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Wednesday, June 10, 2015
All,Scientists from University of Texas Health Sciences Center’s School of Public Health and the Center for Fire, Rescue & EMS Health Research at the National Development & Research Institutes are looking for volunteer or mostly volunteer fire departments to participate in the test of an online wellness program for volunteer Firefighters. The project, funded by FEMA’s Research and Development grants, will study the usefulness and acceptability of the program with departments across the country. For this study, they are looking for departments that do not currently have an active wellness program, but are interested in adopting a department-wide program. If selected, the project team will make two or three visits to your department to examine important health factors such as nutrition, exercise, and body composition in a sample of your firefighters. Participants will then have access to an online program that focuses on changing diet, increasing physical activity, and improving behavioral health. The program includes personal health coaching.Departments will receive direction on program implementation, a summary of the project’s findings for your department, and access to a nationally known team of fire service researchers for collaboration and education. Importantly, data on individual firefighters will not be shared with anyone and will be considered confidential by the research team. There are no financial costs for participation in the study. The research team has a long and trusted relationship with the fire service and has worked with many departments across the nation. To learn more about the project or nominate your department to participate, contact:Dr. Sara Jahnke at: email@example.comSounds like ya can't miss!Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 6/10/2-15-1500 Hourswww.FireFighterCloseCall.com
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
TWO FIREFIGHTERS DIE IN THE LINE OF DUTY-MEDICALThe Secret List www.FireFighterCloseCalls.comWe regret to pass on two medically related Line of Duty Deaths:PENNSYLVANIA:Firefighter Wille O. Sensenich 69, of the North Huntingdon Township Circleville Volunteer Fire Department Station #8 who died in the Line of Duty on June 8, 2015. Firefighter Sensenich, a highly respected and extremely active member of his department, died from apparent cardiac arrest several hours after responding to an electrical fire in a residential structure.NEW JERSEY:Firefighter Thomas D. Miserendino, 71, of the Beachwood Vol. Fire Company #1 in New Jersey on May 25, 2015. Firefighter Miserendino arrived at the firehouse on May 25th in uniform to participate in the fire department’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony & Parade. Miserendino officiated over the memorial services at the fire station and then drove fire apparatus in the parade across town where he was scheduled to perform memorial duties during the town’s official ceremony at a local veteran’s park. Shortly after his arrival at the town’s ceremony, Firefighter Miserendino began to feel ill, and other members observed that something was wrong with him. EMS responded and he was transported to a local hospital for care. Miserendino was admitted for cardiac treatment and was discharged the next day. A few hours after returning home, he suffered an apparent heart attack, and was transported by EMS back to the hospital. Firefighter Miserendino remained there for treatment, however, his condition gradually worsened and he passed away at the hospital on June 4th.Our condolences to all those affected. RIP.Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.BillyGThe Secret Listwww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER LODD DURING PHYSICAL TESTINGThe Secret List www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com We regret to pass on to you that Ian Haxton, 31, a Veteran Fire Corps Crewmemberdied in the Line of Duty on 6-6-2015. He was a part of the Student Conservation Association - Veteran Fire Corps based in Virginia. His death occurred in the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in Sasabe, AZHaxton suffered a medical emergency and collapsed 200 yards from the finish line while participating in the Wildland Firefighter Work Capacity Test. Medical care was immediately rendered by local emergency medical responders who had been staged on-site for the test. Crewmember Haxton was transported to an Advanced Care Facility where he passed away from a nature and cause of injury still to be determined. At the time of the fatal incident, Haxton was serving at the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in Sasabe, AZ, preparing for a series of prescribed burns scheduled to take place at the Refuge. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP.BillyGThe Secret List 6/9/2015-1030 hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
MULTIPLE FIREFIGHTERS DEAD IN THE UKRAINEThe Secret List www.FireFighterCloseCalls.comAt least 4 Firefighters were killed in the Line of Duty and other Firefighters are reported missing this morning in the Ukrainian* capital of Kiev after an explosion occurred while the firefighters were operating at an initial fire at an oil storage facility. Reports are that at least 180 Firefighters were at the scene dealing with the 17 tanks were on fire at the facility. One of the below videos shows firefighters operating before the explosion, one shows operations after and another shows a drone view of the incident. VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGKOWJ4zPSUVIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJJkb24Ocqo#t=242DRONE VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LobiZbfVIj0OTHER EXCELLENT MEDIA COVERAGE: http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine-abroad/reuters-firemen-missing-after-explosion-at-fuel-depot-fire-in-ukraine-390617.htmlhttp://rt.com/news/265924-oil-depot-blaze-ukraine/*Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. It has an area of 603,628 km, making it the largest country entirely within Europe.We'll keep you updated as news continues to come out from Ukraine. KTIYP's, RIP.Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 6/9/2015-1100 Hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Funeral arrangements are set for a Fire Officer who died in the Line of Duty after collapsing at a house fire.
For Lt. David Knapke, 55, will be held Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Clear Mount Community Church in Batavia.
The funeral will be held at the church Friday at 10 a.m. with firefighter honors. The church is located at 4050 Tollgate Road in Batavia.
As you know, Lt Knapke collapsed while on duty last weekend. He was taken off life support and moved to hospice Friday. An MRI scan, among other treatment and tests, revealed brain damage incompatible with Knapke's wishes for life. His family, in accordance with Knapke's wishes, then decided to stop all life-supporting measures and he later passed away. RIP.
BEYOND THE CALL:
A VERY PERSONAL VIDEO FROM THE LONDON (ON) FIREFIGHTERS:
The London Professional Fire Fighters Association, partnering with the London FD and Fanshawe College are proud to release " Beyond The Call ", a video currently used as a training tool for our members and now released to the public and other Firefighters, EMT's and Cops to help understand and identify the dangers of PTSD.
Their goal in producing this video was to highlight and educate the many dangers faced by the fire service and to support ALL FIREFIGHTERS and other EMS and police personnel suffering with PTSD and to prevent others from suffering alone and in silence beyond the call.
Last week at the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association Convention in Ottawa, was the first large premier of the video. We encourage all departments to use this video to start a dialog with your members.
NOTE: This is a very personal and emotional video, please be aware this may trigger many emotions for those who watch it.
Yesterday, we posted this LODD s Missouri-not Alabama. It is in fact Alabama-sorry for any confusion:
Mount Zion (AL) Fire & Rescue Captain James Donald “Donnie” Keith had returned home after responding to two fire calls, including one in a recreational vehicle. While at home several hours later, Captain Keith complained of not feeling well and suffered cardiac arrest. Captain Keith was treated and transported to a local hospital by fire/EMS where despite all efforts he succumbed to his injury on June 4. He had 12 years of service. Our condolences - RIP.
Take care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
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