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ARE YOU A "FAN" OF POSITIVE PRESSURE?
 We have always looked at PPV as another tool-used based upon conditions, in coordination with companies operating and only ordered by command.    UL is now testing positive pressure ventilation....and HERE are excerpts from an article on ABC7 Chicago.com (entire article link and VIDEO below) about fire fighting testing at Underwriters Laboratories: Researchers at Underwriters Laboratories in Northbrook [monitor] the oxygen levels and temperatures [in a controlled burn] … to reduce the number of people killed in blazes.  About 150 sensors are strategically placed [two] homes, which are inside a UL warehouse. “A lot of tactics are coming in question because while the number of fires are going down the number of deaths are remaining the same we are hurting ourselves,” said Mike Halterman, a firefighter and paramedic in Wilmette. Not only are those firefighter deaths concerning, but so is the new speed of fires  – because of newer construction, open floor plans and newer furnishings. In just a 90 seconds, the open box with synthetic furniture made of chemicals was swallowed by flames, while the open box with vintage furniture took more than 13 minutes. Now, UL Consumer Safety Director John Drengenberg and his team are testing positive pressure ventilation. They’ll still need to perform several more tests and get more data but, they’re trying to figure out if opening certain windows and increasing airflow to the fire with fans, can manipulate the flames. “In this case it looks like if the house was vacant and nobody was in the house, the fan would have done a good job of helping to get the smoke out and letting the firefighters come in and attack the fire which was in the living room. However if there was someone in the house, especially in the bedroom, with the window open it could have been disastrous,”Dregenberg said. “This is data that is ground breaking. Nobody has ever done this … firefighters on scene know how to fight a fire but nobody knows how the fire progresses and they might want to change their tactics if some of these data points show maybe breaking the window to get at the fire may not be the best thing,” Dregenberg said. UL’s research will be complete in a few months. They are doing about 20 more test burns. Thanks to ACDave for the links to this.   MORE INFO HERE: http://abc7chicago.com/news/cutting-edge-fire-research-could-help-save-lives/487081/   As discussed earlier, since it came out, we have looked at PPV as another tool-used based upon conditions, in coordination with companies operating and only when ordered by command. We'll be interested to see the progress and final outcomes on the testing....


FIREFIGHTER CLOSE CALL UPDATE: Video from Phoenix Shows FF Thru The Roof:
As we posted Saturday, Phoenix had a CLOSE CALL when some members were caught in some vented fire. The video shows one of those firefighters falling off the roof to the ground as well as the fire conditions following the venting. Check it out HERE: http://www.fox10phoenix.com/clip/11066799/phoenix-firefighter-suffers-burn-falls-from-burning-home-during-early-morning-blaze...


Toledo: Rembrng/Listening, FF-Vented Fire, Are You a Positive Pressure Fan? (The Secret List)
All, It was one year ago today that Toledo Fire Rescue FF Pvts. James “Jamie” Dickman and Stephen Machcinski’s were killed in the Line of Duty in an apartment over commercial structure fire, later determined to be arson. The department and NIOSH report are still pending. PLEASE be sure to listen (and share) the audio link below. Abou-Arab, 62,  is being held in the Lucas County jail in lieu of $5.85 million bond. He is charged with two counts of aggravated murder, each with death penalty specifications; two counts of murder; eight counts of aggravated arson, and one count of tampering with evidence.  RADIO/VIDEO OF THE TOLEDO FIRE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqzFjhIhxmY MUST LISTEN/LEARN: RAW EDITED RADIO TRAFFIC FROM INITIAL TOLEDO FIRE DISPATCH https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sk2NCEmQsiU&feature=youtu.be MORE VIDEO:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bo032kUVs8M https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-cl=84503534&v=BNsz8fkP3Nw&x-yt-ts=1421914688   MORE on the one year anniversary of the tragic loss HERE: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2015/01/26/Toledo-honors-fallen-firefighters-a-year-after-tragedy.html RIP. ===UPDATE: Video from Phoenix Shows FF Thru The Roof: As we posted Saturday, Phoenix had a CLOSE CALL when some members were caught in some vented fire. The video shows one of those firefighters falling off the roof to the ground as well as the fire conditions following the venting. Check it out HERE: http://www.fox10phoenix.com/clip/11066799/phoenix-firefighter-suffers-burn-falls-from-burning-home-during-early-morning-blaze  ===ARE YOU A "FAN" OF POSITIVE PRESSURE? We have always looked at PPV as another tool-used based upon conditions, in coordination with companies operating and only ordered by command.   UL is now testing positive pressure ventilation....and HERE are excerpts from an article on ABC7 Chicago.com (entire article link and VIDEO below) about fire fighting testing at Underwriters Laboratories: Researchers at Underwriters Laboratories in Northbrook [monitor] the oxygen levels and temperatures [in a controlled burn] … to reduce the number of people killed in blazes.  About 150 sensors are strategically placed [two] homes, which are inside a UL warehouse. “A lot of tactics are coming in question because while the number of fires are going down the number of deaths are remaining the same we are hurting ourselves,” said Mike Halterman, a firefighter and paramedic in Wilmette. Not only are those firefighter deaths concerning, but so is the new speed of fires  – because of newer construction, open floor plans and newer furnishings. In just a 90 seconds, the open box with synthetic furniture made of chemicals was swallowed by flames, while the open box with vintage furniture took more than 13 minutes. Now, UL Consumer Safety Director John Drengenberg and his team are testing positive pressure ventilation. They’ll still need to perform several more tests and get more data but, they’re trying to figure out if opening certain windows and increasing airflow to the fire with fans, can manipulate the flames.“In this case it looks like if the house was vacant and nobody was in the house, the fan would have done a good job of helping to get the smoke out and letting the firefighters come in and attack the fire which was in the living room. However if there was someone in the house, especially in the bedroom, with the window open it could have been disastrous,” Dregenberg said. “This is data that is ground breaking. Nobody has ever done this … firefighters on scene know how to fight a fire but nobody knows how the fire progresses and they might want to change their tactics if some of these data points show maybe breaking the window to get at the fire may not be the best thing,” Dregenberg said. UL’s research will be complete in a few months. They are doing about 20 more test burns. Thanks to ACDave for the links to this. MORE INFO HERE: http://abc7chicago.com/news/cutting-edge-fire-research-could-help-save-lives/487081/ As discussed earlier, since it came out, we have looked at PPV as another tool-used based upon conditions, in coordination with companies operating and only when ordered by command. We'll be interested to see the progress and final outcomes on the testing. Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On. BillyG The Secret List 1/26/2015-2030 Hours www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com  SUBSCRIBE TO THE SECRET LIST: http://www.firefighterclosecalls.com/secret.php GET SECRET LIST ALERTS VIA TWITTER: http://twitter.com/thesecretlist TWITTER FIRE STUFF: @BillyGoldfeder FOLLOW THE SECRET LIST ON FACEBOOK: http://tinyurl.com/y855vmt...


Ambulance tips over in accident; two hurt - Florida
By Austin MillerOCALA -- An Ocklawaha man was ticketed by an officer on Friday night after his vehicle struck an ambulance that was transporting a patient to the hospital and tipped it on its side.According to an Ocala Police Department report, a 2001 Dodge van, driven by Oliver P. Jones, 61, was heading northbound on U.S. 441 in the middle lane at about 40 mph and approaching Southwest 10th Street.The ambulance was traveling eastbound on SW 10th Street in the inside lane coming up to U.S. 441 with lights and sirens on.The driver of the emergency vehicle slowed down for the intersection, police said, and then continued to drive across U.S. 441 through a red light at roughly 10 mph after not seeing any vehicle.Officers said Jones didn’t stop and slammed into the ambulance’s rear right tire, causing the ambulance to turn onto the driver’s side.The paramedic who was in the back and the patient who was strapped into a gurney were taken to Ocala Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The patient had been involved in an earlier accident and was being taken to the hospital, officials said.On Saturday, both the patient and the paramedic in the back were listed in fair condition, a hospital spokesperson said. The ambulance driver, who was wearing his seat belt, was treated and released, officials said.Jones, who was also wearing his seat belt, was not taken to the hospital. However, he received a ticket for failure to yield the right of way, police said. ...


PA FF INJURED AT FIRE
 An early morning fire displaced three people and injured one firefighter in South Middleton Township.Citizen's Fire Company Chief Tim Yingst said the cause of the blaze, which broke out around 3:35 a.m. Sunday at 709 W. Pine St., is still under investigation by the state police fire marshal.One firefighter was hurt when a rafter came down and struck him on the head, Yingst said. He was transported to the hospital with a neck injury and is expected to be released soon.The American Red Cross is also assisting three people who were displaced by the fire.Yingst said the fire started in an attached garage and totally destroyed the garage and the two vehicles inside. It spread into the home, causing moderate damage.Crews had the fire under control in about a half-hour.  ...


FF DIES AFTER CANCER BATTLE
Five months after being diagnosed with a terminal illness and receiving immense support from the community, Jonesborough firefighter Luke Story died Saturday afternoon with his family and extended family by his side, a news release from the Jonesborough Department of Public Safety said. Story was 37.Story was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer in August after doctors at the Johnson City Medical Center identified cancerous masses on Story’s liver and pancreas. Doctors gave Story three months to a year to live, and after that, Jonesborough community members rallied with emotional and financial support by selling merchandise and holding events in his honor.Story became a volunteer firefighter in Jonesborough at age 19, and became a full-time firefighter three years later. In 2007, he was promosted to Officer in Charge and became a platoon sergeant.“Sgt. Luke Story spent his adult life serving his community to make it a better and safer place,” Jonesborough Director of Public Safety Craig Ford said in the news release.Ford said Story took it upon himself to organize the first Prom Promise event at David Crockett High School, which has since became a yearly tradition and is also now held at Daniel Boone High School.The event shows the junior and senior classes at the schools the dangers of drinking and driving on prom night, or any other night. Since the event began, neither school has had a prom night fatality.He was named the town of Jonesborough’s employee of the month in July and went on to win employee-of-the-year honors in December.Funeral arrangements for Story are pendingRead more: Local firefighter dies after five-month battle with cancer | Johnson City Press http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/article/123819/local-firefighter-dies-after-five-month-battle-with-cancer#ixzz3PrK6HyYF Follow us: @JCPress on Twitter | JohnsonCityPress on Facebook...


APPARATUS OVERTURNED IN SC
The Columbia Fire Department and law enforcement agencies responded to an overturned firetruck Sunday morning.Troopers say the firetruck was making a left off of Bluff Road onto South Cedar Creek when the vehicle overturned at approximately 10 a.m.Brick Lewis with the Columbia Fire Department says the firefighter has been transported to Richland Memorial hospital and is in stable condition,The incident is under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol....


MRSA KITS KITS REVEALS TROUBLE IN FIRE STATIONS
More than half of the 33 fire stations taking part in a survey tested positive for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) somewhere the building.The survey also found that roughly a third of the stations had at least one employee who tested positive for the antibiotic resistant strain of staph bacteria.Professor Marilyn Roberts with the University Of Washington School Of Public Health organized the study three years ago after discovering MRSA in both fire houses she tested in Western Washington.She designed MRSA testing kits and sent them to 33 stations around the state.She called the results surprisingly high and is helping departments come up with better ways to protect themselves from the bacteria they contact from each other and while treating people during emergency calls.MRSA was found in common living areas, bedrooms, exercise rooms and other parts of the fire houses.Some departments are requiring firefighters to leave all their gear and equipment in the garage before washing up and entering common areas.But Roberts warns MRSA is very durable and can survive for weeks on surfaces firefighters touch almost daily.Firefighters use gloves and other protective gear to protect all the patients they treat in the field, so they pose little risk to the public.Roberts says the real threat is to the firefighters and their families....


APPARATUS CRASH IN NC
 nteer Fire Department fire truck late Friday afternoon on Shiloh Church Road in Cabarrus County, authorities said.A witness who lives near the scene at Kingsview Drive said the fire truck didn’t make the curve and flipped on its side.“I am tired of all the accidents,” Paul Kikta said.The curve is notorious for accidents and wants something done about fixing it, he said.“We’ve had countless accidents,” Kikta said.No serious injuries were reported.The cause of the accident is under investigation....


FIREFIGHTER INJURED AT PHOENIX HOUSE FIRE
Two people, including a firefighter, were injured in a house fire early Saturday morning.The firefighter was injured as he became surrounded by flames and fell off the roof of the house.The home is near 11th Street and Polk Street.There were reports that people may have been trapped inside the home.Firefighters did rescue a woman from the home who was taken to a hospital. She thought her son was also trapped in the home, but he made it out safely.The firefighter was also taken to the hospital.The home was destroyed.The cause of the fire is under investigation.Read more: http://www.azfamily.com/news/Phoenix-firefighter-falls-from-roof-while-battling-house-fire-289670621.html#ixzz3Pm6GW9WP...





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