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FF LODD, Fire App Crash-Just Stop? Black Sunday/Chief D, Einstein, Huge Fires + Firefighters (The Secret List)

Friday, January 23, 2015  KANSAS FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY FOLLOWING TRAINING

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We regret to pass on that Firefighter Ronnie W. Peek, 49, died in the Line of Duty last evening. Firefighter Peek fell ill while participating in fire department mandated air management training. He was subsequently transported to the hospital where he suffered a heart attack and passed away. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.


==FIRE APPARATUS VS FIRE APPARATUS CRASH

Remember that crash in California last April with the two responding apparatus? Well, the cops claim that unsafe driving caused the Alhambra FD rig to collide with a Monterey Park rig last spring, injuring 15 people. Despite placing fault with the Alhambra apparatus driver, no charges are being filed in connection to the April 16, 2014, incident....however-numerous law suits are pending.


The two fire apparatus, which were both responding to a fire at a Monterey Park home, collided about 1500 hours. The Alhambra rig had its lights and sirens on as it headed southbound on Garfield Avenue at 15 mph----at the same time the Monterey Park apparatus was driving 20 to 25 mph eastbound on Emerson Avenue, also with its lights and sirens.


As both trucks arrived at Garfield and Emerson avenues, the Monterey Park truck had a green traffic light, while Alhambra’s truck had a red light. Simply put-the Alhambra fire apparatus failed to ensure the intersection was clear to enter against the red light....and generally the only way to do that is to stop.


Alhambra’s truck struck the front of the Monterey Park rig, which kept moving and smashed into a person and a street pole before ramming into a restaurant. Five restaurant patrons and four pedestrians were injured. Six firefighters were also injured.

 

Obviously this could have been a lot worse-thankfully it wasn't. There have been some hellacious fatal apparatus vs apparatus crashes over the years and alway=always it is because one of the rigs drivers chose to not stop when they were required to-or should have, based upon conditions.


You never know who is on the roads. It could be your Mom, Dad, Wife, Partner, Husband ...it could be your Daughter, your Son, your Grandkids - someone you know. A few years ago, in Ohio, a Firefighter driving apparatus to a car fire killed her own relatives...TWO relatives...in a proven avoidable crash.


If you think this is "lame" of not, trust us on this-LOOK at the history-when you have a red light-STOP to INSURE it is clear, When you have a stop sign, STOP-to make sure it is clear. Besides, it's not your fire apparatus. Someone decided, for whatever reason, to give you the privilege of driving it. And while cops aren't charging the apparatus driver-the lawsuits are looming. 


We all wanna make it to the fire or emergency-we wanna get there "five minutes ago" and many times we are NEEDED FIVE MINUTES AGO. Make up time by being apparatus ready, hustle getting out of quarters and stuff like that-but DON'T blow red lights or stop signs-it can change you life forever-not to mention those we may strike. 

 

We have posted some pics on our home page. BELOW are some related reports of similar crashes:

APPARATUS VS APPARATUS CRASH KILLS FIREFIGHTER:

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200443.html

http://www.fsi.illinois.edu/content/library/iflodd/search/Firefighter.cfm?ID=286


==BLACK SUNDAY REMEMBERED:

January 23, 2005 was "Black Sunday" in New York when FDNY Lt. Curtis W. Meyran (covering Ladder 27 that day) and FF John G. Bellew (Ladder 27) died in the Line of Duty at an apartment fire in the Bronx. Four other FF's were injured: Jeffrey Cool (Rescue 3) the late Lt. Joseph DiBernardo-Rrescue 3 (whose later death is Line of Duty) Brendan Cawley (Ladder 27) and Eugene Stolowski (Ladder 27).

All 6 FF's were forced to jump from the 4th floor of the apartment building as they were trapped by the fire. And, as you'll also remember, at a separate incident in Brooklyn that day, just 3 hours after the Bronx fire, Brooklyn FF Richard T. Sclafani (Ladder 103) was killed in the Line of Duty after getting trapped in the basement while operating at a residential fire.

HERE are links to reports, videos and articles as we remember those who were injured and killed that day.

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200503.html
 (NIOSH Report-BRONX FIRE)

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200504.html (NIOSH Report-BROOKLYN FIRE)

http://nymag.com/news/features/26574/index3.html
 (EXCELLENT NY Magazine Article Bronx Fire Double LODD)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvxtBC2gQ1g&sns=em (IAFF Presentation-FDNY FF Jeff Cool)

http://community.fireengineering.com/video/video/show?id=1219672%3AVideo%3A591291 (Fire Engineering; FDNY FF Jeff Cool)


==CHIEF D CONTINUES TO SAVE LIVES:

Here is a piece from yesterday about the late Joey D's Dad, retired FDNY "Chief D"-and his untiring efforts to save firefighters lives-ALL Firefighters:

CHECK THIS OUT:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/hamill-fdny-dad-save-firefighters-article-1.2087647


DO NOT MISS THIS YEARS TRAINING SEMINAR-WELL WORTH YOUR TIME AND TRAVEL TO LONG ISLAND:

http://www.joeydfoundation.org/seminars/2015-seminar/


==EINSTEIN, HUGE FIRES & FIREFIGHTERS?

This morning in Homestead PA and earlier this week in Edgewater, NJ-huge fires kept Firefighters busy. Amongst those incidents, there have been some commentaries that if those fire departments had career Firefighters, the fires might have not gotten so large. 

Huh? The light weight wood truss non-sprinklered building had nothing to do with it?

Hmmm.


There are numerous arguments on both sides, but the bottom line is that when the public dials 9-1-1, or wait....when YOU dial 9-1-1 for a FIRE....you and they want help now, and the help needs to be trained and qualified-and plenty of it. We have seen well staffed, well lead and well qualified departments on the career and the volunteer side. 

 

We have also seen poorly trained, poorly staffed and poorly lead departments on both sides. Being career doesn't always mean the best-but being volunteer doesn't always mean that serving the community for free is what's best for that community. When there is a fire, people-and your family too, want a timely response with lots of qualified Firefighters to get all the tasks done as quickly, as humanly possible-any sane person understands that.

 

Obviously the FACTS are not out yet on what caused the fires to get so large-but one thing is for sure-if the buildings were MASONRY and were FULLY SPRINKLERED, there would NOT have been large fires.

HERE is one persons opinion on Career and Volunteer Firefighters...a former FDNY Commissioner:

http://7online.com/news/former-fdny-commissioner-on-volunteer-firefighters-in-new-jersey/487108/


One resident (below) said it was "deja vue" all over again...since this complex burned 15 years ago. Albert Einstein said "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results" and when buildings continue to be built this way, they will burn down the same as they did the first time. Duh.


Edgewater Fire:

http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2015/01/it_was_like_deja_vu_15_years_apart_edgewater_fires.html

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6 FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN TAIWAN- FIRE/COLLAPSE IN BOWLING ALLEY (The Secret List)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015   6 TAIWAN FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY-FIRE & COLLAPSE

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We regret to pass on that 6 Firefighters were killed today as they operated at a fire that engulfed a bowling alley in northern Taiwan.

The men, all in their 20s, were trapped and killed in a "sudden burst of fire"which caused the partial collapse of the building in Taoyuan county.

Two of the Firefighters who died had graduated from the Academy only last year.

The fire broke out in the early morning hours when the venue was shut.

HERE IS MUCH MORE INCLUDING PHOTOS AND VIDEO:

http://m.scmp.com/news/china/article/1682795/six-firemen-killed-tackling-blaze-taiwan





http://youtu.be/VPngCeF__cY





Our condolences to all affected .

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

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Report: FF Death-Fall From Bridge, Updated Link re: Baltimore County, FDIC (The Secret List)

Monday, January 19, 2015   All,

The Alexandria (VA) Fire Department has released a comprehensive line of duty death report about Paramedic Joshua Weissman.  Paramedic Weissman was the first member of the Alexandria Fire Department since 1965 to give his life in the Line of Duty during an emergency response.  

 

As some of you will remember, Joshua fell from a bridge while on the scene of a car fire on Interstate 395 just south of Washington D.C. on February 8, 2012.

The members of the Alexandria FD sincerely hope that this report will honor Medic Weissman's memory and be used nationwide in an effort to prevent such a tragedy from occurring in the future. RIP.

 

HERE is that report:

http://www.alexandriava.gov/uploadedFiles/fire/info/Weissman%20LODD%20Report%20Final%20of%20Final%2012.22.2014.pdf

 

 

BALTIMORE COUNTY/ATF LODD REPORT VIDEO LINK:
Some of you had trouble getting the video mentioned in the earlier Secret List this morning, so here is a fresh link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wsa4mI0rO-o

 

 

FDIC 2015:

For those of you attending FDIC, Gordon Graham and I are thrilled to again be doing a session together and certainly welcome you to join program.

"SURVIVAL IN THE FIREHOUSE AND ON THE FIREGROUND..."Why Things Went Right-And Why They Went Horribly Wrong 2015" 

It will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 0800-noon. Deyails at at www.FDIC.com. Will also look for you around the halls, the bookstore, around town and in the "big room" session later in the week.

 

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

In Memory of Firefighter/Paramedic Mike Cotton-RIP.

BillyG

The Secret List 1/19/2015-1800 Hours

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FF's Trapped-3rd Floor: Remembering, FF's On Trial, FF LODD-Brazil (The Secret List)

Monday, January 19, 2015   Hey, It was on this date in 2011 when Firefighter Mark Falkenhan of Baltimore County's Lutherville VFD, Maryland, a highly respected veteran career and volunteer Firefighter, died in the Line of Duty at a fire when he became trapped in a multi-family dwelling on Dowling Circle. 
 
FF Falkenhan and his partner entered and made their way into the building to assist in the search for victims above the first floor fire. At that point in time, other companies were on the upper floors but there were no hoselines or the protection of one above the initial fire floor.
 
The apartment, like ANY dwelling any FF operates in today-is filled with plastics and other petro-chemical based consumer items (carpeting/flooring, furniture, TV's etc) that create a gas filled and subsequent fire environment of explosive potential. Watch the video to learn and understand how and why the fire spread above the first (terrace level) apartment.
 
Firefighters searching saw fire in the corner of the top floor apartment shortly before coming across a victim-but those conditions were not communicated via radio. At 1841 hours, crews were ordered to evacuate the building and about a minute later, Mark Falkenhan called a MAYDAY. At 1850 hours, Firefighters found Falkenhan unconscious and eventually removed him from the building.

As hopefully you will also know-or will now know that the Fire Protection Engineers from the ATF Fire Research Laboratory worked with the Baltimore County FD to create a computer model of the fire that resulted in the Line of Duty Death of FF Mark Falkenhan on January 19th, 2011. The following 36 minute video details the entire incident, beginning with the 911 call and ending after the firefighter MAYDAY.

HERE IS THE LINK TO THE ATF VIDEO/AUDIO OF THE DOWLING CIRCLE FIRE:
http://www.atf.gov/explosives/programs/research-development/fire-research-lab.html
HERE IS THE EDITED RADIO TRAFFIC:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMsc8nuEvVw
HERE IS THE ATF LINK TO THE VIDEO OF THE DOWLING CIRCLE FIRE:
http://www.atf.gov/explosives/programs/research-development/fire-research-lab.html
HERE IS THE INITIAL REPORT:
http://resources.baltimorecountymd.gov/Documents/Fire/report/finalreport120320.pdf
HERE IS THE NIOSH REPORT RELEASED TODAY:
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face201102.html
Once again-take the NIOSH REPORT along with the above information, the previous reports, radio traffic etc and use them in the firehouse, drills, meetings or whatever it takes as an excellent opportunity to learn, and HONOR the memory of FF Mark Falkenhan.
 
 
FIREFIGHTERS ON TRIAL FOR APPARATUS CRASH
Some Cleveland (Ohio) Firefighters head to trial to defend themselves today. It involves an apparatus incident where the video showed one thing but statements of the firefighters seemingly said another. Now, they'll try to clear their names in a trial by jury. 
MORE HERE: http://www.19actionnews.com/story/27880768/cleveland-firefighters-head-to-trial-in-truck-crash
 
 
SOUTH AMERICA FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY
A 52-year veteran died last Friday in Joinville, South of brazil. Volunteer FF Ademar Max Stuewe, 74 years old, fell from a ladder on Wednesday, while cutting branches of a tree that had fallen over a house during a storm. He was taken to the hospital and remained in intensive care for two days, before succumbing to the injuries.
Our condolences to all affected. RIP.
http://g1.globo.com/sc/santa-catarina/noticia/2015/01/bombeiro-voluntario-de-74-anos-morre-apos-cair-durante-ocorrencia.html
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
BillyG
The Secret List 1/19/2015 0600 Hours
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Medic Killed Assisting At Crash, FD Lifeguard Dies, FF LODD Medical (The Secret List)

Friday, January 16, 2015   MEDIC KILLED ASSISTING AT CRASH

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We regret to advise you that a Rockingham County, North Carolina Paramedic was killed while assisting at a crash scene. 
EMS Paramedic Captain William Lawrence McKinney, Jr. had just finished working a 12 hour shift Wednesday morning. On his way home, Captain McKinney saw two vehicles that slipped off the road.  He was still in uniform and was wearing a safety vest, and parked his car and went to check on the drivers. That's when a truck with two trailers struck McKinney, killing him.  

The Captain spent 19 years with Rockingham County EMS.  McKinney leaves behind a wife and two children. The driver of the truck was arrested for misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and exceeding a safe speed for the condition of the road. 

Funeral arraignments have been made.  Visitation will be on Saturday, January 17 at Thompsonville Heights Baptist Church.  Viewing times will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.  The funeral will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. Our condolences to all affected. RIP. 







LA COUNTY FIRE DEPT LIFEGUARD DIES DURING RECERTIFICATION

A 20-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Lifeguard Division died during a recertification swim exercise Thursday morning.
LA County FD Ocean Lifeguard Specialist Brian Kutil, 42, was participating in the exercise at Mira Costa High School in the City of Manhattan Beach.
He was noticed to be in distress and having difficulties, was pulled from the pool and given lifesaving measures but his life coulnt be saved. 







FIRE CAPTAIN DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY

A 58-year-old paid on-call captain with the Jackson, Calif., Fire Department died in his sleep on Jan. 10 several hours after he had responded to a motor vehicle accident the day prior.
Captain Tremaine had nearly 40 years in the fire service, most of those as a volunteer, and had been instrumental in starting the careers of many firefighters over the years.
Captain Tremaine is survived by his wife of 35 years, Geneva Lillie (Bergen) Tremaine and many family and friends. 
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 16, at The Call in Pine Grove, Calif., according to his obituary.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

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