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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.BillyGThe Secret List 8-11-2015 1545 hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
Monday, August 10, 2015
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:
==HERE IS MORE TRAINING INFORMATION ABOUT FIRES IN BUILDINGS WITH BOW STRUNG ROOFS:
==MORE RECENT BOW STRUNG ROOF LODD RELATED:
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.
The Secret List 8-10-2105
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
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.BillyGThe Secret List 8-9-2105-2219 Hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
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
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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
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
Seventeen wildfires have scorched California homes and rural areas in recent
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
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
•The "lack of crew integrity in regards to working in teams of at
•The inability of firefighters to maintain composure under adverse
•The failure to implement a personal accountability report (PAR)
directive in an efficient manner.
HERE IS THAT REPORT:
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
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
HERE IS THAT INITIAL FIREFIGHTER LINE OF DUTY DEATH
Once you read those reports...then read this:
ARE YOU (OR
COULD YOU BE?) THE FIRE GROUND COMMAND OFFICER?
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
THIS CONFERENCE is focused specifically on training
you to command the fire ground.
DATES: September 24-25-26 2015
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015
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:
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:
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:
Check out the training:
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.
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