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Miami FL Apparatus vs Apparatus Crash (The Secret List)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015   Hey-
A real nasty crash this afternoon in Miami, Florida between fire apparatus responding on different runs. The front end of a rescue ambulance was destroyed and an engine company rolled on its side resulting in multiple injured Firefighters. 
While serious, injuries are reported as survivable.

HERE IS MORE:
http://miami.cbslocal.com/2015/08/11/rescue-truck-fire-truck-crash-in-miami/

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
BillyG
The Secret List 8-11-2015  1545 hours
www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com 

 

 

 

 

THE ROOF (The Secret List)

Monday, August 10, 2015  Hey, There have been no shortage of videos and articles about firefighters operating on roofs lately. Most showing successful operations-some not so good. Experienced fire officers, who are well trained in clearly understanding building construction ...and fire behavior ...are the best shot we have in understanding why and when to-and why and when not to be on the roof. HERE are some EXCELLENT videos of a fire in Oregon last week. Watch the collapse. TAKE TIME to watch these videos with the troops as a great reminder of when-and when not to be - on the roof. ==BOW STRUNG ROOF FIRE & COLLAPSE VIDEO FROM LAST WEEK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKDp1Tm3HCY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FU4vEW7pMKE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6nMNnNlDV4 ==HERE IS MORE TRAINING INFORMATION ABOUT FIRES IN BUILDINGS WITH BOW STRUNG ROOFS: http://www.fireengineering.com/topics/m/video/31939363/bowstring-truss-roofs.htm http://www.fireengineering.com/topics/bowstring-truss.htm http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2004/10/reading-a-building-the-bowstring-roof.html ==MORE RECENT BOW STRUNG ROOF LODD RELATED: http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/news/fullstory/newsid/175980 http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201208.html Thanks to Dave "Brannigan 40 Years Ago!" Statter and Chief LarryG for the heads up on this Oregon fire. Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On. BillyG The Secret List 8-10-2105 www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com Attachments area Preview YouTube video SOUTHTOWNE LANES Bowling Alley FIRE (HD CLOSE-UP) Watch Roof Collapse! Eugene BURNS Total Loss SOUTHTOWNE LANES Bowling Alley FIRE (HD CLOSE-UP) Watch Roof Collapse! Eugene BURNS Total Loss Preview YouTube video Southtowne Lanes up in Flames Southtowne Lanes up in Flames Preview YouTube video Southtowne & Down to Earth Fire  

 

 

 

UPDATE: Calif FF LODD ID'd re Struck By Tree (The Secret List)

Monday, August 10, 2015  All,It was a 21 year-old Firefighter from Shingle Springs, Calif., who died in the Line of Duty Saturday afternoon as a result of injuries received while suppressing a wildfire on the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) in northern California. 


Firefighter Michael “Mike” Hallenbeck was a member of Organized Crew 36 on the LTBMU.
FF Hallenbeck was struck by a tree at approximately 1730 hours during the initial attack on the Sierra Fire, just inside the LTBMU boundary south of Echo Summit. Efforts to resuscitate FF Hallenbeck were not successful. The Sierra Fire is one of several dozen lightning-caused fires that began on multiple national forests in northern California on Saturday.



We have posted a picture of FF Mike Hallenbeck and more info on this fire on our home page.


Our condolences to all those affected. RIP.
Take care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
BillyG
The Secret List 8-9-2105-2219 Hours
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FIREFIGHTER KILLED-FALLEN TREE, 2 FF LODD RPTS, IC BLUES (The Secret List)

Monday, August 10, 2015   (QUICK NOTE: DID YOU KNOW that the rising toll of Ground Zero responders afflicted with 9/11-linked cancers has hit 3,700. More details on our home page)

 

 

FIREFIGHTER KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY BY FALLEN TREE IN CALIFORNIA

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We regret to advise you that a wildland firefighter was killed yesterday (Saturday) while operating at the Sierra Fire near Lake Tahoe in Northern California.
The Firefighter was struck by a falling tree around 5:30 p.m. in a remote area between the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and the Eldorado National Forest. The firefighter was in the initial attack phase on Echo Summit when the accident occurred. The still unidentified firefighter — whose gender is also being withheld until next of kin have been notified —  succumbed to the injuries, Gabor said.
A second firefighter, who was also injured during the same incident, was treated and released from a local hospital. Further details were not immediately available.

Seventeen wildfires have scorched California homes and rural areas in recent weeks.Yesterdays
Firefighter Line of Death comes less than ten days after Black Hills National Forest Engine Capt. David Ruhl died from being trapped in the Frog Fire in Modoc National Forest.

Our condolences to all those affected. RIP.

 

 

===CT FIREFIGHTER INITIAL LINE OF DUTY DEATH REPORT

===NY FIREFIGHTER INITIAL LINE OF DUTY DEATH REPORT

So...we can "yap and chat" about these incidents OR we can look at these tragic deaths as A GOOD opportunity for all of us to HONOR the lives that these two men lead as FIREFIGHTERS, by honestly using the information and reports as "templates" for our own operations, training, equipment, fireground discipline and leadership. Use these reports to help determine "could this happen here?"

Be sure to note the similarities between these-and other structural fire related LODD's.

 

Among the 22 conclusions in the Hartford (CT) Fire Department's internal board of inquiry report is that there was a failure to properly search the room in which Bell was trapped and that other firefighters did not hear Lt. John Moree's "mayday" distress call. The department released its report Friday into the death of Bell.


The report provides a detailed timeline into firefighters' actions that day, both inside and outside the building.
Among those factors:
•A lack of training for new deputy chiefs and a lack of understanding of when it was appropriate for chief officers to assume command of an incident. The report mentions that acting Assistant Chief Terry Waller arrived at the scene and "chose not to assume any role in the Incident Management System." A CFD rep explained that there are scenes in which the highest-ranking officer does not take command.


•There was a time delay in the forcible entry into the building "in zero visibility environments." The report points out that about 10 minutes after arrival, entry had not been made into the area of the building where Bell would eventually be trapped.


•There was a "lack of understanding in regards to utilization of hose streams to cool down thermal layering and a lack of understanding with regard to fire stream management."

 

•Failure to recognize the need to ventilate the roof in a timely manner, failure to immediately put a ladder up against the structure and provide a secondary point of egress and failure to properly implement the evacuation directive.


•Improper implementation of the Mayday Directive. 


•Underutilization and/or lack of proper use of a thermal imaging camera and a lack of spare equipment, including thermal imaging cameras.


•The lack of use of helmet chin straps and ear flaps and personal rescue equipment.


•The "lack of crew integrity in regards to working in teams of at least two."


•The inability of firefighters to maintain composure under adverse conditions


•The failure to implement a personal accountability report (PAR) directive in an efficient manner. 

 

HERE IS THAT REPORT:

http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/news/fullstory/newsid/221933

 

 

LONG ISLAND FIREFIGHTER LINE OF DUTY DEATH:

FIRE DEPARTMENT ISSUED A CITATION FROM THE STATE

The Inwood (Long Island, NY) Fire Department violated federal safety and training standards when it allowed* a Firefighter to enter a burning house in December without an assigned partner, a state report investigating the firefighter's death has found. Only a secondary mayday issued later (after crews inadvertently found the FF in the basement) and alerted them that Joseph Sanford Jr. was found to be unaccounted for, according to the New York State Labor Department's Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau, which monitors fire departments. 

 

*While horrifically tragic, this is also an interesting incident as the Inwood FD was responding to the Woodmere FD-on a mutual aid working fire-and the Inwood FF was killed in Woodmere, outside of the Inwood Fire District. 

Sanford, 43, and four other Inwood firefighters responded to the mutual aid to Woodmere fire before dawn on Dec. 19, but the Inwood Firefighters did not give the Woodmere incident commander their "accountability tags" -- ID tags used in roll call when firefighters are ordered out of collapsing buildings and other dangerous conditions. These are among other findings shown below.

 

HERE IS THAT INITIAL FIREFIGHTER LINE OF DUTY DEATH REPORT:

http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/news/fullstory/newsid/221929

 

 

Once you read those reports...then read this:

 

FIRE COMMANDER BLUES:

ARE YOU (OR COULD YOU BE?) THE FIRE GROUND COMMAND OFFICER? 

SGT? 

LT? 

CAPT? 

CHIEF?
Take a few minutes to please read the above reports.

COMMAND, CONTROL AND ACCOUNTABILITY are the "read between the line" headlines. When asked "what training do you have to be in command of a fire? How do you answer?

 

REMEMBER-In COMMAND means the first arriving OFFICER./...or it could be a Senior Firefighter. WHAT TRAINING have you received that covers commanding the single family dwelling fire? The multi family dwelling fire? The row of stores on fire? 

THE FIRES WE RESPOND TO 99% OF THE TIME.

 

TAKE TIME NOW to check out this FIREGROUND COMMAND training program/conference.

THIS CONFERENCE is focused specifically on training you to command the fire ground.

DATES: September 24-25-26 2015
DETAILS: http://www.bshifter.com/conference_2015.aspx

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 8-9-2015-2100 Hours

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com 

 

 

 

 

 

Correction! re: Cancer/Boston FD, Shots Fired!, This Weekend, (The Secret List)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015   Hey,

It looks like a space got dropped between the word “at” and the correct email address we sent on The Secret List the other day, so it makes the address bounce back.

HERE IS THE CORRECT CONTACT INFORMATION:

If you are interested in the FCSN (Firefighter Cancer Support Network) Firefighter cancer prevention PILOT PROGRAM, send an email to: Tim Elliott:


telliott@fcsn.net

 

Sorry for the confusion.

 

 

IT WAS A BULLET.

You will recall that a Cincinnati Firefighter's helmet was struck by a bullet, at a fire scene, as he was wearing that helmet. Some city hall dwellers claimed BS. 

Of course they did. 

THE FACT IS that it was a bullet and it easily could have injured or killed Cincinnati Firefighter

Firefighter Kevin Kirkendall.

CHECK OUT THE FACTS:

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2015/08/04/cpd-investigation-bullet-hit-firefighters-helmet/31126233/

 

 

THIS WEEKEND ON THE EAST COAST:

Hope to see a bunch of you this weekend in the Philadelphia area, at the Keystone Firefighters Conference. From the DC area to the NY area-its a piece off cake for travel!

Check out the details:

www.keystonefirefighterconference.com

Check out the training:

www.keystonefirefighterconference.com/full-conference-schedule-2015/

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.

BillyG

The Secret List 8-5-2015-1030 Hours

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

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