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Stray Shots Hit FF, Sutphen Update, SCBA Suit, FF CPR?, Congrats Chief (The Secret List)

Sunday, November 9, 2014  Hey,

A late night fire struck the Wayne County (West Virginia) Sheriff’s house, and sent the Lavalette Fire Chief to the hospital on Friday evening. With ammunition in the structure, one of the stray rounds struck Lavalette Fire Chief Johnny Maynard in the throat sending him to the hospital. He very luckily suffered NLT injuries.



====SUTPHEN TOWER LADDER FAILURE UPDATE:

Frayed cables and a defective pulley are at the heart of a 62 page report detailing what caused three Hall County (GA) firefighters to fall 40 feet to the ground, as the ladder truck they were training on collapsed. 

The report is below.

Investigators believe damage to one of the cables existed "prior to the accident" and that the cable's pulley - or sheave - was "worn, damaged or improperly manufactured." In one picture included in the report, you can see the sheave is too small, and unable to fit the cable that's supposed to run through it.


WORRISOME HISTORY: 
The truck was once owned by the Bluffton Township Fire Department in South Carolina. In four years, Bluffton says it tried six times to fix problems with the ladder and extension cables and eventually lost all confidence in the truck, due its catastrophic and consistent failures.
The truck manufacturer, Sutphen, agreed to buy back the truck. Three months later records show, it sold the truck to Hall County, with the promise it would be restored to factory specifications.
Hall County says it was told the truck was returned to Sutphen due to a "dispute involving maintenance issues" and that the truck had never "had a design failure."
The county now says both of those statements were false, but has still agreed to settle instead of take the company to court. 

In a confidential agreement, obtained through an open records request, media learned Sutphen agreed to buy back the truck for $505,000, the same amount the county paid when purchasing it. But in doing so, it does not admit any wrongdoing. The company has repeatedly declined media request for comment.


An internal investigation summary concluded, "there is no evidence that anyone with Hall County had prior knowledge of any prior equipment failures involving Sutphen vehicles, thus decisions to move forward with the purchase of the vehicle were made in good faith."
Media asked the Bluffton Fire Chief if anyone had tried to contact them for more information. Chief Payne said he was "unable to locate any evidence or documentation to the effect that any member of (his) department was contacted by or had spoken with any representative of Hall County prior to the unfortunate incident."

 

REPORT & COVER LETTER:

http://archive.11alive.com/assetpool/documents/141107073442_hall-co-letter1107.pdf

http://archive.11alive.com/assetpool/documents/141107073443_report-of-findings1107.pdf

HERE IS MORE MEDIA COVERAGE:

http://www.11alive.com/story/news/local/investigations/2014/11/07/hall-county-firefighter-settlement/18673667/

 

 

====SCBA LAWSUIT:

A Eugene, Orgeon Firefighter has filed a $600,000 lawsuit against the maker and seller of a city-purchased air mask that allegedly broke during a training exercise and caused him a serious ear injury.
David Pickett, 35, claims in the suit filed Wednesday in Lane County Circuit Court that he and other firefighters were testing recently purchased MSA Firehawk M7 air masks when the accident happened on Dec. 19, 2012.
The suit claims that Pickett had placed the mask on his head and was pressurizing the system when an air line running between an air tank and the mask “became violently detached  ...  resulting in an explosion next to (his) right ear.”
As a result of the device’s failure, Pickett suffered hearing loss, tinnitus, debilitating headaches and a loss of balance, according to the suit.
He now wears a hearing aid in his right ear, the lawsuit asserts.
Pickett claims that the mask’s air line was not designed or manufactured to allow it to withstand the air pressure required for the unit’s proper use as a self-contained breathing ­apparatus commonly used by firefighters.
Pickett’s attorney, Jeffrey Wing of Eugene, said his client still works as a Eugene firefighter. Wing declined to provide additional comment on the lawsuit.
Named as defendants in the suit are the mask’s manufacturer, Mine Safety Appliances Co. of Pennsylvania, and Sea-Western Inc., a Washington company that sold the masks to the city.
Reached Friday, a spokesman for Mine Safety Appliances Co. declined comment on Pickett’s allegations.
City officials said they could not respond Friday to questions regarding whether or not the fire department continued to use MSA Firehawk M7 air masks after Pickett’s accident.
Pickett is seeking $72,328 to cover wages that he claims to have lost and expects to lose in the future as a result of his injury; $6,500 to repay his medical expenses; $18,000 to pay for the hearing aids that he expects to need over the course of his life; and up to $500,000 in compensation for pain and suffering.

MORE DETAILS:

http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/32393938-75/eugene-firefighter-sues-for-injuries-from-air-mask-incident.html.csp

 

 

====FIREFIGHTER SPECIFIC CPR:

The Leland, North Carolina FD has developed a very important and professionally presented program to address the issue of dealing with firefighters who may experience sudden cardiac arrest on the fireground while in full turnouts.
Here’s an article from FireNews.net:
http://www.firenews.net/leland-fr-develops-firefighter-cpr/
They also have a dedicated website with videos and other training materials. All of their content is available for sharing.
http://fd-cpr.com/

 

 

====CONGRATS CHIEF ROUTLEY:

A belated congrats to Division Chief Gordon Routley, of the Montreal FD who was named Canada’s Full-time Fire Chief of the Year in September. Fire Chief Gerald Jones of Petitcodiac Fire Department, is the Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year.

You may remember Chief Routley as he lead the investigation and report on the Line of Duty Deaths of the 9 Charleston, SC Firefighters:

http://fire.pgpic.com/pdfs/5-15-08_CharlestonReport.pdf

Both awards were announced at the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs’ annual conference, Fire-Rescue Canada, held in Ottawa, Ontario. There are 3,500 fire departments in Canada and 108,000 firefighting personnel.   Volunteers comprise 91 per cent of all departments and 77 per cent of total personnel. CONGRATS!

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

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Memorial Tribute For Chief Harvey Eisner (The Secret List)

Friday, November 7, 2014  All, 

On Saturday November 22, 2014 at 1100 hours, there will be a memorial gathering to honor the life of service and giving of Chief Harvey Eisner. 

The gathering will be held at the City of New York Fire Department Training Academy. Fire service, professional associates and friends of Chief Eisner are warmly invited to attend. The academy, or "The Rock" as it is known, is located on Randall's Island and is easily accessible by automobile. The memorial gathering will conclude before 1500 hours.


You are invited to join Chief Eisner's Family and friends in paying tribute to a great fire fighter, fire chief, editor-in-chief, photographer, gentleman and friend of the American fire service.


IF YOU PLAN ON ATTENDING please RSVP to:

cbe19@msn.com  

In your email response, please indicate the total number attending. 

Please RSVP prior to November 17th, 2014.


Sincerely-

The Family and Friends of the late Chief Harvey Eisner


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FIREFIGHTER LODD, MULT INJ-AMMONIA LEAK, Israel (The Secret List)

Friday, November 7, 2014  FIREFIGHTER LODD-NUMEROUS INJURED-HAZMAT IN ISRAEL.

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We regret to pass on to you that one firefighter was killed and twenty were injured in the Line of Duty after inhaling ammonia gas released from a 60-ton container in the Emek Hefer region of Israel yesterday.

The area around the factory was cordoned off, and nearby residents had been instructed to remain indoors. The warning was lifted a few hours later.

Firefighter Samer Asli from Kfar Kara was reported missing after arriving at the scene of the leak, and was found and evacuated only after 2300 hours, and died despite attempts to resuscitate him.

One of the twenty injured suffered moderate injuries; the rest are in light condition, suffering from nausea, vomiting and shortness of breath. The leak occurred when a two-to-three centimeter breach opened in the pressurized container.

Our condolences to all affected. Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

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Fatal Apparatus vs Pedestrian (The Secret List)

Friday, November 7, 2014  All,

A fire apparatus struck and killed a pedestrian earlier this evening in Gaston County, N.C. It happened in Ranlo around 1800 hours. Reports are that the apparatus struck and killed a pedestrian-but the Firefighter/driver was not at fault and will not be charged. It is believed that alcohol was involved.

Our thoughts go out to all but especially the Firefighters involved.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 11/6/2014-2047 Hours

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2 FF LODD's, Chief Shot, Re-Band This, Dallas Pain, More Recall, Condolences (The Secret List)

Monday, November 3, 2014 

SOUTH CAROLINA AND AUSTRALIA FF's DIE IN THE LINE OF DUTY

HEART ATTACK/SEVERE BURNS

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We regret to pas on to you that 29 year old Firefighter-Paramedic Fleming, Westview-Fairforest Fire Department (SC) suffered a heart attack in the bunkroom of the firehouse in the early morning hours of November 1st. Fleming was treated immediately by a fellow paramedic and other responders at the station and was then transported to the hospital where he went into cardiac arrest. Despite efforts to revive him, Fleming succumbed to his injury. Firefighter-Paramedic Fleming had responded to several emergency incidents and worked fire prevention activities in the hours leading up to his fatal injury.

 

IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA:

A South Australian Country Fire Association (CFS) volunteer Firefighter died in the Line of Duty from burns after a brush fire on Friday.
FF Andrew Harrison, 38, a Mount Templeton unit volunteer, died while fighting the fire on a farm fire unit. The fire was believed to have been sparked by a farmer harvesting lentils.
Our condolences to all affected by both losses. RIP.

 

 

FIRE CHIEF SUFFERS SELF INFLICTED ACCIDENTAL GUNSHOT WOUNDS

Pell City, Alabama Fire Chief Mike Burdette is recovering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the leg after accidentally shooting himself during firearms training.
It happened shortly before 11 a.m. Friday at the FOP Lodge Firing Range. The Chief accidentally shot himself in the lower right leg as he attempted to re-holster his .40 caliber pistol.
The pistol accidentally discharged as Burdette was getting up from the kneeling position.
Newton said the bullet went through his right leg. He is recuperating at home now. 
Chief Burdette serves as the city’s fire marshal and investigates arson cases, as well as serving as the fire chief. He must maintain his weapons certification to remain APOST certified, like all law enforcement officers, so he can keep his arresting powers. We wish him a quick recovery. 

 

 

RE-BANDING STRIKES AGAIN

Here is yet ANOTHER story about a fire departments alerting/communications system that has suffered due to decisions by the FCC...decisions that we have been told, have since been dropped...leaving fire departments with less than adequate communication. Wonderful.

READ MORE HERE:

http://fox6now.com/2014/11/02/broken-pager-system-has-firefighters-sitting-at-home-watching-tv-during-emergencies/

 

 

THE PAIN CONTINUES IN DALLAS, TEXAS:

Dallas firefighter Stanley Wilson died in the Line of Duty more than a year and a half ago. But some of his former colleagues say an internal rift that has formed since his death dates back much further to long-standing departmental politics and a tinge of racial tension within Dallas Fire-Rescue. 

HERE is more:

http://tinyurl.com/owod59f 

 

 

PIERCE FIRE APPARATUS RECALL:

Pierce Manufacturing is recalling 135 fire trucks in the U.S. because a suspension part can fail and cause a wheel to fall off.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted on its website this weekend that the recall covers Pierce Arrow fire trucks from the 2010 and 2011 model years. The trucks have TAK-4 front suspensions and were built from Nov. 18, 2009, through May 11, 2011.
The agency began investigating the trucks in March after getting reports of a wheel falling off two aerial ladder trucks that were responding to emergency calls in Portland, Oregon, and Edmond, Oklahoma. The Wisconsin-based company also told the agency of another case in Milwaukee.
Pierce will inspect the lower control arms on the trucks and replace any that are defective. Contact your PIERCE dealer if you have any questions.

 

 

OUR CONDOLENCES:

=INDIANA FIRE CHIEF EJECTED:

Fire Chief Robert "Bob" Lemons of Indiana's Vigo Township Fire & Rescue, in Knox County, was killed early Friday in a crash involving two vehicles. 
Chief Lemons, 42, was southbound on SR 67 between Bruceville and Vincennes when he swerved to avoid a deer, went left of center into the northbound lane where his vehicle was then struck by a semi-truck headed north.
Chief Lemons was unrestrained and was ejected from his vehicle. He was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes where he was later pronounced dead. RIP.

=VT FIRE CAPTAIN & WIFE ACCIDENTAL DROWNING

It is with deep regret that we advise you of the passing of long time SW New Hampshire Fire Mutual Aid System Board of Director member Larry Daley from Peru Vt. Larry was also a long time member of the Peru Vt FD. He was very active as a Director and represented the Tri-Mountain area of the mutual aid system. His wife, Ruth, tragically passed away with him. 

Funeral services for Director Larry Daley are Tuesday (tomorrow) 11/4 at 1400 at the Peru Church. A reception will follow at the Peru Fire Station. RIP.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

Happy 1st Birthday Babies Harper and Vada

The Secret List 11/3/2014-1024 Hours

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