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Today is Thursday the 26th of October, 2017

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 09:24

You all know how I feel about firefighter safety, God know’s I’ve preached about it in this forum countless times. Today I add to the list as I start today’s news with two articles about firefighters and cancer, READ THEM!

I see pictures all the time of firefighters wearing bunker pants and tee shirts while doing tasks such as overhaul or working extrication, you all know what I’m talking about. Just the other day I posted about a crop-duster crash with pictures of firefighters working on the burning aircraft with no SCBA and not wearing their full gear. This shit will kill you people, period. Our job, our profession, our calling is dangerous enough when we are fully protected. Why be stupid and add to the dangers? Wear all your gear while at an incident and increase the odds of collecting a lot of pension checks and living a happy life with family and friends for a long time once you’ve retired from “the job”!

And one more thing, all that crap on your gear, if you take the gear home with you think about who is coming in contact with it. Start cleaning your gear and getting the bad stuff off of it so the spouse and kids ain’t getting on and in them too!

Enough of the preaching, I think you catch my drift. I’ll step off the soapbox now!

Here are the stories for today;

Be safe out there!


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Hitting it hard from the air in Los Angeles

Statter 911 - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 09:07

Apartment fire is one of two fires near Dodgers Stadium during World Series Game 2

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In Depth-5 Part Media Firefighter Cancer Report (The Secret List)

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 09:01


This may be among the most in-depth media reports (links, charts, videos, references) on Firefighting Occupational Cancer ever produced. Below is the link to Part 1 of 5:

No one warned Firefighter Mark Rine that while he was saving others, he was killing himself.
The bad habits that would ensure the firefighter’s death sentence started with his very first fire in 2007.
Rine was supposed to help set up the ladder, but he ignored his orders, grabbed the hose and charged into the burning two-story brick house.
The rookie firefighter trudged through thick black smoke. In seconds, he was covered in soot. His head throbbed, but he moved on…..

Then in September 2012, Rine learned that he had terminal stage 4 melanoma – skin cancer that had spread to other organs. He was given about a 5 percent chance of surviving five years.


Take Care. Be Careful. Please Pass This On.


The Secret List 10-/22/2017-1900 Hours

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Cancer Is the Biggest Killer of America’s Firefighters

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 09:00


BOSTON — For the nation’s oldest fire department, the alarm sounds 234 times a day.

Car accidents, medical calls, rescues and fires keep Boston firefighters busy round-the-clock.

But while they are equipped with state-of-the-art apparatus and protective clothing, what’s killing them is a danger they often can’t see: cancer.

Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn called it an “epidemic.” 

“We’re seeing a lot of younger members in their 40s, early 40s, who’ve got 20 years on the job, who are developing these cancers at a very young age,” Finn told NBC News.

Each month, another three active or just-retired firefighters are diagnosed with cancer. The cancer rate among firefighters is more than twice the rate for Boston residents — and it’s illegal for firefighters in this city to smoke.

At the Dana Farber Cancer Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, firefighter Glenn Preston is being treated for blood cancer.

He’s already had chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. He invited NBC News to his hospital room to talk, but the crew had to wear surgical masks and gloves, swabbing the camera gear down with alcohol to lessen the risk of introducing a virus that could prove fatal to Glenn.

“It’s in the lining of my heart. The tumor’s in the lining of my heart now,” he said.

Married with four children, Preston is just 41 years old and a native Bostonian.

“For me, it’s a passion,” he explained. “Other than God, family, and my country. There’s nothing I love more than being a Boston firefighter.”

In 2002, Preston was among 200 firefighters who responded to a massive inferno at a power plant on the city’s south side. Inside the building, he became separated from his crew as chemicals rained down from the roof, coating his protective turnout gear in a petroleum-jelly-like goo. 

“That’s the most scared I’ve ever been in my life, I think.”

When he finally made it out, his jacket was covered in a slick slime, possibly containing PCBs.

Of the 200 firefighters who responded, a quarter have since been diagnosed with cancer or cardiac ailments, according to the commissioner.

The International Association of Firefighters says cancer is now the leading cause of death among firefighters.

While thirty years ago, firefighters were most often diagnosed with asbestos-related cancers, today the cancers are more often leukemialymphoma or myeloma, officials say.

Fire departments in Boston, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Toronto and Calgary all report elevated cancer rates.

The most aggressive cancers were oral, digestive, respiratory and urinary.

Researchers say one big reason for the change is that firefighters today are fighting very different blazes. Modern homes and businesses full of synthetics, plastics and chemicals that can explode much faster and coat firefighters in a toxic soot.

A CDC/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health study tracked nearly 30,000 firefighters across the country in 2010 and found higher rates of cancer than the general population.

Congress is currently considering whether to approve the creation of a National Firefighter Cancer Registry — to get a firm handle on the number of deaths.

Now, fire departments nationwide are ordering their men and women to take the danger from chemicals much more seriously. No  longer is a firefighter’s soot-covered face a badge of honor. Departments are buying air tanks that provide oxygen for 45 minutes, rather than the standard 30 minutes.

Incident commanders are ordering firefighters to keep their masks on until they are out of the smoke and washed down by decontamination teams on the scene. And back at the station, firefighters are being told to change into a second set of turnout gear while industrial washing machines clean the dirty equipment.

Finn, a 33-year veteran of the department, has been known to arrive at the scene of a fire and yell at firefighters who take their masks off too soon.

“Sometimes I use colorful language” said Finn. “I’ve buried way too many friends over my 33 years. Too many friends … so I tell them, ‘Think about your wife, your husband, your boyfriend, your girlfriend before you take that mask off your face.”

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MD: Smoke in Cockpit Forces Emergency Landing at Carroll County Airport

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 08:56


Oct. 26–Smoke in the cockpit of an airplane forced an emergency landing Wednesday night at Carroll County Regioal Airport, according to the Westminster Fire Department.

A bird hit the single propeller of a four-person plane carrying three passengers to New Jersey from Roanoke, Va., around 9 p.m., said Lt. Dave Stull of the fire department. The bird then was sucked into the plane’s motor, releasing smoke into the cockpit.

The plane was diverted to Carroll County Regional Airport, where Westminster firefighters responded to the scene.

“They were able to clean the feathers out,” said Stull, adding that the plane “started back up and flew way.”

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Air traffic controllers help troubled jet land in Selma

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 08:53

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After a plane experienced pressurization problems which led to a few passengers passing out, Montgomery air traffic controllers helped the stricken aircraft make an emergency landing in Selma.

A PSA Airlines Canadair CRJ-700 flying from New Orleans to Washington, D.C., with 65 passengers and four crew members on board had just reached cruising altitude on June 21 when the crew reported cabin depressurization.

Over the next 25 minutes, as the situation grew more severe, the crew depended on Atlanta-area air traffic controllers in Hampton, Georgia, and others in Montgomery to guide them to safety.

“It’s very important that we all work together, with me and Atlanta, and the pilots working with the first responders, and making sure we are all on the same page,” John Leslie, a recently certified controller in Montgomery, said at a news conference Tuesday.

Leslie, who was assisted by 25-year veteran controller Lee Watson, said: “There’s a lot of moving parts that had to line up in order to get the best possible outcome.”

Atlanta Center initially diverted the flight to Montgomery when the pilot declared the emergency, but when things got worse — the smell of smoke entered the cockpit area — he decided to land the Selma airport, which was 30 miles closer.

Since the airport in Selma does not have air traffic controllers, Montgomery stepped in.

“When things became more distressed with the aircraft, and they had to change it to Selma, you realized that things were kind of compiling on the pilot’s side and the aircraft’s side with the issues that are adding up,” said Leslie.

When the aircraft reached 14,000 feet, a controller at Atlanta Center handed it off to Leslie and Watson.

At Montgomery Tower, the team worked together to get the plane right on course for a safe landing at Selma Airport.

Leslie had “to get the plane down to the airport” in Selma, said John Grablin, air traffic control tower supervisor. “The weather … was not good weather, so the pilot would not have been able to see the airport to visually guide himself down. So Lee is giving John all this pertinent information which John relays to the aircraft. John has got to basically (give) step-by-step to the airport and down on towards the ground.”

Leslie said the controllers have dealt with minor traffic issues in the past, but nothing like what happened in June.

“At this point, as a young controller, I was certified for 60 days when this happened,” he said. “It’s a very high-pressured situation, and you’re really try not to think about the worst case scenarios. You try to focus on providing the best service with the best outcome.”

The most stressful time, he said, was when they lost radar contact with Flight 5599, and the time when they made sure they landed safely. Those two minutes, he said, were hard. The disconnect is normal since the airport doesn’t have its own control tower.

PSA Airlines commended the traffic controllers, along with the first responders in Selma.

“PSA coordinated closely with local authorities in order to ensure the care of our customers and crew,” the company stated in a release. “Customers were bused to Montgomery Regional Airport where they continued on their journey to Washington, D.C., or other connecting destinations.”

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Pilot makes emergency landing Tuesday night in Gypsum field; plane comes to rest on its roof

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 08:52

The pilot of a single-engine plane made an emergency landing in a field near Gypsum Creek Road at about 6 p.m. Tuesday, with the plane coming to rest on its roof. The pilot and his passenger sustained only minor injuries, according to a news release from Eagle County.

The pilot told emergency responders that he was attempting to land at nearby Eagle County Regional Airport when the plane lost power. He found an open field in which to land the plane, a 1979 Cessna Centurion that is based out of Eagle. According to Federal Aviation Administration records, the plane is registered to Eagle resident Glen Ewing.

Agencies that responded to the crash include Gypsum Fire Protection District, Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Eagle County Paramedics, Eagle County Regional Airport, and Vail Public Safety and Communications Center.

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Plane crash training turns into real thing

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 08:50

Paramedics practicing their response to a plane crash have been put to the test at a regional Australian airport when a plane radioed in with a real distress call.

Emergency services were at Albury airport on Wednesday morning (local time), rehearsing their response to a scenario in which a plane skidded off the runway and split in two, when a real plane with 38 people on board came into difficulty.

The Qantas plane, which was headed to the NSW-Victorian border town, managed to land safely 20 minutes after the alarm was raised.

“We were extremely pleased with the result … we even had a NSW Ambulance chaplain on scene to speak to passengers as they came off the plane,” NSW Ambulance Inspector Rod Hannan said in a statement.

A QantasLink spokesman said the pilot of the plane had chosen to shut off one of the engines due to an issue related to oil pressure in the engine.

“The aircraft can safely fly under the power of one engine,” the spokesman said in a statement to AAP on Wednesday.

“The aircraft landed safely and before the passengers left the aircraft, the captain explained what occurred.”

The spokesman said having emergency services on stand-by in such situations is “standard procedure”.

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 08:49

28 Years ago today: On 26 October 1989 a China Airlines Boeing 737 flew into the side of a mountain when the crew used the wrong climbout procedure from Hualien, Taiwan, all 54 occupants were killed.

Date: Thursday 26 October 1989 Time: 18:55 Type: Boeing 737-209 Operator: China Airlines Registration: B-180 C/n / msn: 23795/1319 First flight: 1986-12-03 (2 years 11 months) Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A Crew: Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7 Passengers: Fatalities: 47 / Occupants: 47 Total: Fatalities: 54 / Occupants: 54 Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair Location: 5,5 km (3.4 mls) N of Hualien Airport (HUN) (   Taiwan) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Hualien Airport (HUN/RCYU), Taiwan Destination airport: Taipei-Chiang Kai Shek International Airport (TPE/RCTP), Taiwan Flightnumber: 204

Flight CI204 collided with a mountain in the Chiashan mountain range at an elevation of 7000 feet, 3 minutes after takeoff.

Probable Cause

PROBABLE CAUSE: The crew used the climbout procedure of the wrong runway, causing the aircraft to make a left instead of right turn.

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Firefighter Close Calls - Thu, 10/26/2017 - 07:58

Five people, including four firefighters, have suffered injuries following an accident involving a fire department apparatus in Glen Burnie.

It happened around 12:55 p.m. Wednesday. The heavy rescue squad assigned to the Severn Fire Station was responding to an auto accident with reported people trapped when they were involved in an accident at Ritchie Highway and Aquahart Road, according to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.

As a result of the accident, the 17-year-old male driver and lone occupant of a two-door sedan was transported by paramedics to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center with possibly serious injuries.

The four firefighters were transported to Baltimore Washington Medical Center with minor injuries.

The accident is under investigation by the Anne Arundel County Police.

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Video: What happens when police car hits deer at 114 mph?

Statter 911 - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 21:35

Dash-cam video from Minnesota

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 15:25

By Tristen Land, News on 6

The Tulsa Fire Department honored two firefighters killed in the line of duty 100 years ago.

A fire inside of the Mayo building in downtown Tulsa claimed their lives.

But to this day, their bravery continues to live within the hearts of the community.

Ben Hanes and Ross Sheppard died while fighting the fire in 1917.

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Go Fund Me Created For Fallen SCHP Trooper’s Family

SCOnFire - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 13:05
Go Fund Me link: Early Tuesday morning, Trooper Daniel Keith Rebman of the South Carolina Highway Patrol was struck and critically injured.  He was sitting stationary in his patrol vehicle on the emergency lane of I-385 near Greenville, S.C. when he was struck from behind by a pick-up truck. Details on the incident can be ...

Indiana firefighters with a special delivery for their police friends

Statter 911 - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 12:28

A delicious aerial assault on Jeffersonville police station

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Two injured after helicopter crashes into lake

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 09:21

by Matt Markovich, KOMO

ARLINGTON, Wash. (KOMO) – Two people were injured when a helicopter crashed into a Snohomish County lake on Tuesday afternoon.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office dive team headed to the scene, about five miles southeast of Arlington at King Lake, at 1:15 p.m. after receiving a report of a helicopter crash with two people on board. 

The Sheriff’s Office said it got reports that the helicopter had been up for 60 to 90 seconds when witnesses heard unusual noises.

Jeffrey Abrams told KOMO News that he watched the helicopter fly 6 to 10 feet above King Lake. Then the skids hit the lake, and the helicopter nose dived into the water, he said.

“It was a significant loud bang, almost like an explosion.”

He asked his wife to call 911 and ran to get his oars for his small boat.


The helicopter had already gone under.

“I started to row,” Abrams said. “I just wanted to save those two men.”

Abrams said he knows both the pilot and his passenger.

One man, the passenger, was swimming toward a log, and the pilot was just floating face-down in the water..

He picked up the floating pilot and eventually hooked him to the front of the boat.

The passenger also got into the boat.

As Abrams was rowing to shore, emergency crews arrived and began CPR on the man who was floating, he said.

Snohomish County Sheriff’s officials said both victims were eventually taken to a local hospital — the pilot in critical condition; the passenger in serious but stable condition.


An oil sheen also could be seen spreading across the lake from the submerged wreckage of the helicopter.

There is no word yet what led up to the crash.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are at the scene of the crash. The agency expects the helicopter to remain in the lake over night.

The state Ecology Department is on hand to deal with fuel spills.

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Winds toss planes and cars, damages hangar at Hickory Regional Airport

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 10/25/2017 - 09:17


HICKORY— The Hickory Regional Airport received the brunt of a storm that ripped through the eastern part of Burke County with what some said were 100 mph winds. 

Around 4:45 p.m., several reports were made of tornado touchdowns across multiple different counties in the foothills.

It is undetermined if a tornado made a landing at the airport, but the powerful winds left a large mark and destroyed multiple hangers and damaged up to eight different privately owned airplanes.

Rick Foster, of Hickory, has stored his Piper Comanche airplane at the Hickory Regional Airport for eight years and has never encountered weather like this.

“I was back at my house making sure everything was okay (because it is) just 5 miles south of town,” Foster said. “When we heard on a Facebook post that something had hit the airport, I said, ‘let’s ride up there and see.’”

When Foster reached the hanger, he was in disbelief. He knew there was damage, but not to the extent that he soon would realize.

“It was breathtaking to walk up over the hill and see it,” he said. “I just knew there was some damage … I just thought it would blow a couple airplanes around and then I saw this whole hanger destroyed.”

Miraculously, his Piper Comanche was not touched. He was able to enter the part of the hanger his plane was in to find it just as he had left it.

“How lucky we are,” Foster said.

Foster is determined that the damage was caused by a tornado.

Tornadoes were reported in several different parts of the foothills, but the National Weather Service had not confirmed any touchdown as of Monday night. The NWS generally evaluates an area days after a storm to determine if it was a tornado and what level it measured on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.

There were up to eight planes inside the hanger with a majority of them being damaged, said Sarah Prencipe, communications specialists with the city of Hickory. The airport is owned by the city of Hickory. 

There were no injuries reported after the high winds came through, she said.

“Which is amazing and the most important thing,” Prencipe said.

Prencipe said, to her knowledge, the damage to the hangers should not affect flights coming into and leaving the airport.

“Our risk manager has called our insurance companies and put them on notice and will be working more with them tomorrow, but they have been made aware,” she said. “We are working now to notify the plane owners.”

Hickory Fire Department, Catawba County EMS and Duke Energy were on scene evaluating and cleaning up the damage.

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