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FIRE CAPTAIN DIES AT TRAINING (The Secret List)
NEW ORLEANS FIRE CAPTAIN DIES DURING TRAINING The Secret List www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com We regret to pass on to you that a 13-year veteran New Orleans Fire Captain died Sunday (Oct. 26) while training in New Mexico. Capt. Troy Magee fell ill while taking part in a training course in Albuquerque. The NOFD has not advised the nature of the course, or his illness. Magee received Mayor Mitch Landrieu's Outstanding Employee award just this past June, after he rescued a car crash victim while off duty on Interstate 10 near Baton Rouge. Captain Magee's body will arrive at Louis Armstrong airport tonight, where it will be escorted by police and fire department personnel to a funeral home. Our condolences to all affected. RIP. Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On. BillyG The Secret List 10-30-2014-0630 hrs www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com...

FIRE CAPTAIN DIES DURING TRAINING
We regret to pass on to you that a 13-year veteran New Orleans Fire Captain died Sunday (Oct. 26) while training in New Mexico.Capt. Troy Magee fell ill while taking part in a training course in Albuquerque. The NOFD has not advised the nature of the course, or his illness.Magee received Mayor Mitch Landrieu's Outstanding Employee award just this past June, after he rescued a car crash victim while off duty on Interstate 10 near Baton Rouge.Captain Magee's body will arrive at Louis Armstrong airport tonight, where it will be escorted by police and fire department personnel to a funeral home. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 10-30-2014-0630 h...

Man crashes stolen ambulance into tree - Houston
HOUSTON — A man stole an ambulance from a Houston hospital before crashing it into a tree shortly after.The driver told police he needed a ride and the ambulance was the first thing he saw, ABC 13 reports.The ambulance was parked in the hospital’s loading dock with the keys still in the vehicle.Police found the crashed ambulance against a tree with the suspect still in the area. He was immediately taken into custody. &nb...

DAMAGE CLAIMS FILED AGAINST CITY OF PASADENA IN DOUBLE APPARTUS CRASH
Two people injured when a Monterey Park fire engine collided with an Alhambra fire ladder truck have filed a pair of damage claims against the city of Pasadena.Kenneth Thai, 52, lost most of his right leg when Monterey Park’s engine ricocheted off Alhambra’s truck and pushed him into Lu Dumpling House. The heavy vehicle pinned him to the ground and caused him to sustain a traumatic brain injury, severe facial fracture and deformity, genital injury and deformity, and broken bones, according to his claim. Xu Yang, a 23-year-old waiter who lives in San Bernardino, sustained a severe back injury, his claim alleges.“It is understood that the city (of Pasadena is) the owner and/or operated the dispatch center that dispatched the colliding fire trucks,” the claim says. “The city is … liable for their own failure to exercise due care and … for the failure of their employees.”Attorney Carrington Snyder filed the claims on Oct. 20 and is seeking more than $25,000 in damages for each client. In addition, the claim seeks money for lost earnings and impaired future earnings, medical expenses, property damage, and legal fees. The Monterey Park fire engine and Alhambra fire ladder truck rammed into each other on April 16 while en route to a blaze on Graves Avenue in Monterey Park. Fifteen people, including six firefighters, were injured.Pasadena staff haven’t had enough time to look into the allegations because the city received the claim last week, City Attorney Michele Beal Bagneris said.“At first blush, it doesn’t appear that the city would have liability, but we will look at the claim and process it as we do other claims,” she said. “That’s an interesting basis for alleging liability. People would expect the cities where the fire trucks actually collided -- you would expect the claims to be filed against them.”...

FF SERIOUS AFTER 75' FALL FROM CLIFF AT WVA BRUSH FIRE
A firefighter had to be rescued after falling nearly 75 feet down a cliff in the National Park area of Harpers Ferry Tuesday night while battling a large brush fire. Rescue crews were able to reach the firefighter and begin treating him. Bradley Fritts, the incident commander with the Bakerton Fire Company, said the scene was clear enough to turn over to the National Park Service on Wednesday morning.The firefighter who fell was taken to Winchester Medical Center for further treatment. Fritts said the injured firefigher will stay there until Friday. Crews from Jefferson, Washington, Frederick and Loundon Counties also responded....

MAN ATTACKS FFs/EMTS IN AZ
A 30-year-old West Valley man faces aggravated-assault charges after authorities say he punched a pair of Glendale firefighters during a medical call Sunday, but witnesses said the firefighters used excessive force in restraining him, according to officials. An internal investigation is underway and could be completed as soon as today, said Glendale Fire spokesman Michael Young. Firefighters had James Murillo on a gurney after he suffered a seizure from overdosing on prescription medication and were moving him toward the ambulance when the incident occurred, according to court records. While on the gurney, police say Murillo punched his father and then turned his rage toward firefighters when they told him to stop, punching both firefighters multiple times in the face and upper body, according to authorities....

LODD UPDATE: OTHER CT FF BURNED IN SAME FIRE IS ON THE MEND
Jason Martinez, 29, who was in critical condition for weeks after sustaining burns to more than 10 percent of his body in a Hartford fire on Oct. 7, is starting to heal. Martinez’s family said in a statement on the firefighter union’s Facebook page that he is “up and able to move around and is busy working on his recover.” Another firefighter, Kevin Bell, was killed in the fire on Blue Hills Avenue. Martinez is a dedicated firefighter, and in 2011 Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra praised him and six others for extraordinary acts during a fire on Cleveland Avenue in Hartford’s Northeast end....

FF STRUCK ON THE ROADWAY IN NC
Wallace officials tell us a firefighter was hit by a vehicle while controlling traffic on Monday evening. The fire department says James Morrison of Wallace Volunteer Fire Department was hit while directing traffic around an 18-wheeler and van crash on Highway 41.He was in front of the Food Lion when he was hit. We do not have the identity of the driver.Officials say charges will likely be filed in the day ahead.They tell us Morrison was brought to the hospital with non-life threatening head and knee injuries. No word on his status this morning....

Tactical Dispatch Survey
The following survey is reportedly authored and released by Dallas FD according to web sources. Please keep in mind that I have not independently validated this claim. It is of interest to those who use or plan to use tactical dispatching. Take the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JRGD...

Calls Reveal Chaos in DE Crash
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Emergency calls made by passengers and passing motorists capture the chaos, fear and confusion in the aftermath of a tour bus crash in Delaware that left three people dead. Audio recordings of several 911 calls obtained by The Associated Press Thursday under the Freedom of Information Act also indicate that 911 operators struggled to learn exactly where the Sept. 21 crash occurred because passengers didn't know where they were. "I have no idea where we are," a distraught female passenger with a thick accent told a 911 operator. "Between Washington and Philadelphia. Somewhere between Washington and Philadelphia." "Can you find us?" the woman asks in a plaintive plea for help. Another caller tells a 911 operator that "everyone is bleeding." "We are on the way to Philadelphia, but I don't know the exact route, from Maryland to Philadelphia," the man says. The callers described how people were bleeding and trapped, but they often had to wait anxious seconds as calls were transferred, often not smoothly, from 911 operators to fire and ambulance dispatchers. "Fire and ambulance. Fire and ambulance. Fire and ambulance," a dispatcher says monotonously in one recording, waiting to hear from someone on the other end. A 911 operator who took the initial call is then heard speaking with the dispatcher, giving him a rough idea of the caller's location, apparently based on cellphone tracing. "He's mapping to Bear and Red Lion," the operator tells the dispatcher. ".... He said they had a bus rollover and they had over 50 people on the bus. He said there were multiple injuries but that's all I could get. Now he's not on the phone anymore." Many of the callers had foreign accents, but it is not clear whether the bus driver himself, who speaks barely any English, tried to call. The driver, Jinli Zhao, 56, of Flushing, New York, is charged with operating a vehicle causing the death of another person. A court commissioner rescheduled a preliminary hearing for Zhao earlier this month after he could not answer simple questions posed to him, relying on a friend to interpret what was being said...

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