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FIREFIGHTERS DOWN/CLOSE CALL/ELEC SHOCK-HOMEOWNER DEAD (The Secret List)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015   Hey,In Ottawa County (western MI, west of Grand Rapids) a 43-year-old man was reported unresponsive in the front yard of his home early this evening.


 

5 Firefighters from Crockery Township arrived on the scene and started to help the man. Not realizing he had been electrocuted and thinking he had a heart problem, they tried CPR and then used an automated external defibrillator (AED).


 

While the Firefighters were working, one of them got too close to the still-charged telehandler (a portable mobile boom device) and was shocked. He fell into another Firefighter, who was also shocked. They suffered electric shock, as the forks on the machine were fully extended and in contact with an overhead power line.


EXTREME CLOSE CALL: The initial shock caused the first Firefighter--a 38-year-old four-year veteran, to be electrocuted and to go into cardiac arrest, but other Firefighters with an AED were able to regain a pulse.

The second Firefighter was able to continue working, but was taken to a hospital for evaluation--and was subsequently released, having suffered minor injuries.


 

Glad the Firefighters are doing ok. Sadly the civilian homeowner died.

Take Care. Be Careful. Size Up & Pass It On!

BillyG

The Secret List 5-18-2014 2200 hours

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The Link Has Been Repaired (The Secret List)

Sunday, May 17, 2015   NOTE-THE LINK BELOW SHOULD BE WORKING NOW....IT HAD GONE DOWN ON FRIDAY AFTER WE SENT THE ORIGINAL SECRET LIST RELATED TO PROPER RECOGNITION.


THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE!

....AND PLEASE SUBMIT SOME GOOD FIRE-FOLKS AND/OR FD's FOR WELL DESERVED RECOGNITION RELATED TO FIREFIGHTER SURVIVAL-Thanks!




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Proper Recognition

Each year the Safety Health and Survival Section of the IAFC presents awards that recognize certain people and certain fire departments for doing good stuff.

 

THIS is a chance for YOU to submit information on firefighters and officers and/or departments to be recognized in 4 different categories - all related to Firefighter Safety, Health and Survival.

 

DO YOU KNOW:

 

1-A Fire Chief That Sets The Example?

 

2-A Fire Department That Organizationally Is Focused On FF Survival?

 

3-A Person Who Has Made A Proven Personal Commitment/Achievement to Firefighter Survival?

 

4-A Department Safety Officer That Sets The Example?

 

The purpose of the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section Awards program is to recognize both organizations and individuals that have made a significant contribution to the overall environment of FIREFIGHTER health and safety within their own organizations and within the fire service as a whole. 

 

TAKE TIME NOW to NOMINATE some good folks or departments that you know of-including your own, if that's the case-to give them proper recognition.

 

CLICK HERE: http://iafcsafety.org/files/2015/05/AwardNominationGuidelines2015-Copy-Copy.pdf

 

Note that the deadline for submissions is May 31, 2015...so don't delay.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.

BillyG

The Secret List 5/15/2015-0811 Hours

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2 FIREFIGHTERS's KILLED, BLDG FIRE IN SA (The Secret List)

Sunday, May 17, 2015   2 FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA-TRAPPED IN BUILDING FIREThe Secret List www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com

We regret to pass on to you that 2 Firefighters were killed in the Line of Duty early this morning after being found in the basement of a 7 story mixed use building. Initially, when EMS arrived to assist, they found 1 Firefighter having been removed, already being treated for smoke inhalation-but 2 other Firefighters were still trapped in the building. At approximately 0100 hours a Firefighter was brought out by other members. He had no signs of life and despite all their efforts they were unable to revive him. At approximately 0300 hours another Firefighter was brought from the building who was declared dead on the scene. Four other firefighters were treated on the scene for various injuries and transported to the hospital.

Our condolences to all those affected. RIP.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 5/17/2015-0900 Hours

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Mississippi Fire Captain LODD (The Secret List)

Friday, May 15, 2015   MISSISSIPPI FIRE CAPTAIN COLLAPSES WHILE EXERCISING AN HOUR AFTER RESPONDING ON A RUN

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A longtime Philadelphia (Mississippi) Fire Captain, Dwight Greer, 44,who had a big personality and loved his job, collapsed and died last Wednesday night an hour after responding to a run. Despite the best efforts of his personnel, he could not be revived. He died on May 6, 2015. 

Fire Capt. Greer, 44, was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1937 hours. Services have already been conducted. He was not married and had no children. 


As the PFD Chief Pierce Clark stated that he had "seen men go above and beyond to help a total stranger many times putting their self in harms way, but last night watching my men work on one of their own was the hardest thing I have been part of and hope to never see it again. RIP Captain Dwight Greer." Greer had a big personality and was a just a gentle giant.
Our condolences to all affected. RIP.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On. 

BillyG

The Secret List 5/15/2015-1100 Hours

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Proper Recognition (The Secret List)

Friday, May 15, 2015   Hey,

Each year the Safety Health and Survival Section of the IAFC presents awards that recognize certain people and certain fire departments for doing good stuff.

 

THIS is a chance for YOU to submit information on firefighters and officers and/or departments to be recognized in 4 different categories - all related to Firefighter Safety, Health and Survival.

 

DO YOU KNOW:

 

1-A Fire Chief That Sets The Example?

 

2-A Fire Department That Organizationally Is Focused On FF Survival?

 

3-A Person Who Has Made A Proven Personal Commitment/Achievement to Firefighter Survival?

 

4-A Department Safety Officer That Sets The Example?

 

The purpose of the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section Awards program is to recognize both organizations and individuals that have made a significant contribution to the overall environment of FIREFIGHTER health and safety within their own organizations and within the fire service as a whole. 

 

TAKE TIME NOW to NOMINATE some good folks or departments that you know of-including your own, if that's the case-to give them proper recognition.

 

CLICK HERE: http://iafcsafety.org/files/2015/05/AwardNominationGuidelines2015-Copy-Copy.pdf

 

Note that the deadline for submissions is May 31, 2015...so don't delay.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.

BillyG

The Secret List 5/15/2015-0811 Hours

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com

 

 

 

 
 
 

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