Submit Your Close Call / Near Miss
Friday, April 4, 2014
years ago today, April 4, 2008, Firefighters from Colerain Township (Hamilton
Co, OH) responded to the type of fire dispatch that we all have
turned out on many, many times. However, in this case, what was initially
a reported automatic alarm-resulted in double Line of Duty Deaths of a Captain
and one of her Firefighters.
a more recent note, Arlene Zang, mother of Fallen Fire Captain Robin Zang
Broxterman, is one of the nearly 100 contributors to the new fundraiser book,
"PASS IT ON..What We Know, What We Want You To Know."
not miss Arlenes perspective.
While responding to the AFA, the dispatcher upgraded the run, indicating the
occupants were reporting a working house fire. Not long after that Fire Captain
Robin Zang Broxterman, 37-years-old, a 17-year veteran career Firefighter and
Paramedic, and Firefighter Brian Schira, 29-years-old, a 6 month probationary,
part-time Firefighter and EMT with Colerain Township Fire & EMS both died
in the Line of Duty after the floor they were on collapsed into the burning
basement - at that dwelling fire.
Following that loss, the Colerain Township Fire/EMS Department issued a report
(numerous document, audio and video links below) - as well as the NIOSH report
- both with valuable details on what happened. DO NOT miss the chance to
review these materials, including videos and share them with your crews.
Critical details such as the importance of size-up, 360 walk around and other
information is of great value to any Firefighter and Officer. As we have
seen in numerous other Firefighter deaths, as Colerain Fire Captain Steve Conn
stated "There was not one major mistake that caused the death of our 2
Firefighters. There was a perfect storm, a combination several little things
that hit all at the wrong time."
The Colerain reports have mattered in several cases, including the City of
Defiance, Ohio, where FF's studied the report and following that-applied the
lessons at a fire they responded to-and their scene operations were positively
altered due to what they learned from Colerain. DEFIANCE FIRE INFO: http://tinyurl.com/d8samzk
THE COLERAIN FIRE, REPORTS & VIDEOS:
It was on April 4, 2008, that Firefighters from Colerain Township and mutual
aid companies responded initially to what was a reported automatic alarm. While
responding, the dispatcher upgraded the run, indicating the occupants were
reporting a working house fire. Not long after that Fire Captain Robin Zang
Broxterman, 37-years-old, a 17-year veteran career firefighter and paramedic,
and Firefighter Brian Schira, 29-years-old, a 6 month probationary, part-time
Firefighter and EMT with Colerain Township (Ohio) Fire & EMS both died in
the Line of Duty after the floor they were on collapsed into the burning
basement at that dwelling fire.
==HERE is the NIOSH Report:http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200809.html
==HERE is the Colerain Township FD Report, Radio Traffic
And Related Details:
SEVERAL IMPORTANT RELATED VIDEOS:
RIP Sister & Brother.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 4-4-14 / 1500 Hours
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Carolina Firefighters were injured late yesterday afternoon-with one
being seriously burned. A resident who started the fire has also been
charged in the incident with failure to notify forestry of a fire and
not stopping it before it spread to other properties.
The most seriously burned member, a Windy Hill Firefighter, is
currently at Augusta Burn Center for injuries he suffered. That
Firefighter, Jacob "Jake" DeLung of Windy Hill FD, suffered facial and
neck burns, third to second degree burns, when he was in the mobile home
that was burning and the floor collapse. As of this morning,
doctors were cleaning his burns and he may require some skin grafts in
FF DeLung, who is the son of Windy Hill Fire Chief John Delung,
called for help and other Firefighters were able to rescue him. He was
taken to McLeod Hospital first and then airlifted. Not long after FF
DeLung was hurt, West Florence FD's Anthony Fox had the home's front
porch collapse under him. Fox injured his ankle. Florence City FF Ed
Richardson, fell on Fox and was hurt, too. They were both T & R. We
wish FF DeLung a rapid recovery.
RURAL WATER SUPPLY: A GREAT CLASSROOM SESSION AT FDIC.
been a few years since I paid any real attention to rural
water supply-but yesterday I had a chance to sit in on a "rehearsal"
session of a class that is going to be presented next week at
FDIC....and it was really
impressive. If rural water supply impacts YOUR department, take time to
attend this session at FDIC...you won't be disappointed.TIME:
1530 hours on Thursday the 10th of April.
CHECK THIS VIDEO PREVIEW:http://tinyurl.com/nngkfj8
is with sincere regret we advise you of the passing of U.S. Army Sgt.
and Brother of (Chicago FD Fire Comm ret.) and current Carol Stream FD
Deputy Chief Robert (Bob) Hoff, Mr. Michael James Hoff.
While in the eight month of his tour in Viet Nam, Sgt. Hoff suffered a
critical head wound in mid-October 1967 while in an armored troop
transport vehicle in hostile area from an enemy mortar shell. As a
wounded warrior veteran he worked through life with the many physical
and mental challenges which became of greater struggles through the
years of his life. On Sunday, March 30, 2014 at the age of 67, Sgt.
Michael J. Hoff passed with family beside him at Edward J. Hines V.A.
Hospital. May he rest in eternal peace.
Arrangements: (NOW)-VISITATION: Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 3:00 PM to
9:00 PM. Petkus Funeral Home, 12401 S Archer Ave, Lemont, IL. FUNERAL: Friday, April 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Funeral mass at St. Patrick Church, 200 E Illinois St, Lemont . RIP. Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.
The Secret List 4/3/2014-1800 Hours
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
thousands of Brother and Sister Firefighters arrive in Boston to honor
the lives and families of beloved BFD "Jakes" Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh
Jr. and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, we hope and pray that those
closest to this incident, and most importantly the families, can find
some level of peace in their days, years and their lives ahead. RIP.
this weeks focus is, as it absolutely must be, on the horrific loss of
those two brave Boston Firefighters, a few weeks ago it was on New
Jersey, and other places as we keep looking back.
Everyone and their
brother have opinions on what's right or wrong when we get hurt or
killed. And while some don't like hearing it, there are times when we
take great risk when there are indications of people being inside...you
know, risk a lot to save a lot. No one else will get them out if we
don't get water on the fire and find the missing.
Next week at FDIC,
your hearts will absolutely burst when you hear of the truly beyond
human heroics of Bryan (Texas) FD's 54-year-old Lt. Greg Pickard
...and his witnessed efforts in his attempts to save his trapped
Brother, Lt. Eric Wallace. Both lost their lives in as horrific manner
as you can in our business. Next week, Lt Pickard will be awarded the
coveted 2014 Ray Downey Courage and Valor Award. Lt Pickard's family and
members of the BFD will be there -along with thousands of FDIC'ers
as Lt Picard is honored posthumously. Do not miss that program.
well known amongst our profession that last year was the deadliest on
record for our Brothers and Sisters in Texas...Texas Firefighters-such
as in Bryan. Early this morning, a "non fire service" magazine article
was sent to us with a very interesting article. It is about Texas
Firefighters and the Line of Duty Deaths that occurred in Texas last
year....and we wanted to pass it on to you. The piece looks at the so
called "cultural" aspect of the job with comments from Firefighters,
Chiefs and others. Take time to read the piece.
HERE IS THE ARTICLE: http://www.texasobserver.org/hero-complex/
FDIC NEXT WEEK:
We look forward to seeing many of you next week at FDIC. We
also encourage you to consider purchasing the book "PASS IT ON" while
at FDIC...100% of the royalties are being donated equally to the Chief
Ray Downey Scholarship Fund and the National Fallen Firefighters
Foundation. Nearly 100 Firefighters and those close to
us have contributed to provide you with advice, ideas, suggestions and
stories of what they have experienced in their "fire" lives. The 444
page book contains stories from the remarkable contributors - that have
never been published or seen before.
OTHER FDIC ACTIVITIES FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:
FF CANCER SUPPORT COMEDY & MUSIC NIGHT: (Tuesday)
FOOLS INTERNATIONAL BASH: (Wednesday)
STOP, DROP, ROCK & ROLL-NFFF (Thursday)
are so many learning opportunities at FDIC-formal and informal-take
advantage of every one you possibly can. Stop by and see Gordon G
(Graham) and I on Tuesday afternoon, or Thursday afternoon in class, or
at any one of the above events-as well as around the FDIC Bookstore.
you do-get up early and attend as many sessions and classes as
possible-waste no time-the instructors have been preparing for a long,
long time... for the privilege to pass it on to each of us, no matter
how long you've been a FF.
We can't wait to cya. Safe travels.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 4-1-2014-1409 Hours
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Sunday, March 30, 2014
York County (PA) Engine 21-1 of the Friendship Fire
Company was involved in a rollover motor vehicle crash while responding near
the intersection of Yorkana Road and Valley Acres Road in Hellam Township this
evening. Some firefighters sustained non life threatening injuries. Six
firefighters were transported to local hospitals. The engine was responding to
a separate crash at Yorkana and Libhart Mills Roads. Multiple EMS, Police and
fire units assisted from surrounding communities.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 3/29/14-2200 hours
Friday, March 28, 2014
to the intense media coverage, this is probably the easiest and least
complicated means of getting the needed memorial information for BFD's
Lt Walsh & FF Kennedy:
Boston Firefighters Lt Walsh & FF Kennedy, killed in the Line of
Duty and the Back Bay fire, were honored at City Hall Plaza today:
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 3/28/14-1839 hours
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