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New Federal Program For Fire Officers, FD T-Shirt Needed, Twitter/Dallas FRI (The Secret List)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014  Hey,

Well this is
really

good news from The National Fire Academy about a much needed program. Today they announced a new training program aimed at improving the professional skills of America’s fire and emergency medical services first responders. 
Called the Managing Officer (MO)
program, the curriculum emphasizes leadership, safety, community risk reduction, training, and technology for those men and women who may be embarking on supervisory roles in their organization.


NOTE:

The MO program differs from other NFA programs by providing new officers a defined nationally-recognized curriculum. Students will be able to complete the program in as little as two years, and will receive a NFA capstone certificate when they finish.


NFA Superintendent Dr. Denis Onieal explained, “The MO program will fulfill the four universal elements of professional development: higher education, training and certification, continuing education and experience.
This includes a combination of self-study, state and local training, and resident courses at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland.”


The program curriculum and entrance requirements were established by the NFA Board of Visitors. The four resident courses include Contemporary Training Concepts for Fire and EMS, Applications of Community Risk Reduction, Transitional Safety Leadership and Analytical Tools for Decision-Making.



APPLY NOW!For additional information, go here: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/nfa/managing_officer_program/index.shtm







==FIREFIGHTER T-SHIRTS & FIREFIGHTER FIGHTING CANCER

CAN YOU HELP??

A Firefighter from New York is calling on his brothers and sisters in the fire service to lend a hand, in his battle with a serious illness.

"I love the fire service," said David Blank of Lake View, who has been a member of North Boston Fire Department for the past 30 years including time as Chief of Department.

Earlier this year, Blank, 53, began experiencing unexplained and excruciating bone pain.

"I kind of blew it off at first as old age and overdoing it sometimes,"

Last month after a bone marrow biopsy, doctors confirmed a diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Blank has been hospitalized at Roswell Park Cancer Center since July 3rd, undergoing chemotherapy.

Several of his Brother and Sister Firefighters are collecting t-shirts-so he can wear a different one each day as he fights his cancer-

CAN YOU HELP?

Please send an XL tee-shirt from your FD or FIRE/EMS org for Ex-Chief Blank to:

Firefighter Dave Blank T-Shirt

5564 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221

You can also find out more on the Williamsville Fire Department facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/WilliamsvilleFire







==DO YOU KNOW A FIREFIGHTER OR FIREFIGHTER FAMILY MEMBER WITH CANCER?

Do not hesitate to reach out to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network-it is WHY they exist- SUPPORT firefighters dealing with cancer:

http://www.firefightercancersupport.org/ 







==F.R.I. IS COMING UP....August 13-16 in Dallas, Texas

If you are on TWITTER follow the FRI updates from the IAFC at:

@FireRescueIntl  

(Are you on Twitter? Its pretty cool, right? I'm at @BillyGoldfeder and I post fire and related stuff that's normally outside and beyond the scope of what we post here on The Secret List)







SPECIAL EVENT AT FRI--YOU ARE INVITED:

F.R.I. STRUCTURAL FIREFIGHTING--DO NOT MISS THIS SPECIAL UNVEILING EVENT AT FRI- RE: "MODERN" FIRE ATTACK

The Principles 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 introduces SLICE-RS to the fire community. 

The video 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?

THURSDAY AUGUST 14

ROOM D-165

FRI Dallas Convention Center

1330 HOURS (complimentary snacks and beverages provided)

DETAILS HERE:

http://isfsi.org/media/Video_Invite_Release-11.jpg

WATCH THE VIDEO TRAILER HERE:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv8LiPJfaOo&feature=youtu.be

 

and lastly....PASS IT ON.

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:

http://www.iafc.org/micrositeFRIconf/

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 7/30/2014-1300 Hours

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com


 

 

 

 

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: www.gofundme.com/axl0ww, or search "Please Support the Boomhower Family" on Facebook. We wish her a successful recovery. There are more details HERE:

http://www.napaneeguide.com/2014/07/29/napanee-firefighter-fighting-for-her-life

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 7-29-2014-2231 hrs 

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com



 

 

 

 

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.

KTIYP's.

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TWO FIRE SERVICE MEMBERS KILLED IN TRAINING COPTER CRASH-ITALY-CO PILOT SURVIVES

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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.







FIRE RESCUE INTERNATIONAL-DALLAS AUGUST 13-16

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




=NOT TO MISS:

=SPECIAL UNVEILING EVENT AT FRI- RE: "MODERN" FIRE ATTACK

=YOU ARE INVITED:

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.

THURSDAY AUGUST 14

ROOM D-165

FRI Dallas Convention Center

1330 HOURS (complimentary snacks and beverages provided)

DETAILS HERE:

http://isfsi.org/media/Video_Invite_Release-11.jpg 

WATCH THE VIDEO TRAILER HERE:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv8LiPJfaOo&feature=youtu.be 







Also....

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:

http://www.iafc.org/micrositeFRIconf/

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 7/28/2014-1500 Hours

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com


 

 

 

 

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.

HERE IS THE ENTIRE ARTICLE:

http://nypost.com/2014/07/27/cancers-among-ground-zero-workers-skyrocketing/

 

 

FIREFIGHTER DIES FROM OCCUPATIONAL CANCER-LEAVES NINE CHILDREN BEHIND:

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: http://www.williamsfuneralhomeltd.com/index1.htm

Link to the Southwold Firefighters: http://southwoldfiredept.ca/

 

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.

 

 

FERTILIZER MANUFACTURERS BLAME WEST (TEXAS) VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS:

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:

http://kwhi.com/fertilizer-manufacturers-blame-volunteer-firefighters/

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 7-27-2014-0524 hrs

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com

 

 

 

 

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.




Will-

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.



Stephen-

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.



TJ-

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 break...no 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 [
http://www.hallcocu.org] 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.







REMEMBERING THE FALLEN BROTHERS IN BRIDGEPORT, CT.

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.
RIP.



HERE
is the NIOSH Report:

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201018.html 



HERE ARE THE DETAILS

 OF THE FIRE FROM IAFF-TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRHQxJlh7OY
  

(GREAT VIDEO FOR A COMPANY DRILL)


HERE IS MEDIA VIDEO

 about the Fire: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DSlVAGV1c4

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 7/24/2014-1200 Hours

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com


 

 

 

 
 
 

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