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Radio Traffic-Detroit Firefighter Down/Video (The Secret List)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014  All,

Here is the radio traffic from this mornings extreme close call in Detroit where the FF was forced out of tower ladder 7's bucket. 


(Listen to the audio from the start, great professionalism in command, control and restricting companies from concerns related to the vacant building-in addition to the emergency traffic that followed) 


DFD FF Nicholas Benskey was injured at the above fire this morning when he came down from the bucket of tower ladder 7 during a fire at that longtime vacant Fisher Body plant. While operating, part of the building started to collapse. Indications are that Firefighter Benskey dropped 30 to 40 feet. A second firefighter in the bucket of the tower ladder was not injured. The fire was at the vacant Fisher Body plant-he is expected to recover and is in fair condition. KTIYP's

Take care. Be Careful. Pass it On.


The Secret List 10/22/2014-1500 Hours





Firefighter/Soldier Killed By Terrorist, Fires Do Continue-SOIFSFD (The Secret List)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 


As you may have read, two Canadian soldiers were struck by a vehicle on purpose yesterday. It's reported as a terrorist attack....and one soldier died. His name is WO Patrice Vincent. 

What you may not know is that he was a Canadian Forces Firefighter. 

Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, 53, had been a member of the Canadian military for 28 years when he was killed in the Line of Duty yesterday after being hit by a car driven by that homegrown terrorist.

Vincents career as a Firefighter (and Chief Fire Officer) brought him to military bases across Canada, serving in Halifax, Valcartier, Que., Montreal, Trenton, North Bay, Edmonton, Comox, B.C. and Esquimalt, B.C.

Vincent had been a member of Joint Personnel Support Unit at the Integrated Personnel Support Centre in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., an office run by the departments of defense and veterans affairs that help injured veterans and current soldiers, as well as their families, access support services from the federal government.


The attack occurred in the parking lot outside the IPS center yesterday morning.

Terrorist Martin Couture-Rouleau sat and waited-and then he struck two members of the military with his car in a St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., parking lot in what was "the violent expression of an extremist ideology."
One of those victims, Firefighter/Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, as noted above, has since died.
Couture-Rouleau was shot and killed by police following a high-speed chase as he fled the scene.
According to Quebec provincial police,Couture-Rouleau waited in the parking lot for at least two hours before he drove his car into the soldiers — one of whom was in uniform.
The parking lot in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, located about 40 kilometres southeast of Montreal, served a number of provincial, federal and military administrative offices, as well as several commercial properties.
Couture-Rouleaus gold-beige-coloured 2000 Nissan Altima, was spotted in the parking lot as early as 9:15 a.m. Monday. The men were hit by the car at around 11:30 a.m.

Our condolences to all those affected by this loss. RIP.



It's not hard to find the unknowing talking about the need for less staffing, less companies, less training, less response, etc-in many circles these days. 


As stated here so many times before, bare bone cuts are like cutting your home insurance-you immediately do save some money and as long as you have no fire or claim, life is good.

In those "cut" communities, the same thing happens, "all is good" to the clueless-until there is a fire. And the fire comes-as it always does-and always will.....


...but now the SOIFSFD  (shadow of it's former self fire department)-and it's firefighters, have to attempt to make it work. Expecting a fire department-any fire department-to operate as if they have adequate staffing and resources-when they have far less, is foolishness with a predictable outcome.


There are still fires and be it 5 or 500 in your area, the preparedness and response has to be able to match the incident initially-or the result will be similar to you calling your insurance company and wanting to file a claim-and them reminding you that you are no longer covered.


Don't let anyone feed you the "less fires=less of a need for a well equipped and staffed FD" nonsense-there are fires.


Hats off to the FF's in Lawrence (MA) who are no strangers to budget cuts-and working fires. They tried to save two young kids this morning, trapped in heavy fire conditions.



Other videos and coverage of the Lawrence fire and the heroic attempts by the LFD:

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 10/21/2014-2056 Hours 





CDC Ebola EMS Webinar TOMORROW (The Secret List)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 


Please join the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other federal agency staff for a webinar focusing on EMS Ebola preparedness TOMORROW.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

3:00 to 4:00 pm EDT


ASPR and CDC staff will discuss the previously developed and distributed Detailed Emergency Medical Services Checklist for Ebola Preparedness, which highlights activities that EMS agencies and systems should consider to prepare for managing patients with Ebola and other infectious diseases. 

This checklist is intended to enhance collective preparedness and response by highlighting key areas for EMS agencies to review in preparation for a person under investigation (PUI) for Ebola. The checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure agencies are able to detect possible Ebola cases, protect employees, and respond appropriately. 


Additionally, CDC collaborated with staff and representatives from the Federal Interagency Committee on EMS (FICEMS) to develop Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services Systems and 911 PSAPs.

FICEMS staff will discuss this guidance, intended for use by managers to understand and explain to staff how to respond and stay safe and by individual providers to respond to suspected Ebola patients and to stay safe.


The purpose of this webinar is to further explain these documents and address any questions that you may have.  Staff from several FICEMS member agencies will field questions. FICEMS includes representatives from ASPR, CDC, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Health Affairs, the U.S. Fire Administration, an appointed State EMS Director and other agencies. 

Please note that they will be taking live questions via the webinar Q&A feature during this event.


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Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 10-21-2014-0930 Hrs





IAFF Ebola Video/Stand Down, Resources from IAFC (The Secret List)

Monday, October 20, 2014  All,

The IAFF has released the below video of interest to all fire fighters and EMS personnel related to Ebola education and response.

Take a moment to watch and learn from this excellent presentation----and note the recommended SAFETY STAND DOWN:

WATCH the Stand Down statement video from the IAFF GP:

Check out for more.

Additionally, the IAFC has provided an excellent resource page:

The IAFC has formed an Ebola Task Force to provide guidance for the health and safety of fire fighters, EMT's and responders and patients in response to the recent diagnoses of several Ebola patients in the United States. The task force will be chaired by IAFC 2nd Vice President Chief John Sinclair and will include members and leadership from the Safety, Health & Survival Section-of the IAFC.

The IAFC’s Ebola Task Force will review the management of Ebola patients from the time an emergency call is placed until the patient is confirmed as either having or not having Ebola. The task force will review several important issues with short- and long-term implications, including:

  • Screening 9-1-1 calls for potential Ebola patients
  • Proper PPE
  • Training for PPE donning/doffing procedures
  • Decontamination practices
  • Definition of exposure
  • Quarantining employees who provide care for potential Ebola patients
  • Other issues as they arise
Fire and EMS personnel should understand that this is an evolving and dynamic process; current best practices will evolve as new information is received. The task force will be meeting with the experts and will continue to educate and inform the fire service. Watch for more.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 10-20-2014-2220 hrs







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We regret to advise you that Alton Fire Chief Eddie Johnson Jr., 45, was responding to a house fire six miles west of Alton when he lost control, went off the left side of the highway, hit a driveway approach, and rolled his vehicle several times.  He was ejected from the vehicle and killed in the Line of Duty. He was also an Alton Police Officer. 

The crash was on U.S. 160 about five miles west of Alton.  An ambulance took the Chief to the hospital in West Plains but he did not survive.  State troopers suspect Chief Johnson was not wearing his safety belt.

The Alton Fire Department was responding with other area fire departments to a house fire at an area known locally as Royal Oak.   The fire destroyed the home.

Besides being a full-time police officer and volunteer fire chief, Johnson also was an Oregon County reserve sheriff's deputy.  He'd been fire chief since 2010 and worked in the Alton Police Department for nine years.   His wife and three children survive him.

We'll post more details as they become available. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 10-20-2014-2233 hrs





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