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HELP NEEDED re: KY FF's Burned In Tower Ladder Incident (The Secret List)

Thursday, August 28, 2014   All,

The families of Campbellsville, Kentucky (FF's burned in tower ladder electric shock) Captain Tony Grider and Firefighter Alex Quinn want to express their appreciation for all the thoughts, prayers, calls, visits, messages of support, and department patches that have been received.  The outpouring of support has been more than overwhelming.




The patches have been placed in each firefighter’s room as visible signs of the support that has poured in.




--PLEASE SEND PATCHES:


Fire departments and fire/rescue/EMS companies wishing to send patches (two would be appreciated) can please send them to:




University of Louisville Hospital

c/o Burn Unit-Tony Grider and Alex Quinn

530 S. Jackson St

Louisville, KY 40202-1675




While other items have been offered, both families are asking that only patches be sent at this stage.



--PLEASE SEND PHOTOS OF YOUR FIREFIGHTERS:


There is an effort is to gather pictures of firefighters standing in front of their quarters with a sign or message like: “We support Tony and Alex,” “Praying for Tony and Alex,” or something similar.  They can be posted to the facebook page “Prayers for Our Brothers” (https://www.facebook.com/prayersforcfr) or emailed to cobb.juliana@gmail.com to be included in a poster.

Thanks for your help.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 8-28-2014/1800 hrs

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Medevac Crash-LODD, Catchphrase? Share The Load, 17,000 FF's (The Secret List)

Thursday, August 28, 2014  MEDICAL FLIGHT CRASHES IN NEW MEXICO
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We regret to pass on that New Mexico authorities say all four people aboard a medical flight were killed when the plane crashed in Las Cruces.

New Mexico State Police say the twin-engine aircraft had just left the Las Cruces airport and was headed to Phoenix at a low altitude before it crashed and burst into flames Wednesday evening.

State Police identified the crew members killed as 29-year-old pilot Freddy Martinez, 27-year-old flight paramedic Tauren Summers and 35-year-old flight nurse Monica Chavez, all from El Paso, Texas. The patient who was killed was identified as 59-year-old Fredrick Green of Las Cruces.

According to State Police, the plane belonged to Amigos Aviation and was contracted by Elite Medical Transport. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash's cause. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.
 
 
FIREGROUND RISK MANAGEMENT-A CATCHPHRASE?
According to this FD Company Officer:
"......The enemy has changed, and the enemy isn't playing fair. Many of the rules that applied to firefighting 50 years ago are no longer valid today. Firefighters are now operating in environments that are trying to kill them faster and more aggressively than ever before. Lightweight construction components and the increased use of synthetic materials have changed the game for the fire service. It may appear that the fireground has become safer for firefighters because of a reduction in the overall number of firefighter fatalities over the past 30 years, but during this same time frame, there has been an alarming 67 percent increase in firefighter fatalities from traumatic injuries. The fireground has become increasingly dangerous to firefighters everywhere. We are duty-bound to understand why this is happening......"
TAKE JUST A FEW MINUTES TO READ THIS ARTICLE BY LT JENNIFER CHADWICK of the San Antonio FD:
http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/1/volume-167/issue-8/risk-management/risk-management-it-s-not-just-a-catchphrase-full.html 
 
 
SHARE THE LOAD!
Behavioral health is really getting some traction in the fire/EMS service and we wanted to share some additional information...this one is about the NVFC’s initiative called “Share the Load”. 
CHECK OUT "SHARE THE LOAD" HERE:
http://www.nvfc.org/help 
 
17,000 FIREFIGHTERS HAVE VIEWED THIS VIDEO...
Take time to check out and discuss the
FIRE ATTACK
training video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X80yseC2fmQ&list=UU06fjjbLZl6_eGZ-754Vpjw
 
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
BillyG
The Secret List 8/28/2014-1400 Hours
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Fire Chief LODD, Wellness? College Student FF?, Skipton Info, KY Update (The Secret List)

Monday, August 25, 2014  MONTANA FIRE CHIEF DIES FOLLOWING CRASH

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We regret to pass on to you that Fort Shaw Fire Chief Dave Anderson has died in the Line of Duty from injuries he sustained in a crash near Vaughn in July.

Chief Anderson was in the intensive care unit at Benefis hospital in Great Falls after being injured in that crash between those two Fort Shaw fire trucks on July 22.

The Chief was later transferred to a Billings rehabilitation facility that specializes in traumatic brain injury, and then transferred to Peace Hospice in Great Falls several days ago-but succumbed to his injuries this morning.

The apparatus collided while responding to a grass fire near Vaughn; one was a brush truck and the driver of that vehicle was not injured. The other was a water tanker driven by Chief Anderson; the truck tipped on its side and the Chief had to be extricated from the wreck and was then taken to Benefis hospital by ambulance.

 

==MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS:

There is a lot being talked about (and being done) these days related to the mental health and wellness of firefighters and EMT's. Like you, I have read a lot about it - and because each person is different - I try to understand it from my perspective-while remembering that it (issues, problems, life etc) is different for everyone. In other words, what may be sad to you may not be a big deal to me-or what some may find funny, I might not-in other words, we all see (and absorb) stuff differently. So, when someone says "it was a bad call" - while I may have blown it off in the past, I don't do that anymore-I try to pay a bit more attention.

I try to size up and keep sizing up those I work with-and listen for a MAYDAY that may not be audible.

 

PLEASE DO ME A FAVOR...take a minute to read this account from WillieW:

http://www.ironfiremen.com/2014/08/15/searching/ 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES RELATED TO FF MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS:

-FF PERSONAL SURVIVAL:

http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/personal-survival.php
-NFFF:

http://flsi13.everyonegoeshome.com/
-SAFEcallNOW:

http://safecallnow.org/
-FF HEALTH ALLIANCE:

http://www.ffbha.org/

 

==SERVICES FOR BROTHER STEVE SKIPTON:

As you now now, Stephen Edward Skipton, Sr., 41, of Goose Creek, passed away peacefully with family by his side on August 23, 2014. Steve was born May 24, 1973 and dedicated his life to his family and the fire service for 25 years. He started his life in the fire service as a teenager as a junior member of the Brooklawn FD outside of his home town. He served as a Firefighter in Bellmawr NJ, later moving through the ranks to Chief of Department of Bellmawr Park in his 20's. Steve worked as an EMT for University EMS in Newark NJ, and the city of Camden for 17 years. During his time there, he responded to the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001 to aid in rescue efforts. 

In 2010, he pursued his dream of working as a career Firefighter and moved to the City of Goose Creek, South Carolina, where he served faithfully. 

HERE ARE MEMORIAL DETAILS:

http://www.sconfire.com/ 

RELATED "STEVE SKIPTON-YOU LIVE & LEARN"

http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/2014/08/steve-skipton.html 

 

==KENTUCKY FIRE CAPTAIN REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION

The good news is that 2 of the injured Camprbellsville firefighters have resumed their posts and another has been upgraded to stable condition. 

Captain Steve Marrs and Firefighter Alex Johnson are back on duty following last Thursday's "Ice Bucket Challenge" accident at Campbellsville University.

Simon Quinn has been upgraded from serious to stable condition at University of Louisville Hospital. Unfortunately, Fire Captain Tony Grider, remains in critical condition after numerous surgeries so far.

Quinn and Grider were in the bucket portion of a tower ladder that was spraying water on the university's marching band as part of an ALS fundraising event. KTIYP's.

MORE DETAILS: 

http://www.supportingheroes.org/ 

 

==ARE YOU A COLLEGE STUDENT/FIREFIGHTER or EMT? 

YOU SAY YOU HAVE NO $$?
QUIT WHINING:


FREE MONEY FOR FIREFIGHTING STUDENTS: YVORRA

Its time for the annual Deputy Chief Jim Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation (YLD) scholarship announcement and application...but you actually have to apply to be considered.


The late Jim Yvorra was a Deputy Chief with the Berwyn Heights (Prince Georges County, Maryland) CFD and a nationally recognized author and editor in the fields of fire, hazardous materials, and EMS. Jimmy died in the line of duty when he was accidentally struck and killed in the Line of Duty by a car while at a crash scene on Interstate 95 near Washington, D.C., in January 1988. However, both his legacy and his impact continue to this day.



In this era of ever increasing college costs and student loan debt, there are still a large number of emergency responders who do not take advantage of scholarship opportunities such as the YLD Foundation. 

 

Thanks to our sponsors, donors, and our hard working "volunteer" Board and Committee members, we have given away $130,000 in scholarships since Jimmy's passing. Any active duty career, volunteer or military member of fire, rescue, HazMat, or emergency medical services can apply. Also, funding isn't limited to higher education; if you have a special project (e.g., fire prevention, leadership, community outreach) that can make a difference in your community, then consider submitting an application.


More details are available on the web site at:

 

www.yld.org

 

Check it out. Lot's of good stuff on there about what their 60+ past award winners think about leadership.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 8/25/2014-2000 Hours

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com

 

 

 

 

Learn/Honor: Buffalo NY FF's LODD-5 Years Ago Today (The Secret List)

Sunday, August 24, 2014  All,

We take time to remember and learn about the late Buffalo NY FD Lt Charles McCarthy, 45, and Jonathan Croom, 34 who died in the Line of Duty died while responding to an early morning structure fire on August 24, 2009. Lt. McCarthy was a 22-year veteran is survived by his wife, Terri, three children and a grandchild. FF Croom was a 10-year veteran and is survived by his infant child and his fiancée who was pregnant with their second child. RIP.


Key contributing factors identified in this double LODD include working above an uncontrolled, free-burning basement fire; interior condition reports not communicated to command; inadequate risk-versus-gain assessments; and, crew integrity / accountability not maintained. Firefighter survival related changes sought by the families of Croom and McCarthy include:

• Following the “two in, two out rule,” which means that firefighters do not enter or leave a burning structure without a partner.

• Having an accountability officer to keep track of firefighters entering and leaving “serious fires,” freeing the commander at the scene to maintain an overview of the entire situation.

• Making numerous equipment enhancements such as upgraded radios, new self-contained breathing apparatus and thermal cameras.

Lack of an accountability officer and failure to enforce the “two in, two out rule” were cited in the lawsuits. Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration work rules, adopted by New York State for the protection of first responders, were not adhered to. That allowed the families to sue, even though the job of firefighter has an assumption of risk.

One of the most troubling aspects of the deaths was that the BFD had lacked a standard operating procedure for extinguishing basement fires. That is now in place.



==ARTICLE ABOUT THE LAWSUITS FOLLOWING THIS LOSS BY FF FAMILY MEMBERS:

http://tinyurl.com/kzechaf 


==BUFFALO FD REPORT:

http://tinyurl.com/8btssyx

==NIOSH REPORT:

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200923.html

==VIDEO:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Esc14NWhYPk&feature=youtube_gdata_player

==MEDIA REPORTS / POST FIRE ACTION:

http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/news/fullstory/newsid/148634


Lots to learn so we can all honor their tragic loss.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 8/24/2014-2131 Hours

www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com


 

 

 

 

2 FF's LODD: SA, FF Cancer Loss NJ/SC, Indus. Explosion Video (The Secret List)

Sunday, August 24, 2014  TWO SOUTH AMERICAN FIREFIGHTERS DIE IN THE LINE OF DUTY-SHIP FIRE & EXPLOSION

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We regret to pass on to you that yesterday, a ship carrying timber, heading towards the Port of Buenos Aires, caught fire and exploded twice near the city of Zárate, Buenos Aires Province, leaving two Firefighters dead in the Line of Duty and 17 injured.

Around 17:45 the ship Urbana declared an emergency with a fire in the engine room which at first was thought to be controlled by the crew. Approx an hour later there was the first explosion that caused a significant number of injuries among the crew, including the captain. 


Argentina Naval Prefecture (Coast Guard) Firefighters, were caught in a second explosion 40 minutes later, a situation that may have occurred due to accumulation of gas and that cost the lives of two Firefighters-from extreme burns. There are seven firefighters injured, two of which are serious with burns to face, arms and legs. At a time when the boat was at the dock to the actual top there was a second explosion, much stronger than the first "that lit up the sky and felt several blocks around," said witness ..RIP.







THE LOSS OF A POPULAR FIREFIGHTER AND FIRE WEBSITE CO-OWNER

"FIREFIGHTING CANCER TAKES ANOTHER"

It's with shock and deep regret that we pass on to you that a good friend of so many (and FFCC), FF/EMT Steve Skipton, lost his tough and extremely brave battle with cancer yesterday (Saturday). Steve gave so much of himself over the years to various communities as a member of the Goose Creek, SC FD and in NJ at the Bellmawr Park FD. Steve was a medic working EMS for UMDNJ both in Camden City and Newark. Steve volunteered to go to NY and spent countless days and weeks on site after 9/11 with the NJ EMS task force. Steve leaves behind his wife and four children...two boys , 19 and 23, and twin 7-year-old girls.

Condolences can be left on a Facebook Page that was established: "Steve Skipton Sr. Support Group". If you have any question feel free to contact.Jbrooke@phillyfirenews.com
, or in SC area contact tpruitt@sconfire.com
.
RIP STEVE. 

PLEASE:

==PLEASE take a moment to look at this, ESPECIALLY page 15:

http://www.firefightercancersupport.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Taking-Action-against-Cancer-in-the-Fire-Service.pdf

==HERE IS THE SUMMER OF 2014 UPDATE FROM NIOSH RE: MAJOR FF CANCER STUDY:

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/firefighters/pdfs/firefighternewsletter-2014-Summer.pdf

==HERE IS DATA FROM THE NIOSH CANCER STUDY:

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/firefighters/ffCancerStudy.html

==HERE IS THE IAFF/NIOSH CANCER STUDY WORKSHOP DOCUMENT (Excellent Stats)

http://www.iaff.org/Comm/PDFs/NIOSH_Cancer_Study.pdf 

...please pass it ...all on.







INDUSTRIAL EXPLOSION IN OHIO-CAUGHT ON TAPE:

It was the dispatchers reports of the potential "secondary" explosion that raised further concerns as fire companies from Evendale (Hamilton County suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio) and a dozen or so other departments responded to this multi-alarm incident on Friday.

CHECK out the initial explosion-caught on tape:

http://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/hamilton-county/evendale/dispatch-explosion-at-central-soya-grain-silo-in-evendale

FOLLOWUP Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49qIP636dtc

A GREAT reminder of the hazards related to industrial elevators-and the CRITICAL importance of pre-plans and related response drills.

Take Care. Be Careful Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 8/24/2014-0030 Hours

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