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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 06:30

18 Years ago today: On 9 November 1999 a TAESA Douglas DC-9-31 crashed shortly after departure from Uruapan, Mexico when the crew lost control as a resilt of spatial disorientation, killing all 18 occupants.

Date: Tuesday 9 November 1999 Time: 19:03 Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31F Operator: TAESA Registration: XA-TKN C/n / msn: 47418/570 First flight: 1970 Total airframe hrs: 58000 Cycles: 59000 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5 Passengers: Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13 Total: Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 12 km (7.5 mls) from Uruapan (   Mexico) Phase: En route (ENR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: Uruapan Airport (UPN/MMPN), Mexico Destination airport: Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico Flightnumber: 725

The DC-9 carried out the TAESA flight 725 Tijuana-Guadalajara-Uruapan-Mexico City was scheduled to depart from Uruapan at 18:25 for the final 45-minute leg. The aircraft took off from runway 20 at 18:59 when 85 passengers had deplaned at Uruapan. Witnesses reported that the airplane assumed a higher than normal nose high attitude as soon as it departed. The airplane impacted the ground in a nose low attitude on a heading of 110 degrees in an avocado grove located on the east side of the departure course, 3.3 DME miles south of the airport.
Prior to entering service with TAESA June 1998, the aircraft had been used by NASA and was modified to support the reduced-gravity mission. N650UG completed 193 flights for NASA (TT 436.3 hours) between May 29, 1995 and July 11, 1997.

Probable Cause:

Investigation revealed that the crew had not used the checklists prior to departure. During the night-time climbout the pilots were confused about which heading to fly during a runway 20 standard instrument departure. Spatial disorientation was probably also a factor in that the plane attained an abnormally high nose up attitude. The stall warning alarm then sounded and the plane entered a dive from which it was not able to recover.

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Raw video from commercial building fire in Los Angeles

Statter 911 - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 10:30

Fire early Monday in downtown L.A.'s Fashion District

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Today is Wednesday the 8th of November, 2017

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 07:45

Here are the stories for today, including another heads-up from Chief Goldfeder on the loss of one of his friends, Chief Peter Meade who passed away from firefighter occupational cancer this past weekend, along with notice of a no-cost forum related to FIREFIGHTER OCCUPATIONAL CANCER being conducted on November 15… Take a look!

The stories…

Be safe out there!



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A Free Firefighter Cancer Forum, RIP Chief Pete Meade (The Secret List)

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 07:33


For those of you strongly focused on the issues related to FIREFIGHTER OCCUPATIONAL CANCER, there is an important NO COST forum that you are invited to attend next week.

You can attend IN PERSON or watch it LIVE via FACEBOOK (so pretty much all of us should watch this important discussion) as shown below:

When: Wednesday November 15, 1900 to 2100 hours.

Where: Columbus Fire Training Academy in the John Nance Auditorium , 3639 Parsons Ave., Columbus, Ohio
Admission is free and parking is available.


ON NOVEMBER 15 AT 1900 Hours Eastern


Columbus Firefighter Mark Rine, 36, is the father of five children and was diagnosed with terminal cancer about five years ago.
Nora Jaegly of Toledo lost her husband, firefighter Peter Jaegly, to occupational cancer in 2013. Peter was 49 and served as a Toledo firefighter for 20 years, two as battalion chief.
Missy Collier of Plain City watched her husband Jeff die of occupational cancer at 40.
Cal Holloway is a firefighter with the Dayton FD and has occupational cancer. Holloway has had several surgeries now to remove cancerous spots from his skin after he underwent a free skin cancer screening.
State Sen. Thomas Patton, a Republican from Strongsville Ohio, spearheaded the passing of Ohio’s presumptive cancer law that took effect in April.

Chief Dave Bernzweig, a battalion chief with the Columbus Fire Division and director of health and safety for the Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters, has spent years trying to get cancer prevention measures implemented into the fire service. Bernzweig is also a special committee member of the National Fire Protection Association, which helps set policy fire departments across the country follow.
…and many others as well.

MORE DETAILS HERE:–join-us-for-community-forum


We lost a wonderful Brother and life long friend last weekend when Chief Pete Meade, Nassau County (Long Island NY) Fire Marshals Office-Fire Communications (ret) and past President of the Great Neck Alert Fire Company (51 years service) succumbed to his decades long battle against firefighter occupational cancer.

I knew Pete (and his late Brother Mike-who also died from firefighting cancer) when they were at the Alert Fire Company and I was a young kid (riding my bike to their fires) and we remained friends until his passing. Much of our friendship grew when Pete was the well respected Chief of Fire Communications for Nassau County , NY (Firecom) and I was working for ISO covering southern New York. Firecom was always a good place to hang out (a/k/a hide) and listen to Pete’s unique take on the firefighting world.

I had a chance to write about Pete’s battle in the CLOSE CALLS column in Firehouse Magazine in 2006 (when we were really just starting to talk about firefighting cancers)…please take a moment to read about his story as a firefighter:

Here are also some great quick video interviews with Pete:

As we get older, we tend to lose more friends-that’s expected to some extent-and while Pete was a “Senior Man” his loss is no less tragic…but back then-FIREFIGHTERS didn’t KNOW what WE KNOW today.


Please make sure you-the younger Firefighters and Fire Officers-pay close attention to his and all the messages these days about FIREFIGHTER OCCUPATIONAL CANCER…because we are seeing some very YOUNG Firefighters losing their lives now-like never before. For one thing, attend or listen in to the above forum!

It’s hardly a senior Firefighter survival issue anymore.

Rest In Peace Pete..You Are Already Missed.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.


The Secret List 11/7/2017-2033 Hours

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Two-time Cy Young winner Roy Halladay dies in plane crash

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 07:30

Two-time Cy Young winner Roy Halladay died when his single-engine plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s office in Florida. He was 40 years old. 

Halladay was the lone known occupant, and three mayday calls were made to air traffic control, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco told reporters at a news conference.

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit responded to a call at noon ET that a single-engine, light-sport category aircraft had crashed. The county’s fire department and U.S. Coast Guard also responded.

“When the deputies got out there, they hoped it would go low enough that somebody could have ditched it,” Nocco said.

National Transportation Safety Board spokesperson Terry Williams told USA TODAY Sports that the agency’s investigators are scheduled to arrive at the scene of the crash Tuesday evening.

“The FAA will release the aircraft registration after local authorities release that information. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate. The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident,” FAA spokesperson Kathleen Bergen said. 

Halladay was 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA in his career and in 2010 became only the second pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the postseason.

His 16-year career began in 1998 with the Toronto Blue Jays until 2009. He spent his final four seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies before retiring in 2013. He was an eight-time All-Star and finished in the top 5 of the Cy Young Award seven times.

“All of us at baseball are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic passing of former Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay,” said commissioner Rob Manfred in a written statement.

“A well-respected figure throughout the game, Roy was a fierce competitor during his 16-year career, which included eight All-Star selections, two Cy Young Awards, a perfect game and a postseason no-hitter.”

Said Tony Clark, MLB players union chief: “Our hearts are broken. Roy Halladay was not just one of the greatest competitors, but was also among the best men in our generation of players.” 

On May 29, 2010, Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in baseball history, beating the then-Florida Marlins 1-0.

Less than five months later on Oct. 6, 2010, he threw the second no-hitter in postseason history against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the 2010 National League Division Series.

After the 2013 season, he signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the Blue Jays and announced his retirement from baseball due to constant back injuries.

Halladay is survived by his wife, Brandy, and two children, Ryan and Braden.

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Report: 2 Killed In Warren County, Tn. Plane Crash

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 07:26

MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. – Two people were killed Tuesday night when a plane crashed into a field in Warren County.

According to the FAA, the Piper PA-32 aircraft went down near Tennessee Highway 287 and Sherell Road.

The aircraft was trying to land at Warren County Memorial Airport around 7 p.m.

The plane was substantially damaged by fire during the crash.

According to the Southern Standard, the two people on board the aircraft did not survive. Neither of their names was released.

The FAA will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident.

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Plane engine catches fire as it lands at Seattle airport

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 07:25

A dramatic scene played out at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle Tuesday night when a plane’s engine caught fire as it was landing. It was caught on video by people in a nearby terminal:

The Federal Aviation Administration says it was Hawaiian Airlines Flight 875, a ferry flight from Paine Field, Washington to SeaTac Washington.

CBS Seattle affiliate KIRO-TV explains that a ferry flight  means only a flight crew was on board.

Hawaiian Airlines told CBS News the plane “experienced a left engine issue on final approach at SEA tonight. A left engine fire reported upon landing was extinguished by the aircraft fire extinguishing system and local fire officials.”

The FAA offered a different account, telling CBS News the aircraft “experienced a right engine flyer fire upon landing. The fire had already been extinguished by the time Fire crews arrived at the aircraft.”

There were no reports of any injuries.

A SeaTac spokesperson told CBS News the plane was an Airbus A330.

There were no issues or alarms when the aircraft was in the air, the spokesperson said, so it’s believed the problem was a compressor stall — similar to a car backfiring, and that it happened on the ground after the plane landed.

The FAA says it will investigate.

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NTSB Releases Prelim Report From Accident Involving Race Driver Ted Christopher

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 07:22

Witnesses Said They Heard No Airplane Sounds Prior To The Impact

The NTSB has released its preliminary report from an accident which occurred September 16 that fatally injured race driver Ted Christopher as well as the pilot/owner of the aircraft, Charles Dundas.

According to the report, the two departed Robertson Field Airport (4B8), in Plainville, CT, en route to Francis S Gabreski Airport (KFOK) in Westhampton Beach, New York aboard a Mooney M20C owned by Dundas, an ATP-rated pilot. No flight plan was filed for the accident flight. 

According to the report, earlier on the day of the accident about 1000, the pilot/owner flew from FOK north to 4B8, where he planned to pick up his passenger for a subsequent flight back to FOK. The route of flight was about 60 miles. The pilot and passenger had been flying together for over 10 years and had flown the route many times.

At 1109, the airplane was fueled with 15.8 gallons of 100 low-lead aviation gasoline; 9 gallons in the right wing tank and 6.8 gallons in the left wing tank. After he topped-off both fuel tanks per the pilot’s request, the fueler witnessed the pilot sample the fuel in the airplane’s fuel system, before he departed with his passenger about 1230.

Several witnesses near the accident site stated that they did not see the airplane or hear any engine sounds, but they heard what sounded like a “crash” in the trees. One witness described it as the sound of “gravel being dumped out of a dump truck.” Several homeowners searched for the source of the sound and found the airplane wreckage about 1 hour after hearing the impact.

The pilot held an airline transport pilot certificate with a rating for airplane multiengine land. He held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and airplane single-engine sea. He also held a flight instructor certificate with a rating for instrument airplane. In addition, he held a mechanic certificate with airframe and powerplant ratings. According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airman records, the pilot reported a flight experience of 31,300 total hours as of his last medical exam, dated October 16, 2006.

According to FAA airworthiness records, the airplane was issued a standard airworthiness certificate on September 4, 1964. The airplane was a low wing, four-seat, monoplane of conventional metal construction. It was equipped with retractable landing gear, and was powered by an air cooled, Lycoming IO-360, 180-horsepower engine, driving a Hartzell 3- blade constant-speed propeller.

At 1353, the weather conditions reported at Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN), New Haven, Connecticut, which was located at 12.5 ft elevation, 9 miles southwest of the accident site, included variable wind at 3 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, broken clouds at 1,400 ft, temperature 24°C, dew point 19°C, and an altimeter setting of 30.16 inches of mercury.

Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane first struck 75-ft-tall pine trees in a steep descending attitude before coming to rest up against trees in a nose-down position on its right side. The wreckage path was 170 ft-long and oriented on a north-northeast magnetic heading of 021°. The right wing separated from the fuselage at the wing root during impact, and was the first piece of wreckage discovered at the start of the debris path. The outboard 3 feet of the left wing was found 75 ft north of the right wing and was wrapped around a tree. The remaining fuselage, cockpit, left wing and tail assembly remained intact. The landing gear were in the extended position and the landing gear selector was in the down detent. The wing flaps were in the retracted position.

The right fuel tank was breached during the accident and evidence of fuel was found on the trees and vegetation near the initial impact point. The left fuel tank contained approximately 7.5 gallons of fuel. Visual examination through the firewall indicated that the fuel selector in was in the left fuel tank position.

The engine remained attached to the mounts and remained largely intact. All cylinders remained attached to the crankcase and there were no broken fuel lines or oil lines discovered at the scene. The engine oil was measured using the dip stick and it was at the full indication The three-blade constant-speed propeller remained attached to the crankshaft flange and was largely intact. There was no evidence of rotational scoring and two of the blades were not damaged. One of the blades was bent aft about 30° and the propeller spinner was crushed on one side.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

(Image from file. Not accident airplane)

FMI: NTSB Report

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Today in History

ARFF Working Group - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 07:21

52 Years ago today: On 8 November 1965 an American Airlines Boeing 727 crashed short of the runway while approaching Cincinatti, killing 58 out of 63 occupants.

Date: Monday 8 November 1965 Time: 19:02 Type: Boeing 727-23 Operator: American Airlines Registration: N1996 C/n / msn: 18901/153 First flight: 1965-06-15 (5 months) Total airframe hrs: 938 Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7 Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 6 Passengers: Fatalities: 53 / Occupants: 56 Total: Fatalities: 58 / Occupants: 62 Airplane damage: Destroyed Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: 3 km (1.9 mls) N of Cincinnati-Greater Cincinnati, OH (   United States of America) Crash site elevation: 203 m (666 feet) amsl Phase: Approach (APR) Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger Departure airport: New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA/KLGA), United States of America Destination airport: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, KY (CVG/KCVG), United States of America Flightnumber: AA383

American Airlines Flight 383, a Boeing 727, N1996, departed New York-LaGuardia Airport (LGA) at 17:38 for a scheduled flight to the Greater Cincinnati Airport (CVG). It was to be an IFR flight with a requested cruising altitude of 35,000 ft and an estimated time en route of 1 hour 23 minutes. The en route part of the flight was uneventful.
About 18:55, when the flight was about 27 miles southeast of the Greater Cincinnati Airport, radar traffic control was effected by Cincinnati Approach Control. Subsequent descent clearances were issued to the flight and at 18:57 flight 383 reported: “…out of five for four and how about a control VFR, we have the airport.” The Approach Controller replied: “… continue to the airport and cleared for a visual approach to runway one eight, precip lying just to the west boundary of the airport and its … southbound.” The crew acknowledged the clearance and the controller cleared the flight to descend to 2,000 feet at their discretion. At 18:58 Approach Control advised the flight that its radar position was six miles southeast of the airport and instructed them to change to the Cincinnati tower frequency. One minute later the tower controller cleared the flight to land. During the approach the visibility at the airport deteriorated as it began to rain. The tower controller reported: “American three eighty three we are beginning to pickup a little rain right now.” At 19:01:14 the tower asked: “American three eighty three you still got the runway Okay?” To which the crew replied “Ah just barely we’ll ah pickup the ILS here”. At this point, thirteen seconds before impact, the 727 was descending at a rate of 2100 feet/min to an altitude of approximately 725 feet (165 ft below published field elevation) with the airspeed holding at 160 knots. The descent rate then decreased to about 625 ft/min for approximately the last 10 seconds of flight with the airspeed decreasing to 147 knots at impact.
The right wing struck a tree at an altitude of 665 feet msl which is approximately 225 feet below the published field elevation. The aircraft slid a distance of 340 feet relatively intact through scrub trees and ground foilage before impacting and coming to rest amidst a group of larger trees. Following impact an intense ground fire erupted which completely destroyed the aircraft cabin forward of the tail section.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The failure of the crew to properly monitor the altimeters during a visual approach into deteriorating visibility conditions.”

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Firefighter Close Calls - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 06:21

Williamstown firefighters responded to an accident Tuesday involving one of their own trucks.

It happened on Pleasant Street. Officials say one of the department’s firetrucks went off the shoulder of the road when it was trying to make way for another car on the narrow road. It rolled over the steep embankment onto its side.

Firefighters worked with two wreckers for about two hours to get the truck back on the road.

Nobody was hurt, but officials fear damage to the truck could be extensive. An insurance adjuster is expected to take a look on Wednesday

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 19:42

A firefighter is being taken to the hospital, according to officials, after a blaze broke out in an apartment in Northeast DC Tuesday afternoon.

That firefighter has non-life-threatening injuries, officials say, and no one else was hurt.

According to officials, the fire broke out on the second floor of a two-story apartment building in the 600 block of 14th Place in Northeast.

DC Fire and EMS @dcfireems

Update 600 Blk 14th Pl. NE. 1 FF tx non life threatening injs. Hvy fire 2nd Flr & attic knocked down. No civilian injs. Checking

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Firefighter Close Calls - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 18:06

– Earlier today, Rescue Engine 33 responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a police department unit on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Upon arrival, Rescue Engine 33 positioned on the roadway as to provide barrier protection for Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement Officials. Moments later, a civilian vehicle crashed into the rear, driver side corner at a high rate of speed. None of the members of Rescue Engine 33 were injured.

In the recent past, other fire department vehicles have been struck while providing barrier protection on high speed roadways. Today’s incident reinforces the fact that barrier protection is of the utmost importance for the safety of our members and the citizens we serve.

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Emergency Medical Services: Quality Management

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Strategic and Tactical Considerations for Fire Protection Systems

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Community Risk Reduction: A Policy Approach

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Hazardous Materials Operating Site Practices

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Emergency Medical Services: Incident Operations

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Wildland Urban Interface: Fire-Adapted Communities

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Strategic and Tactical Considerations for Fire Protection Systems

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