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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
you may have read, two Canadian soldiers were struck by a vehicle on purpose
yesterday. It's reported as a terrorist attack....and one soldier died. His
name is WO Patrice Vincent.
you may not know is that he was a Canadian Forces Firefighter.
Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, 53, had been a member of
the Canadian military for 28 years when he was killed in the Line of Duty
yesterday after being hit by a car driven by that homegrown terrorist.
Vincents career as a Firefighter (and Chief Fire Officer)
brought him to military bases across Canada, serving in Halifax, Valcartier,
Que., Montreal, Trenton, North Bay, Edmonton, Comox, B.C. and Esquimalt, B.C.
Vincent had been a member of Joint Personnel Support Unit at
the Integrated Personnel Support Centre in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., an
office run by the departments of defense and veterans affairs that help injured
veterans and current soldiers, as well as their families, access support
services from the federal government.
The attack occurred in the parking lot outside the IPS center yesterday
Terrorist Martin Couture-Rouleau sat and waited-and then he
struck two members of the military with his car in a St-Jean-sur-Richelieu,
Que., parking lot in what was "the violent expression of an extremist
One of those victims, Firefighter/Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, as noted
above, has since died.
Couture-Rouleau was shot and killed by police following a high-speed chase as
he fled the scene.
According to Quebec provincial police,Couture-Rouleau waited in the parking lot
for at least two hours before he drove his car into the soldiers — one of whom
was in uniform.
The parking lot in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, located about 40 kilometres southeast
of Montreal, served a number of provincial, federal and military administrative
offices, as well as several commercial properties.
Couture-Rouleaus gold-beige-coloured 2000 Nissan Altima, was spotted in the
parking lot as early as 9:15 a.m. Monday. The men were hit by the car at around
Our condolences to all those affected by this loss. RIP.
FIRES DO CONTINUE-SUCH AS THIS MORNING......
It's not hard to find the unknowing talking about the need for less
staffing, less companies, less training, less response, etc-in many circles
As stated here so many times before, bare bone cuts are like
cutting your home insurance-you immediately do save some money and as long as
you have no fire or claim, life is good.
In those "cut" communities, the same thing
happens, "all is good" to the clueless-until there is a fire. And the
fire comes-as it always does-and always will.....
...but now the SOIFSFD (shadow of it's former
self fire department)-and it's firefighters, have to attempt to make it work.
Expecting a fire department-any fire department-to operate as if they have
adequate staffing and resources-when they have far less, is foolishness with a
There are still fires and be it 5 or 500 in your area,
the preparedness and response has to be able to match the incident initially-or
the result will be similar to you calling your insurance company and wanting to
file a claim-and them reminding you that you are no longer covered.
Don't let anyone feed you the "less fires=less of a
need for a well equipped and staffed FD" nonsense-there are fires.
Hats off to the FF's in Lawrence (MA) who are no
strangers to budget cuts-and working fires. They tried to save two young kids
this morning, trapped in heavy fire conditions.
WATCH THIS VIDEO FIRST:
Other videos and coverage of the Lawrence fire and the
heroic attempts by the LFD:
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 10/21/2014-2056 Hours
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Please join the Office of the Assistant Secretary for
Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), and other federal agency staff for a webinar focusing on EMS
Ebola preparedness TOMORROW.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
3:00 to 4:00 pm EDT
ASPR and CDC staff will discuss the previously
developed and distributed Detailed
Emergency Medical Services Checklist for Ebola Preparedness, which
highlights activities that EMS agencies and systems should consider to prepare
for managing patients with Ebola and other infectious diseases.
This checklist is intended to enhance
collective preparedness and response by highlighting key areas for EMS agencies
to review in preparation for a person under investigation (PUI) for Ebola. The
checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure agencies are
able to detect possible
Ebola cases, protect employees,
and respond appropriately.
Additionally, CDC collaborated with staff and
representatives from the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS) to
Guidance for Emergency Medical Services Systems and 911 PSAPs.
FICEMS staff will discuss this guidance, intended for
use by managers to understand and explain to staff how to respond and stay safe
and by individual providers to respond to suspected Ebola patients and to stay
The purpose of this webinar is to further explain these
documents and address any questions that you may have. Staff from several
FICEMS member agencies will field questions. FICEMS includes representatives
from ASPR, CDC, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the
Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Health Affairs, the U.S. Fire
Administration, an appointed State EMS Director and other agencies.
Please note that they will be taking live questions via
the webinar Q&A feature during this event.
You can access this webinar via the following call-in
and URL information:
Dial in number:
Toll Free Number
Conference number: PW9051596
Audience passcode: 1552858
Participants can join the event directly at:
Take Care. Be
Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List
Monday, October 20, 2014
IAFF has released the below video of interest to all fire fighters and EMS
personnel related to Ebola education and response.
a moment to watch and learn from this excellent presentation----and note the
recommended SAFETY STAND DOWN:
the Stand Down
statement video from the IAFF GP:
out www.IAFF.org for more.
the IAFC has provided an excellent resource page:
The IAFC has formed an Ebola
Task Force to provide guidance for the health and safety of fire fighters,
EMT's and responders and patients in response to the recent diagnoses of
several Ebola patients in the United States. The task force will be chaired by
IAFC 2nd Vice President Chief John Sinclair and will include members and
leadership from the Safety, Health & Survival Section-of the IAFC.
IAFC’s Ebola Task Force will review the management of Ebola patients from the
time an emergency call is placed until the patient is confirmed as either
having or not having Ebola. The task force will review several important issues
with short- and long-term implications, including:
Monday, October 20, 2014
MISSOURI FIRE CHIEF/POLICE OFFICER LODD-RESPONDING CRASH-EJECTED
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regret to advise you that Alton Fire Chief Eddie Johnson Jr., 45, was
responding to a house fire six miles west of Alton when he lost control,
went off the left side of the highway, hit a driveway approach, and
rolled his vehicle several times. He was ejected from the vehicle and
killed in the Line of Duty. He was also an Alton Police Officer.
crash was on U.S. 160 about five miles west of Alton. An ambulance
took the Chief to the hospital in West Plains but he did not survive.
State troopers suspect Chief Johnson was not wearing his safety belt.
Alton Fire Department was responding with other area fire departments
to a house fire at an area known locally as Royal Oak. The fire
destroyed the home.
being a full-time police officer and volunteer fire chief, Johnson also
was an Oregon County reserve sheriff's deputy. He'd been fire chief
since 2010 and worked in the Alton Police Department for nine years.
His wife and three children survive him.
We'll post more details as they become available. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 10-20-2014-2233 hrs
Sunday, October 19, 2014
new recall has been issued by the maker of the fire apparatus chassis
involved in that June crash that killed a Montana Fire Chief and a
family of five. The recall of the double Cardan front drive shaft comes
from Navistar which manufactures the International 4800 apparatus involved in the crash in June.
recall by Navistar is for International 4800 trucks built between 1999
and 2002 that are equipped with Fabco TC-200 transfer cases. The recall
notice says the driveshaft may separate and cause axle lockup if a joint
in the driveshaft seizes.
The recall was issued after the Montana Highway Patrol released their
accident report. The recall is slightly different from previous recalls
in that this one requires the part to be removed and replaced.
Navistar's communications director, Steve Schrier tells media that
Navistar has not received their report, but issued the recall after
conducting their own investigation. He says an investigation is often
launched after consumer concerns about a possible defect. During their
investigations they look at things such as warranty claims and gather
data from field reports. If a defect is found, Navistar then issues a
recall and notifies their customers to correct the defect.
In this particular case, Schrier said their investigation found 5 other
incidents since 2008 which prompted them to issue the voluntary recall.
Navistar has notified all customers and are in the process of
implementing the voluntary recall.
CALIFORNIA FIREFIGHTER LODD FUNERAL:
Firefighters will gather together to pay their respects to Airtanker Pilot Geoffrey
“Craig” Hunt as well as to his family, who paid the ultimate sacrifice
with his life while fighting the Dog Rock Fire near El Portal,
celebration of Craig’s life, with full Line of Duty Death fire service
honors, will take place Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 10 a.m.
On October 7, 2014, Dyncorp Pilot Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt was involved in
a fatal crash while flying a CAL FIRE S-2T Airtanker over the Dog Rock
Fire burning near Yosemite’s Arch Rock.
Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt was born October 14, 1951 in Richmond, IN. He is
survived by his wife, Sally, who he married in September of 1975, and
his two daughters, Nancy Hunt and Sarah Hunt Lauterbach. Hunt served as a
US Navy P3 pilot from 1975-1984 and was in the reserves for 20 years. Memorial Service Location: Church on the Hill, 500 Sands Dr., San Jose, CA 95125 Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 10 a.m. RIP.
HARTFORD (CT) FD LODD FUNDRAISER SHIRTS
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