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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
FIREFIGHTER LODD-HEART ATTACK AT TRAINING
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A Riverside County jail inmate serving as a state
firefighter has died from a heart attack suffered during a training exercise
last week.The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Inmate
Firefighter, 37-year-old Raymond Araujo went into full cardiac arrest during
the training on the Morongo Indian Reservation near Banning. He was airlifted
to a base camp, where he was declared dead after medics couldn't resuscitate
him. Araujo died Monday, but word was withheld while his family was notified.
Our condolences to all affected.
ABOUT INMATE FIREFIGHTERS:
It's not hard to find any of us being seemingly annoyed that
the NFPA doesn't listen to what FIREFIGHTERS have to say. Actually, they do-and
do more than ever-especially since input via the internet makes it easy for
NFPA committees to truly represent what FIREFIGHTERS need...not just the few at
Surveys like this are a great way to insure that a truly
diverse range of input is provided to the NFPA committees...hopefully all fire
service related NFPA committees will follow this example regularly.
THIS WILL TAKE YOU 2
The NFPA committee on
Structural Fire Protective Clothing (your bunker gear) is seeking input from
firefighters-this wont take more than a moment-so let them know what
TAKE TIME TO SPEAK UP so those making the decisions have the facts from
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It
The Secret List 4/15/2015-0730
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
All,FUNERAL DETAILS FOR CHIEF GLENN GAINES:The viewing will be held on Thursday, April 16th from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.and again from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the McLean Bible Church (8925 Leesburg Pike; Vienna, VA). Funeral services for Chief Gaines will be held on Friday, April 17th at 11:00 a.m., also at the McLean Bible Church. SOUTH DAKOTA FIREFIGHTER LINE OF DUTY DEATH UPDATE/VIDEO:As you know, Valley Springs Fire & Rescue Firefighter Steve Ackerman, 38 was killed in the Line of Duty late last night at a working house fire while on a mutual aid fire call in the nearby town of Brandon. Following an accountability check, it was discovered he was missing.Below is some excellent coverage of local media including video and interviews with the fire chief.VIDEO HERE:http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/crime/2015/04/13/two-dead-including-firefighter-brandon-house-fire/25702907/RIP."I'M NOT GOING TO MAKE IT!"PARAMEDICS & FIREFIGHTERS STRUCK....Ten years ago this week, Fort Worth (Texas) MedStar EMS Medic 55 and Fort Worth FD Firefighters were involved in an MCI involving their own crew, while they were operating at a crash scene. LISTEN to the radio traffic below.Within two minutes of their initial arrival, another vehicle hydroplaned and slammed into the original crash scene critically injuring 5 crew members, requiring multiple EMS, fire units as well as medevacs.. Thankfully, all crew members survived (albeit with very critical, life threatening injuries) due to the actions of the others on duty that day. As you will hear, there are a lot of emotional and physiological factors at play during an event like this. We can all learn from different bits and pieces of this audio.The Paramedic struck is Selena Schmidt, who wrote a chapter in the book "PASS IT ON-What We Know, What We Want You To Know"=="I AM NOT GOING TO MAKE IT" Article about this incident:http://www.firehouse.com/article/10506388/i-am-not-going-to-make-it-part-1http://www.firehouse.com/article/10507040/i-am-not-going-to-make-it-part-2==LISTEN TO THE RADIO TRAFFIC: (please share with your dispatchers)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dic_XpqeuJg&feature=youtu.be==For additional followup, check out these NO COST highway survival training programs HERE:http://learning.respondersafety.com/Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 4/13/2015-2000 Hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
Monday, April 13, 2015
DAKOTA FIREFIGHTER LODD-HOUSE FIRE
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We regret to pass on to you that a Firefighter has been
killed in the Line of Duty, and a resident is also dead after a house fire in
Brandon (near Sioux Falls) last night.
Initial reports are that the fire was reported at 2208 hours at 109 W. Fir St.
One resident was still inside the home.At 2210 hours, police reported heavy
smoke from the garage and at 2235 hours: Firefighters brought a man out of the
home. He was taken to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, where he was
At 2241 hours all Firefighters were ordered to evacuate the structure and at
2301 hours one Valley Springs Volunteer Fire Department firefighter was
reported missing after not responding to a roll call. The missing
Firefighter was found dead in the basement of the home at around 0130
hours. The deceased homeowner is David Smith, 37.
Our condolences to all those affected-RIP.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 4/13/2015-0815 Hours
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Today is the 9th anniversary of the Line of Duty Death of New Jersey
Firefighter/Foreman Kevin Apuzzio...who gave
his life while attempting to save the life of a trapped civilian.
There are times where we take risks and there is
no reason to do what we did...and it was obvious even beforehand.
Sometimes we find ourselves so off the scale of doing something so ridiculous
(sometimes just 'cause we 'wanna) that we are just thankful we got away with
it-or didn't. We freelance, we don't size-up, we ignore officers orders-it
However, there are times where we absolutely must
do what we are expected to do-when the conditions indicate that we, the
FIREFIGHTERS FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, must do whatever it takes, to take the
risk to do the right thing in helping people who count us as their last
resort. That happens too. While many absolutely are, NOT EVERY LODD is
Below are the factual details from the Incident Commander....Chief
Danny Krushinski (who is featured in the book "PASS IT ON") of the
East Franklin (NJ) FD, about the fire where Kevin gave his life in the Line of
Duty as a true hero :
"....On April 11th, 2006, many of our lives changed in a heartbeat,
especially the life of 21 year old Firefighter Kevin Apuzzio. Kevin stood
courageous on the front lawn of 36 Whittier Avenue and said "Chief, what
do you need my crew and I to do?" I Said "Kevin, go in and get
her." While it only seems like yesterday, to me it is still clear as day.
With a house full of smoke and an elderly women trapped, Kevin did not hesitate
and attempted to rescue her. I knew when the floor collapsed and my
Firefighters fell into that basement from that point forward, their lives along
with many others would be changed forever. While several were seriously injured
and burned, Kevin lost his life with the victim he and his Brothers were
valiantly trying to save.
UNDERSTAND THE FIRE DETAILS:
On April 11, 2006, Foreman Kevin Apuzzio died while he and four members of the
East Franklin VFD selflessly and heroically attempted to rescue 75-year-old
Betty Scott from a single family dwelling fire. Foreman Apuzzio died when he
became trapped after falling through a floor that collapsed into a well involved
basement....he fell just a few feet from the front door - with Mrs Scott in
hand. Mrs. Scott also died in the fire as Kevin and crew, just a few feet from
the front door, were attempting to remove her.
It is sadly but widely acknowledged, that most FF LODD's can clearly be
prevented. However, in this case, it is documented that Kevin died while he
and his crew were heroically attempting a rescue - that based upon conditions
and size up, was the right thing to do.
We take a moment to again remember Kevin, the Apuzzio Family (Kevin's Dad, Dr.
Joe Apuzzio also wrote a chapter in the book "PASS IT ON") and the
members of the East Franklin FD, along with all area FD's that were impacted by
the Line of Duty Death of Kevin. Rest in Peace.
====HERE is the FIRE / LODD REPORT:
====HERE is the EFFD Website: http://www.station27.com/
====HERE IS RELATED VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w05Y6saNYEw
NEW YORK FIREFIGHTER LODD WIDOW FILES WRONGFUL DEATH
LAWSUIT: "QUESTIONING ANYONE THAT HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE
The widow of Inwood, Long Island, NY Firefighter Joseph Sanford Jr., who died
in the Line of Duty after being found in the basement of a Woodmere house fire,
has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, according to media.
Jacqueline Scott-Sanford, of Inwood, filed a suit seeking unspecified damages.
The suit will involve questioning “the owner, general contractor ... and anyone
who had anything to do with the fire,” Garden City attorney Christopher
Sanford was a 17-year veteran of the Inwood FD when he died in December. While
responding to a mutual aid house fire in Woodmere, Sanford fell through the
first floor, he never regained consciousness and died Dec. 23 at the age of 43.
On Tuesday, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation announced it would
take over monthly payments on the family’s $300,000 mortgage.
Take Care-BE CAREFUL.
The Secret List 4-11-15 / 0700 Hours
Thursday, April 9, 2015
As we all get ready to head to Indy for FDIC, just a note of
THANKS to those of you that have purchased the book "PASS IT ON-What We
Know, What We Want You To know"...as so far we have raised over $30,000.00 for the National
Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Chief Ray Downey Scholarship. Not too
An equal and sincere thanks to the 99 fire service veterans who wrote chapters in
They are all listed here: www.PassItonFire.com
Many of the PASS IT ON book contributors will be at FDIC,
and will be together, at the Fire Engineering Book Store for book signing
opportunities. I personally look forward to seeing many of you at the bookstore
SPECIAL NOTE: At the NFFF Stop Drop Rock and Roll,
where each year we auction of some phenomenal prizes at a GREAT party...this
year we have something really cool. THANKS to the staff at the NFFF, they have FOUR COPIES of
"Pass It On" that every contributor has signed. ALL 99 CONTRIBUTORS
have signed their sections making these four books something really special. PLEASE
JOIN US THURSDAY EVENING at the Stop, Drop, Rock & Roll Party to bid on
each of these four special editions of the book.
There are so many outstanding FDIC SOCIAL EVENTS and we try to make them
all....FDIC after hours activities have come a long way since our first FDIC in
We do want to point out one very special event you WILL want
COMEDY VS CANCER!
annual FDIC Firefighter Cancer Support Network Comedy Night!
Please join us TUESDAY EVENING at The Marriott at 1930 Hours (the
perfect event following two days of HOT classes and workshops) to support THE
organization that support the firefighters and their families dealing with
cancer: THE FIREFIGHTERS # 1 ENEMY.
More #FDIC special event related notes in the days
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
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