrants partying and dancing. His former live-in girlfriend,
Lydia Feliciano, was checking coats and they had a violent argument. Gonzalez
was thrown out.
In a rage, he returned just after 3 a.m., splashing gasoline on Happy Land's
only exit and lighting two matches. Then he pulled down the metal front
gate. Within minutes, 87 people were dead.
HERE IS VIDEO ABOUT THE FIRE:
TAKE TIME TO READ THE
INCIDENT COMMANDERS ACCOUNT FROM FE:
CAPTAIN AL FRYE-STRUCK AND KILLED
Today is the 13th anniversary of the death of Capt. Al Frye
of Roslyn Rescue (Nassau County, Long Island, NY).
A drunk motorist plowed through road closure barricades, and
hurtled into unsuspecting firefighters, killing Captain Allen Frye, of the
Roslyn Rescue Fire Company. Captain Frye been leading Firefighters in a
training exercise, when the oncoming car struck and killed him in the Line of
HERE IS MORE About Captain Frye: http://www.roslynrescue.org/our-heros.php
HERE IS INFORMATION AND TRAINING ON ROADWAY SURVIVAL:
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION OF A MEDIA MOGUL:
A friend since the 80's, Dave Statter (Statter911, our
e-fish wrapper version of the National Enquirer) is having a 60th birthday
party. So, Dave and his wife (the brains of that outfit) decided to make it
useful, since he has very limited time out of the nursing home each day.
The party is a fundraiser for NFFF and YOU ARE INVITED.
It will be on April 12 at Mr. Smith’s in Georgetown, Washington, DC. Here is
the link to buy tickets, or if you can’t make it, please consider using use the
“additional donation” box to make a donation - https://www.firehero.org/event/statter-911/
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
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Monday, March 23, 2015
In the aftermath of the
horrible fire Saturday morning that killed 7 kids (and critically burned
another and their Mom), there has been a lot of media reporting. FDNY, FDNY-EMS
and Hatzolah EMS all responded to this fire.
Take a moment to read this
Lupica: Kids' faces always on the minds of FDNY — 'In our
world, you never forget the children'
The code for those injured or killed in another fire in the city is “1045.”
When he got the call just after midnight, in the first minutes of Saturday
morning, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro heard what his men had already heard at
Engine 255 and Ladder 157, Rogers Ave. and Flatbush: “Fire in Brooklyn,
He does not know at the time how many of the victims on this night, a terrible
night in Brooklyn, are children. The first firefighters from the FDNY were on
the scene in three minutes and 25 seconds, but already it was too late on
Bedford Ave., near Avenue L, for seven children in the Sassoon family.
Nigro started out as a kid in the FDNY in 1969. Over the past two days he has
talked to others who have done this kind of work in this city for a very long
time. Not one of them could ever remember a fire taking seven members from the
“The fire was at the front door when they got there,” Nigro said. “So they knew
they were up against it. They just didn’t know they were going to find that
many children in three of those four bedrooms.”
This time the fire at the front door was 3371 Bedford Ave., in the Midwood
section of Brooklyn. This time tragedy was ignited by a hot plate used by an
Orthodox Jewish mother to heat food, in accordance with laws of her faith
against lighting a flame on the Sabbath. Then before these children, seven of
Gayle Sassoon’s eight, had a chance, there were flames everywhere in the night.
“This is one of the nights no one on the scene will ever forget,” Nigro said
Sunday. “In our world, you never forget the children.”
He is the son of a fire captain. He started out at Engine 21 in Manhattan, on
40th St. He was a lieutenant later at Engine 35 in East Harlem, a captain after
that at Engine 8, 51st St. between Lexington and Third. He served until 2002
and retired and now he has come back to serve as commissioner for Bill de
Blasio. He has seen a lot of bad things, because that is his world in his city.
He is another who will not forget this night on Bedford Ave. for as long as he
“There was an infant I carried out of a burning building when I was 22,” Nigro
said. “I tried mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but it was already too late.” He
paused and said, “That was the first child for me.”
Then the commissioner of the FDNY said, “Now we get a night like this. Seven
children this time.”
He talked on this day about fires being at a record low in the city but how,
even with that, the numbers average out to a fire death every four or five
days. Another grim reality of his world, in his city. Again: His men are there
in a few minutes in Brooklyn, but by the time they are inside this house on
this night, it has been ravaged by this fire.
As always, they go running in behind their hoses, bringing with them training
and instinct and courage, not knowing how many children they will find inside.
Then they get the children out windows to other firemen on ladders. It is too
late, just because it is sometimes.
The mother, badly burned, could not make it through the fire to the back
bedrooms. She finally made it out a window. So did one of her daughters. The
father was in Manhattan on business. The fire took everyone else from them.
Resuscitation did not save these children the way Nigro could not save an
infant when he was a kid out of Engine 21.
It is one more reality in the lives of those who run into places like this,
some of them like this one without smoke detectors on the first or second
floors: Sometimes they do everything right, and the ending is still terribly
and tragically and permanently wrong.
“They knew as soon as they went running up the steps that their chances were
slim, even as quickly as they got inside and pushed back,” Nigro said. “But
this is what the members of our department do. They keep going.”
Then he was not talking as the commissioner of that department, he was talking
as a father and grandfather, about the aftermath of what happened, how quickly
it all happened, once the first call came in at 12:23 Saturday morning,
multiple 1045s in Brooklyn.
“None of us can imagine,” Nigro says, “what it must be like for these parents.”
always hear this about the extraordinary men and women of the FDNY: They run
into these buildings when others are running out. Only this time, seven
children never got the chance to run. They were already gone when Engine 255
and Ladder 157 arrived, fire greeting them at the front door, 3371 Bedford
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it
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Monday, March 23, 2015
This question seems easy:
2105-Why Are There Any Homes Without Working Smoke Detectors? WTF.
There are so many excuses, or it's simply not thought
about-especially since we, you and I, are a very small minority of folks that
think about fire-and hopefully keep
fire in our lives. (Thanks Erich and Ray).
The average person doesn't think about FIRE-until
something bad happens, Kinda the way most tragic stuff "wakes" people
up-and they go back to sleep.
But smoke detectors are different. They are free. Free. I am
not aware of any FD or Red Cross Chapter that doesn't have free SMOKE
DETECTORS. Take time this week to write letters to the editor, reach out to
media-do whatever it takes so that what happened in BROOKLYN yesterday is shard
as a warning to anyone in a home. Ask your "customers" taxpayers,
non-taxpayers, citizens and non-citizens alike-to imagine THEIR kids in THIS
headline. Do whatever it takes. The families suffered unconscionable loss
that they will never recover from. The Firefighters, EMT's and Medics who
responded, like you, would rather NOT have made that run.
I'm preachn to the choir but do whatever it takes this week
to SHARE this horrific story:
Please SHARE these
headlines and articles OUTSIDE the fire service:
http://tinyurl.com/leq2r2q (Excellent Local
MOMMY HELP ME!
there is the issue of fire sprinklers in new residential structures. ...and the
selfish profit focused people who do whatever they can to stop them.
On March 30, 2010, Firefighter Brian Carey of the Homewood
Fire Department died in the line of duty in a residential fire.
Homewood and area firefighters were dispatched to the fire around 2100, and
Carey was among the first firefighters on scene. The members knew from dispatch
that a partially paralyzed man was trapped inside the house, and his wife was
trying to get him out. Carey and other firefighters entered the structure with
a crew on a hoseline but suffered fatal injuries when the fire intensified.
Carey was transported to South Suburban Hospital with smoke inhalation and burn
injuries, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. The homeowner also died
as a result of the fire, and the victims wife along with another firefighter
was hospitalized with burn injuries sustained inside the house.
NOTE: The Chief of
the Homewood FD will be presenting a "five years later update" at
FDIC on Thursday morning in "the big room" session righter
after the morning opening keynotes etc.
Bill “Doc” Ellison
On March 8th 2001, Firefighter Bill “Doc” Ellison responded
to a structure fire on Jordan Road in Miami Township, Hamilton County. It was
reported that there was at least one person trapped. Bill was searching the
first floor of the home when he fell through the floor, landing in the basement
of the burning house. He was inside the home for nearly ten minutes before his
fellow firefighters were able to locate and rescue him. Bill suffered serious
burns to over fifty percent of his body. It was later determined that no
one was in the house. Bill died twelve days later on March 20th at 8:55pm. He
left behind a wife and two young daughters.
Firefighter Oscar Armstrong
March 21 2003, Firefighter Oscar Armstrong III responded to a structure fire on
Laidlaw Avenue in the City of Cincinnati. Oscar was part of a crew advancing a
hose line to attack the fire when a flashover occurred. He suffered severe
burns and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Oscar left behind two children
and a pregnant fiancée.
On March 26, 2014, 43-year-old Lt Ed Walsh, 33-year-old Mike
Kennedy, and the rest of the firefighters on duty at the Engine 33 and Ladder
15 firehouse turned out to a fire at 298 Beacon St. But within minutes of their
arrival, fierce winds blowing in off the Charles River whipped the fire and
gases into a nine-alarm fire, and Walsh and Kennedy got trapped in the
basement. They screamed for water. They pleaded, “Come and get us.” Then they
Walsh, 43, a married father of three, and Kennedy, 33, a
U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq War, made their final run to a
wind-fueled 9-alarm conflagration in a Beacon Street brownstone.
Lt. Edward J. Walsh Jr. and firefighter Michael R. Kennedy
perished in the Line of Duty.
all Rest In Peace.
Take Care. Be Careful Pass it On.
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