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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
NY FIREFIGHTER LODD-MEDICAL EMERGENCY
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regret to pass on to you that the Peekskill (Westchester County) Fire
Department sadly reports the LODD of Career Firefighter Kevin J. Bristol. Kevin
worked the night shift on 3/2,3 . Reports are that the Department responded to
a kitchen fire at 05:57 AM. Kevin returned to his station
and went off shift at 07:00. Around 14:00 his
wife found him unresponsive and not breathing. Funeral arrangements are not
finalized at this time. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.
Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
Monday, March 3, 2014
TN FF LODD-MEDICAL EMERGENCY WHILE RESPONDING
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We regret to pass on that the Tennessee Division of Forestry
suffered a Line-of-Duty Death early Saturday morning. Firefighter Jerry
Campbell passed away at 0145 Saturday of an apparent heart attack. He
became ill while preparing his Cocke County, Tennessee-based unit to
deploy from Newport to help control a wildland.
fire in the Cherokee National Forest near Tellico Plains, Tennessee. He
was taken to the hospital and was on the hellipad getting ready to be
flown to Knoxville for additional care when he suddenly deteriorated and
could not be revived. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.
NEW HAMPSHIRE FIREFIGHTERS BURNED-MAYDAY AT DWELLING FIRE (VIDEO)
Claremont, NH (north of Keene, south of White River Junction)
Firefighters were hurt while operating at a dwelling fire last night. Of
the 3, 1 was airlifted to a hospital in Boston with 2nd and 3rd serious
burns-on his back, arms and hands. The Firefighter with the most
significant burns (reported to be upper torso) was airlifted to Brigham
and Women’s Hospital in Boston-and will have surgery today. A second
Firefighter was being treated at Fletcher Allen Health Care Hospital in
Burlington, Vt-and expected to be released today. A third was treated
and released for a hand injury.
first fire company arrived on scene at 1812 hours and reported heavy
fire to the rear of the house and struck a first alarm. The initial fire
attack crew entered the home to extinguish the fire. Several minutes
later a mayday call was made. The two firefighters that initiated the
mayday call were able to get themselves back out of the structure within
minutes but suffered the above detailed injuries.
Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
PHOTOS OF THE FIRE:
VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH THE CHIEF:
LIGHT WEIGHT WOOD TRUSS LODD ANNIVERSARY
Last week marked the 30th anniversary of the first documented LODD
in a lightweight truss. Very little is written about this significant
fire. Our thanks to TSL member FrankL who put together an informational
drill sheet to share with all members of The Secret List - to
further understand the history of the dangers of truss.Lightweight Truss Significant fire 30th Anniversary
According to Vincent Dunn (Collapse of Burning Buildings), the first
known firefighter to be killed in a collapse of a light weight wood
truss building was James Pressnall of the Irving (Texas) Fire
Department. His death occurred on February 27th 1984. This is 30 years
ago last Monday- week ago today. Firefighter Pressnall was killed in the
Line of Duty when a lightweight wood truss collapsed on him while
operating in a two story apartment house fire. FF Pressnall, age 31,
died of second and third degree burns over 70% of his body, and smoke
inhalation, which he sustained in the roof collapse at this fire .
In yet another example, 2 Firefighters were killed in the Line of Duty
when a collapse of a lightweight wood truss roof collapsed and trapped
the Firefighters. They were working an arson fire in a church in Memphis
Tennessee. The collapse occurred only seven minutes after the arrival
of firefighters. It happened at the Pilgrims Hope Baptist Church at 3084
Woodrow Street at 1:58 p.m. on December 26, 1992.
HERE is that report:
YOU KNOW THIS!
Firefighters may be injured and killed when fire-damaged roof and floor truss systems collapse, sometimes without warning.
DO YOU KNOW THESE FIRES, THESE FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS?
=Todd Aldridge and Mark Benge-Orange Co, FL 1998
=Alan Michelson, Gillette, WY-1990
=James Hill & Joseph Boswell Memphis, TN-1993
=John "Strawn" Nutter, Louisville, KY 1994
=John Hudgins & Frank Young, Chesapeake, VA-1996
=Edward Ramos, Branford, CT-1996
=Brant Chesney, Forsythe Co, GA 1996
=Gary Sanders, Brian Collins & Philip Dean, Lake Worth TX 1999
=Lewis Mayo & Kimberly Smith-Houston, TX 2000
=John Ginocchetti & Tim Lynch, Manlius, NY 2002
=Cyril Fife & Kevin Olson, Yellowknife, CN 2005...
and there are many more....
to the United States Fire administration (USFA Firefighter Fatalities)
during the period from 1990-2000 structural fires and explosions
accounted for 46.1% of firefighter fatalities. This number represents
five hundred firefighters in a ten year period. During the period of
1998-2003 The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
(NIOSH) identified at least twenty fatalities and twelve injuries that
occurred during firefighting operations in buildings containing truss
systems, of which more then half were in lightweight wood truss
to the Wood Truss Council of America, (WTCA) wood trusses are used in
roof systems in more then sixty percent of all building in the United
The definition of lightweight construction as defined by NIOSH
is a structural member joined together by a rigid framework. They are
most often in the shape of triangles. The unique characteristic of a
truss is the inherent stability of the triangle. The design of a truss
which separates compressive and tensile stresses, allows for a minimum
of materials to be used, resulting in an economic benefit for the
builder. Firefighters are taught that a lightweight wood truss will collapse in a fire in only five to ten minutes. This is also about the same time that Ffirefighters begin arriving on the scene.
Engineers, whom formally would overbuild a bearing element of a
building, are now capable of determining the exact failure point. This
engineering enables a builder to save money by eliminating costly
overbuilding. They can erect a structure which is capable of supporting
the anticipated weight load of the structure plus the anticipated weight
inside the building. Engineered building components may provide
adequate strength under normal conditions, but under fire conditions
these truss systems ca... [ more ]
Saturday, March 1, 2014
=ACTIVE MEMBER/FORMER CHIEF DIES WHILE ON DUTY-MEDICAL
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regret to pass on that Former Nesconset FD (NY) Chief-of-Department
Ross Huffer died yesterday morning. He was a 48 year member of the
department. On the night of his death, he was serving as the
department's EMS first responder and had the first responder vehicle. He
was found in bed unresponsive and was transported to the hospital where
he died. Our condolences to alla affected. RIP.
=DELAWARE FIREFIGHTERS INJURED-POSSIBLE FLASHOVER
from Harrington Fire Company and Felton Community Fire Company operated
at a poultry house fire in the 300 block of Hayfield Road in Harrington
Two Firefighters were injured - one of them was taken by ambulance to
Kent General Hospital, and the other was taken by state police
helicopter to Christiana Hospital. Both were injured within moment of
entering the structure. We'll keep you advised. KTIYP's.
NEW JERSEY FIREFIGHTER/OFFICER/FORMER CHIEF LODD UPDATE:
As you know, veteran Firefighter Gregory Barnas, 57, a veteran Chief,
career Captain and multi-time volunteer Captain of the Wallington Fire
Department, who had 42 years of firefighting experience, was on that
restaurant roof, venting it in the early morning hours Friday when he
suddenly fell off the one-story building as other firefighters,
including his two sons, fought to contain the two-alarm fire.
EMTs desperately performed CPR as he was taken to Hackensack University
Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead later in the morning. Both
of his sons, John and Kevin, still in their fire gear, and other
firefighters held a vigil at the hospital as a Catholic priest arrived
to perform last rites.
Barnas family’s tragedy was compounded by another worry: One of Barnas’
sons has cancer and was getting chemotherapy treatment Friday
afternoon, just hours after his father’s death. Later in the day that
Barnas’s youngest son John, 23, accompanied by his mother, Patricia, was
being treated for leukemia at Hackensack University Medical Center.
Gregory Barnas, who also was a career Captain in Jersey City, had been
donating blood cells for his son’s treatment.
In addition to one year as chief, he was a Captain three times. Both of
his sons are members of the department. Barnas also was a 29-year
veteran of the Jersey City Fire Department, where he recently passed an
exam to become a Battalion Chief and was in line for a promotion.
Last summer, his oldest son, Kevin, (see below re: Kevin) became a
Jersey City Firefighter and Barnas was eagerly anticipating the day that
his youngest son, John, would join them in the department.
Barnas is the father of Fireman Kevin Barnas of the Kentland Volunteer
Fire Department, Company 33 in Prince Georges County, MD. Over the past
several years, members of Company 33 have had the privilege of meeting
and befriending Captain Barnas. He also rode along with the Department
on several occasions with the Tower Ladder and Chiefs "Buggy".
officials are planning a memorial procession through the borough next
week just before the funeral for Fire Captain Gregory Barnas, who died
in the Line of Duty early Friday. Captain Barnas will be laid to rest on Friday at Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church on Paterson Avenue. A
wake will be held for Barnas on Thursday at Warner-Wozniak Funeral home
on Midland Avenue from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The funeral mass on Friday is tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions be made
to either Hackensack University Medical Center's Bone Marrow Transplant
Fund or the Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation.
CALIFORNIA LODD MEMORIAL SERVICE
veteran of Orange County Fire Authority, Eng Hennessey died January
20th while on duty at OCFA Station 45 in Rancho Santa Margarita. He was
Services will be held at Saddleback Church on Tuesday, March 4th at 1000 hrs. Saddleback Church, 1 Saddleback Parkway, Lake Forest, CA 92630 RIP.
=PROVEN DIRT BAG RESPONSIBLE FOR FF EMT LODD WILL REMAIN IN THE SLAMMER
Remember this dirt bag? Career criminal Taye? While accelerating and
braking his car with a stick due to his paraplegia, he killed Delaware
City's FF/EMT Michelle Smith at a crash scene on DE's US 13 just before
Christmas 5 years ago and then fled the scene while DUI?
A Delaware judge has rejected his appeal.
you may recall, it started with a motorcycle crash. The operator of the
bike, was injured in the incident and was lying in the roadway. A
Delaware City Fire Company ambulance (standing by to cover that area for
the Wilmington Manor Fire Company) arrived on the scene within minutes
and DCFC FF/EMT Michelle Smith got out of the
ambulance and began to administer care. A New Castle County Police
Officer then arrived on the scene and activates his emergency equipment.
Moments later, veteran career criminal Taye, driving someone else's
BMW entered the crash scene and sideswiped the county police car causing
significant damage. The Police officer leaped back into his car just
prior to the impact and avoids injury. Taye lost control and struck
Smith and Reiss. The BMW comes to a stop on the right shoulder south of
the crash scene. Smith later died in the Line of Duty. At that point, a light colored Honda pulls up to the crash scene. The operator of the Honda, an unidentified black male, ACTUALLY HELPS TAYE into
the Honda (Taye is unable to walk himself due to his physical
disability) and the Honda subsequently flees the scene. Witnesses
describe the fleeing Honda and also advised that the operator was ...who
we all now know as career criminal Taye.Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 2/1/14-1700 Hours
Friday, February 28, 2014
NJ FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY FOLLOWING FALL FROM
A ROOF AT FIRE SCENE
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We regret to pass on to you that a veteran Firefighter
fell off a roof and died in the Line of Duty, while operating at a fire at a
restaurant in New Jersey, early this morning.
The man, who is also a Jersey City career Firefighter,
with 29 years on the job, was operating as a member of the Wallington Fire
Department, and was at the scene on Paterson Avenue in Wallington when he fell.
We'll post more updates later. Our condolences to all those affected by this
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 2-28-14/0458 hours
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Hey,One of the cool things about The Secret List is that it is read by many veteran fire officers and firefighters who have "been there, done that"...and in many cases, they have experience to pass on to us, to pass back on to you. Jim Smith, retired Deputy Chief of Philadelphia (one of nearly one hundred contributors in the soon to be released Pennwell book "PASS IT ON") wanted to pass on this incident-to you. He wants to share what the PFD has done-and what you could do so that first responders don't become part of the problem on CO jobs. Fortunately, last weekend, when the Huntington Manor FD arrived at the Legal Seafood CO emergency, they were prepared to immediately assist and remove the exposed PD and EMT's-who were attempting to assist the numerous initial civilian victims. Many fire, EMS and even police departments (especially those who respond on EMS runs) purchase mini-CO monitors and clip them on first-in EMS bags...they set it and forget it. It can make a real difference-it's there when you need it. Here are Jim's thoughts: I just read the CO incident in Suffolk County in the Secret List. We had a similar incident in Philly around 2005 where a patient was complaining of similar symptoms that had landed her in the hospital from which she had just returned home a few days earlier. The EMTs felt it was probably a re occurrence of the previous sickness and were going to take her back to the hospital. She was a big woman and the medic unit called for an engine company to assist in carrying her. It was the dead of winter and as the engine company waited in the bedroom to assist in carrying her down from the second floor her son who was a big man collapsed in the bedroom. Next an EMT went down. The firefighters were also exhibiting some signs of lightheadedness. The Lieutenant ordered a window opened and everyone to the exterior. He then called for assistance of a truck company and a battalion chief. The engine company, after donning air paks, then removed the occupants and started to ventilate the structure. On arrival of the BC, he measured the air and found CO levels off the chart. It was later discovered that the chimney flue in the basement had became clogged by falling brick and brick dust causing the situation. In the end I wound up with 2 EMT's from the medic unit and the Lieutenant and 2 Firefighters in the hospital to be checked for CO blood levels. The only company member who was not affected was the engine company engineer. The gist of this email was that a simple solution was found in that a battery operated CO detector was issued to all companies including medic units and they were clipped onto their medical bag (or first responder bags in the case of engine and truck companies). In the ensuing years numerous incidents of high CO readings were found upon entering a structure when none was suspected or reported. In other words numerous injuries as well as diagnoses of the sick were immediately found. I am not sure how many agencies (fire and EMS) are familiar with or utilize this technique but it can be a life saver. I would guess there are a number of companies who market this type of CO detector. Thought there may be a way that you could get the message out about this potential life-saving CO detector procedure. Done. Thanks to Jim for passing it on.Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 2/25/2014-1332 Hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
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