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Eng Co 82-Report From Dennis Smith, FF's "Left In The Smoke"-REMINDERS (The Secret List)
 All,With the 40th anniversary of Firehouse, there has been quite a bit of chatter about Dennis Smith-and what he is up to... over 40 years later. For those of you younger TSL members, Dennis Smith wrote the iconic book "Report from Engine Co 82" - (link below) and many books after that. (Report From Eng Co 82: http://www.fire-police-ems.com/books/br1001.shtml )I recently received an email from Dennis, catching up-and I wanted to pass it on to you-along with his latest news:"During the time I was working with Engine Co. 82 in the South Bronx, where we responded to 40 alarms a day, I wrote “Report From Engine Co. 82, and of course, Firehouse followed. I have now created something that will exceed the expectations of even those first readers of Firehouse or my books. I have created a new social media company - a great way to have unique communication directly with firefighters all over the country." Wavepeg."If you learn a lesson, you can use Wavepeg to share it with your brothers and sisters who are out there like you...what you know, what you learned, and how to keep each other safer. Just take a look at my new site,www.wavepeg.com.  Register in 5 seconds. It is completely free."Own the “world” of fire completely - with free and easy access to each other, all 1½ million of you - one to one, city to city, or nationally. Spread your firefighting experience and intelligence. It is what you say that counts. I invite you as your brother in bringing something new into our culture. Go to the "fire" world within Wavepeg- save the baseball and football worlds for later. Record what you and your company do - help inspire the courage of tomorrow. Please join us at: www.wavepeg.com As you can see, Dennis hasn't stopped since he first walked into the fire academy-and he continues today, offering this latest venture and service for firefighters worldwide. Check it out!FIREFIGHTERS BEING LEFT IN THE SMOKETake time to check out this expose'...about the job you do-and what you are exposed to.As this reporter writes:Firefighters know danger is part of their job: running into burning buildings, going on rescues and fighting wildfires. However, many of them didn't realize when they signed up that cancer would also be one of the things they fight in their career.Richard Pula has been a Denver firefighter for 15 years. In that time he was been on more than 3,000 calls. In 2015, Pula was diagnosed with stage 4, Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He's is just one of hundreds of Colorado firefighters who have been diagnosed with cancer.CHECK THIS OUT: http://www.9news.com/story/news/health/2015/07/27/firefighter-cancer-rates/30723841/REMINDERS:====KEYSTONE FIRE CONFERENCE:Firefighters conference in the Philly area with training sessions & exhibits.DATES: AUGUST 6, 7 and 8th, 2015WHERE: VALLEY FORGE AREA (Right outside of Philly)DETAILS: http://keystonefirefighterconference.com====FIRE RESCUE INTERNATIONAL-INT'L ASSOC. OF FIRE CHIEFSIAFC's Int'l Fire/Rescue service leadership conference for company and chief fire officers.DATES: AUGUST 26-29, 2015WHERE: ATLANTA, GADETAILS: http://www.iafc.org/micrositeFRIconf/====FIRE COMMAND CONFERENCE: BLUE CARD/HAZARD ZONEConference focused specifically on commanding the fire ground.DATES: September 24-25-26 2015WHERE: PHOENIX, AZDETAILS: http://www.bshifter.com/conference_2015.aspx====NATIONAL FALLEN FIREFIGHTER MEMORIAL WEEKENDNow is the time to plan - especially if you have never attended this event. Every October, the Nat'l Fallen Firefighters Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. Thousands of firefighters-most unrelated to a line of duty death-attend the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland as volunteers, observers or to simply show support.DATES:OCTOBER 3-4, 2015WHERE: NATIONAL FIRE ACADEMY/NETC Emmitsburg, MD.DETAILS: http://www.firehero.org/events/memorial-weekend/Take Care. Be Careful. pass It On.BillyGThe Secret List 7-27-2015-2037 Hourswww.FireFighterCloseCalls.com ...

Ambulance collides with wedding procession - Kentucky
By Kayla Pickrell Georgetown News-GraphicAn ambulance collided with a wedding procession on Quality Drive and McClelland Circle on Sunday afternoon.Georgetown Police Captain Robert Swanigan said that emergency crews were rushing a crash victim to the hospital shortly after 3 p.m. when a minivan heading to a wedding reception struck the Georgetown-Scott County EMS ambulance on its way to Chandler Hospital in Lexington.The crash victim in the ambulance was being transported from an accident on McClelland Circle and East Main Extended, Swanigan said.The accident happened around 3 p.m. when a blue car and white pickup truck collided.The driver of the blue car was being transported from the accident by EMTs and paramedics when a minivan struck the ambulance.Three paramedics and EMTs, the original crash victim, and two people in the minivan were transported to Georgetown Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Swanigan said.Georgetown Police is investigating both collisions. ...

Three People Injured After Accident On Gordon Highway - Georgia
By Stefany BornmanAugusta, GA – At least three people are injured after an accident involving an ambulance. It happened Saturday afternoon on Gordon Highway in Augusta.Deputies say the ambulance was speeding without its sirens and lights on. It went through two red lights and crossed over the median. That’s when it struck several 4 other vehicles. The driver of the ambulance was injured in the crash. One person is in critical condition at Georgia Regents Medical Center.Investigators say the driver of the ambulance is facing charges, including reckless driving.Count on WJBF News Channel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story. ...

Funeral for Piscataway woman killed in ambulance crash - New Jersey
Family and friends are mourning a Spotswood emergency medical technician who was killed when a car collided with an ambulance responding to a call.Hinal Patel's funeral took place in North Brunswick on Monday.Patel, 22, of Piscataway, a recent Rutgers University graduate, was killed in a three-vehicle crash while aboard an ambulance rushing to the scene of an accident in East Brunswick on Saturday morning.The Spotswood Emergency Medical Services ambulance, with its lights and sirens activated, was struck by an East Brunswick woman, resulting in a three-vehicle wreck at 8 a.m. at Ryders Lane and Cranbury Road, East Brunswick police said.Patel was a Piscataway High School graduate who earned a bachelor's degree in cell biology and neuroscience from Rutgers in May. She was planning to attend a master's program at the Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in the fall, and hoped to become a doctor or physician's assistant.She joined the North Stelton Volunteer Fire Company in April 2012 and completed EMT training in September of that year, serving as a volunteer EMT in the Emergency Medical Services division, the statement said. She was a volunteer at Saint Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick for five years before becoming an EMT.Staff Writer Everett Merrill: 908-243-6606; emerrill@mycentraljersey.com ...

 And this folks is EXACTLY why NFPA 1403 Exis...

A dozen people were forced out of their homes and a firefighter was injured when fire hit in Columbia County.Crews were called to this double block home on West Front Street in Berwick at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.According to fire officials, the fire started at the home on the left and it is now unlivable.The other side has smoke and water damage, but everyone managed to make it out safely.Fire officials say one firefighter was taken to the hospital to be treated for burns. There is no word on his condition.Fire officials believe the fire started upstairs at the home in Columbia County....

Eight people were injured in a crash involving a Brevard County Fire Rescue truck and a car Friday night, Brevard County officials said.The crash happened just before 10:30 p.m. on Stadium Parkway and Viera Boulevard in Melbourne.Two of the people injured were firefighters, officials said.The firefighters and four other patients were taken to a nearby hospital via ambulance, while the two remaining patients had to be airlifted.Officials said six people were in the car.The fire truck was seen in the middle of an intersection surrounded by other emergency vehicles.The firefighters were on their way back to the station after responding to a call.No other information has been released.&nb...

Four firefighters suffered burns Sunday and were airlifted from a growing blaze in the Sierra foothills, the first injuries in a tough weekend for fire crews across California.As firefighters wrestled some wildfires under control, other fires closed roads and forced evacuations.The four injured firefighters were battling the Lowell Fire, which erupted Saturday afternoon west of Alta in Nevada County. The wildfire scorched 1,500 acres by Sunday evening and was threatening 1,800 buildings.The California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention, also known as Cal Fire, released few details about the injured firefighters but said they were being evaluated by paramedics. Many nearby residents had already been told to leave the area, with an evacuation center established at Nevada Union HighThe wildfire’s cause remained unknown. Officials first said they were looking for a white Jeep Wrangler without a top that reportedly had been seen in the area when the fire started. But by Sunday, they had stopped searching for the vehicle and instead asked the public for any information suggesting how the fire began.Farther south in the foothills, crews tried to slow a 1,121-acre fire burning in the Sierra National Forest, southeast of Oakhurst in Madera County.The Willow Fire, which started around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, was threatening 450 buildings by Sunday afternoon, prompting authorities to evacuate the community of Central Camp, as well as the Gaggs and Whiskers campgrounds nearby. Only 5 percent of the fire was contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service, and flames continued to advance through an area where many trees had been killed by bark beetles, the drought or previous fires.In contrast, firefighters on Sunday appeared to get the upper hand on the Wragg Fire burning in the steep hills southeast of Lake Berryessa. ...

Dozens of people were displaced in a fire Sunday involving at least three apartment buildings, authorities confirmed. Fire heavily damaged a building in the 600 block of 10th Street as well as two adjoining buildings on Central Avenue, said Chief Frank Montagne of North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue. Another home on 10th Street was damaged by smoke. Officer Frank Depinto and his partner Jose Ascencio of the Union City Police Department were on patrol around 4:45 p.m. when they encountered a "wall of smoke" on Central Avenue, Depinto said. A neighbor said a column of smoke from the blaze was visible from the New Jersey Turnpike.Depinto and Ascencio helped occupants out of the 10th Street addresses, while arriving firefighters assisted other residents, some of whom were unaware of the fire, Depinto said.Five North Hudson firefighters were treated for dehydration and another two firefighters, from Jersey City, were injured when a banister gave way, Montagne said. One of those firefighters sustained a serious back injury. No civilians were hurt, Montagne aslo said. About 60 firefighters from Kearny, Jersey City, Hoboken and other agencies assisted in the blaze, Montagne also said.  ...

 The following are details for EMT Hinal Patel of Spotswood EMS and the North Stelton Fire Company, as coordinated by The Crabiel Home for Funerals, 170 N. Main Street, Milltown. Services will be held Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Franklin Memorial Park, 1800 Rt. 27 in North Brunswick. Crabiel has posted an online obituary email guestbook here.A lifelong resident of Piscataway, Patel was on her last shift with Spotswood EMS when she was killed in the Line of Duty. A member of the North Stelton Fire Company, the recent Rutgers University graduate was planning on pursuing a master's degree at the Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Newark beginning in the fall. She was considering becoming a physician, friends and family told NJ Advance Media.She is survived by her parents, Ketan and Darshana Patel; a brother, Neel; and several grandparents, aunts and uncles....

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