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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
The Bristow (Oklahoma, SW of Tulsa) Fire Chief is recovering
in the hospital after a fire department tanker he was working on exploded
yesterday in quarters.
Around 1400 hours, Fire Chief David McSpadden thought he
smelled battery acid leaking from beneath the passenger seat of the newly
renovated tanker truck-and after Chief McSpadden lifted the seat to
investigate the smell, the truck exploded.
Chief McSpadden suffered a broken neck, jaw,
damage to his eye sockets and several burns and was taken to St. John Medical
Center in Tulsa and underwent surgery.
The Chief was in stable
condition as of last night. The truck had not been used since
it was donated by another government agency a few years ago. The Oklahoma
State FM is investigating but as of now, they are unsure of what caused the
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
owner of the company conducting that cold water rescue training last Sunday
afternoon in Hanover, (Canada) where a Durham College firefighting student
became trapped under ice in the Saugeen River and died, was previously
acquitted on health and safety act charges in another cold water training death
five years ago. Point Edward Firefighter Gary Kendall was killed in the Line of
Duty then, as a student of training.
student Adam Brunt, 30, died this past Sunday after becoming submerged beneath
the ice in the fast-flowing Saugeen River. He was among a dozen firefighting
program students in Hanover this weekend to take the training.
Rescue Training Systems was running the weekend cold water rescue training in
have more soon-
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Monday, February 9, 2015
HAMPTON BAYS (Suffolk County, Long Island NY) PARAMEDIC LODD
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is with deep regret that we pass on the Line of Duty death information
on Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance Corp Paramedic Ralph Oswald.
morning at approximately 0858 Hours, Paramedic Oswald, 64, (see below
linkled article about his age/health) responded to a run for an
unresponsive male patient. While providing patient
care, Paramedic Oswald advised his crew that he was experiencing
distress and then immediately collapsed in cardiac arrest. Hampton Bays
Volunteer Ambulance along with Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance
Corp responded, treated and transported Paramedic Oswald. Unfortunately,
he was pronounced dead at Southampton Hospital after failed
pre-hospital and at-hospital resuscitation efforts.
Our condolences to all affected by this loss. RIP.
RELATED: Here is a past article about Paramedic Oswald and wonderful accomplishment:
6 Months to a 6-Pack Challenge: Paramedic Ralph Oswald
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Monday, February 9, 2015
We regret to pass on that
a 30-year-old Firefighter trainee died during rescue
training exercise in Hanover, Ontario
(Canada) yesterday. Twelve students were taking part in a training exercise for
ice and water rescue certification run by a private firm on the Saugeen River,
northwest of Toronto. Firefighting student Adam Robert Brunt, of Bowmanville, "somehow" became trapped under the ice during the training at
approximately 1300 hours. A search was conducted and he was found within 15
minutes-and even with life saving measures on scene, while in transport and at
the hopsital-his life could not be saved.
The preliminary police
investigation has determined that Brunt was submerged and caught under ice in
fast flowing water during a training exercise
for ice and water rescue certification being conducted by a private training
firm. Brunt was determined to be submerged in water and under the ice for
approximately 15 minutes prior to being rescued. He was training with 11 other
students and one instructor at the time of the accident. Our condolences to all
those affected. RIP. We look forward to learning more about this tragic
MORE HERE: http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/firefighting-student-dies-during-icy-river-training-1.2227206#ixzz3RGc5ZHeo
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Sunday, February 8, 2015
WEST VIRGINIA FF LODD-COLLAPSEDThe Secret List www.FireFighterCloseCalls.comWe regret to pass on that Firefighter / Lt. Garry Rose, 67, of the McMechen Volunteer Fire Department died in the Line of Duty on Friday. Firefighter Rose was on an EMS call and was transporting a patient to Ohio Valley Medical Center. As he was wheeling the patient through the doors of the ER, he unfortunately collapsed inside of the emergency room-and shortly after collapsing, FF Rose was pronounced dead. The cause believed to a heart attack. He leaves behind a wife, his daughters, family and grandsons, Ethan, Broc, Logan, Heath and Zane. Our condolences to all affacted. RIP.MEMORIAL DETAILS Friends will be received from Noon until 8 p.m. on Monday, February 9, 2015 at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Benwood- McMechen Chapel, 214 Marshall Street, McMechen, where he will be honored with a Fireman's Service at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at 10 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, McMechen, with the Rev. Bekeh Utietiang serving as celebrant.Interment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.==FIREFIGHTER KILLED IN RESPONDING CRASH-NEPAL, ASIAA huge fire occurred at a cotton factory in the Bhaktapur district of Nepal, Asia yesterday. While there were no civilian losses, a Fire Apparatus Operator, 23-year old Firefighter Ranjit Shrestha died in the Line of Duty when the rig crashed while responding. Four other Firefighters were also injured in the accident. The injured ones have been hospitalized. RIP.==SADLY-WE CAN'T....Sadly, we can't post every story of every firefighter fighting cancer...your emails would never stop. However, there are some from time to time that are covered by local news-reminding us of how prevalent cancer is-as the # 1 killer of Firefighters.FIREFIGHTING CANCER-IT'S NOT JUST FOR "OLD" FIREFIGHTERSTHIRTY FOUR YEARS OLD. 34. 34 Year Old Salisbury (MD) Fire Department FF/Medic Bryan Lewis is battling Hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma, a rare type of cancer. Lewis, an acting lieutenant, has undergone chemotherapy treatments, recently started radiation treatments and is expected to have a bone marrow transplant at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore in late March or early April. PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO WATCH HIS STORY:http://www.delmarvanow.com/story/news/local/maryland/2015/02/06/bryan-lewis-salisbury-fire-department-cancer/23001917/We wish him and all FF's fighting cancer nothing but success.FINAL WORD:Another good Firefighter has lost his battle to cancer. 40+ year veteran Firefighter Pete Bernatovich Jr of the Manhasset-Lakeville FD, Rescue Co 3, in Nassau County, Long Island, NY fought a tough and heroic battle - until Friday morning. Pete was a good friend and Brother FF-and we remained so every since I got to know him as we both rode the back step (literally) together starting in 1977. Pete was not just a solid FF, but a man who did nothing but good for others his entire life. Every aspect of his life was service to others-and if you knew him, it was so obvious. Our heartfelt condolences to his Brother (and FF) Mike, sister Susan, the members of M-LFD, Company 3 and his many family and friends. RIP Pete. MORE HERE: http://tinyurl.com/l38y597Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.BillyGThe Secret List 2/8/2015-0800 Hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
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