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In the Future Could a Blood Test be a predictor of Suicide?
Could a blood test predict suicides? By Matthew Stucker and John Bonifield CNN Experimental test over 80 percent accurate  UPDATED 8:59 PM EDT Jul 30, 2014 SXC (CNN) —Approximately 36,000 deaths are caused by suicide each year in the United States. What if a simple blood test could one day help prevent that from happening? In a new small study, researchers were able to predict who had experienced suicidal thoughts or attempted suicide just by looking at their blood. The experimental test was over 80 percent accurate. "With a test like ours, we may be able to stem suicide rates by identifying those people and intervening early enough to head off a catastrophe," said the study's lead author, Zachary Kaminsky, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Medicine. Kaminsky and his colleagues ran tests on samples of blood, looking for an increase of certain chemicals on a gene called SKA2 that seems to help the brain regulate stress. The gene's instructions are carried out in a region of the brain that controls negative thoughts and impulsive behaviors. Scientists believe people with the abnormal version of the gene have more trouble shutting off the flood of hormones produced by their bodies in response to stress. "It's good to be stressed if you're crossing the street. You need to be ramped up. You need to be focused," Kaminsky said. "But when you're safely across the other side, you don't want to stay in that mode." Since the chemicals were also consistently higher in the brains of people who have killed themselves, the Hopkins researchers think the chemicals may be linked to suicide. And these chemicals could, theoretically, be identified using a simple blood test. "This kind of genetic screening is going to be one way forward to predict who is at high risk," said Dr. John Mann, a psychiatrist and neurochemist at Columbia University Medical Center. He was not involved in the study. Experts have to rely on simply asking people whether they're feeling suicidal to assess suicide risk. "If someone is really committed to committing suicide, they may choose to lie," Kaminsky said. But a blood test to gauge a person's suicide risk is at least five to 10 years away from being readily available, he said For more information go to:  http://www.wlwt.com/health/could-a-blood-test-predict-suicides/27233780?absolute=true#!br9Hcu ...

Hatzolah Ambulance Involved In Crash In Manhattan
An East Side Hatzolah ambulance was involved in an accident Tuesday afternoon. The incident happened at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and East 77th Street, just before 6:00PM. Sources tell YWN that the ambulance had a patient onboard, and was enroute to an emergency room at the time of the crash. There were 4 people injured in the collision, but all were in stable condition. ...

FALLEN FIREFIGHTER WIFE RETAINS ATTORNEY TO LEARN HOW AND WHY HER HUSBAND DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
The widow of a veteran Dallas firefighter killed in a six-alarm fire more than a year ago has retained a lawyer to help get answers from the city about how he died.Stanley Wilson's body was removed by fellow firefighters May 20, 2013, from a collapsed building in the Hearthwood Condominiums in the 12300 block of Abrams Road near LBJ Freeway.His wife, Jenny Wilson, has been waiting more than 14 months for the line-of-duty death report to be released."I think patience has turned into frustration, and she just wants answers about what happened to her husband," said her lawyer, Barry Hasten.Hasten wrote a letter to Dallas Fire Rescue Chief Louie Bright asking that the report be released and questioning the delay."Most all the witnesses, if not all the witnesses, they'd need to interview are under their control. They're employees of the Dallas Fire Department. So I can see no reason why it's taken this long," Hasten said.Reports at the time of the fire said Stanley Wilson was ordered to go back into the burning building to be sure all residents were safe. It collapsed soon after he went back in.The death is mentioned in a portion of the 2013 Texas State Fire Marshal's investigation of firefighter deaths, which is copied below:May 20, 2013 – Hearthwood Condominiums structure fire Stanley Wilson, Firefighter Dallas Fire Rescue Injuries from structure collapseOn May 20, 2013, at 2:51 A.M., Dallas Fire Rescue Dispatch received a call from an alarm monitoring company advising that the alarm system located at the Hearthwood North 2 Condominiums, 12363 Abrams Road, Dallas, Texas, had activated. Firefighter Wilson responded to the scene on Truck 53 at 4:05 from Station 57 on the fourth alarm of the six-alarm fire. Truck 53 was assigned to evacuate an adjacent building in the complex and then received orders to conduct a primary search of the ground floor of the fire building. Shortly after beginning the primary search, a portion of the structure collapsed, fatally injuring Firefighter Wilson.Autopsies revealed that Firefighter Wilson died of mechanical compression of the chest causing asphyxia.The city of Dallas report should give more detail about the incident."The best information I have is that the report's been done for at least two months," Hasten said. "It may not have a signature on it, but it's been done and it's being held. Now why it's being held, I don’t know."Dallas Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Joel Lavender said the line-of-duty death report is in the works, but the investigation of the fire is not over and the department has no comment at this ti...

FIREFIGHTER DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY-TRAUMATIC FALL IN OREGON
We regret to pass on that a 21-year-old Firefighter has died at the Launch fire near Fourmile Lake in Klamath County, Oregon. Firefighter Matthew David Goodnature’s mom has old media that her son loved his job working as a Firefighter with Pacific Aasis Wildland Firefighting, based in Ashland.Around 1830-1900 hours last night FF Goodnature stepped on a rock, slipped, and fell on a downed tree. The lower part of his back hit and it appears he broke his back and died.  Detectives are working on ruling out foul play, but there's no evidence to suggest it was anything other than an accident.This was his second season as a Wildland Firefighter. Our condolences to all affected. RIP....

ULTIMATE INSANITY IN THAILAND
The video says it all....

11 FDNY FFs INJURED - ONE SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER MULTI-ALARM FIRE
Firefighters are on the scene of a raging four-alarm fire that tore through several homes in the Wakefield section of the Bronx Wednesday. The fire, which started just before 2 p.m. in a home on Hill Avenue, has involved three two-story homes. There are ladders stretching up to the second floor windows, meaning that rescue attempts are likely involved.There are 13 reported injuries, including two civilians and 11 firefighters. A firefighter was the most seriously injured with first-degree burns on his neck. He was transported to Weill Cornell Medical Center.The fire completely consumed and gutted the row homes, which consisted of six or seven individual apartments. Those residents are displaced and are looking for a new place to live. Seventeen adults and four children were seeking shelter from the Red Cross for at least for one night.http://7online.com/news/firefighter-seriously-hurt-as-bronx-fire-tears-through-3-homes/228335/...

UPDATE: TOWER LADDER FAILURE: Questions arise on Hall co. fire truck's safety record
There are new questions about the safety of a ladder truck in Hall County that collapsed sending three firefighters to the hospital.The fire marshal says the men fell 40 feet during a training exercise. Two days after the accident, engineers from both the county and the manufacturer inspected the ladder and extension cable to determine what went wrong.11Alive obtained the Vehicle Identification Number from a source that asked not to be identified. When the county refused to verify the information, 11Alive ran several online searches. The vehicle with the same year, make and model as the truck involved in the accident. A carfax report, also confirmed it was currently owned by someone in Gainesville, Georgia.RELATED: 3 Firefighters hurt on ladder truck in training accidentMORE: Send well-wishes to the injured firefightersAfter two days of questioning, Hall county did agree to release the VIN confirming concerns it had purchased a truck with a troubled past.Digging deeper, 11Alive learned the fire truck used to belong to the Bluffton Township Fire District in South Carolina.According to the vehicle title, Bluffton bought the truck new in 2006. Battalion Chief Robert Payne says they sold the truck back to the manufacturer in Ohio seven years later. In a report to the Beaufort County Deputy Administrator, the fire department "had lost all confidence in the truck" due to its "catastrophic" and "consistent failures." The report says the fire district had several maintenance problems with the vehicle, but the 100 foot aerial ladder was the most "problematic part of the apparatus." It lists six times in four years, that the ladder and/or its extension cables were repaired.Just three months after Bluffton got rid of the truck, Hall County approved purchasing a used 2006 Sutphen from the manufacturer for $525,000. According to minutes from a Hall county commission meeting, the fire chief assured the board it "would receive a certificate indicating the equipment was back to factory specs."Even after the accident, Fire Marshal Scott Cagle defended the purchase."It was totally refurbished by Sutphen and in fact, if we had the money in the bank today, we would go out and buy the same exact one," said Cagle.Just how much the county knew about the truck's history is yet unknown. The manufacturer also declined to comment on what efforts were made to rehab the truck before it was resold....

CLEVELAND FFs CHARGED WITH LYING ABOUT LADDER CRASH
Two Cleveland firefighters are facing charges after they lied about a crash with a fire truck.Richard Nickerson and Ron Vargo have been charged in city court with misdemeanor charges of falsification. The incident involved the ladder truck from Station 36 near East 131st Street and Union Avenue. The accident left the truck out of service, knocked down a heavy light pole, and the city says this caused about $20,000 damage. Records show last month near East 116th Street and Buckeye Road, Nickerson drove into the parking lot of a business to cut through. He claimed a car cut him off, and he crashed into a pole. His boss, Capt. Vargo, signed reports backing up that story, and reports show he was on the truck at the time. But we've learned security video shows that is not what happened; no car swerved into the path of the truck. Fire investigators and Cleveland accident investigators got to the bottom of it. We went to the fire station looking for the two men involved, and they were not there. We spoke briefly by phone to Nickerson, but he didn't want to comment. The falsification charges are misdemeanors, so the city says the two men can continue to work as the case plays out in court. Any city discipline will come after that. http://www.19actionnews.com/story/26145595/cleveland-firefighters-charged-with-lying-about-crash-with-ladder-truck...

New Federal Program For Fire Officers, FD T-Shirt Needed, Twitter/Dallas FRI (The Secret List)
Hey, Well this is really good news from The National Fire Academy about a much needed program. Today they announced a new training program aimed at improving the professional skills of America’s fire and emergency medical services first responders.  Called the Managing Officer (MO) program, the curriculum emphasizes leadership, safety, community risk reduction, training, and technology for those men and women who may be embarking on supervisory roles in their organization. NOTE: The MO program differs from other NFA programs by providing new officers a defined nationally-recognized curriculum. Students will be able to complete the program in as little as two years, and will receive a NFA capstone certificate when they finish. NFA Superintendent Dr. Denis Onieal explained, “The MO program will fulfill the four universal elements of professional development: higher education, training and certification, continuing education and experience.This includes a combination of self-study, state and local training, and resident courses at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland.” The program curriculum and entrance requirements were established by the NFA Board of Visitors. The four resident courses include Contemporary Training Concepts for Fire and EMS, Applications of Community Risk Reduction, Transitional Safety Leadership and Analytical Tools for Decision-Making. APPLY NOW!For additional information, go here: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/nfa/managing_officer_program/index.shtm ==FIREFIGHTER T-SHIRTS & FIREFIGHTER FIGHTING CANCER CAN YOU HELP?? A Firefighter from New York is calling on his brothers and sisters in the fire service to lend a hand, in his battle with a serious illness. "I love the fire service," said David Blank of Lake View, who has been a member of North Boston Fire Department for the past 30 years including time as Chief of Department. Earlier this year, Blank, 53, began experiencing unexplained and excruciating bone pain. "I kind of blew it off at first as old age and overdoing it sometimes," Last month after a bone marrow biopsy, doctors confirmed a diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Blank has been hospitalized at Roswell Park Cancer Center since July 3rd, undergoing chemotherapy. Several of his Brother and Sister Firefighters are collecting t-shirts-so he can wear a different one each day as he fights his cancer- CAN YOU HELP? Please send an XL tee-shirt from your FD or FIRE/EMS org for Ex-Chief Blank to:Firefighter Dave Blank T-Shirt 5564 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221 You can also find out more on the Williamsville Fire Department facebook page.https://www.facebook.com/WilliamsvilleFire ==DO YOU KNOW A FIREFIGHTER OR FIREFIGHTER FAMILY MEMBER WITH CANCER? Do not hesitate to reach out to the Firefighter Cancer Support Network-it is WHY they exist- SUPPORT firefighters dealing with cancer: http://www.firefightercancersupport.org/  ==F.R.I. IS COMING UP....August 13-16 in Dallas, Texas If you are on TWITTER follow the FRI updates from the IAFC at: @FireRescueIntl   (Are you on Twitter? Its pretty cool, right? I'm at @BillyGoldfeder and I post fire and related stuff that's normally outside and beyond the scope of what we post here on The Secret List) SPECIAL EVENT AT FRI--YOU ARE INVITED: F.R.I. STRUCTURAL FIREFIGHTING--DO NOT MISS THIS SPECIAL UNVEILING EVENT AT FRI- RE: "MODERN" FIRE ATTACK The Principles of Modern Fire Attack Training Video will be released at F.R.I! The much anticipated training video is a culmination of years of fire research by Firefighters. It outlines new tactical operational plans that incorporate the latest fire dynamic research from UL and NIST and introduces SLICE-RS to the fire community.  The video will be unveiled during 2014 FRI on August 14, 2014 at 1330 to a select audience and you’re invited to be a part of it. And there is free food & drink. What's not to like? THURSDAY AUGUST 14 ROOM D-165 FRI Dallas Convention Center 1330 HOURS (complimentary snacks and beverages provided) DETAILS HERE: http://isfsi.org/media/Video_Invite_Release-11.jpg WATCH THE VIDEO TRAILER HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv8LiPJfaOo&feature=youtu.be   and lastly....PASS IT ON. Fire Engineering/Pennwell will also have the book PASS IT ON for sale at their booth at FRI-to raise funds for the NFFF and Chief Ray Downey Scholarship.   HERE are ALL the details for FRI-cya there: http://www.iafc.org/micrositeFRIconf/ Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On. BillyG The Secret List 7/30/2014-1300 Hours www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com ...

CAN YOU HELP A BROTHER FIREFIGHTER FIGHTING CANCER?
 A Firefighter from New York is calling on his brothers and sisters in the fire service to lend a hand, in his battle with a serious illness."I love the fire service," said David Blank of Lake View, who has been a member of North Boston Fire Department for the past 30 years including time as Chief of Department.Earlier this year, Blank, 53, began experiencing unexplained and excruciating bone pain."I kind of blew it off at first as old age and overdoing it sometimes,"Last month after a bone marrow biopsy, doctors confirmed a diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Blank has been hospitalized at Roswell Park Cancer Center since July 3rd, undergoing chemotherapy.Several of his Brother and Sister Firefighters are collecting t-shirts-so he can wear a different one each day as he fights his cancer-CAN YOU HELP?Please send an XL tee-shirt from your FD or FIRE/EMS org for Ex-Chief Blank to:Firefighter Dave Blank T-Shirt5564 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221You can also find out more on the Williamsville Fire Department facebook page.https://www.facebook.com/WilliamsvilleF...

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