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HELP NEEDED FOR THE FIREFIGHTERS THAT WERE BURNED LAST WEEK IN THE TOWER LADDER ELECTRICAL SHOCK INCIDENT, CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY
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 Hospitalc/o Burn Unit-Tony Grider and Alex Quinn530 S. Jackson StLouisville, 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....


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


Medevac Crash-LODD, Catchphrase? Share The Load, 17,000 FF's (The Secret List)
MEDICAL FLIGHT CRASHES IN NEW MEXICO The Secret List www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com  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 www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com ...


MAYDAY AT OREGON FIRE FOLLOWING SMOKE EXPLOSION
Firefighters had to call for help while putting out a fire at a commercial building in Oregon City Wednesday morning.A passer-by called 911 to report the fire in a shopping center on Molalla Avenue near May Street just before 5 a.m.Firefighters responding to the scene made a mayday call after a backdraft threw two crew members back about 10 feet. One firefighter was injured and taken to the hospital with minor burns.Firefighters said they had the flames under control by 6:45. They said it appeared the fire started in the back of the building.Investigators have not yet determined what caused the fire....


CLOSE CALL - ROOF COLLAPSE AFTER 3 MINUTES
Crews operating at a commercial fire had been operating inside approximately three minutes when the roof collapsed. Members were at the back of the structure and had to extinguish burning roof material and crawl over and through it in order to make their way back the front door to exit the structure. The hose line had to be left in place as the debris had completely covered the line. Use thermal imaging camera upon entry to assess the overhead and unseen conditions prior to making entry and proceeding deep into a burning structure. ...


FF INJURED AT PA FIRE
A firefighter was taken to a hospital for heat-related injuries he suffered while battling a fire that damaged six homes in the borough Tuesday evening. It was just after 6 p.m. when firefighters were called for a structure fire to the rear of the 200 block of East Centre Street and met with heavy smoke and fire. Anthony Blackwell, Mahanoy City Fire Department administrative assistant and safety officer, said it is believed the fire originated to the rear of 223 and 225 E. Centre St. and spread from there. Fire damage was reported to an occupied building at 217 E. Centre St., with heavier fire damage to unoccupied homes at 219, 221, 223, 225 and 227 E. Centre St. Blackwell said two additional occupied homes at 229 and 231 E. Centre St. sustained some smoke and water damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation and Blackwell said a state police fire marshal will be called into assist. Blackwell said he did not know the identity of those living in the occupied buildings but said none of the residents were injured. Blackwell said a Mahanoy City firefighter was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital-Miners Campus, Coaldale, for treatment of what was believed to be heat-related injuries while several other firefighters were treated at the scene, also for heat-related symptoms. Blackwell said when volunteers arrived, there was heavy fire to the rear of the 223 and 225 E. Centre St. buildings. About a year ago, he said firefighters were called to the same area during the nighttime hours when someone intentionally lit a fire under a back porch. Fire officials would not say whether that fire and the one Tuesday can be related. Blackwell said the fire was difficult to contain due to the construction of the buildings and the fact that at least one was filled with junk, making it difficult for firefighters to get through. With the buildings being three stories and connected, aerial trucks were on scene from Mahanoy City, Shenandoah, Minersville, Frackville and Pottsville. After 8 p.m., fire was still shooting through the eaves of the buildings at 221, 223 and 225 E. Centre St. Although the bulk of the fire was knocked down within about two hours, Blackwell said that as of 8:30 p.m., it was still not completely under control. Assisting Mahanoy City firefighters were volunteers from as far away as Tamaqua, Pottsville and Minersville. Numerous other companies from throughout northern Schuylkill County, along with EMS and fire police units, were also on scene. Centre Street, Route 54, was shut down for several hours while firefighters battled the blaze http://republicanherald.com/news/6-homes-damaged-in-fire-in-mahanoy-city-1.1742361Thanks to Carmine S. for sharing with us this story and his videos...


Two injured in East Bridgewater accident involving ambulance - Massachusetts
By Maria Papadopoulos EAST BRIDGEWATER - Two drivers suffered minor injuries during a three-vehicle accident involving an ambulance that had been transporting a patient to a local hospital, police said. The accident occurred about 1:30 p.m. at West and Spring streets, said police Sgt. Mike McLaughlin. A preliminary investigation found that the driver of ambulance, which had its emergency lights flashing, was on Spring Street and about to turn onto Route 106, or West Street, when a female driver traveling eastbound on Route 106 took a left turn in front of another car traveling westbound on Route 106, McLaughlin said. The impact between the two cars pushed the car traveling eastbound into the ambulance, he said.Both car drivers were sent to a hospital with minor injuries, McLaughlin said. There was minor damage to the ambulance, and the ambulance attendants suffered no injuries.Other ambulances responded to the scene to transport the injured and the patient inside the ambulance to a local hospital.Police are continuing their investigation. ...


Technology By Division Chief Paul Lepore www.AspiringFireOfficers.com
I am constantly amazed at how our world has expanded within the last 10 years. Virtually every firefighter has a smart phone and is technologically savvy. It's the rare occasion when a firefighter breaks out a "flip" phone.  In my work world, I have a smart phone. My crews know that they can get me four different ways: 1. Call my office (least effective because I am always in the field) 2. Call my cell phone 3. Email me 4. Text meI expect constant communication with my crews. We have a policy that mandates all members to check their email daily when they are on duty. They know that I do not like to be "surprised" by anything that happens within my district. My Officers know how I feel about it and it's a rare day that I get surprised about something.  This is the expectation I have of a Fire Officer is that he or she uses technology in their everyday life. This translates into using technology in their work life. My expectation is that the officer is up to date on all of the resources. This will allow him or her to be able to deliver the latest training, be able to complete departmental evaluations and forms, and to best utilize preplans and other technology to best do the job.  As an evaluator in a promotional exam, I am aware of the need for promoting officers who at least have a basic understanding of technology. I also believe that someone will be a "project" if they are not. This is why we often include writing exercises or computer based exercises within the promotional process.  I am shocked at the amount of people who contact me regarding promoting in the fire service who are not computer savvy, heck one recently had his wife email me because he "doesn't do emails." Ladies and gentlemen it's time to get with the times. Our new generation certainly is. While the knock on the new generation is they MAY lack mechanical aptitude and common sense, the knock on our generation is that we are computer illiterate.  There MAY be a little truth in both arguments!...


Odessa Fire/Rescue ambulance involved in accident - Texas
BY JARED WILSON jwilson@oaoa.comAn ambulance in the Odessa Fire and Rescue’s fleet was involved in a two vehicle collision Monday afternoon on University Boulevard near JBS Parkway.Cpl. Steve LeSueur, spokesman with the Odessa Police Department, said that at about 5:15 p.m. Monday an ambulance with lights and sirens activated was headed to a minor accident in the 4900 block of University Boulevard.The driver of a Ford Mustang reportedly made an illegal U-turn in the 4500 block of east University Boulevard and collided with the ambulance, LeSueur said.Sgt. Jon Foust with OPD said on scene that there were no injuries as a result of the accident.The driver of the Mustang, who was not identified, was cited for failure to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle. ...


Car Crashes Head-on Into Ambulance Near Hospital - Philadelphia
By Dan StammInvestigators say a driver trying to avoid traffic slammed into a Philadelphia ambulance overnight.The crash caused part of N Board Street near Temple University Hospital to be closed near Tioga Street in North Philadelphia.According to police on the scene, a Medic 25 ambulance was driving southbound when a car pulled out in front of it around 2:45 a.m. Investigators said it appeared the driver of the northbound car was speeding went he in the southbound lanes to avoid stopped traffic in the northbound lanes.The driver of the car suffered head injuries and was rushed to nearby Temple University Hospital in critical condition. No medics were hurt and a patient in the back of the ambulance didn't suffer further injuries.The crash left the roadway closed for nearly two hours.This crash came a day after six people were hurt in a three-vehicle crash involving an ambulance in the city’s East Mount Airy neighborhood....






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