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20 y.o. FF LODI-Remains Critical (The Secret List)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014  All,

A very young Firefighter from Ontario, Canada continues to fight for her life in a Kingston hospital, after suffering a bleed in her brain, Line of Duty Injury.

Firefighter Jessica Boomhower, a 20-year-old volunteer Firefighter with the Napanee Dorland Station was at training at the Napanee Fire Station on June 25. While there, a call came in, and she was getting ready to respond-she felt ill as she was getting onto the apparatus, and firefighters helped her and called EMS.

FF Boomhower was rushed to the hospital in Napanee, where she was unconscious on arrival. They then moved her to Kingston where she received emergency surgery on her brain for a brain injury.

FF Boomhower remains in KGH and is making some slow steps towards recovery. A Go Fund Me online fundraising campaign has raised nearly $4,500 for the family from 47 different donors, all who have left wishes for recovery for Boomhower on the page.

FF Boomhower has been a member of Greater Napanee Fire Services for just over a year. She was planning to do her firefighter classification exam the night she collapsed.

For more information, please visit:, or search "Please Support the Boomhower Family" on Facebook. We wish her a successful recovery. There are more details HERE:

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 7-29-2014-2231 hrs





FF MISSING AT SCENE, Double LODD Italy-Fire Helo Crash, FRI-Dallas-Announcement (The Secret List)

Monday, July 28, 2014  Hey,

Bad news out of Montana-a wildland Firefighter working on a fire on the Bitterroot National Forest in Montana is now missing. The Firefighter was a member of an eight-person hand crew working out of Darby, Montana mopping up the one-acre Weasel Fire yesterday afternoon July 27 when reported missing. The other Firefighters began a search and notified Ravalli County Search and Rescue, which is continuing the effort today.

The Weasel Fire is about 10 miles east of Hamilton and 40 miles south of Missoula near the border of the Bitterroot and Beaverhead/Deerlodge National Forests. The fire had been contained on Saturday and was being checked and mopped up by the Darby crew on Sunday.


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An Italian firefighting helicopter crashed yesterday near the city of Rieti in central Italy killing the pilot and a technician.

The co-pilot was wounded and rushed to a hospital in nearby Rome in serious condition. The victims, aged 60 and 67, were confirmed dead soon after the crash, which occurred near a lake in the area while the firefighter helicopter was carrying out a flight training.

Local authorities said the accident could have been caused by a sudden damage of the aircraft's transmission system. The pilot was thought to have attempted an emergency landing before the engine collapsed definitely. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.


FRI's coming up in a few weeks in Dallas. Below is a link to the details and schedule. 




The Principles of Modern Fire Attack SLICE-RS Training Video Release at FRI! The much anticipated training video is a culmination of years of fire research by Firefighters. It outlines new tactical operational plans that incorporate the latest fire dynamic research from UL and NIST and introduces SLICE-RS to the fire community. 

The video will be unveiled during 2014 FRI on August 14, 2014 to a select audience and you’re invited to be a part of it.


ROOM D-165

FRI Dallas Convention Center

1330 HOURS (complimentary snacks and beverages provided)




Fire Engineering/Pennwell will also have the book PASS IT ON for sale at their booth at FRI-to raise funds for the NFFF and Chief Ray Downey Scholarship.

HERE are ALL the details for FRI-cya there:

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 7/28/2014-1500 Hours





9/11 Cancer Skyrocketing, CN FF LODD, West Texas Blame (The Secret List)

Sunday, July 27, 2014  All,

The NY Post is reporting the very tough but not unexpected news that more than 2,500 Ground Zero rescuers and responders have come down with cancer---- year...
with an additional 863 from FDNY. 

The grim toll has skyrocketed from the 1,140 cancer cases reported last year.In its latest tally, the World Trade Center Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital counts 1,655 responders with cancer among the 37,000 cops, hard hats, sanitation workers, other city employees and volunteers it monitors.
NOTE: The tragic sum rises to 2,518 when Firefighters and EMTs are added. The FDNY, which has its own WTC health program, said Friday it counts 863 members with cancers certified for 9/11-related treatment.

A retired FDNY captain, 63, who toiled non-stop at Ground Zero for a week after 9/11, and months in all, recently received a $1.5 million award from the federal 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund for lung disease and inoperable pancreatic cancer.

The emaciated Bravest brought VCF Special Master Sheila Birnbaum to tears when he testified at a hearing in May - expedited because of his dim prognosis - telling how he loves his grandchildren and worries about his wife of 40 years.

“I’m hoping they rush more cases like mine, where we’re not expected to last long,” he told The Post.

On 9/11, he commandeered a city bus and got the Brooklyn Bridge closed so he and his crew from Ladder Co. 132 could race to the towers, where they joined the dig for victims.

“I knew that day that a lot of us would get sick,” he said.

He was forced to retire in 2008 after lung damage left him wheezing after fires. Last year, doctors found a huge tumor entwined around arteries: “They couldn’t take it out without killing me,” he said.

The 6-foot-2 firefighter - a muscle-bound 240 pounds on 9/11 - now weighs 160 after chemotherapy and radiation.

“I was a very active guy. Now there’s not much I can do,” he said, adding that his three toddler grandkids give him joy, though he’s often too weak to play with them.

“I’m grateful for it,” he said of his VCF award, which is mainly based on lost earnings but includes $250,000 for pain and suffering. “I just don’t understand why they’re making everyone wait two years.”

VCF recipients get 10 percent immediately, with the rest due in 2016.

As of June 30, the VCF had received 1,145 claims listing cancer, many also with other ailments, according to data compiled for The Post.

Of those, 881 claims - for scores of cancer types - were deemed eligible for compensation, with the rest under review. The vast majority are 9/11 workers, but they include 17 downtown residents and five visitors.

So far, 115 cancer claimants have been awarded a total $50.5 million, in sums from $400,000 to $4.1 million. The VCF could not say how many cancer claimants have died.

Many more sufferers or their next-of-kin are expected to file by the Oct. 14 deadline for cancer claims.

WTC epidemiologists say studies show that 9/11 workers have gotten certain cancers at a significantly higher rate than expected in the normal population - prostrate, thyroid, leukemia and multiple myeloma.





It is with deep regret that we pass on the news that Firefighter Kevin James of the Southwold Township Fire Department (Ontario, Canada) has passed away from an occupational related cancer. Kevin has been a firefighter with Southwold for 12 years and prior to that was with Southwest Oxford FD  for 9 years. He leaves a wife and 9 children behind.


Kevin James of St. Thomas passed away peacefully after a valiant fight with cancer at home on Friday, July 25, 2014 in his 49th year. Loved husband of Caitlin (Traviss) James and loving father of Nicole, Cynthia, Joseph, Jennifer, Michael, Angela, Benjamin, Geoffrey and Jeremy. Kevin was born December 28, 1965 in Wallaceburg. He was a volunteer Firefighter with the Southwold Fire Department and also was a security guard at London Health Science Centre. 

Resting at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas where visitation will be held Tuesday  from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Forest City Community Church (3725 Bostwick Rd., London, N6P 1G9on Wednesday  at 1:00 p.m. Cremation to follow. Donations to the Cancer Society or the Bruce Trail Conservancy.


Logistics for Kevin’s fire department funeral are still being arranged and we will post them as soon as we have the information.


Link to the funeral home:

Link to the Southwold Firefighters:


Southwold is a predominately rural township in Elgin County, in Ontario, Canada, located on the north shore of Lake Erie. It has a population of about 4400 residents. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.




C.F. Industries is one of the fertilizer manufacturers named in hundreds of lawsuits filed by families of those killed and injured in the West Fertilizer Company explosion on
April 17, 2013. In recent court filings, C.F. Industries is seeking to designate the City of West as a “responsible third party” in the lawsuits. The fertilizer manufacturer contends that the city failed to properly train the first responders to fight the fire that triggered the explosion in West that killed 15 people and injured hundreds of others:

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The Secret List 7-27-2014-0524 hrs





Tower Ladder Failure-FF's Injury Update, Bridgeport, CT (The Secret List)

Thursday, July 24, 2014  All,

Here is an update regarding the conditions of the members of the Hall County (GA) FD who were injured when their tower ladder had that catastrophic failure earlier this week. As you know, Will Griffin, TJ Elliott and Stephen Jackson were injured at that fire training detail  Tuesday and are recovering at area hospitals.


Was scheduled for surgery yesterday to have rods put in his back-- L4 and L5.  The hospital has stopped visitors so he can get some rest.  NEGMC and Grady have gotten log books so if you go you can sign in.  They are asking folks to curtail their visits so these guys can get some rest.  Don’t be upset if you can’t see them, but they do want you to sign the log book so they can track who comes and the guys can read that later on after the pain meds are out of their system.


Has about 20 staples in his scalp to close up lacerations; does have a sternum fracture; his fracture in back they do not feel will require surgery will put him in a back brace today and possibly start physical therapy tomorrow;  have another scan scheduled today [24 hours after first one] to see if discs are ok and head is still clear.


They have him on steroids-once swelling starts to go down they have called a plastic surgeon in to consult on his face-will require plates and plastic surgery due to several fx’s on the left side of his face.  Right Tib was a clean surgery...will be cast and should heal good; does have lot of fluid around right knee; right shoulder was put back in place and is feeling better; has a dislocation in the coccyx and should heal ok; his fracture in his back they do not feel will require surgery either and anticipate bracing his back today.

Naturally the focus remains on their Firefighter’s health and supporting their families.  A fund has been set-up at Hall Co Credit Union [] in the name of, Hall County Injured Firefighters Fund.  Local citizens have called into to ask how they can help and this is the best way. 
This money will go directly to the three families.

Thanks to Chief David Kimbrell for passing this on, and on his behalf, thanks to all who have reached out. Please remember these guys and their families in your prayers.


On July 24, 2010, 2 Bridgeport FF's, 40-year-old Lieutenant Steve Velazquez and 49-year-old Firefighter Michel Baik, from Ladder 11 were killed in the Line of Duty. They were found unresponsive at a residential structure fire. Valazquez and Baik and two additional crew members were tasked with conducting a primary search for civilians and fire extension on the 3rd floor of the multifamily residential structure. The fire had been extinguished on the 2nd floor upon their entry into the structure. 
While pulling walls and the ceiling on the 3rd floor, smoke and heat conditions changed rapidly.

 We take time to remember them, their families and the BFD membership. Honor their Line of Duty deaths by learning about this incident-see below.

is the NIOSH Report: 





 about the Fire:

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The Secret List 7/24/2014-1200 Hours





Important: Sutphen Voluntarily Removing Aerial Devices From Service (The Secret List)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014  Hey,

We just received this notice from the Sutphen Corporation regarding certain aerial devices and their focus and concern related to firefighter safety.

Sutphen is instructing customers to remove all SPH 100, SP 110, SPI 112, and SAI 110 Aerial devices from service, until further notice, effective immediately. 

The Company states that customers are instructed to use the affected apparatus in the capacity of an engine/pumper or support vehicle only. 

The Company will stay in close contact with its customers to report details and when the units may be place back in service.

“At this time, our priority is the safety of our firefighters,” says Drew Sutphen, President of the Company.  “In light of the recent incidents, we recognize there is an immediate need to take precautionary action.  I would rather take every precaution necessary than to put firefighters at risk.”

The Company states that it will be contacting customers with the affected units personally to inform them of the events that have occurred and the steps that are being taken to get the units back in to service in a timely manner.

“We feel the need to personally assure our customers that we are working to investigate and correct the situation,” Drew continues. 

Sutphen Corporation is an Ohio based privately held, family owned business that manufactures custom built emergency response vehicles.  The company's headquarters are located in suburban Dublin, Ohio northwest of Columbus. 

For more information contact the sales office or visit

Sounds like they are doing the right thing.

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The Secret List 7/22/14-1930 Hours  




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