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SC EX-MARINE NOT GUILTY BY INSANITY IN FATAL FIRE TRUCK CRASH
 A judge has ruled a South Carolina man was insane when he stole a fire truck while naked and then struck and killed a pedestrian.Circuit Court Judge Carmen Mullen found Kalvin Hunt not guilty by reason of insanity on Thursday after prosecutors and Hunt's attorneys agreed on his mental state, multiple media outlets reported.The 28-year-old former Marine fled naked from the Naval Hospital in Beaufort in 2012, stole a Port Royal fire truck that was responding to a medical call at a nearby apartment complex, then struck and killed Justin Nicholas Miller before crashing into woods.Hunt was sent for treatment to a secure care facility run by the South Carolina mental health department. He must remain there until he regains his sanity, and there will have to be another hearing before he can be released."Hunt will remain there until he's not a threat to himself or anyone else," Solicitor Duffie Stone said. "That status has the potential of remaining until he dies."Hunt was dishonorably discharged from the Marines after his arrest. Along with murder, he was charged with six counts of hit and run with injuries, two counts of resisting, grand larceny and assault and battery in the first degree.Defense attorney Cory Fleming called it one of the saddest cases he has ever seen. Prosecutors said Hunt's mother was trying to get him help from the Veterans Administration before he left the hospital."We felt like this is where we were going from the beginning," Fleming said of the insanity plea. "It's heartbreaking, and I hope now Kalvin can get the treatment he needs."...


CLOSE CALL INVOLVING COMPRESSED GAS CYLINDERS AT VEHICLE FIRE
The Abingdon Fire Company located in Harford County Maryland was dispatched at 6:00 am 12/19/14 for a vehicle fire in the parking lot of a four story hotel complex. Chief 4 Mont Arrington arrived and had two passenger cars and a construction pick up truck well involved in fire. Chief 4 requested one additional engine to the scene as the first arrived. The crew from the first engine stretched two 1,75 hand lines and started attacking the fire with one and the second being used to protect other vehicles in close proximity. As the engine crew started advancing toward the fire they experienced a series of small explosions (that later was determined to be small cans of true fuel that is used for small engines) the crews were approximately two feet away from the pick up when a loud hissing noise followed by a explosion and bleve occurred. The engine crew and myself were knocked back and off of our feet with the hand line lose and free flowing. The engine crew retrieved the hand line and backed up to a defensive stance as I assessed everyone for injuries until the second engine crew arrived. Chief 4 requested a third engine co to the scene to assist the crews and at that time the owner of the pick up truck walked over and said what happened. Chief 4 asked if the truck was carrying Hazardous materials and he said "NO".   With all crews in place the crews attacked the fire that involved four cars at this point and used foam and dry chemical extinguisher to put the fire out. Lessons learned always have on PPE, always have an escape route and never take the word of non fire service personnel about victims being out and what type of products or Hazardous materials are involved. And don't treat every call as the basic call...


TEEN SUING FDNY AFTER BEING STRUCK BY FIREBOAT PROP
 A teenager who flipped his kayak has sued the FDNY, saying he was seriously hurt when responders rescued him.Frank Marino Jr., 17, alleges in the lawsuit that when three firefighters rescued him from Jamaica Bay, he was hit by the propeller of their boat, the New York Post reports. It caused "multiple severe and serious lacerations" to his stomach and legs, which required surgery, according to the claims. He’s seeking unspecified damages....


Dear Firefighters: Two Strikes & You're Out.
Every once in a while we like to "pass on" actions that some take related to AVOIDING things going wrong, close calls or direct hits. This would be one of those cases. This is a memo sent to the members of the San Antonio Fire Department by their Chief, Charles Hood a few weeks ago. It's pretty simple and clearly spelled out regarding his and the departments stand on driving while intoxicated. How do you argue with a boss who is looking out for his people, their family and the other innocent victims of DUI? You can't. Well-I guess you can. You can also argue that water on a fire isn't a priority. But anyway....Here is Chief Hoods letter as written:Dear Members of the San Antonio Fire Department Family: Throughout my tenure as Fire Chief I have had the unpleasant responsibility of addressing a wide range of disciplinary issues related to both on and off duty conduct.  One area that has become increasingly troublesome is that of Firefighters arrested for the offense of driving while intoxicated.In 2010, the San Antonio Fire Department rolled out a labor-management joint initiative that included alcohol awareness education and a disciplinary model intended to deter personnel from engaging in this type of conduct.  At this point in time, it has become clear that this program did not produce the desired results.  To the contrary, we have now witnessed a number of repeat offenders.  It appears inevitable that, sooner or later, a member of our department will make the decision to drink and drive resulting in the serious injury or death of themselves and/or others.  It is my duty to insure that I do everything within my power to see that this never happens.  As emergency response personnel, we are all very cognizant of the devastating impact impaired drivers have on our community.  It must become the goal of our department to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, the number of instances in which our Firefighters operate motor vehicles while intoxicated.This memo shall serve as notice to all uniformed personnel that, effective immediately, the first offense of driving while intoxicated will result in an indefinite suspension.  Based upon circumstances surrounding the arrest, a release and settlement agreement may be offered to the employee that will include a minimum sixty day suspension, as-well-as rehabilitation and counseling requirements.  A second offense for driving while intoxicated will result in termination.It is my sincere hope that this disciplinary model will effectively convey the severity of driving while intoxicated and deter personnel from engaging in this destructive behavior.  I cannot do this alone; each and every employee must do their part.  Discipline is a reactive necessity and we clearly need progressive steps to prevent these occurrences from happening.  Plan your activities accordingly if you know you will be drinking alcohol.  Having a designated driver is always preferable, but when that is not an option, personnel can take advantage of the “Take the High Road on the Highway Program” through Deer Oaks EAP Services.  Deer Oaks will reimburse eligible employees and their dependents for cab fare in the event that they are incapacitated due to impairment by a substance or extreme emotional condition.We must also identify our duty to take care of one another.  Do not let a fellow Firefighter who has been drinking drive or operate a vehicle.  If you have not been drinking, then offer our sister or brother a ride, or assist them by finding them a safe way home.  We are leaders in our community and the patrons of our city look to us as an example of honor, duty, and courage.  Remain steadfast on maintaining our high standards of service to our community and to each other.Finally, the fire service has a well documented culture of enablement, and the SAFD is no different.  If you have an alcohol or substance abuse problem, or know someone that does, be proactive and seek out the help necessary before a truly life changing event occurs to you or someone you care about.  You are our most valuable resource and we have created numerous programs to assist, help, and guide you through our Employee Assistance Program.  Please do not hesitate to reach out for help.Thanks to each and every one of you for what you do. Yours in Service,Charles N. Hood, Fire ChiefENDSome may like what he is doing-and some may not...but the bottom line is that it is now very CLEAR to members what the repercussions will be when they are proven to place themselves and others in harms way. Sometimes we have to save us from ourselves. ...


Dear Firefighters: Two Strikes-You're Out (The Secret List)
All, Every once in a while we like to "pass on" actions that some take related to AVOIDING things going wrong, close calls or direct hits. This would be one of those cases. This is a memo sent to the members of the San Antonio Fire Department by their Chief, Charles Hood a few weeks ago. It's pretty simple and clearly spelled out regarding his and the departments stand on driving while intoxicated.  How do you argue with a boss who is looking out for his people, their family and the other innocent victims of DUI? You can't. Well-I guess you can. You can also argue that water on a fire isn't a priority. But anyway.... Here is Chief Hoods letter as written: Dear Members of the San Antonio Fire Department Family:  Throughout my tenure as Fire Chief I have had the unpleasant responsibility of addressing a wide range of disciplinary issues related to both on and off duty conduct.  One area that has become increasingly troublesome is that of Firefighters arrested for the offense of driving while intoxicated. In 2010, the San Antonio Fire Department rolled out a labor-management joint initiative that included alcohol awareness education and a disciplinary model intended to deter personnel from engaging in this type of conduct.  At this point in time, it has become clear that this program did not produce the desired results.  To the contrary, we have now witnessed a number of repeat offenders.  It appears inevitable that, sooner or later, a member of our department will make the decision to drink and drive resulting in the serious injury or death of themselves and/or others.  It is my duty to insure that I do everything within my power to see that this never happens.  As emergency response personnel, we are all very cognizant of the devastating impact impaired drivers have on our community.  It must become the goal of our department to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, the number of instances in which our Firefighters operate motor vehicles while intoxicated. This memo shall serve as notice to all uniformed personnel that, effective immediately, the first offense of driving while intoxicated will result in an indefinite suspension.  Based upon circumstances surrounding the arrest, a release and settlement agreement may be offered to the employee that will include a minimum sixty day suspension, as-well-as rehabilitation and counseling requirements.  A second offense for driving while intoxicated will result in termination. It is my sincere hope that this disciplinary model will effectively convey the severity of driving while intoxicated and deter personnel from engaging in this destructive behavior.  I cannot do this alone; each and every employee must do their part.  Discipline is a reactive necessity and we clearly need progressive steps to prevent these occurrences from happening.  Plan your activities accordingly if you know you will be drinking alcohol.  Having a designated driver is always preferable, but when that is not an option, personnel can take advantage of the “Take the High Road on the Highway Program” through Deer Oaks EAP Services.  Deer Oaks will reimburse eligible employees and their dependents for cab fare in the event that they are incapacitated due to impairment by a substance or extreme emotional condition. We must also identify our duty to take care of one another.  Do not let a fellow Firefighter who has been drinking drive or operate a vehicle.  If you have not been drinking, then offer our sister or brother a ride, or assist them by finding them a safe way home.  We are leaders in our community and the patrons of our city look to us as an example of honor, duty, and courage.  Remain steadfast on maintaining our high standards of service to our community and to each other. Finally, the fire service has a well documented culture of enablement, and the SAFD is no different.  If you have an alcohol or substance abuse problem, or know someone that does, be proactive and seek out the help necessary before a truly life changing event occurs to you or someone you care about.  You are our most valuable resource and we have created numerous programs to assist, help, and guide you through our Employee Assistance Program.  Please do not hesitate to reach out for help. Thanks to each and every one of you for what you do. Yours in Service, Charles N. Hood, Fire Chief END Some may like what he is doing-and some may not...but the bottom line is that it is now very CLEAR to members what the repercussions will be when they are proven to place themselves and others in harms way. Sometimes we have to save us from ourselves.  Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On. BillyG The Secret List 12/19/2014-1520 Hours www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com ...


4 FFs INJURED IN LONG ISLAND FIRE
 Four firefighters sustained minor injuries battling a house fire in Sea Cliff Thursday, authorities said.Nassau County Arson/Bomb Squad detectives say fire broke out at 12:27 p.m. at 88 Prospect Ave.The home was unoccupied and in the process of being restored. Workers discovered the fire as they were removing paint on the second floor of the residence, police said.Sea Cliff, Glen Cove, Glenwood Landing, Roslyn, East Norwich, Bayville, Oyster Bay, and Locust Valley Fire Departments responded with 20 trucks and approximately 100 fire personnel to extinguish the fire, police said.Two of the injured firefighters were treated and released at the scene. Two more were transported to a local hospital for treatment, according to police.The home sustained major damage, police said.The fire has been deemed accidental and non-suspicious, according to police....


Firefighter Down-NY (The Secret List)
 All, Bad news from Nassau County, New York (Long Island) this morning. Initial reports are that there was a working house fire on Central Avenue in Woodmere, which is close to the Queens, NYC border. While operating at the fire, a Firefighter on mutual aid from nearby Inwood was a MAYDAY and removed with CPR in progress. That FF was transported with no further details at this time, other than he is now in extremely critical condition. We'll post more as it is made available. KTIYP's. Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On. BillyG The Secret List 12-19-2014-0600 www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com...


FIREFIGHTER DOWN-LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK
 Bad news from Nassau County, New York (Long Island) this morning. Initial reports are that there was a working house fire on Central Avenue in Woodmere, which is close to the Queens, NYC border. While operating at the fire, a Firefighter on mutual aid from nearby Inwood was a MAYDAY and removed with CPR in progress. That FF was transported with no further details at this time, other than he is now in extremely critical condition.We'll post more as it is made available. KTIYP's....


Hall Ambulance awards two men for courageous action during crash - California
BY RUTH BROWN The Bakersfield Californian rbrown@bakersfield.comThe collision left the ambulance on its roof.Paramedic Armando Lazaro, 33, and Kern County firefighter Adam Bickford, 32, were inside, also upside down, hanging by their seatbelts.After their Hall Ambulance paramedic supervisor's Suburban had stopped rolling, they were aware of broken glass and crumpled metal from three wrecked vehicles, and the sound of motorists along Highway 119 stopping and shouting. It was about 9:30 p.m. Nov. 15.For what happened next, the two Wednesday received awards for heroism and bravery at a morning ceremony outside Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. on O Street.Mayor Harvey Hall gave Bickford an award for exhibiting courage and bravery to assist others, regardless of his own injuries.Lazaro, was given the Star of Life medal for his actions, the highest field service award offered by Hall Ambulance Service.What Lazaro remembers was talking with Bickford about family and work as the two drove south from Bakersfield along Highway 119 back to Taft after finishing a medical aid transport.Bickford was just beginning his 36-hour shift; Lazaro was more than halfway through his 24-hour shift.As they reached Midway Road an alleged drunk driver in a northbound minivan veered left across the double yellow lines into opposing traffic.In front of the two men, a 1998 Toyota Corolla was sideswiped. Then the minivan plowed head-on into their Suburban.After extricating themselves and crawling over broken glass, the two immediately began providing aid to the drivers of the two other vehicles. The Toyota's driver, Santiago Torres, 20, of Taft, had suffered major injuries. Fermin Garcia, 19, of Taft, who was driving the minivan, was pinned inside. Lazaro radioed for help.A crowd of onlookers formed, and Lazaro remembers "it was starting to get hard to tell who was involved."But Lazaro, a paramedic for seven years, and Bickford, a two-year veteran, provided care for the injured men until more help arrived.It was only then both realized they were seriously injured."It's not until you started feeling a wet feeling that you realize it's your own blood dripping," Bickford said.Lazaro, 33, took the largest blow from the impact and had an open fracture to his left elbow. Wednesday, he wore a metal brace on his left arm. After surgery, he remains on paid administrative leave until his elbow is healed.Bickford was back to work after one day off.The Nov. 15 incident was Garcia's third driving under the influence arrest. He has one DUI conviction and two pending cases, said California Highway Patrol Officer Robert Rodriguez. Garcia had been released from jail for an alleged DUI only three weeks prior to the ambulance collision.The totaled orange, blue and white ambulance has been kept as a visual reminder of the dangers of drunk driving, said John Surface, vice president of corporate operations for Hall Ambulance.As Surface described the alleged DUI collision, he said he intentionally did not call it an "accident.""An accident is something that is not preventable," Surface said. "This crash was 100 percent preventable." ...


Ambulance Rolls Over While Responding to Rollover - Maine
Poor road conditions caused an ambulance from Greenville to roll over while on the way to a crash early Wednesday morning.It happened on the Rockwood Road just before 2 am.An ambulance from C.A. Dean Hospital in Greenville had been dispatched to a vehicle rollover near the intersection of the Rockwood Road and the Price Road.Weather conditions had created what dispatchers say was “a sheet of ice” on the roadway.The ambulance left the roadway, rolling to its roof.None of the crew was hurt.A second ambulance transported two people from the original crash scene. We do not know the extent of the injuries in that crash.Photos courtesy: Scooter’s Towing in Dover-Foxcroft&nb...






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