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AND "THIS TIME" AT THIS FD IT'S BODY ARMOR ISSUE: FIRE OFFICER SUSPENDED FOR SPEAKING TO THE MEDIA
The headline making Monarch (MO) Fire Protection District has suspended a fire captain for two days without pay for speaking to the media about a board plan buy bullet-proof vests for protection.The firefighters union, the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2665, said the decision was made Thursday. Board secretary Jane Cunningham confirmed the decision and said it was unanimous.  She declined to comment further about the matter, saying it was a personnel issue.Gelven spoke to the Post-Dispatch and other media outlets in April about the vest controversy. The board planned to use them to line a half-wall that sits in front of a desk board members use at meetings.The firefighters union said it plans to file a grievance over the Gelven's punishment. Brad Peters, vice president of the local, said the First Amendment rights of Gelven were violated. Peters said Gelven was off-duty when he answered reporters' questions about a matter of public interest."We believe the board's decision to reprimand the captain is unjustifiable," Peters said.This is the latest of several controversies in the district, most centering on disagreements between the union and board.Info from M. Holt  SLP Dispa...


FIRE APPARATUS NOTICE: SUTPHEN ISSUES NOTICE TO REMOVE CERTAIN AERIAL DEVICES FROM SERVICE IMMEDIATELY
We just received this notice from the Sutphen Corporation regarding certain aerial devices and their focus and concern related to firefighter safety.Sutphen is instructing customers to remove all SPH 100, SP 110, SPI 112, and SAI 110 Aerial devices from service, until further notice, effective immediately.  The Company states that customers are instructed to use the affected apparatus in the capacity of an engine/pumper or support vehicle only.  The Company will stay in close contact with its customers to report details and when the units may be place back in service.“At this time, our priority is the safety of our firefighters,” says Drew Sutphen, President of the Company.  “In light of the recent incidents, we recognize there is an immediate need to take precautionary action.  I would rather take every precaution necessary than to put firefighters at risk.”The Company states that it will be contacting customers with the affected units personally to inform them of the events that have occurred and the steps that are being taken to get the units back in to service in a timely manner.“We feel the need to personally assure our customers that we are working to investigate and correct the situation,” Drew continues.  Sutphen Corporation is an Ohio based privately held, family owned business that manufactures custom built emergency response vehicles.  The company's headquarters are located in suburban Dublin, Ohio northwest of Columbus.  For more information contact the sales office or visit www.sutphen.com...


Important: Sutphen Voluntarily Removing Aerial Devices From Service (The Secret List)
Hey, We just received this notice from the Sutphen Corporation regarding certain aerial devices and their focus and concern related to firefighter safety. Sutphen is instructing customers to remove all SPH 100, SP 110, SPI 112, and SAI 110 Aerial devices from service, until further notice, effective immediately.  The Company states that customers are instructed to use the affected apparatus in the capacity of an engine/pumper or support vehicle only.  The Company will stay in close contact with its customers to report details and when the units may be place back in service. “At this time, our priority is the safety of our firefighters,” says Drew Sutphen, President of the Company.  “In light of the recent incidents, we recognize there is an immediate need to take precautionary action.  I would rather take every precaution necessary than to put firefighters at risk.” The Company states that it will be contacting customers with the affected units personally to inform them of the events that have occurred and the steps that are being taken to get the units back in to service in a timely manner. “We feel the need to personally assure our customers that we are working to investigate and correct the situation,” Drew continues.  Sutphen Corporation is an Ohio based privately held, family owned business that manufactures custom built emergency response vehicles.  The company's headquarters are located in suburban Dublin, Ohio northwest of Columbus.  For more information contact the sales office or visit www.sutphen.com Sounds like they are doing the right thing. Take Care. be Careful. Pass It On. BillyG The Secret List 7/22/14-1930 Hours www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com...


Tower Ladder Failure-FF's Hurt At Training (The Secret List)
Hey, It appears that there has been another tower ladder failure. 3 Hall County (Georgia) Firefighters were injured this afternoon during training. Initial reports are that there was some type of mechanical failure involving a tower ladder (possible free fall of the device) at their training facility-and that the injuries may be serious. Medevac helicopters were on scene. HERE are photos from the scene:  http://tinyurl.com/k7xxdld We'll post more as it becomes available. PKTIYP's. Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On. BillyG The Secret List 7/22/2014-1656 Hours www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com ...


ANOTHER AERIAL ISSUE RESULTING IN INJURY - THIS TIME IN GEORGIA
hree Hall County firefighters were injured at a fire training Tuesday and are being taken to nearby hospitals.According to the Hall County Fire Department, there was some type of mechanical failure involving a ladder truck at their training facility.SKYFOX 5 captured images of the scene.There is no word on the condition of the injured firefighters at this time.FOX 5 will continue to update this developing sto...


CAR FIRE DEMO GOES WRONG IN UK - REMINDS US OF RUBIN'S INFAMOUS SPRINKLER DEMO GONE WRONG
This is the terrifying moment a burning car careered towards a hot dog stall in a firefighting display gone wrong.The scrap car was set alight as part of a demonstration at Somerset Steam and Country Show, with a team of firefighters on hand to extinguish it.Fortunately, the blue Ford Escort fire was extinguished without the food stall catching fireFirefighters and show officials tried in vain to hold back the blue Ford Escort car as the 50-strong crowd watched on in horror.The burning motor finally came to a stop on the tow hitch of the catering unit, which had been evacuated moments before.Had the car not been stopped by the food truck it would have kept rolling into the funfair behind where dozens of families were enjoying the rides. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2699025/Moment-burning-car-careered-hot-dog-stand-firefighting-display-went-badly-wrong-steam-fair-sparking-real-life-emergency.html#ixzz389pV1ien...


FF STRUCK AT PA CRASH SCENE
Investigators are working to learn what caused a motorcycle and a truck to collide on a Cambria County roadway Monday afternoon. The accident between the motorcycle and tri-axle truck happened just before 4 p.m. along Route 271 near the Pike Road intersection in the Mundys Corner area of Jackson Township, according to Cambria County emergency dispatch. Officials said the person riding the motorcycle was transported to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center for treatment of injuries. The extent of those injuries was not known. A state police accident reconstruction team was called in to investigate the crash. The names of involved in the crash were not immediately released. The truck driver was not injured. Crews closed Route 271 between Pike Road and the Route 22 interchange to allow for the investigation. About an hour after the accident, Jackson Township Fire Police members were directing traffic near the Pike Road intersection when one of the fire police members was struck by a passing motorist. The firefighter was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center for treatment. The extent of his injuries was not known. There was no immediate information about the vehicle that struck the firefighter or if that person was stopped by police. Read More at: http://www.wjactv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/truck-motorcycle-collide-firefighter-struck-vehicle-cambria-co-3330.shtml...


CANADIAN FIREHOUSE FIRE AFTER GUY CRASHES TRUCK INTO IT
A New Brunswick man is facing impaired driving charges after allegedly crashing his pickup truck into the Nackawic Fire Department, sparking a fire in the building. Police and fire crews responded to the fire around 7:30 a.m. Monday. “I noticed the guy sort of driving weird so I seen him pull into the fire hall and then all I hear is a ‘bang’ and a cloud of smoke come up,” says witness Matt McBride.The Nackawic Fire Department has been badly damaged by fire after a truck crashed into the building Monday morning. McBride says he had just arrived at work, located down the street from the fire hall. He says the fire was raging by the time he arrived on scene. “I showed up and there’s probably 15-foot flames,” he says. “The whole front of the fire hall was basically on fire.” Firefighters were on scene almost immediately. They scrambled to save their equipment but when the garage doors failed to open, they crashed their fire trucks through them. One firefighter sustained minor injuries. “He drove right into the fire hall and it was burning hard,” says Nackawic Fire Capt. Leo Lanteigne. “I told the guy that’s in the hospital right now, run in and get that truck out, number four, so we have one.” Three of the department’s four trucks, and much of its equipment, sustained significant damage in the fire. "We were just here Saturday having a fireman's breakfast and they put a lot of work into raising money to replace equipment and here we go, in one fell swoop, a tremendous amount of equipment is already gone," says Tobique-Mactaquac MP Mike Allen. Despite the losses, the department remains operational. Two trucks are now on loan from other departments. “We’ve been given two trucks to go with the one that we have that’s still operational and we’re looking at getting set up in the former DNR building over in the Industrial Park,” says Nackawic Fire Chief William Hopkins. “They have a garage over there and an office so we should be able to set up over there.” The driver of the pickup truck, a 56-year-old Nackawic man, was arrested outside the fire hall. Police say he is facing impaired driving charges in connection with the incident.Read more: http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/n-b-man-faces-impaired-driving-charge-after-fire-department-damaged-by-fire-1.1923845#ixzz389q4Flst...


FF SURVIVES FLESH EATING BACTERIA
Braden Leonard was riding his mountain bike at Ballard Park not far from his home here in Newport when he fell into some thorns.What happened after that is incredible.A rare infection claimed his right hand and nearly killed him.“I consider myself pretty lucky. Some say you have a great attitude. Well, I had a 30 percent chance of survival when I started out at the hospital,” Leonard told NBC 10.Lucky says the man who now does not have a right hand.It was amputated when a flesh eating bacteria invaded his body six weeks ago.How did he get such an infection?When he fell off his bike, a thorn punctured his palm. “The thorn was the insertion point for the bacteria,” he would later learn.That was June 4th.The next afternoon, his hand started to swell and hurt.He went to the hospital.“If I had taken a nap rather than go in when I did, if I had waited till morning to see if it got any better, it probably would have killed me.”And it was still a close call.Braden was in the hospital 10 days, in a medically induced coma about half that time.Doctors amputated his hand to stop the potentially lethal bacteria as it threatened the rest of his body.But now, you don't hear much negativity from Braden.And he attributes his attitude in part to his job.Braden is usually responding to emergencies, helping people in distress, as a lieutenant on the Johnston Fire Department rescue squad.“I definitely think my background desensitized me to certain things and I've been able to process this a little more easily than someone without my background would.”He's now back to cycling after making some modifications to his bike.And Braden wants to return to work, too, hoping a prosthetic can get him back to full duty as a Johnston firefighter.“Especially after all the support and everything. It almost strengthened that bond, that brotherhood you hear about and everything. That support. I was crying at the hospital.”Friends are planning a fundraiser for Braden later this month....


CFD AMBULANCE, SUV COLLIDE AT BRYN MAWR, HARLEM - Chicago
CHICAGO --A Chicago Fire Department ambulance was involved in a crash on the city's Far Northwest Side. Two people were injured and transferred to local hospitals. Their injuries are not life threatening.The ambulance collided with an SUV just before 4 p.m. Friday. Officials have not released any details as to what led to the crash, nor said if a patient was in the ambulance.&nb...






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