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NAMES RELEASED IN CT/CA LODDs (The Secret List)

Thursday, October 9, 2014  All,

The Hartford, CT FF who died in the line of duty at a house fire earlier this week has been identified as 48y/o Kevin Lamont Bell was on the front lines Tuesday night and was among the first to enter the burning building, fire officials said. He's also the first Hartford firefighter to die fighting a fire in 40 years, according to state records.


“The Hartford Fire Department family has lost one of its own. Firefighter Kevin Bell represents and embodies the best in all of us,”  Hartford Fire Chief Carlos Huertas said during a news conference Wednesday afternoon. “He made the ultimate sacrifice without hesitation or reservation."

According to the Hartford Firefighters Association, Bell was critically injured and pulled from the burning building in cardiac arrest. He was rushed to Saint Francis Hospital and pronounced dead.

Bell, a member of Engine 16, worked for the fire department for more than six years and leaves behind a wife and daughter, according to Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra.




CAL-FIRE PILOT KILLED IN CRASH AT WILDFIRE



Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt was a former Navy lieutenant commander, a college science instructor and a firefighting pilot for 13 years.

"My dad died a hero," said Sarah Hunt Lauterbach."There was not a day that went by that I didn't talk to my dad," said Lauterbach, who lives in Chicago. "He was my best friend." Rescuers found Hunt's body Tuesday evening outside the smashed hull of the Grumman S-2T fire retardant air tanker. The crash site stretched for a quarter mile. Hunt worked for Cal Fire through DynCorp International, which contracts with the state agency."We know wildland firefighting is an inherently dangerous job," said Cal Fire director Ken Pimlott, "but Craig made the ultimate sacrifice." Hunt's body was draped with a flag and accompanied by an honor guard as it was turned over Wednesday to Cal Fire officials. Gov. Jerry Brown ordered Capitol flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Hunt.
Cal Fire said it lost contact with the Hollister-based air tanker about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, while it was fighting the Dog Rock Fire that was threatening dozens of homes in the community of Foresta.


Please keep both the Hartford and CAL FIRE Firefighters and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 10-9-2014 1720 hrs

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UPDATE: HARTFORD FF LODD/CAL FIRE PILOT LODD (The Secret List)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014  All,

Hartford, Connecticut officials confirmed at 11:00 p.m. ET that one firefighter, 48-years-old, was killed in the fire tonight on Blue Hills Avenue. A second firefighter suffered burns over 10 percent of his body. Two other firefighters have been injured. At this point the names of the firefighters are not being released.  We will keep you advised as more details become available.


CAL FIRE PILOT LODD AFTER CRASH

The pilot of an air tanker battling a wildfire at Yosemite National Park died after the tanker crashed Tuesday, Cal Fire said.
The tanker was being used to help battle Dog Rock Fire when authorities lost contact with its pilot Tuesday afternoon, Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said in a statement.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the plane -- which had only one pilot on board -- went down near an entrance to the park.

The pilot's family requested the name be withheld pending notification of other relatives.


Please keep both the Hartford and CAL FIRE Firefighters and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 10-7-2014 0700 hrs

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Hartford FF Critical / Missing Air Tanker in CA (The Secret List)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014  All,

Media reports indicate that four firefighters were injured while trying to control a fire in Hartford Tuesday evening. Hartford PD confirm that the fire is located at 598 Blue Hills Avenue.Officials said four firefighters were injured. One firefighter is currently in critical condition and another firefighter has serious injuries and was transported to the Bridgeport Burn Unit. The injuries of the other two firefighters are not considered serious.  We will keep you advised as more becomes available on this story. 




CAL FIRE TANKER MISSING AT YOSEMITE FIRE  




This afternoon contact was lost with one of the CAL FIRE air tankers flying over a fire near Yosemite National Park. Emergency personnel are currently responding to the last known location of the aircraft. The airtanker was assigned to the Dog Rock Fire burning near Yosemite’s Arch Rock. The status of the aircraft and the pilot have not been determined,” according to a press release from Daniel Berlant with Cal Fire.




“Nobody has reported a crash to us but Cal Fire is telling media a plane is down,” Ian Gregor Public Affairs Manager for the FAA.


Please keep both the Hartford and CAL FIRE Firefighters in your thoughts and prayers.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 10-7-2014 2130 hrs

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FATAL EMS COPTER CRASH (The Secret List)

Saturday, October 4, 2014  All,

Reports are that one person is dead and three others were injured in an air ambulance helicopter crash Saturday morning in Wichita Falls, Texas.



The helicopter was on a flight from Oklahoma to United Regional Hospital in Wichita Falls when it crashed while approaching the hospital. The Bell 206 Long Ranger helicopter crashed just west of Wichita Falls downtown. The helicopter had a crew of three and one patient. They had picked up the patient in Oklahoma and was flying to the hospital when it went down. 



The Air Evac Lifestream helicopter is based near the hospital according to Wichita Falls police. We'll post more when we have it. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 10-4-2014 1235 hrs

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Minneapolis Firefighter Injuries Nearly Double in Two Years

Friday, October 3, 2014  On Thursday, Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel gave an eye opening report on workers compensation cost to the Minneapolis City Council’s Ways and Means Budget subcommittee. He said since 2012 the cost for workers compensation has nearly doubled; it’s now at $2.4 million a year.

Fruetel told the subcommittee most of the injuries were related to strenuous lifting resulting in back and leg problems.

Mark Lakosky, the president of the Minneapolis Fire Fighters Union Local 82, says it’s something they’ve been dealing with for years since cuts began in their department.

“We’ve been averaging between 19 and 26 injuries, long term injuries the last few years,” Lakosky said. “I had a guy who just had back surgery yesterday, the second one in a year.”


Lakosky says for the last five or six years they’ve seen consistent cuts to their department, but the volume of emergency calls has increased. He says over the next few months he’s going to lose four or five people to permanent disability and most are under the age of 40. Also, there’s a number on the verge of retiring.

At the Thursday’s city council meeting, Lakosky said it was refreshing to see council members take the issue head-on. According to the Southwest Journal, a southwest Minneapolis newspaper, Councilman Blong Young asked Fruetel what his “ideal staffing level” would be. He told the council he’d like to have 418 firefighters, right now they’re at 376 and says more than 20 are on leave due to injuries.

The increase in firefighter injuries is not local problem, it’s national. A study conducted by the Seattle Fire Department found fire fighter injuries declined 35 percent when staffing increased from three to four. The study was presented to the 108th Congress.

“We had four or five firefighters on a rig a few years ago now those same tasks are being done by three,” Lakosky said. “Fire and police don’t get more affective with less people. You want a good fire department, you need to staff it appropriately.”

Last July, the Minneapolis Fire Department added 19 graduates, 18 of them are military veterans

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/10/02/minneapolis-firefighter-injuries-nearly-double-in-two-years/


 

 

 

 
 
 

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