LODD 3-27-15

Barry Van Horn

Firefighter Van Horn responded to a fire alarm call at 07:25 hours on March 25, 2015. After the call, he returned to his office to fill out the fire report of the incident (Firefighter Van Horn was also the municipal Fire Official). He felt ill, however, and went home. Shortly thereafter, around noon, Firefighter Van Horn suffered a heart attack. He was transported by ambulance to Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center where he remained until his death on March 27, 2015.

Somerville Fire Department – West End Hose Company #3
Somerville, New Jersey

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 63
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident Date: Mar 25, 2015 07:25
Date of Death: Mar 27, 2015
Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death: Heart Attack
Activity Type: In-Station Duties
Emergency Duty: No
Duty Type: After
Fixed Property Use: Residential

To Date, 20 Firefighters have died in the line of duty


Top 10 Contributing Factors To Firefighter Line-Of-Duty-Deaths

I came across this great document from Steve Prziborowski of Code 3 Fire Training, and thought it was absolutely worth re-sharing here. The original Document can be found HERE

Top 10 Contributing Factors To Firefighter Line-Of-Duty-Deaths:
Cellular Phone: 408-205-9006 Email: sprziborowski@aol.com

  • The information below regarding contributing factors to FF LODDs is not meant to
    criticize, point blame, or Monday morning quarterback.
  • If we truly want to honor our fallen brothers and sisters, and take care of our current and future brothers and sisters, we must learn from history….
  • The problem is we can do a better job at learning from history.
  • The definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting
    different results (Albert Einstein)
  1. Command & control
    1. 1st in officer – hero or the zero
    2. Inadequate use of ICS
    3. Insufficient size-up/risk management evaluation
    4. Inadequate 360 degree hot lap
    5. Tactics didn’t meet strategy
    6. Inadequate Incident Action Plan
    7. Span of control exceeded
    8. Lack of a fixed command post
    9. Command post location not known by all
    10. Insufficient personnel / resources
    11. Inappropriate decision making
    12. Failure to evaluate or solicit input
  2. Fire Behavior & knowledge
    1. Flashovers occurring sooner
    2. Fires are burning hotter, faster
    3. Inadequately checking for extension
    4. Where will fire be in future?
    5. Insufficient initial and on-going training
  3. Building Construction & knowledge
    1. Lightweight construction
    2. Truss roof / floor assemblies
    3. Inadequately checking for extension
    4. Insufficient initial and on-going training
    5. Structural collapse
  4. Human / Cultural Items
    1. Personal wellness / fitness
    2. SCBA / air management issues
    3. Inappropriate use of Full PPE
    4. Inadequate use of seatbelts
    5. Complacency
    6. Lack of situational awareness
    7. Human error
  5. Communications
    1. Inadequate # of radios
    2. Radios not functioning
    3. Key items not being communicated
    4. Key items not being heard
    5. Inadequate # of frequencies
  6. Safety / Staffing
    1. Lack of 2 in / 2 out or RIC
    2. Expecting an inadequately staffed/trained RIC / RIT to save the day
    3. Lack of accountability
    4. Freelancing
    5. Lack of crew integrity
    6. Inadequate # of personnel or resources
  7. Water Supply
    1. Continuous water supply issues
    2. Initial hoseline(s) too small or inappropriately placed
    3. Lack of back-up hoseline(s)
    4. GPM needs to equal BTUs!
  8. Fire Prevention
    1. Lack of pre-planning
    2. Lack of sprinklers
    3. Lack of inspections or inadequate locating of and following up on violations
    4. Insufficient fire detection systems
    5. Insufficient codes
  9. Ventilation
    1. Lack of ventilation
    2. Inappropriate use of ventilation
  10. Standard Operating Procedures
    1. Lack of SOPs / SOGs
    2. Insufficient training on SOPs
    3. Insufficient accountability on SOPs

Weekly Fire Service Icon Review- Hugh HALLIGAN

****NOTE: Welcome to a NEW Segment at Pass It On Fire Training. Here we are going to be doing a weekly post (To be Posted Every Saturday) Featuring a Fire Service Icon/ Legend. This segment has been based off this past week’s Firefighting Weekly Roundtable, where we discussed Fire Service Icons (HERE).

It is my hope that if you have never heard of some of these legends that you go forth and do your own research and study on the individual. Some of the legends we are going to feature have literally changed the way the fire service operates, and it is our hope to preserve them, their legacy, and the dedication to the fire service.

By doing these weekly posts, we hope to keep fulfilling our mission of Passing on Vital Fire Service Information.

If you would like to have a icon featured in this segment, please contact us!

Thanks for Reading, Ethan Bansek



Hugh Augustine Halligan


Hugh A. Halligan, born on September 16, 1894, was appointed to the FDNY on June 16, 1916 and was assigned to Engine 88. His career was interrupted by service in the Army during World War I where time he served with the 342nd Fire Guard. Upon his return, he was reassigned to Engine 35 and worked there until he was promoted to Lieutenant on April 16, 1922 and assigned to Engine 20 for two years before he was promoted to Captain on February 1, 1924. He was successively in charge of Engines 86, 92, 35 and 73. Moving up to Battalion Chief on June 1, 1929, the youngest to do so at the time, he commanded the 6th Battalion for three years and the 18th Battalion for an additional two years.

Изобритатель-Хулигана-Hugh-A.-Halligan101997384_135517861958 On October 1, 1934, two weeks before his 40th birthday, Hugh Halligan attained the rank of Deputy Chief. On August 20, 1941, Commissioner Patrick Walsh appointed Halligan to the post of First Deputy Commissioner. Politics being what they are, Halligan was removed from that “civilian” position in March 1942 and assumed his role as Deputy Chief once again.

In 1948, Chief Halligan worked with the Halligan bars two predecessors. The Kelly tool and the Claw tool.

The Claw Tool
The Claw Tool.

The Claw tool was considered to be one of the first forcible entry tool used by FDNY. This tool had been used on the job since the early 1920s and was difficult to use. As most had discovered through painful experience, the Claw Tool was heavy and the striking surface was off-centered, making it very dangerous for any firefighter holding it as it was driven into the door.

Then, a captain from Ladder Company 163, John Kelly, designed the next generation of forcible entry tool to be used by FDNY. Naturally, it was called the Kelly tool. This new tool did not have the large hook with the offset striking surface. The striking surface was inline with the entire bar and had a 90 flat surface (the adz) to the end..

The Kelly Tool.

The Kelly tool had a couple of downfalls; like the Claw tool it too was welded and still too heavy. And, in those days, firefighters needed to bring both tools to the building due to their specific advantages. Chief Halligan wanted to design a tool that could be held in one hand; one that would not chip or break at a critical moment; a tool that would not fatigue a firefighter; and one that could be used with safety and full efficiency. After many hours of trial and error the Halligan bar was born.

The Original Halligan, looks similar to Today’s Version of the tool with the exception of a shorter fork end.

The Halligan bar was made of cross-drop forged from one piece of No. 4140 (high carbon content) steel, weighed 8  lbs. Comprised of an adz, pick, and fork, the Halligan would prove to be one of the greatest forcible entry tools ever made. The standard issue bar is approximately 30 in length, with a 15/16 shaft shaped into a hexagon for grip. The fork is a minimum of 6 long taper into two well beveled tines. Spacing between the tines allows for a gas valve to be shut off. The adz has a gentle curve for additional leverage, with a beveled end. In addition to being used to break something, the pick and adz only when properly used, provide protection to the arms, hands, and body of the holder during forcible entry operations.ChiefHughHalligan

As soon as the tool went on the market it was a huge success. The Boston Fire Department was one of the first to place the Halligan bar on every ladder company in their department.halligan5halligan2halligan4Halliganimage006

No one would naturally think FDNY had been the first to have them issued to their ladder companies. Unfortunately, there was a small problem. It was determined by those in higher places that there was a conflict of interest to have a member of the department selling tools or equipment back to the department in which they worked in. The department’s hands were tied and the bars could not be purchased. However, the bars could be purchased by anyone other than the department itself. Ladder companies across the city began purchasing the Halligan bars with their own money. The first company in FDNY to receive one was Ladder Company 47. Coincidentally, they were the first due ladder to Chief Halligans home in Parkchester, NY.

The 2nd generation and later Halligan bars were printed on the forks with what looks like AM+D6. It is, however, believed to be AMDG, which is a Latin acronym for Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam or for “the greater glory of God”. This Latin phrase was a favorite of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of The Society of Jesus. Pope John Paul II routinely used it in his writings. He would print AMDG in the top left of every page he wrote.

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Chief Halligan was a very religious man. It has been told that he would hand make a rosary for each new member coming into the FDNY. After this task became too overwhelming, it was thought that Chief Halligan turned his religious influences into his bars by having each one printed with AM+DG.

Today, tools with the same basic design but slight improvements are still called Halligans.

Hugh A. Halligan mandatorily retired from the FDNY, with 43 Years Service, on September 16, 1959; his sixty-fifth birthday.

Halligan died on February 27, 1987 in The Bronx

Halligan Bar Uses

The value of the original Halligan tool can’t be understated—it was a clear improvement over the tools used before and was superior when it had to “be used for cutting, lifting, twisting, prying and wedging.” Although the tool may have been retrofitted or redesigned by many manufacturers, its basic concept of three workable ends continues to uphold its value to the fire service. In addition, it has helped countless numbers of firefighters do battle on the fireground and emergency scene every day.

Note: We would like to acknowledge that much of the information was taken from multiple sources in the form of books, articles, and pictures. HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE is where Information was taken.

Thanks for Reading, Ethan Bansek


Line of Duty Death 3-26-15

Daryl Gordon


Fire Apparatus Operator Gordon, assigned to Cincinnati Fire Department’s Heavy Rescue 14, died from injuries he sustained in a fall down an elevator shaft while working with fire crews to rescue the residents and extinguish a fire in a Madisonville neighborhood apartment building. Some of the residents were reported to have suffered smoke inhalation and one other firefighter was injured with second-degree burns in the fire. Investigation into the fatal incident continues by authorities.

Cincinnati Fire Department, Cincinnati, Ohio

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 54
Rank: Fire Apparatus Operator
Classification: Career
Incident Date: Mar 26, 2015 05:31
Date of Death: Mar 26, 2015
Cause of Death: Fall
Nature of Death: Trauma

To Date, 19 Firefighters have died in the line of duty in 2015

Up-coming Events and Trainings

Pass It On Fire Training is proud to attend the following Training Events. If your in the area please stop by and get some good training and introduce yourself.

Heavy Rescue 101- 2015

Heavy Rescue 101 April 17-18, 2015 in Norwalk, Ohio—- FREE

First Due Fire Tactics Seminar 5-1-15

May 1, 2015First Due Fire Tactics Seminar with Joe Pronesti and Jeff Shupe in Strongsville, Ohio— Cost in $50.00

McGrail Columbus Seminar 5-16-15

May 16, 2015- High rise Operations in Standpipe and Sprinkler Equipped Buildings Presented By Dave McGrail. Located in Columbus, Ohio—– Cost is $40.00


September 24-25, 2015The Ohio Fire and EMS Expo, Also Located in Columbus, Ohio



Again, If your around any of these, please stop by for some good days of Training!

Thanks, Ethan Bansek


3-24-15 Run Down

60 Second Safety- Live Burn “Fun”

Firefighting Training Podcast- Safety by the Numbers

SFT: One + Plus + One Concept

Aggressive verse Conservative 

Fire Service Lemmings 

Company Officer 101- Fair Vs. Consistent 

The Sunday Preach Listen

Unearned Reputation 

Firefighting Today Fire Service Icons

Report on Rapid Intervention Operations Analysis from Asheville Fire Department

Ready, Set, Go

December 2014- On Duty Death in Details 

Snow Loads

Compression Cut


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  • Also We will have a new weekly post staring This Saturday. In it we will look at Icons and Legends of the Fire Service. If you have a Icon you would like us to review please contact us. 
  • We have a new page coming in the coming weeks. We will be looking at Tips of the Trade. Check back to it soon. HERE

Thanks for Reading, Ethan Bansek


Firefighting Today Weekly Roundtable – Accountability Systems

This week the panel will discuss the different accountability systems used by each department. We will talk about what works, how it works, and how it interfaces with Incident Command as well as mutual aid departments. We will also talk about conducting PAR at incidents.

Leave comments and suggestions here at the events page or leave a YOUTUBE comment to interact with the panel.

You can also watch live or watch any of our archives atfirefightingtoday.com.



3-21-15 Run Down

Fire Service Summary of Attic Fires Report 

The World is not on fire

Training Vs. Drilling

5 Tips to get the Most out of FDIC

4 Simple Rules for the Company Officer

Humpday Hangout

Firefighting Risk, What does it Mean to You?

Basement Fires Just got More Dangerous 

Occupancy Risk and Performance 

Humpday SOS- Prevent RIT

Do You Posses the Qualities of a Successful Leader? 

Knowing your limitations 

Fire Streams and the Exponential Engine 

Lightweight Construction

Quick Tip- The Turn Around

Movie Magic Mentality 

10 Things You’ll Feel When you walk out of the Firehouse for the Last Time

Portable Door Lock

Operational Safety on Fire Escapes 

Leadership Language- Integrity

Tactical Fire Problem- Abandoned House

Thanks For Reading, Ethan Bansek


Remembering Oscar Armstrong LODD 3-21-2003


Firefighter Oscar Armstrong III, 25.
Cincinnati (OH) Fire Department

“Armstrong was fatally injured in a flashover during a three alarm house fire that was later determined to be caused by food unattended on the stovetop. Armstrong and two other firefighters were on an interior attack crew and had just gone through the front door of a single family residence. The hose line was uncharged and the crew was calling for water when a flashover occurred. From the time the Armstrong arrived on scene until the flashover was approximately four minutes. After the flashover, fire fighters on the front porch witnessed Armstrong walk toward the front door then turn and retreat into the structure. The two other fire fighters on the interior crew exited through the front door. They were injured and transported to the hospital where they were treated and released. The victim was located and removed from the structure within 10 minutes. He was transported via ambulance to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.”


Internal Report HERE



Photos HERE

There are many Drills you can do out there to honor Oscar, however lets NEVER FORGET him, AND HIS FAMILY.


Please, Take Something Back so OSCAR DID NOT DIE IN VAIN


Thanks for Reading, BUT GO OUT AND DRILL!!

Ethan Bansek


Firefighting Today Weekly Roundtable- Fire Service Icons

Join the Panel for this Week’s episode of Firefighting Today. Live This Sunday (3-22-15) At 8pm. EST.

This week the panel will discuss some great fire service leaders from their past and their legacy. Names like Lloyd Layman, Keith Royer, Frank Brannigan, Emanuel Fried, George D. Post, James O Page and others.

Leave a comment on the events page for who you think should be mentioned. Leave a Youtube comment to interact with the panel, or watch us live at firefightingtoday.com.


Remembering Firefighter Specialist Hudgins & Young- LODD 3-18-1996

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Firefighter- Specialist Hudgins and Young died in a commercial Auto Parts structure fire in Chesapeake, Va. There was No Visible Fire on arrival.Two fire fighters entered the building and located a small fire at the rear of the store. The fire fighters extinguished the fire and began checking for fire extension. Approximately 20 minutes after their arrival, the roof of the building collapsed and the two fire fighters were trapped inside. The fire fighters both died of burns, with smoke inhalation being a contributory factor.

The Roof of the Building was a Lightweight Wood Truss Roof.3-19-2011-8-33-43-PM2

Firefighters MUST read about this fire and honor the memories these men by learning from this event, So It Doesn’t Happen Again!

Resources: HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE

Be Safe, Ethan Bansek


3-18-15 Run Down

Be 100%

Hand Positioning Matters

Baseball Swing with the Pig

Denver House Fire from a Fire Alarm

Residential Attic Fires Report

Residential Attic Fires Module

A Combat Ready RIT

One Size Does Not Fit All 

Transitional Attack & PPA

Spike the Jamb

Attack Over Supply

The Dirtiest job in the Fire Service

RIT Ops- Down FF without a Mask

If its Not Us, Then Who?

Setting up for Success “Apparatus Placement”

Building Construction Photos

New Lumber Techniques

3 Upcoming Training opportunities if your in the Northern or Central Ohio Area

April 17-18, 2015Heavy Rescue 101 10428544_416497008511250_1310887025502030364_n

May 16, 2015Firefighting Operations in High-Rise and Standpipe Equipped Buildings By Dave McGrail- Cost is only $40 for the all day session.B_55yzMWcAAkzm8

September 23rd-25th, 2015– The Ohio Fire and EMS Expo and Conference, Columbus, Ohio. More Info to be released in the coming weeks HERE

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Line of Duty Death 3-15-15

John L Shoup

While working at the scene of a structure fire on March 7, 2015, Firefighter Shoup complained to other firefighters that he wasn’t feeling well and departed for home. Several hours after returning home, Shoup was taken by his wife to the hospital where he was treated for a heart attack and his condition stabilized. Subsequently, Firefighter Shoup was transferred to a hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, where he succumbed to his injury on March 15, 2015.

Ashland Volunteer Fire Department, Ashland, Mississippi

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 38
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident Date: Mar 7, 2015 22:00
Date of Death: Mar 15, 2015
Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death: Heart Attack

To Date, 18 Firefighters have died in the Line of Duty in 2015

3-15-15 Run Down & Announcements

Tips First Shoot Raise Ladders HERE

First Due with So Few HERE

Tactical Safety for Firefighters- Intense Heat HERE

Leadership Language- Stamina HERE

Tactical Fire Problem- Bedroom Fire HERE

Becoming the Old Fireman HERE

60 Second Safety- Fortified Doors HERE

Firefighter Training Podcast- Operating at Mutual Aid Incidents HERE

The Right Thing HERE

The Sunday Preach- Look HERE

Traits of a Good Fire Service Instructor HERE


UL Recently Released their New Module Entitled “Residential Attic & Exterior Fire Hazards” 

  • There are 12 Tactical Considerations within the Course
    1. Increased use of plastics in exterior walls will change what you arrived to
    2. If the fire starts on the outside, start fighting it from the outside
    3. Learn to anticipate where and how an exterior fire will migrate to the interior
    4. Attic fires are commonly ventilation limited fires
    5. Closely time or limit vertical ventilation until water is in the attic
    6. Plastic ridge vents can affect size up and fire dynamics
    7. Wetting sheathing with an Eve Attack Slows attic fire growth
    8. Attic construction effects hose stream penetration
    9. Consider flowing up instead of down with a master stream
    10. Knee wall fire dynamics
    11. Apply water on a knee wall fire at the source and toward the direction of spread before committing to the attic
    12. Interior operations on knee wall fires

Take the Time to Watch the Module HERE

Up Coming Webcast on 3/17– On-going Size-up for Rescue Profiling HERE10428544_416497008511250_1310887025502030364_n

Also 2 Upcoming Training opportunities if your in the B_55yzMWcAAkzm8Northern or Central Ohio Area

April 17-18, 2015Heavy Rescue 101 

May 16, 2015Firefighting Operations in High-Rise and Standpipe Equipped Buildings By Dave McGrail- Cost in only $40 for the all day session.

Starting This Week, We have been featured in a new Segment on the Firefighter Training Podcast, Called “The Fire Service Book Review”. We look at and Briefly discuss a book a week. This We we looked at Pride and Ownership; A Firefighters Love of the Job By: Rick Lasky Take a Listen HERE

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3-14-15 Run Down

Calling the Mayday HERE

A Fireman? No More! HERE

Protective Action During a Mayday HERE

Pressure Reducing Valves HERE

The Top 10 Reasons to use SOPs HERE

Construction Concerns- Fire Doors HERE

Disappear HERE

Understanding Fire Behavior HERE

Today’s Company Officer HERE

Humpday Hangout- The Fireground with Gustin and Dugan- Talking about Wood Frame Construction and Recent Fires HERE

Humpday SOS- Instructor Driven Fires HERE

Roof Operations and Spray Foam Insulation HERE

Hazards of Wind Driven Fires HERE

Are you the BEST Firefighter you can be or are you just showing up? HERE

What has Happened to the Community Firefighter? HERE

Manual of Firemanship HERE

Drill- Was Humpty Dumpty Really an Egg? HERE

Applying Fire Research to Structural Firefighting HERE

Don’t Turn a Rescue into a Recovery! HERE

Simply Complicated HERE

Great New Vertical Ventilation Videos from LACOFD HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE

MFRI Drill of the Month HERE

MFRI Quiz of the Month- Fire Behavior HERE

Attitude is Everything Tips HERE

Intellectual Interior Attack HERE 

The Importance of Knowing and Training with your PPE HERE

Up Coming Webcast on 3/17– On-going Size-up for Rescue Profiling HERE10428544_416497008511250_1310887025502030364_n

Also 2 Upcoming Training opportunities if your in the Northern or Central Ohio Area

April 17-18, 2015Heavy Rescue 101 —————————


May 16, 2015Firefighting Operations in High-Rise and Standpipe Equipped Buildings By Dave McGrail- Cost in only $40 for the all day session.

Thanks For Reading, Ethan Bansek

Remembering Firefighter BRETT TARVER LODD 3-14-2001


Fire Fighter/Paramedic Bret Tarver, 40.
Phoenix, Arizona.

“On Wednesday, March 14, 2001, a report of a debris fire was received by the Phoenix Fire Department Regional Dispatch Center. The caller reported fire in a pile of debris at the rear of a hardware store. An engine company was dispatched to the fire reported by the caller. Based on the volume and nature of the smoke he was seeing as he drove through his district, Battalion 3 ordered additional fire department resources dispatched to assist. Battalion 3 also responded to the incident. The unit that is normally closest to the fire location is Engine 14. Engine 14 became available after the dispatch of the initial units. The captain of Engine 14 added his unit to the incident by computer and informed Battalion 3 of their arrival on the scene. Battalion 3 ordered Engine 14’s crew to enter businesses that back up to the debris fire to evacuate occupants and to determine if fire had spread to the inside of these businesses. Engine 14’s crew searched a barber shop that was adjacent to a supermarket, found it to be unoccupied and clear of fire, and moved on to the next business – the supermarket. When they entered the supermarket, Engine 14’s crew found only light smoke at the ceiling of the main store. The crew moved through the building and entered a storage area. They found heavy smoke and moderate heat in the storage area. They reported this fact to Battalion 3 and went back to the front of the store to get a hoseline from another unit that had arrived at the front of the store. A hoseline was extended to the storage room, and water was applied to the fire. Visibility in the storage area was near zero and the ability to see in the supermarket deteriorated quickly. Firefighter Tarver, a member of the Engine 14 crew, told his captain that he was running low on air in his SCBA and needed to leave the building. The captain gathered his crew together and told them to follow the hoseline out to the exterior. As the two Engine 14 firefighters, including Firefighter Tarver, turned to leave, they became disoriented and ran into a wall. They got back up, turned in the direction that they thought was the correct way to go, and ran into another wall. Somehow both firefighters ended up in the rear portion of the main supermarket space. Firefighter Tarver called for help on his radio. The firefighter who was with Firefighter Tarver became separated from him and later exited the building with the assistance of other firefighters. The Engine 14 captain emerged from the building and looked for the other members of his crew, as well as the engineer of Engine 14. Battalion 3 could see that fire was developing in the supermarket and began to order crews out of the building. Firefighter Tarver heard these radio transmissions and repeated his call for help. The Engine 14 captain heard Firefighter Tarver’s request for help and he notified Battalion 3 that he had two firefighters that were unaccounted for. The Engine 14 captain quickly spoke to the captain of another crew and told him to follow Engine 3’s line to Firefighter Tarver’s last known location. The captain and two firefighters entered the building immediately and followed the hoseline. Visibility in the supermarket had dropped to zero. They came upon Firefighter Tarver. He was lost, out of air, standing on his feet, and calling for help. The captain brought Firefighter Tarver down to the hose line and instructed him to follow it to the exterior. Firefighter Tarver had become incapacitated by the smoke and did not obey the instructions of the captain. Firefighter Tarver crawled a short distance, then stood up, turned, and disappeared in the smoke. The captain and his firefighters were low on air at this point and had to leave the building. When Battalion 3 heard that there were two Engine 14 firefighters missing, he immediately activated two Rapid Intervention Crews (RIC’s). An engine crew and a ladder crew entered the supermarket with extra breathing air equipment to search for Firefighter Tarver and the other firefighter from Engine 14. While the RIC crews were unable to locate the Engine 14 firefighters, they did remove other firefighters from the building. As they left the supermarket, the interior of the supermarket became fully involved with fire. Further entry from their direction was impossible. After much effort, Firefighter Tarver was located and moved into a large storage room. The crew that discovered Firefighter Tarver was relieved by a series of other crews that moved Firefighter Tarver, with great difficulty, to the exit of the supermarket storage room. The movement of Firefighter Tarver was made extremely difficult by the smoke conditions in the storage room, the water that was falling as a result of fire suppression efforts, the heat of the fire, and obstacles that blocked the path to the exit and caught on Firefighter Tarver’s clothing and protective equipment. His removal was further complicated by falling debris, the limited air supply in the firefighters’ breathing apparatus, and Firefighter Tarver’s physical size. Firefighter Tarver was transported to the hospital by ambulance but all efforts to revive him on the scene, in the ambulance, and at the hospital were futile. The cause of death was listed as thermal burns and smoke inhalation. Firefighter Tarver’s carboxyhemoglobin level was 61%.”


Internal Report HERE

Resources HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE

There is too Much info and Drills to List Here, Please go and do your own research and GO OUT AND DO SOME DRILLS SO BRETT DID NOT DIE IN VAIN. The only way we can prevent this from happening again is to learn EVERYTHING POSSIBLE ABOUT THE INCIDENT, but More Importantlt the LESSONS LEARNED. 

Thanks for Reading, Ethan Bansek

Remembering The Ebenezer Baptist Church Fire- 3-13-2004


“Two career firefighters with  Pittsburg (PA) Fire Bureau were fatally injured during a structural collapse of a bell tower at the Ebenezer Baptist Church fire. Battalion Chief Charles G. Brace (55 years of age) was acting as the Incident Safety Officer and Master Firefighter Richard A. Stefanakis (51 years of age) was performing overhaul, extinguishing remaining hot spots inside the church vestibule when the bell tower collapsed on them and numerous other fire fighters. Twenty-three fire fighters injured during the collapse were transported to area hospitals. A backdraft occurred earlier in the incident that injured an additional six fire fighters. The collapse victims were extricated from the church vestibule several hours after the collapse. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene. A total of twenty-nine other fire fighters were injured during the incident. ”


Thanks for Reading, Ethan Bansek

Line of Duty Death 3-10-15

Billy R Jarvis

On March 4, 2015, while responding in a fire department vehicle to a downed power line call, Fire Chief Jarvis became ill with trouble breathing. His son, Fire Captain Jarvis, who was a passenger in the vehicle at the time, took over as driver and rushed Chief Jarvis to Highlands Regional Medical Center. Upon arrival at the hospital, Chief Jarvis went into cardiac arrest. Jarvis was revived by attending personnel and transferred to the Pikeville Medical Center where he succumbed to his injury on March 10, 2015.

Allen Fire Department, Allen, Kentucky

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 54
Rank: Fire Chief
Classification: Volunteer
Incident Date: Mar 4, 2015 19:35
Date of Death: Mar 10, 2015
Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death: Heart Attack

To Date, 17 Firefighters Have Died in the Line of Duty in 2015

Line of Duty Death 3-6-15

Jerold “Jerry” Bonner

While on duty at Alma Helitack Base in Santa Clara County, California, Pilot Bonner was found deceased inside of his barracks from a cardiac related nature of fatal injury.

CAL FIRE  Sacramento, California

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 72
Rank: Pilot
Classification: Career
Incident Date: Mar 6, 2015 09:00
Date of Death: Mar 6, 2015
Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death: Heart Attack

To Date, 16 Firefighters have died in the Line of Duty in 2015