October 22, 2014
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Radio Traffic-Detroit Firefighter Down/Video (The Secret List)
All, Here is the radio traffic from this mornings extreme close call in Detroit where the FF was forced out of tower ladder 7's bucket.  =RADIO TRAFFIC INCLUDING THE EMERGENCY THAT HAPPENS AT AROUND 5 min :45 sec: (Listen to the audio from the start, great professionalism in command, control and restricting companies from concerns related to the vacant building-in addition to the emergency traffic that followed) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnNNPq6vG1o&feature=em-uploademail  =VIDEO: DFD FF Nicholas Benskey was injured at the above fire this morning when he came down from the bucket of tower ladder 7 during a fire at that longtime vacant Fisher Body plant. While operating, part of the building started to collapse. Indications are that Firefighter Benskey dropped 30 to 40 feet. A second firefighter in the bucket of the tower ladder was not injured. The fire was at the vacant Fisher Body plant-he is expected to recover and is in fair condition. KTIYP's Take care. Be Careful. Pass it On. BillyG The Secret List 10/22/2014-1500 Hours www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com ...

UPDATE: DETROIT FF JUMPED FROM TOWER LADDER BUCKET
A Detroit firefighter was knocked unconscious this morning after he jumped from a 40-foot-high aerial ladder bucket as part of the Fisher Body plant collapsed, authorities say.Arson investigators are on the scene as the fire continues to burn on the second floor of the large, vacant industrial building at Harper and Hastings, northwest of the I-94 and I-75 intersection."He initially was knocked unconscious," said second deputy Detroit fire commissioner Craig Dougherty. "After a bit, he came to and he knew who he was, and he knew where he was."The firefighter, who has about 10 years of experience, was in the bucket with another firefighter, spraying flames into the second floor on the southeast side of the plant, Dougherty said. The second firefighter remained in the bucket and was uninjured, he said.Mike Malewski, who works across the street, said he was indoors when he heard the "big boom" outside."They were spraying into those windows just below it," he said, adding that after the boom, "I came out and everybody was scrambling."The ambulance transported the injured firefighter from the scene at about 8:15 a.m.The firefighting effort paused, and firefighters stood quietly in the street as flames and smoke could be seen inside the abandoned building."Structural collapse is one of the biggest fears," Dougherty said. "It hurts a lot of firefighters, kills a lot of firefighters every year."Shortly after 9 a.m., a hose placed on the ground was spraying the building from about 15 yards away....

2 hurt after police chase of LAFD stolen ambulance
By Julie CartLos Angeles TimesLOS ANGELES — A man being treated by paramedics stole a Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance and led police on a chase that ended in a traffic collision, sending two women to the hospital Sunday night.Paramedics responded to a medical call in the 200 block of North San Pedro street in downtown L.A. about 6:30 p.m., and then the man drove off in the ambulance, according to the LAFD’s Katherine Main.The paramedics were not in the ambulance at the time, Main said.A fire engine also responding to the original call reported the stolen ambulance, Los Angeles police said.Officers then began a pursuit that ended when the ambulance crashed into a vehicle at the intersection of Beverly Boulevard and  Union Avenue about 7:15,  according to Sgt. Gia Rueda of the LAPD.Two women in the car were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, Rueda said.The suspect, whose name was not released, was taken into custody at the Rampart Station. ...

No one injured in crash with ambulance - Maryland
EASTON — No one was injured in an accident involving an ambulance around 8 p.m. Sunday night at Dover and West streets in Easton, police said.Police said Harvey Greenwald, 74, of New York, had stopped his minivan at the intersection of Dover Street and then headed across West Street.A Talbot County Emergency Medical Services ambulance, which had just completed transportation and wasn’t carrying a patient, T-boned Greenwald’s vehicle as he drove across the street, police said.Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene. Police said the van had functional damage and the ambulance had front end damage.Although no injuries were apparent, the two emergency medical services workers, Marcus Flowers Jr., 57, of Fishing Creek, and Wylie Gray Jr., 55, of Cambridge, went to the emergency room afterward and were cleared.Greenwald is charged with failing to yield the right of way.&nb...

One dead after ambulance, truck crash into car on the Northeast Side - San Antonio
By Mark WilsonSAN ANTONIO — An ambulance was among three vehicles involved in a crash Thursday night that left one man dead on the Northeast Side.According to the San Antonio Police Department, a Dodge Ram and Acadian ambulance had been headed west in the 6300 block of Rittiman Road just after 7 p.m. when a Toyota Corolla attempted a left turn across westbound lanes.Police said the driver failed to yield the right of way to the vehicles and pulled out into their path.Both the truck and ambulance crashed into the car in which Ross Goveia, 96, was a passenger.Goveia was taken to the San Antonio Military Medical Center in critical condition following the accident.He was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.mdwilson@express-news.net ...

3 hospitalized after ambulance crash in Newton - Massachusetts
NEWTON, Mass. (WHDH) -An ambulance carrying one patient and two paramedics was driving through Newton Tuesday afternoon when it crashed into a utility pole.Police say all three people on board were taken to Beth Israel as a precaution for minor, non-life-threatening injuries.The crash happened just after 3 p.m. on Route 9 eastbound near Dudley Road. No other vehicles were involved.One lane of the road was closed while crews worked to repair the damage.&nb...

HALLUCINATING MAN STEALS AMBULANCE, CRASHES NEAR DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
A man undergoing treatment for hallucination inside a Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance in downtown Los Angeles stole the emergency vehicle Sunday night, forcing two firefighter paramedics to jump out and an engine company to pursue.  The firefighters were treating a patient at about 7 p.m. at Alameda and 3rd streets, when he pulled out his IV and ran out of the ambulance. The man reappeared a short time later, jumped into the ambulance and began driving away. The two firefighter paramedics quickly jumped out.As per protocol, the ambulance was left running. The engine company followed the ambulance until LAPD officers arrived and took over the pursuit. About five minutes later, the ambulance crashed into a minivan at Union Place and Beverly Boulevard in the Rampart area of Los Angeles. The two people in the minivan suffered minor injuries. No firefighters were injured or involved in the crash, fire officials said."Initially it didn't make sense at all to anybody that the fire department was chasing one of its own vehicles," LAPD Lt. Theresa Coyle said. "As it became clear, gratefully no one was seriously injured."The male suspect was arrested and is expected to face felony evading and carjacking charges. &nb...

Accident Involving Ambulance in Easton - Maryland
EASTON, Md.- Easton police say a New York man faces charges after an ambulance crashed into his minivan at an intersection.Police said that at around 8 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to the intersection of Dover and West streets in reference to a motor vehicle accident. When officers arrived, police say they found a minivan with New York registration had been broadsided by a Talbot County EMS ambulance. Investigators said the minivan's driver, 74-year-old Harvey Greenwald, of New York, had stopped at the intersection then proceeded across West Street. It was then that the ambulance slammed into the side of the minivan, according to police. Authorities said the minivan sustained functional damage and the ambulance had front-end damage. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Police said that while no injuries were apparent, both EMS workers, 57-year-old Marcus Flowers Jr., of Fishing Creek, and 55-year-old Wylie Gray Jr., of Cambridge, went to Memorial Hospital at Easton afterwards to be cleared by the ER.Police said the ambulance had just completed a transport at the hospital and there were no patients on board during the accident. Investigators said Greenwald was charged with "failing to yield to the right of way."&nb...

DETRIOT FF INJURED - FALL FROM TOWER LADDER BUCKET
A firefighter has been injured on the job on Detroit's east side. The fire crew was battling a blaze at the old Fisher Body plant at Harper and Piquette.The view from SkyFOX showed a firefighter up in the ladder bucket around 8 a.m. Wednesday when part of the building began to collapse. That's when the firefighter fell from the bucket. Sources tell Fox 2 the firefighter fell 50-60 feet. How he fell is unclear at this time. Sources say the firefighter may have jumped, though, when he saw the building begin to collapse. The firefighter has been taken to the hospital. His condition is unknown at this time. Stay with Fox 2 News for updates on this developing story....

Firefighter/Soldier Killed By Terrorist, Fires Do Continue-SOIFSFD (The Secret List)
All, As you may have read, two Canadian soldiers were struck by a vehicle on purpose yesterday. It's reported as a terrorist attack....and one soldier died. His name is WO Patrice Vincent.  What you may not know is that he was a Canadian Forces Firefighter.  Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, 53, had been a member of the Canadian military for 28 years when he was killed in the Line of Duty yesterday after being hit by a car driven by that homegrown terrorist. Vincents career as a Firefighter (and Chief Fire Officer) brought him to military bases across Canada, serving in Halifax, Valcartier, Que., Montreal, Trenton, North Bay, Edmonton, Comox, B.C. and Esquimalt, B.C. Vincent had been a member of Joint Personnel Support Unit at the Integrated Personnel Support Centre in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., an office run by the departments of defense and veterans affairs that help injured veterans and current soldiers, as well as their families, access support services from the federal government.   WHAT HAPPENED: The attack occurred in the parking lot outside the IPS center yesterday morning. Terrorist Martin Couture-Rouleau sat and waited-and then he struck two members of the military with his car in a St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., parking lot in what was "the violent expression of an extremist ideology." One of those victims, Firefighter/Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, as noted above, has since died. Couture-Rouleau was shot and killed by police following a high-speed chase as he fled the scene. According to Quebec provincial police,Couture-Rouleau waited in the parking lot for at least two hours before he drove his car into the soldiers — one of whom was in uniform. The parking lot in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, located about 40 kilometres southeast of Montreal, served a number of provincial, federal and military administrative offices, as well as several commercial properties. Couture-Rouleaus gold-beige-coloured 2000 Nissan Altima, was spotted in the parking lot as early as 9:15 a.m. Monday. The men were hit by the car at around 11:30 a.m. Our condolences to all those affected by this loss. RIP.     FIRES DO CONTINUE-SUCH AS THIS MORNING...... It's not hard to find the unknowing talking about the need for less staffing, less companies, less training, less response, etc-in many circles these days.    As stated here so many times before, bare bone cuts are like cutting your home insurance-you immediately do save some money and as long as you have no fire or claim, life is good. In those "cut" communities, the same thing happens, "all is good" to the clueless-until there is a fire. And the fire comes-as it always does-and always will.....   ...but now the SOIFSFD  (shadow of it's former self fire department)-and it's firefighters, have to attempt to make it work. Expecting a fire department-any fire department-to operate as if they have adequate staffing and resources-when they have far less, is foolishness with a predictable outcome.   There are still fires and be it 5 or 500 in your area, the preparedness and response has to be able to match the incident initially-or the result will be similar to you calling your insurance company and wanting to file a claim-and them reminding you that you are no longer covered.   Don't let anyone feed you the "less fires=less of a need for a well equipped and staffed FD" nonsense-there are fires.   Hats off to the FF's in Lawrence (MA) who are no strangers to budget cuts-and working fires. They tried to save two young kids this morning, trapped in heavy fire conditions. WATCH THIS VIDEO FIRST:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmJ7PLpoRyU   Other videos and coverage of the Lawrence fire and the heroic attempts by the LFD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg7mGOlItRQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pKEyutr55k https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg7mGOlItRQ http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/10/21/family-reports-2-children-missing-after-lawrence-house-fire/ http://www.ksby.com/news/firefighter-hospitalized-after-trying-to-rescue-young-boys-trapped-in-burning-apartment/ Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On. BillyG The Secret List 10/21/2014-2056 Hours www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com  ...

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