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2 Firefighters Killed @ Same FD: Don't Mind Your Business (The Secret List)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015   All,

Within just a few days-a fire department in West Virginia lost two members in off duty crashes. Another crash left a FF dead in the NE-leaving 3 little kids and a wife behind. The 2nd one, (in West Virginia) happened this morning at around 0300, killing 22 year old Firefighter Brandon Mooney.


22 years old. 


Mooney was driving a Jeep when he lost control, causing it to roll over several times before landing over a hillside. The Jeep went several hundred feet before stopping. All four of the people inside the vehicle were thrown from the Jeep. None of them were wearing seatbelts. Three women were taken to the hospital for treatment. No word on their conditions yet. Cops say alcoholic beverages were found in the vehicle and that may have been a factor in the crash.


Mooney is the second Firefighter the Glasgow Fire Department has lost in little over a week. On June 22, Firefighter Michael Clark, 21, died in a crash near Glasgow. His crash was likely due to the weather conditions while driving. 


21 years old.


Also earlier last month, a NY Firefighter was killed driving home from a fire service related social event on Long Island-it was a single vehicle crash and he left 3 little kids behind. There have been other "off duty" Firefighters lost as well in the last several weeks. North Carolina, Missouri. Others.


Be it speed or drinking or whatever-the families and these departments took one heck of a blow, knocking the wind of of them-for a long time. It's a reminder that we need to look out for each other-and given most of our "personality types" and connected risky behavior-we REALLY need to watch out for ourselves-and one another.


Slow down. If you are with other members who are partying, take their keys. If you are driving-put your seatbelt on-and make sure everyone else is belted. DON'T mind your own business. Be a jerk. Speak up and stop the actions-whatever it takes and it may piss those involved off. Good. Piss'm off.


So many people in the last few weeks are "what if-ing" these horrific losses. Pay attention. Don't mind your own business...Firefighters normally don't-so why should this be different? Stick your nose deep into their business and maybe save one of them from themselves.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 7-1-2015-0944 Hours 





FF 20' Fall, Anniv: 19 FF LODD-Settlement, Balto Expo (The Secret List)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015   All,
Helluva FIREFIGHTER CLOSE CALL in Denver that we posted on Sunday. As an update, the Firefighter who fell 20 feet through that skylight, John Whelan, sustained injuries including a broken arm, broken ribs and internal injuries. He underwent surgery overnight, and remains in serious condition. He is expected to survive.
FF Whelan was on the scene of a Dumpster fire that broke out near an abandoned building - he went to the roof to check for extension when he fell. Glad he's doing better-KHIYP's.
Today we remember the 2 year anniversary of the Line of Duty deaths of the 19 Firefighters in Arizona. While there has been much written about the fire-and several law suits filed-some naming fire commanders, some feel very strongly that little has changed and it could certainly happen again...which is what was heard about fires before the Yarnell Hill fire...and others before that.

As of last night, Arizona will pay $670,000 to the families of the 19 hotshots who died fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire and will implement new wildland firefighting procedures to improve safety in a global settlement of litigation stemming from the 2013 fire. We shall see.

Questions remain about what went wrong that day and who was responsible for the deaths of the firefighters...because today's settlement announcement means some questions might never be answered.

=The 12 family members who filed a wrongful death lawsuit each will receive $50,000 from the state's risk management fund.
=The seven families that did not sue will each receive $10,000 from the Arizona State Forestry Division, which was responsible for managing the Yarnell Hill Fire.
=State forestry had been fined a record $559,000 for workplace-safety violations that may have contributed to the tragedy.
=In lieu of paying the fine, the division will instead pay the families.In addition, state forestry will implement "enhanced safety training" for incident command management, improve its communication systems and work toward greater transparency.

An Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health investigation led the state Industrial Commission to issue $559,000 in fines against state forestry. The fines have been under appeal until now.

The settlement occurs without the testimony of Granite Mountain Hotshot Brendan McDonough, who barely escaped the firestorm that day and was the crew's lone survivor.

McDonough recently told the crew's founder that he overheard a radio conversation between Eric Marsh, the crew's supervisor who'd separated from the others to scout the fire, and Jesse Steed, Marsh's top deputy. It it, Marsh is believed to have ordered the crew to leave their safety zone. The conversation is believed to have occurred shortly before the hotshots were overcome by flames. Attorneys for state forestry repeatedly sought McDonough's testimony under oath, but a deposition never happened.

Here are some related videos worthy of your review:

America Burning: The Yarnell Hill Tragedy and the Nation's Wildfire Crisis

Video shows their last moments:

Here is their final radio traffic:

Here is one article of great interest "FEW CHANGES"
12 Firefighter families file wrongful death lawsuit

Take a moment to remember these Firefighters who lost their lives at that wildland fire:
Andrew Ashcraft, 29
Anthony Rose, 23
Christopher MacKenzie, 30
Clayton Whitted, 28
Dustin DeFord, 24
Garret Zuppiger, 27
Grant McKee, 21
Jesse Steed, 36
Joe Thurston, 32
John Percin Jr., 24
Kevin Woyjeck, 21
Eric Marsh, 43
Robert Caldwell, 23
Scott Norris, 28
Sean Misner, 26
Travis Carter, 31
Travis Turbyfill, 27
Wade Parker, 22
William "Billy" Warneke, 25

There has been a bunch of chatter about some attending/some not attending Firehouse Expo in's coming up the week of July 13th.
If you haven't had a chance to read it, take a second to read what BALTIMORE FIREFIGHTERS IAFF LOCAL 734 has to say about FIREFIGHTERS attending Firehouse Expo in Baltimore:
Hope to see you there.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 6/30/2015-1921 Hours





FF DOWN w/CPR, Your Hood?, FF's Stabbed, Engine Vs Biker (The Secret List)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015   Hey-

This afternoon in New Jersey, a Firefighter went down and suffered cardiac arrest while operating at a fire. The Medford Township Firefighter is recovering now, after he was hospitalized while fighting that house fire in Tabernacle.

The  Firefighter suffered cardiac arrest and was transported to Deboarah Heart and Lung Hospital, where he remains hospitalized.
According to Union Fire Company #1's Facebook page, the Firefighter had responded to the scene on Sooy Place Road in the township this morning after spending hours responding to multiple calls related to the severe thunderstorms that battered South Jersey on Tuesday night.  KTIYP's




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Two firefighters responding to a medical call in the East Village section of San Diego (California) were stabbed this  afternoon, and the person suspected of attacking them was taken into custody. Cops say the incident happened at about 4:10 p.m. in the 600 block of Park Boulevard but what led to the stabbing and the extent of the firefighters' injuries is unknown. They were taken to UC San Diego Medical Center. KTIYP's.




GoPro video shows 24-year-old Jesse Lopez racing on April  1 with another biker, when he hit a blind curve and crashed into the apparatus. His GoPro camera went flying off his helmet and captured him laying on the ground as it flew in the air.
Lopez’s friend picked up the camera, as Firefighters rushed to help Lopez, who suffered two compound fractures in his left leg and a severely broken arm, and was airlifted to a trauma center. Mr L wants to share the video in hopes of saving other riders from his life-changing lesson.

OK-here ya go:

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 6/24/2015-1940 Hours







Green Bay Metro Fire Department Lt. Michael Miller was found dead at a station house early Saturday morning. A press released indicated that Miller passed away in his sleep at approximately 4 a.m. while working his shift. Green Bay Fire Department spokesman Lt. Nick Craig said Miller, 45, was an 18-year veteran of the department. A Facebook post on the Green Bay Metro Fire Fighters page indicated firefighters discovered an unresponsive Miller early Saturday while he was at Station 3, 885 Shawano Ave.

"Lt. Miller was always one to put others in front of himself, both as a firefighter and a Paramedic and used his witty humor to put a smile on any face," the post reads. "Please keep Lieutenant Miller's family in your thoughts and prayers."  Tributes to Mitchell, known as "Peanut," poured in from friends and fellow firefighters around the state to the Green Bay Metro Fire Fighters page Saturday. Many remembered his smile and quick wit while others offered thoughts and prayers to a fallen brother. 

Our condolences to the members of the Green Bay FD, and Lt. Millers Family.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 6-18-2015-1730 Hours





Fire Dept "Vulnerability" Webinar-Tonight (The Secret List)

Thursday, June 18, 2015  Hey,There is an excellent Webinar tonight about the Fire Service Vulnerability Assessment Program. This FREE program (yeah-the webinar is FREE and the entire VAP program for your FIRE DEPARTMENT is free) 

Fire Service Vulnerability Assessment Program
Thursday, June 18, 7 PM ET (1 hour)
This webinar will review the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s (NFFF)  phenomenal Fire Service Vulnerability Assessment Program (VAP). 


VAP is a NO COST tool developed by firefighters for firefighters that allows a fire commissioner, a chief or organization leadership to determine where their department really is. Take time NOW to understand how this FREE online tool can help cut out the BS and prove the needs of your department.

CLICK HERE for an overview of VAP:

CLICK HERE to sign in and start the process:

VAP helps leaders, members and elected officials cut through the emotion and get to the facts on WHY a fire department must be properly funded, staffed, trained and lead.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 6-18-2015-1730 Hours





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