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EMT KILLED WHEN AMBULANCE FALLS OFF LIFT-LODD (The Secret List)

Thursday, February 11, 2016  EMT KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY WHEN AMBULANCE FALLS OFF MAINTENANCE LIFT The Secret List www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com
Tragic news out of Louisiana when an Emergency Medical Technician died in the Line of Duty at the West Jefferson Medical Center EMS Headquarters after an ambulance apparently fell off a collapsed rack, and on top of two personnel. It happened late this afternoon/early evenings. 


Reports are that the ambulance on a rack at a mechanic shop fell on top of two EMTs when the rack itself failed. One of them, a 44-year-old man lost his life and a second EMT, a 37-year-old man, suffered minor injuries.

Our condolences to all those affected.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 2-10-2016-1900 hrs

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FDNY Firefighter "Personal" Mayday (The Secret List)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016   All,

A friend of ours and certainly many of you is Brother Firefighter FDNY Assistant Chief Ron Spadafora. Ron has written several books, numerous articles, has been an FDIC and Firehouse speaker for many years and is one of the sharpest fireground command officers out there. With nearly 40 years on the FDNY, he has "been there and done that."

 

Ron is now battling cancer. Like so many members of the FDNY, NYPD and other organizations, the murderous attacks on our Country of 9/11/01 continue.

 

On 9/11, Ron supervised both rescue and fire operations at the North Tower and WTC 7. He was assigned as the WTC Chief of Safety in October 2001 for the entire Recovery Operation that ended in June of 2002. He's also been to Louisiana for the Katrina response, worked the Hurricane Sandy detail and much much more. Undoubtedly now though, the impacts of 9/11 have created his latest battle.

 

THE MAYDAY: Chief Spadafora needs blood and platelets.

 

He is currently a patient at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in NYC. His treatment will require regular blood and platelet transfusions.

 

If you or anyone you know is near the NYC area, or plans to be, there is an immediate need for donations.To benefit Ron, the donations must be done at the Blood Donor Room at the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. 

 

Please visit www.mskcc.org/blooddonations for all the info about eligibility and the process for blood and platelet donations.

 

For any questions and to schedule an appointment contact: Joe Licata, Manager of the program at 212-639-8177 or via email at licataj@mskcc.org. Appointments are required but all blood types are acceptable. We have also posted some additional information on our home page www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com .

 

Our prayers and best thoughts go out to Ron along with the many others battling firefighting cancer. 

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.

BillyG

The Secret List 2/10/2016-0800 Hours 

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FF Struck By Ammo At Fire (The Secret List)

Sunday, February 7, 2016  Hey,

A Gilbert (Arizona) Firefighter had a very personal close call this morning but escaped serious injury when live ammunition began discharging at a house fire. The well involved garage fire was reported at the house around 1000 hours this morning.  Ammunition could be heard going off inside the home during the fire. One of the bullets from the fire hit a Gilbert firefighter in the face but the firefighter was wearing a helmet/PPE, so fortunately, he is expected to be okay.
They believe the fire may have started when a man inside the home was loading ammunition into a weapon, leading to some kind of explosion. 

Ya neva know whats burning in there. Anywhere. Be Careful. 

Take Care. Be Careful. Size Up. Pass it On.

BillyG

The Secret List 2/7/2016-1330 Hours

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LODD Explosion Video, Surviving The Fire Service? (The Secret List)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016   All,

Please take time to watch and pass on this brand new 12 minute video. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) created this excellent video following the April 17, 2013, fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas.

 

As you will recall, it resulted in 15 fatalities (see LODD's below), more than 260 injuries, and widespread community damage. The deadly fire and explosion occurred when about thirty tons of fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate exploded after being heated by a fire at the storage and distribution facility.

 

The CSB’s newly released 12-minute safety video entitled, “Dangerously Close: Explosion in West, Texas,” includes a 3D animation of the fire and explosion 

 

WATCH THE VIDEO:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdDuHxwD5R4

 

READ THE REPORT:

http://www.csb.gov/west-fertilizer-explosion-and-fire-/

 

RIP: West Firefighters Doug and Robert Snokhous, Morris Bridges, Cody Dragoo and Joey Pustejousky as well as Kenny Harris, Dallas Fire-Rescue; Cyrus Reed and Jerry Chapman, Abbott FD and West EMS; Perry Calvin, Merknel FD and Kevin Sanders, Bruceville Eddy FD/West EMS.

 

 

SURVIVING THE FIRE SERVICE CONFERENCE

Please take a moment to check out this conference in Florida. It's focused on the behavioral health aspects of the job-it features fire service speakers from FDNY, Chicago, IAFF, Milwaukee, Houston and more and the cost is $25.00. Yeah: $25.00. 

The conference includes speakers on:

 

-Obtaining a better understanding of the body's response to stressors,

-How- "Fight or Flight”, response can affect us physically and mentally.

-Learn ways to address the damaging effects of the bodies stress, “Fight or Flight”, response
-Understand the prevalence of suicide within the fire service.
-Identify an “Action Plan” that all departments can adopt to address behavioral health within their department.
-Understand how all aspects of being a fire fighter affect behavioral health
-Become familiar with resources to assist you and your coworkers
-Identify steps you can take today to increase survivability


MORE DETAILS on what promises to be an EXCELLENT conference HERE:

http://nsubso.nova.edu/conference/

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.

BillyG

The Secret List 2/2/2016-1400 Hours

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Fire Chief Commits Suicide (The Secret List)

Friday, January 29, 2016  All,Rigo Landeros, the Fillmore (California) Fire Chief, Assistant City Manager and acting Public Works Director, committed suicide this month while on duty in his city car, officials confirmed this week.

Chief Landeros, 51, shot himself in the head in his fire chief's car on a rural section of Goodenough Road on Jan. 7, Ventura County sheriff's, coroner's and Fillmore officials said in response to inquiries from The Ventura Star newspaper. A suicide note was found in the car.


The death occurred two days after a Fillmore City Council goal-setting session on Jan. 5 during which Councilman Rick Neal asked Chief Landeros about possible improprieties related to funds used by the Fillmore Firefighters Foundation.

Chief Landeros created the nonprofit foundation in 2011 to help raise funds for the largely volunteer fire department. City Attorney Tiffany Israel looked into Neal's concerns but determined there were no improprieties, City Manager Dave Rowlands said this week.

Israel said in an email Thursday that she spoke with Landeros on Jan. 6, the day before his death, about two questions "regarding the Fire Foundation that were raised at the study session. In that conversation I did tell Rigo that from the facts I was aware of, it didn't sound like anything inappropriate had happened."

Former Fillmore Councilman Steve Conaway, who was a close friend of Landeros, and current Fillmore Councilman Manuel Minjares, who attended the goal-setting session, said Landeros was upset by Neal's questions. But neither said they believed that questioning directly led to or was the sole reason for Landeros' death.

"We had talked Wednesday (Jan. 6) and we talked again that Thursday morning (Jan. 7) and I knew that he was upset about the activity at the goal-setting session," Conaway said. "The challenges to his integrity just tore him up.

"But the part I will never have an answer to is how he came to the conclusion that (suicide) was his only option," he said. "It's a tragic event, and I'm just sick about the whole thing."
Minjares said Neal's questions "were pretty stressful" for Landeros.

"But at the same time, if you talk with any mental health professional on the topic of suicide, it's not any one issue that causes someone to go down that road," he said.
Neal said there was nothing inappropriate about his queries.

"I just asked Rigo some questions," said Neal, one of the city's volunteer firefighters. "There were some things I thought we could clean up the way we do business. And he seemed real agreeable. 'No problem, we can fix that.'

"Other council members were there. They were nodding their heads at the same time. Nobody said, 'You know, this is inappropriate questioning, Rick,'" he said.

Minjares disputed that. He said Wednesday he thought the line of questioning was inappropriate for a goal-setting session and essentially said so at the meeting. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP. 


HERE IS MUCH MORE: http://www.vcstar.com/news/local/fillmore/officials-confirm-fillmore-fire-chief-committed-suicide-in-city-car-on-duty-2a54d257-63b5-5ebe-e053--366924171.html


Please see additional resources below.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
BillyG
The Secret List
www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com


SUICIDE HOTLINE USA:

1 (800) 273-8255
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

SUICIDE HOTLINE CANADA:
http://suicideprevention.ca/thinking-about-suicide/find-a-crisis-centre/

SUICIDE HOTLINES WORLDWIDE:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines

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:
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