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Firefighter Shot/Killed By PD (The Secret List)

Monday, November 24, 2014 

All,

Tragic news out of Manatee County (Florida, Tampa Bay area) this morning as a City of Bradenton Firefighter is dead after a standoff Sunday evening between him and Bradenton Police.

The veteran FF was also an Iraqi war veteran.
Around 2100 hours last night cops responded for a domestic situation involving a that Firefighter that ended with a SWAT team response and gunfire on Oxford Drive West in West Bradenton. The Firefighter came out to his front yard with firearms, threatened to kill himself and threatened to kill his sister.
Police arrived with negotiators and after talking, the man came out of the house with two guns, he then pointed at officers-and a police officer fired one shot and killed the Firefighter.
Police stated that the Firefighter was influenced by alcohol and it's uncertain if the incident was a suicide by cop or if the man had an illness resulting from his service in the military.

Our condolences to everyone affected by this loss. RIP.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

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The Secret List 11/24/2014-0900 Hours

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LODD: Cya In Court, Ambush Update-FF Coat Hit, MA FF Down, FF Dies In House Fire, Harvey & Joey (The Secret List)

Monday, November 24, 2014  Hey,

Thanks to all the folks who coordinated the beautiful memorial service for
Chief Harvey Eisner
(Former Editor in Chief of Firehouse, Former Chief of Tenafly NJ and Hon FDNY Ass't Chief)

 

this past Saturday. I'm not sure it could have been done any more perfectly-for Harvey, his family and friends. RIP Harvey....(
ARTICLE:

Harvey Remembered at "The Rock" FDNY:  
http://tinyurl.com/mhvkb5s
)

We also take time to remember
another friend and Brother, 

FDNY Lt. Joey DiBernardo,

who suffered massive injuries in the "Black Sunday" fire, and whose injuries claimed his life in the Line of Duty nearly seven years later, on November 22, 2011. RIP Joey D....
More HERE about FDNY's "BLACK SUNDAY" & Joey D:

http://tinyurl.com/kl5j3p9




FIREFIGHTER LODD WIDOW: CYA IN COURT:

The attorney for the widow of Dallas LODD Firefighter Stanley Wilson blasted fire officials for what he called a “cultural indifference” that led to Wilson’s line-of-duty death last year.

Attorney Barry Hasten, reacting to the release last week of a 703-page draft report on Wilson’s death, said the document shows that Dallas Fire-Rescue suffers from a lack of accountability. He also believes fire officials botched their response to the investigation.

Hasten said Chief Louie Bright III - who has said he does “not believe discipline is merited” for anyone for their actions during the deadly six-alarm blaze - hasn’t shown the leadership needed to fix a “cultural indifference to policies, rules, tactics and manual of procedures” cited in the draft report.

“Certainly, Chief Bright’s determination that no discipline was warranted is evidence of this lack of accountability, and it serves to nurture this ‘cultural indifference’ within DFR,” Hasten said Wednesday. “It’s clear to me now that this cultural indifference led to Stan’s death.”

Dallas Fire-Rescue officials have vowed to fix those problems and move on from Wilson’s death on May 20, 2013, inside a far northeast Dallas condo building fire.

Hasten said that if the department “is unwilling to change its whole culture, it may be that a change will be forced upon it through litigation.”

HERE IS MORE:

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20141123-widows-attorney-blasts-dallas-fire-rescue-officials-in-line-of-duty-death.ece 

RELATED:
YOU REALLY WANT TO BE IN COMMAND?

http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/news/fullstory/newsid/212357 







UPDATE: FIRE SCENE AMBUSH - POLICE OFFICER SHOT & KILLED.

As you know, Tallahassee/Leon County Firefighters responded to what any of us would have thought was a standard response to a dwelling fire-and literally all hell broke loose...resulting in the Line of Duty Death of 47-year-old Leon County Sheriffs Deputy Christopher Smith.

Deputy Smith and Deputy Colin Wulfekuhl were responding to a house fire when the suspect ambushed Smith and killed him. Deputy Wulfekuhl was wounded when the suspect shot him, but his bulletproof vest stopped the bullet.

CLOSE CALL FOR FIREFIGHTERS:
At least one of the Firefighters had bullet holes in he uniform jacket that was left on the jump seat when he bailed out when bullets started flying.


Officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect until the suspect was shot and killed. There are also holes in apparatus as well. 

LISTEN TO THE RADIO TRAFFIC:

The handling of the scene by TFD personnel is phenomenal.

The suspect in the shooting has been identified as 53-year-old Curtis Wade Holley who had previously expressed anti-government sentiments and that he had discussed harming law enforcement. Holley intentionally set his house ablaze with the intent of harming as many law enforcement officials as possible. RIP.

HERE is the fire/EMS radio traffic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qMZJcrx1OA 







MASSACHUSETTS FIREFIGHTER DOWN-UPDATE:

GOOD NEWS: That Springfield Fire Officer who suffered a heart attack while rescuing an elderly man who mistakenly lit a cigarette while his oxygen tank was on and uncapped on Saturday is expected to survive. Lt. Brian Tredo as the Firefighter who suffered a heart attack assisting that 72-year-old victim from an apartment fire Saturday morning. KTIYP's.







FIREFIGHTER DIES IN HIS OWN HOUSE AFTER MAKING RESCUE

Nantahala (NC) FF Brad McCoy, 36, saved one of his children from his own burning house then went back in searching for the rest of his family early Friday morning.

The fire broke out shortly before 0100 hours Friday. After the fire started he got his 9-year-old daughter out. But neighbors say he thought other family members were still in trouble. He went back in to try to save his son that he thought was still in the fire. He carried his daughter out to the front door, set her down. She ran over to the church. He in turn went back to get the rest of his family. Unbeknownst to Brad, his wife had tossed their son out the window and she exited with him. Our condolences to all affected.

We don't have any info regarding this being listed as a LINE OF DUTY DEATH but will keep you advised if you get more.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 11/24/2014-0800 Hours

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PA FF LODD, MA FF FALL, Modern Fire! Update (The Secret List)

Friday, November 21, 2014  PA FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY The Secret List www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com

We regret to pass on to you that Samir P. “Sam” Ashmar, 51, Fire Marshal of Upper McCungie Township Station 56 Inc in Allenton, PA. has died in the Line of Duty. Several hours after responding on an EMS run, Fire Marshal Ashmar was found in cardiac arrest at his residence. Ashmar was treated and transported by fellow responders to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest where he succumbed to his injury. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.


==MASSACHUSETTS FIREFIGHTER INJURED IN FALL

A Norwood Firefighter was injured after he fell off of a roof while operating at a two-alarm fire this afternoon. The FF's condition was not immediately available but he was medevac'd out. The fall was captured in news helicopter footage, with reports that the Firefighter appeared to be moving. More to follow. KTIYP's.

HERE is a link to the video:

http://www.whdh.com/story/27452578/firefighter-falls-off-roof-at-scene-of-norwood-fire


==UPDATE: MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR

Have you heard all the controversy about this new concept of firefighting? Yeah, exactly, not that big a controversy once you learn the facts. Actually, it really isn't all that controversial and from reading headlines, it appears that the proven research that gives us a better way to save lives and get water on the fire is being adopted by the leadership of FD's (the biggest to the smallest) throughout North America. 

It's simply another tool for us to use based upon:

-Initial size up

-Task priorities

-Resources available.

Chiefs Fried, McAniff and Clark all cover that, and so much more in their respected books....books that have been around for about 50 years.


Do you remember THIS controversy and the headlines?

"JAWS OF LIFE WILL NOT WORK! USE HAND TOOLS AND PORTA-POWERS"

Yeah...exactly.

Anyway....


We have an obligation and little choice to always determine additional ways to operate and improve for the people that need our help. 


HERE IS AN UPDATE FROM ISFSI ON THE MODERN FIRE BEHAVIOR FIREFIGHTING PROGRAM:


The International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFS) continues to move forward with delivery of a Principles of Modern Fire Attack Program.  The ISFSI received funding from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program to deliver this material at 100 fire service venues across the USA in 2015.  The program went through a pilot delivery at the Ohio Fire Academy in November and the finishing touches and refinements are just about complete.  An ISFSI committee has selected a cadre of well-known and respected instructors from all sectors of the North American fire service.  They completed a train-the-trainer session immediately following delivery of the pilot program.  This session provided a remarkable opportunity for the instructors to work directly with research engineers and students to discuss both fire dynamics and the instructional methodology best suited to the delivery of a successful program.
 
A great deal of time and attention was placed on ensuring that the instructors have a clear understanding of the research supporting the tactical recommendations included in the program.  A part of the program is a discussion of the SLICE-RS approach to fire ground tactical decision making for company officers and firefighters.  This decision making guideline has been endorsed by the ISFSI, Volunteer Combination Officers Section, and the Firefighter Safety, Health & Survival Section of the IAFC.  The SLICE-RS method was developed to incorporate research findings and recent experience applying this research at actual incidents into the actions of the first arriving engine company.  


Some of the areas of focus and clarification include:
 
•   Rescue remains the highest strategic priority on the fire ground.  The “R” for rescue was listed as an “action of opportunity,” indicating flexibility for the first due company, depending on the situation at hand.  When companies are attempting a rescue ahead of the application of water, they should consider the Vent-Enter-Isolate-Search (VEIS) technique as a primary tactical option.  As water is applied, they may very well utilize standard primary and secondary search methods, but still may opt for a VEIS approach if conditions warrant.  In any case, all fire buildings should be searched to ensure no occupants are inside the IDLH atmosphere.
 
•   Not all fires are cooled from the exterior prior to entry.  Initial cooling is dependent on the presence of increased temperatures, high pressure, heavy smoke or heavy fire conditions within the structure.  When these conditions exist, the fire department should attempt to apply water from a strategically advantageous position as quickly as possible in order to improve civilian survivability and remove the thermal threat to firefighters. In residential fires, this may often be achieved from an exterior position, but the specific method of the application of water is contingent on size up information gained at the incident on arrival.
 
•   It is essential that firefighters use a solid or straight stream with limited nozzle movement when applying exterior streams immediately prior to initiating interior operations.  This will help avoid the entrainment of air, blocking of the flow path (ventilation opening) and disturbance of the thermal balance, allowing firefighters to move and function more aggressively and efficiently upon entry.
 
•   Fire Departments that incorporate these tactics should devote time to ensure their firefighters have received both classroom and hands-on training to ensure they understand the proper concepts and field application of the research.  Simply editing standard operating procedures or guidelines without incorporating hands-on training should be avoided.
 
The ISFSI presented the program concept to the North American Fire Training Directors and looks forward to coordinating the grant-funded program deliveries with the State Training Director in each state.  The Society wishes to extend thanks to NIST and UL for their continued support and for making it possible to bring practical science to the fire ground. Their work and assistance are the foundation of the Principles of Modern Fire Attack Program.
 
Each instructor for the Principles of Modern Fire Attack Program is committed to bringing this life saving research to as many firefighters as possible.  Each is committed to a lifetime of fire service learning and working to ensure they have the latest and most accurate information available to help them carry this training message forward.  Each of the instructors was selected because of their experience, their instructional expertise, and their commitment to officers and firefighters working in the trenches.  These instructors, as well as the ISFSI as a whole, believe that the incorporation of fire dynamics research into the tactical plans of fire departments will allow us to effectively do our duty while helping to ensure that everyone goes home.
 
For more information on the Principles of Modern Fire Attack Program, contact the ISFSI home office or visit www.isfsi.org

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 11/21/2014-1730 Hours

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FF LODD-Chest Pains On Scene, More FF Suicide(s) (The Secret List)

Friday, November 21, 2014  FIRE COORDINATOR DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-NEW JERSEY

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We regret to pass on that Cape May County (NJ) Fire Coordinator Art Treone passed away late last night. Chief Treone was on scene of a multiple alarm fatal fire in North Wildwood when he developed chest pains on the fireground.  He was immediately treated and then transported and admitted to Cape Regional Medical Center where he succumbed.

Art was a retired Lieutenant of the Cape May County Sheriff’s Dept as well as past Chief of the Townbank Fire Company in Lower Township, in Cape May County. Chief Treone was well known as one of the ‘good’ guys, a real legend in that area. Our condolences to all those affected by this loss. RIP.







TWO FIREFIGHTER SUICIDES IN FLORIDA

Out of respect to the families and members of those affected, we won't share names or the departments-but once again, two of "our own" have taken their lives in just the last few days, One FF in South Florida and the other in the Tampa Bay area.

In addition to the "awareness" of the two losses, we wanted to share
the leadership shown

by a Chief of Department:

It is with deep regret that I must inform you of the untimely death of Firefighter who took her own life this morning.  Words cannot express the profound sadness that we all feel.  I am at a loss as to how to make sense of her death, many of you have expressed the same sentiment.   We may never have an explanation that makes sense to us.  I have no words to offer that will make this right, or even bearable.  I can only say that I am both saddened and sorry that she did not feel like she had another option.  Our grief cannot compare to what Toni's family is going through so I ask you to pray for those she loved..  These next few weeks will be trying for everyone.  Look out for each other and please reach out if you need to talk.  Take care of each other. 




Suicide continues to be a constant in the profession of fire, rescue and EMS. Please take time to review these links-and have the info on hand.




=PERSONAL SURVIVAL:

http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/personal-survival.php

=SAFE CALL NOW:

http://safecallnow.org/

=NFFF: 

http://www.everyonegoeshome.com/news/2014/suicideprevention_081514.html



=NO FIREFIGHTER STANDS ALONE: 

http://blog.iaff.org/post/2010/11/05/No-Fire-Fighter-Stands-Alone.aspx



=FIREFIGHTER BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

:
http://www.ffbha.org/

=ESTABLISHING A SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM-FIRE ENGINEERING:

http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2014/07/implementing-a-suicide-prevention-program.html 




=FF SILENT KILLER-FIRE ENGINEERING:

http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/print/volume-165/issue-12/features/firefighters-silent-killer-suicide.html 




=THE COMPANY OFFICERS ROLE-FIRERESCUE1:

http://tinyurl.com/7bbz8ev 




=FF SUICIDE ARTICLE: (A FIRE CHIEF/DAD'S PERSPECTIVE)

http://firechief.com/health-safety/ar/firefighting_not_without_warning/ (Fire Chief Magazine Article)


=FF SUICIDE ARTICLE: (ABC NEWS)

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/firefighter-ptsd-suicide/story?id=14466320 (ABC News Article on Firefighter Suicide)




=FF SUICIDE ARTICLE-FIREHOUSE:

http://www.firehouse.com/news/10732817/chicago-firefighter-suicide-report-seeks-answers

Take Care. be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 11/20/2014-1700 Hours

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FF LODD-NY Collapses. Final/Draft?, WTF?! Minority Chief (The Secret List)

Thursday, November 20, 2014  NEW YORK FIREFIGHTER DIES IN QUARTERS-LODD
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We regret to pass on to you that a veteran Summit (Schoharie County, NY, SW of Albany) Firefighter died after being stricken inside the firehouse Tuesday night while he was helping other Firefighters getting ready to deploy to western New York to assist in the aftermath of the blizzard. James Foote, 57, one of the Summit Fire Department Commissioners collapsed in quarters and while treatment was immediate, he tragically died at Cobleskill Hospital. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP. 


DRAFT REPORT VS FINAL REPORT? QUESTIONS CONTINUE FROM DALLAS.

A 703-page draft of the Dallas Fire-Rescue line-of-duty death report on Stanley Wilson is far more critical of the incident commander than the official version released by the department weeks ago....raising even more questions of command, control, communication, accountability and integrity.

MORE HERE: 

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20141119-draft-version-of-report-on-firefighters-death-more-critical-than-official-version.ece

 

 

WTF?! RACIST BS FROM A MINORITY FIRE CHIEF

Nasty comments, even racist ones aren't new-and while they should be a part of a vile history...they aren't and certainly are alive and well. Freedom of speech-absolutely...but...not when it impacts those we "swore" to serve regardless of.....

When all else fails, the public has confirmed-and we have proven time and time again that:

...we are there when you need us.

...we strive to save.

...we are always on the job.

...service for others.

...deeds not words.

...service above self.

We-and others try to make it clear that firefighters will never care about the color, race, religion, nationality etc of those we serve...we'll guess that 99% of those in our service get it....but the BS flag has been tossed once again.

As sad as it seems, not all firefighters are willing to go out of their way for anyone who may need our help. Even in a non-emergency situation.,it just depends...at least according to one minority fire chief. 

Ingenious play on words by us---how 'bout that?!----he's the minority-the great minority at least in the context of being in the minority of local, Kentucky and North American firefighters, officers and chiefs who could even think and act this way in 2014. 

Thankfully. 

HERE IS THE VIDEO: http://tinyurl.com/mocflp3 

ALSO: DaveS's been all over this as well: http://tinyurl.com/pnoouee

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 11/20/2014-1000 Hours

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