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LODD During Search/Rescue, Apparatus Crashes, Lame Excuses? Drive To Survive (The Secret List)

Sunday, April 26, 2015   ALABAMA RESCUE SQUAD MEMBER KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY

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An Etowah County (NE of Birmingham) Rescue Squad member has died in the Line of Duty as a result of injuries during a search for a missing kayaker in an Etowah County creek.
Squad Member Vicky Ryan, 46, died last night at Riverview Regional Medical Center.

Ryan, along with three rescue squad coworkers, was injured when two boats capsized during a search on Big Wills Creek.

WHAT HAPPENED?

A 25-year-old man was out kayaking with family members about 1107 hours yesterday (Saturday) in Big Wills Creek when he was swept into the water. The man went missing near an old low head dam that was once used to pump water into the Gulf States steel mill nearby.
The Etowah County Rescue Squad began a search, and employed two rescue boats.
One of the boats got too close to the dam and was swept over the side. The second boat soon followed and nine Rescue Squad workers were cast into the creek. Members of the Gadsden Fire Department and the Etowah County Sheriff's Office assisted in rescue efforts.
One other worker was taken to Riverview, and two more to Gadsden Regional Medical Center. Fire medics have still not located the missing kayaker. Members will maintain a presence in the area overnight and resume searching tomorrow, but will not attempt any more recovery efforts tonight.
Water levels were already high at the creek because of spring rains, which also made the current especially dangerous. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP.

 

 

TWO APPARATUS CRASHES IN MARYLAND

Last night there were two apparatus crashes in Prince Georges County, MD. The first one, early this morning, involved an overturned engine company (827) out of the Morningside firehouse. A bit later, heavy rescue squad (806) out of the Spingdale firehouse collided with a passenger car at Route 202 and Arena Drive in Largo. One Firefighter and a civilian suffered NLT injuries.

We have some photos on our home page.

They'll be more details posted HERE:

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LAME APPARATUS EXCUSES

We wanted to share these dead on comments with you from an old friend of FFCC, veteran Firefighter and Police officer Chris Daly, from www.DriveToSurvive.org 

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I just read an article about a firefighter who fell out of a truck while it was responding to a call. The incident itself is disturbing on many levels, but what disturbed me more was the comments and discussions that were generated on social media in reference to the use of seatbelts.

Let’s get one thing straight. For anyone who defends the NON-USE of seatbelts, you’re an idiot. Yes…I said it…an idiot. The fire service has tried to gently get you fools to wear your seatbelt for years now, but that approach just isn’t working. So here you go…you’re an idiot.

Now, allow me to immediately put to rest the comments that are about to manifest themselves under this post. I’ve been a firefighter for 25 years. I’ve served as nozzleman, Captain, Battalion and Assistant Chief. I’ve driven to fires, I’ve fought fires and believe it or not, I figured out how to put my airpack and my seatbelt on at the same time. It’s not rocket science.

I’ve also spent 18 years as a police officer, reconstructing thousands of serious and fatal vehicle crashes, some of which involved emergency vehicles. I have a Master’s Degree in Safety, having worked for several years in the private industry conducting OSHA-type safety audits. And I’ve testified in real-life court trials as an expert witness on the proper operation of an emergency vehicle.

In addition, I’ve taught the “DRIVE TO SURVIVE” emergency vehicle crash awareness seminar over 350 times to over 15,000 firefighters and emergency responders across the country. So to those of you who feel the need to troll the web saying that firefighters can’t pack up and wear seatbelts at the same time, and anyone who says otherwise doesn’t know what they’re talking about…see above. You’re an idiot.

If you can’t put your seatbelt on around your gear, buy seatbelt extenders. They’re easy to find. If you can’t put your airpack on with your seatbelt on, practice. Or wait until you arrive. If it takes you longer than 15 seconds to sling a pack on your back as you hop out of the truck, you should probably revisit the fire school. If you’re jumping off the truck with a fogged up mask to save a ½ second running to the front door, you’re missing the big picture. Calm down, take a deep breath and size-up the building before you put your mask on. That’s what real firemen do. Not keyboard warriors who graduated high school two years ago and have melted “NO FEAR” stickers on their helmets from crawling around a concrete fire school.

I especially love the comments that say NFPA doesn’t require drivers to make sure everyone has their belt on. I won’t bore you with all the details because I’m pretty sure the guys who say this sort of thing have already stormed away from the keyboard or put down the smart phone by now, but let’s just look at one of several standards that address this fact:

NFPA 1500 (6)(2)(5) – Drivers shall not move fire apparatus until all persons on the vehicle are seated and secured with seatbelts in approved riding positions, other than as specifically allowed in this chapter (there are no exemption provided anywhere in the chapter).
NFPA 1500 (6)(3)(2) – Seat belts shall not be released or loosened for any purpose while the vehicle is in motion, including the donning of respiratory protection equipment or protective clothing.
NFPA 1451 (8)(2)(7) – Drivers/Operators shall not move fire department vehicles until all persons on the vehicle are seated and secured with seat belts in approved riding positions, other than as specifically allowed in (8)(3)(3) (which addresses patient care in an ambulance).

So there you have it, NFPA makes it pretty clear that if you don’t have your seatbelt on, the truck shouldn’t move. If you claim the truck doesn’t have seatbelts, the truck shouldn’t be in service. I don’t care if it’s a “loaner” truck, a reserve piece, or heaven forbid, a first out rig. If your fire truck doesn’t have seatbelts, put it out of service. You can’t do the job. Sorry. Tell your city hall dwellers to get off their wallets and install some seatbelts. I’m pretty sure a bake sale or a boot drive would cover the cost in a few hours.
For those who think there are exemptions to the vehicle code regarding this matter, I can tell you this… no exemption in the vehicle code is going to help you as you fly out the window at 45 MPH. For those who may be making reference to the incident that generated this rant, I can tell you that unless you are a rural postal carrier in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, you have no exemption for wearing your seatbelt. Last I checked, fire trucks don’t carry mail.

So…if your nose is out of joint…good. I made my point. Yes, I’m sure your grandfather told you about his best friend Larry who would be dead today if he had been wearing that pesky seatbelt, but those instances are few and far between. There are tens of thousands more people who would be alive today if they had worn their seatbelts.

Stop making excuses, suck it up and make sure you go home to your family. Peace.

Thanks Chris.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.

BillyG

The Secret List 4/26/2015-1200 Hours

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FF No SEAT BELTS, WALL COLLAPSE, FIRE-KNTP (The Secret List)

Thursday, April 23, 2015   FF FALLS FROM FIRE TRUCK - NO SEAT BELT 

Officials say a broken door latch is to blame for injuries to an Arnold firefighter who tumbled from a truck on the way to a fire call Tuesday morning. Arnold's overall fire chief, J.C. Tedorski, said the injured volunteer was treated and released from Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison and was advised to see a shoulder specialist. “Fortunately, the firefighter was wearing his helmet and other gear, but he still received a head laceration and a shoulder injury,” Tedorski said.


“It was a catastrophic failure of the door latch,” O'Leath said. He said the truck was turning from Drey Street onto Kenneth Avenue when the door flew open.

“We were going only 8 to 10 miles per hour, so it wasn't at high speed. But it was just enough for him to fall out.”




BLAMING IT ON THE DOOR LATCH IS AN EXCUSE - WHERE YOUR SEAT BELTS - THIS WOULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED!  THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THIS IN 2015!




OH FF INJURED IN WALL COLLAPSE




A Marion firefighter was seriously injured last night battling a blaze in the city’s downtown.

The firefighter was hurt in the lower leg while combatting the fire on N. Vine Street, a Marion dispatcher said.

The firefighter’s injury came when a brick wall collapsed, WBNS-TV reported.

The injured firefighter was transported to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in Columbus.

The blaze affected a brick building and an adjacent house. WBNS-TV reported the brick building was vacant, and that the residents of the house were not at home when the fire erupted.




FIRE - KNOWLEDGE TO PRACTICE GRANT PROJECT




The City of Ottawa Fire Services is leading the development of an evidence-based fire dynamics training (FDT) curriculum that will assist in closing current critical knowledge and capability gaps.  This training will be incorporated into Canadian firefighting training certification standards for adoption and use by all fire services in Canada.  

Ottawa Fire Services is partnering with the Calgary Fire Department; Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal; and Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency.



Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) has funded the project with a $1.2 million dollar grant and the project has an additional $2.8 million in-kind funding from participants and industry partners. The DRDC-CSSP mandate is tostrengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate, prevent/mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism, crime, natural disasters, and serious accidents through the convergence of science and technology with policy, operations and intelligence.

 

This project addresses gaps between the science of fire dynamics and current firefighting strategies and tactics, translating knowledge into practice and resulting in safer and more effective fire-related emergency and disaster mitigation.  The project goals are to reduce social, economic, environmental, legal and life-safety risks and impacts due to fire through the development of a collaborative, evidence-based fire dynamics curriculum, and safe, realistic live fire training tools.  The project will confirm theory and make it accessible to front-line workers, confronting a wide range of existing, inaccurate and potentially dangerous assumptions and replacing them with complex, often non-intuitive research findings in a valid and reliable way. Project transition to the operational level will occur through new industry standards, endorsed curriculum and validated technologies. These outcomes will inform fire service investment decisions, policies, procedures and practices nationally and internationally and present innovative commercial development opportunities for industry.

 

The project has received widespread support from the international fire service community, including: the Canadian Council of Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners; the Canadian Fire Service Education, Training and Certification Council; the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs; the International Association of Fire Fighters; the Ottawa Professional Fire Fighters Association; theAssociation des Pompiers de Montréal; the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services Association; the National Research Council of Canada; the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG U.S. Department of State); Underwriters Laboratories; the National Institute of Standards and Technology;  the Ontario Association of Fire Training Officers; the North American Fire Training Directors; the International Fire Service Training Association; International Society of Fire Service Instructors; and the National Fire Protection Association; the University of Waterloo; Carleton University; Algoma University; and the University of Toronto; and fire services from the United States (FDNY, Columbus Division of Fire, L.A. County), Australia (Brisbane - QFRS, Sidney - NSWFB) Belgium (Brussels), England (Lancashire Fire & Rescue), France (Yvelines), Germany (Frankfurt), Ireland (Dublin), Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden.

 

Industry partners include Bullard, Bullex, DQE Inc, Fire Engineering Magazine, Firefighter Close Calls.com, LION, Logistik Unicorp, Mercedes Textiles, MSA and Task Force Tips.

 

Through this tremendous international collaborative effort it has been made possible that the curriculum and all project content will be made available free of charge internationally for adoption/adaptation by interested fire services and standards organizations.

  

For further information contact the Project Manager: Peter.McBride@Ottawa.ca




Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.

BillyG

The Secret List 4/23/2015-1100 Hours

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3 FIREFIGHTERS LODD-SA, FD Crash Add'l, WTF/FDIC, ISFSI (The Secret List)

Sunday, April 19, 2015   ==3 FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY-FOLLOWING FIRE IN A SILO-FIRE CHIEF'S SON AMONG THE FALLEN The Secret List www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com

3 Firefighters were killed in the Line of Duty late yesterday in the City of Minga Guazú, where they responded this morning to continue cooling after a fire yesterday. The area is in Paraguay, in Central South America. 

The members who lost their lives are FF's Ronald Aguilera, Arnaldo Gonzalez and Saturnino Riveros. The latter is the son of the Commander of the Fire Department of Minga Guazú, Syriac Riveros, who was also at the scene, was injured but was rescued alive.

The four Firefighters responded to the silo for some post-fire tasks. The fire, which started at 16:00, was knocked down, but required a lot of overhaul and continued cooling. The company was on site and operating when they fell to the dryer and became trapped, according to preliminary reports, indicating they had suffocated. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP.

 

 

==UPDATE: TEXAS FIRE APPARATUS CRASH-FIREFIGHTERS REMAIN CRITICAL-FIRE DEPT MUTUAL AID EMS UNIT CRASHES WHILE RESPONDING TO THE APPARATUS CRASH-ALL MEMBERS OK

2 Firefighters remain in critical condition following a series of crashes on a stretch of rural Texas road Friday, that involved several vehicles including a fire truck and a responding ambulance.

The Officer was reportedly ejected and members were trapped under the apparatus. 5 Firefighters were trapped after their truck overturned following a collision with a pickup truck that drove through an intersection. 
NOTE: An ambulance from the Killeen FD whose crew was en route to the crash scene (with other KFD companies) was also involved in an accident. Road conditions at the time were wet.

We have posted additional pictures on the www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com home page.

 

HERE IS VIDEO FROM THE APPARATUS CRASH SCENE:

http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/Local-Firefighters-Trapped-After-Major-Traffic-Accident-300389681.html

KTIYP's. 

 

 

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==ADD'L IMPORTANT ACTIVITIES OF NOTE FOR FDIC:

ISFSI Fire Instructors Social
Mo's A Place for Steaks, 15 East Maryland Street
Time: Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

ISFSI will be giving away thousands of dollars in door prizes at this event. This social and the subsequent giveaways are the Society’s way of thanking its membership and welcoming new members. Not currently an ISFSI member? The Society is also welcoming you to join at the door for an intro membership fee. If you are an ISFSI member or part of the FDIC teaching staff or wish to join that evening, make this a must. It's is an excellent opportunity for instructors to network with outstanding food, drinks, and amazing door prizes. Come by to see your friends and make new ones! Sponsored by Honeywell & Scott Safety.

FIRE INSTRUCTORS MEETING
ISFSI Annual Meeting (FREE Lunch Provided)
Room Sagamore 7
Friday, April 24, 2015, 1:00 p.m.

ISFSI invites you to attend the 2015 spring membership meeting and luncheon free of charge! Participate in the only international membership organization representing the interest of fire service instructors. This meeting is open to all current ISFSI members and those wishing to obtain membership. We will be giving away thousands of dollars in door prizes that all in attendance will be eligible for if you are a member. Come join us and wrap up FDIC International 2015 with ISFSI!

 

ADDITIONAL DETAILS RE: FDIC:

The Secret List/FireFighterCloseCalls crew members are looking forward to seeing you. 

Here are some of our crew members activities:

Monday 4/20/15 –HOT WORKSHOPS
0800-1200 – ISFSI Principles of Modern Fire Attack – Train the Trainer – Brian Kazmierzak
0800-1200 – Instructor and Training Officer Boot Camp – Forest Reeder and Rudy Horist

Tuesday 4/21/15 –HOT WORKSHOPS
0800-1200 – Survival: Why Things Went Right and Why They Went Horribly Wrong – Billy Goldfeder and Gordon Graham
0800-1200 – Building the Ladder – Officer Development Programs – Forest Reeder and Rudy Horist
1330-1730 – ISFSI Instructor Development Clinic – Forest Reeder, Rudy Horist, Brian Kazmierzak

Wednesday 4/22/15 –
1030-1215 - Preplanning for a Wildland Event: A Technology Based Community Approach – Seth Barker
1330-1515 – The Five Most Dangerous Places – Forest Reeder

Thursday 4/23/15 –BIG ROOM SESSION
1020-1215 - Fireground Size-Up, Command, Control, Accountability, and Survival: Darn! It Didn't Go Well, Why? – Billy Goldfeder with guest Bob Grabowski-Chief of Homewood IL. 

Friday 4/24/15 –
0830-1015 – MayDay for Mental Health – Pat Kenny
1100-1200 – Pass it On Book Signing At Fire Engineering Booth

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.

BillyG

The Secret List 4/18/2015-2000 Hours

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FIREFIGHTER LODD AT SCENE, 42 YO (The Secret List)

Saturday, April 18, 2015  NEBRASKA FIREFIGHTER LODD AT SCENE

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A Dakota City Fire and Rescue volunteer Firefighter collapsed and died while preparing to leave the scene of a fire Thursday evening. Emergency responders on the scene made numerous attempts to revive Andrew “Andy” Zalme without success, the release said. The exact cause of death wasn't known and will require medical tests.
Zalme, 42, a longtime member of the department, was with crews that had responded to a fire on Highway 35. The Nebraska State Volunteer Firefighters Association said in a statement he will be greatly missed by the organization and the city. Survivors include his wife, Bobbi, and three children. Funeral arrangements were pending Friday. KTIYP's. RIP.

BillyG

The Secret List 4/18/2015-0800 Hours

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APPARATUS CRASH-FF's Critical (The Secret List)

Saturday, April 18, 2015   Hey,

5 Firefighters from the Central Bell Fire Rescue volunteer fire department have been transported to a Scott & White Hospital in Temple after their fire apparatus rolled over on FM 439 near Belton last night.

2 Firefighters are reported to be in critical condition with traumatic injuries and 3 were expected to be late last night or early this morning. 2 civilians were also reported injured.
Central Bell County Fire Rescue is a volunteer fire department that operates out of Nolanville not far from Waco. KTIYP's-we'll keep you advised.

Take Care, Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 4/18/2015-0700 Hours

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