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Remb'rng 5 Firefighters Killed, PA LODD Update (The Secret List)
All, We take time today to remember Fire Capt. Mark Loutzenhiser, 43, FF's Daniel Najera, 20, Jess McLean, 27, Jason McKay 27 and Pablo Cerda, 23 who were killed in the Line of Duty on October 26, 2006 at the Esperanza fire in California. The members of USFS Engine 57 were protecting a structure and the fire over ran their position. This was an arson fire and the arsonist has been sentenced to death. FIRE REPORT AND DETAILS HERE: http://www.fire.ca.gov/fire_protection/downloads/esperanza_00_complete_final_draft_05_01_2007.pdf   UPDATE ON YESTERDAYS LODD IN LANCASTER COUNTY, PA. Here's an article on the tragic loss of a volunteer Firefighter, her husband (also a Firefighter), their one month old child and community. http://m.lancasteronline.com/news/local/volunteer-firefighter-mother-of--month-old-child-dies-responding/article_50a75094-5b78-11e4-93c3-001a4bcf6878.html?mode=jqm Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On. BillyG The Secret List 10-24-2014-1000 hrs www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com...

FF KILLS PIT BULL AFTER BEING ATTACKED AT FIRE
Two pit bulls escaped from their yard in Ben Lomond, attacked neighbors, and charged at a firefighter, officials said.VIDEO: Watch the story hereThe dogs, named Nani and Poppa, lived with a family in a house on the 8000 block of Glen Arbor Road.Neighbor Alex Lackides said he witnessed Wednesday afternoon's attack."I heard my neighbor's daughter scream and start to cry. I stopped what I was doing, ran out with a stick, and sure enough she had been bitten on the knee and bitten on the elbow. The dog was roaming around challenging anything and everything," Lackides said.Jared Kropp tried to get the pit bulls off the street but he was also attacked. "It definitely was a little shocking. I got bit by two dogs at the same time," Kropp said.One neighbor called 911 to report that dangerous dogs were on the loose. When a firefighter arrived to help victims, one pit bull lunged at the firefighter and bit him as well, Fire Chief Stacie Brownlee said. "As a last resort, he had to strike the animal with a firefighting implement. Upon doing so the animal was killed instantly," Brownlee said.The second dog was euthanized at a Santa Cruz animal control center. Carrie Federick said the pit bulls had escaped from their yard and behaved aggressively in the past. When she found out they got out again, she was angry with the owner."I know that he thinks they're nice, and they're nice to his kids, but they're not nice to the rest of the neighborhood," Federick said.The owner is currently facing a $1,000 fine.Read more: http://www.ksbw.com/news/central-california/santa-cruz/firefighter-kills-vicious-pit-bull-in-ben-lomond/29328012#ixzz3HAHlhKcV...

REPORT RELEASED ABOUT 3 FFs TRAPPED AT BEAVER FIRE
A facilitated learning analysis has been released about the entrapment of three firefighters August 11, 2014 on the Beaver Fire northwest of Yreka, California. Entrapped that day were a Dozer Operator (DZOP), a Heavy Equipment Boss (HEQB), and a Heavy Equipment Boss Trainee (HEQBt). They all got inside fire shelters in a small deployment site that was not large enough to qualify as a safety zone. Their injuries included some first and second degree burns, but overnight hospitalization was not required. The dozer operator’s story in his own words: By the time I got off the dozer, the fire had closed in on two sides—and was closing in on my third and fourth sides. I worked as long as I could to get us more protection. I intended to push up more berms. Embers were falling everywhere. I spent too much time getting dug in. I backed the cat in. I should have deployed sooner. My intent was to get us all together under the dozer. I was not in the best position. I tossed off my ball cap, put my hard hat on, grabbed my gloves and shelter. I had my web gear bungeed to the cage. I grabbed it quick and rolled in the dirt under the dozer. I pulled the shelter’s tabs, but they didn’t work. So I ripped at it to get it open. It was a confined space so it took a while to get the shelter open. I had to physically unfold every fold to get it deployed. That’s when my leg got a little scorched. Overall, the shelter worked the way it was supposed to. Those shelters no doubt saved our lives. The video below includes videos and still photos taken during the entrapment....

Funeral Details: Chief Harvey Eisner (The Secret List)
All- Details for Chief Eisner: This coming Sunday morning  Oct 26th, 2014 10am viewing 11am service then to Mount Hope Cemetery Hastings on the Hudson NY exit 13 off Saw Mill Parkway. Funeral home GPS address:  16 Arcadian Ave Paramus NJ; Physical address:  West Rt 4 Paramus, NJ http://www.schoemschapel.com/ Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On. BillyG The Secret List 10-24-2014-1600 hrs www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com...

FUNERAL DETAILS FOR HARVEY EISNER
Details for Chief Eisner: This coming Sunday morning  Oct 26th, 2014 10am viewing 11am service then to Mount Hope Cemetery Hastings on the Hudson NY exit 13 off Saw Mill Parkway. Funeral home GPS address:  16 Arcadian Ave Paramus NJ; Physical address:  West Rt 4 Paramus, NJ http://www.schoemschapel.com/...

Rembr'ing a Fire Instructor: LODD During Live Fire Training (The Secret List)
Hey, We take time to remember-and learn about the Pennsylvania fire instructor who was conducting live fire training (October 23, 2005) and was very critically burned (and died in the Line of Duty, two days later) in that fire training building at the State Fire Academy.  Altoona Fire Captain/State Instructor Bob Gallardy, 47, was working at the State Fire Academy in Lewistown that weekend as an Instructor for the Suppression Instructor Development Class. They were starting the last fire of the day (after several days of training) wherein the Instructor candidates would be evaluated in a variety of positions. Captain Gallardy was found by the candidates in the corner of the burn room as they entered. The candidates quickly extinguished the fire and removed the victim from the room, a Mayday was immediately called by another Instructor in the basement and the RIT team was sent to the basement to assist with removal.  It has been noted in the report (below) that Captain Gallardy's face piece had a heat damaged lens from previous burns. Two others found at the training academy also had similar flaws. The investigators also noted that another instructor was concerned when Gallardy emerged from the basement after setting the fire, and encouraged him to get out and take a break. After remarking about how hot the fire was, Gallardy went back into the basement to add pallets to the fire and await the students for the final scenario of the day. The three firefighters said they called a Mayday after hearing someone moan. They also wondered if it was part of the grand finale scenario. But, they suddenly realized it wasn't. Captain Gallardy was removed, treated and then flown to the Lehigh Valley Burn Unit with very serious 2nd and 3rd degree burns over a large portion of his body including respiratory and facial. He was listed in critical condition and succumbed two days later. He was wearing an SCBA with a damaged face piece-from previous training burns-when he entered the operating area.  Gallardy was career Fire Captain in the Altoona City FD and had been in the volunteer and career fire service for nearly 30 years. He was an Adjunct Instructor and Local Level Instructor for OSFC/State Fire Academy. TAKE TIME to read this report and to then learn and honor the life of Captain Gallardy. http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200531.html  RELATED:  On July 30, 2002, a Florida Fire Lieutenant and a Firefighter died while participating in a live-fire training evolution. A flashover occurred several minutes after the fire had been lit in the acquired vacant structure while both of the victims were performing a simulated search and rescue. The Lieutenant and the Firefighter were both transported to a local hospital where they were pronounced dead.  READ:http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200234.html Learning from those who have lost their lives is the best way to honor the fallen---both PA and Florida have made very significant, recognized and noted changes since these losses. RIP. Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On. BillyG The Secret List 10/24/2014-1410 Hours www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com ...

26 Year Old FF LODD-PA, Rmbr'ing DCFD Sgt. Carter-Video (The Secret List)
FIREFIGHTER DIES WHILE TURNING OUT TO A BUILDING FIRE The Secret List www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com We regret to pass on to you that a 26-year-old female Firefighter (and brand new Mom who just had a baby about a month ago) died in the Line of Duty this morning in Fulton Township, Lancaster County, PA. Christi Rodgers, 26, was a volunteer Firefighter with the Robert Fulton Fire Company in Wakefield, http://www.513rffc.com/ . She was was home when her pager went off to respond to the house fire at 394 Pilottown Road. While turning out, she went into cardiac arrest and was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The fire was dispatched around 0453 Hours-it is near the Maryland border. “The two-story dwelling was fully involved when we got there,” Assistant Chief Dan Appel said. “Flames were 40 feet in the air.” About 50 firefighters from Lancaster, Chester in PA, and Harford and Cecil counties in Maryland worked together to put out the blaze. It was declared under control around 6:45 a.m. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP.     REMEMBERING DCFD SGT CARTER: Take a moment to remember Sgt. John M. Carter who was killed on October 24, 1997 at a store fire at 4th & Kennedy St's NW.  NOTE: If you have never viewed this video-it is time well spent. RIP. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7Cqw-BSt44 Additional: http://www.dcfd.com/carter.htm Takje Care. Be Careful. Pass It On. BillyG The Secret List 10/24/2014-0948 Hours www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com...

FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY WHILE TURNING OUT TO A BUILDING FIRE
We regret to pass on to you that a 26-year-old female Firefighter died in the Line of Duty this morning in Fulton Township, Lancaster County, PA. A volunteer firefighter who had a baby about a month ago died Friday morning in Fulton Township. Christi Rodgers, 26, was a volunteer firefighter with the Robert Fulton Fire Company in Wakefield, Assistant Chief Dan Appel said. She was was home when her pager went off to respond to the house fire at 394 Pilottown Road. While turning out, she went into cardiac arrest and was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The fire was dispatched around 0453 Hours-it is near the Maryland border.“The two-story dwelling was fully involved when we got there,” Assistant Chief Dan Appelsaid. “Flames were 40 feet in the air.” About 50 firefighters from Lancaster, Chester in PA, and Harford and Cecil counties in Maryland worked together to put out the blaze.It was declared under control around 6:45 a.m. Our condolences to all those affected. RIP....

CHIEF HARVEY EISNER - RIP (The Secret List)
All- It is with profound regret that we pass on shocking news to you---we have been advised that Firehouse Magazine Editor In Chief Emeritus, Former Tenafly NJ Fire Chief and Hon FDNY Assistant Chief Harvey Eisner has passed away from a heart attack. We will provide additional information on this huge loss to the nation and worlds fire service. Quite honestly, there is not a single Firefighter on the streets today that Harvey didn't positively influence in his teachings, writings and amazing photography. Harvey was a dear friend to us and so many and a true Brother to all in the fire service. Much more to follow about this man whose life was always all about doing for others. That is said about many, but that absolutely defined who Harvey was. All you needed to do was to spend a moment with him-and that statement held true forever-and will continue to hold true...forever. Chief Harvey Eisner-did so much for so many and now he is gone. RIP. More about Chief Eisner: http://www.firehouse.com/blog/11663803/the-jersey-guys-blog-recognizing-harvey-eisner Take Care. Be Careful Pass It On. BillyG The Secret List 10-24-2014-0839 Hours www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com ...

CHIEF HARVEY EISNER - RIP
 It is with profound regret that we pass on shocking news to you---we have been advised that Firehouse Magazine Editor In Chief Emeritus, Former Tenafly NJ Fire Chief and Hon FDNY Assistant Chief Harvey Eisner has passed away from a heart attack.We will provide additional information on this huge loss to the nation and worlds fire service. Quite honestly, there is not a single Firefighter on the streets today that Harvey didn't positively influence in his teachings, writings and amazing photography. Harvey was a dear friend to us and so many and a true Brother to all in the fire service.Much more to follow about this man whose life was always all about doing for others. That is said about many, but that absolutely defined who Harvey was. All you needed to do was to spend a moment with him-and that statement held true forever-and will continue to hold true...forever. Chief Harvey Eisner-did so much for so many and now he is gone.RIP.More about Chief Eisner:http://www.firehouse.com/blog/11663803/the-jersey-guys-blog-recognizing-harvey-eisner...

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