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Wednesday, December 3, 2014   MYRTLE BEACH FIRE LIEUTENANT LODD-IN QUARTERS

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It is with deep regret that we pass this on from the Myrtle Beach Fire Department announcing the passing of Fire Lieutenant John Burns (1964 – 2014).  Lieutenant Burns died while on duty (12/3/2014) of what appears to be natural causes.  John began his 26 year career with the Myrtle Beach Fire Department in July 1988.  John received many accolades throughout his firefighting service, he was an active member of the Pee Dee Regional Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR), United States Air Force Veteran, and a SC State Certified Fire Instructor.  Lt Burns was a devoted friend and co-worker. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.  Our condolences to all those affected.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

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Pass It On & Please Pass This On (The Secret List)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014   (As this is being written-Howard Co MD has an EMS unit involved in a very serious crash-we'll post more on our homepage-KTIYP's)



 

 

All,

While we were not aware, several of you have advised us the "bad" news that Amazon is currently sold out of the book "Pass it On-What We Know, What We Want You To Know"

....that's also good news when we focus on the goal of the book is to raise funds for the Chief Ray Downey Scholarship and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

 

You can also purchase PASS IT ON for Christmas, at these locations:

 

http://www.fire-police-ems.com/books/bp0190.shtml

 

http://www.pennwellbooks.com/pass-it-on-what-we-know-what-we-want-you-to-know/

or search other vendors, bookstores on google etc. 

 

Hope that helps and THANK YOU for your support...the book is doing wonderfully. 

 

 

Secondly, I wanna PASS THIS ON to you. 

I have four extremely, extremely special grandbabies in our life. If you have met me for more than 15 seconds, you knew that. Blessed doesn't even begin to describe us. One of them, our 4 year old knucklehead, is pictured in the link below. He is a tough guy-so no worries there....but it's an opportunity for me to help raise some awareness about Crohns.

 

Due to the enactment of Senate Resolution 199, the week of December 1-7 of each year is reserved to encourage us to help find cures for inflammatory bowel diseases and raise support for the now 1.6 million Americans battling Crohn's and ulcerative colitis through awareness and advocacy...so I figured I would take advantage of our TSL readers and PASS THIS ON.

 

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) launched a new social media campaign called "Someone You Know" --- asking people to share their (or their friend or family) story using #IBDselfie as well as #smashingcrohns on their/your social networks for Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week 2014. Please consider doing so.

 

Now...PLEASE CLICK HERE:

http://online.ccfa.org/site/TR/TakeSteps/Chapter-SouthwestOhio?team_id=164332&pg=team&fr_id=4774

 

...and now you know someone...in case you didn't previously.

 

To be clear, this is not being sent out to solicit donations (although, quite frankly, if you are moved to do so, it is beyond appreciated) but more to spread some awareness of something our family and friends are now learning a lot about....our goal is to increase awareness and support for research initiatives that lead to better treatments and ultimately cures. That's it!

Thanks for your ear-this isn't a fire related issue but every once in a while we bend our rules....especially for kids.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 12/1/2014-2130 Hours

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Firefighters & December (The Secret List)

Monday, December 1, 2014   Hey,

Each December, there are some very significant dates for the fire service, worthy of note and well worth kitchen table discussion with Firefighters-especially with the younger ones. 

 

=CHURCH FIRE;

For example, the OUR LADY OF ANGELS fire anniversary (Monday, Dec 1, 1958) in Chicago where 92 kids and 4 nuns lost their lives-a day in 1958 where the heroics of Chicago FF's were well documented.

EXCELLENT VIDEOS OF THE FIRE: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CqpQnGIEng

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLhO25vBT5c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLkKJZqsSMQ

 

=BUILDING FIRE:

And in that same city, Dec 22, 2010, Chicago Firefighters Corey Ankum and Ed Stringer were killed in a collapse-on the 100th Anniversary of the Union Stock Yards fire that killed 21 Chicago Firefighters. 

FIRE REPORT: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201038.html

 

=BUILDING/GAS EXPLOSION:

Additionally, every Firefighter should well familiar with the multi LODD loss in Buffalo (NY) when 5 Buffalo FD Ladder 5 Firefighters (and 2 civilians) were killed in a propane explosion on December 27, 1983. 

EXCELLENT ARTICLE:

http://www.buffalonews.com/feed/30-years-later-survivors-recount-horror-of-propane-blast-20131221

 

==BUILDING FIRE:

And on December 20th in 1991, 4 Firefighters were killed when they were trapped in a partial floor collapse in Brackenridge, PA. Ever read that report? Here it is along with photos:

FIRE REPORT:  http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/tr-061.pdf 

 

In December of 1999, there were also 2 other very significant multiple Firefighter Line of Duty Death fires that we must remember.
 
The first is the Worcester Cold Storage fire that occurred on December 3, 1999. The second, discussed below, is the loss of 3 Firefighters in Keokuk, Iowa.
 
===WORCESTER (MA) WAREHOUSE FIRE TAKES THE LIVES OF SIX FIREFIGHTERS
 
We all remember wonderful but also (and sadly), tragic events that have occurred in our lives as well.  On December 3rd of 1999, I was attending a community Christmas celebration in our town when beepers started to beep providing initial details about missing Firefighters in Worcester (MA)-and then more details-and then even more info and the final incredible details came out.
 
The Worcester Fire Department responded at 1813 hours that night to Box Alarm 1438 for a fire at 266 Franklin Street.(NOTE: 266 Franklin Street is now the the address and location of WFD's E-6, E-12, L-1, R-1 and Scuba-1 quarters)
 
2 members of Rescue 1, Firefighter Paul Brotherton and Firefighter Jerry Lucey, entered the building searching for occupants. Fire conditions worsened in the building at a rapid and unexpected rate. FF's Brotherton and Lucey, on the fifth floor, became disoriented in the smoke-filled building. Lost, and running low on air, they called for help. Several crews began searching for the lost Firefighters. Two crews reaching the fifth floor also found themselves disoriented in the smoke and trapped by the maze of interior walls: Lieutenant Tom Spencer and Firefighter Tim Jackson from Ladder 2, and Firefighter Jay Lyons and Firefighter Joe McGuirk from Engine 3 were now trapped. Though many more highly heroic Worcester Firefighters attempted to locate their missing brothers, their efforts proved futile.

Be sure to read the link below, entitled "A Chiefs Perspective" about WFD District (Ret) Chief Mike McNamee, who made the beyond difficult decision to end search operations for the missing members-and saved more lives by doing so.

The Line of Duty Deaths of Worcester Firefighters Paul A. Brotherton, Timothy P. Jackson, Jeremiah M. Lucey, James F. “Jay” Lyons III, Joseph T. McGuirk, and Lt. Thomas E. Spencer devastated Worcester, the Fire service, the nation and the world. Their Line of Duty deaths marked the worst loss of Firefighters’ lives in more than 20 years in a building fire in America, and the third worst fire in Massachusetts’ history. R.I.P.
 
WORCESTER REPORTS & LINKS:
HERE is the USFA report as well as the "must read" Esquire Magazine/Sean Flynn article:
THE PERFECT FIRE:

http://www.esquire.com/features/perfect-fire-0700?click=main_sr   (Esquire Magazine)
http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/tr-134.pdf   (USFA Report on the fire)
 
HERE are more links that we hope will be of value and interest to you and YOUR members:
Excellent Collection of Stories, Photos, Audio:

http://www.telegram.com/section/warehousefire

A Chiefs Perspective: http://www.telegram.com/article/20091129/NEWS/911290432/1052  

X Marks The Spot: http://www.telegram.com/article/20091130/NEWS/911300384/0/news06 
Photos: http://www.pbase.com/tomcarmody/wor
Photos: http://www.capecodfd.com/PAGES%20Special/Worc1.htm
WFD Sites:  http://www.iaff1009.org/index.cfm   http://www.ci.worcester.ma.us/fire
 


===KEOKUK, IOWA-THE LOSS OF 3 FIREFIGHTERS-AND 3 CHILDREN IN A DUPLEX FIRE
 
At 0824 Hours on Wednesday, December 22, 1999, a fire was reported in a multifamily dwelling in Keokuk, Iowa. Several neighbors phoned the Keokuk 911 center to report smoke coming from a residence, and that a woman was outside screaming that there were children trapped inside.
 
Assistant Fire Chief Dave McNally, 48, Firefighter Jason Bitting, 29, and Firefighter Nate Tuck, 39 were killed while attempting the rescue of 3 trapped kids in that fire-who also perished. The 3 Firefighters left 8 kids of their own behind. The Firefighters died when a flashover occurred while the 3 were doing their search. The fire started in the kitchen of an old wooden two-story b/f home that had been converted into apartments. Staffing is a major issue in Keokuk, and that morning, 4 of the 5 total (+ the Chief) on duty firefighters arrived on scene with heavy smoke showing, and upon hearing the mother screaming that her children were trapped inside, they immediately and understandably went in after them.When "Mom" screams that her kids are inside-we go in.
 
The 3 were inside, (the Asst Chief and 2 FF/pump operators) a Lt. was on the hydrant-couldn't see the building and one Firefighter was on side "A"... starting to pack up, to back the interior members up. The Chief made the terribly difficult decision to leave the scene for 3 minutes to personally transport a non-breathing rescued child--there were no other resources available... none. The hospital was a minute away. When he returned, the flashover had already occurred with only the Lt. and the one Firefighter left outside. A/C Dave McNally, FF Jason Bitting, and FF Nate Tuck perished in that duplex. R.I.P.

There are several excellent reports out on the fire:
HERE is the NIOSH report: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200004.html 
HERE is the NFPA report: http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files/PDF/Keokuk.PDF
KFD Link: http://www.cityofkeokuk.org/kfd.html
 
One of the best quotes I have ever heard came from KFD's Chief Mark Wessell, Ret,, is a good friend who has shown true leadership in taking the KFD forward-I don't know anyone who doesn't agree with that. Since that fire, Mark and I have become pretty close and I am continually in awe over how he has made it clear that his FD will (and has) change. Mark makes it clear that as horrible as this was-he did whatever he had to, to make sure it never happens again. To all of us, he made a statement that sums it up... "Always remember that we as firefighters are there to help people with a problem, while also doing ALL that we can to never become PART of that problem"



===West Webster, NY..."It Could Have Been Any Firefighter ..at Any FD"

When we first heard about West Webster, we couldn't help but also remember some other Firefighters who were shot-and killed in the Line of Duty.....

Lexington, KY, Fire Lieutenant Brenda Cowan, Maplewood (MO) Firefighter/Paramedic Ryan Hummert, Fayetteville (PA) Chief James Cutchall and Jackson, MS Captain Stan Adams, District Chief Dwight Craft, Captain Merideth Moree and District Chief Rick Robbins, 47 ...all of whom were gunned down in the Line of Duty...and there are more related murders and rela... [ more ]  

 

 

 

2 LODD's, FF Struck, Engine vs Chopper, Fire Ranting (The Secret List)

Monday, December 1, 2014  TWO FOREIGN LINE OF DUTY DEATHS

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1--FIREFIGHTER LODD: FALL FROM AERIAL DEVICE:

The first LODD is a Firefighter in Turkey. Unsecured Firefighter/Mehmet Kopuc Kata (age 30) tragically looses his balance on the top of an aerial ladder and fell 4 stories. He was treated, transported,  but passed away in the hospital.

Another reminder of the risk when operating on aerial devices without being secured. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.

HERE is video of the event.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEBkKLpSUNU 

 

 

2--FIRE FIGHTER LODD: DROWN WHILE TRAINING:

A Fire Officer/Instructor with the 2nd Company of the Fire Brigade in Caceres, Lt Kleiber Rodrigues Alves, 40, died in the Line of Duty Friday ,morning, while leading a scuba diving course. Lt Kleiber was doing diving at a depth of about six meters, when he began to feel ill. A student noticed his distress, and rescued him out of the water. This LODD occurred in the State of Mato Grosso, Midwest Brazil. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.

 

 

FIREFIGHTER STRUCK IN WASHINGTON; SERIOUSLY INJURED

A Tukwila Firefighter was hospitalized in serious condition after he was hit by a car while operating at a crash Saturday night.

The Firefighter was talking with the driver of the car that crashed near the on ramp to northbound I-5 from southbound I-405 at 1750 hours when a second vehicle smashed into the car and the Firefighter. He was immediately treated at the scene by by other members and taken to Harborview Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

 

FIRE APPARATUS VS HELICOPTER IN CHILE:

Under the "don't do this" subject line...here are two videos of a fire apparatus driving right into the blades of a helicopter....a police helicopter in San Miguel, Chile, yesterday.

WATCH THIS ONE FIRST:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZTox8SX124&sns=em 

NOW THIS ONE:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7xWEXEOf7I 

SO...EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED?

The police helicopter was requested to a crash scene that was actually involving a police car and a vehicle driven by a drunk driver. That crash left three officers injured who were eventually taken to the hospital. Cops closed off the street to allow the helicopter, with a paramedic on board, to land, to treat the victims.

SO THEN, the "not paying attention" driver of the fire apparatus traveled right through the crash scene and struck one of the helicopter’s blades, causing the helicopter to spin, and spin, and spin and then tip over (after hitting a police car) and explode with the blades becoming projectiles..

The pilot, Police Captain Mario Esperidón Arce, was critically injured with multiple fractures and another officer was also taken to hospital in the frightening incident in San Miguel in Santiago. KTIYP's.

 

 

FIRE RANT NEWS:

If you have never viewed FIRE RANT NEWS, you will want to check it out. This firefighter owned/operated e-magazine features some great online content. Be sure to check out the story about "true firefighter heroism in action" where Long Island FF Mike Allen rescues a semi-conscious victim from a working house fire. 

Check it out HERE:

http://issuu.com/jeffdilavore/docs/volume3_edition12_november_final?e=14132312/10371397

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 12/1/2014-1100 Hours

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Firefighter LODD-Collapsed At Bldg Fire-Ohio (The Secret List)

Friday, November 28, 2014  OHIO FIREFIGHTER SUCCUMBS TO HEART ATTACK AT FIRE SCENE LAST WEEK

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We regret to advise you that Western Holmes Fire District-Lakeville Station (Lakeville, Ohio) Firefighter Tom Rhamey has died in the Line of Duty. He had been in the surgical cardiovascular ICU unit at Akron City Summa Hospital. FF Rhamey, who had 55 years of service, was transported by Western Holmes EMS to Wooster Community Hospital November 18th, following that house fire in Shreve. From Wooster, he was taken by helicopter to Akron City. FF Rhamey had been responding well to treatments and doctors had been able to reduce his medication. 

Sadly though, he passed away today.


FF Rhamey was the driver of the Lakeville tanker that responded to that house fire at 849 N. Main Street in Shreve on the 18th. A Vietnam veteran, Rhamey also served in the National Guard in its fire brigade. He was a longtime insurance salesperson and beloved veteran Firefighter.


VIDEO OF THE FIRE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmRmqm3N-_k&feature=youtu.be

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/LakevilleVolunteerFireDepartment

Our condolences to all affected by this loss. RIP.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.

BillyG

The Secret List 11/28/2014-1537 Hours

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