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ASST CHIEF DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-ARKANSAS (The Secret List)

Thursday, October 2, 2014  ASST CHIEF DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-ARKANSAS

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We regret to advise you that the  Dermott (Arkansas) Ass't Fire Chief collapsed and died in the Line of Duty at a fire scene on Wednesday.

Dermott Fire Department Assistant Chief J.B. Hutton Jr. had been a firefighter in Dermott, since the mid ’60s.

In recent years, his duties were mainly driving the truck to fires, operating the controls, and sharing his experience with the younger firefighters on the scene.

Wednesday (this afternoon), the Fire Department was called out to a tree fire that had spread into the woods, on HWY 165 South. Firefighters on the scene advised that as the fire was almost extinguished, Chief Hutton reached down to pick up a hose, then fell back, toward a fellow firefighter. Immediate attempts to save his life were unsuccessful. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.

More Here: http://www.monticellolive.com/dermott-fireman-dies-at-fire-scene-wednesday/#more-157789

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List-10/1/2014 2323 Hrs

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FL. Lt Killed, Boston Trumbull Street, Catlett VA Train vs Apparatus (The Secret List)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014  All,

Yesterday, a 29-year veteran of Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue died after he was hit by a car while changing a tire on Interstate 95 in Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, FL.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Lt. Kevin Johns was on his way to work, and stopped to take care of a flat tire around 0730 - when two cars were involved in a crash near the Yamato Road exit. One of the cars hit the other and after the initial impact, the car continued off the road and hit Johns. The Lieutenant was taken to Delray Medical Center after Boca Raton Fire-Medics did their best to save his life. He leaves behind his wife Brenda, three children and a huge firefighting family.

WHILE not a Line of Duty death-Lt. John's tragic death is a reminder of the constant dangers of highways and interstate roadways...be it off duty-or on duty.

Our condolences to all affected-RIP.


===REMEMBERING THE CATLETT, VIRGINIA FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN TRAIN VS APPARATUS CRASH.

On September 28, 1989, we remember the radio traffic like it was yesterday-when a train struck a responding fire apparatus in the county south of us. We were operating at a pipeline leak when the mutual aid hazmat truck radio from Faquier County "exploded" with urgent transmissions.

Killed in the Line of Duty were Catlett (VA) Firefighters Mark Miller and Matt Smith when they responded to a vehicle fire on Route 28 around 1930 hours on September 28, 1989. 


SOME DETAILS WORTH READING------ "STRESS WHILE RESPONDING":

Catlett (Virginia, oustide of Washington, DC) Volunteer Firefighters Miller and Smith were two of the five firefighters aboard Wagon 7 as it turned out to a vehicle fire on Route 28 south of Catlett just before 1930 on September 28, 1989. Less than 10 minutes after the alarm, Miller and Smith were dead, the three other firefighters seriously injured, the engine was destroyed, an Amtrak passenger train with 2 locomotives and 16 cars had derailed, 57 of the 399 passengers were hurt and there was fire on the railroad tracks.


Wagon 7 (an engine company) was struck at the unprotected grade crossing as the engine was trying to get back to a driveway it had overshot on the way to the vehicle fire. The train was going 77 mph.


The engineer stated that he observed the fire apparatus and believed that Wagon 7 was going to stop at the crossing. When the engine entered the crossing, the engineer applied the brakes on “emergency” and sounded the horn.
The engineer reported that the firefighter riding in the front passenger seat of Wagon 7 never looked at the train before the collision.


The driver of Wagon 7 was a 24-year-old member of the department who had several years of experience in operating large vehicles.
The actions of the driver of Wagon 7 indicated he was undoubtedly experiencing added stress for several reasons. First, the engine left the station without an officer on board, contrary to department policy. The chief’s radio transmissions asking “who is in charge” and the indirect response from the crew of Wagon 7 would indicate that the driver was under added stress from the initial moments of the response. Wagon 7 radioed the chief to request that any additional apparatus be held in the station until they arrived at the scene to verify the nature of the call.



Another contributing factor, which may have been affected by the first, was the fact that Wagon 7 missed the turn for the driveway leading to the fire and traveled approximately 1.5 miles past the fire before asking for directions from communications. It is likely that the crew of Wagon 7  focused their attention on “redeeming themselves” by performing satisfactorily in reaching and extinguishing the fire. The tanker and the engine approached the scene at the same time. Tanker 7 stopped to allow Wagon 7 to enter the driveway first. The heightened level of stress on the driver of Wagon 7 is indicated by the fact that as he approached the driveway leading to the location of the fire call, he overshot the turn and had to back the vehicle to make the turn into the driveway.


At this point, the car fire was visible to the driver of Wagon 7 and the crew probably focused all their attention on reaching the fire.
This is reinforced by the statements of the Amtrak engineer, who stated that the placed the train’s brakes on emergency and sounded the horn when he realized that the vehicle was not going to stop. As the train headed toward the pumper, the engineer stated that the front seat passenger never looked at the train, although the passengers in the rear jump seats did observe the approaching train.

“Although some level of stress can enhance human performance, excessive stress can lead to substandard performance.
When a person’s arousal level is unduly increased by stressors, the focus of attention is narrowed to performance of the task perceived to be the most important, while the quality of the performance of any peripheral task(s) deteriorates.”


HERE is the entire report and photos: 

http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/tr-048.pdf 




===REMEMBERING THE TRUMBULL STREET FIRE IN BOSTON WHERE FIVE FIREFIGHTERS WERE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY.

On the night of October 1, 1964, a passerby spotted a fire on Trumbull Street and pulled Box 1671 located at Shawmut Ave. and West Brookline Street. Boston Fire Alarm transmitted the box at 1232 hours.
Five members would die in the Line of Duty that night. Fire Lieut. John McCorkle, Engine Co. 24; Fire Lieut. John Geswell, Ladder Co. 26, detailed to Ladder Co. 4; FF. Francis Murphy, Engine Co. 24. FF. James Sheedy, Ladder Co. 4 and FF. Robert Clougherty, Engine Co. 3.




At around 1245, without any warning the first collapse occurred. Men were knocked from ladders and the balcony fire escapes, other men on the ground were buried and burned. Also killed was a civilian, a freelance photographer and "fire buff/spark". His name was Andy Sheehan and he often sparked at the quarters of Engine Co. 3 and Ladder Co. 3. He had graduated from Cathedral High School a few years before and had become friends with some of the members. He died several hours after being brought into Boston City Hospital - he was 25 years old.




A very large funeral was held for the five members killed at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross ' the South End on 5 October 1964. A large delegation from other fire departments attended. A separate funeral was held that same day in Milton for Andy Sheehan of which firefighters attended as well. The 12 injured members were taken to Boston City Hospital. Some were very seriously injured. 


This turned out to be an arson fire. The cause of the collapse was the "rapid deterioration of the roof rafters due to the heavy burn and being termite ridden for years". This left little support for the main steel "I" beam, which lead to the collapse of the front walls. The report also states that after further investigation the original mortar had lost some of it's bonding and had deteriorated. From outside observation the wall appeared sound. The report also states that the operations of the fire department did not induce or contribute to the collapse of the wall.

The fire had been burning for a while as the person that pulled the box told investigators that he had smelled smoke in the area for several hours, but he could not locate the source.


TAKE TIME TO READ THE REPORT AND VIEW THE PHOTOS IN THESE LINKS:

http://www.cityofboston.gov/fire/reports_publications/trumbull_st_fire.asp


http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/09/30/survivors-recall-tragic-toy-factory-fire-years-ago-that-killed-five-boston-firefighters-and-civilian/5N0oy9XwZQQxNZJHKI950I/story.html?event=event25




Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.




We look forward to seeing many of you at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, MD on Saturday October 11 and Sunday October 12.

http://www.firehero.org/events/memorial-weekend/

BillyG

The Secret List 10-1-2014-1008 Hours

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Long Island, NY LODD, Shameful Silence? (The Secret List)

Thursday, September 25, 2014  LONG ISLAND FIREFIGHTER LODD

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We regret to pass on to you that Firefighter Allen Westby, 67, of the East Islip (Suffolk County, Long Island, NY) FD responded on 9/22/14 at 1721 hours for an automatic alarm.

Sadly, he was found at home on 9/23/14 at approximately 0900 hours. FF Westby was a Past Commissioner, Past Captain and a 43 year member

of the East Islip FD. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.

 

LEADERSHIP IN THE SPOTLIGHT:

The tragic loss of this Firefighter continues to understandably put fireground and administrative leadership in the spotlight.

Newspaper Editorial: "Instead of shameful silence, Dallas fire chief owes answers"

http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/20140924-editorial-instead-of-shameful-silence-dallas-fire-chief-owes-answers.ece

 

Related: DO YOU ACTUALLY WANT TO BE IN COMMAND? SERIOUSLY?
http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/news/fullstory/newsid/212355

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 9-25-2014/0857 hrs

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FF's Knife Severs Rope-FF Critical In Fall (The Secret List)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014  Hey,

There was a very serious and highly unusual mishap involving Firefighters at training in Rostock, Germany on Tuesday. Rostock, is a large city in the north, directly at the coast of the Baltic Sea.




During the training detail, a 52-year-old Firefighter was seriously injured as the members rappelled from their hose tower. The issue is that two safety ropes were actually cut and the firefighter fell from the second floor. He was taken to hospital with serious injuries. After emergency surgery, he is expected to survive. A knife, being carried or attached to one of the firefighters reportedly inadvertently severed the safety ropes.


The investigation has shown that the rope/cables were cut with a "clean cut".

The Firefighters involved in the training are currently on leave from service and receiving counseling. Reports are that four Firefighters were involved in the high-angle type rescue drill. One of the men, who later became injured, hung on climbing ropes attached to the outer wall of the on-site tower. The cables led through an open window into the interior of the tower and were fastened there. For some reason, the rescue knife one of the Firefighters hooked on to the ropes so that it severed them. Then the 52-year-old Firefighter fell to the ground. KTIYP's.
A good reminder as well related to tools we carry-which we must-but just be aware of secured/protection and access to those tools.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 9/24/2014-1530 Hours

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Double LODD-Saudi/Video, BZ FF LODD-Training, Chicago Changes (The Secret List)

Monday, September 22, 2014  2 SAUDI FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
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Two Civil Defense fire officers died in the Line of Duty and six people were injured in a massive fire that gutted the Al-Bilad Mall (Nesto Supermarket) in Dammam. Damman is the capital of the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

The two fire officers were identified as Mohammed Al-Qahtani and Mubarak Al-Khalifa. The fire hit the mall, which spans 30,000 square meters, on Saturday morning. Shoppers ran out of the mall for safety. 20 firefighting companies took part in the operation to control the blaze. RIP.

HERE is video of the fire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3dNpN5p388


BRAZIL FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-TRAINING

On Saturday (20th), a FF died in the Line of Duty during a dive training in the city of Presidente Figueiredo, in the Amazon region of Brazil. FF Israel Aidem Pereira, 40 years old, was on a wreck diving in a lake, when he lost communication. He was found irresponsive at a depth of 25 meters and brought to surface by other FF. He received CPR and was taken to the hospital, but did not survive. RIP.
http://new.d24am.com/noticias/amazonas/soldado-corpo-bombeiros-morre-afogado-teste-mergulho-embalbina/120301


CHANGES IN CHICAGO FOR THEIR EMS PERSONNEL:

SCBA's and being taken off EMS units and firefighter PPE is not going to be issued in the future for Chicago FD EMS personnel...the Union and EMS personnel are less than happy with the decision:

More here:

http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/ambulance-changes-put-paramedics-and-chicago-public-risk/fri-09192014-200pm

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 9/22/2014-0828 Hours

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