4-30-15 Run Down

The impact of Over Sharing on SA HERE

What would you say? HERE

Mayday Drill HERE

You never know what you’ll find as such HERE

Comfort and Complacency HERE

Don’t give up- its worth the risk HERE

Tactical Thursday- Sounding the Floor HERE

Firefighter Injuries and LODD’s HERE

Tips for Climbing with tools HERE

Don’t open that nozzle U’L Kill Everyone HERE

Quick Tarp HERE

Vertical Rolling Fire Doors HERE

Boss Vs. Leader in the Eyes of the Rookie HERE

The missing Hose Adapter HERE

NIOSH LODD Report just Released of the Toledo, Ohio Incident on 1-26-14 HERE

Line of Duty Death 4-27-15

Mike Corn

While putting on gear at the station preparing to respond to a fire call, Training Officer/Firefighter Corn collapsed. Fellow responders immediately provided medical assistance but Corn succumbed to his injury, the nature and cause of which is still to be determined.

Conway Springs Fire Department, Conway Springs, Kansas

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 68
Rank: Training Officer/Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident Date: Apr 27, 2015
Date of Death: Apr 27, 2015
Cause of Death: Unknown
Nature of Death: Unknown
Activity Type: Responding

4-26-15 Run Down

Firefighter Training Podcast- Documentation- Report Writing HERE

60 Second Safety- Potential for Assault HERE

Air Management Comes Before the Call HERE

The Hoof of Fire horse No.12- DCFD HERE

Be Creative with Training Props HERE

Outside the Box- Pedal Displacement HERE

If you Like what we are doing with our site and posts, consider donating a few bucks to our training fund HERE

Thanks For Reading, Ethan Bansek

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Lessons Learned from Heavy Rescue 101

Lessons Learned from Heavy Rescue 101

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This Past Friday and Saturday I had the Pleasure of Attending HEAVY RESCUE 101, Put on by the Northern Ohio FOOLS Chapter. This event provided many lessons learned as well as reinforced many other previously know lessons in basic electricity and extrication. There is too much information in the field of vehicle extrication to list here, so please go out and do some research for yourself, because I will put money down, that every town or city has a car in it and sooner or later there will be a serious crash which you will need to think outside the box, and use some basic extrication skills.

Also below you will find a video from one of the live electricity demonstrations, again please go and do some very basic research on electricity and how it will affect you, and alter your operational plan.

These are some of the lessons I learned…

Scene Hazards presented by Mike Reesler

  • Wires have 7,620 Volts running through them
  • Let your body be your guide
  • Walk with your palms down, so your only brush the surface if you hit a wire
  • ANY WIRE DOWN SHOULD BE CONSIDERED LIVE UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE BY THE POWER COMPANY
  • What’s up is down
  • Then Green Electrical Boxes in newer subdivisions is NO different from a transformer on a pole
  • Back-feed Kills
  • Wires DO NOT Have to be on the ground to conduct
  • DON’T Make yourself the path to ground
  • ALWAYS PAY ATTENTION, WIRES MAY BE HANGING OR MAY BE HIDDEN UNDER DEBRIS
  • You are allowed by law to shut off generators
  • The Top Side of a meter is ALWAYS the Hot Side
  • If the Meter is hanging from the structure, DO NOT Pull it!
  • DO NOT STAND IN FRONT OF THE METER WHEN YOU PULL IT!!!!!!!!!
  • More people are killed with 110 Volts as opposed to 7620 Volts

Close Call on the Turnpike Presented by Andy Smith

  • You can never have enough cribbing
  • Learn all you can
  • Think outside the box
  • Utilize Critical Incident Stress Debriefing sessions
  • If the outcome is not what your initial objective was, It’s not always under your control. Its not always your fault

New Vehicle Technology Presented by Mike Smith

  • Batteries are put anywhere in new cars
  • Know your equipment
  • People are dying in more car crashes than fires EACH YEAR
  • Body Structures on cars are getting much more stronger
    • The B Pillar is Usually the strongest
  • If your cutter stalls never give up, let it build pressure for 15-30 seconds and try again
  • Reinforcements are everywhere
  • Let your tools do the work
  • Airbags are put everywhere and anywhere now-a-days
  • Peel and Peak before you cut to make sure there is nothing behind it
  • Expect the Unexpected
  • Beware of Knee Airbags AKA Bladder Airbags
  • The Sign “SRS AIRBAG” DOES BOT Always mean there is an airbag there
  • Be careful with Piercing tip struts
  • Beware of Fuel Cell Vehicles and LPG Cars that are on the Horizon

HOT Sessions

  • NO ONE KNOWS IT ALL
  • We all can learn from others
  • Think outside the box
  • EVERY CAR HAS WEBBING –Use Seatbelts as webbing— just cut it out and tie it off into a knot
  • Stabilize 3 things: The Scene, The Car, and The Patient—Most of the time in that order
  • The Goal of stabilization is to move as little as possible to get the job done.

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Many More Pictures HERE

I hope you got something out of this… Keep Training and Stay safe…

Thanks For Reading, Ethan Bansek

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WEEKLY FIRE SERVICE ICON REVIEW- Emanuel Fried

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Emanuel Fried joined the New York City fire department in May 1936. He rose through the ranks and retired in 1958 as deputy chief of department. After serving some two years as a consultant and as chief instructor for the Mount Vernon, New York, fire training conference, he assumed the position of chief of Hinsdale (Illinois) fire department.

Chief Fried wrote numerous articles for fire service Publications and lectured for state and national organizations, including FDIC and IAFC conference. He was staff instructor for the Illinois fire college, lecturer for the New York City fire college, and had several teaching certificates including one from the New York State education Department. He conducted private schools for firemen and officers and served as consultant an investigator.

In 1947 he was awarded the Franklin Delano Roosevelt medal and department metal for honor and meritorious service at extreme personal risk.

He invented the pry-Axe forcible entry tool.

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Fried was widely known as the Author of the 1972 book Fireground Tactics.  If you don’t have this book, I highly suggest it. Though it’s dated, it is as relevant today as when it was written.

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Thanks for Reading, Ethan Bansek

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Line of Duty Death 4-19-15

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Fire Police Lieutenant Nordsick responded to the scene of a homicide to assist with traffic control and scene safety. Nordsick reportedly returned to the fire station and, after complaining that he wasn’t feeling well, collapsed. Lieutenant Nordsick was immediately attended to in the fire house and then transported to Memorial Hospital where he passed away. The nature and cause of fatal injury is still to be determined.

Wrightsville Steam Engine & Hose Company #1, Wrightsville, Pennsylvania

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 71
Rank: Fire Police Lieutenant
Classification: Volunteer
Incident Date: Apr 19, 2015 17:37
Date of Death: Apr 19, 2015
Cause of Death: Unknown
Nature of Death: Unknown

Line of Duty Death 4-16-15

Andrew “Andy” Zalme

On the evening of Thursday, April 16, 2015, Dakota City Fire and Rescue responded to a vehicle fire on Highway 35. As fire crews were preparing to leave the scene, Captain Zalme collapsed. Despite numerous attempts, fellow responders were unable to revive Zalme and he passed away at the scene. A nature and cause of fatal injury has yet to be determined.

Dakota City Fire Department, Dakota City, Nebraska

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 42
Rank: Captain
Classification: Volunteer
Incident Date: Apr 16, 2015
Date of Death: Apr 16, 2015
Cause of Death: Unknown
Nature of Death: Unknown

4-18-15 Run Down

The “Main Street Hybrid” HERE

Challenge Traditions HERE

The Opening Act HERE

Missing Something HERE

Coordinated Vertical Ventilation HERE

SCBA History HERE

Why Leaders Eat Last HERE

The Lost Art of Advance- Protect- Attack HERE

No one is Reinventing the Fire Service HERE

How much do we Risk for an Abandon Structure? HERE

When does your Trial Period End HERE

Are we Too Aggressive, or just using the Wrong Word HERE

Ground Ladder Tips for the Real World HERE

Keeping Bad Company HERE

Leadership Language- Punctuality HERE

Industrial Machine Fire- Tactical Fire Problem HERE

The Roll Three HERE

Thanks For Reading, Ethan Bansek

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My Lessons Learned from a Recent Seminar

This Past Saturday i had the chance to Attend a Seminar in Erie, Pa presented by Billy Goldfeder. The Title of the class was “Firefighters Death & Injury 2015 Survival Program“, He touched on many recent events, as well as past events that have shaped the American Fire Service. Below are some of the lessons i picked up, that i though would be beneficial to the masses. Please Pass It On!

  • Chiefs Must see the big picture
  • The Chief’s Must Stay off the “Field”
  • Look at the Warning Signs—Look at Conditions
  • Ask—What’s The Best thing I can do to the present Conditions, with the resources I have
  • Sometimes we must take risks
  • Stupid Vs. Intelligent Decisions
  • Have a Tactical Reserve
  • What’s Best for People having the emergency?
  • Fill the “Tactical” Bench
  • The Fire Problem Doesn’t go away with a mayday
  • Most LODD’s are Preventable
  • Understand what’s expected of us
  • IC’s Must stay on the sideline and run the call
  • If your fire is still growing 20 minutes into the incident, something is wrong
  • Our Goal is to help people with their problem, without becoming part of the problem
  • Everyday is a training day
  • Train with your mutual aid departments
  • Have a ZERO Tolerance Attitude for Breathing Smoke
  • Don’t Loose Focus on the Mission
  • Take Classes, Go to Calls, and Train Constantly
  • DO NOT BE afraid to call the SECOND ALARM
  • Set up our apparatus for quick water
  • Always Remember, The Fire has been burning, BEFORE you got the call
  • Forcible Entry IS Ventilation
  • If you are out of air, it is a MAYDAY Situation
  • The IC’s Jon is to see the big picture
  • EVERYTHING is plastic in the 2015 Dwelling
  • ARE YOU READY TO COMMAND A FIRE?
  • ARE YOU READY TO COMMAND A MAYDAY?
  • Have enough people to solve the problem
  • Be careful of that “Feel Good” Feeling
  • If you have a problem- TELL COMMAND
  • Don’t Randomly take out windows
  • THE BEST WAT TO HONOR A LODD IS TO LEARN FROM IT SO IT DOESN’T HAPPEN AGAIN
  • Have the Resources to do multiple tasks

Thanks For Reading, Ethan Bansek

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Weekly Fire Service Icon Review- James Braidwood

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James Braidwood, One of the most influential and progressive-thinking fire officers in modern history, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on Sept. 3, 1800. Braidwood, trained as a cabinet-maker and builder before moving into fire-fighting, was the founder of the world’s first municipal fire service in 1824, and was the first director of what was to become the London Fire Brigade. His training as a surveyor gave him exceptional knowledge of the behavior of building materials and housing conditions in the Old Town of Edinburgh. He recruited to the service expert tradesmen – slaters, carpenters, masons and plumbers – who could apply their various fields of expertise. He also recruited experienced mariners for an occupation that required heavy manual work in hauling engines and trundling wheeled escape ladders up and down Edinburgh’s steep streets, as well as nimble footwork when negotiating rooftops and moving through partially destroyed buildings. His many original ideas of practical organization and methodology, published in 1830, were adopted throughout Britain. He was, however, resistant to the introduction of steam-driven engines. In 1833 he left Edinburgh to lead the London Fire Engine Establishment.

1397320037_80.177.117.97 He was the first to promote entering burning buildings to fight the seat of a fire. He trained his men at night to get them used to dark conditions and instructed them to carry rope to escape from burning buildings, practicing their climbing skills on Edinburgh’s North Bridge.

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Braidwood became the first Superintendent of the new London Fire Brigade in 1833, with a team of 80 full-time fire-fighters at 13 stations. In this capacity, he carried out fire prevention surveys. Braidwood’s wrote a manual on fire-fighting which includes many basic principles which are still quoted during fire training today.

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He also invented one of the first forms of breathing apparatus to be used by firemen. He put two canvas bags together lined with rubber. The airtight sac was worn on the firefighter’s back and secured with shoulder straps and a waist belt. Two rubber hoses connected to a mouthpiece allowed the wearer to inhale fresh air. Different size sacs were filled with air by a set of bellows and sealed with corks until needed. Firefighters also wore goggles, a leather hood, a nose clamp, and a whistle to complete Braidwood’s invention. To supply air and protect the firefighter from smoke, a tube was connected to an air pump attached to the engine outside the fire building. A stout leather dress and hood were worn to protect the wearer from heat and flames. Thickly glazed eye holes were provided in the hood. To furnish light a powerful reflecting lantern was worn on the chest. A shrill whistle was attached to the hood for emergency communications.

Braidwood tested his invention under severe conditions during experimental fires in the vaults of the Fire Brigade Headquarters in Wattling Street. The system was used to rescue three small children from a burning house on Fetter Lane. Numerous men and women were also reportedly saved at other fires by men so equipped.

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On June 22 1861 his life was claimed in the Tooley Street fire at Cotton’s Wharf near London when a falling wall crushed him to death, three hours after the fire began. It took two days to recover his body and his heroism led to a massive funeral on June 29 where his funeral stretched one and a half miles behind the hearse, a public spectacle equal almost to the Tooley Street fire itself. The fire, which continued to burn for a fortnight, caused £2,000,000 worth of damage. A London fireboat was named in his honor in the 1930s.

Braidwood is buried at Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, London, within sight of the Stoke Newington Fire Station.

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There is Currently a Statue of Braidwood in Edinburgh, which was unveiled in 2008.

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

Also Note: For a Very Detailed Account and Story of James Braidwood Please Refer to April’s Firehouse Magazine, or The Article is HERE

Thanks for Reading, Ethan Bansek

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4-16 Remembering Texas City & Kyle Wilson

There are 2 significant events to remember today (4/16).

The first is Texas City, Texas Disaster- 4-16-1947

“”The morning of 16 April 1947 dawned clear and crisp, cooled by a brisk north wind. Just before 8:00 A.M., longshoremen removed the hatch covers on Hold 4 of the French Liberty ship Grandcamp as they prepared to load the remainder of a consignment of ammonium nitrate fertilizer. Some 2,300 tons were already onboard, 880 of which were in the lower part of Hold 4. The remainder of the ship’s cargo consisted of large balls of sisal twine, peanuts, drilling equipment, tobacco, cotton, and a few cases of small ammunition. No special safety precautions were in focus at the time. Several longshoremen descended into the hold and waited for the first pallets holding the 100-pound packages to be hoisted from dockside. Soon thereafter, someone smelled smoke. A plume was observed rising between the cargo holds and the ships hull, apparently about seven or eight layers of sacks down. Neither a gallon jug of drinking water nor the contents of two fire extinguishers supplied by crew members seemed to do much good. As the fire continued to grow, someone lowered a fire hose, but the water was not turned on. Since the area was filling fast with smoke, the longshoremen were ordered out of the hold. While Leonard Boswell, the gang foreman, and Peter Suderman, superintendent of stevedores, discussed what action to take, the master, or captain, of the Grandcamp appeared and stated in intelligible English that he did not want to put out the fire with water because it would ruin the cargo. Instead, he elected to suppress the flames by having the hatches battened and covered with tarpaulins, the ventilators closed, and the steam system turned on. At the masters request, stevedores started removing cases of small arms ammunition from Hold 5 as a precautionary measure. As the fire grew, the increased heat forced the stevedores and some crew members to leave the ship. The Grandcamp’s whistle sounded an alarm that was quickly echoed by the siren of the Texas City Terminal Railway Company. despite a strike by the telephone workers, Suderman, seriously concerned by now, managed to reach the Fire Department and then called Galveston for a fire boat.

It was now about 8:30. At this point, growing pressure from the compressed steam fed into Hold 4 blew off the hatch covers, and a thick column of orange smoke billowed into the morning sky. Attracted by its unusual color and the sirens, several hundred onlookers began gathering a few hundred feet away at the head of the ship. Twenty-six men and the four trucks of the Volunteer Fire Department, followed by the Republic Oil Refining Company fire-fighting team, arrived on the scene and set up their hoses. A photograph taken at approximately 8:45 shows at least one stream playing on the deck of theGrandcamp, which was apparently hot enough to vaporize the water.

Around 9:00, flames erupted from the open hatch, with smoke variously described as “a pretty gold, yellow color” or as “orange smoke in the morning sunlight…beautiful to see.” Twelve minutes later, the Grandcamp disintegrated in a prodigious explosion heard as far as 150 miles distant. A huge mushroom like cloud billowed more than 2,ooo feet into the morning air, the shockwave knocking two light planes flying overhead out of the sky. A thick curtain of steel shards scythed through workers along the docks and a crowd of curious onlookers who had gathered at the head of the slip at which the ship was moored. Blast over pressure and heat disintegrated the bodies of the firefighters and ship’s crew still on board. At the Monsanto plant, located across the slip, 145 of 450 shift workers perished. A fifteen-foot wave of water thrust from the slip by the force of the blast swept a large steel barge ashore and carried dead and injured persons back into the turning basin as it receded. Fragments of the Grandcamp, some weighing several tons, showered down throughout the port and town for several minutes, extending the range of casualties and property damage well into the business district, about a mile away. Falling shrapnel bombarded buildings and oil storage tanks at nearbyrefineries, ripping open pipes and tanks of flammable liquids and starting numerous fires. After the shrapnel, flaming balls of sisal and cotton from the ships cargo fell out of the sky, adding to the growing conflagration.

The sheer power of the explosion and the towering cloud of black smoke billowing into the sky told everyone within twenty miles that something terrible had happened. People on the street in Galveston were thrown to the pavement, and glass store fronts shattered. Buildings swayed in Baytown fifteen miles to the north. The towering smoke column served as a grim beacon for motorists driving along the Houston-Galveston highway, some of whom immediately turned toward Texas City to help. In Texas City itself, stunned townspeople who started toward the docks soon encountered wounded persons staggering out of the swirling vortex of smoke and flame, most covered with a thick coat of black, oily water. many agonizing hours were to pass before a semblance of order began to replace the shock and confusion caused by this totally unexpected and devastating event.

As the surge of injured quickly overwhelmed the towns three small medical clinics, the city auditorium was pressed into service as a makeshift first-aid center. Within an hour doctors, nurses, and ambulances began arriving unsummoned from Galveston and nearby military bases. Serious casualties were taken to Galveston hospitals and later to military bases and even to Houston, fifty miles away. State troopers and law enforcement officers from nearby communities helped Texas City’s seventeen-man police force maintain order and assisted in search and rescue.

The horror was not over yet. As help poured into Texas City, no one gave much thought to another Liberty ship tied up in the adjoining slip. The High Flyer was loaded with sulfur as well as a thousand tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer. The force of the Grandcamp’sexplosion had torn the High Flyer from its moorings and caused it to drift across the slip, where it lodged against another vessel, the Wilson B. Keene. The High Flyer was severely damaged, but many of its crew members, although injured, remained on board for about an hour until the thick, oily smoke and sulfur fumes drifting across the waterfront forced the master to abandon ship. Much later in the afternoon, two men looking for casualties boarded the High Flyer and noticed flames coming from one of the holds. Although they reported this to someone at the waterfront, several more hours passed before anyone understood the significance of this situation, and not until 11:00 P.M. did tugs manned by volunteers arrive from Galveston to pull the burning ship away from the docks. Even though a boarding party cut the anchor chain, the tugs were unable to extract the ship from the slip. By 1:00 A.M. on 17th April, flames were shooting out of the hold. The tugs retrieved the boarders, severed tow lines, and moved quickly out of the slip. Ten minutes later, theHigh Flyer exploded in a blast witnesses thought even more powerful than that of theGrandcamp. Although casualties were light

because rescue personnel had evacuated the dock area, the blast compounded already severe property damage. In what witnesses described as something resembling a fireworks display, incandescent chunks of steel which had been the ship arched high into the night sky and fell over a wide radius, starting numerous fires. Crude oil tanks burst into flames, and a chain reaction spread fires to other structures previously spared damage. When dawn arrived, large columns of thick, black smoke were visible thirty miles away. These clouds hovered over Texas City for days until the fires gradually burned out or were extinguished by weary fire-fighting crews.

The Grandcamp’s explosion triggered the worst industrial disaster, resulting in the largest number of casualties, in American history. Such was the intensity of the blasts and the ensuing confusion that no one was able to establish precisely the number of dead and injured. Ultimately, the Red Cross and the Texas Department of Public Safety counted 405 identified and 63 unidentified dead. Another 100 persons were classified as “believed missing” because no trace of their remains was ever found. Estimates of the injured are even less precise but appear to have been on the order of 3,500 persons. Although not all casualties were residents of Texas City, the total was equivalent to a staggering 25 percent of the towns estimated population of 16,000. Aggregate property loss amounted to almost $100 million, or more than $700 million in todays monetary value. Even so, this figure may be to low, because this estimate does not include 1.5 million barrels of petroleum products consumed in flames, valued at approximately $500 million in 1947 terms. Refinery infrastructure and pipelines, including about fifty oil storage tanks, incurred extensive damage or total destruction. The devastated Monsanto plant alone represented about $ 20 million of the total. Even though the port’s break-bulk cargo-handling operations never resumed, Monsanto was rebuilt in little more than a year, and the petrochemical industry recovered quickly. One-third of the town’s 1,519 houses were condemned, leaving 2,000 persons homeless and exacerbating an already-serious postwar housing shortage. Over the next six months, displaced victims returned as houses were repaired or replaced, and most of those who suffered severe trauma appear to have recovered relatively quickly. What could never be made good was the grief and bleak future confronting more than 800 grieving widows, children, and dependent parents.””

There were 29 Firefighter LODDs, and their Lessons learned are as important today as they were in 1947.

Fire Chief Henry J. Baumgartner
Assistant Chief Joseph Milton Braddy
Captain Sebastian B. Nunez
Captain William Carl Johnson
Lieutenant Marshall B. Stafford
Lieutenant William D. Pentycuff
Private Zolan Davis
Private William C. O’Sullivan
Private Roy Louis Durio
Private Marcel Pentycuff
Private Archie Boyce Emsoff
Private Harvey Alonzo Menge
Private Henry John Findeisen
Private Jimmy Reddicks
Private Virgil D. Fereday
Private Robert Dee Smith
Private Edward Henry Henricksen
Private Joel Clifton Stafford
Private William Fred Hughes
Private Maurice R. Neely
Private Lloyd George Cain
Private Marion D. Westmoreland
Private Frank P. Jolly
Private Clarence J. Wood
Private William Louis Kaiser
Private Clarence Rome Vestal
Private Jacob Otto Meadows

Much more info HERE, HERE, HERE

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The 2nd Significant Incident was in Prince William County, VA 4-16-2007, That took the Life Kyle Wilson.

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There are too many Lessons Learned to List here, PLEASE go and do your own information and Research and FIND, KNOW, AND APPLY THE LESSONS LEARNED.

“”Wilson was fatally injured while trapped in the master bedroom during a wind-driven residential structure fire. His death was caused by thermal and inhalation injuries.””

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MUCH MORE INFO HERE, HERE, HERE

Report HERE

Please Read and Heed the Lessons Learned from both of these incidents, they are 2 very important case study’s.

Thanks, Ethan Bansek

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Line of Duty Death 4-15-15

Raymond Araujo

Inmate Firefighter Araujo suffered a heart attack while engaged in a training exercise on the Morongo Indian Reservation near Banning, California. Araujo succumbed to his injury after being airlifted to a base camp where he was treated by CAL FIRE and Riverside County Fire Department medics.

CAL FIRE, Sacramento, California

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 37
Rank: Inmate Firefighter
Classification: Wildland Part-Time
Incident Date: Apr 13, 2015
Date of Death: Apr 13, 2015
Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death: Heart Attack

4-14-15 Run Down

Construction Concerns- Misleading Marketing HERE

M U S T   R E A D !!! Penciling of Water- Death on the Nozzle HERE

Considerations for Safe and Effective Vertical Ventilation HERE

Heed this Simple Advice HERE

Denver Highrise Incident HERE

The Fireground 5 HERE

Big Fire in Big Snow HERE

Anti Ventilation Tactics for the Fireground HERE

Leadership Language- Competency HERE

Mobile Meth Lab Fire Problem HERE

Arriving in a POV HERE

Firefighter Training Podcast- Salvage- Are you Kidding Me? HERE

Roof Report Drill HERE

Tactical Ventilation Notes HERE

What FF Habits Follow you off Duty? HERE

1 FF Gaining Entry HERE

Mayday Drill HERE

This is My Nozzle HERE

What’s With the Patch? HERE

The NY Load HERE

Extrication Tip 31 HERE

Know Your Ladders HERE

Hoseline Selection HERE

Maximize the Opportunity HERE

Why Lloyd Layman is Still Relevant HERE

Discharge Table for Smoothbore Nozzles HERE

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Thanks for Taking The Time, Ethan Bansek

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Line of Duty Death 4-12-15

Steven Ackerman

Firefighter Ackerman died from injuries sustained while working interior fire operations at the scene of a residential structure fire. Ackerman was found in the basement of the home after fire crews were ordered out of the structure due to fire conditions. The 47-year-old homeowner, Mr. David Smith, had been rescued by fire crews and transported to the hospital soon after they arrived on-scene but did not survive his injuries. Investigation into the fatal incident continues by local and state authorities.

Valley Springs Fire & Rescue, Valley Springs, South Dakota

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 38
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident Date: Apr 12, 2015 22:08
Date of Death: Apr 12, 2015
Cause of Death: Unknown
Nature of Death: Unknown

Weekly Fire Service Icon Review- Ray Downey

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Ray Downey began his fire serviced career in 1962, after serving with the United States Marine Corps, following in the footsteps of his 2 older brothers. Chief Downey’s phenomenal 39-year career with the FDNY was built upon success after success and rescue after rescue.

After finishing probationary firefighter’s school, he was assigned to Ladder Company 35 in Lincoln Center area of New York City’s West Side. Looking for more action, he transfer to Ladder 4, “The Pride of Midtown,” and worked in Times Square before moving on to his next assignment as a firefighter in Rescue Company 2 in Brooklyn.

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In 1972 he was promoted to lieutenant and assigned to Harlem. After a few months covering in various firehouses, he was assigned to Engine 58 the “Fire Factory”. For the next 5 years, he worked in Engine Company 58 and transferred across the floor to Ladder Company 26 for 2 years.

In July 1977 he was promoted to captain and reassigned to Brooklyn. He was detailed to the Division of Training. He than was selected by the fire commissioner to form and organize Squad Company 1, a fully equipped engine company that carried a full complement of Ladder Company tools. The Assignment included responding to all working fires in selected areas of Brooklyn.

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Chief Downey was then put in charge of Special Operations Command, a team of specialists who aid regular firefighters with unique or highly critical situations, which include Hazardous Materials, Marine Units, Rescue Companies Squads. Downey was also promoted to Deputy Chief at the time.

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In April 1995, Chief Downey spent 16 days at the ruins of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, serving as operations chief for the Urban Search and Rescue teams, which worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He was involved in the evacuation of thousands of workers in the 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center.

Chief Downey was also a member of a national advisory commission on domestic response to terrorism.

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Additionally, Chief Downey was a task force leader for the New York City Urban Search and Rescue Team as well as the National Disasters Team. He was also a team leader in response to Hurricanes Hugo, Andres, Fran, Marilyn and Opal, Chief of Rescue Operations at the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, all of which contributed to his being called “a charismatic national legend in rescue circles” and he was credited with creating the modern search-and-rescue system adopted by FEMA and fire departments worldwide while pioneering a national network of eight search and rescue teams under FEMA.

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One of the most – if not the most decorated men in the Department, Chief Downey received five individual medals for valor and 16 unit citations.

Additionally, he was awarded the Administration Medal in 1995 for his efforts on the Bunker Gear Program and interim quartermaster system.

All of this led to Downey commanding rescue operations at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, where he was ultimately killed when the North Tower Collapsed.

It would take eight months after 9/11 for his remains to be identified through DNA testing before Chief Downey was then laid to rest on May 20, 2002.

Of the 343 firefighters lost on 9/11, Special Operations Command lost a total of 95 men with 1,600 years of experience that day.

Ray Downey’s life and career are commemorated each year with The Ray Downey Courage & Valor Award, which is presented to an extraordinarily courageous American firefighter at FDIC in Indianapolis.PW-Courage-Valor-RayDowney1

Chief Ray Downey’s Fire Department accomplishments are legendary and monumental. Here are just some:

  • He pioneered techniques for urban rescue and responding to terrorist attacks.
  • Panel member of the presidential committee on terrorism known as the “Gilmore Commission,” which has been assessing domestic response capabilities for terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction
  • Task force leader for the New York City Urban Search and Rescue Team, which responds to disasters both around the country and within New York State
  • His team was recently selected by F.E.M.A. to be trained for weapons of mass destruction and will be on standby for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City
  • Recipient of the “Crystal Apple Award” issued by Mayor Giuliani on July 23, 2001
  • National Wrestling Hall of Fame (Medal of Courage, awarded in June, 2002)
  • Author of the book The Rescue Company and a series of videos on collapse operationsdowney ray snapshot

Ray’s Book The Rescue Company offers guidelines and recommendations on how to start a rescue company, the equipment needed, and the operational planning that is necessary for company development. It also discusses Elevator Emergencies, Air Bag Use, Confined Space Rescues, Vehicle accidents and, Rope rescues. I highly recommended the book, even if you don’t have a rescue company. There are also many drills within the book that you can take back whether you are a big department or not.

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Downey also created a DVD to go along with the book that addresses Building Construction, Collapse Causes and Types, and the Strategic Considerations of Structural Collapse. Again, I highly recommend it to go with the book.

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The Book can be purchased HERE, and the DVD HERE.

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

Thanks for Reading, Ethan Bansek

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Upcoming Events

If your in the Area, please consider the following classes and seminars.

4-11-15– Erie, PA- Public Safety Expo & Billy Goldfeder ClassFREE— More info HERE

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4-17 & 4-18-15— Norwalk, OH–Heavy Rescue 101FREE

Heavy Rescue 101- 2015

5-1-15— Strongsville, OH– First Due Fire Tactics Seminar$50

First Due Fire Tactics Seminar 5-1-15

5-16-15— Columbus, OH– Firefighting Operations in Highrise and Standpipe Equipped Buildings$40

McGrail Columbus Seminar 5-16-15

6-11-15-– Columbus, OH– Fire Tactics Seminar$20

Isakson Class 6-11-15

6-27-15— Reynoldsburg, OH– Central Ohio Antique Fire Apparatus MusterFREE More info HERE

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9-23, 9-24, 9-25-15– Columbus, OH– The Ohio Fire and EMS Expo- More Info HERE

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Again, If you are near any of these great events, please consider attending for some great training and brotherhood!

Thanks, Ethan Bansek

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4-9-15 Run Down

A good Discussion about Balloon Frame Construction HERE

Small bedroom Search Tips HERE

Fundamentals of Air Management HERE

Mind the Hose HERE

Fire in Syracuse HERE

Mortise VS. Rim Cylinders HERE

Talking Ladders HERE

Understanding the Neutral Plane HERE

Apologetic passion HERE

The Little Things HERE

Ladder Tips HERE

Establishing Collapse Zones HERE

Taking it to the street HERE

Enhanced Water Streams HERE

Refocusing the Truck company’s Priorities and Operations HERE

Truck Company Ops. at high Rise Fires HERE

Thanks for Taking the time, Ethan Bansek

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Line of Duty Death 4-2-15

John J Doster

Fire Police Captain Doster complained of not feeling well while on the scene of a two-alarm warehouse fire in Hulmeville Borough, Pennsylvania. Doster was directing traffic on a bitterly cold evening with much of the main street of the borough closed for fire operations. Shortly thereafter, Doster departed for home. Within a few hours, Doster’s condition worsened and he was transported to the hospital for treatment. Subsequently, on April 2, 2015, Fire Police Captain Doster passed away at St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Edgely Fire Company #1, Inc.,  Levittown, Pennsylvania

Fatality status is provisional and may change.

Age: 95 
Rank: Fire Police Captain
Classification: Volunteer
Incident Date: Feb 25, 2015 19:55
Date of Death: Apr 2, 2015
Cause of Death: Stress/Overexertion
Nature of Death: Other
Activity Type: Scene Safety
Emergency Duty: Yes
Duty Type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed Property Use: Store/Office

To Date, 23 Firefighters have died in the Line of Duty in 2015