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Firefighter Critical In Ohio Apparatus Crash (The Secret List)
 Hey-A Munson Township (Geauga County, Ohio, east of Cleveland) ladder truck was involved in a serious crash on its way to a house fire this afternoon.Two vehicles were going eastbound, when the first car spotted the fire apparatus and slowed to pull over. The second car did not slow down. It hit the back of the minivan and veered left of center, striking the fire truck head on.The fire apparatus driver and the driver of another vehicle were taken to Hillcrest Hospital in critical condition. Two other firefighters were taken to University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. More to follow. KTIYP's.Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 3-5-2015-1530www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com...

FIREFIGHTER CRITICAL IN OHIO FIRE APPARATUS CRASH
A Munson Township (Geauga County, Ohio, east of Cleveland) ladder truck was involved in a serious crash on its way to a house fire this afternoon.Two vehicles were going eastbound, when the first car spotted the fire apparatus and slowed to pull over. The second car did not slow down. It hit the back of the minivan and veered left of center, striking the fire truck head on.The fire apparatus driver and the driver of another vehicle were taken to Hillcrest Hospital in critical condition. Two other firefighters were taken to University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. More to follow. KTIYP's.Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 3-5-2015-1530www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com...

Firefighter Line of Duty Death for February 2015
The United States Fire Administration has received notice of the following 8 firefighter fatalities in the month of February: Name: Charlie V. Wallace Rank: Firefighter Status: Volunteer Date of Incident: 01/10/2015 Fire Department: Montgomery Volunteer FD Age: 74 Years of Service: 43 Date of Death: 02/03/2015 Incident Description: Firefighter Wallace died from injuries sustained when he was struck by a vehicle on January 10th while directing traffic in front of the fire station as apparatus were leaving for a response call. On February 3, 74 y/o Firefighter Charlie Wallace of the Montgomery VFD located in New York died in the LOD ==================================================================== Name: Kenneth Lehr Rank: Chief Status: Volunteer Date of Incident: 02/05/2015 Fire Department: Medora Community Volunteer FD Age: 59 Years of Service: 22 Incident Description: While attempting to close off Illinois Route 111 to allow for a helicopter to land safely for a medical emergency, Chief Lehr was struck by a fire apparatus as it was backing up. Chief Lehr passed away at the scene from injuries sustained when he was struck. On February 5, 59 y/o Fire Chief Kenneth Lehr of the Medora Community V FD located in Illinois died in the LOD ==================================================================== Name: Garry Rose Rank: Firefighter Status: Volunteer Date of Incident: 02/06/2015 Fire Department: McMechen Volunteer FD Age: 67 Years of Service: 37 Incident Description: Firefighter Rose was wheeling a patient through the doors of the Emergency Room at the Ohio Valley Medical Center when he collapsed and, shortly thereafter, passed way from an apparent heart attack. On February 6, 67 y/o Firefighter Garry Rose of the McMechen VFD located in West Virginia died in the LOD ==================================================================== Name: Randy Parker Rank: Lieutenant Status: Career Date of Incident: 02/12/2015 Fire Department: Macon-Bibb County FD Age: 46 Years of Service: 25 Incident Description: Lieutenant Parker was pronounced dead at Medical Center-Navicent Health and at least five other firefighters were injured after a structural collapse occurred while fire crews were operating inside of a burning residential structure. According to media reports, the Bibb County coroner said Lieutenant Parker died from burns and smoke inhalation. Three of the injured firefighters are being treated at the Augusta Burn Center; one of the three was in critical condition and airlifted to the Center. The fatal fire incident remains under investigation by authorities. On February 12, 46 y/o Lieutenant Randy Parker of the Macon-Bibb County FD located in Georgia died in the LOD ===================================================================================== Name: Kenneth M. Stanton Rank: Sergeant Status: Volunteer Date of Incident: 02/15/2015 Fire Department: Sandy Springs Fire Department Age: 52 Years of Service: 3 Incident Description: Sergeant Stanton was directing traffic at the scene of a previous vehicle accident when an approaching vehicle drove around emergency equipment and struck him. Stanton was immediately treated at the scene and then transported to the hospital where he passed away from injuries sustained. The driver of the vehicle who struck Sergeant Stanton is being charged with felony driving under the influence resulting in death and leaving the scene of an accident. On February 15, 52 y/o Sergeant Kenneth Stanton of the Sandy Springs VFD located in South Carolina died in the LOD ==================================================================== Name: Randy Hiti Rank: Firefighter Status: Volunteer Date of Incident: 02/18/2015 Fire Department: Rice Lake Fire Department Age: 57 Years of Service: 26 Incident Description: Firefighter Randy Hiti was responding to a medical emergency call when he suffered a medical episode and passed away from injuries sustained. The cause of death remains under investigation. On February 18, 57 y/o Firefighter Randy Hiti of the Rice Lake VFD located in Minnesota died in the LOD ==================================================================== Name: Dwight W. Bazile Rank: Captain Status: Career Date of Incident: 02/19/2015 Fire Department: Houston Fire Department Age: 57 Years of Service: 37 Date of Death: 02/21/2015 Incident Description: Fire Captain Bazile fell ill shortly after responding to a residential structure fire with reports of people trapped inside. Captain Bazile was operating inside of the structure with other firefighters when he began experiencing a medical emergency. He was able to walk out of the burning building under his own power, but collapsed outside shortly thereafter and went into cardiac arrest. Captain Bazile was immediately treated by fellow responders and transported to Memorial Herman Hospital where he succumbed to his injury two days later. On February 21, 57 y/o Captain Dwight Bazile of the Houston FD located in Texas died in the LOD ==================================================================== Name: Edward Roddy Rank: Firefighter Status: Volunteer Date of Incident: 11/05/2014 Fire Department: Somerset Volunteer FD Age: 48 Years of Service: Pending Date of Death: 02/22/2015 Incident Description: Firefighter Roddy suffered from a heart attack on November 5, 2014 while at the scene of a fire and did not recover. He passed away on February 22, 2015. On February 22, 48 y/o Firefighter Edward Roddy of the Somerset VFD located in Pennsylvania died in the LOD ==================================================================== To date 14 firefighter fatalities have been reported to The United States Fire Administration in 2015, May They Rest In Peace.  ...

Ambulance crashes into pole in Sleepy Hollow - New York
Alex Taylor, artaylor@lohud.comAn ambulance crashed head-on into a utility pole in Sleepy Hollow on Wednesday, blocking traffic on Route 9.An ambulance from SeniorCare Emergency Medical Services hit a pole around 2:15 p.m. across from Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. It was unclear if anyone was injured in the accident.Sleepy Hollow police said Route 9 was closed in both directions between Merlin Ave. and Palmer Ave.The pole was cracked and the ambulance seriously damaged. A stretcher was seen hanging out the back door of the vehicle as its horn blared in short bursts of three.Matt Spilane contributed to this report ...

Crash puts ambulance out of commission - Mississippi
One of the Oxford Fire Department's ambulances is going to be out of commission for an estimated three weeks following a crash Tuesday morning.According to Fire Chief Pete Scholz, the ambulance was eastbound on W. Drahner Rd., near Glaspie Rd., when it struck a pickup truck pulling a trailer that "turned right in front of" the emergency vehicle.The pickup was sitting on the shoulder of the road (south side) when it pulled out to make a left-turn into a driveway on the north side of W. Drahner Rd., the chief said.Neither driver was injured. The ambulance was not transporting a patient.Scholz reported the ambulance sustained "quite a bit of damage" to its front end and suspension system."It will be out of service for a while," he said. "Probably about three weeks."The department owns three other ambulances, unfortunately, one of them is currently being serviced, so the agency is down to two units. However, when needed, Oxford relies on mutual aid from neighboring fire departments to handle medical calls.At the time of the crash, Scholz said the ambulance's lights and siren were activated because it was responding to a house fire at 20 Ensley St. in the village.The fire had began on a stovetop, then spread to a cupboard and ceiling above it, according to the chief. Firefighters were able to knock it down right away.Scholz estimated the home probably suffered approximately $25,000 in damage.&nb...

Ambulance Side-Swipes Vehicle At Johnson Christian Village - Indiana
(BEDFORD) - An IU Health Hospital ambulance side-swiped a parked vehicle when it went to pick up a patient at Johnson Christian Village Monday.According to a Lawrence County Police report, 46-year-old Michael Potter of Bedford was driving the 2014 Chevrolet ambulance and had responded to a call at Johnson Christian Village on State Road 158 around 9 a.m. to pick up a patient when the accident happened.According to police, because of the snow, Potter didn't have much room to maneuver the ambulance in the parking lot and that is when he side-swiped a parked 2004 Dodge Durango.No one was inside the SUV when the accident happened and no one was injured in the ambulance.&nb...

PHILLY LODD UPDATE: Was fire that killed Firefighter Joyce Craig ‘a perfect storm’ of errors?
THREE MONTHS after Joyce Craig became Philly's first female firefighter to die on duty, three investigations into her death remain unresolved.That's because a series of errors occurred that morning, complicating investigators' probes, sources said.Fire spokesman Clifford Gilliam declined to comment on the Dec. 9 fire in West Oak Lane that killed Craig, saying he couldn't talk about ongoing investigations.But veteran firefighters described it as "a perfect storm of things that went wrong," including:An inexperienced ladder crew took 18 minutes to respond.The team with whom Craig entered the rowhouse got separated, leaving her alone inside.Many of those on the scene were either young or recent transfers, including the firefighter assigned to fight the fire beside Craig.The city Fire Marshal's Office, the Medical Examiner's Office and the federal National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health are investigating.NIOSH scrutinizes all firefighter fatalities as part of its Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program, spokeswoman Nura Sadeghpour said."The team made several site visits in December and are still collecting information and evaluating what they have learned so far," Sadeghpour said, adding that a final report isn't expected until late summer or early fall.Without completed investigations, some death benefits for Craig's family - she left behind two children, a 16-year-old son and a toddler daughter - can't be paid out, sources said. Craig also died without a will, further complicating affairs.Craig's relatives couldn't be reached for comment.The blaze that killed Craig was the sort firefighters dread: a basement blaze in tight quarters with paneled walls (paneling burns fast and hot).The fire created a "chimney effect" - a hellish, upwardly billowing tunnel of smoke and flame so hot and blinding that the chief ordered those inside to evacuate. Such evacuation orders are communicated to everyone via radio, and sometimes, additionally, firetruck drivers sound an air horn, depending on the urgency of the emergency.It's unclear when Craig became separated from her lieutenant and partner firefighter. Firefighters didn't notice Craig was trapped inside until they got outside and realized she wasn't with them, Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer and union chief Joe Schulle said a few hours afterward.Craig called for help several times and was found collapsed in the first-floor dining room, suffering from smoke inhalation and burns.Those close to Craig complain that she was paired with an inexperienced young firefighter who struggled through the Fire Academy. That woman, sources said, is related to a highly placed member of Mayor Nutter's administration.That firefighter, who the Daily News is not naming because she hasn't been charged or disciplined, was transferred to fire headquarters after Craig's death, sources said.While Craig was trapped inside, no help was available.The rescue crew that would have been first on the scene was Ladder 29, based less than 2 miles away at Broad and Champlost streets. But they had accompanied a medic unit on another run and couldn't respond, sources said.So Ladder 21, the next-closest ladder company, responded, raising ladders on the front of the home, searching for victims (an elderly resident had to be rescued) and ventilating windows.A second ladder company typically assists the first, shutting off utilities and helping however they can - including rescuing downed colleagues.But Ladder 8, sent from its home base at Chelten Avenue and Baynton Street, was "delayed," according to fire dispatch's audio of the incident. The driver blamed traffic, telling the dispatcher he was "stuck behind a car," according to the audio.Yet those familiar with the events that day say the truck was manned with new transfers unfamiliar with the streets. So, while the Ladder 8 crew may have gotten stuck behind a car, they also got lost, taking 18 minutes to respond to a scene they should have arrived at in six minutes, sources familiar with the incident said. Ladder 8's route, recorded by GPS, and the inexperience of the crew in that neighborhood likely will be part of the investigation, sources said.Engine 73, the company Craig - assigned to Crescentville's Engine 64 - was subbing for that night, also was staffed by a "very young" crew, sources said.The fire union has sued the city over the Fire Department's transfer policy.Former Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers adopted the policy two years ago, arguing that new recruits needed experience in busier stations as the department lost veteran firefighters and officers to retirement.But union officials have complained the policy replaces veteran firefighters who have become experts in their neighborhoods' streets and structures with rookies who aren't.The union in February asked City Council to hold hearings on the policy."It's an irresponsible policy that puts firefighters at great risk, as well as the public that we're meant to serve," said Schulle, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 22, which represents Philly's firefighters and paramedics."We become specialists in the neighborhoods on all these runs - we learn information that takes years and years to accumulate, like the best streets to take because of the size of our trucks, which houses have basement and side doors or servant stairs, which streets have low-hanging wires, overpasses or tight corners, that kind of stuff," Schulle said. "By shuffling people around, they're just harming the community."Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20150304_THREE_MONTHS_after_Joyce_Craig_became_Philly_s_first_NO_HEAD_SPECIFIED.html#E0YSpIILkKZviGho.99...

FIREFIGHTER CHAPLAIN-REST IN PEACE REV. KIRBY
I've been really, really lucky in my career to get to know and work with some really cool FIRE CHAPLAINS. My favorite ones-actually, my favorite religious leaders-are the ones whose daily actions define their stated beliefs...it's a good way to be...for a Chaplain, or any of us. Actions not words. Good stuff.If you have had a chance to read PASS IT ON, you read some great words from Chicago FD Chaplain Father Tom. He represents the good in fire chaplains. There for everyone.Last week we lost a wonderful Fire Chaplain, Rev Richard (Dick) Kirby.I first met Rev Kirby in the early 80's when he volunteered to help out as our Chaplain. Easily identified as that "little Irishman" who would always wear something such as a cloverleaf to proudly represent his heritage, and would greet people with: "Top o' the morning to you." ...to which I would always respond back to him "climb back into that #%$^! box of Lucky Charms cereal you came out of" - to which HE would respond: "your  attitude would be better if you showered - with Irish Spring!"....to which I would respond, Irish Spring!?...who is SHE? Is she cute? He LOVED the targeted banter-he felt like one of the Firefighters. He would walk in quarters and I would give him a look-and he would smile, knowing, with a sort of "here we go" smirk that the fun was about to begin.He absolutely was one of us. To me, the best friends and co-worker relationships are the ones where the harmless chop busting breeds long term love and respect. It's the fun bantering that helps develop solid brother and sisterhood-and love for some really good people.That's what I have always enjoyed - and still do - and when it came to a Chaplain that joined right in? THAT was a home run. And Rev Kirby was a home run. No matter what he did, he showed up with that heart of gold to serve-no matter who you were-he was there to serve. He defined FIRE CHAPLAIN, at least in my book-and our book, starting back in the early 80's. He knew when it was banter time-and he knew when it was Chaplain time-and he knew when words were a waste of time-and words didn't matter-but his mere presence did. He was a life saver-well before CISD, CISM or related programs-he understood the gently need to help "bleed" the pressure line of those in "his" flock.The East Manatee and Southern Manatee Fire Rescue Brothers and Sisters (Bradenton, Florida) and so many friends and families are mourning the loss of beloved Division Chief and Chaplain, the Rev. Richard E. Kirby, who passed away at the age of 86 - last Thursday. He died of natural causes following a brief hospice stay, leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Clara Kirby, and four adult kids.I have included a link below-at least click it to see his picture-Lucky Charms guy, right?! The world is a little less cool because Reverand Kirby has received his deserved reward in heaven...but those of us who knew him-and know Chaplains like him, we are far better off for it.RIP Rev Kirby.Click Here: http://www.bradenton.com/2015/03/02/5665177/celebration-of-life-planned-for.html#storylink=cpyClick Here:This is his "last alarm" radio transmission over Manatee County Fire Radio along with additional information from East Manatee Fire Rescue.. http://www.emfr.org/announcements/rev-kirby/Billy Goldfeder3/4/2015-2025 Hours...

UPDATE: PA Firefighter Critical, Rev Kirby, New Book (The Secret List)
 All,That Lawrence Township firefighter who was seriously injured at yesterdays house fire, FF Jeff Buck, 18,  remains hospitalized in UPMC Altoona and is with family with no change in his condition. He was trapped when the porch roof collapsed. A GoFundMe pagewas started for FF Buck, who is also an expectant Father: http://www.gofundme.com/npdlqsREV KIRBY, RIP.I've been really, really lucky in my career to get to know and work with some really cool FIRE CHAPLAINS. My favorite ones-actually, my favorite religious leaders-are the ones whose daily actions define their stated beliefs...it's a good way to be...for a Chaplain, or any of us. Actions not words. Good stuff.If you have had a chance to read PASS IT ON, you read some great words from Chicago FD Chaplain Father Tom. He represents the good in fire chaplains. There for everyone.Last week we lost a wonderful Fire Chaplain, Rev Richard (Dick) Kirby.I first met Rev Kirby in the early 80's when he volunteered to help out as our Chaplain. Easily identified as that "little Irishman" who would always wear something such as a cloverleaf to proudly represent his heritage, and would greet people with:"Top o' the morning to you."...to which I would always respond back to him "climb back into that #%$^! box of Lucky Charms cereal you came out of" - to which HE would respond:"your  attitude would be better if you showered - with Irish Spring!"....to which I would respond, Irish Spring!?...who is SHE? Is she cute? He LOVED the targeted banter-he felt like one of the Firefighters. He would walk in quarters and I would give him a look-and he would smile, knowing, with a sort of "here we go" smirk that the fun was about to begin.He absolutely was one of us. To me, the best friends and co-worker relationships are the ones where theharmlesschop busting breeds long term love and respect. It's the fun bantering that helps develop solid brother and sisterhood-and love for some really good people.That's what I have always enjoyed - and still do - and when it came to a Chaplain that joined right in?THATwas a home run. And Rev Kirby was a home run. No matter what he did, he showed up with that heart of gold to serve-no matter who you were-he was there to serve. He defined FIRE CHAPLAIN, at least in my book-and our book, starting back in the early 80's. He knew when it was banter time-and he knew when it was Chaplain time-and he knew when words were a waste of time-and words didn't matter-but his mere presence did. He was a life saver-well before CISD, CISM or related programs-he understood the gently need to help "bleed" the pressure line of those in "his" flock.The East Manatee and Southern Manatee Fire Rescue Brothers and Sisters (Bradenton, Florida) and so many friends and families are mourning the loss of beloved Division Chief and Chaplain, the Rev. Richard E. Kirby, who passed away at the age of 86 - last Thursday. He died of natural causes following a brief hospice stay, leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Clara Kirby, and four adult kids.I have included a link below-at least click it to see his picture-Lucky Charms guy, right?!The world is a little less cool because Reverand Kirby has received his deserved reward in heaven...but those of us who knew him-and know Chaplains like him, we are far better off for it.RIP Rev Kirby.Click Here: http://www.bradenton.com/2015/03/02/5665177/celebration-of-life-planned-for.html#storylink=cpyClick Here:This is his "last alarm" radio transmission over Manatee County Fire Radio along with additional information from East Manatee Fire Rescue.. http://www.emfr.org/announcements/rev-kirby/NEW FIRE EMS BOOK:Some of you know Gary Ludwig-a veteran St Louis EMS and Memphis Chief Officer-he has taken time to write a book loaded with great information about his time on the job.CHECK IT OUT: http://garyludwigbooks.com/Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.BillyGThe Secret List 3/4/2015-2018 Hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com ...

Car crash victim points gun at medic, then kills himself - Missouri
ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. — A man involved in a car crash pointed a gun at a paramedic responding to the scene, fired a shot, and was found dead in his vehicle after police arrived.Paramedics from St. Charles County Ambulance District were dispatched Sunday around 7:45 p.m. to a motor vehicle crash on Highway 61, according to a press release from the service.Battalion Chief Jeremy Hollrah was in the area of the crash and the first responder on the scene. He saw several vehicles pulled to the side of the road, and a black pickup truck off the roadway, resting at an odd angle on the edge of a wooded area alongside the road.Witnesses told Hollrah the driver of the truck had exited the vehicle. As Hollrah approached the driver got back into his truck, and appeared to searching for something. Hollrah asked him several times to exit the vehicle; the driver did not comply, then pointed a gun at  the paramedic. Hollrah backed away and the driver fired a shot.Unsure who the shot had been fired at, Hollrah and other paramedics and firefighters who had arrived on the scene and were treating other patients involved in the accident ushered the patients and bystanders to safety behind parked vehicles.Wentzville police arrived shortly after, and discovered the man in the truck died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.“The circumstances surrounding this incident bring a stark reality into focus – the fact that even the most seemingly routine of calls have the potential to become dangerous for emergency responders, said St. Charles County Ambulance District Chief Taz Meyer, “We’re thankful that our Battalion Chief, paramedics and [fire and law enforcement] colleagues on-scene were not harmed in this tragic incident, and applaud their actions in getting patients and bystanders to safety.” ...

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