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FIREFIGHTER SHOT/DOA, TRIPLE LODD UPDATE-(The Secret List)

Monday, August 24, 2015  FIREFIGHTER SHOT/KILLED IN TEXASThe Secret List www.FireFighterCloseCalls.Com
A Katy (Texas) Fire Department firefighter was shot and killed last night. The firefighter suffered a reported self inflicted gunshot wound at the firehouse on Sunday evening.  He was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Medical Center. No further details surrounding the shooting were immediately available. More to follow. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP.




WASHINGTON STATE TRIPLE LODD UPDATE:
The U.S. Forest Service has released additional information about the Line of Duty deaths of the three wildland Firefighters that occurred in the Twisp River Fire August 19 near Twisp, Washington.

==The fire was reported at 12:30 p.m. PT, August 19, 2015. 
==Between 2:45 and 3 p.m. the wind direction changed and the fire activity increased. 
==At about 3 p.m. firefighters were entrapped by the fire, and around 4 p.m. fatalities and injuries were reported. 
==By 4 p.m. one injured firefighter was being airlifted to a hospital.

Engine 642, from the Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest, was found upright 40 feet below Woods Canyon Road. It had been burned over and three deceased firefighters were found inside.


Two deployed fire shelters were found, but at a press conference,  the leader of the USFS investigation team, John Phipps, who currently serves as Station Director of the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station in Fort Collins, Colorado, said he did not know where they were found in relation to the Firefighters.

Of course the deceased have been identified as Tom Zbyszewki, 20, Andrew Zajac, 26 and Richard Wheeler, 31. 


A fourth firefighter, Daniel Lyon, 25, of Puyallup, Washington, is in critical condition with third degree burns over over 60 to 65 percent of his body.

The investigation team is using the Coordinated Response Protocol which was developed in 2014. Part of that process is a Learning Review which, according to a four-page document released by the USFS last year, “is designed to produce at least two learning products, one for the field and one for organizational leadership”. 


When asked about the process during the news conference, Mt. Phipps appeared to be unfamiliar with the “learning products”, and said he did not know if they would both be released to the public.

At least six investigations are going on concurrently:

Coordinated Response Protocol/Learning Review;
Office of Inspector General ( as required by the Cantwell-Hastings legislation, Public Law Public Law 107-203);
OSHA
Washington DNR investigation into injuries to two of their employees
Forest Service law enforcement
County Sheriff



HERE IS MORE:
http://q13fox.com/2015/08/23/new-details-in-deaths-of-3-firefighters-vehicle-fell-down-40-foot-embankment/

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BillyG
The Secret List 8-24-2015 0900 Hours
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Life & A Tragic Death, FF's Dementia?, LODD, FRI Atlanta (The Secret List)

Friday, August 21, 2015  Hey,
A couple of excellent fire service pieces we wanted to pass on this morning-well worth your time.


The first is a piece by Sarah Kaplan of the Washington Post. It's a phenomenal piece that talks about that very young Firefighter, Tom Zbyszewski, 20; who along with Andrew Zajac, 26; and Richard Wheeler, 31, died in the Line of Duty this week. 


Four other firefighters were injured, including one with burns over 60 percent of his body: Daniel Lyon, 25. Take a few minutes to read this piece and consider passing it on to those who may not fully understand how this job works in so many parts of North America, and the world:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/08/21/firefighter-tom-zbyszewski-20-died-battling-a-blaze-that-threatened-a-region-he-knew-well/





FIREFIGHTERS, DEMENTIA & ALZHEIMER'S
Well, admittedly, I knew little about this disease until about about two years ago when we started seeing issues involving my Mom, Mrs. G. Some "weird" stuff went from my denial to a hard smack of reality. We have now become well aware and have learned about it-and while a tough situation for our family, and so many others-she has some decent medication, she has mostly really good days-she lives by us now-and we are together almost daily.


So....I was on Twitter this morning (@billygoldfeder) and this caught my attention. 
A FIRE SERVICE FILM ...on dementia!? Huh!?
Seems that the Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service in the UK is closely involved with dementia charities and works in close partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society and Age UK. As part of their involvement, they created a short film that raises awareness of the issues faced by the early onset of dementia. 

CHECK OUT THIS short filmed called "THE SHOUT" using the Firefighters from their Bromsgrove Fire Station to produce the film. The film revolves around a Firefighter with dementia and highlights some of the early warning signs that can easily be missed in a younger person. VIDEO HERE:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdTMLQZRPIo&feature=youtu.be

http://youtu.be/mdTMLQZRPIo

Here is the H & W Fire Rescue Service home page: https://www.hwfire.org.uk 





FIREFIGHTER LODD IN PORTUGAL
OUR CONDOLENCES:
We have had this posted on our homepage but were only able to post it on TSL today.
A Portuguese FF died in the Line of Duty yesterday due to injuries sustained when his fire truck overturned Wednesday in the region of Cascais, Portugal. FF José Moreira, 41 years old, was transferred to a hospital in the city of Lisboa, but did not survive. Other FF sustained non-life threatening injuries. The crew was responding to a fire in the region of Talaíde. Our condolences to all those affected.





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MD. FATAL FD CRASH, 3 FF LODD's ID'd, TRIAL BY FIRE (The Secret List)

Friday, August 21, 2015  All,
The Firefighters killed in the Line of Duty yesterday have been identified. 


Tom Zbyszewski, age 20

Andrew Zajac, age 26
Richard Wheeler, age 31
Daniel Lyon, age 25, was injured, has burns to 60% of his body and is critical, at intensive care being treated at Harborview Hospital in Seattle. 
An interview with Dr's about his condition is available HERE: http://q13fox.com/


As you know, the above 3 USFS deaths occurred in that wildfire on DNR land near Twisp, WA yesterday.


Washington State along with much of the West Coast is being clobbered by wildfires-and have few resources available....as the East Coast keeps an eye on Hurricane Danny.




TRIAL BY FIRE:
Here is an article about the above Fallen Firefighter Tom Zbyszewski, a 2013 high school graduate, who was fighting fires for the first time last summer as part of a five-person Forest Service engine crew. 
Zbyszewksi said he had never felt personally in danger while battling the fast-moving Carlton Complex fires. They said their supervisors and crew members follow safety protocols that call for identifying escape routes and safety zones wherever they are working.
“They really keep us safe. There’s no one going to the head of the fire. That would be way too dangerous,” Zbyszewski said. RIP.



HERE IS THE ARTICLE FROM LAST YEAR ABOUT FF TOM ZBYSZEWSKI:
http://methowvalleynews.com/2014/08/07/trial-by-fire/





FATAL FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDING CRASH TODAY IN MARYLAND
One civilian and her dog died in a serious crash in Baltimore County late this afternoon that involved a responding Baltimore County FD EMS unit.
The collision involved a passenger car and that Baltimore County EMS vehicle. Doris Scott, 59, died and so did a small dog in the car with her. A Suburban used by the Baltimore County Fire Department was on its way to a call when it hit the back of a Honda at approximately 1600 hours, Our condolences and prayers for all those involved. 

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BillyG
The Secret List 8-20-2015-1800 Hours
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UPDATE: 3 FF's KILLED, 4 INJ: Crash/Trapped By Fire (The Secret List)

Thursday, August 20, 2015   All,Updates this morning indicate that the three Firefighters who died in the Line of Duty yesterday fighting that wildfire near Twisp were engaged in initial attack operations and involved in a vehicle crash on Woods Canyon Road, when it is believed the fire overtook the vehicle, Other reports are that they were able to get out of the vehicle and deployed shelters but subsequently lost their lives.
 
They were part of the initial fire response to that wildfire that started shortly after noon up Woods Canyon Road, which is off Twisp River Road. That area is about 5 miles west of Twisp. 
Initial reports are that the wind suddenly shifted and the U.S. Forest Service Firefighters who were killed, became trapped as the Twisp River Fire turned back on them.

The four injured firefighters suffered burns and were transported from the scene. One of the injured firefighters, a 25-year-old, was airlifted to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition. Of those four injured firefighters, one worked for the Forest Service, two worked for the state Department of Natural Resources and one was a DNR contractor. It wasn’t immediately clear if the four injured were also involved in the crash.
 
In Washington there are 11 counties and four tribes affected or threatened by fires. The fires have already destroyed more than 50 homes, 60 other structures, and more than 235,000 acres of land. Conditions this morning remain terrible and the fires are continuing to spread-combine that with limited resources and the potn tial remains for more devastation. 

The Triple LODD Wednesday wasn’t the first time that Firefighters lost their lives fighting wildfires in Washington. On July 10, 2001, four U.S. Forest Service firefighters died while at the Thirty Mile Fire in Okanogan County. That was the second deadliest fire in Washington history. In 1974, five Firefighters died when a vehicle overturned.
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HERE ARE SOME LINKS TO FOLLOW TODAY. 
WE'LL ALSO POST ADDITIONAL ON OUR HOME PAGE.
www.KREM.com 
www.KIROtv.com
www.KING5.com
www.KOMONews.com
www.Q13fox.com
www.spokesman.com
www.wildfiretoday.com
www.inciweb.nwcg.gov
https://www.facebook.com/WFFoundation?fref=nf
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3 FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN WASHINGTON STATE (The Secret List)

Thursday, August 20, 2015   3 FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY

.....OTHERS BURNED IN WASHINGTON STATE

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Officials in Okanogan County, Washington State are confirming that three Firefighters had died in the Line of Duty in the area of Twisp, WA-about 200 miles east of Seattle. Other Firefighters are reported to be burned as well, a few hours ago.

 

Okanogan Co. Sheriff Frank Rogers initially reported that several Firefighters were burned and transported from the scene and thought they had only suffered "non-life threatening injuries." But things turned out to be much, much worse. Things are exploding in Washington State right now. There are various reports of entire towns evacuations due to wildfires with limited resources.

 

“I was just told that three firefighters died while battling the Twisp fire and four were injured," said Gov. Jay Inslee in a press release. “My heart breaks over the loss of life."


The fire had burned 50 acres about 8 miles west of the town and was threatening 20 nearby buildings. Evacuations were ordered for the towns of Twisp and Winthrop, which combined have a population of about 1,300. Residents were asked to head south immediately. Wildfires burning in Okanogan County had already forced the evacuation of the small town of Conconully, about 20 miles northwest of Omak. 

 

We'll post and send out any additional that we get but right now, the best sources appear to be below.

WATCH THESE AREA MEDIA SITES FOR MORE:

www.KREM.com 

www.KIROtv.com

www.KING5.com

www.KOMONews.com

www.Q13fox.com

www.spokesman.com

 

Area Firefighters braced for high winds in the forecast through tomorrow, Friday that threatened to stoke wildfires burning across Eastern Washington. The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the eastern portion of the state until at least 5 p.m. Friday.

Much more to follow.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 8-19-2015-2030 Hours

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