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Wednesday, April 23, 2014  All,

Four firefighters have been injured and one of them is in critical condition after fighting a three-alarm fire at a pesticide storage warehouse in Mississauga, Ont., early this morning.

The firefighters were being treated after a wall collapsed and an explosion occurred at the industrial facility.

Companies were called to the fire around 4:30 a.m. ET. All members were ordered to leave the structure and battle the fire only from the exterior after a Mayday call went out following the wall collapse, which reportedly trapped three firefighters briefly.

Explosions could be heard in quick concession as officials got word from the building owner, who was en-route to the scene, that a large amount of pesticides and aerosols are stored in the building. 

We'll keep you advised-KTIYP's.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 4-23-14-0630 hours





Fire Chief LODD-Texas (The Secret List)

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We regret to advise you that a 52 year old Fire Chief has died in the Line of Duty in Texas. At around 2300 hours last night, a dwelling fire was reported in Damon, Texas (Brazoria County, SW of Houston). The Damon Volunteer Fire Department responded and while on the scene, during suppression, the Fire Chief was assisting and establishing water supply and he was discovered down by other members as he had collapsed at the scene. Immediate attempts to save his life were started but were not successful.
We regret to advise you that Fire Chief Hugh Ferguson, 52, was treated and then transported by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he died. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.
We'll post more as it becomes available.
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The Secret List 4/22/14-0700 Hours





New Firefighter Fatality "Map" Info (The Secret List)

Monday, April 21, 2014  Hey,

From NIOSH this morning, they have released a new website entitled, Fire Fighter Fatality Map. 
Developed to increase awareness of fire fighter deaths and to provide quick access to up-to-date fire fighter fatality information, the site combines fire fighter fatality case information from the U.S. Fire Administration and with information about NIOSH fire fighter fatality investigations. 

Interactive maps show all USFA data and those with “pending” or “completed” NIOSH investigation reports. Links to NIOSH reports for fatalities that have been investigated through the NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program (FFFIPP) are included. The site is expected to be updated at least monthly with new or revised fire fighter fatality information.

The site can be accessed either directly at ( or through the FFFIPP homepage (

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The Secret List 4-21-14/1330 hours


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Fatal Firefighter Response Crash (The Secret List)

Saturday, April 19, 2014  All,

Thursday morning in Comstock Township, Michigan, near Kalamazoo, a woman was killed in a crash - when her vehicle was involved in that crash with a truck driven by a Firefighter responding to a fire call. The Firefighter was in his own personal vehicle. Read the circumstances below.

The woman drove into the path of that Firefighter who was responding to another crash that occurred minutes earlier. The woman has been identified as Audrey Jean Kurka.

Kurka, 51, of Comstock Township, was waiting in traffic in the passing lane of northbound Sprinkle Road when she attempted a U-turn and pulled her 2010 Nissan Cube into the middle turn lane at around 0830 hours. Her car was struck on the driver’s side by a northbound 2005 GMC Sierra pickup truck -driven by Comstock volunteer Firefighter Shaun Hughes, 32.    

Hughes, who had the emergency lights and siren on his truck activated, was responding to a report of a head-on crash when Kurka turned in front of him.

Hughes was initially traveling in the passing lane of northbound Sprinkle but then moved over to the middle turn lane because of the traffic backup. The point of impact between Hughes’ truck and Kurka’s car was near the “westernmost stripe” of the middle turn lane.

“Hughes didn’t have time for evasive action,” the local undersheriff said.

Hughes, who was not seriously injured in the crash, was taken from the scene to the hospital in a private vehicle--Kurka was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators did not yet know how fast Hughes was going. That determination will be made as part of the continuing investigation and crash reconstruction. 

Another grim reminder of the high risks of emergency response-to us and those on the road, regardless of the circumstances. More to follow.

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The Secret List 4-19-14/0715 hours





West, Texas-1 Year Ago, 3 Different Fire Apparatus Crashes (The Secret List)

Thursday, April 17, 2014  Hey,

Yesterday, the two fire apparatus had their lights and sirens running when they collided in Monterey Park, sending one into a restaurant. the apparatus -- one from Monterey Park, the other from Alhambra -- were responding to a house fire around 1500 hours.
A total of15 people, including 6 Firefighters, were hurt. One person, a civilian who was inside Lu's Dumpling House, was critically injured and 1 Firefighter suffered moderate injuries; the other injuries were minor.

The Alhambra ladder truck was traveling south and the Monterey Park engine was heading east-and it was the Monterey Park engine that came to rest inside the restaurant.

The California Highway Patrol's major accident team will lead the investigation into the crash. Officials said everything from the speed of the trucks to radio traffic would be reviewed.

IN SOUTH CAROLINA last evening, Interstate 85 northbound was closed for two hours after two wrecks blocked all lanes at the 29 mile marker near Williamston.
Piercetown Fire Department’s Rescue 13 vehicle was struck and two injuries were reported at the scene, just south of Welcome Road. Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said one injured person was flown and another, an unidentified woman, taken by ambulance to Greenville Memorial Hospital, but there were no fatalities.

AND IN ALABAMA, an Athens Fire Department engine operating at a wreck was struck by a motorist on I- 65 northbound near Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road, Fire Chief Tony Kirk said firefighters had responded to a wreck in the median when a motorist driving by the wreck site hit the fire truck. No one was injured but the apparatus had to be towed.


REMEMBERING WEST, TEXAS: (Newly released video)

Today we take time to remember those killed in the Line of Duty in West, Texas, one year ago today.


We Remember:

Morris Bridges Jr., 41, a fire sprinkler technician for Action Fire Pro in Waxahachie and a member of West Volunteer Fire Department.
Perry Calvin, 37, a student at Hill College Fire Academy and a member of Mertens and Navarro Mills volunteer fire departments.
Jerry Chapman, 26, a member of Abbott Volunteer Fire Department and in training to become an emergency medical technician.
Cody Dragoo, 50, a foreman at West Fertilizer Co. and a member of West Volunteer Fire Department.
Kenneth “Luckey” Harris Jr., 52, a Dallas Fire-Rescue captain and owner of Harris Home Inspections and Construction.
Adolph Lander, 96, a resident of West Rest Haven Nursing Home who died the day after the explosion. His death is attributed to trauma from the blast.
Jimmy Matus, 52, owner of Westex Welding and a member of West Volunteer Fire Department.
Judith Monroe, 65, a native of Sinton, Texas, moved to West in 2001. She was in the apartment complex adjacent to the West Fertilizer Co. plant when it exploded.
Joey Pustejovsky Jr., 29, secretary for the city of West and a volunteer firefighter. His parents and son have spearheaded a project to rebuild the town park complete with a memorial to those lost in the blast.
Cyrus Reed, 29, a member of Abbott Volunteer Fire Department. He was completing his last night of EMT basic training when he went to assist at the plant fire.
Mariano C. Saldivar, 57, a native of Mexico, lived in an apartment complex adjacent to the fertilizer plant. Saldivar retired to West after working for years in the warehousing industry in California.
Kevin Sanders, 33, a member of Bruceville-Eddy Volunteer Fire Department, was taking an EMT class when he went to assist at the plant fire.
Doug Snokhous, 50, a Central Texas Iron Works employee and a member of West Volunteer Fire Department.
Robert Snokhous, 48, a Central Texas Iron Works employee and a member of West Volunteer Fire Department.
William “Buck” Uptmor Jr., 45, owner of fence-building company Uptmor Welding and Construction.


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The Secret List 4-17-14-0900 Hours





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