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You Really Want To Be In Command? Seriously? (The Secret List)

Thursday, September 18, 2014  Hey,

I remember years ago watching young firefighters in volunteer companies race to ride the front seat-after all, the radio, the sirens and the horns were the priority. In career departments, firefighters would want to "ride up" when the Lieutenant or captain had the day off, sometimes for the same reasons. I did both as many of you did-and do.




Be it the front seat or arriving in a car, the SUV or whatever, having command means you literally own that scene and you are responsible for everyone, everything and anything that can happen.
It's no BS and serious, serious stuff.

I'm not sure I can emphasize that any more than so many fire service writers have over so many years. 

The first interesting transformation happens (hopefully) when firefighters go from firefighter to company officer-and you have to deal with (as Chase Sargent says) the "Buddy to Boss" stuff. It's a big deal.




The next real interesting transformation (again, hopefully), is when a company officer goes from the front seat of the rig-to the front seat of the chiefs car, chief SUV or whatever your command officers arrive in. S
uddenly, you own that scene.

It's a huge deal. You are the bottom line of every aspect and action at that incident. You ARE command, control, accountability and communication. Your "day" has come-and hopefully, those before you have provided solid and verifiable training that is actually applicable to the job you now own - and the massive responsibility you now have. 

When things go right-and hopefully they do purposely, it's a good day-and that is what happens most days. Again-hopefully by design vs. just because.




However-when things go wrong on the fire or fire training ground, it can be life altering.

Life altering to civilians.

Life altering to your Firefighters.

Life altering to you...which includes your family and friends around you.




Take a few minutes to read these two articles and the related reports.




==The first is the Line of Duty Death of  Dallas Firefighter. If you have every commanded (or dreamed of commanding) a fire, absolutely read this article-and the reports.




Investigative reports show Dallas firefighter died due to fire commanders’ decisions, communication problems.

http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2014/09/investigative-reports-show-dallas-firefighter-died-due-to-commanders-decisions-communication-problems.html/




==The second is the Line of Duty death of a Fire Officer during "smoke diver" training: 




When a Lesson Took a Dangerous Turn, a Room Full of Firefighters Couldn't Save One Of Their Own: Fire Officer Neal Smith.

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/news/2014/09/neal_smith_firefighter_death.php 

Above related NIOSH report: 

 http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/pdfs/face201227.pdf 

Above related Texas State Fire Marshal's report:

http://www.tdi.texas.gov/reports/fire/documents/fmloddsmith.pdf 







Take some time to read the articles and the related reports. If these reports do anything, they remind us that like every firefighter, training as a command officer never stops. Everyday is a training day...from reading, reviewing, studying, simulators, hands on, live drills or whatever-the "coaching staff" of the fire departments responsibility to take care of their "players" is never ending-it's a massive responsibility-and it is not for everyone. 




These reports also remind us of our total no BS responsibility to take care of our people in what can certainly be tough conditions....but that is our 24/7/365 commitment and responsibility. While our people operate in tough conditions-and just like we expect them to perform as expected operating "interior"-they must be able to expect and count on us on the outside, in command roles, to do what we must do - to take care of them. 




And lastly, these reports remind us that in 2014-people are asking questions, families want to know, investigations are conducted, and attorneys are lined up to help them determine the truth on how and why their loved ones died.




Command is nothing new in the fire service. However, the defined responsibility, the tasks, complexity and expectations have evolved over the years into what we know as today as an extremely intense role requiring training and skills like never before. 




Need more poof? Seriously?!




Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.

BillyG

The Secret List 9/18/2014-2106 Hours

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NC FF LODD FUNERAL DETAILS (The Secret List)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 

All,

Here are the funeral arrangements for Justice Firefighter John Gupton who died in the Line of Duty in that fire apparatus crash.

Visitation: 
Saturday September 20, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm 
Strickland Funeral Home, 
103 West Franklin Street
Louisburg NC 

Fire Fighter’s Full Dress Uniform is requested.  
No Apparatus, parking is very limited. 

Funeral: 
Sunday September 21, 2014 2pm 
Duke Memorial Church 
3976 NC581 Hwy 
Spring Hope NC  27882 

Apparatus and personnel should arrive at the church for parking and line up at 1pm.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 9-17-2014 1849 hrs

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Update: NC FF LODD, KY "ICE BUCKET" FF's UPDATE (The Secret List)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014  All,

As an update to yesterdays Line of Duty Death of that 24 year old North Carolina Firefighter, here are some additional details.

Firefighter John Derek Gupton had 5 years on the Justice Rural Volunteer Fire Department in Spring Hope, North Carolina. He was the 3rd generation Firefighter in his family. 

While he was responding to a fire alarm at around 1700 hours yesterday, Firefighter Gupton lost control of the 2,500 gallon fire tanker he was operating when the apparatus left the roadway to the right, hit a ditch culvert and overturned. The commercial cab itself was crushed in the rollover. FF Gupton was killed instantly from injuries sustained in the crash. An additional firefighter, Kyle Horton, who was a passenger in the apparatus was treated for injuries and released from a local hospital.

The crash was discovered when other apparatus turned out for the run-and came upon the crash scene. Excessive speed doesn't appear to be at issue-and the automatic alarm they were responding to was false. We'll post more when we get it. KTIYP's.




UPDATE: KENTUCKY FF'S ELECTRIC SHOCK ON TOWER LADDER

One Firefighter injured in that ice bucket challenge event last month has been released from the hospital-the other remains critical.

Alex Quinn was released yesterday. As you recall, Quinn and a fellow firefighter, Captain Tony Grider, were in the bucket of that tower ladder that had been spraying Campbellsville University students who were taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge. At some point during the proceedings, Quinn and Grider suffered burns from an apparent electrical arc from a power line. Both were taken to Taylor Regional Hospital and later flown to the University of Louisville's Medical Center Burn Unit.

KTIYP's.

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BillyG

The Secret List 9-17-2014-1300 Hours

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FIREFIGHTER LODD-NC APPARATUS CRASH (The Secret List)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014  FIREFIGHTER KILLED & OTHER INJURED IN NORTH CAROLINA APPARATUS CRASH

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We regret to advise you that a Firefighter was killed and another was injured in the Line of Duty late afternoon after the fire apparatus they were in overturned in Louisburg, Franklin County, N.C.

Details about what happened weren't immediately clear, but the apparatus overturned sometime after 1700 on Sykes Road in Louisburg. We'll post more details as they are made available. Our condolences to all affected.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 9-16-2014 1900

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Paramedic LODD On A Call, SCBA, Disconnect, Brazil FF LODD, NFFF (The Secret List)

Monday, September 15, 2014  TEXAS PARAMEDIC LODD-MEDICAL

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We regret to pass on to you that a Leon County Paramedic died in the line of duty on Saturday.

46 year old Michael Howard died Saturday morning....while responding to a call, Howard went into cardiac arrest and died at the scene. He worked for Leon County EMS for 22 years and was also a TEEX Instructor. Our condolences to all affected-RIP.




BRAZIL FF LODD-AMBULANCE STRUCK BY TRUCK

We regret to pass on to you that on Saturday, Brazilian FF Maurício da Silva Valls, 25 years old, succumbed to injuries received when the ambulance he was driving was hit by a truck, while responding to another car crash. The initial incident happened on Thursday night, in the city of Gaspar, South of Brazil. Two other FFs also were hurt with non-life-threatening injuries. Our condolences to all affected-RIP.

http://g1.globo.com/sc/santa-catarina/noticia/2014/09/bombeiro-morto-em-acidente-com-ambulancia-sera-enterrado-no-rs.html







UPDATE ON SCBA DISCONNECTS:

We ran details last week showing the video of the Belgium FF losing his SCBA bottle. They were using Draeger quick connect.

Since then, we also heard from the South Australian Fire Service in Adelaide who had similar issues last year with their MSA Quick Connect - and have changed all of their SCBA back to the old fashioned thread connection.

FD Antwerp, is reverting back to standard threaded couplings on their 425 pieces of SCBA. 







NATIONAL FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS FOUNDATION

Firstly, the annual memorial weekend is coming up (Saturday/Sunday October 11/12) in Emmitsburg. If you have never attended, please consider this as a bucket list item. You will not regret it.

=====LAST WEEK:

was the first ever NFFF/CFSI Congressional Flag Ceremony Wednesday when American flags that flew over the U.S. Capitol were officially transferred to NFFF for the survivors of the fallen firefighters who will be honored during Memorial Weekend in October.CHECK THIS VIDEO:
 http://youtu.be/XC7c_OgGNno 

AND for those who have never attended the service at the memorial, here is a short video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2G7s6FCAdhA 

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.

BillyG

The Secret List 9/15/2014-1430 Hours

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