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Firefighter LODD - Cincinnati

March 26, 2015, 12:40:36 PM CCF Administrator

Grimm news this morning from Cincinnati from the scene of a multi alarm working fire with occupants trapped. Most of the injuries are reported minor, but a CFD Firefighter was very seriously hurt. He was reportedly unresponsive about 0620 hours after falling down an elevator shaft at the King Tower Apartments off Dahlgren Street. The firefighter was rescued around 0638 hours and crews removed him from the building.

Video below shows some activity from the scene:
http://tinyurl.com/nf96ea9

Much more to follow....here are some local links as well:
www.fox19.com
www.wlwt.com
www.wcpo.com


KTIYP's.
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
BillyG
The Secret List 3/26/2015-0710 Hours
www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com

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Firefighters Electrical Shock in Philadelphia

March 16, 2015, 09:19:19 PM CCF Administrator

Two firefighters were injured in Philadelphia this morning after a ground  ladder came in contact with a power line, at a fire scene. The house fire started around 0930 hours and was declared under control about seven minutes later. Around 1000 hours, firefighters started breaking down the scene and removing the aluminum ground ladder. That's when it hit the 7,600 volt power line. When it came in contact, fortunately the ladder bounced back to the building and did not stay in contact with the wires. FF Robert Taylor, a 14 year veteran suffered 2nd degree burns to his foot and Eugene Coulter, a 9 year veteran was treated and released. KTIYP's.

Take Care. be Careful. Pass It On.
BillyG
The Secret List 3/16/2015-2033 Hours
www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com

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Mayday in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania

March 16, 2015, 09:17:36 PM CCF Administrator

Some tense moments today in Mt Carmel, PA where during a multi alarm residential (row of 7 homes) fire, a MAYDAY was transmitted. Borough Fire Chief James Reed, was carried out unconscious from a burning home earlier today, but was conscious and talking to the troops by the time he was loaded into Life Flight helicopter-thanks to rapid firefighter & EMS intervention. KTIYP's as the Chief has been moved to Lehigh Valley's Burn Center due to airway burns. Updates to follow.

Take Care. be Careful. Pass It On.
BillyG
The Secret List 3/16/2015-2033 Hours
www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com

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Apartment Complex Fire - Uniontown PA

March 13, 2015, 06:17:25 PM CCF Administrator

Attic Fires - No Cost Firefighter Training

March 13, 2015, 06:07:25 PM CCF Administrator

The UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute has released an excellent new firefighter training program entitled "Residential Attic and Exterior Fire Hazards" - an online course that serves as a culmination of the small scale, full-scale, and field experiments performed by UL as part of a research study funded by DHS.  The purpose of this study is to increase firefighter safety and effectiveness by providing PROVEN scientific knowledge on the dynamics of attic and exterior fires and the influence of coordinated tactics from full-scale fire testing in realistic residential structures.

The interactive training takes you, firefighters, through all of the details that went into the experiments, experiment results, and tactical considerations derived from the results.  Experiments included 28 wall tests, 3 wall and eave tests, 4 full scale attic tests, and 3 field experiments. Field experiments were conducted in three acquired structures located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Fires in these 1 and 2 story residential houses provided a real world application of theories and tactics.

Tactical considerations derived by a fire service technical panel and supported with video and interactive features include:   

-Increased use of plastics in exterior walls will change the situation to which you arrive; If the fire starts on the outside, start fighting it from the outside; learn to anticipate where and how an exterior fire will migrate to the interior;

-attic fires are commonly ventilation-limited fires; closely time or limit vertical ventilation until water is in the attic;

-plastic ridge vents can affect size-up and fire dynamics;

-wetting sheathing with an eave attack slows attic fire growth; attic construction affects hose stream penetration; -consider flowing up instead of down with a master stream;

-knee wall fire dynamics; apply water on a knee wall fire at the source and toward the direction of spread before committing to the attic; and Interior operations on knee wall fires. 
 
CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE FREE COURSE
http://www.firecompanies.com/modernfirebehavior/AtticFiresOnlineCourse/story.html

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Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant Opens March 9

March 09, 2015, 12:59:11 PM CCF Administrator

The application period will open March 9 for a grant made available through Section 10(b)3 of the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 (Volunteer Fire Assistance). All applications must be electronically submitted by 4:00 pm on May 21, 2015. Applications can be found at www.grants.dcnr.state.pa.us, DCNRs E-Grants website.

Section 10(b)3 of the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978, as amended by the Forest Stewardship Act of 1990, authorizes and directs the Secretary of Agriculture to provide financial, technical and other assistance to state foresters or other appropriate officials in cooperative efforts to organize, train and equip local forces in rural areas or communities under 10,000 population to prevent, control and suppress fires which threaten human life, livestock, wildlife, crops, pastures, orchards, woodlands, farmsteads, or other improvements in rural areas. The key objectives of this program are to save lives and protect property in unprotected or inadequately protected rural areas. Therefore, the selection of the participating agencies must be based on vulnerability and the adequacy of existing fire protection.

This is a cost-share program. Financial assistance on any project during any fiscal year cannot exceed 50% of the actual expenditures including expenditures of local, public and private nonprofit organizations participating in the agreement.

The maximum grant we will consider for the 2015 program is $7,500 ($15,000 total project) per Fire Company.

Grants received for the 2015 program can be used for the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment, wildfire protective gear, mobile or portable radios, installation of dry hydrants, wildfire prevention and mitigation, or wildfire training. Funds may also be used for certain projects involving the conversion and maintenance of federal excess vehicles received from the Bureau of Forestry and used for fire suppression. A priority will be placed on projects that include the purchase of wildland fire suppression equipment and wildland fire protective gear.

Grants received for the 2015 program cannot be used for the purchase of structural fire equipment or protective gear, supply hose larger than 2 inches in diameter, structures, routine maintenance of vehicles not received from the Bureau of Forestry, medical services, ambulance services, fire police equipment and gear, or search and rescue equipment and gear.

New Federal regulations require that all single item purchases costing over $5,000 be tracked, therefore purchases of items costing this amount will be limited to slip-on/skid units, pumps, and UTVs only.

Due to high demand and limited funding there is a 5-year waiting period between years a fire company is eligible to receive a grant. However, if a fire company received a $4,000 grant or less in the last 5 years they are eligible for assistance one additional time as long as the 2 year total does not exceed the $7,500 maximum grant. Their 5 year ineligible period will start the year they receive their second grant. This 2 in 5 change was made to further assist small VFDs that simply cannot afford a large match.

All items approved for purchase under the 2015 VFA program must be purchased upon award of grant to December 31, 2015.

Since planning is the key to the efficient and effective use of equipment, personnel and organization, priority will be given to fire companies which have established goals and objectives and have developed plans to meet them.

If you are interested in applying for a cost-share grant, please complete the on-line eGrant application form by the deadline. In completing the form, please be specific in the project scope, stating what the grant will be used for. We cannot act favorably on applications which list only funds as the type of assistance requested.

Any designee may be the Project Coordinator but the fire company President, Vice-President, Secretary or Treasurer must certify the application. Application forms certified by other individuals will not be accepted.

If you have any questions please e-mail me at cchoplick@pa.gov.
Sincerely,
Charles C. Choplick
Logistics & Finance Section Chief
Division of Forest Fire Protection

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