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Sunday, August 17, 2014
FIREFIGHTER DIES I(N THE LINE OF DUTY-BLDG FIRE/COLLAPSE
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We regret to pass on to you that a Firefighter in New South
Wales (AU) was killed in the Line of Duty while operating at a hotel fire.
Firefighter Daniel Howard, 37, was killed after a wall
collapsed on him and a fellow firefighter at the Cobar New Occidental Hotel at
about 0900 hours.
The second firefighter is being treated for a broken arm at
FF Howard had stayed at home this weekend, because, it was reported that few
other members were available for fire calls.
Companies were called to the inn at 0800 hours following
reports the building was on fire. Ten people who had been inside the building
were accounted for.
About an hour later, the wall collapsed onto the two fire
officers. Our condolences to all affected.
VIDEO FROM THE FIRE:
Our condolences to all those affected. RIP.
EMS CRASH IN OHIO:
A patient in an ambulance was killed Friday night when the vehicle
rolled over at Interstate 71 and Ohio 13. The crash happened at 2345 hours
on the I-71 southbound exit ramp to Ohio 13 in Washington Township. The vehicle
was from Community Care Ambulance Service of Ashtabula.
The 2011 Ford Ambulance driven by Amber D. Brown, 30, of Cleveland, traveled
off the left side of the exit ramp, striking the guardrail, according to the
Ohio Highway Patrol’s Mansfield post. The vehicle continued through the
guardrail over an embankment, where it rolled several times.
Willis and an EMT, James A. Phillips, 30, of Garfield Heights, were ejected
from the patient transport area. Phillips and Brown were transported to
OhioHealth MedCentral Mansfield Hospital with minor injuries.
VIDEO/PICS FROM THE SCENE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewhnADdVuyk
SLAMS INTO FIRE CHIEFS CAR AT SCENE
Early yesterday morning in Texas, a drunk driver drove up
onto the scene of a previous crash and slammed into the rear of the Spring Fire
Chief’s Dodge Charger. That crash pushed the chiefs vehicle into the rear of a
Cypress Creek EMS ambulance parked on the scene.
That driver was arrested by Harris County Sheriff’s Department deputies and
transported to the Harris County Jail. For an unknown reason that intoxicated
driver felt the scene to be amusing, As he was escorted to the patrol car he
was smiling as he looked at the scene.
Then while this was happening a female driver in the only moving lane of
traffic stopped in the lane to rubber neck the scene and was rear-ended. No
injuries were reported on that crash.
So whats the
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Cincinnati Fire Lt. David Herth describes the Queen City
Barrel blaze as "one of the most exciting fires" he has fought in his
more than 26 years with the CFD.
The five-alarm fire had towering flames, billowing smoke and a fireball that
just barely missed some of his colleagues.
But Herth has more than dramatic stories to tell from that day a decade ago.
He also has concerns about the long-term health impacts of fighting a fire
without knowing exactly what hazards he was exposed to on Aug. 19, 2004.
"I don't think there was any fear of
what was burning at the time," said Herth, who is now 52 and still
stationed at the Lower Price Hill firehouse not far from where Queen City
Barrel once stood. "But after you think about it, what kind of chemicals
were in those barrels? That weighed on your mind after the fact."
Two firefighters who were there have since retired with different neurological
problems. One had symptoms that mimicked ALS with muscle weakness across his
body. Another had breathing problems because of a weak diaphragm. But officials
couldn't pinpoint either of the conditions to any specific exposure, said
District Chief Marc Monahan.
A few others have reported diagnoses of prostate cancer, but those haven't been
linked definitively to the Queen City Barrel fire either, said Ken Kiefer, a
retired Cincinnati Fire Department captain who now works as Local 48's workers'
compensation and pension representative.
"The latency period on a lot of these cancers is 20-plus years,"
Kiefer said. "It's complex."
Complex and dangerous.
READ MUCH MORE HERE: http://www.wcpo.com/about-us/history/a-decade-later-firefighters-wonder-how-queen-city-barrel-fire-could-impact-their-health#sthash.hpuDVRfD.dpuf
It's one of those issues some people don't like talking
about-and that's too bad-because when citizens dial 9-1-1, there is a
reasonable expectation that a well staffed, well trained first alarm assignment
will arrive real quickly. But that's not always the case. Just listen to the
fire radio scanner in so many areas....1st tone...2nd tone...3rd tone.
And some areas, leadership knowing well that the problem exists, ignore
No changing the way they operate to best benefit the
No re-thinking about the training needed-or not
No change on funding-so VFF's don't have to raise money to
also fight fires.
No automatic mutual aid.
No open discussion about hiring personnel.
No discussions about whats right for those having their
But it's not our fire.
It's their fire....those who dialed 9-1-1.
And they needed help 5 minutes ago....
So what's best for the people having the emergency?
In that In most places in North America, when a fire breaks
out, a volunteer shows up to put it out.
But the ranks of volunteers are dwindling. What was once an iconic part of
North American life is losing its allure, in part because the work — some would
say the calling — is a lot less fun than it used to be.
There are still more than twice as many volunteers as career firefighters. But
the number of volunteers has dropped by around 11 percent since the mid-1980s,
while the number of career firefighters has grown more than 50 percent,
according to the National Fire Protection Association. The allure has
diminished because fund-raising now takes up roughly half the time most
volunteers spend on duty. It’s also harder to fit in volunteer work. The rise
in two-income households often means that there is no stay-at-home parent to
run things so the other can dash off for an an emergency. Urbanization and the
aging of the rural population are taking their toll as fewer young people are
available to replace firefighters who retire.
READ THE ENTIRE NY TIMES VOLUNTEER FIRE SERVICE ARTICLE
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 8-17-2014/1941 Hours
Saturday, August 16, 2014
CANADIAN EMS LINE OF DUTY DEATH-AIRCRAFT DOWN
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regret to pass on that a Pilot and a Paramedic were killed in the Line
of Duty today when their small chartered plane crashed on Grand Manan
Island, New Brunswick, Canada
New Brunswick (ANB) said the Atlantic Charters flight carrying four
people crashed in a wooded area near the airport shortly after 0500
A second pilot and a registered nurse survived the crash.
ANB confirmed the paramedic who died in the Line of Duty was William Mallock. He had almost 20 years of service.
HERE is much more. http://www.cbc.ca/m/news/#!/content/1.2738460
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It on.
The Secret List 8-16-2014/1813 hrs
Friday, August 15, 2014
NEBRASKA FIREFIGHTER LODD - CRASH WHILE RESPONDING - POSSIBLE MEDICAL EVENTwww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
A Fairbury (NE) Firefighter has died in the Line if Duty three days after suffering injuries when his pickup struck a tree.
56-year-old Darrell Parker died yesterday after being injured in the Sunday crash. Parker
was on his way to the Fairbury Rural Fire Department to for a fire call
in the county when his pickup drove off the roadway, went through a
pasture and struck a tree. Parker was found unresponsive in the
officers performed C-P-R at the scene and paramedics then took over
care for Parker. He was taken to Jefferson Community Hospital and later
transferred by medical helicopter to the Bryan LGH West Campus in
suspected a medical problem may have led to the crash. Parker was a
member of the Fairbury Rural Fire Department for 27 years and became the
department’s certified chaplain, this past year.
Our condolences to all affected. RIP.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 8-15-2014-1400 hrs
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
A mechanical failure in the front drive train of that 2002
International fire apparatus was determined to be the cause of a June 19 crash
that left 6 people dead near Helena, Montana.
Shortly after 2100, the apparatus, driven by Three Forks Fire Chief Todd
Rummel, was traveling east at about 55 mph on Highway 12 roughly 10 miles east
of Helena when it experienced a mechanical failure, causing Rummel to lose
control of the vehicle and veer suddenly to the left, into the westbound lane.
He was bringing the rig back from being in the shop.
State Police reported: The failure occurred prior to impact and caused the
driver to lose control of the vehicle...there are several markings on the
pavement (before the skid marks start) where the drive shaft was spinning and
colliding with the pavement.
The truck then collided with a 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck occupied by Matt
Boegli, Crystal Ross and their three children: Breighton Boegli, 4, and
3-year-old twins Madison and Peighton Boegli.
The driver of the pickup truck veered to the right in order to avoid the fire
truck, but was unable to do so...the impact ruptured a diesel fuel tank … on
the fire truck.
Fuel from the massive tank splashed out of the fire truck onto both vehicles
and within moments, both the fire apparatus and the pickup were in flames.
Chief Rummel died “from smoke inhalation while unconscious,” according to a
Jefferson County coroner’s report, and the family of five in the pickup died
from “blunt force trauma.”
None of the three children in the pickup were wearing seat
belts or restrained in any way.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 8/13/2014-0705 Hours
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Between 2007-2011, residential fires accounted for about 8
out of 10 firefighter fireground injuries. The fire dynamics encountered during
modern residential fires differ greatly from traditional models. The size and
configuration of the typical single-family home, new construction techniques,
high heat release-rate furnishings, and energy-efficient building technologies
are increasing the risk to firefighters. The cumulative effects of these changes
are faster fire movement, excessive volumes of smoke, shorter escape times,
decreased time to flashover, faster structural collapse, and reduction in time
available for effective fire ground operations. This requires all firefighters
to be constantly training on fire response, size up and fire attack.
Many factors contribute to
the number of deaths and injuries, but a likelihood is that many firefighters
may not have been aware of the advancements that could have changed these
Given the success that ALIVE (Advanced Learning through
Integrated Visual Environments) has shown as a tool for training and
disseminating information to firefighters, NYU-Poly researchers and
firefighters from FDNY, Chicago, and Bloomington, with support from AFG,
collaborated with subject matter experts from the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to develop
an ALIVE module to provide a
basic understanding of the science of modern fires.
your department can now take advantage of this advanced multimedia interactive
training at no cost. The scientists from NYU-Poly will work with your
training academies to build a customized
ALIVE portal for your department.
If your fire department is interested in utilizing this scientifically tested
and proven training, please contact the NYU-Poly Fire Research Group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please visit www.poly.edu/fire
for more information and to access this info.
Also, be sure to check out www.ModernFireBehavior.com
THIS THURSDAY AT F.R.I. IN DALLAS:
MISS THIS SPECIAL UNVEILING EVENT AT FRI- RE: "MODERN"
STRUCTURAL FIRE ATTACK
of Modern Fire Attack Training Video will be released at F.R.I! 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 introducesSLICE-RS to the fire community.
will be unveiled during 2014 FRI on August 14, 2014 at 1330 to a
select audience and you're invited to be a part of it. And there is free food
& drink. What's not to like?
FRI Dallas Convention Center
(complimentary snacks and beverages provided)
WATCH THE VIDEO TRAILER HERE:
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