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5 FFs HURT IN OVERNIGHT BUFFALO FIRE
Buffalo Firefighters are working to figure out what sparked a late-night fire that injured five of their own.It started around 11 p.m. Saturday at a home on Lovering Avenue in North Buffalo.Fire crews on the scene say they believe it started on the porch but quickly spread to the rest of the home due to the wind.Everyone living inside made it out safely.Four
of the injured firefighters were taken to ECMC. Another was treated at
the scene. Their conditions are unknown at this time....
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2 SAUDI FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
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Two Civil Defense fire officers died in the Line of Duty and six
people were injured in a massive fire that gutted the Al-Bilad Mall (Nesto
Supermarket) in Dammam. Damman is the capital of the Eastern
Province of Saudi Arabia.
The two fire officers were identified as Mohammed Al-Qahtani and
Mubarak Al-Khalifa. The fire hit the mall, which spans 30,000 square meters, on
Saturday morning. Shoppers ran out of the mall for safety. 20 firefighting
companies took part in the operation to control the blaze. RIP.
HERE is video of the fire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3dNpN5p388
BRAZIL FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-TRAINING
On Saturday (20th), a FF died in the Line of Duty during a
dive training in the city of Presidente Figueiredo, in the Amazon region of
Brazil. FF Israel Aidem Pereira, 40 years old, was on a wreck diving in a lake,
when he lost communication. He was found irresponsive at a depth of 25 meters
and brought to surface by other FF. He received CPR and was taken to the
hospital, but did not survive. RIP.
CHANGES IN CHICAGO FOR THEIR EMS PERSONNEL:
SCBA's and being taken off EMS units and firefighter PPE is not
going to be issued in the future for Chicago FD EMS personnel...the Union and
EMS personnel are less than happy with the decision:
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 9/22/2014-0828 Hours
CLAIM: CHANGES IN CHICAGO FD EMS PUTS LIVES OF EMS PERSONNEL AND THE PUBLIC AT RISK
On the eve of a dramatic upgrade in CFD ambulance service, the Chicago Fire
Department is making changes that, union leaders warn, could put the lives of
paramedics and the public in danger.Self-contained breathing apparatus are
being removed from all 75 Chicago ambulances. In addition, roughly 70 paramedics
graduating from the fire academy on Sunday will not be issued fire helmets,
boots and protective clothing, known as bunker gear, that are standard issue for
firefighters.Without breathing masks and oxygen tanks, veteran paramedic Pat
Fitzmaurice said paramedics will no longer be able to go into a burning
high-rise--or subway after a derailment, collision or explosion--to rescue
victims or firefighters in distress.It also means that, instead of being
right in front of a fire scene or in close proximity to a chemical spill, they
may be staged a block away, Fitzmaurice said. That could add seconds and even
minutes to the time it takes to rescue and treat victims.The decision to
strip paramedics of equipment specifically purchased for them was announced in
an order signed Thursday by Deputy Fire Commissioner John McNicholas, who runs
the Bureau of Operations. âOn Sept. 20, SCBA units will be removed from
service on all ambulance units,â McNicholas wrote, spelling out the turn-in
process without explaining why.The Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 has
filed a grievance to protest changes that, the union contends, violate its
contract with the city and put Chicagoans at risk at the worst possible
time.âWith the real threat of terrorism worldwide at its highest level in
years, Chicago is considered to be a prime terrorist possibility along with also
being recognized as a city with multiple high-target hazards,â Ryan wrote Friday
in a text message to the Chicago Sun-Times.âThe timing of this change in
response protocol is suspect. As firefighters and paramedics serving a large
city like Chicago, we need to be prepared for any and all emergenciesâ¦[and for]
the worst-case scenario.âChicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford
countered that Chicago was the "only major department in the nation" that
outfitted "single-role" paramedics in fire gear and is simply "falling in line"
with its counterparts."Single-role paramedics do not respond in burning
structured or in hazardous location fires and they do not need the tanks or
fire-resistant clothing,' Langford wrote in an e-mail.As for the bunker
gear, Langford said new paramedics will be issued âmore comfortable clothing
better suited to EMS operation.â It will include a âtraditional helmet,â
waterproof utility boots and clothing tailor-made to âblock transmission of
patient body fluids.â Existing paramedics will keep their bunker gear until it
needs to be replaced, he said.âSingle-role paramedics do not operate in a
fire or hazardous situation. Patients are brought to them,â Langford
said.Mayoral spokesman Adam Collins added, âThe city has deep respect for
the men and women who protect residents and we will continue to ensure they have
the equipment they need to help them do the job they were hired to
do.âFitzmaurice argued that the changes make no sense at a time when fires
are down and the overwhelming majority of 911 calls are for emergency medical
service (EMS).âIf we donât have self-contained breathing apparatus, we canât
be anywhere near a toxic environment. That means precious seconds are lost,â
Fitzmaurice said.âWhen victims come out of a fire, theyâre wet. Some are not
breathing. Itâs a wild, rushed scene. Now, there wonât be a stretcher there.
Paramedics will no longer be near fire scenes. If thereâs a high-rise fire,
theyâll no longer be in the lobby or evacuating the stairwell. If thereâs an
incident in the subway, you canât send paramedics down there. Theyâll be staged
at a distant location. People can die.âFitzmaurice pointed to two recent
incidents where firefighters went into cardiac arrest at fire scenes and were
resuscitated by paramedics wearing breathing masks. He also recalled an
incident that occurred on Valentineâs Day, 2013. Ambulance 52 was returning to
quarters from a run that ended at Loretto Hospital when civilians jumped in
front of the ambulance in the 100-block of North Central.A house was on fire
and victims were trapped inside, paramedics were told. According to Fitzmaurice,
the paramedics were then able to put on their helmets, protective clothing and
breathing apparatus and go into the house to rescue someone who had gone in to
search for a child.The decision to strip paramedics of a breathing device
they campaigned long and hard forâand that ambulances have special compartments
to carry---comes as the Chicago Fire Department ends its 15-year experiment with
a two-tier system of ambulance service.Starting next week, all 15
basic-life-support ambulances will be converted to advanced-life-support, giving
Chicago 75 ambulances capable of providing the most sophisticated level of
care.The decision to end a two-tier emergency medical system that paramedics
have called a dismal failure follows investigations by Inspector General Joe
Ferguson, WBBM-TV and the Better Government Association. All three concluded
Chicago needs more advanced life support ambulances to consistently meet
response time standards.The newly-approved firefighters contract calls for
the appointment of a six-member committee to study the need for even more
ambulances.And yet another study is under way to explore the possibility of
relocating existing ambulances. That has Northwest Side aldermen fearful of
losing ambulances campaigning against the change before a final decision has
even been made....
BRAZIL FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-TRAINING
Saturday (20th), a FF died in the Line of Duty during a dive training in the
city of Presidente Figueiredo, in the
Amazon region of Brazil. FF Israel Aidem Pereira, 40 years old, was on a wreck
diving in a lake, when he lost communication. He was found irresponsive at a
depth of 25 meters and brought to surface by other FF. He received CPR and was
taken to the hospital, but did not survive.
2 FIREFIGHTERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY-SAUDI ARABIA
Two Civil Defense fire officers died and six people were injured in a massive fire
that gutted the Al-Bilad Mall (Nesto Supermarket) in Dammam. The two fire officers: Mohammed Al-Qahtani and Mubarak Al-Khalifa. The fire hit
the mall, which spans 30,000 square meters, on Saturday morning. Shoppers ran
out of the mall for safety. 20 firefighting companies took part in the operation to
control the blaze. RIP....
CoxHealth ambulance crashes, hospital says everybody 'fine' - Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -CoxHealth says everyone is fine after one of its ambulances was involved in a crash in southeast Springfield. Springfield police say the crash involved the ambulance and another vehicleat the intersection of National Avenue at Primrose Street about 8:30 p.m. Saturday.CoxHealth would not say how many people were involved in the crash. Springfield police did not have the information available. ...
Three injured after car crashes into ambulance in South Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES >> A car crashed head-on into an ambulance in South Los Angeles, injuring two paramedics and the driver who crashed into them, a police sergeant said today.The head-on crash occurred at about 11:10 p.m. Saturday at 60th Street and Western Avenue, said Sgt. Rudy Alaniz of the Los Angeles Police Departmentâs 77th Street Station.âAll three victims had to be extricated,â Alaniz said. The injuries appeared to be minor but the three injured people were transported to hospitals to be checked over.The cause of the accident was under investigation, he said.&nb...
FUNERAL DETAILS & REQUEST FOR KENTUCKY FIRE CAPTAIN TONY GRIDER
Below is the information and fire service requests regarding the funeral/memorial services for Campbellsville (KY) Captain Tony Grider, as follows:Tuesday September 23, 2014 Visitation begins at 1:00PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIMEWednesday September 24, 2014 Funeral will begin at 11:00AM CENTRAL STANDARD TIMELocation:Columbia Christian Church206 Campbellsvile St.Columbia, KY 42728Burial will be at:Mount Pleasant United Methodist ChurchHwy 92Russell Springs, KY 42642Located in Russell County, KYNOTICE: Help is being requested to assist with Casket Guard/ Honor guard for both days!Please contact: Fire Service POC/PIO Shane Crutcher 270-268-0043Honor Guard/Casket Detail Everette Roberts 270-300-4003Vehicle Logistics and route POC Byron Smith 270-307-3823...
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Below is the information and fire service requests regarding the funeral/memorial services for Campbellsville (KY) Captain Tony Grider, as follows:Tuesday September 23, 2014 Visitation begins at 1:00PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME Wednesday September 24, 2014 Funeral will begin at 11:00AM CENTRAL STANDARD TIMELocation: Columbia Christian Church 206 Campbellsvile St. Columbia, KY 42728Burial will be at: Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church Hwy 92 Russell Springs, KY 42642 Located in Russell County, KYNOTICE: Help is being requested to assist with Casket Guard/ Honor guard for both days! Please contact: Fire Service POC/PIO Shane Crutcher 270-268-0043 Honor Guard/Casket Detail Everette Roberts 270-300-4003 Vehicle Logistics and route POC Byron Smith 270-307-3823
SOUTH FLORIDA FIREFIGHTER TRAINING:
annual Fort Lauderdale Firefighters Fire TRAINING Expo is coming up.
Much of it is sold out but there are some excellent training
opportunities that are still open.
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ALIVE FIREFIGHTER TRAINING OPPORTUNITY
Since 2013, approximately 50,000 firefighters from all 50 American states have used ALIVE training modules.
this project, the team will create and distribute free software that
fire departments can use to build their own interactive scenario-based
educational modules. These modules can be tailored to their specific
needs and shared with their own members or with the worldwide
firefighting community. The softwareâs graphical user interface will
allow instructors to add and synchronize videos, images, text, and
narration to easily present the information and create scenarios that
will visually engage the learner. Instructors will also be able to
create pre-tests, post-tests, and surveys to analyze learning
effectiveness, and students will be able to access these modules from
anywhere in the world using their computer, smart-phone, or tablet. The project link is: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/504929723/interactive-game-like-learning-software
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 9/21/2014-2000 Hours
2 FDNY FFs INJURED AT BROOKLYN APT FIRE
Two firefighters were injured wrestling a massive fire that ripped through three Brooklyn buildings Saturday, officials said.
The blistering blaze broke out on the first floor of an abandoned
building at 1138 Bushwick Ave. near Putnam Ave. in Bushwick at about 6
p.m. and quickly spread to the adjoining structures
Taylor Winum, 25, said heâd only been living in a second-floor
apartment next to the abandoned building for a week when a firefighter
kicked in his door and told him to get out.
âAt least Iâm alive,â he said, taking the nightâs events in stride. âItâll be a good bar story.â
One of Winumâs neighbors had just stepped out for Chinese food when the
fire broke out. He returned in less than 10 minutes and an hour later
was still watching, dinner in his hand, as firefighters doused the
âIâve lost my appetite,â said Aidan OâGrady, 22.
More than 130 smoke eaters fought the blaze, which was declared under control at about 7:30 p.m.
Two firefighters were taken to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center with
minor injuries. No other injuries were reported, officials said.
FDNY Deputy Chief James Smithwick called the fire âsuspiciousâ and said
a handful of people seen outside the building when the fire broke out
probably know what sparked it.
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âThe fire is being considered suspicious because of the amount of
fire,â Smithwick said, noting the difficulties of putting out blazes in
abandoned buildings. âThe firemen did a tremendous job of containing
FDNY fire marshals were working to determine the cause of the blaze Saturday night....
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