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A Mandatory Fire - For Us To Learn From (The Secret List)

Friday, April 4, 2014 

All,

6 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. 





In 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."

Do 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:

http://www.colerain.org/department/fire/lodd/

SEVERAL IMPORTANT RELATED VIDEOS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRWm0OnoOPo (Initial Scene Interview)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGB4yKsXOi8 (Initial Media Report)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2dsAzikvBw (Coroners Report Video)

http://tinyurl.com/cnwp7e6 (Media)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oelWuAkmoc (Media)
RIP Sister & Brother.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
BillyG
The Secret List 4-4-14 / 1500 Hours
www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com 



 

 

 

 

Firefighter Burned-Flown Out, Rural Water Supply @ FDIC, Wounded Warrior Passes (The Secret List)

Thursday, April 3, 2014 


Hey,

3 South 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 several places.


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.

It's 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




FINAL WORD:

It 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.

BillyG

The Secret List 4/3/2014-1800 Hours

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Firefighter - Deadliest Year, FDIC (The Secret List)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 


Hey,




As 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.




While 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 absolutely 
must 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.




It's 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)

http://www.firefightercancersupport.org/ 




FOOLS INTERNATIONAL BASH: (Wednesday)

http://www.foolsinternational.com/




STOP, DROP, ROCK & ROLL-NFFF (Thursday)

http://www.stopdroprocknroll.com/ 




There 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.




Whatever 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.

BillyG

The Secret List 4-1-2014-1409 Hours

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Fire Apparatus Rollover In PA (The Secret List)

Sunday, March 30, 2014  Hey, 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.

BillyG

The Secret List 3/29/14-2200 hours

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Boston Firefighters Funeral Details/Today's Flag Service (The Secret List)

Friday, March 28, 2014   

All,

Due 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:




www.bostonfirelocal718.org 




VIDEO: Boston Firefighters Lt Walsh & FF Kennedy, killed in the Line of Duty and the Back Bay fire, were honored at City Hall Plaza today: flag-raising:




http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/03/28/relatives-boston-firefighters-killed-back-bay-fire-expected-city-hall-plaza-for-flag-raising/FO7uKI9GKnY56GUuBtWZKJ/story.html 

RIP

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 3/28/14-1839 hours

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com

 

 

 

 
 
 

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