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Firefighter LODD-Calif, NFPA LIstening? (The Secret List)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015   INMATE 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:

HERE:

http://blogs.kqed.org/science/2014/07/25/california-leans-heavily-on-thousands-of-inmate-firefighters/

HERE: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Conservation_Camps/

 

 

IS THE NFPA LISTENING?

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 a table. 

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 MINUTES:

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 you think. 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FiregroundLiquidExposure 

TAKE TIME TO SPEAK UP so those making the decisions have the facts from firefighters..

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 4/15/2015-0730 Hours

www.FGireFighterCloseCalls.com 

 

 

 

 

 

Chief Gaines Funeral, SD LODD Video Update, "I Won't Make It" FF's/Medics Struck (The Secret List)

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-1

http://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.

BillyG

The Secret List 4/13/2015-2000 Hours

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com


 

 

 

 

Firefighter LODD-House Fire (The Secret List)

Monday, April 13, 2015   SOUTH 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 declared dead.
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.

BillyG

The Secret List 4/13/2015-0815 Hours

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We Must Take Risks, Wrongful FF Death Lawsuit (The Secret List)

Saturday, April 11, 2015   All, 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 happens.

 

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 avoidable.

 

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:

http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/dfs/reports/eastfranklin.pdf
====HERE is the EFFD Website: http://www.station27.com/
====HERE IS RELATED VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w05Y6saNYEw
RIP


NEW YORK FIREFIGHTER LODD WIDOW FILES WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT:  "QUESTIONING ANYONE THAT HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE FIRE"
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 McGrath.
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.
BillyG
The Secret List 4-11-15 / 0700 Hours
www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com

 

 

 

 

THANK YOU. ..and an FDIC NOTE (The Secret List)

Thursday, April 9, 2015  Hey...

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 shabby.

 

An equal and sincere thanks to the 99 fire service veterans who wrote chapters in the book.....

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 as well. 

 

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. 

 

 

FDIC NOTE:
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 1977!

 

We do want to point out one very special event you WILL want to attend:

COMEDY VS CANCER!

It's the 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.

DETAILS HERE:

http://www.firefightercancersupport.org/event/fdic_comedy_event/

 

More #FDIC special event related notes in the days coming. 

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 4/8/2015-2200 Hours

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com 

 

TWITTER @billygoldfeder and also @thesecretlist 



 

 

 

 
 
 

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