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Thursday, October 22, 2015
This week, actually right now, the Fire Service
Occupational Cancer Alliance is meeting in Arlington, VA.
Coordinated and lead by the NFFF, the alliance is the
group of firefighters, medical and industry professionals - fighting the
firefighter CANCER challenges.
Amongst the presentations (and working break out
sessions) include Boston Fire Commissioner Joe Finn-and the efforts he and his
Boston Firefighters IAFF Local are taking to reduce firefighter exposures and
If you hadn't seen it, here is the outstanding BFD
Firefighter Cancer Video:
The following organizational leaders are on hand here in
Arlington, seriously working on the challenges of firefighter cancers...we are
well represented including:
IAFF, IAFC, NFPA, NFFF, FCSN, FEMA, NVFC, IABPFF, NIOSH,
USFS, CFSI, FASNY, NFSA, IFSTA, medical experts and several supportive fire
service businesses and fire service media leadership from Fire Engineering and
Most Firefighters don't know a Firefighter who was
traumatically killed in the Line of Duty....but you'd be hard pressed to find a
Firefighter who DOESN'T know another Firefighter that has-or had cancer. It's a
Fortunately, the leaders from the above organizations and
others are now hard at work in a very coordinated effort (on behalf of all of
us) on the Firefighter cancer fight. Much more to follow.
In appreciation for their efforts, here are some things
we can all do now to minimize our chances of getting FIREFIGHTER CANCERS.
Download it, print it, post it, pass it on:
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
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Thursday, October 22, 2015
right now in Lorain County, Ohio. Initial reports are that South Amherst FF's
were on an open burn complaint. During the incident, something went wrong and
now reports are the crew is being held hostage in a wooded area. Police
agencies are on scene now.
post more as applicable here and on our home page.
Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
Secret List 10-21-2015/2050 Hrs
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
2 Detroit Fire Department paramedics are in serious
condition after they were attacked, slashed and stabbed repeatedly while trying
to help a woman on Detroit’s west side, and the suspect remains on the loose.
It happened just after midnight this morning in a neighborhood just east of the
Lodge Freeway along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
The paramedics had been called to the area to treat a woman with an ankle
injury when a man who was with the woman became “agitated” and attacked.
A male subject on scene was upset at the assessment of the medics,as they were
treating her and at some point during the encounter, he produced this
weapon. The suspect first went for the male paramedic, who has been
working with the department for about two years. When the female paramedic, a
13-year department veteran, stepped in to help her partner, the suspect turned
his attention — and his weapon — to her. Both paramedics were stabbed and slashed
repeatedly before making it back to their vehicle. The paramedics then drove
themselves to Detroit Receiving Hospital where both remain in serious
“It was a horrific scene. The EMS rig, the scene inside of the rig is horrific.
Their injuries are horrific,” Fire Commissioner Jones said, adding that both
paramedics will have significant scarring. “Both of the EMTs are going to
require some extensive surgeries. The injuries — they came to within inches of
The suspect took off running after the attack and is currently being sought by
police. His description was not immediately released. KTIYP's
Take Care. be Careful Pass It On.
The Secret List 10-20-0800 Hours
Friday, October 16, 2015
All,Some of your Brothers and Sisters took time to create these videos on our biggest battle-cancer. Here is an excellent 10 minute new video that is worth your time to watch, to share and pass it on. It's from the Firefighters Association of the State of New York.Please check Out This New Video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV4dUoq330A Related Videos:Here is a hard hitting video on cancer from Boston FD:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOvBypsaHog Here is the Firefighter Cancer Support Network video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUqm9DMdISI Here is the Fire Engineering Video on the FF Cancer Epidemic:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaVN2IYFnHM Honor, Pride, and Tradition - The Fight Against Cancer in the Modern Fire Service (Fairfax County FF's)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2YhL2fBvTs And HERE is one from New Zealand Firefighters:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nqWSEE6xs0Please take time to watch and share these important messages. Take Care. be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 10/16/2015-1530 Hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
Friday, October 16, 2015
An engine from the Ritchie VFD (Prince George's County
Fire/EMS, MD Co 37) was parked in a barrier (protect the scene) position on the
beltway, when they were violently struck from behind about 2300 hours last
night. According to PG County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor, they had just arrived at
the scene of a separate accident where a rescue squad and ambulance were
already working a minor accident - the first arriving units were actually
positioned in front of the scene due to confusion over a flat tire they stopped
at first on the other side of the road vs the minor accident,
The engine company was positioned and 2 of the 5 Firefighters dismounted to
determine whether any additional hands would be needed to assist. Just after
they dismounted, a van at speed struck the rear end of the engine (pictures on
our homepage as well as links below).
Units on the scene were used to extricate the entrapped van driver, who was
transported to the hospital in serious condition. The three members on the
engine were transported to a local hospital for a checkup - they will be ok.
Once again, another example of where barrier protection worked to protect
an active scene.
More photos and details of the crash here: http://ritchie37.com/
Additional details will be posted at: http://www.pgfdpio.blogspot.com/
FREE FIREFIGHTER TRAINING related to operating
apparatus/positioning and protection on roadways is HERE:
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.
The Secret List 10/16/2015-0800 Hours
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